Saturday, August 30, 2008

Antique shopping

I have to say...before this summer, I have never been antique shopping. I have seen countless antique stores and never really given two thoughts about it. About a month or so ago...A friend and I went antique shopping. It was like a candy store! Wow, I saw so many things that I wanted....well, i guess that really would not take much since I like just about everything. Especially if it is to clutter my home even more than it is....perfect! I saw some really fascinating things! I found an old spinning would have been just perfect in my new craft room for decoration...but I declined. I saw lots of old photographs that were interesting. I found some one's little black book even! But, what caught my eye...and my pocketbook, was some old crocheted doilies. That is something that I have not even attempted to make yet. I think the works of old doilies are beautifully handcrafted...but I just can't imagine attempting yet. Look at some of the things I picked up! A lot of the pieces were I soaked them overnight in some oxyclean and then blocked and pinned them to dry flat.

Then, I found a beautiful piece that was probably used for a hot plate.....

I am also in the process of redoing my kitchen over in roosters! And I found these....

And the best part...I got to haggle for all my prices!!! What fun! Oh yeah, I also bought a couple of old crochet hooks that I think are made out of bone or ivory. Pictures to come soon!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Welcome to the world, Halia!

Well, last week I blogged a wee tribute to our fallen cousin Alexa. This week, we welcome her new little sister Halia to the world. I was planning to give to her the short and sweet sweater to her...but when I saw her room decorated in pinks and chocolate browns and off whites...I knew I had to make yet another Tiramisu!
I decided to mix this one up a bit and add a polka dotted ribbon woven through the edge. I like how it turned out...but was not happy that some of the dots rubbed off as I was desperately trying to weave the ribbon through the double crochets.

And I am working on guessed it, another Tiramisu for our new neighborhood baby to be born next week. This is my first attempt at making a Tiramisu for a male. I decided to use blue for the interior, yellow for the shelled edging and weave into the double crochets white ribbon. I think that would make it "masculine" enough...I hope. We will see soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

In loving memory of Alexa

On Saturday, July 26th, we lost our cousin Alexa tragically in a car accident. She was only 19 years old. Her mom was about to give birth and Alexa came home from Martha's Vineyard to help her mom out. Alexa's mom actually gave birth after a scheduled c-section was postponed to this past Friday. Halia (Hawaiian) was born on August 1, 2008. Her name means in remembrance of a loved one. I can't imagine loosing a daughter, and with in that same week, giving birth to another daughter. Our prayers with the family. Please check out a local write up here.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Welcome to the world, Lucia!

This past Thursday morning, my neighbors gave birth to a baby girl Lucia weighing in at 7 pounds even and 19 1/2 inches long! They call her Lucy!

They arrived home from the hospital today and I was lucky enough to meet her. I also finished the Tiramisu Baby Blanket. Totally forgot to take pictures....because I was so eager to give it to them. Maybe I will get lucky and be able to take pictures of Lucy on the blanket! Well...Lucy's mom LOVED it! She says that she is totally into handmade things and that she is so happy and thankful that I made it for her! She placed it in the baby's crib right away. Yeah, that makes me smile!

So, Welcome to the world and the "hood" Lucia!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

10 question...10 answers...

What is your first name? Regina
What is your favorite yarn? Bamboo
What was the first thing you made with yarn? Blanket for my son
What is your favorite color? Purple
Which crochet or knitting designer do you have a crush on? Robyn Chachula
Favorite handmade gift you have received? Picture frame with a picture of my kids!
Dream project? Knit sweaters
Favorite notion? Pretty stitch markers
What will you crochet/ knit next? Baby items
What do you love most about yarn? The entire fiber experience!!!
One word to describe your craft. Crochet!
Main inspiration to craft. Ravelry

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Stress, stress and more stress

I have not forgotten about all of you! Life has gotten crazy and has decided to take me a long with it. Last Friday I got in a car accident. Everyone is is a little bruised and nerves were a little shaken up. Wouldn't ya know it, I hit a woman who's daughter is in my son's first grade class. Hmmmm, talk about 6 degrees of seperation!

Then that foloowing Monday, I found out my Dad went into the hospital with fluid in his lungs. They concluded he was in congested heart failure and needed added oxygen. He is thankfully home, but need to walk around with oxygen. Pretty much a life style change for sure.

But...I have crocheted a few things in the last couple of weeks! First off, my nephew Joey was born on June 2!!!! This is what I made him!

It was a fun and easy stitch...a an extended single stitch with a G hook. It was originally intended for a bolero for me...but as I was half way through with it...I decided that it would make a fabulous baby blanket. I did single crochet around the border...and then added some ruffles. My SIL really liked it...and what was the best is...he was using it the other day! Glad this week is over!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Ten Years ago...

Friday was my ten year wedding anniversary! That is a decade! Some days it seems like an eternity ago, and other times it feels like just yesterday. We had a nice dinner out and caught a movie...but when I got home from a manicure...this is what was waiting for me on my dining room table...

This is our framed wedding invitation with the original bouquet of my flowers. He matched up the flowers from my bouquet and had them in 13 vases. All except lilacs that are out of season. I had them in my bouquet, but they were artificial. After our wedding ceremony, and we were alone in the limo on our way to our reception, he said that the lilacs in the bouquet were the most beautiful he has ever seen. HA...fake!

Thanks for a wonderful ten years, honey...and here is to another glorious ten more! I love you!