Rainbows

My granny stripe blanket is finished!Β  Once the weather is better (not that I’m complaining about the rain… I love it), I will take some pictures in the natural light. I just love the way it looks on my couch… I could stare at it for hours! 8D

I’ve already started on another blanket. This time I’ve decided to do a giant granny square with a rainbow color scheme. I love how quickly this pattern works up.

I’m using some of the brightest Stylecraft DK colors I have. It’s definitely going to make a statement, ha ha! I am using lipstick, matador, sunshine, citron, bright green, green, cloud blue, aster, grape, and fiesta. Some of the colors did not come out right on my camera (the bright green, for example, looks like spring green!).

This past week I’ve been busy listing bunches of more fabric in my shop, a lot of it vintage, like this 70s fabric in the picture above. I have much more to list, including some cute stationery items in the next week or so, and I’m very excited. πŸ™‚

I’ve also created a Facebook page. I’ll be posting some coupon codes for my shop pretty soon! x

Updates

More rain is heading our way this week and I am nice and cozy with my rainbow granny stripe blanket and a cup of warm green tea as I type out this blog post.

I am very much a collector of many different types of fabric. It’s hard to resist the urge to buy cute prints and bright colors and dream about all of the different types of projects I could make with it.

The pictures above are some of my favorites that I just listed on Etsy. I absolutely love this fabric… it reminds me of walking by all of the pretty yukata shops in the spring/summer when I lived in Tokyo.

I still have bunches of paper ephemera to list, and in the next few weeks I’ll have more stationery, including stickers and washi tape.

Isn’t this just the cutest card? It’s from the 1940s-50s, I believe. I want to frame it and hang it up in my office. x

My Crochet Nook

I love having this special spot on the couch I can retreat to after a long day. I love the colors that surround me, and looking at my cheerful, rainbow granny stripe blanket on my lap while I finish the border. I love that spring is finally here, and that the days are longer, warmer, and brighter. I love to sit here while I crochet and think about all of the joyful things that will be happening this year.

Happy spring, everyone. x

Cooking

This week has proven to be quite busy for me. We’re having company this weekend so we’ve decided to do a bit of rearranging and cleaning. With this on top of working on my shop and writing, I’ve been too beat to pick up my crochet hook at the end of the day.

Earlier this week, however, I finished my cowl. Funny that I finished it when the weather is now in the 70s! Even ifΒ  I can’t wear it for a while, I do enjoy looking at the colors. I’ll model it soon and have a bit of a Tah-Dah post in the next couple of days. πŸ™‚

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I was gifted this cookbook for Christmas from my MIL. It is filled yummy paleo recipes. For health reasons I need to eat a gluten free diet, and although I’m not strictly paleo, I’ve been using many different recipes from this book. One of my favorites is the sandwich bread.

(I baked it during the evening so I didn’t have the best lighting while taking pictures.)

I made the bread using almond butter instead of cashew butter. It is a bit cake-like compared to regular bread (it might have something to do with the almond butter I use), and I find it perfect for breakfast, slathered with Nutella. So yummy!

The recipe is also on Danielle Walker’s blog. It’s very easy to make — and that’s coming from someone who is not a natural in theΒ  kitchen. πŸ˜‰

For dinner tonight I am making chicken tikka masala from scratch in my slow cooker. It is a simple enough recipe found during a few Google searches. I’m hoping it turns out well. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t necessarily like cooking, but I do want to start making wholesome meals on a regular basis that J and I can both eat together. x

Quilting

I had a wonderful time by the seaside. This picture was taken after a rainstorm, and the ocean was a bit rough. The fog still clung closely to the water, painting a dreary, yet gorgeous scene.

The next day we went on a hike through the forest. Everything was still a bit wet, damp, and cold until we made it to the top of the hill and above the fog. We noticed a lot of fallen trees along the way, probably a result of the previous storm that had blown through a few weeks ago.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a hike like this and I’ve decided we need to make more of an effort to get away from the city and back into nature. I have a dream of living in a cottage in a forest or a country setting. Hopefully someday that will come true.

While away I read through some of the crafty blogs I follow and came across Cozy Things blog post about quilting. I have never quilted before — all of the cutting and measuring always seemed to be a bit daunting to me — but I was inspired by how she was making her quilt without worrying about all of the technical stuff. I decided to give it a go, especially since I have a huge pile of fabric scraps waiting to be used…

This isn’t even a fraction of the fabric bits and pieces I’ve had stored in my closet. It’s time to give them some life!

I don’t have the patience to hand sew my quilt, so I’m using my machine. It’s definitely imperfect… It’s definitely going to be a bit funky and uneven, but I don’t mind. I’m having a lot of fun with it. x

Monday

Happy March!

I’m still working on the border for my granny stripe blanket. Almost there! In the meantime I’m debating whether or not I want to go on to another big project once I’m finished (I have my eyes set on the Ripple Blanket), or start on some littler projects. Blankets tend to take me a long time to finish, but in the end it’s so satisfying to see my colorful creations brighten up the living room.

I’ve also been going through my paper ephemera and fabric while I update my shop. I gathered up a few of my current favorites. I love all of the bright colors together. They are just wonderful designs of an era gone by.

The tiny flower fabric patterns that seemed to be popular in the 70s never fail to make me smile. I’m looking forward to spring!

Tomorrow I’m off for a seaside adventure. It should be a relaxing and enjoyable time. πŸ™‚