Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
I'm off to the library and to do some grocery shopping for dinner tonight... although I'm still not sure what to make! I have some extremely delicious kalamata olives to use up, so definitely something involving olives.
I just watched this beautiful film about a motorcycle road trip.
I love these beautiful outfits seen in Paris.
And this beautiful home full of white and pastels.
Have a happy Friday!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I made this easy (and cheap - I only spent $1.50!) flag garland yesterday while watching an episode of Michael Wood's Story of England (a great program). I saw a similar project on the papernstitch blog, but I wanted to make a few changes to customize it for my space. In particular, I wanted the stickers to be white and shaped like little flags.
To make the garland you need some white string, scissors, and a package of rectangular white adhesive labels.
I cut three lengths of string to fit the area above my fireplace mantle. Each one is a slightly different length so they drape nicely when hung together.
Beginning in the center of the string, fold one of the label stickers in half with the string sandwiched inside. Work out from the center, placing a new sticker every 3 inches (7.5 cm). Repeat this on all of your garland strings.
Next, cut a small triangle out of the bottom of the sticker. This makes the flag shape.
Here is one garland...
And the finished project with three garlands!
This was such an easy DIY, I'm tempted to hang them everywhere : )
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I love having a sparse and simple bedroom, it helps me relax and feel more peaceful.
Remember this embossed felt pillow cover? I've had the ticking striped quilt forever - I remember picking it out with my mom at Marshall Fields... I think in high school.
A few things organized on my nightstand. Smith's Minted Rose lip balm in a round tin is must for me at bedtime.
I keep my sun hat and all of my scarves in a big harvest basket on the dresser.
And I recently purchased these vintage Laura Ashley curtains on Etsy. I wish I could buy all the 80s and 90s Laura Ashley and hoard it for myself!
What are your favorite parts of bedroom decor? Do you like a simple room or do you have a million pillows on the bed? I do think I could use a few more pillows!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Woodland Creature Hat knitting pattern is officially finished and for sale! This hat is so cute - it reminds me of a fox or a squirrel and I added a pine tree design for extra woodland flair. It's a fun hat to wear all fall and winter, but I just had the thought that it would be great as part of a Halloween costume, too. I would definitely dress up as a squirrel!!
The hat is a quick knit in full bodied Aran 10 ply yarn and it's knit flat so it's a great beginner project - no scary double pointed needles! All you have to do is knit and purl.
You can find the pattern and all of it's details in my shop.
Here's a sneak peek of my newest knitting pattern!! It just came off the needles this afternoon and I'm going to start writing it up in a few minutes.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
This afternoon I decided to freshen up a tired old basket using paint and the current color block trend. I've been using this green basket as a planter on my porch with rosemary growing inside. The plant started to outgrow this container, so I replanted it in a larger one. Unfortunately, sitting out in the sun and rain left my little basket in sad shape.
I started the refurbishment by applying a layer of white craft paint over the entire thing.
Next I picked out a bright blue shade and painted it on the lower part of the basket. I used the reed pattern as a built-in guideline to help me paint a relatively straight line (I may have gotten a little messy, but that's ok!).
I also painted the bottom of the basket and continued with the blue on the inside, too.
My finished basket looks so much fresher and happier! I lined it with a pretty cloth napkin and am using it to store potatoes, onions, and garlic in my pantry.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday is here - it's time for me to get a haircut (one of my favorite things in the world!!) and go to a cook-out tonight. And lots of other stuff in between. I'll be sewing new curtains this weekend with some lovely sheer fabric that arrived on my doorstep yesterday - they'll be light and airy and breezy- just the way I like my curtains to be.
Oh, and I just found this Tumblr devoted to Anne and Gilbert!
And I'm in love with this pretty room.
And these collections of beehives and rocks & minerals.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Today I bought three pumpkins to get my fall celebration into full swing - it's such a relief after barely surviving the hottest summer ever (at least that's how it felt!). I have small white pumpkin on a shelf in front of the fireplace and two more on the porch with my container garden. I would love to do some sort of door decoration, too, but I'm not sure what kind yet. Still thinking about it...
I love the autumn season in this apartment because it stays very cool all day, then at about 4pm all this golden sunlight comes streaming through the windows and it gets all warm and cozy.
How are you celebrating autumn? I'd love to hear about it!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
I just took a big batch of Monkey Bread out of the oven a few minutes ago - I can't wait for it to cool off so I can try a piece! I made it in my dutch oven using this recipe (from my Pinterest recipe board) with a couple of modifications. I tore my biscuit dough in half instead of fourths and I did not use a whole stick of butter!! That just seemed excessive. I used 1/4 stick of soybean margarine and that was plenty!
Update: I have just eaten some Monkey Bread and it was delicious!
I'm also trying out an idea for a new knitting pattern, but it is in very early stages... it may or may not work out. We'll see : )
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Things are starting to feel a little bit autumnal around here - the light is more golden, the mornings are cooler, and the tree outside my window has stopped flowering. It is my habit to start getting excited about hot drinks as soon as I can tell fall is on it's way, so I've been experimenting with a new hot cocoa recipe.
I've whipped up an easy cocoa mix that is perfect to have on hand for autumn-is-here-hot-drink-cravings, or even to make in larger batches to give as homemade gifts.
To make this mix you will need:
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients well and store them in a pretty glass jar (this recipe makes enough mix to fill a pint jar).
To make a cup of cinnamon hot cocoa simply whisk 1 cup of hot milk (or soy milk, almond milk, etc.) with
1 1/2 Tablespoons of the dry mix.
It's really good! I love taking the first sip and getting the surprise of cinnamon!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I was sorting through my yarn basket yesterday and decided to use up all of the scraps and partial skeins I found tangled at the bottom. I have a bunch of beautiful, bright colors that are mostly worsted weight cottons - all of them really soft and lovely. My idea was to begin crocheting a granny square, adding in each new color when the old one runs out - I'm not going to pay attention to making complete rows with each color, just use it up and start with the next one.
I'll keep adding to the granny square with all of my current and future scraps (and maybe a full skein or two) until it is enormous - possibly large enough to cover my bed. At least big enough to fold over the back of the couch for a pop of insane rainbow color : )
Monday, September 10, 2012
Here is a sneak preview of my newest knitting pattern!!
I am in LOVE with this cowl, in fact I'm wearing it right now.
It's a great little project that is knit from one skein of Lorna's Shepherd Worsted... I'm working on writing it up and editing photos this morning.
Posted by Rachel at 9:31 AM
Sunday, September 9, 2012
This morning I had my husband help me take some new photos of the Nautilus Shawlette for its PDF pattern. I felt like the original photos were weird because I modeling a wool shawl in a sundress in the middle of summer! But it was so hot at that point I couldn't force myself to put on anything more autumnal. This morning the air was a little chilly and we had the windows open, so I grabbed my husband and the shawlette for an impromptu photo shoot. (He always takes a lot of slightly blurry pictures - I can't figure out why!)
The Nautilus Shawlette PDF pattern is for sale in my shop. It's a great project if you've never knit a shawl before or if you live in a warmer climate (like Alabama!) and prefer smaller knit accessories that won't make you overheat.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I'm working on a set of paintings this morning, they're hanging on the back of my closet door to dry.
Can you tell I was thinking of chalkboards covered with chalk dust and eraser marks when I started working on them?
Friday, September 7, 2012
I whipped up a quick skirt this morning using this tutorial I found on Pinterest!
It's is one of the easiest skirts I have ever made and I'm really happy with the results - I thought sewing with an elastic bobbin would be tricky, but it was a breeze.
I only wish I had tried this technique sooner : )
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Is is crazy that I want to knit when it is suuuuper humid today? I have some minty iced tea brewing in the kitchen - perfect for this afternoon!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I just watched this amazing video about a girl hiking through Iceland.
She's working on another documentary about travelling through Madagascar (you can find info on that project here) - incredible!
Have any of you ever been to Iceland? I would love to go!