OK, I'm going to stop beginning every post with "sorry I haven't been around much lately," because well, it is what it is. I don't have a heck of a lot I can show you these days, but I'm hoping to fit in a little just for fun making, so I'll get back to ya. This also is not my favorite time of year, with the gloomy gray skies. It's hard for me to believe that places like Portland and Seattle could actually be gloomier than Michigan. I don't know if I could take it. Maybe I should get one of those lamps with the full spectrum light. Ugh.
I started my crochet class this week and I am super excited. I have to pick out an easy first project, but I want it to be something I like as well, so I checked Kid's Crochet from my library today, and now have my first four projects planned. It's a really cute book, I highly recommend it. The author, Kelli Ronci, is a former crafts editor at MSL, so the book has a similar aesthetic to MSKids. And it's illustrated by Lena Corwin which is a huge bonus. There is also great crochet inspiration on the Martha Stewart website, just do a quick search and you'll turn up some great stuff.
Speaking of Martha's website, I made some of her ribbon belts this week and they're super easy and cute. Would be great Valentine's gifts. You can also make bracelets with thinner ribbon. Have you all seen Living Crafts? We felted a heart today, check out Honeyflake, she shows the process beautifully. It was fun and the results were pretty. Of course, Elliot didn't have the attention span to finish it, so I sat there poking it with chopsticks until it was done.
We're expecting a boatload of snow, so we have been baking-- this zucchini bread (actually as muffins). I froze a whole lot of zucchini last summer when we picked up some HUGE yellow zukes at the farmer's market. It was sort of embarrassing actually, I saw the sign said 75 cents and I assumed that was per pound so I hogged up the biggest ones only to find out they were 75 cents each. Oops. People in line behind be probably thought I was a little greedy.
I grew up in Indiana where you can hardly give zucchinis away (or "bimintis" as my great-grandfather called them, and green peppers were "mangos"). I'm always so shocked when people have never had zucchini bread or think they won't like it because it has a vegetable in it. Hello, it's cake. Anyway, this recipe is good, although I'd love to find a yummy one with less sugar if you all have one. We use King Arthur's White Whole Wheat in almost everything. You seriously can't tell it's whole grain.
The bear in the photo above is mine from childhood. I used to collect them, but only have this one and a few tiny mohair (steiff and something else) ones left. I love this bear, and of course the colors are very appropriate for this time of year, but what I really love is that it is made from just muslin. No fancy prints here. There are pretty pink buttons for eyes, a pink grosgrain ribbon tie, and little hearts stamped a few key places. So simple, so pretty. This is great inspiration this time of year when maybe you spent a little too much money in December. You can still make something beautiful with even the humblest materials. Those are my favorite, really.