Thursday, January 27, 2011


New York has been cold and snowy (as I write this I look out at the new 12” of snow that fell last night). All this cold and snowiness has got me missing my skirts and got me thinking about legwarmers.

I walked by a fancy village shop the other week and saw these

they got me thinking, and my fingers are itching for some needles...question can one wear legwarmers and not be immediately transformed into the 80's?

Monday, January 24, 2011

January is Kicking My Behind

So it turns out that January is kicking my behind. Work went from slow to high speed in the blink of an eye. That plus it turns out that existing in a city under snow, garbage and freezing chills takes a lot out of me. I feel like I am just coming to the surface for air. But rest assured I have been making, creating, thinking of creating and all that good stuff.

The post holiday snowstorm was really lovely, and don’t get me wrong grown-up snow days are just as good as when you were a kid but the joy of 2 plus feet of snow wears off once you try to exist in it. For all you non cold weather city folk here is the dirty (and I mean dirty) secrete of snow in a big city, the sanitation department runs the plows, this means that when the plows are running there is no garbage or recycling pick up. As you might imagine this gets gross pretty fast. We had our first garbage pickup since before Christmas last Thursday. I am almost ashamed to admit that I did a little dance when I came home from work to see the mound of trash outside my apartment gone. This weekend we tackled recycling which was threatening to take over the living room.

We did other good home things this weekend like seal the windows with plastic and put up curtains. But by far the best weekend project was making no knead bread, which I think should be renamed patience bread cause it takes 16 plus hours. It is however completely worth it. It is crusty on the outside and soft in the center and the best bread I have ever made hands down. It will now be on regular rotation in our house.

I have a ton of projects to share with you all in the next couple weeks. I have been working on legwarmers and an interesting knit swirl baby blanket. I am also gearing myself up for another tutorial on stencils- cause folks I am glad you all love freezer paper stencils so much but it is time to graduate to plastic stencils which can be used hundreds of times and take about the same amount of work as freezer paper, I kid you not!

I promise to share lots more soon.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Appreciation Photos

Now that the deed is done I can reveal the mystery quilt recipient, my mother.

My mom spends more time in or around her bed then she would like these days so it seemed only right that she have something yummy on it. I finished the quilt up on the 24th and she unwrapped it on the 25th. Good timing all around. I confess that I still haven’t mastered the finishing join of the diagonal binding. In fact I got myself, and my faithful crafting buddy Molly completely confused, until I gave in and did a straight line. I didn’t really make a New Year’s resolution this year, after all there are still several left from a few years ago…but if I was going to make a resolution it would be to master that darn diagonal join! Anyone that knows a good tutorial or video out there don’t keep it to yourself!!!