Archive for January, 2011


Posted on January 25th, 2011 by Tonia 1 Comment

So, Sunday was my birthday. Twenty-six, you guys…

I’m just an old fart now.

But not too old for chocolate cake, made by my mother!

Although, this might be the last year she tries to actually fit the accurate number of candles on it…

I just had to show it off because…look at it! I can still taste it, for real, it’s her secret recipe and it is rediculous. And I’m not even a cake person- I like pie!

This birthday was especially special because the Packers won the NFC Championship against their most historic rival, Da Bears.  And- in case you haven’t already figured it out by my tweets– I love, love, love the Packers.

Reuse Tues: In Which a Sweater Becomes a Skirt

Posted on January 19th, 2011 by Tonia 1 Comment

That’s right, I’m posting this Rues Tues post on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday.  Have a cookie.

My fashion sensibility suffers severely during the winter months.  I start out with great intentions, of course…”Yay!  I love boot season!” and, “Hats are so cute. I’m so glad it’s cold enough to wear hats every day!” and, “Scarves look good with basically everything!! I need more scarves in my life!” 

I fold away my summer clothes and pull out my winter clothes, and it’s like seeing a bunch of old friends.  It’s also a huge pat on the back when I go to try on a peice of last-winter’s-wardrobe to find that it’s a little roomier than I remember it being last year {congratulations for sticking to your running routine, Tonia!}  But then, soon after this initial wave of happy feelings about dressing in cozy fashions, the reality of winter sets in. 

The reality is that the house is cold, the outdoors is even colder, and the idea of getting dressed in the morning- or even getting out of bed at all- is terribly daunting and un-appealing.  Slowly but surely as winter wears on, I slack off in the fashion department until I’m at the point where I no longer put together outfits at all anymore…I simply pick up whatever is the warmest thing and layer it on my body with as many other items as possible, as quickly as possible, and call ‘er good. 

This is sad for me because, being female and all- however tomboyish and backtothelanderish I may be- I like clothes and fashion a lot.  A lot a lot.  It’s a major guilty pleasure. I spend terrible amounts of time window shopping on the internet and dreaming about the kinds of things I would wear if I were rich enough. Which is sooo silly, because I live in the middle of the woods and there wouldn’t even be anywhere to go to show off my beauteous clothes {and no one would care…they’d probably just look at me like “Who do YOU think you are, anyways?”} 

Either way, cute outfits aren’t practical when you need to chop firewood and empty the mouse traps and take out the compost.  I know this, and yet, I like clothes.  Beautiful clothes feed my soul and make me feel good. Which leads me to my point {hooray!}: I should probably, at some point this winter, maybe think about wearing something other than my pajamas under my Carhartt coveralls.

And what better way to get something new to wear than to make it out of something else that I never wear anymore?  I was so excited when I saw this tutorial…Probably when you see it, you will want to do it immediately: Click here for awesomeness.  Mike and I have a plethora of old sweaters that were handed down to us from cousins and older siblings, so I could probably make 20 of these skirts if I wanted to.  I just absolutely love how something old can become something new. 

My mom is coming to visit for a week at the end of the month, and she’s bringing her sewing machine.  I do believe we will tackle the sweater-skirt project and a few others!  Happy Reuse Tues!

{Photo credit: The lovely Lauren Winter of Blooming Leopold}

Party Like It’s 2011

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by Tonia 2 Comments

“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


 Happy New Year!  We got the party started this year by surrounding ourselves with friends and family.  The farm has been full of visitors all month long, and it has been wonderful!  I absolutely love having company in our home.  During the summer months, everyone seems too busy to visit each other for any length of time…but there’s something about the winter that promotes long conversations, long sits by the stove, and long meals together.

So, please excuse the spotty blogging while I:

 1) Cook meals with friends

2) Eat meals with friends

3) Play pond hockey with friends

4) Jam with friends

5) Sauna with friends {no picture of this for obvious reasons}

6) Go out to see this play with friends.

Regular posting will resume shortly…and speaking of that, I’d love to know what you all would like to see on this blog in 2011.  Last year I started doing a mixture of more personal posts, like the wedding series, and the tutorial posts that focus on implementing eco-habits into our lives.  Do you like this mixture?  Do you wish the blog was heavier on tutorials, or heavier on the personal details?

Thank you to everyone who reads Itty Bitty…I’m constantly finding out about new readers, and am suprised at how many of you there actually are.  It means so much to me to have you along on this journey with me, and I want to continue writing useful posts for you all.  I’m always open for suggestions on how to make the blog a more valuable part of your day!  Drop me a note anytime.  toniasimeone {at} gmail {dot} com