Farmer’s Market

This afternoon, we went to the local Farmer’s Market, which I’d heard great things about. It did not disappoint!

luscious greens!


The market is held on a farm, where there is also a store where they sell amazing bulk items, as well as regular groceries and cheese, of course.

        Beautiful greenhouse.    


green bay packers goods are everywhere around here.


 I think we’ll be back next week!  If you’re ever around Barron, Wisconsin on a Thursday, check it out! 

Another day of vacation

The fairy house survived the rain/night! 

 I took better bear photos! 


This guy stole my chair when I left it for a minute.   

Then he got a little too curious about my knitting.  Apparently a dropped ball of yarn bears a strong resemblance to a dropped ball.   

The Wee Girl staked out the neighborhood from the front lawn. 

There was also rain, which was very exciting to us Californians!

Bargain Bill’s and Bears

With unstuffed bears piling up (if you consider two bears a pile, which I do, because I like to finish my bears as I go!), I really wanted to find fiberfill without having to drive very far. Luckily, my mom reminded me about Bargain Bill’s in Rice Lake (Wisconsin). It’s a craaaaaaazy place!

This is the craft hangar, I mean room. My photos don’t do it justice.  It’s so huge, there are so many goods…

 But the Wee Girl and I managed to get just the fiberfill and a crafty project each for her and the Wee Boy. 

And thus, I was able to finish my pile of bears this evening. 

 Meet Teresa and Unique! And pardon the late night lighting.  
Teresa is named for an aunt of mine.   Unique is named for the character on Glee.  

In non-yarny craft news, the kids and I worked on a fairy house today. Well…. I struggled to make something stable-ish out of driftwood and nails, while they wandered around, sometimes deciding on the decor, sometimes climbing fences and pretending twine is a lasso…

The result will topple if you so much as look at it sideways, but the kids are pleased. As you can see, by the end I was so over it that I merely placed the last bits of birchbark roofing rather than securing it. It’s raining now, so I wonder what it’ll look like tomorrow!  


(Almost) hometown LYS/coffee shop!

Today I met up with one of my oldest friends at our other old friend’s small business, which happens to be a knitter’s dream; a coffee shop/yarn store!!  It’s called the Brew House and is located on the north side of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

justin owns and runs the shop with hisn wife , Jen (not pictured). the three of us pictured here had some awfully good times in high school and college, and I’m so happy to be reunited !

Past the front room where you order, you find a small room with various handmade things; bibs, soaps, candles, handspun yarn…

  The next room contains big shelves of yarn. Some are well known brands like Cascade, others I hadn’t seen.    



how cute are these??


and notions!

They also sell local yarn, which I was so pleased to see! It’s beautiful and soft, and I might need to buy some as a souvenir. Blue Hills Fiber Mill- the Blue Hills are not far from my home town and are especially pretty in the autumn.

I’ll be back several times during my visit, so I have plenty of time to choose a souvenir yarn. 🙂 🙂 🙂


My past (craft) life

Back in high school and college, I was really into drawing and cross-stitch. I dabbled in painting, tie dye, etc., but pencil drawing and cross-stitch were my favorites.  Visiting my parents, there are plenty of examples- here are some! 

some of my drawings from college- i was rarely without my sketchbooks!


a batik from high school


cross-stitch- this one earned me a grand champion ribbon at the county fair!


cross-stitch samer, maybe from college?


i made this for my dad, who was in a gospel quartet and also sang solos at church.


i think this was my first big project- 8th grade.

i made this one for my grandparents, who loved gardening!

 I also enjoyed, then purged, lots of awards and mementos from 4-H, FHA, Forensics, French speaking contests, spelling bees, cheerleading, etc!


plaques from spelling bees and 4-H, mostly


i had no idea how many ribbons and pins i had!


some of my favorite pins.


Ahhhh the nostalgia.  Thanks to Mari Kondo, though, I had little trouble throwing a lot away, giving my parents back some precious storage space! No regrets! 

A real summer day

Today I took the kids to the swimming pool and park where I spent most of my summer days as a kid. 

aside from the addition of some water slides, nothing has changed!


I was so surprised to find much of the park equipment I remembered playing on completely unaltered.


creepy clown wants to play!


living on the edge


leo the litter lion? how can you feed him at the top of the swings?!

The walk back to my parents’ house was hot and tiring, and I was over the moon when my dad told me to slow down, then handed me this:

he has good taste in beer.

The day ended with an impressive performance by Fritz, the giant cat.

he’s so long!!

In knitting news, I’m almost done with my T bear!  

Now off to bed! Good night!