MY FAVORITE THINGS |JULY 2018 |CANADA DAY!

Although Canada Day is July 1st and was a few weeks ago (okay, a month ago) I thought it would be fun to share some awesome ideas for Canada!! So if you’re a fellow Cannuck and need some ideas, here are some awesome and easy ideas for your Canada Day celebration! If you don’t celebrate Canada Day, I am sure you can adapt these ideas to whatever celebration you are having!!

12 Canada Day Party easy decor and food ideas.
This Canada Day sundae bar has a fun Red, White and Maple theme perfect for celebrating Canada! Delicious ideas for toppings plus easy DIY decorating ideas.
Toque Cake
Great Canada Day activity for kids! So cute!

MY FAVORITE THINGS| JUNE 2018 | BIRTHDAY EDITION

If you have kids you’ll understand both the excitement and frustration of hosting a birthday party for your little ones.

Thankfully with only one kid, this only happens once per year and as a result, we usually go all out for her big day!

June is her birthday month so I thought I would share some of my inspiration! She LOVES Mario and so we walked into this thinking that was what we were going to do. Last minute though, she changed her mind and decided for no theme at all and so we made a simple cake for her with some fun regular birthday decorations. But none-the-less, I had fun planning a Mario party for her.

http://janet21.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-A-Super-Mario-Birthday-Cake
Inspiré de Super Mario Birthday Party - Collection complète de bricolage forfait…
King Boo lanterns and other decorations for Mario Bros party
Super Mario Birthday Party Ideas

In the end she got this pretty cake, it was chocolate and vanilla on the inside and it tasted amazing. Nothing fancy, but perfectly lovely and she loved it (which is all that matters right?).

Until next time!

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

My Favorite Things | May 2018 | Welcome Summer!

No pattern required summer dress

Well hello there summer! It feels as if we have skipped spring completely and went right to sweltering hot summer!

For those of you that know me, know I dislike the heat. I am a winter loving gal through and through. However the only thing in the summer I look forward to is gardening. I love to spend my days outside working on my beautiful vegetable and berry gardens. 

So this months favorites 100% reflect that love of gardening, summer and all things flora and fauna. 

Enjoy!

Simple Summer Dress for Girls - Follow this tutorial to learn how to sew a dress that will let her run and play in the summer sun. This free dress pattern only has four pieces, making it quick and easy for beginner sewists.
summer crocheted vest. Free pattern & Video tutorial
Little Girl Summer Top. Free pattern for 2, 4 and 6 years old, video tutorial plus some tips to help you make this top in any sizes.
Monster Ice Pop Holders free crochet pattern from Blackstone Designs Keep the little ones cool during the summer, without freezing tiny fingers! Great for pool parties or summer birthday party favors. These are a huge hit with the kids!  #crochet #monsters #summer #popsicles #birthdayparty
Crochet Summer Diamonds Toddler Dress Free Pattern- #Crochet Girls #Dress Free Patterns

My Favorite Things | April 2018 | Spring and a Little Bit of Everything!

This post is going to be a little bit all over the place, I am in a lull between projects, lacking inspiration and motivation. So I have been doing lots of gardening and getting things ready for summer weather!

SO! Here are some of my favorite things that have caught my eye. Some are going on a project list others onto wish lists.

Enjoy my finds! 😀

This month the blog Pinnekroken have a challenge to knit to the theme «own luxury». I love my Frida mittens, I use them every day but it wouldn’t harm anyone to have another pair.…

Aren’t these mittens divine? They remind me of thrummed mittens!

I love watercolor painting and I adore waterscape paintings! This one is going on a list of paintings I would like to try AND buy!

Who doesn’t like bunnies?!? I thought this would make an awesome easy gift idea! *Wink wink* Looking at you husband!

Ravelry: Project Gallery for Birkin pattern by Caitlin Hunter
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/birkin-3

I loooooove the idea of color work, however it looks way too hard! This is so beautiful that it feels like it would be worth learning!

Extra large coffee mug 18 oz. with floral impressions. The mug was thrown and trimmed on my potter's wheel using a white stoneware clay. It was then stamped with various wooden stamps and bisque fired. It was painted with a dark blue underglaze on the exterior and then with a clean wet sponge wiped clean to leave the underglaze only in the impressed design (the white color is the natural color of the stoneware). A shiny navy blue glaze was used on the inside and a clear transparent was painte...

Do you like to drink coffee or tea? The potter who made this is SO talented! I love the little details and unique glazing.

Ravelry: koukutettu's Raitasukat -- I want to knit a pair exactly like these!

I love the idea of different colored toe, heel and cuff on socks but haven’t made it happen yet, I can’t imagine adding stripes in there! This pattern is so simple, but that is what makes it so beautiful to me.

Around the World Granny Square Blanket Free Crochet Pattern #freecrochetpatterns #crochetblanket #grannysquare

I am in the middle of a granny square blanket that has over 350 squares, I can’t imagine taking on another one right now but the color grading in this is absolutely perfect.

Jeudi - Free Pattern

I am not having any more babies, but I feel like someone in my life needs to have one so I can make this set. Those little booties are to die for! So little!

There is something about miss-matched, but still matching socks that appeal to me. The detail in this pattern is so perfect!

Okay, this is all for what snagged my eye in April! I already have quite the list started for May, LOTS of recipes and goodies for the Summer and Fall (yes yes I know, I am planning for the colder months already!).

As always,

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

April Showers…

As the saying goes, April showers brings May flowers!

But in this case, the month is indeed April, but the showers are ice pellets and freezing rain and I suspect it is going to bring flooding and a very soggy May!

I have hope that things will dry out before then, but until that happens, we have been hunkered down in the house with warm tea, delicious foods and lots of Netflix. This Mama is not complaining because it has given me lots of time to knit…right?

Nope!!! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to do a whole ton of knitting with the weather the way it is, and we late minute decided we needed to paint the main floor of our house so we’ve been hopping from one project to the next for the last couple of weeks!

Although the ice storm was a welcomed break from painting, unpacking the last few boxes and organizing, it bought a whole bunch of other things to the forefront that we’ve not had to deal with a lot in the past.

Much to my husbands whining, I decided I wasn’t going to take the chance in not being prepared for this wild weather, it ended up being much more tame than in other areas around us, but I will count our blessings I guess.

So after all of the laundry and dishes were done, water was bough, food was prepared and kiddo was entertained I sat down and made a list of projects I can work on if our power indeed goes out. It didn’t, by the way, I just like to be prepared!

Rosemont Cardigan

A fellow knitter on Instagram shared this pattern and I fell in love.

Of course I am blind to my already building project bins of things I need to finish. So I added this to the list of things I want t make and to buy yarn for.

This of course is going to be in the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed because it is affordable, soft AND looks pretty. I just have to choose a color.

The Marine Heather is winning my vote so far. But I haven’t quite given up on my favorite Indigo Heather. So we’ll see!

Bloomsbury

I saw this in my random searches on Ravelry and if you know me well, you’ll know what a sucker I am for a beautiful lace.

And…well…Look at that!! Isn’t that just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever saw?

I don’t even care if its not a functional sweater that you could wear in sub-zero temperatures, my heart just needs this sweater in my life. SO, on to the list it goes, I might even go with that shade of pink…but I am not entirely sure if it will go with my complexion.

* This was scheduled to post and it did not so I am going to update things below!

I hope you all got through the ice storm safely! I saw quite a few communities lost power and some lake shore towns had some issues with ice coming off the lakes. But all in all it didn’t seem quite as bad as they had made it sound like it was going to be.

By a stark contrast it was 28 here today so summer is well under way to being a warm one!

Until next time!

Keep Stitching!

Rachel