The Manzanita Collection


The Manzanita Collection

Did you know that Ravelry now supports ebooks? As a designer, I think this is fantastic. In celebration of this nifty new tool and because, much to my chagrin, it's creeping up on that holiday season thingy, I've decided to offer my first official ebook.* You can now purchase Jamison Square, Astoria and La Cumparsita together for almost $7 off the price of buying them individually.

To purchase the collection, you can go here.

And, for sure, I don't want to punish those of you who have already purchased one or all of these patterns. If you are interested in the collection discount and have purchased any or all of the patterns, write me with the subject line: "Manzanita Collection" and include your receipt(s). I will invoice you for the cost difference or refund you the $6.99, if you've purchased all three before Friday November 6th.

As always, thanks to every one of you who supports me and/or other independent designers. I think that's downright awesome.

*Technically, Alsace has been functioning as a sort of ebook, but there's no need to split hairs.

A few things that are making me happy


Leo and I managed to throw together passable Halloween costumes without any planning, thanks to some inventive closet diving.

A demon and Maryann from Gilligan's Island, or possibly Dorothy pre-ruby slipper

Ravelry is featuring Jamison Square on their pattern page

I squeed when I saw this.

While we didn't win a cover spot, you can see see Thea at about 1:12 in this video.

And the whole darn video is full of smiley goodness.

And lastly, artichokes.

Artichokes with Pesto Dip
I love artichokes. Click image for recipe

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Yes, I know that this makes me a terrible terrible person.

Salt water therapy


It's been rainy. I love the rain, but Saturday was sunny and beautiful. You know what? I love sunshine too. Lucky me.

We packed a little picnic and headed for the coast.

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Thea carried the water like a trooper.

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Which freed us up to take in the view.

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Don't mind the precipitous drop to likely doom, just look at the pretty.

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Because at the end of the trail is joy.

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And of course, a little lunch.

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And a whole lot of fetch.

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Smiles abound.

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The view was just as nice on the hike back.

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And a last game of fetch before going home.

And the cherry on top, a little soak in one of my favorite features of the house.

What can I say? Life is good. Hope your weekend was even better.

I hope the dogs forgive us


Normally, when we go for hikes it's a no brainer, we bring the dogs. You may not be aware of this but we kinda love those little furry poop factories.

But, just about a mile from our home is a newly opened nature park with a few miles of absolutely stunning trails. It's a wildlife preserve and they do not allow domestic animals on the trails for the safety and comfort of the wildlife.

Cooper Mountain Nature Park
See all the pictures here
1. Tree trunk, 2. No dogs allowed on trail...bummer, 3. Cragly tree, 4. Prairie overlook, 5. Blue skies and yellow leaves, 6. Blue skies and yellow leaves, 7. Autumn in Oregon, 8. Bird listening station, 9. Blackberry leaves, 10. Suggestive map, 11. Backlit trees, 12. Beautiful trail, 13. Arched tree
Created with fd's Flickr Toys

It's beautiful especially with all the leaves changing, and I'm sure the pups didn't mind that we left them home.


Um, ok, next weekend, we'll take them somewhere they can play.

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