My favorite soup to cook, Epicurious's winter squash soup, which we serve topped with shredded Gruyere, and lots of it.
I'm working on getting my office into shape: off-white burlap-y hatboxes and CD boxes from IKEA are helping to corral the chaos (although there's still a ways to go), gargoyle bookend from my college days at the U of C, little felted creatures from an artist who shows at WisCon, but I'm sadly forgetting her name, sketch of me drawn by someone in the audience at WisCon -- I do have her name written down, but I'm blanking on that too.
Dahlias gathered this morning from the garden in a little white metal pitcher from IKEA -- I think I've gotten at least a hundred gorgeous blooms off that single plant. A terrific investment -- clearly, dahlias are happy in my yard; will be digging this one up to replant next year, and adding at least two more next year.
IKEA crewel-style lampshades and accent pillow for my guest bedroom, which I'm calling the garden room (iron gate headboard from Pottery Barn). I like them with the cream bedspread, but I need new sheets for that room (the ones we have are a little embarassingly battered). I'm thinking red striped or patterned?
I found some of this Robert Allen Soft Scrolls fabric in Birch on Fabricguru (the discount fabric site) -- going to try making curtains for the guest room with this. Hope it ends up looking nice.
Picked up a blackboard from Amazon -- we like the porcelain ones, because they're a lot easier to write on than things like chalkboard paint or cheap chalkboards. Little October raven by Martha Stewart, I think -- from Michael's. They're perched all over my house.
The kids love it when I rake leaves.