Saturday, April 14, 2012

Baby Projects: Baby Clark

Today was my sister-in-law's baby shower. She's expecting a little boy in June! Of course, I had to make a few things for my little nephew!! First thing on my list: crochet baby Converses!

I found the pattern at Topsy Turvy and modified it a little. It was my first time crocheting with thread. Probably the only time I ever felt that my fingers are huge! It was also my first time crocheting baby booties. Lots of fun! The only thing that I really disliked was making the shoe laces. ~100 sc into ~100 ch with a tiny hook and thread is not easy. At least it wasn't for me. They looked so cute when they were finished!

My next learning adventure was a loom woven blanket. I used my awesome Martha Stewart Loom Knitting Kit to make 4 squares which I sewed together before adding a crochet border. I used cotton yarn to make it lighter since the baby will be born in the summer. I really enjoyed this. It made me look more into weaving. I think they should sell additional loom pieces to allow you to make larger pieces. Anyway, the blanket turned out great and I'm looking forward to weaving again soon!

My last project was an owl hat.... Soooo cute! I found the pattern at Daisy Cottage Designs. Really easy, fast crochet project. I modified it a little in the eyes, ears, and nose but otherwise stuck to the pattern and it turned out great. I think I'll try to make an adult sized version since my best friend already demanded one for herself! :)

I placed them all in a basket along with diapers, a bottle, a pacifier, a bib holder, and a bottle leash. I got a picture with everything but the owl hat in it.

Looking forward to meeting baby Clark soon!! :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eve

Easter Eve

Tonight is the last night of Lent. Starting tomorrow, I can resume my Facebooking 'til my heart's content. It also marks the beginning of a new way of thinking for me. I gave up Facebook and began attending mass regularly in order to remove stressors from my life and reacquaint myself with my faith. I think it's been a successful Lenten season! I do plan to dip my toe back into Facebook to better keep in touch with family and friends and look forward to catching up on what's been going on. I also look forward to continuing to strengthen my relationship with God and continuing to attend mass and further involve myself in the Church again. 

Being back at church has felt familiar. The church near my home is one of the smaller Catholic churches in the area which has been really nice. I recognize the faces every Sunday, the tones of each choir member's voice, when someone isn't sitting in his/her regular seat, etc. I know it sounds silly, but knowing all those things and recognizing them helps it feel more like home, and that's something I've been missing for a long time. Being active in my church is something that I grew up doing willingly and joyfully. Being a part of something that I know and feel is much bigger than me is humbling. 

Now, if I could just get Ripley to stop licking the comforter, life would be complete. Also rolling around in my head lately: I want bangs like Zooey Deschanel. Trying not to lose my mind entirely and cut them myself.

Coming soon: Sis-in-law's baby shower next week... I had so much fun making a few things for my nephew! Can't wait to post pictures and such!