Sunday, August 31, 2014

Around the Yard

It's been a full week in the Dreams in Fiber household, lots of school stuff, a few birthdays (including mine), and some knitting took place :)

I turned 35 this week.  Not quite sure how that happened, but such is life, right?  Here a few goodies that I received.  My SIL K found this "a while ago" she said and sent it to my FIL to get framed up.  I love it!  Little man is rather smitten with it to and is trying to get me to hang it close to or in his room...  We'll see ;)

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This little bundle of awesomeness came from a friend of mine in Arizona, K. The lotion smells divine and the cowl will be put into immediate rotation once the weather cools off a bit.

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Little man has been busy working on his WiP's. He made a lot of progress over this past weekend - gotta love a deadline ;) He wanted to make a square for the Bakery Bears and he wanted to squeeze in a Holiday Project before August was over so he could enter into a Bakery Bear Contest on Ravelry. Little man really looks up to Dan from the Bakery Bear podcast and knows that he likes Star Wars and Legos so he decided to make him a Star Wars Themed square for his blanket - the white and black are for the storm troopers and the black and red is for Darth Vader.
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This scarf will be gifted during the Holidays so I wont say who it's for but I thought he did a really nice job on both projects and I only helped him a little bit now and again :)
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I've been getting a bit of knitting done myself but don't have pictures of it. I did take a picture of James today though. Poor patient James... He's been sewn and finished for a few weeks now and patiently waiting for the clothes that I promised him. Truth be known, I CO for his sweater immediately after finishing the sewing-up-bit and haven't touched it since... I should get on that!

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James really likes the outdoors and was pleased to find proof of Autumn. Signs of cooler temperatures are a bit hard to come by just yet but they are there just the same. Once he gets his outfit perhaps we can go exploring :)
While James and I were searching for the background of his photo, the minions and hubby and I found that there are a bunch of different types of fungi in the yard.

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And a flower or two can be found here and there and a few of the leaves are just starting to change. 

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I've been watching this little guy for about a week now. He has made his home in the corner of our garage door opening. Evidently he's doing well because he hasn't moved on. Little man accidently snagged the corner of his web though so we'll see if he finds his way back to his corner.
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The hubby noticed that we had another "big fella" on the other side of the house. Evidently we're surrounded. No idea what type these are (I'm guessing they might both be Spotted Orb Weavers despite the difference in coloration), though I know they are both of the Orb Weaver variety.
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I wont leave you with those images in case you're not fond of spiders...  I have spent a good chunk of this past weekend getting caught up with my Etsy listings.  I finished putting up the Au Naturel rovings and I put up the Outlander skeins I dyed up recently.  I didn't want to focus on the characters of Outlander specifically, so I pulled inspiration from the places and things that the characters might come in contact with as they went about their business.  I have a few more colorway ideas so I will probably just dye those and list them as I find time to dye them.  Here are a few of the colorways.
Standing Stones

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Soccer practice has started once again for Little Miss so we'll have games every weekend thru the beginning of November starting next week.  I'm still not over-the-moon about losing my Autumn but she should learn a lot this Season!

Not sure when I'll be posting again but I have more WiP's that I am working towards completing so perhaps it will be sooner rather than later :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A New Day

School is upon us once again, this time, with a stormy beginning.  Literally.  Storms were rolling through this am when I was trying to get the annual back-to-school shot so they turned out horrible.  We tried to "recreate" it a bit this afternoon but those didn't turn out quite like I had expected either.  Here's what I got (after more than one attempt)...

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Little man wore his back-to-school socks today but little miss opted not to which is fine. She's got a pair to keep her warm this Autumn/Winter. The "photoshoot" sort of went downhill from there.
 
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In the end, I did get a few solo shots ;)
 
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Both had a good day and were glad to be back in school which is all I can ask for :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Last Little Bit of Summer Break

Though the minions start school again tomorrow, I started last week and since the minions had a bit of Summer Break left and since it was my FIL's birthday weekend, we headed down to the lake.  We haven't been since the 4th of July!

The weather was rainy and then hot but we spent some time outdoors just the same.  I have the bug bits to prove it, yeah! :/ 

Due to the amount of rain they've had down there, the paddle boat was almost ready to sink so little man put on his boots and went to bail it out.

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He quickly noticed that his boots were no longer waterproof thanks to some holes here and there.
 
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Poor guy! Looks like I'll have to give him my pair since our feet are now the same size. He is growing up too fast! While little miss was inside, the boys played some monster golf and just because he wasn't wet enough already, little man had fun with the puddles as well.
 
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Since everyone else was occupied, I went around and took some pics of my FO's and whatever else I could find.
 
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It seemed like everything was wet at one point or another and there was lots of fungus to be found.
 
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The nice thing about spacing out visits to the lake is that the little changes here and there are more noticeable.
 
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I loved how the spider webs looked in the morning, covered in dew and rain drops. Webs were everywhere, it was crazy.
 
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Yesterday little man found this moth outside of the school. It was pretty close to dead and we're not sure what happened to it but he had never held a moth that large before and thought it was cool. I hadn't either for that matter.  Naturally, he said we had to take it home.
 
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Somehow tomorrow is the start of school again. I knew during the start of June that I would blink and today would be here. I have a 4th Grader and a 3rd Grader now. Where does the time go?