weekend reading

you know how i talk in every post about being more regular around here and then i don’t do that?

yeah. i’m just gonna roll with it. cause life’s too short to worry about posting regularly on this here blog that i have just for fun. and for being a repository for cool stuff i like and recipes i wanna try. so i’m just going with it. it feels good to clear out my ‘blog fodder’ bookmarks.

also. i moved in march. so that has contributed to not doing things for a while. who knew that settling into a new place could take so long?! some of these links i saved before i moved. before i even knew i was moving. so it’s fun to revisit them.

i have a body pillow that is just hanging out on the top shelf of my closet. I have ideas of making a cover for it eventually. it would look so good on my couch. here’s a tutorial that i liked- love the poms!

i love reading kylie’s blog. it’s so helpful to me as an eating disorders professional. i loved this yoga practice she described. i loved this post of hers as well.

this made me want to make pincushions. the perfect use for scraps!

i am obsessed with these handmade bolas.

a great tool for sewists- a pouch pattern calculator!

the healing power of sewing.

i haven’t had to make any repairs to my handmade socks…yet. this post will come in handy when the inevitable finally happens.

how poetry taught me presence.

so this website. looks kinda fake or something. but i must admit that i’m inspired by all the linen tops.

tiny woven pouch.

ever since i read the desert issue of making, i have been obsessed with this wall hanging. i really want to make it.

convincing.

how fun is this yarn?!

i want everything from this shop.

i saw ina garden make this one morning and i got an instant craving for it.

i’ve really been into hand-dyed eye pillows lately. thinking i should make my own with my indigo dyed bandanas a la state.

i got a crockpot after i moved into the apartment. it is so nice to come home to dinner! this crockpot quinoa enchilada thing was AMAZING. it led to me looking for more crockpot recipes and buzzfeed didn’t let me down.

how stunning is this?!

olive oil berry cake.

i printed out this pattern last month. i have fabric for it, i just need to get around to making it!

i want to make the blouse and dress versions of this!

looooooove this wrap dress/top pattern.

i’m thinking i’ll have to make this sweater this winter. i have a similar sweater from loft and i love the cut of it.

a perfect top for summer.

i want this print for my living room.

adding these to the to-make list as well.

another online shop where i want everything.

this sangria sounds so good.

honey rhubarb posset.

i keep seeing this bag pop up online and i really love it.

watermelon lavender frosé!

thinking about lockets lately. and bracelets. and rings.

i’m really trying to make good use of my free time these days. articles like this encourage.

i had the opportunity to see david whyte in austin last weekend. it was a magical morning. this interview i found online included some of the stories he told us.

really obsessed with this top. and this jumpsuit.

well friends. until next time.

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oh hi.

let’s just get right to the point and get to the links, shall we.

once again i’m gonna break some posts up into categories since i’ve been a little absent here lately.

how about some recipes?!

Broiled Asparagus, a Poached Egg, and Charred Spring Onion and Garlic over Grits

have you ever made scrambled eggs gordon ramsay-style? i have and they’re amazing.

baked eggs in avocado!

twice baked potatoes with eggs.

pea tortilla with mint and yogurt. this sounds right out of an ottolenghi book.

rösti.

food related: the sommeliers of everything. what would you want to be a sommelier of? i’m liking the tea and honey ideas.

strawberry hot chocolate. erin always gets it right.

chocolate puddle cakes. a chocolate puddle is my kind of puddle.

file this under: i bought a crock pot just for this. vegan lentil sloppy joes.

chocolate angel pie.

look how luscious and thicc this tomato soup looks!

i can tell you from experience that these are good without the ham.

vegetarian tortilla soup. i made this last week and it was very good.

tofu pad thai. i also made this last week! i always thought pad thai was one of those things i wouldn’t be able to make at home, but it was really easy. my only complaint about this recipe is that there wasn’t enough sauce. it was an easy problem to fix, but just throwing that out there.

4 everyday salad dressings. i love making my own salad dressing. they just taste so good!

and finally. cinnamon crumb breakfast bread. you’re welcome.

stay tuned for more weekend reading posts. hopefully not in 2 months.

weekend reading

hello friends. how was your week? i took this week off and it was quite lovely. it went by too fast. i did lots of yoga, read a little, watched a lot of grey’s anatomy (something i keep swearing off but then keep coming back to season after season), and did things at my own pace.

here are some things that stood out to me this week:

i have had a pair of fringed booties from old navy for several years now. they have been through the wringer- they have a lovely nail polish stain on them from when i accidentally dropped and shattered a bottle at target. they have been through the washing machine. they’ve been caught in rainstorms and snow. they’ve lived a life. even though they’ve been through the washer, they have…a smell. i wear socks with them but alas, they’re a little stinky. so imagine my delight when i saw a near-identical pair online at target!!! i went today and they didn’t have the lighter color, but i tried on the darker color so i know which size to order. i am thrilled. here’s to many more years of fringed booties.

i have been reading alicia’s blog for years and always so enjoy it. her blog inspired me to blog myself. this line stood out to me from a recent post of hers: “Oh, the days of January, I love them so. I love that the weather is cold, the garden is sleeping, the skies are gray. I love that. I love hibernating, and flannel sheets, and flannel nightgowns, and hot tea, and pretty tea mugs. I love yarn, and knitting, and television at night, and dark.” I would add flickering candles to that list. her blog always makes me want to be cozy and drinking tea and knitting.

earlier in the week i got an email from subpop records saying that luluc’s very first album, dear hamlyn, will be out in the us in march! i am so happy. i have only been able to listen to it on pandora, not in its proper order, so i am excited to listen to it all the way through very soon.

hooooowwwww cute is this?!

so happy to see some of my knitting friends mentioned in this new yorker article this week.

i might have to make this pretty wrap top.

clementine curd pavlova. mmmm. i’ve always wanted to try my hand at a pavlova but have yet to do so. soon.

in one of my yoga classes this week we used the bolster a lot, which is pretty much my most favorite thing. the sequence was so good that i kept reminding myself of it so that i could write it down later to do at home. one of my favorite poses was this one (prone twist- although we had the bolster propped on blocks). as i was googling to find an image of this pose, i came across this page with several bolster-pose ideas and i’m in love and will try them all!

that’s all i’ve got for you this week, friends. stay warm and cozy.

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hello lovely friends.

how has your weekend been? mine was a yoga teacher training weekend, so i spent my weekend moving and breathing and learning how to help others move and breathe.

here are some links i liked this week.

i love all the citrus recipes in the winter. citrus seem like they should be a summer fruit but they are a winter fruit. i think it’s perfect timing because you just want something sweet and tart and bright at this point, don’t you? this blood orange lemonade would definitely hit the spot. i be this would be so good warmed up as well!

i love french onion soup and i am positive i would love this (vegetarian!) french onion soup sandwich.

this buzzfeed post about eggs made me immediately want to scramble some up. i had eggs for dinner more than once this week and i’m pretty sure this article is to thank for that.

adding some books to my to-read pile after reading this blog post.

how good does this tofu look?! it’s all about the sauce with the tofu.

i haven’t sewn in a very long time, but i keep seeing some real cute patterns online. i just might have to get the machine out soon. this would be a great all-purpose tote.

i keep seeing this top on insta and blogs and it might just inspire me enough to make it!

constellation placemats. i’m not really a placemat person but i think i could make an exception for these.

i have yet to make a big chunky sweater but it’s on my list to get to eventually. this is a good contender.

have you watched either of the fyre festival documentaries? i watched the hulu one and wow, it was crazy.

i hope you all have a great week! may it be filled with citrus fruits and good reads.

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i promised i’d be here again soon and look, i am. let’s keep this up. here are some links for you to enjoy this weekend.

i’m moving soon and i’ve been on the hunt for some new furniture and apartment accoutrements. i, of course, have stumbled onto all sorts of wishlist items. how dreamy would it be to sleep in these sheets every night?

adorable little knitted doll cardigans! i actually really like the style of them a lot and want to make one in my size.

i’m thinking i’m going to have to make this sweet little set for my christmas tree next year.

more tiny knitted cuteness!!!

oh, love. never a waste of time.

ok, but like WHY am i so obsessed with candlesticks. cannot stop buying them. here’s a dreamy set i’d love to have. and yes, another set i’m coveting. and here’s a set i bought this weekend.

i have got to get my punch needle stuff out and play some more. some major inspiration here.

deep breathing is amazing.

i wanna knit this.

pomegranate. hot. buttered. rum. WOW YES.

you know what would go good with pomegranate hot buttered rum probably? spaghetti squash parmesan.

ethiopian spiced butter. i can only imagine how good this would be on toast.

until next time!

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Hello everyone! Christmas is upon us and I am in full-on vacation mode. I took the entire week off of work and I am planning on reading, doing yoga, and just generally relaxing. How about you?

Here are some links to enjoy on your break, however long it is.

Warming winter squash tagine. I made this last week, after about a month of not cooking, and it was so easy and so delicious. I loved all the wintery spices in it.

How good does this hot chocolate sound?

I want to DIY this.

I love the pretty pastel colors in this cowl.

I’m really into the pussy bow look these days. Here’s a cozy flannel shirt with one and here’s a link on various ways to make your own.

I believe I’ve mentioned here before that I subscribe to a daily poetry email newsletter called Pome. It is so good. Recently, this poem was shared. And I loved it so much. I told a friend about it and she recommended this poem and I loved it as well. It turns out that Brautigan was part of Pome’s inspiration, so it’s truly a full circle kind of deal.

A handmade bath soak is a perfect last-minute gift or a perfect gift to self.

Loving these starry free embroidery patterns.

I totally want this build-your-own greenhouse toy.

This spoke to me.

Ever-evolving wreath.

Candied orange peels. We have a ton of oranges right now and I really want to try my hand at these.

Merry merry!

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are you tired of links yet? i don’t think i could ever tire of link posts. they are my very favorite on blogs. there are so many possibilities out there!

we’ve had some themes this week. food. crafts. things.

how about some links about habits and inspiration? do those seem opposed to you? i find having habits and routine really increase the space in my life to be inspired.

in my ideal life i would do each of these every single month. i do some of these things, some more consistently than others.

i feel like this next list is the extended version of the previous one. and i’m here for it. some of this stuff is downright hygge!

a helpful list for the decluttering aspects of the previous two lists.

how are we going to keep up with all of these habits and goals?! how about a habit tracker? i started doing habit tracking back in august. i’m not obsessive with it (no need to plan out every minute of the day), but i do set goals at the beginning of the month and i choose things that i truly want to spend my time and energy and focus on. i do not care to micromanage my life and prioritize things like cleaning and cooking. i do care about making time for things like yoga, physical therapy, meditation, reading, french lessons, and tracking my screen time and pain levels. for the first couple of months that i did the habit tracking, i just drew out my own little grid in my journal, but for october and november, i used this printable and i really like it.

a daily check-in worth trying. cultivating community and gratitude. yes.

related: 103 random acts of kindness. i want to do more RAKs.

home is a cup of tea. this article has really stuck with me. i can recall my own tea (and coffee) experiences that i’ve had throughout this beautiful planet we call home. tea is powerful stuff.

tis the season for movies. movies for bad days, weeks, or years. movies for fall.

i love everything about this post.

tea with strangers. i wish we had this in dallas!

some information i haven’t shared on this here blog before: i am doing yoga teacher training. it is a long program, 10 months, so we have a lot of time to really assimilate the information and let it steep and change us. i am loving it so far and am so excited about the ways in which i can use it in my work as a therapist. i’d love to do community outreach with it and this looks like a great program to do just that. other areas i’m interested in applying yoga to: eating disorders and body image issues (of course), adaptable yoga (for those of us who are injured, ill, or in pain), and yoga for ALL body types. i really want to make it as accessible as possible. getting off my soapbox now.

let’s talk about essential oils real quick. i like how they smell and i think they have some medicinal-type usages (i love to put peppermint oil on my head or stomach if they aren’t feeling well) but i don’t go crazy with them. here are some blends that i think would smell so good!

ok. have we done it all? made goals and started some habits and been inspired?!

perhaps i shall have a new goal/habit in december of posting weekly again?

we’ll see.

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the links continue. i told you we had a lot of catching up to do.

this link list is all about the stuff. those little things you see on the internet that you imagine having if you had some extra change to spend. totally unnecessary but make you feel like maybe you do have your shit together.

phases of the moon print. very important to know.

somehow halloween was nearly one month ago already. that doesn’t stop me from thinking this card is adorable.

this body refresher would make me smell so good. (not that i smell bad.)

you know what else would make me smell so good? any of these perfumes. pf candle co has some of the best smelling candles out there, so i can only imagine how nice these are.

imagine sending little love notes on this.

gorgeous nature-inspired jewels.

tiny little studs that only those who get super close to you can see.

happy hump day.

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and the links continue.

this wouldn’t be a craft blog if i didn’t have an entire post dedicated to crafting links, right?

part of rehabbing my elbow has meant taking a break from things that aggravate it. seems logical but is much harder to do in reality. not spending as much time on my phone has been greatly aided by the new screen time feature…i set a limit of 2 hours and for the most part, i abide by my own rules. another part of this has been…no knitting. yes. it is tragic. especially considering that i had cast on a tecumseh sweater. it is stashed away for now, looking pretty in a rope basket. i will come back around to it. this ravelry thread had been immensely helpful as i ran into questions at the beginning of the pattern.

had i done a little more research prior to starting my tecumseh, i would’ve done these german short rows for the shaping.

gorgeous hand-dyed yarns.

knitting. outer space, huge. perfection.

i love the simple lace work of this cowl.

brioche beauty.

karen has been obsessing over this dickey for probably months now. and for very good reason. i now want/need to make one.

and now for some sewing/embroidery links…

i keep seeing some really pretty double hoop embroideries on insta. here’s a tutorial for making one.

i love the ruffles sara added to her hinterland dress.

and unsurprisingly i love the ruffled version of this pattern.

into this.

i have always been interested in doing a hand quilting project but i always wondered about those pesky knots. suzy made an excellent video, showing exactly how to make your quilting neat and knot-free.

and finally, this is your brain on crafting.

until i can craft again, i’ll keep my eyes open for inspiration.

xo

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friends!

long time no see.

i have missed this space.

around the time of my last post, i was at the end of doing traditional physical therapy for my silly little elbow. i decided to stop going and pursue some other options. part of that has been limiting how much time i am on my devices. unsurprisingly, within about 2 weeks i noticed a vast improvement in my pain! very good news indeed. once again i have found myself readjusting my priorities. i miss this corner of the internet though and want to get back to it.

i have about a million links saved up right now so i’m going to do several posts, probably broken up into some sort of categorical system to share them all efficiently and without having 100 links per post.

so without further ado, all of the foodie links i’ve been saving up.

make your own ginger tea.

jackfruit “chicken” salad. i have lately been obsessed with whole foods’ vegan “chicken” salad and would love to have my own homemade version.

cinnamon toast with figs and ricotta. i mean, just look at that picture. how can i say no?

lemon smoothie.

vanilla turmeric golden milk latte. i made this in october and it was so warm and perfect. i have a milk frother now and i can only imagine that it will take this latte to new heights.

hot mulled cider. i also made this in october and it was a crowd-pleaser at craft night.

whole stuffed tomato dumplings. come on.

toasted marshmallow milkshake. this winter i want to toast some marshmallows in my fireplace, make this, then drink it by said fireplace.

plum pudding cake.

stewy chickpeas. i made this last month as well and it was so good that i don’t have the words for it. i need to make it again soon.

vegetarian french onion soup. i made this in october and y’all. it was amazing. so worth all of the time that went into it. the next time i make it i’m going to add some worcestshire sauce for a little more umami.

homemade spicy ramen with tofu.

and finally, not a recipe, but a recommendation now that we are in peak pie season.

check back monday for another installment of links.

xo

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hello dears!

how is everyone? what small things are making you happy these days? i bought the cutest little house-shaped matchbox this afternoon and it is making me so happy. it looks adorable next to a lit candle. other than that i have spent the weekend reading a lot, getting back into doing my french lessons regularly, and took a long, very hot bath. i am on a knitting break (ish) right now (physical therapist’s orders), so i have been looking for ways to spend my time. i must say that i did knit a very tiny bit the last few days and it was really nice. hopefully i’ll be back to it again soon enough.

when i can knit a lot again, i really want to make some scrappy socks like this. such a good way to use those pesky little bits of leftover yarn.

french onion tart. oh my. i love onions in just about any form, but especially in the form of french onion soup (though it is difficult to find vegetarian versions). this tart looks so delicious and satisfying.

fried pistachios with lemon yogurt. yum yum yum.

did you read the neopolitan novels? they were super popular a few years ago and i ate them up. as soon as i finished one, i started the next. i remember being kinda sad when i was done- the characters felt so real and i was sad to say goodbye to them. hbo is making a tv show of it and i cannot wait to see it. it will be in italian and i’m sure it’ll be gorgeous in many ways.

i don’t remember how i ran across this sweater vest but i’m glad i did. it looks incredibly cozy and like an easy and very fast knit. i haven’t had any luck finding a pattern for it, but i bet i could wing it.

a new-to-me french craft blog. love it.

i’ve read good things about this scent and i want to smell it. i wish i could find it in a store in dallas and smell before i buy. the ingredients list is on the website so i could always try to diy.

well my friends, that’s all i’ve got this week. i hope your fall is off to a cozy start and that it’s full of taking care of yourself.

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Ah, September! It seems like something changes in September, doesn't it? I, like so many others, am looking forward to fall and all that it brings. Unfortunately, I am back on knitting restriction (and by extension, other craft restriction as well) due to my arm not being good right now. I had some really good, nearly entirely pain free, days this week which was very encouraging. So, I am focusing on reading and watching all the shows I keep meaning to watch. 

Speaking of shows, this weekend I completely binged the first season of Broadchurch. It had been on my list for a while and I saw the first episode a few weeks ago, but then I watched several episodes yesterday and I am obsessed. Can't wait to watch the next 2 seasons. 

4-ingredient golden milk mix. This will be such a perfect fall drink! 

I'm loving the colors of these naturally dyed fabrics

I have worn my linen jumpsuit so often this summer and I would love to have a non-sleeveless one for the cooler months. Etsy has some great ones, as usual. This search also led to looking up linen wrap dresses, and again, Etsy comes through

Trucker beats smoking addiction with knitting. I love this! I wish crafts weren't so gendered.

How dreamy is this knit cardigan? I would never take it off! Another cozy knit

Purl Soho is always tempting me!

Quilted journal covers. This might make for some cute birthday and/or Christmas gifts. 

I'm so in love with these cloud looms

In line with my injury, here are some knitting-specific stretches

Sandalwood, cedarwood, cinnamon, and vetiver? Ok, I'm sold. 

How good does this salsa look?!

I've never knit a hat before, but this one looks easy enough and is super cute. Maybe I'll get around to knitting one.

I am super inspired after seeing all these reading nooks

I need to make some cute little threadcatchers like this! It would be a perfect way to use scraps. 

This honeycrisp apple cocktail sounds soooooo good!

I made this korean bbq chickpea bowl for dinner earlier this week and it was very good. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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Hi pals!

How was your week? What fun things did you do (or not do)? I've had a pretty chill week. I'm going to a baseball game tonight which feels very on-brand for mid-to-late August. 

Here are some things I liked this week.

Bootie season is upon us. I'm loving these blush ones

How gorgeous are ALL of these photos?! Jamie's blog and instagram always inspires me to practice my French and to wear long flowing dresses. 

I want this moon print

This stitch study is incredible. 

Sashiko has always really appealed to me but I've yet to try it. These coasters might be a good introduction. 

A quilted zipper pillow. I'm thinking about making one of these for a big body pillow I have! It would make it look super extra and cozy and one-of-a-kind for sure. 

There are so many gorgeously color worked yoke sweaters out there these days, and here is yet another one I love

Socks! On teeny tiny 9" circular needles. I exclusively use magic loop for any small circumference knitting but these 9" needles intrigue me. Has anybody used them? 

I wasn't joking around when I said I wanted to become a sock knitter. I have been searching for all the easiest and best-looking ways to do things and that quest has continued. I have really enjoyed doing the fish lips kiss heel on my latest socks, but I can't deny that I love the look of a traditional heel flap and gusset. My biggest pet peeve in knitting is picking up stitches, though, so I've yet to do the heel flap and gusset. I have a feeling that's about to change now that I've seen this video. It's perfect for toe-up socks, there are no stitches to pick up, it's easy to memorize and you don't need stitch markers, and it looks so good! And I could do the gorgeous eye of the partridge heel with it! 

Grow your own tea. Pondering. 

Matcha green tea smoothie. Sounds soooo refreshing! 

Chilled coconut corn soup. Because summer isn't over yet. 

Have a great weekend! 

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happy august, my dears! how have you been? what are your late summer plans? 

this morning, right before i wrote this post, i was reading mollie makes and i spotted a page that featured lee foster-wilson. i hadn't heard of her before, but one of the pictures, of a moth necklace, made me go check out her website and insta and um, i'm in love. instant follow! i need this necklace, right?! there are so many things of hers i want!!!

this summer, i have been living in a few clothing items- linen pants, linen shorts and t-shirts, a linen romper, and dresses. alllll the dresses! grainline just released a new dress pattern last week, the felix dress, and i. must. make. it. i love the sleeveless version and the short sleeve one too!

cinnamon harissa caramel corn. ok. what. 

on one of my favorite podcasts, one of the advertisers is brooklinen. i saw a blogger post about some of their sheets this week and she mentioned their candles. loving candles, i had to go look them up. this one sounds INCREDIBLE. the only bad thing about buying candles online is that you don't know if you're going to like the scent! has anybody smelled this? is it good?! 

this romper is giving me ideas. 

as i mentioned last week, punch brothers is out with a new album. i really liked this interview that frontman chris thile did with billboard

how beautiful is this cabled wrap?! i keep telling myself i need to get my seed stitch wrap off the needles before i do any other wraps, but this one is sooooo tempting! 

i was perusing the state website earlier this week and found this robe and this one. love them. i really have got to make a robe for myself. 

embroidery thread wrapped hoop earrings. so cute! 

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You know what really sucks? When you write a whole blog post (a pretty good one, I think) and it disappears into the ether. Le sigh. But! We shall carry on. I have been trying to clear out old bookmarks on my computer and as such, all the links I included in last week's disappeared post are no longer in my bookmarks. This week will be a mix of what I remember from last week and some links from this week as well!

Cross your fingers for no technological disasters.

First, we must discuss music. Last week, one of my favorite bands, Luluc, released an absolutely beautiful new record, Sculptor. Luluc makes musics that is perfect for pondering, road trips, and early mornings. Sculptor is no different and I have listened to it so many times this past week.

I would be remiss to not mention another fantastic album that was released just this week- Punch Brothers' All Ashore. My love for PB has been well documented on this blog, so it should come as no surprise that I am mentioning the new album here. They always amaze me with their creativity and how they are able to keep in line with their style and yet also change it up completely. I absolutely cannot wait for my vinyl copy to come in because this is an album that will be best listened to on vinyl. 

We are seeing a terrible heat wave here in Dallas, with temps hitting 110 every day. It's pretty miserable and I am spending as much time indoors as possible, trying to stay hydrated. I have had A LOT of beverages over the last few days, trying to get more creative than just water. Here are some favorites from the week. 
Sparkling rosé pimm's cups!!
Agua fresca
Arnold Palmer (I had this at Erin's house and it had raspberry tea and I added some cucumber slices...it was SO GOOD)
There was some other drink that I had linked to in my disappeared post that I can't find again...I think it was some sort of fizzy and strawberry-y drink. So I might experiment at home! 

I have been in a pink hair phase lately. Every once in a while I'll just get a bee in my bonnet and want a pink ombre look. I have been using this hair dye. I am going to make my own Overtone-type conditioner so that I don't have to keep re-dyeing my hair every Saturday like I have been the last few weeks. 

A few weeks ago I was reading Karen's blog and she was talking about knit kerchiefs/bandanas and I knew that I had to make one. I had bought some pretty Madeline Tosh yarn (link to the color way only...I can't find the exact yarn) when i was on a craft retreat in May and I knew a little bandana would be the best way to show off the yarn. I am using the Simpatico Wrap pattern and will increase until my bandana sides measure about 22" then I'll decrease and will not switch to reverse stockinette stitch. I have a feeling this won't be my last knit bandana. I have been wearing them like crazy lately! I even have been keeping one in my purse for just in case, and also to dip in water and wear in this ridiculous heat. 

I've recently started being more dedicated to a yoga and meditation practice. I have been using this Yoga with Adriene video so much thanks to my perpetually tight hips. For meditation, I have been really liking the Insight Timer app. 

6 Tiny Things You Can Do to Take Better Care of Yourself This Week. I'm really trying to make these things daily/weekly habits. I am a person that thrives on a little structure and lately I have been feeling a lack of structure, so I really want to get back into that. 

I loved these wallpapers on Design Love Fest this week and had a really hard time deciding which one I wanted to be my background!

Well my dears, that's all I've got! I'm sure I forgot some things from the last week, but probably only the most important things stuck! Have a great Sunday and stay cool!

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Hello everyone. Here are some links for you to enjoy that I've accumulated for a couple of weeks. I hope you find something you like!

Summer always has me wanting to make friendship bracelets. These are really cute and look like they'd be easy to take on and off. 

These socks look so cozy! I have yet to do a patterned sock, so maybe this will be next on my list. 

Loved this post about giving yourself a dress code. I totally want to do the same. It's so much easier to get dressed when most things go with one another and are definitely your style. 

I'll continue the clothes-related links now..."unflattering" clothes. Yes. I am a fan of oversized things. They truly do keep you cooler!

I want everything on this site

This dress. I want it real bad. 

I am all about the elastic waistband these days. These shorts have one and they'd be cute in all sorts of fabrics. 

Look at this yarn! Really clever self-striping!

I really love brownies, so you know I bookmarked this recipe when I came across it. 

Did you ever press flowers when you were growing up? I definitely did, though I mostly forgot about it until I read this post. Now I want to press ALL the flowers. 

A friend recently told me about this site and wow, I am inspired. 

Back in April, I went to the DMA and Laura Owens had an exhibit there. I am still thinking about this horse painting of hers. Love the colors. 

I am super picky about perfumes. I will find one I like and wear it for years and years. Inevitably, it will get discontinued and I have to search for a new one. Such has been the case with Oud Sahara, a perfume I got at Urban Outfitters a year or two ago. The closest thing I've found to it is Le Labo Santal 33, but I live with a budget, so I'm looking for more affordable options. I'm wondering if Demeter's oud will smell the same?! They have soooo many scents- i had a lot of fun looking through them on their website. 
*UPDATE* In researching Oud Sahara, I have found out that UO has it again!! Hooray! I better stock up!

15 Tiny Things That Could Seriously Improve Your Life In Just a Month. I definitely want to do ALL of these. Some I'm doing but could stand to do more of. 

And finally, one of my friends posted last weekend about a mala she made. It made me want to make one. One of my besties also saw that friend's mala and also wanted to make one. So we're gonna do this thing (eventually). Here's a post my bestie sent me to get us started on our mala journey. 

See y'all later!

weekend reading

Hey y'all. How was your week? Mine was spent wearing head to toe linen like every day, so I'd say mine was pretty great. I'm all about staying cool in this ridiculous heat. Here are some things you can read while enjoying the a/c this weekend. 

The week or 2 before I went to the craft retreat, I was sleeping really, really poorly. I was waking up multiple times a night and was not feeling great. Then on the retreat, I slept badly too (I am a VERY high maintenance sleeper as you're about to see...sharing a room with 3 other people does not do good things for my sleep!). I am happy to report that since coming home, I have been sleeping SO much better. I have been more intentional about my ~sleep hygiene~ and I think that's really helped! Here are some things I'm doing:
   Turning off screens at 9pm. I have an alarm on my phone that tells me to do so. All my closest friends know about it and will hear it and say "there's your bedtime alarm". lolol. They're not wrong. 
   At 9 i'll do quiet activities that don't require screens- write in my gratitude journal (or regular journal), maybe foam roll or do yoga a little, meditate with this app, listen to a record, knit, or read. 
   I have another alarm that goes off at 9:50pm and that's my actual bedtime alarm. At that point I'll put some lavender and cedar essential oil in my diffuser, put some lavender oil on my wrists, neck, and temples (I made my own rollerball- several drops of lavender oil + almond oil in a rollerball from Whole Foods), slather some Maty's Baby Chest Rub on my chest (this shit smells amazing. I use it only for that reason. Sometimes I put it on in the morning as a sort of perfume.), put my #nightlotion on my hands and feet and give myself a lil foot rub and neck rub, sometimes I'll use one of these bad boys, turn on my sound app (I use the car sound), and then I put on my beloved sleep mask (in the last 10 years, I have had only TWO of these masks. They are amazing. I wash it every week and it holds up great. I replaced it only because the elastic on my first mask wore out completely. I then replaced only the elastic and when that wore out too I got a new mask. It blocks all the light out and is great for me, a back, side, AND stomach sleeper!) and pretty much immediately fall asleep. 

Ok, wow. That was really long. But hopefully it helps someone else out there who's having sleep probs. Sleep truly is the foundational self-care!

Something I have been LOVING lately is a poem-a-day email that I signed up for. It's all contemporary poetry and so good. If you're into poetry, check it out. I've definitely flagged a few to keep. 

Adored this post, especially that opening quote. 

I'm trying to figure out how to DIY this. It's super cute and would be perfect for the Texas summer. 

This summery oatmeal sounds so delightful. 

This video made me smile. 

Y'all prob know by now that I love the podcast Spilled Milk. Last week, a certain New Yorker article was referenced and I was intrigued. So I read the article. And I wish I hadn't. Click at your own risk

Very thought provoking

Permanent jewelry. This is SO COOL. 

Here's hoping that this weekend will result in me finally sewing the buttonholes on my Alder dress! If that happens, expect a post about said finished dress very soon. 
xoxo

weekend(ish) reading

Over the weekend I was at a craft retreat in the hill country of Texas. It was so nice to get away and spend several days with a bunch of other crafty women. Most of us sewed or knitted during the retreat. It was so fun to do what is usually a solitary activity with a bunch of other gals and to share meals with them and watch movies and tell stories and laugh. 

On the last morning of the retreat, I hung out on the porch in the morning for a bit and listened to birds, goats, and roosters in the distance. It was very restorative, much like how Lucy is restored in nature

While preparing for the retreat, I was looking up all sorts of sewing patterns and tried to decide what I wanted to make. It was a difficult decision! I found this pattern in my search (though I did not make it). I also found this dress pattern, as well as this top.

I ended up actually making the Grainline Studio Alder dress (minus doing the buttonholes and attaching buttons), a kimono that I drafted myself, and cut out all the pieces for a Kalle Dress. I also knit some on my seed stitch wrap and a sock. This Alder sew along was super super helpful when I was making my dress! I cut my Kalle Dress from rayon fabric and this post was helpful for dealing with rayon. 

Bandanas. I'm sure I have talked about them here before, but I'm just really feeling them lately. Erin at Reading My Tea Leaves has been feeling them too and also keeps writing about them. This week she linked to several and I found a few I really liked:
These remind me of Nani Iro double gauze. I bet they are so soft!
Love the moon phases and good luck symbols on this one
Texas theme and pink?!
Silky watercolor perfection
I usually tie my bandanas in a knot around my neck, but I think this slide would be super chic. I'm also thinking that in the meantime, a ring might work! 

Speaking of rings, I got this one at Madewell last week and it has become a part of my daily rotation. One of my friends saw it and immediately said, "Under his eye," which made me laugh but then also shudder. 

This made me crave Swedish Fish so bad

Everyday I am more and more discouraged about the amount of waste happening in our world. There is just so much. What is the solution? This post is particularly sobering

Hopefully I'll get some buttons on my dress and be posting about it here soon! 

weekend reading

Well hello, my friends. 

Sorry for the silence. We all know I am not the most regular of bloggers. I have missed this place nonetheless and thought i'd pop in with some links. I have some knitting and making things to share as well, but for now, let's catch up!

Do you ever get "stuck" listening to an album. Like it's ALL you want to listen to? I am in that sort of phase right now with Earthtones by Bahamas. Cannot. Stop. Listening. Nor do I want to. 

I have been...knitting socks. For real. I kept telling you guys I wanted to do it, and I really am. It's going well. Finding this blog has also been encouraging for my endeavor. 

I am very late to the Starbucks "medicine ball" train, but now that I know about it, I am on the train. It's pretty good! This homemade version sounds even more delicious. I opt out of the peach tea part cause I have a huge aversion to anything peach flavored (except, of course, actual peaches), but it is still really good!

Spanikopita scones?! Sign me up. 

I really want some overalls (I am sure I have mentioned that here many a time) and I really like these ones! Perfect for the hot Texas summer. 

I LOVE this sweet art quilt idea

I have nothing to say about this other than IT IS NOT OKAY. 

This makes me want to go get some foliage string lights. 

I have been wearing a lot of skirts lately and it has me wanting more dresses in my wardrobe (so I don't have to figure out what top to wear!) and this one could def be a contender. 

A couple of weekends ago I did my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I normally go to Target, so i was very pleasantly surprised at all the fun stuff they have at TJs. I made sure to pick up some polenta because it's a great pantry staple. I found this recipe after I bought it and it sounds so good!

That's all I've got, pals! Stay tuned for a knitting post tomorrow! 

weekend reading

Hi friends! 

I am spending the weekend in East Texas at my friend's lakehouse. We had a gorgeously sunny and warm day yesterday and as we drove to the lake, the skies turned dark and dangerous and today it has only been in the mid-30s! We are enjoying this last (hopefully) cold day by hunkering down, drinking lattes, watching Netflix, building a fire, and otherwise staying cozy. What better way to spend a cold afternoon than with some perfect links?!

Really digging these yarn art wall hangings. And I have all the necessary items to make one (or a few!).

I have never been into arm knitting, but I really like this pillow and it makes me want to try arm knitting. 

Did I write this?! The answer is no, but we all know I definitely could have. As much as I hate to hear that other people have also caused themselves pain and injuries from knitting, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one. 

You guys. This is heartbreaking to see. We have a ton of these bikes in Dallas and they are an eyesore and a terrible waste of resources. 

I'm going to have to try this soon: Korean bbq chickpea bento bowls

I found out about Read It Forward recently and I am loving it! So many books have been added to my amazon wishlist because of the site. 

I'm not the only one on a sock kick these days...

Bandanas!

2 recipes I tried this week and that were winners:
Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce
Raspberry Fool 

More book ideas!

And last, but very much not least, I discovered this blog today and I am OBSESSED. I want EVERYTHING she owns. Her 10x10 project is super inspiring and makes me want to try to figure out different ways of wearing my clothes. 

That's all I've got for now! I hope you all stay nice and warm and enjoy your weekend.