recent happenings + fun friday links

I've been making very slow progress on my knitting and other projects lately. Going out of town every other weekend for 2 months will do that to you, though!

I spent a weekend in Estes Park in mid-April. It snowed, but that was pretty much the norm in Denver every week from April through mid-May.

I celebrated my 30th birthday with some friends in NYC. It was really fun to go back to the city where I used to live. We had amazing spring weather, shopped and ate and drank a lot. I stopped by Purl Soho, the shop that inspired me to learn to knit 8 years ago where I bought some fun fabric and thread for a summer sewing project. The photo below is our hotel room at the W Downtown

Last weekend I went on an epic road trip with some friends to Zion National Park and Bryce National Park. It was a 10ish hour drive from Denver so we spent a lot of time driving for a 3 day weekend. The parks were absolutely amazing, though.

Zion National Park
Bryce National Park

I'm headed to San Diego next weekend to visit my brother and sister-in-law. And then I'm staying put for a little while!

Since it's Friday, here are some fun links for you:

Spring rolls in a bowl look like a perfect summery meal

I made these grilled carrots with dill last night. They're super easy and delicious!

I've been taking some fun classes on Skillshare lately. They're cheap, super useful and you can go through them at your own pace. Currently, I'm learning more techniques for digital illustration using Adobe Illustrator. I'm working on a redesigned logo and design for the site here!

My latest obsession is green smoothies. I make one every day for breakfast. My coworkers make fun of me, but these are seriously tasty and healthy!

Have a great weekend!

this week I...

1. Made Strawberry Leek Quesadillas (with goat cheese) They are delicious and a great summer meal. You should make them.

2. Had the staples removed from my foot! And my burns are healing nicely...finally!

3. Learned that glass must be heated slowly or it explodes. Apparently thick glass is worse than thin glass since it heats unevenly, causing it to break. Pyrex is specifically designed not to break. Glass can withstand high temperatures when heated slowly and evenly.

4. Was reminded that visits to the ER are not only painful, but also expensive.

5. Dog sat the most adorable little dog in the world. Meet Rascal. I miss him already...reminded me so much of the little Bichon I had growing up named Peaches.

Rascal the Bichon Frise
Rascal the Bichon Frise

6. Went to Dillon, Colorado

7. And read by the lake...

monday inspiration

Prarie Sky{Image from Cre8}

I spent 14 hours driving through the plains and prairie this weekend. In the past, I never saw much beauty in the trips from Denver to Nebraska. This time I appreciated the blue skies and green crops and small towns. I didn't take any pictures quite as lovely as the one above, but when I saw it on craftgawker, I had to share.

Here are a few other links to inspire your creativity on this hot, summer Monday...

Earring embroidery ring

I need one of these! But I'm not sure I have the skills to make it myself.

Paper flower tutorial

Learn to make these lovely paper flowers (easy!) to add some color to your next project.

Paper flower tutorial

Bandana Print Cookies

I'm really impressed by these bandana print cookies! Very creative!

Bandana print cookies