Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Creative Space

When there are germs in the house then a lot of knitting occurs, which is a good thing now that the weather has turned colder. I'm half way through my youngest daughters hat for this winter. Because she has strawberry blond hair she looks good in turquoise and other colors that bring out her pink complexion.And nothing helps little people, and big people for that matter, feel better than some Halloween cupcakes.
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I have a confession....I may have kept my oldest daughter home from school today just so we could build forts and make cookies.
My youngest daughter has been suffering from flu like symptoms the last couple of days. To be honest we all have been a bit under the weather. There is major flu nastiness spreading in our neck of the woods and having a husband who teaches and kids in school it was just a matter of time that it reared its ugly head in our house. Luckily, the fever has been easily controlled with Tylenol and the kids are amazingly resilient to illness.So even though my oldest wasn't really very ill we kept her home so everyone could sleep in, lounge in pajamas and enjoy each others company.This morning was spent making beds on the living room floor, making sure to include favorite stuffies. I love that even though my oldest daughter is in school she still luggs her favorite animals around the house, tucks them in, and cuddles up close. My younger daughter also got her favorite toy and tucked it in close on the couch. A very cozy and warm picture this morning, even with the coughing and sniffling.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Dealing with all kinds of yuckiness around here. A lot of tea drinking, movie watching and knitting planned for the day.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Shopping List

It's been awhile since I've done a Saturday shopping list. Things are finally starting to settle down around here so I thought it was about time. Also, my family and I are going to be participating in No Impact Man's project through the Huffington Post. It's a week of our family and others trying to really focus on our impact on the environment. If you'd like to read more about it or sign up please go here.
So in light of the next week my list has to do with things that may help with reducing our waste.
1. Vegetable bags by wonderthunder. A great way to not use those tiny plastic sacks for veggies and fruit.
2. Eco Cup cozy by laurabucci. Perfect for using on a reusable mug for that much needed cup of coffee.
3. Apple a -go-go by earlygirl I love this cute knitted cover for your apple. A great way to keep the apple "safe".
4. Snack pouch by downhomeamy. This bag is a wonderful way to keep snacks contained without the plastic!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please check out fancypicnic for other great shopping lists.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Winter Hat

The oldest and her new hat.

The nice thing about winter coming is an excuse to knit warm and cozy things. And can I say for the fiftieth time how much I love Malabrigo yarn. I LOVE IT.
I used some super bulky variegated yarn for the brim. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite hats I've made so far color wise. It also helps that my daughter looks so darn cute in it too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Creative Space

Working on fall brooches.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Baby Shower

I apologize early on for my picture heavy post. :)
This past weekend I threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, Michelle, with the help of my other relatives. I've been slowly planning, gathering and creating for the past month now for the big day. Being done with my own kids has made me even more crazy excited for her and the birth of her first child.
Because we both have a love for all things retro and vintage I decided to go with the vintage theme for the shower. I also picked red and turquoise for the colors since when I was planning she didn't know what she was having, although now she knows it's a boy.
It was a great morning spending time celebrating with her and with friends and family.The banner I made for decoration and for her baby's room. I used her fabric scraps from her baby quilt to make the triangles.My first diaper cake. I appliqued on some rocket fabric onto some onesies for part of the gift. You can see them peaking out behind the ribbon.

The cake my sister-in-law made using vintage carousel decorations.

And no shower is complete without the cute pregnant lady. :)

Monday, October 12, 2009


This past weekend was my husband's family reunion. I threw a baby shower for his sister and we had a great time laughing and playing games. I have photos coming soon.

Last week I spent some time getting some Halloween accessories made for the shop and the girls. The girls are counting down the days until they get to dress up as musketeers!Found in the shop.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ears Pinched

Last year my oldest daughter who had just turned five at the time announced she wanted to get her ears "pinched". Someone in her class had earrings and she wanted them too. After a little discussion we came up with a solution of when she could get them done. Because there wasn't an arbitrary age we could think of that would say "old enough to have ears pierced" we came up with a way for her to earn it. And a year later she has earned the right to get her ears pierced by writing her address, dialing her phone number and tying her shoes.This past weekend I took her to get them pierced. She had a minor breakdown caused by fear so we went to my parents house, had pancakes, talked about piercing for an hour, went back and got them pierced. Second time round she was very calm and handled it very well. I guess she just needed to talk it out for awhile. She of course loves them and I'd have to say I think they're pretty cute too. As a parent it's fun to see my kids have some of the same memories I have as a kid.