Tuesday, June 25, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

Two things that make me happy:

* we've left this morning to go to our campground for the week - yay!!  Our grandsons William and James are going with us, so I don't think I'll get to rest very much.  See ya'll on Sunday.  :)

*  I received my gift in the mail from Astri of 'Apple Blossom Dreams'.  2 lovely skeins of baby yarn, a pretty pink crocheted rose, and a bag of delicious white chocolate truffles.  The chocolates aren't in the picture - they're in the fridge chilling.

this one makes me smile:

*  I painted my nails a pretty pink.  This is 2 coats - another coat will be better.  It is hard to get a good picture, but this is a pearlescent polish. 

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

~ 'grey skies' baby blankie ~

My newest baby blankie - 'grey skies'.  So called because it's grey and aqua, and it's raining outside.  And because of the rain - this is the best picture I can get.  Bummer.  This picture of when I first started the blankie shows the best colors:

The yarns are 4-ply worsted weight acrylic.  I'm not 100% sure of the brands because they were both mill-ends bags purchased from AC Moore.  I do believe the grey is 'I Love This Yarn' though - it's got the same look and feel.  I used a 'J' hook and the finished measurement is 24" square.

I've already started another blankie - it will be an 18-point round ripple.  The yarn I'm using is one I bought from Michaels yesterday.  It's called 'Craft smart' and the color is 'Tumbleweed'.  This yarn is new to me - never seen it before.  On the label it says "Distributed by Michaels Stores, Inc.", so I would guess that Michaels is the only place to get it.  The feel of it is like Red Heart Super Saver - so I'm hoping that after I finish the blankie, a quick run through the dryer with a damp towel will soften it up.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.  

The price of this yarn is $2.49 - the variegated colors are 5 ounces, and the solid colors are 7 ounces.

This 18 point round ripple is based on Angelfire's round ripple - I added an extra increase round at the beginning and then changed a couple things.  I didn't write out a proper pattern for it - just notes.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

~ my favorite daughter strikes again ~

Yes - my favorite daughter Erica has struck again.  She dropped in last night after work and gave me a six pack of the limited edition blue Ball mason jars. 

She knows how I am with jars, so when she saw these on an end-cap at Target she picked them up for me. 

Now I will have fun figuring out what to do with them.  I already know that I will be making a drinking glass out of one of them to take to the campground with me.  Maybe plant a succulent in one - make one a candle holder - fill some with craft stuff - I don't know, we'll see.

eta:  April from 'The Left Side of Crochet' has found the blue mason jars at Walmart.  She found them in the paper crafting section, and they are being sold for $1.97 each.  :)  


I've been working on the aqua and grey baby blankie, but it's slow going.  After I've crocheted for a little more than an hour, my right upper arm starts to feel weak and that bothers me, so I have to stop and take a break.  I don't know what's going on - this is something new.  I do sleep on my right side with my arm under my pillow, so maybe that has something to do with it.  After all these years - my arm is finally telling me that I need to change positions. 

As always - thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a great day.  :)
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

~ butterflies are free to fly... ~

Pinterest - pinterest - pinterest.  That place is such a time sucker.  I can't say 'time waster' because I find lots of good ideas there.  I swear, I log on just for a few minutes, and before I know it - it's an hour later.  I'll just have to learn to control myself.

A couple days ago, I came across a t-shirt idea that I had to try.  It's very simple and only took a few minutes.  All I needed was a t-shirt (bought from AC Moore), large stickers (bought from the Dollar Tree), bleach in a spray bottle, and I ended up with this -

Here is the link to 'Oopsey Daisy' - she gives easy, complete directions if you're so inclined to craft one of these shirts yourself.  :) 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~

Two things that made me happy:

* dinner at Erica's on Sunday to celebrate Father's Day. 

* a letter from my nephew Travis - he's doing well at basic training. 

Here's a picture to make you smile:


What do you think Astri - is this the dog for you?  :)
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

~ nailed it! ~

I bought this 'starry silver glitter' nail polish because it's very pretty in the bottle.  It's just loaded with sparkles and such, but this is the result of 3 coats - I'm not doing any more. 

Just yesterday, I came across a blog that is all about nail painting.  I've never really been into the nails thing except for a short bit of time when I was working.  My sister Laura and I would paint our nails, but then I would go to work and they would be ruined within 2 days - so I stopped.  I guess when you do filing for a living that's what happens.

Well anyways - it's been a long while since I've paid any attention to my nails, and after looking through Elizabeth's 'Did My Nails' blog, I was inspired.  A trip to CVS drugstore and the Dollar Tree and I had enough stuff to start.  I bought a few bottles of polish and a package of little accents.  Look at these tiny little bottles - they're actually glass.  All of those were in one package for $1.00 - a great deal.     

I'm pretty sure I won't be getting too fancy with my nails (working on them takes away from my crochet time), but I am a girl (albeit an old girl), and I would like for them to look nice.  :)      
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday (on a Wednesday) ~

I know I've been lazy with these posts - I'm just gonna pretend that today is Tuesday.  :)

Two things that make me smile:

* my favorite daughter Erica and I went to Joann Fabrics Monday night - I picked up 3 skeins of beige Vanna's Choice, 1 skein of lavender Bernat Waverly Baby (which were marked down to $1.97 each skein), and 3 skeins of Red Heart Team Spirit in royal/white.  When we went to check-out, my favorite daughter paid for my yarn.  I love her.  :)

(p.s. I only have one daughter - that's why she's my favorite daughter.  I also have one son - and yes, you guessed it - he's my favorite son).

* yarn, yarn, yarn, yarn, and more yarn.  

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

~ fancy jars & crochet stuff ~

I've seen this idea on Pinterest for a while now, and I thought I would give it a try. 

All you need is empty jars, candlesticks purchased from the Dollar Tree, paint and some E-6000 glue. 

Glue the jars to the candlesticks and let dry.  Paint the tops and then fill with whatever your heart desires.  I filled mine with crafty stuff.

Can't get any easier than that.


On the crochet front:

I've been working on a scrappy blanket for me.  This will be an on-going project since I don't have enough scraps to finish it.

I also started an aqua and grey baby blankie.  I never would of thought to put those colors together, but while crocheting on the scrappy blanket these colors ended up being next to each other and I looked at it at thought it was so pretty.  Luckily I have 1 skein of each color to make a blankie with.  Sometimes it's good to have a yarn stash.  :)

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

~ 'Laura's ray of sunshine' hexagon ~

- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- J hook
Size:  6"
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the extra ch 2 at the beginning of Rnd 1 does not count as a stitch
- beginning popcorn (beg pc):  ch 3, 3 dc in same st, drop loop from hook, insert hook in top ch and into the dropped loop, yarn over and pull through 
- popcorn (pc):  work 4 dc in same dc, drop loop from hook, insert hook in 1st dc and into the dropped loop, yarn over and pull through
Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (make the 1st ch a little loose), 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)
Rnd 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same dc as joining, 2 sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  (24 sc)
Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, ch 2, skip next sc.  *sc in next sc, ch 2, skip next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.
Rnd 4:  Sl st into 1st ch-2 space, beg pc in same ch-2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2.  *pc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of 1st pc.
Rnd 5:  Sl st into ch-2 space, beg pc in same ch-2 space, ch 2, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next dc, ch 2.  *pc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, pc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next dc, ch 2.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.
Rnd 6:  Sl st into ch-2 space, beg pc in same ch-2 space, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next dc, ch 1, pc in next ch-2 space, ch 1.  *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, ch 1, pc in next ch-2 space, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next dc, ch 1, pc in next ch-2 space.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  
Rnd 7:  Sl st into ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 space.  Sc in each dc and ch-1 space around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 space.  DO NOT sc in the pc stitches.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.
***Debi Y's pattern***    
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

~ candlelight garden ~

On the schedule today was laundry, a quick trip to CVS and a little bit of gardening.  Last Saturday, Vince and I went to Lowes to get some petunias to plant outside in some of our gardens, and I also bought a large cactus and a weird wavy plant.  Both plants were marked down to 50 cents each - can't beat that with a stick - so I had to get them.  The wavy plant had a tag in it that says it's a 'Kalanchoe' - I'm not sure about that because the plant on the tag does not look like the plant I have.  Oh well - it doesn't matter - I like it anyway.  

The very large coffee mug planter (7" tall - 10" diameter) was bought at the thrift store quite a while back.  Just like the other one I had bought before - it was either $2.90 or $4.90 - can't remember which.  I planted the 2 new plants, went outside to get a 'hens and chicks' cutting from the large plant I have on the patio, and planted that one too.  Also got some rocks from our collection to place around the plants.  Stood back and looked at it and thought that it needed something else.  I don't have any other fairy stuff to use so I had to wrack my brain a little (you know - sometimes that hurts) and came up with the candle idea.  The 'candle holder' is actually a glass insulator that my Vince collects.  He has tons of them, so I know he won't mind me using this one.  I turned it upside down, pushed it into the dirt and added a small tea light candle.  I'm really happy with this garden - I think it's cute.  :)

This is a glass insulator:


size comparison to a regular coffee mug:

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