Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ain't it pretty!

I wish I could take better pics.  I think taking them outside helps, but its usually nighttime by the time I get around to taking pictures.  Oh well.  Here is the finished apron from the Sewing Expo.  I LOVE this green print fabric and wish I could think of other projects for it.  I added the flower at the last minute, think its just the right touch.  Now I'm not convinced that this is the best style for a "full sized real women" (note there are no pics of me wearing it) but the teen seemed to think it looked nice on me.  I might try it in the summer over  a tank top...we'll see.  In the meantime, it will be a nice accessory in my kitchen :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fun with Etsy!

Whew!  Finally found some time to 1) take pics of my creations, 2) write up a descrip. of my creations, and 3) POST them on Etsy!  So go check out some of my new patches HERE.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

First Afghan!

Yeah!  It's done!  Isn't it gorgeous?  I love how the colors actually seemed to go together in the end.  It's small but I think the right size for a new baby.  I ended up making the ruffle more simple than I had originally planned, but I think it's just right for this blanket, too fancy would have seemed odd.
The only thing I'm not happy with is the way the seams in the back seem to stand out.  I'm going to wash and iron it to see if they can settle down a bit.  I only picked up the inner loop on each stitch so not sure how else you would have combined the blocks w/out a seam.

Now to wait for the baby to arrive!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mom's day celebration!

Two lovely ladies have taken it upon themselves to help all of us celebrate Mom's day (May 9). Ms Disney from Ruffles and Stuff and Ms Dana from MADE.  I love both these ladies (though they don't know it!) and all teh wonderfulness they share through their blogs.  So please click on the button on the right and find yourself something to do for/give to your mom.  SHE DESERVES IT!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Oh how I wish I had as much time to blog as I did when I started!  You have no idea how many posts are in my head that I've been dying to share!  Until then here's a bit of the Work In Progress that I've squeezed into my rare free moments late at night.

"The First Afghan":
 I don't know what has come over me but suddenly I'm all "homey" and want to make heirloom projects that my kids will take with them to college and their homes.  So in the spirit of, "everyone should have an afghan made by their mom", here is my FIRST afghan...attempt.  Ok, truth is, I saw this awesome yarn at JoAnne's.  Loved the colors, loved the texture, loved that it came in this humungous skein.  So I bought one and started crochetting.  As with most of my projects, there was no end goal in mind when I started.  As I kept going I realized that whatever it was turning out to be, it needed to be bigger.  So bought more yarn, and here it is so far.  Confession - I'm not real good at patterns that repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat...so time will tell if this actually gets finished.

In the spirit of afghans and babies, I have also decided to make a baby afghan for a friend (shhh!) whose prego.It apparently will be made w/ granny squares of different colors.  Do my granny squares look odd to you?  I thought that was how you made a granny square, but these look odd to me.  Oh well, I've got about 12 done of the 30 I estimate I'll need.  No idea how to connect them, but I've been crusing the blog-way and all my fav hookers to see how they've done this.  I am very excited to see what this will end up being!  Luckily baby's not due for a couple more months.

And lastly, I saw this great pattern for a small crochetted pin cushion that apparently I decided needed to be something else, so in the end I made these awesome....things :)  I picture them either added to a quilt as an embellishment, or sewn on a jacket as a button loop.  They are so fun to make and turned out so awesome I kept making them for several days...and may keep making them.  I think I'll add them to my etsy store...the picture does not do these guys justice.  I've have to take better photos when the weather clears up.  They are so cute!!
Enjoy!  and Happy hooking!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Break 2010

We just returned from our week of spring break. Once again, we tried for sun and fun and ended up with cold and SNOW! We went to Sunriver Oregon by way of Kah-nee-ta resort.
The weather was crazy!  We had snow, sleet, hail, sun, wind, rain, you name it!

The kids always only want to swim, swim, and swim.  So, we swam.  In the rain, in the wind, in the cold, and even in the snow!  The teen refused to accept that we were going to the mountains, so she packed flip flops, shorts and tanks, oh and her beautiful new sun glasses. Don't they look like they're having fun!

We went to the High Desert Museum, spent a day in Bend , found a great indie book shop Between The Covers, and a bead shop AZillion Beads!
We woke up this morning to about a foot of snow and it falling fast.  A crazy end to a week of freaky weather.