Back to reality.

Oh man, we just came back from vacation with my family and I have to repeat what my fiance said when we arrived home, “I need a vacation from vacation.”.  While I enjoyed seeing my family, introducing my fiance and our daughter to them, and reconnecting with my roots… it was so exhausting.  There was so much to do, and so many people to see, and so many people to keep happy that it just started feeling like a chore at some points.  But all in all I’d say it was a very successful trip. My Peter fell in love with my parents homes and families, he kept me happy and sane, and just reaffirmed even more that he’s the man I want to marry.  Our little love Penny was intrigued by anything and everything. She was such a joy to not only us but my parents and sister. Everyone enjoyed dotting on her and she loved the freedom.  She was such a little explorer and adventurer…. I just adore her with every fiber of my being. Here are a few pictures from our first family vacation :)!

Rambly sorta update.

I’ve spent that last three weeks going crazy with wedding things. After a long and  difficult bump in the road I decided I wasn’t going to let that bump dictate my life. I’m letting go, I’m moving on as it was suggested by many a person.  And in the last three weeks we have booked a venue, decided on a tentative menu, chosen the wedding theme, picked our flowers, gotten a rough idea on what the centerpieces will look like, reached out and are researching DJs, picked the bridesmaid dress, and have gotten the Save the Dates rolling. I feel like I should pat myself on my back because damnit I’ve gotten a lot done. Go me! Next week we’re off on another little adventure so I think I can relax, at least on the wedding bits, and focus on that. It’ll be glorious and when we’re done I’ll do a nice little post about it. For now though I’m going to update on the crochet project I think while listening to wedding playlist. ❤

Quick update!

For those few still following, I’m sorry for the lack of updates. Life simply got in the way. I’ve trying to do this project, get holiday orders out, plan a wedding, deal with friend drama, make time for family outtings, maintain a household and try not to go crazy all while running around after two very active toddlers. But new year brings new changes for growth. Or something. My head is fuzzy haha. Point being, I’m getting my ass in gear and planning planning planning. More updates soon!

#1 – Fluffy Unicorn

When I first started my list I knew that if I found the perfect person for it this rainbow unicorn would be the first one I would make.  It was just too damn precious not to add to my list. I had to make it!  Before I had even read through the post I said to myself, “It’s so fluffy! I just want to squeeze it forever and ever.”  Then when I started reading it and saw that it was inspired by the plushie Agnes wanted in Despicable Me, it just sealed the deal.  Ahhhhh, so fluffy!!!!

So one day I was talking to my Myra about my stuffies and started explaining about my idea for this project I had. I told her that I had her daughter Jilly in mind for one but when I asked about her favorite colors I changed my mind. The minute Myra replied with, “All colors. She’s a living rainbow,” I knew I had to make Fluffy the Unicorn for her.

After this conversation with Myra, I decided to go ahead with my project and figured out what to do next.  So I owe her a thanks for jump starting my project :D! Thanks babe :-* I wrote up the email, set up a google spreadsheet to keep track of everything, decided I would surprise the kid(s) and the mother by not telling them what I was making, researched researched researched (and still find myself having to), made a list of supplies and went shopping.  My fiancé, bless his heart, never complained once during the 3-4 trips each to Joann’s or Michael’s. Thanks babe :-* :-*:-*

Throughout the crocheting project I decided I’d send along a few pictures of it as it comes along.  Just a little poke to say I’m starting theirs and to tease a bit.  And I also tried to take picture throughout as it came together.  So here are a few pictures I’d like to share…

Teasing Myra….

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Progress pic for Instagram… (LOL)

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Here’s the process of attaching everything…

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Once everything is all attached….

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The whole making of the unicorn while time consuming was very helpful and fun.  The tail and the mane scared me a bit because this was only the 7th stuffie I’d made, and I hadn’t tried either of these techniques before. The mane I picked up easily enough. The curlicues on the other hand I ended up looking at a few different ones before finally settling on this FIber Flux curlicue. They’re so adorable and easy to make that I know I’m going to try to use them again. All in all, I loved making this and I’m pretty damn proud of how close to the pattern it came out.  I’m definitely going to be making this one again but I think at a much smaller scale lol.

Jilly. All colors. She is a living rainbow. Is a crazy person. She’s every dichotomy in one. Would be ruthless vegetarian vampire. 😀

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Crocheting Project!

In a bid to be more productive and to challenge myself I’ve started a small crocheting project.  After making the first few for Penny I went back and looked up as many as I could then made a list.  I ended up with about 40 that I wanted to try out but realized that Penny could not keep them all. Can you imagine 40 of these cuties all over your house?  Awesome in theory but trying to find room/a place for each one would have driven me crazy.  So instead I decided to start this project and give each of the participating kids a free stuffie from my list.  I went through my phone and Facebook contacts, and picked a handful of gals (and their kids) that I thought would mesh well with my list of stuffies aka amigurumi.  I emailed them asking if they’d like to participate in this project and if so to reply with a blurb describing their kid; their likes, dislikes, personality, favorite colors, animals, etc. .  Even though I knew these kids, I wanted to get a sense of who they were based on their momma’s description of them.  Once they replied I was able to go back to my list and match up with stuffies on there, and yeah I picked good ones.  With a few as soon as I read their blurb I automatically knew which one to make for them but with others I had to get a bit creative.  Regardless, I think they will all enjoy their little surprise.  I just finished my first one and it’s so damn cute that I just want to squeeze it forever.  I can’t wait to post about it but first a few finishing touches.  Ahhhh, I can’t wait to share.