Monday, March 11, 2013

Around Here

It still looks like Christmas around here folks, and we all couldn't be more stir crazy for Spring! I think I'm convinced it's not going to happen :/
But at least it's been a beautiful winter!

I finally bought this donut maker I've been wanting, it went on clearance at Target so I snagged it up!
YUM, seriously, so good!

I love the winter light seeping in through my bedroom window.

I have a new little corner in my house, and I love it!
I think I will tweak it here and there, but so far so good.

And ya, I turned---{cough cough}, 39!!!

I was determined to NOT wear boots on my birthday, so I wore my cute new clogs. Svens, check them out!

A pretty cupcake from my sister!

Good coffee, LavAzza is my fave!

The three of us had some fun with the mirrors at the Mall of America.

Pretty packages in the mail!

I received some really precious gifts, but this one held such a huge spot in my heart. It's from a reader, turned good friend, and this is my profile and it's a map of Italy! I adore it SO much.

I've been getting a lot of embroidery done, I have 8 hoops hanging in a shop in Wisconsin!
Here are some I have shipped off!

Also been making lots of dishcloths, they are my favorite to use so I'm trying to replace my other ones.

I've been watching The Forsyte Saga, anyone else? I love it!!! Been crocheting a basket while I do that.
It turned out pretty well, there are a few imperfections, but who or what doesn't have imperfections?

Along with donut makin I made a Pumpkin Spice cake, my family went nutso!

This sour cream peach pancake recipe is seriously the bomb. My husband kept his eyes closed the whole time while eating them! The recipe is from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.

We made Gnocchi with my dad and it was awesome, ever make it? They turned out splendidly!

Coffee dates with my husband have been nice.

Coffee date with dad.

Visiting my artist friend Lois at the home, and admiring her studio.
Her Frida is amazing.

Winter has wore Nells out--he was just diagnosed with Arthritis in his hips and knees really bad--he's doing much better though on his new meds and supplements, thank goodness!

Madelynn auditioned live at Bethel for a music scholarship--she sang two pieces, she was incredible. This girl works so hard, so proud.

My popcorn grannies are really coming along, I have 46 so far, and I need about 80 for a full afghan!

Peppermint tea for an upset tummy and lots of knitting!

What have you been up too?



Lora said...

have i told you before how much i love your blog?! seriously. one of my favorites!!
few of my favs from this post:
1. that vintage pillowcase on your bed. be still my heart!
2. your embroidery is so beautiful!! i am still loving mine. :)
3. your hair is looking so pretty! love that photo of you and your hubby.
have a blessed day, gina!

Krista said...

I love all the knitting and crocheting you've been doing, wish I had that talent! I adore crocheted baskets, hooray for you making one :) And congrats on having some hoops at a shop, what an accomplishment Gina!

Hang in there, Spring can't be too far off ;)

Kelly said...

a few things. would love to live where it snows but i am for sure that it would get old after a while. i hope spring comes soon for you. i also hope you had the grandest of birthdays. gnocchi is my sons favorite i want to learn how to make it at home but i am so intimidated. and last a perfect day for me would be sitting with you working on a embroidery project or knitting or crocheting.

Natalie said...

I sure hope spring comes sooner rather than later too! And Happy Birthday =D

Mary said...

i love all of this!
your talent is really amazing, gina.
i want to know where that shop in WI is??? :)
love ya.

Kathy Masterjohn said...

What a nice piece this is. I need another coffee date with you. I am such a proud mother.

Beth Morey said...

This is such a fun peek into your life! So great...thanks! Love your embroidery.

Brittany Kyte said...

Fun photos, fun moments!

vintage grey said...

A happy belated birthday Gina!! So pretty you are!! Love all your gorgeous embroideries and the popcorn grannies are so pretty! Wishing you a blessed week! xo Heather

Sarah said...

Aw I love all your craftiness =) Especially the map silhouette. Congrats on your birthday! You don't look a day past 29 ;)

Courtney said...

I love this post. So full of life's sweet moments and my goodness you get a lot done!!! Seriously that popcorn granny square afghan is going to be GORGEOUS! I'm in love with the colors you chose. And one more thing...the little glimpses of your home are adorable. I'm loving how you decorate. Beautiful Gina!

HopeUnbroken said...

seriously love reading these update posts :-) all the photos are fantastic, and 39 looks great on you!
have a beautiful day!

Kate said...

Gorgeous post. Still can't get over how much you and your daughter look alike - and that you could be sisters for crying out loud! I had a bit of a chuckle to myself at your "it looks like christmas around here,' because all I could think is how I still have my tree up... (did I really just say that in public?!)

Creating Through LIFE said...

Girl I feel your pain, very ready for Spring. Thankfully I'm starting to discover hints everywhere. Although I think it's about to get cold and possibly snow again in our neck of the woods. How do those shoes compare to Danskos? Are they similar?


Ooh, gorgeous pictures, and gorgeous you! So glad to see you looking radiant and well! A very beautiful winter indeed :)

Erica said...

Oh, my goodness. So much inspiration in this post. First off... a donut maker??!! How did I not know those existed? Also, your embroidery is so lovely. I also can't wait to see your finished crochet projects. The popcorn granny squares are so fun!

Tamera Beardsley said...

What a gorgeous and creatively inspiring roundup! Thank you for sharing you!

Kassie Rew said...

I don't think spring is ever going to end around here either. Love that map too! A great gift!