winter garden update

I spent most of my time this week finishing up my last orders, and organizing all the Christmas presents. Not much time on the internet this week (although this video is amazing). But do you know where I do spend my free daytime? Our garden.

We had a little caterpillar issue. I think we caught it early enough, and now all the plants seem to be really growing. Those little buggers though. They wake up, and just go to town chomping on plants.

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We made our garden beds straight into the ground this season, so its been a constant fight to keep the weeds and fallen leaves from interfering with our growing salads.

But our hard work is definitely paying off! We had some fresh rainbow chard this week, chives on our baked potatoes, and arugula with our scrambled eggs.

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almost christmas vacation

Can you believe its almost a week until Christmas? We’ve been in a holiday spirit for several weeks here, with lots of hot chocolate and candy canes, Christmas cartoons, shopping, friend dates, and breakfasts for dinner. I am very excited to do all those things with family soon.

And as much as I love making things, it will be nice to take a little break from sewing too! If you are in the market for a handmade stuffed animal or cute Christmas cards, be sure to get your order in today!

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christmas light date

Over the weekend, we went on a date to Mozart’s to see the Christmas lights. Fun fact: We found out about all the lights there the night we got engaged. This time, we got there right before it started getting dark, and drank our hot chocolate in peace outside before all the hoards of families came to join us.

We BYOCC and put baby candy canes in our hot chocolate.

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The light show is half amazing technical feat, and half cheesy Christmas fun. Even the normal display that doesn’t move is still pretty impressive, and very Austin-themed!

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things that caught my eye/ thirty-four

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1. Pretty gingerbread horses. 2. How I want to be all the time. 3. Make your own beeswax candles for a useful present. 4. Caramel popcorn reminds me of those big Christmas popcorn tins. 5. And a gingerbread farm, because I love gingerbread.

Our leaf situation is almost under control over here. Those last couple just keep holding on. We made a boatload of chicken soup last night, so this weekend we will probably be rounding up the last of the leaves, watching movies, writing Christmas cards, and eating soup. Have a good one!

texas flag blanket

I made up this blanket pattern as a wedding present a couple months ago. I wanted to try something new, and also, someday their future kids will make a fort with it.

So far, I’ve only made granny square blankets. I hope to branch out soon, but when you are going off the grid, sometimes its good to stick with what you know. The flag is mostly straight lines, so that part was easy enough, but the star. The star was the tough part. It had to be a 5-pointed star. I needed it to be the right size. I think there was a large, sad pile of discarded stars after I was done.

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I ended up following a youtube video for this star. I figured out to outline the star in blue, so I could sew it on without obvious stitch marks.

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It crocheted up pretty quickly, so you still have time if you need another Christmas present idea!

snowflake shortbread

Right now, I have bread baking in the bread machine, so when I look at these cookie pictures, its like I can smell them.

These are some of the prettiest cookies I have ever made. I don’t usually have the best luck with cookie molds, but I followed the directions on this one exactly, and they came out perfectly the first time! Perfect for Christmas, and even pretty enough to give as a gift.

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Something about holiday season makes me want to do puzzles. So instead of a dining table right now, we have a puzzle table.

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Couple from over the weekend.

1. Seven fat bags of leaves, and more to still be done. But soon I think the trees won’t have any more leaves to drop!

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2. My bed crochet station, complete with Christmas shows.

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3. A sneak peek at something snowy.

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