Merry Christmas!

Wishing you happy holidays from our growing family to yours.

We’ll be putting the bubble bread out to rise tonight and looking forward to opening the gifts that the dogs didn’t already get into (sigh) tomorrow morning.

Renegade recap and cookies

I just wanted to point you to a couple of posts I did over on the Goodsmiths blog. I posted a bunch of photos of my favorite vendors at Renegade in a little recap of the show, which was amazing.

Mike mans the booth.

Both days were extremely busy, and since I had more stock this year I was able to sell quite a bit more than last year.

I also posted about some shortbread cookies I made last week that turned out really well.

I actually can’t remember a time when I’ve made shortbread before, so I was pretty happy with my first try. I dipped the cookies in chocolate, which makes them extra indulgent, although they are buttery and delicious by themselves.

I have a few more orders to make this week, but then I am ready to relax. And bake! We might even take some kind of mini babymoon while Mike has time off.


It’s finally time for my biggest show of the year, the Renegade Craft Fair holiday market in San Francisco. Lots of my favorite vendors are going to be there this weekend (250+ total), and I can’t wait to shop as well as sell. I’ll have every single thing I make — hats, fingerless gloves, cowls, nesting bowls, owls, poufs and rope baskets. Come check it out!

7 months

Those newborn blocks are coming up fast! Where did the last month go?

Thankfully I passed my glucose test and everything else is going well. (Side note: If you have to have the 2-hour glucose test with fasting, in which you cannot leave the whole time and the bathroom is locked, pray that you don’t have to be squeezed in a tiny waiting room next to a 300-pound man who reeks of pot.)

At least I can still see my feet.

I feel pretty good, though more tired as time goes on. After last weekend’s craft show I was totally beat and I had swollen ankles for the first time. Renegade will definitely be a challenge this year, but I am so excited for it.

I bought a whole bunch of maternity tank tops at Old Navy with a 30% off coupon last weekend. They are so comfy and great for layering. I pretty much don’t have any clothes left that fit that aren’t maternity at this point. I hope they last me two more months!

I will wear this puffer as long as it zips!

I’m starting to be able to feel lumps in my belly that feel like an arm or a foot, but I can’t quite identify them yet. We’ve switched from baby TV to the identify-that-body-part game. She kicks hard now, but I still love it. Pregnancy is definitely one of the coolest things that’s ever happened in my life (and strangest and most mysterious and most uncomfortable).

My belly button hasn’t quite popped out yet, but it is trying to. The scar I had left from having a belly button ring (oh yes) is now about an inch above where it used to be. Sexy.

We’re just starting to put together the nursery, piece by piece. I’ll have some photos for you when it looks a little better. Random question – did you get a bumper for your crib? Is this some kind of suffocation hazard? We were trying to pick one out and then saw these mesh-y ones that are supposedly safer and now I don’t know what the heck to get. These are the dilemmas these days. 🙂

Baby blankets

I finally made something for my own baby! I finished my first baby blanket for her, and I love how it turned out.

Though I am not usually too crazy about pink, I like the combination of pink and brown, so I went with that. It hardly took any time to knit the blanket and crochet the edges.

I am pretty much guaranteed to never have to buy a baby blanket, as we have received many beautiful ones already.

Every member of this household must know to cheer for the Jayhawks.

Just look at the hand-stitching on this quilt from my friend Amy.

I also received the loveliest print from my friend Brianne. She knows I love me some vintage Pyrex bowls.

I thought it deserved a place right above the cookbooks. As for my Pyrex collection, it will have to find a new spot in our home since it currently lives in the nursery-to-be.

All the babies

And now for your much-delayed Thanksgiving recap.

First, we flew to Minneapolis and then drove on to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to stay with Mike’s family. (And it only took one car ride, two trains, one bus, two planes, and another car ride to complete our trip, yeesh.) I finally got to meet my niece, Grace, who is now 8 months old and impossibly adorable.

I learned many things about babies at this age, such as: they love crinkly things, they put everything in their mouths, they crawl fast (and thus can really use a pair of baby legwarmers!), and they will put their drool-y hands all over your face, and that’s OK.

I mean seriously. Who could resist?

We had another shower where we acquired several cloth diapers (woo hoo!) and lots of other sweet goodies. And of course we ate all the Wisconsin essentials.

Before we flew to Kansas we had to make a stop at our friends’ place in Minneapolis to meet their new baby, Aldo. At just 2 1/2 weeks, he was so tiny I was afraid I would break him. But we all got to hold him while we learned about how little sleep we’ll be getting in a few months.

Also learned: little babies really will scratch their faces with teeny fingernails. Ouch!

In Kansas my mom loaded us down with more baby clothes and my dad with things from his house since they’re moving to Colorado. We succeeded in bringing all of these items home with the bag-in-a-bag technique (pack an extra one inside your checked bag), which I highly recommend for holiday travel. We flew Southwest home, so it was all free.

At my cousin’s house in KC, we had Thanksgiving #2. Man, it was good.

She and her husband just had their baby girl 5 weeks earlier, so we got to hold little Isla, too. It was fascinating to see how much babies change in just a few weeks. She was pretty patient with us all banging pots and pans and passing her around until she reached maximum stimulation. Then people, including my Aunt Lark (chef extraordinaire) took turns keeping her moving.

Note to self: get these.

We learned so much about what to buy/not to buy there that I redid a bunch of our registry when we got home. Having so many new parents in our life is infinitely helpful right now. Also, how amazing is the aptly named Buy Buy Baby?

Speaking of baby things, I have to show you this picture of Sadie, who decided the giant box our playpen came in would make a good bed for her. We found her sitting in the box after she had ruffled the paper inside to her liking.

Now we are back, listening to the rain and getting ready for craft shows. And maybe we’ll get out the Christmas decorations one of these days!