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So Fluffy!!!

​I have been seeing this really incredible, super thick wool roving for the longest time. Arm knitting (and even easier, arm crocheting) have been this huge trend that I was afraid to jump on. However, when Pink Unicorn Studio had a summer sale, I knew it was time. Her shop had great reviews on this roving, and even though it was coming from Poland, it definitely seemed worth it to see what the fuss was about.

So, I ordered 18lbs of this yarn, 4.5lbs in 4 different colors, and set to waiting very impatiently for it to arrive.

Well, it showed up yesterday, and I dropped everything in my entire life to start playing with this incredible, amazing ball of fluffy goodness. And let me tell you, this is the softest, smushiest, heaviest blanket I have ever made. And I am totally in love.

The biggest problem is, it is wool roving…so it is absolutely not machine wash/dry. It also can be picked apart or snagged and torn if you let animal paws on it, or drag it around the house.

Of course, I made the blanket (and the other 3 I have planned) as lap blankets for my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6), so I am sure my sisters will be grateful for their children to have heavy blankets that aren’t easily cleaned and need to stay on the bed. But, hey, they are fun and squishy and soft and wonderful.

I arm-crocheted this using a HDC. It is 8 HDC across, and 11 rows high. This used 2 skeins (2.2lbs each), and is great for younger children as a lap blanket. For reference. I am 5’0″ and 17″ across at the shoulders.

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Mommy and Me

For Mother’s Day this year, my husband decided to book (read, let me book) a fun photoshoot for my younger step-daughter and myself.

The shoot was the last weekend in April, so that the photos would be ready for Mother’s Day. So, we drove down (technically up) to Phoenix Saturday morning, for our Saturday afternoon photoshoot. The incredible Stevie Rosalie dolled us both up, threw in some super cute LilaJo hair flowers, helped us doff our matching Alice in Wonderland outfits from PinupGirl Clothing (my top is from TOBS), we threw on super fluffy petticoats, and then had a blast shooting with Tara O. (And, believe it or not, none of these companies paid me to link them. lol. They are just some of my absolute favorites! Tried, tested, truly amazing!!)

 

What was really amazing, and totally messed my husband’s world up, was that his little, baby, tiny princess is wearing one of my dresses, my petticoat, my shoes. He was absolutely dumbfounded. She and I went searching her closet and mine to try to find something that matched at least a little. We had originally decided on these super cute Dumbo skirts, but, we couldn’t find tops that worked for both of us. So, on a whim, I decided to have her try on a few of my dresses…and for anything that was high cut in the chest, they worked for her. We have about the same size waist (mine is 1″ bigger than hers), and I have a major shopping problem, so I have several items that I own multiple styles of the same print. So, she narrowed it down to two choices, then I landed on Alice because it was way more fun and colorful than the other one.

Tara was excited to see our outfits, because she never gets to use her yellow backdrop, and was convinced it would really cause everything to pop. And she was right. It all came together and worked out just fantastically!

So, even though I didn’t get to see her for Mother’s Day this year (though I did get a sweet text Sunday and a beautiful card yesterday), I did get to spend it with my older step-daughter and get to sort through these fantastic photos.

 

 

This is my husband’s favorite. It is sort of blooper, but he loved it. We were messing around, and Tara does an awesome job of catching really good, candid moments.

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Hot Dog I Am Bad At This

Well, so much for blogging once a week in April. I really don’t even have much to say today. Well, actually, I have a lot to say, but I have no photographs of any of my stuff that I have been working on.

 

Things have been really crazy! I have been trying to get some skirts done, been on a different shift at work, had surgery, and been traveling nearly every weekend! I did a better job of following my schedule in April, but couldn’t catch up on my March fall behind!

But, I did get a ton of listings fixed, things back up and listed in the shop, and yea…really no difference, just not selling. But, I will talk more about that on the close up post.

I just wanted to check in, say hey! I am alive, and remind you that I update my instagram and facebook more regularly. Though, with the severe lack of photos, even my instagram has been slipping. Oh, and if  you are curious about the surgery and why things have been so crazy, you can check out my more personal blog.

 

Thanks for dealing with the rambling!

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Changing Lives

( featured image stolen from the LA Times )

 

I feel like everyone has this dream at some point in their lives that they want to make a difference and change lives. I also think that most of us eventually realize that while we can touch and change those around us, on a grand scale, we aren’t likely to change to the world. Maybe a little bit morbid and glass half empty, but it is true. I am not likely to change thousands and thousands of lives in my day to day goings on.
My friend, however, is doing what we all dream of being able to do.

 

Sesame Street introduced a new character in 2015, named Julia. She is a little girl who has autism. She was introduced in their online program, and the entire concept really took off. So, Sesame moved on to bigger and better things. They designed a muppet and added her to the show. They are going to give children all over the world an opportunity to be introduced to autism. Now, Julia will obviously not be able to show the entire spectrum, but she will show some aspects of it. She will help teach children love, acceptance, patience, understanding. She will help show children that sometimes, when we don’t understand someone’s actions or responses, we just need to take the time to get to know them and learn about them and their background.

Sesame has an amazing team of puppeteers; they sort of have to. And, in my opinion, they hit gold with their choice of puppeteer for Julia. They have an amazing lady, Stacey Gordon, bringing Julia to the life on the show. She even has a unique perspective on the character, as she has a son with autism. A son who is amazingly witty and kind, and who is so thrilled for Julia to join the kids on Sesame Street.

I am really excited for this development. I am excited to see how it helps, how it changes lives, how incredible this thing they are all doing is going to turn out. Because, in the long run, if it makes life for ONE autistic child better, then it is worth everything put into it.

From the bottom of my heart, I am excited for this, I am thankful for this, and I am amazed by this.

 

These three videos take approximately 15 minutes to view in total, and they are completely worth the viewing.

This one gives an overview on introducing Julia and her background.
60 minutes snippet

This one includes an interview with the puppeteer and her son.
60 minutes overtime

And this one is all the really cool design and development aspects of making Julia.
Sesame Street Making Of

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Santa’s Village – Skypark

On Dec 4th, we decided to take a Disney break and head up to the newly re-opened Santa’s Village. It originally opened in 1955, but was shut down in 1998 due to financial business hardship. The grand re-opening was Dec. 2, 2016. So, we had to take the drive and stroll on up to the snowy wonderland.

We had fantastic weather for it, 50F and sunny. Which was great, since there was still snow on the ground from earlier in the week, and this weekend it is supposed to be 30F and snowing!

Unfortunately, a lot of the attractions were still shut down, such as the zip line and the mountain trails, but what was open was fantastic! The elves were some of the most wonderfully helpful people we have ever met. They truly went out of their way to make sure people felt welcome, accommodated, and family.

The train ride is a fun little adventure, full of lame jokes and fantastic sights. The mini rock wall was a lot of fun. Meeting Santa was hilarious and a blast. The Christmas parade and lighting of the tree is like a dream. The story telling in the Pavilion was exciting and heartwarming. The hot chocolate and coffee was in abundance and a million different flavors. The shops offered SO many unique gifts and designs. And the pizza…SOOOOOO good!

They even had Arrow wondering around, a 3/4 Timberwolf, 1/4 Malamute dog that loves his dear owner, Santa, more than anything.

 

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The Mistletones are the current park entertainment, through the end of the month. They provided us more joy than anyone could possibly imagine…because, much to our surprise, my younger girls’ favorite Disneyland Dapper Dan is the tenor for the group! So, we had an amazing surprise when we were walking up the ramp and BOOM! There he was! So, we spent quite a bit of time with them, following them around like stalkers (or to quote the best pun I heard that day, we Christmas Stocked them…), and chit chatting. They were absolutely incredible! They did some traditional caroling as well as their many, and hilarious, renderings of popular music turned Christmas truths. Seeing them was worth the money alone, the rest of the park was just a bonus.

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Overwhelmed

Sometimes, I feel like I take on entirely too much in my life. I had a project that I really wanted to finish by last weekend, which didn’t happen…so that was cool, I could just finish it this week…but that didn’t happen. So, now it gets pushed until after my craft shows at the end of the month. I really wanted to be able to gift it to a new friend this weekend…but alas, again I suck.

I also have a really big Christmas order that I have been chipping away at over the last month. But, I am started to get a little nervous about the timing for it. Basically, I am booked for Christmas already, and won’t have time to make the gifts I had wanted to. Which is amazing, fantastic, wonderful. I want to be busy and booked and moving forward in the business.

But, I do not handle stress well. I am totally freaked out about where I am with everything. I have nothing ready for this craft show. I have nothing ready to list as Christmas products. I have tons of products that need to be listed and aren’t. I am a little twitchy right now when it comes to my life in general.

 

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Oh Hello World

It has been a while my friends. Things always get a little crazy for me around Halloween.

 

As you look around, you will see some serious changes. I am moving all of my more personal stuff, (modeling, tattoos, fitness, fashion) the more adult oriented stuff, over to a new blog, and deleting it from here. You are welcome to follow me there to catch up on all of that. Or, you can bask in the craftiness that this blog will go back to. Or do both. 🙂