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Spring is the most surprising time of year…

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Everything happens so fast.  Yesterday there were apple blossoms, but today they are all blown away and collect in the gutter like leaves.  Today there are lilacs, but perhaps tomorrow they will be browned by frost… who knows!  I have to go on walks every day to see it all!

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Golden baskets of flowers…

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I think this is such a good idea for ground cover.  Onion?  Chive?  Edible?

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Hello, Lilacs!  I love you!  

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I don’t know what this is, but it was so bright on this overcast day!  Such a heart-warmer!

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Darker lilacs against the pines…

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My Garden!  Showing life!  Oh Colorado… if only you didn’t have such a short growing season…

 

Okay, life- settle down, now!  

#1.)  I signed on a new house in October.  (>_<)  All my time has been going to making it into my new home, but I hope to have photos for you soon!  With no internet at the new house still I am long delayed in my internet past-times.  

#2.)  Work = Crazy-town.  Nuff said.

#3.) Knitting madness!  Lots of knitting in-between crazy things!  

#4.)  Skull madness!  Here is one turkey skull I’ve been working on…

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Hope everyone is having a brilliant 2014 so far!  =)  Cheerios!

We’re putting finishing touches on our candlesticks for the craft show, now… 

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It’s really hard to part with these pieces after having spent so much time with them.  I remember each store we bought each piece in (some as far away as Madison, Wisconsin and Laramie, Wyoming).  Putting them together is like building a character in a book- each piece has to fit perfectly in its own vertical-nature to create a vivid personality.Image

There are a few that might not make it to the show… they might be staying on my mantle.  (^o^)

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Come see us at the Unique Boutique Craft Show at University and Dry Creek (near Arapahoe High School) in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church September 13th and 14th, Friday and Saturday from 9-4pm .  Free Admission!  Indoors!  Lovely things!  

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Thinking is easy,

acting is difficult,

and to put one’s thoughts into action

is the most difficult thing in the world.

-Goethe

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When we last stayed in Verona for the last wine expo, we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast called Casa Guilia.  It was a lovely place- full of soft greys and feathery blues.

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The most magical thing about it was that a lot of the furniture seemed to be from Ikea- and yet the owner of this inn seemed to have better taste than those designers who put the Ikea display homes together in their stores.

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or maybe Guilia just happened to have 3 things Ikea didn’t.

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A very old house, very good taste…

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…and an eye for beauty.

On our recent business trip to Italy I managed to eat mountains of pizza and pasta, and liters of wine.  Since I lived to tell the tale, here are a few of my favorites…

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The Cinque Terre DOC wine is a blend of three grapes- Vermentino, Albarola, and Bosco.  It’s light, semi-sweet, with a little grass on the tail end.  In my opinion, it is a mysterious cross between a Northern Italian Sauvignon Blanc and an Argentinian Torrontes.  I was delighted to experience it, but due to it’s no-name recognition in the state, we decided we could not sell it in the states.

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The local pasta shape here is called Trofie.  It is thick and dense, rolled like a cigarette, and fun to chew on.  Pesto is also a regional sauce, so I got two birds with one stone!

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There were no end of pizzas.  We went to one restaurant that had “50 kinds of pizza” though they were all really close to each other, so I didn’t think it counted.  On this day we had a traditional Magherita (Marinara, Basil, Mozzarella), and a Capriccosa (artichokes, olives, sardines, sausage, ham, and Mozzarella).  Total opposites!  Very good!  We also snaked on some mini bruschetta assortments.  Yum!

ImageOutside the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we got a little hungry, so we had a beer, which by the way all taste like nothing, and cost about 3 times as much as wine, which is very backwards in my head!  And we ordered some small open-faced salmon toasted things which looked crazy fancy, only to discover that all that cream-colored stuff was mayonnaise, which I find to be a crime against humanity, so I wiped it off and then found it all very tasty.

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Arguably the best pizza of the trip!  This dude was arugula (man, they love arugula there!) cherry tomatoes, Pecorino Romano flakes, and Balsamic on a white sauce.  Uhm… wow!  I can’t wait to make one of my own.

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The Calzones of Italy are delicious- they are moist on the inside, so they don’t need all that sauce on the top, which is good because when I first saw this in front of me- I panicked thinking it wasn’t going to be very good.  I was dead wrong!

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A moment of respect for the humble sardine!  Oh, how delicious you are when you are not pickled and  fresh!  Olive oil and spices make you a new love of mine!

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It’s not pretty, but boy was it delicious!  Cingalino Pasta!  (That’s little wild boar, to you).  I don’t remember what the straw-like pasta shape was called, but this salty dish was mouth-watering, and I’m not normally one for meat.

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Olive Garden eat your heart out…  Seafood by the sea!

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Oh, you!  You, you, you!  Newly discovered for me, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOC. The first DOC declared in Italy in 1995.  It was written of by Dante in the divine comedy as a gluttonous wine, surely due to the sweetness it could achieve.  I chose a drier style, but the crisp sweetness still came through, and it was delightful!  We’re definitely bringing some to the Colorado market.

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Fruiti di Bosco Panna Cotta.  I am not a custard/jelly fan (I had the creme brulee) but I had to admit this was beautiful!

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I never knew I liked Carbonara until this trip, and now I am eager to find a good recipe for it.  The secret, I’m sure, is in the egg and Pancetta!  Yum!  Our wine this evening was a local Chianti Reserva (Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Malvasia) from Vico de Elsa.  It was not overly oaked like our California reds, despite having been in oak for so long, but its underlying tannins pulled the heavy sauces right off our palates!  Chianti and meat pastas go well together, otherwise I suggest the Salice Salentino.

There are many other delicious foods and wines we tasted, but these were the best, and I can’t wait to go back again someday for more!

Anyone who is a Game of Thrones fan, and/or loves to knit, will fall head over heels for this new Winterfell cowl over at the Fancy Tiger Blog.

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(Photo from the Fancy Tiger Blog)

I can’t believe their surreal photo shoot.  I feel like I’m beyond the wall and it’s a very scary place.  Good thing I have the prospect of a sweet-looking cowl to keep me sane!

I’m going to knit one of these up asap, and I think you should, too.

 

Has anyone else played with Polyvore yet?

I know I saw it floating through the internet world a while back, but I never tried it until recently.  It’s ridiculously addicting.  I suggest putting an hour aside before playing with this virtual collage site… I went to find a good outfit to pair with the FibreCo’s pattern, Winthrop, and got sucked into all the color!

Winthrop Sweater Tomato-Style

I forgot to mention to mention I got a new camera… one that is all shiny and new and complicated.  To practice with the new lens, I took it to the National Western Stock show, but I still don’t know how to use it!   I guess I’d better read the instructions after all…ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageCows, cows, more cows, and…. albino peacocks?   Whaaaaaaat?!   Pretty sweet.  

Today brought snow…

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And a new little friend who knit himself up in a hour thanks to a little kit from Fancy Tiger, and a pattern from Mochi Mochi Land.  Love forced bulbs!  Love snow!  Love gnomes!  Love it all!