Annie the Alien went on an exciting adventure this past summer. She joined us on our road trip from Georgia to Las Vegas, NV and everywhere in between. From the bright lights of the Vegas Strip to some of the most breathtaking vistas in the United States, Annie enjoyed them all. She wanted to share with you some of her favorite sites. Psst! See below for a special offer in honor of National Crochet Month, 2017!
Somehow a pink alien fit right in at infamous Las Vegas!
Annie the Alien LOVES Bryce Canyon. She didn’t want to leave…. Annie will be back. I’m sure of it. And she will bring her brother Arnie to see it all.
Annie the Alien enjoys the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is so peaceful. We saw very few humans at the overlooks. BTW, the black bean soup at the little snack bar at the North Rim Visitor’s Center is REALLY GOOD!
Another view of Annie the Alien at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. WOW! It is AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL and OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!
Annie the Alien started this hike at 6am to avoid the 110 degree weather. Boy, was it worth it! The arch is HUGE!!!!! Do you see the person in the middle of the arch and one on the left side?
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Josh, dressed as a kitty for Halloween. He’s showing me his tail with his right hand and you can see Baby in his left.
Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I’m a cat person. I’ve had a cat for most of my life so it wasn’t much of a surprise that my youngest son, Josh, loved kitties too. When he was about three years old, my mother bought him a beanie type stuffed kitty. The kitty was named “Baby” and Josh carried her around everywhere. At night I had to wrap Baby in a blue cotton blanket. She had to be wrapped really tight, rolled up in the middle with just her head popping out. Baby went on many adventures and very quickly became one of many stuffed kitties that had to be in bed at night with Josh. But Baby was always his favorite and always the one to be wrapped up extra special. Like all sweet little boys, Josh has grown and is turning into an amazing young man (14 just last month!) and the kitties have been replaced with things like an iPad and XBox.
A few years ago I was working on a new method for a blanket design, Made with Love, Patchwork Heart Baby Blanket. When I was drawing it out, Josh watched me. After a few minutes he said I should make a kitty blanket. He said I should make it like the heart blanket, but a kitty. It took me a while but I did design that kitty blanket. Josh helped me a lot. He worked with me on the preliminary drawings. He helped me pick the right colors for both the kitty, blacks and grays of course, just like Baby, and the background, blue of course! And he helped me arrange the squares to avoid the placement of identical colors next to each other. The child is a puzzle whiz and his help was greatly appreciated! The naming of the pattern was easy, Baby Kitty.
This blanket has so many memories stitched into it. Not only the precious memories of Josh’s suggestion and help, but I made most of the squares while on a family road trip. It was a wonderful family adventure of which the blanket serves as a souvenir. This blanket will be treasured forever, as will Baby, with her matted fur and scratched up eyes. She is a sweet reminder of the past and of the sweet little boy who loved her.