Two weeks have passed since my last post and I have so much to write in order to catch up that it’s hard to even decide what to write about first! Today’s blog post is going to be a complete mish-mash of thoughts and sights and news because that best illustrates how scattered my brain is right now! Brace yourself for an onslaught of random thoughts, new crochet critters, a couple exciting announcements, and some pretty pictures that will get you all caught up on the last two weeks at Happy Handmade.
Since my last post, I completed an order for two mini dogs to match their larger counterparts, Hank and Sunny. Then I moved on to an Aloe Pony…a spa pony from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. I really love how she turned out, but I’m a sucker for anything pink and aqua. I got the BIG news that the awesome couple who just opened a really special new gallery space, The Grease Diner in Oakland, wanted to sell my little buddies and cards! I set to work on some items to start them with and even made a little potted succulent plant that I somehow completely forgot to photograph before I sent it off. I’ll have to make another one! I now want to make an entire succulent garden because it is really fun. They are also excited to sell hanging things so I sent them off with a hot air balloon and a hanging bumble bee. But NOW, after seeing these sights at the Berkeley Kite Festival, all I want to make is colorful, flying crocheted mobiles!
We, of course, couldn’t resist joining in the kite festivities, so this is the newest member of our family, Willie the Worm Kite.A parasailing zoo animals mobile, a mobile of crazy crocheted colorful shapes, a mobile of raindrops and umbrellas…I have so many ideas for mobiles!
In the middle of all that crocheting, Ben and I both had our best friends from Florida visiting the Bay area for the first time. We definitely wanted to see them as much as possible and show them around. Plus, it was a fun excuse to play tourist ourselves. We took an abridged version of the Scenic 49-Mile drive through San Francisco and saw so many of the beautiful, colorful, iconic sights that make this part of the world so special. I enjoyed a fabulous girl’s day on my first trip to Napa. I will DEFINITELY be back. It was amazing. Then there was a crazy period of adjustment for the whole family when our visitors left and we went back to the regularly scheduled program and I returned to the constant entertainment and interaction with my kids and dog all day, every day. This little happy girl is about to turn TWO! I’m desperately trying to get a party together.Many hours of Pinning woodland themed recipes and party decor ideas on Pinterest later and I’m about to just go to Panera and have the whole darn Woodland-themed picnic brunch catered.
My son just started his first week of day camp which is helping me prepare for the all-too-soon start of his first ever five-day-a-week school year (gulp). I just learned he’ll have to have school uniforms that I have to find and purchase and I’m already nervous about getting used to school schedules and open houses and new teachers.
We found out we’ll probably only be able to renew the lease on this house for another 6 months, so that information is slowly sinking in. Then a neighbor was kind enough to take me down to one of my favorite stores in Oakland where I happened to buy all of my Christmas presents last year to talk to the owner about selling my crocheted items there, too! She said yes! Sooo….as soon as I finish up a frog prince for a 5-year-old with a princess bedroom and a happy aqua narwhal, I’ll have to decide what to make for Marion and Rose’s Workshop! I’m SO excited!
Add in a crazy family camping experience, an even crazier night of tequila school on a much-needed and LOOOONG-overdue date night with Ben, and little things like groceries, laundry, and dishes and…WHEW! I am a little dazed and confused right now. But in a good way! The past two weeks have been really fun and exciting.
Now I’m looking forward to the new relationships I’m about to forge with Oakland small businesses, the friendships and new experiences my son will soon gain in Kindergarten, the quality, one-on-one time with my soon-to-be two-year-old, and the new creations coming out of Happy Handmade Headquarters in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!