Around mid to late January, my friend, @AR_Hooligan, announced that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. This friend introduced me to my husband many, many years ago. There are no words to describe how important he has been in my life or how much his friendship means to me.
My first thought was to start planning things and gifts to keep him smiling and laughing as much as possible in the coming months. This will probably only be the start of things for him.
Modeling the hat so elegantly
Inside of the Hat
Lime green, blue, and brown
In all its knitted glory
Ravelry Project Page: B’s Chemo Hat
Pattern: Biker Hat from Knit One, Embellish Too: Hats, Mittens, and Scarves with a Twist by Cosette Cornelius-Bates
Needles: Size 7 dpn
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Solid in Aegean Sea, Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Brown, and Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Lime
In January, my friends and I threw a milk and cookies themed baby shower for a dear friend. Decorations were my main job for the shower. These are some of the cute things that I had for the shower.
Sewn streamers by my dear friends J. Erwin and Chuck
Sweet Baby garland and cookie strands
Customized favor milk cartons
Mom and Dad to be pins
Sweet Baby garland
Pennant garland is always needed for a party
Most of the decorations (the milk carton, cookie/drink flags, cookie labels, and Sweet Baby garland) were bought as printables from Anders Ruff.
A dear friend of mine sewed streamers together to make beautiful and eye-catching decorations. A tutorial for these streamers is available at My Paper Crane Blog and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.
Shiya and WG stalking the Christmas tree
Our Christmas tree
Happy Holidays from us!
Our first Christmas tradition – A magnetic advent calendar
May your holidays be merry and bright!
Kiss Ornament won at White Elephant
For the first time in years, I didn’t take a photo of our Christmas cards. We only sent out a limited number of cards this year – so if you didn’t receive one, let this be your Christmas card from us.
I had the honor of creating decorations and some food for a surprise unbirthday party. I don’t think that I have ever had so many ideas for one party before.
This is what was created.
Tomatoes + String Cheese + Basil = Tiny Mushrooms
Unbirthday Queen Pin
Merry Unbirthday Banner
Paper lanterns with garlands (forgive the bad photo)
Red Roses in Teapots
Somehow, I didn’t get pictures of all of the card garlands and pom-poms. They were hung in the room with the food and the main sitting room.
The Eat Me signs were purchased as digital pdfs from Etsy seller ianandlola. I hot glued the signs to toothpicks to make the signs stay up easier.
The card houses were also hot glued together to ensure a perfect card house at party time.
While goofing around on the internet, I stumbled upon my friend, Attorney At Large‘s invite to join Twice. Twice is a site that sells brand-name used clothes for way less than retail – the only catch is that it’s secondhand designer/brand clothes. I visited and bought a pair of Joe’s Jeans at about 50% off their original price!!
They only sell clothing that meets their approved list, that is no more than five years old, and that is in good condition. They even will buy your clothes from you. Anything that they won’t buy is donated to Goodwill or you can have shipped back. I’m shipping a box of gently used clothes to them tomorrow.
They are doing this $10 gift certificate promo now ($10.00 for you and $10.00 for me when you make your first purchase), so try to take advantage of it if you can!
A friend asked me to craft some decorations for an elephant themed baby shower … and this is what I came up with.
Beginning of the parade of elephants
As a crafter, I always try to link to the exact place that I bought a specific template, fabric, yarn, or the name brand of a product; however, not all bloggers follow this method. After a googling and cursing websites, I went with Plan B – I traced an elephant and made my own template.
This template became the medium parade of elephants, the large parade of elephants, the small elephant mobile, the mother and baby elephant rosette, and an elephant mom to be pin.
Elephant Mobile – Almost too cute to give away
Mom to Be Pin
Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post
A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle