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10 things I love (almost) as much as yarn — Mary-Heather Cogar

by ysoldateague April 14, 2014

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You might know Mary-Heatherfrom her work at Ravelry where she helps businesses small and not so small to make the most of their advertising. Or maybe you’ve knit one of her fun patterns like the Simple Things Shawlor the Sugarleaf Cardigan she designed for my book The Rhinebeck Sweater.

So Mary-Heather, what else do you love?

OH SO MANY THINGS!

1. The Sandia Mountains.

You know how some people are beach people? I’m a mountain person. Since moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2008, the Sandia mountains have been part of my daily view. Capped with snow in the winter, glowing with golden aspen leaves in the fall, and bright pink at sunset year round, they loom over the city, gorgeous from every angle. Plus, I am one of those lucky people who can get lost even with GPS but the Sandias help me avoid that here in ABQ. I can see them from everywhere in town, and they’re always East. Thanks, mountains, for being huge and immobile. I appreciate you.

2. Bright nail polish – it’s Spring!

Ever since the temperatures started rising I am all about bright nails. They cheer me up as I type.

3. Documentary Tuesdays.

Documentary Tuesdays are a little household tradition started by my fiancé Jacob. The name pretty much says it all… we watch documentary programs or movies on Tuesday nights. Recently we’ve enjoyed Twenty Feet from Stardom, Gasland (this one totally bummed me out, though I’m glad I saw it), and pretty much everything in the PBS American Experience lineup.

4. Project Life.

Project Life is a super easy and fun scrapbooking/photo-journaling/memory-keeping system that uses pocket photo pages and “core kits” of cards with designs or journaling space to slip into the pockets that don’t get photos. I started an album this year and LOVE it. I love building a 2014 photo journal as I go, and keeping a physical album of all the little daily pictures I take. I especially love how easy it is to put layouts together: slip the pictures into the pockets, add the cute cards, journal on the cards (or not), add a few stickers/movie tickets or mementos/embellishments (or not), DONE. (Until the next batch of photos are ready for printing!) I know I’ll appreciate having this album for years to come.

5. YNAB, or You Need a Budget.

I’m guessing this will make Ysolda laugh when she sees that YNAB has made the list because I’ve enthusiastically recommended this program to her before. YNAB is a program set up around a method with Four Rules of money management. It has really changed how I feel about budgeting – it’s intuitive and downright fun to me now! Yep, that’s right, I think budgeting is fun. I’m just living my 30-plus life, y’all.

6. Coffee.

‘Nuff said.

7. Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette.

Pretty pretty neutral colors in a sturdy metal tin. Absolutely my go-to palette when I wear eyeshadow – the colors make it easy to experiment with cute looks.

8. My ridiculous(ly awesome) sequined shower cap.

It looks like Strawberry Shortcake and Bob Mackie had a shower cap baby, and it makes me smile every time I put it on.

9. Our cutting board.

Enormous, made from New Mexico juniper, and purchased at the Los Poblanos Inn and Farm (one of our favorite places to go here in Albuquerque). I love to cook, and something about chopping on this great big board calms me. 

10. My dog Charlie’s ears!

I love these even more than yarn, actually. They really are the very best ears. 

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