Dizzy Swallows

Oh Christmas Tree

December 12th, 2012

There are few things that please me more than the smell of pine drifting off a glowing Christmas tree. This year we suddenly find ourselves with enough room (a whole house!) to have a tree of our own. Last weekend we ventured out into the freezing drizzle to choose a beauty at the humorously named Chubby and Tubby tree lot.

We selected a lovely, full-bowed noble fir and strapped it to the car with the help of one of Chubby and Tubby’s friendly, helpful employees.

As newbies to the house thing, we have yet to accumulate a decent collection of ornaments. Luckily, our local nursery was having something of a Christmas market, where I picked up a few cuties. Love that deer.

I amended the sparsity by stringing up a handful of felted wool balls my mom had given us years ago, swearing they’d be useful for something. How true. … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday – Christmas Crafts Edition

December 10th, 2012

The Christmas spirit has officially ensconced us in its twinkling, pine-scented warmth. I’ve strung lights, hung my first real mistletoe (love!), and last night I knitted up one of these fairisle globe ornaments.

So today I hope you’ll forgive me if I share a few Bits for the season. I understand, however, that if you’re anything like my sister, you won’t appreciate Christmas carols just yet (or maybe ever) so the video I’m sharing is an old, un-holiday favorite: the timeless Mrs. Eartha Kitt crooning “C’est Ci Bon”.

Once I’ve gotten out my knitting, it’s difficult for me to stop. I think my next single evening project will be these adorable miniature stocking ornaments. They, and the globes previously mentioned, are a great way to use up yarn scraps!


Remember this idea for craft store animals? Well here’s another fun project, courtesy of Martha, for making your … Continue reading


November 28th, 2012 2 Comments

I freely admit to being one of those people that loves the holidays. In my opinion, we don’t spend enough of the year celebrating together with good food and merriment. Last week we hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new home. At once unorthodox and traditional in all the right ways, I could not have been happier with our day.

My dear Hannah and I cooked up a storm, beginning at 11am and culminating at 5pm in that certain frenzy of dishes shuffling through the oven and across the range, that necessary evil of assembling a memorable feast.

Despite a brief panic during which I spiraled down into the hostess’s worst nightmare, convinced I’d ruined both the turkey (maybe the thermometer is lying?!) and the gravy (is it bland? oh horror!), all turned out exceptionally well.

The turkey was in fact deliciously moist and perfectly done, thanks to an under-the-skin … Continue reading

The Post Feast Stupor

November 23rd, 2012

I’m writing from the warm comfort of our couch, ensconced in blankets and grateful for the forgivingly dim light of this rainy afternoon. Yes indeed, I, like so many of my compatriots, am experiencing the great post feast stupor. We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving day, filled with friends, feasting, and liberally lubricated by a steady flow of booze. And Rockband.

I hope all of you had a wonderful week. I’ll be back on Monday with some fun Bits for you, as well as pictures from our festivities. Until then, enjoy your weekend!… Continue reading