Things I Do When It’s Snowing

The recent snow in the Philadelphia has given me a ton of down time here at home. Naturally, I took on one to many projects but here are a few that I managed to get done. Sadly, I don’t have Photo’s to represent them all. 

Decorate the Mantel. I had a little too much fun with this. I used some fishing line to hang decorations over the mantel and gathered every pink colored item I can and arranged them on it. This set up turned out to be way too much fun for the cat though. 

Baking Bread. In an attempt to make save money I decided to try and make my own bread. It turned out so well. I’m really glad it did because now I can make fresh bread for the husband to take to work for lunch. I made garlic, rosemary and olive oil mini’s and a cinnamon swirl loaf. 

Coloring owls. I started coloring the owls I drew for Kya’s calendar just to see how they would look and I like them. I don’t know if I will color all of them but here are a few. 

I also managed to finish the baby blanket for Carolynne and sent it to her. It was the first blanket I have ever completed so I am now able to cross the off my Life List! Unfortunately, I was so excited to get it finished that I sent it to her without getting pictures. 

 

I’m Currently…

Decorating. Well, attempting to. This past holiday season, we finally decided that we needed a new couch. The first one we got was a hand me down and with each day we began to hate it more and more. It was way too big and had absolutely no character. The dog gnawed at the bottom of it and we just didn’t care. We were a little shy about buying a new couch at first because of the cost but ultimately we picked one and it has been the best decision we made as a married couple yet. I also noticed that it gave us a clean slate to work with decorating wise and we’ve taken full advantage of it. When it’s all done, I’ll get some pictures of it. I sort of wish we had taken before and afters. Oh well!

Crocheting a Canadian Flag baby blanket for little baby Ezri Jessica and her momma, Carolynne. I feel really bad that I’m not doing too good at getting it done in a timely manner but it’s taking more time than I thought it would. Poor Ezri will be full grown before I get it done, haha! But I’m hoping that Carolynne likes it and that it’ll be something they can hold onto for a while. The pattern I came up with is really simple but somehow simple translated into time consuming. I love to crochet and I would do it all day if I could but I wish I could get it to them sooner!

Sewing and Screen printing. Screen printing, in a nutshell, is a pain. It’s rewarding when you finally get the result you want but it has been trial and TONS of error. My sewing machine has been on the fritz too. Sometimes it will literally chew and spit out the fabric. I haven’t used it very long and I’ve tried looking up what I might be doing to cause the problem but all signs are pointing to me needing a new machine all together. 

Drawing lots of owls. Just because I wanted to. They were a really good exercise and I was able to turn them into a mini calendar for Kya

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Germantown

When I accepted Josh’s marriage proposal, I accepted way more than I realized. I accepted that he wanted to stay in this city (a bit too close to the in-laws) and that this was going to be my home. Love blinded me when I made the decision to settle down in this, what I thought, dead end location. I complained about it’s noisy people and it’s streets that seemed to be cramped with houses. I would even complain about the little things like how young the trees are on our street and how my children would be taller than them once they were teenagers. My poor Husband would apologize each time (but not agree to move. How about that?) until one day, he grabbed my hand and said:

“Let’s go for a walk.”

I knew when we bought that house, that we were in a sought after neighborhood. It’s not nearly as ritzy as the neighboring Chestnut Hill but Germantown is a scenic, historic and diverse part of Philadelphia. There are grand homes that still stand and are inhabited after a three hundred+ years. Some of them so amazingly preserved by generations of families. Many of the streets still have the original cobblestone and brick road (ours included!). Some of the landscaping is as old as some of the houses. Our home is 113 years old and we found out that our azalea bush was a wedding gift to it’s original owner and is 92 years of age. I mean, wow.

Here are a few photos I took with my iPhone during my walk home from work. They really don’t do the beauty of Germantown justice. I think it’s safe to say that I’m smitten.

Original brick sidewalk
Original brick sidewalk
Swoon worthy entrance
Swoon worthy entrance
Old home covered in charming vines
Old home covered in charming vines