February Making

Welcome to a new month, albeit, usually my least favorite month. Why? Because it’s dark and cold and in the past it’s the month where everyone gets sick. But this month I’m embracing the winter, finding the cosy, chasing the sunlight however I can, and everyone has vitamins and nourishing food to get us through.

Yesterday it began to snow and I turned on an audio book and sat in my newly cleaned up office working on this embroidery piece while I drank a hot cup of tea. It felt indulgent and kind and filled up my soul. It was a wonderful way to start the month.

Last Saturday I sewed 5 separate pieces! All before noon! And it was only because I had them all cut and prepped to go. I’ve been thinking on process and how it is ever evolving and how maybe this prep ahead of time thing might be a new way to go. The cutting out and tracing is my least favorite part of sewing so getting those done throughout the week and having time that is just for my favorite part, the actual sewing!, feels like a gift to myself.

What are you making this month? I’m going to start a new knitting project, finish up that embroidery and maybe turn it into a project bag, finish up my cozy capsule, and make a few turtlenecks to compare here on the blog. Nothing wild or crazy. All very practical in their own way. All very warm.

“When it’s really cold, the snow makes a lovely noise underfoot, and it’s like the air is full of stars.” -Katherine May Wintering

Hope you find some stars in the snow this month!

Currently///January

Here are things that I’m into this month. Would love to hear your ‘currently’ on any or all of these topics! Especially for shows- we need a new one to get lost in!

Watching/// Chris and I don’t have any shows right now! Instead we’ve been watching allll the sports. Football playoffs and every single Texas Tech basketball game. I’ve been knitting while we watch and may end up with a couple of sweaters by spring just because it’s easy to work on and watch whatever game is on.

Reading/// Reading from Amanda Gorman’s Call Us What We Carry a little bit every night. An absolutely brilliant collection of poetry that painfully captures life right now ok so many ways.

Underground Airlines by Ben H Winters This one took me a little bit to get into, but now I’m hooked. Click the link to read the premise, I’m afraid if I share too much about it, I’ll give too much away!

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard A contemplative book that I’ve been told about many times and am finally getting around to. I’m enjoying this in the mornings and it’s one of those that makes me slow down, both while I’m reading and throughout my day.

Listening/// similar in some respects to the Dillard book, I’ve been listening to Wintering:The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May. This book argues the the need for all of us humans to embrace the winters in our lives. That times of separation or darkness are times where we can grow and gain wisdom. That they are a necessary part of life and learning to embrace them is central to maintaining our emotional health.

Making/// I’ve been sewing my cozy capsule and knitting up a storm and also making a lot of food. I’ve found the blogs Ambitious Kitchen and How Sweet Eats and have really been loving them both! Two recipes I’ve made numerous times and every one loves are these pancakes– A great healthy breakfast! and this Brussels Sprouts Italian Chopped Salad is wonderful for lunch. I make four portions and Chris and I eat them throughout the week.

Feeling/// Taking a cue from the books I’m reading and feeling connected as a family. We’ve been skiing on weekends and enjoying our evenings together. I’m also proud of myself because this month I’ve been prioritizing my health and making all those doctor appointments that got pushed aside in 2020.

Planning/// We are going to be taking a fun- and warm!- spring break trip with my parents that has been fun to think about. We are also starting a home renovation project soon and I got to pick out counter tops and cabinets last week. After months of looking at plans and inspiration, this made it seem real and I’m very excited to get started!

Loving/// The rhythm of our lives right now. We’ve fallen into a productive but also restful schedule as a family and it feels good. I’ve also found a rhythm for fitting in my work and posting here and I look forward to my creative time and how I want to share it.

We are almost through January people! We’re doing it- day by day- we’re making it happen. I hope you can take a moment this week to reflect on your life, what are you loving? What do you want to change? And I hope you get some moments to slow down and rest.

January Making

This past week I did a lot of laundry and unpacking Christmas, packing up Christmas, and then I got to sewing! I made myself a sweater and have cut out a few more things. I’ll be sharing all my plans Friday, but this pic is a sneak peek of what’s to come.

I also cast on (for the second time!) a sweater that so far has one sleeve. Hoping to get that finished this month! I have figured out that knitting while we watch basketball or football is perfect for me. Keeps my hands busy but I can still enjoy whatever game is on. (or not watch if I don’t care!)

I’m hoping this week to start finding a good groove that mixes sewing and me time with all the other stuff I have to do the rest of the day. I love all the possibilities a new year brings in that respect! A chance to try and build new habits and practices.

Currently///Fall Edition

Just wanting to share some things that are really random and decided to make a new seasonal thing where we look I what I’m currently…

Reading: The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Co Going to start Thanks, Help, Wow by Anne Lamott and looking forward to Why I Jump by and Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Follow me on Good reads for all my reading and reviews. Kindle Oasis reading For the Wolf

Watching: Succession! Chris and I love this show so much and this latest season is fantastic. Also a lot of sports and Harper and I watch Project Runway together while the boys are at basketball.

Listening: I enjoyed laughing at me Spotify recap. It is very obvious I carpool 10 year olds. I also have been enjoying the Live Free Creative Podcast and her planning series for the new year. House in Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is my latest audio book. Chris read this earlier this year and liked it.

Making: My upcoming projects include: Christmas Pajamas, another Patina Blouse, a Red Dress, and using my Destashify Fabric. Finished my Knit Collage Poncho and am knitting some more hats for Christmas Presents.

Feeling: Slow and introspective. I’ve been leaning into scaling back a bit and it’s been nice during this busy time of year. I’ve also started up my yoga practice again, I love Yoga with Adrienne.

Planning: The only Black Friday shopping I did was to buy a bunch of patterns from Style Arc. After my Bob Pants I’m excited to try some more of their patterns! I also purchased some gorgeous velvet and viscose from Rainbow Fabrics and have dreams of a Gucci inspired suit in the future!

Loving: As winter approaches I’ve been trying to embrace the changing of the seasons. While I don’t love it getting dark at 4:30pm, I’m trying to focus on ways to get cozy and slow down. So far, getting cocoa and reading our Advent book together has been a nice way to end our days as a family.

Want to fill out your own currently list? Here are some fun sticky notes to add to your journals!

Let me know what you’re currently up to as we round out the end of fall up here in the northern hemisphere!

Currently

Looking at snow on Mount Evans and all the gold from the aspens peeking through the evergreens

Researching how to keep the twin’s new hermit crabs alive. When I say they are deeply in love with these things… I am not exaggerating.

Determinedly knitting my sweater from this spring to try and finish the front. I have a few projects planned for the rest of the year that I’m excited to get started on, but first we need to get at least half of this dang piece done!

Watching scary movies with Chris. Nothing really great movie-wise to report on but we did start The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix and it is deliciously creepy so far.

Planning Halloween costumes and starting to look into Christmas and presents and all of that.

Deleting Instagram and Facebook from my phone on the weekends and enjoying finding other things (and people!) to enjoy.

Cooking everything in the instant pot and slow cooker this week until I get my new oven next week. I’m ready to do some fall baking but in the meantime am trying to embrace fewer dishes to clean up after supper.

Enjoying slow weekends full of house projects and family time and looking forward to the holiday season and all the hustle and bustle that it will bring. Learning how to love the present and still have fun anticipating the future!

Things I’m Loving

Here is a list of things I’m currently loving in no particular order. Affiliate links used when possible, please enjoy and let me know the random thing that you are loving right now!

Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide I always look forward to these guides and have maxed out my hold limit at the library. I appreciate Ann’s descriptions and always find them helpful when picking out books.

These Spicy Noodles I know. I told you this was random though! I get these every time I grocery shop and am kind of obsessed with them. They are actually spicy and your mouth will be on fire, but so good.

Caroline Hirons and her book Skin Care: The Ultimate No Nonsense Guide last year I got serious about my skin care and experimented with some different products to figure out what my skin liked best. I am about to change over to my summer routine and this book has been extremely helpful. I’ve already changed the order I layer product and notice a difference!

This Archer and Olive Journal I just picked up to start bullet journaling. I love it’s beautiful paper- so easy to write on and holds up to markers and paint.

This Sunscreen, I’m also going to be trying this one soon The unseen sunscreen goes on like a dream and my make up works really well on top of it. No white cast, it’s not greasy, and my face (which is pretty reactive) has done well with it.

A Minimalist Meal Plan– right now we are baked potatoes and grilled chicken, rice and beans, chana masala, snack plate night, pizza night, grilling on the weekend!

Mare of East Town- we are so behind on this show but will eventually catch up! We’re loving it though (like the rest of the country) and I can’t get over how great Kate Winslet is. We also are rewatching Scrubs from the beginning to end our day with some comfort laughs.

Dressing for Pride! Happy Pride month! I plan on celebrating by dressing the rainbow over on my Instagram, come follow me if you don’t already.

Around Here

I think the big news around here right now is that Chris and I got our first vaccine!! I was overwhelmed with emotion when I got mine. Seeing all the people there, both getting vaccinated and volunteering to help vaccinate others, filled me with so much hope and love for humanity. It was so dramatic but also felt just about right after such a horrible year.

The kids are really into all things King Kong and Godzilla so we’ve been spending our movie nights watching all those movies. They are also very keen to ‘make money’ so chores have been done daily without much coercing on my part.

Sam is walking/climbing/clamoring on any and everything. He’s still not talking, but don’t you worry, he is very good at communicating his wants and he is very clear in exactly what he wants. Ah… two year olds.

It’s snowy here this week with promises of warm weather this weekend. It’s been nice to play outside when it’s warmer and Chris and I are making plans on updating our outdoor spaces a bit.

I also can’t wait to start in on my garden! Hopefully in a month or so I will be updating on that! In the meantime we’re having fun watching the wildlife walk by. Elk, deer, a beautiful red fox, some wild turkeys, and a bobcat I finally got a good picture of that you can see above!

Currently///August

Reading// I’m reading Breathe by Imani Perry and The Hidden Life of Trees by Wohlleben. I’m really enjoying listening to The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner . You can see all my current reads in the Goodreads side bar —–>

Listening// Chris and I really like listening to The Daily podcast pretty much every day. The two part episodes on cancel culture gave us a lot to think and talk about!

Making// I have a dress almost finished that I hope to share with you Friday as well as a couple of pair of pants that will wind up my summer sewing.

Praying// For rain! It is so dry here, there are 5 fires right now in Colorado, 2 of them are massive. We are not in the range but it is smoky and just adds a level of anxiety knowing how dry everything is.

Prepping// For the start of school. The big kids start school next week and I’ve been sorting through clothes and foot wear, getting new lunchboxes and back packs, and labeling all the things. It’s such a weird start to fall, but I’m hopeful that they will have a great year and that all the extra measures their school is taking will keep everyone healthy.

Writing// I bought this journal for Harper and me to pass back and forth and we both love it so much. I highly recommend for any mothers/daughters out there. It works well for her age and I could see it being fun for a tween. Teens you might have to coerce a little, but depending on your relationship it could absolutely work! I just saw that theres a mother/son one too and I may have to see if Charlie is interested in it!

Watching// Lovecraft Country on HBO. Since reading the book this spring (Chris is reading it now) I have been looking forward to this show and the first episode did not disappoint. It’s beautiful to look at, the sets and costumes are great!, and I’m loving seeing a very visual novel brought to life on the screen. It’s nice to have something to anticipate watching every week.

Hoping// For a safe school year. For this pandemic to get under control. For those out of work to find a job or get assistance. For rain for the whole country it seems. For an honest election. For a new president and leadership for our country. For all of you to be safe and well!

 

Welcome to Whit Makes!

Hello! Hello! I have recently picked up quite a few new followers here, on Instagram, and on my youtube channel. I’ve been thinking and planning for the next few months and want to be more intentional about what I post on all three platforms and how I want them to work together.

So,I’m going to try something new for the next two months. The posts I have planned center around sewing/making, sustainability, styling, organization/tips and tricks, and art.  I’d love to really hone in on what it is that I want my online spaces to be and when I think about what I’m passionate about sharing in the online world, these are the things that pop up the most!

Moving forward you should see posts here on the blog every Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  This month I have Youtube videos planned for almost every post- I don’t know if that’s sustainable in the long run, but right now it’s what I have planned. My instagram grid will be mostly sewing and blog related posts but I’m sure I’ll still get personal in my stories!

I still love books and food and exploring and I’m sure those things will sprinkle in, but I know that my passion is making and uplifting other makers. I’d love to be a voice that you come to for inspiration on how fashion and creating can impact the world in a positive way. I’ve been thinking so much on how racial justice, the fight for environmentalism, and sustainability all link together and I think art, and making in general, fit in with all these things.

I hope you’ll follow me on whatever platforms you prefer and I hope you leave my space feeling uplifted and ready to go out and make something yourself!

Currently///June

Do you like my peak Colorado photo up there? Baby on my back, fishing pole in my hand. Who am I ? Thought I would check in with a bit of what’s happening over here. I’ve had quite a few new followers on all my platforms- which is exciting!- but it kind of has me second guessing everything I post. So for now, here’s what’s happening. Currently.

Hiking/// We have been venturing out and trying new trails close to our home. The weather has been perfect and we’re getting better at packing up, remembering our masks, and heading out at a moments notice. Sam is loving his new backpack ride and is pretty happy to be carried along- even on longer hikes.

Listening/// I just started the audio book Clap When You Land and I am loving the two narrators. Sometimes when I read YA the language can feel forced to me, but when I hear it from younger voices it flows and feels very natural.

Watching/// Chris and I have decided to dive back into Westworld. We’re in the middle of season 2. I have no idea what’s happening and I hate, HATE, how the characters will sit naked on stools. No one’s butt looks good like that and I get distracted by how uncomfortable it must be? Obviously I’m really getting a lot out of this show- ha

Reading/// Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. I read the first in this series earlier this year and my hold at the library just came in for number two. It’s fantasy, which takes me awhile to get into, but I’m interested to see where this story goes.

Making/// plans for Whit Makes and trying to decide what I want to share the rest of the summer with y’all!

Sewing/// A wrap dress and making plans for a few other projects!

Stitching/// the second part of my embroidery piece.

Organizing/// my pattern stash! I’m in the process of getting everything streamlined and I can’t wait to share it with you when I’m done. I think I’ve found something that is really useful and inspiring for me and still keeps my office space (that I’m sharing with Chris!) nice and neat.

Have a great weekend! Take care of yourselves and take care of each other!

 

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