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My favorite colors are green and blue, preferably together. There are lots and lots of green and blue pairs of things around the house, and that was also the case of our main snuggle spot in the house: a large mattress covered with pillows, where many of our games and naps take place.

Yesterday I felt very much in a rut, ready for spring and some bright colors. The fastest way to fix that seemed to change the pillows. So I eliminated all greens and blues, and used some of my most favorite fabrics in my stash choosing from among pinks and oranges. Most of our pillows now are with fabrics directly from India, but there is also that shiny floral in the middle, made with a Chinese fabric my niece brought for me in one of her travels. The brightest of them all, bottom left, comes from a dress (size xxl, I believe) I found at Goodwill – I love buying fabric by the pound 🙂

Keeping things simple and quick, they are all made “envelope style”, where the fabrics overlap a bit at the back of the pillow. With yet another blizzard coming our way spring is a long way away on the outside world, but things are already blooming in our house!

I hear from everyone that fall is over. But it is not winter yet. So what is it now? Are we on the “hold” in-between period between fall and winter, like the pause between breathing-in and breathing-out?

Whatever it is, its colors are beautiful. Calmer, soothing, colors I would like to wear or be surrounded by. Nothing bright, just soothing, to rest the senses after the excitement of fireworks.

So I went for another walk.

The Sparkling Path in its fall look

And took photos of things I always like to see.

I found upside-down reflections.

I stepped over thorns and bushes to come closer.

And yet, I still had crafting in mind.

A fabric collage, perhaps?

Cables on a sweater?


It is fall, and as always all my thoughts revolve around red, orange and yellow things: leaves (of course), and food, and the warmth of fire, suddenly appealing again.

A couple of weeks ago, I had 2 hours to kill at a mall. I was with my nephew, and neither of us had any desire for window shopping or spending money. So we invested in 2 steaming cups of mint tea and a pile of books at Borders, and had a lovely time of silence. I managed to go through all this pile, and learned many interesting things in the process, like how hoods are knit into a cardigan, and how to make certain quilt patches that seem hard but are made in an ingenious way.

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I also had a lot of root vegetables to play with, and came up with a meal of 3 side dishes, all complementing each other (no main dish). I found an excellent recipe for Garlicky baked butternut squash from All recipes. We made it without cheese (because we didn’t have any), and it was still very tasty. I also mashed sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes, with their skins on and lots of grated garlic. It was a very yummy meal, perfect for showcasing our new square dishes.

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Even the buns looked orange.

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Last Monday (which I had off from work) we went up Bear Bare Mountain. It was a lovely walk, and we were rewarded with soothing views from the top.

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I walked along with a very nice woman I had just met, and we had a nice, easy hike talking about this and that. I liked looking at the familiar images through her eyes. She is an artist, and made visual comments I had never thought of, such as the fact that this little fern looks like a forest seen from above:

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I also took a walk down the bike path, which was more yellow than red, but still beautifully dressed in its fall look.

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Looking out the window, my view is now all shades of grey and not much else. It is nice to think of all the color from the previous weekends.

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My posts are out of synch, as always (I blame the camera wires, but it really is due to busy work weeks). So, last weekend I was out of town again, enjoying the last summer weekend of the year. We walked around a lot, picked flowers, saw protective bulls (behind the safety of an electric fence!), and made a lovely, colorful dinner with organic veggies.

In knitting news, I finished a pair of socks for a friend (it took me almost half a year — why? no idea…) and started another one, this time for me.

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The most exciting news in the yarn-related world, however, is the wonderful discovery of 3 cabinets designed to hold yarn, in a flea market. Of course I don’t have enough yarn to fill all 3, but I am sure I can modify some of it to hold fabric. My yarn will have its own house, at last!

I am obviously going through a green phase (just look around. heh..).
However, the coming of warm(er) weather and sunshine has made me think of summers. And summers in my mind are mostly yellow and blue.

Today it was the blues that my memory was picking up. So, even though I have tons of other things to do, I simply HAD to make this:

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