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life has been busy. it always seems to be that way, i wonder when it’s going to stop being surprising to me! but i finally got to have a saturday with no obligations, and it was wonderful! i made chili, and we bought and decorated our christmas tree!


christmas tree!

do any of you have pickles on your trees? i thought it was a fairly traditional thing, but i was teasing a friend about her lack of pickle ornament, and she had no idea what i was talking about.

we just picked up the big ben ornament! in bath, actually. ^_^

london fog

i’ve been plugging away on various projects. i bound off on the london fog cowl about a week ago, and sewed in the ends and blocked it. it’s still drying. FO shoot soon!


these are some mitts i’ve been working on. they are fun to knit, and i’m knitting two at once to not get caught by second-sock-syndrome. that having been said, i need to finish them before i’m allowed to cast on for *anything* else. which is making them a small specific variety of torture, as i’ve been feeling particularly inspired while searching for quick knits projects. on the other hand, it’s probably stopping me from casting on for a dozen new projects at once.

jake’s work holiday party was last week, and i used that as an excuse to try something i’ve wanted to for a while:


sally hensen salon effects, in glitz blitz! so sparkly! so gold! so festive! these are supposed to be super durable, but i am really rough on my nails. i have no doubt that someone who actually tried to maintain a manicure would get longer out of these. i got about five days. which for me is a minor miracle.

homemade oreos

i’m also trying to make christmas cookies for the first time this year. it usually falls into the ‘well intentioned but always fails’ category for me, along with thank you notes and taking daily vitamins… so far so good! now i just need to not eat all of them myself!

homemade oreos shown above (there’s even a gluten-free version), and gluten-free peanut butter cookies below (on a frankenstein napkin left over from halloween).

gluten free peanut butter cookies

these didn’t exactly rock my world. they are tasty enough, but they crumble to pieces as soon as you touch them… they seemed a little better after cooling, but i broke loads trying to transfer them to the cooling rack. i am still temtped by the nutella version and the chocolate chip & walnut version, though, so the i might give them another shot yet.

in case this post is feeling a little photo light to you, here’s a gratuitous kitty pic:


love her little white chin. how are you guys? anybody in the thick of hanukkah/chanukah? anybody else doing christmas prep/celebrating? or are you just counting down the days until the daylight stays around a little longer? i know i’ll be celebrating that!



target borrowed neon yellow shirt, black shoes
j.crew raspberry cardigan
thrifted element cerulean skinny cords
thrifted belt, bracelet
nooka bright orange watch that jake won as part of a burn notice thinger


i don’t own any neon… but ebew this month is neon, so i had to borrow some from mimi, resident neon-enthusiast! the sweater and the t-shirt are hers (thanks, mimi!). this is probably the most color you will ever see me wear.


the lip color is mac’s viva glam nicki. it smells like play-doh, and goes on very opaque.

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last night i made smitten kitchen‘s homemade oreos!

homemade oreos

i frosted most of them with the frosting that the recipe called for, and then when there were only a few sandwiches left to frost, i mixed some peanut butter in with the frosting for some homemade peanut butter oreos. we only had chunky peanut butter, though, so they are… extra textured!

the coral craze continues:

coral crazed

as does the knitting on the immie tee. i have commenced the first sleeve!

last night i made beer bread:

beer bread

also, chili, while it’s still cool enough to enjoy. it will probably be the last chili for a while.

and i bought myself a treat:

runonculus & lilac

ranunculus! the lilac is cut from the tree outside our door, and smells divine. while planning my wedding several years ago, i was disappointed to realize that having an autumn wedding cut me off from the possibility of ranunculus. they are so romantic, don’t you think? i loved what i ended up with, though!

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