Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Baby Blanket for Baby Girl Cline


Beginnings of Baby Girl Cline’s sweet pink and white blanket I crocheted at Starbucks.


Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Baby Blankets for Camden and Baby Boy Hurt

Baby Boy Crochet Blankets

Baby Crochet Blankets for Camden and Baby Boy Hurt

Baby Crochet Blankets for Camden and Baby Boy Hurt

When I heard that I was going to be an aunt to another nephew, I couldn’t wait to design a new baby boy crochet blanket for him! With it being so hot outside here in Texas, I enjoy crocheting for my loved ones and staying cool.

Baby Camden was born right before our June 2013 wedding to my husband’s cousins in St. Louis. I really didn’t have the time to dedicate to his blanket. A few months late, but as you can see… it was worth it. Camden’s blanket is a pattern called Sugar Pop from the Crochet Crowd. I designed the color patters with Bernat baby yarn, alternating rounds of blue and white. I can’t wait to send this to St. Louis and see a picture with Baby Camden!

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We will have to wait until January 2014 to see Baby Boy Hurt!  His blanket is a Sugar & Shine pattern from the Crochet Crowd. I used the same Bernat baby yarns for his blanket. I switched up the design pattern to give it a sporty look as well.


I can’t wait to meet my new nephew!  These blankets make great keepsake gifts! They are super easy to do, and the video tutorial shows you step-by-step!

Side Dish Search: Spicier Cinnamon and Chile Roasted Sweet Potatoes

My husband hates sweet potatoes.  However, when I made this recipe, he said, “God bless Pinterest!” This is a great alternative to french fries or chips.  All the side dish searching on Pinterest was worth it!

Cinnamon Chile Sweet Potatoes

I made my recipe a little spicier with flaked red pepper. The heat was intense as a result, but nothing a little dollop of sour cream won’t fix. You can find the recipe here at cinnamon spice & everything nice.

What does Pinterest taste like?


My husband brought home some social media swag from work. 🙂

Alexa: Girl in pearls

Alexa in pearls

Today, Alexa announced to the world that she is going to be a big sister to a little brother (January 2014). Just wanted to take a look back to 2012 when my niece sported a pink tutu and pearls for her portrait. Congratulations to Jenny, Mike and baby boy Hurt!

Welcome to Pink Peonies and Pearls!

.ImageMy grandma Barbara loved peonies. My love for this delicate flower started at a very early age. I lived in Indiana (peonies are the state flower) most of my life.  My grandma’s peony bush couldn’t go to Texas with me, trust me, it would have been on the truck.

Why pearls? Who doesn’t like pearls?

This blog is to share my love of beautiful, delicate things in my world. My midwestern mindset is definitely different from the Texas-sized personalities in the south.

Grandma Barbara is one of my favorite relatives.  She would approve of this blog. 🙂

 peony with our wedding rings