Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Argyle Boy.....or GIRL!


I was so excited when I saw this pattern because I had been wanting to make the girls matching argyle hats for some time. I did change the ribbing on the bottom from 3X1 to 2X2 because well...I prefer 2X2 but it is adorable none the less! I am still working on the second hat and will post pictures when I get it done but I just had to show it off!



And here is one with Bentley, our newest family member, who just had to model with his big sis!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Little Miss Piggy



Please DO NOT tell my daughter I called her Little Miss Piggy I don't want her having a complex, but a couple of weeks ago I tested an adorable new hat pattern by Tot Toppers and it is sow stinkin cute! It was such a quick knit and Ella Rae Latte is a squishy, soft, blissful yarn. And if any one asks I did not rub the skein all over my face several times during the knitting process, just sayin'!



The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry for just $5 and it is an instant download!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dishcloths, Dishcloths and MORE Dishcloths...


TWENTY THREE would be the grand total of dishcloths I knit this holiday season and by the end of it I had the pattern memorized and could knit one up in less than 2 hrs. Although towards the end they were getting a tad bit boring there was so much love knit into each one of them. I am so glad I can finally share pictures with the bloggy world now that all of them have been received and opened. I am already thinking about what I can knit up for next Christmas! Since the dishcloths have been completed I have already knit up two new hats which I will be sharing in the next couple of days. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Long Time No Blog....

Wow it has been almost a month since I have last blogged and it definitely isn't because I haven't been crafty. I have been working hard on my Christmas knitting and because a lot of the recipients read my blog I can't post about what I am making. But what I made tonight I can post about because it is for Lynner and Lippy Lou's teachers! When I was reading my friend Mrs. Wright's blog and saw this link I KNEW I had to make these for teacher gifts this year and boy am I glad I did! I changed things up a little on mine but for the most part they are just the same. I did shadow boxes to prevent dust and I used my cricut to cut vinyl letters to prevent fading, hoping that these gifts keep on giving for many, many years.




Frame: $10 at Joann Fabrics with coupon
Crayons: $0.25 at pre school sales
Vinyl: $5.99 at Joann on sale and I have oodles left over

Total cost per frame $10.75!

This one is for my cousin who is also a teacher, I still need to get a frame for it, but it will be for his birthday as he is a January baby and we don't normally exchange gifts. I just felt I couldn't leave my favorite teacher out!


I can't wait to show off the knitted Christmas gifts but those will have to wait til December 26th, when I am sure everyone has opened them up!

And this my friends, WORKS FOR ME!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Layla Bug Showing off Her Sweater

Here is a picture of my cousin and her adorable daughter who I made this sweater for. It is pictures like this that make crafting so worth it!


Thanks cuz for sharing the adorable picture with me!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Meet Thomas the Turkey

I have this problem, I like to show my friend Jess all of the super cute knitting patterns I see. Well when I do, she happens to fall in love and beg me to knit them for her. So when I found this super cute Turkey Pattern by Susan B. Anderson, she fell in love and the begging commenced. So after a quick trip to WildFibers to get the yarn I didn't have I began knitting this cute little guy.



At first he was sad that his brother was stuck in the computer screen.



And then he was jealous that his brother hand wings and he didn't.



And then he was soon to realize that his brother was a 1 upper when he showed off his tail feathers when Tom just gotten his wings.



But Tom, he decided to show him....he got 5 tail feathers instead of 3!! I can't wait to knit up my own Thomas for my family this year, but I promised myself I had to knit 2 other items before I could start. Hope you enjoy Tom as much as I do!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Frame People No More!!

News flash, I, yes me, procrastinate, but shhhhhhhhh don't tell anyone. Mostly I only procrastinate when it comes to cleaning house or doing laundry or home work, or pretty much anything that doesn't involve crafts. So when I bought this frame 8 months ago because I instantly fell in love it didn't surprise me that it sat on the wall with picture people in it until today, yes TODAY, 8 months later.

Before



Now if you look really closely you will see that one of those pictures is me and my brother, so I started...but didn't quite get around to filling the other 11 spaces. You see I just didn't quite know what I wanted to do with it. Then about a month ago I finally purchased the digital images of our family photo shoot from 2007, yep that's right 2007. We met up with a wonderful photographer, Prisilla B. Varner, in Monterey, California. I found out about her via her cousin Jessyca. I happened to send Prisilla and email about her pictures and told her I wished she was closer so that she could take our family photos, she lived in Nevada at the time and we were in Cali. Well it turned out we weren't the only family in Monterey that wanted her to shoot our photos so she came to visit and below is the gorgeous result! I am so happy with each and every shot she took. The only problem, The Fish is not in these pictures, well technically he is...in my belly, but now we need new family pictures where he is present outside the womb! So here is the frame, with our family in it. No more Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, Thing 4, Thing 5, etc (as Ky Guy callled them), just us in a beautiful place during a wonderful time for our family!

After


Here are just a couple of my favorites





Sunday, October 25, 2009

This Hat Changed My Life Forever


As yet another halloween approaches I can't help but think back three years ago to this little hat, that has changed my life forever. How do you ask can a hat change a persons life, and forever at that. When I was pregnant with my 4th munchkin, Fish, I found my way to babycenter.com and the June 2007 Board. And posted on this hat on the crafty mommas thread. One of the other mom's on the board oooh'd and awe'd over it and asked if I would consider trading the hat for some of her uber cute bows. I thought about it for awhile because well, I wasn't THAT kinda mom, you know the one that matches each outfit to a bow, but none the less I agreed and put the hat in the mail. You see the Fish has two older sisters who would have loved for me to be THAT mom *wink*. This was in February of 2007, just 4 short months before our June Babies were due and that hat was mailed to Jess. Soon after the hat was made Jess and I found each other on Yahoo and began chatting regularly. We discovered we both had a love for all things ribbon and fabric (or a sickness rather), had our first child at a young age (19 to be exact), and were stay at home mom's who just loved to create in our spare time.

Fast forward to October when our Juners (well my mayer, he was early) were about 4 1/2 months old, I realized I had mailed my pumpkin hat to Jessb and my Fish didn't have one, crap! I stayed up til 2 am on October 30th so my cute little guy could have a hat of his own. Whoops...guess I asked for that one. As more time passed we talked more and more often, moved to a private message board with 25+ of our favorite people from baby center. We share stories of our new babies, pictures of our latest craft projects, our heartaches and our joys. Being a military wife I have learned to deal with losing friends to distance and making new ones with each move, but having someone in my life as a constant was helping me to deal with the bitter sweet moves in ways I still can't explain.

Jess was there for me when I was dealing with the loss of my mom, and I for her when she lost her grandfather, the man she grew up calling "Dad". All of the boy's scraps and bruises. Their first smiles, first steps, first words, and first time outs. We talked about it all, and still do. We discovered Skype about a year ago and have since talked via Skype almost daily.

Last October Jess mentioned how she has always wanted to walk 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3 Day, now most people's first thought would have been, "Are you CRAZY", my reply was "ME TOO!!!!!". Shortly there after I signed up for the Seattle 3 Day, knowing I would be living in WA at the time, remember we are military and move every 1.5 years. And came back and told her I had done so and there was no turning back. A few weeks later I received a call from her husband asking what I was doing one weekend in November, you see he had a surprise for Jess, he was flying her out to Rhode Island to meet me, I was ECSTATIC! He told her we just couldn't possibly wait another year to meet, it was just too long.

A couple of weeks later I found myself in my van on the way to the airport to meet the woman I had come to call my best friend. I was nervous, excited, scared and a million other emotions. Would we really like each other as much as we thought we would? Would she have a good time?? And most importantly, would we really finish all the craft projects we had planned????? She brought me my beloved Birdie Bag (Amy Butler's purse pattern), and who's to judge it was only a year later :P. Let me tell you those days flew by, WAY TO FAST! I found myself wanting to make her miss her plane home, even though I knew she missed her boys like crazy.

A few months later it was time for our family to relocate from Rhode Island to Washington State and wouldn't you know, I made the detour to stop at Jess' house along the way. September was still way to long to wait to see her again. It was a whirlwind 12 hour visit but worth every hour of the detour to see her and her family. Unfortunately the hubs was at a school in Florida and was unable to meet her family, but we had fun none the less.

From March until September we worked hard to raise the funds required to walk in the Seattle Breast Cancer 3 day, $2300 each to be exact. And although it was a lot of work it was worth every letter sent, every percentage of sales donated and every annoying facebook post begging my friends to donate. We also talked about our new crafts, the boys haircuts, the kids school projects, sports, etc. We also talked about when our husbands annoyed us, come on admit it all husbands can be annoying at times, and when they were uber romantic, because yes that does happen on the rare occasion.

September came and Jess flew in and we were excited to begin our sixty mile journey. Although talking about it in the weeks leading up to it we decided we were going to wait at least two years before committing to the challenge again. The fundraising was really really really hard work. On day one just 5 miles in that all changed, we saw what this walk was all about and we were already talking about where we would be walking NEXT YEAR! The entire experience was AMAZING and lets just say Jess is UNSTOPPABLE. You can read her story about our journey here.

We have since chosen San Francisco as the city where we will be walking in 2010 and have opened an Etsy shop where will will be selling items donated by fellow Etsy sellers who want to help us reach our goal of a combined $4600 in order to walk in the 3 Day again. I can't think of anyone else on this earth I would rather go from 0 to 60 in 3 days with. Love ya Jess, I don't know what my life would be like without you in it!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We Too Are THAT Family

Having four little munchkins running around my house I often wonder if I have completely lost my mind, and most of the times the answer is why yes, yes I have. Between my husband almost losing a finger while cutting butter (he's talented like that) and my daughter going in for a well child check only to find out she has a golf ball sized lymph-node that turned out to be a result of mono at age four (makes you wonder who she was kissing) we are constantly on our toes.

I have been cleaning the house this week to get ready for the hubs to come home from a 6 week mini deployment and wouldn't you know, the day after I get the sheets clean, the hampers empty and the bathrooms scrubbed Lippy Lou decides to get the flu. So last night I had fire up the washer and dryer to get her sheets clean again and then scrub the toilets once again.

Oh and to top it off, I had payroll ready to run yesterday and let the office clerk talk me into waiting just one more day, only to be kept up til midnight holding Lippy Lou's hair out of her face while she prayed to the porcelain god's. So today I go to do payroll groggy and foggy all while listening to Lippy Lou wretch some more, it was ultra fabulous!

I could probably blog a story a day about how we are THAT family...which reminds me of the time I came home from work early in the hubs and I's relationship only to find him in the shower yelling for ice. What on EARTH would he need ice in the shower for. Turns out he was cutting habanero peppers to put in his lunch and had to use the rest room. Silly guy didn't wash his hands first and of course wasn't wearing gloves, turns out habanero oils on your hands don't go well with using your hands to hit the target in the bathroom if you catch my drift. I am quite certain it was at least a year before he used habaneros in anything. If he EVER reads this blog I am so DEAD!

So what makes you THAT family??? Head over to visit Kristen, share your story and link your blog to Mr. Linky on We are THAT family's blog for you chance to win one of 10 great prizes. Make sure you wish her a Happy 2nd Blogaversary!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk Blog

My friend Jessica and I walked the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk this September in Seattle and within the first five miles we decided it was something we would do again and again and again. Raising the $2300 for the walk was not easy, by any means, but it is not meant to be easy. It is a struggle, but looking back I know it is nothing compared to the fight the breast cancer patients face upon learning their diagnosis. I, just like those patients, had the support of my family, friends and even strangers. So again we are calling upon all of you to help us raise the funds so we as a community can help fight that fight again. Our team this year is the Nip Cancer Girls, and we are calling upon are fellow artists and creators to help us raise the funds to win the war against cancer. We have started a blog www.nipcancergirls.blogspot.com where we will be featuring many different Esty stores that have donated items for us to sell to raise funds for the walk. Every item sold in our shop will be donated to us free of charge and 100% of the price less listing/paypal fees will be donated to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk. Please show your support by shopping our Etsy store and by following us on our blog.

I am also accepting donations via my 3 day website at www.the3day.org/goto/inhonorofcatherine

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I ♥ Faces Pink Week Entry



This week I ♥ Faces is having a Pink Week contest and I couldn't resist posting this photo of my Breast Friend Jessica and I after going from 0 to 60 in 3 days.



Jessica and I did the Seattle 3 Day in September of 2009 and have signed up to do the 3 Day in San Francisco in September 2010. If anyone is interested in donating to my walk please visit www.the3day.org/goto/inhonorofcaterine

Check out all the awesome faces at www.iheartfaces.com

My Two Flappers

I have been working on these Flap Happy Hats by Susan B. Anderson from Spud and Chloe's pattern line for about a month now and they are finally done and ready to show off. They were a quick knit but I ordered Annie's Pom Pom Tree and it took way to long to get here, so that held me up.

The girls are over the moon excited about their new hats.



Lynner gave it 2 thumbs up!






Lippy Lou loves her's too...







These were knit with one skein each of Spud and Chloe's sweater weight moonlight, splash, popsicle and watermelon on size 7, 16 in circs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dinosaur ROAR

My friend Kate over at Tot Toppers wrote the cutest hat pattern that I fell in LOVE with. This hat was knit for my friend Jessica's son Cameron and is being modeled by my Lippy Lou.







I have been on a little bit of a break from bloggy world and I am hoping to hop right back into things. After my friend and I did the 3 day life got a little crazy. Being a Navy wife things get that way sometimes. Anywho, no excuse is a good excuse so I will just aim to do better in the future!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Salsa, Salsa and MORE Salsa


Our garden has produced tons of yummy goodness and this morning I was able to make up 4 HUGE jars of salsa for our family. The recipe is a friends family secret that she was gracious enough to share with me but I will not be sharing it with the World Wide Web, but let me tell you it is delish!

What have you made with your garden goodness???

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lippy Lou's Lollipop Skirt




I finally finished Lippy Lou's Lollipop Skirt and I couldn't love it more. It turned out awesome and I finished it in under 2 months YAY me. Rebekah at Bekah's knits does an awesome job writing patterns that are through and well illustrated. I do not however recommend working on this late at night, say 1 am ish, at the end of a long weekend. You may or may not send Rebekah an email asking a dumb question, not that this happened to me or anything, just sayin'.

Here's Lippy giving it a little sas...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Menu Monday

This post is going to be quick because we have a ton of stuff to do to get ready for the first day of school tomorrow.

Monday - Leftover night (hubs is out fishing with Ky Guy so the other kiddos on our own)
Tuesday - Manicotti with mushroom peas and french bread
Wednesday- Mexican Chicken
Thursday - Hot Pockets (Soccer night)
Friday - Meatloaf
Saturday - Lasagna
Sunday - Dinner out to celebrate the end of the Breast Cancer 3 Day!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday - Ribbon Storage


Because a lot of the crafts I do involve ribbon and snaps I had to find a way to easily store both that would keep everything under control. I took a while for me to settle on something that worked for my 300+ types of ribbons and I happened to come across these beauties at a local craft store. I believe I have seen them at Joann and Michael's a time or two as well. I always save up a 40% off coupon before purchasing a new one. I am up to 3 of them now and I am in love, they work GREAT! I also store snaps and clips in a few of the drawers which works great as well.

How do you store YOUR crafty goodness???

Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu Monday

This weeks menu is ...

Sloppy Joes, with watermelon
Hot Pockets (soccer night)
Spaghetti with corn and french bread
Hot Pockets (soccer night)
Turkey Wraps
Pizza for the kids/Parents go on dinner date
Hamburgers and Hot dogs on the grill with corn on the cob and fruit

What are y'all having this week???

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday - Milk and Produce Delivery


I find that having milk and produce delivered once a week saves me a TON of money. I was finding myself going to the store for just milk and leaving $50 later with a ton of groceries we did not need. Same happens with produce, I go in to get a few things and end up with 1/2 a car of foods we did not need, nor did we budget for. After doing this for many years I started looking into having our milk and produce delivered and found two AMAZING companies.

Many places have milk delivery and many families have no idea. When we moved to Washington in March I got right on google and found a farm that does home delivery. Our milk man comes to see us once a week with milk from cows not treated with hormones and you really can taste a difference. So a HUGE thanks to Smith Brothers Farms for the amazing moo juice delivered right to our door!

The produce delivery happened to be a little harder to find, but when we did find it it just fell into our laps. I was driving the girls to school one day and saw the delivery van parked at the girls school and wrote the name down and came home and googled (boy do I LOVE google!). We started produce delivery a couple of months ago and I LOVE it, I love the fresh fruits and veggies that land on our door step once a week, and the option to add and subtract each week if we choose. So another HUGE thanks to Klesick Family Farms for our amazing fresh produce delivered right to our door. And did I mention this is all ORGANIC!!! And affordable.

I just hope to be able to find these options when we do our next military move!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday - Scheduling

As you can imagine as the mom of four I have TONS of appointments. Between 10 dental cleanings and 5 annual health check ups there are always the eye visits, sick kids, ortho, hair and 1 million other things that need to be scheduled. So how do I keep it all together you ask...

Yep that is right Ical! What a life saver. Typically when I am making an appointment of any kind I have my MacBook Pro in my lap or my iphone close by, because they sync with each other, all my appointments land in both places. This has saved me from missed appointments sooooooooo many times. Not only do I use it for scheduling appointments for myself and the kiddos it reminds me which night is trash night, which week is recycling week and when I have deadlines for work. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this calendar!

Oh and why does it say Jul 17th you ask??? Apparently that is the say it was introduced to the public by Apple, I learned that today too, when I googled for an image!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Menu Monday

Starting today I am going to put up each weeks menu for our household. Not every week will be stick to the menu completely but this is what we have planned for this week.

Monday - Coke Roast (recipes to follow later this week)
Tuesday - Homemade hot pockets
Wednesday - Vegetable Beef Soup from Coke Roast Left Overs
Thursday - Homemade hot pockets
Friday - Chipotle Chicken Cubes (this is Ky Guy's recipe I will have to ask him if I can share)
Saturday - Order Pizza (we have a sitter)
Sunday - BBQ Ribs with corn on the cob and watermelon

Why hot pockets 2x in one week you ask? Because my girls have soccer on Tues/Thurs and I prefer not to eat at a drive in 2x a week for the next 3 months.

What is on your menu this week?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Reaping what we sow.....

Remember this post?

Well this week it looks like this:




And we are seeing a lot of this:







I can't wait til the tomatoes are ripe so we can make tons of SALSA! YUM!