Grab a Book / Fall 2015

Grab a Book - Fall 2015 on Lost and FawnedColder weather is the perfect time to grab a fresh book for your collection or from the library.  I’ve been bringing home stacks or crafting books lately, but I have a long reading list this fall and winter that include fiction, biography, food and more.

Here are some of my picks right now…

What are you reading right now?  What’s on your list?  Please share!  I’m always looking for new books to be inspired by.

Autumn Kitchen Wishlist

Autumn Kitchen Wishlist on Lost and FawnedPretty soon it’s going to be the busiest season in my kitchen.  The mornings of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I LOVE to wake up early, listen to a holiday playlist or watch one of my favorite holiday movies (usually White Christmas or Elf) while I cook.  We don’t host a holiday party, but I do like to bring a dish or two to each event, which means MULTI-TASKING.

My mixer is pretty much dormant 10 months out of the year, but for those two months, I get my money’s worth out of it.  There is nothing like having your meringue mixing on it’s own while you help your husband find a matching pair of nice socks.  I usually spread all the way out into the dining room since we have a tiny kitchen, but a folding kitchen cart like this one would really be handy.  Here are some of other my must-have tools for holiday cooking…

  1. Le Creuset Wide 3.5 Quart Dutch Oven in Eggplant  /  $179.95
  2. Melamine Mixing Bowl Set in Yellow  /  $29.95
  3. Origami Folding Kitchen Cart in White  /  $99.95
  4. Soho Mixing Bowl Set  /  $34.95
  5. Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan  /  $36.00
  6. Kitchenaid Mixer in Boysenberry  /  $279.78
  7. Alpine Cuisine White Stainless Steel Kitchen Scale  /  $20.69
  8. Hudson Marble Mortar & Pedestal  /  $39.95

Creating Your Own Mood Blanket

Knit or Crochet your own Mood Blanket with Lost and Fawned

I journal.  I have a 5 year journal that I’ve nearly completed (one year to go!) and I love looking back and remembering all the moments that have brought me to where I am today.  It’s a way to celebrate the victories and reflect on the low times.

In 2016 I’ll still be working on my traditional journal, but I will also be doing an alternative form of journaling, in the form of a blanket.  You read that correctly!  Mood blankets are becoming increasingly popular in the crochet and knitting community.  Creating a mood blanket, involves selecting a set of colors that represent various moods.  Each day/week you complete a row or a block in the color or colors that represent your daily/weekly mood.  At the end of the year, you have a beautiful blanket that chronicles a year in your life.

Mood Blanket Examples on Lost and FawnedI’ve compiled a handful of examples of mood blankets (and one that isn’t technically a mood blanket, but would be gorgeous if it was).  Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Habitual Homebody
  2. According to Matt
  3. Purl Bee (not technically a mood blanket)
  4. Shhshh on Ravelry
  5. Bella Coco
  6. Le Monde de Sucrette

There are some variations on the project including a temperature blanket (using the colors of the average temperature each day) and sky blankets (using the color or colors of the sky at high noon every day).

Here is a quick guide to start planning your own for 2016…

Planning Your Mood Blanket on Lost and FawnedI’m in the process of planning my own and soon I’ll have a plan ready to share.  If you want to take this project on, visit our new facebook community, Mood Blanket Darlings.  We are a very international group of yarn addicts and I can’t wait to watch everyone’s 2016 blankets come together.

Stick around in the next couple of months to see where I’m taking my mood blanket and get tons more tips and maybe some tutorials!  I’d love to share more of my crafting life with you.

Giveaway / Live Beautifully Paper Co.

Giveaway on Lost & Fawned - Live Beautifully Paper Co

I hinted at this giveaway earlier this week and I’m thrilled to announce it officially today!  Meet Live Beautifully Paper Co, the creation of graphic designer Kynley Wallace, of Denver, Colorado.  For years, she has been gently nudged by friends and family to bring her adorable and personal cards to the masses. Finally, she has taken the leap by launching her Etsy store.

Each card is not only designed by Kynley herself, but also printed, scored, folded and packaged with love and care.  I was lucky to get a sampling to photograph for this giveaway and they are amazing in person.  Every detail is so thoughtful.  Even the envelopes are brilliantly curated to enhance the card designs.  You will be proud to give these to your loved ones, no matter what the occasion.

Live Beauitfully Paper Co Hand Lettered Cards - Giveaway on Lost & Fawned

If all that wasn’t enough, a percentage of each card purchased from Live Beautifully Paper Co is donated to charity (which is noted on the back).  So not only are you giving a card to celebrate or comfort, but you are also giving back in a small way.

Live Beautifully Hand Lettered Cards on Lost and Fawned

Kynley has generously offered one lucky reader an amazing prize pack to stock their card drawer (if you don’t have a card drawer, this would be a perfect way to start one!).  The winner will receive one 12 pack of cards in a single design of their choosing and 5 individual cards of their choosing from Live Beautifully Paper Co, a $42 value.  There are lots of ways to enter.  Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.  Select as many or as few as you like using the widget below (if you can’t see the widget, click here or try another browser).

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Good luck to all!  And a huge thank you to Kynley of Live Beautifully Paper Co for sponsoring this amazing giveaway.  Her Christmas line should be launching soon, so be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on her Etsy Store.

Spice Up Your Home / Etsy Edition

Spice Up Your Home - Etsy Edition on Lost and Fawned

As far as Instagramers are concerned, fall is the “most wonderful time of the year”.  Autumn is for pumpkin patches, apple orchards, hot drinks and chilly nights.  It’s also a great time of year to add a few warm and toasty touches to your home as the heat kicks on.  Of course Etsy is a treasure trove of amazing handmade and vintage spice up you space.  Here are some of my picks…

Spice of Life Crochet Along

*Cricket Chips*  I know I have been a wee bit quite, but it’s because I am hooked… literally.  I have become an overnight crochet addict.  I can’t get enough yarn and I spend every free moment with a hook in my hand.  It’s become very natural very quickly and I’m thrilled to have discovered a new hobby that is giving me so much joy.

The project that is currently sucking up most of my time is the Spice of Life Crochet Along (CAL) with Black Sheep Wools and Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart.  A crochet along is a project that is divided into parts.  Each week a new piece of the pattern is released and the whole group follows along, encourages each other and shares their progress on social media.  There is a very active facebook group of amazing crocheters of all levels of skill.  The best thing about this crochet along (also known as a CAL) is that each step increases in difficulty.  It’s perfect for a new crocheter who has a good grasp of basic stitches (a Chain, US Double Crochet and Single Crochet).  It gives you lots of practice with counting stitches, controlling your tension and stacking and combining various types of stitches to create new patterns.

Another great thing about this CAL, is that everyone is making it their own!  Obviously the suggested colors are amazing, but most people have looked in their stash and created beautiful and unique palettes that make the blanket one of a kind.  A lot of people are also adding stitches and rows to make the finish blanket larger.  I skipped a row when I started my waves in part four.  To “fix it” I went rogue and created my own design by adding a couple of rows.  I love how it ended up looking, even though it doesn’t follow the original pattern.

The community aspect of a CAL really encourages you to keep going and is a great way to troubleshoot if you struggle with a stitch or find your blanket shrinking.  The #spiceoflifeCAL hashtag on Instagram already has over 1,000 tags.  It’s a global group too!  Black Sheep Wools is located in the UK, so the group is mainly focused there and here in the US.  There are people from every continent (except Antarctica of course).

Spice of Life Crochet Along on Instagram

I’m using all Stylecraft Special DK for mine.  It’s the very best acrylic I have come across.   It comes in tons of colors and have a beautifully soft hand.  It also stitches really nicely and the price is great.  I get most of mine from Love Knitting.  Get 15% off your first order AND free shipping by visiting this page.  You will also need the following…

By the end of this crochet along, I’ll have a gorgeous one-of-a-kind blanket to throw over my lap on a cold Ohio winter night while we watch TV.  I’ve started a second one in ice cream colors for a future baby shower as well. I think it’s going to be a stunning (but deceptively inexpensive) gift for a lucky kiddo and mama.  If I didn’t have a million things in my “in progress” pile, I would make a ton of these for Christmas gifts.

You still have time to catch up!  Visit this page to get all the current PDF’s and check back there on Tuesday morning for the newest section to be released.

Flavors of Fall

Flavors of Fall on Lost and Fawned 2015October starts tomorrow!  I’m in full fall mode and ready to start cooking with some of my favorite seasonal flavors.  I love spicy chai, root vegetables, apple cider and (the flavor of the hour) pumpkin.  Here is a group of recipes that are going on my to-do list for the next couple of months.  Enjoy!

  1. Chai Hot Chocolate from Tasty Yummies
  2. Brie & Cheddar Apply Beer Soup from Half Baked Harvest
  3. Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies from My Baking Addiction
  4. Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops from Gimmie Some Oven
  5. Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake from The Gunny Sack
  6. Autumn Harvest Granola from Half Baked Harvest
  7. Apple Cider Cake from Buns in my Oven
  8. Pumpkin Butter from High Heels & Grills
  9. Bread Pudding with Ham, Cheese & Caramelized Onions from Buns in my Oven

Pyrex 100 Limited Edition Collection / with ShopWorldKitchen.com

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

If you read Lost & Fawned regularly, you might remember that I collect vintage Pyrex.  Awhile ago I shared a little of my personal collection here and I frequently feature my favorites on Instagram.  This year, Pyrex turns 100 and to celebrate they released a limited edition collection of storage bowls, pie plates, measuring cups and a travel casserole inspired by some of their iconic colors and designs.

Pyrex is truly a part of design history and has been a staple in kitchens for a full century.  From their colorful and fun bowls and casseroles from the 1950’s to their current collection of clear glass workhorse pieces, they continue to make functional glass kitchenware that will last a lifetime.

Pyrex 100 Year Anniversary on shopworldkitchen

The full collection is currently on sale at ShopWorldKitchen.com, so now is a great time to grab them before these limited edition pieces are gone forever.  Here are some of my must-haves…

  1. Pyrex 100 9.5″ Pie Plate – $6.29
  2. Pyrex 100 4-Cup Red Measuring Cup – $6.29
  3. Pyrex 100 3-Quart Portables Casserole Set – $24.49
  4. Pyrex 100 2-Cup Blue Measuring Cup – $4.89
  5. Pyrex 100 10 Piece Simply Store Box Set – $27.99

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

I adore this new collection.  I use the 4 cup storage bowls all the time as a safer alternative to plastic storage containers.  The pie plate is simple, but the wide brim is so elegant and functional.  The travel casserole is my new favorite thing.  The carrier is so cute and I can see myself using this all the time (I’m already planning my holiday contributions specifically so I can bring this carrier and show it off).  I have a measuring cup in every size, and they really come in handy when cooking in bulk (like I tend to in fall and winter).

Each piece is so thoughtfully designed and beautifully made.  I’m so happy to have a little piece of history in my cabinets.  Maybe in 100 years these will be the new collectible pieces!  Get them all on sale right now at ShopWorldKitchen.com.  This collection is a limited edition, so it won’t be around much longer!

This post was sponsored by shopworldkitchen.com.  I was provided with sample goods to photograph and review, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I only work with brands I love.

Dot Bowl photo via Sassboxclassics on Etsy.

Insta / End of Summer

End of Summer on Lost and Fawned

Summer is nearly officially over and we are in that weird in between time where it looks like fall but the weather feels like summer.  I’ve been busy cooking in bulk and freezing individual portions to get us through dark weeknights when I don’t feel like cooking.

Since I finished up my summer mini-quilt swaps so I took some time to do some selfish-sewing with some of my favorite stash fabrics that I have been hoarding.  I decided to take on bag construction!  I’ve never done it before but there are some amazing classes on Creativebug (both classes by Betz White) that walked me through the steps.  I love how they turned out and I gained a ton of knowledge.  I’m already planning a quilted duffle.

I’ve also been working away on my crochet projects.  I’ve nearly finished my first hat and my afghan is progressing.  With winter months approaching, I should have plenty of time to hook away in the evening with a cup of tea.

It’s been a rough summer emotionally and things aren’t getting easier any time soon.  But I’m ok.  I’ve been very productive and that helps me center myself.  I’ve also been spending time pampering myself with baths and skin treatments at home.  I found a new favorite tea (Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings) and Jared continues to be the best.

Any fun plans for the end of summer?  What are you looking forward to most about autumn?

The Trip / The Outfit – Quebec City in Autumn

The Trip - The Outfit - Quebec City in Autumn on Lost and Fawned6 years ago when we got married we didn’t end up going on a honeymoon.  It just wasn’t the right time and we couldn’t afford more than a couple of extra nights at our hotel.  But we did plan one.  We had originally planned to spend some time in Quebec City in September or October.  So today’s The Trip / The Outfit post is featuring that trip (but today, instead of 6 years ago).

Since you end up doing a ton of walking in any city and the weather can be unpredictable in fall, I would bring a good pair of comfortable boots.  These Sorel’s can go from the streets to the parks easily.  I would keep a pair of flats in my bag to change into if we were going into a nicer restaurant or historic church.

I picked pieces you could dress up or down for evening dinners or afternoon hikes.  When traveling, I invest in a good bag and good shoes.  Everything else I save on.

Photo at top of graphic by Luc (Secretsamba)on Flickr.

  1. Cable Knit Sweater in Light Gray from AEO – $49.95
  2. Red Plaid Scarf from Zappos – $28.00
  3. Hue Super Opaque Tights from Amazon – $12.50
  4. Classic Leather Ballet Flats from Gap – $39.95
  5. Lace Hem Skirt in Olive from AEO – $39.95
  6. Out and About Boots from Sorel – $110.00
  7. Timbuk2 Manhattan Tote from Zappos – $149.00

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