gifts.

For my good friend Mack’s 30th birthday. Obviously, it’s Anne of Green Gables theme, our collective youth, rolled into one. I adore the vintage Prince Edward Island root beer mug I found for her; it even has the Green Gables farm on the little map.

Small gift tag made by me.

spring veggies.

There’s nothing better than a platter of spring veggies. These recent eatables were served with two homemade dipping sauces made by moi–a garlic/cayenne aioli and a lemon aioli.

How do you like to eat your spring veg?

biscuits.

Carrot shaped biscuits for Easter Sunday’s strawberry shortcake dessert. It’s classic New England style to use traditional biscuits to pound cake, and its the only way I’ll enjoy this dessert. I also don’t believe in macerating the strawberries in any sugar, liquor, etc. The berries should sing on their own.

handmade stickers.

A pile of handmade stickers I recently made to use when wrapping birthday gifts for various friends and family. It’s really easy to make your own stickers; I use stamps and labels you can buy basically anywhere. Always use archival ink; it’s bolder and simple.

watermelon.

Made this little watermelon dress for my guy’s niece, who is turning the big 3 at the end of this month. This pattern was really easy; completed in 3 days, it was also budget friendly since I used Knit Picks Cotlin yarn in the cerise colorway for the main body and sprout for the bodice. The cotlin knits up beautifully, is washer machine friendly, and more importantly, Phoenix weather friendly.

I envision Abbey running around the pool all summer and this is the perfect dress to pop on over a bathing suit.

Only modification I made was instead of simply seaming the straps to the back of the bodice, I decided to knit two small buttonholes using a basic yarn over. These little coconut shell buttons go perfect with the pattern and I like that she will be able to “walk into” the dress, rather than shove it over her head.