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News from the Nest, March 13

Why, hello!

Remember last week when I had been basking in the gloriously, unseasonably warm weather, getting dirt under my nails and reveling in my time in the garden?


I knew it was inevitable, and it is still winter, after all. The good news is that I can spend the time I need to write up several posts for you all. Between all the yard work last week, prepping for and spending a lovely couple of days with friends who came to visit, I am woefully behind on the blog. So, here’s the return of winter for a bit and getting stuff done!

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Edith Wharton

So, I think it is hilarious that today is National Napping Day! Those suffering from ‘Springing Forward’ can honestly celebrate the day by catching up on that lost hour. FWIW…I don’t need a National Holiday for napping! Naps are truly one of life’s great treasures.

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crowdsource opportunity

One of our readers, Joy, has asked if anyone has a recipe for Amish Friendship bread that they recommend. If you do, please send it to me, and I will get it to Joy. Thanks!

from the knit + crochet studio

  • I love to receive images of your finished projects! (hint hint 😉) Carol sent this picture of the Cloverleaf Eyelet Baby Blanket she knit for her new granddaughter. Isn’t it gorgeous and will be a treasured keepsake?
Knit baby blanket on crib
  • This crochet Lemon Peel Washcloth is relatively easy for those new to crochet. I’m on the record that I am a novice when it comes to crochet. I initially learned crochet to add borders to my knit projects, but have slowly ventured into other simple projects. Both the body and the trim of its Lemon Peel Washcloth are crocheted with relatively easy stitches. For those new to crocheting or wanting to learn crochet, give it a try!
  • I made a thirty-minute video showing how to crochet this washcloth and the edge. The first part details basic stitches, but you can skip ahead if you know the crochet basics.

from the kitchen

  • My grandma used to bake date nut bars, so this recipe evokes those days when we would come home from school to a house redolent with the aromas of freshly baked treats. I slightly altered her recipe, swapping out the white sugar for brown sugar, which gives the date nut bars a deeper, richer flavor.
Three date nut bar squares on a white counter.
  • I’ve often referred to this Measuring Equivalents Chart, but if you don’t have it, you need to get it! It is such a handy tool. I laminated mine and keep it taped to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinet doors.
Watercolor lemon with measuring equivalents

from the arts + craft studio

With or without the initials, these leather cord keepers are handy items and make great gifts. Your Cricut or Silhouette machine makes cutting them out a breeze! Disclaimer…I have a Cricut, but I’ve been told that you can use a Silhouette to cut Cricut files. But couldn’t tell you how as I’ve never worked with a Silhouette.

DIY Monogrammed Leather Cord Keepers are fairly quick to make, are so very useful! & make great gifts! Use your Cricut to cut the leather & iron on vinyl.

in the garden

Are you starting to plan out your garden? Are you perusing vegetable, perennial, and annual catalogs? Depending on where you are, you are either preparing for fall or spring!

house + home

Before and after lace was cleaned.
  • I miss this counter and the counter skirt! I made this grommeted counter skirt to cover the underneath of the office work counter in our previous home. Not only was it lovely and finished the previously unfinished space, but boy…did it do a great job of hiding stuff! I used it on a laminate counter, but you could find many applications for this project.
Counter with grommeted counter skirt.

this + that

  • So, I am currently binge-listening to, in a somewhat OCD manner, The Murdaugh Murders. Holy Cow! There are 80+ episodes, and I think they aren’t done yet! This is a doozy if your guilty pleasure is true crime podcasts. I was prewarned that the commentator had an annoying voice at first, but it didn’t bother me. She’s a journalist, not a podcaster, and she is sharing her reporting. And, FWIW, cleaning the pollen out of your home and off your back porch is quite enjoyable when you have a good podcast! I found myself asking, ‘what else needs cleaning?’
  • Here are some of my other favorite podcasts.
  • My one and only garlic press for the past 10+ years. I swear by this garlic press! Easy to clean, easy to use, and easy to get the mince size you want. If you need a smaller mince, then just rock over it again!
Crushing garlic iwth garlic press.

Well, friends…thanks to Mother Nature, I think I will actually have a productive blog week! I’ve got several interesting articles in the queue for you, so stay tuned.

Have a fantastic week!


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