Saturday, October 29, 2011

Knitting, the next generation.

I have been trying to spend more time unplugged lately, so the knitting needles were pulled out this week after a long hiatus. I started working on a chunky gray lace patterned scarf for myself, and while doing so I heard, "Mo-o-o-o-m??? Can you teach me to knit?" This from could I say no? We sat down and I taught her the basics of a knit stitch. Poor yarn choice and skinny needles equaled quick frustration for both of us! So, today we tried again with thick needles and chunky yarn and she has been going like gangbusters all day. I'm so proud of her! Less than 24 hours and she is well on her way to a knitted scarf. Of course, Lauren decided to get in on the action too so needles are flashing and clicking all over the place. It
pleases me to know that my girls are learning at the same age I did, and my mom before me.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Good tunes, good times.

Good, good stuff!  Thoroughly enjoying browsing through my favorites on this album tonight.  Browsing through memories, too.  Dancing to "The Longest Time" with my favorite guy in my dorm room, singing along to "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" with friends, sleeping at a total strangers' house in Ames after a Billy Joel/Elton John concert, and singing along at the top of our lungs to virtually every song the last time we saw him in concert here in Omaha.  Truly, if you want an amazing concert experience then Billy Joel is one not to miss.  Just wait til the encore when he sings "Piano Man,"  or rather 10,000+ concertgoers sing it to him.  Awesome.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Best. Coffee. Ever.

And yes, it is from Costa Rica. We finally used up the stash we brought home from vacation, so it was Amazon to the rescue. It has become our "weekend" coffee, otherwise we'd get through the entire kilo much faster!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

And...back to crafting.

I guess this blog is titled iCraft and not iSunrise, so I thought I'd share a recent craft project completed.  Thanks to Nicole, (with props to Martha), we made some of these lanterns the other night.  So cute!  I decided to make a few more at home, since I have more jars than I know what to do with!  And we had a double sleepover last night so this made a great craft to do with all of the girls.  They painted the insides of their jars, transferred the faces onto tape, and helped peel the tape as I worked the xacto knife.  After it was dry I did the wire also.  Total supply cost was less than $10 for wire, paint, a few brushes and masking tape.  Go to the project link for complete instructions.  Ours will be out on our porch on Halloween!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Or obsession?

It makes my heart happy that my girls have learned, quite on their own, to watch the sunrise through bleary eyes at the breakfast table. This morning: "Look Mom, it's gonna be a good one today!" As for the boys in this family, well, they are up and out before the sun even tries to bound up into the sky. Missing out, I tell you.