Saturday, January 30, 2010

An evening and morning crochet-a-thon

This little dress I designed on the fly, and it took FOUR freaking hours to finish!!! ARGHHHHH!

If I had to do it all over again I would have chosen a thicker yarn, but I absolutely love the look of the stitches with the thinner wool yarn.  I believe it will fit a newborn to about 2 months old.  I wish I had a baby to try it on.  Not having a pattern gives me creative freedom, but definitely has its down falls.

I also made this little shrug this morning.  Only took about 1 1/2 hours, and it is amazingly soft.

Sam was GRACIOUS enough to try it on for me so I could gauge the size (yet again no pattern...LOL)

I think since it is a bit snug on him it will be for a 3-4 Toddler size.

Thanks for looking~

Friday, January 29, 2010

In anticipation...

I am super excited for the afternoon ahead of me...a visit from Martha.  Martha and I live in the same town, but have not seen eachother since THANKSGIVING!!!  OMG~

So in anticipation of our CHILDFREE REUNION, she made a fabulous homemade ham and cheese quiche for lunch, and I decided to make some of my super delicious homemade Banana Muffins

Here is the recipe for those wanting to take part in similar deliciousness~here is my original recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.

Cream 1 stick butter, 1/2 c. sugar, and 2 eggs together. Then add 3 smallish lightly mashed bananas and fold into the batter.

Sift together in a separate bowl 1 1/2 c. flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, pinch salt, and 1 tsp. cinnamon.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, blend with a wooden spoon and spoon into muffin tins.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Yields: 14 muffins


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A set for a little princess may remember these little booties I crocheted a while back.

Today when I got home from a FA-BU-LO-US time with Julia and our cousin Emily, I felt the need to grab the old crochet needle.  I decided that those adorable booties needed something to go with them.  Hmmmmmm, what shall I make??? Then it came to me...A LITTLE SHRUG!


I love the edging that matches the booties

Can't forget a matching hand crocheted button!

Just Listed it on Our Etsy Shop

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away...and a new purchase!

Rain washing away all of the glorious snow that I enjoyed not only 3 days ago

Rain coating my window screens inside and out

Rain making a frozen driveway that I almost busted *MY ASS* on while retrieving Sam off the bus this afternoon

Rain making me think spring is coming, only to tease me with the next few days and then onto more snow


On a brighter note...I bought a lovely new item on Etsy!

I came across this lovely post by Amy at Vintage Fern

She had a beautiful, colorful picture of some new wallets she had just crafted for her Etsy shop

I could not resist picking up this quaint little wallet

(I especially love the lining)

So stop by Amy at Vintage Fern.  She has EXCELLENT feedback, and great taste!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sorry for being MIA

Ladies, I have been remiss in my primary blogging and I appologize SINCERELY!

I have been very busy getting my other blog up and running...

Today I had a FANTASTIC day!

I  woke to the phone ringing, on the other end was our Nursing Supervisor offering Julia the day off!  BONUS!!!

The morning was spent skiing with 5 of my six favorite people in the whole world!
Julia, Jay, Dad, Sam, and Eben! (mom stayed home)

We hit the slopes bright and early...the conditions could not have been better!

 Snow coated trees and a smattering of pictures from our fun filled day for your viewing pleasure!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My new blog

Mama's Supporting Mama's an online weight loss community

I am hoping that my newest blog is among other things helpful and inspiring. Take a look mama's, and please tell your friends! It is am online weight loss community for the mama's out there looking to lose weight, and for the mama's out there to share their success stories and offer advice. Hope you like it~and join!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Special Delivery Indeed

Today I went for a glorious, cold, fun filled, cardio induced, gossip and weight loss filled ski morning with my best friend...Julia

When I got home I found stuffed into my mailbox a wonderful surprise...

A box from my Creative Book Exchange partner, and new blog friend
Tracee of Time Stands Still

A box bursting at the seams with thoughtful, lovely books sure to do what the swap intended...peak my creativity.

Attached to the top was a lovely note

I am particularly partial to this book though

And found my newest project yet to begin...I am giddy with crochet hook at the ready.

Trace was also very kind to send along a few little books for my Sam and I to read together.
Isn't she sweet?

Such a wonderful surprise to come home to, and a great beginning of my afternoon. So thanks Tracee for making today extra special with your was appreciated!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Only Girls???

Why is it that I can only get enough ideas to make girl things?

Is it that I am surrounded by boys?

Or that I am in love with frills?

And Ruffles

And Pinks?

And because I make things that I wish I could have worn as a babe?

At any rate...I am infatuated with crafting for little girls, here are the newest creations

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I am by no means a Bohemian Girl, but today I have been inspired by the beautiful
Miss Mandizzle

She makes incredibly lovely headbands, etc for her cute etsy shop, and I fell in love.

So I crocheted a Lala version today for myself to wear.

Here is the finished product.

It is certainly more, shall we say, rustic than hers.


A day of promise

Today I woke up, and was excited for the day, a day of promise...

A day of promise for a heavenly, relaxed, day of doing all that I would love to do.

I woke at 6:15 and readied my boy for his full day of school.

I then walked him to the bus, and we covered each other in mutual "I love you" s and kisses and hugs.

Then I got into my warm house after the winter chill hit me and decided a tub was in order.
Not just any tub, a bubbly christmas light lit bit of heavenly tubbiness~

Then I did something that I have not done in almost forever...I snugged back into bed. Enveloped with my fabulous new FLEECE sheets given to me by my wonderful momma, and wrapped in the arms of my hubby I drifted off into sleep for almost 2 hours.

Then I went for a lovely walk with my mom who I have not seen in over 5 days.
We then spent almost 2 hours nestled in her warm house drinking coffee
(yes I drank coffee Julia) and catching up.

I have had a fantastic day and it isn't even started as a day of promise, and it was everything I wanted it to be. Now onto a bit of crochet, and then a Ratchet and Clank a thon with my little buddy, who will be home at 3:25 on the nose.

Hope your day is all you want it to be!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

To those wondering where I learned to crochet so fast, and where I get my patterns I thought I would share my fantastic teachers...

Teresa is a wonderful teacher, and she has many wonderful youtube video links on her blog. I have made quite a few things with her help so cudos to her.

Here is her link

Art of Crochet by Teresa

Kelly is also a fabulous teacher, and has FANTASTIC baby sweater patterns on her site. She inspires me with her generosity and donates sweaters, etc that she crochets, to a local hospital for the babes who need them.

Here is her link

Bella Bambina

Last but not least is Bev. Bev has wonderful easy baby patterns, and great tutorials. Please take a look!

Bev's Journeyings

Hope you all look at these fantastic ladies websites, and maybe you might pick up the crochet bug out, it is contagious!

P.S. Those of you who follow my twin Julia at Adirondack-Mama, PLEASE send get well vibes her way. She is sick with a nasty GI bug. Here is to her getting better soon. Love you Julia~

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Any Ideas????

Julia (I tried to call you), or anyone else...

Do you know what kind of yarn this is?

I am in love with it, but it was in the enormous bag of yarn Julia let me use, and it had no label. It is bulky, and almost velvet in texture.

I had to make something with it, but don't have a lot of it so I made these little booties

I want some for my own feet~they are super soft

Thanks for any clues as to the kind of yarn this is~Laura


BTW:Today marks the 5 year anniversary of my breaking my right ankle...Happy times...LOL!