Crocheted Succulent Garden

Like their prickly cousin, the cactus, I’ve stayed far away from succulents for most of my life. Their easy-to-maintain nature is a real offense to someone like me, who can kill any houseplant that comes my way.  They claim to be impossible to kill but I’ve killed them before because I’m just. that. negligent. Their … Continue reading Crocheted Succulent Garden

Go West, Part 2

Flying into Chicago is always a favorite part of every trip for me. I’m almost home, that’s part of it, for sure. But more: I just love that city, that’s all. Thanks to our little fire back in 1871, Chicago is a modern city. The Loop is a neat, deliberate downtown center. Our heart, pumping … Continue reading Go West, Part 2

Go West, Part 1

Last month I flew out to Arizona to attend the Tucson Gem Show. It was one of those “I am even working?” kind of business trips. Endless bead shopping, meeting new (and familiar) faces in the jewelry-making world, and driving through the desert with the top down after flying in from frigid-frozen Illinois. I always … Continue reading Go West, Part 1

Straight Outta Norway

So, straight-up, I’m Norwegian. Like, I act Norwegian. Exhibit A: I dress in layers. Exhibit B: I own a garden gnome. Two, actually. Exhibit C: I say “uffda”* when picking up something heavy. And I can tell you what this is: Guesses? It’s a sandbakkel tin. Sandbakkels (pronounced “SONd-bockls”) are Norwegian molded shortbread cookies and … Continue reading Straight Outta Norway

Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy

It’s sweater weather! Give your teapot a cozy layer AND the all the warm feels with this Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy. Knit this quick-knit stash-buster for the perfect Christmas gift. Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy Knitting Pattern Yarn: Reynold’s Yarn Lopi (100% pure new wool; 100g/109 yds): 15 grams, Light gray Needles: 15 US (10mm) 18″ … Continue reading Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy