Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you. Things will be smooth sailing for a while and then all of a sudden, when it rains, it pours! I’ve been going through a lot of life changes recently, which has resulted in me being pulled in many different directions. This has, unfortunately, taken time away from my crafting and blogging.

Before all the life transitions, I was fortunate enough to bring my daughter to Seattle to visit my parents and introduce her to the NW region. We were extremely lucky in that the weather was gorgeous. June in Seattle is so beautiful, I had almost forgotten because it had been so long since I was there to experience it.  My parents have the most beautiful backyard garden full of flowers, fruit, vegetables, and a nice lawn. It’s not a large space, but it’s well-designed and every piece forms a perfect balance to the whole. My daughter loved waking up in the morning and going into the backyard with her grandfather to look at the birds and squirrels, or walk around with her grandmother to look at the vegetables and flowers.

While I was home, I came across a previous project that my mom and I had done a very long time ago that I wanted to share with everyone! There used to be an art center where I grew up that had many art classes. One of the classes that my mom took was how to make Ukrainian eggs.  I remember being intrigued by the process, which involves first blowing the center out of the egg, then applying various coats of wax and dipping the egg into various dyes in a certain order to obtain the final coloring, and then rubbing all over with wax to seal all the colors.  It was a very time-intensive and enjoyable process resulting in a beautiful product.  I have included a number of photos showing some of the eggs that my mom (and me!) made years back.  I’ll admit that most of these gorgeous creations are my mom’s, but I did make two.  Wouldn’t these be perfect for Easter?  I love them as ornaments for a Christmas tree too!  What do you think?


Puppy Love

I know I know, I’ve been really bad at posting!  We’re moving apartments this week-end so everything is in disarray and all of my baking and crafting tools are packed away here and there.  Luckily, I do have one project to share with you!

One of our good friends who was in our wedding had her first baby, a girl, not too long ago.  She lives up in Minnesota so it gets pretty cold up there!  I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to get back to hatting!  Now, I’ve made a number of different hat styles, and coming up with new ideas is starting to get tough.  I really wanted to try making a puppy hat.  I thought it would be so cute!  However, as I searched on Etsy and Pinterest, none of the ideas really seemed to spark any inspiration for me.

Instead, I turned to my daughter’s toys!  Haha…. who knew….. So my daughter received a stuffed dog toy from her uncle and soon to be aunt for her birthday.  This stuffed dog can be programmed to say her name, play music that she likes, and all this other crazy stuff.  She loves this thing and has recently learned how to turn it on and make it play music (by grabbing at the paws, which each have a button for a different function).  Whenever she hears the dog play music, she starts to wave her arms, nod her head, sway back and forth, and dance with a huge smile on her face.  It’s so adorable that sometimes I will turn on the dog just to see her reaction.

Anyways, after weeks of hearing the same music over and over again, I couldn’t get this dog out of my head and thought, well,  I may as well try using it as a model for my dog hat!  So that’s exactly what I did, with a few modifications.  What you see is a result of the toy, and my own delirious imagination as I had “the wheels on the bus go round and round” and other such music running through my head!  It was actually quite fun to make and I’m very pleased with the result.

I ended up using the Martha Stewart Extra-Soft Wool Blend for this hat because since the baby is in colder weather, I wanted to have wool in the yarn to retain heat better.  I used my pattern for a toddler, but this would be sized for her at 9-12 months since the yarn is a thinner gauge than I usually use.  I hope the new owner is kept nice and toasty-warm in her new accessory!