Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Nothing like having a new project on the needles! This is going to be a variation of Purl Soho's Classic Cuffed Hat, and I'm knitting it in KnitPicks Capra yarn which is so yummy and soft.

And that's all for today! Hope your Wednesday is wonderful :) 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cats in Paris // A Blogging for Books Review

Adult coloring books have really exploded recently, and I'd be lying if I said that I haven't gotten sucked into the trend too. Although I like to just use a coloring app on my phone, I also like reverting to my childhood days of pulling out my colored pencils and deliberately filling in the lines on physical pages.

Another thing I love?


Therefore, this coloring book is really perfect for me. It combines my old love of coloring with the adorableness of sweet felines in all their quirkiness.

There are a lot of new adult coloring books floating around out there, but I'm really happy with this one because it has a level of sophistication without being too hard. I hate getting halfway through a coloring page and losing steam because it's too tedious or boring, so this particular book is a perfect balance of staying interesting and cute without taking forever to finish.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Why hello there! I'm so excited to share this pseudo-finished project with you! It still needs a button, hence the pseudo, but for all intents and purposes, I'm calling this sweater complete! It turned out so well, and I can't wait to wear it out. It's really heavy and warm (100% wool), so it should be a nice layering piece now that winter is finally here.

You can find my Ravelry notes for this project here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

On My Bookshelf: January

In 2015, I completed my goal of reading 30 books by finishing 37, and this year, I plan on hitting the same goal with the hope that I can exceed it again. I read so many amazing books last year, and I hope that I also have some amazing reads this year as well! If you have any book suggestions for me, please let me know! I read pretty much everything, so no suggestion will go overlooked!

This month I hope to read:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I actually started reading Anne of Green Gables a few days before the new year, but I didn't get very far into it, so I'm adding it to this list for the month. I had forgotten how good this book is though. It is so well written, and while the plot is pretty basic, the words are absorbing.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
If you've read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, then you'll know that each chapter is preceded by a little sub-story. Well, that sub-story has now been expanded upon and placed in its own book, and I'm excited to read it! It's a little Harry Potter-esque, which is never a bad thing.

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
While I'm usually a proponent of reading books before seeing their movie adaptation, I actually have already seen this movie already and am just now getting around to reading the book. But that's okay! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and since I am a proponent of all things Jane Austen, I have high expectations of the book too.

Friday, January 1, 2016

16 Things to Do In 2016

Wow, 2016 already. 2015 was quite a year. So many unbelievable things happened, coupled with some really sad times as well. But that's the way that life goes--every day is new and different, and it's hard to anticipate everything that is going to happen in a year. Because as this past year has shown, a lot can happen. But I'm definitely looking forward to 2016. This year is going to hold some really great times, and even though David and I haven't set a date yet for our wedding, who knows, maybe we'll get married this year! Since I can't write that in stone yet, 16 other things that I want to happen this year are as follows:

1. Finish reading the Bible in its entirety.
2. Learn how to sew.
3. Visit a state I've never been to before.
4. Build my personal brand.
5. Take more pictures.
6. Learn to knit cables.
7. Learn to be a better fiancee, sister, daughter, and friend.
8. Read at least 30 books.
9. Attend the wedding of a friend.
10. Write more poetry.
11. Find something positive in every situation.
12. Go through my belongings and weed out items to donate.
13. Get a yoga mat and start doing yoga again.
14. Sell something that I've made.
15. Get a raise at work.
16. Keep kicking butt at grad school.

I think #11 is especially important. Negativity is such a drain on energy, whether physical, mental, or emotional, and it can genuinely affect our health. Every situation is what you make it, so put your best foot forward and keep going, trying to find something good in every person and every aspect of life. Bad days happen, but don't take it out on yourself or others.

I'm not a huge fan of winter, but I'm trying to see it not as a time of being permanently chilled, but a time of reveling in hot drinks, sitting by a fire, snuggling under hand-knit blankets, and sharing kisses under mistletoe.