like candy

Building up little scrappy blocks row by row, making some Plaidish Quilt yardage in gingham, doughnuts and flowers ..listed in no particular order, because if it were in order of favorites, doughnuts would absolutely be first. To be specific, old fashion glazed, followed by powdered cake.

I’m using some of my best leftover cuts, the milky candy colors make me so happy. When laying it out, I found my darks were a little too dark, so I used the wrong side of the fabric ..I actually do that a lot, wrong side as right side, it makes for a melt my heart vintage worn look. I’m always amazed how something that looks so easy and effortlessly random, actually takes a fair amount of fussing.

I would love to have these soft hues pieced together into an oversized quilt, but that seems like too much work today, the summer studio gets warm and even more so with my obsessive ironing, today at 91°F I can manage a cute bag.

Cute bag + cute tag. ♡

The inside is yellow canvas and has all the pockets of my dreams, the outside is a mellow patchwork that’s sweet as can be.

Baby sitting again.

Virtual pets became really popular when Lex was little, they were these colorful palm sized egg toys on a keychain, with the (not so) simple premise of caring for a digital character. They were funny and entertaining at first, but being a kid they didn’t hold her attention. Now 20+ years later they re-released these cute things with bigger eggs, holographic sparkles, full color graphics and even more interactive game play. Lex got us each one as a nostalgic treat and it was more fun than I remember ..until she asked if I could babysit hers while she went to work ..wait, what? Flashback to little Lex crying over a sick and dying (or dead) tama ..yeah these things die if you neglect them! Thankfully it didn’t take us long to learn the new game now had a babysitting feature.

This is my Tamagotchi On, Magic edition and that’s my Mametchi tama kissing his super happy grape fish in the rain and I might be feeling 12 years old right now. ♡

If you’re curious: You can get this purple pet buy leaving an art canvas in your backyard until a walking fish (Monatototchi) appears and you make it your pet (yep, your in game character gets to have a pet too), then after a while another pet will appear in your backyard to play (I had a Doyakentchi stop), then if you want the two can marry and have a baby that’s a combination of both pets (Monatototchi body + Doyakentchi smile). It works the same way for your in game character too, except you need to buy a ring and propose to another tama, you can keep marrying, and having babies to expand the generations of your family tree, or you can play as the same tama the entire time, grow old and die naturally. P.S we’ve never had one die naturally, virtual life usually ends with a pop of the batteries because we’re sick of all the alert chirps and chores.

It’s a weird game of travel, shopping, playing games within the game for money/love/friendship points, marriage, pooping, playing frisbee, vacuuming, and eating (foods will change their colors). Typing all that out has me really thinking about the actual game play ..OK, it’s a super f’ing weird game, that’s strangely charmingly and somewhat questionable, wrapped in adorable packaging.

We’re still masking inside public spaces, because there are still vulnerable people who need to have access to those same spaces and it feels like the right thing to do. So incredibly tired of the nonsense and bad behaviors that are dragging this nightmare out for all of us.

Getting through it looking like a cute piece of candy in standby bitch mode.

Also getting through it with rootbeer, water wheel tape dispensers (you turn the wheel and it pre-cuts the tape!) and bulk mildliner markers.

candy buttons

You might know by now I’m mostly muted shades of soft creams and dusty pinks, taupe on taupe with maybe a few other murky colors thrown in here and there, but not always I guess, I guess sometimes I like a flash of bubblegum pink, that just right apple green, or the sunniest of yellows. I guess we’re all kind of like that, usually almost always one way, but then sometimes not, sometimes we’re a total surprise, a complete contradiction ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love pens?

It seemed like a while since I did anything different, so I decided on a mostly solids, stash only Nightshift Shawl, pairing all my favorite worsted weight single skeins in a very subtle, very me palette, but then I was all like, nah let’s go with those singles that have been rolling around in the stash for ages, let’s just pick colors that are kinda cohesive, kinda cute, but not really over think it.

The Candy Colors

Blue & green mix – Liberty Wool in Rainforest
Light blue – Cascade 220 (I think) 
Green – Berroco Remix in Lawn
Pink – Berroco Remix in Blush
Yellow – Cascade 220 (again I think so) 
Multi color – kool-aid dyed wool from back in the early chalklegs dyeing tutorial days (April 2012!)

At first glance I was thinking that the pattern was going to be confusing/challenging, it’s not, it’s really nice and repetitive, and the texture and color changes make it enjoyably perfect.

(p.s this is known as the discontinued colors of Berroco Remix section)

Honestly though, the whole time I wasn’t sure my colors were working, every time I got up to do anything, I’d lay it stretched out on the back of the couch, so later when I walked back into the room I could test myself and see if they startled me. When in doubt, focusing on cute stitch markers helps keep me moving right along, instead of ripping it all out!

I made enough for everyone, so if you’d like your own hand sculpted sweet little Circus Peanut Charm you can find them in my shop. 💕

Really liking this section right here. 💕

Oh did you forget about that yellow? No, no you didn’t. The sunniest of yellows making it or breaking it ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love yellow now?

Intermittent yellow sewing with all sorts of zipper. 💕

Ok, it’s good, like really good, like wrapping up in a big cozy blanket good, and the fact that it looks like it’s made of candy buttons has me loving it all the more. 💕

Another lovely thing is it’s easily adaptable (I worked mine as written) but you could work more repeats for an even larger shawl or less for a smaller one, use fingering weight instead of worsted, make it completely scrappy or curate a custom fade, stay unconditionally true to your favorite colors or surprisingly contradict yourself.

Unintentionally showing my true colors at the pick n’ mix wall in Ikea.

💕