June Energy

I disappeared and taught myself the bean stitch. Some of the best things in this photo (besides my thrifted sheet turned cult gown) are the Lego Bonsai and the lump of petrified turtle poop.

I used the Into Nature Scarf pattern to understand the bean stitch construction. It’s a lovely pattern, but I ended up not working the scarf as written, I worked it from the bottom up because I realized I wanted a true triangle shawl. The pattern as written has long narrow wings and is worked side to side.

Such a good woven look.

This is the stash yarn used (I think it might be discontinued though) it’s a aran weight acrylic, kinda splitty, but the color was fun. I don’t have a lot of worsted/aran in my stash so this was one of the very limited choices I had enough yardage of (4 balls). I think my next one will be fingering/sock weight wool, which the stash is is still bursting with and probably in some mellow cream color because that’s me.

Now that the studio is in summer mode (blistering hot) of course all I want to do is sew. Gah, all the patterns from the new Tauko Magazines are perfect, size inclusive and come in full size paper pattern sheets, it’s a good read too.

Forcing myself to use these hooks more, I’ve got to stop purchasing beautiful things and never using them.

Ok, I don’t know if the combination of the bean stitch, acrylic yarn and resin hook created some sort of dark energy, (well, a fast hot friction situation might be more accurate) but after I finished I felt a slight worn groove on my hook neck where the yarn wraped, it’s not super noticeable and it could’ve of been there before I started too? ..now is this a thing I need to worry about for cripes sake.

More dark energy.

It’s also peony season, oh and rhubarb season. ♡

This is the same Rhubarb Cream Cake I always make and you can find the recipe in this old blog post.

Today is April 3rd

Today’s mood: A baby bran muffin and a heap of whipped cream 💕

Easy Bran Muffins

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups bran flakes cereal (crushed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and cereal in large bowl. Beat egg & milk together in a smaller bowl, once blended, add to flour mixture, stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy) stir in raisins if desired. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  2. Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes.

We’ve added cinnamon in the past, subbed raisin bran for the cereal and used whatever milk we had on hand (usually almond).

Filling my sometimes sour lemon mood with pink thread carnations 💕

Keeping my mind occupied with meticulous intricacies.

Taking a moment to just breathe 💕

The bathroom clock stopped working sometime in the night, so I put my studio clock in there, just until clocks are an important enough thing to go out and buy again. Time is irrelevant to 2/3rds of our household now, but clocks in every room are old habits. On the upside, the studio feels quaint & charming using an old timey wind up 💕

I hadn’t planned on making masks, but the thought of people not having what they need or possibly being an unintentional asymptomatic covid-19 super spreader is scary and shit is getting real right now.

Sometimes feeling small and useless, so taking my useful skills and making cute masks for strangers and people I love 💕

There are so many resources out there, these are just a few I found really simple and helpful. If you want to donate your efforts to healthcare workers, patients, care centers, shelters and correctional facilities be sure to check locally with what your state requires/needs. 💕

..A Few Mask Patterns..

JoAnn Fabrics – A start to finish YouTube video, uses interfacing and makes a very sturdy mask. (The blue one pictured above uses this pattern)

Approved cotton masks for healthcare facilities from Allina Health & Blue Cross MN.

Simple traditional tie around the head mask from The New York Times.

Tailored mask (intermediate sewing) from State The Label (one size) is a simplified version if this one from Craft Passion (multiple sizes & formats) both of these have a center sewn seam which would perforate the weave and create needle/pin holes from sewing in the fabric, which might make it less effective than the solid sheet pleated fabric versions above.

We are ending our first week of the governor’s Stay Home order and I know I don’t need to tell you life is surreal, we are all living it, take care friends. 💕

Things around the house

~ Things have been blooming around the house ~

~ Things have been moving around the house ~
After gram, we got rid of the dog scented sectional sofa and that has allowed for more arrangement possibilities.

~ Things have been migrating around the house ~
After Gram (again!) Bijou kitty is all over the place and up in everyone’s business, gone are the days of upstairs-cat & downstairs-dog. ♥

~Things have been brewing around the house ~
We are some serious slow-brew sun tea drinkers (well at least Jason and I are!) If you want to make your own, this is all you need to do:

Get yourself a huge super sized GLASS pickle jar, I mean like the industrial 1 gallon sized ones!

#1 Firstly eat all the pickles (YUM!) then thoroughly wash and clean it out. (Pickle smells may hang around for a while in the jar/lid ..not to worry though, they WILL go away and you WONT taste it!

#2 Fill with water, I don’t usually worry about the temp (it’s not ice-cold and it’s not hot ..whatever comes out of the tap first, maybe tepid coolish!?!) I usually fill it all the way up to the threaded neck. Add in 8-9 tea bags, we almost always use straight black tea (universally loved in our house) but you can get as flavor fancy here as you want! If using bags with tags, leave the tails hanging on the outside of the jar rim and screw the cap on.

#3  Place outdoors in direct sunlight for a few hours on a warm summer day. The hot sun will heat the water up and start brewing the tea!

#4 Once you’re satisfied with its color (nice and dark) bring it back into the house and remove the spent tea bags (sometimes I put them in a container in the fridge and use the cool wet bags to soothe wind or sunburned skin and compost the used tea in the end :) You can leave your gallon of sun tea unsweetened or turn it into sweet tea by adding 1 cup of sugar (more or less, depending on how sweet you like your sweet tea.) It’s best to do this right away by the gallon, as the warm tea will melt the sugar and leave you with smooth granule free tea.

#5 Pour yourself a tall glass over ice, leftovers can be kept in the jar and stored in the fridge.

A few other things: Wash the Jar between tea batches. You can actually do this in any glass vessel (always use glass though) and use the ratio of 1 tea bag to 2 cups water (example 6 cup glass container = 3 tea bags)

Personally, I love using a strong spicy chai tea, sweetening the whole jar while still warm and then adding a splash of almond milk or cream once it’s over ice in my glass. Another great flavor mix is 8 black tea bags + 1 speciality flavored tea like orange, jasmine or mint (using just 1 bag of a different flavor adds a subtle undertone of yummy)  You can also use green tea instead of black ..so good!

~ Things have been like old times around the house ~
With our sweetest girl home for the summer, I am getting more requests to make cute things! Alexa has a big soft spot for squirrels, last year we had a baby fall out of a tree during a wind storm and injure itself. When it was clear momma squirrel wasn’t going to come to its aid, Lex stepped in and rescued him, bringing the little guy (she named punch) in a soft cloth lined box to the wildlife rehabilitation center ..yeah she is that tenderhearted and awesome!
(most states have several centers for orphaned & injured wildlife of all kinds, so if you happen upon something hurting (no matter how small) please help stop the suffering if you can. xoxo

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