Thursday, July 31, 2014

Camping and Zombies

The kids and I have had a pretty quiet week. Staying up late and sleeping in, lounging around watching movies and eating popsicles. It's been really hot and humid outside, so none of us have ventured out there much. There's been the occasional bike ride or trip to the store for treats, but other than that we've been quite content to hide out in the house where the air conditioning is. 

Mom and dad picked up another window air conditioner for us. With one on each level of the house now, we've been staying comfortably cool and sleeping so much better at night. 

  I still seek out the veranda first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee and and basket full of crochet supplies. If I'm lucky, I can usually spot a squirrel or a fox wandering casually by. There's a noisy crow that always sits on the telephone wires and squawks at me. 
 Ninja kitty appears from his secret hiding spot somewhere in the backyard. His meows sound croaky, like he's just woken up too. I fill up his bowl with food and give him a splash of milk for a treat. He rolls around on the faded floorboards and waits for his belly to be scratched. 
I dangle some of my fabric yarn above his head and despite being a serious hunting cat, he playfully bats it around and attacks it. 

I'm so happy with how my first attempt at making a rag rug turned out! :)  I started out by digging through my stash of fabric and ripped the scrap pieces into 1" wide strips. Then I rolled the strips into balls and started crocheting. This was the result:   
I checked out a few patterns, but ended up settling on one I found on Pinterest. It was the most basic one and it yielded the best results. Simple is always better, I say. 

I'm definitely going to be making more of these. I have a few craft shows coming up this winter and fall and I feel like these will probably sell well. My only concern is that I'm going to run out of fabric! I guess I'm going to have to start visiting thrift stores and bugging friends and family to hand over their old t-shirts and bed sheets & fabric scraps :) 

In addition to lounging and crocheting, we've also been making frequent trips to the lake - which are usually followed by me taking a random turn on an unfamiliar gravel road in search of undiscovered treasures. These random detours never fail to disappoint me. 

The kids chatter excitedly in the backseat while I navigate the mini van through old farmyards and stop to take pictures. Chloe is certain there are zombies lurking beyond the dark doorways. Seamus exclaims "We're all gonna die!".

This barn was mesmerizing and magnificent. It's not far from where I live and yet this is the first time I've stumbled upon it. I really wanted to get out and sneak a peek inside, but Chloe's comment about zombies was still fresh in my mind and so I decided not to. Maybe another time? :)

I'm preparing for another Farmer's Market this weekend at a local Provincial Park. I love the group of artists that are always there selling their wares. Such a friendly bunch of folks.

I also managed to snag a spot at the campground there despite it being a busy long weekend. It's been years since I've camped in a tent but I'm looking forward to it! A craft show combined with a camping trip - how awesome is that?! Needless to say, I've got a lot of packing and preparations to do. Yikes...where to start??

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