Monday, January 31, 2011

Keeping the Winter Blues at Bay with Pink

So I don't know too many girls who don't love pink. I know a few, but most of the women and girls I know love the color pink.

As you know, pink is also the color for Breast Cancer Awareness. Back in October (National Breast Cancer Awareness month) I picked up some fabulous pink boa yarn which I proceeded to knit into a scarf for a dear friend of mine whose breast cancer has come back. It was not perfect looking, and it was only the second scarf I've ever made, but it was made with love. I'm hoping each time she wears it, she'll remember how much I value her friendship.

My daughter saw the fantastic pink yarn and asked if I was going to make the scarf for her. I explained who it was for and why, and promised I would make something for her. For her birthday, I gave her a Build-a-Bear scarf kit and first learned to crochet a scarf for her bunny, Ella. I learned a lot in the process of crocheting that first scarf, and a couple of weeks ago I started the scarf for my daughter.

I forgot to take a picture of the pink boa yarn scarf (I've already given it to my friend), but I plan on making another one (I had to buy more yarn when I ran out), so I'll take a picture of that one.

In the mean time. Here is little Ella's scarf.

And the scarf for my daughter

A very happy girl...
A word to the wise on the Build-a-Bear scarf kit. The scarf instructions are off. For both the bear and girl scarves, they have you chain too many loops to begin the scarf. I learned that for the second one and just wrapped the chain around my daughter like I would the full scarf and figured out how many of the chains/stitches I had to pull. I also had to add in additional yarn (the white) as I knew the yarn I had would not make the scarf as thick as it should be.

Still, I'm pretty happy with the end result, and my daughter wears her scarf every time she steps outside. (Just in time for all the snowy weather we've been getting).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More laundry... (It never ends)

My friend has a gorgeous laundry room. Seriously. It's complete with cupboards and counters and space to fold. It's truly a thing of beauty.

My laundry room (which I am grateful I have--I had a closet in the last house)--is really more of a walk-through room on the way to the garage. I have one shelf and I use the bases for my front loaders to store laundry items in. Still I am really grateful I have a laundry room--and one that I can shut the door on if I want. As I said I had a closet in my last house.

In the hallway off the kitchen.

With absolutely no space.

That was hard to hide dirty laundry in--it often overflowed into the hall and blocked the garage door.

It was a bit gross.

Don't get me wrong. I'm grateful I had a laundry and did not have to run to the laundromat constantly--a family of my size can go through an awful lot of clothes in one week). Been there and done that plenty of times before.

Still it's nice to dream.

And it's fun to liven up the laundry with cute sayings. My friend who put up this sign did not however want to go for "Laundry: Drop Your Drawers", so went with a more basic look. The great thing about vinyl is it's up to you what you want to do.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spring Time

I know it's not spring yet, but I'm tired of cold and snow and I wanted to post something a little cheery. I confess I didn't design this one--I made it at my friend Peggy's make-n-take--but I thought it was cute enough to post here today.