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Green Tweed Was All My Joy!

17 Dec

I started making some stockings out of a mohair sweater I found at the mall–not in a shop.  It was abandoned in the bathroom.  Am I a bad person for not giving it to lost-and-found?  We can figure that out later.  Anyways, I wasn’t thrilled with how the first stocking turned out, so I went to a thrift store in town and found a great kinda-teal-green tweed jacket…

And made it into an even greater tweed stocking…

And an “am Greatesten” (as the Germans would kinda say) tweed vest and matching bow tie for Peanut-Butter-Breath (Sorry about the poor quality of the picture.  I’ve yet to master the art of taking photos of moving babies).

“Vis ze Edvardian masculinity imparted to me by zis tveed vest, I vill be adekvately ekvipped to CHARM ZE WHOLE VÖERÜLD INTO SUBMISSION TO MY VILL!!!

And Israel finally got everything he ever wanted for Christmas.

THE END.

October Blues

7 Oct

Luna Plena

6 Oct

It looks like the next full moon is October 22nd, but I got impatient and made a cosmetic bag to accessorize with it a little early.  It’s made from 100% polished cotton, and my favorite part about it is the fact that, right down to the zipper, it’s made entirely from a skirt I’d bought from Forever 21 a couple years ago, which I pretty much never wore because I found it was way too short for me (yes I know, I need to try clothes on before I leave the store).

I just think it’s so fun and October-y.  I would keep it for myself, but I already have a toiletry bag, and I refuse to become one of those women who, in the name of de-cluttering her home, actually ends up cluttering it with storage containers and bags.

So it’s in my Etsy.  Give it a home, you don’t want to risk clashing with the full moon.  It’s very embarrassing.

Izzy and the Jaymar

30 Sep

My brother gave this great little piano to me as a birthday (or was it Christmas?) present I think about 10 years ago.  We were browsing antique stores downtown as only weird homeschooled teenagers would do, and I fell in love with it.  He surprised me with it a few weeks later.

In the past several years I’ve really been looking forward to my children being able to use it.  Yesterday, I lugged it in to the living room, and today I propped Israel up and observed.  He absolutely loves it!

I love that little man.

Anyway, I’m thinking about possibly painting it some bright, child-like color, since it’s got a few spots of wear and discoloration on it.  What do you think?  Should I leave it as is and consider the wear to be “character”?  If I do paint it, what color should I do?  I’ve posted a few pictures of our living room on this blog, so that should make it easier for you all to help me figure out what color would go.  Comment away.

Happy Autumn…

23 Sep

…as of 11:09pm last night!  What’s with that?

It’s pretty hot in our part of the Ozark Plateau right now, and there aren’t very many changing leaves yet.  But I’m still really exciting about making more soup, eating more squash, shifting my color pallet from blues to yellows and oranges, and some day – some day wearing my turtle necks and scarves.

All of the projects I’ve undertaken seem to be autumn-inspired.  We recently got a brand-new printer on Craigslist and needed a little table to put it on.  So we went yard-saling and Goodwilling, and the best we could do was this thing:

One leg wobbles a bit, the legs are that ugly forest green that seemed to be so popular in the mid-nineties, and it still cost me $10!  I feel like I could have found this kinda thing easy for $2 in Maryland.  But it was still much cheaper than a nicer looking (but still cheaply made) table from Wal Mart or somewhere like that.  So I bought a can of black spray paint for $1 (I was gonna do gray, but was afraid it would look too much like blue) and two yards of a butternut squash-colored cotton fabric for around $2.50.

I’m much happier with it now.   I was thinking of putting some yo-yos or something on it, but I think I prefer how simple this is.

And now for cookies:

My mom used to make these awesome pumpkin cookies (she called them Golden Nugget cookies), and I have to make them every Autumn.  They’re really simple and really fluffy, so I can eat about half a batch of them before I feel like I’m gonna go into a coma.

Mom’s Pumpkin Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed or canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Cream together butter and brown sugar in a mixer or by hand in a large bowl.  Add eggs, beat thoroughly.  Mix in pumpkin.

In a separate medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir together.  Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  If using raisins, add to batter and stir until evenly distributed.  Drop by the spoon-full onto a greased baking sheet and bake until bottom of cookie starts to crisp and brown – 15 to 20 minutes.

A Quick, Sloppy, Cute Reading Blanket for Simeon

30 Apr

More of Katie’s Shower

6 Feb

I want to throw an indoor garden party of equal beauty.  I think I did a pretty good job decorating this shower, if I do say so myself.  I am completely open to color suggestions.  What would brighten your mood in the middle of winter?