moving, small towns and happy mail

that's it, all done! We are all moved in. I feel such a sense of relief and happiness, no more stress. Pack, pack pack, unpack, unpack, unpack. We have done this 5 times in the last 6 years.. this is the last for a very long time. I hope!  The whole thing came together unexpectedly. We were just looking, getting an idea of where we felt like we could belong and plant roots. We happened upon a cute town, I fell in love with all the gingerbread house lined streets. The town is called the gingerbread city of Texas. Everyone is friendly, that is small town living. The great thing is, it is still not that far away from the city. Sorry, but I do need Trader Joes in somewhat of a small driving distance lol! I'm not a true country girl, too many bugs but I do love it here and I'm so glad things worked out.
The day we got our keys, my husband wanted to carry me over the threshold. Silly! He did and we set off the alarm. We didn't know the code! We make a grand entrance. 
The dogs love running around the backyard and I have many plans for it too. So many... beginning with trying to grow my own veggies. We'll see how that adventure goes or if it even does. 
For now though, the main thing was getting my crafty things all situated. Priorities! I actually have my own dedicated office/craft room. I set up a cozy little corner with some of my favorite things, a vintage chair, my wall decor, a vintage cabinet to show off my yarn. Believe me when I say our little apartment was full to bursting!

My first mail happened to be some crafty things. I swear this stuff follows me everywhere I go. I ordered this awesome little crewel embroidery kit. Can't wait to stitch it up. If the weather ever gets cooler here and we can have a fire going, this will be perfect to stitch with a hot cup of cocoa. I just loooove the mice on the table! 

Since I'm writing about stitchy things, a little while ago Claire of the NH Knits podcast and proprietress of the woolly thistle online shop, asked if I would collaborate with her on some one of a kind knitting project bags. I said sure! She recently had them up for sale in her shop and it made me really happy so them sale. There's always this fear that noone else will like what I make! Seriously, putting yourself out there is super scary and literally makes me go into hives! Here are some photos I took of the finished bags.

Awhile back I was gifted some really lovely naturally dyed yarn, dyed with walnuts I believe and I was saving it for a special project. It paired up perfectly with some handspun from my stash. I don't spin but I do buy it on etsy from time to time. I knew what it wanted to be and I had to knit up something for a lovely lady that I really admire. For her new little one who isn't so new anymore but is just growing up to be as pretty as her sisters. I don't have a finished pic because I forgot to take one but here's the progress pic. The pattern is by Hannah Fettig. Just like all of Hannah's patterns, very well written and super easy!
Also if any of you don't follow me on Instagram, please check out my lastest post for a yarn giveaway. I want to start doing that more often on Fridays. 


its october! my favorite month!

I love October and I am so glad to see it again. My favorite things about this time of year include, pumpkin spice everything (yes I am one of those people) cool, crisp mornings, cozy knitting... I could go on. I can't resist waxing poetic for my favorite season. 
I'm also excited because not only is it my favorite month but my husband and I are moving into our own house this month! yay! To say I'm excited is putting it mildly and we are so happy to be in a house again. We're not first time homeowners but hopefully we will be last time homeowners (is that right??) Well anyways, I can't wait. We're busy planning and packing and just taking our time with the whole thing. I absolutely hate moving and we have been in this apartment for less than a year and we still have boxes in the closets that haven't been opened since we moved back to Texas from LA. 
We are moving to a cute town just outside of Dallas, its a little bit country, very cute vintage historic downtown with tons of antique stores, gingerbread houses and BBQ. The last one is very important to the husband. 
                                               (yarn is by A Homespun House)

I am so looking forward to the next chapter. Everything fell into place perfectly. Gods timing is always the best even though we don't often see the big picture. The past few weeks taught me that or at least reminded me that when one door closes another one opens. Literally it opened the front door to a new house. I am so thankful and feeling so blessed.
Another adventure I have not mention yet on my blog since its been awhile is my etsy shop. I picked up sewing again over the summer and I couldn't help myself. Sometimes I incorporate my love of embroidery into my bags, sometimes its my love of patchwork and mostly my love of really cute and pretty fabrics. I have really enjoyed it so far and I hope to continue... below is one bag I made recently...

In the next few weeks I plan to knit more and have fun decorating my new craft room (yes, I get a room all for myself!)  and not to stress too much about finding a new job. We'll see how the latter goes. Also just in case any of you out there are fans of the Mollie Makes mag, I might be in a little corner of next months issue.