Happy Holidays


We are so excited for Mr T's first Christmas!  I got all my holiday orders done and mailed off, a few presents hidden away waiting for wrapping and stocking stuffing.  I think this is the most excited I have been for Christmas for a long time.

Pennant Bunting

I am finally adding some small touches to Mr T's room to finish it off.  I made a special doorway pennant bunting to match the vintage quilt for the twin bed in his room.  I love how
it hangs on both sides of the door.  So he can see it when the door is closed or open.  It looks good and I will make a step by step tutorial soon:)  His room had a beach/surf theme, so I picked out a few of our favorite oil painting and surf art and made a little collage and it had just enough room for his name to be added to the bottom corner.   The letter just need a quick painting and I will post his whole room soon.

 My crochet projects have been smalls.  I sell a lot of my creations at a local shop.  So with Christmas on the way I am trying to stock up the stock.  The headbands bows had all sold out so I started a new batch.  I really liked all the pinks, reds and greens together it was kind of a bright happy Christmas batch.  I also started a few Owl purses to stock up the shop as well.  They use up a lot of the small balls leftover and really clean up my basket its a win win project.    And just to top it all off there are a bunch more bear, flower, puppy and kitten hats.  I also had a cool custom order for a couple Mexican Wrestler team hats.  I have never made anything like them and it was a fun challenge.  The best part is they were well loved by my customer.  There was another custom order for a newborn that will be her in early December.  

Circles to Squares

Just found a great video tutorial for the circles to granny square blanket I plan to make for myself.  Now if I could just decide my colors.  So far I am thinking of making it very similar to the inspiration blanket ( I still can't remember who's blog I saw that on), just not using the orange and purple.  Making it to match the throw pillows a little more.  

 I haven't has a ton of time to crochet, as you can see we are working on tooth #2.  But I did sneak in some time to get a few row in on the bobble blanket.  When all of he sudden I was out a yarn..... So now the bobble blanket is at a stand still again because I made the cardinal crochet sin.  I didn't buy enough charcoal skeins for the whole project. When I went to pick some more up they were all sold out!!!!   I will have to go again later this week to see if they are re stocked.  Is it just me that does that?

Yarn Stash

 I adore my weekends! They are usually spent cleaning house, running errands and a little treasure hunting at our local swap meet.  My only find this weekend was a single white vase and a big basket I am now using for my yarn.  I had a pink tote overflowing with messy skeins, my crochet magazines, never used knitting hooks, finished and unfinished projects.  It was a disaster and driving me crazy!  So when I saw this big pile of baskets I dug one out that I thought would work.  First thing I did when we got home was  organized my projects and stashed duplicate color skeins in the tote and put it away.  So now I have a fairly organized basket to pull from and keep my current projects in.  Yay for temporary organization.  As soon as I go to the store for more yarn I have a feeling it won't look quite as nice.  


 I came across this beautiful craft blog and found this really cute wrap vest and am promptly going to make one.  I think I will wear it for thanksgiving.  :)  It will be lovely with a white long sleeve and jeans, and its so simple it should work up pretty fast.  The only change I think I will make is I want it to drape long like a tunic so I might adjust the pattern a little to accommodate that.  Maybe 75- 80 stitches to start instead or the 55..... we will see.    

Monkeys, Monsters and Frogs Oh My!

This past weekend was spent crocheting and cleaning.  I have a few custom orders I was working on and then got started on a few new styles.  There are fun foxes, cute kittens and darling little doggies on the way.  :)  My yarn stash was starting to dwindle down so I made sure to buy a bunch of new skeins to refill my yarn bin.  I work best when I have a lot of options to pick from, so I like to have a lot of yarn on hand.

 I dressed up MR.T yesterday and took his first Halloween pictures.  :)  It was really fun, I love my little dragon.  Happy Halloween!!

Bright and Happy Bobble

I am really happy with the turn out of his blanket.  I am using a size 5.5mm hook and have gone through 2 1/2 balls of the charcoal yarn so far.  My husband is really tall so I might end up using anywhere from 10-12 skeins, but we will see. I originally got the pattern from here when I was making it the first time, but modified it a bit for both projects.  I am doing a bobble every 12 dbl stitches, on every 6th row and staggering every other row.  I stopped last night and weaved the ends for all the bobbles, I think I will weave as I go so it's not overwhelming when its all done.

I just put my little monster down for a nap and I am going to make him a couple new hats while he is asleep.  It's been cooling off the past few days with the wind picking up and he could use a little hat or two.  Even if we live in So Cal and cold really isn't all that cold.  He will still look cute with his new hats. 

What are weekends made of?

 Lazy weekends are my favorite.  Strolling through our local swap meet in the morning hunting down treasures to bring home, taking naps and of course sneaking extra time in to work on projects.  There is really nothing better.  My little Mr T started teething this weekend.  So he has been a bit fussier around nap time, but ends up sleeping a little longer than normal.  So far so good.  The whole family, even our dog, took a good nap after the swap meet adventure. 
This weekend instead of getting my regular flower bouquet I got new plants for the table.  I love the arrangement.  They will last a whole lot longer and I think I like house plants better than flowers anyway.  I didn't really find anything else that was a must have, but that is just how it is sometimes.  
I got started on the bobble blanked for my hubby, its a charcoal gray with bright red, orange, white, aqua and royal blue bobbles.  As I was going I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to change out colors for the bobbles.  Originally I thought it would be much more time consuming.  Although I am not looking forward to weaving all the ends.  But that is no surprise I never really like that part of any project.

Bad bad bad me couldn't help but fall in love with this afghan as well..... my to make list is forever getting longer.  I love the border, I just might do that with the bobble afghan.  Adorable! 
If I remember where I saw that one I will post a link.