Thursday, October 23, 2014

a long excuse and the perfect little toddler necklace

I haven't blogged much lately and I really do miss writing in this space. I tend to be the type of person who dreams big and takes on a lot of tasks without being realistic about what I actually have time/energy to accomplish. The first thing on my list is always my family. I spend my mornings making sure the boys have something active and fun to do and I love doing that. The weather has been perfect for park play dates lately! The kids love playing with their friends, and I love chatting with mine!

During the sparse moments when I know that my family is taken care of (naptime and in the evenings), I've been working crazy hard writing new crochet patterns, knitting for my sanity, and working on new products. I also joined a local pop-up handmade market and I have loved being a part  of that (The Makers Market). Last month was only my second ever craft fair type gig. It was a lot of work, and I definitely have a lot to learn, but I really enjoyed it! It is empowering (and also terrifying) to stand there and show the world what I have made!

I never know how excited anyone else is going to get about the products I make but I certainly get excited about them! Sometimes I even sleep next to them...

My latest design are these adorable crochet beaded toddler necklaces!

I spent a while trying to work out the right materials and the style/amount of beads that I liked. Thanks to a friend with a toddler daughter of her own and a lot of pondering I finally landed on a final decision. 

The suede cording is soft and doesn't shed which makes these necklaces so comfortable for little baby skin! The beads are natural wood and the crochet thread is 100% cotton which makes them completely safe and even acceptable for little teething mouths to chew and slobber on (the necklaces are tied tight and secure, so no beads should be able to slip off)!

My favorite part is that you get to decide on your own color choices!

To purchase you can either stop by my shop, Love City Crochet, or simply shoot me an email with your preferred Paypal email and color choices and I'll send you a Paypal invoice! (

So there you have it... a glimpse into my jam-packed daily life. A lengthy (too lengthy?) excuse for my failure to entertain you more often with my ramblings and designs. And I didn't even get into the whole "sewing machine broke so I haven't even started the Halloween costumes yet" debacle, or the shows that I'm currently sucked into that are taking time away from what I should be doing, or the book that I started and love.

But we can save those for another day...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

the one where I talk about myself + free glasses

I don't usually write much about myself. I typically stick to blogging about the kids because they are much cuter and more interesting. But I thought maybe one day, my children will want to know what I was actually like, aside from whatever random memories might stick in their heads. Maybe they'll remember what I sang to them each night, or how I took them to the zoo, but they'll probably forget about these little quirks that make me, me. I'm their mom, but I'm also a person...

So here are a few random things about me, that you probably didn't want to know, but that I hope my kids one day will want to know...

>>> I am painfully shy. This also makes me super awkward in social situations. It's a work in progress.

>>> Getting interrupted is my biggest pet peeve, although I accidentally do it to other people all the time.

>>> My eyes get worse with every baby that I have. Contacts don't like my eye balls for some reason, so I started wearing glasses full time. Wearing glasses isn't my favorite thing, but when I find a cute pair, like pictured above from Firmoo, it makes it much easier (*see below for more details).

>>> I love to sleep, but can never seem to get enough!

>>> I love to read, but am very picky about my books. They have to really catch my attention on the first page, or I just won't be able to get into it!

>>> Making things makes me happy. Okay, if you're reading this, then you definitely know that about me already, but it's a big part of my life so I had to add it to the list!

>>> I love history, mostly world war II era and the Regency period. Love me some Jane Austen!

>>> I watch an embarrassing amount of world war II documentaries on Netflix.

>>> I would pick a podcast to listen to, over music, any day.

>>> When I was growing up, and even in college, dance was my life. I didn't do, or think about, anything else. I never thought there would be a time in my life that I would actually choose to not dance. I do miss it sometimes, but I still get to do what I love even though my passions have changed.

>>> Diet Dr. Pepper is my drug. And Target trail mix. And ice cream.

>>> I can't fall asleep without some sort of noise, but it can't be music.

>>> I love being the mom of boys.

* The glasses pictured above are c/o I love the style that I chose and have had fun wearing them with my many fit n' flair dresses! If you have been struggling with contacts like I have, or just need to update your old pair of glasses, Firmoo has a lot of great, affordable styles to choose from! And did you know?  You can get your first pair of glasses for free! No joke. It's pretty rad.

And for any of you returning customers, Firmoo is offering $15 off vouchers for 5 lucky readers! Please visit Firmoo's site and comment with your favorite style of glasses and your email address. I will choose 5 lucky winners at random!

**I did receive free eyewear for this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

life lately: according to Milo

Reading: an I-spy book with "funny teeth."

Loving: monkeys. always, monkeys.

Saying: "Ta-da!" about 100 times per day repeating any other word he hears and likes.

Wearing: a random usb cord around his neck like a necklace, or cape?

Playing: with legos, because he has to be just like his brothers. and they have to play with him, or he gets cranky!

Giving: loves and kisses and endless entertainment

Friday, September 26, 2014

the zoo, and a learning experience

Watching my boys discover the world is one of my favorite things. So many things are new to them and that makes the world so exciting. When I spend my time stressing about making sure everyone has a healthy snack, wiping sticky fingers, and keeping everyone happy, the boys are busy learning and exploring. They don't have a care in the world and this allows them to notice (and enjoy) even the littlest things. 

We took a trip to the zoo, with some wonderful friends, earlier this week. It was a great trip, but I felt like I was struggling to corral my kids the entire time. I had to make sure I didn't lose anybody while looking at as many animals as we could. By the time we got in the car to leave, I was completely exhausted and kind of wondering if it was worth all that work! Then I came home and started scrolling through the pictures I had taken. I was struck by how happy and carefree the boys looked. The boys loved the zoo. They loved the animals (especially the peek-a-boo playing chimp), despite my wigged out, control freak self. 

These boys, they're always teaching me something and I am so grateful for that! So here's to letting go and trying to enjoy experiences rather than control them!


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

knitting love {cinched turban head wrap}


I am in the process of growing my hair out. And boy, is it a longgg process! With the heat of the summer, I have been dying to be able to throw it up into a bun high on my head! I am almost there, but there are still all these short stragglers underneath that can't quite reach up the back of my head. And for some reason, bobby pins are useless back there! 

I decided that a wide headband was the perfect way to hold my hair in and keep it off my neck! Also, I just love a good turban headband, don't you!? I knit this one up real quick and I kind of love it. It is really (I mean really) simple, but I used a larger needle to make it look a little more interesting. And there's also that gathered cinch in the center, that I love, that makes me feel all "Rosie the Riveter-esque."

Any worsted or medium weight yarn
Size 11 knitting needles
Tapestry needle

How To:
Measure head from forehead to the nape of your neck.
1. CO 30 sts.
2. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in last 4 sts.
2. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in last 4 sts.
3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until piece matches your head measurement. Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing together.
4. Attach tapestry needle to the long tail and sew the two short ends of your piece together as if you were closing a seem. Tie off, but don't cut your yarn just yet.
5. Cinch/gather the fabric together where you just sewed your seem. Slide your tapestry needle through this gathered section to keep it together. Tie off, making sure the gather/cinch stays tight. Weave in loose ends.

Like I said, it is so easy with a basic garter stitch and ribbing along the edges, but using the larger needle makes the fabric of the yarn look kind of stripey and lacey at the same time. It gives it a loose, stretchy texture that I really like. 

This turban head wrap would make a great ear warmer in cooler temps, but has also been great at keeping the hair off my neck!

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