Friday, October 31, 2014

pirates and monkeys and dinosaurs! Oh, my!











Halloween is such a fun time of year, especially as the kids get older. I usually stress myself out trying to make their costumes but when the boys love them and wear them for months after, all that work is so worth it!

This year's costume making adventure was particularly interesting since my sewing machine decided to freak out and die on me. I had to sew everything by hand, so I tried to make things as easy for myself as possible.

We decided long ago that Milo would dress up as a monkey. He loves monkeys. He's obsessed with monkeys. It's weird and cute. I decided that a sock monkey costume would be the easiest thing to do. He already had a cute knit outfit that sorta looked "sock monkey-ish" and then I just added a knit monkey hat to match!

Owen wanted to be a transformer but I convinced him otherwise since well, been there done that! His second choice was a dinosaur! I bought cute striped footie pj's from Walmart and then hand sewed the tail and hood onto the pj's with fleece. When it comes to Halloween costumes, fleece and felt are my best friend! No need to worry about fancy seems! I absolutely L.O.V.E. how Owen's costume turned out! I especially love how his tail wags back and forth as he runs around. It's hilarious and adorable.

Ande also wanted to be a transformer again, but I strongly encouraged a little variety! His "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" costume was pretty easy to piece together. Once again, I used fleece to make his vest and felt to make his boot covers. I love his very pirate-y facial expressions when I ask him to pose for the camera!

And now we are just anxiously awaiting 6 o'clock so the boys can run around the neighborhood and beg for candy from strangers! Halloween is such a strange little holiday, yet oh so fun.

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!