Friday, August 31, 2012

Dig In!

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  For obvious reasons. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Secretly, We Like Cheesy Folk Music.

You may remember the walking-down-the-aisle song fiasco and the subsequent sweet solution cooked up by my husband.  If you don't, here's the short version: Our musician played the wrong song while I was walking down the aisle.  But a few days later, Karl dragged me to a bar in the middle of nowhere.  The guy who originally wrote the song I was supposed to walk down the aisle to was playing there, and Karl had emailed him ahead of time to ask him to play that song.  Also, we got to have a beer with him. 

The same guy (Bill Staines) played near Madison last weekend.  Of course we had to go.  We may have been the youngest people in the audience.  But it was so much fun!  And he played the walking-down-the-aisle song.  It's possible that I cried a little bit. 

Afterwards, we stopped at a vintage shop where I picked up a tablecloth for $1.  Plus did I mention the concert was free?  It was.  All that fun- a concert and a vintage tablecloth- for only one dollar!  Lucky us. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Little Knitting

Last night I met Desiree out on the town for a some knitting.  Okay, we weren't really out on the town; we were at a coffee shop, if you must know.  On my way out of the house, I grabbed this book and a skein of thick green variegated wool.  So far the project looks like a scarf, but it will be a hat in the end...

I'm loving the yarn, especially now that more of the green is showing.  This may be the beginning of my Christmas gift knitting!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


 Our favorite pizza topping is now stocked in the freezer!  My hands smelled so delicious after handling all that basil.  This was also the first cooking project Karl and I have done together in over a year (thank you, nursing school), so it was extra sweet. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Quiet Book Sewalong: The End

That's right, I finished it!  I'm not sure if it turned out how it's supposed to look, but all of the pages are inside a cover, and I think that was the main goal.  I used Carissa's tutorial.  Fortunately, Karl already had the glue and sandpaper, and he kindly fixed up the binder clips for me. 

I almost didn't add any decoration on the front cover.  I'm glad I did!

The button and elastic are my favorite part. 

Here's what the inside of the book looks like; I added some blue felt to cover up the binder clips:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ten on Ten: August

1.  Luscious book coming across my desk first thing this morning
2.-8.  Putting together a surprise survival kit for a friend who is starting grad school
9.  Working on a book review
10.  Newly decorated office shelf

More Ten on Ten here!

There Are No Words...

... except "It's about damn time."

Many proud congratulations to my handsome graduate!  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Snip Snap!

Every night lately, I'm tuned in to the Olympics from 7-11pm.  It's hard for me to break away (I almost skipped yoga yesterday to watch, but the event was men's volleyball, so I did end up actually exercising instead of watching someone else be athletic).  Monday, though, I took a loooong break from the Olympics and headed to Carissa's Needlereads class.  We made snappy bags!  They're adorable, and they're so quick to make that I managed to make two!

Squeeze the sides to open it up, then close by letting go.  When it closes, you'll hear a SNAP!  Guess what we used for the closure? 

A measuring tape!  You know how they SNAP back into place?  Perfect!

They were so much fun to make, I almost didn't care about missing the Olympics!