Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays my friends!! I haven't been around here as much as I'd like lately because I've been making rather merry! And by "making merry" I mean running around like crazy trying to get Christmas stuff done! Well, I'm only half joking; I have been having lots of fun with family and can't wait for the rest of the family to get here today for Christmas dinner!

I hope you are all doing well, and am looking forward to catching up with you all soon!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Crocheted Ornaments

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Remember these ornaments I showed you back here? Well, I got them finished, blocked and starched! Now I just have to cut some thread to make hangers for them! Want to take a closer look?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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I just love snow covered trees! Have a terrific Tuesday my friends!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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With my own mantel now, and it being December, I thought it was about time for a little Christmas decorating! I grabbed some decorations from past Christmases and started playing around. It still needs some work, and maybe some Christmasy art for some height (do I hear "DIY project?"), but I think it has some potential... Realizing I had a pretty good stock of decorations made me smile!

Are you guys decorating for the holidays?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lupo the Lamb

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I finally found an excuse to purchase and make one of Lydia Tresselt's crochet doll patterns! You should check our her Etsy shop lalylala. So many cute ones! I decided to make Lupo, because I thought it could be a cute baby gift. (If you are on Ravelry, you can find the pattern page HERE.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Today I thought I'd take my digital holga lens out for some icy and cold shots!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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How was your weekend? Mine was great and full of lots of smile-inducing activities and people! My sister and brother-in-law came home for Thanksgiving at our parents'. There was lots of fun, good food, and some Christmas prep! (And there was also a dramatic Thanksgiving dinner save...)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my dear friends! Today I'm sharing a couple of shots from Sunday afternoon. It was a little rainy and dreary in the morning, but in the afternoon I looked out the window and the sun was shining and there was some amazing fog on the lake... (It was nice to see that someone was out in a canoe clearly enjoying the view as much as me!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas WIPs

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Hey everyone! I had been worrying that I forgot how to crochet! I've been pretty busy, so I thought it would be good to find a project that was easy to pick up and put down, and something that didn't take long to see results! Thanks to Ale, who gave me that fantastic Japanese crochet motif book, I've been making snowflakes and other ornaments! Once I get some more made, I'm going to starch them.

What are you guys working on? Any fun Christmas projects?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J.B. Priestley

Happy Tuesday my friends! I was pretty surprised to see some snow when I opened my curtains yesterday morning. I won't lie, my reaction was a mix of "ugh, I'm not ready" and "oh, pretty!" I'd also be lying if I said that I didn't take those pictures outside in my pajamas.

I hope you all have a beautiful day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I did! We had a birthday party for my Gram who turned 94! (I have a few photos to share... I was having too much fun talking to everyone that I slacked on photos!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday friends! Today I have little snippets from my busy weekend (and week). I found a little bit of time to get myself into the Christmas gift mode with some "Christmasy" crochet. And seeing Pete in the window is a nice reminder to sit down, stop and just look at things!

How are you all doing? Thinking about the holidays?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Doily-Along Reveal

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Time to take your pins out!! This is the best part of the whole process! The fruit of your labor is revealed!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Doily-Along Part 4

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Are you guys ready to meet your new best friends? T-pins! Ok, grab your t-pins (or any kind of stainless steel pins), your blocking board (I use rubber kid play mats), your spray bottle with water and your doily, and let's get blocking!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Photo-Tuesday (and a little Sunday Smiles)

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Did you guys have a good weekend? I did! My mom and I spent the weekend in NYC with my sister and brother-in-law. We did some shopping, and we saw Cinderella on Broadway! Very fun!

You want to know what else made me smile over the weekend? I found a signed copied of a new Neil Gaiman book, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains. I can't wait to read it. The illustrations look great as well!

Speaking of books, I also had bought a new book for my kindle for the bus ride down to the city, (any excuse for a new book right?), and not only did I completely enjoy reading it on my ride down, but I was also finding many connections between the book and Cinderella while watching it on Broadway! The book, Balancing Heaven and Earth by Robert A Johnson (I read and loved his book Inner Work on dream interpretation and active imagination), is about balancing an inner and outer world and balancing being and doing, along with being an interesting autobiography! When Cinderella's fairy godmother appeared on stage I immediately thought about the passage I had just read on the subway train about godparents! The author talks about how some people in our life, (whom he refers to as "godparents"), provide us with emotional and spiritual education, which complements the other basic needs provided to us by our parents. After seeing this connection in the play, it was hard not to see Jung related aspects in it as well; I was picking out archetypal characters and could see Cinderella going through the individuation process... (Robert Johnson is a Jungian analyst!) Ah, the role of myth and storytelling and what it can teach us! Being able to enjoy that musical on several different levels, visually, musically, artistically, and thought provokingly was just fabulous.

Anyways! I hope you all are having a great start to your week! And for those who have been doilying-along with me, I'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Doily-Along Part 3

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Ready to put the edge on your doily? If you're still making motifs, this part of the tutorial will be here when you're ready!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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It's Monday evening, and I panic as I realize I hadn't taken any new photos for Photo-Tuesday... I guess the universe should never leave us wanting; a beautiful sunset started to develop over the lake, and just got prettier...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Animals never cease to make me smile. I was at my parents' house the other day, and Pete crawled up into my lap. You guys, Pete does not have a reputation for being a very nice cat. The number of times this has happened can be counted on both hands. I must say, it feels pretty nice to be missed! 

Also, while I had a Pete in my lap, I was reading the most amazing card from some very dear friends. It made me more than smile; it made me cry! It makes me marvel at all the incredible people (and animals) that I'm lucky enough to have in my life, and how much they have made an impact on me!

I hope you all have a fantastic Sunday and keep smiling!!
Kate :}

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Doily-Along Part 2

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Ready for Part 2 everyone?! Today we are going to crochet the rest of the motifs and join them as we go!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Doily-Along Check-In

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Just a quick little check-in with the doily-along! I see there's been a ton of traffic to Part 1, and I hope everyone who is crocheting along hasn't had any problems with the directions!

One thing I'd like to mention about doilies is that they NEVER look perfect while you're working on them. They tend to look, for lack of a better word, "crumpled," as you can see in the photo above! So don't worry if it seems uneven or doesn't seem to lay flat. We'll work magic on them in the (final) Part 4!

See you tomorrow for Part 2, where we'll be crocheting and joining the rest of the motifs!

p.s. You should check out my friend Ale's progress on her blog! She's working the doily in bright and beautiful acrylic yarn!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Doily-Along Part 1

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Let the "doiling" begin! Are you guys as excited as I am? I'm going to make mine with red and teal thread. I thought for photo purposes, the colors would be easier for you guys to see what I'm doing!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day, and maybe I'll see some of you back here tomorrow for some doiling?! (Yeah, that's not a real word, just go with it.)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday everyone! What's been making you smile lately? We've had some lovely skies with some fantastic clouds! I was driving through some rain showers on Thursday near sunset and so badly wished I had my camera with me and a place to pull off and take pictures. Sometimes the sky can be more beautiful on stormy days, especially when the sun starts to peek through. I'm reminded of this often seen quote:

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene

I've also been smiling because I seem to have a lot going on, and it all feels good and right, and I feel on top of everything so far (knock on wood!), when I could otherwise be feeling overwhelmed! I suppose you could say I'm doing my own little dance in the rain!

Wishing you a day full of smiles my friends!

(p.s. This is my 500th post! Another reason to smile!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Doily-Along Announcement!

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Cue the trumpet fanfare! I'm here to announce the first ever Doily-Along here at Signed With an Owl! Does that sound like fun? Heck yeah it does!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wedding Embroidery

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Ok, another wedding gift to share! I made an embroidery based on my friends' wedding invitation. It had doilies on it. How awesome is that?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Columbus Day Weekend is always a little sad because docks and boats come out of the water, but at least we had nice weather and I got some pretty pictures as I took the last pontoon boat ride...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Crochet Question for YOU! (Sunday Smiles)

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Call me crazy, but vintage doily patterns make me smile! Do you know what else makes me smile? You fellow crochet lovers out there! And do you know another thing that makes me smile? Combining things that make me smile to make me smile even more! Can you see where this is going?

I've been thinking lately about how I've been neglecting the crochet part of my blog, and would love to do something that would involve you, my dear readers. Does some sort of crochet-along, perhaps involving a doily or some other technique that you would like to learn or improve upon, that we could all walk through together, sound like fun? Maybe you've always wanted to try a doily but find it intimidating or find the vintage directions hard to read? Maybe you'd like to try a vintage motif like the one in the picture above that I have started?

So I'd love any input and ideas from you guys, and maybe we can all crochet something together! Christmas is just around the corner...

Happy Sunday my lovely friends!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Turned Taper Candle Holders

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I have a couple of more wedding gifts to share with you, including these taper candle holders that I turned from maple! I just love maple, and love how these turned out (no pun intended)!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stardust Runner

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It's been ages since I've shown you any doily type projects! Today I'm sharing a crocheted runner that I just gave as a wedding gift.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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So I did that mountain hike that I mentioned back in this post! The view from the top was a little foggy and overcast, but it was still really pretty... so pretty that I may have gotten carried away with photos...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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I've written and scheduled this post ahead of time, but I can guarantee you that I've been smiling all weekend as I've been involved in my friends' wedding. I couldn't be happier for them!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Shower Curtain Curtains

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I mentioned the new curtains for my room at my Grandma's awhile ago (here), and I've finally gotten around to writing a post about them! I needed new window dressings as the previous ones didn't quite block out the light from the street lamp at night. After researching different options, I found my answer lied with blackout fabric! I didn't even know blackout fabric existed!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my dear friends! I have a little bit of color to share with you today...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday! I'm still smiling from the great hike I did on Thursday. I took lots of pictures, care to virtually hike along with me?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crochet WIP

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It's been awhile since I've posted anything from the crochet world! Here's a shot of some tunisian crochet that I'm playing around with. I have plans to work on an afghan soon with this technique, so I thought some practice would be good. I have no idea if this practice piece (can you guess what it's going to be?), is going to work out the way I'd like it to or not! We'll see!!

What are you guys working on? Have you ever done any tunisian crochet? (You can read about my first experience with it here.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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It's officially fall, and I have a couple glimpses that prove as much...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Any fan of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, knows that a towel "is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have." Ever since reading Hitchhiker's, I've held a certain respect for the towel and its practical and psychological value ("any man that can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.") but until just recently, I hadn't run across a towel that would be worthy of being carried around the galaxy by Arthur Dent. Enter, the Turkish style bath towel.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Teacup Planters

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Have you ever found the PERFECT planter but were reluctant to use it because of the lack of a drainage hole in the bottom? The solution is a diamond tip drill bit! After getting some bits (I ordered this super cheap set [of which the bits might not be the best quality, but for that price I wouldn't be upset if I only got a few uses out of them]), and drilling some holes, I planted succulents in two large teacups.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a happy Tuesday my friends!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Don't you just love how empty boxes are irresistible to cats? It's like cats can't restrain themselves from getting inside an empty box, no matter how big or small. It really cracks me up. Pete practically dove into the tall box that you see in this picture, and then just sat in there for a few minutes until she made an impressively high leap out of it. Cats are weird.

Just like setting out a box and inevitably finding the cat in it, I like how putting a group of close friends together will undoubtedly result in fun and laughter. This was precisely how I spent my weekend, participating in a super fun bachelorette party. I must have added several years of health to my life from laughing and smiling so much. As in a Dave Matthews Band song, "turns out, not where, but who you're with that really matters."

Throughout the night of the party, we played a "most likely to game," where someone posed a question like "who would be most likely to lose their purse tonight?" or "who would you trust with a big secret?" and everyone would chose a name from their index cards of names of the girls there, and then votes were compared and tallied. It was a fun game, and makes me pose the question: if you were to be thrown into an empty box, who would you want in there with you?

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend my friends!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Good Cake

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This post is mainly another excuse to brag about my sister's sewing skills! She whipped up this rectangular bottomed tote bag in no time. Gin made it (out of white canvas) for me so that I could paint on it and fill it with presents for my friend's birthday.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Photo Tuesday

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Lately I feel like I should rename "Photo Tuesday" to "Sunset Tuesday!"

Monday, September 8, 2014

Plant Pot DIY

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Looking for a quick and cute houseplant DIY? I was inspired by a photo of a potted plant for the Make Your Day: DIY, All Day Long book. (I found the picture on Pinterest, but the book looks like it would be fantastic!) I've seen so many cute pots with faces on them! All I did was spray paint a terra-cotta pot (just the outside) and saucer white (with a flat finish), used a Sharpie marker to draw the face, planted a cute fittonia in it, and gifted it to a friend!