Thursday, September 15, 2011

I've Missed You!

So sorry for the delay in writing...have been buried under with lots of life's little things...my beautiful grandbabies, three other businesses to run and as much crochet time as I can squeeze in between it all.
I have a confession to make...I've been buying yarn again. Although, speaking on my own behalf, I have been dipping into my stash quite a bit, which really is fun and gives me a sense of....well, maybe a little more space on my shelves.
Oh, and part of what I bought was with a gift card. Does that count???
Also, I've been obsessed with trying new recipes...cheesecake, white chocolate sheet cake...which came to a screeching halt this morning after I got on the scales and realized I'd been eating my weight in sweets, plus some. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH.... I'm starting to think I'm becoming addicted to addictions! But, honestly, I ask you, what could be better than dessert and yarn? Is it such a bad thing? It must be since my jeans are screaming "STOP. PLEEEEZZZZZZ. YOU'RE HURTING ME, YOU'RE HURTING ME!"
I'm just so dang happy that yarn holds no calories.
Got several new finished items to post as soon as I get the pictures taken!
Hope this finds you all happy and very well!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hey I'm Still Crocheting and Livin' Through the Crazy Days!

I just cannot believe I've let so much time slip away from me.  It's been a very busy three months since my last post...but I'm still kicking and hooking!  AND...I have kept to my 'no buying yarn' resolution as well.  Believe me, it's not been easy and I'm probably more surprised at myself than anyone.  It has helped for me to start organizing my yarn stash and work on getting it all together in one location.  I'm hoping to make a little more progress over the weekend.  Once I accomplish this hairy task, I plan on donating items that I know I can bear to part with.  Maybe two.  No really, I am serious about that part...I have been feeling so wasteful and greedy about this part of my life and know there is a place and purpose much more worthy of these wonderful fibers than in my dusty garage, storage unit or shop. 
I have started a few other projects that I will post before long.  Just need to finish them up and get pictures downloaded.  One of the projects I'm very excited about is wedding accessories, mostly victorian style.  I have a pair of slippers almost completed as well as a couple of other items that I would have loved to had available to me when I got married, back in the late 70's....really????  That's just not right, it can't be.
Thank GOD for the Doris Day filter lense is all I can say.  Hope every one of you is doing great and enjoying your moments with those you love!

Monday, February 28, 2011

In Desperate Search of Yarn Hoarders Anon Group....

I have really been feeling guilty about all the yarn I have scattered in various places around town...which means closets, storage building, garage, shop...it's a hunka buncha yarn.  So.  One of my most important and thrifty resolutions this year is to use what I have and not buy any yarn for the rest of the year.  (I'm starting a little late....).  It's really unbelievable how much yarn I have...but most importantly...how much I keep bringing home. There actually is a purpose for each skein at the time!  And although I am constantly in search of the perfect charity for my finished donations, I very seldom participate.  I have good intentions, just get easily sidetracked.  Speaking on my own behalf though, I do make many items for my grandbabies and family members and friends as gifts.  AHA!  There's my pitfall.  I want the PERFECT color, texture or pattern for my dears and thus I go shopping.  But today is THE day!  No more shopping for yarn.  I am committing the rest of this year to gather my goods in one place, organize the skeins and patterns and supplies I have and start making a difference in this wasteful world I live in!  Really.  I mean it.  I'm going to need professional help to do this though.  The anxiety is already setting in.  My only saving grace is to find the right charity to drive that passion down the road to recovery.  Got my prayer sent up to the Heavens, gonna wait for the answer.  Maybe answers.  I'll probably need more than one to reduce my mounting stringy mass of obsession.  Wish me luck...it's going to take a miracle.  Oh, and don't let my husband in on our little secret.  He's an "I told you so" kind of guy.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sweater Fever!


Well, I don't even know where to begin.  I bought this yarn a few weeks ago, just fell in love with it.  Had to have it.  No real plans for the beauty, but that never matters to us addicts now does it?  It's Paton's Lace in 'Woodrose'.  The color name is enough to cause chills.  Then.....I found this pattern while traveling somewhere very far out there in cyberspace and fell in love with it too.  And it was free.  If I can find the location, I'll certainly share it with all of you because this is a wonderful pattern.  It's two hexagon squares and that's it.  I'm not kidding either!  One seam up the back and two shoulder seams.  How can that be?  I don't know but here it is.  I don't even know who it belongs to yet!  It's about a size 5 and I have a couple of my little sweeties that just might like it.  We'll see where it ends up.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

FREE CROCHET PATTERNS!

I've been thinking alot lately about offering free crochet patterns to anyone interested.  They are not my own creations....haven't mastered the art of that talent yet...maybe that can be my next years resolution.  HOWEVER, I have many many MANY old/vintage magazines that I've purchased through the years from garage sales, estate sales, ebay....under a rock....anywhere and any time I came across them, I would buy buy buy them.  If you are looking for a particular pattern, contact me and I will look through my Stash Mountain to see if I can help.  In the meantime, when I GET time, I'll start putting some on here that you may enjoy.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baby Girl Has A New Spring Sweater!

I purchased this adorable pattern from http://www.monpetitviolon.etsy.com/ a few months back.  She carries some really cute patterns on her site... check it out!  I used Naturally Caron Spa yarn in Soft Sunshine color.  I love this yarn!  It's a silky bamboo yarn and I purchased it at Hobby Lobby.  I have made several cancer caps for donations out of this yarn. 
This was so much fun and worked up pretty darn quick!  Plan to make a couple more of these sweaters for our 4 yr old granddaughters!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Juliet's New Dress!


Today was the day!  I have finished my Juliet's dress I started a couple of weeks ago.  I got the yoke finished and attached, but it seemed to be missing something.  Out came my magazines and books and after much deliberation, I decided on the edging for the hem.  It just seemed to pull it all together!  So...here it is!  I'm hoping to get a crocheted bonnet done by the end of the weekend, to accompany the dress.  Who would have thought a vintage dresser scarf could be transformed into this with a little work.  Hope she enjoys wearing it as much as I have making it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I Could Have Another Project Finished If I'd STOP Blogging!!!!

Good Morning to All!
It's a blustery 3 degrees!  A great day for cider and crochet!  Usually, it's coffee for me all day and every day but cider just sounds better this morning.  Hopefully, I'll tear myself away soon and get started on my latest project for Juliet.  I found a vintage dresser scarf at an estate sale last summer with pretty little blue flowers embroidered on it....wasn't sure WHAT I'd do with it but just could not leave it there all alone.  Well.  I found it's purpose.  I had to have a granddaughter first and boy did I get a beauty to model the finished goods!  Anyway, I'm making a dress with it but didn't have enough fabric for the yoke so I've crocheted 7 flowers in white thread and am working on making it work!  My plan for today is to finish it and then top it off with a matching crocheted bonnet! 
Just wanted to thank you all for the sweet feedback!  I was SO excited to find that I have THREE followers! 
My dear Aussie friend, Maggie got that started!  This is so much fun I just can't believe it.  She tried to tell me......
Hope your day is filled with joy and happy moments!
My 'Before' Attempt


Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweet Juliet in Crocheted Dress Set!

Here's my sweet little Juliet wearing my labor of love!



Crocheted Dress Set for Sweet Juliet!





This is my very very VERY favorite item I have ever crocheted.  I used vintage crochet thread I bought at an estate sale and handmade the flowers from strips of chiffon and muslin.  I also sewed a plain muslin slip to wear underneath the dress.  It took me several weeks of crocheting, unraveling and crocheting again but it was worth every minute!  I'll post a picture of my baby girl modeling it soon!

Necktie Scarf


I made this scarf for my sweet daughter-in-law from a few of my son's discarded neckties. 
It was a surprise for her birthday!

Winter Morning

This was taken last year looking out from our back patio at  Lake Meredith.  I took this around 7am.  It was truly a breathtaking sight.
Couldn't resist!!!

Down the road....

Breakfast with my girls.

Crocheted Scarf made with yarn from Germany!


Back Packs for Granddaughters


Erica's Shawl & Pin


I made the shawl pin from a recycled belt buckle!

Baby Noah's Sweater

New Granddaughter!

My new baby granddaughter, Juliet, born July 4th!
Also, my grandson, Aidan (ring bearer who 'kind of' carried the pillow?),
my husband, Steve
 and my grandson, Evan. 

Shawl

I crocheted this shawl on a road trip to Las Vegas.  I love the yarn and the shawl sure came in handy. I ended up giving it to a girl working at a convenience store along the way home who really liked it.  Hope she still does!

First Attempt At Tapestry Crochet

Kind of A Felted Bag!


Recycled Sweater Bag


Forest Felted Bag


Western Knitted Messenger Bag


Western Felted Bag



My Son & Daughter-In-Law's Ring Bearer's Pillow

 

Crocheting with Hannah in Germany!

Hunter's Western Blanket

Hannah's Sweater

My First Day of Blogdom!

Okay, I had previously started a blog about a year ago, but ended up treating it like a friend I may dearly love--only not love spending large quantities of time with for various reasons.  We all have one of those kinds of friends, and I'm probably in that category too with one, or several.  Consequently, I forgot all my passwords, sign-ons and just could not find myself! I could get on my blog, but not IN my blog.  So, I gave up and decided to start over.  After all, it is a new year and I did set some new resolutions for myself.  Sad as it may be, they were all about crochet techniques.  Two of them to be exact and I'm happy to say, I've conquered one of them already.  The broomstick lace technique.  I love the look, but am still awkward with the technique.  But I'm not giving up on it.  The other is hairpin lace crochet.  I still have 11 months, don't I?  Nevertheless, I am posting a few of my favorite projects...all were made as gifts to family members...that's the joy I get from the art of crochet.  It keeps me motivated.  That along with beautiful yarn and patterns.  You were almost impressed there for a minute, weren't you?
I absolutely love everything about crochet.  EVERYTHING.  I wish I could find a way to turn my love into income, but it's not very conducive to that idea because of the time involved.
But, my real purpose of this blog is to share my projects with others and..... hopefully be discovered...for what?  I'll let you know when it happens.  That's when I'll know.
As far as legitimate resolutions for 2011, I'll probably have to throw in some kind of REAL resolution like lose 40 lbs, or detox my thinking patterns to justify the crochet plans......hopefully by the end of the year, I'll be a success in both areas.
Enjoy the projects and have a very wonderful new year!