Happy Valentine's Day (Free Gift!!)

Hello my dears!

It's Valentine's Day, and, while it isn't a universally favored holiday, I love an excuse to eat chocolates and maybe have a bit of self-pampering. Plus, I'm not at all averse to the sudden abundance of pink, red, and hearts! Seriously, I love hearts. I couldn't tell you why, but they are one of my favorite shapes. I am perfectly determined to one day make myself a dress or blouse covered in hearts!

Now, it wouldn't be a proper celebration of Valentine's without some manner of gift giving. And I have a rather lovely present for all of you!

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Choosing Not to be a "Pinterest-Perfect" Blogger

Hello my dears,

I haven't the faintest idea on what to write about today. I know I want to write something, but my mind is just a blank!

I could talk about the glorious smell of the rain sprinkling down outside. Or plopping on the floor in front of our big window in the foyer attempting to capture a picture of the elusive male cardinal that frequents our bird feeder. Or perhaps I could tell you how much I am enjoying working away on my shawl test knit. But that all seems so inconsequential.

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Rhinebeck is Calling Fingerless Mitts Pattern Review

Hello my dears,

My hands are constantly cold during winter. Sometimes they get downright frigid! As much as I would like to bundle up in a cozy comforter to keep warm, there is far too much to do. And 95% of my day-to-day activities require the use of my hands.

To resolve my chilly hand conundrum, I have been intending to knit myself a pair of fingerless mitts for ages.

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A Second Attempt - Tilly and The Buttons Cleo Dress Review

Hello my dears,

In late 2016, I attempted to sew a Cleo dress. I made it out of a floral needlecord or corduroy, depending on which you call it. I was less than impressed with the finished dress. It was lumpy, bumpy, and all sorts of unflattering!

I was extremely disappointed! I have seen so many versions of the Cleo dress on a variety of different ladies and it always looks stinking adorable. Why didn't it work for me? What had I done wrong?

Well, I've sewn up another version of Cleo and it has been a rousing success. Let me tell you what I learned.

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