things i'm loving

well it's officially

two thousand and eleven

and i have some new things in the works,

but first.

i wanted to take a moment to share the small things

that have been making me smile!

+ baking cupcakes with homemade frosting

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{chai spice cupcakes!}

+  reorganizing/rearranging our home 

with our new mantra of 

"only things we love, everything has a place, maximizing space" 

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+ finally letting go of things i had been unnecessarily hanging on to

{especially in the studio & in my closet!}

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+ spending a relaxing nine days on vacation

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+ feeling creative as a result of the down time 

and being in our new clean and organized space 

+ taking time to read a good book 

(

entre nous

- how to channel your inner french girl 

&

kitchen confidential

were both devoured while i was on holiday!) 

+ hanging up pages from my spin-off calendar from last year as art in my studio

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+ loving all natural woodsy browns! anything earthen!

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 {vintage wooden dish with filigree scalloped edging,

amazing vintage wooden buttons i found & my mom bought me,

jute twine, foam mushrooms, natural cotton bolls from

dru

}

+ carding

build-a-batt

orders!

two smooth carded batts left my studio yesterday!

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+ working on my new winter blanket!

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+ playing with my new swift and ball winder! no more counting yardage!! 

+ learning how to knit socks (despite already breaking my size 1 bamboo circular needles)

+ inspiring mantras on yogi teas!

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+ going on adventures with my camera!

and exploring chesapeake city in maryland at xmas time!!

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+ visiting old haunts, saying hello to my LYS of 2 years ago! 

i can't believe it's been that long already!

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+ fibery presents from my fibery friends!!

- diz from emily of bricolage studios,

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{i've been meaning to show this FOREVER,

emily

sweetly put my logo on it & everything!!

she is an amazing metal-working and fiber-licious lady

and i'm so happy to have one of her pieces :))

i also have a spindle from

dani

of pumpkinhaus,

and now, thanks to a very thoughtful secret santa swap,

adorable feather earrings & moth wing necklace

from

dru

of drucillapettibone!

(photos coming soon for those also!!)

anyway,

hope you all had a very merry

and RELAXING holiday!

i'm oh-so excited for the new year

and the new things to come!

<3 laila