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knits & knots.

Here’s the yarn store I mentioned in my last post!

Knits and Knots is filled with all the things!

I’m not a knitter or crocheter, but I do love me some locally dyed yarns for special tassels and weaving work. When I stumble upon a yarn shop while on vacation I always ask where to find the special yarn. Shops usually carry one or two local brands. Here, they carry Storyteller yarn.

I’m always inspired by the projects on display. Sometimes I wish I had this kind of craft patience.

The shop also carries giftable items ~ cards, DIY kits….

PS And they are located behind Wildwoodย so you can get a double dose of shopping small!

Do pretty yarns make you swoon, too? Share yarn tales below!

quick trip: lake tahoe.

Here’s a throwback Thursday post if I ever met one. Before the craft show marathon I got to meet up with my parents for a quick weekend getaway. Here’s a 24-hour guide to Lake Tahoe!

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Visit Tahoe City.
Enjoy shops, foods, and lake views. On our stroll I spotted a couple of cute boutiques. I visited a home goods store – Pineapple.

Plus a handmade gift shop –ย Tahoe Trunk Show. They carry items made by California and Nevada makers.

We headed down to the lake for waterside photoshoots and serene scenes.

For lunch, we enjoyed sushi at Tahoe City Sushi. They served us free sake!

And we found the Ursa Mater, bear of pennies! This piece is on display now thru July 31, 2019.

Go be fancy.
In the evening, we lounged at the Ritz-Carlton because my parents are fancy. What’s nice is that the hotel is non-guest and family friendly. Outside, there’s bocce, views of the slopes, horseshoes, and fire pits; and inside, lots of seating for gathering with friends.

We had dinner at the hotel restaurant, Manzanito. Those potato leek rolls!

Afterwards, we looked up and saw So. Many. Stars. My wish for 2019 is to learn how to spot constellations.

Watch sunrise.
The next day we watched the sun rise. Sunrise is always magical for me!

Drive around the lake.
On our way back home, we drove on the Nevada side of the lake and stopped at various photo and food ops along the way.

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We stopped at Zephyr Cove Beach and in South Lake Tahoe for snacks, caffeine, and a brief watercolor session. Plus, I made a pit stop to a nearby yarn store. More on that later.

This was my first Fall trip to Tahoe; it was beautiful and so relaxing!ย Where are some of your quick getaway stops? Share below!

pop-up inception.

This past weekend I got to hang out with Angie of Bobo Design Studio in her pop-up space.

Her shop is part of Moment, twelve parking spaces in the San Pedro Square parking garage turned retail destination. Currently, there are four shops and every few months new pop-ups will move in. What a fun concept!

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Angie invited me to have a pop-up in her pop-up (We call it pop-up inception!) as part of the National College Football championship festivities.

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The championship game was held in the San Jose area this year, and they closed off the street to celebrate. The road even got a football field makeover.

My set up!

I brought the usual suspects – pennants, wall hangings, clips, and my flower crown display. I brought flowers in team colors for anyone who wanted to make a crown to cheer on their team, too! It was Clemson (purple and orange) versus Alabama (crimson red).

Here’s a peek into Angie’s shop.

She designs all these goodies, just launched a travel journal (and it comes with stickers!), and she takes custom lettering requests, too!

I had fun perusing all the goodies and taking product photos around the shop. ๐Ÿ™‚

Angie’s shop is open for the rest of the month and then she’s packing up to go on new creative adventures. Go visit her!

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Thanks, Angie, for inviting me into your space! You’re the coolest!

winter picnic.

To kick off the New Year, Hubby, Sis-in-law and her partner, and I planned a lil park picnic. Yes, it was 40 degrees outside, but the sun was shining and the air was fresh!

I set up my 4-foot table and stools, brought out my picnic plates and indigo napkins, and adorned each place setting with a sprig of flowers because it’s a fancy grown up gathering, y’all!

I put together a cheese plate of sorts with veggies, fruits, carbs, and dips. It’s always fun to use my tiny cheese knives, and I love mixing and matching snacks. I also attempted a lemon dressing/dip (recipe below!).

We tossed together a salad (Trader Joe’s kale-cabbage-pistachio-ginger salad pack for the win ~ I’m a huge fan of all of their salad packs!) and I made roasted broccoli with dates and a lemon herb sauce (recipe below because it was delicious!)

We also had homemade pumpkin soup! And homemade hummus! And more cheese! And more carbs!

It was so lovely to spend a relaxing afternoon with great people in the natures. How did you celebrate New Year’s Day? Share below!

Recipes, as promised!

Lemon Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:
1/2 c olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Whisk all the ingredients!
Pairs well with cucumber slices!

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Herb Sauce

Adapted from Ashley Munro

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Ingredients:
1/3 c olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp thyme, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 head broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
Few springs parsley, chopped
1 tbsp goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.
Mix together olive oil, lemon zest and juice, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Coat broccoli in lemon herb sauce, and place on lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 min, flipping once.
Add dates (by hand – it’s easier to separate the pieces and mix them in) and parsley.
Transfer to serving bowl and top with goat cheese and more parsley.

Bon appetit!

pom pom crown.

Happy New Year! To celebrate I made a pom pom crown in Pantone’s color of the year: living coral. Ooh la la!

You can make one, too!

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Materials & Tools:

For the base, I used use two pieces of 18 gauge cloth-covered floral wire, shaped and twisted to fit where I wanted my crown to sit on my head.

I used a Loome tool to create my pom poms. You can use other tools or even a piece of cardboard, too. I wrapped each pom pom for at least 160 revolutions; the largest pom poms were about 300 revolutions. Tie each with a 24-inch strand of embroidery floss. I tie a thumb knot (a “single knot”), flip the pom over and tie a modified thumb knot – this time looping the thread over twice before tightening, then tie a double knot to secure. You’ll know if your pom pom is tied tightly if the middle feels firm.

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Haircut time! The Loome pom pom trim guide is helpful to make the first cuts. I trimmed until I liked the shape of each pom pom, and varied the fullness of each to add variety to my crown.

All the poms in all the sizes and degrees of fluffiness!

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I used an ombre yarn, so together the pom poms created a nice monochromatic look. One skein (10oz / 482 yards worth) of yarn creates 10ish pom poms, depending on the size of pom poms made. This is also a great project if you have a lot of yarn scraps.

To attach each pom pom to the crown base, string a 12-inch strand of embroidery floss through the tight middle cord using a craft needle, and double knot tightly onto the crown base. I secured the larger pom poms with two pieces of floss. If you attach the poms really close to each other they will naturally support one another, and also give your crown a fuller look.

PS It can also be a statement necklace.

Wishing you a colorful and crafty 2019!

neighborhood christmas.

This Christmas season Hubby and I discovered a couple of neighborhood Christmas time traditions.

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In El Cerrito (where we currently reside), the Shadi Holiday Display depicts a Bethlehem scene complete with the Angel of the Lord, the three wise men, and sheep. Mr. Shadi started the display in 1949 as a gift for his neighbors and over the years made more and more of the display items with upcycled materials. Talk about mega crafting!

Now, the tradition continues via volunteers who put the display together each year for the neighborhood. It was really sweet to overhear older residents saying they used to come visit as children and are now bringing their own grandchildren to see the display.

And in Chula Vista (where Hubby grew up), Christmas Circle has been a yearly tradition since 1957. Most of the residents on the circle decorate their front yards with a Christmas display and spectators can walk or drive through. It’s a short loop to walk; plus, going by foot means you get to admire all of the displays up close.

The displays ranged in complexity and brightness. I was impressed with the displays that continued into the cars or house windows.

But my most favorite were these Christmas tree air fresheners.

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What are some of your neighborhood Christmas traditions? I’m making a list of places to visit for next Christmas season!

pom pom and tasselry.

For my last crafty event of the year I teamed up with my crafty friends of the Loome and Mischief to host a pom pom and tassel craft night compete with holiday cocktails.

There was yarn everywhere and it was fantastic!

Vilasinee of the Loome shared all her pom pom and tassel wisdom. All the pom poms and tassels!

We also had mini pop-ups and a gift wrap decorating station. Aww, take me back to craft night!

It was so fun I continued the pom pom and tassel merriment with my fambam over my Christmas break. Behold, pom pom and tassel mastery at Christmas Craft Camp!

My Mommy got super fancy with braided straps. We also added beads, brass, and wooden rings.

Who’s ready for more pom-tass in the New Year? Me!!!