Birthday month anyway! It is no secret if you’ve followed me for any amount of time that i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE red velvet cupcakes and while I’m not indulging until my actual birthday later this month doesn’t mean that my cupcake love can’t inspire your savings. So go ahead shop away and SAVE 25% off with code REDVELVET. In addition to your savings I will be donating 10% of all sales to Rory Loves to help my 9-year-old fulfill his dream of raising money to help others and to go to Uganda.
I know I’ve been knitting a little here and there for a while now. In the past few months I’ve really fallen in love though. I’ve gotten good enough that I don’t have to look at my hands constantly while knitting anymore, I’m comfortable knitting flat or in the round, I’ve even added a ton of new skills like cables, short rows and even the provisional cast on. Sorry for all the pictures (I did mention I’ve been knitting lots right) I’ve been a busy girl. Clicking on the links after the photos you can read more about the patterns and yarns used.
Doesn’t this basket full of yarn make you want to knit?
It started back in October when I started knitting to make sure I had a jumpstart on the busy birthday/holiday season with this monster for Finn. Meet Maddox as you can see Finn loved his birthday monster.
Next up Lexi had requested a black cat ear hat. I was so excited to use my new stitch markers.
Isn’t Lexi so pretty with her ear flap cat hat?
When Lexi went up to Connecticut for the holidays my sister saw her hat and asked for me to make her one too. Rory modeled it for her.
I even made a striped version for my other sis (aka my little brother’s long time girlfriend Kristin) alas, I forgot to get a picture of it.
My very first cable project was a scarf for Lexi in hindsight I should have used a different yarn and my stitch markers much more because cabled rows are harder to count than I realized.
Then I started to panic. Aidan was leaving in Mid November to go to Baltimore for Thanksgiving and he had no hat and I only had 2 days so I had to use whatever yarn I could find at the local craft store at 8pm after a slight mishap with his first hat being accidentally felted in the washer. This slouchy hat was perfect and super quick to knit!
From October til about 10 days into December in between all projects I had a pair of these little mittens on needles.
A pregnant friend having a little boy needed a little baby shower gift. So onto the needles went this adorable little hat.
Isn’t it adorable? I still can’t get over just how small this newborn sized long tail hat is.
My mailbox had a happy, happy, joy, joy day when all this arrived one day.
And, I kept knitting mittens.
I started knitting Lexi a pair of gloves.
I finished one cat in the hat glove. Though currently I’ve also taken it back apart because the thumb was funny on it. Its a back burner project for now.
I started Jack’s birthday present.
I love, love, love the super long arms on these monsters, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that colorway yarn again either.
I finally finished the mitten advent calendar garland.
I started a cable rimmed hat for my little brother in the same green yarn from his scarf I made him last Christmas.
Thankfully this cable hat it was also a pretty quick project and I will be making these for the whole family if we ever live where we need hats again.
Cast on Rory’s creeper. If you or your kids play the game minecraft you know what a creeper is. Rory loves/hates them and its the ONLY thing he wanted for Hannukkah/Christmas so it HAD to happen. Even if that means knitting til 2am on Christmas Eve to pull it off.
And, pull it off I did. Here is Rory dancing with his Creeper.
Finn requested a dinosaur vs. another monster so a dinosaur he would get. The yarn for this is even called dino-RAWR.
Spent some time playing with my Christmas gifts, my ball winder,
Took a quick dinosaur break to knit myself up a quick pair of slippers because we were having a cold front and my toes were cold.
Went back and finished Basil the Brontosaurus who loves to give Maddox rides.
Then my girlie was coming home after a month in Connecticut and I knit her a little soft kitty as part of her Christmas gift.
You get a bonus picture because I think Lexi looks so beautiful in this one.
I haven’t stopped knitting I’ve been knitting a pair of socks. Socks take a long time but they will get a separate post I’ve been documenting their progress via instagram quite a bit.
Do you knit? Whats on your needles right now?
Look now I’m on posts that are only a month behind. My goal is to get caught up on posts this week you know before July then give you an update at least once a week. Fun right? One day Finn and I were at the grocery store and instead of a treat at the end he just wanted to ride this plane. He was so good he got to ride twice even!
Then my custom tag for my infinity necklace arrived from Erika. Isn’t it lovely. The inspiration was I remember when I was a little girl my grandmother had a necklace my grandfather had given her and it had a little tag on the back of it with his initial stamped into it.
Then I cooked all day! I totally forgot to take a picture of the chicken before I served everyone. I really need to make this more often it is always a family favorite. The roasted red peppers are hands down always my favorite part.
I couldn’t decide what kind of cupcakes I wanted to I made two. I also thought to pair one of my favorite color combos I’d make tiffany blue icing for the red velvet cupcakes. Then I made Vanilla icing with just a bit of cherry for the vanilla bean cupcakes.
I used my new ice shaving blender from my mom to make my favorite blue margaritas.
As a thank you for coming to my party and celebrating with me I made this strawberry vanilla bean jam I found over on pinterest. I actually need to make more I think the kids have eaten all I made. Guess I’ll grab more berries when I go to the store tomorrow.
I organized my quilting fabrics onto a couple of the shelves in the living room specifically so they would taunt me and I’d think to pull them out more and make some more awesome. I was also inspired after seeing this (scroll down to the sewing room) post from Camille, in my mind I like to aspire to having my home filled with lovely quilts like I imagine hers to be. So in the left cube I put all my Bonnie & Camille lovelies. I really can’t believe how far I’ve made them stretch so far with all the projects I’ve made so far.
In the right cube I put the “extra” fabrics from the boys Quilts. If you remember back in January I had cut out most of their quilts already though a few changes were made and adjustments to my math.
Having all those fabrics front and center and after the day at the zoo with my boring uncomfortable camera strap I was inspired to make my own and used this tutorial I found on pinterest of course. I used a little of my bliss and some orange from Jack’s upcoming quilt, and my straps hardware. I still have a great love for orange and aqua together.
While I was working on another project Finn started painting. He LOVES muppets and he painted us a picture of Kermit.
So a couple days later we ventured to the mall (gasp) and to Build a Bear Workshop and made him is very own Kermie! Even though the build a bear version has big giant sausage like arms & legs Finn doesn’t care and loves him. As an extra because Finn had recently noticed that his people & pets have heart beats I gave Kermie a heart beat too.
It was a busy week around here baking, baking and more baking for Lexi’s Hunger Games inspired party. I have never seen my girlie this excited about anything. I really loved being able to surprise her with this. I think one of the biggest surprises for her was our dear friend Diana also dressed up as Effie Trinket as Lexi dressed like Katniss on reaping day. Don’t they look wonderful?
If you have read the books you know that foods especially breads are discussed so much and play such an important part of the story so that is what I tried to recreate. With the help of pinterest and Fictional Food I found so much food inspiration.
Peeta’s Burnt Fruit & Nut Bread (left) and of course District 11’s crescent rolls.
Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts. Which were probably my personal favorite food.
I also made (and forgot to take a picture of) the Lamb and Dried Plum Stew. I did just use beed but it was pretty awesome.
The first gifts Lexi opened were wonderfully planned because we can’t eat those wonderful Capitol foods and it still be reaping day.
A dress for the transformation into the girl on fire.
A dress for the transformation into the girl on fire purchased on Etsy.
Some makeup to complete the transformation.
The coal inspired necklace were from the ever lovely Lauren. you may notice there is no makeup on in this picture, well thats because I didn’t get a single standing picture of this dress during the party so I
made asked her put it on the following day for this post of course.
We served food after this and with five kids I put down the camera which means there are no pictured of the orange juice with their cute paper straws and bottles or of the stew.
Then she opened the rest of her gifts.
Diana even brilliantly disguised her gift as as a tribute gift.
A Katniss inspired charm bracelet.
With extra charms inspired by her favorite characters & events also found on Etsy. You also get a glimpse of her new girl on fire inspired glitter ring also from Lauren of Jersey Girl Design.
I attempted to make Cupcakes on Fire from THIS tutorial. As you can see the fact that my kitchen was 84,000 degrees the odds were not ever in my favor for this one. They were still super yummy though and Lexi loved the idea.
She blew out the candles and made her wish. I hope it comes true for her.
At the end of the day we wished our friends well with some little treats to munch on
the train their way home.
I can hardly believe as I sit here and type this that my little girl is now a teenager. It seems like it was just yesterday that she was scurrying off in the store to hid under clothing racks, or climbing into my bed during the night. For a few weeks I’ve been planning a Hunger Games inspired surprise party for her, no easy task to do when she is my helper and home 24/7 but it was slowly happening. Unfortunately some plans fell through and she wasn’t going to have a sleepover where I could transform everything so I had to rethink my plan. That is when I had a brilliant idea. So this morning when my late sleeper girlie was awake before I was I sat her down at the table and gave her some very simply wrapped gifts. If you are a fan of the movies at all the twine used on the package was a mix of black, red & orange.
The first of the three gifts to be opened was the invitation that was sent to everyone else already. I had seen a few invitations on both pinterest and etsy however I only needed 1 to be printed and I was on a budget for this party so I designed my own.
Now my girl is in love with all things Hunger Games. I have never seen her this excited about something before she reads and rereads the books has seen the movie twice so far and references people and things in the book as much as she can work them into conversation. Add to that her love of vintage clothing and light blue being her signature color as she told me proudly when she was three and I knew I had to find her a “reaping day” dress. I lucked out on etsy of course.
Last but not least was the gift I’ve been teasing her about. She has been asking for weeks about her birthday and her gifts asking what she was getting if she was getting a mocking jay. I’ve been smiling and saying yes and that it was a real live mocking jay and hidden in my desk drawer.
Happy Thirteenth Birthday Girlie! May all your wishes come true!
Lexi being the amazing kid she is said I should use her birthday and have a sale. So use code CATNIP for 13% off and every order places until her birthday will receive FREE either a Pretty in Pink lip balm (originally created as party favors for her 10th birthday) or a small bag of Pretty in Pink Tea (made with my girl in the same year). Please let me know which you would prefer or it will be Lexi’s choice!