Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas Joy!

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days folks. On Friday night, the cold that I thought was going away came back with a vengence. I managed to get some chores done on Saturday and we also picked up our Christmas tree before I started running a fever.

We had some drama finding the screws that went with the tree stand, so we weren't able to decorate until this morning when we found the screws. I also skipped church and a girl scout trip to get some much needed rest. I'm still sick, but I feel much better than I did this morning.

Here's our tree. I cut off the top of the pic..oops. We've got a lit angel on top of the tree. The tree we picked out this year smells wonderful!!! The smell of pine makes me SO happy. Its hard to see the tree skirt, but its a Disney one with all the characters dressed as toy soldiers. The skirt was a Christmas gift from my dad a few years ago.

This wooden bear is my favorite ornament. I bought it when I was pregnant and its been my favorite since. Something about it just says old school Christmas. Maybe because it doesn't light up or talk or need batteries. LOL

Here I am being silly with a wreath I made last year. I normally don't take pics without makeup, but when you're sick, you just don't care. haha. Pi's face is hysterical in this pic!!!

I felt bad that we skipped the girl scout trip, so I promised my little monster that we'd break in the new cookie cutters I got for my birthday and bake sugar cookies. We haven't decorated them yet, but they're tasty even without icing!!

I've done a little crocheting this weekend, though not as much as I'd like.
With curly hair, its nearly impossible to wear a regular hat in the mornings when my hair is wet. If I do, I end up with flat hair on top...not a good look! So I wanted a headwrap that would cover my ears and forehead but leave the back of my hair open.
After a few days of sketching and playing with gauge, I came up with this. Its a headwrap with jacob's ladder for texture. I really like it! Its just a bit too wide for me. so before I write up the final pattern, I'm going to change the width to make it a bit more narrow at the top.

Side view. I added a button to make it easy to put on and take off. Tell me what you think. Suggestions on changes?

If you've made it this far, I'll reward you with a funny video. I bought the dancing Santa in that video when Pi was 2. She didn't take an interest in it until she was 5, but let me tell you, the kid LOVES this thing now! She looks forward to it nearly as much as the tree itself. She plays it and dances along to it NON-STOP!!
Its the kind of thing I'll need to show her boyfriends when she grows up.

(just so you know, I asked Pi's permission to post that)


HobbyZu said...

Very cute headband! *gasp!* That's what that stitch is called?! I've been seeing it everywhere but didn't know the name. Thank you so much! Now I can look it up. :-)
Your tree is beautiful by the way. I wish we could get a real one, but we stay on the 3rd floor and I don't feel like vacuuming the whole building. ;-) Maybe next year.

Bezzie said...

You'll love that headband. I wear my hair in a bun all the freaking time and hats just aren't pretty over a bun. I swear by the headbands!

Laura said...

That headband is really cute! I know what you mean about the curly hair - my daughter's hair is super curly (she's biracial), and it's almost always in a ponytail (it bothers her when it's down, and she hates braids), but she can't wear a hat with a ponytail, without messing up her hair. I saw some knitted headbands like that on Ravelry, and loved them, but I can't knit. How cool that you made a crocheted one!

Lesalicious said...

Headband is really nice like it. Love your tree great job. Hope your cold goes away far far away I hate it when I get sick. Feel better soon.

Laurah said...

Wow! We must be on the same wave length or something. I've been making a bunch of headbands/warmers for Christmas presents, but there are not that many free patterns out there. Yours looks great! I like the button closure and I can't wait to learn that new stitch.
Your daughter is so cute! It's been a while since I've had a kid-ified X-mas, so I appreciate her Chrstmas spirit. Get well soom!

Anonymous said...

The tree is gorgeous, I love the teddy bear ornament, you look fantastic with out make up, I want the sugar cookie recipe, I miss the smell of Pine,,,, cool headband, but I need a bun holder thinger for my head,,,,,, my Monster is being fussy right now, so I am in a bit of a hurry. Ciao!!

Cami said...

I love your silly photo! And your tree is beautiful. Looks like you are ready for Christmas. Love the headband, you do such good work on everything you make.

Mimi said...

That was a really good dance! I bet she'd be proud to show it off when she's grown-up ;)
The headband looks lovely and the cookies look yummy and so the bear ornament too!

Laurah said...

Your pattern ideas are great! You might want to consider submitting to the Crochet-A-Day calendar (if you haven't already heard). The deadline is around the 15th though, so it's coming up pretty soon and very close to X-mas.

Laurah said...

I'm glad you like my baby blanket patterns!
About the Crochet-A-Day - I'm planning to submit something. I'm just not quite sure what that something is yet.
I think it would be worth it for you to submit your design. I want to make one right now! (Also, having a willing model is a plus.)