12 December 2011

Birthday Sweets

On Josh's birthday last week, I made him some sweets. 

The Chocolate Chip Banana Bread I always make in the bread maker. Josh's mom makes her breads in the oven, but I just love how multi functional my bread maker is. Mixes my dough for challah, makes my sandwich bread, makes my sweets... Chocolate chip banana bread seems to be something I love making for peoples birthdays. I recall I did the same for Erin earlier this year. Along with some chocolate dipped strawberries! I think I'll share a recipe soon!

The cookies came from a recipe shared by Dana of Made. Uh-may-zing. My sister-in-law, Jaci, Josh, and his mom all ate them with gusto. I was very happy that Josh's birthday sweets were so well received!

Nom nom nom.

19 November 2011

Winter Wristwarmers

My current winter coat of choice doesn't have sealed wrists. Sadface. :( But my wristwarmers do the trick! I oddly enough made them from trim (frills) to top. It was easier to fit them as I went, decreasing when necessary. And they turned out pretty cute and universal to different outfits with the variegated yarn.

What do you say next, mittens? Socks? <-- Socks seem beyond me! Though I've been wanting yoga socks quite badly...

16 November 2011

Sit'n'Stitch: Wingin' it

This week I set out to design a little slipper for Aviva to keep her tootsies warm during the winter. I wanted them to come together quickly so I used some super bulky Lion's Thick and Quick yarn and a 9mm crochet hook to get the job done. I've never crocheted or knitted a baby shoe before (I've sewn a pair before) so it was a fun, learning experience!

This is just the first pair of my first pattern taken on my iPhone so I need to make a couple more pairs, make changes, and make sure I get the notation right and then I'll post some better photos with some better yarn etc. (This is from a frogged hat from a couple years ago...) A couple of things I've decided to change? I'm using an 8mm hook next time and I have some fresh Loops and Threads Charisma to try it out with. 

I also have some cute wrist warmers made from an impromptu pattern I made that I'll share tomorrow! Until then.

10 November 2011

Sit'n'Stitch: Peter Pan

All I'm missing is a feather.

I wanted to make a pixie style hat, but not so pointed. So I used a larger hook to kind of loosen it up the tip a bit. I rolled up the back of the rim to get a Robin Hood kinda feel. Cary Elwes would be proud.

I am ALSO wearing tights. Though not a man in them.

Erin made Aviva a little fuzzy pom-pom hat the other day. She's just wearing hats all the time now! 

She was in the carseat and her hat moved forward to cover her eyes. Like a parrot, she thought it was dark and fell asleep. A big LOL for that.

07 November 2011

The Day Before Aviva Was Born...

...we had her baby shower. :) She had some pretty ingenious timing. 

It was themed The Hungry Little Caterpillar that would burst forth a lovely butterfly (get it?). So all of the sweets were butterfly themed. Yummy chocolate cupcakes with sugared gummy butterflies.

Adorable butterfly cookies.

And a chocolate cake (just like the caterpillar eats!) covered in butterfly sprinkles. My mother-in-law did a prodigious job with the theme. You know how the caterpillar eats a bit of all of these different types of food? Well, we prepared each an every one of them. There were butterflies everywhere and decals from the book illustrations everywhere. 

This is why Aviva's room has something of a butterfly theme. I was well and truly exhausted for the first time after the shower. I had been gardening, cleaning, walking for miles, etc. all week before the shower. But the shower was the first time I was so tired I could barely stand. And at 5 AM the next morning, well, the rest is history. :)

06 November 2011

Just family

Nothing to say today, just thinking about how much I love my little family. :) 
(ignore the iPhone forward facing camera quality)

05 November 2011

Changing colors without weaving in tails!

A wonderful friend of our family, Ginger, recently shared this tutorial with me. It's going to make a huge difference on my next fox hat first of all. And it just looks so much cleaner. In addition to making no obvious signs of color change, it also gets rid of BOTH yarn tails without ANY weaving. I like that. A lot, in case you haven't noticed! Hopefully this will help you out too. Enjoy! This great tutorial is complements of Mikey, of The Crochet Crowd, who has made tutorials for all sorts of fiber arts. Recently, I enjoyed one of his loom knitting tutorials. He's a very talented guy, check him out on youtube!

03 November 2011

Homemade Baby Food

Guess who started solids a couple of weeks ago? These photos are during her first big girl meal in her chair. At first she was rejecting the idea with her mouth as you can see from above. But in the end...

She was feeding herself after the second taste. She always does something to surprise us! So generally, Aviva gets to feed herself as long as she doesn't play with it instead. ;) I scoop and hand it to her, she can put it in her mouth. When I want to be more efficient, I'll feed her myself completely though.

This was the first mixed puree I made, Sweet Potato Apple nom-nom. She likes it more than carrots, but not as much as peas. But pears and prunes... man, that's where it's at when you're 6 months old. She gobbles that stuff down in 5 minutes. (shudder, they have an impressive effect)

I also made homemade rice cereal. She has store bought stuff too (we like Earth's Best Organic Rice Cereaal, very nummy). When she eats homemade rice cereal she eats fruits that are super iron foods to compensate for that artificially added iron that's in the commercial rice cereal so she's covered every day no matter what. She prefers the baby oatmeal I make though and I prefer it too (rice constipates her a bit and oatmeal does the opposite!). 

02 November 2011

Rose Romper

This is another outfit from within the family, a romper that was originally worn by Aviva's Aunt Jaci (pronounced like Jackie). Ignore the Freddy Krueger doll in the window(Halloween cleaning hasn't really taken place yet) and dirt devil in the background. ;) This is another outfit by Josh's late grandmother Ann.

It has little resin rose buttons down the front. You can kind of see the poof it has going on. That's my favorite thing about this outfit!

"Until next week, friends!" says little waving Aviva. <3


01 November 2011

Sit'n'Stitch Tuesday: Kitsune Crochet Baby Hat

So, this is the first hat I've made for little Aviva. I didn 't have the right yarn and didn't feel like running out to get more, so my experiment was to double up two strands of DK weight yarn. And I did. :) Next time, I will definitely do it the right way and not be lazy, but it turned out all right either way.

A red foxes ears should be sticking up a little more, so she looks more like Eevie, the Pokemon. Which is fine. ;) So my next fox hat will have the ears up higher!

I made the hat in the 1-5 years size, not the 6 month size, so that it will fit her large ever expanding head longer (though at this point I'm going to make another one.) So what have I learned? Don't be lazy, go buy more yarn. ;) 

Both Stephanie and I are posting our stitching progress weekly, so hopefully I'll have some new torturous creation to put on my little poppet's head. 

Small Blog Meet

25 October 2011

WIP Cowl and Crochet Circles

I just wanted to share a couple of items I'd been playing with this week! (This weeks photos are compliments of my iPhone 4, so they aren't the best.)

 It's kind of an experiment... Hopefully by next week, this cowl will have taken it's final form!

A close up of the texture. I really like where it's going!

I thought I'd learn how to crochet circles. We haven't gotten there yet in crochet school, but this is what I've been looking forward to most! Hopefully next week we'll be working on them. <3 I'm hoping to make Aviva some Autumn hats! 

19 October 2011

Marching Band

Yesterday, Aviva wriggled around in an outfit of her father's. Best part is it's a 12 mos. outfit and she's barely 6 months!

A pair of charming John-John's and a shirt with navy piping. It features cute little marching band in red, gold, and white. I love the way it shows a little bit of the belly of the shirt between the chest and shorts.

The straps cross in the back and button above her tushie. I know it's a boys outfit but it's so sweet I couldn't not let Aviva romp about in it.

Josh said it was like looking into a time machine mirror haha.


Stitching Finds and Crochet School Swatch

While in Maryland, Stephanie told me about Crochet School and having been a knitter who always wanted to learn how, I decided I wanted to try it out. I knew I would need to buy new crochet needles and supplies to begin the class. But I knew that Josh's nana had been a great knitter and crocheter so I figured it would be worth searching her house for supplies.

And we found them. Lots of them. Needles and accessories in all sizes. They came in these charming wooden boxes. Let's see what's inside!

Crochet hooks in many sizes and made of many materials. The above are bone, wood, plastic, steel with wooden handles, and obviously plenty of aluminum. Mixed in are some knitting and crochet accessories.

Large needles, small needles. double pointed needles, etc. No round needles but I have lots of those.

So needless to say I was set for crochet school and had some great additions for my winter knitting supplies. So when I came home, I practiced the stitches listed and proceeded to make my swatch.

Stephanie and I decided we wanted to do some sort of weekly yarncraft post together to help us keep knitting and crocheting. Now that we have children, it's a worthwhile hobby especially during the winter and personally, when my girls are old enough I hope to teach them these crafts. I learned to knit in third grade, and crochet a little (barely) when I was 13 or 14. It would be nice if they were interested as well. :)

So every Tuesday we are going to do our best to post our yarncraft projects to keep ourselves inspired. So to next week!

11 October 2011

6 Months

Oh, Vivi!

How the time flies! I feel like I just wrote your 5 month letter!

Over the past month, you've done such amazing things! You've leapt from a sitting position into a standing position, leaving your Savta (grandmother) in stitches and your Ima wide-eyed after catching you). You've begun to get in to crawling position, and you're speech is coming along so well! I love hearing your dada, nana, ning, nans, baba, gaga, lala, and so on. The way you babble at me, it feels like we are having a real conversation.

And just last week, while in Maryland, you cut your first tooth! I will have quite the story to tell you about that... Despite the passing of your great-grandmother, you were able to keep your Savta smiling despite it. You kept her laughing and kept her tears at bay, and you were the blessing we needed to get her through this difficult time. Let's just say G-d knew what he was doing when he brought you our way.

Everyone that meets you goes on and on about how smart and advanced you are. It's enough to go to a mother and father's head! I have no perspective on this since you are my only so far, but your Abba often jokes, "how will your brothers and sisters ever measure up?!". 

During five hours straight of Hashanah services, you never once cried. You smiled and flirted with everyone around you and grabbed everyone's siddur (prayerbook). Everytime the Rabbi started to sing, you would, too, at the top of your lungs and all of the men and women in the shul laughed and smiled, saying how you were full of the spirit of the New Year!

May our new year be blessed and may you continue to be the glowing star in our family that keeps our smiles bright.

Your Ima

06 October 2011

Small Blog Meet: An Introduction

Hello folks, my name is Lauren Rose Deitch. (Rose is short for Rosier, pronounced ROH-ZEE-AY). I'm   a 24 year old stay-at-home-mother to a generous and loving husband.

Recently, my friend Stephanie, joined the Small Blog Meet, and it seemed like a fun way to get to know other bloggers and make friends with similar interests. What are those interests you may ask? (or maybe you don't ask, but here they are anyway!) I spend my time sewing (experimentally) for my daughter and for myself, crafting (accessories, things for the home, and so on), studying languages (Japanese in high school and college, Hebrew for the past couple of years) and finding ways to be the best mother, wife, and homemaker I can be. Obviously, this is largely a learning process, all of it!

When it comes to parenting, everyone has favorite methods. Some are old, some are new, and some are making a comeback because they are tried and true (an inadvertent rhyme, might I add). As a stay at home mother, I am very lucky to have the opportunity to spend time trying stuff out. I breastfeed Aviva exclusively. I utilize part-time EC (elimination communication). I also cloth diaper at home, though I use disposables on the go. We co-sleep in a family bed which we all love very much. Both my husband and I chose to wear Aviva over utilizing our stroller. However, we do use our jogging stroller when go for nature walks on the trail.

I mentioned my daughter. Her name is Aviva Margot (birth story here) and she lights my path. She makes me happy and she makes me strive to be a better, simpler person. 

Let's be friends, shall we? <3

Maryland Day Two and Three: Bottles, Birds, and Buffalo

Josh's grandmother's house is like a treasure trove. Tchotchkes galore. The above is a small selection from her bottle collection, some of which antiques worth a sum and others which fit into the collection due to their rather catching aesthetics.

Grandaddy Jim was a collector, too. This is only a minute bit of his amazing room. But I thought I'd share this favorite bit of stuff. Apparently, he had a great accord for nature, especially birds and buffalo.

And a lovely gift found outside of Josh's uncle Luther's home...

Before we return to California, we still have plenty to do in that house so I hope to find some nifty things for Aviva and discover what else Ann had to share with her family.