When I was a little girl I LOVED Strawberry Shortcake (both the
dessert and the little girl with the rainbow sprite friends). My
grandmother found out and, as grandmothers are want to do, after a few
gift giving occasions, my room was outfitted with Strawberry Shortcake
sheets, blanket, pillow cases, curtains, a little card table AND a
Now that I think about it, it don't think I actually had a Strawberry Shortcake doll - or a rainbow sprite for that matter.
(Ms. Shortcake then and now)
Since then I've grown out of my Strawberry Shortcake obsession (the
character....not the dessert). But now that I know I'm having a little
girl I've been thinking about all of my little girly things (though for a long time I was vocally against all things 'girly').
Anyway - look at these adorable strawberry pillows that I found over on the purl bee.
These will now need to be added to the ever growing project list. Luckily, newborns have no use for strawberry shaped pillows so I can put these on the back burner for now. Unless I happen to stumble upon the perfect fabric.....
This is my new favorite knitting site (they have crochet, craft and sewing patterns too). The patterns are amazing and their yarn looks wonderful.
This is one of these times where I'm finding it difficult to focus on any ONE pattern - I can't seem to wrap my brain around the fact that it's just not a great idea to attempt 5 projects at once....then nothing gets finished and I end up sad.
Oh, but where do I begin?
Pick ONE pattern, order yarn, while waiting for yarn to arrive, finish the other 4 knit/crochet projects that are in progress....
Yup, that's a good place to start.
I just finished my first venture into knitting with double pointed needles and I've got to say, once I got into the swing of it, it was pretty cool. Plus then you end up with cool decreases that look like this:
yup - I'm a new fan. The only downside is that I'm still much faster at crocheting hats...but crochet patterns aren't as cute and don't have rolled edges like this:
yea...this little girl is going to have a warm, cute little head this winter.
We've been trying to use less plastic - in an attempt to balance out the amount of plastic that seems to arrive with the birth of a child...I've had glass storage bowls and reusable snack bags on the brain for a while now.
snack bags - check
These are pretty perfect because they take just a few minutes to put together - including the cutting, and there's no velcro involved. I wanted to find/make something without velcro because I was looking for something that Little Mr. could open with little to no assistance.
Amy over at angrychicken posted a fun (and funny) video tutorial on sewing your own snack bags. I'm going to be making smaller ones in a few days.
We have several fruit trees in our back yard: Apricot, plum, orange, and pear. The oranges are pretty much there for the grabbing year round - and make phenomenal orange juice on the weekends. The pear tree is still pretty small but it's already looking like it'll be bursting with yumminess in 3-4 weeks.
The trees most on my mind right now are the apricot and the plum. As I'm writing this I have a bucket of apricots that need to be dealt with (frozen, prepped for jam, dried for chutney....something). To give you an idea of how big this one tree is, this is the second bucket of apricots I've gotten in the last 3 days made up of only those fruits I could reach without a ladder or stool - and I'm short (5'0").
So this weekend I tried my hand at canning - and there are few sounds that are as singularly satisfying as that 'pppsss...ting' sound of properly prepped jar and lid creating an air tight seal around something you've made.