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Put a Bird On It

Adam's been out of town this week on Army business, so I've spent the nice days exploring the outdoor beauties of Fayetteville and the more recent cold ones exploring the indoor delights. This is such an awesome city...

Several of the manhole covers/storm drains in the Dickson St area have been beautifully painted, and I'd been wondering who'd done them. Monday, I found Tina Oppenheimer in the midst of one in front of the Walton Arts Center. I haven't been by since she finished it, but I'm anxious to see it. Her crocheted life-sized self-portrait serenely occupied a chair at Hand Held for several years and startled everyone who came around the corner, it looked so real. She's very talented.

Another amazing local artist is Hannah Brinson. I've known her for awhile and have always loved her work (especially the foxes!) so I was delighted to find out that she was selling stationery and wood-block prints at The Four-Legged Bird.

The shop has been open in Fayetteville for less than a week and is located on the curve of Archibald Yell Blvd next to Ultra Studios, Vintage Violet and Polish-A-Holic. I noticed an article on their grand opening last week in the Fayetteville Flyer and was planning to stop by when I had a chance. Today was a thoroughly icky day, weather-wise, and my favorite passtime when I'm bored and/or slightly unhappy is to promote a local business, so I stopped by after work.

It was adorably inviting, and they had an awesome selection of art, Ts, jewelry, stationery and dry goods, all handmade and a lot of them not only made by individual artists and artisans but also locally-made. I appreciated their appreciation of local talent.

I'd like to go back with Adam and get him one of the Ts - they had several colors that would look good on him (and several amusing ones that he would probably appreciate :) Until I can wear a normal-sized shirt again, I bravely refrained from getting one for myself.

Scarves, however, are something I can always wear. Long, stretchy infinity scarves are so pretty but take so dreadfully long to knit (don't get me wrong, I'm in the middle of designing one right now, but it'll be awhile before it's finished) so I always love finding cute ones that other people have made. Hopefully the white printing on the minty background will help to lighten up my predominantly black and indigo closet.

Relieved of the need to rush the scarf (it's Artosphere-inspired, so I have through June to finish it), Frisco Trail is coming along nicely (just the hood and the neckband to go!) but this linen/cotton blend was so beautiful I couldn't resist starting a new design with it (and I have an intense need to finish something right now, because big projects are lovely and all but they get old after awhile). Small and simple - I should have the pattern up soon.

I found these buttons at Nightbird Books and couldn't resist - and, they inspired another design for the Local Flavor collection. It was hard to choose, they had so many clever ones, but I felt that "Food for thought" was particularly a propos of me, and I liked the Read Local one.

So many things to knit... so little time to knit them... and I can't blog and knit at the same time, so I'll wrap this up. The next post shall be finished things!


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31 Days of Unraveling Designs

It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Strange Jacket


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Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…


A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
But I accepted it, and I'm glad I did. I learned about depth and calm, about storm and nurture, about faith and adventure - and about the unstoppable ocean of God's grace, that overwhelms to fill and cleanse and bring blessings unasked.
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