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Perfect night

I seriously must be an old woman in a 23 year olds body. I’m happy right now simply because I have 1. A blanket on my lap 2. A cat on my lap 3. Some stitching going on.

It’s also nice to start on something NOT Christmas related. [side note- I thought needlepoint was basically cross stitch with yarn, but there’s a bigger difference than I thought…so that will be fun to work on something new as well.]

Aaaand it just got doubly-awesome with the addition of cat #2 and a glass of wine from Morgan. ๐Ÿ™‚ (“I can’t get up, theres a cat on my lap!” really works well in our house.)

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Craft Talk by Leslie Hall

“Work through the pain”…haha!

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Thankful

Today I am thankful for many things.

  • Waiting less than 10 minutes for the bus in the morning, and actually getting a seat.
  • Free office coffee [it’s actually quite good!]
  • Billions of Christmas treats at work…including something called Snowman Poop (though my waistline is most likely not thankful)
  • Coming home to 2 kittens awaiting me in the window and a house that smells wonderfully of Christmas tree, citrus and cookies
  • Realizing that if a hobby (crafting) is stressing you out, that it’s ok to step back a bit…hobbies are supposed to be fun

That last point is why the stocking on the left is the one I made for Morgan, while the one on the right is a $2 one for me from Target…the idea of sequining and handsewing and stuffing all those little felt pieces on my own stocking was stressing me out. Finally I realized there is always next year, and was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Christmas stockings

[Plus I think it is quite funny how both Santas are so happy their eyes are closed]
xoxo, emma

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Etsy finds: Chalkware

Oddly enough, I don’t really like typical girly clothing shopping. However I DO love looking at things on Etsy for a bazillion hours on end. Weird, I know. Anyway, one of my favorite things to look at is chalkware. Chalkware used to be used for all kinds of things, often little figurines that were given out as carnival prizes. There are all sorts, ranging from little flute-playing boys to very racist depictions of kids eating watermelon. ย I prefer the kitschy 3D wall hanging types. The kitchen-centric ones seem to be mainly fruit and mushrooms with some chickens thrown in. They were apparently real popular to hang in your kitchen in the ’50s. I wouldn’t know. I wasn’t there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I want to collect them for my kitchen wall:

(from here)

(from here) There are a TON of these fruit ones online, so why can I never find any at the Bins?? Also, what kind of tree grows bananas AND a peach apple peachapple?

(from here)

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But the BEST ones have hooks on the bottom for your potholders:

(from here)

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This one is my absolute favorite, but it is sold! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

(from here)

But I know there are more out there for my anthropomorphic-lovin heart:

(from here)

Note to self: the cutest ones all seem to be made by “Miller Studio.”

Note to everyone else: some are WAY too creepy, even for me:

(from here)

xoxo, emma

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Bean burgers

My favorite vegetarian recipe: Kidney bean burgers!

Kidney bean burger

So delicious, my friend Rosie introduced me to this recipe, she is a vegetarian and apparently found this via StumbleUpon or something silly like that. Made these while my sister was visiting since she is a vegetarian. [Also I am really bad at coming up with vegetarian meals, Morgan and I eat some form of chicken or ground beef pretty much every night. So while my sister was here, our meals were: Vegetarian lasagna, Bean and cheese burritos, Kidney bean burgers, Vegetarian chili and cornbread, and pho. I’ve never eaten that many beans in one week before, I could never be a vegetarian unless I learned to really love tofu or something.]

One major recommendation, double this recipe! It is supposed to make “5 burgers,” but I’d put it more at about 2! Other than that, I’ve only changed this recipe slightly. That blog looks like it has other great recipes too (and not all veggie), I plan to try some soon.

KIDNEY BEAN BURGERS

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained, rinsed and mashed well

1/4 cup pecans, finely diced

1/4 cup onion, finely diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 egg

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon ketchup

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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In a large bowl combine the ingredients. Mix well and chill for 15 minutes.

Form into burgers and fry in a small amount of oil, or in a nonstick pan sprayed with vegetable cooking spray, over medium heat.

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xoxo, emma

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Pomanders

Want a simple Christmas craft to make your home smell delicious using just two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen? Pomanders!

pomander

Just stick some cloves into an orange or other citrus fruit. I used a push pin first to make it easier to stick the cloves in. Fill the entire orange or create a pattern, it’s up to you. You can tie a ribbon around the fruit first to hang it on your tree, or make a few pomanders [displayed in a bowl with pine cones perhaps?]

Here’s a cute use of pomanders:

give thanks pomander

xoxo, emma

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Vintage Santa ornament kit

The first thing I ever bought at S.C.R.A.P. was actually at the one in San Francisco a little over a year ago, right before I moved to Portland. It was this craft kit from the 70’s to make 2 little bedazzled Santa ornaments. I finally got around to making them and couldn’t be happier with their kitsch factor. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I did get a callous on my finger from pushing in a bazillion tiny pins for all the sequins. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And one more emoticon for good measure [and for Britni]: *<[]:0{|> ย Santa!

Santa ornament

And another creepy Santa (my favorite!) decking the Halls’ halls: my lights.

Don’t they look sunburnt? I love ’em.

xoxo, emma

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