discovery world market

once a month during winter my friend/ landlord/ best guy around peter helps to put on a winter market at discovery world near the lakefront.  there are a variety of vendors including handmade items, farms, and anodyne was there doing pour overs….mmmm!  there’s always a musician playing, too, and kerith and i have made it a tradition to send the performer a little present and note and to request some phil collins. we are doing a couple of these events this year which draws a lot of families and is a lot of fun. personally, i think we had the best spot as we were nestled between lalo and dwellephant we took some pics of our simple little booth….

that's kerith making some signs!

isn't kerith such a lady?

midwest needles action shot!

some sweet little hearts we made for valentine's day...

we have some more events coming up soon and we’ll be sure to let you know when and where to find us!


midwinter/ update.

apparently we’ve reached the halfway point finally.  kerith and i just ordered some spring yarn in colors that look like petals and sorbet and it feels like they won’t come fast enough.  we still have some fun things planned….this weekend we’ll be at discovery world for an indoor market, i have another “compulsive craft” post to do, and we might be doing our very first giveaway….so check back soon! also be sure to snag something from our shop before saturday or it might be gone!!

can you tell kerith is wearing a cutie patootie built by wendy dress?


these pins were for "lettering" in something in high school. my mom just gave me a bunch of old medals from my room. i don't even remember what i got these for....

As we all know…the U.S. of A. has been hit with a crazy storm of freezing rain and snow.  Yesterday it looked like this…cars still out and about…

Today it looks like this…obviously, no one is driving down this street…

I took a little walk around my neighborhood this morning (after making muffins and posting a new cowl on Etsy), and I found one guy laying in the middle of the intersection.  He told me he likes to “play dead” in the middle of intersections during snowstorms because…”when do you ever get the opportunity to lay in the middle of the street in Chicago?”  Fair enough, my man…fair enough…

Here’s my favorite little strip in my neighborhood…and the coffee shop is open today!  But you have to go through snowdrifts 3 feet high to get there…

And after playing with Peanut, a neighbor’s pooch, I found this poor Volvo…

It’s so nice seeing families outside playing and laughing.  I love seeing little kids buddled up, running around, and falling over.  I love it!  But I thought it was cruel to take pictures of that…  🙂

Stay warm…or don’t!  Go play outside.



winter fruit salad.

I’m not the most intuitive chef.  I have my staple dishes I can usually pull off without a hitch, but to invent creative recipes out of what’s on hand is just not a skill I have perfected yet.  I need a recipe to truly understand flavors.  However, I’m not completely inept – despite what my family and my husband might tell you.

Once a month my family gathers “potluck style” at my parents’ house and I think everyone underestimates what I could bring as I’m usually assigned chips or crudites.  This week I think they were pleasantly surprised by my winter fruit salad.



I love that citrus fruits are in season during the winter months.  They just look and taste like sunshine which is just the reminder we all need this time of year.  For the salad I picked up some grapefruit , blood oranges, and navel oranges.  I added blueberries and poppy seeds for color contrast and roughly chopped pistachios for decadence.  Once everything was doused in a light raspberry vinaigrette it was ready to go.  I bought everything at Outpost since they always have the best fruit selection.  Easy peasy and my family loved it.  I love how pretty it is, too, don’t you?  Do you have any simple dishes you’ve “invented?”  Leave a comment below…we’d love to hear!



nisee made.

Today we wanted to tell you a little bit about our pal, Denise from nisee made.  She is the lovely illustrator who made our spiffy new logo you see at the top of the page. We fell in love with her illustrations a few months ago and knew that she would give us just the look we were after: sweet, easy, clean and just a little bit darling.  We think she did a great job..don’t you?  We obviously have a soft spot for doxies and Denise captured just the right look.

We like Denise’s blog because she creates similar posts you see around in the blogosphere (what I did this weekend, what I wore, what’s in my bag, to do lists, etc) and she illustrates them instead!  There’s something incredibly fresh and inspiring about seeing these things in a drawing instead of a photograph.  Take a look at some of these drawings taken straight from her website.  Make sure to stop by and tell her hello!






La penderie de Kerith

This weekend was forecast to be “much” warmer than last Friday, 19-21 degrees Fahrenheit.  Friday, it was 1 degree Fahrenheit!  ONE!

I had some errands to run Saturday morning, and although I didn’t need to be as bundled up as I was on Friday, this is what I wore…


I’m going to be honest…that sweater…I thought I had looooooooooong thrown that away…but I found it. saturday morning. in a bin…!  I got it at J.Crew in 2000.  I think about that time, and I think, “oh, Kerith…that’s not that long ago…”  Um, hello!  That was over 10 years ago!!!

That’s me and JT.  JT is my, ahem, “little” doxie.  You can find him in some other posts, too.  I have one other doxie, her name is Ginger Snap, but she doesn’t like photos as much as my little Tubtubs.

I love that this outfit just pulled together out of pure luck.  When I come up to Milwaukee, I don’t really know what to pack or what my weekend is going to be like, so having this fluffy sweater here was the “cerise sur le gâteau” on such a snowy day!!!

The breakdown is this:

Sweater: J.Crew, ca. fall 2000 (!!!)

Blouse: Anthropologie, ca. fall 2009

Belt: Anthropologie, ca. summer 2008

Skinny cords: J.Crew, ca. holiday 2010

Boots: J.Crew, ca. holiday 2007

And we’re off!



my secret confession….

No, my secret is not that I drink out of this giant, hairy, burly mug.  It’s something that I’m much more embarrassed to present to you, dear blog readers, but I know that the first step to healing is admitting I have a problem.  First, let me start by saying that I empty the garbage regularly, I do the dishes every day, and just this morning I bleached the bajibberjabber out of my bathroom.

In a couple of weeks we are going to move to the apartment downstairs.  It will be nice to mix things up a bit without having to make a giant move and it will also allow me to have more workspace.  Which brings me to my confession.  The place where all the magic, all the creating, all the business tasks take place is…….



With how busy Midwest Needles is getting the state of my workspace is becoming quite a problem.  I’m presenting it to you, dear readers, in all it’s mess so you can hold me accountable and please, please give me any tips you may have on organization.

I am going to wholeheartedly blame this character flaw on my father.  His office desk has always been a mound of papers with no sense of organization.  However, this clutter has got to stop!

Kerith gifted me a lovely standing shelf that will definitely help when I move into my new studio, but I welcome any favorite organizing tips you may have.  My workspace is the LAST thing I ever attempt to clean and I’m starting to think that might be my problem.

I’m committed to being more organized and by showing all of you I’m hoping you will help keep me accountable.  Please share some inspiration!  Favorite organizing boxes!  Favorite system! Tell me I can do it!!  And I promise I’ll post pics of my new magical workspace so you can see my progress.

I have a problem, friends.  I haven’t even shown you my yarn stash…..