Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Loves...

This one has a little Valentine Day color, doesn't it?  Part of the stash busting plan implemented last year. 

Noro colors are just so stinking fun to use and this simple slip stitch pattern shows them off very well.   Mixing the long color changes is what makes this so interesting.

And, then there are the REAL Valentine Loves!  My Beloved and I went to Ft. Worth this past weekend to watch our two grandsons play basketball.  Alex, a.k.a. Little Man, is just getting so big... and so grown-y.  He is such a good boy.

Our Roo (though he decided to go by "Andrew" at school this year and only be called Roo at home) is growing way too quickly to suit his Noni and Pop Pop.  He had so much JOY playing his game!   It was our JOY to be there with them.

My Beloved sent these beautiful flowers.  I am so very, very thankful that he loves me so... and  I love him right back.  ;)

Wishing each of you a Happy Valentine's Day!

"It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are."
~ Joyce Carol Oats

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The beautiful Tulip Trees throughout the neighborhood shout that spring is on its way!!  And, I just love it!

Two weeks ago,  I unpacked my watercolor "stuff".  And, then I stared at it for a week... I always feel immobilized  after stopping ANYTHING for awhile... but, particularly with painting.  It's like I'm afraid I can't do it.  I've found that, while the fear of "ruining" something I've already started is GREAT,  a partially done painting is my best place to start back.  It's like jumping in the pool... takes your breath away... but, then it gets better.

I started this one in my last Soon Y. Warren workshop in 2014 and am happy to report that it was EXCITING to call it finished last week!  I haven't had time to start a new project yet... that will be my next hurdle.  LOL!

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with one of my dearest friends, Milha.  The company was good as always and the DECOR of The Grove in Tyler, TX just rings my bell!  This is an outdoor area they have... one of many fun, fun spots to enjoy for an 'eat, drink and be merry' adventure.

You just have to love this!  Milk life for all it's worth!! 

Let's get out there and start milking.  ;)

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Decemberist, Fun with Friends, and Good Advice...

The 2017 knitting has started on a roll!  Ha!  Two weekends in a row I've finished shawls... big shawls.  This one was quick because of the size of the yarn and the needles (though I do find it hard on my hands to use such big needles).

The pattern:  The Decemberist by Melanie Berg (all info here).

It is BIG. BOLD. And, SUBSTANTIAL!  I love it!

Along with the knitting, there's been fun with my golfing buddies!  Last Tuesday the SUN finally came out and we could hardly wait to soak it up!  It's sunny now, too... guess where I'm heading.  ;) (yes, I'm the one whose head is turned turned talking).

My Beloved and I enjoyed Sunday Gospel Brunch at LOVE and WAR in TEXAS with framily (friends who are family) then enjoyed soaking up more sun on the deck for the rest of the afternoon!  Good times.

This is a piece of good advice... I remind myself, too.

Wishing a wonderful week to my peeps...

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Heart Songs

I spent most of last week with The Little Men & Co.  Have I mentioned how I adore these little peeps??  ;)  Amanda and I found these fun Valentine wreaths at Hobby Lobby while I was there.  They make me smile.

Other things that make me smile... snuggle time with Roo while we were in the pick-up line waiting on Alex to get out of school. 

And, the sweet treasures that were bestowed on me... Heart songs...

"You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."  ~ Kahlil Gibran

I so deeply appreciate the pieces of themselves they give through their creativity and love.  I am blessed beyond measure. 

The Big Easy II crossed the finish line Saturday evening and was blocked on Sunday!  HAPPY to have a replica of my old favorite.  ;)

I hope each of you have a wonderful week... and find a place to give of yourselves... I'm on the lookout for my spot, too. 

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gray Days...

It has been very, very gray lately.  I'm convinced that God gave us seasons to teach us that 'this too shall pass'.   And... that the Light will always come...

The signs of that are all around us...  A spot of brightness in the gloom.

Or... perhaps my very favorite plant... cuttings from Mom's sedums.  In the most bleak days of winter they BEGIN to emergeA herald of hope.  I know the beautiful plant they will become... as they press forth from these dark days.

It comforts me when I see a loved one struggle with dark days to know that God is always at work... a.l.w.a.y.s. at workUnder the dead leaves, new life is pushing forth.  It will be beautiful.

In the cold gray, I've snuggled under a blanket and begun work on the border... binding off The Big Easy II.  It's a long way around...

But, I'm making good progress...

Not quite halfway yet... But, it's coming!  ;)

For God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. ~ II Corinthians 4:6

May you feel the Light around us this week...
blessings ~ tanna


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