It's done! My new pattern for a flower embellishment:
I had this idea for a kind of retro, almost cartoon-like flower a while ago, based on the kinds we tend to associate with the 1960s and '70s, flower power, hippies, etc. But I could not for the life of me get the petals to be rounded like this without either curling up or running into each other. I finally got it all figured out on Friday and made up a couple demos to show off in my listings for the pattern. (It's listed on Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy, as usual.)
These would be so cute decorating a hat or purse, or a bunch of them sewn all over a vest or skirt! I think they lend themselves to children's clothing really well, but adults with a fun fashion sense could totally wear them too. Here's how one looks on my adult sun hat:
And just this morning, while I was lying in bed snuggling my baby, I dreamed up my very first crochet stitch! I went to Yarn Cloud yesterday for new yarn to make a blanket for the new niece we'll be getting in a few months, and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for this blanket, when bam! A new crochet stitch! It's probably been done before, but I've never used it or seen it in a book (as far as I know -- I do like reading books of different stitches). If the blanket turns out well, maybe I'll sell the pattern for it!
Speaking of snuggling my baby, last night was a Big Night. She slept in her own bed for half the night! She's almost 5 months old now, and I had started putting my other two kids in their own beds at night when they were about 4 months old, but timing just has not been working out with this one -- we were gone two weeks ago, we've got another trip coming up soon, and then next month we're going on vacation. I tried starting her in her own bed a few times, but she wasn't going for it, and I figured with all that upheaval, it just was going to have to wait.
But last night she kept waking up every half an hour, and I got fed up. The fourth time she woke up, I said, "That's it! Little girl, you're going in your own bed. If you cry, so be it -- Mommy needs sleep!" I nursed her back to sleep, put her down in the little travel bed next to our bed, which is where I've been trying to get her to sleep at nights (she naps in her own room during the day), and she stayed asleep! So I lay back down, figuring I'd get maybe half an hour before she woke up and yowled. But lo and behold, when she woke up again, she'd been asleep for two hours!! I put her back in her own bed, and then she slept for almost three hours!!! What an amazing relief! This morning, for the first time in weeks, my back hasn't complained when I got up (sleeping around a baby this size is not comfy after the first few minutes), and she's actually been in a pretty good mood too. Here's hoping this continues!