Annika’s owl

December 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

tree and little chair
This is one of the best things I did this year. I always want to do this on my walls but, 1. I live in an apartment, 2. I don’t live alone in my apartment, and 3. I’m not really a child anymore. So, I had the pleasure and delight of helping a friend paint her daughters room. Annika should be very excited, but I think her mom and I take care of that job for her. Mom had the inspiration and I helped sketch out what it would look like and get it up on the wall. Annika helped a lot too, or would have if we had let her near a paint brush with real paint in it. She was satisfied with the no-paint version of the brush too.

The room is cute, and look just like the drawings with made up. I was amazed that it turned out how we planned. Two planes and a hotair balloon hang from the vaulted ceiling (that part had nothing to do with me). We might add a painted ladybug climbing/ flying around the corner by the window (left of crib). You can’t really see it in the photos, but Annika has a very cute table and chairs by the corner window where she can sit and color.

See more of the photos here


Thank goodness for snow days

December 26, 2008 § 3 Comments

Pdx snowcross country skiing

(left) Our street on the second day of snow in Portland. It was mostly ice by then on the street, and was latter covered with more and more snow after we left town. (right) Me attempting to cross country ski in the park in Spokane last Saturday. The best part was making tracks in deep fresh snow.

Lucky for me, snow blanketed everywhere (I mean everywhere I have been in the last couple of weeks) and I managed to actually finish some of my Christmas gifts, on time. I even wrapped and mailed a few before Christmas day. My biggest accomplishment:  making cards and sending them off. I didn’t get around to cards last year, or the year before. I took one whole day (paid days off are sweet) to make cards and I remembered how much l like making things to give. Usually I start things and then run out of time, and then I get really anxious about not having the gift done.

A good example of this is the unfinished scarf that I found in the closet at my parents house when I got here this week. Sorry Ryan, I think I ‘gave’ you that scarf for Christmas, ummmmmmm…about 7 years ago and never finished it. It’s blue and white ugly acrylic yarn with a fair isle like motif on the boarder, it’s kind of ugly. I’ll make you a better scarf to take it’s place- I acctualy have a pattern in mind that I have been wanting to do so maybe I’ll even finish it and give it to you.

These are the fabric cards that I made. The “peace” label can be unbuttoned and the card can be reused for other holidays or occasions. The inside paper can also be untied and replaced for the new recipient.

Christmas Cards
inside of card
back of card

Other handmade gifts we gave this year:

Homemade Pumpkin maple butter from the copious amounts of pumpkin in our freezer. We didn’t get around to carving our pumpkins at Halloween this year so I baked, pureed, and froze 2 pumpkins. I calculated that I could have made about 14 pumpkin pies, or a few pumpkins pies plus lots of other pumpkin goodies.

Pumpkin Maple Butter

Plein Air fingerless gloves for my favorite father in-law. He’s a painter so these might come in handy for plein air (painting outside) or the cold months in the midwest when it’s chilly even inside most places.

Yarn: Knit Picks, Swish DK (superwash wool), color: moss

pattern: original/ simple ribbed mitt with thumb gusset

Plein Air fingerless mittsmodeled by Lars

crafty white winter wonderland

December 15, 2008 § Leave a comment

Yesterday was the Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Sale. I had been planning on going early and waiting in line to be one of the first 200 shoppers (so that I could get a goodie bag full of…well, goodies). Then our friend, and Crafty Wonderland vendor, Nate and his wife had a little baby girl on Thursday. The little one was early so Lars and I handled the booth while the new fam spent some quality baby time together. So I was defiantly early and had a good eye on the line, I was around the 20th person in line. This is my awesome catch.

Craft Wonderland loot

Ahh, the loot is good. I really like the little cute things like the acorn charm, owl bobby pin, and the “smART now” pin. The goldmine loot: LaceKnitting to go patterns- this will be very useful. And shniky! the bag is big. A lot of yarn (plus a small critter, thermos of coffee, and an emergency blanket) could fit in this bag.

Craft Wonderland goodie bag

As if a baby and craft colossal wasn’t exciting enough, it started snowing yesterday morning.  In case you don’t know the ways of the pacific northwest, Portland doesn’t get a lot of snow. Maybe every year it will snow a bit and about every other year the snow will stick. Almost any amount of snow means ice and “severe inclement weather” advisories. Having grown up around snow, and having lived in Fargo for 4 years, it’s humorous to see the city in a huff about some flurries. I personally love the snow and get really excited since we see so little of it around here. Unfortunately, the snow did keep a lot of shoppers away from Crafty Wonderland, especially as the day went on. But I think we did a good job of handling the booth and getting some sales out. It was a fun environment, (200 crafters and a bunch of crafty-minded shoppers) and it’s not too bad hanging our Nate’s beautiful leather bags either.

To end the day yesterday, I heard the rumor that school was closed for Monday. That means a snow day for me too. Now I am spending the day working on my own projects and sitting here in the library with my tea. There are kids with squeaky boots and layers of hats and mittens, followed by their parents saying “shhhhhhhh.” Seems like there is even more of a community around our neighborhood on these days with more people walking. Even a gaggle of dogs are hanging out together outside of the library.

Here are just a few of my favorite vendors from the show:



Kendra Binney

Lisa Johnston-Smith

Plants & Animals

Satsuma Press

Spincycle Yarns


This little piggy is a poet

December 8, 2008 § 2 Comments

this little piggy went to market

I left this note for Lars when I went to the store and he was napping. I thought it was genius. Just in case you can’t clearly see the clever poem in the photo, this is what it reads:

This little piggy went to market,

you little piggy stayed home,

we little piggys like roast beef,

us little piggys have none,

me little piggy will go wee, wee, wee,

all the way home.

Sometimes people ask me what I did with my morning, and I usually can’t really remember accomplishing much. This is why. I might spend 20 minutes just leaving the house and trying to spell “piggies” right. Correct spelling is not part of living a joyus life for me- it’s more important that the words have good compostion in the note.

mini socks

December 7, 2008 § Leave a comment

doll socksdoll and her socks

Mini doll hiking socks for a friends doll that she is making for a gift. The doll has a backpack and sleeping bag too so she is prepared for the outdoors. The socks took a little bit of shaping after the heal since the doll has such exquisitely pointed toes, but it seemed to work doing a basic top down sock. The first sock took me a while to do but the second one was a quickie since I had written down how I did the first one. I could become a doll sock, one woman, factory.

Other than making mini socks, I did a lot of sleeping this week. Now I should be ready to get lots of things done this weekend.

Yarn: KnitPicks- Palette (%100 wool), mist

Needles: #1 dpn

Handmade NW

December 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

‘Tis the season for handmade craft festivals! The best part of this one (this Sunday) is that all of the vendors wear formal attire. If I was bold I would go in formal wear too. Lars and I thought that it would be fun to go dressed up and bring a butler (?), so that we could walk around and say, “I’ll take two of those….and some of those…”

Don’t forget to support your local crafters this holiday.

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