Remember how I'm breaking up the 100 Things into 10-thing sections? Remember the 100 Things? Remember me? Well, you need not remember any of the above to enjoy this, the HURRAH edition of my fragmented 100 Things. These are 10 things that make JulieFrick celebrate!
41. HURRAH for baking with kids. Yes, there was flour everywhere afterward, necessitating the use of the vacuum cleaner, which both boys hate with the fire of seven suns, but that is the price they pay for quality time with Mama.
(See the Fricklet there in the reflection? Awwww.)
42. HURRAH for challah! It's my new favorite baking-with-kids project. Why? It involves use of the mixer (spinny!), witnessing the miracle of bread rising (science!), punching and kneading dough (aggression!), and "painting" with the pastry brush (art!). I mean, come ON. Way better than chocolate chip cookie making. (I used the recipe in the Enchanted Broccoli Forest.)
43. Hurrah for handspun! Spinning wool is something I'm keeping at a flailing arm's length for now, but that doesn't keep me from hoarding beautiful handspun yarn and friends who spin. Yes, you read that right. I am hoarding people now. There's no end to my sickness.
Speaking of which, 44. Hurrah for Kirsten! I unabashedly declare myself terribly, undeniably, inappropriately in love with her and her family. She designs such gorgeous patterns and has allowed me to test knit for her a few times. Witness the glory that is a Rectangular Ulmus in Crown Mountain Farms handspun, people:
(More details on the Ravelry page.)
5. HURRAH for nostalgia food. As a kid my favorite lunches were:
a. Kraft Mac & C with cut-up Oscar Meyer hot dogs in it. (No other hot dog brands allowed, to this day.)
b. Stouffer's French Bread pizza, with the triangle-cut pepperonis.
c. Ramen with peanut buttered apples on the side.
Good news! If you eat your nostalgia food on a totally grownup plate, like the fancy Italian pottery you got for your wedding, that makes it grownup food. Promise.
46. HURRAH for kismet. I may have squealed a bit when that appeared on my Google Reader.
47. HURRAH for thank you notes. No, really. If you don't hurrah them, you still have to do them, and then it's just drudgery. I was brought up by southerners, which means that I do thank-you's, because the thank-you's I don't do (and there have been some) haunt me endlessly. Get yourself some pretty, pretty postcards (48. HURRAH for those!). They make the job easier. And shorter!
(I got mine from Moo. They have some lovely ready-made ones.)
49. HURRAH for hanging art! I am horrible at this. Mr. Frick is forever wringing his hands over our bare walls. I'm just so bad at committing. Once it's up there, there's a Hole In The Wall, after all. But my parents gave me a fantastic piece for the holidays and I was so excited about it that I whipped out the hammer and special hardened nails and WHAMMO.
10. And finally, HURRAH for projects that are quick, easy, and oh, so sweet. I love how these scraps Caro sent me have livened up the cover of my quilt-planning molskine! (Idea from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts).
Have a super-duper bubbly-infused New Year, y'all. I'm headed to the mountains for a couple of days. That's where the macrame owl lives. I promise to steal it take pictures for you.