Since it’s been forever since my last post (and I have good reason, an 11 pound, now nearly 2 month old good reason) I thought it was time to jump back in the saddle. Nobody told me it would take nearly 2 months until I had some semblance of a routine with a newborn but hey, who’s complaining when you get to look at this face everyday.
What I’ve been up to lately:
Reading: Just finished The Farming of Bones – very depressing but extremely well written and it was a great read for book club, lots to discuss. When I’m not trying to finish a fiction novel I am currently digesting piles of baby books. This one is my current favorite.
Cooking: White Chicken Chili – yum!
Baking: These for Finny and Donk’s Craft-Along. They were so yummy, my women’s group loved them! I also made this but it wasn’t great. I have to make something with the pounds and pounds of lemons hanging off the tree in my backyard.
Listening To: Podcasts by this man – love everything he has to say. Also jamming to her and these guys.
Browsing: Loving this site, already posted and requested a few books. Also loving this site for new recipes and gotta love all the pictures.
Watching: I seriously contemplated naming my son Jack Bauer Taylor because I love this show so much but we liked Tripp better. Another show I am so glad is back after the holiday hiatus is Grey‘s although am I the only one that is annoyed with the whole Denny/Izzie dead guy scenario?
Crafting: This scarflet is slow going because I usually have a little one in my arms. Not sure how much longer I’ll need it here in Spain but I can’t wait until it’s finished. I’m using a brown wool and turquoise worsted together, I’ll post pics when it’s off the needles. I also made one of these with a beautiful asian silk to carry my little guy around in. Since he loves the sling so much I have 3 different ways to carry him now – the Baby Bjorn, the Ultimate Baby Wrap and a handmade ring sling.
My move to Spain really put a damper on my crafting habits. When you pack up your sewing machine for almost a month it can get hard for someone with crafty ADD. I was a little behind on my FaDSA projects so I thought I would post 2 at once.
I made the button scarf back while we were living in Korea so I got plenty of use out of it in the cold and gray winter. I opted for something a little different and instead of making a button I made a large buttonhole to pull the other end through. It’s totally adjustable and nice and warm. One side is a black soft fleecy fur and the other side is a black and white flocked brocade. I was very happy with this scarf and will be making more in the future. I don’t get much use out of it in Southern Spain but I will be wearing this next winter or on quick weekend trips to chilly Scandinavia.
My next project was the Pintucked Table Runner. I had a small bump in the road when I sewed the pintucked side into the inside of the runner by accident. I just cut my seam allowances off, turned it over and resewed it.
I chose a gray tweed for the top, making it difficult to wash but I loved this fabric and it went great with my new black and white themed dining room. Considering I live less than 1/2 a mile away from a bullring I found it fitting to use a matador and flamenco dancer print. I don’t condone bull fighting but I do love all things Spanish.
Our home came with a gorgeous wooden table that seats 14 people (yes, 14) and two matching China cabinets (too bad we can’t keep them). With a table this long I wasn’t about to make a table runner that draped off the sides so I opted for a shorter one. This table will surely come in handy when we entertain. Speaking of entertaining, our first soiree is an Easter dinner tomorrow for 25 of our new friends.
Kelli and Finny, I’m all ready for April’s assignment.