Thursday, January 27, 2011

KNITTING: Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail

I am so in love with art yarns like those slub thick-thin yarns but they can be challenging to work with. My first attempts were epic fails.  I was afraid I would break the yarn if I pulled too tight on the thin areas of the skein. But determined as I am, I kept on. In my humble opinion, this  free bunny beanie is the perfect pattern to showcase the yarn. Of course I had to make it difficult on myself as the pattern calls for regular worsted weight yarn. This thick yarn fudges up all the measurement so I had to completely rewrite the pattern - hmmmm maybe I'll put it up on Ravelry... LOL  Anyway, because I'm a glutton for punishment I'm going to make a diaper cover with a fluffy tail to match.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Next up in my baby beanie/diaper set obsession: The Newsboy.Who could resist this dapper FREE NEWSBOY BEANIE PATTERN, along with the matching FREE CROCHET DIAPER COVER PATTERN.  I whipped these both up in an evening even though I was having technical difficulties with the diaper cover.  I was using bulkier yarn so it was coming out way too big. So I had to make some adjustments.  I also used a half double crochet instead of single crochet to match back to the Newsboy Beanie.

Monday, January 17, 2011

CROCHET: Pattern Designs

What little girl hasn't wanted to be a designer at some point in her lifetime? Although, I don't think that crochet designs were exactly what I had envisioned, but alas.....

I just finished designing two vintage-inspired earflap beanies.  The first is called the Mia which utilizes the shell stitch and second the Scarlet that incorporates the yummy chunky texture of the moss stitch. I'm drooling over these colors by Red Heart Eco Yarns. I've had a really good response to the patterns woohooo!  Maybe the sales will help further my textile addiction :-)


Friday, January 14, 2011

CROCHET:Monster Booties for Maddox

I stumbled upon this FREE MONSTER BOOTIES PATTERN about a month ago. They are really tiny but so adorable.  One of my nieces is having a little boy any day now - Lil' Maddox and I thought these would be perfect with the cold weather. Unfortunately, I missed meeting up with her when I was in town last. I'll try to get them in the mail soon.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Circle Journal 2010-2011 Living in the Now

Living in the now... right now, this was the theme for the journal (Sherri's) that I had this month. Even as a child I would stop and try and remember every little detail that was happening at that exact moment. I called it making a memory. Even still, I really struggled with this theme and how to translate "living in the now" into art.

Sherri mentioned that at the completion of this project, when she received  her journal back she wanted to sprinkle the artwork on the journal pages throughout her home in little frames.  I thought this was such an amazing idea.  Everyday you would be able to glance at the different pieces of art and be reminded of living in the now and your circle journal of friends.  So, from the beginning I knew I wanted to do some sort of painting that represented her and the things she held dear.

I tried a new style of art... I'm not sure what it is called, but I like the graphic nature of it and it reminds me of Sherri.

I used sharpies, and watercolors. Doesn't it look like Sherri?

I learned that Sherri likes Zentangle also known as Zendoodle.  I have been hearing this word alot lately but wasn't sure what it was.  I decided to step outside of my box and give it a try.  BEWARE it's very addictive.

"S" is for Sherri

I'm sending this 8 X 10 directly to her cause I didn't want to fold it.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The bottom half

Remember those adorable knitted fuzzy hats I just blogged about? Well I've just completed the bottom halves - matching diaper covers. I'm  making things I never imagined I possessed the skill level to make.  My confidence is growing and I feel like I could even tackle something more challenging. 


Friday, January 7, 2011

Shhhh.... I'm counting

When there is a chill in the air there's something so cozy about a fluffy skein of chunky yarn and a pair of knitting needles.

As many of you may know, I am not as comfortable with knitting as I am with crochet. I found it interesting in talking with others of the needle-y persuasion, that most are more comfortable with the craft they learned first. Hmmmm... this is definitely true in my case.

They say practice makes perfect, so I've been practicing on some small baby projects - and I have to say, I'm really enjoying this thing called knitting.

I purchased the Pixie Style Beanie Pattern on Etsy

 I purchased this adorable Jester Pom Pom Pattern on Etsy


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Have your cake and eat it too....

I forgot to share with you the cake table for my dad and step-mom's anniversary party. We held my mom and Eddie's party on Friday and my dad's and step-mom's on Saturday.  

I find it so amusing how different the two occasions were and how  clearly the differences can be seen just by glancing at the cake tables.

Due to the holidays all the local bakeries were closed so I was unable to order custom cakes for both parties as I had planned.  But, I think we did good in a pinch....


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Another Special Occasion

We had several anniversary celebrations this year. My mom and Eddie marked their 20th wedding anniversary. To celebrate the occasion we hosted a formal dinner party followed by an intimate family gathering.   

Can you believe this cake was purchased just 2 days before the event from Walmart for $48.00? We cascaded fresh creamy white roses down the side. I couldn't be happier if I had purchased it from a high-end bakery. This cake serves 60 people.  The tip is to purchase an anniversary cake instead of a wedding cake - perfect for a wedding on a shoestring budget.

My mom and I both share a love of fine linens so I knew right away what I wanted to make for her anniversary.  Monogrammed handmade pillow shams...


Monday, January 3, 2011

Elise Shawl for Granny Jo

Sprinkled among The Big Quilt Project, I managed to make a little something for Granny Jo (my step-mom's mom.)  I have heard about her over the years but just recently got to meet her in person. She is the sweetest little lady and already we have made lots of memories of gathering around MaMa's dining room table heads bent over a puzzle .

I found a free pattern called the Elise Shawl that was exactly what I was looking for.  I worked two strands of crochet thread together at the same time. Maybe you have a special Granny Jo you can make one for.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The BIG Reveal

I can finally share the BIG project I talked about back in October now that the gifts have been safely delivered.

When I was a little girl, my MaMa, who was an amazingly talented quilter, made each of the grandchildren a quilt. She and Nanny (her mother) were members of a church quilting bee and each quilt was hand stitched with love.  Having that quilt reminds me of her and the many happy summers spent at her house. It's a reminder of the past and  it gives me a sense of connection to her and simpler times when our family had not yet been fragmented by divorce.

I wanted the next generation -my kids and my brother's and sister's kids to have a connection to their childhood that will surely pass in a blink of an eye.... and the idea was born.


The project began with a baby gift of an heirloom hand-cut chenille blanket for my brother's baby Miss S. that was born in October.


Next, I made minky blankets with mitered border for each one of the grandchildren using this tutorial.  I made them quite a bit larger than the tutorial called for and then appliqu├ęd their names on the minky side. It was so much fun searching for fabrics that represented each of the kid's personalities. Not all of the blankets are shown, there were 10 in total.


This year is my Dad and Step-Mom's 20th wedding anniversary. I really wanted to make something special to mark the occasion. Then it hit me... I would take pieces of each one of the grandchildren's blankets and make a quilt for them.  This was a very daunting task.  I had never made a quilt before. I pressed onwards, finding this pattern  and my confidence grew a little. I took my time enjoying the process.  I even got a little cocky and pushed the envelope by making matching pillow shams. I couldn't be happier with the results.... Although I do recommended starting with a smaller project than the King Sized quilt I made - if it's your first quilting project.

For me, the smiles on the recipients faces is what life is all about. I dedicate this post in loving memory of my MaMa.....