Sunday, February 24, 2013

My latest obsession: Hedgehogs

I have been a hedgehog knitting machine lately and am currently knitting my fifth one. They are super easy, quick and adorable. Pattern can be found here at purl bee. This is the first time I have ever knit a stuffed animal and although initially weary of it, I now want to knit tons of other kinds.

Harriet loves them and I have let her keep two of them. She loves tucking them in at night under a cloth diaper.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Amanton weds

Wedding season has begun early this year. Our friends Anton and Amanda got married almost a month ago (better late than never here on this post). We attended the reception because the wedding was only for family. Anton and I used to work together so it was a fun mix of old coworkers and friends. The wedding was both a joyous, yet also a somber occasion because Amanda's dad unexpectedly passed away the day before the wedding. Anton paid a nice tribute to the dad in his speech that was very touching. It was wonderful to see how happy they are together and how they made the best of a very difficult situation.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Origami heart garland

We have spent a lot of time at home lately due to, seemingly, never ending illnesses. So I made this easy heart garland to brighten up the house for Valentines day and resharpen my folding skillz. Animated instructions here.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Curtain Cover up

We have a bit of a storage problem in our house since the majority of the basement is finished so we needed a creative solution to hide some of it. Pre-slide we had kind of just been keeping it all on make-shift shelves and crates. We don't have the best before picture, as usual, so here is one during the slide installation. Likely looks to be at its messiest down there.
Steve got these metal shelves online and we are ready to organize, but we needed a way to cover it all.
Our friend Raymond picked up two pieces of extra long metal tubing in his truck. One was a tad bit smaller and we put it inside the bigger one for stability since we worried such a long piece of metal with curtains hanging off of it might bow. Then we used closet brackets to hold it up. Very inexpensive.

I got the striped fabric at Ikea and the grommets at the crafty planet and I made 2 curtain panels at my quilting retreat. The grommets were super easy because the manufacturer gives you a template to cut the holes an then you just snap on the rings. Although I had measured correctly, the way they hang with the grommets made it so I needed a third panel. And there you have it, all our camping stuff, childhood memorabilia and old baby stuff is now nicely concealed.

Friday, February 01, 2013


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