Shine's Thyme

Daily ramblings of a ridiculously happy housewife and mother. Come in and see how sweet life can be!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

So many smiles

This is my sweet Anna Catherine (on the left), and her dear friend Ella. Monday night was their mid-winter concert at The Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville. They are the sweetest little things. They met a little over three years ago in the orchestra and have been inseperable ever since. Both super cute and talented. Both first violins in their Youth Symphony. They have so much fun together, it's such a pleasure just to see them playing. I wonder if they'll always play violin? What will they look like 5 years form now in the midst of their teenage years? Will they be sweet then? Will they always treasure their friendship? So many questions to ponder, but in the meantime...I think I'll just enjoy all this "sweetness".

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A different season

It was a cold but sunny day, so we thought we'd go somewhere we hadn't been in a while. The U.T. Gardens. We went last summer when it was sweltering hot, let the kids chase butterflies and climb through giant twig huts. They searched for cystes and drank tons of juice boxes.
This day was quite different from that hot summer day. The plants and trees were mostly still sleeping, with just a few showing the beginning signs of life. We were very suprised to see a Cherry Blossom with a few droopy blooms.

But even on this cold winter day, we found lots to do. The kids still ran and played. The twig huts were gone, along with all the cystes, but we still saw wonderful stone structures. Lots of sweet birdies, and it was fun to see all the bones and lines of the gardens.

All in all it was a lovely day...but boy, are we ever looking forward to the long days of summer!
(I say that now, but the truth is I am a cold climate girl at heart)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

We LUV cupcakes

Today was all about the kids. Our support group was having a Valentines skating party and we were suppose to bring treats. My Anna was determined to take homemade cupcakes, even though she really isn't suppose to have them. "No store bought ones!" she said. " We have to make them!"
So...we baked cupcakes...and she took great pains in making them especially beautiful. I 'm afraid she's a bit of a perfectionist. She took a VERY long long she didn't have time for all her school work! (imagine that!) They were delicious however and she was delighted with them.

The skating party was a blast and even big brother had to admit that his sister brought the very best cupcakes there. And.....yes Anna was able to have one too<3

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Honey it's cold outside!'s been cold here! Not used to this kind of weather! This afternoon I went down to work in my sewing room, but it was so cold down there my fingers couldn't work properly! I had made this pretty bed caddy (inspired by my super talented knitting friend) and wanted to tweek it a bit. I should have gone down earlier, it was warmer, but I was too busy. So now I think I'll sit and knit awhile. Working on some really cute purple toasties for Anna. Maybe it'll be warmer tomorrow and my fingers wil be more agreeable!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

Yeah!!! I did it! Several years ago, I got the "spinning" bug. The art of spinning yarn just grabbed hold of me and that's all I could think about. I studied and studied and finally, hubby bought me a nice spinning wheel for Christmas. I learned what I could, but there just aren't many spinners out there to lend a helping hand when you need it. I've managed to spin some decent yarn, but I'm still a "reluctant spinner". Mainly because I am just not real confident about what I'm doing. After getting my wheel and spinning some yarn, I started thinking, "what am I going to do with all the yarn I spin?". I didn't knit or crochet, so....I started on another quest, to learn to knit. I got lots of books from the library and just kinda jumped right in there. I've dabbled with this for a couple of years now, knitting one scarf after another..a tobaggan here and there, but once again, not confident enough in my skills to tackle anything much. I have a friend that knits alot and has some gorgeous things she's made and I became increasingly envious. Sooooooooo, I decided "OK. I'm just gonna go for it". I found a pattern on for "Toasties". They are long gloves with no fingers, just thumbs. I'd never knittled thumbs! I've only knitted and purled. I've done a little increasing and decreasing, but not much. This pattern called for dropping stitches onto waste yarn and casting on with a backward loop. Other skills were called for that I had not yet acquired, but I didn't care! I liked the Toasties and I wanted some! I went to the yarn shop, bought my yarn, some new needles and set out to make my cuties. I was so confident I could do this, I even bought some yarn to make Anna a pair. I knew I was in trouble whe I couldn't even get started without calling my friend for help. She did help me though and I was on my way. On through the project, I had to make several more calls for help, but! ALAS! They're done! Here's a picture that really doesn't do them justice, they are simple superb! I found out that the only way to really learn something it just dive in and do it! Don't be afraid! I'm going to knit a sweater next! How's that for a novice?!?! And my spinning skills? All I can say is watch out sheep!