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Cottage Creations Craft Boutique Coming up on July 27!

Lately I’ve been getting ready for my first craft fair!!  It’s with a group called Cottage Creations and it’s will be held on July 27th in Long Beach.  I’m pretty excited just to get Well Tempered Designs out there and experience selling my items face to face.  I’ve been having fun with some new fabrics -particularly polka dots and random combos of floral, gingham, chevron and damask for some of the basket liners.  I’ve also made lots of flannel and terry cloth burp cloths as well as a TON of little girl’s hair accessories-including bows, flowers and headbands.  I’m planning on putting some sample knit cardigans out and taking custom orders if anyone’s interested as well.  It will be nice to spend the day with other crafters and friends!  Looking forward to some of the food offerings as well-there will be $1 cupcakes and $1 tacos!  If anyone is local and would like to come by all are welcome!  Here’s a link to the group page on Facebook: Cottage Creations.  Login and join the group to get updates about items for sale from some of the wonderful food and craft sellers.  The event on Saturday will be from 4-7 at 3762 San Anseline Avenue.  Long Beach, CA.

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My Family in June-Some Fun Things We Did

Here’s my monthly posting about the fun things we did in June!  We had a wonderful month and are definitely ready for summer!  Lex has been up to lots of fun stuff including growing teeth and feeling the neccessity to eat with utensils-it’s still a work in progress.  We had some fun play dates, trips to the park and the beach.  In the middle of June, we took a trip to San Jose to visit the Grandparents, Great Grandparents, uncle, great uncle, aunt, cousin etc–lots of family up north 🙂  We had a GREAT time and hope to visit again towards the end of the summer.  Aleksa got to visit Happy Hollow during our visit.  We saw squirrel monkeys and got to ride the 2 mph Danny the Dragon.  Cameron had a great time surfing Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz and we had a great day getting ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery and eating at The Cliff Cafe all while Aleksa had her first full day with Grandma.  Looking forward to the fourth of July!


June Knitting, Sewing and Crafting

This has been a productive month as far as crafting goes!  I got my first sale from my Etsy Shop, Well Tempered Designs, and I’ve been building up my inventory of basket liners and children’s accessories getting ready for the approaching craft fair season.  This will be my first go at craft fairs and I couldn’t be more excited! In addition to Etsy projects, I’ve done some pretty cool personal projects as well.

Aleksa’s shortage of diaper covers, as well as her ability to rapidly unhook velcro, has led me to make her some more wool covers.  This one is just in time for fourth of July and is ready to go!  Next up, I’ll make a few for the twins.  Today, I finally finished a cowl that has been in the works for almost 2 years!  Cameron bought me some beautiful cream colored frog tree merino wool for Christmas in 2011.  After looking at cowl patterns for months, I decided to knit the Casu Cowl by Galia Lael.  The pattern is written beautifully!   I finally got around to making the cowl in December 2012 and had to put it on hold for a while because I ran out of yarn (I wanted it to be super long)…also I got kinda bored knitting it so I needed a break.  After finding another ball of the merino at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, I finally finished it! Here’s a link to the project in ravelry.

This month, I got to make a few bears for twins as well!  They were way overdue for a knit a stuffed animal from me and I was so excited to knit the Laura Long Three Hungry Bears pattern again from Knitted Toy Tales.

For the next few days, I’ll be working on some headbands, flowers and bows for Etsy!  Yahoo!JuneCraftProjects

Some Things we did in May

So I know it’s a little late for May but I’m gonna do this post anyways. I want to start a monthly recap post of some of the fun things my family does so hopefully this is the first of many. We started the month of by watching Cameron play the drums at the Harbour board swap with the Jimbonarres. Aleksa had a big month with her first car, first fort and a few new words! (Mama, dada, ball and bee for Brobee). We got in lots of great trips to the aquarium and finished the month off by attending the Holland Festival at El Dorado Park on Memorial weekend. It was a great month and its gonna be a very fun summer!!


Yarnbombing: Quincy Ave. in Long Beach

It always makes me happy when I find yarnbombing, even if it’s just a small thing.  I was walking down the street the other day in my neighborhood and came across this purple tag on a parking meter on Quincy in Belmont Shore.  I was pretty excited and the people I was with didn’t really get it so I explained to them all about yarnbombing and knit graffiti.  After looking at me like I was nuts, they agreed that it’s a cute fuzzy alternative to real graffiti.  I love it!


More Yarn Bombing in the LBC

I saw this right across the street from Viento y Agua on 4th street.   Yarnivore did an awesome job!  This definitely caught my eye and brightened my day!  I need to get my act together and yarn bomb something in my neighborhood!  I’ll start brainstorming 🙂

Honeybees in Long Beach

I saw some honeybees when I was on the phone with my mom the other day.  I know they are fairly endangered so it was nice to see them out and about.  I snapped this picture of one on my phone.  They were all over some clovers on the lawn right next to the beach, which I thought was weird because there weren’t too many other plants nearby.  This makes me want some more honey from my parents’ beehives!  (hint hint mom if you’re reading this…hehe)