Confessions of a Scrap Paper Hoarder

photo (1)My love for paper — perhaps you could call it an obsession — started when I took a trip to Michaels (the craft store at which I can never not spend money) and purchased a 5-pound bag of colorful scraps of paper for $5. Mind you, this was probably when I was in fifth grade, so the obsessive behavior continues to this very day. That plastic package contained sheets of all sizes — the standard 8.5 x 11, small 2×2 squares, 12×12, and everything in between. There was cardstock, corrugated cardboard, and paper of different thicknesses. Continue reading “Confessions of a Scrap Paper Hoarder”


chunky knit infinity scarf (with instructions!)

The days have grown cold, the chilly wind blows against your face, and the trees are hauntingly bare. Here in California, it’s  time to pull out those winter clothes that have been stored away all summer long. Everything — the coats, the down vests, the gloves, the hats, and the scarves.

Especially the scarves. Especially the circle or infinity scarves that are all the rage this winter. They provide a fashionable, customizable, and functional addition to any outfit.


On a recent road trip, I spent my time knitting up this scarf for my little sister (who is kindly modeling the scarf below). You could call it a belated Christmas present.


It’s the perfect scarf for those frigid evening outings or foggy mornings.

This scarf is:


quick to make



Here’s how to make it:


  • U.S. size 15 knitting needles
  • 150 yards of chunky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Cast of 26 stitches, leaving a 12″ long yarn tail.  Knit until the length of the scarf measures around 60″.

Cast off, leaving a 3′ long tail. Use mattress stitch and the yarn needle to seam together the ends of the scarf to create a circle. Make sure not to twist the scarf when assembling. Alternately, use a crochet hook and the long tail of yarn to slip stitch the ends together. Weave in lose ends with the yarn needle.

Have a blast making and wearing this scarf!


10 Minute Knotted Headband {tutorial}

Got 10 minutes? Need a new accessory? Never fear, the easy headband is here! And I’ve got a tutorial just for you. I love the food aspect of my blog but I also want to share my crafty side.



This is the headband that I grab on the way out of the door when it’s a bad hair day. This headband would make a great gift for little girls or girls who are young at heart. Even if you gift it, on a piece of cardboard, it still looks pretty nice!

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