Monday, December 31, 2012

happy new year!!!

we finally have snow, and LOTS of it! yahoo! had a very cozy and relaxing weekend full of good food and lots and lots of knitting! i finished my hat (i believe you can find this pattern on spinning yarns' ravelry page as a free download. it's called "simone"). i really like it-it was worth the 4 looooong inches of knit 1, purl 1. NOT my favorite.

have fun celebrating tonight! we are staying home with some scallops and champagne and a movie. ( "moonrise kingdom"-have you seen it??? possibly my favorite movie ever!)

wishing you all a very happy, healthy new year!!!!!

btw, my earrings were made by my friend megan. find her at

Saturday, December 29, 2012

lazy lazy saturday

looking through my new cookbook for something to bring to a new year's day party. i'm thinking either the sesame cheddar shortbread (sounds delicious!) or the triple chocolate cake.

like there is even a choice.

Friday, December 28, 2012

full moon friday

the full moon tonight was called by the indians a "cold moon" or "long nights moon". no explanation needed there!


my extremely talented friend, megan stelzer, made me the beautiful necklace in the second picture. please check her work out here. you will LOVE it!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


spent the better part of today right here on the couch with rosco. just what we needed!

happy boxing day!

Monday, December 24, 2012

christmas golden book cuteness extravaganza!!!

i can't get enough of these little golden books. especially the richard scary illustrations (rudolph). and those skiing elves??? gaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!

wishing you all a very happy holiday season, and thanks to everyone who takes time to visit this blog of mine!

( thank you secret santa-i really love it, and have no idea who you are :) )

Sunday, December 23, 2012

folded paper star tutorial

these paper stars are fast and easy and make great ornaments! or, stick one on a package or in a card. i
hope you can follow my instructions. if you have any questions, leave me a comment!

these work best with a sturdy sort of paper, such as book pages or music sheets. i have made them with maps, which are really pretty, but they tend to come apart more easily. you can put a dab of glue to hold them together if you have this problem. origami paper would also be great.

here goes!

start with eight pieces of paper, 1 1/2" wide by 3" long.

fold each piece in half lengthwise. *note: keep the prettiest side of your paper on the outside.

now, with the folded edge on top and the open edge on the bottom, fold each end up at a right angle (the paper i used was very old and ripped a bit when i folded it, but that is the folded edge at the top, it just looks a little ripped!) 

fold each of these pieces in half.

insert the points of one piece into the little pockets on the open edge of another piece.

you will have something like this. continue inserting all of the other pieces into one another!

square things up a bit as you go.

when you have all eight pieces together, insert the first piece into the last!

and VOILA!!! a lovely little star!

Friday, December 21, 2012

christmas campers

well, i had this great idea for a post showing this phenomenon that i have noticed of people selling christmas trees in parking lots and staying in vintage campers. i was very excited.  however, the lack of sun and SNOW (!) has left me a bit disappointed.....these three i drive by every day on my way to work.

that shasta is super cute, but the man who works there is looooney tunes! wow! if you go there for your tree, make it snappy!

busy weekend ahead. *sigh*

Thursday, December 20, 2012

peace on earth

i just love this duet.....i remember my mother got me out of bed to watch this when it came on tv. i was in high school and a big bowie fan!

5 more days!!!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

some christmas bling

i've been "sprucing" things up a bit around here. we usually don't get a tree as our house is quite small, ( and i live with a "humbug-ian") , but i love the wonderful smell of greens in the house and they are so pretty!! so, what i do , is make a garland out of people's tree trimmings that i the dump! it's great-i go to the big compost heap and there are piles of branches, free for the taking!

i also have my little deer collection, and a couple of vintage santas, so we're looking a little festive!

i really wish i wouldn't keep losing my christmas lists.......