Monday, June 24, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 24/52 and 25/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, I give you my all-vacation edition of this happy project.

While on our trip, we visited the Bear's hometown, a small rural community in northern Colorado, not far from the Wyoming border. This photo was taken at his former elementary school, which is built on the side of a steep hill. He had a lot of fun showing the small Bears around his school, which is quite different today than it was in the 80's when he attended, but some things were the same. Here, they are crossing a brand-new (ugly) Astroturf field built at the top of the school property. He was taking them up to the hill where the red dirt is, behind the "field"; he wanted to show them a rock outcropping he liked to play on at recess time. He and some friends liked to chip away the rock because it had veins of opal running through it. He found a broken piece while they were up there on this visit. The small Bears (and I) were duly impressed with their daddy for finding "jewels" in the ground. I'm impressed with the landscape too; it's a beautiful place for an elementary school. He played on that green hill every single day for six years, breathing fresh country air. I think that's how he got to be so nice.

The Bear and I really enjoyed our roof deck at the Denver apartment. We sat outside in the evenings after the small Bears had gone to bed. There were soft breezes and the sun was setting. We laid in a supply of beer and cider for ourselves when we first arrived, and it was really wonderful to have nowhere we needed to be, no chores to attend to, no children to supervise - we sat outside for hours, talking and laughing. I worked on my stash-buster project; I brought along a bagful of acrylic yarn scraps (not my beloved Stylecraft, but Red Heart, Vanna's Choice, I Love This Yarn) and just started working on something relatively large. I'll share more on that another time. Outdoor crochet is always a delight. Slightly tipsy crochet isn't so bad either.

I bought myself a few treasures on vacation. The Baby Cashemerino was a splurge, yes, but these were two shades I was unable to find in our local yarn shop. I would have needed to order them online, so really, I saved us money. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I picked up the other items in a wonderful place called Vines Vintage Market in Fort Collins, near the town where the Bear grew up. That's a vintage table cloth, in almost perfect condition, which they were selling for $10. The tag said it was from the 1940's. It fits my dining room table perfectly. It's covered in blue and gray roses with a pretty pink scroll-y design throughout. I'm in love with it! I'll show you soon how it looks on the table. The tin is also old, probably 1940's or 1950's (they weren't sure), but was also inexpensive. It's now in the dining room hutch with other interesting flotsam and is perfectly at home there.

My little Girl Bear made me happy when we visited Lamb Shoppe in Denver, where I bought the Debbie Bliss yarn. If you're ever in the area, I would recommend paying them a visit. The Bear, observant fellow, found this shop. I was at the laundromat, toiling away to techno music, while the rest of them spent the afternoon riding a paddleboat. He had seen this shop down the block from the laundromat and showed it to me after I finished the wash. What a wonderful store. The whole family enjoyed it, even the menfolk. The GB knows how much I enjoy yarn and she loves to look at it and touch it too. She climbed on stools around the store to get a better look and to reach the yarn; the ladies in the store were happy to let her touch them as long as she was gentle. She has expensive tastes in yarn; those are hand-dyed, hand-spun fibers she's looking at above. She helped me choose my Baby Cashmerino colors. You know, I was about seven when I first learned the basics of crochet...only a few more years and she might be ready.


Hello and welcome to new readers and followers! I am so happy you are here. I'm so appreciative of the lovely comments you continue to leave for me to read. My cup runneth over, truly. I especially appreciate the comments on my Father's Day post; we don't have a perfect life but it's a very good one, and I am so proud of my little family. I'm beyond blessed.


  1. Your vacation pics are making me eager to get away. Nineteen days and counting!!! Sounds like a nice, relaxing way to spend the week. Not a care in the world. :-)


  2. Hi Jennifer,Isn't it nice how with blogging you can still enjoy your holiday long after you're back home again??!!!! Have a happy week!!!

  3. I have the same wool, in the same colours! Ha ha. Debbie Bliss wool is gorgeous, but they have stopped selling it in my local shop now, I don't know why. I have had to buy Rowan instead, but it is still nice. :) I am glad you found a wool shop on holiday, I can see your little girl is going to be just like you! It's nice that you got to show your children around the Bear's school too, I bet they really enjoyed that. My kids are always saying, "When you were little..." and insist we tell them stories about all the things we did and what life was like! :)

  4. I love your vintage tablecloth.. will you show us a photo of it on your table? I have a few of them but they're all smallish so I can't use them on my dining table. Your little girls is absolutely sweet! I'm glad you had such a nice vacation.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. I love the idea of tipsy crochet! You are making me excited about our holiday to France. We go next Friday, can't wait. I love your little girl's dress to. So sweet.

    Leanne xx

  6. Hehe tipsy crochet I think I'd end up in a not :)
    Yarn looks lovely x

  7. What a lovely post, thank you for sharing some of your special holiday moments. I sometimes like a wee bit of tipsy crochet on occasion too!
    M x

  8. I loved reading this because I have been to Fort Collins (many years ago) when a good friend lived there. It is a beautiful area of the country with the mountains protecting it. After my week visit, it was hard to come back to Michigan where it just felt so "empty" without them!
    I know how delighted you were to find a yarn shop with treasures to bring home - I did the same from a wonderful quilting store!

  9. Awe that is so wonderful she has an interest! My gram actually taught me to crochet when I was eight !

  10. What lovely and exciting surroundings for a school - so nice to share that with the little ones! You did some lovely things and picked up some treasures to keep - and of course the lovely memories will last for ever. I'm happy for you and family that your time away was so wonderful.
    Joy x

  11. I LOVE the vintage table cloth!!!
    I nominated you for the Liebster Award.

    Link here:

    Yvette :)

  12. Sounds like a wonderful time, and a new crocheter perhaps :) xx

  13. You must have had a wonderful time!I'm so glad and this little girl how lovely she is!In the steps of her mother...

  14. Looks like you had a great time- I love the photo of GB hunting through the yarn shop- I like your new vintage finds too:)

  15. Lovely words and pictures...I love bringing vintage linens home. Just think of the other women who used that tablecloth.

  16. Welcome back!
    Sounds and looks like you all had a great time...except for the laundry part! ha!
    Love your new project...and that sweet tiny Tole painted tin...
    Wasn't there a photo of you on this post?
    I thought there was when I read it last nite...hmmmmm..

    Enjoy the rest of your day..
    Linda :o)

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  18. Hello Jennifer
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, you are so good at crochet, I bet knitting would be very easy for you to pick up. Its always great if you have someone who can sit with you to begin with and then you tube can really help! I am only just starting to get the hang of reading patterns.
    I love the photo of your little girl bear, she is too adorable and that yarn shop looks like a little bit of woolly heaven. The Debbie Bliss range is gorgeous with the cashmere element, so soft.
    Looks like a wonderful time away with your precious family. We have a 2 week trip coming up at the end of July and I cannot wait xox Penny

  19. It looks like a fun trip and beautiful! I would definitely have bought the vintage table cloth too, great deal :)

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  21. Your vacation photos are lovely! The vintage tablecloth is so pretty, what a great find! So glad you had a relaxing vacation with your family. And watching the sunset with a nice cold beer sounds like the perfect evening to me.


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