So, company’s coming! It’s that time of year, and I’m getting ready to host my family Thanksgiving Dinner. Should be great! I come from a storied history of huge holiday dinners. My mom, the consummate hostess, threw Thanksgivings where everyone was welcome: friends without family, visiting missionaries, extended-extended family, shut-in neighbors – I think we … Continue reading Get Set . . .
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
New year, new look. It’s nice to re-energize tired style every now and then and this is the perfect time to do it. The holidays are over (and I’m getting a little cagey) so I’m giving an easy tutorial on Kimono Cord Bangles. They’re fresh and will make a cool addition to your jewelry arsenal … Continue reading Kimono Cord Bangle Bracelet Tutorial
Incredibly snuggly, this quick-crochet cowl will warm you up in no time! I designed this cowl to have a chic and trendy style, while keeping the pattern easy enough for the beginning crocheter. (No lie: this cowl is a perfect “First Project” if you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet.) Make one in a bold … Continue reading Soho Bulky Cowl Crochet Pattern
I’m sure this post will turn too-sentimental very quickly, but I will try to reign in any gooey schmaltz if I see it taking over. Here goes. I got a birth announcement the other day: Rachel had her first baby, a boy. Rachel was my best friend from junior high and she will always have a … Continue reading For Rachel
When my nephew was born (years and years ago) I made him a sweet little quilt because he was wonderful. Pinwheel blocks in bright reds and blues and yellows with black and white sashings for baby neural stimulation. I hand quilted the whole quilt in a fussy clamshell design and, so proud of the quilt, declared … Continue reading Fuzzy Wuzzy Blanket
As holiday merriment wanes and festive decorations go back into storage, winter can become a cheerless season. Without the anticipation of Christmas and its many merry traditions, winter shows itself to be austere and cold. Days are terribly short, and my mood trudges lower and lower, finally stopping at a blah sort of apathy. And … Continue reading Warming Trend