22 April 2015

I'll sleep... eventually... right?

Yesterday, I got some medicine where the side effects are just fabulous... flushing, hot flashes, sweating like a sinner in church, and insomnia.  I am exhausted - no sleep... none... quiet literally, I may have dozed for an hour and a half if I'm being generous.  My face feels like it my eyes are going to fly out of my head, though I've been reassured that can't/won't happen.  Oh, let's not forget being incredibly irritated at everything.  So what did I do with all this time?  Take a look...

I started with this little thing...

I ended with all of this... and yes, you are seeing correctly...

It includes a lace edging worked sideways.  If you have to be up due to insomnia, might as well be productive.

20 April 2015

Magical weekend

So we celebrated Hobbit all weekend long.  First on our own at Walt Disney World - specifically the Magic Kingdom and then supper at Chef Mickey's on Saturday which was her actual birthday - and then we went to my folks' house on Sunday to celebrate her and Daddy since his birthday is Thursday.

Here are some photos of the fun we had - in collage form to save you from colossal scrolling.  The first set is from the parade at the Magic Kingdom, then the second is supper at Chef Mickey's, followed by the final set of my folks' house.

It was magical - and exhausting - weekend.  Time for me to relax!

18 April 2015

Double digits, oh my!

Today is Hobbit's birthday.  She turns 10 at 10:10 am ET.  It is so very hard to believe that she is even here, much less that she's been around for a decade now!  Y'all know I don't get milestone sappy because I'd rather celebrate than sob, but wow... this girl has put me through the ringer, that's for sure.  So to celebrate my little Hobbit in all her glory, here is a look at the past decade with my little tsunami...

This little curly headed monster has been working those dimples since the day she was born - saved her hiney a lot!
Then the "terrible twos" hit... and have yet to actually let go.  That face, yeah I still get that... a lot!
This little stinker has taken us all for a ride - such a roller coaster ride.
Mary Poppins... not hardly... too mischievous... though she does love her best.
Me and my mini me... we do know how to act a bit silly... most of the time.
Never one to be afraid to take the path untraveled, my little explorer and independent girl.
Never afraid to follow her own heart and be nothing less than exactly who she is... fairy wings and all.
Even if that means smearing her face with mood changing lipstick to get people to laugh.
By her 5th birthday, she had it all figured out.  Blankie, bunny, and juice was all a girl needed.
Still, if making waves made her giggle... that's exactly what she did!
She would get lost in her own little world, complete with imaginary friends Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid.
Always making sure to grab the best moments of life and hang on tight...
and always with her own signature touch of sass to go along with it.
Eight years into the journey with my mini me and I swore, I wondered if she would make to double digits... seriously!
Though along the way, she finally started to learn some calming methods... then we learned, she was academically gifted.
Lots of things clicked then - she was challenging, sure, but partly because she just wasn't being challenged herself.
and though we still have days that we both just feel like we've been beat down and run through the ringer...
We still manage to find our smiles and love our way through every obstacle.
So Happy Birthday to my sweet, caring, lovable, trying, impossible, intelligent, driven, determined, silly, frustrating, and funny girl.  You have brought so much into my life that I simply couldn't image it without you.

I love you, Hobbit.

10 April 2015

You know, that slow kind of crazy

That's the type of train I've been on lately.  You know the kind.  It's crazy, you know it's crazy, but it has just enough sane moments in it to make you think it's doable.  Oh yeah, those are actually worse than the full blown crazy trains.

I've been finding moments to stay sane though.  I've been knitting and even gathered up all my stuff for my Summer OWL.  I'm going for a Potions OWL - three colors - by working a Color Affection.  I even have a shawl chosen for my BROOM, just hope I can figure out a way to make it fit the Mission.  I also got some new yarn today which, as you know, makes life perfect.

I made these for Peanut's roommate as an Easter present since she came home with her for the break.

I made these for Peanut and they were so silky feeling.  She honestly liked them and I'm sure they'll get used.

Here are the fixings for my Potions OWL.  It's going to be gorgeous, I just know it!

This is my fabulous yarn.  I'm going to make my mama something with it.
I have been knitting a lot more lately so that I can be just as well versed in that as my crochet.  I am enjoying it but my goodness it is a much longer process.  What takes me a few days in crochet will take me about three times as long as knitting.  I'm sure I will never be as fast knitting as I am when I crochet but I feel good about the progress I've made... I mean come on, I made thumb gussets!

Time for some comfort food - hamburgers and fries.  I will be back shortly, I hope y'all have a great weekend!

02 April 2015

Drumroll please...

Way to go, Lauren!  I have already notified our winner of her good fortune and I would like to thank everyone for their participation.  Stay tuned because you never know what I'll have up next.

Have a beautiful Thursday everyone!!

29 March 2015

Sunday Snaps

I finished my first set of fingerless mitts... and am now casting on the second set - yay, me!
I need to finish the second set before Easter, as they are presents for somebunny and I hope they love them as much as I do.  Don't worry, I have a second skein of that happy pink stripe yarn to make myself a pair once I'm done with the presents.

I hope your week has been crafty and full of yarny goodness.  Don't forge to enter my giveaway for a chance to win "Knits for Boys" by Kate Oates - it all ends at midnight on April 2nd.

26 March 2015

Let's hear it for the boys!

I know when I go through patterns, I gravitate towards the girly stuff.  I admit to getting wrapped in the super cuteness that is ruffles and bows... but now, there is a knitting pattern book devoted to the awesomeness that is our little boys!!

"Knits for Boys" is a delightfully designed creation from Kate Oates.  This girl knows what a boy wants - every pattern in here is perfect for your wee man.  Seriously, everything you can think of making him is found between these covers.  Shorts, long johns, bow ties (because bow ties are cool), socks, hats and mitts, and yes there are plenty of sweaters too.

Just take a look at some of the scrumptious designs, graciously title "grow with me projects" because they are all 'tweakable' so you can make the exact size you need to cover their growth spurts - and we all know how quickly they grow on us, don't we...
With all of the wonderful designs - from casual to classic - your little man will be dashing.
With bright photos, simple schematics, and detailed instructions, there is no way to fail!
You want a copy of this awesome book now, don't you?  Well that's great, because the fabulous folks at Stackpole Books is waiting to ship one to you!!  All you have to do is...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Open to residents of the U.S.A. due to shipping costs.  Be sure to leave me a valid way to contact you - email address or Rav ID.  I will announce the winner on April 2nd - good luck, y'all!!
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