Warmest hello to you! How has your winter been? (Or summer, for our dear friends south of the equator…?) We hope you’ve been keeping busy with all the good things in life: family, friends, work, play, naps, books, pretty magazines, daydreams, baking, decorating, and of course, crafting!
If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know our big/exciting/awesome news: Dennis and I wrote, designed, and stitched a book! Kawaii Craft Life – it’s a sweet, sparkly, and utterly adorable collection of needlecraft projects! (Think kawaii sweets, adorable critters, rainbows, unicorns, and general super-cuteness.)
Projects in Kawaii Craft Life are divided into three needlecraft categories: feltcraft, cross stitch, and embroidery. And ohmygoodness, I can go on and on about how darling these projects are! There are 35 projects, with over 50 individual quirky-cute designs to stitch. And of course, lots of full-color step-by-step illustrations. (If you’ve ever bought any of our Trellis & Thyme patterns, you know this is how we roll; Love those full-color illustrations!) There are some pretty previews up at your fav online booksellers, so you can catch a glimpse of some of the projects in advance!
Dennis and I are literally skipping about these days, in anticipation of Kawaii Craft Life‘s forthcoming release. (We were walking hand in hand the other day, and Dennis, normally a try to act normal in public type, suggested we skip! I was taken aback, naturally, but I love skipping – why don’t people skip more?! – so I said, “Okay!” And so we did. And it was as ridiculous as you might imagine: two grown-ups skipping hand-in-hand. But it was serious fun, and I fully intend to do it again, even if D’s come back to his senses and tries to pretend it was the result of too-strong coffee with too much sugar. Whatever. The boy’s happy about his book and I love that.)
Back on planet earth, I’ve been keeping calm(ish) with long hours of crochet. At this time I have, goodness knows, about 10 wips: the two delightful hexie throws I’ve previously shared (here and here,) and a few more projects at varying stages of progress. I love picking up an old project and adding to it (which is what I love about granny patchwork – just make new squares or hexies and join-as-you-go.) And I love starting new projects, and dreaming up new projects, and deciding on colors for new projects, etc. At the moment I’m into some modern eclectic doilies. You can never have enough doilies, I always say!
It’s been raining a lot this winter. We’re grateful for it, of course. Rain doesn’t come too often to Southern California. The garden’s loving it, too. Nasturtiums are growing everywhere and climbing everything. Even though it’s quite cold at nights, the afternoons have become mellow, and you can feel that spring is right around the corner. Many of the trees in town are in full fluffy bloom. Oh, that reminds me – we have two beautiful ‘Welcome Spring’ cross stitch samplers coming to the shop! Very soon…
We hope February is being good to you. Remember to be good to yourself, always. Until next time!
PS: Cuddles sends his love.