Thursday, April 28, 2011

All Things Easter

Hope you all had a WONderful Easter!  It was a different kind of Easter for us, as we usually get to spend it with family.  This time, however, we spent our Easter weekend at home, just us.  We did partake in All Things Easter, of course.

I always try to decorate our home to reflect the fun and beauty of the season for the little ones.  It may not be much, but even just a little decorating goes a long way with little people.  Hopefully creating memories that will last and last for them.

This little bucket should leave quite an impression since it was knocked over and eggs rolled all about numerous times!  Even the cat had his paws into this little game.  When we came out in the mornings we would find this toppled and eggs everywhere.  Fun for all!

Yes, this would be the cat ...  Now he's trying to 'be the egg...'  Nice hide, Axle.

Do you make Easter Egg Trees for the kids at your house?  My grandmother always decorated her home and she did the neatest things that made the most lasting impressions on me.  One of the things I could always count on was her Easter Tree. 

In all of our Easter preparations we found this perfectly beautiful robin's egg on the ground.  No Easter egg could ever be dyed to match the beauty found in nature itself.  We searched bushes and trees looking for the nest where this egg belonged.  We were not successful, but the Young Man felt better for trying.  He's something of an animal whisperer if you know what I mean....

These are one of our favorite things at Easter time.  They are called Ressurection Eggs.  They can purchased already prepared but we made ours at home.  They help to give meaning to your Easter activities.  Once we've colored our eggs, made a huge mess, cooked a huge meal and overdosed on chocolate - it's good to slow things down a bit and get out these great numbered eggs.  Each egg has a surprise inside that relates to the meaning of Easter. 

Then it's time to get outside and have an egg hunt.  Whether you have a hunt with one child or one hundred, it's always fun and the kids are always happy and springing about to find the next prize.  Certainly, they want to see if there is a quarter inside or a bit of chocolate, but there is something special about that once-a-year hunt.

As far as weather was concerned, it was a spectacular day.    Just absolutely beautiful.  These clouds looked as if you could reach out and touch them.  I couldn't resist sharing them.

And I have to say that when I told you that this Easter was different for us, I really meant it....

Once all fun had been had and dinner was ready to be eaten, we were sitting out on our patio watching kids play when Young Man dropped out of a tree.  Now, if you know us at all you know that Young Man's feet have rarely been on the ground since birth.  That no longer surprises us, we just always make sure he does not climb too high.  On this particular climb, however, he was barely off the ground, hanging from a  low branch.  Just one slip and falling just the right way results in a loud 'whack' of a sound, followed by an alarming moan of pain.  What a way to end a beautiful, almost perfect Easter day. 

The upside:  He got to choose his favorite color for casting, he got to keep his x-ray, he didn't have to write for school work for a few days and now he feels so good I have to keep telling him to stay on the ground!
Thanks for visiting us!  I'll be back shortly with a hopefully done stripey thing!  xo, Chris

Friday, April 22, 2011

Colors and Stripes and Squares, oh my!

Before I get to the colors and stripes I want to share one of our favorite garden books.  This is primarily about gardening with and for kids, but I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy this little gem of a book.  It's called Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy.  It is an ablsolutely delicious book full of the neatest ideas for kids (and kids like me)!  And it will literally be delicious should you grow some of the treats inside.

As you can see by this picture, we were working very intently on planning our garden.  We may have missed the early spring planting season, but we will be ready for summer veggies here.  If only it grows as planned, lol...

This is one of our Favorite Gardens!  It is exactly as it implies - All Big Stuff.  This is our first year attempting this By-The-Book and we are very excited about it.  I promise to take pictures as we go and share with you and hopefully there will actually be something giant to marvel at!

I'm sure ours won't be picture perfect, but we certainly are going to try!  This illustration is very inspiring, isn't it?

This is such a wonderful perspective on gardening and the book helps you prepare and layout the whole thing.  Now just cross your fingers and hope for the best!  Come on sunshine, come on rain.  Let the growing begin.  Oh, now I'm just getting ahead of myself.  It's not even planted yet...

So for some color:

This is just a peek at my WIP.  It's still a stringy mess, but I'm so excited about it that I have not been able to take the time to finish as I go.  I just keep making rows and now squares.  I'm having so much fun making squares I'm going to have to find another use for them!  I was inspired by the colors and the whole granny thing (squares and stripes) by Lucy over at Attic24.  If you haven't checked out the Attic, you really need to.  Lucy is inspiring soooo many folks in soooo many ways.  It's really such a joy to check in on her.

Also, my lovely little recent accomplishment:

This is a little baby shrug.  It's adorable, really.  Rows of double crochet with shell edging and shell cuffs.  Too cute for words.  I added to the pattern and changed it up a bit, mostly to accomodate my Sweet P's little (um, chubby) arms.

This is the part that goes across her back from the shoulders down to her waist.

To be worn as such.  I find ponchos aren't too easy for her to wear yet at this age and this is a wonderful solution.   Just enough to wrap across the back and keep little busy arms warm.  I had bought 3 little rolls of cashmere blend yarn on sale a couple of years ago and have been waiting for just the right pattern to use it.  Finally, I found it!

Well thanks for looking and listening, friends.  I need to go do Happy Easter things with my little people and hopefully find time to finsh up my stripes!  I'll be back soon with more to show! 

Happy Easter!  Chris

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Old Favorites

Hi there.  As promised I wanted to share a few pictures of some of my favorite things to crochet.  After making a couple of giant granny blankies I was feeling like I needed to get back to what I love most. 

That tends to be clothing and purses.  Here is a sweet little cardigan I made for Sweet P before she was born.  Of course she only wore this about 3 times before it was too small!  No fear.  I'll make another when time allows. 

And this little dress I couldn't resist when I found the pattern.  If I remember correctly, I did something different here than the pattern called for.  Anyway, once it was done it reminded me of Lucille Ball!  Does anyone else get that feeling?

I know this is just a swatch of a picture here, but it shows the beauty and depth of color in this shawl I made a couple falls back.  I was so in love with this shawl pattern and yarn that I asked hubby for the yarn as a Christmas gift.  If anyone is interested I will post a link to the yarn.  It was made by Manos del Uruguay. 

Last, but not least...  Purses.  Purses and  purses and purses.  They are just so much fun to make and all so different.  I really don't ever tire of making bags.  Oh, just remembered another favorite one I made and I don't think I have a picture of it!  Well maybe for next time then. 

Looking back at favorite projects is fun.  I can see all the quirky things I've done and the mistakes I've made.  And the time spent on each project, whew. 

So next I will give a look at a more recent accomplishment, although I could NOT get a good photo of it really...  Oooh, and my WIP!  It's a first for me, this one.  Lots of color and stripes and squares!  Color and stripes and squares, oh my! 

Ok, I'll go now as I'm just rambling on, but I did want to share some of what is fun for me and I hope it's fun for you too! 

Chat soon!  xoxo  Chris

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Things & Happy Thoughts

Hello again.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Since the weather has proven that spring is actually here, we have been spending a bit more time outdoors.  Except for all the rain we've gotten, we've had a good deal of time spent running around outside, getting the ground ready for a garden and just plain cleaning up. 

This beauty happened to end up indoors quite by accident after one of our outdoor playing adventures.  We had a wonderful gentleman from a local tree service come by and he told us that this is a Magnolia Tree we have.  A quite nice one apparently.  Anyway, during our young man's outdoor adventure time a sweet little branch got whacked off completely by mistake.  I just did not have the heart to toss this lovely branch aside.  No, no, it had to come in so I could see if it would bloom.  And it did!

Isn't that the greatest thing?  I just love bringing the outdoors in.  At least when it comes to plants and things.  My young man would love  to bring (and occasionally does) some of the frogs, bugs, etc. that he catches.  Last summer we had a lizard of some sort in the kitchen -  that was also a complete accident.  I think!

So lots of lovely, colorful faces are sprouting all around the yard and we make trips around the house each day, rain or shine, to take peeks and rescue any blossoms that have hit the ground so they can be repurposed in a vase indoors, of course.

Such as these.  The daffies had gotten knocked down and then I just couldn't resist taking a couple snips of the forsythia bush to put with the daffies.  They made the kitchen look so bright and cheerful!  A few little flowers from the yard can change a whole room.  I highly recommend it.  Go on out and find a little bloom or two of your own and just clip it and bring it in.  You will smile and be glad you did it!

I have been reminiscing about some of my favorite crocheted things that I've made in the past and I have some pictures together to show you, but I'll save that for the next post.  Then maybe a look at a little project I just completed and a work in progress! 

Hugs to all!  Chris

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring's Beauty

Hello!  I could be so ashamed of myself for taking almost a whole month between posts!  But, I knew it would happen.  And it will happen again...

Anywho...  I really do want to share some Beeeautiful pictures of spring with you.  Now they aren't all sunny and warm looking, so don't be taken off-guard.  I happen to be one of those people who really loves a rainy day.  Rain just doesn't usually get me down.  We love weather here at the Bungalow.  We had planned a trip to visit Monticello in Charlottesville, VA and, okay, we did NOT get to play on the grounds and picnic as expected.  But it was so beautiful there nonetheless!

Gardens!  In the rain!  Could that be more perfect?  Since we are so excited about getting our own garden going, we were very happy to walk the rows of Jefferson's.

These lovely little onions looked so healthy with the tiny droplets on them.  I would love to have smelled them, but dared not touch!

I know there is an amazing view from these grounds that we could not see on this particular day, but the fact is it almost forced you to take a closer look and imagine the very people who worked this ground as if they were still present. 

Is it just me or is there just something special about a row of pots?

The cover of the weather just made everything seem so peaceful. 

There is so much to see at  Monticello.  It's time well-spent no matter what the weather.  And hey, it's just what we need to get our gardens growing. 

Spring thoughts to you all!  xo
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