December 15, 2009

The Final Card

Just a quick fly by post to show off our final Christmas Card:

Totally the most adorable of the shoot. 

I also posted just in time to play along with this:

which is going on over at a A Mom Two Boys

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my wonderful blog friends!  Thanks so much for being here this year through all of the sporadic posting and life changes!!!

December 11, 2009

Christmas Card Preview

So after doing something spectacular (and time consuming) for our Christmas card last year this year we decided to punt. Picture of the baby, premade card picked from a website, aaaaaand done. Besides, we figured, if we sent out anything other than a picture of the kid people would be all “Whaaaa? Where’s the baby? That is some crap.”

Should be easy, right?

So I set up my whole ghetto lightbox that I usually use for photographing yarn (did a big shop update today, btw), put the baby in something holiday and adorable and figured we’d be done in no time.

Silly, mommy.

Uh huh.  Almost 9 month olds are a lot wigglier then yarn.


My first mistake was to put her in shoes she’d never seen before.

Hmmm what are those?

I wonder if I could put them in my mouth.

They are so awesome.

I understand that you are telling me not to do this but I really don’t care.

So then I tried leaning her back like a tiny baby for just a head shot.

Why would you do that to me! I was playing with the shoes!

Yeah that was a FAIL.

Not cool, mommy. Hey what’s this.

Ooooh this is fun to play with!

Mmmmmm… I’m going to tear apart your set now.

Look at those things!

Finally I brought in the big guns. I called Dexter into the room.

Hey it’s my doggie!

I go get him now.

Well, shit. So then I tried making her do some “So Big’s” thinking it would get her focused on me and I’d grab a shot inbetween the flailing arms.

So Big!

I said Soooo Big!

Soooo Big?

Well from there she got into the posing and made me wonder if perhaps we had watched a bit too many ANTM marathons in those early, sleep deprived weeks.

I’m fierce.

Am I Smizing?

Benny Ninja taught me this pose himself.

The whole operation wasn’t a total failure, though.

Sure about that, Mommy?

I did manage to get some cute shots where she didn’t look like a crazy baby.

I’m not crazy baby.

Not crazy at all.

I’m not going to post the final Christmas card shot just yet since that would spoil the surprise. But I will tell you that it’s even cuter than this one:

How can it be cuter? This is pretty stinking cute.

Merry Christmas!!!

December 5, 2009

Blog it Forward

So last night I went to the Blog it Forward organized by Chef's Widow over at the Greenhouse Tavern on W 4th. I have to admit that I was really nervous about going. I’ve never met bloggers in real life before that weren’t knit bloggers. With knitters it was never a big deal because no matter what you at least have something in common. One thing you can talk about. And there’s always the “so whatcha working on” icebreaker.

Not so much in this situation.

And worse because to be even more honest I hadn’t even heard of most of these bloggers (even the really big ones) until this week. The only ones that I had ever read before were Throwing Quarters, Cleveland’s a Plum, and Domestic Extraordinaire. So I wouldn’t even have that to talk about.

Throw in a few cocktails and potential to make an ass out of myself was extremely high.

But I “know” Anissa and I wanted to help out in some way. This seemed like a much, much nicer way to show support for her family than a random donation through their paypal account.

So I put on my big girl pants, grabbed my camera, and went.

I’m so, so glad that I did.

Everyone was very nice and welcoming. And I never felt as out of place as I expected to. Although this conversation between me and one of the Very Nice Cleveland Bloggers happened more than once:

Me: “I’m Life in Cleveland”
VNCB: “Never heard of you”
Me: “Yeah probably not. I’m a knit blog.”
VNCB: Blink.
Me: “Knitting? Like with yarn?” flails hands wildly in knitting motions
VNCB: Blink. Blink. (slowly backing away from the crazy)
Me: “I’m going to go find some more wine.”

I am a terrible life blogger, though, b/c my nervousness won out and I took exactly 3 pictures.

This one:


This one of the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life:

I tried to eat them daintily and in an appropriate fashion for meeting new people but I pretty much wanted to dive in head first bones flying. They were that good.

And this one:

Of me and Michelle who were the “Last Bloggers Standing” By that point the wine had loosened my inhibitions enough that I was ok with taking pictures of people I had never met.

So yeah. Not a very good recap of what was an amazing event for an amazing cause.

Very Nice Cleveland Bloggers/Twitterers that I met: Chef's Widow, Throwing Quarters, Cleveland’s a Plum, All Lacquered Up, Domestic Extraordinaire, Snipermom, OHMommy, Rimarama, Kasey Crabtree, chefpallardy, KaKaty, Phil Dennison, My Managed ChaosTony Ramos, Shawnee's Girl, West of Cleveland! (If I missed you I'm so sorry!  Please let me know and I"ll add your link!)

December 3, 2009

Behold the power of Blog

So I’ve been blogging for awhile now. 4 years in internet time is like a millennium in real time. But I’m still constantly amazed and floored at the power that these little DIY websites can have.

Last month a blogger that I “know” - Anissa of Aiming Low - suffered from a stoke.

She’s in her 30’s and a mother.

I can’t even imagine what her family has been going through these past few weeks as she has fought for her life in intensive care. And I keep thinking about her and them and wanting to help. Even though this is a woman who I’ve never met and who I wouldn’t ever even know existed if it weren’t for a pop culture blog. Tonight I’m going to a benefit for her family. If you want to join me here are the details:

And because this is a blog and therefore I have to talk about myself… another story:

Recently Destination Yarn was linked on by both Cookie A* and Anne Hanson** and the result was staggering. Cookie was knitting a pair of socks out of my Copenhagen colorway, and Anne said that she loved Harvest Moon and since then I’ve barely been able to keep either in stock. I mean I know they’re pretty:

But WOW. I had no idea. Well I kindof did… but I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to have so many knitters interested in my little business. It finally feels like I’ve made it as a legitimate indie dyer and that I’m not just some crazy lady with blue hands and a weird hobby.

All because of blogs.

I really do need to write more…

*Yes. That Cookie A. of Monkeys and Sunshine and all that is right with sock knitting. Also I clearly did not make too big of an ass out of myself at her sock design class. I tried not to be too fangirl but you know. It happens. Especially when Cookie A! Likes! My! Yarn! Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!

**Yes. The Anne Hanson of Knitspot and lace knitting and a garden that blows the doors off of my pathetic attempts at tomatoes.

November 7, 2009

Shiny #1 – Pretty, pretty socks.

My first shiny object? 2 gorgeous socks – designed specifically for Destination Yarn!

Remember the Amber Waves of Grain socks?

The kit including pattern and this yarn is now available! If you want one (and you know you do) you can buy them either through the whenever_again yahoo group here, or their ravelry group here. They are only taking orders through Nov 15 so get them while you can!

Dawn – the incredibly talented designer over at knitting nonstop (her Rav group is here) – has designed a new sock pattern featuring Sea from the America the Beautiful Series. Check out how shiny:


The pattern isn’t available yet but she’s having a naming contest. Head over to her blog and post your ideas. I’ve heard the prize is pretty awesome. Also I will be doing another run of this limited edition colorway once she releases the pattern – probably sometime in the next few weeks.

And my last shiny…. Today I’m going to a sock class taught by Cookie A. Yes. THE Cookie A. Of Sock Innovations. And Monkeys and Sunshine. Uh huh. I’m going to try not to make an ass out of myself being all “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy” but no promises. It’s Cookie flipping A.


November 5, 2009

Shiny times ahead!

So my new reclaim the blog plan is to commit to posting a Shiny once a week. Even if it’s just one image. I just need to get my creative juices flowing again and hopefully things will take off from there.

Shiny: Something that makes you go “squee” or “oooh” or “fuzzy” or “eeeh!”

For example...

Baby going to town on a club cracker =  Shiny!
I love mommy because she's going get all of the sweet taters out of my hairs!

Pretty pretty yarn = Shiny!
Neworleanscustom 001
Custom order I dyed - the three solids match the three colors in New Orleans.

Bean in Chicago = literally shiny!
Vacation we took in July that sadly went unblogged.

Really, really shiny.
We stopped in Chicago pretty much just to see the bean.  Totally worth it.

Family picture in the bean = TOO SHINY!


I’m guessing that this will include lots of pictures of my kid, my dog, my yarn, or my knitting. At the very least I’ll dig back and post a pretty travel photograph. But expect something visually interesting at least once a week.

Shiny times ahead!

November 4, 2009

Fall is flying by

How about a catch-up list?

1.) At the beginning of Oct. we took a trip to Dayton for the wedding of one of my former college roommates:
Jill's wedding
It was crazy to see people we hadn’t seen since graduation. And even crazier to introduce them to our baby. Man how time flies!

1.) Our five year anniversary was Oct 9:
5 years
It’s odd to me not that it could pass with so little fanfar – but that we would be so very ok with that. We’re just too busy right now to take any time to go anywhere or do anything interesting. So we celebrated simply at home and honestly a night to just hang out together without either of us working was pretty awesome.

2.) Since we didn’t take a fall trip this year I’ve been reliving past years through yarn:

New series semi-solids based on a Fall Road Trip.

I’m a big fan of all of them and so I think these will stick around for awhile. Perhaps not permanent additions to my line but I will definitely dye them again.  They are all available now at Destination Yarn!

Fall Road Trip
Oh and I did the compilation, too:
Fall Road Trip
Which looks exactly like if you were driving through fall:
Fall Road Trip

3.) I was sick all of the week before Halloween so we didn’t do anything – which sucked b/c there was a big party I was looking forward to for awhile. Boo to that. The baby, however, was a bumblebee:

Which was about the cutest thing in the entire world.

And that’s about all I’ve got. I have a plan, though, which will hopefully get me blogging again… more on it later!

October 18, 2009

Baby vs Food

So we've started trying to feed the baby finger foods... and the results are pretty hilarious. Poor kid doesn't quite get it yet:
Baby vs finger food
Ooooh Yay! I like Sweet Potato Puffs!

Baby vs finger food
I just have to figure out how to get them into my mouth...

Baby vs finger food
I think I grab it with my hand...

Baby vs finger food
And then put it in my mouth.

Baby vs finger food
I said "and then I put it in my mouth"

Baby vs finger food
I don't understand why that didn't work.

Baby vs finger food
Ooooh ok it's in the other hand! Now I get it.

Baby vs finger food
I just put it in my mouth.

Baby vs finger food
It's ok. It's ok. I can figure this out.

Baby vs finger food
I just put it in my mouth.

Baby vs finger food
is seriously starting to piss me off.

Baby vs finger food
Maybe if I shove my whole fist in?

Baby vs finger food
Or could you just put one in there for me?

Baby vs finger food
Thanks, Mommy! That was delicious!
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