Thursday, March 16, 2017

12/52 Self Portraits in Black and White

DSC_0193_2 For the past couple of weeks I've been slightly obsessed with rag dolls. My Instagram and Pinterest feeds are filled with them. I was searching for books and patterns on making rag dolls and realized I already had one. I devoured it in one setting! I see some handmade rag dolls in my future.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sewing Chronicles - Spring Daisy Pajama Pants

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Hi Peeps! I have a new sewing project to share. Daisy pajama pants!

I haven't gotten my confidence up enough to tackle any of the vintage dresses I want to make, but wanted to sew something. Since I live in pajamas when home, I figured this was a good start for my first commercial pattern. It's Simplicity 2290, a learn to sew pattern. All I've learned in Mimi G's Sew It Academy so far helped me with this project. If you want to learn to sew I recommend Mimi G. She is awesome!

These pants are so comfy! They are a tad too big, I should have cut the medium instead of the large, but pajamas are comfiest when big. At least I think so. I lounged around in these most of the day. The project actually helped boost my confidence a little. I think I'm ready to tackle a simple dress. I've decided to get a serger, so as soon as it arrives (I can't wait!) I will be ready to make a dress! At least I think I'll be ready. Sergers look kind of scary!

Friday, March 10, 2017

11/52 Self Portraits in Black And White - Happy Birthday Mommy!

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Today is my Mommy's birthday. She would have been 62, but she will forever be 31. I wanted to pay tribute to her today, by showing off this sweater. This sweater is over 30 years old and the only thing I kept of my Moms. She wore it all the time. I always thought it was too busy and never really liked it, but it was her. The sweater has been tucked away in the closet and one day I decided to pull it out and try it on. As I slide my arms into the sleeve I really NOTICED the sweater. I mean really looked at it and realized it was hand knit! I always thought it was store bought. Being a knitter now, I was able to tell the hand knit stitches, and all the work my Mom put into this sweater. All the little flowers, the diamond motif, the yarn made buttons. It was just amazing to me. No wonder my Mom wore it all the time. She must have been so proud of her work. Having this knowledge, the sweater is more precious to me than ever.


I love that I share knitting with her, that we have this connection. Her memory, her life, her gift is alive in me. 


Happy Birthday Mommy! I love you always and forever.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Doll

IMG_0387 IMG_0397 IMG_0410 This doll has been in the making for over a year. She had been sitting patiently waiting to be finished and I finally, FINALLY finished her. I haven't made a knit doll in a while and not ready to do one anytime soon. I say that, but who knows. The urge to make a doll can strike at any time. I'm just glad this one is finished and off to my cousin.

Friday, March 3, 2017

10/52 Self Portraits in Black and White - My Love of Dolls

DSC_0571_2 I love dolls. Not the plastic, mass manufactured dolls, but unique handmade knit or cloth dolls. Raggedy Ann was one of my favorites growing up. She still is.

I've written about my love of dolls before, but have never shared my most cherished doll. My Cabbage Patch doll. This was the last doll my Mom gave to me before she died. She has followed me everywhere since I got her. From state to state, city to city, house to house. No matter where my life has taken me, through good times, and bad she's been there. Since we moved to this house, she's been residing on a self in my closet. I smile whenever I see her, think of my mom and last Christmas she was alive. It's bittersweet.

You know as I sit and write this, I realize she doesn't have a name. Well, I'm sure she had a name when I first got her, but I can't remember it, and don't recall calling her anything but "my cabbage patch doll" How sad. I really need to name her. She deserves a name for always being there. A tangible piece of my childhood.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy March 1!

IMG_0328 IMG_0341 Happy March 1! Spring is just around the corner and I am so ready for warm weather and planting flowers. These flowers come up each Spring. I can't remember what they are called, but I love the vibrant purple.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” ~ Shug Avery, The Color Purple

With the warm weather, I decided to make a salad today. I had this one Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado + Bacon Salad pinned on my Salad and Slaw Pinterest board and decided to try it out. It was sooo good. I loved the dressing. Fonzy loved it too. Definitely keeping it in rotation.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Anniversary Flowers

DSC_0496_2 Morning coffee, sunshine and anniversary flowers. Good way to start the day.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's Our Anniversary

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I love this picture of us. We took it while in Atlanta for my Aunt's funeral. Its nothing special, just a shot taken outside our hotel, but I love the way we are in this picture. We just FIT. I can't really explain it, but I love it.

IMG_0134 IMG_0143 For our anniversary today we decided to head out to dinner. That's one of the perks of having older kids and just one still at home. We can go on impromptu dates and not have to worry about the kids. A peak at whats to come when the baby leaves in about 3 years for college.

I'm not a drinker, but decided to get a drink. I like fruity drinks and this fit the bill. I can't remember the name of it, but it was good. I got a vampire taco, in the picture above. The first couple of bites were good, but then it got real spicy and I couldn't finish the second one. Our appetizer was extra yummy though and I wished we had more. Crab cakes with fresh mango & papaya, passion fruit beurre blanc, tomato oil. I thought I had a picture of it, but I guess not. I kind of slacked on the picture taking, but enjoyed the night out. 

9/52 - Self Portraits in Black and White - Anniversary Edition!

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Most nights as I get ready for bed, I look for one of Fonzy's old white t-shirts. Even though I have plenty of pajamas, there's nothing better than sleeping in one of his t-shirts. If I have nightmares, I nudge him awake, he will pull me close to him and my nightmares go away.

Today we have been married for 14 years. Come July, we will have been together for 19 years. It hasn't always been rainbows and sunshine. We've fought, broken up, made up, laughed and cried. Some days we can't get enough of each other, some days we can't stand each other. But that's how love is sometimes.

I love this life we've built together. We have 2 boys who have grown up to be pretty good kids. One has already spread his wings and left the nest(college), the other is close behind, I'm looking forward to what our new life will be. Just the two of us. We've talked of traveling and new adventures. No matter what, we've got each other.

So Fonzy, here's to what was probably just a booty call in the beginning to almost 19 years of happily ever after!

I love you always and forever! And your white shirts.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Puerto Rican County Girl

DSC_0227_2 DSC_0233_2 DSC_0250_3I grew up in Dunkirk NY, the westernmost city in New York, right on Lake Erie. Dunkirk and the surrounding areas have miles and miles of farms and vineyards. It’s a very rural area. At 16 I moved to Texas and people would ask where I was from. I would say New York and they automatically assumed NYC. Sometimes I corrected them, sometimes not. I wanted to be that Nuyorican from NYC. I told everyone in Texas they were country and I was oh so citified. I have never even been to NYC, even though I was born and raised in New York. I still have a fascination with NYC and it's on my bucket list to visit but I've come to terms with who I really am. A Puerto Rican country girl! Give me wide open spaces, a big red barn, vegetable garden, flower beds, some chickens rooting around, a big front porch with rocking chairs and I will happily sip my morning coffee and enjoy the country life. Or - give me a house on the beach. Either will do!

Beauty-Full Day

IMG_0077 It's going to be a beauty-full day - because I said so!

Friday, February 17, 2017

8/52 - Self Portraits in Black and White

DSC_0118_2 It's been an emotional week.

My beautiful Aunt Elba passed away from cancer. She was only 59. Too young. What brings me comfort is she is now in Heaven with my Mom, her only sister and my Grandmother, her Mom. All together again. ❤❤❤

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Road Tripping Knitting

IMG_0026 Heading back home from an unexpected road trip. Fonzy singing, I'm knitting. That's what usually goes down on our road trips.

Friday, February 10, 2017

7/52 Self Portraits in Black and White

DSC_0575_2 We are in week seven and I'm still hanging in there. Yay me!

I'm not sure where this journey is going to take me. I have ideas swirling in my head for portraits. Some strange, a little crazy, some pulling me out of my comfort zone. But I'm feeling this was the purpose of the project. I want the pictures to capture the essence of me. The day to day, but also the weird, crazy, strange images I have in my mind.

This weeks picture states my everyday. Coffee, knitting and wishing for a nap!

Friday!

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I love Fridays. Especially Fridays off from work. Enjoying a lazy morning in bed with coffee and a little bit of knitting.

Happy Weekend Peeps!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Neutral Baby Blanket and Pale Pink Sweater

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I finished my nieces baby blanket and sweater in time for the baby shower. I love the soft, neutral colors. It's going to be so much fun having a little girl to dress and play with! My sister and I are too excited!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

6/52 - Self Portraits in Black and White

DSC_0464_3  The morning hair struggle is REAL!

When I was in middle school, my hair was short. I'm not sure if it was because I wanted it short, or because my Mom got tired of doing it. I have always been tender-headed and getting my hair done was pure torture! I remember one day, sitting in class and some kids were making fun of my hair. Saying it was so short and I looked like a boy and was ugly. I remember that day clearly. Tears welled up in my eyes and I hated my hair! I wanted so bad for it to be long.

My hair grew back, but when Halle Berry's short hair became popular, I cut my hair like hers. The kids in middle school taunting me came to mind, but I don't recall hating my hair then.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my hair. I've wanted it curly, then bone straight, thinner, a lighter color, maybe even red. I was never quite satisfied. But now, I actually love my hair. Yes, it takes a long time to do, yes sometimes it's a hot mess, but that's ok. I don't plan on cutting it short ever again.

My Grandmother would always quote the Bible saying a women's hair is her crowning glory and should never be cut. She would be so happy with it now.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Something Pretty and Pale Pink Baby Sweater

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Saw these tulips at the store and couldn't pass them up. I needed something pretty to look at.

I just realized my sister's baby shower is next weekend! GASP! I need to get working on a gift. Pale pink baby sweater on the needles.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Green Chunky Blanket

IMG_9490 Green chunky blanket Green chunky blanket_2 When I finished my chunky cable blanket over the Thanksgiving holiday, I said it would be a while before I attempted another one.

Well, I guess a while for me has passed. I have started another chunky blanket. This one is for my sister. I'm loving the green! Let's hope I don't decide to keep this one for myself also!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

3/52 ~ Black and White Self Portraits ~ Today I Marched!!!

DSC_0163_3 I've never participated in a march before, but today that changed. Today I marched!!!

When I woke up this morning, it was a dreary, foggy day. All I wanted to do was stay curled up in bed. But I couldn't do it. I got out of bed, jumped in the shower, braided my hair, put my pussyhat on and rolled out.

I grabbed some coffee, picked up my girlfriend and we made our way downtown. I can't tell you how empowering it felt to be in that crowd. Neither one of us had ever marched before, so we didn't know what to expect. We were just excited and hyped to be there. We were among women of all ages, race, color, and creed! There were little girls in strollers chanting along with women probably in their 80s. We were there to stand together in solidarity and fight for our rights as generations of women before us did. A few older women had signs stating they couldn't believe they were still fighting for this sh*t! And we are!

We marched, we chanted, we laughed, we shared stories. The atmosphere was electric and filled with hope!

I felt so proud to be among them all. Fighting for our rights. Fighting for human rights. If we all stand together, we can make a change.

WE ARE WOMEN! HEAR US ROAR!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Making of a Blanket ~ Chunky Cable Blanket

IMG_5426 IMG_5458 IMG_6921 pumpkin IMG_7468 IMG_7467 IMG_7573 IMG_8009 IMG_8248 IMG_8443 IMG_8632 IMG_8490 IMG_9056 IMG_9059 I LOVE this blanket!

This is my biggest knit project to date and my favorite. I started it on July 22, 2016 and finished it November 24, 2016, Thanksgiving day. As I look over the pictures of my progress I noticed most of my knitting was done in the Fall. Starting a thick chunky blanket in July probably wasn't the best idea.

Since finishing this blanket it has gotten lots of use. I cuddle up in it while watching TV. Drape it over our bed at night for extra warmth. It's my go to blanket. Hubby isn't too fond of it, says it's too heavy and hot for him, but isn't that the point of a blanket. To wrap you in warmth. During our Christmas break, we binge watched Game of Thorns and he said my blanket would fit in perfectly with the Night Watch at The Wall, with all the snow, cold and Jon Snow. He's called it my Game of Thrones blanket.

Sidenote: We loved Game of Thrones! One of the best series. Can't wait for Season 7. 

When I finished this blanket, I said I wouldn't knit another chunky blanket for a while and started to knit other things, but guess what? A new chunky blanket is calling me. I love knitting with chunky yarn and big needles. The size 8's I'm using for a few hats right now are killing me! I happily cast on a new chunky blanket the other day. It's not the same pattern, but I'm loving it and how easy it is. Just knit and purl. I'll be posting it soon.

The pattern for this chunky cable blanket is by Go-Girl Knitting, the Aspen Blanket, and can be found on my project page here on Ravelry.