Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Time in the Ole Midwest

Whew. It's been a crazy Christmas time. I just looked at my blog to discover that I've only blogged 3 times in December! Well, here's the quick, slap-dash overview of my Christmas holiday.

This year, I ....

Hosted a holiday brunch for my friends in LA, including this awesome hot coco bar.

Hot Coco Bar

Had a mini bundt cake (bundtini) at work. 

Yummy mini bundt cake

Flew home to Michigan to spend time with my family. 

The Tree Surprise Madi!

Meg & Mom
Mum & Meghan

Meghan, Madi and Ellie
Madi, Meghan, and Ellie (my nieces)

my seesters
Meghan and Jen (my sister-in-law)

Me, Madi & Ellie

Got a fun Macro/Wide Angle lens for my iphone!

macro lens close up  wide angle Meg

And this pretty midcentury ornament.

Midcentury Ornament

Played a bit in the snow in my parents' backyard.

winter in the back yard

Was gifted a pair of Hobbit feet, and finally saw the Hobbit movie (thanks to my 15 year old brother!)

best Christmas present

Made a lot of yummy treats with my sister. 

Seesters wearin' aprons
Aprons from Izabelle (her shop is Boojiboo)

cookies and mini apron

Met up with my favorite bloggy ladies, Allyson and Emily, and Emily's daugher, Ryenn. 

Dykhuizen Ladies!

Who fell in love with Meghan, naturally. 

Meg & Ryenn

It was quite the getaway, and I had so much fun! 

I hope your holiday was warm and bright, and I'll be back tomorrow with a 2012 wrap up!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Holla Accessories

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and yet, I got really sick last week. It was "just a cold," but it was a cold that knocked me over so badly that I didn't even want to knit or sew or blog. I just laid in bed and re-read The Hobbit*.

But I still managed to eek out a few Christmas presents, including - count 'em - three out of the six Holla Knits Accessories patterns. I'll provide more detail shots after the holidays, but that's a Wallpaper Cowl, a Multiplicity, and a Black Swan up there. 

Luckily, none of them are mine to keep and wear all at the same time.

*Haven't seen the movie yet. Must see this weekend.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Past Round-Up

You know it's "that time of year" when the traffic from Pinterest starts picking up! So I thought I'd throw together a few photos from last Christmas' projects.

Last year I...

packages all wrapped up

Fabric Trees with stockings
Mini Mitten Garland in Action

Still in need of Christmas inspiration? Danielle (aka Ms. KitschyDigitals) posted an amazing round-up of all her Christmas projects

Monday, December 3, 2012

Adventure Time: Portland Weekend

Pretty Portland

A few weeks ago, Chris, Melissa and I went up to Portland to see Joel (Melissa's fiance) in Midsummer Nights' Dream at the Portland Center Stage. We spent the weekend exploring the Autumnal Paradise that is Portland!

Helpful Diagram

Chris in the Autumn

We walked around the city, stopped in a ton of little shops, ate lots of delicious food, and generally enjoyed the cool, rainy weather. 

My Powell's haul

My haul from Powell's Books. I could have spend another 5 hours looking through all their wares. 

Voodoo Donuts Huuuuge Donut  Sooo much waiting
Voodoo Donuts

We met Wil!

We went to Ground Kontrol, and amazing arcade and bar that serves grilled cheeses, and ran into Wil Wheaton. It was like nerd paradise! 

Ground Kontrol

Pinball  Soooo much pinball

Many small beers

Drank some beers at Rogue Brewery.

Me & Chris & Legos

Joel & Melissa

It was a great weekend.

And PS, Joel proposed to Melissa the day after we left! Love in Portland!