Friday, April 4, 2014

3 Generations on a Wall


A few years ago I came across a photo of plate wall art.  When we repainted the kitchen, my plan was to use the plates that my grandmother gave me, plates that my mom's brother gave to her, plates from our cupboards and plates from garage sales to fill in the rest.  Pinterest pinning ensued.

I used super glue, Lochtite, my favorite, and glued sawtooth hangers to the backs of the plates.  I did try to

Monday, March 31, 2014

41 By 41




So the calendar caught up to me and I found the dial on my age turn over a decade.  It's possible that I've lived half or less than half my life already.  My brother didn't make it past 40 and my mom to 55.  Granted I'm not blood related but one never knows.

In the months leading up to my 40th, I played around with the idea of some goals before I hit 40.  I never really solidified any of them and this winter was deep and cold so motivation was low.  Instead, I'm turning

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Edible Bouquet



You'll need:
  • 2 packages of strawberries (or whatever fruit you can spear)
  • paring knife
  • wooden skewers
  • vase with a wide mouth (washed)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

In Search of the Early Edition



The Saturday/Sunday paper has the same coupons as the Sunday but only costs $1, so I usually pick up a few copies on Saturday.  But today, it took me 4 stores to finally get them.


  1. Holiday gas station to use the $ .20 off per gallon from the Cub card.  Forgot to get papers.
  2. Walgreens - got over $43 in stuff for about $10 plus 4,000 BR which now means I have $102 worth of points to use.  They were out of papers.
  3. Target - decided to do the dog food deal, so I got about $25 plus a $5 gift card for next time.  They don't carry papers.
    1. 3 - Almay Make-up removers
    2. 3 - Tide eraser packs on clearance
    3. 2 - 15 lb bags of Iams mini chunks
  4. Cub - got 3 papers.
In summary:
$71.00 in products
$38.00 spent after savings
$9.00 in points and gift cards for next time

It was an okay day of couponing, if I had actually planned it out I could've done better.  But I got my early edition papers and coupons for next time.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Minimalism and Knitting

Indian Feathers
I have just completed two projects using lace weight yarn.  One was my travel knitting project for Britain, the other was the above project with the leftover yarn.  I got to thinking about how lovely it is to have a whole project's worth of yarn or two in one small ball.  And how I loved to work with fine yarns and spin fine yarns.  Then it occurred to me, I could minimize my knitting as I've minimized my wardrobe.

From now on, I will seek out only those projects that use fingering or lace weight yarns.  No longer will I need to purchase heavier yarns for a "someday" project.  In actual fact, I hardly ever use them for anything but always find a use for my sock yarns.  And let's face it, sock yarns are often the best looking yarns and most inspiring in a shop.

The benefits of this are many:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Britain Through Fiction

The desk at 221 Baker Street

When I knew that we were going to Britain, I wanted to learn more about the country and the history.  So I decided to read my way through British history from as far back as I could go to the present.  The books I chose were based on what I already had in my kindle library for free, what I could get for cheap or free and what I really wanted to read and was willing to pay for.  And also, what I felt like reading at the time.  Here's the list:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lost Dog Found


Last night I dreamed that we drove to Scotland with our dog in the car.  We played at a park and I think I had some sort of task to work on.  When it was time to go home, I called for our dog and a different black and white one came running.  Someone had taken our dog by mistake and left theirs.