Kitchen Calendar

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I have pretty much ignored our kitchen since we moved in a year and a half ago. This past fall, I started spending more time in the kitchen and realizing how it was cold and hard and blah and started to look for ideas to make it warmer and more comfortable and maybe even a little pretty. It started with a looking for a few little things to make it more functional – a shelf to go in the freezer and prevent the avalanche from coming every time we opened the door, a place to hang our dish towel, that kind of thing.

Then I found this calendar and realized that it would look awesome in the kitchen….but the colors didn’t look quite right. Luckily, I had the time to make a knock-off with colors that work better in our kitchen….and here’s the result. Even before I got the calendar printed (at FedEx/Kinkos, nothing fancy) and had just moved Pete’s painting and hung the empty frame on the wall, the kitchen looked worlds better. I made the mistake of creating the calendar in Powerpoint instead of Photoshop and it didn’t print as well as it hoped, but as long as you stand at least a foot away it looks great! I marked birthdays and holidays with a black dry-erase marker on the plexi from the frame, and it looks pretty awesome (if I may say so myself)….even thought it’s near impossible to get a good photo of it.

Operation: homey kitchen is officially on!

Frogged

I’ve been crocheting a lot recently, including trying a zillion different hat patterns with this yarn and continuing to not find one I like. This pattern is one of the most loved and discussed crochet hat patterns on Ravlery. I’ve tried to make it five times, with three different yarns. I still hate it. I’m officially giving up on it and never trying it again.

Shower Power

Lately, Champ’s schedule has also included a romp in the wet tub after we take our showers in the morning. We don’t often catch her in action, but you can find a little trail of wet paw prints across the bathroom floor almost daily, and if you try to pet her when she walks by you in the hall in the mornings, you usually end up with a wet hand! Who knows why rolling around in a wet tub is so appealing.

If you’re interested, I’ve been crocheting away this weekend, and you can see some of my latest projects over on Flickr – specifically those last two in the bottom row.

Crochet, Crochet, Crochet!

I did not do a good job of getting photos of my finished crochet projects while I was on vacation! I
hadn’t taken a lot of photos before I gave Christmas gifts because I knew I couldn’t post them, and I intended to force my family into a mini crochet fashion show so I could get photos while I was in Virginia. I needed photos of the hat I sent Emily for her birthday last February, the hat I sent Mom in September, and the scarf I made Claire for Christmas (unfortunately the hat I made Ben didn’t fit him, so I need to start a new one). I got photos of not a single one of those things. Maybe Emily and Mom will read this, take photos, and send them to me so I can share them, too! ;)

In the meantime, here are a few photos of the scarf that I made for Pete’s mom. I wanted to make something that would match the hat I made her last year without being super matchy-matchy, and I think it worked. The purple yarn here is the same that I used for her hat, and the granny pattern is similar to a few rows of granny-esque stitches in the hat as well. Hopefully it’s keeping her toasty warm out in Wisconsin! If you’re on Ravelry, you can find the project details right here.

I still have some of the multi-colored yarn (seen right here) left. I love the colors, but I haven’t figured out what to do with it. It’s not enough for another entire scarf, but too much to just write off…suggestions welcome!

I’m also working on an blanket that is a belated Christmas gift for my newest niece, Adele. I don’t have a very good progress shot, but here’s a bit of a sneak peak. Sorry for the quality, the photo was taken with my phone…you’ll have to be patient and wait till I can get the entire thing finished for a better look! I’m not joking about the patience, it takes much longer to make 76 individual squares and put them all together than I thought it would! Next time: afghan pattern made continuously instead of with granny squares. The up-side is that when you’re making 76 of the same pattern square over and over again, each one looks a bit better than the last!

Bonus!

You get a second post today, because after I got home from my wander to admire Christmas decorations in Quincy Center, I got busy making an advent calendar for our house! It doesn’t look exactly like it did in my mind’s eye, but it’s pretty close…and it’s full of chocolate. I haven’t heard any complaints. ;)
Please forgive me for the color bizarre-ness in these photos – crappy crappy lighting in our living room, especially after the sun goes down. The top photo is probably the most color-realistic. 
If you’re wondering what was on tv (below), it was Veronica Mars who kept me company while I made this. Well…really it was Logan Echolls, because I love him. Shhhh….don’t tell Pete! I am tearing through this show! They do such a great job of sneaking in one last little cliff hanger at the end of each episode that it’s causing a lot of late nights and unproductive days off. Each time I think “just one more episode” and then end up with the “MUST! KNOW! WHAT! HAPPENS! NEXT!” problem. It very Lost-esque like that. And also in the whole “long overarching story line which has lots of twists and turns” way, for that matter.
Moving on….above is a glimpse of the treats in our calendar – Hershey’s Minis, mini Toblerones, and Lindt peanut butter truffles. nomnomnom. When I told Pete I was going to do this, he told me that we didn’t need more treats in the house and it was ridiculous. But guess who is busting into the treats first these days?!?
If you want the (sketchy) details: I chopped the corners off of plain white envelopes to make the bunting-like triangles. I made the little squares on each of them using clip art I downloaded from the Microsoft site and then added the number for each day in PowerPoint. I cut out each square and then stuck them on an envelope corner using spray mount adhesive. And then I cut up some yarn I had in my stash, threaded a yarn needle, and poked two holes in the back of each triangle to string them up. A few clear pushpins to hang them on the wall, and there it is. I already know I won’t repeat this same thing next year, I have another idea I think I’ll like better. But hey…this is working, and I can recycle all of it when it’s time to take it down!

ETA: If you’re interested, there are a few more photos of our other Christmas decorations on Flickr…and if I get around to doing some more decorating, I’ll add to that set.