Happy 2016 With Happy 2015 Memories

I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season and that 2016 is going to be a great year for all of us! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, due to all the flurry of activity and finishing a huge project which I will share with you in a separate post. But before that, I wanted to share some of the highlights from our holidays and wish you all a great new year!

There’s alot going on in this photo that tells how the holidays start in our house. Notice my daughter keeps the Target toy catalog right next to her when doing homework. After Christmas lists are made, that catalog mysteriously disappears when she’s at school. Hmmm….
My daughter with her music teacher right before their Christmas concert. One of my favorite holiday treats is the music – and seeing my kids perform what they work on in school for the first semester.
You know a Star Wars fan like me wouldn’t make it through the season without going to see the new movie! In case any of you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil anything – I’ll just say it was REALLY GOOD! 🙂 My kids asked me to do my hair like Princess Leia – I didn’t want side buns, so I chose the Cloud City braids instead.
As mentioned, one of my favorite things to do at the holidays is listen to music I don’t listen to the rest of the year. This year, I took a dear friend and my daughter to see Handel’s Messiah at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Disney hall has amazing architecture, and I couldn’t resist taking multiple shots!
Inside the hall before the oratorio began. This was very special to me, as Messiah was my father’s favorite Christmas music and this was the first time I’ve taken my daughter to the symphony.
Family photo taken in the church after Christmas Eve service. I treasure these photos and am always happy we make the time to take a few!
Christmas morning. Yes, I make the kids wait for me to take photos of them with their stockings. That’s my revenge for the fact that they woke me up at 4 am. 🙂
My coffee table with New Year’s Eve goodies. I’m particularly proud of this setup as it proves that I do indeed know how to clear the coffee table and use it for something besides knitting and WIP’s.

In Anticipation of the Blockbusters

There’s nothing better than a day out at the movies with a good friend, and this is usually something we do around the holidays. I am waiting in great anticipation of the new Star Wars and James Bond films. If there are two film franchises that top my list of favorites, it’s probably these two. Apparently I’m not the only one, as I found this post today and thought you all would enjoy these Star Wars goodies.

For pure inspiration, this is something awesome posted in the Kaffe Fassett Collective on Facebook, but it seems science fiction fantasy/hi-tech to me.

And just for some James Bond fun, this site examines the little details, in detail. A Google search doesn’t come up with much in terms of Bond-inspired knitting patterns, but this is a great place to gather inspiration if you feel so inclined. Enjoy!


Seriously Cool Star Wars

Here’s a little something you probably don’t know about me. I don’t think I’ve posted anything that would have made anyone guess, but I really LOVE Star Wars. I blame this on my brother. I hadn’t seen the movies or paid much attention to it until he became a fanatic. He begged me for weeks to just watch one movie, and of course, once I did, I binge-watched them all.

I am not as geeked out over it as he is – I never bought and traded thousands of the collector cards like he did, but I did go see the re-releases plus all the new ones in the theaters. And every summer or Christmas break, I get in the mood to have a Star Wars marathon, and enjoy them each time. I think this is one of THE coolest things I’ve ever seen, so I am excited to share it! I have no problem admitting that I am definitely enough of a fan to make and wear this! And any fellow fans should seriously send this person a thank you, because I doubt George Lucas would be giving it away for free! 🙂

Crafty Bombings

Over the weekend, I was working on a design and hitting a creative block. After ripping it out for about the tenth time and changing stitch patterns multiple times, I decided it was time to take a break. As I was doing research, I kept coming across all kinds of beautiful yarn bombings. There are the standard cozies on a light pole of course, but I love it when the artists and craftspeople execute a concept so artfully and beautifully and completely that it takes your breath away and kind of makes you not care too much about whether it was actually legal. I hope you will enjoy these!

It doesn’t always have to be yarn!

If you’re going to yarn bomb a tree, do it right!

There’s a piano, and then there’s the Piano Dentelle!

A little something special for Star Wars fans.

MUST SCROLL DOWN. The Helsinki, Finland stairs are worth seeing, but so is everything else you’re scrolling through!

And in honor of my home city Pittsburgh