Wake and Whimsy


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Update//Chevron Stitch Tutorial

Hello, sweet friends! It feels like it’s been forever since I last posted. Life has gotten so busy all of a sudden, and I have to prioritize. I’ve been working on a special knitting project for a friend of mine, and haven’t had a lot of time to do much else. However, I am not complaining. This project has been a new experience for me, and besides, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and work on one project as opposed to the TEN I’m usually trying to do all at once!

So, I don’t have much to offer in this post, but I do have some pictures of what I’ve been up to lately, and also a fun tutorial for a cute chevron stitch that you’ve got to try! Check it out:

 

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***You will need to know how to Knit and Purl***

***Cast on in multiples of 6, plus 5***

***Start on the “wrong” side of your work, or what I would call the “knit” side for this project***

  • Row 1: K5, *P1, K5; Rep from * to end of row
  • Row 2: K1, *P3, K3; Rep from * to last 4 sts, P3, K1
  • Row 3: P2, *K1, P2; Rep from * to end of row
  • Row 4: P1, *K3, P3; Rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1
  • Row 5: K2, *P1, K5; Rep from * to last 3 sts, P1, K2
  • Row 6: Purl all stitches

Repeat until you have reached your desired length

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In the past month I have:

played "wedding photographer" for a friend's fun St. Patrick's Day wedding

played “wedding photographer” for a friend’s fun St. Patrick’s Day wedding

Ran a 5k with Lorelei in tow; her first race!

Ran a 5k with Lorelei in tow; her first race!

Watch my husband assist the head coach, for our old high school, at one of their first lacrosse games ever

Watch my husband assist the head coach, for our old high school, at one of their first lacrosse games ever

Played photographer again for a sweet girl's first birthday party

Played photographer again for a sweet girl’s first birthday party

Finally got the "O.K." for Lorelei to be helmet free!

Finally got the “O.K.” for Lorelei to be helmet free!

Played lots of Peek-a-Boo

Played lots of Peek-a-Boo

Baked one of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie

Baked one of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie

And so much more!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a post about the up and coming trend: arm knitting, more info about the special piece I’ve been working on for my friend, and I’ll also show you a really fun project I’m excited about for the quickly approaching summer season!

XOXO Alicia

 

 

 


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Snapshot 03, First Birthday Project: DIY

This past weekend we celebrated our sweet, baby girl’s first birthday. It was all around a beautiful day that went by far too quickly. What’s really odd though is that, being the “crafty” person that I am, this is actually the first time I have made almost everything myself for one of my girls’ birthday parties. I suppose now that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I have more of a chance to slow down and do little projects here and there versus running to the store and buying literally everything the night before the party. Honestly, it was really fun and rewarding this time, cost me a lot less money than usual, and added just the right personal touch. Β I already had almost all of the supplies I needed at home, which was a huge help in the budget department. My husband thinks I’m crazy for keeping such an enormous stash of craft supplies, but it really does come in handy for things like this! So I want to share with you all of my little ideas, and it may even inspire you to do some of these yourself.

I bought this plain, pink onsie. I hot glued the lace trim around the neckline, the letters are iron-ons, and the cupcake is a felt applique also hot glued on. All items were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

First I bought this plain, pink onesie. I hot glued the lace trim around the neckline. The burlap letters are iron-ons, and the cupcake is a felt applique which is also just hot glued. *This actually ended up just being a keepsake. She kept trying to eat the button off of the cupcake, so we took it off!* πŸ™‚

This cardboard cupcake tower was only $4. I got the beautiful burlap and purl trim for half-price, and just hot glued it around the edges. I already had the fabric flower, which I just glued on top.

This cardboard cupcake tower was originally $4, but I had a 40% off coupon. I got the beautiful burlap and pearl trim for half-price, and just hot glued it around the edges. Lastly, I glued the fabric flower on top to finish it off.

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I can even use this again for future parties.

These glittery balloons add the perfect touch of sparkle. All I did was funnel some gold glitter into them before blowing them up.

These glittery balloons add the perfect touch of sparkle. All I did was funnel some gold glitter into them before blowing them up.

The gorgeous cake banner was so easy to make. I used yarn, glitter ribbon, and wooden skewers. Cut the ribbon into two inch pieces, fold them, and cut out the V shape. String them on some yarn, glue the pieces together, and tie the yarn onto the skewers.

This gorgeous cake banner was so easy to make. I used yarn, glitter ribbon, and wooden skewers. Cut the ribbon into two inch pieces, fold them, and cut out the V shape. String them on some yarn, glue the pieces together, and tie the yarn onto the skewers.

I bought this banner came as a blank canvas from the craft store. I painted it myself. I can reuse it again in the future and cover it with scrapbook paper or paint over it.

This banner came as a blank canvas from the craft store. I painted it myself. I can reuse it again in the future and cover it with scrapbook paper or paint over it.

Here is a collage of baby's first year! I just cut a big "1" out of poster board, and cut and glued the pictures to fit.

Here is a collage of baby’s first year! I just cut a big “1” out of poster board, and cut and glued the pictures to fit. We taped it on a sliding glass door, because we just didn’t have the right wall space for it. But obviously, I suggest putting it somewhere that sunlight doesn’t shine through!

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Party Punch : Two 2 liters of Ginger Ale, one 12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate and one 12 oz. can of strawberry juice concentrate. Delicious!

Party Punch : Two 2 liters of Ginger Ale, one 12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate and one 12 oz. can of frozen strawberry juice concentrate. Delicious!

The Party Mix is a combination of pretzels, sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, rice cereal, and corn cereal. It is coated with a special mixture of brown sugar, butter, and light corn syrup.

The Party Mix is a combination of pretzels, sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, rice cereal, and corn cereal with a special, sweet coating on top.

Here is the cupcake tower from a previous photograph. It is adorned with strawberry cupcakes, angel food cupcakes, and all topped with a sliced strawberry.

Here is the cupcake tower from a previous photograph. It is adorned with strawberry cupcakes, angel food cupcakes, and all topped with a sliced strawberry.

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The birthday cake and cake banner. It is a 3 layer cake of strawberry cake and angel food cake, topped with whipped vanilla icing, sprinkles, and fresh strawberries.

Once again, the birthday cake.

The cake

Baby's little cake, just for her! It is a strawberry cake with whipped vanilla icing.

Baby’s little cake, just for her! It is a strawberry cake with whipped vanilla icing.

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The pretty birthday girl!

The pretty birthday girl!

Needless to say, I really enjoyed making everything for this party. The girly, pastel colors and touches of sparkle fit her personality just right. This may or may not be the last FIRST birthday we celebrate, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to DIY all birthdays from now on!


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Snapshot 02, Snow Day

For those of you who live in colder climates, I’m sure a little snow is nothing to get excited about. But where I live, it’s a pretty big deal. For the first winter in years, it has snowed up to almost 8 inches. The people here are even referring to it as a “blizzard”. Grocery stores are void of milk and bread, school has been cancelled for days, most businesses have closed, and we are finally having some winter fun.

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This was the baby’s first snow. She didn’t have a whole lot to say about it.

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To help cope with the below freezing temperatures we’ve been having, I knitted my girls matching hats.

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Happy Snow Day

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Snapshot 01, Ever Yours

everyours001everyours002everyours003everyours004everyours009everyours005everyours008everyours011Over the weekend, we celebrated my dad’s 65th birthday. We spent the whole day mostly thrift shopping—one of our favorite things to do. Being the amazing person that he is, he purchased a beautiful gift for me on his birthday. In one of the thrift stores, I instantly noticed this gorgeous dish set. The blue on the inside of the cups jumped out at me right away, and we went over to inspect further. It turns out that this set is by Taylor Smith and Taylor, entitled “Ever Yours”. It was made in the 1950’s and discontinued in 1962. Although I fell in love immediately, I tried to tell him not to buy it for me. Of course he bought it anyway. It was hard to turn down being that it is almost the entire set, in excellent condition, and all for a terrific price. I will absolutely cherish these forever.

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Here are a few more highlights of the day:

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