mum’s day veggie sampler.

Working away on this vegetable sampler to frame for my mum on Mother’s Day. She said she wanted color in her self described “boring” lake house kitchen–with a vintage feel. So what better than a handmade gift that tries to do just that?

Here’s to hoping I actually have it finished.

navona, revisited.

I knit this Navona Cardigan at least two years ago and when I decided to wear it the other day to work, I realized it was just the second time I’ve sported this finished garment.

Knit up using Madelinetosh Merino Lite, I didn’t love the finished product for some reason, but given to its hanger in my closet for a couple of years, the time away may have changed my feelings about the color combination.

What do you think? Wear it more often or leave it to once a year?

bathroom cross stitch.

I decided to make this cheeky cross stitch for the guest bathroom in my new home. It’s fun and ridiculous, just the way I like it. I never take myself too seriously, and this is a good example. Subversive style cross stitch is so fun and quick, too. This project took one weekend to complete. All it needs is framing.

My only modification to the pattern was not to do the vines on the top and bottom.

Grab the pattern from Alicia Watkins’ etsy shop Watty’s Wall Stuff here.

remnants.

I’m a homeowner! Sorry for the outburst, I’m just still beyond thrilled and shocked that I’ve actually made a huge goal of mine come true–to buy a place of my own in Boston city limits. It’s been a long time coming, but I couldn’t be more ready to move into my place.

I closed at the beginning of April, but am leasing back the place to the former owners for 2 months. So, while I await my early June move in date, I’m doing a few do it yourself home decor projects.

I recently found an antique bench that would look amazing under some of the many windows in my new place. Seeing beyond the quilted fabric on top of the piece, I looked at the bones of the piece—beautiful solid wood legs with an interesting shape, and the easy ability to remove the current upholstery on the seat and replace it with something unique, means something to me, and lastly, fitting to my personal aesthetic.

And so, I’ve been sourcing and purchasing pieces of Pendleton fabric in large enough pieces to refinish the bench. I want to have options so I can see which will look best based on size and scale of pattern to bench; I can also use any of the remnants I don’t pick for future items of any kind.

More snaps when I decide and finish the bench.

misshapen dinner.

They key to incredible homemade pizza is three things: homemade dough, fresh ingredients, and a pizza stone with the oven cranked up to 500 degrees.

This was an easy weeknight meal for me; a white pizza with olive oil, fresh basil, heirloom tomatoes (which I quickly roasted in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper before I assembled the pizza), and whole milk ricotta cheese. Yum.

birthday socks.

My guy Sean loves hand knitted socks. He wears them all the time, even in the death of Phoenix’s desert heat. And so, for most of his birthdays and for various surprise gifts, I knit him socks. After thought heels fit him well, and usually he likes to take some risks with sock color.

He’s the only guy I know that can confidently walk into 32 years old wearing pink stripes. And so, here are his socks for his birthday this weekend. I think he’s going to love them.

Knit up using Knit Picks Felici Fingering in the blackberry jam colorway. Toes are done with some charcoal Knit Picks Stroll Sock. Yet another great stash busting project. It seems like 2015 is the year where I don’t buy any yarn and completely work from my existing. Cheers to that.

More snaps of all the socks I’ve made here.

books + knits.

My nights these days are filled with pleasure reads, decorating magazines, and small gifts for my guy’s upcoming birthday. He is the only person I know that can confidently walk into 32 years old wearing pink striped socks.

paint samples.

It was official last Friday. I closed on my first home; I won’t move in until June (it’s a lease back for 59 day situation, which is perfect timing because we will be out off work for school summer break) but in the meantime, I’m plotting in my head where my furniture will go, purchasing a few new items mostly found through antiquing (score: a danish mid century modern angled book shelf that looks exactly like this one for an appallingly cheap $30), and of course, deciding on paint colors.

The entire condo is painted a gentle yellow, which is fine for the guest bedroom and maybe for now, the bathrooms. But I’d like to put my own stamp on the living room, dining room, and master bedroom. I’m thinking shades of green–all lighter and maybe leaning grayish. I think it will be a nice compliment to the historic details. And I hate dark paint colors.

More to come as I get to decorate my first owned place.

home buying.

Today, I closed on my very first condo in Boston. I am a home owner. I can’t wait to live in something that I can do what I’d like to it. I have a middle unit with outdoor space–two porches, in fact (one in front, one in back)–two beds, two baths (a master bath guys! a master bath!), a house built in 1899 but fully renovated in 2011, close to the T, and restaurants, and beautiful original fir floors, and a gas fireplace, and central air. I mean, it ticks all the boxes. And I get to call it mine.

Be prepared for an onslaught of home decorating posts at kraftwork.

hoarding.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I like to hoard my Easter candy all year long. I mean, there’s something specific and charming about Easter candy, more so than other holiday themed treats. It could be the pastels, it could be the egg shapes. Or it could be the Cadbury. Either way, I’m still munching on mini eggs, straight through spring.