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.
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.
…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°
- 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.
I turned this stuff:
It’s to store my coupons, discount cards, and shopping list in. I still need to put a button on it and it’s a little sloppy.
It’s sloppiness was at first accidental, and then became intentional, simply because it was easier for me to make it look sloppy on purpose than it is for me to make myself do anything more than eye-ball measurements and seams for things that are intended to stay in my possession (I’m more picky about how things look if I’m giving them to someone else or selling them). But I still love it. The lady at CVS complimented it immediately, before I blind-sided her with coupons.
(I had to save the selvedge and use it. I’ve seen so many cute selvedge projects, and I’ve always wanted to find a way to incorporate it – albeit in a much more meager way than in the projects linked above).
2. The heather plants I got super cheap at Aldi this week. And yes, those hydrangeas are fake. Peter says that live cut flowers are a liability – not an asset. I tend to agree with him.
3. The Milano cookies I stole legitimately got for free from CVS.
4. Israel. Well, he always makes me happy. He’s taken to playing with non-toy things, which for some reason amuses me.
And something I’m not so happy about:
I had some lemon fabric left over from a project I made for a lady at church. I made a bib which I was gonna put in my Etsy, but I messed it up a little. So now it belongs to Israel!
Nice, huh? Giving my son the stuff that isn’t good enough to give to other people?
In related news, I am working on re-opening my Etsy shop. I’ve been sewing like crazy (sort of) in order to get at least 10 things made to start things back up. I’ve got two aprons done. 8 more things to go. I’ll try again tomorrow on the bibs.
He’s not perfect, but the lamb loves him very much, and he makes Israel laugh.