Saturday, March 31, 2012

Baby Knits Continued


I've been chugging along on the 2nd baby gift, which is another Girl's cap sleeved spring shirt by Shellee Floyd in Newborn size, using Woodchick’s modifications for newborn size.

It's coming along smoothly, and now I just need to knit to length. (Another 38 rows I think, or so). It shouldn't take me long - it's just a matter of finding the time to sit down & work on it!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Thrifting Finds

I have been doing some thrifting lately, and have been finding some good items in very good condition. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite, and best finds.

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The best find, was this Ergo baby carrier, in MINT condition! I washed it in my washing machine, and it's all sanitized (because who knows where it's been). I got this for beyond inexpensive at a whole whopping 6.99$. This carrier starts at 129.99$ retail. I cannot believe someone donated it to the thrift store...! I have been wanting an ergo for a while (discovered them I think after Mack was born, but could never justify spending 130$+ on a baby carrier. When I saw this one, for 6.99$, I didn't care what color it was! (My first pick would have been black, since it goes with everything, but for 6.99$ I wasn't complaining and at least with green, it is neutral. I don't think I would have purchased it if it were pink... not for carrying a boy!)


It also came with this piece. I'm going to assume it's the "newborn" insert. However, upon inspecting the Ergo website, the newborn insert looks different, so maybe they've revamped the shape of it recently? Does any of you know if this is indeed for newborn support, or what it's actual purpose is? I'm keeping the piece, for when Quentin outgrows the carrier (which is good until 40 lbs, and he's only about 23 lbs or so, now, so I've got quite the usage time left in this new find).


Through a garage sale, I scored an entire box full of Habs stuff for the boys, and they've decorated their room with the items, and were in Habs haven. Since they already have a Habs clock in their room the NHL clock that was in this lot, is now hung in our playroom. Perfect spot for it, we actually needed a clock in there. It was good timing. I got the entire lot for 10$. (The clock alone is worth about 30$!)

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Besides finding a few hotwheel cases like these at the thrift store, I also found this awesome one in the shape of a wheel, which was quite neat. The boys cars were all over the house, so we've managed to get them all stored in these cases and we don't trip over any more cars anymore. That makes me one happy mama! I found all the cases for around 2.99 each, except this smaller wheel one, which I think was a bit less, (did not find them all at the same time, it was upon different trips to the thrift store), when they retail 15$ each in the store. I was quite happy with these savings!


One time at the thrift store, I found this new in box beading loom. Since I've been interested in weaving, I thought maybe I'd try my hand at beading too! Now, just to find more hours in the day, would be nice (to accomplish all these creative ideas I have in my head!) I got this baby for 2$ and was quite pleased.


I found this beautiful wooden menorah (the feathers of the peacock where the candles go in, actually swivel, it's quite neat), for 2$ at the Salvation Army.


Next up is this lovely spinning wheel! It's really tiny, and I love it. I just need to find the perfect spot to display it in my office. I can't believe that I found this for 2.99$. It's just the cutest thing ever. And perfect for my office! Any knitter would appreciate this.


And lastly, ever since Sean watched a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie while we were at the hospital back in January after his allergic reaction, he's been asking me about them. And since my mother could only find figurines with missing limbs from my brother's childhood in her storage space, I was so happy to have found a bunch of Ninja Turtles as well at the thrift store. I think I paid maybe 5$ in total for all these (plus a few that are not pictured in this photo, as the kids ran off with them before I got a chance to snap the photo). I think Sean's fave turtle is the one in the right hand side of the back row, decked out with a hockey jersey & skates! It's just missing the hockey stick that was not with it in the thrift store.

Do you thrift shop? If so, what were your best/fave finds? Do share!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mack’s Little Concert

My little rock star! He’d sleep with the guitar at night if we’d let him. ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Handsome Little Man


Quentin was in need of a haircut. His hair was growing over his eyes & ears. I was starting to think he'd start walking into walls from being blind from his hair.


It was quite long!


I brought along my booster seat, so we could strap him down, and he did quite well. He didn't flinch or cry once. We were shocked on how much of an angel he was.


And my handsome little man... I swear, he looks 3 not 1. He really needed this haircut, but boy did it age him! And I love the little spikes. Our hairdresser, rocked it with some gel. So delicious!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Morning Link Love

- I had no idea that Crayola came out with Dry Erase crayons? How neat!
- I love owls. Here's a free crochet pattern.
- I think it's no fair that cats can sleep wherever they want.
- These images are funny. But cruel at the same time?
- Funny pictures of musicians playing sports!
- Think I might have to make some Sesame Street Cupcakes for Quentin's 2nd birthday!
- Also, some Angry Bird birthday party ideas, maybe for one of my older boys. Speaking of Angry Birds, isn't this cake awesome?
- This is a crazy lego cake. Ok, now I want to eat cake! (And I'm doing sooooo well losing weight right now... maybe I should stop looking at cake images!) And these easy lego cookies, I might have to try those too.
- I totally think I have to try this for my iphone contacts!
- I totally need to make a book storage for the boys for the back row of the car.
- Cucumber noodles? Hmmmm?!
- I think Sean would totally love these Phineas & Ferb Sandwiches!
- In the rare free time I do get - I'm totally HOOKED on Draw Something!
- Some great discovery activities for one year olds!
- What a great storage idea for the craft room!
- Ok, I really must stop looking at cakes online. This board game one is just beyond awesome!
- I have been listening to this song by Gotye over and over again. Love this cover version as well!
- Another little knitted bunny pattern - just before Easter creeps up this weekend.
- Love the idea to make meatloaf in a muffin pan- it cooks in 15 minutes! Must try!
- What about a dino party?! Looks like fun! (In party planning mode, Mack's turning 4 soon!)
- Looking to make a quick baby shower gift? Why not try this easy blanket tutorial.
- Pool noodle under fitted sheet: solution to keep a toddler in the toddler bed! ~ So clever!
- I totally love this subtraction poem!
- Love these fabulous nails!
- Awwww, how cute!
- Love this fire pit!
- LOVE this cleaning trick! I wonder if the Kirkland brand dryer sheet would work just the same, that's what we use instead of Bounce.
- Love this tv turned dog bed.
- Love this DIY wasp trap.
- Very cool superhero costume!
- Love these cute nails - just in time for spring!
- Love this car emergency box tutorial.
- I'm totally loving this lampshade.
- This is one wicked Wine Decanter.
- I think ALL my boys would love these reeses krispies.
- This origami bouquet is stunning!
- Just loving these!
- Loving this owl costume.
- Cute map totes! Get your own town!
- I totally love this squirrel nutcracker!
- Loving these numbered mugs.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Little Tiny Knits


I finished up this adorable little knit. It really was a quick knit. I used Woodchick’s modifications for newborn size. I just love the way it came out. I blocked it and it's ready to be wrapped up to be given to it's recipient.


It used 42g of Cascade Yarns 220 Quatro in purple (not sure if that's the official colorway name or not) on US 7 (4.5mm) needles. I did use a larger needle to bind off (US 9).


I loved making this so much, I've already cast on another one. I don't think it'll be my last either. They're so much fun to make. The nice thing about this garment, is for a newborn, if it's a winter baby, you can throw a long sleeved onesie under it, and it's perfect for winter as well.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spiral Scrubbies


I whipped up a bunch of these spiral scrubbies recently. They're a lot of fun to make. I think I will be making some more. I used Bernat Cotton yarn, (took only 16g per scrubbie) and used an H hook to make them. I followed this lovely youtube video, which is written in the pattern and voila, now I know how to make them off by heart! They're so easy to make. I can see myself making a ton of these for teacher gifts to go along with some nice body wash or something. I hope the teachers wouldn't think that I think they smell or something, if I make them a bunch of these. They're just too cute.


You know you want to make some too.
They're totally addictive.
My step-MIL has already requested some too.



I was extremely disappointed to find a knot in the skein. No fun!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Morning Link Love :: Easter Edition

- Love this cute little knitted Easter Bunny (free pattern).
- Tiny little cute knitted bunnies! (Free pattern).
- Love this Easter egg garland.
- These little knitted chicks are adorable!
- Easy Easter crafts, turning cups into animals.
- I know I've shown these before, but they're so perfect for Easter! Carrot Goldfish bags.
- Everybody needs a pair of chick slippers.
- Love this little knitted egg ornament.
- Cute Easter card idea.
- Love these Easter photography prop ideas.
- These S'Mores are fun and colourful. Make them using your leftover Peeps from easter.
- These are cute Easter cupcakes with vanilla candy egg.
- Love these cute cupcakes too!
- Love these little bird nests.
- One great way to say happy Easter is with paper-envelope rabbits -- bearing treats, of course.
- What a fun Easter tradition! Egged!
- Egg dye using fruits and vegetables- neat!
- I love these button covered eggs!
- Bunny mask template - DIY - so cute!
- Too bad this is too girly for my boys, but this crochet easter basket is cute.
- A cute way to countdown to Easter!
- Love this little basket made out of twine.
- What an adorable baby in the adorable bunny hat.
- Love this Easter Egg cake tutorial.
- Lastly, I leave you with 101 Handmade Easter craft ideas.

Sunday, March 18, 2012



A few days ago was the last swim lesson of this current session. We do start another swim session this upcoming week, for another 13 sessions. Swimming lessons is very important to me, since my parents have an in ground pool in their backyard. The pool is fenced in the yard, but the pool itself is not fenced in. I've had each of the kids in swimming lessons since around 3-3.5 months old, depending on when the class actually started from their actual birth. Sean was born in December, so he started the spring 2007 session (March), Mack was born in June and started in the fall session (September 2008) and Quentin born in November, started the spring 2010 session after the pool was re-opened after renovations. He was closer to the 4 month mark I believe when he actually started, if I recall. None of my boys fear the water. I have to still go into the pool with Quentin - until age 3, but Mackenzie and Sean have been on their own in the pool with their teachers for a while now. They're both doing really well. Sean just started the level he's in, and Mack's got 2 things to work on to pass his level, and Quentin's level is by age, so at 2, he'll advance to the next level. Friday I got to watch Sean & Mack's lessons, as Quentin had fallen asleep 20 minutes before we had to leave, not wanting to nap and throwing a fit in his crib. I secured my mother to babysit him while he naps, and took the older boys. I am luckily to be able to have had all 3 boys at the same time for lessons, so it's only 1 trip to the local indoor pool facilities. I also luckily secured the same time slot again for all 3 for the new session starting. Once one of the advances to the next level, I might not have the option to put all 3 at the same time for lessons and it might start making things a tad bit harder. I guess I'll face that obstacle when it actually happens. For now, I'm quite content with the convenience of all 3 boys during the same time slot!


We will continue swimming lessons through the summer as well, I like to keep that going all year round. This summer once hockey ends, Sean has requested to play baseball and Mack would like to try out soccer. Should make for a busy summer season! Cheers to sports!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St Patty’s Day!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my readers!
Hope you have a good one!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tiny Knits


I started a 3rd Girl’s cap sleeve spring shirt, back in 2010. I had made 2 larger ones before this one (one for the gift pile, and one for a friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday that we attended in 2010). Originally, I wanted to make this for the daughter we were told we were having, but since 3 days after casting on, I found out we were actually having a boy, the yarn, left wound, with a few rows done, got put into hibernation. Now, I have a slew of friends pregnant, and I am very excited to finish up this project.


I will pull out a newborn onesie from the boys memory box, one of the 3 boys should have one in their box, and I will bind off when I get to the end of the newborn onesie, just before the “decreased” material section where you snap it up. I think that will be a good length for a newborn girl cap sleeve spring shirt. The pattern is not actually written up in newborn size, the smallest size in the pattern is a 3-5T, so I am using Woodchick’s modifications for newborn size. The yarn, for those who are wondering, is Cascade 220 Quattro in a really nice purple. Luckily, the recipient is knowledgeable in 100% wool and proper washing care. I can so see myself making a handful more of these. It’s just so cute so far.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

12 on 12

Here's my 12 on 12 post for yesterday. The photos were actually taken yesterday, I didn’t miss 12 on 12, I just missed blogged about it yesterday evening. (Daylight savings time has messed us up a bit, and I’m a tad behind on a few things. I hate losing time, especially when you wish there were more hours in each day!)


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Monday Morning Link Love :: Tuesday Edition

- Love this knitted clock!
- Free bottle cap jewelry tutorial with printables!
- Love these DIY zipper pull earrings.
- This video made me laugh so hard.... das skein!
- Thinking about picking up some Try-it-On Tubing - has anyone tried them? Any good? Genius idea if so!
- Love these handmade toddler ideas.
- Have the best apps delivered to your email with Appsmitten. I just signed up!
- I can't stop watching this live penguin cam. I heart penguins!!!!! I love the ones that slide on their bellies!
- The no bread cucumber sandwiches look yummy. I couldn't find the exact recipe, though they shouldn't be hard to come up with something similar.
- These watches are awesome. I'd love this one.
- The Defibrillator Toaster. Wouldn't it be funny to run into the kitchen screaming: “WE’RE LOSING THEM!!! BEEP BEEP BEEPBEEPBEEP!”
- This is a pretty cool chair! So is this one!
- The babes are so cute.
- Some St. Patty's day fruit kabobs!
- I need to stop looking at chocolate mint patties if I want to lose the last of the baby weight. No harm in looking right?
- What a great idea for crayon storage. No more cheap flimsy boxes falling apart in my diaper bag. I am sure I have an extra wipe case lying around.
- This is a genius idea for tiny toy pieces.
- Love these paper flower paintings.
- I totally want a dock for my home office.
- This is totally a neat idea for those summer BBQs:: Condiment storage!
- I totally love this print.
- Baby quilt tutorial.
- I totally love this car carryall pattern!
- Love this idea for spelling.
- Love this DIY draped skirt.
- No Child Without - waiting to get Sean's pin so that I can register him for a medical alert bracelet, through his school. Check to see if your child's school is doing this program, it's fantastic! (Thank you to my blog reader Lindsay for the link - I don't have your email address to thank you! Not sure who you are, your profile isn't linked to your comments)
- This crochet hat is so cute. Anyone know of a pattern for it?
- Love these crochet flower rings.
- Need to learn the Granny Spike Stitch!
- Love this crochet receiving blanket tutorial.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

10 on 10


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