13 August 2015

Pretty things

I've been carrying these old buttons around with me for a long time now.  Some are sentimental, others are just pretty.

I thought it was time to play with my watercolor paints, too.

I also had to solve a lost-coin problem, so I made a little coin purse for my hand bag.  Pretty coral.

This works like a draw-string, then I wind the pulled strings around the top and secure it to the button.  Simple.  It's strong.  I expect it to last a very long time.

Have a happy day!


10 August 2015


That moment when you decide not to check a pen color in the store, because it might be bad manners, then you get home and try it out... only to find it really is 'terra cotta' like it says on the label (and not the pretty coral color that was printed on the label).  Silly me.

I love peonies.  I bought this fake one... it's beautiful, it's going to stay beautiful, and I'm probably going to buy more.  Here it sits wedged in the edge of our couch... that I also use for a yarn/project shelf.  My husband is not amused.

That nail polish.  But, that knitting.  Just a simple little project, garterstitch.

We went to our first ever Diamond Backs baseball game.  It was awesome.  Our 4yr old lasted the whole 9 innings.  Sadly though, the game was a draw and they went into the 10th inning.  We listened on the radio as we drove away.  D-Backs won!

I feel like it's been too long since I sat down and played with my dip-pens.  Honestly, probably about a week.  That's still too long.

I hope you all have an awesome week!


07 August 2015

Little Squares of Strength

I've been following the pretty pictures of Tea and Fleur on Instagram (@teaandfleur)  and was so excited to join this sweet project.  I can't remember who tagged me initially, but Thank You!

Little Squares of Strength
(quote from @teaandfleur via instagram)
"This project is about women from all walks of life, all over the world, joining hearts, and hand crafting a little square, symbolic of love and strength and encouragement, and acknowledgement that we are all on this journey together."

After Fleur (who blogs here) receives all the squares, she will carefully join them all together to make a beautiful blanket, which will represent "much strength, and the wonderful support that we have for one another."  People will send in their squares and others will send in nominations for whom they think deserves the blanket and one will be chosen.

If you look up #littlesquaresofstrength you'll find some beautiful pictures of what people are putting together.  There's crochet, knitting, embroidery, and who knows what else it'll be made up of.

I'm just a bit excited.  I found the pattern for this pretty heart through Pinterest.


05 August 2015

I miss you, Chch bloggers

I began blogging in 2011 when I was pregnant.  Since then, I've met a lot of bloggers, most of them through the awesome Miriam (who has a couple of blogs, one here) with the help of Sophie (blogs here), who both have a talent at getting people together, to just hang out and love on each other.  Some of the bloggers that would meet up would blog as a job, some would blog to advertise their makings and shop, others would blog to share how they manage life and kids, still, others would blog just because they wanted to, for fun, for a journal, for themselves.

On moving to Arizona and trying to find that same blogging community, it's been a little different.  I've been looking for the 'Miriam' of Gilbert, here, but so far, I haven't found her.  Either I'm not looking hard enough, or what I've learned is correct.  I hope I just haven't looked hard enough.

I have found a ton of bloggers, that's for sure.  I've found that almost all of their blogs are their jobs.  Having a blog as a job, an income, is awesome, don't get me wrong.  It's just that I find myself not really able to get into the blogging community here because it feels like all the blogging 'get-togethers' are about "how to make your blog work financially", "how to attract more followers", "how to regularly post to get the regular return readers", etc.  Even though I would like all of the above, it's not the reason I blog.  If I made it the reason I blog, then I probably wouldn't blog at all.

I guess what I'm saying is, Miriam, I'm just missing you and all the bloggy friends in New Zealand!  Even though you're now in Aussie.

I haven't found anything that remotely resembles a coffee-catch up like we had in New Zealand; one where everyone feels like they're instantly in the group of friends, where it doesn't matter if you post a blog once a day or once a year, you're still 'in', where you are included and truly feel like you are a  friend and an important person in the group of friends.

I don't know if I should try and organize one or not.  That would probably be too much pressure on me.  I seriously don't work well (or at all) under pressure.

I have made contact with a couple of bloggers here in Arizona, but not a lot has come from it and I don't want to email and sound desperate.  (Please be my friend, pleeeaaassee?) Tehehe.  BUT, if you're a blogger in or near Gilbert, Arizona, and you know of a few bloggers that hang out just because they're bloggers, then email me, please, I'd love to hang out, too!  OR if you might be interested in hanging out once a month or so, let's start something awesome!  It's been 8 months now, and I have one amazing friend.  Just one.  Maybe I'm greedy but, I want more.  

I might even think about starting a new blog that can link us bloggers up and get an online community together.  Don't worry, I'll keep this one going.  This blog is my special little thang.


23 July 2015

Holy Moly

We now have a 4 year old in the house!  What?!

Our boy's 4th birthday was small and sweet.  He was so overwhelmed at all the presents he got, he didn't know what to play with first and, over the course of a week, had several meltdowns.  Just too much was going on, the excitement, the tiredness.

Now, we're making fun stuff with playdough, k-nex, lego, going for rides on the bike (which now has trainer-wheels off), and running around being crazy, busy, us.


09 July 2015


I have carved feather quills, 

and practiced lettering with said feather quills,

sewn a pair of togs (a swimsuit for those wondering what togs are, and no, I don't think I'll share a photo of them ON),  I'm trying to figure out how to take a photo of them without making them look so huge.  *shudder*

I've laughed at how much my boy has grown up (4yrs old next week), in a moment of tantrum he told me I had lost the privilege of taking him to the playground - that only Dad can do that now,

drawn zentangles and koi for my up-and-coming coloring-in book,

won a cute little embroidered hoop from Katiedidandco.  It is so cute.  Seriously, check out her shop.

I have considered how I'm going to film some quick crochet tutorials, then upload them to you-tube, this could be fun (or terrible),

wondering how to eat healthier, get fitter and (it feels, most importantly) lose weight,

getting terribly discouraged at the numbers on the scale (after trying),

also wondering if that's too much information,

working on holding the phone less and spending more face to face time with my awesome son.  Suddenly the phone isn't so important and I'm getting bored of it quickly.  I think that's a good thing.

Thank you for visiting or following my little blog!  You guys are gems!


26 June 2015

Crochet, knitting and zentangles

A little while back I crocheted a hottie-cover for my hottie.  We really don't have a big need for hotties here in the Arizona summer, but now at least it has a cover over it for when I do need to use it.

I made-up the pattern as I went: starting with a sc square and sewing up the edges in a join-as-you-go method, then crocheting around and around and around, decreasing at the 'shoulders' and finishing at the top.  The gap big enough for an empty water bottle to squash through.  Easy as pie.

We went for a tiki-tour one evening, just a drive, for no reason other than to look around.  I came prepared with my knitting needles and big ball of t-shirt yarn.

My husband introduced me to an app call Periscope.  You can film yourself live from your phone and broadcast it to anyone else in the world who has the app.  Your followers get a notification when you're online and can watch, comment and 'like' your video.

I tried it out, by drawing this zentangle.  If you want to follow, I'm on there as @hollybaeb.

I finished the tiki-tour knitting a couple of days later.  It's such a pretty texture!  There's a large image at the bottom of this post for you to download free for a desktop background.  It's so nice to look at I just had to share.

Yesterday, I was procrasting.  The only thing is, I'm not sure what I was supposed to be doing...

Also, yesterday, I decided to begin a new project; how about I make my own coloring-in book?  And also make it available to you?  Oh, alright, then.

Free download for personal use only:  A photography by me, of my own knitting.  All you need to do is right-click on the image and view full size, or open in a new tab. I think from there you should be able to download it by 'copy and paste'ing into 'Paint' and save to your desktop.  Then click on that thumbnail on your desktop and click on 'set as desktop background'.