1–10 of 17 entries from the month of: February 2012

Stamp

February 28th

New stamp!

I received a lovely new address stamp in the mail this week, thanks to the ever creative Trial By Cupcakes. Perfect timing for COAK. Love, love, love!

I think this will be my standard new home gift. Guess who I get to buy one for first? That’s right — Adam and his lady are moving to Colorado! I can’t believe it either. That man has been my best guy friend for, what — nearly a decade. Having them here is a dream come true.

Now, there are a few more I need to focus my relocation efforts on.

~K

 

 

 

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CAOK, Correspondence
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Fabric by Fabric: February

February 25th

The Fabric by Fabric project for February is Barnaby Bear – which works out perfectly considering I’m off to southern California for some much needed time with one of my favorite families. Shep will hopefully love this. (Roscoe wants a My Little Pony and who am I to say no? More like, “HELL YES YOU WILL HAVE A PONY!”)

Barnaby Bear

Barnaby Bear

Anyway — the bear. If you haven’t yet done the project, you’ll need to use a tracing tool to cut out the arms and legs. Nothing drives me battier than tissue paper patterns, especially those that overlap. Then again, these were easy to trace, cut, sew and stuff.

Barnaby BearBarnaby BearBarnaby Bear

I am loving embroidery more and more. I want to take on an embroidered table cloth project, and then I look the stack of lovely linens I do own that are all ruined in one way or another. One friend poured candle wax at the end of a dinner party down the center of a table cloth. I’ve done everything I can to salvage it. Instead, I just place plates where the wanton wax clings. Another linen was ruined at the Valentine’s party when red wine pooled beneath a decanter.

Then again, I’d rather have great friends eating off crappy linens than the other way around.

Barnaby Bear

Barnaby’s cute face, by comparison, was a cake walk.

Barnaby Bear

Barnaby Bear

He’s a cutie. So is this one, Bearlo. 

{Rules to the sew-along: complete the pattern and post a photo to the Flickr pool. The publisher is providing prizes for me to send each month, so it is likely worth your effort. New project to be posted Thursday, March 1.}

~K

 

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Domestic Art, Fabric-by-Fabric Sew Along
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A little WNM love

February 24th

I’m behind at work, and prepping for a week away on business. So! How about I distract you lovely friends for a moment with Nelson’s spring hair cut?

Nelson\'s spring cut

He was out of the house today for 4 hours and in the meantime, I had one of the most productive afternoons ever. Perhaps his napping on my keyboard isn’t the best for workflow…

Nelson\'s spring cut

Oh, who am I kidding? Mr. Willie Nelson Mandela gets what Willie Nelson Mandela wants.

~K

 

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Colorado, Nelson
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CAOK: 2012

February 22nd

Mail

I’ve organized CAOK — calculated acts of kindness — for a few years as a lenten tradition. Today, Ash Wednesday, kicks things off yet again.

In the past there have been bunnies, flowers, aprons, baking and lots of encouragement to pay it forward. Also, I am pretty sure every single one of my girlfriends has received an awkwardly sewn handbag.

The idea is to consciously do something nice for someone else each of the 46 days of lent. It isn’t about sacrifice, but instead a period meditative, intentional kindness.

CAOK Button

This year, the CAOK theme is correspondence. If you’d like to play along, I encourage you to send a letter, or a dozen. To the grocery store manager in praise of the bagger who always does a great job. To the grandparent you haven’t talked to in a bit. To the radio host who you’ve always adored. (Sent.)

If you are interested in playing along, I’d love to hear about it. Use the button.

Cheers,

K

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CAOK
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Fashionista: Layers

February 20th

Dear Kara,

Oh, the hilarity of this month’s fashion blog being layers and YOU WEARING SHORTS. THOSE ARE SHORTS. Mind you, cute shorts. BUT SHORTS.

IT IS FEBRUARY.

{This is code for: KARA?!! — this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever been without tan lines. Ever. Maybe since birth. AND YOU ARE WEARING SHORTS IN FEBRUARY.}

Okay. I’m over it. Once upon a time, I gave up “shorts in February” for “not dying in August” and I’m not looking back. That said, layers in Denver look a bit different:

layers!

Kara, I am not wearing shorts with this outfit. In fact, it was so cold this day, I wish I had long johns. I still don’t, but I need a pair or four. Anyway — I included this layering photo because I am SO into scarves right now. Do you love them? I love them. And I buy them all. the. time. How great is this thrifted vintage one? Have you seen this video on the gazillion ways to wear a scarf? I have watched it far too many times. She is a true fashionista.

layers!

Again, scarf meets bottom layer. This scarf is more of a pashimina — a gift from my friend Mariah. I wear it all the time and love it. White shirt, scarf, jean jacket, skirt, boots, and voila — layers. I went to the movies downtown in this and the wind was blowing so hard I had purple fingers by the time I got inside, clutching the ticket. Come to find out, a scarf and flimsy jean jacket are not sufficient layers in February in Denver on a windy day.

layers!

But oh, this baby keeps me warm. Even though I own a red trench coat, when I put this on, I immediately felt like Mary Tyler Moore. Or Betty Draper. Or Jackie O. I adore this coat. Paired with a black dress for the symphony, a pair of jeans for happy hour, or over a pencil skirt for working a the coffee shop — the right layer is slimming and chic.

And so, my friend. Another nod to your shorts with tights and socks and boots. You are, as always, freaking adorable. But when you bring that gorgeous husband of yours for a visit? Make it mid-summer. And bring a coat.

 

Kisses,

K

 

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Daily Sass
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Dear Jane

February 20th

Remember that Dear Jane quilt my mom was working on for all of those years? It has been shown at festival and I had a chance to photograph it a bit when I was recently in Texas.

mom\'s quilting

 

mom\'s quilting

mom\'s quilting

 

mom\'s quilting

She followed the Dear Jane tradition of keeping a journal with each square — recording what was happening in the world and with our family as she matched and ever so carefully sewed fabrics.

What I didn’t know was her sense of humor is also showcased:

mom\'s quilting

Why are there chickens on the back of this quilt? Oh, because she was a chicken to enter it into the Houston Quilt Fair. She was worried they’d pick it apart and after all those years of work, she wouldn’t be able to handle their critique.

I can’t blame her.

Those sewing judgey bitches be crazy. 

(She entered it in a local competition instead and it placed well.)

 

mom\'s quilting

Do you see that last line? Over 7000 pieces.

Right.

Pretty sure by comparison mine would read “Over 7000 glasses of chardonnay enjoyed.”

This is one of those rare “things” I would lug during the apocalypse. Because my mom’s art — quilting — is her legacy and I am so honored this will one day be mine.

~K

 

 

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Domestic Art, handmade
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New Goods

February 18th

New Supplies

I did a bit of supply shopping on my recent trip to Texas. Oh, how I love this collection of fat quarters:

New Supplies

A couple new books for inspiration:

New Supplies

And several yards of corduroy for that Barnaby Bear project. Are you sewing along?

Barnaby Bear Corduroy

~K

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On the Sticks

February 17th

A cabled scarf in charcoal gray merino wool for Mr. BJ. It’s a rather late Christmas gift. And at this point, it might ready for Christmas 2012.

BJ\'s scarf

I love the challenge of cabling. It is such detailed work by comparison to my normal stockinette scarf creations. Knitting, watching Downton Abbey and dreaming of my grandmother’s British heritage has become a new Sunday night routine. Oh, how I am in love with this program!

~K

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Domestic Art
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Crazy Sexy Love On a Plate

February 15th

The Crazy:

I celebrated Valentine’s day by throwing a small, simple dinner party for a couple friends.

party!

Fine.

It was a choreographed, triumphant dinner party, with seven courses for more than a dozen friends. The older I get, the less ability I have take the easy route when the difficult one? It has better views! Never mind it requires complicated maps, immunizations and a safety harness. Never mind you look horrible in a safety harness.

Dinner — which started with 4 friends who asked me to cook for their single hearts — ended with 14 people perched around a large folding table in my living room. Of course that original quartet knew what they were asking. They wanted a warm meal, wine,  and conversation without the looming commercialism of the holiday.

I had time to put together a complicated menu because the Valentine’s were ordered, addressed and readied with the most ridiculous FOREVER LOVE stamps the post office offers, weeks in advance. Because in the back of my very crazy mind, someone might notice if I used the leftover Christmas stamps. And cards can’t be late when they can be early.

Did I mention this party fully indulges the crazy? 

Orange blossom chocolate madeleines

The Sexy:

Can a menu be sexy? Will you forgive the unabashed pun of showcasing a “piece of meat” under this subhead?

Oh, come on. Play along.

I. Charcuterie

charcuterie

charcuterie

II. Cauliflower bacon soup

cauliflower soup

III. Salad with a citrus vinegarette

salad, course III

IV. Berry sorbet

V. Stuffed pork loin, garlic mashed red potatoes

roasted pork loin

roasted pork loin

roasted pork loin

VI. Chocolate and coffee tasting

VII. Lemon bars, brownies, orange blossom madeleines

lemon bars

Orange blossom chocolate madeleines

The Love:

A friend of mine brought me the most thoughtful Valentine gift: a pair of red cooking tongs. He knew they’d be put to great use and would go well with my kitchen. Also, while I enjoyed my company — he jumped up and washed nearly all of the dishes. I got up this morning to find minimal mayhem after 2 days of cooking:

the wrath the next day

Also — I found some lovely new vintage items at a thrift market near my home for this party. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough bowls, spoons, etc. Friends brought items so we wouldn’t have to wash between courses and it worked out beautifully.

Thrifty finds

Thrifty finds

Thrifty finds

Thrifty finds

This gave me a chance to set a mismatched table — with thrown together linens — that showed my own peculiar sense of shabby chic:

Table is set

table set

table set

The group that came together was as happily mismatched and chic. They are a kind and fun gaggle who I’m so happy to have around my table. Spending the night with new friends and a warm meal made for the best crazy, sexy, loving Valentine’s yet.

~K

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Colorado, Community, Domestic Art, Heirloom Homestead, Kitchen Talk
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Love

February 14th

Valentine

Wishing you a day of love and happiness,

Kelli + WNM

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Celebrate!, Colorado
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