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Spring Break

24 Mar

Mr. Right took vacation during my school’s spring break, and while we had originally planned to go to Dallas to see a Gustav Stickley exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art, an unexpected heating oil bill for Home Up North had us reconsidering and ultimately canceling our plans. We didn’t do anything remarkable – perhaps ate out a bit more than we should have and slept in later than usual – but still had a fantastic time together. In between our leisurely activities, household maintenance, and my catching up with calculus, I even had time for some knitting, and finished a jumpsuit for Viv:

Sadly, while cleaning on Tuesday we discovered that moths had gotten to a sweater I knit for Mr. Right several years ago. It was in storage under the bed and was devoured within a matter of weeks. I’ll freely admit to crying – it took me months to knit and it was a special gift that I was really proud of making for my husband. After some tears, though, we got down to business and with any luck have destroyed the last of the moths. And, in a fit of feeling it quite necessary to show the now-defeated moths that they can’t get me down, I decided to knit Mr. Right another sweater, and set out experimenting with several different yarns. While I still haven’t found the perfect new yarn, I’ve been stopping after each new swatch to make use of the remainder of the skein, and have been knitting up a batch 2011 Christmas gift hats in the process. I have another yet one on the needles, and am also working on a crocheted yoga mat bag… The moths may be gone, but the yarn/craft bug has definitely bitten.

Hats, Swatches, and Cats



And So It Begins: William Morris Inspired Nursery

30 Dec

We have had Vivian’s furniture picked out for quite some time now, and today we finally went to our local baby boutique to order it. It was almost a surreal experience – it is unbelievable that it is actually time to start rearranging the sun room at the back of our bedroom and making space for Viv. I am really excited about the nursery set. We chose the Savoy collection (in Classic Cherry) from Munire Furniture – the crib converts to a toddler bed and ultimately to a full bed, so Viv will be able to use it from birth through at least her high school years, if not beyond.

The furniture should be here in eight to ten weeks, which seems impossibly far away and puts Viv’s due date somewhere on the outer fringes of eternity. Fortunately, I have distraction in the form of nursery bedding. While picking the furniture was a snap, finding the perfect bedding has proven to be something of a challenge, in large part because it must go well with two rooms: the nursery in the sun room (for the first year or so of Viv’s life) and then in Viv’s actual bedroom (which I refuse to repaint until she is old enough to give her input in the room’s decor).

The furniture in the second photo is not ours – I took the photo when we were in the process of buying Home Up North. Home Up North is an American Foursquare built in the 1920s, and presents some challenges in of itself when you are of the inclination to keep its decor mainly in the style of the time. I think that my bedding solution meets the design criteria for both rooms, and is elegant and feminine without being too serious or involving neon pink butterflies. The fabric is from Moda’s William Morris Garden collection – what do you think?