Archive for February, 2008

little lovey

Friday, February 29th, 2008

First off, Happy Leap Year! It only happens every four years, so I thought I better make note of this special day. Did you do anything fun to celebrate?

Meet Franklin.


He’s quite lazy and refuses to sit up most of the time. But how anyone resist those sparkling, aquamarine eyes?


During this slow time of year for photography I’ve been getting back to my crafting roots. While collecting materials for a couple of baby blankets for baby shower gifts I spied quite a cute book. On its cover were crocheted bears. Years ago I had come across that made similar creatures, and I always wanted one. Without hesitation I grabbed the book, found a project I wanted to make, and gathered all the supplies I would need to do that project. Now, keep in mind that I’ve never crocheted before. Well, almost never if you count the time my attempted to teach me. I quickly gave up though because I was trying to learn left-handed from a right-handed person. However, this time I realized that I would just have learn right-handed and get over my my lame right hand. I stupidly thought that I’d be able to teach myself via book diagrams. Ha! Fortunately, You Tube provides quite an adequate amount of instructional videos on crocheting. That was almost enough, but I was getting stuck on a couple of moves. So I finally headed over to the local yarn store to have someone help me finish my crocheting lessons. It took a bit of practice, but I’m now quite comfortable with the basic stiches (single, increase, and decrease) and was able to complete Franklin this afternoon.

As you can see, Mimi was immediately smitten.


Can’t you feel the love?


She was very relunctant to let Annie visit with Franklin, but did allow me this one picture. And, no, I didn’t dress the girls up to match Franklin. I swear. Mike didn’t believe me either, but I promise those outfits were the first thing I grabbed out of the unfolded clean clothes this morning.


Anatomy of a crocheted teddy bear.


f course, I’ll have to make one for Annie, too. However, my plan is to just use the same yarns but switch up the colors–maybe a purple bear with orange pants and blue stripes. Hmm! If anyone is curious, this is the book I used to learn how to make Franklin: Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Amigurumi. The technique is called amigurumi which is Japanese and supposedly translates to knitted stuff toy.


P.S. You don’t need to point out Franklin’s boo, boos. I’m well aware of his shortcomings (no pun intended since one of his legs is shorter than the other). Most of the mistakes were made on his head since that was the first part I started with. By the time I got this trunk, I had gotten the hang of it. Sewing those limbs on though was not a pretty picture. Poor Franklin got thrown across the room several times. Do you think he’ll ever forgive me?

P.P.S. In case you’re wondering how those baby blankets turned out. I don’t actually have pictures yet because I’m still waiting to give it to the parentsr. But I did make one similar a couple weeks before, girl themed instead of boy themed. I’ll definitely post those pictures as soon as the parents receive them. I also made matching burp cloths. The back of the blanket is a very soft, ribbed fabric. So yummy!

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008


Poor Lucy rarely gets the attention she needs. Surely, putting a
heart around her neck and forcing her to stay still long enough
to take a picture is exactly what she had in mind. Happy V-Day!


These are Annie’s Valentines’s that she handed out at school today…heart-shaped lollies
with adorable covers. I’ve had that stamp set since Annie was a wee one, and I couldn’t
wait to get the chance to finally use them for this exact purpose. The best part is that
she’ll be in a new school next year (all different kids). We’re so doing this again in 2009

biting news

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008


Do I really need to explain what’s going on here?

hubba, hubba

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Apparently, I reached my maximum disk space on my webhost account. That was why anything new that I uploaded (including my home page) just got recorded as 0KB. That was why when some of you tried to visit yesterday were shown a blank page. Sorry for the confusion. Evidently, my webhost allowed me to go over my disk usage by 180MB but didn’t warn me until yesterday. So I had to delete 180MB+ of space from my various websites. In turn, you may notice some picture galleries from way back when are no longer available. I’m assuming though that people aren’t looking regularly at pictures of me or my children as far back as 3 years ago. Sorry if you were:( Fortunately, I discovered 30MB of space was spam email that my webhost was filtering into my spam account. Yes, I had 3,585 emails of junk that I knew nothing about, 1,000 of those emails were promises of a certain body part being enlarged–a body part in which I don’t possess. I think when my account expires come Octoberish I may have to search for a new webhost that offers tons more disk space for the same price. I know they exist, but I’ve remained loyal for over 4 years. Sorry, Modhost!

Per Mike’s request, I am posting a song that I had never heard until a few days ago. He wanted a certain sister of his to hear it. Enjoy!


hair woes

Friday, February 8th, 2008



This is hair. This is hair that has been cut. This is hair that has been cut by one of my children from her own head. Yes, it has finally happened. I have fallen victim to children cutting their own hair syndrome. I knew the day would come even though I warned my girls of the consequences.

Can you guess which of my little critters did it? (Roll over each picture to find out.)



Oh, the joys of motherhood…sigh. Earlier this week Mimi turned 3! I suppose the above event was an initiation for her. We didn’t make much of a fuss for her big day. A night out for dinner and a birthday cake from Coldstone Creamery ice-cream were all we needed to celebrate. Honestly, I don’t think Mimi would cared whether we had a party for her or not. When receiving a gift from Jakey at lunch earlier that day she looked at Jakey like he was crazy. It’s not that she didn’t love the little, stuffed pony he gave her, but the whole concept of a gift just for her didn’t quite register. I’m sure next year will be a different story.

Have a fabulous weekend!