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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On the Hooks - Hints

A while back I bit off more than I could chew (who'da thunk it) and really started to think about why I was making that stuff. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to make baby gifts and birthday gifts and stuff for my own home and it wasn't fun. So I stopped making what wasn't making me happy and have decided to crochet what I want to crochet when I want to crochet it. And yes I still have several projects going at once but only because I want to do them. And yess, I will still make gifts for others...it will just have to be balanced in with the other makings. And yesss, I have some pictures to share, but nothing too revealing yet. Perhaps you can guess what they are.
This one's obvious, but I am starting to make some progress on the details and I finally found the color felt I needed to complete Toodee...it's a kid thing.
No thanks to Michael's I finally have the colors I need to complete this ______. This yarn is so lush and saturated with color and it's all for ME.
Circling up some ________ for a friend's wedding this weekend. See I told you I would still make some gifts.
This is an upcycled project that has been gratifying to hook and it's made from our old t-shirts. Once complete you will notice it underfoot.

I would love to hear your guesses if you care to share. Ciao!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lost, Found, Hand Me Down - Miss You

Little bloggie I will be back in a few, but for now I would like to share some embroidered onesies my super-talented, kitschy sister-in-law stitched up for my nephew. (All designs found at Sublime Stitching)



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Samurai Lily

I had no idea this plant would flower when my brother bought it for my birthday especially since the rabbits got to it pretty early on. I guess it would be hard to destroy a toad lily that goes by the name "Samurai".



They open into spotted, three-pointed star shapes. Very tiny and colorful. Ciao!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Noobs

Here recently I feel like I have made an army of these things. That's not the case, but there are babies being born all around me. These two are connected in green. The boy ended up slightly bigger than the girl and the girl has a new flower detail that I love, but still need to improve.
I skipped the eyelashes for the boy version and might try adding a bow tie in the future. I wish I could have skipped the eyelashes  for the girl because, man they are hard to do on crochet stitches!
 These illustrate my room for improvement in embroidery. I am much better when it's done on a surface where I can access the back of the work and is solid. I am going to get it right soon. I can feel it.
Sidebar - new school starts on Monday. Let's see how it plays out.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Photo of the Day - First Day of School

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08.15.2011, Florissant, MO

They were trying to get all of their summer sillies out before school this morning.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dresser-scape

We had a grown-up bedroom makeover this spring and I am loving the new digs. There are still details that need to be put in place, but that doesn't keep me from loving being in there. Recently we ditched the TV in our room and it cleared up a lot of space on our dresser. Naturally I took it over. Hee hee hee. In all reality, this bedroom redo gave us a chance to simplify, clean out some clutter, and allow me to be creative and resourceful - giving space to the things I really want to see and keep. What I am trying to say is my dresser is pretty cute.
John has already recognized my desire for a mirror on the wall, just in case I should need to conjure up an evil step-sister for the day. BTW - that's my granny's lamp.
The makeup brush glass was set for the thrift store, but I snagged it back just in time. That hummingbird flew over from Faith's house.
The earring rack is an old cooling rack propped against the wall. So far, no jewelry losses to report.
For the most part, the color palette is neutral with white/pale accessories and natural/wood colored elements. It's very easy on the eyes, organized, girly but not fussy...perfect for the time being because you know I get bored easily.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

When In Drought

At first we were just watering the plants that needed a drink the most, but now it would seem we waited too long for some.
Tiger Lilies


This is by far the longest I have seen the plants go without rainfall. It's almost too much to try to keep up with.

 The ferns in complete shade are the only ones left hanging on. A lot of the weeds are even suffering, although not enough if you ask me. Really I am just trying to get out of pulling them.

 These trees may have officially bit the dust. There is just the slightest hint of green on the very inside and I have been watering everyday, so we'll just have to wait and see. It's not a huge loss since I scored these and then some for $15. They are, however, right in the middle of the fence line.

The good news is the guys on NPR were stating that the weather would make up for our lack of H2O this Summer with an abundance of rain and most likely flooding this Fall. Better pull out your galoshes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Photo of the Day - Dead Spy

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08/10/2011, Florissant, MO

Rainbow Cake

Not sure if I have already told you or not, but each week this summer the kids and I decided to make a dessert. That's a pretty big deal for me since we typically only have that stuff on birthdays or holidays. However, this was a lot of fun for us...and tasty. Which brings us to a cake made of rainbows and magic and maybe some unicorn hooves.
 We kept our first attempt simple with four colors and minimal mixing which kind of left them looking like giant eyes or boobs.
My icing job was by no means pretty seeing how I have never iced a cake before and that this wasn't about looks, merely pleasure.
And indulging was the best part! We are looking forward to trying more colors and maybe trying it with cupcakes.

Ciao!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

He's After My Heart

And he's pretty good too. Look at his technique.
Oh yeah, he'll be a yarnie before long.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Photo of the Day - Sleepy Buds

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Lost, Found, Hand-Me-Down - Vintage Vanity Set

Today I am sharing another inherited treasure from my Gram. I finally got it cleaned up enough to have out full time.
I really don't know anything about this set other than it has been around my thirty years and that as a child I loved to play with it. On the left is the mirror and to the right is a bristle brush. It really doesn't feel too good on your noodle, but when my hair was down my back it worked wonders on the tangles.
Since it is out on my dresser I decided to mix it in with my other Grandma's hand-me-downs. They look right at home with each other. More pics from the dresser and bedroom soon. It is starting to look really cute and grown-up (but not in a frumpy, grumpy, stick-in-the-mud way). XO

Monday, August 1, 2011

RetroBlog - Crispy Chicken

Back in April we attended our first annual Wing Ding at Faith's house. In honor of the festivities I decided to sculpt a chicken for dessert.
Ha! He kind of looks like a Lochness bird or something. If you intend to sculpt with Krispie Treats I suggest letting them set in the fridge a little otherwise it won't hold together. The eggs on the other hand were super simple because I just shoved some of the mix in one of the kids' plastic Easter eggs. Done and dunner.
That rooster barely made it to the party. Speaking of, if you want to see more pics from the event GO HERE. John's chili wings were the winner. Peace.