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.