Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Gifts for Noli

First of all, let me wish each of you a very Happy New Year! I hope your secret wishes come true this year, and that all your resolutions are kept. Me, I don't make resolutions.... I just try to keep up with life as it is! If I make resolutions, they are usually broken in the first ten minutes so I've stopped making them. Ha! :p

Secondly, I can't believe I haven't blogged since early December! And that wasn't even me, it was Oliver! 

Kitty interlude... Hewwo, Oliver here. I blog whenever I can sneak it in! I'm wishing all the kitties out there (and I know there are lots of you) a Happy Kitty New Year with lots of treats all year long!

Good grief, that Oliver. Snags my computer whenever possible....

Well, anyway, back to the letter G for Alphabe-Thursday. I seem to have missed D, E and F! Heck, I didn't even do much blog reading, much less blog writing! But I think I'm back in the saddle again! 

Gifts for Noli.....

Every Christmas and/or birthday (they are close together with only two months in between) I crochet something special for Noli. It started with foodies for her play kitchen when she was two and went on to include crochet stuffed animals, a little doll, a kitty with carrier (Oliver's lady love), various hats, scarves and fingerless gloves.

So one day Noli was rooting around in the closet where I keep the clothes she has at my house (everything goes back and forth between her house and mine), and found a hat and scarf set I had made her several years ago. The hat could stretch and still fit but the scarf was really little. No matter, she took it back with her. She found another hat -- bomber style -- and asked where the scarf was for it. I told her I had only made the hat, no scarf for it.

Bomber hat made for Christmas 2011

An idea blossomed! I knew I had leftover yarn from the bomber hat so I hunted around, found it, decided on a pattern. The very day that I started it, Stephanie called to say that they would be stopping by in a bit.... so I gathered up the yarn and put it away.... never to be found again!! I have yet to find the darn stuff! I really hid it good! (Don't laugh, I know you hide stuff from yourself too...)

~~~ March 14, 2014 update.... I'm adding this post to the blog hop over at God's Growing Garden where the theme for March includes Rainbow Colors!! ~~~

Scarf made Christmas 2013

So, once the idea of making a scarf got in my head, I knew I'd have to make one for her, matching hat or not. I decided on a rainbow scarf and found a cute pattern that had a heart on one end and clouds on the other. Perfect!

Naturally, I started this scarf the day before we were to get together at Stephanie's and finished it just before we walked out the door to go -- literally.

Noli loved it and wore it the whole evening. Over a yellow top of Stephanie's that Noli wears as a dress!

"Oh, kind sir, you are my knight in shining armor"
(for some reason this is said in a very Southern accent...)

I also got these prince and princess magnetic paper dolls for her. Aren't they cute? 
OK, they're not crochet but read on and the explanation will become clear...

"Oh sir, what have you brought me from today's hunt?"

"Oh dear sir, we are in our undergarments..."
"But we can hide in this lovely bag -- I know it is ours because of the crown adornment"

Yup, I can play paper dolls with the best of them!!

The clothes are separated into tops and bottoms so you can make up as many different styles as you want. They came with a storage bag but it was a cheesy plastic -- and I wanted something better for Miss Noli!

I include a muslin storage bag with my crochet foodies that I sell in my Etsy shop -- I crochet a little matching applique and sew it onto the bag to cutie it up. I decided to do the same thing for Noli's paper dolls -- and crocheted a princess crown with pink sparkly cotton yarn and sewed it on. Much, much better than a yucky old plastic bag!

So those were my crocheted Noli gifts for this year. I'd make things for her sooner than the day of.... but I'd probably just lose them somewhere....  In a place that only the sneaky crochet thief knows.

Hmmm, do you think that thief is.... gasp.... Oliver ?

sharing Miss Noli's crochet gifts over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter G.

Update, March 2014 -- sharing Noli's Rainbow Scarf over at God's Growing Garden where the theme this month includes Rainbow Colors



Anonymous said...

That scarf is adorable! The weather lady on our local news was just showing off that same scarf someone had made for her, but it was the clouds on one side and the sun on the other. Very cute!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

That scarf is just perfect! How fun...

Curious as a Cathy said...

Home-made gifts are always the best. I know she'll have fond memories of these things for years to come. Great job!

storybeader said...

that is a really cute scarf! I like the ends and how they end up in the front like that. Hope you find that yarn in the future - it is so pretty! {:-D

Tracy Cook said...

I once put my iPad somewhere safe from my grandson found it two weeks later under the sofa.
Love your post this week

Birgit said...

No wonder Noli loves this scarf -- it's adorable! :)

And -- Oliver is adorable, too. That photo -- just great!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Happiness in 2014! Enjoy your Noli and your Oliver!

Natashalh said...

That scarf is too cute! And kitties seem to always poke their whiskers into everything human!

Keroro said...

The rainbow scarf is so pretty cool! I want to have one myself ^o^.
Very nice idea!

pasqueflower said...

LOL! I can totally relate to hiding things from myself. My hubby and I refer to something as being "in a safe place" when we have NO IDEA where we might have put it!

Love the rainbow scarf!! And the paper dolls are so cute. I used to play with Betsy McCall paper dolls and The Lennon Sisters paper dolls when I was a little girl, long, long ago.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Lots of beautiful creative needlework ~ cutie girly girl and adorable cat ~ what a life ! Blessed! ~ Happy New Year ~ carol, xxx

Debbi Huntington said...

love that scarf! and the paper dolls are cute, I didn't know they still made them.

fredamans said...

Those are the most treasured gifts!

Gattina said...

Beautiful crochets ! I have no patience, I buy, lol !

Pearl Maple said...

Happy New Year, the scarf is a fun creative touch with all those lovely colors

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

What a cute scarf! I also like the idea of magnetic paper dolls. That's probably one of the smartest inventions ever, speaking as someone who loved actual paper dolls, but not how delicate they were.

Kc W said...

The scarf is very cute but Noli is even cuter -- especially when wearing it! I love that you lost the other project. You are not alone. I stashed some books somewhere -- but where? Happy New Year!

Wandering Wren said...

So much to relate to in this post, Starting at G for a start, hiding things (mostly chocolate in my case or my car keys.....!!!) Love to see your presents you've made.
I reckon you can probably take the rest of the year off now with a gold star and a nice cuppa!
Wren x

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Jenny said...

You and Oliver have really got me giggling over here... That goofy kitty-cat always makes me grin!

I love all of Noli's gifts... She must be really grateful to have a groovy gal like you in her life!

Great post for the letter "G"!

Thanks for linking.


Splendid Little Stars said...

lots of cuteness!

Angelique Ouellette-Tower said...

That is the coolest scarf that I have ever seen!! Thanks for linking this wonderful post up to my “Themed Blog & Shop Hop!”
PS - And thanks so much for the mention!!


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