This weekend we traveled south to attend a 1st birthday party for one very sweet little girl. It was a splash party, so I thought it was only fitting that she have a special mermaid tee. She happened to be wearing an adorable tutu that matched perfectly. Move over Ariel!
And here's my little fish taking a premature dive in the pool - sans swimsuit.
I love love this night light! The Twilight Turtle's body is like a stuffed animal, but the shell is hard plastic and perforated with little stars that project onto the ceiling and walls in a dark room when lit. We have so much fun pointing out the "Mmmm" and "Arrs" (that's Jack for moon and stars :). It says the stars are grouped into actual constellations - I'll take their word for it. I didn't pay that much attention in my college astronomy class, but I was able to pick out the Big Dipper (and may or may not have gotten a little over-excited when I finally found it). It projects in 3 different colors and has a 45 min. auto shut-off so you don't have to worry about turning it off after the little one falls asleep.
It also comes as a sea turtle and an adorable ladybug, which we bought for my BFF's little sweetie who had a birthday last week. Happy Birthday, Avery!
I have long, thick hair and probably always will. Every year about this time when the heat is almost unbearable, I threaten to cut it off, which results in loud and passionate protests from the husband. And he usually - ok always - wins that battle. I think what I hate most is blow drying my hair. The longer my hair is, the longer it takes, and the hotter I get. I almost need another shower by the time it's dry. What's a girl to do? Well, a couple of years ago, I bought a microfiber hair towel. Best purchase EVER. The package boasted it could cut my drying time in half. "We'll see," I thought. I am thrilled that I can now dry my hair in 4 minutes flat. And for a compulsive snooze button pusher, those four extra minutes are golden. I also recommend this for the mommy of a newborn who barely has time to squeeze in a shower much less blow drying her hair afterward. I doubt that it matters which brand you choose, but the microfiber magic is definitely key!
I have a growing list of crafts to "conquer" and Temari is near the top. It is a Japanese toy with a rich history and tradition which you can read all about here. There are different methods of construction, but basically a ball is wrapped tightly with a layer of thread and then embroidered. They can be simple or extremely complicated and the possibilities are endless! This Temari how-to book is currently hanging out on my wish list.
Great examples of Temari are not hard to find - here are just a few that I came across:
Need a little mindless diversion? Try out Wordle. You just copy and paste text or even a URL of a website or blog with an RSS feed. Then you can customize the font, color, etc. I used my blog's URL, and this is what I got:
Fall is right around the corner, which means I'll soon give in to the urge to crochet blankets and scarves. There's a handful of places online that are good resources for free patterns. My personal favorite is Lion Brand Yarn. You can set up a free account and store as many patterns as you like using their Pattern Finder.
If your a beginner, they have a great how-to section as well as a Stitch Finder with detailed instructions for lots of fancy stitches. And, of course they've got all of you knitters covered too. I currently have this little blanket in the works for Jack. I love that I can pull up the pattern on my phone anytime I want (since the printout was surely lost long ago). Their mobile site is easy to work from. And they've got lots of great yarn to boot!
My husband and I run a little business on the side personalizing flower pots with house numbers and names. We'd love to paint a special pot for you or a friend. For more information, visit my website.