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Make all the things and bake all the things

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

When it turns September my clock goes ding. Who cares if it’s still blazing hot? Pass me some apple cider, thick tights, and handknit socks! This girl has a date with her oven, her glue gun, and her x-acto knife – although not all at the same time – I’m not that creative in the kitchen!

Since the beginning of the month we’ve all been busy baking in our house. We’ve made peach crisp, French coconut pie, banana bread, apple pie, vanilla coconut rice pudding, no bake cookies, and almond poppy seed bread. Phew! I think pumpkin stout gingerbread is up next.

Just the idea of fall makes my crafting mojo turn up to 11.­­ Suddenly my brain is full of all the cool projects I’ve seen on blogs and on Pinterest. Charlie and I made melted crayon art together – he wants to do another, this time in the colors of the rainbow.

I’ve always loved the idea of decorating with maps, but never quite knew how to go about it. Simply pinning a map on the wall seemed boring, and buying cool old maps, the type you would frame, is rather expensive. So when I saw this project on Design Sponge I knew would be trying it.

My beloved home state of Idaho was my first attempt. I used a map from an old atlas I bought at a thrift store. The Scientist wants me to do it over, this time using a full-sized map. He would also like me to do Michigan (where he grew up) and New Mexico (our shared favorite state). I’d call this project a success!

I’ve even been working on some selfish knitting! The Abbi sweater has been my movie theater knit for months now since it’s so easy to work on in the dark.

I was feeling under the weather this weekend and needed some easy comfort knitting so I took it out and worked on it some more. It felt so nice to knit for fun. Being sick wasn’t how I wanted to spend my time off, but at least now I’m almost ready to start the ribbing on the bottom! This is a short sleeved cardi, so after the body is finished there’s not much left – only the button bands. Pretty sure I’m going to leave the buttons off, but I’m not sure yet.

Earlier this week, Charlie told me I’m the wildest knitter on the savannah, which from now on will be my official title.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 8:22 am

    You always find the coolest things. When I was in high school I took a map of the U.S. from National Geographic(w/Dad’s permission) and pinned it up in my bedroom – it was really fun. I really love that cork board idea. I’m sort of envisioning it for different posters too – seems pretty versatile. 🙂

  2. Mom permalink
    Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 10:43 pm

    Reading your blog brings you close to me honey. I love you, your life and family and your ideas and I agree with Charlie! I too am so loving fall! xoxooxox

  3. Thursday, 20 September, 2012 5:22 pm

    Wildest knitter on the savannah. That sounds like an amazing compliment! Love the map and crayon projects! Also, I bet your house smells amazing with all of the baking!

  4. Saturday, 22 September, 2012 12:11 am

    Wildest Knitter on the Savannah!

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