Thursday, June 18, 2015

"It's a Girl!" Again...

This past weekend, I traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate my best friend Sarah's birthday with her and our moms (who are also best friends). Sarah found out that she was having a girl back in mid-April (at 16ish weeks), so I planned to give her my "It's a Girl! gift on our trip since I hadn't even started anything for her at that point (shh, don't tell her!). You can check out the "It's a Girl!" gift for her first daughter, Elladie, here.

Elladie had a peacock themed nursery and Sarah was planning on keeping the same theme for her new daughter, Avarie, but I wanted to give her something a little special and unique. So I decided on a flamingo theme. The colors are the same as the peacock theme (teal, aqua, and white) with some pink thrown in to make it special.

The most time consuming part of the gift was this blanket. It is worked in a 7 triple crochet shell stitch with a 4 round single crochet border and measures about 36"x36".

A flamingo appliqued beanie. There's no pattern as I just made this one up as I went, but it turned out pretty well.

Luckily, since it was almost summer, there were flamingo themed clothes available at Carters.


I also ran across a flamingo print hooded towel.

A paper embroidery design to match the one that I made Elladie for her baby shower.

And a simple bag to put in all in.


For Sarah's birthday present, I made 4 stretchy bracelets with different bird charms for each of her kids.

The eagle is for her son, Wyatt, the peacock for Elladie, the dove for Charlee, who was miscarried, and the flamingo is for Avarie.

Sarah, happy birthday and congratulations on your soon-to-join-us-on-the-outside little girl! Avarie, I'm looking forward to you arrival!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hello, Summer!

Hey! It's been awhile. How have you been?

The last few months have been busy and not busy at the same time. Work was busy, Elijah was busy, my crochet hook was busy, but this blog has been pretty un-busy. That's not that I haven't had anything to say, I just haven't had the inclination to actually get on here and say it.

First, I've been whipping up baby stuff like it's going out of style. So many of my friends are pregnant right now. I've made 3 different Seahawks themed hats, a couple of lovies, some crochet lined fleece blankets, and a whole "It's a Girl" gift for my best friend, Sarah. I'm giving that to her this coming weekend, so I'll post the pictures after she has seen it first.

I've been working on a couple of projects for me, as well. I'm working on a purple and teal "blip" blanket, similar to this one. I've also got the Moroccan Tote by A Crochet Journey on the hook. I've been enjoying learning tapestry crochet, and just this morning I designed a pattern for a sea turtle that I'm going to try to make into a zippered pouch in tapestry crochet.

For my birthday early last month (Hello, 31!), I bought myself subscriptions to Yarnbox Luxe and FabFitFun. They are both quarterly subscription boxes - 1 for yarn, 1 for beauty and health products. I got my first boxes last week, and they are so much fun! My dad also got me a 3 month subscription to Hammock Pack, and that first box arrived two days ago. I love getting fun stuff in the mail! I signed my husband up for The Ramen Box, and he is looking forward to seeing what arrives. Do you receive any subscription boxes that you love?

Also, for my birthday, I wrote down a list of 31 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 32. Mostly it's things I've been meaning to do (get all my yearly doctor/dentist visits in - ugh), things I think I am gradually getting to old for (chalking my hair, getting a henna tattoo - of a sea turtle, of course), things I want to make (crochet a pair of socks, dye a skein of yarn), and places I want to go (Winthrop, San Diego). It was fun thinking of the list, and it's been fun crossing a few things off of it (read a new series - Check! Lady Julia Grey series thanks to birthday present from a coworker; take a flowing water picture - Check! Narada Falls, Mt. Rainier).

As I write this, 12 students are sitting in front of me, furiously scribbling away on their finals. Once they are done, I plan to correct them, submit my grades, and say "hello!" to 16 weeks of Summer break! It has been a good class, and a good quarter, but I'm ready for a break. I'm hoping to be around this space more often, but I make no promises, because life is life, and life lived off the computer is good.