28 April 2011


So it may come as no surprise to you that Peeper Pan didn't win anything. I was kind of disappointed. But at least first place went to a State Fair-related diorama. FAIR!!!

So I'll just catch you up on the last few weeks.

Brent went to Brazil.


This is the view from his balcony. It's ok to hate him a little bit.


But in case he got too full of himself, they made him ride to the conference on this pink bus.


My parents came to stay while he was gone. Which was great.

Then it snowed. NOT GREAT.


We dyed eggs.

Easter Eggs

I remember before we had kids I used to dye the eggs with all-natural dyes--I'd simmer beets, use turmeric, and save paper onion skins for months. Now we use the Tinker Bell extra neon bright kit.

Dying Eggs

The girls went through 18 eggs in about 90 seconds. So they did them all again! and again!!

Dying Eggs

We went to a nice Easter at my sister-in-law's house.

Easter Dinner

I have hosted Easter for six years. But it got to be too much for me.

Egg Hunt

Sally, my sister-in-law, took it all in stride. Even with her four kids.

Sally and two girls

I am wrapped up in Royal Wedding fever. My aunt gave me this book:

Royal Wedding Knits

I about layed a turmeric-dyed egg when she gave it to me. Because it is the awesomest thing you've ever seen, no? Also, this dishtowel, from Cath Kidston. Which is for my mom but I have hung it up until her next visit. She would want it that way.

Royal Wedding Tea Towel

So there, I think that about catches us up. Thanks for the peep votes last week!

10 April 2011

Peeper Pan

It's Peeper Pan! Please vote if you have a second! I think I could win a toothbrush or something!

Here's some more pictures. Actor close-ups and such.

Peeper Pan

Peeper Pan

Peeper Pan

Tinker Peep

Peeper Pan

Captain Hook

Peeper Pan

Tick Tock Croc

Peeper Pan

First Mate

I was making this last night and at about one in the morning I'm making earrings for the pirate peeps and it crosses my mind that I have quite possibly gone insane.

But then I finished it and thought, NOPE, because this is the greatest thing I've ever made.

04 April 2011

Trip Report: Macy's Flower Show (part 1)

Another trip report? GAAAAHHHHH!!!

Macy's Flower Show--super great as usual!

Just kidding. But I will tell you about the flower show! We went down last Sunday for opening day. I think it would have been worth the trip downtown just to sniff. The elevators open and it smells so green! and mossy! The whole family quieted down and inhaled in. Even though 75% of us would rather we had gone to Davanni's.

Flower Show: Daffodils

I love the happy little daffodils and the way they mulched them with oak leaves. Like a walk in the woods!

Flower Show: MOSS!

And moss, of course. Hello moss! I thought I might run into you today!

Flower Show: Mimi

And Hello Mimi! How cute you look in that little knitted jumper!

It was very crowded in there, so I didn't get to linger as much as I would have liked. But it was a nice show, better than some but not as good as others. (Anyone who accompanies me to the flower show always has to hear about the utter bliss that was the year they did a Beatrix Potter theme).

We ended with a big frosted cookie, a rice krispie bar, milk, and a raspberry scone.

And something else I have been meaning to share... Emily's Birthday Quilt!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Quilt

She loves Brown Bear, Brown Bear (it's a book, but here's a video version we love, if you have no idea what I'm talking about). Which is lucky since I bought this fabric and pattern before she was born. The power of suggestion. I WILL MAKE YOU LOVE BROWN BEAR!


Oh good it worked.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Quilt

I even tried fancy variegated King Tut quilt thread for the first time (great) and fusible cotton batting (SUPER great). I backed it with flannel, so it is pretty snuggly.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Quilt

It has a little label stitched on the back too, but Emily was so distressed at having her blankie yoinked this way and that while I was taking these pictures that I ended up giving up.

I guess that means she likes it!