Leather Fix and a Finished Room

One of my friends is redecorating her house. She gave me a leather storage ottoman she no longer had use for. It is a very nice piece of furniture, but her cats had scratched it up a bit.

I got on Amazon and found some leather recovering balm to try to improve the look.

I’m pleased with how it changed the look of the ottoman. The scratches now look like worn leather instead of cat scratched leather.

The ottoman is the last piece of furniture for the library. It is the only room in the house we decided not to paint. We both like the plaid wallpaper that was already up, and the paint was in good condition. We now have a finished room, only a year after we moved in.

I’m glad the library is done. I plan on spending a lot of time cuddled up on the couch this winter reading.

We’ve been stuck at home waiting on the results of COVID tests this week (they ended up negative). We’ve been hanging out in pajamas, resting, and playing on tablets. It also gave me time to get a bit of mending done.

One of Audrey’s favorite skirts had a hole in it. I had her pick out an iron on patch from my stash and got to work. 3 minutes later her skirt was fixed.

Unicorns and sequins. You can’t beat that look.

WIP Wednesday

My Super Simply Summer Sweater has been in the same spot for over a week. I really need to get going on the second sleeve, but I have no motivation to knit a sweater when it is crazy hot out.

Please send motivation my way!


A few weeks ago we headed up to West Okoboji to spend the weekend with my aunt and uncle. We had a wonderful time on the boat, in the water, and socially distanced at the Barefoot Bar. It was a wonderful getaway. We’ve been battling various illnesses since we returned, but hope to be fully recovered soon.

Have you been able to get out on a boat this summer?

Sock It To Me Monday

Did you know that September is National Mushroom Month? I didn’t, until I received my Knit Spin Farm yarn for the Little Known Holidays Club. Each stripe in these socks represents a mushroom, but I lost the label so you will have to guess which kind. The gray is for morel, the only mushroom I would feel confident foraging.

I love these socks. They scream fall to me. I’ll probably put them away for the year when I put my Thanksgiving decorations away. I’m getting to the point where I have so many socks I’m excited when I can call a pair seasonal.

Foraging Fun

Last Wednesday the kids and I went creek stomping with a homeschool group.

While heading back to the car we stumbled upon some ripe elderberries.

There have been a few summer colds going around our house, so I decided to make elderberry syrup.

I brought 1 c berries, 3 cloves, and 3 c water to a boil, then let it simmer for thirty minutes. I then strained the mixture and discarded the solids. I let the mixture cool a bit then mixed in a cup of honey.

I’ve been giving the kids a spoonful each day to boost their immune systems.

The kids love the elderberry syrup. They even enjoyed some on banana oat pancakes.

I loved foraging and hope to find more treasures in the woods soon. Do you ever forage? What do you make?