happiest of holidays!

this year, the holidays completely snuck up on me. 

completely! 

as an avid list maker, 

and so much more of a virgo than i ever knew, 

i typically have my holiday gifts complete before thanksgiving.

yes, i make a list. and i check it twice. 

unexpectedly though, 

despite working at purl, 

where it was all christmas music from thanksgiving on, 

and lots of frantic crafters coming in for last minute yarn- 

it did not occur to me that i was about to head home for the holidays

without ANY presents, until the night of the 21st.

4 days?

good thing i am a mighty fast crocheter 

and purl sells magnum yarn.

bulky bulky and big hooks = many hats for many heads!

that was my plan. 

to learn how to tackle crocheted colorwork 

(so easy! why have i not been doing this all along?!), 

and to whip up at least 7 hats before xmas day.

with a delightful flight delay, 

and some spectacle of winding skeins of magnum on my knees, 

i had finished all 7 before i landed in chicago on the 23rd.

my plan was to heap them in a big parcel, 

and let a hat-to-head, free-for-all ensue. 

it did. 

cue the cheesy family portraits. :) 

... 

and thanks to my little brother, adam, 

there are many many photos of me.

which is a rare thing for this here blog. 

thanks lb. <3

enjoy the holiday cheer

(a little late, of course) 

xo, laila

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haha!

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the vintage ornaments are my favorite.

little worlds of colored glass.

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my little brother & i, immortalized in ornament form. huzzah!

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we ate extremely well, all weekend!

and i discovered where i might get my love of vintage dishes.

nice pyrex mom! :)

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and it was extremely nice to see button,

even if he has become a bit crazier in his old age. 

he's 13 now!!! 

i remember when he could sit in my hands as a kitten.

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and now, mostly thanks to adam, here's a slew of gift-y pictures. :)

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(looking like a banana republic model!)

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and just in case, 

you didn't believe this was my family, 

here's proof of their goofiness and relation to me. :)

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haha

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showing off the goods!

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my grandpa :)

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cute crocheted anthro apron?! amazing. 

mustard yellow? extra great!

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kinda maybe one of the best presents i've ever received. 

minus my wheel, carder and camera. :)

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didn't know there was even a picture snapped of this :)

and now, the hats! :D

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mom, adam/me, gram, gramps! <3

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ho ho ho! :)