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We are getting ready to go on a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains! My dad, step-mom-to-be (she’s been a step-mom-to-be for over 10 years now– time to get married Jenn!), little brother & sister and nephew will be joining us at the cabin. I am very much so looking forward to it! Our cabin has the best view. Photos do it absolutely no justice. The kids are excited as well and are eager to get going. This will be our third time staying there. It’s become sort of like a home away from home.

Knit Spring Shirt

I was hoping to have finished a Spring Shirt for each of the girls to wear while we were there, but that didn’t happen. I finished one of them and I’m not too crazy about how it turned out. Looks like I’m going to frog it, again. Yes, again!! It will be the second time. It’s just not fitting Emma right. Arg.

crochet hooded capelet

I was also hoping to have finished two hooded capelets, but again, only finished one. The pattern calls for self striping sock yarn and I got a great deal on sock yarn at Joann’s. The yarn is originally $6 a skein and I got it for $2.50! I’m really happy with how it turned out and will definitely be posting some action shots soon.

I’m going to make this post short and sweet. I really need to get back to packing!

Mountains– here we come!

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Again, here is another project that I have been working on for months now. Well I shouldn’t say ‘working on for months’, because technically, that’s not the truth. The truth is, I started working on it months ago, was really into in months ago, worked on it for a couple of days months ago, then put it down months ago and haven’t picked it up since. I have a big problem with starting a project and not finishing it, if you haven’t noticed.

I need to complete three more squares to finish the front and figure out something to do with the back. I have idea, I just need to figure it out. This too will find its new home in the girls’ room. The plan is to get them matching twin size beds and skip the whole toddler bed thing. Which would mean that if all goes well with this one, and I ever complete it, a new one will be in the works too!

I originally found the pattern while browsing through ravelry. It’s by Beata Basik  and available on her ravelry page  or through her blog, rose hip.

 Although I have another granny blanket in the process, (again, one I haven’t picked up in months) this is my first time actually joining granny squares. I think I did an OK job… definitely could use some work though.

In other news, I did add a significant amount to my chevron stripes blanket. I would have added more, but upon finishing my last row I noticed I made an error somewhere in the row before. So I tucked it away for the day and hopefully tonight I will find some quiet time to try to figure out where I went wrong. That’s always fun… 🙂

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Is it just here in Tennessee, or has this Winter weather been pretty crazy where you live too? I am the first to admit that I am not a fan of the cold. I am a true Floridian through and through. Ever since moving up here 4 years ago now, I dread this time of year and become quite the homebody and only go outdoors whenever it is absolutely needed.

This past week we’ve had some pretty warm temperatures. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining! I am actually loving it! Minus the tornadoes.

I took full advantage of the weather and went ahead and dressed Sophia in her vintage cardigan (pattern info and yarn blogged here). The photos I took of her in action were pant-less, but I promise before we left the house I put some on her 😉

ps. please excuse the blurry-ness of the photos. this little lady just won’t sit still!

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I set a goal for myself this year to make one handmade Christmas ornament a month. Leaving me with 12 new handmade ornaments for our Christmas tree this year. I chose to do it this way because by the time Christmas comes around I find myself overwhelmed with everything. Every year I say I will begin making Christmas gifts in July. And every year I’m busy working away last-minute trying to get things done. And half of it remains incomplete or not even started. So instead, I am starting early. WAY early.

I was inspired by the book Falalala Felt to make this little blue bird. It’s based on the ‘little birds garland’. My printer is out of  ink so I couldn’t scan and enlarge the template in the back of the book. So instead I just winged it.

Please excuse the sloppy blanket stitch. It’s my first time using that stitch so it’s looking a little rough! Besides the sloppy stitching, I think it came out pretty cute! One ornament down,  eleven to go.

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I know just about every mom uses a bib here and there. For spit up when babies are new and for eating solids when they are a little bigger. Then there are those babies (like mine) that wear them constantly for the first 5-6 months or so. I really mean CONSTANTLY. My babies are projectile spewers (is that a word?). I’m not talking a dribble her, a dribble there. I’m taking A LOT and VERY frequent. Not only would I have to change the babies clothes multiple times a day, but my clothes  would also need to be changed as well. There were also constant spit up splatter marks all over my hardwood floor. Am I painting a pretty picture for you??  Burp cloths and bibs really were my best friends.

In using them so often I found that  terry cloth, flannel, and knit fabrics were the most absorbent (and soft).  Soft terry cloth works best, but flannel comes in many cute prints and is very easy to find (if you’re looking to make your own). I loved our flannel bibs. I made bunches of them.

For burp cloths, nothing compares to a prefold cloth diaper. The Gerber ones are OK if that’s all you can get, but chineseindian diaper service quality prefolds work even better and are extra absorbent.

I know you all have seen the embellished prefold with the fabric down the center. They are super cute, but a lot of them that are made have a cotton fabric sewn down the center. Which is adorable. But, cotton fabric is not that absorbent. That’s why when embellishing prefolds I like to use knit fabric. It’s cozy & soft to the touch and more absorbent, especially when sewn onto a cloth diaper. (I’d just like to add that I absolutely hate sewing with knit fabric.)

Now remember all those baby girls that I made all those teeny hats for? Well I got to work making some bibs for some of those special little cuties. I’d like to get some new burp cloths made up too. I like to dye my cloth diapers pretty colors, so that process requires a little more time. Like kids have to be sleeping kind of time.

Hopefully these little ladies they won’t need them as often as my babies did (especially Jacob & Sophie), but if they should, they will work great!

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gifting

This year we’re on a very strict budget. We will attempt some Christmas shopping this weekend, but what to get everyone? This time of year can be so stressful. I really wish there wasn’t such an emphasis on gift giving.

These days it’s so easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. And I’ll be the first to admit that there are quite a few gadgets that I would just love to get my hands on. But really, is that what Christmas is about?

This year I plan on making quite a few gifts. I don’t know about you, but I really love and appreciate a handmade gift. While making the few gifts I’ve already completed I can tell you that A LOT of thought went into them. And the person they are meant for were thought of while making it.

Since a lot of you follow this blog, I am limited on sharing photos. But I’ve been having so much fun with this one, I thought I’d give a little sneak peek!

I still have plenty of more gifts to finish up before the big day. And would you believe that I haven’t even made one thing for my own little munchkins? I’m hoping to finish a couple of dresses for Emma, a kitty doll, a dinosaur stuffy, and some lounge pants for Jacob.

Now, if only time would just slow down and give me a chance to get it all done…

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