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July 2011

I previously mentioned that we began moving forward with plans for the guest room rather quickly. It was only a few moments after we agreed that, yes, we were (a) crazy, and (b) totally going through with it, that we sat down in front of the laptop, researched mattresses, and made our first purchase for the project. We knew we wanted to go with a memory foam mattress, particularly since our own mattress is a 10" Bodipedic with a 4lb density, and is easily one of the best purchases we've ever made. For the guest room, however, we chose an... Read more →

via I'm sometimes very biased; other times I'm very objective. Though Caryn is my fiance, there is work of hers that I don't always get or like, but, mostly, there are photos and entire series that I'm completely in love with. Yes, even if there are gigantic, dead, and totally from another land (seriously, Norway or somewhere else very distant), bugs involved. She's such an amazing photographer. I wish the whole world could see, fall in love with, and buy, her work. Especially if it means I can retire early and live in the lap of luxury due to... Read more →

We have a friend coming to see us in September for a weekend of hanging out and being awesome. The problem is that our "guest room" is currently being occupied by us. Long story short: master bathroom flooded out into the master bedroom and walk-in closet, leaving us to have all furnishings piled up in the living room, with our mattress on the floor of the spare/guest room. The property management company is taking their sweet time (it's been 2 months since I woke up and stepped down into the pond that was our room), but we hope it will... Read more →

I've always been a fan of Tunisian crochet. Abalina, shown above, perfectly illustrates why such fanage (fan-age? lots of fanning? Me Big Fan) exists. The honeycomb texture is set off beautifully by the yarn, which is in shades of gold and creamy yellow, while the decrease into the simulated ribbing helps secure it in a stylish criss-cross construction. Perfect when left to hang loose, or tucked into a jacket, it's never too early to pamper yourself. That's how I felt when I worked the prototype up in a Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon blend. It's a total hug; almost better than... Read more →

I'm fondly remembering the last installment of the Yarnography yarn and photo club I ran under The Yarn Side. It was a really fun club, with a great group of customers who all enjoyed the treats they received. The final installment, shown above, was made up of two skeins of yarn, a small fiber batt, two sets of stitch markers, a professionally printed photograph from Caryn Drexl, and then 4 gorgeous art prints from the "Heartaches and Poetry" that came from the Best Art Studios Etsy shop. You can see other installments from Yarnography here. I should really do another... Read more →