I finished my knitting project – “Upside-down Daisy” pattern found in Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson.  It’s probably been about a year since I last knitted anything, so I was a little bit rusty.  I’m not sure if I did something wonky or if it’s just that I was knitting in the round that the whole thing’s a tad slanty.  Regardless, I think it turned out cute and Arden has already been putting it to good use today, though the weather here in Michigan is surprisingly warm and she probably doesn’t really need a hat.

I’ll be linking up to some of the parties in my Linky Party Directory.



Nope, I didn’t mis-title the post – the cans are for the pumpkin bread!  This recipe bakes right in metal coffee cans.  My husband saved a bunch of the cans from all-nighters during early grad school thinking he’d hammer them flat and put them on a table for a “coffee table”.  He’s got his own creative ideas, though it’s been about eight years since he defended his dissertation.  Maybe when the garage/”man cave” is completed he can add that to his project list.

Laser likes to help me in the kitchen, as evidenced by the flour on his nose.

You end up with these giant-muffin shaped loafs of yummy pumpkin bread!  The only bad thing about it making four or five loaves is that my husband thinks that means he gets bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Pumpkin Bread


  • 2 C pumpkin
  • 3 ¼ C sugar
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 C water
  • 3 ½ C flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 ½ t salt
  • ½ t baking powder
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 C chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 4 16 oz., or 5 10 oz. metal coffee cans.
  3. Mix all ingredients together, add nuts.
  4. Fill cans 1/2 full.
  5. Bake at 350° F for one hour.

Crafter’s Anonymous Club is hosting a  Week of Felt Link Party, so here’s my little felted bag that I want to link up.  I made this before I started blogging, and not terribly long after I began knitting.  I had knitted an insanely complicated green wool sweater with seed stitch, ribbing, and cables.  I turned out really cute, REALLY warm, and a teensy bit… tight.  It has a home for now with my petite friend Heather.  I hope she loves it well until I ask for it back for Arden to wear.  With the leftover wool, I improvised this little bag that I felted and to which I added a zipper by hand.  I love it!


Day two of framing, and I think I’m in love!  Okay, it’s a tad on the obnoxiously tall side, but we got the wall height variance and the neighbors had the opportunity to contest it at that point.  C’est la vie, or so they say…  Now I think we might need to do some exterior upgrades on the house so the garage doesn’t overshadow it.

Garbage Picking, Dumpster Diving, D-Mart, Skip-raiding, Trashing, Curbside Salvage…

Whatever you call it, I just did it!  Thanks to your brave confessions I just mustered the courage to pull my car into some stranger’s driveway, inspect a find and then load it into my car.  I feel a little bit of a shopper’s high, but without the guilty post-purchase letdown!  I can’t wait to show my hubby what I found for FREE!  I cannot believe someone would throw away something in such good shape, and solid wood construction.  It doesn’t even need much repair. 

If I can ever get the #$^%^* chairs I got from ReStore done (don’t get me started on trunkated nap times and hubby with “pirorities”) I’m going to give my little curbside gem a new life.

Arden thoroughly enjoyed her first foray into the world of trick-or-treating.  Aside from a mini-meltdown while donning her costume, she got right into the groove of things.  We only went to a couple of neighbors and nearby friends houses, but she quickly figured out how to hold out her little pumpkin bag and then check to see what went inside.  When we got home, she trick-or-treated to Daddy and then dumped out her bag of goodies on the floor.

Checking out her lit Jack O' Lantern


I got a lucky shot of Arden sitting on the steps to our side door.  Nothing fancy, I was trying to get some cute pictures of her playing in the leaves and she wandered off – silly model leaving the photo shoot!

My business cards bookmarks have arrived for my Etsy shop – JennuineDesign!

Thanks so much to Matthew for printing them up for me.  My sister-in-law Jean and her husband are entrepenuers and have two businesses – Wiggity Bang Games and Promo Deli.  Wiggity Bang Games are the creators of Quelf (SO much fun – you HAVE to try it!), Flapdoodle, Quao, and Whizizzle.  Promo Deli is an online store for promotional products.  You name it, they’ve got it. 

I had them printed up as bookmarks in the hopes that they won’t be trashed/recycled the minute the package is opened.  Do you think this will work? 

So… now I suppose I have to actually have products to sell in my shop.  Time to get right on that!

As the days get shorter, leaves fill the yard signalling that autumn has arrived in full force.  There is also the scent of the nearby sugar plant in the air – it used to stink to high heaven, but now it smells like peanut brittle to me.  All these things combine to make my fingers start itchin’ for some knittin’!

Some wool cashmere blend, a little bamboo, and a little organic cotton have been waiting ever so patiently to become an adorable little hat.

It’s the “upside-down daisy” from a wonderful book I’ve been planning to knit my way through.  Everything in it is sooooo stinkin’ cute!

It’s itty-bitty hats by Susan B. Anderson and I picked it up at a fabulous yarn store on a family trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon last fall.  Love it!  I’m not the world’s fastest knitter, so this is a bit of a tease since it might be a while before I actually have a hat to show off, but it looks like it should knit up quick.


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