Thursday, 20 July 2017

29/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

A few months ago, Bridget came to me after Claire was in bed to talk about a birthday gift idea that she had for her sister: matching pajamas for Claire and her doll, Willow. Her face, as she told me this idea, was just wide with excitement and love, so sure that this was a perfect gift for her sister. So together we ordered the pajamas online, waited for them to arrive, and then waited even longer for Claire's birthday to come. And it was was worth it, so worth it. Claire opened up Bridget's present first and there were a lot of hugs, kisses, and "I love yous", followed by a desperate need to try on pajamas - both herself and Willow - despite the heat of the day. The love between you girls is a beautiful thing to see.  

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Olive the Owl

I've found over the years, that my crocheting changes when summer arrives. In the heat and humidity, I am less inclined to crochet blankets that are uncomfortably hot in my lap while I'm working on them (it's better to leave those for autumn when I can curl up underneath my project) and I opt for smaller, simpler projects. I also find that I crochet less in the summer. With the longer days, I am outside more - working in the garden, walking, biking - and so there is less hooky time. It's not a bad thing, just something I've noticed, a sort of ebb and flow to my crafting.

That all being said, my most recent summer-appropriate project was an owl, Olive.
I've made this pattern twice before, for the girls, but this one is for me. And learning from my experience crocheting the chemistry set, I made a little bean bag for the bottom of my owl; Olive stands so well on her own as a result. I quite like her.
I have really rekindled my love of amigurumi lately. Back when the girls were babies and toddlers, I did so much of it until my enthusiasm dwindled and I took a little break. But now I have countless sticky notes in my pattern books, marking which patterns I want to make next, and I am back to buying crochet cotton (my yarn of choice for amigurumi) with fervor....it is an incredible feeling, I'm telling you!

What are you crocheting?

Pattern: Daisy Cottage Designs
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Needed in Your Life: Absolutely 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

I'll Meet You in the Lab

I recently had the opportunity to test a crochet pattern for the very talented Lauren at A Menagerie of Stitches. Lauren designed an incredible chemistry set where the beakers, test tubes, and flasks have cute smiles and loads of personality.
The pattern was well written, with loads of helpful photos and tips. One of my favorite tips was to make a little bean bag to put in the bottom of the beaker and the flasks before stuffing them to help them stand up; a brilliant idea that would have come in very handy for some of my previous amigurumi makes, and one that I will definitely be using for future projects.
There are way more pieces to the pattern than I had time to make....more test tubes, bigger beakers and flasks, a Bunsen burner, and even instructions to make stands to really create the whole lab bench.....I just may keep going and make a few more pieces..

In the meantime, my girls are really enjoying playing "Scientist".

This pattern was so much fun to make. Thanks again to Lauren for the opportunity to test her pattern. 

Pattern: A Menagerie of Stitches
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Cuteness Factor: 100%

Monday, 10 July 2017

28/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Ready for the beach.....

The wind was a little cool coming off the lake, but that did not stop you from going swimming. And because it was so windy, there were huge waves rolling onto the shore. Over the sound of the waves and the wind, all I could hear was you girls screaming and laughing as you jumped in the water, letting the waves knock you down again and again....

I know I've said this so many times, but my favorite thing is seeing you girls take so much joy and happiness from the simplest things.....and I hope you do that forever and always.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

27/52

 "A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Claire: Your little hands carefully and gently holding a robin's egg shell that you found in the backyard; a great treasure for you, our little bird watching enthusiast.

Bridget: just before bed....goodnight sweetheart and thanks for the great day....

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Taking Stock

Today is the first day of summer vacation for the girls. I had great plans to spend the day outside, but it is rainy and gloomy so I guess we are having an indoor day....not all bad. Seems like the perfect time to sit down for a moment and take stock....

Making: garlic scape pesto (this afternoon)
Cooking: from what came in my produce box
Drinking: cucumber mint tea
Reading: nothing, I need to pick up my library holds 
Looking: out the window at the flowers and the vegetable garden
Deciding: vacation plans
Hoping: for nice weather on the weekend
Enjoying: all the crochet projects I have on the go
Liking: the sound of my girls playing together
Loving: not having to make school lunches for a while
Pondering: my next challenge...
Listening: to podcasts - quite possibly the greatest thing ever
Considering: a trip to the farmers market tomorrow
Buying: nothing but groceries
Browsing: cookbooks, especially this one
Wishing: for a day free of responsibility
Wondering: how much more madness the world can take?
Marveling: at my daisies about to burst into bloom
Waiting: for the washing machine to finish
Cringing: at my dirty windows
Needing: a good conversation
Wanting: to decorate my bedroom, 10 years of blah is more than I can take
Smelling: a weird smell from my neighbor's yard
Wearing: leggings and a tunic
Noticing: that something ate my dill plant in the garden
Knowing: summer is going to fly by, it always does
Prioritizing: calm
Sorting: through the girls' clothes
Thinking: about what to declutter next (decluttering is truly addictive)
Celebrating: the end of school, the beginning of summer
Disliking: that my one eggplant plant has died...
Feeling: drained, but hopeful
Hearing: the strangest bird call
Embracing: the ordinary, or at least trying to

(writing prompts courtesy of Pip)

Monday, 26 June 2017

26/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Claire: off to Brownie camp for two nights...so excited!!!

Bridget: practicing cartwheels

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.