I have a brother named Mike, and it's all I can do not to call him up every Wednesday morning.
This was the view from my kitchen window this particular hUMp day.
At least there's blue sky looking to the southwest.
Which became widespread by 10 am. It stayed in the 40s but the snow melted.
This may not be exciting news where you live, but to us it's pretty big stuff. The maple trees are budding! I love how the red buds look against the blue sky.
I finally sent out another package to Nantucket. I finished the yellow moss stitch jacket. With the bunny buttons. I almost left off the pompon until I saw it as a sort of "cottontail".
Yes, I know the little ceramic bunny has a hole in the middle. That's because it is actually a napkin ring. I bought a set last year from this website. And the little white crochet bootees? These are so sweet, and I made them from a pattern I borrowed from Olga at her blog Lacy Crochet. I have more pics of the bootees that I want to share, but I am consulting Olga first, which is in keeping with her wishes. You see, she recently found her free patterns being stolen and sold on etsy! She is continuing to share free patterns, because she's just that kind of a generous person, and she loves to share crochet projects with others who love crochet.
And I finally finished the bonnet to go with the Peek-a-Boo Sacque and Bootees.
I kept putting it off because I knew I really needed to practice bullion roses more before I tried to do them on the bonnet. I used some tips and tricks from Jeannie Beaumeister at Old Fashioned Baby. I attached the ribbon according to her recommendations (sort of), folding the end over and gathering it at about 3/4" in. Then I embroidered the rose on it. The ribbon I used was very ravelly and so I finished the cut ends with Dritz Fray Check, even the end I was folding over. It didn't want to fold over, I had to press it to get my point across. I also cut one ribbon about 3" longer than the other so that it would come out relatively even if it were tied with the bow on baby's right side.
I've saved the best for last.
The precious baby for whom I have been fussing all this time.
Here she is, the lovely Marie Rose! These pictures are about a month old. My brother is tormenting me by not sending me daily cell phone shots. In the shot above, I believe she shows her mother's eyes and nose, but the chin is directly from her paternal grandfather (my Dad). He had a distinct cleft; I have a bit of one too, more subtle.
Mum and I have yet to see this roly-poly cutie pie. Truth be told, we have been busy caring for someone who is ill, and unable to get away just yet. I'm setting my sights on Mothers' Day.
I want to cuddle her, smell her, gaze at her, can you blame me?