Just a quick hello to say I hope you and yours have a sweet day.
These are the pinterest-inspired and much-too-elborate valentines my kiddos are handing out.
Theo wanted juice box robots. It's all about the fruit punch.
Just a quick hello to say I hope you and yours have a sweet day.
These are the pinterest-inspired and much-too-elborate valentines my kiddos are handing out.
Theo wanted juice box robots. It's all about the fruit punch.
I mentioned that I didn't sew much in the way of holiday gifts this year, but in the past I've always tried to make some. True, it did elminate a lot of stress this time around, but look at the cute results when I do make them...
These pictures actually show my gifts for both Aurora and Theo from last Christmas. Aurora got the cute Harry, Ron, and Hermione dolls. Theo got a set of branch blocks that I made from fallen branches from that year's storm. They are cut in increments of 1 inch so they stack nicely together. There are a ton more than shown here. Those were actually complete on Christmas. ;)
The dolls, however, were partially naked. They all had robes, but Ron and Harry were shirtless and poor Herminone had nothing on under there! Thankfully they're now ready to make their internet debut fully clothed.
The dolls were made from the Pocket Pixies pattern by Ginger Melon. Hers are not Harry Potter themed, that was my own addition. I wish I could say I highly recommend the pattern, but I was pretty unimpressed. Yes, the design is just darling, but I felt the pattern really lacked detail and instruction that I expected especially because I paid $15 for it (I think it's less now). It was mostly the outline of the dolls that you were paying for. I did learn how she attached the arms which was useful information. Some stiches etc were included but if I remember correctly it didn't tell you what stitch to use for every step and it certainly didn't tell you the number of strands to use etc. Shelly herself was very helpful and responded to my question I emailed her about which color felt to use. Her style is so great, but I just felt the pattern was too basic for what I paid.
They did have shoes, but they didn't last long. Probably should have sewn them right on. And Harry's glasses are a little bent in these pictures but I'm too lazy to retake them. Picture him just a touch cuter.
I'd say it's about time for us to start reading the 6th book.
As many of you know, halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The costumes the kids chose this year, may not have been my favorite, but still lots of love went into making them. And then halloween just didn't happen. Overshadowed by a little thing called Hurricane Sandy.
First I was stuck in Houston after Quilt Market for the storm and some of the aftermath. Couldn't get back until late Halloween night and there was no trick-or-treating. We went without power for 10 days and went to a hotel and then family's to keep warm. There were some rescheduled Halloween activities, but we couldn't make any. :(
The good news is the kids' school had a Halloween party the friday before, so they did can a chance to wear their costumes at least once. And I took pictures before I left.
Here she is happy:
Theo's choice was no surprise. He's crazy for Angry Birds. I don't really get it. It's cute and all, but how does it have that much appeal? It's just everywhere! And from the first time he tried it, he was hooked.
His costume was a hoot because he loved bouncing around and bumping into things in his own protective pillow. I knew if was going to be hot and unwieldy at the party so he had a t-shirt underneath for when he had to take it off.
Of course he changed his mind about which color he wanted to be after I bought all the materials... but he had to stick with the classic red.
Hope you Halloweens were more enjoyable and frankly safer than ours here in NJ. And have a great Thanksgiving!
I've been a bad blogger. I'm not talking about the post-so-infrequently-that-all-my readers-have-probably-gotten-bored-and-abandoned-me kind (which, let's face it, is most likely the case). I'm talking about the not-doing-a good-job-of-documenting-my-crafts/life kind. And that's what's frustrating me right now.
Life has been so hectic lately (totally my own fault for doing too much and never catching up on the regular stuff) and I haven't shown you what I've been up to. And that means I haven't been documenting it so I can look back on it.
So.... One of the events I haven't mentioned yet is that I did Denyse Schmidt's Improvisational Patchwork workshop. The Philly Modern Quilt Guild and my guild, The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, brought her to the area for a lecture (which was awesome) and workshops.
It's was a such a fun day and so against my over-planning nature. Just letting loose and sewing without planning. I had hard time playing by the rules and using whatever fabric I pulled out of the bag. Honestly, I don't know what, if anything, I will do with my blocks. Here are some of them:
I'm not a hug fan of the randomness and wasn't crazy about using fabrics I don't like, but as a whole, they really do have a amazing quality that couldn't be created any other way.
Then, as a spin-off, the CJMQG did an improv challenge. We swapped scraps (in part so there would be some overlap in our stashes) and each got a fat quarter of Kona Cotton in Sage. The challenge was to make improv blocks of any kind using scraps and the Sage fabric. We kept some, swapped some, and donated some to be made into charity quilts.
These were some of my blocks:
These were most of the guild ones:
Sad that summer is over...
Nope. I don't do anything small. Can't help it.
I got in my head to do an outdoor movie night to celebrate the start of summer. First I thought I'd rent the equipment, but then decided I was going to do it more than once (we've already used it 3 times) so it was best to invest in our own.
Then I had to go for a specific look for the night. I blame Pinterest. Truth be told, that's the part I love and I always do details anyway. But I was inspired to do the whole thing by some pictures I found on Pinterest.
This is one of my favs.
And I tried to use a lot of antique looking wood, like the crates and board we used as little tables for drinks etc. I also put out some flowers and candles. There were some twinkle lights up on the deck by the food for dim lighting and more ambiance.
My mom has a bunch of nap mats from her preschool days that I sewed pockets in the sheets for, so it was more comfortable. And I borrowed chairs because in my mind the adults weren't going to be thrilled to lay on the ground. And there were many, MANY pillows. Also, my parents have 2 papasan chairs so basically it was like a living room outside.
As for the actual equipment, I bought a projector on Ebay and a receiver/speakers at a yard sale. The screen I built out of PVC. Not too difficult. To give you an idea of scale, the screen is about 14' wide. The actual material is blackout material meant to line curtains (because it doesn't let light through). It has a seam down the middle but you can't tell when the movie is playing. It's attached to the frame by velcro.
It's somewhat weather proof. It can stay out in the rain but the wind did knock it down. I can leave up the frame but take down the material, but I am a bit worried the homeowner's association will have a conniption. If you want more info on how to built your own movie screen, check out backyardtheater.com. These people are crazy hardcore and it was an awesome resource to help pull it all together.
And of course I had to do snacks. 3 types of popcorn and some classic sweets. There were bags for the popcorn (regular brown paper bags I printed "fresh popcorn" on myself) and separate one for the GOODIES (so cute!).
Drinks were soda (in glass bottles), beer, water, and orange juice/lemonade served in mason jars. And boy did we need ice cold drinks that night. It was HOT! It was the first night of summer (also the first night after school got out) and I thought we would all melt. The kids didn't care one bit and ran around before it started.
Thankfully, it cooled enough after the sun was down that we were reasonably comfortable. We had a lot of people (mostly families of the kids' friends) and had a blast. Here's how we looked enjoying the show. We watched Over the Hedge because I thought it particularly appropriate in suburbia. :) We've also watched How to Train Your Dragon, and one of my all time favorites, Princess Bride.
I used to love going to the Drive-In as a kid so this was great throw-back. And even though it's not HD or surround sound or anything, there's something that just feels so "real" about the big screen and being outdoors. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
A little behind as usual, I'm finally sharing our Easter portraits.
I did make Aurora's dress this year (actually I made it for a wedding before easter), but I tried to just follow a pattern. Honestly, I really tried.
The pattern is Kyoko by Patti Young. I've had it for quite some time and been meaning to make one. Aurora actually picked the main fabric herself about a year ago. I think she like how it looked golden. It's Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner.
I'll start by saying I love the look of this dress. It's darling. The only significant change I made was I didn't make the skirt in alternating panels. I put one contrast panel in the front and then two sides of the main fabric. The biggest challenge was cutting because I didn't have a lot of excess and I wanted to match up the pattern and make it symmetrical. I was a little disappointed in the list of fabric requirements because it just said 1 1/6 yard of fabric, but since it is shown sewn out of 2 different fabrics, it should have said how much for each. But I think she's fixed it on later versions and it now seems to call for a lot more fabric so I don't feel bad that I definitely needed more than I originally bought. However, it did claim that you needed 1 yard of fabric to make your own bias tape which was way, way, too much.
Once I got over these minor issues, the sewing was quite easy. Diagrams and photos are very clear and really, because I have experience in garment sewing, I didn't have to more than glance at them.
I think it turned out great. I had to do the hair in two buns cause it's just so stinkin' cute with the dress. I do wish it was about 3-4" longer. Aurora is barely a size 7 and that's what I made, but I think it being shorter makes it less formal. I was going to add length but I didn't have enough fabric anyway.
For Theo I made a tie from my Kingdom fabric that matches the bow on her dress. He was clear he wanted blue even though I wanted something golden like her dress.
And here is the whole happy family. My husband gets frustrated that I make everyone stand through the portraits, but I'm always so glad I did when I have one like this where we all look our best. Are they better than spontaneous fun pictures? No, but nice nonetheless.
If you have school-age children, you know that teacher appreciation week just went by. I'm class mom for Aurora's second grade class this year and we just love her teacher. Really we've been so lucky to have great teachers for both kids so far. And we do truly appreciate them.
This year Aurora's teacher is pregnant and due this summer. When her class decided to throw a baby shower for her, I knew I wanted to make her a baby quilt.
I always think to myself how easy it will be. I'll keep it simple. Yeah, right. Inevitably, I get carried away. This is the pretty quilt I came up with:
Actually, it's not super-complicated or anything. I've been doing a ton of half square triangles lately. And all I had to go on were that she likes bright colors, her favorite color is turquoise, and she's having a girl. But I did add some time-consuming details, that, I hope, made it really special for her.
I had each of the kids in her class write their name. Then I traced them and stitched them (by machine) into rectangles around the border. I wanted their personalities to be there in some small way (without becoming too childish or overwhemling), so it's neat to have the names in their own handwriting.
First, kids arrived and they just played around a bit. The cardboard doghouse my dad made rocked!
Next it was time to adopt your own puppy (sorry, I don't have a good picture of them all doing it). They got to choose from a big bin of cute stuffed puppies of lots of different breeds. And they got to fill out an adoption certificate and name it.
Next, we headed outside. I had set up an obstacle course (which I also have no good pictures of) for them to run through like at a dog show. I didn't make them do it on all fours, but they had the option. It had things to jump over, tunnels to go through, planks to walk across, and hoops to jump through. We even asked them to puppy tricks like "sit", "speak", "roll over" and gave them treats if they did so. It was great fun and they all got a "Best in Show" ribbon.
After we had to say goodbye to the puppies we headed inside to do a quick craft. They each got their own wooden doghouse, just right for their new puppy, and they got to paint it however they liked. I made the dog houses by cutting a larger door into pre-made birdhouses and gluing a bone above it. It was a bit tricky to get the jigsaw into the tight space but they came out great.
Next up: food. We had sandwiches and goldfish all bagged up and ready to grab. There were healthy additions like fruit at each place and cups of veggies and ranch. And the yummy, buttery, dog bone pretzels are to die for. In dog bowls we had Scooby Snacks and Cocoa Puffs to look like real food.
Let me answer your first question right away, no we did no surprise him with his very own puppy at the party. Or any time after for that matter. I was VERY tempted though. All that focus of puppies had me looking in non-allergenic breeds and all that. But, at least for now, a puppy just doesn't fit into our hectic lives. Maybe when he's a bit older and can share some of the responsibilities.
Anyway, back to the party. It was a great day. The puppies themselves were the main activity. I mean what more entertainment does a group of 4-year-olds need but a couple of cute doggies to play with.
If you're wondering where we got the puppies/dogs to come to the party, they were from an animal rescue organization. They had brought some dogs into Theo's pre-school to share with the kids and I thought, why not see if they could bring them to a party? Although they were quite generous and really just did it for the love of children and dogs, I did give a donation to the organization as well as asking the guests to bring food or toy donations.
And the black lab puppy even got adopted by one of the families at the party!
Photography: mostly me, but some by my dad
Invitations, adoption certificates and graphics: custom by me
Real puppies: Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue
Stuffed puppies: Aurora brand bought from Stuffed Safari (great customer service!)
Dog bowls: Petsmart
Cake and cupcakes and dog bone pretzels: Deirdre Thauer
Pretzel recipe: King Arthur's Flour Baker's Companion cookbook (Yum!)
Wooden doghouses: Birdhouses from Michaels with the openings cut larger
Cardboard doghouse: my dad and me
"Best in Show" ribbons: me
Phew! Nice little "blog breather" there. Wish I had something more monumental to share on this, my 200th post, but alas, just a bit of catch-up.
In my usual delayed fashion I haven't really talked about the holidays. Of course they were busy, busy, busy over here. I made a bunch of gifts, but I'll have to share most of them at a later date.
But to start with, this is an awesome project I did for my sister. She just moved into her very very own city apartment and of course I had to help with the decor.
This is a large canvas that I painted and then mod podged on some fabric. The inspiration is actually from a bedding set, but it was totally different colors, in a different scale, and had no print fabric. So it's not a copy at all.
But I did make it to coordinate with this bedding set I got her. I'm not going to put a link because I'm sure by the time anyone cares, it will be long gone, but it was from Macy's.
It was fun to do. I normally sew stuff so painting was a departure. Actually if I could have found a background fabric that coordinated well, I probably would have sew this too, and then stretched it on canvas, but time was limited. Painting is always a bit more difficult than I think it will be, but I'm quite pleased with how it came out.
Our holidays were mostly spent at home. I enjoyed my newly converted wood burning fireplace and spent lots of time just hanging out with the kids. I've even completed an entire quilt since the new year! (More on that later).
Here are a few of the basic holiday holiday portraits. Aurora chose her own dress this year which she was just dying for, so I went with it.
It's time for this year's Halloween creations... a continuation of our Harry Potter mania.
In reality he first wanted to be a Chihuahua, but really? How exactly does one make that? I mean I can do pointy ears, but he'd just look like a cat. So with some mild suggestion he went with owl. Yay! So much cute potential.
The body is made of fleece. It's lined and stuffed with polyfill and batting. The tail does stick out a bit and has more stuffing. Then I added the "feathers". They are flannels, fleeces, and wools and because I didn't want some to fray more than others I fray checked all the edges. Yes, I'm psycho like that.
The body is velcroed (is that a word?) at the shoulders, as are the removable wings. There were even little pockets to keep his hands warm (which was a good idea considering that, indeed, that is snow on the ground).
Aurora was an adorable Herminone. I had attempted to make the cloak accurate to the movie, but really did you know they change from movie-to-movie? So I went with my best interpretation. The patch was bought. The tie was made (I even made the striped fabric by sewing on ribbons) because the color of the commercial ones was all wrong. The sweater was from a thrift store with ribbons sewn at the collar.
The funnest (don't care that that's not a word) accessory was the book. It was an old book, and we didn't bother to change the title or anything. But what we did do was make it scream when you opened it. I bought one of those recordable greeting cards and we all yelled really loud and told you to "shut the book, would ya!". The idea was like it was one of the magical books from the restricted section of the library. She loved it and enjoyed showing it to all her classmates. Plus, who is Hermione without a book?
I've been telling myself that all day, and while it's technically now tomorrow, I'm on it. Obviously.
A while back I promised to share the results of all serger-sewing-fun I had this summer. These dresses are my favorite.
They are made from recycled t-shirts that I mostly got at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. A few pieces are old dresses or t-shirts that Aurora used to own and probably had stain or something on them. One is even from old PJ pants of mine.
I knew I was going to do very piece-y stuff in bright colors and I found this etsy seller for inspiration. The patterns are my own, and obviously that took the longest time. The actual sewing of the dresses is quite quick.
I got very addicted to shopping at the thrift store. I went there at least 3 times and spent more than $30 on t-shirts, most of which only cost $.99 each. You do the math. I now have big bins of t-shirt scraps to work with. Luckily I feel pretty certain I'll make more. She loves the style and wearability of the dress. I've also made her another and Theo a couple of pieced t-shirts. I'll try to get pictures of those. I love Theo's t-shirts because boys clothes often bore me. And I might want to try some adult sizes, but it's harder to come by big enough pieces.
And now I frequent the thrift store on half-off day. I just can't get over buying Gap jeans for the kids for $.99. They both now have several pairs of jeans in too big sizes. I have to scour the racks, but I always find some good stuff. And I did get quite a few props for her Harry Potter party. By the way, it's over (thank goodness) and it was a smashing success. Whenever I have the photos edited, I promise to share.
Yes, the time has come to blog again. Over a month is a bit too long, don't you think? Even with summer as my excuse.
Well, while I've been gone we've checked off quite a few item on that summer to-do list. Including fireworks, the beach on Cape Cod, and 5 nights of glamping in the beautiful Thousand Islands area of New York. Great trip. Beautiful weather (finally, not rained out!), interesting sights, yummy food, and lots of smiles on the kids faces. This year we tried "hobo eclairs". Yum!
These pix were taken at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA. If you are a bit of a hippie mom like me, you MUST visit. They have this new area called Hidden Hollow (below) that it one of the most amazing places for kids I've ever been to. Everything is wooden and natural (most right from the grounds) and it has art, storytelling, blocks, sand, play house, theater, musical instruments, a tree house, and so much more wholesome goodness for the kids. It was just MAGICAL and I totally want it in my back yard.
And now Kingdom is hitting the shops. Woot!
You can get the free pattern for the Prairie Glass Squared quilt here.
Before I know it I'll have an advance copy of my book in my hands...eek!
I'd better get back to party prep. This year, for Theo, it's a puppy party and I've got quite a bit left to do.
We decided to have another party this winter for no reason other than we really like to bake. The "we" I'm referring to is myself and my youngest sister Deirdre who is conveniently in town to help. This time around, it wasn't a strictly cookies party like last year. We had cookies, and plenty of them, but also cupcakes, pretzels, brownies, etc.
The look I decided on was lush, forest floor, with a traditional, chic twist. Does that make any sense? It did in my head anyway. And I think that's how it came out.
It was very nice to be able to share the work of all the baking. My husband invited like a million people but since it was a holiday weekend, enough people were away and couldn't come that it wasn't too overwhelming.
It was a simple, casual, open-house-type party where you could drop by whenever. Plenty of Aurora's friends came. We had one little craft for them to do: decorating rocks with paint pens. So simple, but they loved it and it was appropriate for toddlers to teens.
As far as the decor goes, I designed and printed the labels myself. The jars are lined with various green print fabrics stabilized with interfacing. I glad to say I didn't have to buy a single piece of glassware. The greenery is a combination of fresh and moss. The invitations can from the $1 bin at Michaels, if you can believe it. I paid more for postage. :)
First off, thanx for all your praise of Kingdom. I'm so excited to see what many of you will sew with it, so promise you'll share, OK? And I promise there will be more posts to come with my projects etc., when I get the fabric.
So, I feel like I have a ton to post about and just no time to get to it. I will be a tease and tell you I have big, giant, HUGE news coming this month!
One project I haven't shared yet is this banner I made for Aurora's Daisy Scout Troop. They marched in the a local St. Patrick's day parade with it, but sadly I was in Hawaii and missed it. However, they are supposed to use this for many years to come, so I'm sure I'll get to see it in action.
I hear it was cold, but they had a good time. And the troop just loved the banner. The girls each added a little decoration to a leaf with their name on it. Is it bad that I didn't actually want them to contribute? I knew they needed to do something to make it their own, but I wanted to keep it with the fabric leaves. But I was a good mom and let go of the control (a little anyway). :)
So, if I choose to live in my memories and these pictures of all the beauty and fair weather, you'll understand, right?
Now, you're all aware of the tragedies over in Japan, and some of you may remember that tsunami warnings reached around the pacific, especially Hawaii. Yes, that was our first night there. We slept blissfully unaware until the sounds of evacuation sirens and text messages from loved ones woke us around 3 am. Luckily we were staying uphill from the coast that night, and weren't really in danger. But that didn't stop me from imagining giant 1000 ft waves sweeping in and carrying us all away. Freaky, and a great start to the trip. Thank goodness it was all uphill from there.
We only visited one island during our trip (well, 2 if you count a daytrip): Maui. Heaven on earth. We hiked in the Haleakala National Park to the Waimoku Falls and it was the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. The bamboo knocking above our heads and the wind blew through it was truly mystical.
After, driving around and adventuring for a few days, we decided to settle in and relax. So we hung out by this amazing pool. The view and service were both impeccable and since no one under 21 was allowed, it was definitely serene. And one night as we swam by the edge at sunset we were treated to a show by about 4 whales only about 100 yards away. Amazing.
Hopefully you won't all abandon me now because I've bragged too much. If you're still experiencing the winter blues, I feel for you. I hope we can get away on another extraordinary tropical trip like this again in, say, another 10 years...
And now that I'm home and back to work, I do have a big reveal of my next fabric collection coming up really soon. No teaser pictures, but the collection is called Kingdom.
Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting anything done, but the fact of the matter is I really have been making a lot lately. Mostly because I've been taking up small, easy-to-finish, just-for-fun projects. yay!
These little cuties were my Valentine's gifts for the kids.
Theo got a little crochet elephant. The tutorial can be found here. This was my first attempt at amigurumi. Not too hard, but more time consuming than you would think. The only problem I found with this pattern is the trunk just kind sticks straight out. You have to bend and shape as best you can to make it look cute and curved.
Aurora's gift was my first felt food. Every year I think I'm going to make her some precious felt sweets. I only got as far as one slice. I don't get people who can make a whole cake. This took me way too long. And please be kind and ignore my obvious, uneven stitching. I think I was supposed to use a ladder stitch and I did, but perhaps I have to make them VERY close together. However, that would add hours to the construction... And I don't like how light it is stuffed with poyfil. Is there some kind of heavier fill I could use? I did add some barley in the bottom for weight. I do know there are plastic equivalents I could buy and I will next time, just so it doesn't appeal to mice. :)
What have you been making lately?
As I mentioned, the day was darned near perfect. Here's how it went:
Set-up, and more frantic set-up in the morning.
Then, we had gorgeous face painting as the kids arrived.
The craft project was painting unicorn or dragon t-shirts with freezer paper stencils.
There were many creative outcomes.
Next up was a treasure hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. HUGE hit. The kids were running all over the house and yard hunting for the next clue.
I made them all up, and they even rhymed.
They were hidden in places like the mailbox, a backpack, the climber, and the pot of (chocolate) gold was in the fireplace. Such a simple activity that was so much fun. I'm sure we'll do one again at the kids' request.
I have to say I think people were more impressed with my ability to cut semi-intact slices of the overly tall cake, than with my ability to bake it. :)
I can hardly believe my little girl is 6 (and really now, she's half way to 7!)
Haven't come up with a definite plan for next year yet...I'll keep you posted.
I've been holding on to these pictures for a while now. I just really needed to edit them down a bit. There were so many good ones that I find it nearly impossible to choose.
Anyway, as the title implies, this year Aurora chose a unicorns and rainbows party. Actually she chose unicorns and I convinced her to add the rainbows by describing the candy buffet. She had been reading this series of books about a unicorn school and was really into them. And who can't get behind that idea? And for the boys, dragons were permitted to attend.
While the party followed a VERY hectic summer and Theo's party, it went off with very limited hiccups. Much less stressed out that at Theo's. That's not to say it wasn't a boatload of work. This stuff doesn't just happen, people. :)
The day was darned near perfect. Great weather. Great Friends. Great fun. The kids enjoyed a day full of sugar as well as a craft and even a treasure hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I asked everyone to come dressed all in one color so we could be our own rainbow...
Photography: Evan Foster
Invitations: custom made by me
Dessert Table: inspired by the infamous Amy Atlas
Uncicorn cookies: made by me, inspired by this photo
Yarn balloons: made by Aurora and me, tutorial found here
Paper mobiles: tutorial found here
Cake: made by me, lots of inspiration around the web
Face painting: Bella Facia
Favors: a bag filled with a unicorn lollipop, mini unicorn (or dragon) coloring book (available on amazon), set of mini rainbow markers, rainbow and unicorn stickers, wooden unicorn to color and a sewn matchbook notebook (tutorial found here) - plus a whole container full of the candy!
Well, I had good intentions to get back onto the blogging bandwagon. Then life happened.
OK, maybe not life so much as my obsessive tendencies. See, I started to crochet a bit over the holiday. At first I was working on my blanket. But that's going nowhere fast. So I decided I need a more achievable goal. And I started this amazing shrug from Rowan's Summer Crochet book. My plan is to wear it when I go to Hawaii. Once I started, I could not stop...
Until sickness hit. Not that I ever really enjoy reading about people's illnesses, but Oy! I've been totally out of commission for over a week now. Bronchitis with a side of not being able to sleep at all. So, an entire week of my life is gone with nothing to show for it but a very lived-in bed. I'm going a little bonkers (little might be the understatement of the year). And until the last day or so I wasn't even well enough to crochet or check my email for that matter. It occurs to me that I'm making light of this, but for my future self's reference, it was really quite devastating. I was totally reliant on others and couldn't really even be a mom for the week.
So, here's hoping things turn around quickly. I'm almost done with the shrug and I'll share pix soon.
But for now here are some shots of a few gifts I made for Xmas. These darling mermaids are from the amazing Wee Wonderfuls book by Hillary Lang. I wish I had more time to make gifts from it...
And finally a little look at my own two cuties at Christmas. We did a whole matching family thing this year with purple and grey as the colors.