Monday, December 31, 2007

Real quick before midnight...

I had taken a short holiday break from the blog world, but wanted to put up a Christmas post before the year is over. We went to Birmingham for Christmas. I hadn't been home in almost 6 months!! That's the longest I've ever gone and seriously can't ever do that again.

HOME!
Ah, that Christmas glow. I am an impatient present receiver. I'm even bad if it isn't my gift, like can I open that present that's been sitting in front of you that you have barely noticed? It wants me to open it. 

Loot! Nathan and Zac asked for larger gifts and I planned ahead. So I had to open like 2 in a row. I can't wait to use my new sewing gear and I got a new camera. 

Haha look we're taking a picture with a picture of us. We're so cool.

Ok, it's almost midnight. Gotta go. Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Early Christmas!

Last weekend was quite busy, buuut fun. Saturday was my holiday party at Dwelling Spaces. Even though it was mainly my friends who came, it was fun. The weather and power outages kept people inside. Stela, who was hosting the party with me, couldn't even come due to slick roads.

Dwelling Spaces
Owl cookies, peppermint bark and pumpkin bread muffins and rings!
The Knit Owl pillows and bags.
The next morning we celebrated Christmas with Nathan's family. His sister, Megan and brother-in-law were leaving town earlier than us, so we celebrated Christmas a week early. I kind of liked it early though. I am so impatient when it comes to PRESENTS.

Green and red paper with yellow yarn was my theme this year. I just think it looks so pretty together. I used to make fun of my mom for having themes. Though I think that was mainly the quilted angel ornaments and clothes pin hung bows on the tree and how dare we hang a nasty sentimental ornament! (Moooom, I love you.)

This is the owl pillow I made for my sister-in-law. I have been wanting to add some owls to my stuff. I thought this little guy was cute.


Nathan's family has a tradition of photographing their presents every year. Sooo, here's what we got. That giant present is Nathan's new easel. You know, if Santa brings me a new camera this year, I will vow to make an attempt to feature people in my pictures. Geeez.

I must say the electric blanket from my mother-in-law is my new friend. Oh man! It's so cozy and warm! Ele loves it, too. I wish I could bring it to work. I am going to take it on the road with us this weekend. Also, Megan got me a magnet that says, "I knit, therefore I rock."
I'd like to think that's true.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Watch out for falling trees...

So, for everyone who has wondered how we have faired in this crazy weather I'm finally updating. Probably no one has wondered, but whatever. We had an ice storm last Sunday-Tues. and it was weird. It wasn't like earlier this year, the roads weren't bad, but the trees were! There was so much ice on the trees that by Monday afternoon there were branches falling left and right. It was crazy. Nathan and I kept running back and forth to the front and back of the house every time we heard a crack. Luckily, there wasn't any damage to our house. We are some of the only people in town with power. How we managed that I don't know, but I'm not complaining. We've been having friends over for hot tea to keep them from freezing in their homes. We have about 80 employees in my office and over 45 of them are/were without power. Here are some pics from Monday:


It's kind of hard to tell, but that's a giant branch leaning on the power lines that run into our house. Not cool.
He asked to come out.
Ron was only down for a second.
There is snow in the forecast for this weekend. I have a party on Saturday night at Dwelling Spaces and that could keep people from coming. I love snow so much though!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I'm Craving Pad Thai Chicken

I put together a yummy, if I may say so myself, chicken dish tonight. I've been craving Pad Thai and I think I made this subconsciously, cause it's similar. Um, yeah so anyway. I loooove Asian food. I wanted to make something tonight, but had to make do with what I had on hand. Here is what I came up with:

2 chicken breasts, chopped (or tofu)
1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (mmm, I know)
1/4 tsp dried ginger
1/2 tsp salt
dash of shredded carrot
tiny bit of diced dried red pepper

video
(That would be Nathan playing drums in the background.)

Saute the garlic and onion with a little bit of butter for about 5 minutes. Stir in sesame oil and peanut butter. Once the peanut butter has melted add the chicken followed by the rest of the ingredients. Continue cooking on medium high, stirring constantly (the sugar sticks to the pan) for about 5-10 more minutes. Then turn heat down to low, cover and cook until the chicken is done or you feel it is well marinated, or until you are too hungry to wait anymore. 

Serve with basmati rice. MMM. I added some sautéed onion and butter to the rice while it was cooking.
I kind of cook by the seat of my pants and I'm not experienced at writing recipes, so don't get mad at me if you make it and it's not good. I'm not Paula Deen, yall


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The most comfortable spot...




Come party with the birds...

If you live in the Tulsa area you should come!
There will be new Knit Owl items and new things from Stelabird.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Santa Kitty

Wondering why she didn't stop at the house next door instead.
(Yall she gets tons of kisses, don't worry)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Oh, Christmas Tree.

We cleared a space. (Can you spot the kitten?)

We put on our Christmas sweaters.
Got out the decorations.

Nathan "lit" a fire, put on a Christmas record, and made hot chocolate.

We put together the tree only to find that we had a climber.

(When I pulled her off she growled at me!)

We decorated.

Yay, it's Christmas!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Officially Christmas Time, Yall!

I love this time of year! The temperature has finally dropped below bearable. All 5 of us have been huddling together at night to stay nice and toasty. Hopefully, it won't be long until our first snow!



We have all of our Christmas decor sitting out ready to be hung. It's going to be a little challenging with the little one running around. It's also our first Christmas in this house. Right now we're trying to figure out where to put the tree. I would be making some cute decorations for the house, cause I keep seeing some great ideas, but I'm so busy making things for The Knit Owl that I'm afraid I don't have a lot of extra time. I did make this pillow.



This year I am supporting indie artists and buying handmade. I've discovered that's slightly more difficult when it comes to the dad's but I'm working on it! There are so many great items on Etsy, though. You can do a search for almost anything and there are always cute things that pull up. I always search for owls!
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Speaking of Etsy, I'm offering a special now through Dec. 15. All orders over $50 ship for free! If you live outside of the Tulsa area you can purchase items from my Etsy store safely through Paypal, who accepts all major credit cards. I'm still working hard to try and make some cute new bags to put in my store. I will keep you posted. Until then stay warm and have fun decorating!

theKNITowl on Etsy

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thankful.

Tomorrow, we'll be spending Thanksgiving with Nathan's family. This year I will be making my mom and grandmother's delicious corn bread dressing. I'm so excited to make it. I'm a little homesick, so it's comfort food. Nathan isn't a huge fan of dressing, but he really likes this recipe. Try it!

The kitten is settling in nicely. She and the Sherm have become fast friends. I think it's good that he now has an equally energetic playmate. It's also made us realize how sweet he is. He's like a big teddy bear.

Nathan and I can definitely feel a difference having a third cat. Someone is always needing something. I have to keep an eye on the little one like you would a toddler, though I don't think many toddlers can crawl under the couch or behind the washer and dryer. Whenever I lose her I just look for Sherman and he's usually watching her.


Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Enjoy the food tomorrow!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Meet Ele B.


Looks like she's a keeper. Nathan named her Ele (pronounced Elly). She has a very round belly with a white spot on it, so she's become Ele Belly or Ele B. (Nathan used to have a cat named Itty B.).

She and Sherman have gotten to be buddies. He chases her around. She attacks his tail and then he pounces on her. He's so sweet though and isn't rough with her. Isabell really wants nothing to do with her, but I know she'll come around.

Do you not just love her?

Fabric Covered Rings


I'm so excited to show you my latest product for The Knit Owl. I now have a use for my scrap fabric...rings! They are gradually being added to my Etsy store. Perfect stocking stuffers.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I swear it's not my fault...

As many of you know, ok everyone knows, kittens are my weakness. If it were possible and not weird I would roll around in a field of kittens and be forever happy. They're so cute and sweet and they smell good...I LIKE ME SOME KITTUHNS...

We currently have two cats, Sherman and Isabell. I'm perfectly content with them. I was not thinking/fantasizing/plotting/asking/dreaming about kittens. I was going about my normal life and avoiding kittens. Yesterday morning while getting ready for work, kittens far from my mind, I hear a cat crying outside. It was really loud and I started picturing some huge cat in the yard. I continued getting ready, but the cat kept on. Finally, I went and got Nathan and told him something was outside crying. He opens the front door and says, "Oh my gosh Amby!" I feared the worst until he said, "There's a tiny black kitten on our porch." My heart skipped a beat and I think, no way this must be a trick. I ran to the door to see an adorable little baby. Our first thought was call someone we know immediately to take it, I think subconsciously we knew it'd be bad to bring it in cause bringing it in=3rd cat. By "our" and "we" I mean Nathan, because let's be honest I lost all sense or reason and thought BRING IT IN NOW AND CUDDLE.

Well let me cut a long story short and say, no one answered our calls and we brought her in...But I swear it wasn't my fault!





The thought of having 3 cats kind of hurts me a little. I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with Shermans every demand, must play now, must have attention now, must be carried around the house or will meow you to death....I told Nathan that the decision to keep her is up to him, with no pressure from me. But I mean if a Mac computer appeared on our front porch I'd let him keep it. That's fair, no? I also told him he can be in charge of naming her since I named the others and he's always felt left out of the naming process. Sorry that I'm like an expert cat namer or control freak, whichever




She got a bath last night, a warm meal, a cozy bed and a ton of love. She's a total doll and cuddles mainly. Perfect. I still can't believe there's a kitten in my house and I didn't have to do anything! It was the 13th and a black cat mysteriously appears on our front porch, you have to keep it right?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fall Veggie and Beef Stew


Nathan and I have been craving a hearty stew, so tonight we made use of our veggies and some beef from the co-op. We made the recipe up as we went. The result was so tasty I wanted to share.

Saute for about 3 minutes:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb of organic cube steak (you could substitute with tofu)
half an onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped

After the meat is slightly brown add:
3 cups of beef broth
1 can of lentils
4 soup cans of water
1 shredded carrot
1 cup of frozen corn
4 potatoes, quartered
1 cup of quinoa, rinse and add
5 tbl of salt
2 bay leaves
pinch of paprika
pinch of thyme

In food processor puree then add to stew:
2 cups of shredded red cabbage
3 cloves of garlic
1 large dried red chili pepper
1 tsp of jalapeno

Let simmer until the potatoes are soft. Serve and enjoy!

You can mix it up a little too! Whatever you do, enjoy your stew. Whoah...aren't you glad I don't try to rhyme all the time.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Garden Deva

I did another show last weekend. I didn't know until the Monday before that I was going to do it. My friend Jared sells essential oils and has done the show for the past 5 years. We decided to setup our boothes together. It was fun! I met a lot of cool people. Even though you just sit at shows for like 8 hours straight, I love it! It also gives me a chance to knit, which I am having less and less time for these days...sad.

This is Jared and me.

Here is a shot of the other vendors.

Tony came by to see me and we took silly pictures, cause why wouldn't we?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Tulsa World loves The Knit Owl

More love from the Tulsa World...read the article here.


Holidays are quickly approaching...

Does that stress you out a bit? I love this time of year, but it's gotten here so fast. I haven't even begun to think of what to give everyone. I am, however, going to buy as many handmade gifts as possible this year. There are so many cute things out there. I would much rather give a unique gift that someone put their heart and soul into, than something mass-produced on an assembly line. With that said, I've added some new things to my Etsy shop... :-)