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November 2010 - Shivaya Naturals

November 2010

The Last of the Autumn Knits

November 30, 2010

After the success of the Birthday Vests, I decided that I was going to go ahead and knit up two more for the Thanksgiving holiday. The boys are still in their appreciative mode of life, and thankfully giving them a sweater in a pretty package still makes their day. It is fun to watch them show off what they consider to be a very stylish addition to their wardrobe. Someday I will simply be the woman who knits them bunny sweaters, but for now, I still have my title of “cool mom”.

Jacob’s sweater was knit with yarn sent to me from the amazing Larissa of Stitches in Play. Larissa had been kind enough to send the yarn in the hopes that I would make myself a neighborly sweater, but as my belly expands, and my waist seems to have a while to go before returning to normal, I decided that I couldn’t hold onto it any longer, and that it would make the perfect late autumn knit.

Elwood’s vest is knit up from a fun alpaca yarn that makes it as soft as anything I could imagine, and a lot of fun for my always itchy boy to enjoy. The hats that they are wearing came to us right before the big day, and managed to somehow match perfectly to everything else that they were wearing. I do believe that those hats were the hit of the day (every time I see the above photo of Elwood, I always envision him delivering newspapers in the 1930’s).

Of course, Joel and I deserved a bit of holiday warmth as well, so while I could not figure out a way to whip up his and her sweaters, I did find a small amount of time to make his and her Toast. I love this pattern so very much, and the ease of slipping on fingerless gloves never loses it’s appeal. These were the perfect way to end my Autumn knitting.

For anyone who read my Facebook status yesterday, you know that while knee deep in editing Rhythm of The Home, I actually managed to forget to feed my poor kiddos lunch. My oldest son reminded me on the way to chess with a polite, “Well mom, I suppose that today will be a day without lunch”. Yes, while editing a magazine on parenting and family celebrations, I forget to nourish my children. Thankfully, I knew that there were a few snacks that must have been keeping them filled. Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls and Spiced Almonds were on the counter, and while perhaps not the most nutritious thing that they could have eaten, I must admit that they are mighty tasty.

The spiced almonds came from this recipe, and were gone so quickly I thought for sure Elwood had fed them to the dog (we have recently learned that this is a frequent event, and that it accounts for why Elwood is so thin, and the dog so chubby). The popcorn balls were a whim that my niece and I created with molasses, peanut butter and caramel, and they have been a staple favorite for the past week.

I may be the mom who forgets to feed them occasionally, but oh how I hope that the knit wear and sticky treats will make up for it.


Cyber Monday Offerings

November 29, 2010

Oh my, in 48 hours we will have the new edition of Rhythm of The Home up, and my long Winters nap might just begin. I have felt very disconnected from this space, and as I look back on th archives from last year, I realize how little I have posted or shared on this blog this holiday season. I am going to have to change that!
I am, however, so excited for all the hard work that so many of you have shared for Rhythm of The Home, and I can not wait to share it on Wednesday morning.

Today is Cyber Monday, and this was the first time that I had ever been introduced to this shopping experience. I thought that it might be fun to share a few deals that I have found this morning from handmade, local companies. I am not advocating shopping mind you, but hey if we are going to, we might as well get a great deal!

If I have missed anyone, please leave it in the comments section and I will get it posted ASAP.

Josie Maran Cosmetics: Josie is a friend of mine from high school, and she has turned a successful modeling career into a very impressive eco-cosmetic company. Josie’s makeup is all that I use at the moment, and her Argan Oil is amazing. I can say from personal experience that everything that Josie sells lasts forever (I have had the same bottle of Argan oil for over 6 months), and is of the highest quality. Today Josie is holding a special of 25% off her store, and it is a great deal for the holidays.

AG Ambroult: Oh my, Amy is holding a great sale. I have been dying to pick something up from her, and today might just be the day 🙂
SALE TIME! SAVE 15% off everything through Dec 10, 2010! Use Coupne Code EDEC10 to get the discount. Hello and Welcome! Please browse my selection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings all handmade by me. I use traditional metalsmithing techniques to fabricate all the jewelry you will see. Enjoy! 

Hip Mountain Mama: Suzy and Andy have a great deal going on their site that ends TODAY. Here is a snippet from their blog:
We wanted to take this busy shopping weekend as an opportunity to thank you with the gift of $20.00.  From now until Monday night at midnight (Mountain Time) we are offering you $20.00 off all orders over $100.00.  Simply use the code “Blog20” to redeem your $20.00.  We are still offering our holiday special of $10.00 off all orders over $50.00 and you can take advantage of this deal by using the code “Blog10“.

Sew Mama Sew
 is offering 20% your entire order today only! Simply enter the code “CYBERMONDAY2010” 

Urth Child
is running a special today where you can save $15 dollars off of an order of $100 or more, and $35 off an order of $200 or more.
Save $15 on orders over $100 with coupon code: CyberMonday15
Save $35 on orders over $200 with coupon code: 

Shannon of Free Spirit Knits is offering a great deal for her Facebook Fans. Head on over and join for a great one day deal!

A Little Garden Flower
(one of my favorite Waldorf resources) is having a 15% off sale that ends tomorrow. The coupon code is “thanksgiving”

Bella Luna Toys
Save 10% off all orders over $75 today only. Use code MOONDAY at checkout.

Hawthorne Threads
has a great deal for an Amy Butler bag of your choosing once you spend a certain amount.§  A purchase of $100 or more qualifies for a Pearl Bag of your choice §  A purchase of $150 or more qualifies for a Diana Sling Bag of your choice§  A purchase of $200 or more qualifies for a Dew Drop Sling Bag of your choice