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The Garden Grows

February 17th

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Trying to find the light and positive, seeking the warmth of the Arizona early spring. My vegetable garden is going wild, eating up buffalo loam and drinking up as much water as I can provide. The heat comes on strong, and stronger.

Again, I plant a garden. And again, the earth reminds me everything happens in its own season. It is as pointless to dream of watermelon in February as it is to hope for citrus on the trees come May.

~K

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Arizona, Flora and Fauna, Heirloom Homestead
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Skirting the Issue

May 30th

Oh, hello there Mr. Nelson. Are you playing with your favorite toy — the Target Cupcake (of which we have purchased and destroyed dozens?)

Wait? What’s that you say? You aren’t playing with your toy? You are trying to distract anyone from noticing the gobs of junk “hidden” under the bed?

Good boy.

Hide that junk!

Few closets meant I stashed my craft and art supplies under the bed, only to realize they were still in plain view. Thankfully, I found this tutorial, which made sewing a bed skirt for a bed with a frame a snap.

Well, maybe not a snap. But easy enough — even though scooting under the bed with a hot glue gun was probably not the smartest idea.

Hide that junk!

Hide that junk!

Hide that junk!

Hide that junk!

Voila! A few bucks spent in velcro and canvas and now I can hide my junk with pride. And unlike previous hot glue adventures, I neither burned myself, nor the carpet. Success!

~K

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Domestic Art, Heirloom Homestead, June Cleaver, NJ + NYC
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Curtains for the Cottage

May 30th

Creating the cottage

What this house lacks in closets, it makes up for in windows. There are big windows in every room — most of which give us a garden view. While D is away this week studying in England, I’ve been busy trying to get things organized, and homey.

Sewing curtains:

Creating the cottage

Before.

Sorry, darling. Your Mad Men poster will not suffice. Although don’t get me wrong — I like that you are willing to share the house with Don Draper.

Creating the cottage

After.

Creating the cottage

I made this dresser our linen closet, with folded quilts and rugs tucked beneath.

Creating the cottage

Before

Creating the cottage

After.

Plants and farmer’s market baskets make me happy.

As does a well organized, tidy bathroom with a pretty curtain runner:

Creating the cottage

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Creating the cottage

After.

Any other creative storage ideas for small spaces? I would love to hear them. Otherwise, this is all happily coming together.

~K

 

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Heirloom Homestead
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Sit down, Warm up

February 21st

A friend’s husband showed up unexpectedly at my doorstep yesterday afternoon. He’d been up canyon on his bike when it had begun to snow. By the time he reached my house, going some 40 miles an hour down Clear Creek, he was blue. His hands were frozen and the inner linings of his eyes were swollen to an alarming shade of red.

Spanish chorizo + lentil soup

Spanish chorizo + lentil soup

Spanish chorizo + lentil soup

Could he sit down for a second and warm up?

I shooed him in the door, got the dogs off the couch and plugged in the electric blanket. Soon, the kettle was singing and his hands warmed around a mug of tea. Dinner was already on the stove — Spanish chorizo and lentils from this month’s Cooks Illustrated. I had pans of salted caramel upside down pineapple cakes on the oven waiting to go in next.

Spanish chorizo + lentil soup

Spanish chorizo + lentil soup

He warmed up slowly, and stayed for hours, telling how he realized he was in trouble when he couldn’t keep both hands on the bike. Navigating down the canyon with two hands is terrifying, doing so with one hand tucked under your other arm for warmth is suicide. Thankfully, he made it. I promised him he wouldn’t have to ride any farther today; we’d find a way for he and his bike to get home.

Spanish chorizo + lentil soup

Soon, BJ joined us around the dinner table, swapping stories of our day and sipping soup. The snow began to fall in thick flakes. By the time dessert was served, inches of fluffy powder rested on the roofs of cars, the patio table, the greenhouse light fixtures, and everything in between. The mountains, so near, were out of sight for more than 14 hours as the snow continued to dance downward.

Salted Caramel Pineapple Cakes

Salted Caramel Pineapple Cakes

The soup was even better as leftovers today for lunch, enjoyed from the small kitchen table with a view of a golden sun, ringed by the brightest, clearest blue skies.

Time to walk the dogs,  plan the next meal and push forward. Visitors are always welcome.

~K

 

 

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Colorado, Heirloom Homestead, Kitchen Talk
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Round 2

January 22nd

I like making things for the second time much more than the first. And the third more than the second. There is such a learning curve with most creative projects.

Also, I get a little obsessed. Once I want to do scrappy quilting, or bake the world’s best gingersnaps, that’s pretty much all I want to do.

Round 2:

Round Two

I’ve eaten so many of these, I very well may have pre-diabetes this week. But hey! The sugar highs fueled another table runner. Similar fabric choices:

Round Two

Round Two

Loving the new quilting foot I received for my machine. It makes such a difference with the consistency of stitches and flattening all the layers during quilting. Of course, now I have three quilting books on my desk and I’m eyeing table runners that might as well involve climbing Everest. A logical leap in skill and ability, there, Donley.

Next up: two beard hats. I’m starting over because the original pattern I used created hats and beards for a man the size of Paul Bunyan. And the men I’m knitting these babies for? Well, I wouldn’t call them delicate, but I’m pretty sure I could piggy back them up a mountain. Like, say, Everest.

Carry on!

-K

 

 

 

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handmade, Happy Hippie, Heirloom Homestead
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Phase 1

January 20th

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Scrap Table Runner and napkin set

Scrap Table Runner and napkin set

Project: Table runner with cloth napkin set

Next up: Denyse Schmidt patterns. I want to be less Little House on the Prairie with these projects and more avant-gard.

~K

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Happy Hippie, Heirloom Homestead, June Cleaver
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Scrappy

January 18th

 

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I’m working through my current stash of fabric in an attempt to use what I have.

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I’ll be moving again sometime in the next few months — as it goes with renting — and I do not need to pack and haul all of these craft supplies. Yarn, fabric and books — they seem to multiply at my house. Some are even paired with patterns or sticky notes for the project I thought would be perfect.

How quaint, five years later.

Scrappy

This is the first pattern I’ve sewn out of Fresh Fabric Treats, and I like it. I skipped the gathering on some pieces and am glad. It is my first table runner and I wanted to keep the lines simple.

Perhaps I’ll graduate to one of the quilts featured; they are gorgeous.

Scrappy

Come to find out, step 1 of any new quilting endeavor should be: buy a new rotary blade. Makes a world of difference when your tools are sharp. New needle in the machine. Iron steaming. Piles of fabric and ideas ready.

Now, to stay focused.

-K

 

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Domestic Art, Handmade goods, Heirloom Homestead
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Prep

November 20th

Christmas supplies in action

  • Christmas tags stamped
  • Christmas photo taken, cards ordered and stamps in hand. Envelopes to be addressed this week.
  • Decorations out and ready to be swapped for Fall decor
  • Shopping underway (I’m so not a Black Friday girl)
  • Christmas spreadsheet updated
  • Craft supplies purchased, patterns printed
  • Holiday theme decided: year of the monogram

I love me some Christmas!

~K

 

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Celebrate!, Heirloom Homestead, June Cleaver
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Fix

November 18th

Who needs a cute fix to get them through this painfully long short-work-week so we can all just go stuff ourselves with turkey already?

Couch hog


Nelson

Wait. Did someone say turkey? WE LOVE TURKEY.

-k

 

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Heirloom Homestead
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In my element

October 30th

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

October dinner

Risotto, roasted chicken, steamed asparagus, pumpkin peanut butter cookies; heavy food and excellent company for colder weather.

-K

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Colorado, Heirloom Homestead, June Cleaver, Kitchen Talk
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