Thursday, December 23, 2010

Once upon a time....

.... a long time ago ( well just over 3 months ago) I used to blog! So here I am back again hoping that I will be able to blog a bit more regularly than I have been doing.

What a year it has been! I have made pounds upon pounds of soap and bath products that I think I could now do it in my sleep... in fact I think at times I probably have. Every weekend since the middle of July I have stayed at my daughters house soaping away, sometimes til 2 o'clock in the morning. As we got closer and closer to Christmas we were literally working around the clock. It was a tremendous amount of work for just two people. We made it fun though and chocolate helped a lot!

I do have to admit that I did have some time for other things to. I still ventured out on my lovely walks and hubby still took those great pictures. This is Joan. All 1500 hundred pounds of her. I met her on a delightful day at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. She was so very kind to share her wonderful fishy breath with us! I kind of like Joan... what a gal!

I made a point of trying to walk regularly down at the Nisqually Refuge (one of my favorite places in the whole wide world). We have so many terrific photo's that it is going to be really hard to pick some, but here goes. A Yellow Rumped Warbler sitting atop a measuring stick.
A Golden Crowned Kinglet looking very beautiful on a moss covered branch. A tiny Hummingbird catching snowflakes on his tongue. A Ruby Crowned Kinglet that was quite hard to photograph as they barely stay still for a second. I have to admit that this was the first time I had seen a Great Egret down at the refuge so I was pretty excited and stood watching him (or her) for quite sometime.
Well I could fill many pages with all of the animal pic's that were taken in the last 3 months. I will save the rest for future blogging.

Like many of you I still have sewing and knitting projects that are unfinished. I did manage to get some more socks knitted though and were very welcomed by my feet while out walking.

I also made a few things for my little Etsy store... and even sold a few things too.
These little pouches were fun and pretty quick to make. I just realized that I never showed some of the soaps that I made. We had an idea to make tiny guest soaps like little cakes for tea. We were really pleased with the results. Many people bought these for stocking stuffers.

Well I think that is about it for now... don't want to bore you with to long of a post.
Before I go I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the most wonderful New Year.

See you soon... I promise!


periwinkle said...

yooo hooo , nice to see you again, Joan is just adorable , how could you not love a face like that. As for the bird pics its impossible to pick a fave . Hope you all have a very merry christmas x

Sue said...

What fabulous bird photos. I want to hire your hubby to photograph my dogs. Now there's a challenge!

It's so good to hear from you and I'm thrilled that your daughter's little enterprise is doing so well. We all look forward to hearing from you again in the new year.

A very Merry Christmas to your whole family.

Layla said...

I love Joan! She's quite the classy lady!


Handmade in Israel said...

Yeah!!! You're back :)
Happy, happy Christmas. Thank you for letting me know you had posted! I love the photo of Joan (my dear Mum's name). I love the birds... all of them. And I love those sweet pouches. Looking forward to seeing more throughout the new year!

Bethany Hissong said...

Merry Christmas Kathy!!! Your photos are amazing! It's like looking through National Geographic... or better. Seriously good. And I think you're trying to tell us that you really are an elf and have been in the North Pole where internet service isn't good... that's why we haven't heard from you! ;) I know. Have a great holiday and an even better 2011!!!

Bethany Hissong said...

I didn't leave a note on the order, but when I saw the VW Camper, I knew it had to be mine!! ;)Thank You!!

Terri Fisher said...

Merry Christmas! So glad to see a post from you! The photos are awesome as son loved the photo of Joan! Off to check out your Etsy store!

hetty said...

Hurray! You're back! I missed you. It's great to hear that your daughter's little soap business is doing so well. Love those bird shots. Keep those posts coming! I love reading your blog.

Magia da Inês said...

♥♫ Querida amiga,

"Que o Natal não seja apenas uma data... mas um estado de espírito a orientar nossa vida... e que o amor se renove a cada ano da nossa convivência."

♫♫♫ Feliz Natal!!!

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annemarie said...

What a nice Christmas gift to see you back!! I have really missed you and wish you and your family a blessed new year.