Monday, July 11, 2016

Made Recently

When I get tired of making clothes, it always seems satisfying to grab some acrylic yarn and crochet food.  After the banana split, I had a friend's 40th birthday to attend, so I worked up a birthday cake toilet paper cozy. Because who doesn't need a way to dress up your toilet paper when you're 40? The recipient's house is pretty nice, so I like the idea of being the funny aunt, ready to decorate your classy place with my trusty crochet hook. I also made some crocheted breakfast dishcloths, which I will squirrel away for a future gift. All food is made from this book, which I got for Mother's Day and love so dearly. I have so many plans for things to make from it.


When I found my way back to the sewing machine, I made this dress for Penny, which I love with all of my heart. The greatest thing is that it's neither vintage fabric nor a vintage pattern but came out looking like something I would dream of finding at the thrift store. The fabric is called Auntie's Attic and it was on clearance at Fabric Depot. I picture all the older ladies having 70s flashbacks when they see these prints, and leaving them alone, for me. The pattern is Simplicity 1174, well worth the $1.00 I paid for it. The only change I made was to make sleeve facings from the front and back bodice pieces, as bias binding around armholes is one of my sewing pet peeves.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fourth on Parade

What a lovely 4th of July! A neighborhood parade, a tour of a firetruck, bears on scooters and friends in your wagon. Truly adorable.










It was a fantastic long weekend overall. We really packed it in. We went to two public pools, a weird drive-in for banana splits, and to portland parks far and wide. Penny and Lulu curled up in their beds last night, so tired that they didn't hear the booming of fireworks almost all night long.

PS. Fourth of July last year, 2014 and 2013.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer is for Friendship

 
Whether on a trip to the berry farm or just in the backyard, time with friends this summer has been nothing short of spectacular.


 

 




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bunnies and Bananas

I've made some things for the girls. There are bunny sweaters - an intarsia one with a pompom tail, and a fair isle one also in tonal yarn, as well as a crochet banana split to celebrate the start of summer.
 
 
 


 
 
For kids that have never seen a real banana split, they are very attached to this creation. It put them in a sugar coma! It resides on Penny's toddler bed, which is supposed to be Lulu's toddler bed, but that's another story. Mr. Jones commented that "the color of the banana is a bit too mustard yellow". Ya think? Because remember that usually banana splits aren't made with the bananas in their peels! I mean, usually, right? Haha. Anyway, I have plans for us to go for a banana split, as a family. I think it'll be a hoot.

PS. The Neapolitan Ice Cream Blanket is my own crochet pattern. I hope to write it up for you, soon!

Monday, June 6, 2016

River's Edge

It's been incredibly hot. So we headed to "the beach", not really a beach at all, but the river that flows down from Mt. Hood. We waded in to the icy water, gratefully. The girls scooped sand, stared at fish and bugs and played mermaids, as giant birds circled above. We all loved every moment of it. We almost forgot it was 100 degrees.












It's days like this, with these happy children at wonderful ages and this family that brings me so much joy, that I never want to forget.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Strawberries in May


Apparently, because we've had some warmer weather in weeks past, Oregon Strawberries are ripe for the u-pick! So the girls and I headed out for a morning in the mud. We picked the berries, met the farm owner (who told us we were welcome to samples), saw pigs and chickens and roosters and ladybugs, and jumped in muddy puddles. Penny and Lulu play a game where Penny picks Lulu up, and they laugh hysterically before they both fall to the ground, and laugh even harder. It is a joy to watch. Perhaps it was the tall grass field where we had the most fun, however, playing hide and seek in reeds that crested the girls' heads.

  


























They chewed on their apples the whole way home. We almost had the whole farm to ourselves! It was a dreamy morning in the countryside, for sure.