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Gifts in the wild

September 10th

September 2017

How cute is this kid?

I’m happy he loves his quilt.

 

~K

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Disappearing 9

July 29th

Quilting

A dear friend of mine is organizing a summer quilt block challenge; she and others will put together the “disappearing 9 patch” squares into quilts and they will be sold for charity.

I took one look at this square and said it was outside of my ability. And frankly, the square above is far from perfect, but I am really happy I made myself try to do it. This tutorial is excellent.

Here is where my quilting is lacking: precision. I have such a hard time getting my pieces exactly the same and sewn with exactly the same seam allowance. Coincidentally, do you know what makes a beautifully crafted¬†quilt? Precision. I’m not giving up. Later this Fall, Blair will be hosting a series of online quilting classes for folks like me — those who want to improve their skills but cannot sign up for one more in-person, drive-across-town commitment. Here is to hoping it helps strengthen my skills.

(I write this while cuddled under a new quilt my mom just sent this week. It is stunning and so far outside of my skill set. WHY can’t these sorts of skills be genetic?)

~K

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Let Me Count The Ways

November 29th

Baby Quilt for Nonnie

Some family friends recently opened their home to a foster baby, just a few days old. They have welcomed this child into their family fully — loving her with all their hearts. I made this baby quilt for that child, whose future custody is uncertain but may she always know she was loved. By many. By those who haven’t even met her.

Baby Quilt for Nonnie

Baby Quilt for Nonnie

Nonnie, your future is bright!

xo,

Auntie Kelli

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Blessings, Colorado, Domestic Art, handmade
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Shark Attack!

November 28th

Hats for the boys

Two littles, climbing out of the hot tub on Thanksgiving afternoon, standing in the living room dripping wet with a shark and soccer cap on their heads. What could be more normal?

Nothing could be cuter. Love these two! And they loved their new caps. (Roscoe is a shark expert. He’ll have to grow into this one!)

Hats for the boys

Hats for the boys

Hats for the boys

I hope your Thanksgiving was spent with ones you love!

~K

 

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Dry off!

October 23rd

I love these kitchen towels. They are soft, easy to iron crisp, great to tuck into your pants when cooking or to lay across your lap as a giant napkin. One of my new favorite sewing projects is to embellish these and gift them with a jar of something canned out of the garden.

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

 

~K

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Domestic Art, handmade, Heirloom Hacienda
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Knitting and Plotting

September 16th

My friend Adam (and I’m sure others quietly) has long made fun of my love for the holidays. I love Thanksgiving — the prep, family time, football, food, days off of work and cooler weather. And I love Christmas, although less so since my family has scattered and now it seems to involve stressful travel. All the same, the gift planning and creating is my favorite.

I’m not entirely sure why it is so important to me to make as many of the gifts I give for the holidays as I can, but it is. I enjoy combing through patterns and recipes and plotting gifts for family and friends alike. It truly brings me joy.

So, make fun — but the Christmas knitting has begun. (How can it not? Knitting is so time intensive. You’ve got to plan!)

First up: this orange cable scarf that seriously took 15 months to complete, but is ready for Christmas this year! Yay!

Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

I am also really enjoying the Golden Pear beanie pattern:

Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

 

Christmas Knitting

 

I first made this pattern for my friend’s new baby, Sawyer:

Golden Pear Beanie

Yep. Looking forward to the next 10 or so weeks of knitting and wrapping and spending time with those I love most. And yes, I know I am a dork. A knitting dork. And I’m totally okay with it.

~K

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Domestic Art, handmade, Happy Hippie, Heirloom Hacienda
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Pigs in the Kitchen

April 9th

My friend Tony owns a hot sauce company and let me tell you — the stuff will haunt you. It is so hot and so delicious, if you are anything like me — you’ll want it on just about everything.

He is also a former Marine, a chef, and a giant softy. He wouldn’t want that last part on the Interwebs, but let me tell you — this man has a heart of gold. Also, he loves animals, especially his vizla puppies.

His birthday was last month and with everything else going on, I didn’t get him a gift in time. So, what do you give a man who prides himself on his culinary skills and his love of bacon?

April 2014

 

Pig dishtowels

And a custom apron:

April 2014

April 2014

~K

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Spinning Gold

December 30th

My friend Juliann borrowed an old sewing machine a few years ago. She returned it recently when cleaning out her house for a move; along with my old trusty Singer, she gave me a box of sewing items she was no longer interested in. The basket had fabric and patterns and thread and I was delighted to take it off her hands and put it all to use.

I used her material to make my Christmas gifts this year — namely pot holders and embellished flour sack tea towels (my favorite kind.)

Christmas sewing

Christmas sewing

Christmas sewing

After making ten sets of these, I am still really, really bad at bias tape. You would think that kind of practice would produce at least one pot holder without wonky edging, and you would be wrong.

Easier, I made a  few drawstring travel lingerie bags for girlfriends regularly on the road:

Christmas sewing

Christmas sewing

My intentions for handmade Christmas are always so consistently grander than what I am able to actually produce. Maybe just maybe one of these years I will start my grandiose plans in, say, January. Or — just buy gifts like a normal person.

Oh to find that balance between gifting t homemade and not overestimating abilities and budget.

~K

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Celebrate!, handmade
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12 Days of Christmas

December 10th

I am celebrating Christmas with Dutch by giving one small gift each of the 12 days.

December crafting

I used this tutorial to sew the bags, and stamped the numbers before appliqueing them to each bag. And I opted for things he loves (read: orange Tic Tacs) in lieu of say, a partridge in a pear tree.

December crafting

December crafting

I gave him the basket this weekend — all the little drawstring bags lined up.* Each day includes a Bible verse about Christmas, and some small treat.

Mission accomplished: I get to give gifts (one of my favorite things) and spoil him (also one of my favorite things.) And he gets to feel loved during his first Arizona Christmas.

~K

*The original plan was to pin each one of these to a piece of thick gross grain ribbon across a mantle for Christmas garland. Alas, we do not have a mantle, or another place where I could figure out how to make this work. Next year, perhaps!

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Mexican Chocolate Cake

June 11th

Mexican Cake

Mexican Cake

Mexican Cake

Easy peasy recipe if you have house guests and need a quick no-frosting cake:

Take one chocolate cake mix (I like Betty Crocker triple fudge)

Add 3 eggs, 1 cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of cayenne, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of cardamom, 1/2 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of water. Mix thoroughly. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes in a well greased bundt pan. Serve with ice cream, or alone. Watch guests inhale.

This cake is slightly spicy, earthy and incredibly moist. It is absolutely delicious and a super simple answer when entertaining.

-K

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