Monday, November 28, 2011


Even though this time of year is supposed to be joyful, merry, exciting, and bright, it is often, stressful, exhausting, and not very enjoyable.  There are so many pressures, deadlines, so many events all squished into a short time period, that we often forget what this time of year is really all about.  

I know that I am especially guilty of forgetting the true meaning of the season.  I get so wrapped up (no pun intended) in all the holiday gift making, the shopping, decorating, that I forget to slow down and really enjoy this special month.  

Although I know it is not realistic to completely bypass all the whirlwinds of the holiday season.  I believe it is feasible to stop, take a deep breath, enjoy a quiet moment here and there, and really soak up the specialness of this holiday, without giving yourself an ulcer.

Lately I've been inspired by two simple words.  Choose Joy.  This slogan has a very special story behind it.  Ashley is the creative genius behind the brand Lil Blue Boo which has been one of my favorite reads since I started blogging a few years ago.  Ashley is a wonderfully creative person, she is inspiring, she is an artist, a designing guru, who has the most adorable children's clothing line.  Besides all of this, she is real, she is down to earth, and she has problems just like the rest of us.  The thing that inspires me most is Ashley's decision to Choose Joy.

If we can do one thing different this holiday season.  Let's Choose Joy.  If you can't bypass the rush, the bustle, and the hustle this season.  At least you can do it with a smile on your face, and joy in your heart.


Sunday, November 27, 2011


I don't make very many "boy-ish" things.  I guess since my son is about to be 8, handmade items just aren't his thing anymore.  Which is ok with me.  I don't mind making girly things, but it is nice to whip up some blues, browns, and tans once in a while.

My sister is having a boy at the end of January and we gave her a shower today.  I made my nephew two hats, one similar to this and one similar to these.  I also painted three small canvases to match his nursery bedding.  Now here's the fail part.  I wrapped it all up and gave it to her without taking ANY pictures.  None.  Nothing.  Zilch.  I can't believe it.  You'll just have to believe me when I say that his gift was super cute.

Since a blog post without pictures is no fun, here's some cute feet to look at.  :)

Am I the only one that constantly forgets to take pictures of the things I create??  It's an annoying, bad habit.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

For those that celebrate...

Wishing you all a very special Thanksgiving.  May your day be filled with love, laughter, and of course, never ending, food-filled delights!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Pie time.

It's been a few days since I posted (alright, not a few, more like TEN!) things get so busy I just can't keep up with it all.  

My in-laws came into town for a pre-holiday visit and they just left today.  They live in Atlanta and don't make it out here much, but they were able to stay for two weeks this time.  It was so nice not having to cram a bunch of activities into five shorts days.  

We cut a Christmas tree last week and it is standing proud in our living room, decked out in tons of glitter, glass, and vintage pretties in the colors blue, green, turquoise, with some strings of lovely, white lights.  I will take a picture and post it soon!

I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving.  We are going to two Thankgiving celebrations this year and I am on pie duty (at my request).  Wednesday is my day to whip out four pumpkin pies.

When I make pumpkin pies, I like to do it from scratch, this means making my own pumpkin puree.  It is a little extra work but I think it tastes better than the canned stuff.  I followed this recipe last year and it was pretty easy, well besides the fact that the sugar pumpkin I used was SO hard.  My father-in-law had to get out the hacksaw just to cut it open!  The hacksaw was damaged beyond repair and we have since had to buy another.  This year I am using one of our pumpkins we picked up for Halloween.  I used one last year and the puree turned out quite a bit smoother than when I used a sugar pumpkin. 

Here were my victims from last year.

left = reject pumpkin that broke the hacksaw  
right = reject carving pumpkin that made the best puree

Hope you are enjoying your week!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

In my house.

I'm totally on a home decor kick right now, in the last five days I have... 

painted our dining room table.

painted this mirror (haven't hung it yet - and you don't get to see the whole thing because it is covered in finger prints!).

These ugly wood frames weren't safe either.  See that dark dresser underneath the frames?  That's my next victim.

These were unfinished wood mirrors from Ikea and they were spruced up a bit.

and, last but not least, my Ork poster finally found a frame and mat that fit perfectly and a spot in my entry way.  I have a little table in mind to go underneath it, but it needs a makeover first.

I've been lucky that it hasn't been raining here lately.  However, I looked at the forecast for the next week and all I saw were raindrops.  That is totally depressing, but at least I've have some projects to keep me busy.


Monday, November 7, 2011

No words.

So many people are doing "wordless" posts.  I love the idea.  A single picture that tells a story, I think adding a small quote is fun, too.  Here is mine for this week...(I know it's early, but I can't wait to decorate) 


Such a dilemma...

(this is my first "iPost" from the blogger app, exciting!)

I have two midterms tomorrow. Both of which I've been studying for most of the day and should continue studying for. But I've been getting distracted by working on some little hats for cute little heads. Yarn is just so much more interesting than the psychoanalytic learning theory right now.

Anyone else up late creating tonight?


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Blue and green.

A gift for a dear friend and fellow Seahawks fan.  Made from lion brand, thick and chunky yarn, so very soft and I love the color combo!  This yarn crochets up super fast and it is really fun to work with.

I added a fringe at the bottom for some extra fun, and a row of single crochet up each side to make the sides look uniform.  I think it turned out cute!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

a pumpkin here, a pumpkin there...

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I am not a huge fan of Halloween decorating.  I do, however, enjoy decorating for fall.  This year I kept it simple and tucked in some little pumpkins in a few corners of our house.  That way I can slowly pull out the Christmas decor and leave the little bits of fall up until Thanksgiving, without things looking too terribly tacky.
white pumpkins, cute!

my mom gave me these last year, one for each kid.  
they weren't painted and I finally got around to painting them last week.
weird little faces, but kind of cute too.

we were too busy for carving this year (terrible, I know).
instead I spray painted two of our pumpkins, a white and a black (the black one is a little hard to see).
a black and white checked pumpkin would be fun, maybe next year?


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

While we are on the subject...

If you love a handmade holiday as much as I do, you should participate in the Handmade Gift Exchange organized by Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Sign-ups are from now until November 7th, so get over there and sign up!  I've never participated in this particular exchange so I am rather excited about it.

I do have one reservation, the last gift exchange I participated in my partner didn't send me anything.  That was a bummer, so I hope it doesn't happen again.

Are there any other fun exchanges going on in the blog world that I should know about?  Let me know!


another reason I like November...

...Handmade Holidays at Sew Mama Sew!  I love, love, love it!  So many cute ideas, fun places to shop, and great prizes, too!  If you haven't already, head over there and check out Day 1 and Day 2.  Ha, that sounded like something from a Dr. Suess book.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy November!

It's November now, which mean Christmas is LESS than two months away, which in turn means that it is time to start working on homemade gifts.  I thought that it would be fun to share some things that I've made for gifts.  Sounds like I good idea, right?  Well, there's a catch...  Most of what I'll be sharing is from last year, and I'm just now posting them.  Ha!

I made these for a friend who was having twins, a boy and a girl.  I used two skeins of thick, chunky, soft yarn for each blanket.  They are just a big granny square.  I had originally planned to make smaller squares and join them together but because the yarn was so thick, it looked better as a giant granny, instead of a bunch of little ones.

The yarn was mostly acrylic, and oh so very soft.

Funny side note, I finished the blue blanket the night I went into labor with baby B. I was up late, crocheting like a mad woman while I kept track of the contractions.  When the blanket was finished, I got up, called my midwife, and told my husband we needed to go to the birth center, baby B came six hours later!