Friday, November 30, 2012

Farmhouse Table - DAD...read this one! :)

Dear Daddy,

I know you read my blog - this one is important.  I would just email this to you, but I haven't sent an email to you since 1999, so I'm pretty sure this will be a more efficient way to send you a picture.  This is the table I want to make with you next year...maybe in the spring when the weather is better:

Also, how hard would it be to get a metal base like this?  I like the mix of farmhouse/industrial, and if anyone would know where to find these parts and pieces, it would be you...any thoughts?

Let me know how hard you think this would be and when you want to do it - I'm ready when you are! :) 

Love you,

K

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Learning to Quilt

My mother in-law is teaching me how to quilt, and I am ECSTATIC.  She has been quilting for a while and it's a skill that I find useful and beautiful.

Here are some gorgeous quilts that are fun to look at...and I want to make them.
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This one looks like a pitcher of lemonade to me...perfect little unisex baby quilt - love it!
This looks super complicated, but isn't it beautiful?  It's the least "simple" of all the patterns I like...I'm a fan of simple.
Rad.

These are for sale on the website sourced below the photo, but how gorgeous are they all stacked up like this?  My linen closet will look like this one day.  Not because we need 13 quilts, but because it's beautiful and opening up my linen closet to this would register pretty high on my happiness index.

This one looks so unobtrusive - a lot of white space and very pretty.  I love it as a bedspread!

This pattern looks really, really complicated...I love the color combination, though - it looks like an ice cream shop to me. :)

Vintage-inspired quilts.  They are just as pretty as the real thing, but they smell better.

This lattice one doesn't look too complicated (though I'm sure I'm mistaken about that)...I love color.  Also, I love white.  

If you look below, you will eventually notice that there is a beautiful quilt in this picture.  It looks like the back is a bold print - so adorable!!

This is a layout for a quilt - I don't know if the lady ever finished make it, but I think it's stunning.  I'd love to make one like this...it appears not to be incredibly complicated either.  PTL.

These are beautiful, modern, clean, simple designs.  They look so uncluttered and the colors are sensational. I might try one of these first. :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sadie Drive

When serendipity happens, you pull the car over and get a picture of it. :)



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Errant Thought Roundup 62 - Live from Charlotte

I am officially living in the Charlotte 'burbs (as opposed to the Philly 'burbs), and while I don't have anything truly meaningful to say tonight, I'd like to make a few important observations on e-paper.  Right now they're floating around in my head.  I can't think of a better way to get them out than a good old-fashioned ETR. I know it's not Thursday, but I make the rules around here.  It'll be Thursday in 1.5 hours...close enough.

I love, I love, I hate, I hate,
I like, I wish, for goodness sake...
I hope, I hope, I pray, I pray,
I will, I won't, and for today...

I love being a hippie.  Not a real one - the poser kind.  It's different...I'mma call it "Nouveau Hippie."  I self-righteously use organic hair products, organic makeup, chemical-free moisturizers, eat grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, shop at consignment and thrift stores (wait...I always did that), and I CRINGE when someone offers Sadie fast food and fruit punch.  But I let her have it, 'cause, Hey! - You gotta live, right?  Our whole family is still gluttonous for milkshakes and DQ blizzards.  All things in moderation - even self-righteousness.  I've been a Nouveau Hippie for nine months now...I think it's a habit.  I'm going to sit here and sip my organic, fair trade, hot green tea while I continue this fine ETR...

I love typing.  My friend Jennifer called me "Thunderkeys" one time...the nickname stuck -- now all my peeps know me by my street name.

ONE MORE!  I love that Sadie has started telling the most hysterically un-funny jokes ever.  "Knock knock!" "Who's there?"  "Banana!" "Banana who?"  "Potato!!! ahahahahah!"  :)

I hate that I never feel like I get done with everything I want to get done in a day.  I am productive to the extreme, but it's never enough.

I hate that Sadie had to switch schools in the middle of kindergarten.  So far, so good, though - today was her first day, and she seemed to like it :)

I like Swedish things.  I think this is a new thing for me.  I have never cared one way or another for the things of Sweden, but now that I have an awesome little girl who is exactly 1/4 Swedish, I'm obsessed.  Here are some great Swedish things for your viewing pleasure:
Dala horse:


Hey!  Stockholm!


Swedish Fish (just for Nell):


This is a random Swedish piece of cloth...cool, right?

Swedish room of awesome...

Swedish room of awesome -- in white!


I wish my girlfriends all lived 10 minutes away (or less!).  I have the best girlfriends in the history of the world.  Some love Jesus, some love crafting, some love adventurous food, some love fashion, some love books, some love good design, some love pouring into the lives of others...but they all love me, and more importantly, they show me.  I wish I could reciprocate adequately. I don't deserve them.

For goodness sake, DON'T SKIP THANKSGIVING!  It's my favorite holiday - I couldn't bear to see it slighted.  Christmas will be here soon enough - let's focus on sincere gratitude for the blessings that are abundant in our lives *right now* and not the ones that will come enshrouded in tinsel and iridescent paper next month.

I hope (I hope, I hope, I hope) I become gainfully employed soon.  A couple of the places I'm looking at seem so interesting and (dare I say?) fun!

I hope Sadie never has body image issues.  What a painful way to go through adolescence.

I pray with gratitude for the people who have supported us in such tangible ways - what gems we have in our lives.

I pray for community...Eric and I have realized that it is very important to us have a little community - I'm not praying for a replacement community (impossible!), just another authentic one.

I will have to go out and buy some Spanx tomorrow.  Mine are in storage, or as I like to think of it "time capsuled until 2013."  I have a meeting on Friday - we must remember our foundation garments, girls.

I won't buy unnecessary things.  I mean...I probably will, but I'll try not to.  Before I put something in my cart in the store, I really want to make sure that I love it, I'll use it (i.e., it has a real function, and it's not just a dust-collector), and I have space for it.  I'm getting so tired of "stuff."

And for today, I adore this song (it really starts around the 2:15 mark...):



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mom Jeans


I thought I had lost these...but...

While digging through the stuff in my closet so that we could get packed up, I discovered my mom's Moody's Goose jeans from 1976!!  They were under my maternity clothes.  Apparently I thought I had about an equal chance of ever needing to put on those jeans AND/OR maternity clothes, eh?

I remember wearing these in the 8th grade - they were vintage then.  Now they're just awesome.





Eric thinks they look ridiculous...and they remind him of my mom.  :)  Sadie thinks they are simultaneously silly and beautiful.  I am just happy I can squeeze my tush into them...and I'm wearing them out of the house today!  High waisted is in, right?

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