Search This Blog


Sunday, March 2, 2014

February Recap

I don't know about you but I'm sure daydreaming about the warm Summer sunshine. February brought us a few nice days here in Denver but right now we are having some very chilly temperatures and overcast skies. Luckily, the forecast will be warming up starting tomorrow for a lovely looking week.

This month has been another whirlwind, but here are a few fun things:
Here is the Valentine's card that I sent to Hubby. Yes, we live at the same address but I work in Loveland... they have a fun Valentine mailing program that involves the stamps shown on the envelope. Read more about it here. The beautiful Valentine postcard is from the lovely Johanna. I also bought another style to send out to my sister! The heart ornament in the corner came from this free pattern on Ravelry. They were SO MUCH fun to make!
Hubby surprised me with live orchids, a box of Ferrero Rocher, and a bottle of champagne. Live flowers are such a wonderful thing and really... chocolate plus bubbly always makes me happy.
As you can see, I couldn't stop making these adorable crocheted hearts:) I used up two skeins of random leftover yarn until I ran out. Now I fear that I'll want to make garland for every holiday... anyone know a good Mardi Gras crochet pattern?

Trader Joe's opened up this month!!!! It is literally 5 blocks from our house and I'm so happy to be able to purchase TJ items once more. This place has been such a zoo... people driving from all over Colorado to get their hands on some Two-Buck Chuck. The craziness has calmed down somewhat since then but the weekends are still a bit of a madhouse. And opening weekend... jeez... there were multiple switchbacks in the line to get checked out. It was worse than Peter Pan's Flight during the busy season at Disney World! Maybe Trader Joe's will get a FastPass system:)

Lastly, I haven't had a lot of time for personal knitting/crocheting projects since I've been so busy with work crochet (more on that to come!). However, I did whip up these striped sweaters for the dogs this month, it has been so cold and they were due for a haircut soon....
I wanted to use up two skeins of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes so I decided on a simple, striped look with collar and sleeves to help keep them warm. I just sort of knitted these, not using a pattern. They turned out pretty well and were really quick to make!


Let's hope that March brings a bit of warm weather to us, I really miss walking the dogs every day.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January recap

Well... a happy 2014 to everyone! This month has flown by and since I haven't really done much posting here, I thought a recap in photos would be fun.

This hooded scarf was a quick and fun project to crochet and perfect for an exceptionally chilly Winter day. Made out of Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi, it's very snuggly and warm. To learn more about the pattern, see my Ravelry page here.

Hubby and I discovered an amazing new place for brunch called Sputnik. $6 for a carafe of Mimosas! We opted for grapefruit juice instead of OJ and the generous carafe provided 5-6 glasses :)

My brunch selection from Sputnik. It was some sort of tofu/kale/mushroom/egg/veggie scramble and boy was is scrumptious. The restaurant is located on S. Broadway which is quickly becoming my favorite area of Denver.

I found a Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. at our local grocery. I have wonderful memories of drinking these in Hawaii at a local bar.

Another beer-y surprise this month came all the way from Cleveland :) The Great Lakes Christmas Ale is one of our absolute favorites and Winter just wouldn't be the same without it.

Check out these fabulous Aris Allen wedges that I snagged from a thrift store on S. Broadway! I've been eyeing these beauties for months and what luck to find them in my size, in great condition, and at 1/4 the price! Also in the pic, I've been knitting up socks like a madwoman and these are my latest, done in Knitpicks Stroll Tweed. Something about hand made socks just feels so cozy and warm.

Another find from S. Broadway St is this amazing raspberry chiffon scarf. It's so big and lovely! I have many scarves but had been searching for one in a solid color that was big enough to wear in the style I am showing above and...

... to wear like this (I'm pointing to the bow on top for you)

Hehe... thought I'd end off the post with a bath time photo of the pups :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We Need a Little Christmas

After being in Denver for over six months, I am starting to feel settled into our little apartment. It's technically a duplex and we have wonderful neighbors. The house was built mid-1940s and has been very well kept. Here are some photos of our place with a bit of holiday cheer added in:

Living Room:
Reproduction boomerang table
The Tiki Bar has been decked for the holidays!
The palm tree makes me so happy.

A fabulous buffet that we picked up at one of the many midcentury modern furniture stores here.

Note the adorable poodle figurine! The nutcracker and bowl set are a recent purchase from a vintage store in Denver.

Corner nook filled with goodies

Another shot of the boomerang table and trusty leopard print futon. Apparently, this thing will be in my possession for all times.

The pups enjoying the living room.
Close-up of the curtains in this room... a fun atomic print.
Christmas Tree!!

Dining Room:
Another fabulous find from the same furniture store as the buffet. This is actually a three-section piece, all are stacked together here.

Close up of the top - all items are wedding related. That gorgeous juicer was a wedding gift (thanks Stacey!), the hat box was part of the centerpiece at my table during the wedding, and the cow creamer was a shower gift.

Collection of some of my favorite dishes: vintage Jadeite, pink crystal candy dish from my grandmother, and vintage atomic  dessert set.

Formica table circa 1950s, and repro diner chairs.

Ticket to Ride: European addition has been our game of choice - give it a try! Note the holiday colors :)
C.B. has fallen asleep despite all of the game excitement.
Signed original sheet music from my fabulous in-laws.
This is such a fun little detail - it's a nook for the phone! Since we don't have an actual phone, I put out my beautiful pink and gold boomerang candy dish and some peppermint salt and pepper shakers.

A bit of holiday fun.
I love the brightness of this room, the photo doesn't do it justice but it's very cheery.
Gas stove and a curious C. B.
I just love the original black and white tiling in this room! The tropical curtain and pink and green towels from our last place seem to fit in just fine.
A shot of the sink and pretty detailing on the mirror of the medicine cabinet.
Spare Room: This is generally left pretty barren as we like to use it for a guest bedroom. Here are a few of my favorite details:
I keep most of my crafty things in here. I really love the glass circle cutout in this dresser.
Close up: some vintage knitting/crochet magazines along with a box full of paints and other knick knacks.

Close-up of the curtains in this room. Orange atomic starbursts on a purple/greyish background. I used a bit of leftover fabric from these to make mini-curtains for our dining room.

A very old dresser - I believe it was my grandmothers! A vintage singer, a hatbox used at our wedding as the card box, and a Disneyland souvenir book from the early 60s.

Friday, November 1, 2013


I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! At work, we celebrated the recent Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits issue by dressing up as the gang:

It was a really fun time and we won the "Best Group" costume award! Did you notice the flustered Mary in her nightgown, complete with Mr. Pamuk in a sheet?! Genius. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Greetings from Denver!  We had a Fall-tastic time last weekend, some photos:
To celebrate the season, I picked up bottle of Apothic Dark, a red blend.  Like it's famous cousin, Apothic Red, the dark variety is on the sweet side but I love it despite my normal distaste for sweet wines.  The Hubby and I sipped this and snacked on fresh popcorn while we watched Rosemary's Baby.

The next day we drove out to a pumpkin patch in search of both pie pumpkins and good carving pumpkins.
The poodles just love pumpkins by the way!  Always trying to eat them!

Pumpkin Patch Poodles

Later that evening I made my first pumpkin pie of the season - complete with cats and bats!

And, of course, we did some carving while finishing off the red wine.  Hubby's pumpkin.

My pumpkin :)