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 . . .
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
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
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
Providing just the littlest bit of cover, this mini skirt is perfect for slipping on over your swimsuit. This sweet little skirt will keep you stylin’ and almost decent as you walk to your car after a day lazing in the sun. So Riviera . . . “Where’s my Perrier?!?!” Wailua Mini Cover-Up Skirt Crochet Pattern Yarn: Cotton Fleece … Continue reading Wailua Mini Cover-Up Skirt Crochet Pattern