Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crop Art in Minnesota

Because Tesla:

Do you guys know about crop art?  It's the bizarre, cool, and strangely compelling art of composing pictures using grains.  Grains!  It's super popular at the Minnesota State Fair, and there are always some interesting pieces.  Here are some that caught my eye this past weekend:

Awesome, right?


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Ferry Building, San Francisco

More vacation sharing!  On our last day (yeah, I'm not sharing in chronological order) we needed something to do that was fairly quick and wouldn't set me up for feeling sick on the plane.  So a bay cruise was out even though it would have been awesome.  I decided we should check out the Ferry Building - a collection of restaurants and shops right on the bay.  It was a really cool space, and I want to visit again on a less hectic day.  I saw one shop that specialized in mushrooms:

And we finally got to try Pepple's Donuts:

Honestly, this donut was only ok.  Maybe that's because Glam Doll's vegan donuts are so amazing, but I just wasn't wowed.  

And of course, the view was stunning:

What are some of your favorite places in San Francisco?  


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Vacation: Mendocino

Hi guys!  I just got back from a week long or so vacation and am wallowing a little in the "getting back to normal life blues"  - especially since school starts up next week!  But I had an awesome time on vacation and want to share some of my adventures.  I thought I'd start with Mendocino because it was such a cute little town along the coast.  And there was a ton of yarn bombing!  


And there was a very nice yarn shop, though I didn't see too much that we can't get here in the land of yarn shops aplenty.  

Also, tons of beautiful flowers:

And me on a throne of driftwood!

Have you been to Mendocino before?  What are some of your favorite coastal towns you've visited?


Friday, August 08, 2014

Jewelry storage tip

I always have trouble figuring out how to store jewelry.  I hang some of my necklaces in my bathroom organization rack thing, but that is not always ideal, especially for small pieces.  After watching various youtube videos and looking at organization ideas on Pinterest, I got the idea to use a notions case:

It works really well!  The tiny compartments would be great for earrings too, for those who can wear earrings (grumble grumble, stupid allergies!) I'm pretty amped that my shawl pin even fits inside - I am constantly losing that little guy. This would be great for travel too.

How do you like to store your jewelry?  


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clothing Swap - do it!

You know what's super fun?  Getting cute new clothes and giving old clothes new homes with your friends!  Last weekend, a couple of my lady pals and I decided to dig through our closets to find stuff we were tired of, stuff that no longer fit, and stuff that just needed to find a new home.  Here's a less than great pic of some of the awesomeness I ended up with after the swap:

You guys, I got 9 pairs of jeans!  I have never owned nine pairs of nice fitting jeans in my life, this is magical.  I'm so excited that I won't need to buy new jeans for this fall and winter, wheeee!  I also got some basic tanks which is great because I'm never good at picking up basic items when I'm shopping, and some other cute tops to add to my wardrobe.  

We also encountered a pair of cursed, haunted pants that managed to be ill-fitting on all of us, in different ways.  Bad pants!  

Have you ever done a clothes swap before?  If not, you should, it's a lot of fun!  


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Laceweight, please grow faster!

After knitting so many shawls with sock weight yarn or heavier, I think I got used to quickish shawls.  But of course, a laceweight shawl knit on size 2 needles is not going to zip along super quick.  But it's looking very cheerful and summery:

Cute, right?  You might notice that I ripped the patterned shawl out and started again on a very basic one. The pattern was nice enough, but I couldn't work on it at knit nights without messing up.  And that doesn't really work since I don't knit all that much outside of knitting get togethers.  Hopefully I'll finish this shawl before summer is over!

Do you have a favorite weight of yarn to work with?


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Urban Nature

I love living in a city, even a small city like St. Paul.  I've lived in big cities and in teeny tiny rural areas, and city life is where it's at for me.  Being able to walk to so many great places and not having to drive far to get the basics is awesome.  One of the cool things about the Twin Cities is how easy it is to enjoy natural beauty without heading out to the country.  One of my favorite places in Minneapolis is Minnehaha Park.  It even has a waterfall!

Nice, right?  

There are also lots of beautiful structures to explore:

I feel very lucky that at after a day of enjoying all of the city things that urban life has to offer, we can head over to such a gorgeous, peaceful area and enjoy a little bit of nature.  

What are some of your favorite places where you live?

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