Friday, November 2, 2012

Birthday Parties

First off, Happy November. Can't believe the holidays are beginning. I have new yard ornaments this year so I'm super excited about decorating for Christmas.

I've been making so many animal hats that it has me thinking of birthday parties. My kids are past themed birthday party age but I did want to share one of our memories. We had a jungle party for my daughter one year. It was so much fun. At the time we had a downstairs basement which was converted into a playroom. We decorated it up with hand drawn palm trees from posterboard and streamers hanging everywhere. A friend painted the girls' faces to look like different jungle animals. The kids brought a stuffed animal to add to the theme. The cake was a simple round cake made to look like a tiger face. We played simple birthday games. It was such a fun time and not stressful for mom. Birthday parties have become major events and that's ok if that's what you want to do. But don't fall into the idea that its what you HAVE to do. Honestly, my daughter barely remembers the party (she's 21 now). I think we have to remember who the party is for, the kids or the parents. I can say that now because my kids are older. Reflecting back I know it is very easy to fall into peer pressure (yes, even as an adult). Keep it simple and let the kids have a good time being kids.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hello Again

Hello, Tuesday already. I've had a couple of things to share but wanted to add a picture. My sister in law and I have decided to do an ornament exchange instead of a gift. I am so excited. I've been to my favorite place on the Internet for inspiration, Flickr. You thought I was going to say Pinterest, didn't you? I like Pinterest but Flickr is still my go-to. Typing in Christmas ornaments brings up many many, over 194,000 many pictures. Such a huge variety too. I found lots of inspiration and wanted to share some of my favorites. I tried to create a mosaic with Flickr toys but after an accidental delete of 25 pictures, I gave up. I haven't decided what I will do yet.

Also, I'm hosting a giveaway over on my Facebook page. Please check it out.

I'll leave you with this picture of one of the trees in our yard. Fall is definitely my favorite season.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Thursday

Have you had a good week?  It's hard to believe another one is almost over. Seems like they get faster and faster.

I've told you before that we homeschool our son. He is in the 11th grade and does very well with all of his subjects but this week we ran into a bump in the road with his math. We are doing geometry this year and it has been a challenge. This week we made the decision to go back 15 lessons and begin where we started getting lost. We do our math via video so this was a very easy task. It is making a difference too. This is one of many reasons I'm glad we homeschool.

I wanted to show you another one of my recent projects. A snowman hat. The pattern comes from It's a very easy pattern to follow and so so cute.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gifty Crochet

Like a lot of you, many of my crochet projects are gifts. This one was no exception. I made this moose from a pattern from Etsy seller daveydreamer. Her patterns are great. If you enjoy amigurumi, check her out. I decided on the moose because of the book. Of course the moose had to have a muffin with jam on top :).

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hmm, Decisions

I'm trying to decide if I will continue this blog as it seems to be very neglected. I have concentrated my crafty efforts more to my Facebook page. I do invite you to follow me there.

I will share a few pictures of some of my recent projects.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Two more projects

I finished these two hats within the last 3 days, and started this blanket. I love the off white against all the color. Gives it a vintage feel.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Summer is flying by and school will be beginning again in a few weeks. I can't believe it. The schools here return August 1. We will not be starting back until the 3rd week of August, another reason I'm glad we homeschool.

I wanted to show you my latest project.
It is the popular Elise shawl on Ravelry. I'm very happy about how it turned out and can't wait to wear it. The weather is way too hot for it now.

Also, I finished a bread cozy. I found the pattern on Ravelry too by Doni Spiegle. It works up very quickly and really does a nice job keeping bread warm.

That's it for now. I still have some animals to show you. I will try try try to get back here quicker than this last time.