Five Knitting Patterns for Fall

cute knitting patternsI guess you could say I’m a seasonal knitter.  When the weather starts to get cold, I feel the need to knit.  And right now I want to knit all the things pictured above.  In reality, I’ll probably just end up knitting the house slippers and I’m okay with that.  But if I did have more time and a larger yarn budget, I would start with that city cape.

Nola Slippers by Nola Miller – After the jump, scroll down and you will see the pattern on the left.

City Cape by The Purl Bee – How I love this site.  Year after year, the Purl Bee keeps churning out beautiful patterns for all.

Boot Cuffs by Sara Gresbach – This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

House Slippers by Therese Timpson – This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

El Matador by The Sweatshop of Love – This pattern is available for purchase on Kollabora.

Pumpkin Mochi Recipe

pumpkin mochi recipe

I’m so glad fall has arrived.  To me it means cooler weather, curling up on the couch knitting, and lots of baking.   And  speaking of baking, one of my favorite recipes to make is pumpkin mochi. It’s a cross between mochi and pumpkin pie without the crust. It’s comforting in taste and fills the house with a pleasant aroma as it bakes.

Pumpkin Mochi Recipe

Ingredients

29oz Can of pumpkin puree

14oz Can of sweetened condensed milk

1 Cup of melted butter

4 Eggs, beaten

2tsp Vanilla

1lb Box of Mochiko (sweet rice flour) – click here to see a picture of it

2 Cups sugar

2tsp Baking powder

1 1/2tsp Pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 375.  Grease a glass 13in x 9in pan.

2.  In a medium bowl mix mochiko flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3.  In a large bowl mix all other ingredients together.

4.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.

5.  Pour into glass pan and bake for 1 hour.  Let cool.

6.  Cut into small squares with a plastic knife.

*This mochi will last up to 3 – 4 days.  Do not refrigerate.

pumpkin mochi recipe 2

 

Japanese Craft Book: Rosette, Brooch, Corsage

Japanese rosette craft book

Rosette, Brooch, Corsage ISBN978-4-8347-3754-7

Over the weekend we took a trip out to the Mitsuwa Marketplace which means three things:  grocery shopping, ramen for lunch, and browsing the Japanese book store (Kinokuniya). During my visit I purchased the book Rosette, Brooch, Corsage.  Below are a few of my favorite projects from the book.

We also attended an adorable Totoro themed birthday party for my niece.  My aunt Susan made an amazing Totoro cake for the party which you can see here.

Japanese rosette craft book 2cloud brooches

Japanese rosette craft book 3Flower pins

Japanese rosette craft book 4leaf corsage

Japanese rosette craft book 5brooches with rhinestone details

Printable: Fig Preserves Labels

free printable fig preserves label I’ve always wanted to try making homemade canned jams.  Specifically, I wanted to make canned jams from fruit trees in my yard.  I never knew anyone that canned fruit so the whole process was new to me and a little intimidating.  I didn’t want to make a mistake and end up with canned bacteria instead (yikes!).   So, I was really focused on the sterilization and water-bath part. Maybe a little too focused.  But the jam seems to have sealed up nicely so I’m hopeful.

Pictured above are the jars of fig preserves I made.  I used this recipe if anyone is interested.  My tree is still yielding fruit so I see more homemade preserves in my future.  Along with the preserves, I made some labels to go with them.  They’re a little more contemporary in style.  PDF link below.

fig prerserve labelsClick here for the PDF

Do you make your own canned goods?  What do you like to make?  Any tips for this newbie?

Bring Nature Indoors with Wallpaper Murals

flowering shrubs wallpaperPrint Mural with Flowering Shrubs

I’ve never cared for wallpaper but over the past few years I’ve been warming up to it. Most recently, I’ve been playing around with the idea of installing a wall mural in one of our rooms.  Honestly, I don’t know if I have the guts to do it.  Usually I like to keep things neutral so I can change the decor as my style changes.  But if I were to take the wallpaper plunge, these murals would be top on my list.

birch tree wallpapwerTree Wall Panel

gold leaf wallpaperLeaf Metallic by Jocelyn Warner

butterfly wallpaperAzha by Trove

forest wallpaperPond in a Forest with Fog

I’m curious, do you like wallpaper?  Would you ever add one of these kinds of murals to your house? Please share.

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