Girls, girls, girls


The birthday party today was great! The girls had such fun with their former school mates, splashing in the wading pool, digging in the sand, chowing down on watermelon, cake and ice cream, tearing up the playground, and all the presents. The flower hair ties were a hit! Well, who wouldn’t want such pretties in their hair? Here is a pic of the girls – BOTH – in their pillowcase dresses – see the bathing suits peeking out.
I can’t wait for the Grumble’s birthday party in 2 weeks. I can’t believe she’s going to be 4.

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

The heat has broken and after a few hours of air-conditioned bliss at work I felt a little creative. Of course it helps that we have a birthday party tomorrow and we need to bring a gift. One of the girls school mates has a big picnic party tomorrow and I have a bit of a reputation for handmade stuff.

I whipped these up after I got home tonight, while I was catching up with the Hubby on his day. They are simple felt flowers stitched over elastic bands. So easy, so cute. I think I might make some for me :)

Please forgive the color discrepency. I just couldn’t get a good pic in focus with the flash on for the close up of the backs. The first pic is much truer to the colors.

10cent wings

I wish I could fly to the beach – or the mountains, anywhere cooler than the Valley. I have a killer low-grade headache today and it’s to damned hot to actually work on anything. Maybe you’d like to see things I could be working on?

It is WIP Friday and I have a pile of stuff in various stages of progress, not all of which I will picture here. The little mermaid merb is finished, last night I added a little ribbon fin around her waist. The Cinderella Babe is knit and stuffed, she has hair but no face and I have cut out fabric and felt for two outfits – scullery maid and ball gown.

I have also started a sweater for my nephew for the holidays, nice bulky pumpkin orange color. He’s kind of a picky bugger but I threw together a swatch with the yarn and he liked it. Hmph. I have also started a stash sweater for the Bean, you’ll remember the Circus Sweater I made for the Grumble.

So i’m using – *gasp* – ACRYLIC. I’m not that much of a yarn snob but I do want to stop having to look at the gobs of acrylic filling my stash bins. Besides, she’s 5, she’s messy, she loves cardigans(tries to wear them in 95 degreee heat), and acrylic is totally washable. Nyah.

Pictured here we have a toolbox shaped knitting bag that I’m making for a friend – pre-felting, attached i-cord for firmer edges, and post felting. I need to shave the bag – HAR! – give it a skeleton with some plastic canvas and line it with some cute button mushroom fabric I have. I might even stitch a few matching shrooms on the bag. Last is a 10″x10″ cotton fleece square for a super secret baby blanket project for Weds night Noho group. I’m not sure which side of the pattern I like better.

Everyday I Write the Book

Just a quick post tonight. I’m finishing up the details on the Bean’s Little Mermaid Merb, a yellow shoulder bag for collecting “human” things. Tomorrow I’ll be baking a mini fimo fork and pipe to go in the bag along with some tiny seashells I got from my mom-in-law. Then I can finish knitting the head of the Grumble’s Cinderella, get her stuffed, give her a face and some hair and get to work on some clothes.
I’m tired of trooping all over the house to find a spool of yarn, hoping that I will see a needle poking out of the top, so I made myself a needle book and it lives in the tray of “stuff” that I keep next to the couch. It now lives with size 3 bamboo needles, size 4 aluminum circulars, 2 stitch holders, assorted DMC floss, assorted pearl cotton, 3 safety pins, a pen, one pencil(that needs sharpening), 3 pairs of assorted sized scissors, a band-aid, an emory board, a needle/stitch gauge, assorted felt scraps, and a picture of my girls. I think it will like it in there, I would.

You Wear It Well

She’s here and already done!!
I got my Wee Wonderfuls pattern book today and I whipped up this little wonder.
I am pleased to present: Miss Esmerelda.
I could not put her down until she was finished, except for that short trip out for ice cream cones with the Hubby and the Munchikins, but I picked her right back up.

Here she is in the cardi I made for her last week. I just think she is adorable and I’m keeping her for me. I never keep anything for me. The Bean and Grumble have already decided that they want a bear and bunny, respectivly.
I’m already thinking about my fabric stash and what combos would work and of course what yarn I could use for bear and bunny cardis. Wheeee!

Pillow Talk


I can’t seem to keep the Bean in her dress long enough to get a pic but here is the Grumble. The Bean’s is pale blue and has a green trim ribbon and side patch pockets. The solemn face is because I just cut a nice hank of hair near her left ear to get gum out of it. Hmmmm, no more gum on a car ride where I think she might fall asleep and let the gum drop into her hair where it will be forgotten and turn into the quickest dredlock you have ever seen. Yeah, no more of that.

Peep Show

Here is a sneek peek at the Little Mermaid Merb for the Bean. She’s been waiting for this since March. She’ll get it on her sister’s birthday next month.
I’m not quite done with her hair yet, it takes almost as long as knitting the whole body. So I like a full head of hair, so what! Now I get to start on the Grumble’s Cinderella doll. This one should go much faster because I won’t have to knit half a fish first.And here is a pic of the Bean on the night she learned to knit. Incidentally I’m using some of the same orange yarn for Ariel’s hair.

After Midnight

I was looking for a particular photo in the archives, oh who am I kidding! I was trolling through the “we dump every photo type thing here” file and I came across the photos from last Halloween. No one should live a life without seeing this shit! Here we have the Bean as Princess Ariel, she is obsessed with the little mermaid after all, and The Grumble as Cinderella. Now let me explain, please. Wait, wait… Ah God let me wipe the tears out of my eyes, its still so ridiculous. Har!

My Mom used to work for The Weathervane waaaay back when they still sold clothes for women and not just crap for tweens. When they got rid of their manikins she nabbed two of the wigs, a red and a blonde. These lent themselves quite nicely to Reba McIntyre and Hippie costumes for myself and my sis in High School. So here we were all set for the two perfect princess costumes, right?! Right, except that come All Hallow’s Eve Mom couldn’t find the blonde one. Some quick creative thinking later and we have one glorious Cinderella with a chair pad for hair.

I will laugh about this for the rest of my life!! I had tears streaming down my face all the way up and down Mom’s street as the munchikins did their trick-or-treat thing.
I just had to share.

Let Them Eat Pie


The berry patch has fulfilled its destiny! Har!
The fam all trooped down to the end of the yard today for some pickin. The Grumble soon lost interest and gained a new fear of prickers but the Bean did great. She picked almost as much as myself and the Hubby. 3 cups altogether after only 15 minutes or so and we should have an equal yield next weekend. Not bad for a patch thats only about 15’x15′. This afternoon we are headed off to the Hubby’s parents house for a small family birthday party for Hubby’s middle brother. So we decided to make a pie for the bro. We needed five cups of berries for my favorite spicy berry pie so we substituted 2 cups of nice sweet Gala apples. We quick sliced the apples and let the kids chop em’ up to berry sized pieces. I know I promised pics of the two little embroidered tops but they are in the wash at the moment so you’ll just have to wait ;P

Oh and here is a good reason not to get too caught up in roaming blogland and showing your husband all of the cute little robots over at Hillary’s place:
I’m not worried. It’ll still be super yummylicious. Mmmmmmm, pie.