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Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier

Poking around on Ravelry this week, I stumbled upon this delightfully chic and oh-so-wearable project: Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier. With cold weather on the horizon, I took the opportunity to whip up a cozy headband with some beautiful, hand-painted yarn that I’ve had stashed for quite some time.turband

Quick, easy, and definitely gratifying, this was a perfect mid-week project.turband detail turband profile

Much to my dismay, Cascade has discontinued their Pastaza Paints yarn… but i love it! It’s a shame because the 50% wool / 50% llama blend was a pleasure to knit and purl. It’s a double shame because I can’t get enough of this “Snowden Hill” colorway. Fairly certain that these colors would match every single winter outfit I could come up with.turband ball o yarn turband twist 2

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Halloween: Phase 1

I don’t usually go wild decorating our home for holidays, but the rules don’t apply at Halloween. If it were up to me, I’d morph our apartment into Jack Skellington’s Halloween Town in a heart beat. I have a hard enough time not breaking out the decor mid-September as it is. But it’s October now… so game on!

Here are today’s accomplishments:

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circle paper garland 3The circle garland is last year’s creation and I love it more than ever. The patterns are quirky, and they’re perfectly complemented by the paper’s saturated hues. I think bold pops of lime and teal make even Halloween decor look chic.

I draped the garland from our loft’s balcony and it’s super schnazzy! Unfortunately, the pictures are just too crummy to share. Disappointing, but I’ll keep trying!

Every year, my mom sends me a package filled with Halloween goodies and it’s the best. This year’s stash included adhesive bats and a gauzy black garland. With new supplies in hand, I transformed our entryway bookshelf into bat central. The owl is an old friend, but I thought the bats could use some company.spooky bat bookshelf halloween owl

My decor to-dos include a wreath and funky pumpkins. Have you started decorating yet? What are your plans?

Beaded Peter Pan Collar

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Moving twice in 11 months will certainly prompt you re-evaluate your wardrobe. Why pack, move, and unpack something you haven’t worn in ages? Why fill your closet with clothing that’s out-of-shape, the wrong size, or just plain uninteresting? My friend Sarah, the Fröhliche Haus Frau, recently blogged about her experience downsizing for her move across the Atlantic. It’s tough and sometimes heartbreaking work, but completely necessary if you wish to maintain a polished wardrobe and your sanity. Trust me.

Plain Black Tee

Even though I’ve made a concerted effort to maintain a slimmed down closet, a few items always seem to fly under the radar. I recently discovered this black t-shirt stuffed in the back of a very neatly folded drawer. How?! Why?! Alas, I had no answers. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I wore it. Not good.

Rather than toss it into the donate pile, I decided to give the shirt one last chance. The high neckline made the tee the perfect candidate for a peter pan collar – so hot right now.* I toyed with the idea of sewing a collar, but DJ encouraged me to try something new. I went out on a limb, and by that I mean to the craft store, and took on the task of beading one instead.

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The project was surprisingly simple, albeit time consuming. I worked on the collar over the course of a few nights, but I think the results are definitely worth the time invested. Plus, what’s easier than throwing on a t-shirt with a built-in necklace?

I took some pictures along the way, too, and I’m considering putting together a tutorial. Anyone interested?

*this phrase only exists in my lexicon as a Zoolander reference