The Joy of Audiobooks

I have been doing a lot of crocheting lately. Most of my handmade gifts this Christmas were crocheted. I used to throw on a movie while working on projects (yay Netflix streaming!), but this winter I starated using a new method to keep my mind busy during my craft making: audiobooks! Brilliant, right? Besides the fact that I don’t like always staring at a screen, it can be distracting to try to watch something while crafting. On most projects, I can afford to look elsewhere a good portion of the time (especially on long projects like blankets!), but it does of course make me more susceptible to mistakes. Listening to an audiobook is just as interesting as a movie, but you can keep your eyes on your work!

For Christmas, my wonderful hubby got me some awesome headphones, so I’ve really been enjoying my crochet accompanied by a book “on tape” ๐Ÿ˜‰ We don’t have too many, but a friend did give me all the Harry Potter books, so that’s lasting me a while! Plus, Jim Dale (who narrates the series) is utterly amazing. It’s a whole new way to experience the series!

At any rate, that is my latest discovery in crafting :) I’ve even been taking my headphones and craft bag to work, so i can crochet and listen on my lunch break. I just pick a pretty spot in the park and enjoy :)

What do you prefer – TV, music, movies, silence? How do you work best?

New Year, New Blog?

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2012 has been kind to you so far!

Obviously my hiatus lasted a little longer than planned. There were many reasons for taking a break, but now I’m refreshed and ready to start anew! I’m still designing and crafting all the time, so I’ll be blogging about my latest projects again :)

As for changes, I’ve been spending more and more time cooking, so this year I’ll be sharing some of my adventures in food making in addition to my other creative pursuits. I’ve also been getting ever more deeply involved in the furniture and interior design world, so that’ll probably spill over more in my design posts. I can’t wait to share my latest passions with you!

How about we start off with a couple of my recent favs?

Design & Art: I love this apartment featured in Elle Decor. It’s beautifully designed, luxurious, yet very fun and full of personality. The designers Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, or Haynes-Roberts Inc, really pushed the envelope (I’m sure having lots of time and a huge budget helped ;)) and the results are gorgeous. Also, I want this painting by Takashi Murakami!!

Fifth Avenue Jewel

Crafts: I made these adorable slippers for Christmas gifts this year! I found the pattern in a vintage crochet magazine and fell in love :) (They reminded me of slippers my sister had as a kid!) It was the first time I’d made anything foot-related, so it was new and exciting for me.

Crocheted Slippers

Food: My favorite recipe of late (except maybe stuffed acorn squash – YUM) is this wonderful walnut taco fiesta from My New Roots. I’ve made it a few times to everyone’s delight. On top of being super tasty, it’s quick and easy to make, which is always a win!

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Well, I think that is all for now. Thanks for reading!ย I’ll be back soon to post some other news and finds ๐Ÿ˜€ Feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog, and I’ll come visit you, too!!

Hiatus

Happy Saturday :) I’m been having a great start to spring so far. What about you?

I’ve been cooking a LOT – it’s really fun to eat something totally new each night :) But it has been eating (ha!) away at my schedule, too. I’ve been enjoying some time with friends and family. I’ve been knitting – getting so far on my blanket! And I’ve been working a ton. All good things, but also keeping me away from the computer (which can be a good thing).

Blanket - Halfway done?Game nightFresh veggie tacos and millet1953 Chevy truck - yumYummy asparagus and eggs dinner

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged since Sunday. I’m taking a little hiatus from blogging…but don’t worry, I still love you ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just need to spend some time elsewhere at the moment. But I’ll be back next week! Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Bloglovin’ for updates!

Well, I’m off with the husband to a cactus & succulent sale at Zilker Botanical Gardens, then Whole Foods, then worrrk. Have a great weekend!

3 Things Friday

It has been a lovely Friday so far! I started it off by planting lavender and putting together my new terrarium (also from my Etsy wish list!), courtesy of my friend Dan. Then I did some Pilates, played with my dog, and now I’m sipping tea on the balcony. I feel so Zen.

Terrarium gift!

It’s been a really great week. I’ve gotten to do so many fun things, and am getting excited about things to come! There were birthdays, a hockey game, knitting, breakfast for dinner, flowers, sewing…I’m having trouble narrowing it down. But I shall try!

Friends at the Texas Stars game!Lego birthday cardJean Luc or Captain Kirk?Bluebonnets mean springtime

The good: I visited A Knitted Wonderland with my husband. It made me happy that he wanted to go see my work, and it was wonderful seeing the entire installation in the daylight! It was absolutely beautiful, and I’m glad we took the time to meander through it.

AJ walking through A Knitted WonderlandAJ & Alex at A Knitted WonderlandA view of A Knitted WonderlandMy hubby and our tree โ™กA Knitted Wonderland at the Blanton Museum of Art

The bad: Work has been really stressful. We lost a member of our team, and I’m basically taking on most of her work while still learning how to do it! But once things calm down again, I’ll be able to get back to redesigning the website :)

The best: I’ve been learning my new sewing machine (awesome b-day gift from the hubs and my mom-in-law). I still love my Green Machine, but this one is much easier to use on an on-going basis. It has a million functions and sews like a dream! I already sewed a cover for our game case and two skirts! And I’m looking forward to many more projects on it :)

First sewing project with baby lockNew sewing machine!DIY Skirts in Amy Butler Fabric

What were your three things this week? I hope you have a great start to your weekend!

Etsy Crush: Chandeliers

I’ve been totally crushing on chandeliers lately. Maybe it’s because I’m working in an antique gallery now, which is filled with gorgeous vintage and antique chandeliers. I was never much for them when I was younger, but now I’ve seen the light (ha!). Sure, there are chandeliers out there that are nothing special. But once you find a beautiful one, it’s hard to look away. I searched for them on Etsy, and found quite a variety to share with you!

BootsNGus upcycles vintage treasures into unique light fixtures:

UpCycled Ceramic Lighting Fixture

I’ve also been really into cutouts lately, which helped me find this one by seequin:

Eco Light Blue Cardboard Silhouette Chandelier

For beautiful vintage chandeliers, visit Sheri’s Crystals:

Romantic Vintage Wedding Cake Crystal Chandelier with Roses

For great outdoor lighting, check out TreasureAgain (I love Mason jar lights!):

Mason Jar Chandelier, 6 Antique Ball Pint Frosted Jars, Vintage Metal Canning Basket , Upcycled Recycled Lighting, Vintage Enamel Canner Pot, Weddings, Party Nights, Original Design by TreasureAgain

For an acrylic flare, I recommend Accent:

Claire de Lune Chandelier (7 arms) Colors

I love cluster lamps, and this one by Jean Pelle is just bubbly and wonderful!

NEW: Bubble Pendant by Jean & Oliver Pelle

A concrete lamp?! Great juxtaposition. By a t Designs:

Concrete . "Martini Pendant" . Light

And I had to include a fluffy one…Made from plastic bottles!! From THISgallery:

Wishin On The Moon - White

I’m starting to think I need one for every room. And since I want each room in my house to be in a different style, this works perfectly! Chandeliers in a plethora of styles, materials, and colors. โ™ก

Mood Mugs

Mood Mugs

How cute are these mood mugs from Yanko Design? They’re double insulated, so don’t worry about the lack of a handle. I love their little faces ^_^ There’s one for any mood you wake up with (or every member of the family?). The sleepy one is seriously adorable. But I think after using any of these you’d end up with a happy face!

Thursday Threads – St. Patrick's Day

2011 March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m wearing: awesome headband by Lovely Lotus Designs (green!); Lucite necklace (green!); tank top (green!); blue top, Old Navy; striped skirt, Gap; Simple shoes (green!)

Okay, I don’t really have a giant shamrock…but I’m feeling the green! I acted green today, too :) Not envious, of course – I rode my bike to and from work, and we have the windows open instead of using the A/C. Plus I’m wearing my Simple Shoes, which are eco-friendly. In other green news, I made pesto from scratch and it was delicious!

How was your day of green?