Friday, January 10, 2014

this moment - this week - inspirations

this past week I have been so inspired by jude hill's blog - she was talking about colors and how they lean into each other - her musings lean into my current knitting project - another Margaret Dashwood shawl from the Summer 2012 issue of Jane Austen Knits. For this current one, I am knitting with Aslantrends Santa Fe yarn in a color named Grape Jam but honestly it is so much more - the colors are grape, olive, navy, tan, and mixes of these and more as the colors merge and divide and as jude writes, "lean" into each other. I have tried to show how incredible this looks in the photos but to see them in the natural sunlight through the window, they just take your breath away.  Here's a link to my first Margaret Dashwood shawl on Ravelry - I just love how you can tie this shawl around your shoulders and chest, and then do things without having to worry about the shawl coming loose.  It's a fabulous pattern with easy lace.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vintage cats

I guess we aren't the only generation who enjoys cute cats.
Hope these brighten your day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The foolishness of things

"Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things."
from The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

Welcome to my home
this is the cabinet that you see as you enter my house -
on it an ever changing display of "the foolishness of things."
a vintage celadon vase, a Venetian mask, incense, books, some strands of beads,
and two hearts covered with vintage buttons and shells -
"There are no little things. Little things are the hinges of the universe."
- Fanny Fern
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year - vintage style

Here we are in a new year - everyone is back at work or back to school
Hope your holidays were filled with good times, good friends, and good foods
Mine were especially joyful - a quick trip to the left coast of Florida to see family
Some lovely presents - we had decided not to give big gifts this year - just stocking stuffers
and Dan did spectacular - he got some incredible loose teas for me from our local tea shop
Tea and Chi
and also several dark chocolate and peppermint bars (just love that combination)
and some drawing pens.
The above cards were in a box left to me by my grandmother
you will be seeing some of them off and on throughout the coming year
I am full of new ideas and inspirations this year -
finishing some projects started in earlier years and planning some new ones
making lists of books to look for at the library
Looks to be a busy year!