Sunday, December 2, 2012

Oh No Another Hobby

During the Thanksgiving Holiday my grandmother came down for a visit. She lives up north, venturing south once a year during the holiday season for the cooler weather. Getting to see my little guys grow and getting to spend a bit of time with them. Every holiday she send them handmade cards in the mail. Easter cards, Valentines, Halloween and so forth. Each card we display on our dinnind room table for about a month and then place them in the box in their closet. Something I hope to continue as a remeberance of all the care and love that she has and will continue to give thoughtout the years. Each year when my grandmother comes to visit and they hear and see her they love to talk of all the cards and new things they are interested in then later see them on upcoming cards. The spark in the their eyes as they see something so preciously done for them. Sadly this isn't the new hobby I am interested in, maybe one day. The Saterday after Thanksgiving my mother, Grandmother and I ventured out to do a little light shopping. Me a few things for Christmas for the kiddos, without them seeing and then reminding me of what had been gotten. My mom just a little time out and about, plus looking for the last few things to add to stockings. My grandmother in search for something either individualy or one big presnt for the kids for her visit. Luckily we stopped at a few of the flea markets that are close to my home that is rarely visited by myself. Mostly due to having the kids or now with my full time babysitting I've grown quite found of. Plus my husband loves to tease me of my little finds and treasures. generally I find some pretty amazing deals on yarn do a little bit of splurging, within reason of course. My faovorite flea market this tme around in the booths had what use to be old fixer uper furniture that someone took the time to give a little TLC and redone adding a splash of color. Now I myself love color and had trails of drool from booth to following booth. Now my mother growing up would find cheap fixer ups and fix them up sanding them down and painting them up making them new again. So naturally I have first hand experience of breaking down and redoing. Something so easy and such a feel good project, knowing you've done it. So this has become my new hobby collecting old furniture with hopes of fixing them up. As of this week I have acquired an end table, coffee table, bedframe, a few corner shelves. As to when I'll start my new projects to go along with my many other projects I can't say. But I see potential in each piece. The bigger picture.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stitching Love



It's been a while since I have made anything with the thought of it being for myself. A little after having moved into our now house my husband made a surprise trip to hobby lobby. Having picked up a leather making kit for himself to have something in hopes of having a new found hobby. He also picked up several skeins of natural fiber yarns. Two skeins of bammboospun nightfall filled with creamy blues, purples, and white, and three skeins of Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca Arabesque with lovely tints of blues and greens. For a while now it's been sitting to the side waiting for something for myself. Never having worked with a natural fiber. To know the drap or know how well the yarn will take usual wear and tear. I've been a little nervous to mix and match colors and fibers. Having completed my husbands hats just a few days agoI figured it's long over due to take time for myself. I have made a few dreadlock tams from from a few patterns I have come across but, none the less to no sucess. Either they have turned out to be too large for my small head or just not a comfortable fit for my now medium length locks, with hopes of being able to hold them for at least another year before they start to thicken and more length is added. I've finally came up with my own pattern and am I love with its simple and fast stitch up. As well as the over all comfort of the hat and the added light weight to my small head and growing locks. I did a small bit of playing around with the colors with stripping the tam and plan toplay a bit more on color and designs. Now to finish up a few more for myself  then to add to my page for fellow hat lovers to buy.

A Hat Times Three For Hubby




Last week I decided to go looking through my stash. Just to get an idea of the colors and type I had stored away. I came acros some of the wool my husband picked out for a dreadlock tamlast year before christmas. Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in grey and two sets of varigated semi wool skeins one with black, brown, and green, while the other is brown, orange, and peachy white. Since my husband no longer has dreads I decided to go ahead and bring out the colors and get to work on some beanies. He has a collection on beanies from favorite bands, skulls, and whatnot. So Perfect fit for the upcoming colder months. Afer finishing the first hat, a second followed, and low and behold a third. Not only have the became a hit with my husband, but so too are my kids wants ing their own beanies (their choice of color Of Course). A few more will be crafted to add to my list of gifts for Christmas.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Simple Joys of Success!

Surprise, surprise here's another post. Friday we went to Sebatian's Fall Festival after school. It was wonderful to see all the kids running around spending tickets to play the fun activities in each of the clasrooms. A few kidscame and said "hi", to us and even an surprise hug from one of Sebastin's friends. It's nice to see that he is making friends. The kids got to fish, make slimy goo, dig for diamonds in a bucket of ice, ring toss, hay rides, and take pictures. Collecting candy as we went. Friday morning I sent the Razorback Hat with my son to give to his teacher to add to their silent Auction Basket for that evening. Not even an hour into class I sarted receiving texts asking for orders for my hat. His teacher wanted three for her children. The coach wanted two for his wife and nephew. All of a sudden each teacher was making their lists of requests. It was wonderful to see that something so simple was becoming the highlight of the day. While at the School here and there, kids and parents alike were chattering about the Razorback Hat. Each wondering where it had came from. Before leaving that evening the last we had heard the Silent Auction basket for the Kindergaten was going for close to $300. Wow!!! If I had thought the hat would have been such a success I would have left a card for others to go to my site and add their orders. But silly me didn't. Simple Joys Of Success! I am eagerly hoping to see My hat walking around on, one of my seldom few visits out of the house!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Razorback Red!




This Friday the 2nd Sebastian's school will be having a fall festival. Earlier last week his school sent home a notice for the Kindergarten classes to be doing a themed basket. The baskets will be part of a silent auction, his classes theme being...You guessed it Razorback Red! Now I'm not much of a football, let alone Razorback fan with my dad, being a stray Cheese Head. The options for the basket where to donate items, money, gift cards, pom-poms, koozies, cups, beads, t-shirts, hats. It gave me an idea to whip up a few hog hats. A few months ago I saw on my facebook feed, that a fellow booker was crafting Razorback hats to sell to local hog fans. Now Ironically even though I'm not a Football fan I Love Pigs. Pink precious pigs, yet again another irony I'm not into pink, but pigs all the same. I've been waiting for a chance to sit down and whip up my own creation of the adorably fun hog hat. With Sebastian's fall festival right around the corner, and a basket begging for donations. I figured this was the perfect time to get crafting. Along with donating the hat and a few other small crocheted trinkets, coasters, and if there is enough time a possible second hat and or scarf for  6-12 year old to wear. I'm slowly working my way a step further to achieving my goal of Donating to the Children's Hospital and to Pay It Forward. Here's to hoping to design will turn ou,t and slowly working to my goal all while having fun supporting my sons school. I will post pictures of the hat and following items later today once I've finished. Getting in the fall spirit!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Declan's Snake



Declan is my oddball, last man out. Having made Sebastian a Murloc for his 5th nirthday, and currently finishing Fox's granny square blanket for his 3rd birthday. I hd to go on the hunt yet again for something a sliitle odd and perfectly suited for my youngest. Whom already has a motherload of clothes and toys. Luckily I found on anothers blog, can't remember where sad to say. Once I remember I will give full credit for her brilliance. I found a pattern for a varigeted snake. Declan likes to cuddle with blankies and small animals close to his neck and chin so when I stumbled upon this particular pattern the light bulb went off and my fingers got busy. The snae was crochet and a joy to make. Mindless fun catching up on shows, pickup, put down so no worries of loosingwhere I or anything. After having completed Declan's both Fox, and Sebastian instantly wanted one too. Both have picked their varigated yarn, now to plant my skiny tail down and get to stitching. Might evenmake a few more to use as stocking stuffers, for a few nephews this holiday season.

Husband's Blanket





A few months ago I posted that I had taken the previously failwhaled attempt at making a knitted blanket apart and returned it to its original state (balls). After endlessly searching on the internet for a patten that would have a very male, simple stitch that would be visible with the lionsbrand homespun black yarn which was t no avail.I search throu my stash of book, magazine and odd and ends to find a very beautifuly, simplistic throw pattern by Erika Knight in her Simple Simple Crochet. The knot stitch was perfect for the strength, elasticity, stable, but flexible pattern for the roughess it would endure by my husband. Who like to cocoon himslef into blankets throughout the day and while he tosses and turns at night. After having started the first part of the blanket, my secret project was no more. He found it after having heard Sebastian say that I'd been working on it for his birthday. After that it was hidden no more enablig me to accomplish more. Sadly I didn't finished on his birthday, but a coule after having bordered it with a mohair yarn of blue and white. Half way throu completely the blanket my husband suddenly added he would like a celtic knot added to the blanket with an orange homespun yarn with a small tint of purple. Of course he would finally decide to addd input at the half way point. Now having the body of the blanket done. My next project to come will be to design and crochet his desired tree to add on a latter date. So far I mut say, his blanket is my be blanket work so far!!! Very proud of my growing talents!!!

Update!

Since Sebastian has started school I've been one crazy lady, running around with my head cut off getting a million and one things done all at once. Spending time with my younger boys has been a wonderful delight. Fox has his morning routine of watching monsters in the ground (Tremors). Declan does his own thing of playing with random toys. All while I Do morning chores around the house...clean, clean, clean...Watching a few little ones here and there throughout the day to bring in a little money, and giving the kiddos some playmates. Lunch, Naps, then collecting the oldest from school. Phew it's a wonder that I haven't gone mad yet. But in all honestly I love it. It keeps me busy and besides knitting/crocheting till my hearts content I've found something I enjoy doing. Children bring a special happiness, and light to any crappy day or situation. All before even thinking about getting dinner cooked. I've had to squeeze in time to stitch. Which has mostly been crochet as of late, must have caught the bug. Several birthdays have came and gone, a few small projects have been completed and the days just keep speeding by. I will talk more of my crochet projects in a post soon to follow this one. My husband and myself celebrate birthdays two days together one right after the other. So another year marked in the sand and another bag of old age creeps up on us. All is good, chaotic, but fulled with a happy heart!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Something Old to Something New Secret Project!!!




So it's been a long time since I've made anything for my husband out of my huge stash of yarn that happens to occupy our second living room. Yes not too long ago I made him a Murloc that became my husbands out of chance. I'd been wanting to stitch up the little critter for a while, bu let my doubts of not being able to shape it get me from trying.  After the subject came up again I finally put my foot down and told myelf seriously how hard could it be...And what do you know...easy peasy! When my grandparents came down a few weeks ago I crocheted some headwraps for a cousin who stole my Mom's heart. After finishing the headwraps I started to think about how my husbands birthday is the day before mine in October. How nice would it be if I were to take his blanket I'd made him over 3 years ago were to get a make over. for those of you who don't know my husband he's pretty rough on blankets and what not so easily within the first month patches of the blanket came apart. His A/C patches he'dcall them,just in case he got to warm he'd dangle his toes out of the hoely spots.  With the blanket safely tucked away in the linen closest figured he wouldn't notice it being taken out, ripped apart, and redone to suite his needs. A more manly stitch, tough, and warm, no holes!!! So last week I began ripping back the stitches, sad to tear my first large project back to it's original strands of yarn, into balls. This time I've desided to to a checkered knit stitch so the pattern can be seen on either side. Instead of two big pannels to stitch together desided blocks would be best. So that I can easily assemble once I've completed and shaped more to suite his size. Plus I thought I might add more to his blanket so once the cooler months finally arrive the kids and dad can share and watch the shows together. Then late at night we can snuggle with a glass of wine or warm coconut milk. These are the pictures of the blanket the first time I stitched it together and the end result. Goodbye old blanket hello new!

School Misplaced My Kiddo!!!

Friday was a long, long day...School lost my kiddo...shakes head...ripping a project apart, knitting was a must that night...my nerves were shot to hell! Thank Goodness My kiddo remembers what mom told him to do!!!Yeppers. He's been a car rider all week, then  his teacher decided to put him on the bus. So when I was there to pick up Sebastian after school the teacher in charge of the knidergarden car riders thought maybe he just didn't come to school, since he wasn't on the list. Of course I dropped him off that morning so WTF Where's he been for almost 8 hours? Went to talk to his teacher she put him on the bus, and if I hurried I could catch him before they left. Dragging Poor Fox and Declan to hurry to the buses. Then having to check each bus since his wasn't there, then checking back with the kindergarden teachers because his teacher had left. Even though one of the students she is responsible for disappeared WoW, What a teacher!!! With nobody at home, We hurried home no way I was going to have him walk 1/4 of a mile down the street to our house to a empty house. But he didn't get off the bus, Driver said he might have gotten on another bus. So I called around to find that he was sitting in the school office and I'd recieved no phone call almost half an hour after school had ended. Drove back to the school Where the other teachers were still looking for him and didn't leave until they knew he was found, and on his way home.Sebastian said he kept telling them that I picked him up, and with the bright orange tape with his name, stating that he was a car rider. Urgh luckily he didn't get on the bus cause God ony knows which one he would have gotten on, and where he could have ended up. He went to sit down and waitted for mom. Very proud of him. Yes very proud of him tried to pull him from her class, but all the classes are full, and the only other alternative is that he goes to another school. I was close to asking if those other schools misplaced their kids, if not lets do it. With it still being the first of the school year it'll be a while before kids are swttched around and what not. So as soon as I can change him I will. Can't believe this teacher. Doesn't evn stick around to find out he's okay or some sick perverts play toy. Told hubby I'm just going to start texting her everyday to inform her that he's a car rider. Bloody idiot! It's amazing at what kids listen to just glad he did and is okay. The School nor the teacher Never really appologized just stated that they have meetings to avoid this type of thing, that it was a miscommunication, the teachers new to the school. Best friends with the principle, never heard a bad thing blah, blah, blah about her. Playing the whole try to calm a raging storm. Come Monday I will be talking to the teacher, if nothing else maybe she won't want to deal with me and want to have him changed. Rather have any of the teachers that was worried about him, to be his teacher. Not one that pushers the kids out the door to leave regardless of her having important things to do. Would have thought a missing kid would have been number one concern. Dunno different time we live in that's for sure. Hate to think what else we have in store for us. Hopefully something good comes out of all of this, if nothing else maybe it opens their eyes a bit more to be just a tad bit more catious of the kids. For me to to be more involved. Because you just never know.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Secret Hideaway


Okay so it's not really a secret hideaway, but to our family it has become just that. My parents were told about a lake close to their home, about 20 or so minutes away.

It's quite and secluded and if you go during the week there's maybe a dozen people that go. Hate to think how packed it might be late afternoon or on the weekends.

 Were able to show up around 8 in the morning and leave about 3 in the afternnon. get a bit of sun and stay cool in the water. If I'd have known the plac sooner I'd have been there once a week or every two.

 With watching anther kid this summer our trips were few but well worth it. They have a few slides and a nice fenced in area for the wee little ones to go and swim and of course sand is a must. Sebastian wanted to have his birthday there this year, but sadly with the husbands work and hard time of arranging everyone to meet to be there. It just didn't happen, next yer I'll be able to plan a little better and sooner.

If not then at least start to arrange for the five of us to go hopefully more than we were able to go this year.

 Open air, cool water, sand squished between your toes oh the private vacation for mom ( with one eye open of course). The bigger the boys get the more relaxtaion to look forward to in the years to come.











Clan Vacation


 A week before school starts the kids and I got to enjoy our Clan Vacation, sadly without the husband. My grandparents traveled down from Ohio with plans of site seeing. This being my first trip in over 5 years of having Sebastian, and the kids first road trip. Friday our clan traveled in two cars to Mt. View. My grandparents in one car, and my parents and the four of us in aonther. The boys got to watch a few movies through out the trip on a portable dvd player which thank goodness I decided to bring along and out of the boxes they have sat in since recieving them for xmas last year. The ride up was a pretty quite one with sleepy kids and small conversations here and there.  Once we had arrived we went to unload in the cabin. Streatched our legs and uncramped our behinds. Fed the hungrey bellies then headed up to the town square to listen to the folk music. Sebstian enjoyed sitting down watching the locals play on their instruments and sang beautiful music. Mt. View has always been my favorite home away from home. Nice quite little town, with wonderfuly friendly people. With small stores with a vast variety of goodies for everyone. Candy stores for the kiddos, Antique/flea markets, Hippy, motorcycle wear gear with leathers. The next morning we headed out to Eureka Springs to check out the old town, Quigley Castle, Cresent Hotel and a few antigue/ fleamarkets along the way.

 Quigley castle wasn't really a castle but more of a house.
Elise Quigley created a unique house to fulfill her dream of bringing nature indoors. She used the concept of a Roman courtyard atrium to design her beautiful home. Using two foundations, she created a natural space within the outer and inner wall where plants could be grown.
The outside walls are decorated with a her rock collection from Elise’s childhood. The outside landscaping includes more than one hundred rock sculptures set in a garden with glass bottles her husband collected over the years into glass bottle trees, antique roses, and more than 400 varieties of perennials. For forty years, until her death in 1984, Quigley lived in her dream house, filling every possible space with her collections and creations. For example, an upstairs bedroom is covered with a collage she crafted out of butterflies moths  collected in her garden. The property contains a fish pond and numerous flowerpots made by Quigley. The property also encompasses a spring-fed reservoir, a greenhouse, rock gardens, a cistern, and an outdoor privy. It was amaing to see how her hobby of collecting rocks and her vision for a bigger picture created such unique beauty. Like that of my horendous yarn stash that has slowely became various headbands, blankets, murlocs, wine cozies.

 Our Next stop was the famous Cresent hotel.Located in remote resort town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas stands the gothic Crescent Hotel. Called by some the "Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks, the hotel has served as many things over the years and yet strangely, each incarnation was reported to be haunted and each one also contributed to the legion of phantoms believed to walk the corridors of the building.  The hotel was built on the crest of West Mountain between 1884 and 1886 and may have gained its first ghost when a workmen fell from the roof during the construction. His body landed in the second floor area where Room 218 is now located. I doubt that it’s a coincidence that this room is considered to be one of the most haunted in the hotel! on a previous trip my mom said the tour lady told of  young girl falling to her death off of the main stairs of the hotel. The rails were just shy of knee lentgh, with my petiteness being 5ft not much of a rail. After walking away from the stair case sebatian grabbed my hand. Mom there's a little girlup their in a white dress. She can't find her mommy. Quickly looking back there was nothing there. Our last visit of the day was the Thorncrown Chapel made of glass.

 Our last day sunday we again saw a few more antique, flea markets. The kids found a few trucks, and some candy from Yoder's Country Cupboard
Bulk Foods, Snacks, Amish Style Cheeses, Jams & Jellies, Coffee, Rada Cutlery, WonderMills,

Hand-crafted Wood Rocking Chairs & Gliders, Christian Books,

and much more…