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You know you’re wealthy when…

You know you’re wealthy when…

On my way to work I was listening to Marketplace by American Public Media.  As part of their series exploring the divide between wealth and poverty, they asked people to define “wealthy.” I had a moment yesterday when I felt especially wealthy.  I drove to Dubuque (40 minutes away) to...

I’m a 2012 Favorite!

I’m a 2012 Favorite!

Woo hoo! My box-bottom tote pattern was a 2012 favorite on AllFreeCrochet.com! The box bottom tote is one of my favorites as well.  I made it when I was in college.  The tote was large enough to fit an entire week’s groceries and strong enough to carry them all home...

Kalissa’s Rainy Day Fun: A Creative Way to Give a Cash Gift

Kalissa’s Rainy Day Fun: A Creative Way to Give a Cash Gift

My Little Miss Kaliss is celebrating her high school graduation today.  Kalissa is the youngest so it is really bittersweet for our family. In keeping with my sweet-old-aunt ways I gave her a cash gift:  I found this idea on Pinterest. It’s a “rainy day fund” and an umbrella for...

Knock Off Knits: Marc Jacobs Inspired Block Stich Baby Blanket

Knock Off Knits: Marc Jacobs Inspired Block Stich Baby Blanket

  Marc Jacobs Inspired Block Stich Baby Blanket by kaylarevae on Polyvore Block-stitch Blanket ravelry.com   Marc Jacobs style.com   KP Comfy Worsted – Lilac knitpicks.com   Comfy Worsted Yarn knitpicks.com   Comfy Worsted Yarn knitpicks.com   All it takes is a simple brick stitch to recreate this runway look....

Merry Christmas 2012!

Merry Christmas 2012!

I’m wishing you a merry Christmas with help from my uber talented family. Here’s my little sister Kalissa… http://youtu.be/pW9Nm7v0tEY She’s a fantastic singer/songwriter.  Check out her original songs on her YouTube channel. If you like Miranda Lambert, the Wreckers, or Taylor Swift, you will love Kalissa too. My cousin Sami...

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Recipe

I make these cinnamon rolls with my students for their yeast bread lab. Usually yeast bread takes several hours to make- more than a typical class block.  With this recipe students can mix the rolls one day, allow to rise overnight in the fridge, and enjoy them the next day....

A New Sock Toy Friend

A New Sock Toy Friend

Today my sock toys welcomed a new friend to their basket. It’s a little gingerbread boy! My lonely elephant is happy to have a new pal around all those monkeys. Spencer loves to surprise me with new sock toys because I make such an idiot of myself with them. As...

A New Sock Toy Friend

A New Sock Toy Friend

Today my sock toys welcomed a new friend to their basket. It’s a little gingerbread boy! My lonely elephant is happy to have a new pal around all those monkeys. Spencer loves to surprise me with new sock toys because I make such an idiot of myself with them. As...

Knock Off Knits: Anthro-Inspired Netty Fringed Scarf

Knock Off Knits: Anthro-Inspired Netty Fringed Scarf

  Anthro-Inspired Netty Fringed Scarf by kaylarevae featuring fringe scarves Fringe scarve anthropologie.com   Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn : Rust joann.com   Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn : Magenta joann.com   Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn : Dusty Rose joann.com   Knitting Needles knitpicks.com In “Rust,” cast on enough stitches for 70″....