Friday, December 30, 2011

what Christmas looked like at my house.



After taking the tree down on Monday, my living room feels so much bigger!  But it is a little depressing to look in the corner and see a blank wall, with no glitter, snowflakes, twinkling lights, or shiny colored glass.

I scored some pretty new ornaments for next year at 50%-70% off right after Christmas.  I can't wait to unpack them next November and decorate with them!  It seems I give our tree a facelift every few years, but I can't seem to stray away from the silver/green/blue color scheme.  I love it so much. 

I have a fun project I just finished, using a ton of old ornaments that I replaced this year.  Hopefully I can get the pictures off my camera and onto my hard drive so I can share it here.  I always have trouble with that process!

xoxo
crissy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

and just like that...

...the holiday season is behind us!  What a fun one it was, and how quickly it flew by!  Soon we will be ringing in 2012 and my countdown to summer will officially begin.  If I had it my way, I'd live in Hawaii and enjoy warm weather year round except for the month of December where it would be allowed to snow.  But as soon as January 1st rolled around, the "tropicalness" would return.  That would be perfect! 

snow and palm trees...so pretty!

What's your ideal climate?

xoxo
crissy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas.

I hope you are enjoying a fantastic day with your family and friends.  Relax and enjoy this special day and remember the real reason of this holiday season!



crissy
xoxo

Thursday, December 22, 2011

quiet time.

It's been quiet here.  Peaceful, not rushed, a snails pace.  I like it.  Usually this time of year is full of stress, wrapping, making, sewing, cooking, and not sleeping.  This year has been different.  I really cut back on my "to-make" list and we only purchased gifts for a few people.  I started making gifts early, whenever my school work would give me a free moment, and I finished creating things way ahead of schedule.  All shopping was done online, so easy!  This allowed me to sneak in a few extra projects here and there.  It is so nice to be able to work on something without feeling rushed.  I had so much time left that I actually was able to sew matching dresses for the girls.  Wow.  I don't think I've ever had a holiday like this before.  

Unfortunately, we didn't do a few of the holiday traditions we usually take part in.  We've been too tired.  There are so many changes going on around here right now.  So many things waiting to happen.  January is going to be a month that is full of choices and hopefully new beginnings.  There are quite a few forks in the road next month and we knew that we should start preparing for those now.  And that meant stepping back and doing this holiday season a little different than before.  Are the kids going to remember that "one year where we didn't do it all?"  I doubt it.  Next year I'm sure will be full of rushing around to check everything off our list.  But this year has been nice.  No holiday caused stress (there was enough of it coming from other angles).  Lots of quiet nights spent admiring the lights on the tree, staring into the fire, and thankful for the roof over our heads.

Even if it hasn't been the most exciting of holiday seasons and we didn't get to travel like we had planned, we still have so much to be thankful for...

 miss L, 3 years old.

 baby bella, 10 months old.

Riley, 7 years old.

xoxo
crissy

Saturday, December 17, 2011

and the winner is...

Mr. random.org helped me choose a winner for my scrappy giveaway.  


Number 19 is Michelle, who said:

I will be mailing out a BIG box of scraps and fabric to Michelle on Monday!  Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway.  I hope everyone won something this year.  Unfortunately, I don't think I did.  Which is a bummer, because last year I won three different things and the year before I won two.  Oh well, you can't win them all and I still had fun!

xoxo
crissy





Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day!

The giveaway is now closed.  Thanks so much for playing, all 88 of you!!  I will be using random.org to choose a winner tomorrow morning, so stay tuned!
xoxo
crissy

It is Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew!  There are literally hundreds of other blogs that are participating, and there are so many fun items you can win!

I'll start off by introducing myself, my name is Crissy.  I love yarn, I love fabric, I love to paint, I guess you could say I love all things crafty.  I'm a shutterbug and would be lost without my camera.  I am a student, I am a mama to three cute kids, I am a wife who has a wonderful hubby that puts up with all of my nonsense, and I live in Seattle where it rains too much.

Now, for the fun part.  Here's what I am giving away...

These are scraps, tons of them, a whole drawer full.  I've been holding onto them for far to long and it is time to let go.  I thought I would eventually make a crazy quilt with them, or sew doll clothes, but it just hasn't happened yet.  These scraps are all sizes, there are even a few bigger pieces of fabric in there.  I thought that perhaps, someone else would be able to use these!  I am also including about 10 small balls of yarn that I have been hoarding for way too long.  I hope they can be used too!

To enter you must leave me a comment.  That's it.  You can say hi, or maybe tell me what your favorite crafty blog is, as I am always looking for new inspiration.  

Rules:
My giveaway is open until Friday, December 16th, 5pm PST.
I will announce the winner on Saturday, December 17th, on this post.
The winner will be notified via email so make sure I have your email!
I will ship out the box of fabric scraps and yarn by December 24th.
I'm sorry but I can't ship overseas, US and Canada only.

If you have questions, please email me at crissybell17 (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for stopping by!

(click the button for hundreds more giveaways!)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cute faces.

I woke up to these smiling faces this morning.  They make my mornings so much brighter.

In other news, today is my first day of being "final free" and no more classes until January 4th.  I do have two research projects to work on, but that's mostly reading and descriptive stats.  Nothing too terribly difficult, just a bit tedious and boring.  So it is on to Christmas crafts that I go!  I've already finished crochet beanie #5, only a few more left to complete!

xoxo
crissy

Thursday, December 8, 2011

finished!

I finished it!  (the "it" I am referring to can be found here)

It is a tree skirt!  The pattern is an old (like 1984) McCalls pattern that my mom has had forever.  It was fun to sew this pattern up and think that my mom probably was doing the same thing about 25 years ago, only instead of Miss L playing at her feet, it would have been a little ME! That is cute to think about.

xoxo
crissy



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

as promised.

I didn't have a chance to take pictures of my own, but this is what I received in the gift exchange.


I can't get over how beautiful it is!  The size is just right for me, I can fit my camera, an extra lens, plus anything baby related.  I LOVE it!  My little gift pales in comparison.  I wish I would've spent more time and made something that was not so, uhm, boring.  :(

Thank you Scotti, you really are amazing!

xoxo 
crissy 

blast from the past.

Another project from many moons ago, two years to be exact.  Well, I bought the supplies in 2009, I cut it all out in 2010, and finally I finished it in 2011.  Feels good to finish, no matter how long it took me!

xoxo
crissy

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Handmade Gift Exchange

This is my first year participating in the Handmade Gift Exchange and it was so much fun!  I have to admit, I was a little really intimidated at first because I was paired up with Scotti Oxford, aka the Inner Hooker.  She is a freaking genius, and a yarn master, who crochets the most adorably gorgeous hats, and photo props.  She sells her patterns too, I love them and have purchased quite a few.  She is famous in crochet land, so like I said before I was totally intimidated.  

Here is what I made for her.


I thought a mug rug, coffee cozy, and a cute camera strap cover would be the perfect gift for someone who likes coffee, late nights crafting, and has a DSLR.  

I used this tutorial for the camera strap cover.


The coffee cozy was easy to make so I didn't use a tutorial, but if you want one I am sure there are many floating about in blog land.


For the mug rug I just looked at several pictures of mug rugs (all so cute!), and kind of came up with my own.

I thought my gift was totally cute and crafty.  Then a big box arrived in the mail yesterday, and I just opened it.  I. was. amazed.  She made something completely gorgeous.  It is too dark to take a picture of it now, but I will post it tomorrow.  I'm totally in love with it!

xoxo
crissy

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wow, you're 3?

My little Miss L is three years old today!  My how time flies.




It seems like just yesterday I was holding you as a tiny baby, wondering what on earth I was supposed to do with a baby girl.


Then you turned one, and your personality exploded!  You were smiley, loved to talk, and had no fear!


As your 2nd birthday approached, we knew we were in trouble because you were already obsessed with dresses, shoes, and loved to sing and dance, so fancy!


Now, you are three, still a little girl, but so much different than that baby of three years ago.  You still love to sing, love to dance, have a bad habit of bossing your big brother around and you love to hug on your little sister.  You still say "I wanna hold you" when you need a hug, you love to run your fingers through my hair as you fall asleep, just as you did when you were a baby.  You are still my precious little girl and I love you very much, Leilani Rose.

xoxo
mama

birthday party.

finally an excuse to use my milk glass collection.  yay for Miss L's birthday fun!

xoxo
crissy

Saturday, December 3, 2011

a picture a day in December.

December is a busy month for me, just as it is for most.  I find it hard to post on a regular basis normally, and then you throw in Christmas, and all the hubbub that goes along with it and I really don't have any extra time for blogging.   

Thankfully instagram has come to my rescue by giving me a quick, and interesting way to post pictures.  I am going to try and post a picture each day for the month of December.  

Hope you enjoy!
glitter.  
one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.

xoxo
crissy

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December 1st!

It's finals week for me, I'm up to my ears in papers, exams, grad school apps, and birthday party planning.  Miss L is turning three on Sunday and we are having a birthday party for her on Saturday.  It's a bright and tropical Hawaiian theme, with a Christmas twist, since all of the Christmas decor is up around the house.  It will be a Mele Kalikimaka birthday party! 

I'm not sure how I am going to cram everything into the next 48 hours, but where there is a will, there is a way!

In honor of December 1st, here is a Christmasy picture.  These vintage lovelies joined my ornament collection last year.  They are beautiful!  I love the blue/green tint, the worn edges, and most of all that they were made in West Germany.  Vintage goodies of the holiday variety are so much fun to find.


xoxo
crissy

Monday, November 28, 2011

Joy

Even though this time of year is supposed to be joyful, merry, exciting, and bright, it is often, stressful, exhausting, and not very enjoyable.  There are so many pressures, deadlines, so many events all squished into a short time period, that we often forget what this time of year is really all about.  

I know that I am especially guilty of forgetting the true meaning of the season.  I get so wrapped up (no pun intended) in all the holiday gift making, the shopping, decorating, that I forget to slow down and really enjoy this special month.  

Although I know it is not realistic to completely bypass all the whirlwinds of the holiday season.  I believe it is feasible to stop, take a deep breath, enjoy a quiet moment here and there, and really soak up the specialness of this holiday, without giving yourself an ulcer.

Lately I've been inspired by two simple words.  Choose Joy.  This slogan has a very special story behind it.  Ashley is the creative genius behind the brand Lil Blue Boo which has been one of my favorite reads since I started blogging a few years ago.  Ashley is a wonderfully creative person, she is inspiring, she is an artist, a designing guru, who has the most adorable children's clothing line.  Besides all of this, she is real, she is down to earth, and she has problems just like the rest of us.  The thing that inspires me most is Ashley's decision to Choose Joy.

If we can do one thing different this holiday season.  Let's Choose Joy.  If you can't bypass the rush, the bustle, and the hustle this season.  At least you can do it with a smile on your face, and joy in your heart.



xoxo 
crissy 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fail.

I don't make very many "boy-ish" things.  I guess since my son is about to be 8, handmade items just aren't his thing anymore.  Which is ok with me.  I don't mind making girly things, but it is nice to whip up some blues, browns, and tans once in a while.

My sister is having a boy at the end of January and we gave her a shower today.  I made my nephew two hats, one similar to this and one similar to these.  I also painted three small canvases to match his nursery bedding.  Now here's the fail part.  I wrapped it all up and gave it to her without taking ANY pictures.  None.  Nothing.  Zilch.  I can't believe it.  You'll just have to believe me when I say that his gift was super cute.

Since a blog post without pictures is no fun, here's some cute feet to look at.  :)

Am I the only one that constantly forgets to take pictures of the things I create??  It's an annoying, bad habit.
xoxo
crissy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

For those that celebrate...

Wishing you all a very special Thanksgiving.  May your day be filled with love, laughter, and of course, never ending, food-filled delights!


xoxo
crissy

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pie time.

It's been a few days since I posted (alright, not a few, more like TEN!) things get so busy I just can't keep up with it all.  

My in-laws came into town for a pre-holiday visit and they just left today.  They live in Atlanta and don't make it out here much, but they were able to stay for two weeks this time.  It was so nice not having to cram a bunch of activities into five shorts days.  

We cut a Christmas tree last week and it is standing proud in our living room, decked out in tons of glitter, glass, and vintage pretties in the colors blue, green, turquoise, with some strings of lovely, white lights.  I will take a picture and post it soon!

I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving.  We are going to two Thankgiving celebrations this year and I am on pie duty (at my request).  Wednesday is my day to whip out four pumpkin pies.

When I make pumpkin pies, I like to do it from scratch, this means making my own pumpkin puree.  It is a little extra work but I think it tastes better than the canned stuff.  I followed this recipe last year and it was pretty easy, well besides the fact that the sugar pumpkin I used was SO hard.  My father-in-law had to get out the hacksaw just to cut it open!  The hacksaw was damaged beyond repair and we have since had to buy another.  This year I am using one of our pumpkins we picked up for Halloween.  I used one last year and the puree turned out quite a bit smoother than when I used a sugar pumpkin. 

Here were my victims from last year.

left = reject pumpkin that broke the hacksaw  
right = reject carving pumpkin that made the best puree

Hope you are enjoying your week!

xoxo
crissy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In my house.

I'm totally on a home decor kick right now, in the last five days I have... 

painted our dining room table.


painted this mirror (haven't hung it yet - and you don't get to see the whole thing because it is covered in finger prints!).

These ugly wood frames weren't safe either.  See that dark dresser underneath the frames?  That's my next victim.


These were unfinished wood mirrors from Ikea and they were spruced up a bit.


and, last but not least, my Ork poster finally found a frame and mat that fit perfectly and a spot in my entry way.  I have a little table in mind to go underneath it, but it needs a makeover first.


I've been lucky that it hasn't been raining here lately.  However, I looked at the forecast for the next week and all I saw were raindrops.  That is totally depressing, but at least I've have some projects to keep me busy.

xoxo
crissy

Monday, November 7, 2011

No words.

So many people are doing "wordless" posts.  I love the idea.  A single picture that tells a story, I think adding a small quote is fun, too.  Here is mine for this week...(I know it's early, but I can't wait to decorate) 


xoxo
crissy

Such a dilemma...

(this is my first "iPost" from the blogger app, exciting!)

I have two midterms tomorrow. Both of which I've been studying for most of the day and should continue studying for. But I've been getting distracted by working on some little hats for cute little heads. Yarn is just so much more interesting than the psychoanalytic learning theory right now.


Anyone else up late creating tonight?

xoxo
crissy

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Blue and green.

A gift for a dear friend and fellow Seahawks fan.  Made from lion brand, thick and chunky yarn, so very soft and I love the color combo!  This yarn crochets up super fast and it is really fun to work with.

I added a fringe at the bottom for some extra fun, and a row of single crochet up each side to make the sides look uniform.  I think it turned out cute!

xoxo
crissy



Thursday, November 3, 2011

a pumpkin here, a pumpkin there...

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I am not a huge fan of Halloween decorating.  I do, however, enjoy decorating for fall.  This year I kept it simple and tucked in some little pumpkins in a few corners of our house.  That way I can slowly pull out the Christmas decor and leave the little bits of fall up until Thanksgiving, without things looking too terribly tacky.
white pumpkins, cute!

my mom gave me these last year, one for each kid.  
they weren't painted and I finally got around to painting them last week.
weird little faces, but kind of cute too.

we were too busy for carving this year (terrible, I know).
instead I spray painted two of our pumpkins, a white and a black (the black one is a little hard to see).
a black and white checked pumpkin would be fun, maybe next year?

xoxo
crissy

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

While we are on the subject...

If you love a handmade holiday as much as I do, you should participate in the Handmade Gift Exchange organized by Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Sign-ups are from now until November 7th, so get over there and sign up!  I've never participated in this particular exchange so I am rather excited about it.



I do have one reservation, the last gift exchange I participated in my partner didn't send me anything.  That was a bummer, so I hope it doesn't happen again.

Are there any other fun exchanges going on in the blog world that I should know about?  Let me know!

xoxo
crissy

another reason I like November...

...Handmade Holidays at Sew Mama Sew!  I love, love, love it!  So many cute ideas, fun places to shop, and great prizes, too!  If you haven't already, head over there and check out Day 1 and Day 2.  Ha, that sounded like something from a Dr. Suess book.

xoxo
crissy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy November!

It's November now, which mean Christmas is LESS than two months away, which in turn means that it is time to start working on homemade gifts.  I thought that it would be fun to share some things that I've made for gifts.  Sounds like I good idea, right?  Well, there's a catch...  Most of what I'll be sharing is from last year, and I'm just now posting them.  Ha!

I made these for a friend who was having twins, a boy and a girl.  I used two skeins of thick, chunky, soft yarn for each blanket.  They are just a big granny square.  I had originally planned to make smaller squares and join them together but because the yarn was so thick, it looked better as a giant granny, instead of a bunch of little ones.


The yarn was mostly acrylic, and oh so very soft.


Funny side note, I finished the blue blanket the night I went into labor with baby B. I was up late, crocheting like a mad woman while I kept track of the contractions.  When the blanket was finished, I got up, called my midwife, and told my husband we needed to go to the birth center, baby B came six hours later!


xoxo
crissy

Friday, October 28, 2011

Butterflies

I took these pictures back in April, I've been diving deeper and deeper into photography.  I love it, I really do.  These were taken at a butterfly exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.  Pretty cool place to explore.  I had never been to the butterfly exhibit before, so this was a treat...

(all of these were taken with with a 35mm lens, f/3.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 200)






Butterflies are so delicate and beautiful.  Although I've heard of quite a few people who are actually afraid of them?  Really?  Do you have any strange phobias about insects?

xoxo
crissy