October has been a great month. I feel like we’re finally getting into a rhythm with our schedule and a lot of great memories have been made. The boys had their first sleep over, I had lunch/coffee with several new friends, our church small group started meeting at our house, and we had our first snowfall and turned on the fireplaces.
Calvin also had his first appointment at the Mayo Clinic (he’s a Type 1 Diabetic) and I am still getting used to the idea that we live less than 4 miles from one of the best hospitals in the world, including a top-notch Pediatric Endocrinology department.
We’ve been enjoying watching the leaves change, the cooler temperatures, soup on the stove, and watching football. The month was closed out with having friends over for take-and-bake pizza followed by walking around the neighborhood, tagging along behind the kids as they trick-or-treated.
So, there were a lot of favorites, but here are some…
Jeff and I actually planned a day to binge-watch Stranger Things 2, which was just released on Netflix. I was born in the late 70’s so the kids in this series remind me so much of my older brother and his friends… from the haircuts to the Trapper Keepers, the bikes with banana seats to the walkie talkies. It has a Spielberg-meets-X-files sort of feel to it and I thoroughly enjoyed seasons 1 and 2. Now it’s going to seem like an eternity until season 3!
Several people asked me specifically about my purse that you could see in the pictures of the oak buffet. It is the Made Well Prague Satchel and the leather is just as delicious as it looks in the picture. I saw this bag in a Madewell store this summer, but decided to wait to purchase it until it was on sale or I had a coupon. I received a 30% off coupon a few weeks ago, so I bought it. I only wish it had more pockets/dividers, but it’s a good size and, as I said, the leather is beautiful.
You can sign up to be a Madewell Insider (it’s free) to get discounts and free monogramming.
I know I’m probably late to this party, but as a non-coffee drinker, I never had much of a reason to go into Caribou. I met someone for “coffee” there last week and I got a Dark Hot Chocolate…hello! Dark hot chocolate!
Definitely a new favorite!
I was sent a set of Saphyr Linen Sheets to try and share on Instagram and they are now our favorite set of sheets. And, they keep getting softer with each wash.
I will say, the texture takes some getting used to, but Jeff and I love them now.
I get way to excited over “clean sheet day” and these linen sheets have taken it to a new level.
After a few weeks, I can report that I thoroughly love cooking on the beefy range. In fact, several times, I have mentioned that to Jeff and thanked him for agreeing to go through the trouble of putting in the gas line, so we could get it. We could’ve used the electric stove that was in the house for a few years, but he knew it was important to me, so we made it a priority and it was worth every cent!
Thanksgiving dinner, here I come!
Two of my painting buddies suggested I buy some fine art brushes from Rosemary Brushes, a UK-based brush company. At first, I didn’t because I had been picking brushes up at Hobby Lobby when they were on sale and the price was pretty comparable. But, I browsed their site one night and I love that they have brush sets, so someone who really knows what they are doing has selected brushes good for that specific medium and/or technique. All of the brushes have been such a great addition and now I’ve ordered some more!
In October, I have been eating up art books, so I can learn more and improve my paintings. Here are a few favorites…
This is the most technical book, but it’s the one that introduced me to under-paintings, which has made a huge difference in the depth and warmth of my paintings.
This one is great for a lot of things, but I love that Helen shares specific mixes and techniques for different kinds of painting. It’s helped me work through some of the things I struggle with and I am seeing improvement.
This one is super-practical and packed with all kinds of great information. Carol also has a lot of ingenuity, so it was a helpful read for making my creative space more functional.
I don’t have a picture of this one, but it is so encouraging for people who are intimidated by drawing.
And, lastly, I’ve enjoyed working on the 100 Meadows Project myself, but I’m also enjoying watching others who have joined in! Some are new to oil painting or new to landscapes. It’s so inspiring! Here are some of my favorites from searching #100meadowsproject on Instagram…
What were your favorite things in October?