The PickMeUp

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Sometimes life gets messy and my life currently is: A. Mess.

So, it’s time for me to start cleaning it up. In order to get through the chaos, I have to assign myself “projects” just like I’m back in middle school – where learning was something that is forced upon you because you had no interest in doing it if you were left to your own devices.
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Spring-Cleaning out Jars

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I woke up this weekend like a bear coming out of hibernation. I awoke to the wonderful Spring sunshine pouring in through the curtains and walked into a nice living room full of light. Birds were chirping all around just like Snow White.

Then I walk into the kitchen, my favorite room in the apartment. But all I could see was MESS. Jars stacked onto jars. All of my dry foods sitting around and my cabinets barely closing because they are packed to the gills!
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Honeycomb Hearts

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My grandma’s house is magical. There is a lake and cabin, beautiful gardens, a sugar shack where I had my wedding and barns full of treasures. There is a “happy tree” straight out of a Winnie the Pooh story.

One day, I received a picture text from my mom. The picture was a bag full of honeycomb that she found on the ground under the “happy tree” – this grand old tree is central to many memories that we grew up with. Continue Reading

Banana Coconut Buckwheat Bread

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I’ve been buying a lot of bananas recently because they are the perfect on-the-go snack. However, after a long week of long hours at work, a couple of them were left behind. They turned to that perfect sickeningly sweet – way too brown – banana bread – bananas.

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A Very Crafty Christmas

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A very belated story….

This past Christmas was very different for me. Typically, I make about 70% of my gifts, along with Christmas cards and cookies. This time around, work took up most of my holiday, so I didn’t get to make much of anything handmade.

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A Non-Work of Art: Revived

The last time I painted on this canvas, I lived in a different apartment and the canvas had a different home. I hate to say that it has hung on the wall unfinished for 1 year and 4 months.Continue Reading

The Icelandic Yarn Hunt: Part 6

One big reason I wanted to visit Iceland was for the yarn. (I know, shocker.) I always thought, “Ya know, this is a country KNOWN for their sweaters, their yarn shops MUST BE incredible!!” But here’s what I’ve learned.Continue Reading

On Spins and Needles

This past week has been a challenge. As a few of you know, I’m getting a little surgery tomorrow (yes…a breast reduction, as you may have suspected) and I hear it hurts. I have never had a surgery, so I cannot confirm this claim; however the logistics behind the claim do make sense.Continue Reading

Didja Miss Me??

Since this is my first solo post for a while, here’s what I’ve been up to: Everything. I am in one of those strange transitional periods where I don’t know where I’ll be in six months, so there’s been lots of “figuring out” to do.  “Figuring out” doesn’t leave much mental capacity for creativity, butContinue Reading

FO Joys!!

Hello world,   I finished my first sweater and I’m so excited! The sweater is a Lion Brand pattern: Sketchbook Cardigan.  I used The LB Collection Superwash Merino in Dijon.  My sweater took a little under 4 full skeins. I have the FO Bug! (FO = Finished Object.) I have a small basket of UFO’sContinue Reading

Giraffe A Day For Kaitlyn K: IN PRINT!

If you haven’t read: Giraffe A Day For Kaitlyn K! I suggest you start there. This is the conclusion to that story!Continue Reading

Block Party with Bloc Party

The benefit to be able to knit on your daily commute means an extra hour everyday to get those needles clicking. However, by the end of the week, I end up with a pile of finished goods. It’s a great feeling! But then, all of the items need cleaned and blocked. So last night, IContinue Reading