Friday, January 24, 2014

Cray-Cray for Crayfish

Well, as most of my knitting projects go, I am just now finishing up a project from almost a year ago - the Swedish crayfish hotpad!

I still have to wet felt it to shrink it up and make it sturdier, but I'm loving the design. The little crayfish get me every time, I think they're hilarious for some weird reason (hence the title of this post, cray-cray for crayfish). The pattern is from the book Swedish Handknits and it is the first project I've actually finished from the book. There are tons of super cute patterns in the book and it's about time I start another knitting project - hopefully I can finish it in less than a year this time around.

I'm so glad today is Friday!! Even though I'll be packing all weekend for our upcoming move, I'm looking forward to waking up without an alarm and enjoying some good fika. Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Apartment!

After over 2 and a half years in our one-bedroom apartment, the time has come to move!!! In less than two weeks, we will be moving just a few blocks over into a 3 bedroom apartment - I am so excited! Not that I haven't loved our current little place, I do, but it will be so wonderful to have a little more space...and uh, craft room anyone?! Ok,'s technically the office/craft room...but still, a space of my own for crafting! 

Needless to say, my Pinterest boards have been blowing up with apartment ideas. I'm sure many of my posts  this year will have to do with decorating and fun projects for our new space. I'm currently working on finding a large, cheap, area rug for our living room - any ideas?! I'm also going to refinish an older credenza-type piece for our dining room. Pictures to come!

In other, non-apartment news, Ryan and I spent the long weekend over in Phoenix, AZ. We had a grand little time over there. Saw a lot of cacti, went antiquing (no luck this time around), had some good microbrews, and enjoyed the scenic drive from LA. I love getting out of the city, even if it's just for a short while. And now it's already Tuesday!

Friday, January 17, 2014


Happy New Year, everyone!!! 2014 is going to be a grand year! 

Christmas was a blast! We got a good taste of the snowy coldness of Michigan: 

Drank plenty of glögg and ate delicious, homemade pickled herring.

Watched Christmas Vacation and had some eggnog in a moose cup.

Got to hang out with my bestie and finally got to meet this cutie pie!

And I was able to finish the sheep baby blanket I've been working on forever for this little dude! (sorry for the terrible photo)

All in all, we had a raging good time. We had quite a good 2013 and I'm excited for what 2014 has in store!