Thought you might enjoy scenes from a 10th birthday party. Pink forks.
Blue water (with the laughing bday girl on the left)
Pink and purple pinata
Red lollipop stuck to the deck for later (I blame Junior).
And what's a birthday party without a lost molar while chewing on pinata candy? Always happy to send home a kid with her tooth in a baggie. Easiest party ever. 20 kids, a pool, garden hose which Husband repeatedly fired upon them much to their glee, a pinata, 5 large pizzas, chips, cold drinks and a CD of favorites like "YMCA," "Soul Sister,"and some old Debbie Harry and Bonnie Tyler. No party favor bags full of stuff for the landfill (I'm a total Scrooge that way). Nothing to do other than sit and watch the endless laughter. I gave them cake before dinner - my childhood dream - and let the party run itself. Juniorette is in a class of 17 at school and they are all very close. I credit school uniforms, teachers who are strict (and parents who allow it) but kind, and a strict no bullying climate. Man, are we lucky.
My nine year old was getting ready to go out to dinner last night and left her sequined beret on my dressing table. I thought it looked pretty, hence the photo but the real show stealer was Junior at dinner. I'm not sure how the conversation started but there was a lot of laughter until the restaurant was silenced and then, it, too, collectively broke into laughter as Husband and I met each other under the table to bang our heads into the floor.
Jun'ette: I'M not going to summer camp. I'm almost ten, so there. Husband: Well, I'm forty, so nah nah nah. Jun'ette: Well, I know the capitals of all the states, so nah nah nah. Me: Well, I'm a doctor so nah nah nah. Jun'ette: Well, I'm probably going to Harvard, so nah nah nah! (Oh -snap! - Husband) Me: Whose going to pay for Harvard, nah nah nah? Jun'ette: You are, Knittin' Lady, nah nah nah!
This is a hat that Juniorette and I designed together. It will be available as a free download to promote my book. You probably don't know this, but I've been working on a knitting book for well over a year now. I just completed my penultimate design today, a simple cardigan out of the same Sweet Georgia Worsted yarn that you see here. I fell in love with it while doing this hat and kept going with a simple fitted cardigan, after stuffing myself with five more skeins at my LYS, Love to Knit. My final design for the book is all sketched out and measured, the gauge swatch made, just awaiting a nice hand wash. This last design will be a roomy cardigan and will look great on everyone. Other goodies to be found in the book will be a cowl or two, some more sweaters - and, well, perhaps some socks and a swing coat. A bit of fair isle here, a hat there. Fun stuff! Colorful, figure flattering, fun to make things! Anyway, you'll have to wait a while for the finished product as some tech editing and size grading is still to be done but the knitting - well, in a few weeks that should all be done. Then I guess I start working on projects for the second book? Never thought of that conundrum.
Wthin the foyer are now a couple of chinese hand painted lanterns.
You can see where they hang - i.e. in no place that could cause a remote complaint about possibly hitting one's head on a rock hard tassle. Not that we have people residing in Casapinka who would complain about such things. I kept the upstairs walls blue for now as I don't want an entirely white house.
Taken from the stairs, there's that gorgeous glossy brown fireplace!
Still on the fence as to what color to paint it, and the story behind the oil painting of the woman shall be told in another post, soon. Jeez, the entry looks so much brighter without that putty colored paint on the walls!
I took the kiddos to the inaugural Providence Flea on Saturday where I got my first peonies of the season! What a fun experience. Modeled on the Brooklyn Flea, it's located on the riverfront and there were gourmet food trucks and hand churned popsicles all around. We opted out of the $19 French rabbit but got some delicious farm grown burgers and dogs, instead. My photos are all appearing Instagramish since Junior's knucklehead "incident" so I'll have to get someone to pry off the shattered UV filter. Oh, and I had a great time speaking last night on knitting design! Around thirty people showed up and the kiddos were allowed to rot their brains on the library's computers while Mamacita was giving her talk. I think I could stand up and talk to people about knitting for hours!
The foyer is getting an overhaul, bit by bit. As you can see it was rather a glossy brown, as is the fireplace behind (not shown in the photo.) Don't worry, not for long! (Because I know you do worry about these types of things.) I found the absolutely most gorgeous fuchsia for it - Pantone Cabaret.
It took Mark a long time and three coats to get around all of those posts. That is a lot of glossy brown paint, folks! Mark did take a break to play some guitar, as he's a master cellist and guitar player. Carey, his wife, came to approve the Chinese lanterns I picked up at Pearl River in NYC. I hung them in the wrong place today which I guess is typical.
Other happenings in the Casapinka realm: A trip to NYC this past week with a visit to always delicious Nyonya for roti canai.
Binge watching of The Fall while finishing up a cardigan design. What a great series - Gillian Anderson is like getting Jane Tennison's(from Prime Suspect) alter ego back. I'm also giving a lecture on knitting design tomorrow at Warwick Public Library here in Rhode Island at 630pm.
And I know some of you count on my Junior stories to reassure you that you are stellar parents but I don't really have any at the moment. Husband hopped a plane to California for the weekend so I expected that Junior would velcro himself to my car or shove ABC gum into up his nose with a chopstick but he's actually growing a herb garden in a container all by himself. Last I checked they were all legal herbs. More pics to come of the foyer as it gets its makeover!
I hadn't planned on having a deck up and running today but something happened and we washed all the furniture with soapy water. We also scrubbed the deck and hosed it down, then brought out the pink plastic chairs from last year. I put out my elephant table and threw down some scrap fabric on a battered table and voila - an outdoor room! I found another table that has been usurped by the amazing coffee table that you haven't yet seen and put it on the other side of the sofa. You can see that someone didn't even wait until the deck was dry to grab a good book and escape from Junior (who incidentally cracked the lens on my camera by falling UP the stairs while, it turns out, trying to take a photo of his penis.)
I bought a ton of this raspberry colored cotton fabric at our local bargain fabric outlet for $1.99 per yard thinking I could cover those dirty looking cushions. Sigh, add it to the list of stuff to make! But while Mark is working on the foyer (thank goodness Husband is on call!) it frees me up to think up more projects!
You can see Japan (as you may remember Junior calls our porch with the shoji like lattices) from the opposite side here. Later tonight we're going to hang 200 fairy lights to make it sparkle! I'm also waiting for a couple of outdoor rugs but I like to show a work in progress. I also hope to put a table out there this summer on the other end. Husband hates how Americans eat outside but really, with such a nice space, it's hard not to!
A lot of trends out there are just...done. So, when I do something that I haven't seen anywhere else - even if it's because I've run out of paint - it makes my heart sing! So, meet the half-dipped Oreo door. Chalkboard paint is pretty "over" except for the important fact that it's fun and kiddos love it. So, I had Mark paint an angled wall on Junior's side but he ran out of it early, so we decided to do just half of Juniorette's door so she wouldn't pin down her brother and pants him for having chalkboard paint. Voila, she actually loved it which is a minor miracle as she loves picking out things for herself!
When we went to Lapland in northern Finland last Christmas I had hoped to get some Marimekko fabric. It turned out to be as costly as it was back home so I gave it a pass. When we got back to Ireland, however, my SIL, Niamh, pulled out this bright green Ananas fabric and asked if I wanted it! Turns out it was a bad run or something and she had gotten it for 3 Euros a yard! My eyes almost bugged out of my head as I turned it to the side and showed her the Marimekko label.
She presented me with a 21 foot bolt prior to leaving Dublin. It's currently draped over a chair waiting to be made into something wonderful, which will be curtains for Junior's room. Pretty lucky fellow, huh?Here it is in bright pink. I don't think he would have appreciated it quite so much in this fuchsia colorway which I posted last year. Fuchsia curtains in his room would have led to war, for sure!