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This was a quick knit made with malabrigo rasta. I used 17 needles and knit a big rib until I ran out of yarn and then seamed it up. It's a belated birthday gift for a dear friend who lives...

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Delia (9) Delia (9) Lydia (6) Sadie (11) Lydia (6) I thought it would be fun to do some drawing with the girls using only charcoal so I rummaged in my old drawing box and found some teeny tiny bits...

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Pete and I saw the Grand Budapest Hotel last night and were thoroughly entertained. The images, especially in the first 10 minutes, were so beautiful. I wanted these images up around me all the time, so I printed out my...

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Delia wanted to make some fire starters. She remembered that it was a skill on DIY she could earn and is always looking for a reason to play with fire or melted wax, which is understandable to me. I was...

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During the hustle and bustle of the holiday madness we bought this book— Making Peg Dolls by Margaret Bloom, at the wonderful Portland toy shop, SpielWerk Toys, just for ourselves. Sadie and I fell in love with it immediately. It...

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We were able to sneak away for a few days last week to the coast and whiled we relaxed we worked on some projects for the homeschooling science fair the girls are doing. It was stormy, sunny, wet, windy, and...

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I just got this book, The Martian, by Andy Weir last week for Pete for our 16th wedding anniversary and he read it in two days. Giving fiction is always tricky, especially as a gift and especially having not read...

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Taking a break from my more ambitious knitting projects, I have been fitting in some smaller projects, like these booties and a hat. You can see them on my ravelry page, but I kept really bad records, the yarn info...

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We have moved all of our framed needlework pieces to one wall, instead of hanging them all around the house. Even since taking these photos Sadie has added a new framed piece. So exciting! I have dated and named them...

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I have been tinkering with pumpkin bread/cake recipes again. I have posted a few in the past and keep making changes here and there. This one is currently my favorite and I think it will be for a long time....

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We are learning about Greek Mythology right now and the girls have taken off like wild fire. It's ridiculously fun to see. We are reading a ton, and have started the Percy Jackson series, but this book, Amazing Greek Myths...

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we got snowed in the last 4 days and the girls have been: Reading a ton—we finished reading Tom Sawyer and started To Kill a Mocking Bird (from our Family Library) Working on their DIY skills with intensity. Also, they...

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I have been wanting to try some needlepoint for a bit and feel closer to actually starting a project. My mom stitched a footstool for her mother in the 1970s and was telling me about it (sadly, it's gone now)...

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Pete had a birthday last week and we made him a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. I used my go-to cake recipe from my PDF that I have on my fridge. For the frosting, I used a half-batch of...

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It felt so good to finish my first color work project, this fair isle hat. There are a ton of mistakes in my chat reading, but I love it anyway. If you repeat a mistake enough times, it's a design...

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I made some chocolate-chip scones and raspberry-cardamon-oatmeal muffins last weekend for a brunch date. Fruit and almonds were on the side along with coffee and juice. The scones were plain, I just added chocolate chips to the dough and cinnamon-sugar...

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Four different types of hand pies were served for brunch with my brother yesterday. I made a double batch of dough earlier in the week. I rolled out, filled, and baked them when I had time. They are perfect for...

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I was compelled to make some handpies after seeing Erin's on Instagram. The recipe is here, from Mad Hungry. I didn't make the chicken pot pies this was used for on the Mad Hungry site, but instead stuffed them with...

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Happy after the holidays! We made it through. It was a lovely but tiring December—6 Nutcracker shows with all three girls dancing this year, and then the holidays and then a bad violent bout of the norovirus that hit all...

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Sadie and I brought home these fabulous items at Crafty Wonderland last weekend. I was doing really well, not spending too much and just looking around until I saw the E is for Ethel booth and sort of lost it....

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I knitted these wristwarmers for a gift. I think I knit them this month, but it might have been in November. It's sort of been a blur. They are super easy and don't require much yarn or brain activity, which...

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I feel like the most rebellious thing I could do right now is work on these cross-stitch ornaments. I've been so busy baking, stuffing cookie bags, making flavored salt, sending cards, and sewing up a storm for the girls' nutcracker...

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I got this idea (I'm surely not the first) while I was baking and craving hot cocoa while I also happened to be handling mini candy canes. My girls don't like peppermint hot cocoa (criminal!) so I never make our...

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I just made these cookies from the MSL site. I had seen the video and noticed almond paste was called for. I love jam cookies and love almond paste, so if I can combine them, I will. I used to...

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So many resources and links and sites to look at! As a family we have figured out a system that works for us for giving during the holidays—we adjust it every year, but the framework is the same. Local: We...

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I have had a bee in my bonnet about making these for about 2 weeks now. I was looking at the Martha Stewart December 2012 magazine and saw these centerpieces. I would link to it, but the MSL site is...

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I sewed this coat for Sadie from McCalls M5743. She had more design input for this one than the one I made her two years ago. I made that one big so she wore it two seasons. This one is...

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It's pretty awesome when Pete comes home and asks what we did today and the girls say they lifted fingerprints, (for the detective badge) made a camera obscura, (for the photographer badge) and wrote a poem (for the writer badge)....

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I finished this sweater for Delia that I had started in April. I put my Cypress on hold because I wanted to knit something colourful and stripy so I switched to this project using a fabulous yarn Delia selected that...

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Early in the summer we were thrifting at the beach and I found these two cookbooks. I love vintage cookbooks from food companies, like Jello, Betty Crocker—that kind of thing. The one on the right is older and full of...

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