Wednesday, September 30, 2009


A good time was had by all.

Emerson's cake

It is a little hard to tell but that is a little dinosaur made from sugar sprinkles. Cindy was sweet enough to make a cake for the Bug('s mama) since Cindy was itching for an excuse and I mentioned (casually) that he just past five months.


Next week I am hoping we will celebrate him being five and a half months.

Baby Its Cold Outside

I finished Emerson's sweater a little bit ago and finally added the buttons. The buttons are wooden and I got them at Joann's. They were in a little basket of clearance buttons and I thought it was a quarter for the two of them but in fact then all of them were half off that. If the Bug hadn't been so ready to go I would have gone back and really gone through them. I never have buttons...

Emerson's BICO 005

The only thing I don't like about this pattern (ravelry link) is the arms are big all the way down the the wrist. Part of what makes it so quick to work up is that there is no shaping. (Which you hardly need for a baby anyway.) You don't have to worry about following the pattern every line and counting and recounting to make sure you have it right. It was so easy I thought of making a grown up sized one as well. But the sleeves would make me crazy and I am not skilled enough with the hook yet to be able to imagine how to do the decrease properly. And I have so many other things I'd like to make right now.

Eventually I will get a picture of the Bug actually in it, but that didn't happen today.

Monday, September 28, 2009

At five months

emerson jumper 015, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

Have just started to enjoy this jumper.
Are beginning to taste foods.
Have your own chair at the table with us.
Can sit up assisted and sometimes on your own.
Roll both ways! Lookout!
Are waking more in the night than you used to.
Kick and kick and kick.
Are enjoying rubbing the cats when they come rub against you.
Can get going talking or laughing and just go on and on.
Are beginning to really enjoy story time.
Still hum at me.
Have made a couple new friends.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Going on a break

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Yesterday was the equinox. A day of perfect balance. In March the vernal equinox will occur and we will be in balance again. Earth is a funny place. Only two days a year of equilibrium. All the rest we must find for ourselves.
In order to find that perfect balance I am going on a little break. I am not going to buy any yarn or fabric for the next six months. I have to use what I already have to create new things.
I am publishing it here so that you all can hold me to my word. The rules are no fabric or yarn. I can buy things to help me complete projects (thread, machine accessories, buttons.) This way I can get things done, and make some space. And get really creative for the holidays. Of course, the moment I decided to do this I thought of a million things I wish I had gotten before, but now I have to make due with what I have. And I like that. In theory. We will see how it goes... Thanks for being my willpower. I am going to go unsubscribe to the emails I get from :)

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Weekending

I can hear him downstairs with papa laughing his head off. See ya.

Emerson 094

Click the picture for more Bug fun.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quilt brain- was having a sale... This is always how these things start...
I found this lovely fabric and fell in love. And then it got here and I saw how big the prints were and realized that I couldn't cut it up into small pieces. And then I found that quilt pattern in the link, but really, how are you going to use that size quilt? I needed it queen size so I can sleep under it every night... Yum. But of course, that means doing math that I don't really even know where to start from. And I don't have a name for this block style so it is harder to google. And then I found this calculator! Which was sort of like angels singing from behind a bright light.
Now I can't wait until John is home and I can get cutting!

(In re-reading this I noticed I use 'and' and 'but' too start most sentences... hope that isn't a problem for all you English majors out there.)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Gratitude Friday

garden 002, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

One year ago I came back from the bathroom and crawled in bed to tell Senor he was going to be a papa. And now we have this beautiful, amazing boy to share our lives with. I cannot imagine one thing to be more grateful for.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Gratitude Friday

Lake Montebello walk, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

Today I am grateful for:

:: Walks by the lake in perfect weather.
:: A smiley, sweet boy to spend the days with.
:: Two days in a row of starting and finishing a project in the same day.
:: A long weekend coming up where we can spend some time just enjoying each other.
:: A clean enough kitchen.
:: Friends so helpful and sweet.