Tuesday, December 9, 2014

it's time to sign off but first some knitting

So surprisingly I have been knocking off a few small knitting projects. I love love love when I finish something. Such a high.

So some socks for Christmas gifts.

These are from this pattern.  They knit up small.  They were for someone else and I changed the recipient after finishing due to the size being way smaller then I anticipated.



I knit this pair for my dad for Christmas.  The pattern is Quickie Socks from The Joy of Socks by Linda Kopp.  They came out nice.  They look wonky off the foot.  Long and strange looking but once on they are great.  I think he will like them.  I am hoping the size is okay.  


I made this adorable hat for a little girl that comes into the library.   Looked super cute on her.  I forgot how awesome a little knit like this is.  You feel like you have tackled the world with just a quick few hours of knitting.  I must do more baby stuff...for OTHER people.....not me!!! 






The thank you card her momma gave to me was so sweet. A bear, yarn bombing a tree in the forest. Doesn't get better then that as far as I am concerned!!!

So I have come to a cross road with blogging. I love this space but weekly it becomes more of a chore to keep on top of posting.  A crappy computer makes uploading photos and just blogging in general a hugely planned event.....fiddling with a temperamental power cord and all that plus life is busy and I really am leaning toward more of my free time spent doing all those crafty things I love to do.  I am starting back into another course in January which means free time will dwindle considerably......I may up the antics with my courses and take two in the spring and really bite the bullet and forge ahead in the fall with four.....fiances are a huge part of that plan but bottom line is that any writing I will be doing next year will be in the form of essays after essay hopefully!!  I find that my desire to story tell, write, share pictures of those slices of life and my creative endeavors is easily and quickly fulfilled via instagram from my phone....which means I can do it from anywhere......no planning for time or a charged computer needed.  

I was going to hold off until the new year but I just feel like it is time now to throw in the blogging towel. I can't even begin to say what writing here for so many years has done for me. I am so proud of everything I have written.  I know my words have inspired and that is such a amazing feeling. That they will continue to inspire even after I stop writing. This blog has walked me through some really shitty times and has proven to me how fucking awesome I am.  The people that have taken the time to read post after post.....thank you!  For the readers who have comment or emailed me, well your words are cherished!  All the best, Alisha xo

Monday, December 8, 2014

three must haves: postiveness::crafts::and a brigade

After telling John about a lady that was sitting just down from me at his hockey game last night, how right off the hop she reminded me of that one person we tolerate in life....you all have one of those...I know you do....and how every time the other team scored or every time their goalie made a save she rap rap rapped on the counter in front of her.  It was a.fucking.nnoying.  I said to him that I thought to myself think positive....like how this annoying lady is here supporting her husband or maybe her son...she was older...how, although annoying, it was endearing....I suppose.  So he said to me, Why do you think you have to be positive?

I like feeling positive.  It is just habit.  There is enough negative in the world.  Enough negative people.  Enough negative comments.  Enough negative period.

Don't get me wrong.  I have negative.  Like last night at two in the morning as I lay in bed waiting for sleep to take over but my mind was too awake and I had a chill in my bones I could not kick.  I thought about our weekend.  About an open house at my friends Saturday.  I chit chatted with a gal that use to go to school with Shelby and although at the time nothing hit me, I guess laying there tired and chilled allowed a negative weight to fall onto my chest as tears slipped down my cheeks thinking about how Shelby should be hanging out with my friends son and her old classmate but she can't because there are stairs stopping her.  I think I cried myself to sleep because next thing I knew it was morning and my day needed to begin again....on a positive path.

Positive is like a good friend.  It never lets me down.  It reminds me that ya life sucks huge some days, life isn't always what you sign up for but that is okay.  Life is what you make of it and I want my life to be positive.  I want people to feel good around me and feel inspired.  A few weeks back someone asked John if I am always so positive.  I am happy that the answer was yes.  For the most part I am.  I can't imagine life without positive.

Friday night I had the opportunity to go to the show with my friend Alisha. She was going with two friends and invited me. I don't do that sort of stuff often. I know John prefers our time be our time and so for the most part I plan stuff when he sleeps during day due to night shift hell or when he lays down at night for a nap before heading into work but there was something kinda awesome about going out on my own Friday night.

I had to take the bus.....now people are shocked often when they hear I do not have my drivers license.....I have thoughts of getting it....maybe. I loathe driving.  I don't mind taking a bus. So I planned to leave earlier just to be sure I made the connection for the second bus to get me there on time. I ended up getting where I had to go way too early. I had a coupon for Starbucks and there was an Indigo.


Well let me tell you that I then spent the most amazing 30 minutes browsing Indigo at a sloth like pace.  No worries.  No one rushing me.  No conversations that I had to have.  Nothing.  Just that ever so lovely hot chocolate and me looking in all the sections I never have a chance to look at....loving all the great non book stuff Indigo has...thinking what I might like to buy.  I then had a very fun time watching a movie with a friend.  I felt very rejuvenated!

There is something about a woman and her friends.  They are like having a brigade.  I can't imagine not having those friendships that are dear to me.  I love that even if I don't see these women often we pick up were we left off.  I know that they would be there for me if I needed them.  They are a huge part of my well-being and for that I am so very fortunate.

Christmas preparation is in full force here.  I have a lot I want to accomplish.  Like twenty-five of these cute stars!!!  My soul is at its best when I am crafting something.  


I am really enjoying falling into Christmas this year.  It just feels so good.  I am grateful for so many things.....I am looking forward to a lazy kinda of Christmas with cheer, good food and love!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

smarty pants with a hint of smock

Back in the summer I decided to try making a pair of pants. It has been a while since I have done some serious sewing.  I use to make so many of my clothes....so many of the girls clothes. I use to get so many compliments on the stuff I made.  So in an effort to use my talents again for the greater good of my wardrobe I dove in.


So for a first attempt after years of not doing a ton of clothing sewing aside from jammie bottoms.....well I think I did pretty darn well!!!  I have wore these a ton!!!



Since the pants work out so well I decided to bite the bullet and buy a few books I had been eyeing.  




So out of three tries from the first book....only one pattern worked out.  The other two were way too big.  Not having seam allowances is kinda tough.  I ended up adding too much.  These books are for very experienced sewers.  I have sewn for over twenty years and they had me a little confused. Taking a break, regrouping and some nice quiet time looking over the patterns to navigate them helped.  I felt like ripping my hair out tracing the patterns.  The pattern pieces all overlap.  At least with the first book the different pieces are color coded.  The second book has no color coding and so finding and tracing the pattern you want is a huge challenge. 

I plan on trying more patterns for sure out of the first book and get to trying patterns out of the second book.  I think the use I will get from them will be amazing.  It is just a matter of getting use to adding seam allowances and whatnot.  

I have wore this smock...the success out of the three attempts, over and over.  In the fall I paired it up with my jean jacket and a great scarf.  It looks cute with tights and boots and a warm sweater now that winter is upon us.  It is one of those pieces of clothing you can span across the seasons.


I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with sewing a garment from scratch. There is nothing quite like it.  It makes me want to sew more!!!





Monday, December 1, 2014

thank heavens for baby boys

A few weeks ago I hosted a baby shower for John's nephew and his sweet wife. They are due in January. I wanted to do this first because I wanted Shelby to be involved. There are so many times she can't be a part of things and she is so excited for the baby. As well Christopher is dear to my heart. I started dating John when Christopher was just a month or so old. I have been his Auntie Lisha for like 28 years. His wife Lee-Ann is a sweet and beautiful woman and together they will be great parents. I am excited that I am going to be a great aunt. I  plan on being an awesome great auntie to their baby!!!

I walk a fine line between thinking parenthood is horrible and wonderful. It isn't easy and it will cause them grief and that gives me a pang in my heart because I don't want to see them face heartache but it is inevitable.  Parenthood will bring you an element of heartache.  No one tells you about the heartache.  It is something that isn't talked about.  It can come in so many forms and at any time but I know that they have what they need to weather any storms parenthood may thrust at them and I know that they will love it all as well and for that I am filled with so much love and excitement for them.


I have a new obsession with the chalkboard in my kitchen.  Have you ever Googled chalkboard art?? Let me tell you there are so many images for every occasion you can think of.  This bun in the oven is inspired by Google images on chalkboard art. 


I have somewhat of an addiction to bunting.  I created this adorable bunting using burlap, craft paint and baby boy fabric.  I love how it turned out.  I was able to send it home with Lee-Ann in case she wanted to hang it in the baby's room.

                                                     

Some left over fabric made some fun buntings to put in the windows.  A fun way to decorate.  Nicer then the store bought crap.



A friend loaned me this awesome punch dispenser.  I added blue food coloring to a punch that was made of all clear liquids.  It came out awesome!!!!  Add rubber ducks and voila!! (again thank you Google search for all those inspiring images of baby shower punch)


There was lots of good food.  I do love making sure everyone is fed well and that there are lots of good desserts.  I started the Monday prior baking and preparing.  I have to say it was one of the first times entertaining that I felt so organized.  It was a great feeling!!!  


I mentioned how excited Shelby was about the baby.  Her and Christopher have a special bond.  She doesn't get to see him all the time but when she does she is so happy.  I left her for a few minutes at the store to shop for the baby shower and when I came back....



She could not help herself!!!

Lee-Ann's mom had Shelby help put together a little poster of baby pictures of both Lee-Ann and Christopher.  It was sweet.  Nice for Shelby to feel extra special.

                                                    

One thing that happened during the shower involved photos of Grans.  I mentioned how I had been going through all of Gran's old pictures and dividing them up to give to everyone.  Well I gave pictures to everyone here and for a good half hour everyone was looking through them.  Remenising. It was so fantastic.  I wish I had of taken more photos but I guess it is okay that I was just in that moment enjoying the Gran love around the room.  Gran was smiling down from heaven I am sure. 

So last week John came home and he had been at the store and bought this....


He said he could not walk past it and not buy it.  Well Gran use to have this game at her house.  He remembered it as a child and the girls kinda remember it.  So Amber says how at the shower when Christopher was looking through the pictures and there was a picture of him playing this game as a child and how he had said how he had really wanted that game after Gran passed but it wasn't there when he came to the house as it was being cleared out.  I told John he needed to go back and get another one for Christopher.  He did.  

We gave it to him Saturday when they were here for a visit.  He was so touched.  He told us that when he had come to her home after she passed one of the first places he went was to the upstairs bedroom to see if the game was under the bed.  It was not.  I was so happy he now has that special game that is full of so many awesome memories and I can see him playing that game with his son once he is old enough.  I love when that sort of great stuff happens!!!

We did some games and I had prizes.  What I did was wrapped the prizes and I wrote cute baby related sayings on the paper.  Sort of a last minute thought.  Had I thought of it sooner I would have done a neater job....maybe printing out cute little labels.


This gal.  Love her to pieces.  I love that she loves Christopher with all her heart and I love that they have so many wonderful times ahead of them.


My neighbor had made the invitations for me.  It cost me a pan of brownies.  Along with the invitations she gave these cute thank you tags.  I made up some bags of cookies to go with them. Perfect!!!

 

The shower went well.  I was so happy for Lee-Ann and Christopher that it did!!!



Friday, November 21, 2014

2 sets of crutches

So last Friday night Porscha was playing in her game and came down from jumping for a rebound the wrong way on her ankle.  I felt so bad for her.  She has had many obstacles in her last two years playing and was sort of finally getting back on track and feeling good on the court again.

I was torn as to whether I should take my phone out and snag this photo.  It seemed like maybe people would not get the photographer in me, the blogger in me, the momma catching a sweet moment in me.  I am glad I did.  I am glad I threw caution to the wind and didn't give a crap what anyone thought.



Not quite 72 hours later Amber colided with a player in her game.....a big player....three times the width of Amber makes me want to see birth certificates type player.  It all happened so fast.  She was on the court crying.  John had to carry her off.  I have no photo of that because my phone was out of juice.  It was just as sweet.  A second trip to the ER. Another set of crutches and an air cast.


I know how tough this will be for both of them and I am glad they are able to find some humor in it all as they posed gangster style with their crutches when Amber and I arrived home from the hospital. I wasn't so much feeling the humor at that point I was tired and worried.  I fell into Monday feeling like a bag of shit.  I won't lie....I had a good cry and all I wanted was to have my mom and dad closer so I could go sit and have a tea with them.  So I could complain and know they wouldn't think I was whining and that they would just listen and be unconditional like parents can be.  Instead I did get some encouraging words from a few friends and by noon Monday wasn't feeling so bad....two sets of crutches was not seeming as terrible.  The silver lining in so much ER waiting was knitting.  A pair of finger less gloves off the needles. I decided to boost my feel good endorphins through the roof and gift these to someone for no reason....just because I think they are awesome.  I did and they liked them and it made me smile.....like all day long.


Tuesday got better with my friend and co-worker bringing me this. A blondie from the coffee shop across the street.  So good and just so sweet for her to think of me.


I went and got my nails done after work yesterday.  Wow it felt nice to slow down for those few minutes and let someone pamper me.


Both Porscha and Amber are in air casts.  A follow up appointment for Amber to a orthopedic surgeon determined that she fractured her growth plate on her ankle.  It is a 12 week recovery.  We go back in 4 weeks for new x-rays.

Porscha will be out of comission 4-6 weeks as it stands now.  She has ligament damage and if things don't start to improve she will require an MRI to rule out any missed fractures.

It is tough for both of them.  It has been hard because if they could they both would be taped up trying to play with no regard for doctors orders . I felt like I was on a battleground this week trying to keep everyone in line, obeying the doctors orders.  It seems to have subsided.  Hopefully they continue to do what is needed of them and that they heal up well.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

acorn update

If you recall a few weeks back I blogged about acorns. Specifically painting acorns.  I saw a picture on Pinterest from this blog.

Can I just interrupt this post and share this post with you??  And this picture???  What about this post???  I am now thinking more acorns are going to be needed and pronto!

What is that??  You don't want to get all messy painting??  Okay you are about to lose your marbles with this idea!  Or  this cute idea!

The first time around the acorns I found were mutant like. Valerie commented that they are bur oak acorns. Now they did lose some of their mutant factor once I painted them but they were still not quite footing the bill on the whole I love how this creation turned out -o- meter. So Amber tells me how her friend Evelyn's tree out front of her house has the perfect acorns I was coveting. What?!? So a text to Leigh Anne, Evelyn's mom and my friend, confirms that they are those perfect kinda acorns. So the next day I did what any obssessed crafty person would have done in my position. I went to their house and picked acorns up off their lawn while they were at school and work. Not creepy at all. Most certainly I gave the neighbors something to talk about but I didn't care. I had myself a pile of perfect acorns to paint! The other thing I like better then the first time I painted them, is painting them all one color. Just seems cleaner in my opinion.


Now I did a real cute idea with some of the acorns for a baby shower I hosted for John's nephew and his wife.  They are expecting in the beginning of January.  I have a whole post waiting in queue about how awesome it turned out for next time!!!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

a sharpie mug update

So I wanted to take a minute to give a little update on my Sharpie mug adventure.

Okay so with the original ones I decorated them and baked them....period.  Well after a few washes I could see small spots where the marker was chipping.  So I went looking online for other thoughts and ideas on these mugs and how to do them so they do not chip.  (oh and that was with hand washing gently)

So I stumbled across this post.  I decided upon reading that acrylic spray was the way to go.  So after doing all that was required I coated the design with the spray.  So the new verdict....one...I still would not let them get anywhere near a dishwasher if you want them to last and two....they won`t last forever.  With hand washing the acrylic spray will buy you time but generally they will start to chip. So far the spots on ours have been very minimal but there are ever so small spots of evidence that tells me it isn`t a forever outcome with these mugs.  Awesome great idea but void of longevity.

I would still make them here and there but with very specific instructions on care.

I saw one done up like a Storm-trooper.  I did one for John and left it for him one morning by his coffee maker.  He liked it.  It is kinda sweet......he uses it everyday!!