'tis the season!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only three days away? I don't think we'll actually be having any turkey this year unless I make it myself. For myself. I have married into a family of vegetarians.) Oh wait. We're going to my dad's house on Sunday, and we might have turkey there. YAY!

Am I the only one wondering how this came up so quickly? And running out to get evaporated milk/pumpkin/cool whip to make a pie? Maybe it is just me. [Awesome Thanksgiving-related illustrations from Natalie Dee.]

Oh my! I can barely contain my excitement. Have you seen the sneak preview of the December Red Velvet kit? This is going to be an absolute must-have for all your winter/holiday projects. It would also make a pretty sweet gift if someone on your list has been extra nice this year. This month's kit will be up for sale here on December 1st, so mark your calendar now!

I'm totally behind on this, but Kim and I posted a new challenge over at Work Your Soul on Friday.

Go check it - it's a super fun one and we have one seriously talented girl by the name of Patty helping us out on this one. Much love for this girl.

I keep bugging my friends to teach me to knit, but this is such a busy time of year for us all. I may try to learn to cast on and do a basic knit stitch here... or at least practice a little bit. Before I embarrass myself in front of them.

And check out these two. The one on the right is Francesca Lucia, circa 1980-something. She was mine. I, like so many other parents who had these in the 80s, was tempted by the new 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids. How dare they tug at our heartstrings with an emotional purchase like this?! (I mean, my dad probably had to knock someone out to get Francesca for me that Christmas in 1980-whatever.) I looked through the new dolls in the store to find 'just the right one' to give to L for Christmas but couldn't decide. Then I looked in the basement and there was Francesca, and in surprisingly good condition. I was pretty careful with my toys when I was little, and she stayed nice and clean - she's just missing some shoes, and I had to re-braid her hair and put in new rubber bands. I used to feel silly saving some of my old toys, but seeing Lo play with my old pal totally makes me grin.

Elsie's class is still going in full force. I have been making time (either during L's nap time or late at night) to do some fun projects - including this little pink girly doll. Yes, another doll. Lo's been sleeping with her all week.

And I'm addicted to making these little felt notebooks. It's bad. I can't stop.

Writing in a journal has honestly felt pretty good. Funny or serious or meaningless ... I'm not really over-thinking the outcome. Not worrying about the Sharpie bleeding through the back of the page. Just writing whenever I have time or a thought that is worth a little black marker action. I think coloring with Lotus lately has really brought back my love of markers.

Want to see something gross?! Too late. This is a bacon cheeseburger toaster sandwich from Sonic. Officially the grossest greasiest thing I've attempted to eat in awhile. And I'm a pretty big offender when it comes to fast food. But this may have cured my burger craving for awhile. Anyway, since I couldn't finish it, I used it for this page in my Wreck This Journal. I smashed it inside the book so the grease soaked through like ten pages. And I'm sure it smells like onions now. I have an even grosser photo but can't bring myself to show you. Don't worry – my most dreaded page/assignment is coming up which will surely make this book even worse and/or possibly wash away the smell. I have to take the book into the shower with me.

On a happier and less greasy note, my fantastic husband scored these two Eames chairs off Craigslist tonight. They were a steal. And in other Bo news, I have officially witnessed a new side of the guy this week. A new level of cuteness, if you will. He was bleeding and as a last resort, put on one of Lotus' pink Hello Kitty band-aids. This doesn't sound like a big deal, I know, but trust me, it was really cute. I didn't tell him that we have a new box of normal band-aids in the medicine cabinet. Ahem, Bo... we have a new box of normal band-aids in the medicine cabinet. :)


  1. I feel for you Bo - I've had to break into a cartoon-branded band-aid box before. But I must say, it's never been Hello Kitty...:)

  2. .those chairs are amazing!
    .love the doodles
    .fabulous projects
    .and i would be happy to teach you how to knit...especially cos im not very good and it would be rather amusing!

  3. You could really gross out Bo and order a turducken. Google it. Mmmmm.

    I was all nostalgic seeing Lo with her Cabbage Patch Kid. Mine was named Zelma Zena and I felt vaguely upset that my doll had such a whack name. :( She was just ahead of her time, yo.

    The notebook covers are super cute--love the Elsie journaling too! I really want to do the challenge from WYS. Neat idea!

    Happy Thanksgiving. :)

  4. great chairs & that pink doll you made is SOOO cute!!!


  5. oh this is a great juicy post!!! okay so....

    yeah, the december rv kit looks amazing!! you're so lucky to be on the dt. (-:
    that layout is STUNNING!!!
    i'm dying to knit too....except i'm afraid that i'm being burried too much in craft projects already!
    lotus and francesca are TOO dang cute there together...omg. i still have my launna pheobe! they should totally hang. ;-P
    your books are so cute!! i've totally gotta try making one....
    and finally the chairs....o...m...g...seriously. i'm dying of envy. (-: xo

  6. Popping in from SIS!

    --chairs - awesome!

    --Francesca getting a new girl - double awesome! (I still have my 2 packed away somewhere).

    --CPK back "in" - too funny!

    --Bo & Hello Kitty - well, a wee bit humiliating.

  7. Love the chairs...and the notebooks...and the layout....and the felt doll...and the pic of lotus...and.....

    especially the hello kitty bandaid story ;)

  8. oh my gosh ~ your blog is the coooolest!!! i love it, i think i found this blog through red velvet,,, i think. anyway, who cares?? your blog inspires me!!! and i totally just ordered a wrecked journal because yours looks so rad!! xo ally

  9. You can learn to knit!!!! I taught myself via books and youtube. Its such a great winter hobby(even spring, summer, fall, you get the deal) You will be addicted I tell ya.

    I love how you are going full force on that Keri Smith journal, it just proves that I am a slacker, seriously.

    The picture of your daughter and the Cabbage patch kid is PRICELESS! Their just not the same anymore, those and Pound Puppies, gotta love them. Adorable together.

    Hello Kitty Band aids and your husband using one is just off of the cute scale.

    AND LAST but not least, THOSE CHAIRS rock!!!

    Oh and of course I adore you!

  10. I love your latest layouts! So cool!
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  11. Oh man - I could totally teach you how to knit. Hope you can find time to learn - it is addicting!


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