Crochet Cute Puppy Beanie

My kids are truly fortunate to have the coolest hats. My latest project is this puppy hat. I’ve seen this hat all over the web and I did one in blue three years ago for my first son. I had to make another one for my little one. It only took me a few hours and it looks amazing on my one month old 🙂

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Crochet: Black and White Infinity Scarf

The cold breeze is finally here and it’s time to wear coats, gloves, and SCARVES! Here is my latest infinity scarf.

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It is worked with a 9mm crochet hook and with two strands of yarn, one in black and one in white. I made a chain of 100, but I think I should have made it 10-15 stitches shorter. I took a strand from my black yarn and another from my white yarn and brought them together to make “one” strand, that’s why I used a big hook size. The entire scarf is worked in double crochet (7 rows) and sewed the ends together to make a circle.

I love the end results. I think I might do another one in brown and off white.

December Photo Challenge : Day 4, 5, 6, 7

I’ve been falling behind on here for my photo challenge. I’ve been pretty good about it on my IG account though. Here are my Days 4-7

Day 4: My View

photo 1 copy 3This is how peace looks when the kids are tucked in, the lights are in the right ambiance and I am finally able to sit down and crochet.

Day 5: B&W

photo 2 copy 3These four little feet tiptoed into my heart and forever shall they remain there. My boys, my life.

Day 6: Holiday Movie

photo 3 copy 2This is my all time favorite movie. I can watch it over and over again. There is something about English accents and their humor that I just love.

Day 7: Where I Live

photo copy 2Sometimes I need to remind myself that I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. It might not seem like it in this picture, but Santa Cruz is gorgeous, even on this chilly morning as we go to the holiday parade.

December Photo Challenge: Day 2- Wish List

Day 2 – Wish List

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Today’s December photo challenge is my holiday wish list. You can plainly see what it is I really really want, but I thought I’d throw some other stuff on the list as well. I know I asked for some non-material things like my back and hip or something as silly as sleep, but believe me I’d be happy to open that up Christmas morning.

And there is no surprise to my wish for crochet hooks and books. 😉

Here’s a little short story…

My Santa was a woman. I knew that from the moment I heard her argue with my father. She was blaming him for spending all the money for gifts on alcohol and poker. She saw me slowly walking towards them. My Santa took two small breaths, nothing like the ho ho ho I heard other Santas say. It didn’t have that cheerful laugh at the end. My santa had sad eyes, eyes that told me much more than her mouth. My Santa didn’t travel the world, or had the help of elves. My Santa was alone.

At school we had to write a letter to Santa and write down what we wanted. I knew my Santa wouldn’t read it. My Santa didn’t speak English, much less read it. Our assignment was to always write it in English. I tried extra hard to draw a really good picture so my Santa could see what it was I wanted. It was always the same, a barbie doll. I made sure to draw her with long hair, and pink shoes. I tried to remember how the dolls looked. Every time we would go to the store, I would make sure to pass by that isle, just so I could take a good look at them. They always came with many little accessories. I made sure to draw a purse and comb. The one I wanted needed to have a comb for that beautiful hair.

My Santa didn’t understand my drawing. I got socks and underwear that year. I saw my Santa’s eyes. “Maybe next year,” they said.

That night my Santa argued with my father again. He was drunk. My Santa also had a small nose, with drops of red she tried to stop with her hand. Her eyes couldn’t say anything to me, they were closed, trapping a river like the walls of a dam.

I felt guilty asking for a doll. I never knew how difficult it was for my Santa to get that for me. I stopped asking for a doll. I stopped writing to my Santa.

My Santa continued to give me socks and underwear. My Santa made sure I had more than socks and underwear. I had a mother that cared for me and tried endlessly to give me a good Christmas. My mother, my Santa.

December Photo Challenge: Day 1- Me

Day 1: Me


Today’s photo of the December photo challenge is a type of introduction. So I decided to take a picture of me just as I am, no makeup or hair done, with glasses and a real appearance to what a mother of a newborn and toddler looks like.

I have a smile because amongst the lack of sleep and the little time I have, I have a reason to smile.

So who am I?

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a loyal friend. I quit my teaching job to be a stay-at-home-mother and it’s been the toughest job I have ever had.

Fun facts about me:

Pink is still my favorite color- friends in high school used to call me Pinky because of my obsession with the color.

I have never had a happy meal.

I only drink milk from a glass.

I always sing before the song actually starts.

I was born in Mexico and brought here at the age of one.

I left home to go to college, but before that I was considering eloping.

I am the oldest of 4.

I would love to travel to Italy and to Peru.

I learned to crochet at the age of 8.

If it were up to me my whole body would be covered in tattoos.

December Photo Challenge

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I’ve always wanted to do one of these photo challenges, but I always remember mid month and it seems silly to start then. I will post a picture with a description or story every day according to the list above. I will also be posting the photos on Instagram. You are welcome to join there and make sure to #elsantuariodelamariposa so I can see them.