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
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
OK, back to it. With a clean backdrop in place, it’s fun to add in the pretty details. I’ve found that the boring backdrop stuff (the right color paint on the walls, refinished floors, good lighting, spackle over the holes I punched in the wall) are the most important elements to creating a beautiful space. … Continue reading Laundry Room Makeover, Part 2
So it’s a pretty classic scenario, really: the dryer breaks so you buy a spiffy new washer/dryer set as an unplanned (but money-saving in the long run, right?) solution. And now the rest of your laundry room looks downright hillbilly next to your new appliances. I mean, those babies are stainless steel! So I did … Continue reading Laundry Room Makeover, Part 1
You’d think with a nine-month warning that I really shouldn’t be stressing about a gift for baby on the baby’s due date and praying the baby’s overdue? I didn’t write that. But I’ve lamented over this before. I don’t blame the baby for not giving me enough time. Really! I blame myself and my time … Continue reading Simple Square Knitted Baby Blanket Pattern
Due to some unforeseen super sucky job issues in the last month, our house has been thrown into Slim Budget mode. I’ve used the phrase, “budget cuts” like, 4,000 times in the last three weeks. I’m getting tired of hearing me say it. But it’s the easiest way to answer the many money demands that I … Continue reading How to Make Felted Dryer Balls
Have you ever noticed how two people in a relationship make their own culture? Just a baby-society for two. When my friend Jill and I get together we always go yarn shopping (its our national pastime), and stop at a chocolate shop for the same candy (national dish) and we even tell the same funny … Continue reading Get Over Here, Spring!