Tuesday, November 29, 2011

here, there, everywhere

i hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! we've been traveling a lot these past couple of months and i thought i'd share a few photos from our adventures :)

after our wedding in september, we headed straight to hawaii for our honeymoon. hawaii is so gorgeous and the food! oh the food is too good.

wild chickens roam around kauai and cockadoodledoo all day long. i thought they were hilarious.

queen's bath. the waters around hawaii are so unbelievably clear.

power hang gliding. that's me in the back seat! i thought i'd be terrified but it was so much fun that i'd love to do it again.

i miss shave ice

malasadas! i'm searching for a place in boston where i can get these.

after we got back from hawaii, we packed up again for a visit to san francisco. 

our first mongolian hot pot experience. i'm not sure what they put in their broth but it was phenomenal.

i only had a few must-do's on my list and miette was one of them. everything was too pretty. i highly recommend their mini scharffen berger chocolate cake. the taste and texture are divine.

we spent thanksgiving in DC with RT's sisters. it was a wonderfully lazy weekend that included RT's 29th birthday celebration.

the national archives. i loved it here. they had on display pa ingalls's de smet homestead file. if you grew up with little house on the prairie books i'm sure you understand how cool it was to see it!

library of congress

hello mr. president!

the national postal museum. how cute is this mailbox from the netherlands?

whew, that's a lot of traveling for someone who's a total homebody. i do love to see new places but sometimes home is my favorite place to be :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

gifted magazine

ez over at creature comforts has put together her annual holiday gifted online magazine. page after page of lovely inspiration and eye candy! as an added bonus, there are a ton of beautiful holiday printables too. i wish i could get this in print... it's definitely something i would keep forever :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

mameshiba pattern

*update* 2.28.12 - fixed a typo in rows 10 and 12. the pattern should make more sense now :) thanks to savannah for pointing it out!

i've had a surprising number of requests for this pattern so i thought i'd share it. i must warn you though, i scribble notes as i crochet and try to turn my notes into a pattern afterwards so it may be inaccurate. and for all i know, the way i write my patterns may not make sense to anyone other than me! as you may have noticed, i crocheted this guy inside out (L's not V's. no clue what i'm talking about? read this post) SO depending on if you crochet using the "right" or "wrong" side, your results may be very different. use this pattern as a guide and starting point. mameshiba comes in all sizes and colors so experiment! good luck :)


medium/worsted weight yarn
poly fiber filling or any filling of your choice
E/3.5mm hook
stitch marker
safety eyes or buttons
embroidery thread
tapestry needle
*this pattern is worked in rounds, no turning!*

R1) magic ring 6 (6)
R2) inc in each sc (12)
R3) *1sc, inc* 6 times (18)
R4) *2sc, inc* 6 times (24)
R5) *3sc, inc* 6 times (30)
R6) *4sc, inc* 6 times (36)
R7-9) sc in each sc around (36)
*attach eyes and nose. stitch mouth using embroidery thread and tapestry needle*
R10) 10sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 6sc (33)
R11) sc in each sc around (33)
R12) 10sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 6sc (36)
R13-15) sc in each sc around (36)
R16) *4sc, dec* 6 times (30)
R17) *3sc, dec* 6 times (24)
*stuff your mameshiba*
R18) *2sc, dec* 6 times (18)
R19) *1sc, dec* 6 times (12)
R20) dec until closed

ears - make 2
R1) magic ring 5
R2) inc in each sc around
R3-5) sc in each sc around
*press flat and stitch to your mameshiba body*

please do not sell this pattern or any mameshiba that you may make with this pattern. please do not repost this pattern on any website but you are welcome to link back to this original post. if you post a photo of a mameshiba created using this pattern, please also include a link to this original post.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

chronicle books haul-idays!

yay! chronicle books is doing it again! pick your favorite chronicle books valued up to $500 and enter to win it all for you and a lucky blog commenter. and to make this year even better, the winner will choose their favorite non-profit to receive $500 worth of books too. i would choose the boston public library. i was unemployed for what seemed like an eternity and i stopped buying books in order to save money. it was during this time that i discovered what a wonderful resource my local public library was. i know they, like all other libraries across the country, are struggling with decreasing budgets and increasing demands from their communities. i would love the opportunity to give back to them in thanks for all that they have shared with me.

leave a comment on this post for a chance to win these pretty books for you, me and the boston public library! happy haul-idays!

chronicle books haul-idays 2011!

Thursday, November 3, 2011