Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: DIY Geometric Holder|

This is such an amazing looking DIY! it’s put together with the mat board, and is a fun hollow shape you can use for a pencil holder, vase, or even a lamp base. I love how professional this looks, and there is even a template included for the shape.

Pin Ups: lemon pavlovas |

I love these gorgeous lemon pavlovas- a light, citrusy dessert like this is perfect for summer. plus, the unstructured approach makes them super easy to assemble. You could even use store-bought meringue nests to make it even faster.

Pin Ups: zucchini Pizza Boats |

Trying to eat more veggies? Of course you are. How about trying  these zucchini pizza boats? Cutting out the bread, adding more veggies, and they look super fun to eat. I’m going to try these with my picky toddler.

Pin Ups: Bust out of Your Wardrobe Rut |

I loved this fun roundup on how to   bust out of a wardrobe rut- it’s a great way to look at your closet with fresh eyes.

PIn Ups: Easy Hairstyle|

I actually tried out wearing my hair like this last weekend, after seeing  this easy tutorial. it’s like a super simplified french braid, I loved the effect.

Taking Stock, Catching Up


I’m back from my UK trip, recovered from the jet lag (well, Lila has recovered from the jet lag- because when you have a have a wee one, you only sleep as well as your kid does!), and ready to get back into the swing of things!  Here’s a round up of some photos from our trip:

England Collage|

Top row, from left to right: Guy and Lila outside our favourite English pub, Lila checking out the local cows, giraffes at the zoo (I adore giraffes), Raglan Castle, Wales. Second row: Paddington Station- London, Bristol’s Watershed, Lila in a big bin of cider at the Weston distillery, and a fun fun WIP with English Roses in the background. Third row: Bristol Cathedral and people enjoying a bit of good weather, the colourful row houses of Clifton, a close up of a beautiful mosaic wall in Bristol, and a Banksy- ‘Mobile Lovers’. Fourth row: a fun colour shadow photo of myself from the Bristol science museum, some amazing scone sandwiches with strawberry jam and clotted cream; one of the buildings at Bristol University, and a very cool art installation at the Bristol Museum, English Magic. And then these gorgeous roses:

English Roses|

If you missed my re view of Beshley Wool in Bristol UK, definitely go check it out.

I read a fair number of blogs (or try to!), and I really enjoyed the Taking Stock post over on Knit Happens, and decided to join in, but with fewer prompts.

Making: a Featherweight Cardigan, finally!

Cooking: The super easy burrito bowls from this post

Drinking: So much tea.  David’s Tea is near my office and I love buying all the delicious new combos they come up with. I often do the Earl Grey Creme, Milk Oolong, and Rooibos Birthday Cake (yum!).

Reading: A Death in the Family, by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Knausgaard is pretty much a modern, Norwegian Proust.

Wanting: to get my butt into the gym more regularly. so that I feel less guilty about paying for the membership.

Wishing: I didn’t need to sleep so much. I’d love to stay up late and get more done, but by 10 p.m., I’m crazy tired. 

Feeling:  Not that great, actually. I’m fighting off something, maybe a cold, definitely throat/sinus related. 

Wondering: how to get more done in the day. Seriously, I need more hours in the day.

Watching:Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It’s about a glamourous lady detective in Australia in the 1920s (with so many fabulous costumes!) If you like the jazz age and enjoy Downton Abbey, then you’ll like this too, I promise.

Smelling: Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. A friend gave me a sample (it’s crazy expensive in real life), and this is a heady orange blossom affair. a bit rich for me, but still- it’s fun to try new fragrances.

Wearing: My awesome vintage camera blouse, as seen on this Instagram.

Buying: gifts for Guy. Not only is father’s day around the corner, but it’s his birthday, too! And he’s so hard to shop for. He does that thing where if he wants something, he just goes out and buys it. But if it’s Christmas, or our anniversary, or father’s day, or his birthday, he says “I don’t know….” and then ends up with whatever the heck I can drum up while shopping on my lunch break. 

Disliking:  floral crowns. I just don’t get it. (suddenly remembering my parents have a picture of me wearing a floral crown I made from wildflowers in Ireland when I was 22….) Hmm. I guess I do like floral crowns after all, on twentysomethings. So I’ll revise my answer to be… baby corn. I dislike baby corn.

Giggling: This is cracking me up.  I don’t even know why.

Coveting: a whole new underwear drawer.  I don’t think I’ve been shopping for underthings in a very long time. 

Listening: I’m on the hunt for new music, listening to a lot of Songza playlists (any recommendations?). But I think I’m really liking Foxes.  I love that song I linked to in particular.

Modification Monday: Chrysanths Set

Modification Monday: Chrysanthe |

Original Patterns: Chrysanthemum Jacket and Chrysantheme

Knitter Extraordinaire: Some (Ravelry ID

Mods:  Using the Jacket and double knitted scarf patterns as the basis for her design, Some used the great flowers charts of both to make her hat and matching cowl in laceweight yarn. Details and lots more photos can be found on her project page, here

What Makes This Awesome:  I’m so impressed with this amazing stranded design that Some has used for her hat and cowl!   love how graphic the flowers look in the black and white, and adjusting the gauge to get it all to work. She even originally planned on incorporating another pattern (a hat pattern, you can check it out on her project page), but didn’t quite like how the crown was coming out, so ripped it back and went her own way.  She even worked all this colourwork in laceweight yarn! The set is a gift for a friend, I bet she will get loads of compliments all winter long in this set.

Modification Monday: Chrysanthe |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Gorgeous Bookshelves|

I’m a sucker for well styled book shelves, and these are beautifully done- a great balance of colour, negative space, and decorative objects. As much as I admire these, I know they are unlikely to be mine- I have so many books that my shelves are absolutely jam-packed. But if you have about this many books, wouldn’t it be gorgeous to have them styled just like this?

Pin Ups: Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream|

Lemon angel food cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting- heck yes. Bright flavours like this are so perfect for summer!

Pin Ups: Quinoa Salad |

I love the bright colours in this amazingly tasty quinoa salad- healthy and delicious, you can’t ask for much more than that (well, except cupcakes, but I’ve got you covered).

Pin Ups: DIY Paper Camillas|

 I adore these DIY paper camillas, they are so lovely. Wouldn’t’ they be fun decorations for a party? Or who needs an occasion- they would be pretty any time!

Pin Ups: DIY Yarn Tassel Bedskirt |

This pretty, bohemian yarn tassel bedskirt DIY looks so perfect for summer- what a great way to add some fun hits of colour to a bed!

Modification Monday: Freakin’ Foxtastic

Modification Monday: Foxtastic |

Original Patterns: Fox in the Snow Mittens and Baby Sophisticate

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the shaping of Baby Sophisticate for shaping, Laura changed the pattern to be worked in fingering weight, so she could use the charming fox charts from the mitten pattern. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I have a thing for foxes to begin with, but this pattern is amazing for so much  more than that- changing the weight to fingering and using the classic Baby Sophisticate pattern opens up so many ideas for paying with colourwork. I especially love the bright pop of lime stripes in between the fox heads, it adds a nice modern bit of bright to this sweater. I absolutely love the result, and want one just like it in my size!

Modification Monday: Foxtastic |