Monday, August 10, 2015

Love It or List It...

We've been having our own version of HGTV's Love It or List It.  If you've been around for any length of time, you know I had no lost love for this house, The Big Bah-Nilla. It is in a very small community... meaning that... there are few listings available at any one point in time.  Our old home was due to close... and, well, you get the picture.  Decisions had to be made. 

I'm, generally speaking, good at blooming where I am planted.  I love houses... and I love making them into a HOME... OUR home.  But, I've struggled this time.  We've done lots of work... and, it looks pretty good... still, it just doesn't FEEL like home.

(This is almost that same shot BEFORE.  All the old carpet came out... wood went down... board and batten was added... and I couldn't WAIT to change that light fixture!!) 

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at a house that had just come on the market... it had a huge front porch... and a few other things that reminded me of our old home.  A FRENZY ensued getting this one ready to list...

And, then we came to our senses... the other house was just WAY bigger than we need.  We are still keeping an eye out... because I do believe you should LOVE coming home... every. single. time. you walk in the door.  I'm not sure I ever will again... but, I'm not willing to give up on that quite yet.

(Note the new steps and risers... Versus the old carpeted ones.)

For today, we are taking a deep breath and going into a bit of limbo... It would sure be easier if I'd just learn to LOVE IT... or not care if I don't.  Either way, it does make me happy to know we will have left The Big Bah-Nilla a bit better than we found it. 

Making things better than we find them... it's a good thing.  Living in limbo... not so much.  ;)

blessings ~ tanna
PS note the Maidenhair Fern is still alive... for now.  =)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch: The Behemoth Shawl

Here's the scoop:
Free Pattern: Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch

There is a link on the pattern's Ravelry page for an authorized English translation with chart.

I used almost all of three skeins of Noro Tayio Sport in colorway 11.  Size H hook.

There was a border I did not do.  It had points... and they just didn't look right with my scallops, so I just did a row of single crochet for my last row.

This is a very fast project and easy to memorize the four row repeat.

Of course, I'm smitten with the colors of Noro. 

And, I love the feel of this mostly cotton yarn. 
My Ravelry page:  here.

Because there can never be too many beautiful colors in the world...

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Maidenhair Fern, Sleepy Girl and Giant Shawl...

So, yesterday in the grocery store I couldn't resist this maidenhair fern.  I admire them EVERY time I see them... well, I succumbed.  Then, this morning I read Betsy's post (because she got one, too) about how persnickety they are.... and, I remember... having one before that didn't last any time at all!  Cross your fingers it hangs in here with me.  I welcome any words of wisdom.  {smile}

Our sleepy Little Miss B... Taking her time waking up.  Pure sweetness! 

I finished this behemoth shawl and I LOVE it!  I'll share the pattern details soon. 

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Lots of yard work been going on around here... cleaning... THAT kind of stuff! 

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
~ Beverly Sills

blessings ~ tanna

Friday, July 17, 2015

Glimpses of Sea Island, GA

I'm not sure I've ever been to a more beautiful place than Sea Island...

Developed in 1926... it still has an OLD feel even though the original buildings have long been replaced at the hotel...

There was beach walking... and relaxing...

Sight seeing...

And, a wonderful bicycle tour... The marsh on the west side of the island looked like something straight out of a Nicolas Sparks novel.

The beautiful old homes with giant moss laden oaks were a delight to see...

AND, there was cooking school at The Georgian Room, Georgia's only Five Star restaurant.  I've always wanted to cook in a BIG kitchen!  Ha!

Yep, we made these, with lots of help of course.  {smile}

Rest and relaxation at its finest...

Now, back to the real world... {sigh...}

"I have found that sitting in a place where you have never been before can be inspiring."
~ Dodie Smith

blessings ~ tanna

Sunday, July 12, 2015

R & R

My Beloved and I are off today for a couple of days of grown-up rest and relaxation... A mini-vacation in the midst of a busy summer...

With all of our recent company, my knitting and crochet production has been almost nil!  However, I did manage to continue adding to the stack of wash/dish cloths.  Such fun little quickies!  And, a shawl I'll share later.

I am not usually much on photo editing... but, I enjoyed playing with PicMonkey a little.  The trouble for me is that if a little is good... more is better.  Not.  Ha!  I tend to get carried away with any new toy.  Have you tried PicMonkey?  What do you think?

I'm packing one crochet project and one knitting project... =)  Much easier choices than my clothes! 

blessings ~ tanna


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