Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gosh, it's been a while...

Hello loyal followers! Sorry I've abandoned you for so long...
Just a quick recap of what's been going on at my house! Mom did her annual cherry pitting this year, with pretty stellar results. We put up three jars of Bings and three jars of Rainiers.

My strawberry pyramid really took off this year and produced enough strawberries to make a few batches of strawberry jam!

Some home improvement: I ripped out the corner cabinet that used to be perminently installed next to the old stove and replaced it with a cart off of CraigsList! It moves away from the stove so I can get everything clean and it provides much better storage and surface area. It's been great for canning!

More home improvement: we ripped out the carpet in the frontroom finally! I still have a ways to go before I can afford to repair and refinish it, but just having the nasty old carpet out is a big improvement. Although, it breaks my heart that someone would PAINT original hardwood floors- why, WHY?!?! The good news is that I don't think the floors in the bedrooms are painted, since the hallway was also spared. Someday soon, the carpet in those rooms will disappear as well...

Here I am pulling up sections of carpet and padding with Mary's assistance. Getting the carpet up wasn't what took the time- it was all the tack strips and thousands of staples! We were at it until dark.

You can see Mom's enthusiasm about pulling staples, even though ripping up the carpet was her idea...

And here it looks, done! Much better- the improvement in air quality alone made it worth it.

Here are a few shots from the scarf dye-day we held at my house. I attracted quite a bit of attention by wearing the scarves I dyed at Mom's house last summer, so there were a lot of Kettle ladies that attended the dye day at my house. Behold our creations!

My three. The one on the left has inspired a new colorway for Tanglewood Fiber creations: Becky's Blackberry.

How Alice felt about the excitement:

So, sorry again that it's taken me so long to post. I'll try to be more prompt in the future!

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