My mom knows how to do almost every craft under the sun. Every craft, that is, except knitting. She’s been wanting to learn, but is always knee deep in some other project. So for her birthday, I bought her some knitting supplies and promised unlimited knitting lessons.
Yes, it felt totally weird to offer to teach my mom a craft. It’s like offering to teach Albert Einstein biology. Why even bother? He can figure it out. But I knew my mom needed just a little boost.
And what do you know … she figured it out in two seconds and LOVED it! She practiced a bit knitting flat and then started her first knitting project – a gorgeous cowl knit in the round. Like I said, Albert Einstein.
We’ve already planned all our future knitting sessions. She makes the best coffee, the best chili, and has a fireplace. Score. Fall is going to rock out.
And speaking of fall and crafts and such (smooth transition, right?), I just found out about something seriously amazing.
Craftyminx is teaching everyone how to crochet! Starting October 1st, she will be posting lessons on all the crochet basics. And the best part? Its for freeeeeeeeeeee!
I’ve seen all kinds of e-courses that I’ve drooled over, but most of them cost just a little more than I’m willing to spend. Considering how much of a crochet pro Craftyminx is (check out her granny square a day project!), it’s pretty sweet that she’s offering this up to everyone who wants it.
I have crocheted a few things but still feel pretty clueless, so I plan to follow along with all these lessons. What about you guys? Anyone interested in crafting it up this fall?
My birthday is coming up in 17 days. Just letting you know in case you want to send presents my way. Ha!
This time of year is a lot of fun to be in my family. August to February is crammed with birthdays and anniversaries. We love celebrating, so we really get into planning things and keeping secrets. Right now, I pretty much know a secret about every person in my immediate family. Oh yeahhhh.
Marrying Timothy made this whole season even more fun. He’s pretty bad at keeping secrets. I can usually wiggle my way into making him confess. But after nearly two years of marriage, I think my secret keeping skills have brushed off on him.
About a month ago I overheard Timothy talking to my mom on the phone and could tell that he was keeping a secret from me. All I could get him to tell me was that it was a secret about my birthday. Then a few weeks ago he told me that he was no longer doing whatever his first secret was and he now had a new secret. He’s exhausting.
Well, last night we were talking about blogging and people I have “met” through my blog. And he eventually blabbed his first secret. And it was pretty amazing.
Timothy: You bloggers have your own community. You should just have this huge convention thing where you can all meet. Do people ever make real friends out of blogging?
Whitney: Yeah, I think so. People just comment to each other enough and then you eventually meet in person. It happens.
T: I wonder how they do it? I tried to get you to meet the people from Young House Love.
W: Umm… what????
T: For your birthday. I had it all planned out. Well, sort of. Young House Love would pick you up at the airport, because obviously I would fly you. They’d pick you up in their minivan. They wouldn’t be in a limo – they’re not celebrities. Bloggers drive minivans.
W: You can’t be serious.
T: But then I realized it would just be awkward. You’d get to their house and you’d be super excited for 30 minutes. But then you all wouldn’t know what to do. That’s just awkward.
W: You can’t be serious.
T: So I searched through the rest of the blogs you have on your page and looked to see if anyone offered tours or signing events. I guess bloggers don’t do that.
W: You can’t be serious.
T: That was the secret I had with your Mom. She said you would love it!
W: You can’t be serious.
T: What??? If you sent me to meet Michael Jordan, that’d be the best day of my life. He’d pick me up in a limo. And then we would play basketball all day in one of his outdoor courts. Best day ever.
And then I spent the next 15 minutes laughing until I started wheezing. That was the best birthday secret ever.
A few of you have been asking to see our couch in action. Here it is in all of its glory!
Ta-da! Doesn’t it make your heart go pitter patter? I think this couch is my new love language. I was amazed at how much it opened up our living room. It’s so sleek. It’s so surprisingly comfy. The seats look like they wouldn’t feel plush, but they are super squishy!
As you can see, it’s a lot different than our previous couch, which we loved whole heartedly.
I really want to get a coffee table now. Our previous couch took up too much space to allow for one, but this new couch practically calls for one.
And in case you’re having a cow, don’t worry, we’re planning on painting our walls. It’s all a little too much now that we have a green couch. We chose our paint colors right after we got married and right before I really got into blogs and decorating and all that jazz. So while I love the paint colors, I’ve been wanting to change them for awhile. It’s hard to decorate with a lot of color and accessories when the walls are so loud. Especially in our small space.
Okay, let me warn you … Photoshop travesty is about to occur.
This is to show you a teensy bit of what we’ll be going for when we paint. It was hard to get the exact shade and make it look right because of all the shadows on the wall previously. And because I did it in like five seconds. Timothy offered to help, but I told him to get his own blog. Ha!
In real life, the creamy background color in our curtains is very similar to the creamy background color in our rug. So the plan is to match that color and go a few shades darker. Not exactly brown, not exactly cream. I think it will be a nice warm neutral and will allow for a lot more decorating freedom. And maybe some of our guests will stop giving us such weird looks because their brain hurts from all the colors we got going on.
It’s definitely a process.
This would be the messy other side of our living room. Besides picking up most of the random stuff under the previous love seat, we left it like this. Dirty dishes in the background, the cabinet doors from my kitchen project that I stuck under the couch for future tenants, and my bowl of magazines. And the lamp that was too short and was sitting on a super cute paisley box I forgot about. Oh and yeah, NO SEATING.
Our couch and love seat were perfect for my parents’ living room, so we gave the set to them. I’m not lying, I cried a little. We have memories of those couches! We watched movies and wrote blogs and designed websites on our couch. And when we were mad at each other, one of us would sit on our love seat. It was the perfect arrangement.
So now we’ll be scouting out Goodwills for some amazing chairs for that side of the room.
I’m a little sad to say goodbye to our beloved couch set and our beloved slate blue walls, but seriously. Zeee couch ees worth eeet. Even if we’re rocking out cereal and ramen noodles to get our savings account back up.
So what do you guys think? Do you like it? Worth the trip to bring our couch baby home? Do you have any other wall colors you think might look good? Do you want to come over and sit in it to witness the extreme squishiness?
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Fall clothes and warm colors, boots and tights, pumpkins and mums, knitting and pumpkin spice lattes, holding hands and cuddly quilts, fall adventures and falling leaves.
I can hardly wait.
I'm honored that you took time to stop by my blog! My name is Whitney, and I'm a diy loving, piano playing, sewing obsessed, thrifty, non-house cleaning, crafty newlywed. I love God, my husband, and life as a wife. If you'd like to know more, just check out my About Me page. Much love!
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