For Christmas this year we headed to Montana where there was the perfect amount of snow and all over wintery feel, just right for Christmas. We went to The Hobbit, made gingerbread houses, rode the carousel, and went cross country skiing and after skiing we warmed ourselves by the fireplace and sipped White Russians.
Well, thanks to my good friend, Lettie, I finally have a blog for my photography work. Just incase you want to check it out here it is. If you’re local I could even take your picture.
Well, here they are, the chairs I promised pictures of whenever I got them finished. I am quite pleased with the results and the pair of them now sit happily in our little library.
I’m pretty sure I’m the last one to get the memo on this but has anyone discovered Spoonflower? You can design your own pattern and have it printed to fabric which is pretty amazing. But what I was really thrilled about was the array of incredible designers on the site. All the patterns here are the work of Holli Zollinger.
As you know I have this fetish for fabrics. I love the idea of buying bolts of fabric in a myriad of patterns. And then what to do with them. Well, there’s always pillows. You see, I’m not a big sewer but pillows I can handle. I found all these fabrics I want to get and need only the smallest excuse to get them. I would love them all for the boys’ room. But really, how many pillows does the boys’ room need? Apparently about twenty. I think maybe if I just opened a fabric store I would be better off.
Prizes to anyone who can guess what this is. This is my poor little copper bottomed pot. It became a casualty to my inattention while at the computer. I left it to browse artworks. When I finally remembered it, the water was all boiled away and I had a very over heated pot. This has happened to several of my pots for the same reasons. You would think I would learn a lesson. But the silver lining is that I got a lovely photo out of the whole deal, one I think I might actually frame.
Erin, help! Do I want to buy this? I have been looking at several paper mache trophy heads and the ones you sent me from West Elm have been my favorite ones so far. I like the wildebeest or maybe I like it better because I go into shock at the price of the Gemsbok. But it also reminded me of this marble bust I saw at the Smithsonian. I’m pretty sure I would love the Wildebeest really anywhere in the house but maybe particularly in my kitchen. But do you think it is too small? As I told you before, I have been wanting to add some modern elements to my house and I love the whimsy of this.
It just so happens that we have snow over here and quite a bit too. I love it. I would be happy if we had snow all the way till spring. Alas, we don’t get it that often but when we do I think it’s so cosy. We have been listening to lots of Harry Potter infront of the fireplace. Eric and I have been watching Bleak House on Netfix. I would highly recommend it. And eating plenty of brownies, the soft dense kind with plenty of walnuts and butter. Here is the brownie recipe incase you should want to join in on the eating.
Best Cocoa Brownies:
1 1/4c. sugar
Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Heat mixture till combined and melted and you want to remove your finger quickly. Set aside till just warm. Add the eggs one at a time. Stir in the rest of the ingredients until just mixed. Bake in an 8×8 pan at 325 for about 30 minutes.
Of late Anwyn has loved designing and coloring clothes, shoes, hats, bags and everything in between. Watching a few Project Runways with me has definitely fueled this interest. This fabulous little book Eric and I picked up in San Francisco at Anthropologie has been perfect.
If you are at all like me, I come across fabric I just love all the time. I hold it and think long a hard about just what it is that I would do with it . And thinking of nothing because I already have plenty of pillows and really don’t enjoy sewing all that much, put it back. This is a little project just in case you should run across a smallish piece of cloth that is calling your name and you simply must have it. It need be no bigger than a mouse pad, in fact mouse pad size is perfect. With that bit of cloth and some Heat ‘n Bond you can make a perfectly adorable little pad for your mouse.
And best of all you don’t have to sew one little bit.
I thought you all might like these French bread bags and if you have the teensiest bit of sewing knowledge they will be a cinch to make. It is another way to make and and another use for the bread bag shown in the previous post. They are perfect hostess gifts to take to all your Christmas parties. I use mine to serve French bread on the table since we tear ours, but they would be just as lovely for a bottle of wine. Either way the process is the same but the measurements may be a bit different. The letters I used were from dfont, an amazing site if you have never checked it and have a total love of fonts like I do.
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