Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Hat Design! I am SO in love with these right now!

It's almost fall! 

As a knitwear designer, Fall is obviously my favorite season. You get to pile on the knits! 

And I have been busy busy busy knitting! 

My new favorite?

The Funky Nightcap.

Isn't it awesome?!

I found this beautiful 100% soft wool yarn that is hand dyed and spun in the USA and comes is the most intensely gorgeous colorways. I manipulate it a little bit to get the color changes I want, but LOOK!

Kids and adults alike all respond to these hats! They just love them! I was showing some friends the hats and their little daughters all reached out to put them on! It was super cute!

I got really creative with this pompom. I felt like with the aqua ombre, it needed a pop of color at the end!

Don't you just love the colorways? I have some more muted ones on my needles right now- a denim blue ombre, one that reminds me of the forest as it changes from brown to many shades of green! 

The way the colors gradually change into each other? LOVE it!!

Guess who wants the rainbow one?

I will have these at the Maritime Festival in Greenport this weeked, September 21st-22nd. And The Etsy site will be launching in a few days, so if you would like a funky nightcap, you can own one soon!

Go put a hat on! : )

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fantastical Friends and Sewing This Fall!!

We had a blast in our Fantastical Friends sewing class at the Pulitzer and Panetta Creative Studio in Huntington! I had meant to post this sooner, but with last minute summer trips and school starting, now is when it is going up!

The sewing classes have gone so well that we decided to keep them going in the fall! I will be teaching classes coming this Fall at the P&P Studio for children on Saturdays from 10am-11:30am AND an adult class on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30. Call the studio today to register! (631) 423-2007. Website will be updated with Fall soon....http://www.pulitzerandpanetta.com

Back to Fantastical Friends....

The idea behind this class is show the kids how to create whatever creature they can dream up! This could be a cute and cuddle friend or a fierce beast! Or a donut with sprinkles. More on that later.

So on the first day we learned some different types of hand-stitching and practiced on hoops, which help provide even tension making it much easier to sew.

Then we sketched our friends we would make. The children were very creative in their choices and made as we had friends ranging from Star Wars characters to rainbows to kitty cats and the cutest little piggy....

The students worked diligently to make their creatures and friends come to life. We learned other fun stitches and how to sew on buttons properly along the way to enhance our friends. 

And look at these AMAZING results!

Meet Ziggy the Piggy

Look at the amazing job on those French knots!

Penguin Pal

Who says donuts can't be a stuffed friend! More amazing french knots!

Ellie the Elephant

Some adorable kitties! 

And the Star Wars Contingency :)  A Rancor (above)
Watto (below) 

And Padme Amidala - note the belly shirt she is wearing to be accurate to the movie!

We had a wonderful week. We listened to some inspiring music as we worked and everyone got to learn about and from each other. 

Sewing is very empowering. Being able to bring something in your head to life is a very powerful thing for a child. 

A recent study showed the benefits of children sewing: Sewing’s multitude of choices—color selection, fabric options, design and proportion—help stimulate creative thinking skills. Completing a project fosters a sense of accomplishment. Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills develop through the use of the hands, and exercises in following directions along with problem solving skills are all added benefits of sewing experiences for children.

The BEST part....

LOOK at those smiles! 

I will be teaching classes coming this Fall at the P&P Studio for children on Saturdays from 10am-11:30am AND an adult class on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30. Call the studio today to register! (631) 423-2007

Sew On!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

First Day!!

Ah, the first day.

It is so bittersweet for me.

We really have a good time together, these little monkeys and I, and as you can see, they are growing in leaps and bounds....

I tried to get a good shot of the two of them, but there was too much joking around, you know, giving each other bunny ears and all that. I decided I would take it. Blurry is good. Shows they are having fun together. Or it shows I am a bad photographer, but I know that already....moving on....

This one is completely self styled. Head to toe, that is my LMO. She makes me smile. 

There was no other choice for her, HAD to be her new Freckled Chicken Rainbow Dress! http://loopsbykeri.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-girl-loves-her-freckled-chicken.html

 Check out the amazing one of a kind creations of Holly Hester, the brainchild and designer or Freckled Chicken. http://www.etsy.com/shop/FreckledChicken  

If your daughter loves rainbows, Holly can make them one just like hers! Check out her new items for fall!! SWOON!!

Here they are arriving at school. I thought I could get away with meeting up with them for another year.

My MAP jokingly ran at me in "outrage" that I was there.

And then they went off to their classrooms. They may have pretended not to be thrilled to see me...

but they are both smiling in these pics.


Hope your first days went well!

School on!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tons of Summer Fun- Courtesy of our Local Library

Hello Everyone!

The last few weeks of summer are always bittersweet for me. I have to say, I love having my kids at home. We have such fun together! They are inquisitive and spirited and are usually up for anything I suggest!

The last few weeks we have done quite a bit of fun things and most of them have been because of our local library! We spend a LOT of time at our library during the year, but in the summer we are there constantly!  They have incredible summer programs for kids. Just this year, MAP was able to join their Mock Newbury Book Club, which he loves! What avid reader wouldn't love getting their hands on galleys of books that haven't been published yet? A reader's dream come true!

We can request books our library doesn't have from other libraries, which is perfect for when we get really into a topic and need more books! The librarians are always so helpful in suggesting new books and authors. It's just a magical place. Thank goodness for Ben Franklin and his idea of the library!

A few years ago I learned of the libraries Museum Passes. The library buys passes to many local museums and places of interest and then you can reserve and borrow them! What a find! We have really used them this summer!

We went to see the newly reopened Vanderbilt Planetarium! We watched a few of their new shows, toured their amazing grounds and had a picnic with friends! What a day!

We traveled into NYC with 2 friends and 8 kids between us ages 1-11 and took three subways to get up to the Guggenheim in order to see the magical exhibit by light art virtuoso James Turrell (that is a quote from my son by the way...)

When you walked in, the rotunda was all encased to be a part of the installation. It was magical. You weren't supposed to take pictures, but after we left, we were informed that some of the younger set had taken pics unbeknownst to us with their ipods/phones. whoops. And thank goodness, because look how beautiful....You lie on the floor and look up and see this....and the colors change gradually....it is so peaceful.

Just beautiful.

I wish I had been able to take a picture of our children all lying on the padded ground gazing up together, some of them holding hands.... This was the only shot I was brazen enough to take.

After touring the museum, we took the kids to Central Park. The were all walking together, a little way in front of us. They turned to enter the park and they stopped and let out an audible "Wow!"

They found this amazing guy, making ginormous bubbles with two fishing rods tied together.

You never know what you are going to see in this amazing city! We HEART NY!

And what is a trip to NYC and Central Park without a good rock climb!

One day we went to the Walt Whitman birthplace, which I had never been to before! What a surprise to learn it was across from the Walt Whitman Mall and that where the mall stands now had been Whitman's family apple orchard!

We toured the house. It was incredible to see the details and furniture of the time. However, only one chair was original to the house, but it is still worth seeing for the items that have been collected are in the style of the period, with lots of knick-knacks that were useful in those times. The kids really enjoyed learning about the time and asked some really good questions!

I LOVE the blue! And the wide planks. Swoon!

Here we are in the gardens with our friend. She and my LMO consider themselves practically twins since they were born less than 24 hours apart. They are both sweet and spunky and a ball to be with, so maybe they are?  

MAP is having a moment with Walt. Leave it to my boy to ham a picture up. 

Our last trip was to the Long Island Children's Museum (LICM for short) We have been going there for AGES now, but they are always doing something new and exciting! 

This summer, they hosted a puppet festival and we were THRILLED to see that our favorite Puppeteer, Steve Petra was going to be there! And not only was he going to perform a puppet show, BUT he would also be having a puppet workshop!! WOW! We were SO in! We grabbed another friend and off we went. 

The show was hilarious and the workshop was fantastic! My son was chosen to go onstage and got to work with Steve, which was hysterical! The next day, when I checked Facebook, there was the post from the LICM! And look who was on it!

Thanks for the amazing shows and all the laughs Steve! Hope to see you again soon!


I would NOT have been able to do all this with the kids if not for the library passes. They truly made our summer!

Looking at this I can see we really did a lot of amazing things together this summer. And it makes them going back to school tomorrow a little easier. I really do love spending time with these two. They are just so eager to experience things and open to learning and just a heck of a lot of fun.

Now, I have to go tell them to stop reading and put their lights off, AGAIN! Tomorrow, the bus will be coming!

Learn on!