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Collect...

As a kid, I was somewhat of a hoarder (ladies and gentlemen, exhibit A: multiple boxes my mother let me pack, at the age of 11, for a cross-country move, that I filled almost completely with paper. Notebooks, stationery, stickers, art pads, magazines, catalogs, junk mail - most of which was mangled beyond use by the time we unpacked it, if it ever had a use to begin with).
Slowly, though, I've become a minimalist (being the adult responsible for cleaning and putting away everything can do that to a person). Now I "have nothing in my house that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" {thank you, William Morris, for wording that so well!} So I ruthlessly donate outgrown baby clothes (to the chagrin, I think, of some more sentimental relatives). I purge drawers and cabinets regularly. I follow my husband around, gathering the items left in his wake, waving them at him accusatorily and demanding "are you going to use this?!"
But there are some thin…

52 Lists: favorite things about fall

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of all of my favorite things about fall

1. Crisp mornings
2. Cool evenings
3. The perfect balance between the chill of the breeze and the warmth of the sun
4. Knitting things - and then wearing them
5. Boots
6. Jackets
7. Scarves
8. Hats
9. Layers
10. Hiking
11. Camping
12. Being able to open the windows
13. Migratory birds and butterflies that we might not usually have here
14. Hot tea
15. The wa…

Five...

Five Things I Do With My Kids That I Would Have Also Done By Myself:

1. Crystal painting (as much epsom salt as you can dissolve in a bit of boiling water, and you can stick the pages in the oven on 200* if you want to speed the drying/crystallizing process)

2. Parallel parking down town in order to go see the Budweiser Clydesdales. Brooklyn asked to go, and stayed as long as I'd let her - but going was in no way a sacrifice for me. Beautiful, giant horses? I'm in!

3. Wear fun shoes (I've wanted sneakers like these for years - not sure why I waited until she got some... but this way we're twinkie toes!)

4. Weekly treats from local businesses - "well, I guess we're just not going to get ice cream, then," is never going to be a punishment for them because I want some too!

5. Being outside, collecting leaves, doodling in the dirt, and building tiny cairns with found pebbles.

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52 Lists: your top 20 mood boosting songs

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of my top 20 mood boosting songs


52 Lists: mood boosters, vol.1 - listen on Spotify!
1. Remy Drives a Linguini - Michael Giacchino
2. Happy - Pharrell Williams
3. One Drop - Plumb
4. Here Comes the Sun - the Beatles
5. Say It Again - Marie Digby
6. Fight Song/Amazing Grace - the Piano Guys
7. He's a Pirate - Klaus Badelt
8. Merry Men - Marc Streitenfeld
9. Hallelujah - Vitamin String Quartet
10…

Listen...

I am a listener. I have audiobooks read by my favorite actors because my favorite thing about them is their voice, and I'd rather listen to a film score than watch the movie it's from (seriously. Please don't make me watch Gladiator ever again - but I love the soundtrack). When I'm getting a migraine, sound, rather than light, is what I become sensitive to (why must everyone breathe so loudly?!)
As the youngest person in the room for a good chunk of my life, I also listened to others speaking. I'm fascinated by the paths people have walked to arrive at the spot we're both standing on; I love hearing the way their experiences have shaped their perspective; and I fully agree with a quote I heard recently, "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."
That doesn't mean that I don't have thoughts and opinions that I'd like to make heard - I do. And I've felt the frustration …

Summery/Summary

Adventures in Fayetteville...



Adventures in Little Rock...



And adventures in our own back yard!

Despite the stereotype of summer fun, I'm looking forward to impending autumn. Crisp mornings, pleasant afternoons, and cool evenings lend themselves much better to outings and adventures, in my opinion.
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52 Lists Project: the most beautiful things you've ever seen

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen

This was harder than anticipated - perhaps in part because I see beauty everywhere
1. Light in a dark place
2. Someone talking about or engaging in their passion
3. Anywhere in nature that the Golden Spiral appears
4. Bats at dusk
5. The intense concentration of a small child
6. When you think something is a leaf or a flower, and it turns out to be…

Just Add Color

Part of the fun of having a house is the ability to paint - and Adam and I both love color. He's given me carte blanche in choosing colors and painting walls, and I took advantage of that last month. He was gone for several weeks, so that gave me free evenings to work on projects.
First I took the free-gallon-of-paint postcard that a local paint store had sent and settled on a lovely shade of turquoisey blue, for an accent wall in the living room. Another step taken toward making the living area of our home into a full rainbow! Next I'm painting the second window frame purple (there's a window just like the green one on the other side of the room) and the kitchen window frame pink.


Then Mum gave me the rest of a quart of chalkboard paint she had and I used it on the door in our kitchen that leads into the garage. It was all grimy and fingerprinty (from being taken off repeatedly in order to fit appliances in) and looks much better now, except that every time I walk by I t…

52 Lists Project: ways you can love yourself more

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

Prologue: Fellowship North is about to start a sermon series through Philippians, and the women's ministry is also going to study Philippians, so I'm currently reading through it. I am very familiar with Philippians 4:6-7 (it's part of the prayer we pray with Brooklyn every night), but this time a phrase stood out to me. Let your requests be made known.
Let your requests be made known? It hover…

Path...

I bought some yarn last month with the intention of knitting a curtain for the kitchen window out of it. The blinds came down of their own accord some time ago (that was exciting, as I was in the room at the time...), so it needed to be done, and Adam was going to be out of town for several weeks, which would give me evenings to knit. So I measured, calculated, chose a simple pattern that I have memorized but haven't done in awhile, and cast on.
But I had forgotten that, for no reasonably explainable reason, any venture I put my hand to in the month of August turns catastrophic - including this one. As I was knitting along, I discovered that I had an extra stitch. I found where it should have been, in theory (at least, I found the place where my pattern wasn't lining up) but I couldn't find the extra stitch itself (for the nonknitters, it should have been visually obvious - and yet, it wasn't). So I decreased the stitch away and finished the row, then set it aside.
Ye…

Strung Along

I've been knitting more this summer than I have in awhile, and I've collected a backlog of projects to share. First (in order of being finished), is Brazen. I made the mistake of touching the yarn (Loft by Neighborhood Fiber Co.) while I was in Yarn Kandy, and after that it was just a matter of choosing a color (because I loved them all). It was a fun knit and the yarn is delicious - I keep telling myself that I should make some as Christmas gifts, but in reality they would probably just get added to my own collection.


Months ago I spotted a gorgeous grey-to-green ombre yarn that delighted my Slytherin heart - and then I was delighted to find a solitary ball of it on the clearance rack at Yarn Mart some time later (that never happens). I kept it on my desk, waiting for it to tell me what it wanted to be, and finally decided on something simple but leafy (which anyone who's know me since I learned to knit could tell you is kind of my M.O.) Revive only took about a week to …