Trying something new here on the blog and we’ll see how it goes. Every other Sunday I’m going to be chatting about all the random things going on in life, the universe, and everything. Hopefully it’s interesting to someone other than just me. 😉
Here’s what’s tickling my fancy this week.
Poured painting. I’ve been making one a week since I took a class at Michaels a couple of weeks ago. Some have turned out fantastic. Some are…eh. But it’s so much fun I want to keep trying!
Finishing up my square for Olek’s Love Across the USA installation in Philly. I’m so excited to get to be a part of one of these magnificent projects! This afternoon I’ll be heading over to the Barnes to crochet with a bunch of other people who are wrapping up their squares. I’m going to try to make some time to poke around the museum, too. It’s such a gorgeous space.
If this project hasn’t made its way to your state yet, there are patterns for mini portaits so you can make your own mini yarn bombs!
This book by Jen Sincero is rocking my world and making me reevaluate my life. Growing up I was taught money was one of those things (like God, politics, and especially Jesus) you never talk about in public. It wasn’t polite. Thus followed many years of poor financial decisions. Women need to be having conversations about money and this book is a great starting point. Grab a copy for yourself and start passing it around to your friends. Better yet – start a book club and make it your inaugural read. It’s a game changer.
Podcasts – I recently discovered Vicki Howell’s Craftish (which seems to be on hiatus right now – late to the party again!). I’m loving her interviews with all different kinds of makers! The business advice is great, but learning more about all of the crafty people I’ve followed for years is the best part! Vicki’s guests are so interesting and I love hearing about all the different paths they’ve taken to get to the thing they’ve always wanted to do. Episode 28, where she interviews her friend Jennifer Perkins (my crafty idol!), is among my favorites.
Have you taken a long and winding path to doing the thing you love? Tell me in the comments or shoot me an email! I love people stories!
This song is on repeat right now. I hadn’t seen the video before I wrote this post and I’m so glad I did. Mind. Blown.
Last weekend I ate pizza for every meal from Friday night to Sunday evening. Not gonna lie, it was one of the best dietary weekends of my life.
If you had to eat pizza every day, what would you put on it?
Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix is the bomb. Bonus: It’s cheap and you can buy it at Target. Truth in advertising: it’s so good you don’t need to add vodka. Buh-bye, V8.
Overjoyed that wide-leg pants are making a comeback! I stumbled across a great sale at Kohls on these gorgeous palazzo pants and they put me in a summer state of mind. After I got home and tried them on I ended up going back to buy all the colors and also some nice linen ones. I’m not even going to try to dress them up – wide-leg pants, flip flops, and a funky alpaca tee will be my uniform this summer. (Etsy)
What’s on my mind:
May is National Foster Care Month. One Simple Wish is celebrating 10 years of granting wishes to children in care! Some wishes are heartbreakingly simple, like a request for new socks. Others are requests for things like coloring books, contributions to medical care, or vacations.
We’re watching our current administration dismantle the social safety that supports a LOT of people. Children in foster care are no exception – cuts to funding for schools, housing, medical care, and food security impact them, too. If you’re so inclined, I’d love it if you popped over to One Simple Wish to share their mission or even grant a wish!
Need a last minute gift for Mother’s Day? Any one of these subscription boxes would be perfect. Getting surprises in the mail is so much fun!
I’m currently stalking my mailbox for the first YarnYAY! box. Stay tuned for a review and I *may* try to do an unboxing video. I’m camera shy but hopefully the pretty yarn will distract you! (Brit + Co.)
I leave you with the 2018 Alpaca Kentucky Derby. (NBC Sports/Facebook)
When your parents tell you they’re not paying for art school, show them this. “The arts and cultural sector contributed over $763.6 billion to the American economy in 2015—more than the agriculture, transportation, or warehousing sectors.” (Artsy)
This knit Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is life! Knit your own with this pattern. (Etsy)
I get to be a Creator VIP at In the MKNG this year! I’m super excited and also have no idea what I’m doing. Festivals of any kind call for crochet festival wear, so I hunted down some nice patterns and am weighing the options. Will I see you there?
Have a great week!