Sunday, December 23, 2012

weekly wrap-up // Christmas

this week i have been...

listening to...Christmas music


reading...moby dick...wives and daughters...a tree grows in brooklyn

enjoying...caroling...seeing snow {unfortunately, it rained for two days after we got snow}...finally starting Christmas vacation...wrapping gifts...anticipating bark...

what have you done this week?

p.s. huge giveaway for a camera, kitchen aid mixer, and ipad mini here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

feather and fan cowl pattern

feather and fan cowl

supplies: size 11 needles
              leftovers of yarn; the amount depends on how long you make the cowl and how big you stripes are.

          for this part, i will tell you what i did, but you could make different sized stripes and a longer 
          knitted piece to make a scarf or a longer cowl. 

     not important

     k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
     yo: yarn over
     ssk: slip slip knit

feather and fan stitch pattern:
     Row 1: [k2tog] 3 times, [yo, knit 1] 5 times, yo, [ssk] 3 times
     Row 2: purl across

cast on 17 stitches. 
work feather and fan pattern, changing colors when desired {i changed colors every 6 rows}, for as long as desired. 
bind off loosely.
sew ends together.

my color pattern: white for 6 rows, green for 6 rows, blue for 6 rows, purple for 12 rows, blue for 6 rows, green for 6 rows, white for 6 rows.

enjoy your cowl!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

calm, quiet, and i

at last,
calm, quiet, and i are able to meet.
we sit down together
with tea, knitting, and a good book.
i am oh, so glad
that they were able to stop by.
i do hope they will be able
to stay for a while.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

weekly wrap-up // Christmas movies

this week i have been...

enjoying // a little bit of snow // flannel // bokeh // Christmas movies // caroling // yarn //

reading // moby-dick // wives and daughters // a tree grows in brooklyn //

watching // it's a wonderful life // white Christmas // inception //

inspired by // traditions // here and there //

overall, this week has been hectic but with a little bit of calm thrown in. our church Christmas program/play is tonight. i am praying that it will be meaningful and enjoyable to those who attend.

what have you done this week?

Monday, December 10, 2012

stressful and cheerful

stressful things
lack of sleep
long days

cheerful things
Christmas music
pretty lights
good books
completing goals
pretty skirts
volkswagen microbuses

thankfully my cheerful list today is longer than my stressful list.

what are some things that stress you out or make you happy?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

weekly wrap-up

this week i have been...

crafting // hats // mittens //

reading // moby-dick // rose in bloom // wives and daughters //

listening to // all of michael buble's christmas album // christmas music //

enjoying // the christmas season // birthday parties // sock buns // rings // fuzzy socks // lots of tea // salsa //

pinning //

i like this

There's always time for a cup of coffee and a friend.

snow falling




♥ snow

Big Ben

what have you done this week?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

what i wore // flannel

flannel jacket // birthday gift
blue shirt // kohl's
skirt // burlington coat factory

today was a nice, relaxing day. i had time to do my homework, take some photos outside, play a little bit of cello, and perform in a chorus concert. what did you do today?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

handmade Christmas gift ideas

since Christmas is quickly approaching, i am working on finishing up everyone's Christmas gifts. i make gifts for all of my family {10 people, besides me} and some of my friends. this year, i started knitting back in september. i think it's my best year yet for planning ahead. even with planning it all out, i still have a few people to craft for. here are a few projects that look like great last-minute gifts; i hope they help you, too!

Gift Tags made from Christmas cards

Christmas tags from old Christmas cards.

DIY: mini notebook from cereal box

i have actually made one of these, and it took hardly any time at all!

handmade envelopes + doilies+ {decorated} clothespins + baker's twine = a cute "inspiration" wire where one can place their letters in!

maybe i could put little letters in each envelope...

the perfect bookmark

D.I.Y. Pot Holders

Boot cuffs!!

Bulky hat by Eveli Kaur - free

if you are looking for more inspiration for a handmade Christmas, be sure to visit this post by the lovely miss grace.

what about you? do any of you plan on crafting Christmas gifts this year?

Monday, December 3, 2012

how did december get here so quickly?


how did december get here so quickly? 
i love the month and all that it brings, but i love other months, too. it seems like just yesterday that snowbanks were melting; spring flowers bloomed at alarming rates; summer passed by in a blur; fall was here and gone before i could blink. and now we are ready to start a new cycle of seasons. christmas is just around the corner. 2013 is approaching with lightning-fast speed, reminding me of what i have or have not done as well as what i hope to do.

Friday, November 30, 2012

faith friday // psalm 46:10

the script font? it's a jane austen's handwriting font. it's pretty much the best font ever.

happy friday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

fold. thump. turn.


mathias meyer


Anna's No-Knead Artisan Bread


fold. thump. turn. fold. thump. turn. fold. thump. turn.
over and over again.
fold. thump. turn.
quick-moving hands.
flour spread all over the counter.
a recipe card sits next to a bowl.
later on, I will let the bread dough rise then bake it.
but right now, i just
fold. thump. turn.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

weekly wrap-up // put your head on my shoulder

this week i...

read // rejoice // reunion // moby dick //

enjoyed // baking bread // thanksgiving // family // Christmas music // travel sized items // comics // purple skirts // hats // school vacation // cranberry sauce //

pinned //

Kristen Marie Photography logo


what have you done this week?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

1 Chronicles 16:34

i hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


on sunday, i turned seventeen. 
when i was younger, i used to think that teenagers were so old, wise, and all-knowing. but i don't feel old, i am not wise, and i am constantly discovering how much there is to know and how little i really do know. i don't feel prepared to handle big decisions that i need to make soon, decisions about college and life after high school. even with those things looming, i am still looking forward to enjoying things that don't scare me, things like family, singing, knitting, photography, flowers, books; things that i love and cherish. seventeen gives me enough time to savor things will also planning ahead. seventeen should be a good year. full of ups and downs, certainly, but still good.
{me last year}

{me this year}

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

what i wore // new skirt

shirt // sister's
skirt // the dressbarn
scarf // mardens
boots // mardens

on saturday, my daddy and i went out for breakfast in celebration of my birthday a day early. ever since i was little, we have gone out for breakfast near or on my birthday. i love it.
 well, we went to a perfect little diner called the bayou kitchen then shopped around for a while. he bought me this skirt {it was on sale, too!} i love the lace detailing and the belt that came with it.