Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Nora made a drippy cone and I made a few tiny treasures. I absolutely savored each minute that we spent. Our one-on-one is far too scarce.
It felt so good to reconnect with my girl. Especially since she is in school now. She is starting to become a part of this great, wide world. It's been a bit tough letting go.
Honestly though, she is doing so well. She makes me so proud every day. Still, it feels nice having her all to myself. Even for only an hour.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Little P and Company (that's me) is offering five original crochet patterns for FREE on Ravelry. Just click on the link, choose your fave and download it free of charge :) Don't have a Ravelry account? Signing up is free. However, if you like, I can post the patterns here as well. Just ask :) Here's what's up for grabs:
|Cupcake Coffee/Tea Cup Cozy FREE|
|Lionheart Coffee/Tea Cup Cozy FREE|
|Celia Cat Crochet Amigurumi FREE|
|Breakfast Garland FREE|
|Cinnamon Bun FREE|
Honestly, I've been wanting to do this for quite some time and I'm so very glad that I did. It feels good giving back to the knitting/crocheting community that has given so much to me. I hope you'll consider stitching up one of your own. If you do, please share on Facebook or Ravelry!
So far Fall has been full of great things. My mom and I took the girls to kiddie park, my bff and I went to a local spot for some festive fun and Nick and I will be taking the girls to look for pumpkins soon :) Oh how I love this time of year. I've been making a huge effort to take advantage of the season.
I've also decided to push the reset button on some things here at home. I'm taking the Orange Rhino Challenge. There's a badge to the left of this post, if you'd like to check it out. It's a challenge to eliminate the yelling and show more of the loving. Needless to say, I LOVE my kids but sometimes the stress and negativity get in the way of me showing them that. I'm taking this challenge b/c I believe it can improve my relationship with my girls and they are so WORTH that.
Another fun thing that I'm doing this Fall is participating in some Ami Swaps. I crochet an amigurumi and mail it to someone in the group and they do the same for me. Here's what I got in the mail last month :) Super cute!!! I don't have any photos of the ami that I sent but it was a little bird. I've signed up for two swaps this October. I can't wait to get started making them :)
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Nora has been adjusting really well to Pre-K. I'm so thrilled for her. I am convinced that in part, has to do with her teacher. She is seriously a dream come true. She is so sweet and amazing and does really great things with the kids. We feel so fortunate to have her :) Another part of that equation is undoubtedly Nora. She is making an honest effort every day to get out there and try new things. I know this is sometimes tough for her (especially on Zumba days), but she has been branching out and getting involved and for that I am very proud of her.
Speaking of branching out, we made apple trees for show and share Friday. Nora, Claire and I had lots of fun making these fun tissue paper/t.p. roll trees. We found the idea HERE. Pure genius, if you ask me! I reluctantly let Nora do the whole craft by herself, which took a lot of effort on my part since this project was a messy one ;) Consequently, Nora learned to make an apple tree and I learned to let go a little bit. Win win if you ask me!!
And as I'm sure you've noticed, I've been a bit obsessive about crocheting amigurumis lately :) On average, I've been completing one project per week. Mostly I've been making small food-themed amigurumis and a couple of animals as well. Pictured above are some WIC's* from earlier this month :) Patterns can be found HERE, HERE and HERE. Next I'll be stitching up these adorable animal hats by Monica Rodriquez Fuertes: Elephant Hat and Giraffe Hat. My mom will be gifting them at a twin's baby shower this month.
*Works In Completion
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I fiercely want to remember this day, forever and ever and ever. I want to recall how grown up, trusting and independent my little girl was. It has been one of the best days ever :) And to show her just how proud I was, she got the biggest hug ever and this little crocheted owl/egg (she picked out the pattern a while back). Words just can't sum up how I'm feeling today but it's something like the top of the world!!
Monday, September 2, 2013
Pictured below are my girlie poos with our neighbor's dog. We let him out on weekdays while his owners are at work. I like to send them a photo to let them know he's been out. This one is from last Friday. In preparation for the photo, I asked Koby (the dog) to sit down. Here is what happened next...
Not only did Koby NOT sit for me but both girls immediately did! I honestly could not stop laughing about this, especially since my girls never listen to me and I was asking Koby to sit, not them!!
Further below is a crocheted pear. I made her for a sweetie that I know. I found this pattern on Ravelry but bought it on Etsy. It's by anapaulaoli and you can find it HERE. Included are eight more ami food patterns, ALL of which are cute. Currently, I am torn between the little egg, the pancake and the coffee cup. But knowing me, I'll eventually crochet them all so no reason to hem and haw.
And last but not least, here is GROUCHY PUMPKIN. This one is just for my Nick. He is always teasing that everything I make has a giant happy face on it. He's right, of course...or he was up until now. This pissed off pumpkin is just for you, Bear :)