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  • Crocheting Weather

    About a week ago I was overcome with the desire to KNIT SOMETHING. I wanted, NEEDED yarn like, right now this instant. Had to have it. I am not really a knitter. I can knit, I know how, I just don’t.

    I futzed around for a bit trying to figure out what to make…I think it was just the mindlessness of the process I was craving, not really the result. As a consequence, there was a lot of ripping of stitches.

    I finally found what I was looking for along the hem of a coat in Teva Durham’s Loop-d-Loop Crochet. These are lazy wheels. They are so fun to make and I think I’m only going to need a few of them for a really pretty scarf. The one on the left has been blocked and the one on the right was fresh off the hook. The blocking process never ceases to amaze me – they look so different!

  • Links: Crafty Things for the Home

    • I love, cialis buy shop love, help love, love, LOVE, these tiny doors. I am SO doing this.
    • It seems like I am needing a shelving unit in almost every room, and  while briefly flirting with the idea of getting something fabricated, I settled on the ole’ plumbing pipe solution. Then I got to thinking that it might be weird to have them EVERYWHERE so I am very much liking the idea of these industrial shelving units made from simple hardware store supplies.
    • Don’t hate me but I am seriously contemplating macrame. I want my cat hanging from the ceiling. Will it suck? And will she even use it? These are the questions. I mean, it’s macrame, so chances of suckage are pretty high…however, I am confident I can style it into the current decade. Added bonus: I recently found every macrame book ever published in the history of the world in a back room of Shipwreck Beads.
    • I think I found a solution to the brick wall/fireplace that must-not-be-painted:concrete stain. I am very excited about this.
    • Tier hanging pots. NOT macrame and I just happen to I have a perfect spot for it.

    Happy Friday!

  • Simplicity 1647

    LOOK AT THIS PATTERN:

    I die. You know what REALLY sold me on it? (It was a bit pricier than what I normally spring for.)  The jacket. It’s a ONE-SHOULDER JACKET. Oh man. No matter that it’s not my size. I HAD to have it. I also might want to rethink the whole “perusing the internet when I wake up” thing.  My self control is not at its best at 5:30 in the morning. I do take comfort however, cialis sale levitra in the fact that I could grade the pattern up to my size. I should start on that now, cialis sales viagra actually. I might get it done in time for summer!

    And since we’re on the topic of impulse pattern purchasing, advice I also recently acquired the Beginner’s Starter Pack from Victory Patterns. I saw Sallieoh’s version of the Satsuki dress and decided that I NEED ONE TOO.

    So…you know…I got this pattern buying thing DOWN. Still working on the sewing part. In fact, I still haven’t finished that blouse because I need interfacing (and buttons) and haven’t had the time to restock supplies. BUT! I DID create my muslin for the Simplicity 2406 – Cynthia Rowley (view C) this past weekend and it fit! and it survived the ever discerning eye of my husband. Houston, we’re cleared for takeoff.

    Just as soon as I get some interfacing.

  • Design Camp Aftermath: I WANT Wish List

    1. Black and white stripe blinds? Yes, buy viagra generic please.
    2. Storm paint from Benjamin Moore.
    3. Awesome fabric for recovering chairs and making pillows.
    4. The Big Lebowski Prints from Visual Etiquette.
    5. “Couple” wall clock to add to my collection.
    6. A new cat bed to replace the scrap of old carpet we currently use.
    7. Rensslear wall sconce from Schoolhouse Electric

    These are easy cosmetic things I can start with. I also need to get a quote from a local metal fabricator for some metal shelve brackets. I’m scared because I’ve heard they tend to overcharge for things like this. I also need to investigate how to mount my TV in a corner. Baby steps.

  • DEWIT Design Camp


    A few weeks ago I attended the DEWIT Design Camp which was held up at The Pantry at Delancy, viagra canada cialis which is an awesome community kitchen attached to the restaurant Delancy.

    I’ve been trying think to about how to articulate the Design Camp Experience in words other than “OH MY GOD IT WAS AWESOME!” It’s hard.

    I learned so much about how to approach designing my home. The Camp Director was Anna Beth Chao, generic viagra find and she imparted her wisdom and experience in a magical format that left me feeling really excited about the prospect of finally turning my home into the space I dream it to be. Not to mention sort of floating around in a little cloud of just—awesomeness. But that may have been all of the champagne. I can’t say for certain.

    I think most important part of what she imparted was a set of rules she lives by, and the “recipes” she uses in approaching spaces. I think we are spoilt for choice in a lot of aspects of our lives and this in turn paralyzes us from making decisions. Or we make the wrong decisions out of fear. Her mantra is BE BRAVE.

    I’ll give you an example: I asked about my particular curtain conundrum – “how long should they be if I have an electric wall heater right under the window”? Aside from it being a seriously stupid energy decision made by whoever designed this house, I was told “You can’t have curtains. You need shades.” You see I totally agree with her in that I think, as she aserts, curtains should fall all the way to the floor.  I could not wrap my head around how I would do this without setting things on fire. I was so locked into the idea that I needed curtains that it didn’t even occur to me that I actually didn’t need curtains. There were other options.  Having that curtain option removed makes things so much easier. Screw you, curtains! I just ordered a bunch of samples of bamboo shades!

    I came back from camp wanting to buy the entire Universe of Home Decorating Items but gave myself a spending moratorium. I need to take my time with this. There is also the delicate negotiation of up coming changes with Jefe. I think he is on board – as long as I don’t paint anything white.

  • Blogging for Eleven Years

    The 25th of September was my eleven year blogiversary. Eleven years!! It’s hard to believe sometimes. The flowers above are from a DEWIT Design Camp I attended earlier this month, cialis generic click and I was lucky to meet two bloggers I have known for almost all of those eleven years. It was an awesome, viagra magical weekend in a lot of ways.

    One of the other attendees asked what I blogged about and I didn’t really know what to say. I started blogging before blogs had to be *about* things or had ads, malady or before there were blogs about blogging. The internet seemed so much smaller back then. This blog has been good to me and I feel bad sometimes for not pay enough attention to it. I’ve met awesome people because of it, people like Flummel, who I can now call my friend and meet for coffee (we are overdue, by the way.)

    Here’s the link to my first posts. I don’t know what happened to the images, and I can’t vouch for any of the links working.

    Here’s to another eleven years! I love you blog!

    P.S. You’ll be hearing more about the Design Camp because it was AWESOME and I am enerjazzed like nobody’s business. My house will never be the same.

    P.S.S. I felt it necessary to tell you that if you do go and read those first posts, the “Kitty” I am talking about is a papier mache Halloween bucket head I was making.

  • McCall 9976

    Oh Sleeeeeeeeeves! You kill me. I just bought this pattern because of those lovely sleeves. INTERVENTION!

  • Sewing Like Crazy

    This is the first blouse I have sewn in…well…ever. That’s not entirely true, viagra buy cialis but it may as well be. I’ve never made one that turned out well enough to actually wear. I’ve been sticking to skirts because they are easy, cialis buy unhealthy but what’s a wardrobe with 9 million skirts and nothing to where with them?

    I am stash-busting and using a beautiful grey linen. I love linen so much, viagra and I am very please with it’s progress so far. Making a muslin version first was incredibly helpful and allowed me to figure out the tricky bits.

    The pattern is a vintage McCall’s which I bought through Midvale Cottage on Etsy. I subcribe to here shop feed (dangerous) and have purchased a lot of vintage patterns from her.

    I am sewing View A, although my collar is not as crisp. I love the use of tucks on this pattern instead of darts and the pleats around the neck. I am about 80% done. I need to do a little finish work like tacking down facings…and the buttons. Buttons. Wish me luck!

  • And We’re Back!

    I just got back from vacation in Wyoming. It was my 20 year High School Reunion *cough* and I had a great time. The turnout wasn’t all that great (what’s up with that?) but in retrospect it was a fulfilling experience and I am glad that I went.

    The images above are from the Wyoming Frontier Prison in my hometown of Rawlins, buy cialis sick Wyoming. I guess when they were divvying out institutions back in the day, buy viagra Rawlins was given the choice of the Penn or the University, and “they” chose the Penn. I often wonder what kind of town/life it would have been if a different choice was made.

  • Pink Things

    I realized a few days ago that I have a lot of pink things going on in the house right now. They are all food projects of some sort and such a pretty shade of pink that I just had to share.

    Happy Monday!

  • Hi there.

    Hellllooooooooooo!

    What’ve you been up to? Man, cialis sildenafil it seems like forever since we talked. I can’t believe June is almost over. Sheesh. Time flies when you are having fun.

    I’ve been good…just cruising along. I just finished a gigantor project at work, generic viagra cialis doing the UX/UI (User Experience and User Interface) design for our Ferries Reservation system. It’s live after eight months of hard work and I couldn’t be happier.

    The garden is exploding and doing GREAT, but because I have been focusing so much on that area, the rest of the yard is a HOT MESS.

    Next weekend is the Olympia Food Swap and am making macarons again. I am going to do rhubarb, a strawberry-balsamic, and I am thinking I need another flavor. I made these chocolate chip cookies recently that Megan from NotMartha linked to and Holy Cow – I am now obsessed with brown butter. So, I’m thinking of doing a brown butter buttercream filling and a pecan shell. I also need to think of the packaging. I don’t have the tubes I used last time so I need to make a run to Michaels and see what I can rustle up.

    I’ve been helping with design work for that gals that run our local craft Fair – Make Olympia, and as such I have a free booth I need to fill in October so I have been thinking seriously of trying to make some purses. I’ve spoken before about wanting to do leather work and I also want to try silkscreening on fabric and think I can combine the two somehow.

    The main thing I took away from the craft fair I did this past December is that people wanted something useful. With my mushrooms I got a lot of “They are SO cute, but what are they for/do?” I told myself that:
    a) I am never doing another craft fair (but that didn’t last long), and
    b) the next thing I make will be functional.

    I am slightly obsessed with purses so it seems like a good fit. I’ve miss my little old blog here, and all of you of course, so I am going be posting about purses in order to help be accountable get motivated. I’ve also been sewing actual clothing recently so perhaps I’ll even give you a little fashion show.

  • Home stuff and other stuff



    I couldn’t help myself and I bought another Jim Flora record to add to my collection! I LOVE it! You know what, best cialis sovaldi sale though? Now I have an odd number which means I need to buy another one to restore order to the universe. This might seem a little OCD, tadalafil but since they are being displayed in a grouping I can blame it on aesthetics.
    And…since we’re talking about restoring order to things…have I shown you this before? I can’t remember.

    Yep. This is my office and it’s a mess.  Not surprising to those of you who are intimately acquainted with my living habits.  Part of the problem (only a small part) is that I’ve been in a holding pattern because I thought that I was going to be swapping my office with another room in the house, but it’s since been decided that it’s probably a good idea if I stayed right where I am.

    So, now that I’m not moving anywhere I’ve decided to get off my duff already and whip this mess into shape. I’ve already got a gigantic pile (Books! So.Many.Books) ready to head to Goodwill and then the next order of business will be to paint everything white. I have a long weekend ahead of me with iffy weather, so hopefully I can finally, FINALLY get rid of the salmon/lime green walls. I can’t believe I’ve lived with this wall color for so long.

    I am also declaring it my “sewing room” henceforth and have been cultivating a collection of inspiration ideas on Pinterest to get me in the mood.

    What else will be going down this weekend? Chive blossom vinegear. Also this Radish Leaf Pesto. What are you doing?

  • The last Month or so in a picture

    Howdy Stranger! April just zoomed past me, viagra try and there it is well into May with nary a peep from me. I’ve mainly been busy over in the garden – if you hadn’t noticed it’s my current obsession. This past weekend, I was working on an arbor I’m building and I looked up and saw that there were people walking around my yard looking at the flowers. It was such an odd moment. People. In my yard. Why are there people in my yard?

    It turns out that they were from the Buddhist temple next door. They were celebrating the birthday of Buddha on Sunday and I gathered from one of the women that she saw my tulips and apparently just HAD to get closer look. I say apparently because she was Vietnamese and didn’t speak much english. She had one word down however, and that word was “tulip”.

    She was particularly enamored with the ones in the picture above.

    Then I showed her the Queen of the Nights that are currently blooming.

    Once I got over the initial shock it was actually a very endearing experience. Her friends were on the other side of my fence, near the new garden yelling at her to get the hell out my yard. Actually, I have no idea what they were saying, but it seems like that was the jist. It also brought to mind one of the reasons I love to garden, and that is to share the beauty. I love walking past people’s yards and seeing what they have done and what they are growing and it made me feel great to know that someone is appreciating what I am creating.

  • Weeks in Pictures

    Another batch of cupcakes!

    The cupcakes were for a joint birthday celebration with friends up in Seattle. We spent a beautiful weekend up there and stumbled into criterium bike race a Volunteer Park. Jefe was in heaven.



    It was also “free Saturday” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum where they had and exhibit of Central Asian Ikats. Erica was in heaven. I’ve been spending every spare moment working to get the garden created. The rest of the yard is jealous of the new kid and is a looking a little dandelion ravaged. Not enough time!

  • The Past Week in a Picture

    Well hellllooooo there! How is your March going? Out like a lamb? Ours is a soggy, discount viagra recipe dreary, troche rainy lamb. Jefe and I were on vacation last week, spending most of it in Portland. Our Lulu Bird was SO happy to see us when we came back. We got lots of snuggles intermixed with angry “why-did-you-leave-me?” bites.

    Our trip was sort of a pre-birthday treat, but I just HAD to treat myself to something I’ve been lusting after for ages:

    I can’t wait for these babies to arrive. I hope they fit. They are a part of my grand plan to start going to work NOT looking like a 13 year old boy. Good bye, my Chuckie All Stars, it’s been fun.

  • The past week and a half-ish in pictures

    Another round of lemon cupcakes! This batch was much better, best cialis medical but I still have more research to do before I declare an ultimate winner.

    I bought some leather paint because Dharma Trading had it on sale. What am I going to do with it? I don’t know but I have a few ideas.

    We’ve had some beautiful weather this week, which is sadly gone, but it gave a promise of what is to come. Hopefully. If we have another dreary Spring/Summer like the past two years I might go crazy. CRAZY.

    A little preview of what’s to come over in the garden. Pre-sproutin’ ma peas.

  • Lemon Cupcakes

    There has been a lack of activity around these parts and the reason is that I have been sucked into the Stephanie Plum Number books by Janet Evanovich. When I read, cialis cheap I READ and do absolutely nothing else. I’m on book fourteen out of eighteen so I should be done by the end of the week and back to my regularly scheduled program.

    One thing I want to tackle is finding the perfect, viagra usa basic cake recipe. I made these lemon cupcakes this past weekend and the cake was SO dense and dry…I didn’t much care for the frosting either – too gooey. The lemon curd, however, was awesome. I am going to go all crazy and try to make a gigantic batch and can it.

    I’ve been wanting to make this Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake recipe by The Cupcake Project for a long time so I think it will be a good place to start. I also want to explore the vegan cupcake arena, as I have found they are soooo moist and delicious and irresistible.

    I’ll also need to figure out a better basic frosting as well. I’ve tried the magic flour one and while the texture is awesome, I felt like I could *taste* the flour. Blech. I think it’ll end up either being a swiss or italian buttercream. I don’t like overly sweet frostings and I don’t mind the fussiness involved with the bain-marie and sugar syrups. Yay! Cupcake Bandwagon!

  • The Past Week In Pictures

    I bought this bag of leather scraps last summer when I was home visiting my parents in Wyoming. I bring it out and fondle the bits every once in a while, cialis usa case but now I am seriously starting to research all things leather related. My dad does beautiful leather work and it’s something that’s been on my “to-do” list for a long time now. Now is finally the time to get busy and I’m currently mulling over project ideas. Jewelry? Purses? Belts?

    Work is intensely busy right now. I’m helping design (UI and front end development) for the reservation system for Washington’s Ferry system and it’s incredibly complicated and all-consuming so I  am pretty much a zombie when I get home. As such, health I have to take little Parisian snow globe breaks periodically during the day.

    And as if to make up for that horrible storm two weeks ago, here Mother Nature has decided to reward us with a sunny, beautiful weekend. It’s still mighty chilly, but warm enough for me to get the tulip bulbs out of the garage and finally into the ground. I hope it’s not too late!

  • The Past Week in Pictures

    First it snowed. A lot.

    Then the freezing rain came. Yay! Ice storm!

    Which brought trees down on things like fences and roofs.

    And power lines. The Governor declared a state of emergency.

    So, cialis prostate we had to do things by candlelight for SIX DAYS.

    And then it rained. The power (and internet!) were restored and all is right in my world.

    This week was so totally draining. The snow was kind of cool in the magical way snow can be, especially if it’s the first snow of the winter. The ice storm was unexpected and really sucked, yet was sort of fascinating at the same time. We listened to the trees in the wetlands that surround us SNAP! CRACK! CRASH! for two days. It got really scary when the maple tree on the neighboring property crashed on our fence, and then again on our yard and roof a few hours later. Being without power for so long was by far the hardest part. We are on a well so that also meant no water. Thank God for our wood stove…that gave us heat and a place to cook and heat water. Cold, frustrated, sleep deprived. The power finally came on, then went off, then came back on again. A week later pretty much all of the snow is gone and there are tree parts scattered all over town waiting to be chipped or turned into firewood.

    I feel like I can finally relax and I’m looking forward to getting my routine back!

  • Storm Recovery

    Just a quick update…We had a MAJOR snow/ice/wind storm last week that left us with fallen trees on our fences and roof, best viagra medical AND without power for six days. I finally got power back yesterday morning (yay!), viagra but am still without the Internet. Hopefully we’ll get that soon so I can regale you with riveting disaster photos.