Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Craft Sale on Saturday

The Kinettes Craft Sale was on Saturday.
I've been participating with a table since 2005
I don't have pictures as the camera was DEAD and the
charger is MIA!!!

The sale went well. Lots of tables with wonderful items
and lots of shoppers!

I had help by way of my daughter , Melly. She sat with me
and kept me company.
I did have friends drop by but I wasn't able to visit as much as
I would have liked too!!

I work at getting ready most of the fall and I am glad its over for this year lol

Now on to holiday stuff!

Thats it from ByTheHills!

Bye for now !

Friday, November 16, 2007


Purple is Fruit! Aka Dandy

This is a fun one! Any renovation stories?
Very fun! Go read and enter! Great stuff!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New Hobby-- Pottery

I have been going to the pottery club in town (Wynyard)
Been having a blast. Playing with clay and learning new techniques.
Glazed and almost filled a kiln with a bunch of things I had created last Wednesday

I emptied the kiln this morning. It was like CHRISTMAS!!!

I brought them home today :)
Below are the pictures!

Hand formed Cream and Sugar set with white clay
White with floating blue glaze.

First drape mould soap dish on red clay.
White with Floating blue glaze.

Drape mould Chip and Dip set with white clay
Oatmeal and floating blue glaze.

Mug and Tumbler hand formed with white clay.
White with floating blue glaze.

THIS one is MOIRA's Work :)
She did a drape mould tray with red clay
The glaze is white with floating blue.

Three mugs hand formed with white clay.
Oatmeal and Floating Blue Glaze

Hand formed Cream and Sugar set in white clay
Teal with white glaze.

Hand formed canister with lid in white clay
Oatmeal with Teal glaze

Canister with Lid on

Pinch pot bowl in red clay
Oatmeal with Floating Blue Glaze.

Wheel thrown bowl with white clay
Oatmeal and Teal Glaze

Inside view

My first wheel thrown pot using red clay
Oatmeal and Floating Blue Glaze

Andrea,who is patiently is showing me the ropes of pottery, really makes it FUN!

Making pottery is really relaxing for me .
Nothing with clay is fast.
The one thing I have learned about it , is that its all about patience!

That's it from by the hills!
Bye for now :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

IM IN!!!! I have joined ravelry!!

I received my invite this week and Im IN!
My Id is Tricster ( no big surprise to those that know my id's online)
Now to explore on there !

That's it for now from by the hills!

Thursday, October 25, 2007


  • You signed up on September 21, 2007
  • You are #34671 on the list.
  • 574 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 13551 people are behind you in line.
  • 68% of the list has been invited so far

Its getting closer!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Long Time No Post

Seems like I'm always trying to remember to post here but I seem to forget?

Busy stuff on going for me. Working On getting ready for the ONE craft sale I
get a table for every year ( third year upcoming) Knitting, knitting, and soap making !
I haven't spun in wayyyyy too long!!

I started an etsy store called knitjewelry
I like being able to offer things I make there, so far its been a great experience!

Moira , my youngest daughter, using her birthday money, signed up for a children's pottery class.
She says she is making gifts for the big holiday in December ;)

I'm learning pottery too. Its really quite interesting and fun! Its my new ZEN time!
( LIke I NEEDED another HOBBY? )

Been getting the farm ready for winter. Mel has been cutting and hauling in firewood ( We heat with wood and use oil as a back up)
Tucking the roses in for the season and tidying up so no surprises show up in spring .

Thats it from by the hills!

Ravelry! Everyone is talking about it

Ravelry, its been talked about all over the net.
I thought I would see what it was all about,

I checked to see where my invite was

  • You signed up on September 21, 2007
  • You are #34671 on the list.
  • 1948 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 12670 people are behind you in line.
  • 65% of the list has been invited so far

So it looks hopeful, I may be in by this week sometime!

I'll keep you posted!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Obi Won Is Here!!

Obi Won is here!
My friend Jo and her husband Mark delivered him yesterday.
We had an awesome visit!

The llama girls came in from the field to see who the new arrival was.
There was some sniffing, a small bit of spitting and some tail wagging lol!

Here's the promised pic of the small little lamb
She's doing extremely well and is able to get herself into all sorts of mischief!!

It was a beautiful day here today by the hills.
Dh and I are celebrating our 22nd anniversary today.
We plan to go out on the town tomorrow evening.
Will be nice to spend time with dh.

That's it from by the hills!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Yard Chores

So there is this hedge between the two front lawns.
I had asked for help trimming it back in June.
However , with being so busy this summer, it didnt get done.
Last weekend Mel decided that it was time to trim that hedge!
He started his hedge trimmer and went to it!
Didnt take long at all!
Below is a picture of it being trimmed.

Just finshing the last bit of trimming.
Whatcha think of his self propelled 18ft hedge trimmer??

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The thing about Practice

The thing about practice is that

they say it makes perfect.

I have been knitting baby sweaters for practice.

Whatcha think?

I still have to block them and add buttons yet

Thats it from by the hills!
Until next time ;)

Monday, August 6, 2007

Summer Blooms

Been A busy time By the hills!

No time to blog at all

Managed to take a few pictures of the plants in bloom.

Thats it from by the hills :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

At a yard sale last weekend , I found some material for $2 a bundle.

I sewed up a pair of summer pjs for Moira today.
Its my own pattern and she is quite happy with them!

She is modeling them below!

Summer is keeping us busy here..
With farm life, haying, a bit of gardening, organizing things.
We had a heat wave recently but it seems to have gone back to more normal temps.

Thats it for now , from by the hills!
Cya again real soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Stash Organizing!

I bit the bullet and hauled all the house stash out of the house

OK not including a few bags in the living room.

The kids helped me.
They dumped it right outside the door but they did help!!
Took more than a few hours.
BUT its DONE!!


And the sun was shining so it was a lovely day.

Thats it from by the hills!

Monday, June 25, 2007

New Baby!!

Yesterday morning a new baby arrived on the farm :)

One of our younger ewes had a little ewe lamb.

I weighed her and she was just under 4 lbs!

What a delicate looking little thing!
I checked her this morning and all is going well.

Will be checking her again in a few hours.

Thats it from By the Hills!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Baby Knitting

There some twins expected in Dh's family so
I have been a knitting cute little baby stuff!
I used my own pattern for the little hats and socks.
I want to make a baby sweater set as well.
Will try to post pics when I do!!
That's it for now from By The Hills!

Wynyard Sports Day

On Saturday we went to town for the sports days.

Pierce was in the school marching band for the parade.

Unfortunately the camera messed up and no pic of the band :(
I picked up some flowers for my flower beds and patio pots too!

Just a few pics of the blooms!

Just after dark , they shot off the fireworks. What a wonderful display!!

Did manage a few good pictures of those!

Thats it from by the hills

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

New Chicks!`

One of our bantam hens sat patiently waiting for her eggs to hatch.
Of the nine she set on , 7 hatched.

Shes very protective of them. They arent all from her own eggs.
I gave her a variety from the henhouse lol.
So 4 black striped and 3 yellow striped ones.
Most of our hens are rare breeds.

Thats it, from by the hills!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Nature's Beauty

Went for a quad ride with the kids today.
Deep into the forest.
Had a good few hours with just the kids.
Saw some awesome scenery and a bit of wild life.

Got a couple of great pictures of a wild orchid!

It's a really beautiful flower!

Close Up of the flowerIts more a red color than purple with no green at all in the plant.

Isnt it pretty??

This is a chain of small lakes in the back country.
They were formed by a glacier.

Had a great day ! Thats it from by the hills!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

MAY 23rd

It's snowing ! Can you believe that???

Mother nature sure is PMSing!!!

Hopefully it will stop soon but for now , its
showing no signs that.

Will keep you updated.
Thats it from by the hills

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Outdoor Fiber Studio

I have a mini carding studio on my back patio ;)

I took pics to show you

The chair is by the * picking station*
Note comfy seating, bagged fleece
and hydration receptacle on table.

The roving and batt processing station is at the opposite end of the
Note all the HIGH tech equipment <>

This is my *home* electrified drum carder.
No , I didnt do this, I bought it this way!
BUT wow it is so HANDY!!

Thats it for now from By the Hills!


Here's some pictures of Tulips

I took everything out of the bed last fall and replanted

I put in creeping virginia, new tulip bulbs
and a few strawberry plants.
I love taking pictures :)
More later!