Pie! Pumpkin Pie!


Before cursing my needle for poking me while sewing patches on my son’s very first Cub Scout uniform, I had a very delicious slice of pie. A slice of the very first pumpkin pie of the season. It’s a day for firsts, I guess. I had a slice because I KNEW I needed some sweet fuel for this sewing task. It isn’t so much difficult as it is TEDIOUS! Holy tiny stitches. Plus, I’m sorta-kinda a perfectionist, so I may have ripped it out a time or two.

281.365: the first pumpkin piep1

This isn’t my first time baking a pumpkin pie, but it IS my first time making a crust from scratch. SO EASY. Cut half a cup of butter into 1 1/4 cup of flour mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add in 1/4 cup ice-cold water a tsp at a time until a ball forms. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Roll it out to a 12″ diameter circle and then press it into your pie dish. I don’t have a rolling pin, so I used a glass. It’s perrrrfect! I think I’m going to skip dinner and just have a slice of pie again. My boys are with my mom at a party, so I don’t have to worry about what a HORRIBLE EXAMPLE I am. I might even have a can of Pepsi on the side.

Fotos Friday: black & white

185.365: the straight lines

186.365: the kid in the pool

187.365: the life of a kiddo

188.365: the zinnia bouquet

189.365: the remote photographer

After my month of color, I decided to dedicate this past week of my project 365 to black and white.

Mondaythe straight lines. I observed the beauty of these lines on the highway. It was Independence Day and we were searching the outskirts of the city for fireworks. Alas, a ban was in place on account of the drought. Boo.
Tuesdaythe kid in the pool. Evening– it’s the only time the sun isn’t plotting to kill us.
Wednesdaythe life of a kiddo. Andrew completely gave up the opportunity to nap and instead jumped on my bed trying to do somersaults. He failed.
Thursdaythe zinnia bouquet.While the boys tried to trap ants in circles of chalk, I picked these zinnias. most of them were on their last breath and the stems had already put out more stems, so I should see a few more blooms soon.
Fridaythe remote photographer. Andrew likes snapping photos of himself. I have to chase him in the viewfinder, as he often leaves the frame.

Project 365: January & shop talk

Project 365: January

I’m proud to say I’ve completed my first month of Project 365: 2011! These are a few of my favorites. You can see more/read more at my Project 365 blog: Vivacity.


lemon crush

31.365: re-shoot!

I did a re-shoot of one of my favorite products in my shop, at the moment. All that yellow & gold! Big sigh! It’s currently on sale, so snag it while you can. I don’t know when/if I will make more of these.

Project 365 of 2011

Hola! I didn’t mean to start the year off as an inactive blogger. I feel like things got a little overwhelming at the end of 2010. You know what my favorite part of December was? Making all those hats for my family. Yep. I felt like it was a while since I actually made something meaningful.

Not to say I don’t put heart into everything my fingers create–I just hadn’t really felt it. You’re smart, I’m pretty sure you get it.

ANYWAY! I want to put thoughts behind my actions more often than I have in the past. I want to start feeling more. I want to feel and see and remember.

SO! Let me introduce you to my new Project 365. I finished one in 2009. I skipped last year, for whatever reason, and decided sometime late 2010 that I would pick it back up in 2011.

And here we are! I made a separate blog and it will be updated with only the photo of that day + a little description or life-snippet. Check it out, if you feel so inclined: http://vivacityphoto.com


Happy New Decade!

Any decade resolutions? Knit more, yell less.

My last project of 2009: a beret for…me! After the 14 handmade Christmas gifts, I finally made something for myself. A simple knit beret wit a few eyelet rows thrown in. A day after I made it, I added a big ol’ red pom pom on top. I feel it completed the look.

365.364: the supposed "too teal" beret


I hope everyone has gotten off to a good 2010. Feel free to share your resolutions. Do you plan to blog more? I do. I mean, I’ll definitely try harder to blog more.