Ick its so nasty outside! All I want to do is stay inside and drink hot cocoa, watch Christmas romance flicks and KNIT!
December in Saint Louis definitely makes me wish I lived somewhere much warmer, like San Diego or Miami or Puerto Rico or... well you get it.
But I'll manage for now, until I meet mister charming to take me away to his beach front property where we will live happily ever after- with a tan. : )
Anyway- back to the subject, knitting! My favorite pasttime. I've been working on a few projects, but I can only disclose details on one...
Usually I get too impatient to finish what I started, but this time, I can finally say I completed my scarf. See pictures below. Its a beautiful cabled 'cowl.'
The project I've spent that last couple nights on is a pair socks. So far I only have one completed. Here's hoping it can keep my attention so I can finish the other!
Cowl made by Madelyn, Earwarmer made by Julia (sister)
Knits are a very prominent clothing item in almost all fashion designers runway collections- especially Fall RTW. Here are a few examples:
How joyful I am for a long weekend spent at home with my family! As mentioned in the previous entry I went antiquing with my mother and sister all day friday and then got a little a creative with weaving a basket.
Here are a few of the items I purchased this weekend: 1. A royal blue sewing ottoman, 2. Ballerina China sugar, creamer and tray (a beautiful light blue), 3. Several framed paintings and pictures.
Also is the basket I made- it was to store my cooking utensils, but its a bit large...
The last few photos are of antiques I purchased a while ago and how they are used in my apartment. The globe, large pink mirror, small cubed shelves which hold my jewelry and the porcelain hand which my bracelets hang from.
If you know me personally, you understand that I am NOT a bargain shopper. Most of my friends, the extremely creative and stylish friends, can walk into any bargain store (Marshalls, Goodwill, etc) and find the pieces that are great staples for extremely cheap. I don't know what it is, I guess I don't have the 'eye'. I would prefer to go to a J. Crew or Urban Outfitters and shop the no sale section. This is bad... for my pocket book. But its not just bargain stores, its a 'bargain' sale in general. I don't like shopping with crowds, I don't like lines, in order for it to be a pleasant shopping experience I want to be in, find, try, buy and out. Therefore I did not and will not ever attend a black friday madhouse sale at any store... even if its at Jimmy Choo.
Well, since my sister and I, and my mother all had Friday free we decided to go antiquing! Now vintage shopping is my all time favorite kind of shopping!! We went to Montgomery MO, close to where my parents farm is, to search for our most coveted treasures. And it was fantastic. I found several paintings with awesome frames for super cheap, a classic royal blue sewing ottoman, a matching sugar and creamer (USA china) and a wire basket. (pictures will follow.)
We spent all day perusing the isles of this amazing antique mall- I swear it went on for a mile!
The three of us finished the day off with weaving a basket at Bittersweet Baskets, and also making soap!
I love my family, they are truly the best family, so creative and active, I couldn't ask for a better family.
This super cute, and totally Madelyn, store started following me on Twitter on awhile back, and I must say... I am love with practically everything. I receive an email ever so often about sales and new items, and I ALWAYS look and always end up with something in my 'cart.'
If you're a trendy female on a budget, looking for one of a kind items, definitely check out Hallelu!
I had a marvelous dinner last night at Bistro1130 in Town and Country. It is a fabulous quaint french restaurant located next to the Whole Foods off Clayton and 141. Anyway, we were celebrating my dear friends twenty-faux birthday. It was a 3 course dinner party held for 10 of her closest friends.
I started the evening off with a glass of Big Ass Cabernet and a poached pear salad. Second course I choose the crab stuffed sole with ratatouille, and for the final course a chocolate mousse. How divine our dinner was.
I ran, probably, my last race of the year today with my father at my old high school. It was a windy bitter cold day, a great day for a run. :) My father and I both took 1st place in our age group. Congrats to us!
Thanksgiving, a week away.
I have yet to meet someone who believes this year passed slowly. It is truly unbelievable how fast the years have been passing. I signed my name the other day at the bank, with the date 2008. What the heck was I thinking?
Seriously... 2012, I am NOT ready for you or Armageddon. What happened to the Mayans anyway?
Even though time is passing too fast to stop and think about yesterday, I feel as though I am caught up- there is not one stone I walked by that has yet to be unturned. Its a rather peaceful realization.
I find myself always looking forward to tomorrow, but far to often, its here, and I have to get out of bed already...
Day after day, I am thankful for all those who have been a part of my life, chapter after chapter.
Mi familia's health
Friends (and my blog followers- seriously seriously)
My job, education, intelligence
My ability to escape unscathed
Right to bear arms (Charlie, my 38spl)
My car for making it another 20k miles, lets do 100k more!
Esme (my recently adopted chitty chat)
My ableness (to conquer all that stands in my way)
Self motivation (to do something, not to not do something... my motivation to not spend money- is not on the list.)
Internet- Online banking, piperlime, blogging and solestruck
Gluten Free recipes
Whole Foods/Trader Joes
Simon & Garfunkel
What are you thankful for dearest readers and followers?
I'm cooking dinner tonight, a mozzarella tomato penne bake thing, for just ME.
Here's the kicker- do I open the bottle of pinot noir that's been on my wine rack for the last month, and watch reruns of Arrested Development? Or do I drink milk and go to the gym? So frustrating... Once that wine bottle opens, there is NO way I can workout too.
After several minutes and tossing of the pasta later, I still haven't decided what to do.
Oh wish me luck..
I can't even begin to tell you how long I've been looking for the perfect bookcase. I found an antique bookcase earlier this year at the flea market, but of course we were in the Jeep so we had NO way of hauling it... I regret passing it up. I would have LOVED to alter the look of it by wallpapering the backing.
Lately I've been obsessed with vintage glassware. But I haven't quite branched out to plates or platters. I am a sucker for coffee cups and mixing bowls. The next auction I go to I will be sure to keep an eye out for plates- you can do so much with them! Use them for their intended purpose, or decorate! (By the way, I love this gold hand on the trunk- I found a white porcelain hand that was once used as a glove mold. Its a size 7! It is currently on my dresser, holding my braclets and rings. Its lovely.
Luggage! I love the look- and I have the perfect corner that would fit several chic vintage luggage cases. I've seen this almost everywhere, but has been difficult finding several peices at a decent price. Must keep looking! This collection is used as a foundation for a table- Genius!
These small cases- most likely typewriter cases are adorable on this bench-turned-to-shelf. Another great idea! Thanks Apartment Therapy!
I do not like the wicker furniture. But love the colors and the luggage of course!
This is how I would use them- a collection of old, worn luggage cases complete with a few books and a unique trinket- a small female bust.
Obsessed with this picture. Everything here is perfect.
This too is an interesting idea. As a beginner seamstress, I have several scraps of patterned fabric that could easily be put on the embroidery frames to create wall hangings. The patterns here are amazing.
I must try this with some of my fathers extra deer antlers. I'm not quite sure what I would do with it... Maybe it hang it on the wall, or have it sitting on top of a few books on a shelf... but its interesting.
Last night was the "Best of St. Louis 2011," a celebration of all that's still marvelous about the town we call home. It was held at the City Museum and was incredible. As mentioned before I got a VIP ticket so I had access to the wine and food bar all night. : ) The food was catered by Wild Flower and it was pretty interesting. They had a whole roasted pig laid out on a table for all to grab at, a table of raw "fresh killed" vegetables, and a table covered with homemade potato chips.
Now- I've never been to the City Museum so I had no idea what to expect. And of course I would NEVER attend an evening event in pants, so I wore a dress and warm tights (since it was bitter cold and windy in the city) with my 5 inch Jeffery Campbells. Well, for those of you who also have never experienced this museum, there are mainy places where you are required to climb, crawl, hunch over, and slide down. Best advice I can give- don't wear a dress or skirt. But don't think my attire stopped me from participating. I crawled around in the caves, and climbed up 10 stories and slid ALL the way down. I made it down about 2 stories without screaming... but after that I couldn't help it. BEST slide ever.
From the caves, being inside a whale, the tree house and the vintage clothing store upstairs- best museum ever. Congrats to all the Bests!