Sunday, July 31, 2011

Photo of the Day - Leisurely


She Jumped...

...sort of.

Let's try that again.
Woot! There's a first time for everything.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lost, Found, Hand Me Down - Notions

Recently I decided to tackle about 5 years worth of spring cleaning in the middle of summer. Bonehead move?..maybe. Do I feel better? Absolutely. Whilst sifting through the clutter I came across a cloth pouch filthy from years of love and good use.
The pouch belonged to my Gram (surprise, surprise) and she used it to house her cable knitting needles, tiny scissors, tapestry needles and an old fabric measuring tape. I was pretty glad I came across it too because I was just entertaining the idea of investing in cable needles since I have had none. Also pictured are some of the other notions that belonged to her and were near cable clutch.
Another special find is the tiny blue pencil. I remember these as the only pencils my grandparents used, particularly my Grandpa. He always had several of these pencils around and I don't think I ever saw one that was longer than 3 inches. My Grandpa sharpened them to complete nubs as he worked his crossword puzzles on a plastic yellow clipboard with a tube of Rolaids nearby. It was a nice memory to come across and I now own three of the blue nubs. Muy bueno.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vases, Coasters, and Trivets - Oh My!

This is not what I should be working on AT ALL, but the cotton yarn has been oh-so-gratifying.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lost, Found, Hand-me-down: Thrifted Textiles

I found these pretty vintage pieces in a thrift store in Chicago. Total spent = $1.60. Score for me.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Retroblog - Bowling

The kids and I have done tons of new things this summer....made a dessert each week of the summer, painted pet rocks, dyed celery, created bean portraits to name a few. Unfortunately, I haven't photographed most of it because sometimes the camera is a distraction from good play-time. Back in March though we headed to the lanes for some bowling. It was also Boober's first time.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Felted Fun

I made this for Boober back in May. The pieces to one of her wooden puzzles had been gnarled by our vicious Shih Tzu a.k.a. sweet Bella leaving us the wooden frame it came assembled in. I try very hard not to clutter or be a pack rat but I also despise waste - of any kind.
So I decided to make a felt board for my girl. I have seen the cheap ones at Michael's for about $8 and the felt is total crap. This cost me a little less, is better quality and I made it myself. Woot! First I used some felt glue and slapped some black felt on the back of the frame. It kind of looks like a slate now.
Then I cut some felt. At first I thought about cutting out intricate shapes and people and animals and all the fun accessories that go with them but decided not to because A) I had trouble finding some sharp scissors even though we own a million pairs and B) I really like the idea of using basics shapes to create whatever is in her imagination...sort of like mosaic tiles and geometric blocks.
And then we played. See she even incorporates her own geo-blocks with the felt. Clever girl! Toys like this make me want to get rid of the rest of our toys, but don't tell my kids.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's Not From Lack of Hooking

Sometimes you just get so wrapped up in yarn you forget to share what you're doing with everyone. Here are just a few of the tokens I have had my hands on recently.
Oh Gabba Gabba!
Poor Gabba. Progress has definitely been made here, but there is still a long way to go. I am hoping to have them done by the time school starts. Pattern on Etsy . (and not available anymore it looks like)

I save all my glass jars I get from food and repurpose them into something. This applesauce container is now a piggy bank for my niece who just turned 8. There is a lid with a slot too, but it wasn't ready for the photo shoot.
Grainy pic...sorries. This whirly bird scarf was also for my just-turned-8 niece and I might even have a pattern to share for it.
And these cute little coffee cup cozies are, well, coffee cup cozies. Faith has been begging the Kuhn and I to make these for a while and they were ready for her June birthday. I really like them, but if I make them again I will not crochet a bottom circle as directed because on mine it threw off the shape once on the mug. Also, a coffee mug just feels better resting on its solid bottom. Free pattern on Ravelry.
I have been making a point to play with my yarn everyday so once I make a point to photograph it all I might share it too.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Photo of the Day - Through His Eyes

The title is one of those horrible words I never I would use.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lost, Found and Hand-Me-Down - Hangman

Morning. My mom recently brought over some of the board games my brothers and I used to play and an old word game was among them. Those are my favorite kind! And while you could just get out a pen and paper for this one we had high-tech apparatus to smooth out the impending slaying. I mean if you play against me that is what is going to happen.
I had the pleasure of  a friendly game with my niece in which I beat her too and she's very sharp, but I have mad skills.
Fast-forward a few months and we find ourselves on a TCK home visit (they have a new poll, by the way). After cruising the basement for a vacuum cleaner we stumbled upon an even older version of Hangman.
This time playing my analytic son I won...again...and again.
Maybe I missed my calling as a word executioner. And now you have been Lost, Found or Hand-Me-Downed twice in one sitting. You're welcome.