This is what my road looks like now - with a bluish twilighty twinge. Everyone I know is tired of snow.
The lighthouse down the road is tired of snow.
Even the snow is tired of the snow. Overworked, underappreciated with out-of-touch middle management. I can imagine a few flakes up in the clouds, lounging by a warm fire sipping bourbons, when they get the signal to go. They heave heavy sighs as they put down drinks, take off their slippers and roll to the edge the cloud. "See you guys at evaporation!" they shout as they drop off their cloud, grateful they have a job with the economy the way it is. (Photo of a historic home's gate down the road from us.) Guess this would make a fun kids book topic.."Snowflakes feel the USA works them too hard and they deserve a full 4 weeks off like the Europeans get."
I just discovered this absolutely adorable Etsy store called Apple White and ordered these tooth fairy cushions for the kiddos. They are really growing fast so I have limited time for this sort of thing.
Dana, the owner, is going to switch this button for a bright red one for Junior. Incidentally, I was greeted at school yesterday by a huge smile from Bubbles: "Notice anything?!" she grinned wide at me as I struggled to figure out what was different. Her brother had all of his hair and fingers. I didn't see any tatoos. Ah! Turns outh er first molar was gone, although she'd had no loose teeth that morning. I can only imagine how much wrenching went into getting that tooth out so the tooth fairy would visit. Good thing these will be on their way soon. Apple White's shop, I think you'll agree is so charming you'll want something for yourself, even if the tooth fairy no longer visits you!
I got out a bunch of random yarn last night because I got it in my mind that I should knit some letters to casually toss on beds and couches.
The reality was, I was just about done with this giant striped cushion cover and didn't feel like sewing fabric to the back. It's 24X24 and has the Irish flag hidden in the middle of pinks and yellow. You can see I borrowed some yarn from this which is getting pretty long. Crochet is kind of hard for Americans, in that non-shiny cotton in a great array of colors has eluded me...I end up ordering from the UK which bums me out since I like to buy locally.
I feel like I've been working on this sweater design forever! First it was too big. I let it sit for a couple of months and then frogged it. I'm reknitting it, because maybe by the time it is finished our winter will be over and the cherry blossoms will be out! I'm actually making it as a pullover but then will steek it to make it a cardigan and have a pattern written for both. Have a good great awesome weekend, all.
Right now I feel like it's time to snap up the bathroom a bit. I don't want an all pink bathroom but a touch would be nice. We have a few odd angles which would lend themselves to some splashes of color so right now I'm on a kick to get this done before spring (which, let's face it, seems unlikley to ever arrive!) Love this wallpaper but have no idea the brand, via Modesthomeplan.
This is actually a $30 stencil job. For patient types, probably not for klutzy knitter types. Via Country Living
Despite the dated Keep Calm poster this is nicely done with grass wallpaper and some framed prints. Wallpaper in the bathroom is a bit counterinuitive but with a vent, it might not be so bad, via Home Decorin
I feel like coral is going to make a big comeback over the next couple of years. It's not that trendy now but I'm craving it in small bits, via Southerbelle's Flickr site. My RISD teacher wore this gorgeous coral lipstick the other day and I wanted to grab it right off of her!
Pearlescent pink tiles would be great but def woulnd't make it past the front door (Hello, human barricade, aka Husband.) via . Votelindaelis.
This is probably too much pink for me to put in our master bath but I do admire it! Via Braxton and Yancey. I guess this is a pretty good excuse to spend the next 18 hours on Spoonflower to find the perfect bathroom wallpaper!
Case in point: We don't need fox wallpaper but boy is it cute...
As is this. I'd better stop now! Love Spoonflower, don't you?
Nothing like a knitting bag sitting in a snow bank as its owner digs for her keys. It's snowing again here - huge flakes - as we get ready for french toast casserole for lunch made with cinnamon raisin bread. Enforced home time is the best: "Dance Moms", knitting, hot cocoa, hide n' seek, playing Boat (where you can't get off the couch or bed because the sharks (cats) will get you. Hope everyone had a good week! More knitting projects to show you, soon.
Last night I elicited Junior for help with a small design element for a knitting project. "Toddler Boy"was the demographic. His suggestions:
No - nobody wants guns on their kid.
"A bazooka." No
"Nunchucks. A bullet." No. No.
"A bullet with a mullet!" Sigh.
"I know, mommy: BARF!" (fits of raucous laughter from Junior, the kind only heard when someonone under 8 says "poop" in the backseat of the car in front of his potty-minded colleagues.)
Which may be some of the reason I've been crocheting instead of knitting for the last couple of weeks. A little creative block is often helped by rest and concentrating on other projects, and sometimes brainstorming with others. I'm not sure, though, that I gained much direction from Junior's and my think tank but I had to try.
It's not mine, sure it's not. I can pretend, though, and fantasize that I'm not doing dishes by hand as much of the world does (dishes, not fantasize.) I can obsess, too, if I want, because I'm taking this e-course. I'm enough, I'm perfect, I'm GREAT, dammit, especially if I dream of pink dishwashers while feeding my kids deep fried Milky Way bars for breakfast.
On the subject of home, I've really taken to this wallpaper, Designer's Guild Portier Clover. I went to our local place a couple of weeks ago and I have to order like 4000 yards and have it shipped from England. Tons of cash.
I hung the painting in the pink knitting room, lest I overwhelm anyone with, er, pink. Hey Dubs, anyone recognize the black and white pic on the bottom? It's Croke Park taken during a very important match that I will not mention lest those from the West of Ireland send me vicious I hate pink mail. Coincidentally, my faither and brother-in-law were sitting there, in the old Hill 16 at the time this was taken! I guess occasionally I should share some Husband type things that are present in Casapinka. I don't want to ruin my schtick, though. Ladies gotta stick together, eh?
This was a work in progress in Margaret's studio that I just loved as was the one below. I wish I could accurately and movingly describe how inspired I feel when I step into Margaret's painting world. We talk and talk and the colors hang around and between us and it informs my knitting and other artistic endeavors. Are you lucky enough to have friends like that, who inspire you and make you feel like a real optimist? I have a few and boy am I lucky.
I never tire of hanging out in her bright basement space, where lots of sunlight floods in (in comparison to my dark and cold basement!) and there always seems to be espresso at the ready. Hope you enjoyed this Permanent Magenta treat this morning. I think cold January is the perfect time to visit her artwork which is so bright and inspiring to me. Tomorrow, I am surprising Bubbles with a trip to NYC where I can do a recon of Purl Soho's needlepoint yarns and then go - well, she's 10, I'm 24 - please email me with some good suggestions! We're staying in Chelsea...I think she's going to faint!