Instaweek / 11.18.14

My Instaweek 11-18-14 on Lost and FawnedWinter is here in full force now.  It’s bitter cold and miserable today, but yesterday we woke up to the most magical snowy landscape.  Now the snow is brown and slushy but the cold has really set in.

I decided to try something new-ish this holiday season to get me in the spirit.  When I was a kid, I picked up cross-stitch a couple of times and never really finished much.  I have had my eye on the adorable patterns at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery after I saw some friends on Instagram posting their progress.  I saw their Christmas Celebration Sampler starting (the pattern is sent to you in pieces over the course of a month) and hopped on board.  I started a little late since I needed to pick up a couple of supplies, but I’m going to be busy catching up this afternoon once I tackle my list.  It’s adorable and relaxing.  Plus in the end I’ll have a really sweet holiday piece to put in a frame or on a pillow cover.

Our holiday cards arrived from Minted!  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’m planning to get them posted next week, along with one last gift card giveaway.  They are so pretty.  I even got to splurge on pre-printed wrap around return address labels.

Logan is doing a million times better.  It’s amazing how fast he has bounced back.  I’m so thankful for the amazing team at our local vet who have been so kind and helpful.  If your dog ever gets a foot injury, seriously look into vets that do laser therapy.  It really sped up the healing process.  Finnick has been attached to my hip since it started getting cold.  I don’t think he’s a huge fan of winter.  I don’t blame him.  Going outside is a lot less fun when the air hurts your skin.

I have another new giveaway starting tomorrow!  This one is a part of my Gifts that Give Back series and is perfect to kick start your holiday shopping!  Stay tuned!

Instagram / October

Insta-Fall on Lost and Fawned

It’s been a weird month.  If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen the whole story unfold.  If not, I figured I would share some highlights.  I’m looking forward to a (hopefully) less exciting November.

Rows from left to right, starting at the top:

  1. It’s tea season!  I have been craving strong, black tea like this Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey.  Jared’s been hooked on Stash Licorice Spice for almost a year now.
  2. We didn’t buy any pumpkins this year, but we did go to Pumpkin Palooza at Heritage Farm in Peninsula, Ohio.
  3. Before the craziness started, we squeezed in one last hike at Happy Days Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  4. We went to a little martini bar to see a friend play Gypsy Jazz with her band, The Help on a cold October night.
  5. More tea and TONS of quilting this month.  The colder weather has me on a roll.  I am determined to finish a few projects on my shelf this season.
  6. My new paint by numbers (from the local flea) found a home on my sewing table.
  7. I’m thinking of having a fabric de-stash on Instagram later this month.  I have a big bag of fabric that needs to go to make room for all the new stuff I purchased.
  8. Logan has had to go back to the vet’s a few times for a check-up and a little more time with the laser.  He looked so cool in his protective goggles.  He is going back today to take a look at it again.  I don’t think his foot will ever be quite the same.
  9. More tea… out of my day-job mug from Starbucks.
  10. My favorite new book collection with covers by Rifle Paper Co.  Get your own here:  1  –  2  –  3  –  4

Fall Flea Market / Hudson, Ohio

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetMy Saturday morning was productive (though counterproductive toward my resolution to save money).  I found so many treasures at the final flea market of the season in my neighborhood.  Our local flea isn’t huge but with over 40 vendors and shops, it’s not hard to find a few things that are to your taste.

The pennant flags and marquee numbers were a steal and have been on my wishlist for awhile.  The numbers are 8-15 (our anniversary) and have found a temporary home on top of the hutch in our bedroom.  The pennants will most likely end up downstairs in the living room or dining room.  The adorable paint-by-numbers of a deer couple was also super cheap and goes really well with the big one we have in our dining room.  I might actually hang it in the bedroom or leave it on my sewing table.

The apple picking bag was a splurge.  It was too cool to pass up though.  I used my negotiating skills (is use the word ‘skills’ loosely, I’m a terrible negotiater) to bring them down by nearly half.  I have no idea when I’m going to do with it.  It’s hanging on a hook in our bedroom right now.  It needs to be cleaned up a little since it looks like it’s been hanging in a garden shed for 40 years.  Jared says he will use it to harvest the beans next year.

There were tons of things I loved that I couldn’t bring home.  Here are some of my favorites.

Card Catalog at Flea Market in Hudson, Ohio

Fall Flea Market Finds in Hudson, Ohio

Vintage Red Stools at Hudson, Ohio Flea Market

Note the adorable heart shaped leaf that snuck into the photo above.

The rest of the day was spend relaxing and quilting.  Jared made a detour while running errands and brought some pumpkin donuts home.  I’ll be having another one with a cup of tea shortly.  Nom.

Pumpkin Donut on Lost and Fawned

I hope you are having a lovely October weekend.  Enjoy the beautiful weather while it’s still here!  We will probably be up to our knees in snow in a month.

Cone of Shame Ad Sale

Cone of Shame Ad Sale on Lost and FawnedLogan had an accident yesterday.  We had a very scary afternoon and evening after Logan cut a pretty serious cut on his paw and leg while we were at work.  After a (very expensive) visit to an emergency vet and 12 stitches we had a full night of cleaning and repair while nursing him and carrying him out to use the bathroom.  He is doing better.  He is eating, drinking and sleeping.  He is stuck in the cone until his stitches come out in about 2 weeks.  I feel so bad for him, but we are feeling very grateful today that he is still with us.  It was quite a scare.

Since we spared no expense to get our big boy patched up and will have follow-up appointments as well as needing a new window and possibly having to re-carpet the office, things are going to be tight around here.  So to help, ads will be 50% off with the discount code FORLOGAN50 at purchase.  Visit this page to select you ad size and purchase.  The ad can be stacked for multiple months, so schedule away!  The holiday season is coming up and now is the time to reach buyers and bloggers.

Thanks so much for the love and support on Instagram.  He is on some good drugs so he’s feeling better.  I’m keeping a very close eye on him and he’s loving the attention.  On a side-note, if anyone has tips on cleaning large amounts of blood out of carpet, I’m willing to try just about anything.

Autumn Weekends in Ohio

Fall Barn in Ohio

Fall Leaves in Ohio

Fall Duck Boots on Lost and Fawned

The leaves still haven’t peaked here in Ohio, but we have had some beautiful October weekends so far.  We spent the weekend in a cozy bar for a date night (listening to some amazing gypsy jazz by The Help!), on a farm enjoying the beautiful weather and cups of cider and hiking in the Cuayhoga National Forest with the dogs and a some friends.

The weather is going to warm up again this week but that won’t stop the trees from transforming.  While I love the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest wins autumn.

August Update & Harvest Report

Sunflowers on Lost and Fawned

Since July has come and gone (seriously faster than I could imagine), I thought it was a good day for a little update.  This has been the summer of craziness and I’m looking forward to fall now.  I feel like we haven’t even had a summer since we have been so busy.

The garden is still thriving, despite our neglect.  Next summer I am going to have to share a tutorial on the bean trellis we built this year.  It’s working perfectly and the beans are loving it.  We are picking a handful of beans (see below) nearly everyday, but as I have noted in our garden journal, Kentucky Pole Beans are not our favorite variety.  I find they get pretty woody if they get too big.  We will have to find something different next year.  My decorative sunflowers have been blooming all month.  These two were knocked over in a nasty summer storm, so I am enjoying them in the living room.  We had in a battle with our resident chipmunks over the tomatoes.  We keep finding half eaten cherry tomatoes and skins all over the yard.  We have managed to pick a few and I’ll be making a nice sauce out of them on Sunday.

Bean Harvest on Lost and Fawned

As you may have noticed, the blog got a facelift last week.  I have been just as neglectful to this blog as I have been to the garden this summer.  I kind of fell out of love with it this winter, but I’m feeling inspired again.  Ever So Splendid (my quilting, sewing and DIY blog) is growing and healthy, and so is Lost & Fawned.  They both reflect different sides of my personality and I intend to keep them separate but equal.  It’s been a rocky transition as I have been learning to balance both, but things are falling into place and it has pushed me creatively.  I’m looking forward to my blogging future.

Today is going to be crazy.  I’m dealing with a perfect storm of appointments, while trying to prepare to get on a plane on Tuesday to visit my mom for 10 days.  We aren’t making too many plans other than heading to the coast and spending a ton of time watching Netflix on the couch together.  I’ll return home on the 15th which is also our 5 year wedding anniversary.

Hoping all is well with you and yours.  Thanks for sticking with me during this busy busy summer.  Once things calm down and the weather cools, everything should go back to it’s normal pace here.

Summer 2014 Mid-Season Update

Summer 2014 on Lost and Fawned

We are in the middle of a very busy summer.  We are about halfway to autumn, so I figured it was a good time for an update on everything that is occupying my time.

  • 4th of July weekend was a whirlwind.  We took our 4 year old niece to the zoo for the day.  She has more energy than any other kid I’ve ever met.  We stayed at the zoo from open until almost close.  That afternoon we picked up a huge pan of fried chicken and went to fireworks with Jared’s whole family (all 6 kids and their families).  Traditionally we celebrate 2 birthdays at fireworks every year (including mine), and this year we added one more due to the birth of our nephew last summer.  The next day we had another birthday barbeque to attend.  By the end of the weekend we were passed out in bed in front of the fan.
  • My birthday was lovely.  Jared took me to dinner, but we ended up skipping the movie since I had a little migraine forming between my eyes.  I went to bed early.  Jared bought me a new gaming mouse to replace the one I wore out and a white jelly roll for a quilt I’ve been planning.  I treated myself to my first watch (this classic beauty from Marc by Marc Jacobs).  From family I received a generous amount of gift cards for the local craft store, some adorable bookends, nail polish and a dress I’ve had my eye on.
  • Our garden is flourishing.  It may be our best garden year yet.  Our tomato plants have exploded.  We started getting ripe tomatoes this week.  Soon we will have more than we can eat.  Our herbs are also completely out of control.  I can’t use them fast enough.  I’m going to have to start cutting and drying or freezing soon.  Our peas are about done, but were delicious while the lasted.  I froze one bag to save for a later stir-fry.  We might get our first bean harvest tonight.  The new trellis we built is amazing.  I’m so pleased with the design.  I’m going to have to put together a DIY post next spring.  The one thing I’m regretting not planting is onions.  It totally slipped my mind and I’ve really missed having them on hand.
  • We picked up this notebook to start keeping a thorough record of our gardening ever season.  I’ve recorded the brands and types of seeds we planted this season as well as planting dates, added nutrients and other important details.  Every year we will reference it, learn from it and add to it.
  • The wedding shower I’ve been planning is this Sunday!  I have a busy weekend ahead of me, mostly shopping and cooking.  I’ve never cooked for this many people.  I have a lot of help, but I still have to make multiple dishes, including the largest batch of chicken salad I’ve ever made.  Wish me luck!
  • My flight to Portland is booked.  On the 5th I’ll be heading out to spend 10 days with my family on the west coast.  I’m counting down the days.  I can’t wait to see my mom and spend a few days at the coast drinking Mexican Coca Cola on the deck and watching Netflix.  My brother and I will have to track down the best nachos in Portland (as is tradition) and do something touristy.  And I will of course have to spend a day shopping at Nordstrom with my grandma.
  • I’ve been shampoo and conditioner free for over a month.  It seems to be going well.  I don’t miss the suds of shampoo yet and my hair looks light, shiny and soft.  I’ve added some oil to my after-shower routine to keep the ends from drying out and I’m loving playing with essential oils to add a little fragrance to my hair.  I’ve also given up face wash and I’m trying the Raw Honey challenge with Crunchy Betty.

I hope your summer is going well!  Wishing you all beautiful weather and plenty of adventures (or plenty of time relaxing if that’s more your thing).  I’ll be popping in with new collections, covets and content next week!

Spring 2014 Book Duo

Spring 2014 Book Duo via Lost and FawnedLooking for something new to read?  So was I.  I was feeling overwhelmed by my choices so I consulted the experts and asked a local librarian.  I told her the titles of the last 3 books I loved and she gave me a short list of recommendations.  I’m a quarter of the way through my first pick and I’m so pleased.  The librarian nailed it.

Both of these harken back to classics.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a retelling of Jane Eyre set in 1950-60’s Iceland and Scotland.  Even though I know what should happen next, I’ve been plowing through it.  Next on my list is Longbourn, which tells the imagined tales of the servants working for the Bennet family.  Kind of a mash-up of Austin with Downton Abbey.

If neither of these peek your interest, visit your library branch and chat with a librarian.  I’d love to know what they recommend for you!  Hopefully soon the weather will be nice enough to take my new books to the park and read in the fresh, spring air.


One Year Finniversary

One Year - Finnick

A year ago this week we brought Finnick home.  He has gotten so much stronger and so much more confident over the last year.  And we have grown closer as a family.  Logan and Finn are brothers.  They comfort each other when we are gone, wear each other out in the evening and every once in awhile we catch them having a moment.  Their routines have merged and having two dogs is no more time consuming than one was.  But we get double the unconditional love.

I seriously don’t know what I would do without those big brown eyes and comically large ears.  He is the most cuddly dog I’ve ever met.  He is grateful for every meal (seriously, when he finishes eating he seeks us out in the house to say thank you) and a soft spot to nap.  He still crawls into the closet at night and he has no shortage of quirks.

So happy one year Finniversary to us!

Back on Track

Vintage Mug of Tea

 I know things have been quiet around here.  My computer finally died sooner than I had anticipated.  Since our winter so far has been extremely expensive I had to wait to replace the computer until we recovered a little from the bathroom and the trip west.  Then there were shipping delays due to weather.  But now I am back to work.  I’m still getting all my software installed and my files transferred, but I’m functional again!

I normally don’t mind winter.  I don’t love it, but it doesn’t make me as grumpy as others.  But I am so over this winter.  Today will be -4 degrees before windchill (feeling like -20’s).  During the last big polar vortex our furnace died and car battery got zapped.  An adventure would be a gentle way of describing that day.  We have been guzzling tea by the pot and limiting our trips out of the house.  I got my seed catalog today and my rose catalog last week and it’s making me pine for spring.  On a positive note, hand quilting is the perfect winter hobby.  I sit in bed with my quilt draped over my lap and watch Netflix.

So back to business!  I’m ready to start gearing up for spring gardening, style and home improvement!  What are you looking forward to most when winter ends?