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Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Wish List

Instead of making a bucket list, I thought I'd call it a wish list, that way it doesn't make me feel like the end will come… lol
Anyhow, I have been writing down things I want to do and places I want to visit and decided to share my list with you, I hope it inspires you to have some fun this Summer, too!

Note: I numbered my list just to know how many items I had written down, but it doesn't mean one is more important than the other.

1- Camp or at least visit Fort Stevens, Oregon. 
2- Bring the kids to the bug museum in Bremerton, WA
3- Fly a kite 
4- Tour Theo's Chocolate Factory in Seattle
5- Install a hammock in the backyard 
6- Knit a sweater for my little girl
7- Eat at Maximus / Minimus 
8- Plant herbs 
9- Run a 5K
10- Crochet a fox and bunny for the kids
11- Make ice cream from scratch 
12- Have a BBQ for the family 
13- Paint frames for my bedroom 
14- Visit Kopachuck State Park 
15- Make American Flag t-shirts with the kids for 4th of July 
16- Have a watergun "fight" with the kids 
17- Make otter pops
18- Blow glow in the dark bubbles with the kids
19- Make flowers from tissue paper to decorate my sweet pea's room 
20- Play in a bubble 
21- Go to Bella Bella Beach in Fox Island and look for claybabies 
22- Visit the lighthouse at the Discovery Park in Seattle.
23- Bring the kids to see the Fremont Troll in Seattle 
24- Go to an outdoor concert 
25- Build a sand castle with the kids 
26 - Make a Summer wreath 
27- Make a water blob 
28- Make a flower crown for my sweet pea 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Little Crochet Bow {Free Pattern}

- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Crochet Hook US Size H/ 5.0mm
- Scissors

Gauge: Not important for this project

Difficult: Easy!

Ch = chain
Hdc = half double crochet
St(s) = stitch(es)
Sc = single crochet

Row 1: Using pink yarn, Ch 10, hdc in the 3rd st from hook (counts as first hdc), hdc in the remaining sts. Ch 2, turn. (8hdc)
Row 2: hdc in each st (8hdc)

Sc around the rectangle, 2 sc in each corner. Fasten off.
Pinch the rectangle in the middle with your fingers.
Wrap yarn around the middle (I wrap mine about 6 times) and tie a knot to secure it in place.
Add a hair clip to the back of your bow, a tiara or a piece of elastic to make a headband and voilĂ !

Here are some bows I made:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This and that

So Mother's Day has already happened, but I don't think I showed you what I made for my mother-in-law. I made her a crocheted bath pouf and purchased a handmade soap to go along and I also made a couple more to give to my son's teachers for teacher appreciation week.

We did a lot of perler beading over the weekend, we are making little mushroom necklaces to give the my little boy's classmates at the end of the school year. He wanted me to buy something for everyone, but I told him that we weren't going to go on that route, so he settled for making something.

The weather has been beautiful lately, so we have been taking full advantage of it by eating out in the backyard pretty much every night. Barbecues, BLT's club sandwiches… have been on our menu lately.

And we have been doing a lot of exploring in our new town, beaches, trails, playgrounds and parks. I have also started writing my "Summer Bucket List" and it is already looking so good with all the cool places and neat things and I just can't wait to share it with you!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Craft / Playroom

So the kids and I have a craft / playroom (the laundry closet is also there, but lets just forget about that part… LOL) and we love it!
Until yesterday, the fireplace was a brown, which made the room look so old and dark, but I decided to go ahead and paint it and I am so glad I did, I love the white so much that today I was excited to create some art work with the kids to put above it.

We went to Michael's and bought the supplies, the kids helped painting the little canvases and did all the glitter and mounting part. You can find the directions for the glitter animal canvases here.

I also bought some very inexpensive frames, painted them and my lovely husband hung everything on the wall for us.

I also have a yarn cubby now and I am giddy to every time I look at it and see all the gorgeous colors. 

And here is my "office" area...

I finally bought frames to hang the pictures of the kids wearing chef outfits above their little kitchen.

Now I "just" need to organize all the tubs of craft and office supplies and toys I have… but with that organized or not, I am a happy camper!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I can't believe I've become a knitter, but I have and you can see the proof, I made all the beautiful bonnets in the picture. Pretty cool, huh? Too bad I am slower than a slug, but I am enjoying the needles, the texture and the way the finished items look, so fun!
Now I better get back to work, I have lots to do...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Gig Harbor

I have been such a slacker, I don't even know if I ended up telling you guys that I moved, but we did - a month ago already!
We didn't move too far from where we lived (15 minutes away), but we are in a town called Gig Harbor now and it's beautiful, we are tickled pink!
We have been going on little outings to explore the harbor, the gardens, parks and of course, the local yarn shop, too. The main reason we moved is that the schools are better here and my little man will start kindergarten this Fall. Where did the time go? Wow, I feel like the time is going by so fast and my kids are getting so big, so I am trying to remind myself that the kids should come first in my list, not crochet or house work.
Anyhow, life is good, we have been busy and I hope you are doing good, too. Off to make some strawberry muffins with my little muffins. Have a good one!
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