Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hats, Mittens, and Shoes!

A friend of mine recently commissioned me
to make baby gifts
for her two brand new nephews.

We went to this fun store downtown
and picked out some great yarns
and then I set to work making
hats and mittens and shoes.

Here's the first set ... 
LOVE the green and gray!

I put little crocheted buttons on the sides of the shoes.

And the little mittens.
These were my favorite to make.
And I actually learned a new knitting technique in the process!
The Magic Loop
(sounds weird, but it really is a cool technique!!)

Here is the other set.
We didn't know if this was going to be for a girl or boy,
so we made it gender neutral
and planned to add flowers if it turned out to be a girl.

These shoes remind me of Oreos.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Judah-man's Gift ... and my 200th Post!

My sweet friend Heather
had her 5th child this year.
That's right ...
5 children
She's younger than me.
I feel like the slow kid in school.

But anyway ... after having 3 girls in a row,
she had a little boy this time.
(Her oldest ... a boy ... was SOOOO excited!!)
The baby's name is Judah.
Their family affectionately refers to him as
i love it.

So, I made him a little gifty
to welcome him into the world.

Of course, it had to be just the right shade of aqua.
If you don't know Heather,
you should know that sh
LOVES all things Hawaiian.
And blue.
Her whole family wears flip-flops year round.
That's what I love about them.
Well ... that and a lot of other things.

I love this blanket pattern.
Super easy to make
(which means I can actually get it done before the baby outgrows it!)
and not too girly and frilly.
Perfect for little baby boys.

Here's a close-up.
Don't look too closely, though ...
My knitting isn't perfect, but it'll work.

A Fall Cookout

In October,
I had a cookout
as a way of saying THANK YOU
to everyone who had helped and encouraged me
during my recovery since my car accident.

I was (and still am!) fighting my way through my shoulder rehab,
but I didn't want to wait any longer to thank everyone.
And besides ... the weather was PERFECT in October,
and I wasn't going to get another good weather window until the Spring.

So, I invited everyone over to my dad's house,
and we had a fall cookout.
It was so much fun to have mostly all of my closest local friends
together under one roof!

My crazy niece.
LOVE her.

BOTH of my beautiful nieces.
How lucky am I?

My friend Deb, me, and my dad's wife Julie.
Deb & Julie were a HUGE help with the food and setup!!!

My dad, the grill master.
He loved it, because everyone at the party had to come see him
if they wanted to eat.
Which meant that he got to meet all of my friends.

This game is so much fun.
Speaking of cornhole ...
... Have you heard the Rhett & Link Cornhole Song?

There was fishing in the lake.
We didn't have any lures,
but no problem-o,
because one of the little boys who was there
made a lure out of a feather
(yes ... a feather)
and caught a bass.
Not kidding.

What would a cookout be without s'mores
by the fire?
Oh ... and glowsticks for the kiddos.
Wish I had a picture of all the kids
running around in the dark
with glowsticks on their heads.

Really good friends.
God has been so very gracious to me in this life.
I don't know what I would do if it weren't for these fabulous ladies.
(See Judah-man in his new aqua blanket??)

Artisan Show

In November,
my friend Heather and I
(you know ... my friend with 5 kiddos)
shared a booth at a local artisan show.

We had tons of fun chatting and catching up.
We don't often have the opportunity to see each other regularly,
so we were both excited for the opportunity to spend time together!

This is our cutie booth.
You can't see it, but we're overlooking the ocean.

Neither of us realized how well our products went together
until we got them all up on the table.
I love all of Heather's fabrics,
my baby shoes went perfectly with a lot of her things!
Cute overload.

Oh ... and as an added bonus ...
Everything that didn't sell at this show
went over to this super-fun boutique here in Charleston.
So if you're local and looking for a gift ... go there.
They have so much fun stuff, and a lot of local vendors!!