Archive for April, 2011
It’s my favorite time of year! The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is less than a week away and I am so excited I could burst. The anticipation of all those great yarn delights in one place….well, you get the point! It’s like Christmas morning when you are a kid…but BETTER!
This year, I am also headed to the Storey Publishing & FiberCrawl Afterparty as a special treat. I understand that tickets are still available, but going fast!
The world is certainly a buzz with the royal wedding of Prince William and the new Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. It was a lovely affair and I enjoyed watching the ceremony along with all of the fanfare afterwards – not to mention, oohing and awing over that GORGEOUS dress.
However, today’s festivities contrasted with my current state of life got me to thinking. One has to make her own fairytale come true in this world. If you have a dream, you have to go after it! There is no sitting around waiting for Prince Charming to deliver your royal castle and perfect kingdom – Roll up your sleeves and make it happen yourself!
One of my favorite animated movies is Disney’s Princess and the Frog. In my opinion, Princess Tiana is the perfect role model for young girls and women of any age. Tiana dreams of owning her own business, a restaurant. She realizes, with the help of her parents, that the only way to achieve one’s dream is through hard work and dedication. She even teaches her prince the same lesson.
Likewise, I am addicted to those profiles of great business men and women featured regularly on CNBC. One thing each one has in common is that they did let a few bumps in the road or even insurmountable odds stop them from making their product and marketing it to the world. Everyone has a great idea; but everyone does not have the inner drive to bring that same idea to fruition.
Well, today I vow to make my own fairytale come true. I am going to sacrifice, work hard, plot and plan until my dream is a reality.
Happy Easter! I am thrilled to report that after hours of being in a complete crochet frenzy, I finished the girls’ Easter boleros in time for the Easter Vigil Mass last night. Yesterday afternoon, finally in home stretch, I frantically did all of the finishing. On Holy Thursday, I contemplated, for a brief moment, not blocking in order to save time; but in the end, I could not bring myself to do it. So, I pulled out the good ol’ pilates mat Holy Friday evening and got busy blocking. The edging went from a curled hot mess to something really beautiful, almost instantly. Moral: ALWAYS, ALWAYS BLOCK!
The finished product is so worth it. The girls looked amazing and I am so pleased with the final results. Here goes…..
Well, off to the next project now…..my hook gets no rest!
Wishing everyone a beautiful day filled with family, friends, good food, lots of LOVE and HOPE! Happy Stitching!
With less than two weeks to go, I am making progress on this crazy mission to which I have agreed. I have decided to finish the body of each bolero first and then crank out all of the decorative edging next week. My plan is to finish the body of the second bolero by this Sunday and use all of next week for the edging and finishing. I will be on vacation next Thursday and Friday, so that should net me some extra hook time. Also, most afterschool activities are on break – which means less time driving the kiddos to and fro.
I finished the body of the first bolero last night. Unfortunately, I lost about 5 days of precious crochet time due to illness (I was sick and so was my oldest) and our generally overloaded schedule. I am back on track, though, and I calculated several measurements last night that I need to customize this pattern to fit my oldest baby.
I can do this….yes, I can!