Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cute Little Kidlets

Who in the world is more selfless than a good parent?

Brian and I definitely want to have children of our own someday. Not just yet, but perhaps in a year or two.
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I don't see too many men who stop to point out other people's adorable babies or melt when they see a cute little toddler playing - but Brian is totally like that. We'll be walking down the street, and I will hear him sigh, or say "awwwwww", and I will turn to see he's looking at a cute little one. He absolutely LOVES children, so I can't wait to see him step into a fatherhood role some day.
For now, we are enjoying our niece and nephew, and other friends newborns and new pregnancies.

But when we do have kidlets of our own, I am definitely stopping by The Crochet Sisters to deck my little bublets out in cute little hats and beanies.

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This beautiful store is run by two lovely ladies - my youngest Etsy Sponsors ever - Lora and Mareenez, who are 14 and 17 years old. I am so impressed with their talent and creative patience. All the detail and work that goes into each piece is an absolute marvel, and then to learn that these creations are being crafted by teenagers - I am floored! After being taught to crochet by their Sunday School teacher, this pair caught on to the craft quickly. Their lovely father discovered Etsy and thought that it would be a great way for his daughters to exercise their talent and creativity - what a great example of a supportive Dad!

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Lora has a heart for children. She is inspired by them constantly, and loves playing with them - their innocence and love propel new ideas for her work. Mareenez derives inspiration from all things musical, and she dreams of a future in music. And then when they are not crocheting, these sisters enjoy spending time in the kitchen, reading, babysitting and spending time with their other three sisters (sounds like a busy, fun-filled household!). In among all their loves are soft spots for ice cream - especially Vanilla Bean or Cookies And Cream!

Lora and Mareenez are generously giving away one of their darling beanies to a lucky reader. Whoever wins will receive a custom Flower Earflap Beanie crocheted at any size between 0-3 months to 2T-4T. To enter, please leave a comment here telling me what your favorite thing about children is. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

(PS. If you want to learn a little more about me - stop by Contented Me - Kristin asked me a few questions, so stop by if you want to see my answers!)

59 comments:

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Oh my goodness... I would love to win a little beanie for my sweet nephew, who is due on April 29th!!!

Of course, being a 2nd grade teacher, I am around kiddos all the time, and I love every minute with them
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Blake (the hubby) and I tried for several months to conceive, but we were unsuccessful due a hormonal issue on my end. We are trying to save up some money for the time being to continue our efforts, but we are definitely looking forward to welcoming our sweet (and first) nephew in a little over a month!

Renee said...

I've been to this shop and their stuff is absolutely adorable! I don't have any little ones to buy for though. Until then, I just have to look at how cute everything is.
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VivatRegina said...

That is definitely an amazing duo! Wow, I'm so impressed :)

One of my favorite things about children is their ability to trust and forgive. Most of them trust anyone, it's hard for them to meet a stranger. But also, when you see two children start to argue and they get mad at each other, it really doesn't take long at all before they're best friends again. I wish most of the adults I knew could be that trusting and the forgiving, instead of holding on to grudges forever.

Great post Dionne. I love it! :)

Hannah said...

Aw, those are so cute! :)

I LOVE kiddos--I have six younger sibs, so I'm around them a lot, but they say and do the funniest and cutest things.

Love & Blessings,
--Hannah

Jaime said...

I am not entering because I don't have a child or know a child to give this to but I think those bear beanies are just adorable!!!

Erin said...

I love that shop!!! Their older sister has a shop, too, I believe.

My favorite part about kiddos... hmm... probably the look on my husbands face when he is around them... I love to watch him watch them because he, also, is a man who loves kiddos. He gets so happy when he is around them, it is wonderful!

Barbara said...

Nice to read all about you on Kristin's blog! And I am super impressed that you wake up feeling your prettiest. I look like death warmed over in the morning and always did! I am jealous!

You two will make super parents!

These two talented young women are so impressive. I love their work. I won't enter because I don't have anyone to give the hat to!

MYSAVIOR said...

The CrochetSisters are or used to be members of TeamCAC.

They are extremely talented young ladies.

What I love about children, especially my 8 year old grandson, Noah, is their innocence and giving hearts.

♥♥♥
Sue

Kim Davalos said...

So hard to pick just one favorite... but the first favorite that came to my mind is their voices. I have 4 little nieces and nephews and when they speak in their own unique little voice my heart melts. I'm so very excited because my husband and I plan to start our family this year! Thanks for posting about these talented young ladies. ~ Kim

monkeyandsquirrel said...

hehehe... those newborn teddy bear hats are just too much!

Linz said...

kids' clothes are SO cute, but i especially love these. and i think you guys will be great parents. :)

passport in my pocket said...

cute post. My husband has complete baby fever. Maybe one of these days ;)

Nicole Marie said...

that is so cute brian ohh and ahh over kids. i want someone like that!
and those little beanies are so cute!! what talents young girls!!

Sarah Mina said...

Aww, I just LOVE those little teddy bear hats!

Phoenix said...

So precious! I'm ready for kids in like, ten years... hope my body's cool with that. Hah!

Tamara Nicole said...

I love their chubby cheeks! I just love to kiss them and squeeze them ;-)

We're in the same boat, not ready for kids YET, but maybe a few years!!!

Little Miss Tiara said...

Aww... Brian sounds like a very sweet and cool man :d I love men who can get along well with kids, let alone who adores kid. Most of my guy friends I know feels insecure when they're with kids and they just leave it to the girls when it's coming to kids issue, hahah...

oh well, I don't have baby kid yet, so you can scratch my name off the list, no little kid around my block either, lol. :D but I'll still answer the question... hmm... I love smart kids who can answer back, their answers are always surprising, haha. :P

a little twig birdhouse said...

My favorite thing about children . . . is everything about my 4 month old baby. Never knew I could love so much! And he would look so stinkin cute in one of those beanies :)

Kristin said...

stop it! these girls sound absolutely adorable! And I mean that in the most non-condescending way. I am so proud of them! their work is GORGEOUS, and I have my eye on several pieces for Henry & Amelia.

My favorite thing about kids? I love that they run everywhere they go and that they are always laughing and smiling. How do we forget to do that so much as adults?

Lovely post, D. And I read and reread your answers and just love them too!

Wehaf said...

I love and admire their willingness to be silly without being embarrassed! I wish we didn't lose that as we grew up.

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sarah said...

Children are the wide-eyed, open-minded treasures of the world! I will be having my first baby any time now (I'm 2 days past my due date!)

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mframe said...

The best thing about children is their ability to love unconditionally. I am a special ed teacher and my children would light up your day.
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uglygirl said...

Wow, I am very impressed by these young craftsters/entrepreneurs. My favourite thing about children is their lack of inhibition - they are so spontaneous!

Marci said...

I love the things that come out of their mouths--completely unpremeditated and honest. NO pretention whatsoever.
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Bethany said...

WOW! Can't believe these girls are so young! What awesome work! Goes to show that it doesn't matter how old or young you are...talent is talent!

Gosh, I have SO many things that I love about kids:

Their ability to make you smile or laugh when you least expect to.

They find wonder and amazement in the simplest of items.

Their love is unconditional. And they forgive you, genuinely, when you screw up.

The way the whole day, no matter how bad, can be wiped from your memory by two little arms being wrapped around you.

Watching them grow. It's amazing. I have three kids, ages 9, 7, and 3, and I've watched them overcome their own little personal struggles and blossom into the person they are. It's truly amazing and I'm humbled and honored to be a part of it.

Those are just a few of the things I love about children.

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Gaia said...

I love evrything about children... their smell, their little hands with those little holes...their feet, the fact that could do whatever they wont to me, I'm in total love...

Hilary Leister said...

My favorite thing about kids?... When i see them running/hobbling away from their parents with giant grins on their faces like they're making a grand escape to freedom! Poor parents haha...

Ware Family said...

My favorite thing about kids, especially my kids, is their ability to love and forgive. It's amazing.

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the Lost Earring said...

Yay for spring! That butterfly made me giddy :)

Rebecca said...

my favorite thing about children is that we will be having one in just five weeks!!!! our first:) i've been taking a knitting class all winter and i've made her two little hats already. thought i'd share them on my blog soon:)

Stephanie said...

There are way too many things to love about children to pick just one favorite, but one of my favorite things is the HILARIOUS things they say. My son is constantly cracking me up! I also love how they love you so unconditionally.
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Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

I am so impressed with these girls!!

my favorite thing about children is the light in their eyes and their innocence.

sarsosari said...

I have four kidlets and I have lots of favorites about them! But the thing I love the absolute most are the naughty little things they say and do...the ones where you know you should put on your stern face and explain why that is not okay...but you just can't because you can't hide your smile. all you can do is give them a hug and tell them you love them.

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Lovely Scribbles said...

I'm floored, too! I can't believe such young ladies not only crochet like this, BUT have a store, too. Whew! Impressive. I adore kids and can't wait to have one of my own. My favorite part about little ones is when they let out a huge belly laugh. So cute!

lyndsey | paper girl said...

my favorite thing about kids is that i have one growing in my belly right now :) does that count? he'd look way cute in one of these hats someday... ;)

Kristin said...

I have two kiddos 5 & 3 and the thing that I like most about having kids is hearing some of the sentences that they say and conversations they have with each other when no one is looking. You just can't help but smile. I have even started to right some of them down so I don't forget them later on.

Lizzie said...

My favorite thing about children is watching them learn - they are such sponges!

Sarah said...

14 and 17? They made these items? What, no way!!! This is definitely an impressive store. Thank you Dionne for sharing them. And, even more glad to hear about you and your love thinking of having children. My boyfriend is the exact way. He'll awe and ooo before I even notice! ;)

Have a great and blessed day.

-Sarah

Kotori said...

How sweet are these beanies? And I LOVE that these girls are doing it themselves!

My favorite thing about children? Their honesty. their (sometimes brutal) honesty. but you know when they light up and tell you that they love you, or that you're pretty or send you the sweetest valentine ever that they really mean it. everything comes right from their heart.

justalittlepiece said...

I shared this site with several of my lady friends. I just want to hold a baby wearing one!!!

Sherry said...

Wow, they are so talented to be so young! I'm just starting out in my photography business and I will definetly check out their etsy shop!

My favorite thing about kids? How their smiles are so genuine, pure and from the heart. Their little eyes light up and just shine when they smile at you. Melts my heart every time! :)

Anonymous said...

I like that they eventually grow up. :-)
Beth
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Michelle said...

My favorite thing about kids is their quirky sense of humor. Kids see things differently than adults and can make me laugh like nothing else can! Thanks for the chance to win. My youngest daughter would be adorable in one of thees beanies! mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Shelby said...

I love how honest kids are! They are always so transparent and open, I wish I could be more that way sometimes!

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Tasha said...

I would have to say their innocence. No worries, no cares, just thinking that everyone is good. f

Melissa G. said...

Aw, these hats are adorable!!!
I love kids because they have such a trusting and honest view of the world. It's a joy to see things through their eyes.

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phrannie said...

what i love most about kids? the fact that they have no "bullshit" filters and always tell te truth! which is so often hilarious 8) thanks for the opportunity!
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Tina Ramirez said...

One of my favorite things about kiddos are their eyelashes. I love sweet delicate eyelashes. It is one of my favorite things to photography

Mrs. Olsen said...

I love that even when little kids are naughty they are never malicious. So, even at their worst they're I just love them! rebolsen at gmail dot com

Hana said...

Oh my goodness I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win one of these! I am just starting my new photography business with a focus on newborns and young children and this would be such a great accessory to have. Of course I have 2 little girls of my own who would love to wear it too!

I love the honesty of children. They tell it like it is and you never know what to expect from them. The unpredictability is crazy! Wonderfully crazy!

Thanks for the great giveaway! Fingers and toes crossed!

Hana
MomTog Diaries
www.hanalynchphotography.com

Willz said...

i love to win this. i super love crochet. i always buy my baby crochet products she have crochet blouse, dress, hat, purse and my fave is her two-piece bikini swimsuit.. so so cute..

i love the laughter of children. i have 3 kids their laughter is music to my ears. you can guess how happy a child is from his laughter.

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Chris & Kitty Bishop said...

All of the hats are super cute!
I am a pediatric nurse so I see children at their highest of highs and lowest of lows...but my favorite thing about children is their innocence--happy, sad, mad, or guilty....they let their emotions flow :)
Kitty
nursekitty2001@hotmail.com

jakiesmom said...

my favorite thing about kids are the silly things they say..to get you to laugh without trying! they can just brighten your day.

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JenniferB said...

my favorite thing about kids is the way that they love you unconditionally-
Jennifer
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momtoem said...

I'd love to win this for my daughter!!!!

Children are so pure, innocent and loving. I'm sooooo in love with my daughter, she's my sunshine :-)

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lil misses' mama said...

It is so hard to narrow down the most endearing thing about children to one, but I would have to say that what I love most about my children is their total trust and faithful reliance on me and my husband to provide for all their needs. They look to us for everything and never fear that we will not provide for them. Because they are confident that they will be taken care of, they are freed to live every moment carefree and full of bliss. I love their innocence and hope this stage lasts a long while!
and I love the hats!!

Michelle said...

I am a preschool children... so my life is basically based on children... My favorite thing is that no matter what kind of day you are having - they can always make it better. They love you no matter what. The things they say crack me up like nothing else can.

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The Fiores said...

My daughter is 19 months old and she is the light of my life. I love children and the sense of awe and wonder they bring to the world, how everything is new and fresh and funny.

Dionne said...

THanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.