Five Fab for Friday: Handmade Holiday Gifts, Cheap Yarn, and Patsy Cline


1. Today, Tomorrow, Forever Patsy

I can tell you the exactly when I knew I was going to marry my husband. It was the very minute he agreed to take a day trip from Silver Spring, Maryland  to Winchester, West Virginia to have a picnic on Patsy Cline’s grave. It was a cold drizzly early spring day and we had a little trouble finding it.

Patsy was my super hero then and had read her biography and an article in the Washington Post about how the folks in Winchester were never that keen on her shenanigans had piqued my interest even more. I was obsessed by a woman who called everyone Hoss and would tell her band members to pull off at the next exit because she had to change her “firecracker”. Turns out the folks in Winchester were not to keen on her shenanigans. They referred to her as a bawdy, haunted and talented woman.

Now I know now what I’d want on my headstone. 

2. I Think I’m a Yarn Snob

I would definitely could call myself a yarn snob. My stash is always full of my favorite Rowan yarns. That said, I will admit to strolling the aisles at Joann for Lion Brand and Patons yarn from time to time. 

While I am always a fan of supporting my favorite LYS, sometimes a little mass produced yarn can be just the right thing, especially when a wool/acrylic blend is appropriate for baby blankets and accessories.

I really liked this post. about being a yarn omnivore. 

3. Moleskin Love

This is the first time I have purchased the same planner again. Ever. At the risk of appearing a Luddite, I really do love filling in my meetings, lunches, birthdays, and especially vacation days with my favorite pen in black ink. 

I prefer the Moleskin XL Soft Cover Weekly Planner with the week on the left and an entire page on the right to make lists and block out tasks. And also doodle. And put stickers. I wouldn’t actually call it a bullet journal, because there is no real organization or method… just jotting stuff down, so I don’t forget. And I get to cross things off.

4 & 5. Handmade Holiday Gifts

I always seem to know the most talented people, most of them women. Please consider buying handmade this holiday season from either of these talented gal pals.

Screen Printed Tea Towels by Paintbrush Print Company
Mid-Century Modern Doodle Calendar with Wooden Stump Base Galendars

Fab Five for Friday: Blankets of Poppies, Moth Wings & Buttermilk


#1 Just one of my favorite quotes by a fierce woman.

Samin Nosrat, Salt fat Acid Heat

#2 Salt Fat Acid Heat

If you are not watching this show, you need to change your plans this weekend and spend some time with Samin Nosrat.  Her warmth and humor make all the recipes in her book feel within reach of the every day cook. Which seems to be her goal. Watch it on Netflix.

Oh, and I am obsessed with the Buttermilk Roast Chicken she makes in the Heat Episode.

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#3 Faerie Knitting

This book is the gift for your favorite knitter this season. This book is a collaboration of cousins novelist Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic) and expert knitter Lisa Hoffman. It’s book of fourteen original faerie tales. Knit into the plot of each tale is a magical garment or accessory inspired by the bravery and self-reliance of the tale’s heroine and includes a beautiful knitting pattern. I am currently listening to the Audible version on my commute.  The Audiobook includes a beautifully designed downloadable PDF of all the patterns… which is pretty cool.


#4 Wonder Boys

It wouldn’t be November without watching the Wonder Boys. I find this movie charming and funny every time I watch it. And really, I have no idea why I associate it with this time of year, but it always seems to get me in the mood for winter and the holidays without being a holiday movie. Michael Douglas dragging the hem of that pick chenille bathrobe just kills me every time.



#5 Remembrance Day UK  Style

My husband’s aunt Faye lives in Wales and recently sent me a link of these amazing blankets of poppies that drape many churches for Remembrance Day. I believe this church above has a blanket of 4,000 poppies that were hand knit or crocheted by locals… what a massive and brilliant idea inspired by this poem by John McCrae, a doctor and teacher who served in World War I.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, 1872 – 1918

More about this here.

Hogeye Festival Update. Why? Because Olive U

Game of Scones_ spreader Potluck Tableware Bean and Noodle photo by Stacey Van Landingham

“GAME OF SCONES” Cheese/Butter Spreader. Photo by Stacey Van Landingham

Also, because I cannot wait for GOT Season 8. C’mon already. Cue the opening credits, jam, and clotted cream.

Olive U_pickle fork Potluck Tableware Bean and Noodle photo by Stacey Van Landingham

“OLIVE U” Olive/Pickle Fork. Photo by Stacey Van Landingham

Because OLIVE U… and picking up pickles and olives with your fingers or toothpick is barbaric.

Pile of freshly tagged Potluck Tableware

Ready for Hogeye. photo by Stacey Van Landingham

Please come visit our booth at the Hogeye Festival tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th. My crew She Creates Union will be selling original designs and hand made items. Be sure to check out our new website Emma created

Festival attendees who sign up for my email list will be entered into a drawing for a “Mind Your Own Biscuits” Spreader. You don’t have to be present to win, but you do need to to sign up in person. I’ll be drawing for the winner Saturday night at 11pm.

See you there!