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Denim Quilt with Chevron Backing

August 26, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Busy, busy, busy! We are working away here on various projects: a new album from The Sleep, lots of sewing, and fixing up our lower level to accommodate all these activities.

Today I wanted to share a new quilt I just added to my Etsy shop. I made a similar one as a baby gift and fell in love with it and had to do another for the shop.

Green and white chevrons. Darling!

And don’t forget the black and white polka dot binding. Cute as a button!

This quilt is 36 ½ “ x 48” – A good size for a crib, kid’s throw, play mat or small picnic quilt. If you are interested, click here to view the listing on Etsy.

It was fun to put together. Now I want to do another one with some other fresh, colorful backing print! Maybe a bigger, adult size throw. Better get to cutting those squares!

 

 

{this moment} 8/22/14

August 22, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

This Week in My Kitchen – 8/21/14

August 21, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Yes, I am finally back to some regular cooking! We’ve done lots of travel as well as lots of home DIY this summer, which makes it difficult or impossible to do any serious cooking. But I’m back in the flow and mostly my kitchen looks like this during the day:

So much in and out of the pantry and spice cupboard that I just leave them open until I am done.

I made a great breakfast this week, an awesome omlette:

Shallots, mushroom and spinach, a touch of cheese, and a side of guacamole. Rib-sticking goodness!

I also made a batch of individual Grain-free Pizza Crusts. I make homemade pizza almost every week. This is the best-tasting and textured crust I’ve found so far. I linked to it before, but it is worth mentioning again. Grain-free and pizza cravings are a bad combo. If I can help one person I will know that I have lived a life of worth.

This week I did a Chicken Pesto Pizza that was tasty. And I was able to make pesto from the garden. Yay!

The final food highlight from the week, (actually I think it was last week, but who is keeping score) was I tried out a recipe for Grain-free Bagels.

You know I was desperate since I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to find the special bagel/doughnut pan. Yes, I am going to try making doughnuts, too. Life is too short to not pretend to eat bread.

I did the cinnamon raisin version in the recipe. As you can see, they look great! Can’t say that they are delicious, but the aren’t bad with a smear of cream cheese and a drizzle of honey. It’s nice to have another breakfast option, even if it is labor intensive. I froze half the batch for eating later.

So those are the highlights. Hope you will join Heather and take a look at what everyone else is sharing as well!

Yarn Along – 8/20/14

August 20, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

I am back to knitting my sweater, although I am still inching along on those socks! This is the Common Ground Hoodie. Yarn and other details are on my Ravelry page. I have finished the body and am working on the hood. Next will be the sleeves and the button band ribbing. I just might have it done for fall!

I recently finished the audiobook that you can’t see in the photo. It is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. I loved it! It is a story of a group of friends, told by a guy who gets a job at a mysterious bookstore. It is a present day story with a lot of technology and pop culture references, which is a fun change for me since I’ve been reading lots of historical fiction lately. I thoroughly loved all the characters. It has a vibe similar to the book Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland, if you are familiar with that – another great technology-based fiction story.

This book was so fun that when I finished listening to it I put it on for Neil during a long car trip and listened to the whole thing again. Just as enjoyable the second time!

Oh and I’ve heard that the cover on the book glows in the dark. So cool! Happy reading and knitting!

Joining Ginny.

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Tea for Tuesday – 8/19/14

August 19, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Today I am drinking a recent tea discovery. Mighty Leaf Chocolate Mint Truffle. MMMmmmm. This is an herbal, red tea blend with no caffeine. It has more of a mellow mint flavor. I think the hint of chocolate tempers the astringent quality of the mint, giving it a smooth flavor.

The tea cup is from my collection, purchased on one of the first trips Neil and I took as a married couple. We visited his family, hit some antique stores and toured Philadelphia, PA.  I was told by the lady in the shop that the finish on the cup is called copper luster. I love that the inside looks like mother of pearl.

Happy tea drinking!

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{this moment} 8/15/14

August 15, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

 

 

 

Yarn Along – 8/6/14

August 6, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

We have a heel! And considering that there is cabling on the gusset, it went pretty fast! I am now racing down the foot – only a few more inches!

Details can be found here on my Ravelry page.

I am currently reading the second book in the Parasol Protectorate Series, Changeless, by Gail Carriger. Her humor is enjoyable and the descriptions of late 1800s dresses are divine. Throw in dirigibles, vampires and werewolves and you have some fun vacation reading. I started it recently when we took a few days to relax up at Lake Erie.

Anyone have a cool summer read to recommend? My “to-read” list on Goodreads is at 157 titles, but hey, I might read them all and then where would I be?

Joining Ginny – And sending her support and prayers for the loss of her dear friend.

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