Water Drops for Fort McMurray

For nearly a month, For McMurray, Alberta has been burning. A wildfire has taken hold of the city, and spread far beyond those borders, burning nearly 1.25 million acres in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

I feel compelled to help, once again. I've decided to take a break from donating to the United Way of Genesee County, and am now donating to a to-be-determined charity helping in that area. I will donate to help the people affected, and I hope to write a pattern to donate the funds to replant the forest that was lost.

You can find the drops in my Etsy shop. Please share with anyone who would appreciate these!

Frontière Farm House: Our New Project

A few days ago, I mentioned that Bob and I are working on a new project. This project is Frontière Farm House. So far, it's just an Instagram account and a Facebook page. The eventual plan is to turn it into a little side business that will encompass our vegetable growing as well as future baking and preserving. We're really enjoying everything we're doing so far, and have received some great feedback from friends and family members. I would love if you'd give the project a peek, and let me know what you think!

A Few Fall Events

In the past few weeks, I've gotten confirmation on three really amazing events. I have an events calendar located here, where you can find all my upcoming events. I'm hoping to add a few more in the next little bit.

I'm super excited for all three of the events, but mostly for All Things Detroit. This is a huge show that I agonized over applying to for far longer than I'd like to admit. I was worried I wouldn't be accepted and be crushed. But I had nothing to worry about! I was accepted, and now I just need to not panic, and knit more stuff!

Please check out the events calendar, and see where I'll be next!

This photo was taken by my amazing friend Mike Foster, who passed away from cancer. He was an amazing human being, and could always get me to react like this with his jokes and comments. The world is a little less bright without him.

This photo was taken by my amazing friend Mike Foster, who passed away from cancer. He was an amazing human being, and could always get me to react like this with his jokes and comments. The world is a little less bright without him.

The Portland Honeymoon Recap

Do any of you ever have that weird sense of warped time? The week we spent in Portland felt like an eternity (in a good way) yet this past week, since getting back, has felt like a moment (in a bad way). I feel like I haven't gotten anything done this week, especially compared to what we did last week. Here is a quick recap of what we did.

We flew out of Detroit on Saturday, April 30th. The two flights were uneventful. I got a ton of knitting done on them. Once we landed in Portland, we took an Uber to the Airbnb we were staying at. The owner wasn't home, so we went to an AMAZING bar called The Hop & Vine, and ate some deliciousness.

On Sunday, we joined some of Bob's family members at a Portland Timbers game. They won 2-1 over Toronto FC. I sat with a group of Canadians for a portion of the game, which was kind of awesome. I had this weird emotional moment when the Canadian National Anthem was played. Bob and I explored Portland after, and wandered around. We went to a couple yarn stores, where I picked up one skein of yarn at each. We also checked out a couple breweries and restaurants. It was a fantastic day. And even with all of the walking around outside, I didn't get a sunburn! That's a miracle.

Throughout the week, we explored several areas of the city. If you ever go to Portland, I STRONGLY suggest getting a TriMet pass for the week. It's $26, and you get unlimited use of the streetcars and buses. Doing this allowed Bob and I to save tons of money on cab/uber fares, and we saw a lot of things we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We got matching tattoos from David Stein at Lady Luck Tattoo. This was something we'd talked about pretty much since getting married. We are both incredibly happy we went through with it. I will be posting photos of these together once they're all healed up.

Another favorite was the Lan Su Chinese garden. This place was absolutely gorgeous. It's about $10 per person to get in, and more than worth it. They do free tours, guided by volunteers. Our guide, Steve, was awesome. They also have a tea house where delicious teas are served, in addition to a few Chinese snacks. We got gyoza and steamed buns. Both delicious.

Above is the Eight Treasures Tea, which was my choice. You can find more information on it in the menu here, on page 14. It was absolutely delicious, and served in a beautiful individual teapot. I think I had my water topped off four times, and there was still so much flavor. We ended up purchasing some of this to take home. I need to find a small teapot to use for it, so I'm on the lookout for one I love.

One day during the week, we decided to head to the coast. We went to Tillamook, which was an absolute blast. We ended up running into Bob's parents at the top of a lighthouse, which was a huge surprise. From near the lighthouse, a couple whales were spotted near the coast. This was one of the coolest parts of the week.

Saturday night was Bob's cousin's wedding. It was at an absolutely beautiful venue, and we had a blast. The food was amazing, the couple looked fantastic, we danced a bunch, and it was a great night. I was really happy to meet that part of Bob's family, and be accepted by them immediately. I'm looking forward to meeting them again at some point in the hopefully not too distant future.

The week was absolutely amazing. I want to go back so badly, but I know there is so much more to explore. We're going to Colorado in July, which is going to be exciting as well.

What A Week! (Portland Recap Coming Soon!)

Happy May! I can't believe May is already here. We're back from Portland, and we had an absolute blast. Bob took the day off work yesterday so we could try and adjust back to Michigan time. We slept in until 9:30 (which is 6:30 PDX time, about when we woke up most days) and then decided we would get our garden started.

We're in a rental, with a teeny tiny back yard. The grass is kinda crappy, and the deck is small. Over the last few months, we've been purchasing a bunch of five gallon buckets from Menard's. If you're not in the Midwest, and are unfamiliar with Menard's, they're kind of amazing. They have great rebates pretty frequently, which is how we got these. They're about $3 each, but with a rebate, we get 100% of the purchase price back. We picked up 24 total, and drilled drainage holes in the bottom of 20 of them to start planting in. The rest will probably be used for watering, as we don't have a hose outside.

We'll be planting more very soon! More about Portland later this week.

A Mini Hiatus!

MAFG: April 25, 2016

Happy Monday! Today is an exciting day. Bob and I are filing one of the final pieces of my immigration puzzle, and I am SO HAPPY! Here are some other awesome things I am grateful for this week!

The Dark Horse annual smoke off  /  Hanging out with friends and family  /  Getting tons of knitting done  /  Taco dinner  /  Reddit gift exchanges  /  New body butter bar  /  New podcasts  /  Phone calls with my best friend  /  New clothes!!!  /  Being happy

What are you grateful for this week?

More Knitting Projects: Bottle Cozies!

You'd think there was some sort of warm beer apocalypse happening or something. I am determined to knit a cozy for every single beer I come across.

The one on the left is going to be in my shop, and the one on the right will be going out to it's new home asap! I love these reverse color pairs, I think they look snazzy. I'm going to be putting those options in my shop as well.

The purple one is available for purchase now! I'm trying to decide what other color combos I want to put together. The nice thing about these is that they don't use a lot of yarn!!