Thursday, January 13, 2011

squirrels! okay squirrel as the case may be...

my oldest dd has an amigurumi book that she bought a couple  of
years ago with her b-day money. but she has yet to get past the basic chain
stitch in crochet. so while all the patterns use single crochet (sc) she has not
mastered it.
so she sat down next to me the other day with her book and asked nicely if i would
make the squirrel for her. so i agreed, she went and rummaged through my
yarn stash and came back with a fuzzy blue (that i have had for years, i once
made a bunny out of it as a baby shower gift), and some tan.
so i whipped up the pieces and she attached the eyes and nose, then stuffed it.
i put all the pieces together, which was a little more difficult than i had anticipated.
i am in no way new to crochet, but trying to attach those little arms, and then not
being entirely sure what to do about the tail, as the instructions gave no
instructions for that part, i finally got it all together.
i ended up tacking the tail to the mid back of the thing with a few stitches so that it would
stay in the full upright position. so without further ado here it is:

as a side note on the tan, she originally brought me some yarn that came
with a plant hanging kit i bought at a flea market close to 10 years ago.
it is in no way a soft type of yarn. the only other tan that i had
 i was/am making my first ever sweater out of, so i used that skein
starting with the other end that i wasn't working off of.
now i'm going to have to try and hunt down that color
if i ever want to finish the sweater.
 so now that i have made one amigurumi i'm already starting on another
one from the book. i'm using the same blue yarn to make a bird.
after of course i finish a baby blanket for a friend who is having a baby
tomorrow. the yarn that i am using for that i got 7 years ago to make a
blanket for my ds when he was born. but it just frustrated the heck out me
(being 8 months pregnant will do that) and i never used it. it is red heart
cloud. i'm not sure if they make it anymore or not. but i figured why go out and buy more
baby yarn when i have 5 skeins of it in my stash.
so when i finish it i will post picks of it as well. the blanket not the yarn.

Monday, January 3, 2011


at the grocery store today i bought candy canes for $.37! these ones to be exact
but but you say it is to early or to late for candy canes, did i mention that they were
$.37! the cashier asked if i was going to eat them and i assured her
that i was not, that i was in fact putting them away
for next year. she then wanted to know if they would
keep that long, and i assured her once again that indeed yes they
would, as long as they were not kept in an attic or somewhere
hot they would be fine.
so i got the bright colored ones to go on the family room tree which is white.
the pale red and green ones are for the tree in the
dining room. and the blue ones may go on the tree in the living
room, though i'm not sure about that one yet. not
totally sure how i feel about candy canes on that tree. that is the one tree
that i am kinda particular about. all the ornaments are white, silver, robins egg blue and
a few are a pale apple green. we shall see next year how i
feel about it.
speaking of xmas, i almost have all the xmas stuff put away. just a few more things
to pack away, and the totes need to be stored away and two trees need
to be taken down. that's it i swear, the ornaments are
already off the trees but the trees are still standing.
it is my husbands job to take those bad boys down and put them in their

Sunday, January 2, 2011

project life

i'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my project life kit. hoping that it will get here soon.
if you are not familiar with this it is ab fab. here is a link to the website.

you can also read about it on ali edwards blog, she finished one this past year and is starting a new one this year.  2011 will be my first year attempting it.
in a nutshell it is a big 3 ring binder that comes with lots of notecards, clear pages with
pockets, and lots of other goodies. there is room for you to document each week
of the year. with traditional scrapbooks you are only capturing a moment here and a moment there usually. this captures all those little moments each week that normaly go undocumented. 
i've got lots of big plans for my family this year and i'm hoping that this well be a way for them to look back and remember all those little moments that we had together that made life what it is and special to us.
i encourage you to check out the website and get a taste of what it is all about.