Friday, October 30, 2009

For My 5-Year Wedding Anniversary...

...might as well feature the anniversary gift on the blog. (Giving the people what they want!)

If only all of our back fat was this cute!

He looks fat here. Heavy D!

Trouble. =)

Love you, Shane! Thanks for 5 wonderful years... and a puppy!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Serenity Now

For those lovers of Seinfeld, you'll totally get this post. If not...sorry.

It's been a hell of a week, and I've found myself saying "Serenity Now" on more than one occassion, which led me to Etsy to see if other people use this phrase. It appears that I'm not alone!

Space Invaders Cross Stitch Pattern

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Dreams's my absolute favorite holiday of all time! Yet sadly, my house is undecorated thanks to walls getting prepped for painting and my Dexter dog has no costume. Sigh. I had so many big celebratory ideas for doing Halloween up right in my new home, but alas, those dreams will have to remain just that...dreams. Life just gets a little hectic and sometimes we all need to stop and just breathe...or drink--your choice. BUT NEXT YEAR, I'm going to make something like this sweet skull garland to drape across my fireplace. It will be year.

Get your garland here.

So freaking cute!

These are more in the Day of the Dead sugar skull style, which I equally love.

Here's Dex doing exactly what I'd like to be doing right now:

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Two Honey Buns

Someone that I met via Ravelry asked to make a swap for old Anthro catalogs in exchange for some yarn. She lives in Australia and can't get them, and I had actually held onto mine. I was happy to send them to her without anything in return, but she surprised me with some yummy mohair yarn. It looks just like a honey bun to me. I'm knitting a small scarflette for a work auction with it, but I think I'll have plenty left to do something else as well. The yarn is from a local Australian mill called Bendigo Woollen Mills. I feel so lucky to have received such a nice gift.

And then there's the other honey bun...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Suzi!

OK, I lied a little. Even with a super cute puppy at home, I was able to get a bit of crafting done. My step-mom's birthday is today, and since I seem to be addicted to knitting lace, I wanted to make her a special shawl for her special day. I never seem to give myself enough time to make gifts, so this was a quick knit for me...about two weeks. I had to adapt the Eliina pattern to make up some time, but also save on yarn. I certainly didn't have as much as I thought I'd need. But now that I'm done and see the adapted size, I'm glad I didn't make it as big as it was supposed to be. It would've been a blanket!

And for those who are only coming for a puppy fix . . . =)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Can Craft with Such a Cute Puppy?

Yeah, there's not a whole lot of crafting admist puppy playing and puppy training. And I figure no one is going to really complain to see more pics of Dex!

This is his E.T. look. We took him for a walk without his sweater and it was a little too cold and damp out. He had the shakes when we got back, so it was a good excuse to cuddle and baby him.

Dexter makes this little face a lot. It's like a yawn, but not quite. I think he wants to talk to us.

Look at that butt!!!

The toy in his mouth is Gus the Ghost, who is attached to a rope ring. He loves this and shakes it to death. Then I say, "Who's the mayor of ghost town?"

What a mug!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Callum Wears His Vest

So if a baby = cute. Then a baby in a handknit sweater vest = super cute! If you recall, I made this cabled sweater vest for Moose, now Callum, back in July when Mama Shelley was pregnant. Callum is just big enough to wear it and made his stylish debut in it this past weekend at a baby shower. But really, who am I kidding? This baby could be wearing a paper bag and still be as adorable as ever!

Did I mention that I used flavored yarn. Kidding!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Dexter!

I promise that I'll eventually get this blog back to being about crafts instead of my puppy, but for now, you'll have to endure my obsessiveness. For what it's worth, I did take a crafty approach to these pictures. I used a retro filter on them to create a different look. Eh....who am I kidding, this is still all about Mr. Dexter. =)

(Yes, he sleeps a lot!)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Skully Sweater Gift

Lookie at what my work group bought for Mr. Dexter! A skull sweater to keep his puppy butt warm through the Wisconsin winters. Even for a bulldog, he looks so tough!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Meet the Newest Craft Model

Sorry for being M.I.A., but we just brought a new puppy home. Now I have another little (for now) body to knit and craft for. His name is Dexter and he's the smartest, cutest puppy in the whole wide world. Although I may be slightly bias.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Heather's Birthday Ishbel

My sister-in-law's birthday is October 13, and I wanted to knit her something. I had the Feather Duster all ready to go, but somehow it found it's way around my neck one chilly morning. Oops. So I quickly needed to craft up a new gift. A couple of knitters on Raverly recommended Ishbel, since it's a quick knit but still really beautiful. So I gave it a try and am very happy with how it came out. Plus, it took about a week, which was perfect.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Birdy Bedding

I think it's obvious by now that I like birds...especially owls. I'm sure it's a phase, but I've always been drawn to 60s and 70s decor, so maybe it may not pass anytime soon. With that said, I've been stuck on decorating ideas for my bedroom. I had one really great idea with black and white, but in the end, I think it is way too dramatic for me. So then I started to lean back on what I always do--whimsical, which led me to birdy bedding. I still don't know that I'm settled on anything, but I am really loving some of these. And one is on sale!

This is from West Elm. It's so pretty...and on sale!

Another view of the West Elm bedding.

And here is Garnet Hill's, which is a little more silly...making me love it more.

Here is a slightly closer look. It reminds me of a painting that Miss Jessica's now husband made for her of birds wearing winter hats.

And here is Alexandar Henry's Spotted Owl fabric that I could use to make my own duvet cover.

I don't know. Maybe birds don't even belong in my bedroom. hard.

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