weekend reading

Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is in fact a new post! I didn't mean to neglect this space for nearly a month, but you know, life and things. I come bearing links!

You know that Starbucks pink drink? I never tried it but it does look gorgeous. I was happy to find this recipe for one that is sure to be delicious and I happen to have everything needed for it on hand! 

Let's talk about 2 of my favorite things- rosé and illustration. These three cards capture my love for both! 

Knitting and espionage?! Sign me up. 

How cool is this cross stitch pattern maker?! This one is cool too. 

Over the last several weeks I was watching The Handmaid's Tale and it got me thinking a lot. I know others have been thinking a lot about it as well and I was happy to see it making its way into art

The last time I wrote, I said I was reading Cork Dork. I ended up flying through the book, loving it, and started watching some wine-themed documentaries. I have been trying some good wines and I'm trying to keep a list of ones I've really liked. I really enjoy pinot noir and this one and this one are definitely on my list of faves! 

My birthday was this week and I am super excited because on Saturday I'm going to have a shibori birthday party! I bought tons of bandanas, an indigo dye kit, and some fun shapes for designs, and invited some friends to come hang out and dye to our hearts content. 

You Should've Asked. I know this made its rounds on the web a while back, but I thought it was so, so good. 

Quilting Wars. Gonna give this story a listen today. 

I saw this dress at Anthro a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it...I convinced myself not to get it though because I'm pretty sure I have a sewing pattern that is basically the same thing! 

Super excited that I scored one of these gold Lord Huron records this week! 

Did you know that Mister Rogers' mother knit all of his sweaters for the show?! Amazing. 

My book club met last week and we have a new book selection for July: The Hate U Give. I've heard such great things about this one so I am super excited to read it. 

I have plenty more links where those came from, but I'm gonna hold onto them for next week! Have a great weekend! 

weekend reading

Well bonjour, mon amies! I unintentionally did not blog last week. I promise to make up for it with links today. I was definitely on the internet last week and then I realized that I hadn't saved any of my favorite links for the week to share *gasp*. 

Let's get into them now!

As I have talked about here before, and as you could tell from my introduction in this post, I have been learning French. It has been so much fun! Definitely not as bad as when I was learning Spanish in school. I think the difference is actually wanting to learn as opposed to having to learn. Plus there are cool apps these days! I have been using Duolingo and Tinycards and just this week added Lingvist and Memrise into my daily practice rotation. Duo, Tinycards, and Memrise all go really well together with learning the basics and Lingvist is helping me apply the basics to full sentences and questions. If you're looking to learn a new language, I definitely recommend all 4 apps. 

Whenever I am listening to the radio or just randomly hear a song I like, I will try to Shazam it and screenshot the information for future reference. Then I add the song to a giant Apple Music playlist that I will play on shuffle and it makes me feel like the best little music curator ever. Sometimes if I just hear the title and artist I'll write it down in my Notes app and add it later. For a few weeks now I've had "The Magician by Andy Shauf" written in my Notes app. I thought it was probably a book so I was looking it up on Amazon the other day and it turns out it's a song. I have no idea where I heard about it. I just added the album to my Apple Music a few days ago and I haven't stopped listening since! I looked him up to see if he is touring and...HE WAS IN DALLAS TWO WEEKS AGO!!! I missed him by 2 weeks!!! I was so mad when I saw that. If only I had added him to my playlist earlier argh! But his music is great and well worth the listen, whether or not he is touring near you! It's one of those albums that I definitely want on vinyl because it is just perfect soundtrack-of-my-life music. 

Currently reading: Cork Dork. It is really funny, sometimes almost suspenseful, full of information, and making me really want a glass of wine when I read. 

Other books that I have perused some this week (for work): Body Kindness and The Intuitive Eating Workbook

I subscribed to Making magazine earlier this year and I have been waiting alllll week on pins and needles for my copy of issue 3 to arrive. People keep posting photos of theirs on Instagram and I am over here, being impatient and anxious for my copy. I hope it comes today so I can enjoy it all weekend! 

Gimme all these (ethical, sustainable) clothes!

Let's talk skincare/sunscreen for a second. We all know we are supposed to wear it (yes, everyday). I have the hardest time with sunscreens...either they smell too much like the beach (fun for when you are at the beach, gross when you aren't), sting, or the absolute worst- leave an oily residue. I really like this sunscreen but it still affects my makeup during the day, so most days I *gasp* go without. I'm considering trying this Supergoop powder sunscreen. I think I'll ask my dermatologist about it and see what she thinks! 

I am IN LOVE with Jen's Nani Iro quilt top!!! I need to start hoarding more Nani Iro to make something equally gorgeous one day. 

And finally, remember when I wanted to shibori dye a bunch of stuff? Now I want to dye my weaving looms

Happy weekend, pals! I'm going to be Ren Festing, bbqing, and going to several various parties. I hope your weekend is equally exactly how you want it to be! 

weekend reading

Sunday! One of my favorite days of the week. Yesterday I got to show off an historic home as part of a home tour and then I went to a friend's coffee shop gig. It was such a nice way to spend my Saturday! 

Here are a few links from my week:

Remember Hygge? It's still a thing (it will forever be a thing!) and I loved this Buzzfeed quiz about how hygge you are because it told me I am like totally hygge an also because it gave me some more hygge ideas!

I read a lot of articles this week about birth and maternity...I guess Mother's Day was on my mind. I learned a lot from the various articles I read. Some of them, like this one, were really horribly sad, but this one was very informative. 

If I were more of a t-shirt wearing kind of gal, I would've bought this faster than you can say maker. 

Going along with all the birth and maternity and mothering type things, I watched all of The Handmaid's Tale this week. It's one of those shows that is absolutely terrifying, not because it's scary but because the possibility of it feels too real and too close to home. Yikes. It's beautifully made though and the acting is really great. 

I painted my nails this week for the first time in forever. I painted them in this color and it has yet to chip even though it's been a few days! Normally I can't go even 12 hours without a chip!

I have everything I need to make these little strawberry scones! I'm thinking they would make perfect breakfasts all week long. 

I found a new-to-me sewing pattern brand this week and I am in love with this dress pattern and this separates pattern. I was surprised at how much of the French I could read on the website! It was really encouraging to me to continue working on learning French. 

Super cute bikini note cards

I hope the rest of your Sunday is restful and nourishing! xoxo

weekend reading

Happy Saturday, pals! The blackberries are ripening, the sun is shining, and I am still in my pjs...ah, the weekend. I hope your weekend is off to a similarly nice start and that it will be full of fun and rest. Here are this week's links:

Since January, I have been saying that I want to re-read the Harry Potter series. I haven't gotten around to it quite yet, but it seems it is perfect timing since just yesterday it was announced that there is going to be a HP read-along on Pottermore starting in June!

I have a few library books and my next book club pick to read before the HP read-along starts, so I better get busy with the reading! I am currently reading these three books from the library and need to start this one for my book club. 

In craft-related book news, I purchased this one yesterday. It's coming tomorrow and I can't wait to spend Sunday evening with my sketchbook, drawing florals galore! 

Noodlehead released a new bag pattern this week and it's so cute! I love the smaller sized bag. The trickiest part will be deciding what fabrics to use.  

Mojito Water. This is like spa water on summertime. It sounds so refreshing and delicious and I'm thinking a giant pitcher of it with plenty of ice will keep me hydrated all summer long. 

As you all know, I am now obsessed with The Great British Baking Show, so of course this article about becoming a baker was right up my alley. 

My Boyfriend Weighs Less Than I Do. I loved this article. I'm thinking it would provoke good discussion for my body image group. 

Well friends, I'm off to do some reading and some shopping for a baby shower gift. Have a splendid weekend! 

weekend reading

Hello friends! Happy Friday to you! We made it. I hope your week was full of success and happiness. Enjoy the weekend, sit back and relax, and read some fabulous links. You deserve it. 

For a while now, people have been telling me how much I would like The Great British Baking Show. It sounded cute and everything but I wasn't sure I'd like it because I'm not super into cooking competition shows. This week I watched it and...everyone was right. I LOVE it. It is the most wholesome thing I have ever seen and is pure feel-good entertainment! And it really makes me want to bake delicious stuff! 

I love a bright and light room and these rooms are totally filling me with happiness and inspiration.

Last weekend was Record Store Day and while I did not go out to the stores, I did order a special edition of one of my favorites! 

Plastic Fashion. Aka why I'm being a much more conscious consumer these days. 

Speaking of conscious consumerism, I found a few clothing websites to help me on the quest! Zady has a lot of basics and Zuri is full of colorful and multipurpose dresses. 

Continuing that conversation- What Makes a Garment "Slow Fashion"?

I've been seeing a few simple log cabin quilts on the internet these days and they're making me itch for a new quilt project. Jeni's is only making me itchier! 

Since I am taking a crafting break, I have been reading so much. I've read 3 books in the last week! This week I finished History of Wolves, which was fantastic. I then picked up The Signature of All Things, which I have been meaning to read for years but I am just now getting around to it. It made one of my friends obsessed with moss when she read it so we'll see if it has the same effect on me! 

And finally, a very important article...about washing your hair. There have been a lot of articles on this specific topic lately and you know when the NYT writes about it it's a serious issue. This dude says most women can wash their hair twice a week WITHOUT USING DRY SHAMPOO. WHAT. He says "a few spritzes of a vinegar solution at the roots will remove oil. Just add five drops of apple cider vinegar to five ounces of water in a spray bottle." I am skeptical but I'm totally going to try this. I hate washing/drying my hair with a fiery passion and rely on dry shampoo to get me through those in between days, but I really worry about the layer of dry shampoo that is surely coating my lungs (and every surface in my bathroom).

redefining creativity

I have mentioned here before that I sometimes get pain associated with crafting, knitting especially, and I am currently in a higher-than-normal period of pain. It had gotten so bad that I decided it was time to pay a visit to my orthopedist, who I have been seeing since I was 14 after a knee injury. A few years ago I had a shoulder injury and when I went to the ortho, she told me that I have lax ligaments and that I'll have issues with my joints for pretty much forever so strength training is especially important. 

I was really worried that she was going to tell me my forearm and hand pain was something really bad like arthritis or carpal tunnel and that I would have to stop knitting. Luckily it is a case of muscle strain, so I can craft again one day, but she advised me to take a break, do some physical therapy, and then resume the crafting, and then to craft only if I am pain free. All of that sounded like common sense to me, and I knew she was going to say all of those things, but I think I needed a doctor's authority to actually follow through! 

All of that is to say that I haven't crafted in a week and that is the longest amount of time I have gone without crafting since the beginning of the year! You see, in January, I made it goal to be creative every day. I downloaded an app, Momentum, to help keep me on track. It was so exciting to see the calendar slowly turn green every time I completed my goal for the day. And I was seeing progress on my projects.

Look at all that green! 

Look at all that green! 

I quickly realized when I started having some more intense pain that I was going to have to redefine creativity if I wanted to keep meeting my creativity goal. My definition of creativity has mostly been related to specific crafts- knitting, embroidery, sewing, messing around with polymer clay, etc. The usual stuff you see on this blog. It is very production-focused, though, and when you're injured, that can be a problem. 

I have started to expand my personal definition of creativity and I'm having to er...get creative...in the process of expanding that definition. As I mentioned last week, I've been having a lot of fun learning French and lately that is fulfilling my creative urge and habit. Using my imagination is also becoming a regular part of my days and is counting toward my goal. Some days the most creative thing I do is read someone else's blog or listen to a crafting podcast. I'm trying to keep my mental crafting muscles engaged while the actual muscles are resting. It's been pretty hard to fight the urge to just pick up a project and go at it, but I want to be able to craft for a very long time and if that means a short term break now, I think it's worth it. Plus, crafting just isn't as enjoyable when it causes pain. 

So here I go, off to check off another day of "be creative!" because I think writing a blog post counts as creativity, don't you?! 

weekend reading

Le sigh. I wrote this whole post and then my computer did something weird where it switched the tabs and I lost all of my post! But that's ok because it's Friday and the weekend is all about being easygoing and carefree, right?! So here's round 2 for me; I hope it will inspire!

I have loved Jeni's lined drawstring bag tutorial for many years now (they make excellent gifts!) and I was really happy to see that she put out a new iteration this week. This version is perfect for those hoarded fabrics that we all keep because they are just too pretty to cut. 

And of course, I'm just going to follow those links with a link to another pattern for a project bag. You can never have too many! This one would be perfect for sock knitting or colorwork projects. The little tiny straps with snaps to hold the yarn in place is GENIUS.

I heard about this skincare line earlier in the week and it sounds right up my alley. The products are all-natural, something I have been aiming for in my beauty routine, and the scents sound so divine. I really wanna try the Bergamot Ginger Body Oil

Super Babies Don't Cry. This is a very thought-provoking read, full of heartache and wisdom. 

Toddler backyard obstacle course. Could this be any cuter or more fun?! 

On Easter Sunday, we had some family and friends over. I was sitting at a table with my little 11-year-old (going on 22) neighbor and she told me that she had been learning French using the Duolingo app. Not wanting to be outsmarted and out-apped by an 11-year-old, I immediately downloaded it. The thing is- I love it and I'm now obsessed with it. It is seriously so much fun and I really am learning some French! I found a flashcard app that goes along with it and it's been really helpful in creating a new habit! Right now I can say things like Je suis riche (I am rich...hahahaha I just told a joke in French!), Le chat mange une pomme rouge (the cat eats a red apple), and L'enfant a une robe noir et elle est calme (the child has a black dress and she is calm- totally nonsensical but I'm having fun stringing French sentences together!). I learned Spanish from 8th grade all the way through sophomore year of college and it's been tough with the French to not pronounce everything the way it's pronounced in Spanish. I find that doing the stereotypically French thing of pursing my lips while I speak is actually a great way to pronounce everything correctly! 

Well friends, I'm off to learn more French, read this book from the library that I've been waiting very impatiently for, and to pull a babysitting all-nighter! I hope your weekend is equally wonderful! 

weekend reading

Hello, friends! How's your week been? Mine was soooo busy and fast-paced that I am still just trying to catch my breath. I'm hoping the weekend goes by much more slowly and will be relaxing! There aren't too many links this week (you know, because I didn't have much time to be on the interwebs this week), but here are the few I did find this week! 

Last weekend was DFW Fiber Fest. It is like Stitches but more local. The vendors are mostly from the area and there aren't as many classes as there are at Stitches. Fiber Fest also focuses a lot on spinners and crocheters instead of just knitters and weavers. It's super fun though and has the same vibe that Stitches does. I went this week to the vendor hall and picked up some gorgeous Hedgehog Fibres and some Madeline Tosh

After Fiber Fest I of course immediately cast on a new project. Any guesses on what it is? If you guessed a shawl or wrap you are 100% correct. I have had the Simpatico Wrap in my mind and queue for a long time now and was waiting until I had the perfect yarns for it. The Hedgehog and Madeline Tosh definitely are special enough to be so grandly featured! 

I loved reading about how the costume designers of Beauty and the Beast tried their hardest to make the costumes from sustainable and ethically sourced fabrics

I am drooling over this gorgeous sweater. It looks sooo cozy!

LIFE CHANGING INFORMATION

Have you ever tried lassi? It's a yogurt-based drink from India and it's really good. I found this recipe for a rose one and I can't wait to try it.

How gorgeous is this dress?!  

And in more serious links, I really liked this article, When Harry Did Not Meet Sally. Thought-provoking for sure and it makes some really good points. 

Happy weekending! 

shibori dreams

A couple of weeks ago I posted a shibori tutorial in my weekly link round-up. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it! I have gone into all-out research mode and have lots of shibori dreams and ideas. 

Here are some helpful links I have found along the way. Hopefully soon I will put all this knowledge to good use! 

How-tos:
How to indigo dye fabric. I like this post a lot because of the results they got with the various ways they folded and clamped the fabric. I also love the dip dye effect! 
Indigo dye day at Fancy Tiger Crafts. I love the indigo dyed yarn! I have a skein of some gorgeous teal yarn and I'm thinking about overdying it with indigo. 

Dyes:
I'm thinking this company's natural dyes are going to be my best bet. 

Things to dye:
Swaddle blankets...you know, to wear as scarves. But could also make for some excellent baby shower gifts. 
Bandanas! I found this website in my research and they have 100% cotton bandanas (and an organic option!) in the regular 22" square size but also in a 27" size which would be really nice. I really wanted to find bandanas that are made here in the USA, but after speaking with the BandanaMan, I found out that all the bandanas in the US are manufactured elsewhere. That made me sad but it also makes me feel less guilty about ordering some bandanas since I wouldn't be able to find any from the US. 

An essential:
I think The Modern Natural Dyer is going to be an essential in this whole process. Luckily I already own it! 

I'm thinking some shibori pillow cases would be cool too and some fabric to eventually piece together into a rad quilt! I think this will be the perfect summertime crafting! 

weekend reading

Ahh, April. I am soaking up the sun and enjoying the weather by being outside as much as possible these days. This week I have been taking a little break from crafting and have severely limited my time on Instagram and my arm is feeling much better! I haven't been scrolling on the computer as much as normal either, but somehow I still have a ton of links to share today! So let's get to those links!

This week I read this book. It took me a while (about 150 pages) to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Next up is this book for a book club I joined!

You all know I was obsessed with Big Little Lies, so it should come as no surprise that I have been listening to this Spotify playlist ever since the finale. The music was truly exceptional and this soundtrack is perfect background music. 

I have been watching 13 Reasons Why this week. I'm about halfway through but I'm not sure I'm going to finish. It is VERY heavy and very dark. It's also very important. But I'm just not sure I really want to subject myself to the last several episodes. Here is an excellent trigger warning for the series. 

THIS IS GENIUS. I'm never going to do ruffles the old way ever again. 

I love wearing dark nail polish, but now that spring has sprung, I am wanting a lighter shade now and again. I bought this color this week. It's the perfect just-a-hint-of-blue!

I am also lightening up my daily scents and am in lurve with this oil blend I found over the weekend. 

Embroidered tops. I need one. I really want to make one. Here are some good inspo pics: one. two. three.

Also in clothing: clogs. I know, I know. They have a reputation. But I can't stop thinking about this handmade brand. I'm thinking some blush clogs would be adorable with just about every outfit. 

In my BGS (before grad school) life, I was an amazing baker. I baked all the time and found any excuse to try a new recipe. I called it procrastibaking because it really took off in college when I needed to be studying or writing papers. I would sit down at my desk, type like one sentence or read one page, and I would suddenly be like I MUST BAKE A CAKE. And I would. And they were always delicious. Plus people love a baker and their baked goods so it was good for my social life as well. Anyway, all that is to say that this article is 100% true. 

Well, friends, that's all I've got! I hope you all have a great weekend full of sunshine and fun! 

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Beautiful Friday! Welcome. 

It is straight up spring here in Dallas (and even borderline summery) and it is doing my soul good. I always think I am a winter person until the spring comes and then I can't get enough of the sunshine. I will say that I do miss the cozyness of winter, but nothing beats eating as many meals as possible outdoors.

Links for the week!

The producers of Serial and This American Life released a new podcast this week, S-Town, and I listened to nothing else for 3 days. I loved that released all 7 episodes at once. I really hope other podcasts start doing the same. I found out that the (excellent) theme music was composed by a Dallas musician, from a local band that I like, Dark Rooms

One of my besties came over this week and was wearing a really cute and simple ring. I asked her where it was from and she said Fine Life Co. I pulled up the website and I now want everything. Some faves: this ring, these earrings

The above mentioned bestie has been rocking some adorable glasses lately and told me about Eye Buy Direct. I finally went to the eye doctor to update my glasses prescription and I got these cute floral frames and a pretty and simple case. I am loving them and I foresee a few more cute (and super cheap) pairs in my future! 

As I am sure I have mentioned here once or twice, I have a thing for constellation-themed objects. I have long been obsessed with celestial-themed things, before it was cool (#hipster). I remember having a bandana in elementary school that I really loved that had the sun, moon, and stars on it. I need to dig around and see if I can find it, but in the meantime, I have really been enjoying finding some online. one. two. three (I am especially obsessed with this one but it appears it was a limited run for a Portland-based band and I'm not sure I can figure out how to buy it! dang it!). four. five. And of course, and DIY rendition from one of my favorite companies

I've made mention of here that I often get crafting-related pain in my fingers, hands, wrists, and forearms. Knitting really seems to set it off the worst, so I was really happy to see this week that 1. I am not the only one, and 2. that another knitter blogged about some very helpful stretches for knitting pain! I'm at the point right now where I know I need to take some anti-inflammatories and lay off the knitting for a week, which I hate to do, but it will be good for me in the long run. 

How cute is this knitting project bag?! 

Remember hygge? I'm still hygge-ing it up even in the spring. Here's a good post about living the hygge life when it's not winter

Just like the rest of the world, I am into shibori-dyed things right now and I thought this tutorial was excellent for a noob like me. I really wanna make an indigo dyed scarf. I'm planning on using one of those super soft and light Aden and Anais blankets. Yes, it's a baby swaddle blanket, but nobody will be none the wiser when it's all shiboried!

Have y'all heard of PF Candle Co.? If not, you must check them out. Their candles smell soooo good. This week they were featured on another blog I like and they did a little interview. I really liked reading about their history and their favorite scents. I'm going to be hunting around this weekend for one of their room sprays. 

And finally, a book I finished this week and a book I started this week! 

I'm off to enjoy the weekend and hopefully catch up on some tv as well as some zzzs!

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March is shaping up to be a pretty bad month for me. This week we somewhat unexpectedly had to put our family dog down. She had cancer for a few months and only this week she took a turn for the worse. It was really sad and I find myself still walking into the house expecting to see her, even though I know she's gone. So it's been sad around here and I've been trying to cheer myself up.

One good thing that happened this week is that I went to the Dallas taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. I had gone the last time they were in Dallas and it was really cool to see how they make the show. This time was just as cool and I took my dad who also loves the show but hasn't been to a taping before. I'm really interested in hearing how they managed to edit the show into one hour, because let me tell you...the special guest pretty much told the same story over and over for like 40 minutes! 

But enough about all that, let's get to the links. 

I LOVE brownies and am very, very particular about them. These chocolate peanut butter ones look like they would live up to my standards. 

I have always thought that eloping was probably the best idea for getting hitched. I think planning a wedding in 5 days is also not a terrible idea!

As you all know, I really enjoy podcasts. One of my favorites is the Modern Love podcast from The New York Times. This week's episode featured one of my all-time favorite Modern Love essays

I don't know about where you live, but in Dallas there are a lot of panhandlers. I never know what to do when I see one. This article made me feel better about giving them some money. 

Poet Derek Walcott passed away last week and is being remembered all over the internet for one of his most famous poems. I loved listening to Jon Kabat-Zinn read it

This chai tea looks really good. 

I'm not a big shopper these days. I'm really trying to wear what I own, or make what I need, and I'm avoiding shopping at "fast fashion" stores as much as possible. Just today I popped into Old Navy, tried on a bunch of stuff, and then bought nothing because my conscience got to me. That hasn't stopped me from lusting after some tops from Madewell, though. I can definitely DIY them but I may look into Madewell's practices and see if they are an ethical choice. I'm loving this top, this one, and this one

And speaking of making my own clothes, I'm loving this shorts/skirt pattern from Liesl + Co

Finally, I LOVE Jeni's gorgeous purple Drachenfels shawl

That's it for today, friends. 

crafty thoughts

I'm (clearly) real bad about posting anything other than my favorite links posts every friday. I'm not even going to apologize. This is my little internet space to do what I want. 

And today I wanna talk about my crafty thoughts. 

There are lots of them in my head. 

Right now I'm on an embroidery thought kick. Just thinking a lot about hand work and needles and thread. But not actually doing any embroidery. Just thinking about it. My phone and watch wallpapers right now are of an embroidered paper and every time I look at the screen it gives me that little urge to make some stitches. I'm thinking a lot about embroidering a chambray shirt. Just filling it up with stitches, without a real design in mind. An ongoing, possibly never ending project. 

One of my friends had a "make and take" birthday party. She bought this Sarah K. Benning embroidery pattern (which I also just recently bought) and she supplied the, well, supplies, and had her gal pals over and they embroidered. Even the non-crafty folks. I'm going to steal this idea for my birthday. FORCE my friends to do what I love. 

I've been thinking about my Sea Captain, who, nearly 2 years after starting, is still not finished. I'm in no rush. He's just chilling in my little hexagon tray, easily accessible to pick up and work on whenever I feel the eventual need to add some stitches. Maybe I'll do that while I watch Big Little Lies. While searching for the link to the Sea Captain, I spotted this pattern and now I'm thinking about that one too. 

Other crafty thoughts. I am still really enamored with the idea of woven bracelets. I borrowed this book from the library this weekend and one of the homes that is featured in it is that of Myriam Balay. I haven't ever heard of her before, but she is doing the exact sort of woven bracelets I want to do. Her shop is gorgeous and very inspiring for me. She weaves on an adorable little rigid heddle but I could definitely use my fave lap loom to get similar results. Here's her instagram account. Her pinterest account is super gorgeous too, i love her aesthetic. 

Hmm other crafty thoughts. Right now I just have a lot of ideas. I'm working slowly but surely on my knitting but not imposing any deadlines. I'm struggling with forearm pain once again (because I just can't lay off of instagram) so that makes long knitting sessions difficult. I really should go to my orthopedist and see what she recommends (probably laying off of instagram. I refuse to delete it. that's just going too far.).

I have a lot of urges to paint these days but haven't acted on them yet. I'm thinking a lot about acrylic paint these days which is new for me. Usually my painting urges are the watercolor variety. I found this artist and her finger painting really calls to me and makes me want to get a little messy. 

I think I'm just in a really tactile phase right now, wanting to really feel my materials and use my fingers as much as possible. I know a lot of non-artists and non-crafters don't get and/or understand that...that NEED to do a certain craft or art form and the need for tactile sensations. I'm not sure how to explain it other than just that...it feels like a need and feels like it will satisfy something in my soul. Even if I'm not actually doing anything but thinking about it, it feels satisfying. I get real antsy if I haven't crafted in a couple of days. 

So, there are some of my thoughts. I will hopefully one day soon post some real posts with photos and everything, but for now, this will do. 

weekend reading

It's Friday. Let's rejoice because this week has been entirely too long. 

I look forward to relaxing this weekend and maybe doing a little crafting...I didn't have a ton of motivation this week to do anything other than sit around on the computer (so it's surprising that I don't have more links to share for the week). 

Here are the links. 

Easiest french fries. count me in. 

Latest edition of I can easily DIY this. So cute.

My friend Erin is a really great writer and posted this thoughtful and important essay this week.

I seriously love crostini. I could easily eat it every day. And now I have some ideas for eating it for breakfast.   

I love how bright and colorful Julie Cain Howard's instagram is. Her home was featured on The Glitter Guide this week and I am in love with it. 

Cute little coin pouches

And that's all, folks. 

 

weekend reading

This week, you guys. I cannot even. 

I got some bad news about a friend on Sunday and on Monday a different friend had a baby but had a lot of very very scary complications that have left her in the hospital all week. So this week has be rough. I've been in total denial of both situations and have been numbing myself by allowing for pretty much no downtime. Which I admit is not the healthiest coping skill ever, but it is just that- coping. 

The internet has been a good place to escape to this week (and every week), so here are some links that I ran across this week that made this week a little more bearable. 

In #adulting news, I was at a friend's house last night and we somehow started discussing...laundry. Yep, wild Friday night with these gals. My friend told me about wool dryer balls and how much she enjoys using them and that you can put essential oils on them to scent and soften your clothes naturally. I happened to find some at World Market today and put them in my cart. I'm weirdly excited about trying them out.

A couple of weeks ago was my bestie's wedding. One of my co-maids of honor has parents who live in Amsterdam right now. Her parents always send her some Dutch peppermints and she brought some to the wedding. I became obsessed. I ate so many of them. They were delicious and unlike any peppermint I've had before. While at World Market, I spotted them and subsequently added them to my cart along with the dryer balls (I swear this post is not an ad for World Market...I just genuinely love that store!). 

This grapefruit mint chia seed drink sounds soooo good. Very springy!

Cool video- how to practice effectively. Basically, pay attention and challenge yourself. I really want to learn violin at some point and if I ever get around to it, I'll be sure to take this video's advice!

I bought a shit ton of lavender on Amazon recently to make sachets. And then I ran across this recipe and was real glad I had a whole ton of lavender just laying around. I made this simple syrup and WHOOOOOOOAAAAAA. IT'S GOOD. Y'all know by now that I am a #teaperson, so I made my latte with black tea (and almond milk) and it did not disappoint. I've drunk (drank? drink-ed?) several glasses this week, both iced and hot, and it's good no matter what. I'm thinking I'm going to start making my whipped cream with cool flavored simple syrups from now on. The possibilities are endless!! 

A few years ago I went to Australia. It was awesome. I was there to work, though, and as such, I packed a lunch most days to eat at work. It costs a lot of money to go to Oz, so I wasn't about to be buying lunch everyday. I became obsessed with Australian ramen. It's so much better than our ramen. I'm preeeeetty sure it wasn't vegetarian, but I didn't think about it too much and just enjoyed the deliciousness. I ran across this recipe this week and it brought all my Australian ramen memories back and has given me intense cravings for ramen this week. 

Things I really like: matcha, ginger, kombucha. This drink has all 3!!!

Something else I really like: old fashioneds. This idea for a travel-size, instant old fashioned is genius. 

Honest photos of motherhood. Love this.

Gonna try this the next time ~that time~ comes around. I am keeping my expectations very low. 

Well there you have it. Weekend reading. Tonight I am going to a Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn show which should be pretty amazing. Tomorrow I'm taking an intermediate weaving class with Rachel Denbow and I am PUMPED. Can't wait to report back on both!

weekend reading

It's the weekend, party people! 

I finished The Young Pope this past weekend and am still obsessing over how good it was. It was seriously phenomenal. And to fill the void, I started Big Little Lies. My very first thought while watching was how fantastic the opening sequence is. The theme song (by the amazing Michael Kiwanuka) is my newest jam. I've played it on repeat. And then I just couldn't handle the suspense so I started reading the book. I had meant to ever since it came out and watching the show and not knowing what's going to happen has spurred me to finally read it! The music throughout the whole show is so good and I hope there's a soundtrack. 

While buying Big Little Lies at Half-Price Books, I perused the vinyl section. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, was just seeing if anything stuck out. And sure enough, I found a copy of Joni Mitchell's Clouds that looked like it had seen many, many better days. I took the vinyl out of the (very torn up) sleeve, expecting to find it warped and scratched, but you guys! It was in PRISTINE condition! I was so pumped and I gladly paid the $3.99 that HPB was asking for it. I brought it home and cleaned it and played it. I also researched it and it looks like mine is from either 1969 or 1970!! So cool!!  I want to go back again this weekend and find some more gems! 

How comfy and versatile does this brand look? I want to live in all the photos. 

File this under: something I came across in the past and loved and then forgot where I found it and I have been reunited with it. Ok that's long. Simple azuma bukuro bag tutorial. Perfect use of those precious 1 yard pieces of fabric! 

This chia seed pudding sound really delicious!

Have you ever travelled with packing cubes before? I hadn't until I went to Australia. I wanted to take just 1 bag for a 2 week trip which is difficult for me! A friend lent me her packing cubes and they helped me efficiently pack. Bri at Design Love Fest designed some for Target and I definitely am going to get them. Cute and functional!  

This little note is soooo cute

Cute little quiches!

File under: cute but there's no way in hell i'm gonna spend $80+ on pjs

This recipe contains my 2 favorite foods- bread and cheese. 

Well, I have lots of reading to do so I'll catch y'all later. Enjoy the weekend! 

knit itch

Fun fact: it took me 3 tries to spell itch right and there were multiple typos in this first sentence alone. I swear I had only 1 mimosa today! 

And before that mimosa happened, a conversation happened. 

One of my besties recently learned how to knit continental style. She has been an avid crocheter for a long while and knew the basics of knitting, but it never really stuck for her. Within the last several months, she learned how to knit continental, and being a fantastic crocheter, she took to it easily. It has been so fun to see her become passionate about knitting. The other night we hung out and knit on our shawls together! #bestiegoals

This morning she was showing me some of her favorite sweaters on Ravelry and I spotted one that I've been thinking about as well, so we decided to do a knitalong! She texted me later in the day that Craftsy was having a sale on yarn, so I perused and made a decision (which was v difficult). 

And then of course I couldn't be content with just one new project, so I started planning out a couple more. 

So here are all the deets, in their still somewhat not fully formed glory!

Sweater (will be my first adult-sized sweater!):
Pattern: Boxy
Yarn: Cloudborn Highland Fingering in Grey Heather. This yarn is exclusive to Craftsy. I am a little hesitant using it, but I liked the stitch definition I saw on Ravelry, so I'm going to give it a go. 
Notes: I am already planning on lengthening this one. I am tall with a long torso and I hate cropped clothing. I want this sweater to be nearly tunic length. I'm also thinking I will most likely do a split hem and make the back a little longer than the front. Luckily I will (hopefully) have nearly an entire extra skein to work with, so I'm thinking these mods should work out just fine. 

Shawls (yes, more than one, DO YOU EVEN KNOW ME)
Pattern: Drys by Melanie Berg
Yarn: So here's where it gets tricky. The pattern calls for Woolfolk Far and Sno. These are STUNNING yarns and the end result is absolutely gorgeous. Buuuuuuuut. If you use the suggested yarn, you'll be spending over $300. Now listen, I am not saying that I'm not a yarn snob. I 100% am. But $300 is unjustifiable for me at this time. $150? Been there, done that, will absolutely do again. So now I have the difficult task of choosing what to use instead! Far is a chained yarn and I really love the look of the chained yarn (rather than plied) and I think it makes a big difference in the finished look. Because of that, I want to stick with a chained (wool) yarn. A lot of chained yarns have nylon in them and I am not about that life. After lots of researching, I think I am most likely going to go with Cascade Eco Cloud. The Cascade is very similar to the Woolfolk with the added bonus of having alpaca! I'm not sure yet on the color- it will be either cream, ecru, white, or undyed. I'm hoping to find them in a store to compare, but for now, Ravelry has been useful. Drys is double stranded and Sno is a 2 ply marled merino wool. It's plied with a white and a light grey yarn. A good marled sock weight yarn is tough to find and I have considered splurging on the Sno, but I searched Etsy and found a pretty on par sub made with undyed alpaca (yes!) and merino. I'm in conversation with the seller, so we will see what she says before I buy it but I'm hopeful it will work out. 
Notes: This wrap looks super chic and I'm excited to add another rectangular shawl to my collection. One of my favorite things about shawls, and rectangular ones in particular, is that they are essentially like wearing a blanket around, except they are perceived as chic and functional as opposed to slobby and lazy! 

Pattern: Decemberist by Melanie Berg (clearly I have a thing for Melanie Berg...you will too if you check out her Instagram or Ravelry page)
Yarn: Quince and Co. Puffin. I'm debating between the Glacier and Stream color ways. Stream was a new addition this past fall so there aren't any photos of it as a finished object yet, so I'm having a hard time deciding! As with Drys, I really, really wanted to use the Woolfolk, but I just cannot justify the price. It's gorgeous yarn and there are times in my life where I absolutely would have splurged on it, but it just doesn't make sense to do that when I can get an equally great yarn at a much cheaper price. I love Quince and Co. because they are an ethical yarn supplier, they make their yarn here in the US, AND they don't make superwash wool!!! Plus they make very affordable all natural fiber! Literally nothing to complain about if you ask me. 
Notes: I have been wanting to make this ever since Melanie Berg posted some teaser shots on Instagram and I am seriously excited about this knit. 

So there you have it, a brain dump of my soon-to-be WIPs! And of course I'm still working on my Daybreak and Seed Stitch Wrap, so my hands will have lots of options to choose from on any given day!

 

weekend reading

It's that time again! Friday! How has your week been? Mine's been pretty great and pretty busy, so there's not a ton of links today. But the ones I've got are good, so sit back, relax, and click!

I love this idea of quilted modern art. It would be a great way to use some precious cuts of fabric that I have been hoarding because I'm not sure what the ~perfect~ project for them would be. 

Last week I sang the praises of The Young Pope. And I still am. But you know what one of my favorite things about the show is? Andrew Bird has a couple of songs that are pretty much the mainstay of every episode! So I have been listening to a lot of his music these days and his episode of Song Exploder

HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS CAUSE PUNCH BROTHERS ARE COMIN' TO TOWN. All caps were required. On Tuesday I was just perusing insta as I do and they posted that they are coming to my fair city in June and I was ELATED. Elated, I tell you! I of course bought pre-sale tickets the instant I could and good thing I did cause pre-sale sold out. It's gonna be a packed show fo sho. 

In cute knitting news: wee sheep and an adorable bear pattern!

Also in knitting news- my bestie got married last weekend and is honeymooning in Paris. I of course sent her with a yarn wishlist so that I could make this beauty. French yarn ooh la la!

Speaking of France, let's talk about wine. You all know that I am a little into wine and especially the winemaking process. I am pretty picky about my wine and will not drink anything I don't truly love. There are a couple of pinot noirs that I really LOVE but I often find myself disappointed with most pinots. I'm thinking this technique of buying wine will be useful for me! 

Every Tuesday I have a little dinner, a little Mindy Project watching, and a little crafting with a sweet friend. This week I hosted and made nachos, mostly so I could have an excuse to make guacamole and salsa fresca. These recipes did not disappoint! 

And finally, this looks like a real good contender for a Saturday morning breakfast. 

weekend reading

It's Friday morning. I am writing this from bed. I'm going to go get a manicure today. And read. And watch TV. That's right, I HAVE THE DAY OFF! And I have no qualms about bragging about it. I need this day. I have been go go go go go going for a few weeks now and I feel it, y'all. 

Here are some links to make you feel like you have Friday off too!

I'm notorious for putting myself on the hold list for 100 books at a time and then getting a new one every few days. I'm trying to space them out more so I can actually enjoy them. This week I have been reading Everything You Want Me to Be. It is so good! Very who done it and a page turner. 

A few weeks ago I was babysitting at a friend's house. This friend has HBO. I do not. So naturally I started watching The Young Pope. Y'all. It is fantastic. I highly recommend it. I recommend it so much that I added HBO to my cable package so I could finish watching it. Watch this scene and you'll be hooked. 

I've been seeing all sorts of cool weavings on Instagram and was interested in pieces with wrapped yarn. Kate over at The Weaving Loom did a tutorial about it and I can't wait to try it! 

One time I watched The Pioneer Woman and she made this incredible looking cinnamon toast. I love cinnamon toast and this one looked so cinnamon-y and crunchy. I finally tried it this week and...omg...it was amazing. It's super easy to boot!

Grab your tissues. This is a incredible read. This man has a huge heart and I hope to be more like him. 

Is it still important to teach children to sew? YES OBVIOUSLY. 

Craft as embodied satisfaction. Yes. This is probably 90% of the reason why I craft. 

I had a galentines day with one of my besties on Tuesday night. We thought we would stay in, order takeout, and watch a rom com. We went out, brought some food home, and watched The Light Between Oceans. It was a great movie, but it is NOT a rom com, y'all. It is a drama filled story laden with sadness. You will cry and possibly not smile at all. Be warned. It's good, but you're gonna cry. 

I love illustration and I love seeing behind the scenes peeks at artists working in their studios/offices. It always inspires me. This little article about Marta Abad Blay did just that! I wanna paint!

I love these sew together bags that Jeni made! I need to make one of these eventually. 

This floral artwork keeps popping up in my life and I love it every time. But alas, it is from Anthro and will cost me too many pretty pennies so I will keep dreaming about it. 

I'm off to enjoy my Friday! Ta ta!