Tuesday, December 31, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

* Daughter Erica and I went to Joann Fabrics Friday evening.  I got 2 skeins of yarn that is brand new to me - I've never heard of it or seen it before.  It's called Lion Brand Keppi.

Each skein is 2.3 oz., and is 80% acrylic, 20% polyester.  They were on sale for $3.99 each.  The big puffy thing on top of the skein is a giant pom-pom.  The wrapper says that 'one ball makes a hat from baby to adult size small'.  Not really.  I started a hat for my great-niece Lena and only got this far:

I went through my yarns and had to add more.  This is the finished hat:

(the back)

(the front)

In the top picture of the back, you can see where I had to go back and sew in some dark pink variegated eyelash yarn just so it could match a little.

I'll make a baby hat with the turquoise skein.

*  I got cat-called.  I know that shouldn't make me smile, but it did.  I'm a 52 year old grandma and that hasn't happened in a looooong time.  :)
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

~ any info on this? ~

I found this little pitcher at the thrift store a while back.  It's 5" tall, the bottom is 4 3/4" across, and the top is 4" across.  The only information on the bottom is 'USA'.  I'm thinking the star motif looks like something from the 1950's.  Has anyone ever seen this before?

eta: thank you to Laura and Helen for informing me that this is a piece of Salem North Star dinnerware.  :) 
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Friday, December 27, 2013

~ this little piggy went to... ~

- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic (I used RHSS)
- I hook
- polyester fiberfill
- pair of wiggle eyes
- 2 black E-beads
- glue gun

Size:  3 1/2" tall - 4 1/2" long (including tail)

- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your hook
- this little piggy is for a child who does not put things in their mouth.  If you want to make it for a child who does put things in their mouth, then embroider black french knots on the snout and embroider the eyes as well. 

Rnd 1:  Ch 2 loosely, 7 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to the 1st hdc.  (7 hdc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 1 loosely, 2 hdc in same hdc as the joining st.  2 hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.  (14 hdc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 1 loosely, 2 hdc in same hdc as the joining st, hdc in the next hdc.  *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in the next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1 loosely, 2 hdc in same hdc as the joining st, hdc in the next 2 hdc.  *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in the next 2 hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnds 5 - 8:  Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same hdc as the joining st.  Hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.

Rnd 9:  Ch 1 loosely, hdc the 1st 2 hdc together, hdc in the next 2 hdc.  *hdc next 2 hdc together, hdc in the next 2 hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 10:  Ch 1 loosely, hdc the 1st 2 hdc together, hdc in the next hdc.  *hdc next 2 hdc together, hdc in the next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  Stuff with polyester fiberfill.

Rnds 11 - 12:  Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same hdc as the joining st.  Hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.  Stuff some more.

Rnd 13:  Ch 1 loosely, hdc 1st 2 hdc together.  Hdc next 2 hdc together all the way around.  Join as before.  End off leaving a long tail.  Sew shut.

for the legs (make 4):
 Rnd 1:  Ch 2 loosely, 7 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to the 1st hdc.  (7 hdc)

Rnds 2 - 3:  Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same hdc as the joining st.  Hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.  End off after Rnd 3 leaving a long tail.  Stuff with polyester fiberfill and sew to piggy.

for the tail:
Ch 6, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in each remaining ch.  End off.  Sew to back of piggy. 

for the ears (make 2):
Ch 2, (sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc) in the 2nd ch from hook.  End off.  Sew to piggy's head.

Glue the wiggle eyes on and then glue the 2 black E-beads to piggy's snout.

***Debi Y's pattern***

p.s. if you say embroider enough times, it starts to sound weird.  :)

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

~ Christmas ~

Christmas eve was spent with daughter Erica and the boys.  Here's Erica sneaking into the ninja-bread cookies she made.

Watching 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' cartoon.

(from left to right - son Bobby, grandson William, grandson James, Erica's fiance Dave, daughter Erica and husband Vince)

This is James letting Grandpa wear his Angry Birds hat.

Poor Grandpa - he had been up since 2:30 a.m. because he had to work that day.  He also had to work Christmas day.  I know!  Working on Christmas Day just ain't right.  Stinkin' Metro.


We went to Mom's house for Christmas dinner and we had a great time.  Sister Laura got an adult onesie for Christmas and she wore it all day - she said it was very comfortable.  Sometimes I wonder about her.

(picture I snatched off of Laura's facebook)

Sister Julie gave Asher (Laura's grandson) a pair of Batman pajamas.  He's so adorable.  Little dude needs a haircut soon or people are going to think he's a little girl.  :)  

(another picture I snatched off of Laura's facebook)

As my Mom would say - "it's all over now except for the fighting".  Ha-ha, my Mom is a wise woman.  Now we can all take a deep breath and 'Keep Calm and Relax'.  :)  
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

~ Merry Christmas ~

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

* I saw a really cool shelf on Pinterest.  I printed out a picture, gave it to my husband Vince, and this is what he made for me:

you can find it here:  http://craftingitmyself.blogspot.com/2013/06/love-shelf.html

* Liz from 'Howling at the Moon' posted some snowflakes that she made with hama beads and I thought that they were pretty cool (pun intended) , so I headed out to AC Moore on Sunday and bought a bucket of Perler beads and made a few.  I also made a small Christmas tree.

I had a nice surprise when I was checking out.  The cashier girl gave me a coupon for 55% off, so the $9.99 bucket of Perler beads only cost me $4.50.  I was happy.  :) 
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

~ Christmas tree decoration ~

Not too long ago, Alessandra of 'Homemade@myplace' created a 'Christmas tree decoration' and shared her tutorial with us all.
I thought it was the cutest Christmas tree, and evidently so did a lot of other crochet bloggers because I've seen quite a few of them around the blog world.  
Ale's 'Christmas tree decoration' is very easy to crochet and took no time at all.  Thank you very much for sharing with us Ale.
Here is my version of Ale's Christmas tree:
I think I'll hang it in the living room next to our big Christmas tree.  :) 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

*  Spending time with family:

 =  dress shopping and lunch with daughter Erica on Saturday.

 = helping sister Laura with a little bit of their Christmas lights on Sunday and then staying for dinner.

*  Singing to my dogs Tex and Ladybug.  Do ya'll know the Cops tv show with the "Bad Boys" theme song?  Well I changed the words to:

"Bad dogs
bad dogs
whatcha gonna do?
whatcha gonna do when I come for you?"  (clever, huh?)

they sit there and look at me like they're thinking "we love you Mom, but we think you're going crazy."  I love my bad dogs.  :)

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

~ a happy surprise ~

My daughter Erica, friend Bev, and I were having lunch Saturday at Olive Garden and look who was in the parking lot.  It was a happy surprise.  :)

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Friday, December 13, 2013

~ it's been one year today ~

It's been one year today that my sister Teri passed away.  We all miss her.  ♥

Teri always wore her long hair swept up on the top of her head.  In the top picture you can see the headband that I made for her granddaughter Kelsey.  I made it all floofy so she could match her grandmamma.  :) 

Until next time.....
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

~ Christmas tree done ~

** ok - I don't know how the pictures are able to sparkle - it must be something Blogger is doing.  It's pretty though. 

I have no crochet to show you - I've been busy with Christmas decorating and shopping, and haven't been able to crochet much.  I still have 3 baby blankies in the works, but don't feel like working on them.  I suppose they'll get done sooner or later. 

Until next time.....   :)   
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~



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Sunday, December 8, 2013

~ a little Christmas wreath ~

I crocheted this little 6" Christmas wreath last night.  Quick and easy for sure.

I used this pattern:  ~ Christmas wreath ~  except for Rnd 1, you have to make sure you end up with an even number of sc around the ring and for Rnd 2, I skipped every other sc.  The smaller ring I used is a 2 1/2" plastic child's bracelet that I bought at the Dollar Tree.

Here's a picture of both wreaths.

I wish you all a cozy, comfy day.  :)
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

* looking through my Picasa pictures and found this one of my sister Teri that I didn't know I had.  This was taken at our campsite a few years back.  It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since she's been gone.

* my sister Laura and I are leaving today to go to the campground.  We have a few things to do, so we'll only be there a couple of days.

Have a great day ladies - see you when I get back.  :) 
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Friday, November 29, 2013

~ a hat, slippers and my fridge ~

A pretty little baby hat - crocheted while the cable man was here last Tuesday.  He had turned off the tv and the internet so he could re-wire the cable outside and I was a little bored to say the least.  I had started the laundry, cleaned the kitchen and the bathroom, but I needed something fun to do - so I made a hat.  The yarn I used is Premier Yarns Deborah Norville collection Serenity Baby.    


My niece Jessi saw this picture on Pinterest and asked me if I could crochet her a pink pair.

This is the best that I could do - I hope they look better on her feet.


I also saw an idea on Pinterest about lining the shelves in your fridge.  The lady used placemats in hers - I had to use shelf liner in mine.  It really doesn't serve any purpose, it just dresses it up a little.  :)

Thank you all for dropping by, and thanks so much for all the happy Birthday wishes - it really made my day happy.  :)
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

~ to my blog friends ~

I wish you all a great day with your family and friends. 
p.s.  make sure you're wearing your stretchy pants so you can eat as much as you want.  :)
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

* today is my Birthday - I am 52 years old.  (most of the time it's old, but sometimes it's young)  :) 

* finally got the cable fixed right.  (been having troubles with the internet for a little while now).
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

~ a straight simply pretty ~

I chained 76 for the baby blankie that I started - it is only 20" wide.  If you want a wider blankie, just add more chains in multiples of 4.

Row 1: Ch 76, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each ch across.  Ch 1, turn.  (75 sc)

Row 2: Sc in the 1st ch, ch 3, skip next sc, sc in the next sc.  *ch 3, skip next sc, sc in the next sc.  Repeat from * across.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sl st into the ch-3 loop, (ch 3, 2 dc) in the same ch-3 loop.  *ch 1, skip next ch-3 loop, 3 dc in the next ch-3 loop.  Repeat from * across.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in the 1st dc, sc in each dc and ch-1 space across, sc in top of last ch 3.  Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 - 4 consecutively until you get to the length you prefer.  

***Debi Y's pattern***    
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

~ my NCIS rant ~

Everyone knows that NCIS is my favorite tv show - it's my simple pleasure on Tuesday night.  Well, not anymore!  Last nights episode just plain outright sucked!  The storyline sucked, the new SecNav sucks, and I did not like the new girl at all.  She sits on tables, desks and floors (maybe she doesn't know what a chair is for), asks for food, and lo and behold she can take down a grown man who has a gun just because she grew up with 3 brothers.  I call bulls**t on that one.  I grew up with a brother and a sister that used to beat me up all the time (you know how kids are), and I've had military training.  I'm about the same size as that new girl, and I honestly don't think that I could do what she did.  And besides, one good punch from a man and you're going down.

The whole analyst thing doesn't work for me either.  Papers spread out everywhere so she can figure out what the bad guy is going to do next.  I don't believe it.  No one knows what the bad guy is going to do next except for the bad guy.

And as a side note - someone in hair and makeup needs to fix her eyebrows.  I kept getting distracted by them.  Someone with long blonde hair should not have black eyebrows.  Just doesn't look right. 

The new SecNav lady?  Nope.  Just nope.  Who gets a big-a** pen in the mail and then carries it around in your pocket?  Anywaaaays.  I thought you had to have military service under your belt to be the Secretary of the Navy.  I could be wrong though - I don't know.  The character should be a stern, older man - in my opinion, that's more believable.  I think the reason they brought her in is just for Gibbs.  She does have red hair.       

And speaking of Gibbs - he was totally out of character and unbelievable.  It was like he phoned it in.  Not once did he say "Hey!!"  And what is with his stupid "never apologize - it's a sign of weakness"?  I know that's been around for a while, but really?

For each episode of NCIS I would sit for the whole hour so I wouldn't miss a second of the show.  Last night I got up twice and wandered around.  Not a good sign.              

Getting real tired of your s**t NCIS writers.

I predict that this is the beginning of the end.

Schewww - now I feel better.  I feel bad for my hubby though - I'm going to have to tell him all about it when he gets home.  :)   
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

* spending Saturday with my family celebrating all the November birthdays. 

great-nephew Asher - on the 2nd
brother Darrell - on the 4th
niece Berlin - on the 4th
Mom - on the 12th
Aunt Lena - on the 12th
nephew Spencer - on the 15th
and me - on the 26th

(that's my Mom's long time friend Mrs. McLaughlin peeking over the top of Asher's head)

* I like perusing the humor board on Pinterest - came across this picture yesterday and laughed for about 5 minutes.  Poor thing.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

~ bored ~

When I had to rewrite the 'simply pretty' pattern, I decided to crochet up a little blanket using 'Peruvian Print' from Red Heart Super Saver since I have 2 skeins of it.

I got to the end of 1 skein and got bored, so I thought to crochet a straight across version of the same pattern.

Got bored with that.

Then I thought to crochet finger puppets for my great-nephew Asher.  Got bored with that. 

Don't know what to do now.   
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

~ a round ripple baby blankie ~

Finished up this round ripple baby blankie a few nights ago.  It's the first item in a new pile of baby stuff for PG Hospital.  The yarn I used was a no-name that came in one of those Fashion Plus mill-ends bags that I get from AC Moore.  I suspect that it's ILTY! from Hobby Lobby though - same look and feel. 

The pattern link for the round ripple is over on the right sidebar.  :)

* ILTY! = I Love This Yarn!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

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Friday, November 8, 2013

~ today was the day.........~

......for my delivery to Prince Georges Hospital Center.  No - not a baby (that would of been a miracle) - I delivered all the baby items from the 'guardian grandmas'.  Here's a picture of the back of my car before I left:

I called Wanda - she's the Volunteer Services Coordinator - before I left to let her know I was coming.  I had talked to Wanda previously, so she knew what I was doing.  

Wanda met me out front with a wheelie cart to collect the bags, and then I parked my car up on the 6th floor of the parking garage.  If you take the time to look around, it's a nice view.  I met up again with Wanda and she took me to the Pediatric ward to have a small tour.  Everyone was so nice and welcoming - I felt right at home.  

Here are the ladies in the Pediatric ward checking everything out - except for Wanda - she's the one that took the pictures.  There were a lot of "awww's", "that's so cute" and "that's adorable".  I loved it.  

I explained who the 'guardian grandmas' were, and I gave Wanda a list of everyone's first name and the state where ya'll live.  She told me to let ya'll know that if anyone is ever in the area - she'll be happy to give you a tour.

Thank you to Wanda and the ladies in the Pediatric ward - and a big thank you to all of my 'guardian grandmas' - without you, this would not be possible.  ♥ 
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