Five Things to do This Week to Make Thanksgiving Easier

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There is a lot of menu planning, food shopping, and prep to do for Thanksgiving, even if you’re hosting a small group.

Now’s a good time to confess I hate dislike the term “Friendsgiving”. I feel it makes it seem less than, like a conciliatory celebration. We’ve been hosting friends, their friends, and their aunts since 1996, and it is no less a Thanksgiving than one spent with a family of origin. End of rant.

The real reason I am here today is as a public service announcement for the often forgotten tasks to do this week that will make your holiday less hectic.

  1. Restock bulk herbs and spices. Beat the crowds in the bulk aisle by shopping during one of your lunch breaks this week.
  2. Take those knives to get sharpened. You may have a ceramic sharpening doohickey at home, but nothing beats a professional sharpening.
  3. Iron any table linens if you plan to use them.
  4. Schedule grooming appointments for your dogs. Your guests will thank you. Just keep your fingers crossed they don’t get skunked between now and next Thursday.
  5. We like to send our guests home with some leftovers, so order to-go containers like these now.

PS. Make some no-cut fabric napkins this week, if you’re feeling crafty.

Three’s A Throw

I was gifted these great, wide, wooly scarves a few years ago. While each of these scarves are truly wonderful on their own, I decided they would be more wonderful and get more use if I stitched them together.

I picked a grey wool yarn to just whipstitch them. I like the contrast, and the visible stitches. Three unworn scarves are now one chunky, graphic, textural throw to hunker down for a rainy weekend of British TV and cooking shows. It remind me of a Swiss army watch for some reason.

Voila!

Repurposed

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I just remembered I forgot to show this. My lovely handsome assistant Noodle is holding 3 store bought scarves. While these scarves are perfectly nice, they were a gift long before I knit. "Nuff said.

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Abracadabra… with slight of hand and perhaps a little stitching…

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Tada! A new woolie throw. Awesome. I have been meaning to do this little project for 2 years. Whew!

 

Handmade, just not by me…

Patterns

While I may sew a little, I am not afraid of pillowcases, elastic waist skirts, and curtains… I do not yet have the skills that these cute little numbers would require. So I am enlisting the help of a local seamstress to whip them up for me.  I battled with my inadequacy at first but hey, I'm supporting a local artisan and my local economy. Keeping it handmade and local doesn't mean I need to do it all. Need to remember that.

This morning I filed for re-election for city council… this time I actually get my name on the ballot. I ran as a write in last time. I stopped by City Hall this morning to drop off my paperwork and pay my water bill… and the city secretary gave me a pink cupcake. Small town living rocks.

Monday I fly to the Bay Area to visit my sister and her boyfriend. She's taking time off after some surgery and I so looking forward to hanging around knitting, laughing and watching a lot of movies. My kind of break! The only hard part is trying to decide on a project to start & bring on the trip. We tend to do a lot of laughing and chatting when we visit so I should keep the project easy peasy. I may end up just knitting a big tube scarf out of my cashmere, but these are some contenders…

Maybe
 

cluck cluck

 

Chicken
I know, I know…I've said this before, but this time I just may mean it! I still worry about my high strung Catahoula making mince meat out of one of the gals… but I think that I just need to try it. If there is blood, we'll build a funeral pyre and I can always deconstruct the coop/run to fashion a larger compost arena. The thought of walking out back in my jammies and scooping up blue/green and café au lait hued eggs makes me so dizzy that I am willing to set my fear aside and see if Callie Jo can be trusted.

at lunch I ran out to buy some Robin Eggs because I do not have children to steal them from. Easter just isn't Easter without hurting my tongue on these little buggers.

Robineggs

new life for a sad skirt

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I restyled this denim skirt that was oh so schlumpy and Branch Davidian on me. The skirt was way too long so I cut it at the knee and added this hand made patchwork binding. It still looked a bit too neat for my liking so I cut the top seam of the binding and it's now nicely frayed….perfect. Now I'm digging in my closet for other sad clothes that may find a new life.
A few pics from the garden…
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beans
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cosmos, my favorite
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tomatoes, some ready, some not
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tomatillos
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dill, gone to seed
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Yarn, Babies & Dirt

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Yesterday I drove out to Paige, Texas for the opening of my new LYS Yarnorama I’m thrilled to have a yarn store/café open out this way, seriously thrilled. Even more excited to be able to meet up with some other knitters near my new hometown. I believe the shop’s owner and a handful of the other women I spotted there have fiber animals and are spinners and weavers.

They were hard at work getting the café in working order too. I bought this beautiful Malabrigo there. I also picked up a skein of Cascade that reminds me of a Guinea hen. Although the boxes were still being inventoried and put on shelves yesterday, I could see by the yarns that were already displayed that the shop will be carrying beautiful luxury yarns. . . further illustrating the shops claim to be a playground for the fiber obsessed!

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I am so happy with the way this super simple and quick patchwork comforter came out. I stitched it up in no tome yesterday. I had every intention of creating a proper baby quilt with handmade binding and all, but time simply got away from me. I got the idea to go simple from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson of Purl Soho.  

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I also knit up this cutest ever cotton bib with some Peaches and Cream
that looks like Neoplotan ice cream. I think the striping was plum
luck, this yarn doesn’t always do that so well….hence why I knit all
my dishcloths with solid colors. Pattern Baby Bib o’ Love from Mason Dixon Knitting

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Today is the day….I must drive to Austin for a baby shower (hence the two completed objects above). I have a hunch that by the time I return DH will be close to completion of my veggie garden. I am so excited I could just spit.

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kiss, kiss

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Look at this Bald Cypress…come on Spring!

Oh, I almost forgot. I found these blogs this morning while drinking my coffee. I’ve added them to my TypeList too. Check them out!

Olive Juice & Co.

Portabellopixie

Pink Chalk Studio

It’s amazing to me how much shit some women get done… I mean really.

I just received my Emmeline Apron Pattern in the mail. I was so hoping to see a picture of the back, but no dice, damn. I will still be stitching one up soon….maybe with some Ginger Blossom

Feeling Lucky?

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Is this not the cutest little guy? Well, he no longer resides in our home but did for a week. I alluded to a puppy a couple posts ago and here’s the scoop (no poop). About 4 weeks ago on a Saturday morning DH and I were drinking coffee in bed, reading the paper, cuddling with dogs…the every weekend stuff, when Maisy came running in crying and made me follow her out back. She led me to this little lab mix who was sleeping under our table saw. We’re not sure if he squoze through the fence or someone just dropped him over our fence ( we are kinda known as suckers in our hood) and it’s not important. Well, we temporarily named him Lucky and promptly began a campaign to find him a great home. His poster claimed that he spoke fluent Pig Latin, made a mean Denver Omelet and could fold fitted sheets. Within a week he had a home. A friend’s sister just moved back to Texas with her husband and two children. They were missionaries in South Africa and had to leave a much-loved dog behind when returning the US. When their daughter saw Lucky she said his name  would be “Kaya”, which in the language of the people they lived with in South Africa, means “home”. I knew it was meant to be. All reports say everyone is happy as can be.
I am so excited… we’re replacing our windows this weekend! I was a little sad at first to think that my lovely original wooden windows would be replaced with some vinyl clad über efficient ones but I do see the practicality in it all. I’ve never really lived in a home that didn’t have “charming” old windows with 50+ years of paint, broken ropes and a 2×4 or dictionary next to each one to prop it open when we wanted some air. So this will be a truly significant change, one I’m going to embrace instead of fight because I still like a bit of “charm” in my life. I guess I’ll get used to windows I can lock, open easily and don’t whistle on a windy day. I will keep a few to use as frames for some cool letterpress pieces.
Ordered some pretty Heather Bailey fabric to make either some pillow cases or a super pretty apron.
I did take some shots of my lovely old windows this morning and will post pics of new ones…might not happen right away since I will be traveling to Wisconsin for work first thing Monday.
 

Maisy Hates Thunder

SmallflowersJust thought I’d sit down and catch up while drinking my morning coffee. Rain again! I am actually thrilled with it, I’ve always loved rain. We live in a small ranch and farm town, so people are wise to not complain about the rain here…sure I’ll hear that when I get to work in Austin this morning.
We’ve had some rudimentary rain barrels (read trash cans) set up since last year, but just set up our first real one a couple weeks ago….come on RAIN!
Shoot, just realized what time it is…gotta scoot to work, I’ll catch up later today. There’s so much to mention…new knitting projects, a puppy, a sign, completed stairs, butterfly gardens…