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I don't know what took me so long to buy a sweater, a mitten and a hat cookie cutter. I mean seriously. Knitters that like to bake without knitwear cookie cutters?! I used this recipe. Seriously good. Waiting for Libby to get home from college to decorate them. (Tomorrow! Yippee!)

60 more quick baby blankets giveaway

Okay, friends. This may be the cutest book of baby blanket patterns I have ever seen!I flipped through the book marking my favorites with post it notes. I think I put a post it note on every single pattern. I'm not kidding. This is honestly, the most spectacular selection of baby blanket patterns I have ever seen. Show More Summary

Shopping day

2 days agoHobbies / Needlework : Muppin

I’m addicted to milk glass. There. I said it. I also love pressed and cut glass too. I’m super lucky that the thrift stores around me have lots. I really need to stop. Or start selling it off. I can’t decide. ???? There’s a pattern sale on this weekend at JoAnns. I may have gone...

december knitcrate

Imagine being tucked away in a little valley, snugly nestled between hills and mountains, little houses lined up together in the brightest, happiest painted colors. -knitcrateI actually can imagine just that. And it makes me excited for this time of year. Show More Summary

REJECTION in it’s many forms…

3 days agoHobbies / Needlework : Muppin

It’s that time again, when the emails go out that everyone hates to see.  I’ve seen rejections in it’s many many forms from book proposals to teaching to quilt entries.  I have enough of these letters to wallpaper a small bathroom. I have rejections in face to face meetings that sting like crazy and you...

christmas 2007

This was our Christmas 2007 photo shoot day. Me. Them. Their father telling them to listen to their mother and smile for the camera. I seriously can't believe this was ten years ago. I often wonder what my Instagram would have looked liked when my kids were younger. Show More Summary

Next Step

OK. So the next step is to be this motivated in the down ballot races so we never get another Roy Moore. R or D, we need to fill our seats with candidates that favor of basic human decency. PS Thank you to everyone who made me a part of the 2% write-in vote. Maybe […]

Ellen Ripley

4 days agoHobbies / Needlework : Muppin

I love the Alien franchise of movies. And I especially love the second film in the series, Aliens. Ellen Ripley is a strong momma bear character who takes no shit and is out to survive. I often quote the second film, and I have often said that Ripley is my spirit animal. I have sketches...

three years ago

Today marks three years without the only father I ever knew. I would love to say that time heals all wounds. I think as individuals we are able to move on. But the feeling of loss is there. When you let yourself dig deep, and let yourself feel again, those feeling come bubbling to the surface. Show More Summary

We’re On National TV!

Oh, Alabama. I am so proud of you right now. Don’t ever let anybody tell you your vote doesn’t count.

A Word From The President…

5 days agoHobbies / Needlework : Muppin

Of the Quilt Guild I mean! Yup, I’m still serving my second term of being the President of the Riverwalk Quilters Guild in Naperville IL. Tonight’s speaker was Mickey Depre! I think it’s important to serve and give back to your community, and this also has the side benefit of getting me out of the...

toast with purls

Meet toast with purls. I think of these arm warmers as being a slightly dressier version of toast. (My mind suddenly goes to making toast and wearing pearls.)???? The pattern is over on ravelry and you can download your free copy using the code "merryandbright". Show More Summary

The Holidays…

6 days agoHobbies / Needlework : Muppin

Ah yes, that time of year is here.  You know, some people LOVE this time of year, and some people have a difficult time with it.  I’m a little in between.  I love the traditions, the coziness, and the warmth.  But my traditions have had to have some major changes in the past couple of...

A new pen wouldn’t hurt either

For years and years, I’ve run a very tight Christmas ship.  Very tight. Spreadsheet kinda tight, and it’s really worked for me. It’s prevented a hysterical sort of feeling in my tummy and made it possible for me to get … Continue reading ?

our tree

This was only the second year we have ever cut down our Christmas year. We thought it would be really great to drive to the farm to get a fresh tree. We found our favorite tree almost instantly. Perfectly shaped and perfectly full. It even came with it's very own birds nest. Show More Summary


I’m in a secret business mastermind group locally and we had our meeting today. The great thing about meeting in person is that you can exchange gifts for the holidays. These are thoughtful gifts! The notepads are personalized and they are so cool with the comic book theme. The zipper pouch and stuff all came...

A Look at The Numbers – Houston Market/Festival

I haven’t shied away from sharing what it takes to make it in this business.  I think the truth of running a business in this industry helps everyone.  I broke down my 2016 expenses here.  And I talked about my 2015 income here. Now, I use miles to fly to Houston from Chicago, but even if...

soon to be...

My yarn arrived for my next project; humulus. SO looking forward to casting on, but must wait until I finish a few small Christmas gifts. It took me quite a while to decide on a yarn choice and color combo. I'm going to be using the lovely Quince yarn in Lark.


It was the first time I made a peppermint cake. I figured it was that time of year, and this year I am feeling particularly festive. It wasn't that pretty, but it sure was delicious.

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