{ Under The Bluegums }

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June 29, 2013

Skull Scarf

crochet skull scarf
My niece is so into monsters right now - she loves Monster High (despite, or because of, its brainwashing aspects ;P) and anything to do with the word 'monster'.

So I came across this pattern and decided I would make it for her. Though mine turned out much smaller and is more of a fun accessory than something with an actual purpose, I thought the skulls would be more fun if they were all different. What do you think?

June 28, 2013

(Insert colour here) is for girls...

girl-booties
While I was pregnant, by far the question I was asked most often was whether I was having a boy or a girl. I didn't want to know, and I remained oblivious to the sex of my baby until the moment she was born and placed in front of me.

The reason for my adamant refusal? I hate gendered colours. I did not want every item of clothing or every gift to reflect only the colour blue or only the colour pink. Family members and friends complained that they needed to know what the sex was so they could by appropriate clothing. What is not appropriate in yellow or green or white for a boy or a girl?

I knew I was only escaping the inevitable for a short time, because once everyone knew, I would be inundated with pink or blue. But I am pleased to say that Emma has a wonderfully diverse wardrobe, filled with a large range of colours, and she looks cute in every single one. There are many pink items (I dislike pink immensely), gifted after her birth, but I still prefer the other colours on her. I hope that keeping her away from too much pink does not inspire her to do this:

pink-girls-room

If she does, I think she will be cleaning her own room, thank you very much!

via Slate.com

Just a weird fact for you to leave with: did you know that before the 1950s, pink was considered the stronger colour, and boys' clothes were pink? Girls' clothing was blue.

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