Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Those little moments...

We have been sick, sick in our house. I was the last one standing, but feeling that I was going to get it. I made lunch, shut all the doors (so Fin wouldn't cause disasters), and walked up the stairs to tell the boys they were in charge. When I walked into the room I saw this. The boys were playing "Moles" with the silly glasses Santa had brought them. Priceless! Isn't it amazing what kids will imagine? It was Gav's birthday when the sickness started so we STILL have not left the house to celebrate. He's been such a good sport about it. When I was sick and could barely lift my head, I smiled thinking of this moment.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A few new pics of little ones


The Girls

Mandy took these pics of the girls in their hats yesterday. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to get pics like this all the time! Thanks Mandy!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

WOW that went fast....

I'm back from my amazingly relaxing weekend. We came home a day early since it was Gavin's 7th birthday yesterday. The poor guy threw up all day and finally was done at around midnight last night. At bedtime, I put him up in his bunk bed thinking he was on the mend. Wow, was that a BIG mistake. He threw up all over the walls, blinds, Graham, every piece of bedding in the room and the floor. I walked in to check out the damage and got a piece of pickle stuck between my toes...YUCK!!! He felt so bad. He kept saying, "I'm sorry about the mess, Mommy". I told him this is what my Mommy did for me and he'll do it for his kids some day. He's such a sweet boy, even when he's sick.

Here's some evidence that I actually set down my lemon drop martini and crafted this weekend. :)

This is an Amy Butler pattern. The inside is the tan linen and it's reversible. I found the fabric at Hancock 40% off. I love it!
Here's the wallet to match. I love it when handbags have a matching wallet. It's such a nice touch.
This is another Amy Butler set. I love it! It's reversible too. It will most likely be my new knitting bag. It stands on it's own so I don't have to worry about dumping my stuff on the ground.
I finally finished the binding on this quilt. I ran it right up to my log bed and slept with it while we were there. I brought it home and put it in our family room (where I always intended it would go) and Anthony said, "Honey, seriously though...this isn't a Country Kitchen...." Anyone who has quilted a blanket knows that after all the work that went into it I could have drop kicked him across the room. I'm saying that lovingly, of course.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Weekend Get-away

Hi Everyone! I'm off to my craft weekend. I'll be checking e-mail when I return on Saturday. Have a great couple of days!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Some Family Pics

I keep forgetting to share some of the pics Mandy took of us in the fall. I love all of them for different reasons. The one of our whole family makes me laugh because Graham is chewing on my necklace....someone is always yanking on my jewelry or trying to put it in their mouth.

Each pic will help me remember what our life is like right now. I'm so glad since I seem to forget every stage of life the second I'm out of it.

Monday, January 19, 2009


This is Hunter. He was born yesterday and was 12 days overdue! His Mom was induced and it took her 2 days to have him. She's such a trooper! This is the hat that Kurstin had me make for him. Seeing that hospital blanket brings back memories....

New Green Hat

Here's a new green hat that's off to Stillwater tomorrow. I hope I get to see a picture because the little girl that it's going to has red hair and brown eyes. I thought this color would be great for her. The fabrics are Amy Butler...I really like the hues of blue for her hair and eyes too. My job is so fun. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Have I mentioned my husband is silly?

Anthony just came gallivanting down the stairs looking for me in this....

Remember these little guys?

Here they are fresh a little over a year ago....
and now!
Their Momma and I chose colors that would go well with their winter coats. They ended up working for their 1 year pics too. Thanks Jill!

Hats, Hats, Hats

Jill's new hat

This pic makes this hat look a bit yellow-y but it's actually a beautiful cream. It's favorite!

More to share...

We had Gavin's birthday party today. I almost wasn't invited since I'm female. He reassured me that I could come since I'm not a girl...I'm a Mom. He's been into posing very animated for all pics lately. I have a series from today but this is my favorite.
This is my friend, Cassie. She's a fabulous knitter, always taking on amazingly difficult projects. I made her these mittens years ago and she wore them today to our lunch outing. Can't you just tell she's one of the greats?

Remember earlier when I told you.....

Remember my earlier post today when I told you Fin likes to color on himself? Well, here's proof! Mandy snapped this shot at her house the other day. The layers and layers of marker were so soaked into his skin I wasn't sure it was ever going to come out. Oh, and the spot by his eye was tricky to remove too. :)
Oh how I love this shot....
This is so Fin! Food in the corners of his mouth, the slightest sly smile and messy hair. And there's just something so great about a 2 year old in overalls, isn't there?
Here's Fin in the tub the other day. Gotta love the camera feature on the cell phone! He gets a hold of markers and colors on himself (and friends) so we do a lot of baths lately. He turned 2 yesterday. Happy Birthday Buddy! Can't believe how fast it all goes....
Here's a new pink hat I finished this week. It's on it's way to Duluth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Organic Cotton Boy Hat

I am in total and complete LOVE with this hat. It's made from organic cotton and feels so smooth and silky. The colors are my favorite for boys right now. It's hard to find that apple green so vibrant without being synthetic. This hat is going all the way to Baton Rouge. Thank you Misty!


Here is Tenley in her new hat. The scarf was made by her Grandma and she had some yarn left over. We thought we'd try and get a hat out of it and it worked! I love the variance in color of the yarn. It adds great texture and makes for a fun knit! Her flower is made from flannels. It's nice to use since there's enough bulk so the flower stays put.

I hope you are all staying warm!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Anthony's Sweater

Here's Anthony's sweater I started a loooong time ago. My Mom helped me finish it up. She crochets her sweater pieces together. Since I'm inept at crocheting, she agreed to do it for me.

This picture is pretty much Anthony to a tee. Thank goodness he has a sense of humor considering all we've been through in our 10 years married. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Some new ones

I made this flower from batiks I found at Mill End. I seem to be making a habit of going there. If only I would remember to bring my scissors so they can sharpen them. I mixed a dark pink matte fabric with a textured lighter pink that has touches of white and a softer orange. I love how it turned out. Batiks are a dream to work with.
This hat was ordered for a baptismal gift. This yarn has a natural stretch. I made the hat warm enough for our winter days but with a spring feel so she can wear it longer. Thanks Lisa! I hope they liked it.
This hat is for Tenley. Her Grandma made her a scarf out if this yarn and had some left over. I was able to use the left over yarn for her hat. I can't wait to see it on her. It's the most soft wool I've worked with! It's not itchy at all. I love it. I've noticed the yarn shops don't have it much anymore but you can find it at The Yarn Market. It's called Rowan Tapestry. I used a size 7 needle. It's a smooth knit!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Pancake Pajama Party

Here's Griffin. If you look close enough you'll see all the food on his shirt. :) I'm always amazed how Mandy can catch his eyes looking so blue.

This is one of the first pics we have of Gav smiling showing his new front teeth.

We had a pancake breakfast at Mandy and Rich's for New Year's morning. All the kids were still in their PJ's from Hanna Andersson. We found them at the Mall of America 1/2 off regular price. It was such a good deal they all got a pair. We're so lucky to have such great friends and neighbors. We packed the kids up and went in our PJ's.

Jake's Hat

Mandy took these pictures over the holiday. Aren't they great?!
I combined a few patterns to come up with it. Her kids are great for my prototypes so I can see how they hold up. :) Thanks for the pics Miss Mandy!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Scrap Hat for Lynnerd

Here's how I currently store my scraps of yarn. I separate them by fiber or gauge usually. I always have good intentions of making something with them someday.
My sister, Lynn, mentioned she thought the bins of scraps were pretty with all the different colors so I decided to use them for her hat. She's a big stripes lover so it worked out perfect. I was really excited for her to open it. When she did, she loved it so much she wore it all Christmas Eve.