There is nothing more satisfying than putting the final touches on a long running project. My son's work and fishing friend Ernie and his wife are expecting their second son in a few weeks so I wanted to make the new little guy something special to keep him warm when he arrives. Thus I made him a blanket using my "Sea Shell on the Half Shell" pattern and my roll brim hat pattern.
For the edging I did one row of double crochet and one row of picots. The blanket looks odd shaped in this photo but I was not able to get my arms high enough to get a centered photo. :-)
I used my favorite yarn right now.. the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in "Candied" color using my G hook.
Kristi put it in a gift bag with a cute little onesie she bought for the baby and Travis took it to work today to deliver it. :-)
The weekend was busy with stowing away turkey decorations and getting the tree put up and some lights across the front of the house. Kristi steam cleaned the carpet in the living room and our master bedroom, too. I finished up the hat with Buddy on my lap.
This magazine arrived so I finished up reading the Coastal Living mag that was all about Hawaii and have not cracked open this one as yet. I'm going to savor this one.
Tree up.. the box of decorations is out. I need to put away my nautical decor on the mantel and bring out the wreath and little trees and stockings.
This is how the mantel looks most of the year, two large pieces of coral, my two brass ship's lanterns and two prized Japanese glass floats from Kristi's grandfather's collection. On the hearth is a vintage cast iron cauldron filled with large pine cones and a basket of white bark logs from our Birch trees and a brass fireplace set I got from a 100 year old friend of mine, Weltha Wilson, at her estate sale. And the print is by Captain Lars, a noted nautical painter. I got this print as a trade from him for making a website for him.. and I met with him at his house in California to discuss what he wanted on the site. That was quite a memory! He and his wife were very charming.
I'm reading a new book on my iPad, below. I'm not far into it but I'm enjoying learning about first Key West and now we've just landed in Cuba and I'm learning a lot about that place! Are you reading anything you would like to recommend?
Kristi is having a procedure done today so we'll be taking care of her for a while. Our son Shawn is starting a new job today at Nabisco where our son Travis is happily employed.
I am struggling staying on the low carb regimen.. to be honest it's so hard to think of things for my meals. Yesterday I had a half of a KNOW cookie for breakfast and didn't have anything until 4 pm when I was starving but not one thing in the fridge looked good at all so I had a melt down. It's very disruptive to a household when one person can't eat what everyone else is eating. I'm honestly not sure what to do. But I will be off to swim soon. Wishing you a wonderful week. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)