Friday, November 21, 2014

Lazy Morning

It's a day off for my big kids, conferences, and we have been having a super lazy morning.
The Elder and Younger are procrastinating their chores by playing together, so I am not really pressing the issue.
The Youngest is preparing an art installation on the stairs,
and I am digging into the Christmas music.
It's been a while since I have gone through my favorite Christmas music and played whole albums, rather than putting it all on super shuffle, but today felt like the day to do it.
First there was When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Connick, Jr. followed by Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas and now it's That Spirit of Christmas by Ray Charles.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of any of these perfect recordings.
What's your favorite music for getting into the spirit?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny today,
It's been a flurry of knitting lately.
I have had a couple of client commissions for christmas stockings and the Elder needed new mittens and scarf. So, it's a good thing that it's been one of the coldest Novembers on record.
This morning I am finishing up with the neckwarmer for the Elder, and the reading I have been doing is almost none, though I did have to pull out the America's Test Kitchen cookbook to whip up some banana bread.
What's on your needles lately?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yarn Along

Good morning, friends.
I am home sick from work this morning.
The cough and gross I could do without, but it does give me an opportunity to join Ginny for Yarn Along.
It's been two months since my last day at the yarn shop, and I have noticed a major drop-off in my knitting.
I did manage to knit a sweater for a customer, one of my last, and I also whipped up this hat.

I also read 3 books in the past month, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Princess Bride (both on the kindle, so I can't really photograph them) and Little Bee which I picked up from a Little Free Library.
I loved Little Bee until the end, Has anyone read it? 
What's on your needles today?
Joining Ginny

Monday, October 13, 2014


Yesterday began my seventh year of blogging.
This is, by far, the longest time I have ever journaled, and even though I lose my mojo once in a while, it's nice to know that this space is here for me.
This weekend was so beautiful, it reminded me of the first time I went out for fifthlamp photos.
The leaves are in tip top color, and the skies have been mostly clear.

Also, this weekend, we took a trip to the nearby Stillwater Pumpkin Festival.
We'd never been before, but I can see it becoming an annual tradition for us.
Really how can you beat cotton candy,
 giant pumpkins,
 and soda on a spectacular fall day?
Top that off with a giant pumpkin drop from a 100 ft. crane, and you have a recipe for an awesome afternoon

Here's to another year of fifthlamp fun,
thanks for hanging around with me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


We received notice of a drive at church to collect necessities for the refugee children from Central America. There are boxes for toothbrushes, and other hygiene products, clothes and dolls.
The Eldest and I decided to make a doll.
When I asked her how many we should make she told me that there are thousands of kids, but we compromised and decided that 8 was a good number.
Here are the first five. The sixth doll is on my sewing machine, but I just broke the needle so it'll be a little while before I dig out our extra needles and finish up the last three.
I am using the Olive  and Archie patterns from Wee Wonderfuls.
I had forgotten that the heads come out a little weird,  but I'm choosing to embrace it. The fabric was mostly from my stash, except the faces, which helps us declutter, so this project is good all around
Joining Nicole today for KCCO

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kid's Clothes Week.

I saw a notice today that announced the next kid's clothes week, and I couldn't be more excited.
It's been a while since I joined Meg, I always have the best intentions, but then I get busy or lazy or both.
There's a theme this time - Storybook.
kid's clothes week\
I love the idea of taking inspiration from a storybook. About 5 years ago I knitted a sweater based on an illustration by Jan Brett from Annie and the Wild Animals.

Even though Kid's Clothing Week Challenge is a sewing challenge, I think I'll try an outfit with a sweater and something sewn. 
Also, I have always wanted to make up those overalls from the book, perhaps I can get those going for the challenge too.
Time to start poring over my favorite books.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Beginnings

As I was perusing the blogs this morning someone pointed out that Back-to-School time is much like New Year's Eve for making resolutions and clearing out clutter.
I have found, over the years, that I never have been able to get over the sense of new beginnings this time of year.
Nearly every job I have ever had has either begun or ended in late August/Early September, something in my body tells me it's time.
Last week I worked my last shift at Treadle Yard Goods (my favorite fabric shop), and yesterday I taught my final class at The Yarnery.
It occurred to me the other day that with the completion of my time there I am ending a 20 year run of retail work.
This weekend also marks the end of the 7th job I have had on Grand Ave, which is a shopping/restaurant destination here in Saint Paul.
I am pretty conflicted about it, I loved the work and the people, but this will give me more time to teach piano and spend time with my family.
For my last class one of my students brought a box of strawberries, and another brought a bottle of wine to share.
And then, as I was walking out of the door, I bumped into a former student who thanked me for teaching her to knit (it was probably about 10 years ago, and she's kept it up beautifully), that was a perfect way to close out my time there.
Now it's time for the Herculean task of knitting and sewing through the stash that I have accumulated over the past dozen years of working in fibers.
I have so many plans, over a decade-worth.
I think it's going to be prudent to set aside one night a week for sewing.
The big kids are in Disney World right now with my parents, and Sunday morning I was able to make them each a couple of pairs of pajama shorts for the trip.
Super fast and easy, and a nice gateway into sewing again.
Also, I have a birthday party coming so I am super excited to do some dolly sewing.
Here's to new beginnings out there.