Babs Just A Babblin' Blog

A bit of Gardening, baking, blogging, knitting, sewing, family, friends and discovering hidden treasures along the way.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Drew

Nephew number 2 just turned 27 over the weekend. Our rocket scientist.
Looks like he had a great time celebrating! Best wishes, Rocket Man!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The First Week of Advent

I picked some greens and berries from around the yard.Placed them in an old wooden box and inserted four candles in florist foam.

A candle for each week of Advent will be lit as we enjoy our evening dinner. I think I'm going to like this new tradition.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


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Saturday, November 26, 2011


Cashmere Fingerless Gloves aka texting gloves.   Made by Babs.  What a perfect gift!  Contact me if you may be interested in a pair.  Turquoise (dark or light), lavender or navy.

Yum Yum

JoJo enjoying a tasty morsel of goodness!

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Friday, November 25, 2011


Our thanksgiving day was relaxing and delicious. We enjoyed a small gathering at my sister's with family. She is such a great hostess.

This guy, my nephew Jacob, is someone Aunt Barb is thankful for.

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Please Join Me!

Please join me in boycotting this ridiculous initiative.  People get sucked in every year.  This year it's ruining and infringing on family time.  These sales gimmicks are luring people away from precious time from their families...trying to get them into the stores beginning Thanksgiving evening.

It's just too much.  What next.....After Christmas sales begin Christmas Day at 4pm?

Do  yourself a favor and stay home and do something with your family!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Upcycled Sweater - Felted Mittens

I took a class yesterday at my local JoAnn Fabrics.  I learned step by step how to make and assemble wool mittens from wool sweaters.  I made some last year but struggled with finishing techniques.  Now I have it down pat.  These babies are fun to make and oh so warm!

Guess what you might be getting for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Say Hello to newest family addition

My husband came home from his deerhunting weekend with this baby!  What a surprise it was.  Her name is Rosemary.  I have wanted a "Canned Ham" for sometime now. 

Rosemary is going to be our winter project.  She is being moved inside the garage soon.  Richie's garage is heated so we can work on her during the winter months.  She will be ready for "Glamping" in the spring.
Lots of work to do....Richie some woodworking inside and checking electrical and gaslines and all that...painting the outside.  Me....the fun part.  Cute-ifying the inside.  Picking out colors...fabric for cushions and making curtains.  I'm making her all girly!

I'm so excited!  What a dear my husband is.....surprising me like that!
I promise I'll keep you updated on the progress!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Week in Review

Time flies.  I received gentle reminders from followers that I haven't updated my blog in a few days.   I guess that is a good thing in that people read it!

As you know, the hubby left me for a few days to deer hunt.  As usual, he came home empty handed.  That's the good part. 

I accomplished quite a bit while he was gone.  I cleaned all the kitchen cupboards and threw lots out.  I got my spices in alpha order....I love when I do's such a feeling of organization!

Met niece Jessie in Grand Haven for a glass of wine,  dinner and conversation.  We had a very nice visit and we were able to catch up with one another.  I had a first hand JoJo report as she visited her this past weekend.
 Let's see, I cleaned the master bath from ceiling to floor and wall to wall.  Even got in the corners with a qtip.  That's good for the winter......(of course, weekly cleaning but deep cleaning has to be spring now).

I did some crafting.....I see an idea on the web and just got to do it.  How's this cute little number?
It's just a little lined travel, phone chargers, camera chargers, camera, whatever you want it to be.  I have so much fabric and have so many combinations I could use.  If anyone would like the pattern, just give me a shout.  It's so fun and easy!

Crafted with Lynne yesterday!  She is making sweater pillows for a group of her friends for Christmas.  We cut, and sewed, and handsewed, and knitted flowers for embellishment.  It was great.  Had a fabulous cosmopolitan along the way also.  It was a warm, fuzzy feeling.....just laughing, talking, crafting, and having a great time with a friend.  The way it should be~

Coffee and donuts this morning at Mother's!  Visit with another friend, Dawn and here I am.
Time to think about Thanksgiving next week.  But first, I have two classes - one Monday and one Tuesday.
One at the knit shop and one at JoAnn's.  Can't wait.  In between my busy-ness, I'll work on Thanksgiving prep.

So there you have it.  That's what I've been up too.  Hope you all are making your preparations for Turkey Day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Got Threaded Today!

Eyebrow threading is a depilation technique which originated in India, although it is also widely practiced in the Middle East. Salons in Western nations offered the service to Middle Eastern clients for decades before European and American women became interested and the popularity of eyebrow threading skyrocketed. The hair removal technique is not just for the eyebrows: threading can be used to remove other facial and body hair as well.
The technique is sometimes listed on salon menus as khite or fatlah, which are both Arabic words for threading. Eyebrow threading involves twisting a piece of thread, usually cotton, into a double strand. This double stranded thread is used to pick up a line of hair and then remove it, creating a very clean, precise hairline. Eyebrow threading is the technique preferred by Indian movie stars, who are often distinguished by their crisp brow lines.
Eyebrow threading can be used to eliminate a unibrow, raise the arch of the eyebrow, or add shape and definition to the brow. Because it removes hair by the follicle, it is a reasonably long lasting hair removal technique as well. Repeat visits after three to four weeks are standard. The technique is also not terribly expensive because it is easy to do quickly and does not require costly chemical ingredients. For women who would like to pursue a more natural beauty regimen, eyebrow threading is a good choice, since it does not use harmful products.

So....I did it.  I did my brows and upper lip.  The process isn't pain free.  I must say it doesn't hurt as much as waxing and it is quick.  The upper lip was sensitive...but it's unbearable almost having it waxed.

I will definitely do again.  The brows were $10 and the upper lip was $6...can't beat that and I didn't get burned from wax.

What do you think?