2012 Books

Books

An update to my 2012 goal of reading 50 books: 47 to go.

1. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: Fluff. 2 out of 5 bananas. It was a mindless read and nothing I’d strongly recommend.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: I am, what, a decade late to this party? That said, I’m 100% enthralled and now understand all the hype. No review necessary. You’ve heard of the series. They are incredibly entertaining and JK Rowling’s creativity blows my mind. 4 of 5 bananas.

3. How to be a Rainmaker: I have a stack of business books to read for work and they make me wonder if monkeys are running this industry. So far I’ve learned to: be polite, return calls, make the customer feel respected and treat others the way I want to be treated. If you don’t know these things before investing in these useless books, you shouldn’t be in business in the first place. Zero bananas. Go find some good fiction instead and remember what they taught us all in kinder — liars never prosper, be nice to others and humility goes a long way.

Very much enjoying this newest read, and I think it’s got great recommendation potential: In the Garden of Beasts.  I also very much enjoyed your many book suggestions on the first 2012 books post. I’ve added a bunch of them to my wish list and am now on GoodReads, if you want to be pals.

~K

Sew-Along

In yet another situation of me reading and rushing, I purchased a yard of fleece instead of flannel for this project. The result is okay — which I dolled up with a vintage frog clasp instead of buttons and some red trim. And yet, I’ll be making this month’s Fabric By Fabric project again.

January 12 project

With flannel.

January 12 project

That said — the entire project took less than an hour. It requires cutting squares, sewing simple lines and being able to trim. Anyone — yes, you! — can do this if they want to. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

 

~K

Brunch

 

Brunch for the gang

Brunch for the gang

Brunch for the gang

Brunch for the gang

Brunch for the gang

Dear friends came into town this weekend for a certain football game; I welcomed the chance to cook for their paleo palates by starting their visit off with brunch. (This egg casserole and this pancake recipe are entirely worth adding new ingredients to the grocery basket. The pancake was actually so good — hefty, filling, satisfying and healthy — I’d consider making it a new Saturday morning routine. No syrup or other nonsense required.)

I’ve come to believe brunch at home, where the coffee, music, temperature and timing are just as you like it, is the perfect way to catch up with those you love.

~K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric-By-Fabric Sew Along

Remember when Finny and I decided to host sew-alongs? We took 2011 off, ending on a high note having covered several of our favorite books and having connected with folks globally who like to be creative.

January Project

Really.

I’m not being dramatic.

I went to send Christmas cards this year and realized a handful needed special postage. Australia. The Netherlands. Japan. There was the small stack of American friends I’ve made through sew-alongs and swaps over the years, some of whom I’ve met and others I haven’t yet. This is a sweet group of like-minded folk — those who love the idea of diving into a new book, hitting the sewing shops, digging through vintage linens at thrift stores, and more than anything: figuring out how to make it ourselves.

January Project

We’ve long since past the time when it is less expensive to craft it yourself. Never mind the expense. There is a specific, priceless joy attached to conquering a pattern. To presenting the perfect gift with your own label tucked neatly on the inside seam. Figuring out how to make something out of what you have on hand.

January Project

And so, to my friends far and wide and newbies who may have added “learn how to finally use that sewing machine” to their 2012 list of goals: I present a new challenge. The folks at Storey Publishing have come up with a lovely new sewing book– Fabric by Fabric: One-Yard Wonders. In fact, my dear friend Sue has a pattern included! So proud! She gave me a copy of this book for the holidays, sparking this entire idea.

With this book and a new challenge in mind, here are the 2012 Fabric-by-Fabric sew-along rules:

1. One pattern will be posted each month. To participate, you sew this pattern and add at least one photo to the Flickr pool.

2. I will use a randomizer to select a winner.

3. The winner will be featured on the blog, and sent a yard of fabric as a prize.

That’s it. Easy peasy. Ready for your first assignment?

January Project

Let’s tackle the “Shaggy Chic Chenille Clutch” on page 177. Extra points to those who make the pattern their own. Let your creativity shine. If you are in, leave a comment. If you want help, shoot me an email. Nothing would make me happier than seeing more friends experience the joy of domestic sewing prowess.

Ready? Let’s do this.

~K

Read

Read!

Of all my 2012 goals, reading 50 books this year is likely my most ambitious. I’ve gotten in the lazy habit of watching far too much television on my laptop and not paying enough attention to the growing stacks of books around the house. I miss my bookclub.

These were given to me during the holidays. Some professional, some fluff, several on dogs.

To be a great writer, I should be reading great books. And lots of them. Is there anything you’ve read lately that tickled your fancy?

~K

 

 

 

 

 

In with the new!

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

NYE 2011 - 2012

New Year’s Eve dinner party success, even if we did have to watch the ball drop on my computer in lieu of TV.

Happy 2012, y’all. May this year knock our socks off with joy and blessings!
~K