Saturday, December 31, 2011

The End Is Near

Time for year-end blog post 4, 389, 167. Wrapping up 2010, I made these goals for myself. #1, 2, and 6 happened without much interference. There were no bubble baths or knitty-gurumi, some new recipes attempted, and no club dancing with KT. And that is ok with me.
New year's are all about going with the river.

I have goals floating around for 2012, but I am not committing them to paper. No need. I have a new endeavor, though. This growing season I am helping out at Chateau LaBeaume to raise our own tasty produce. We might also try our hand at beekeeping, which thrills me inside and out.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Life Has Been Good...

...and technically, I haven't been away that long. I checked. Last post was November 3. It was worth it to shift focus while I finished my first semester at the new academy with the 4 point-o. Even though I was tending to my studies and ignoring my blog, I have been a yarning machine. In a good way-the kind of industriousness that makes me want to keep going. So there is much to share and some catching up to do. For now, I can show you a snazzy scarf I made for myself from this pattern and all with the scrumptious Full O'Sheep. Saturated color heaven!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Photo of the Day - Open Window

09.03.2011, St. Louis, MO - Windows Off Washington

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Photo of the Day - Museum City Lot Parking

09.03.2011, St. Louis, MO - Windows off Washington

Monday, October 3, 2011

Photo of the Day - Dead Gatherer

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]September, Florissant, MO

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Photo of the Day - Cicada Me

08.10.11, Florissant, MO

Did I share this one already?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Say Hello to My Little Friend

I call him E or E-man. He keeps me company sometimes so I can feel important. And then he poops on me because he loves me. XO

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chunky Infinity Cowl - Caesar

These cowls are all the rage and have been for a while so to keep myself on the threshold of hipster-dumb I concocted my own snuggly and versatile version to earn status points on campus. Behold...
Caesar's Cowl
A warm accessory for fall.
Double it up for the morning jog...
...wrap it around your noodle to fight off snow flurries or to just cover your own flakes.

$25 + shipping. I am starting small so for now I can only accommodate orders from family and friends. Let me know though. I would be happy to make one for you. Ciao!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I assure you the Catty Kitchen has been up to no good. You should head over there and take their new poll.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dude, You're My Dude

As of Sunday the Dude is now a magnificent, thoughtful, imaginative, artistic, handsome and sweet 9 year old. Happy birthday Bud!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Roller Coasters

I am in one of those phases where the tide drains back to the sea quickly and then crashes on the shore - without the violence of a tsunami. Anyway, this wavy path has kept me hooking more (Yeah!) than I probably should (Boo!)...shirking my other responsibilities in the process. And these little devils aren't helping.
Quick, fun, bright, easy, um...let's see. What other superlatives can I throw out there? Round, satisfying, cotton, absorbent, wide, colorful, cute. That's probably enough.
I made this set for some recent newlyweds. I just hope the colors go with something they own. They could always use them outside too.
Hit me up if you want a set, otherwise I will be forced to do my homework. Lame sauce.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lost, Found, Hand-Me-Down - Tea Set

While pulling my bedroom together recently I came across my porcelain tea party set from my childhood. I have a couple of pieces on display on my dresser and the rest is still packed away. However, I was thinking that I will probably get it out and let the little girl start playing with it because it isn't doing any good in storage and I don't believe in hanging on to things you can't (or won't) use. And if the set makes through hours of good playtime perhaps someday she can pass it on to her children.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Upcycle Project - Air Freshener/Odor Absorber

As you may or may not already know I save all of the glass jars that come through our door. They are good for so many practical applications and are a good, cheap craft supply to have on hand. I soak the jars to remove their labels and give them a run in the dishwasher and unless you are storing food in them they are ready to use.
For this project I wanted something cute and reusable for the odor absorbers we keep in our closets and fridge to eliminate the monthly waste from the baking soda box. And it couldn't be simpler. Start with a clean glass jar. I chose the Bonne Maman preserves jars for their stout shape and cute lid.
 Pick a design and using a sharp nail and hammer start tapping holes into the lid. I used the gingham pattern for my design, but you could use a marker to dot a cute pattern.
Most likely the nail will pull right back out, but use the claw end of the hammer to do this faster or if the nail gets stuck.

 Make sure you have plenty of holes so the baking soda can absorb any odors floating around.

When your holes are all done turn the lid over and gently tap down the raw edges. This doesn't need to be perfect and can be skipped altogether if you choose. I just did it so I could feel better about my kids changing these.
Use your funnel and fill the jar about 3/4 of the way up with baking soda and change every 30 days. You just went from two boxes in the fridge and one in every closet in your house to 1 big box of baking soda and cute, reusable jars. Simple, right? If you want to add a ribbon, draw a design with a paint pen or any embellishment you can think of. I am not really a bow girl, plus I find more satisfaction with the simplicity so mine is unadorned. Ciao!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Photo of the Day - Afternoon Nap

08.10.2011, Sleepy's House - Florissant, MO

Sunday, September 4, 2011

On Our Walk Today...

We tightened on her helmet, laced her shoes, showed her how to brake and let the little girl who is growing into a big girl start pedaling towards the pavement. It was her first time on a bicycle.
I actually got some exercise trying to keep up with her because now that she is on wheels she rips down the street. This is going to work out well...I can tell. Even with her new speed we still try to slow down and notice the world around us. Here is what we found today:
...the first signs of autumn and the weather to match today.
...tiny cones although we couldn't find the tree they fell from.
...the girl loves putting her hands in these pictures for size reference and I love that she does it.
...all of our treasures were dwarfed by this gigantic leaf. It is bigger than both of my hands put together.

Boober took a tumble from her seat right at the end of the ride, but she has decided she loves riding her bike just not getting scrapes.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On the Hooks - Hints

A while back I bit off more than I could chew (who'da thunk it) and really started to think about why I was making that stuff. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to make baby gifts and birthday gifts and stuff for my own home and it wasn't fun. So I stopped making what wasn't making me happy and have decided to crochet what I want to crochet when I want to crochet it. And yes I still have several projects going at once but only because I want to do them. And yess, I will still make gifts for will just have to be balanced in with the other makings. And yesss, I have some pictures to share, but nothing too revealing yet. Perhaps you can guess what they are.
This one's obvious, but I am starting to make some progress on the details and I finally found the color felt I needed to complete's a kid thing.
No thanks to Michael's I finally have the colors I need to complete this ______. This yarn is so lush and saturated with color and it's all for ME.
Circling up some ________ for a friend's wedding this weekend. See I told you I would still make some gifts.
This is an upcycled project that has been gratifying to hook and it's made from our old t-shirts. Once complete you will notice it underfoot.

I would love to hear your guesses if you care to share. Ciao!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lost, Found, Hand Me Down - Miss You

Little bloggie I will be back in a few, but for now I would like to share some embroidered onesies my super-talented, kitschy sister-in-law stitched up for my nephew. (All designs found at Sublime Stitching)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Samurai Lily

I had no idea this plant would flower when my brother bought it for my birthday especially since the rabbits got to it pretty early on. I guess it would be hard to destroy a toad lily that goes by the name "Samurai".

They open into spotted, three-pointed star shapes. Very tiny and colorful. Ciao!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Here recently I feel like I have made an army of these things. That's not the case, but there are babies being born all around me. These two are connected in green. The boy ended up slightly bigger than the girl and the girl has a new flower detail that I love, but still need to improve.
I skipped the eyelashes for the boy version and might try adding a bow tie in the future. I wish I could have skipped the eyelashes  for the girl because, man they are hard to do on crochet stitches!
 These illustrate my room for improvement in embroidery. I am much better when it's done on a surface where I can access the back of the work and is solid. I am going to get it right soon. I can feel it.
Sidebar - new school starts on Monday. Let's see how it plays out.