Archive for December, 2009

sweet potato hat

December 29, 2009

I won a pattern giveaway from cosymakes a few months ago. Although I finished the hat last month, I didn’t take a photo of it until just before it was boxed up & whisked away as a gift to my godson. This is the 3rd winter hat I’ve knit him and the 2nd from one of Cosy’s patterns. I love the simplicity & whimsy of her hat patterns. I’m still pretty much in love with my Train Tam that I knit last year to take on our honeymoon.

Details on Ravelry.

sweet potato


christmas wrap up

December 28, 2009

Didn’t take as many photos this year since the Mister and I spent a quiet holiday at home with our menagerie of furry monsters, but I did manage to get a few shots of the peppermint bark before I packed it up and sent it away.  Actually, we have a few more parcels of it in the fridge that I need to find homes for.  I wish candy shipped better.  Anyway, it was a really simple recipe and I got to smash things with a hammer, which is always fun.

peppermint bark

Much happier with the Christmas wreath than the Autumn/Thanksgiving wreath.  I think my best results are achieved when I use less ingredients. All I need was a wreath form, some yarn, grosgrain ribbon & a few fake poinsettias.

christmas wreath

Despite the kitten in the Christmas tree incidents, I did manage to get some ornaments on the tree for a few days. I made sure they were all kitten-safe, so that we didn’t have any injuries, to the cats or the ornaments. Took ’em back down as soon as possible, because not only do we have our own little rambunctious kitten to contend with, but his sister is here for a visit.  If it’s even possible, she’s more of a terror than he is.

December 13, 2009

I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be able to put ornaments on the tree this year.

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coming together

December 11, 2009

The mister and I have both been crazily scouring Craigslist lately on the hunt for new pieces for the house. We’ve made some great purchases, including a lovely 60s dining room table that got a workout since we hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever. I plan to reupholster the chairs and then it will be perfect. Here it is decked out in an Orla Kiely tablecloth and our “wedding china” – Noritake Colorwave in mint, which has since been discontinued. See the gravy boat? We totally used it!

dining room

I am also in love with the chest of drawers we picked up for my clothes, which is another great Craigslist find. In fact, we ended up buying another chest of drawers from the same guy a few weeks later for the guest room. It’s right by a southern-facing window and the way the light shines on it makes me love it even more. It will eventually be the home to our bedroom television, but for now I’m enjoying it’s simplicity.

The end tables and coffee table in the photo below are new — too bad you can’t really see them. But you can see the splotches on the wall where I tried to touch up the previous owner’s paint job with the wrong color of paint. Since the photo was taken I have mixed up an almost perfect match and re-touched up the paint so that you have to look really hard, in just the right light, to see the splotches. Check out the kitten fight!

living room

2009 holiday ornaments

December 9, 2009

This year I participated in 2 separate ornament swaps: one hosted by Small Fox & one by freshly{blended}. To keep things easier I used the same ornaments for both swaps – yarn wrapped around a ring-shaped form and decorated with holly berries and felt leaves. The bulk of the yarn, the nubby dark khaki, was recycled from a thrifted jcrew sweater.

mini wreath ornaments

There are more photos of the mini wreaths on my flickr page, along with photos from last year’s swap contribution.