Sunday, December 14, 2014

Checking in!

What has everyone been up to?  I'm sure everyone has been busy getting ready for Christmas.  I am happy to report that we are done shopping!  I am not sure who is more excited for Christmas the kids or I!  Ever since the kids were little they had their list of things they wanted.  We usually got the items on the list (within reason).

Last year my husband and I thought of gifts that were not even on their wish list.  I don't even think the kids ever asked for these.  Last year we got them each a tablet.  They absolutely loved them!!  Well this year is the same story.  I am so excited I could almost burst.  But because my blog goes directly to Facebook my kids might see this so I must remain quiet. 

I mentioned to my kids that perhaps we will let them open all of their gifts now so we can just sleep in on Christmas.  Hannah chimed in and said, "But Mom its the rules! You have to open them on Christmas."  I asked her who made up the rules? To which she says, "Grandpas and Grandmas from long ago."  Haha I love her so much! 

Our family has made HUGE strides this year.  We have repaired relationships and once again have become a close family.  Oh sure we still have our moments but every family does.  I just love these three so much I feel like my heart might burst.  Joy has been my focus word this year.  I have made it a point to seek the joy in everyday instead of the problems.  I honestly feel that is what helped us as a family.  We all started seeking God in every moment of everyday. 

This week is my last week of work until after the New Year.  I am really looking forward to being home for those days.  The kids and I have a bunch of goodies we want to make.  There are cutout cookies to bake and decorate, candy to make, and caramel popcorn. 

How do you prepare for Christmas?  For the first year in many years we are ready for it.  Usually we are out shopping still on Christmas Eve.  This year my husband and I will be able to relax and enjoy everything Christmas has to offer.  I honestly think that is what I'm most excited about.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Woolery on Main Street~A Hometown Shop

I just love this shop!  Now that life has settled down I plan on utilizing it more!  The Woolery on Main Street is a family owned business.  The owners are a couple of very talented ladies.  The store has a home-like feel from the moment you step in the door.

No matter what day you visit you will find someone working on a project.  Here is one of the owners, Libby, working on something.  Her work is just beautiful.  Never before have I set foot into a store and felt completely at home.  If you live in our area you must stop in.

There are completed items you can purchase or you can find knitting supplies to make your own.  I could just sit here for hours!  Speaking of sitting and knitting...every Wednesday you can bring your projects to the shop and work on them.  It is called the "Sit and Knit Night". 

The "Sit and Knit Night" is not just for knitting.  You can bring any kind of project to work on.  I know for me having a night set aside to work on something would be perfect. 

For the men in your life there is a whole display of handmade fishing lures.  It was nice because my husband stood there looking at these while I chatted with Libby.  Oh I could very well drive to the city and get the supplies I need, but why would I want to?  Everything I need is right here.

Knitting needles in every size you can think of.  I don't know about you, but this picture really makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.  LOL!!  I was blessed to receive an old suit case filled with my grandmother's knitting needles.  I just cherish it!  I am currently re-learning how to knit.  I use to knit with my grandmother in the summer when I would visit.

As you can see from the picture above there are a nice selection of crochet hooks as well.  I want to try the ones on the bottom right in the picture. 

The other owner, Debbie (in the red scarf), is the rug hooking extraordinaire.  Her work is stunning!  I cannot wait to learn from her how to make these rugs.

In January I hope to start taking classes in rug hooking.  I have wanted to learn for sometime now but the time just wasn't right.  The shop holds a number of classes each month.  If you want to learn how to knit, crochet or rug hook give them a call. 

If we don't pass on valuable skills like knitting, crocheting and rug hooking to the next generation they will become a thing of the past.  Most people are connected to their phones and electronic devices they do not see things right in front of them.  Local places like The Woolery on Main Street are a great way to pass on those skills. 

A large selection of wool is waiting for you!  When I felt this wool I was immediately transported back to my grandmothers house.  She had this wool blanket I would use.  When you shop at a local shop you put the money right back into your community.

A lot of the yarn comes from local farms.  So again it is keeping the money right in our community.  The yarn on this shelf was so soft! 

You can see from the pictures there are a wide variety of colors available.  So why drive 30 plus minutes when you can go around the corner for what you need. 

So if you still need a gift for the crafter in your life stop in here.  Or if you are looking for that one of a kind gift you will find it here.  There are many handmade items available.  From scarves, rugs, shawls, coasters and so much more! 

We all have that person in our life that is hard to buy for.  Come on into The Woolery on Main Street to find that perfect gift.

You may even find a very unique gift.  In the picture above is a bracelet made from an old knitting needle. I think you can see why I just LOVE this shop! The hours are Thursday~ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday~ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday~10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday~11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hometown Holidays

I just love living in our small community.  We really are a family here.  Many of us stay right here and raise our families.  I honestly would not have it any other way!  Today was one of those reasons we just love it here.  It was our annual Hometown Holidays.  The community was a buzz of activity.  It was all started off by a parade.

I know all across the US the police are getting ridiculed about things.  We are very fortunate to have a very dedicated police department.  Police have one of the toughest jobs on earth.  Very rarely do they get the thanks they deserve.

Katrina and Hannah got a couple of kazoos today.  They were playing them trying to play some Christmas carols.  When along came this gentleman with his very used guitar.  He played right along with them.  Soon a crowd gathered round to hear the music while we waited on the parade.

My son Andrew (in the blue hat) and his friend riding with the FD in the parade.  I can never get a "good" face from him.  LOL

This has to be my favorite shot of the whole day!!  I love how the reflection captured our Main Street.

A lot of our school organizations participated in the parade.  Here is the marching band.  We also had the girls soccer team (who just happen to be our section champs), girl scouts, churches and more. 

I cannot forget the men who keep our streets cleared of snow. Our highway department is one of the best around.  Our highway men work so hard day and night throughout the winter months.

I can see my daughter Hannah dressing like this in years to come.  She just adores everything Christmas.

This truck speaks for itself.  Our fire department men and women are another dedicated group in our community.  I'm sure you get tired of hearing me say that but it really is true.

Here comes Santa!!  After the parade we all made our way down the street to the lighting of the town Christmas tree!  It was lit by our mayor and Santa!

A lot of the food items in town were free.  They were given out by the businesses in town.  We had baked potatoes, popcorn, coffee, soup, hot chocolate and so much more!  After the tree was lit we headed into the fire department for the vendor sale.

It was packed!  Which is such a great thing for the people of our community.  We all love to shop local so we keep the money within our community. 

The fire department explorer group was selling hot dogs and hamburgers to raise money for new gear.  So of course I had to get a picture of this good looking group.

Of course my son is the one without the smile! 

One of the local churches had a cookie decorating station.  Hannah could have stayed here all day.  She was so in her element.

After the fire hall visit we headed out to explore the shops.  One of my favorite shops is called The Woolery on Main Street.  It is here I will be taking rug hooking classes in January.  I will show you a few pictures now but will be doing a full blog post on this wonderful shop.

Can you see why this is my favorite place in town??  There are just shelves and shelves of yarn and wool.  Every kind imaginable. 

This is a bracelet made out of an old knitting needle.  I love it!  This shop has a little of everything.

Right in front of the window is fishing lures for sale.  So ladies bring your husbands! You can browse while he looks at the fishing lures.

I really cannot wait to learn how to rug hook!!  I have adored these for ages. 

Yarn isn't the only thing I can buy at this shop.  There are a wide variety of knitting needles available as well.  It is so nice having this here.  I don't have to go to the city to get what I need.  It is all right here.

Next we headed to my second favorite shop in town.  A place called Country Junktion.  It just happens to be next door to the yarn shop.

I really hope Santa brings me a pair of wool mittens.  Normally I cannot wear wool, but these are lined with fleece.  So warm and comfy.

The line for the cash register!  This was great!  This store has so much in it.  It is full of primitives, antiques and handmade crafts. 

This corner transports me back to my childhood. So many items remind me of being a kid.

Last weekend I purchased a penny rug kit.  I cannot wait to get started on it.  Once I get the hang of it I plan on purchasing a few of these patterns.

That snowman mitten is adorable!  I may have to go back and get this for our dining room.  The basket with fruit is another favorite.  This shop can (and is) a dangerous place at times.  LOL!

This doll was just like the one Laura Ingalls broke on an episode of Little House.  Laura and Mary were playing catch when Laura missed the ball.  She fell back onto her beloved doll breaking the head.  Hannah just stood there and admired the doll.

So if you are ever in this area these shops are a MUST!  Seek out your community local shops.  Support them so they remain in your town.  Do you have any community traditions like we do for Christmas?