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ShanKnits

Shan knits, and does a lot of other stuff too.

Work-a-long worked. Along.

June2

Hello everyone! I need to start with thanks. A while ago I posted about my doubts about my ability to create visual pleasing… non-yarn things, and I have to thank all of you for the encouragement.

One of my favorite digital scrapbooking site, Simple Scrapper hosted a Work-A-Long project for tehmonth of May. The basic idea was that you pick one kit to use, an overriding theme, adn four related words. (There was also an aspect of past, present, and future, but I found that that didn’t serve what I was going for very well.) The project was a great kit start for me and helped me to use every part of the kit I chose, Be Resolved by Audacious Designs. My theme was “learning” and my four words were creative, spiritual, physical, and mental. For your perusal, here are my pages (click to see a larger version):

Granny square revolution

May27

This is an absolutely genius method for joining granny squares. I wish I’d seen this years ago. I would have actual joined together some of the hundreds I’ve made over the years. Awesome!

http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/joining-granny-squares/

My experiment with it:

Dishcloth cotton granny squares

2 years, baby!

May26

Sunday, May 17, was our second wedding anniversary. 2 years! Sweet! And he still seems to like me! Yes!

We started the party early by going to see Star Trek at the drive-in. It was, as promised, awesome. Zachary Quinto… you know, as captivating as he is on Heroes, I didn’t give him much credit for being a really good actor. (Inherent contradiciton? Yes.) Maybe it’s because I spend most of his onscreen time wishing that they would clean up the hair. The front is fine, but there is no, and I mean NO reason for it to be longer than his collar in the back. But he was excellent. The trick with seeing movies at the drive-in is that you miss a lot of the details. I didn’t realize that Kirk’s mom was Cameron from House. But the sound was great and the movie was excellent.

Sunday morning we went to church, partly making sure to because we thought that the Bishop was being released, and partly because it’s where we were married, and it’s nice to return to the scene of the crime. He’s also the one who married us, so it was a one-stone-two-birds kind of situation. We went up to the room where we were married, but that’s the room where they have choir practice, so we didn’t go in.

After church we went to Little America for the breakfast buffet. This is always such a treat. All of the goodies… eggs benedict, blintzes, pancakes, omelettes, an incredible variety of fruit, and my favorite, smoked salmon and bagels, plus a lot more.

We had planned some sort of outing that afternoon, but after the buffet we decided that a nap sounded nice. And it was. We were pleasantly full, the room was cool, and the duvet was warm. Really, what more could you want?

After our nap we did some origami and talked to our parents on the phone, and then we ordered Chinese food. While we ate the Chinese food we watched the Rifftrax of the second Matrix Movie. Matrix Revolutions, or Reloaded, or Rehashed, or Refried. I can never remember.

I’m still scrapping some of the photos, but here’s one page I’ve done:

Anniversary Origami

Friday Fun: Draper Food Edition

May8

Hello! It’s time for the Friday Fun, again. This weeks edition takes place in Draper, Utah. Draper was home for about 10 years, on and off.  Being a foodie, but not a rich one, I present to you a few food options in Draper that won’t break your bank, but might be a little hard on your diet.

1) Peking Wok. Peking Wok is a small fast food-style restaurant that serves Chinese and Vietnamese food. When I worked for eBay Peking Wok was one of our standbys. Pretty much every Saturday night I’d find a way to get my lunch (dinner) there. The Deseret News likes it a lot too. I love the place because they serve lots of food for a good price, and everything is delicious. Of the Chinese food, I love the tofu and vegetables the best. If you get it, or any of the chinese food in a combo, you get fried rice, an egg roll,and enough of the entree to make two meals.Among the Vietnamese food my brother prefers the flat noodle with all of the meats, my dad the flat noodle with pork, my mom likes the rice noodle, and I lvoe the spring rolls. The spring rolls, with their combinaiton of BBQ pork, shrimp, noodles, and salad, are incredible and served with a delcious peanut sauce. I often have them as a meal. I should mention that the place is simple looking to the point of looking like a fast food place, but fear not. Flavor lies within.

2) The cafeteria at IKEA. IKEA is among my favorite places to shop, probably my very favorite largely non-craft store, in fact. (The have a fun fabric department.) It would be silly to deny that the cafeteria is anything other than that. The food is either comes from huge trays, or coolers. The sauces can look past their prime, and it’s not elegant, but I have not yet had a plate of swedish meatballs with cream sauce and potatoes that wasn’t delicious. The desserts are usually great as well, and there is an option to have sparkling juice. They have kid portions, if you’re worried about money/portion size. You can also pick up everything you need to make their signature dishes downstairs in the Swedish shop, just past the registers.

3) Gelato (and other goodies) at Harmon’s. The Harmon’s in Draper is not at all what I expected when I entered. It’s the prototype for the one that will be put in the City Creek project, and as such, has the feel of a place catering to the busy and overwhelmed. When you walk in you see a huge deli area with fancier-than-normal items like espresso rubbed tri-tip steak. The bakery is a little higher end and feels more like an actual bakery than an in-store one. All along that side of the store is a vast array of ready to eat foods, primed for the quick dinner fix. The cheese counter is an especially worthy stop. They claim that they have teh largest cheese selection in Utah… I really am not sure about that claim, but it is large and impressive. The Must Try item, however, is found at the coffee bar at the entrance. Gelato. Real, fresh, gelato. So rich (tasting), so flavorful. Try it. That’s all I’m saying. TRY it.

Peking Wok:

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IKEA:
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Harmon’s at Draper Crossing:
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Simple Scrapper work-along project

May5

Hello all! Mike has the camera again, but I swear, I really do knit. I do. I DO! (Not that I was worried that you were doubting me.

One of my favorite digital scrapbooking web sites is Simple Scrapper. I think that I first heard of it because the founder added me on Twitter. The site design in nice and the articles are simple and useful. Being (one of my generation and therefore) very short attention-spanned, I appreciate both. This week they are starting a work-along project, and I think that I will participate.

The instructions say to select a subject, choose one full-size kit, and list four descriptive terms that honor the subject. For my theme I have chosen learning. My four words are physical, mental, spiritual, and creative. I haven’t chose a kit yet, though (for fairly obvious reasons, I am leaning towards this Back to School kit. I don’t know, it almost seems like cheating. There is also the option of using a kit I own, but haven’t yet touched, be resolved. This is probably going to be my choice.

Speaking of scrapbooking, here’s today’s layout:

Sam's Town Casino layout

Sam's Town Casino layout

Journaling: “Sam’s town. Our first night on our way to san diego we stayed at sam’s town in vegas. it’s a very cool. casino, with movie theaters, bowling alleys, a TGI Fridays, and a dunkin donuts. The best thing, though, was probably this atrium where they had a free show involving lasers, waterfalls, and fountains. These photos were taken from our awesome room that looked out on the atrium. We watched the show once from the bottom of the mountain and once from our room.
The very top animal on the mountain is a wolf.

Scrapbooking accompli

May4

Hello everybody! I was about to take a picture of a few current knitting projects, but then realized that Mike has taken the camera with him to work today. It’s just as well, because after Friday’s post I figured I owe some proof of scrapbooking.

You can find two of my galleries at :
{we are} storytellers
and
My Scrapbook Art
(links to my specific galleries.)

Also, as bonus for you, my dear blog reader(s), here’s a personal favorite. The template is from the Just Be You add-on by audacious designs and and the kit is the Sushi kit by 7gypsies.

A garden in Old Town San Diego

A garden in Old Town San Diego

The journaling:
“We walked around Old Town with Lee for a  while, and then, just as  we were leaving, I spotted this courtyard through a gate. Being starved for greenery, coming from Utah in February, it was incredibleto see a garden in bloom. The top right photo is sort of emblematic of our trip. It might look like I’m making sort sort of cute fist, but I’m really coughing. I did so much coughing. “

Friday Fun – National Scrapbooking Day

May1

Hello! It’s that time again, the time for Friday Fun.This week’s edition is all about National Scrapbooking Day.

I think that even if you don’t scrapbook you may find something that will please you here. A lot of scrapbooking stores and craft stores are having events and specials. Roberts, for example, is having a number of specials tomorrow. Among them is 40% off of patterned paper. There are many great crafts and decorating projects that you can do with patterned paper.

Here are a few:

http://www.girlyhomewebzine.com/ymw/2008/10/decorating-with-scrapbook-paper.html
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/02/custom-coasters/
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/01/paper-heart-garland/
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/mosaic-wall-decor/

If you are a digital scrapbooker you will find that there are sales, specials, goodies, and activities a plenty. I would make you a list, but the one here is so complete:

http://scrapsofmygeeklife.com/2009/05/01/nsd-list-09/

I hope that you’ll have some fun with your memory keeping, whatever it may be.  Have a good weekend!

Friday (April 24) is for fun

April24

So, it’s time for the Friday edition of ShanKnits.  Fridays are for fun!

Okay, to be more specific if you’re doing this whole life thing right, hopefully everyday is about fun and happiness as well as productivity, progress, good works, blah blah blah. But, Friday is a special day, it’s the day Shannon posts about things that might help you enjoy your weekend. And, being that I, Shannon, am more than a little bit known for the randomness, who knows what will happen?

This week’s Fun Thing – Really, really Belgian Waffles

I have very fond memories of my trip to Belgium a few years ago. I visited two cities, Brugge (Bruges) and Bruxelles (Brussels). As a good portion of any of my tourist experiences involves food, two of the things that I really, really wanted to do there were have waffles and fries. While not a fan of what most Americans think of as “Belgian Waffles”, those airy, deep pocketed things that it are impossible to butter, I was pleased as punch to find out that there is another kind of waffle in Belgium, the Liege waffle. While the Brussels waffle is eaten with a knife and fork, served as a dessert, and often topped with whipped cream, fruit,  and/or ice cream, the Liege waffle is a street food, like hot dogs or tacos. It’s a dense yeast-based waffle with clumps of sugar in it and a golden exterior. While the former is easy to find at many breakfast places, the latter has been hard to come by in Salt Lake, outside of a cart at the Farmers Market.

Well, good news. Pierre , the owner of the aforementioned cart has opened a permanent location now, just across the street from Pioneer Park. Bruges Waffles & Frites serves exactly those things, waffles and frites (fries). You can get a waffle with chocolate, whipped cream, and/or chocolate, or a cone of fries with your choice of 7 or 8 different mayonaise-based sauces.  They do have one other item, a Flemish stew, but I couldn’t tell you anything about that. (Yet.) Pierre is tri-lingual, so if you speak French, Flemish, or English, say hi.

You can find Bruges Waffles & Frites at

Bruges Waffles & Frites
336 West Broadway (right next to Tony Caputo’s)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801).363.4444
info@brugeswaffles.com

Yesterday… all my troubles were successfully ignored

April22

Yesterday was quite a nice day, I must say.

I got up at a reasonable hour, then hung out until it was time for the luncheon. Actually, I should be more exact. I hung out and did laundry until Liz came to the door and I realized that I had completely lost track of time and had neither prepared myself nor the dessert I was to take. Luckily the luncheon was in our building’s (very convenietnly located) social room, and I am married to an incredibly sweet man who offered to run to the store and grab something. I asked him to pick up a chocolate cake, a can of whipped cream, and some strawberries. I figured that you can’t go wrong with those three things.

I ended up simply putting a piece of cake on each plate, putting a dollop (spray) of whipped cream on the plate, and sticking two strawberries in each one. Simple. (I should have taken lots of pictures, but didn’t. I’m sorry.) Liz made a delicious black bean salsa, Stacey made a delicious spinach salad, Heather brought a veggie tray from Costco (you know, the good one with the dill dip and peppercorn ranch) and Kim brought a tray of delicious sandwiches.

Afterward, I walked to the post office to mail a few eBay sales and then to Sam Weller’s. Speaking of, Sam Weller’s is planning on moving, so all of the used books are 25% off right now. As I walked back I took a few flower pictures, and I thought that I ought to post one.

I was excited to see something I hadn’t expected at all, lilacs starting to bloom. I love lilacs more than almost anything on Earth.

Lilacs starting to bloom

Thing you should do. You know. If you want to. I guess.

April21

I was writing Friday’s blog post when I realized that what I was going to suggest there might not be as possible/fun since there is supposed to be a storm coming in on Friday that could possibly last through the whole of the next week, so here’s an idea….

Take a flower walk. Whether or not you are participating in Project 365 (I’m not, but think it’s a great idea,) it’s a wonderful time to take 20-60 minutes and take a walk with a camera, and maybe those people you like to take pictures with/of, and find some pretty patches of flowers. Tulips and daffodils are at their prime in downtown Salt Lake, and I suspect that after this weeken’s storms the blossom will be off of many of the flowering trees, so don’t wait!

You know, if you want to.

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