Three more cats have arrived at Happy Handmade HQ – recent custom orders Chub Cat’s cousin, Tub Cat, along with Creep Cat and Sass Cat. They’ll be heading out as quickly as they’ve come, but here’s a little introduction.
They say hi! And bye!
My last post here was about adventures. While I’m on that subject I wanted to share my family’s recent crazy Father’s Day adventure to Point Reyes Beach. We were in search of stunning rocky shoreline. Turns out we found just about everything except that. I thought it would be fun if you could follow along on the drive and see all the crazy views out of the car window as well as some of the best shots captured from Point Reyes, itself. I’m constantly so amazed by the varied and sometimes even otherworldly environments California has to offer!
We began our day at Doughnut Dolly in one of the many cute neighborhoods in the Bay Area and just one of the many specialty shops with great design and a unique concept. At Doughnut Dolly you get to choose from one of four handmade fillings and they fill the doughnuts on the spot. Yum!Then we walked to our car past just one of the many beautiful little gardens in someone’s front yard.We drove past cute storefronts with colorful bike racks that had been yarn-bombed!Then we zipped onto one of the many highways out of town and soon encountered these sights out the window…it’s incredible to drive through a big city, then past hills, then past bigger hills, then through a redwood forest, then through adorable beachy towns (with oyster and pizza lunches), then past coastlines that are sometimes craggy, sometimes sandy, sometimes foggy and sometimes completely invisible. The rock formations! The colors! This place! Amazing! I have an adventure or two planned for this weekend…and some cats to crochet. How about you?
How appropriate that, while on our first big adventure back to Florida since we moved away, I’d be asked to crochet Finn, Jake, and Lumpy Space Princess from one of our favorite TV shows, Adventure Time. If you’ve never watched it, you should give it a try. The show is incredibly charming and fun.
I had already crocheted these three characters before, but it had been a long time. In fact, Jake was one of the first things I ever crocheted. I realized a few weeks after I had finished that first Jake that I had crocheted the whole thing inside out! I made a Finn counterpart for Ben’s birthday one year, but wasn’t entirely satisfied with how he turned out either, so I was a little nervous about how I was going to improve upon both designs.
I was also incredibly nervous about our trip back to Florida. It was just me and the kids on the long flight there and back and I knew there would be a lot of scheduling and organizing upon our arrival as we wanted to see as many people as possible while we were there. I also knew there would be a lot of conflicting emotions and that it might be especially difficult for my son Jhonen who definitely misses his friends and family and the familiarity that comes with calling a place home for your entire life.
As usual, I didn’t really need to be nervous. The flight there went amazingly well. We enjoyed lots of Disney time, pool time, and family/friend time. We wore lots of sundresses, sunhats, and flip-flops. We rode horses, built sandcastles, posed for photos with Alice in Wonderland, and, lazed in a lazy river. We had so much fun spending time with the people we’ve missed for months, though I noticed Jhonen excitedly talking about his new California house and friends, too.
When we weren’t out on our adventures, I was crocheting these new Adventure Time buddies: It was hard to say our “until next times” to Florida, but we are happy to be back in California, a place that really is starting to feel like home. And just as we were settling back in on the West Coast, I had to ship my new and improved Finn, Jake, and Lumpy Space Princess right back East.
It was hard to say goodbye to them, too…though I hear they love their new home. And starting next week, Finn and Jake will join Lumpy Space Princess in my shop. Hopefully these guy’s counterparts are going to have tons of adventures with wonderful new people…from coast to coast.