Saturday, November 27, 2010

We miss you

The thankful crew

Sniff, sniff....our visits are never long enough. We had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 26, 2010

First sledding of the Season

Yowza!  Papa & his girls

We were so happy to have my sister and her family visit us during Thanksgiving this year. And THEY were so happy to get to experience "living" in snow for a few days. (Not much white stuff in the OC). We have mutual friends that live in Bend who invited us over for an afternoon of sledding in their neighborhood.

The take-off crew

Not everyone took a turn on the sleds...ahem....

The non-sledder

...but those that did were crazy and had a most excellent time...

Looking good
Pure Screams!
So fun!
The Crash

...especially the biggest kid of all!
The biggest kid of them all
Very intense

I think it was safe to assume that the snow report brought back to the OC was a good one!

Snowy smiles

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Painting pre-school style

Luke's Thomas Train

Notice how they're getting better? How could I resist when both of them ran up to me saying "Paint, paint, can we pleeeeeeeezzzzeeeeee paint today?"

I loved her colors
Choo Choo Painting
Puppy Painting

The weekend before we were at Joann's and Peelu asked to get this wooden train for Luke (and the puppy for herself of course).

Little fingers, little brushes

Again, how can I resist pre-schoolers who LOVE arts & crafts?

Two heads are better than one

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Swaps Galore

Yikes, I'm a little behind on my Ravlery swap sharing. Here are some fun outgoing goodies from the past few months.

Dishcloth swap off for May
Potholder swap going out
Dishcloths heading to Canada
Outgoing dishcloth swap
Outgoing potholder swap
Mama Chickadee Potholder

And here are some of the super wonderful swaps that I have received.

My swap package from India!
Pretty spiral potholder
Front of the potholder from Aagje
Back of the potholder from Aagje
Cluck! Cluck!

Who doesn't like getting fabulous stuff in the mail?

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Spring colored doily made in Fall

Pretty variegation on this sock yarn

I am addicted to buying those little skeins of variegated sock yarn when I see them. I am not sure why, because I don't think I ever have any intention of making socks -either by crocheting or knitting - but those little skeins are much too lovely to pass first endeavor with sock yarn was making these sweet little granny square necklaces. But I needed more of an outlet for my new found sock yarn fetish.

Pretty Green Doily

So I perused Ravelry, looking for patterns that I could use my stash of sock yarn on ...and lo and behold, I recently found this easy doily pattern.

Green Star

Last Fall I posted about the AMAZING doilies that Ross' grandmother had made over the years. Someday, I hope to make some like hers. But for now, I find that doilies, using sock yarn are rather lovely and quite a bit faster to create. I like how the variegation is a bit of surprise as you crochet along. And I like the very soft feel and wash-ability of the sock yarn.

Looks much more golden in the sunshine

So, I am on the lookout for more patterns that I can use my sock yarn stash on - let me know if you have some good patterns out there. I'd love to keep the sock yarn off of my feet for now.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Granny Mandala

My first granny madala

I had been admiring these beautiful granny mandalas over at Ravelry and across the crochet blogosphere for some time. Alice, at Crochet with Raymond has a free pattern for them (along with several other beautiful free crochet patterns - go check it out!). Since I have been crocheting this past year and a half, granny crocheting (squares, necklaces, circles, heart, trees, etc.) has been a bit of an obsession of mine. So when I saw these beautiful mandalas cropping up, I had to make one for myself.

Close-up of granny mandala

So of course, I started with a rainbow colored mandala, (with plans for several more). I used some Lion Brand cotton I had on hand since I am going to be keeping it on our table as sort of a large doily type decoration. Alice's pattern was very easy to follow. And before I knew it....a new rainbow was gracing our home.

Granny snoozing in the afternoon sun

Monday, November 15, 2010

Birthday Present Hats

A Thomas Hat for Luke

Luke & Danika both had birthdays this Fall and since they are some of our favorite kids around, I decided to crochet some birthday hats for them both, along with their other gifts.

Another birthday hat for Luke

I made a basic beanie for Luke in camouflage colors, but it seemed too big. So I made a slightly smaller one in Thomas the Train colors (Luke's a huge fan). Happily both hats fit him fine and he wears them to our house almost every time we see him. That makes my heart smile.

Danika's Birthday hat
Close-up of BIG flower

Then Miss D got a whole slew of homemade crafty items from us. More on the rest of the gifts later, but the hat I spent a few days trying to get just right. And it was completely worth it when she gave me a big hug with her new hat on her head during her birthday party and has since worn it most mornings that she walks with us to school. And sweetly enough, several times she has come up to me to tell me how much she loves her hat and how many compliments she gets on it.

Cute girl with her crocheted hat gift

I definitely don't craft for money and there is always the "hmmmmm...I wonder if they'll really like it" thought when I ponder giving a handmade gift to a friend or family member. More often than not, I stick with giving my handmade gifts to my crafty friends who will at least appreciate the craftsmanship. But I have to say that both Luke & Danika's sweet and sincere thoughtfulness has done wonders for my craft giving attitude. Every time I see them in their hats I can't help but smile...and don't worry Greg, your Duck hat will be there on your birthday! for nature art

Fall Nature Art on the bench 8

Trying to hold onto the last colorful pieces of Fall....

Fall Nature Art on the bench 6
Fall Nature Art on the bench 10
Fall Nature Art on the bench 5
Fall Nature Art on the bench 3
Fall Nature Art on the bench 2

and for my sweetie, as always.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Boys with Hooks

Priceless watching their little hands with the crochet hooks!

One morning, Greg asked to learn how to crochet. And so Hot Rod sat down to show him. I jumped in to help a bit. But by the time we left for school, Greg very happily held up his "crocheted" snake. And I heard Hot Rod whisper to him as we walked out the door, "hey, you learned how to crochet before your sister did!"

Hot Rod teaching his friend to crochet

Oh these boys. They can drive me a bit batty in the morning before our walk to school, chasing their sisters and scaring their younger siblings. But just as equally they make me laugh and smile and think "someday, some lucky girls will find these two creative boys and be very happy for their zaniness." And since we've obviously got the crocheting down, we just need to teach them to cook and do their laundry too!

Is this too, too precious?


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Preschool Costume Party

Like that frosting, do 'ya?

I had to post these cute pics of Peelu's first school Halloween party - at her preschool, to be exact. They had games to play in small groups....

One of the fun Halloween activities

Cute Fall activities scattered she is making a felt board story with Luke.

So cute
The Fairy Princess & Spider man

And they had arts and crafts and of course - cookie decorating!

The piece de resistance of the preschool
The frsoting may have been her favorite part

Can I say again how much we LOVE our preschool? And best yet, she hit the sack early that night (as you will notice, without taking her costume off ALL day long!)

She was done

That's a pooped out fairy princess!