Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Splash of Color

Because we rent, our walls are a white-gray. All of them. I'm trying to add some color around here, so Sunday afternoon I set out to make something that relatively matched our new shower curtain, using spray paint I'd bought.

A few hours, one slight fussy baby and one viewing of That Thing You Do! later, this is what I ended up with:

I didn't take any photos of the process because I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but this is basically what I did.

1) Spray painted a 12x12 piece of cardstock aqua.

2) Cut 4 4x4 squares from notecards.

3) Glued to 12x12 paper.

4) Cut up a paper towel tube into the "petals."

5) Spray painted the pieces green (hung on a coat hanger for painting).

6) When dry, glued onto the white squares.

7) Hang and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Very Hungry (Knitted) Caterpillar

As I mentioned previously, I decided to knit a caterpillar for Timmy, modeled after Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I finished it sometime last week, and judging by how much Timmy has tried to eat it, I think he's going to enjoy the creature. I'm pretty happy with the finished product. Once I was finished, I realized an easier way to do the eyes, but oh well. The legs were kind of tricky to attach securely, so I'm prepared to re-attach them as they are eaten loved off.

I am making one for my niece for her birthday (along with a copy of the book) so it's on the needles yet again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Can it really be six months since we welcomed our Timothy into the world?

At 182 days old, he is rolling both ways, playing with his hands and toes, scooting (though I don't think he realizes it), learning to sit and smiling at everyone.

Happy half-year birthday, my dear boy. We can't wait to see what the next six months bring!

(True story--he grabbed a clamp and then after dropping it,
reached back and grabbed a second one.)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gifts 258-268

It's been a week of the mundane, but not boring. A week of laundry, dishes, nursing, knitting, cooking, and as always, a week of gifts.

258 brothers who help me navigate the confusing world of cell phones

259 Timmy learning to sit up

260 Starbucks' treat receipt

261 healing surgery for a friend's baby born blind

262 a brief nap helping me feel a million times better

263 walks to the mailbox

264 finishing knitting projects

265 being able to read Ephesians in the back room at church while I rocked Timmy to sleep

266 the antics of my adorable six month old

267 a church picnic in the park

268 going to bed on Sunday night with a clean kitchen

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What the Flowers Said

Sometimes, flowers say I'm sorry, we're grieving with you, like when they covered the foyer after my grandma's memorial service. When I was home from college for break and my Dad would greet me at the airport with a bouquet, they said I'm glad you're back. After Timothy's birth, We're so happy for you! flowers adorned our living room.

Yesterday, when Chris came home from work with an assortment of yellow, red and purple blossoms, the flowers simply said, I love you.

Monday, July 18, 2011

In My Head (Gifts 245-256)

Normally I keep a post drafted of the week's gifts, making it easier to recall all that I have to be thankful for when it's time to post them on Mondays. Some weeks, though, the draft is in my head, and I mentally list them while I'm emptying the dishwasher and making lunch for myself. The challenge is remembering them all when I do pause at the keyboard. We'll see how I do...

245 a dishwasher

246 long naps for Timmy

247 seeing a good college friend twice this year

248 Chris finishing dinner prep (and cleaning it up) when I didn't feel good

249 family adventures

250 a newly organized front closet

251 bags of things for Goodwill

252 the promise of herbs from a friend

253 an air mattress for overnight company

254 Crockpot meals on hot summer days

255 smiles from my boy when he wakes up in the mornings

256 Timmy quickly falling asleep without crying even though he was over-tired and over-stimulated

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gift Ideas (From the Knitter)

It's no secret that knitting is taking up a fair amount of my time, energy and passion these days. I love seeing what becomes of a skein of yarn when it's paired with two (or four) needles and a pattern. Since I'm in the season of life where everyone's having a baby, I have been trying to come up with a gift I could make that wouldn't require a lot of money and is easy to ship. (Friends, you all should move closer to me.)

Upon seeing this caterpillar at Ravelry, I decided to make one in the style of perhaps my favorite children's book, The Very Hungary Caterpillar. Though not quite done, mine is close and I'll post photos when finished. While working on it, I realized that a copy of the book (preferably the board book, says this new mama) and a very hungry caterpillar of baby's own would make a great gift.

(If you are a beginning knitter, this pattern is actually fairly easy, once you get it started.)

But why stop there? You could also make...

this bear, paired with some Little Bear books

or give this bunny as Little Nutbrownhare from Guess How Much I Love You (or the wee one from The Runaway Bunny).

There are more possibilities to be sure (Frog and Toad? The Very Busy Spider?) but consider yourself warned: you may end up spending way too much time at Ravelry, squealing over cute little animals like these.

(All photos taken from their respective Ravelry patterns. Also, I didn't create any of the patterns, just wanted to share a cute idea.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gifts of Rest [222-244]

I'm still playing catch-up from our vacation, hence the sparse blog posts. Nevertheless, memories of family, friends, sunshine, the ocean and laughter are fresh in our minds as we work at righting our house and ridding it of ants.

God's gifts were abundant those 10 days, and as I typed them into my phone while we drove back, I realized just how incredibly blessed we are.

222 Timmy sleeping my arms during the post parade festivities

223 knitting with my mom and sister

224 the wedding of a close friend

225 gorgeous weather for their special day, despite predicted rain

226 a small town 4th of July

227 the ocean

228 rest

229 familiar faces

230 strength after sleepless nights

231 Timmy playing with cousins and friends

232 yarn shopping with my mother-in-law

233 healing from the colds all three of us had

234 PNW sunsets

235 the traditional game of Scrabble with my Dad

236 seeing how my oldest niece has grown since Christmas

237 Tevas from a friend

238 seeing my brothers as uncles

239 Timmy not having stranger anxiety yet

240 friends welcoming a 4th of July baby

241 Timmy doing incredibly well on our plane rides

242 God's protection of our unlocked car

243 miraculous provision of a seat for Timmy on both our flights

244 my whole family singing the Doxology to Timmy before bed

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My Monday

Today feels like a Monday, as we officially came back from vacation last night. I'm spending the morning putting things away, unpacking, relistening to the rest of last Sunday's sermon as I was feeding Timmy during the end and preparing to do a thorough vacuuming of the house, courtesy of the ants we came home to. (Thankfully they weren't all over.)

My priorities are clearly in order as I've already uploaded pictures but the dishwasher still hasn't been emptied. Ahem.

I meant to have some blog posts scheduled for the time we were gone, but the craziness of pre-vacation prep got the better of me.

Our time in Washington was absolutely wonderful. I'll probably be blogging some photos when I get a chance (they'll also be on FB soon).

Off to take advantage of the rest of naptime!