Sunday, March 31, 2013

~ Happy Easter ~

 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

~ Chrysanthemum hexagon and square ~


I have a new pattern that is up for sale on my 'patterns for sale' page.  Click on the 'patterns for sale' button that is right underneath my blog header, and you will be taken to the page where you can purchase this pattern for only $3.00 (US)
 
The pattern includes directions for both the hexagon and the square.
 
Thank you all very much for your support.  :)
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

*  I bought another orchid plant at Lowe's that was marked down to $7.50.  It's not an ice-cube orchid, but I'm going to treat it like one and see what happens. 


* waking up to this yesterday morning:


I smile because it's pretty when it's coming down, and because I didn't have to go out in it.  :)

(found on Pinterest)
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Friday, March 22, 2013

~ baby blankie 12c ~


This preemie baby blankie is the same pattern as my 'simply pretty' square, except that it is a rectangle.  It measures 18" x 25 1/2".  The turquoise and white yarn is Red Heart Soft, and the red yarn is another mill-ends bag I bought from AC Moore.  It doesn't say on the bag, but I know it also has to be Red Heart Soft - same shiney look, same feel.

For the beginning rectangle of the blankie I used Crochet Again's 'better granny rectangle' pattern.  I chained more for mine to make it a little longer - Crochet Again has a little graph at the end of her post to make it easier for you to figure out how to do that. 

The colors I chose were influenced by the lovely Astri of 'Apple Blossom Dreams'.  I loved the color combo of her 'diagonal granny scarf'.

This is one example of why I love the crochet blog world - it took 3 ladies to create this little blankie.  Thanks so much to 'Crochet Again' and to Astri. 

Have a great day everyone - thanks for stopping by.  :) 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday (on a Wednesday) ~


How in the world did I forget this yesterday?  I'm going to blame it on (almost) old age.  Or Rio.  Or maybe the Rain.

Two things that make me smile:

*  I put birdseed out on my front porch and so far I have seen lots of little birdies flitting around - including bluebirds and cardinals.

* seeing stuff like this:


I smile because it's crazy, but then I think "what a complete waste of yarn".  Who is going to wear this?  No one I know.
I can't think of one good reason to crochet one of these.
Can you?

But wait - there's more.  Click on the link to see the rest of the crazy 'hat' creations.

http://www.bitrebels.com/design/10-crazy-creepy-crocheted-masks/

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Monday, March 18, 2013

~ giveaway winner ~

There were quite a few entrants:
 
 
but there can be only one winner - and that winner is:
 
SnuggleBunnie!!!  Yay!!!
 
 
Congrats SnuggleBunnie - send me your mailing address and I'll have the yarn out to you as soon as I can.
My email is dlyrs@juno.com
 

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

~ baby blankie 11c ~

 
Finished up this preemie size baby blankie last night - and I made a tiny hat to go with it.  I crocheted it with the mill-ends yarn I bought from AC Moore last week.  I have no idea what brand it is, but I do know that it is an acrylic and polyester mix - and it's a light worsted weight.  This little blankie measures 22" point to point.

**********giveaway is closed now***********
 
I have about 8 ounces of this yarn left over - would anyone like to have it?  Just leave a comment here and I will choose a name Monday morning.  
 
Thanks for dropping by.  :)  

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

~ re-post of the 'no pinch lucky pin' ~



This is a re-post from March 2009.  Get ready now - don't let anybody pinch you.  :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

*  my 'ice cube orchid' blooming up real pretty.  I bought this plant last season and I really didn't think that I could get it to bloom again.  I had heard that orchids were hard to get to bloom.  Obviously, that's wrong.  All I have to do to take care of it is add 3 ice cubes to it every Sunday.

 
and I also bought this new plant on Saturday.  Vince and I both think that it looks like a plant that belongs at the bottom of the sea.  Kind of weird looking.  I think I'll work up a plastic canvas fish to stick in it. 


(I'll be re-potting both plants today)

eta - here's the re-potted spoon jade with the little fishy I made:



* this baby - this baby makes me laugh out loud:



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Monday, March 11, 2013

~ a message to... ~

From My Heart of Love
Pattas
Alessandra
Preeti
Sharon G.
and
Luna
 
Could you ladies please email me at dlyrs@juno.com with your mailing addresses?
I have a small gift for you.  :)
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

~ can you guess... ~

...who this is out half the day having fun?
 

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~ good morning ~

 
There's a new board up on 'Did You Make That?' - stop by to add your link and maybe find a new blog to enjoy.
Remember, you can add any craft project that you have made.
It can be knitting, quilting, sewing, plastic canvas, wood working, jewelry making, gardening, baking - anything really - just as long as you made it. 
 
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Does anyone know what brand of yarn this is?  I picked it up at AC Moore from their mill-ends section - it cost $6.99.
I've started working a baby blanket with it last night, and it is very soft and easy to work with.
 
 
Thanks for dropping by - I hope everyone has a great day.  :) 
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Friday, March 8, 2013

~ working at Joann's ~

Every time I go to AC Moore, I think to myself "I would love to work here", but then I think back to my days of working at Joann Fabrics and the words 'hell no' pops into my head.

Here are a few situations that I've had the misfortune to be involved in.  (sorry about the 1st story having cuss words in it)

*  I'd only been working at Joann's for about a week when a couple come into the store looking for jingle bells.  They couldn't find the bells, so they asked me.  I said sure and proceeded to go in search of the jingle bells.  Jingle bells are in 2 aisles - the regular crafty stuff aisle along with such things as magnets, metal rings, glass mirrors and so on - and in the kids craft section.  I made the mistake of taking the couple to the kids craft section first - the jingle bells were not there (sold out) and the man started fussing with me about not knowing where anything was.  I apologized, but he kept on fussing.  We walked to the other aisle and found the jingle bells and the lady was happy, but the man was still fussing.  He kept on fussing too - getting more rude by the minute.  I apologized a couple more times - and I have to tell you, I was starting to get mad.  We're finally at the cash register and I ring up the bells for the lady - all the while the man is still fussing at me.  This man was totally being an ass - I looked at the lady and I could tell that she was humiliated by his behavior.  He was yelling at this point and told the lady to give back the jingle bells and get his "God damn money back".  He also said something about me being stupid.  That was it!  I told him to get the hell out of the store and never come back or I would kick his ass and then call the cops on him.  He finally shut up when I said that and they left.  I have to tell you - I was so mad at that point that I really think I could of actually kicked his ass.  I told the manager what had happened and what I said - she smiled and said "good".  :)

*  I was working the cutting counter one day when a lady (about my age) came in with her mother.  They piled up some bolts of fabric on the counter and I started to cut what they wanted.  Before I would cut each piece, the mother would ask me if it was on sale.  If it wasn't, she would ask me if it was on sale the next week.  Then she would ask me if it was on sale the week after that.  I told her that I could check the next weeks sales, but not the week after that. She was getting more and more agitated every time I had to tell her that.  Even her daughter tried to explain it to her.  Evidently she couldn't (or wouldn't) understand.  She ended up getting huffy with me and said in a very loud voice "You mean to tell me, that you work here and you don't know what's going to be on sale in a couple weeks?!"  I said (in a very loud voice) "No ma'am, I do not!".  I then walked away and got another associate to take my place.

*  Working at the cutting counter one morning and a young couple come in with their 3 year old daughter.  The young Mom had picked out a few fabrics and while I'm cutting the fabric, she had plopped her daughter on the counter.  One look at that little girl and I could tell she was sick.  Bad sick.  Young Dad said that they had just come from the Doctor - they took her because the little girl had a fever and kept throwing up.  Little girl was very fussy, so Dad picked her up for a few minutes and then he decided to put her down on the floor.  I guess it was good for Dad that he put her down on the floor because it's not hard to guess what that little girl did next.  That's right - she threw up all over the floor.  Jeez.  I switched over to the other end of the cutting table to take care of the next customer while the manager cleaned up the mess.  The young couple did not even offer to clean it up.      

           
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

~ 'easy lacy crochet doily' ~


Last Saturday, Rita of 'Gramma Rita's Crochet, Etc' posted her pattern of a pretty 'easy lacy crochet doily'.
I've been looking for an easy doily pattern, so when I saw Rita's I dove right in.  I didn't need a large doily since this one will be hanging over one of my craft shelves, so I stopped at Rnd. 17 and then added a round of sc. 
I crocheted this doily with Aunt Lydia's crochet thread Fashion 3.
It measures 11" across.
 
Rita's pattern is well written and very easy to follow.  Thank you so much Rita.  :)

  
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

~ Springtime placemat ~


This is the matching placemat to the 'Springtime coasters' posted here:
http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2013/02/spring-time-coasters.html

Materials:
- 2 1/2 oz. 4-ply worsted weight acrylic (you can use cotton if you'd prefer)
- J hook

Size:  13 1/2" across

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your hook
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 5 - 10, do not count as a stitch
- beginning cluster: ch 2, yo, insert hook in space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, pull thru last 3 loops.
- cluster: yo, insert hook in space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, pull thru last 4 loops.


Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (make the 1st chain a little loose), 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, ch 2.  (sc, ch 2) in next dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 3:  Sl st into the ch-2 space, beginning cluster in same ch-2 space, ch 2.  (cluster, ch 2) in next ch-2 space around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning cluster.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as joining.  2 sc in each cluster and ch-2 space around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.


Rnd 5:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining.  Dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 6:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 3 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 7:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 4 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 8:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 5 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 9:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 6 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 10:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 7 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 7 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 11:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 8 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 12:  Beginning cluster in same st as joining, ch 3, skip next 2 dc.  *cluster in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning cluster.

Rnd 13:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, 3 sc in ch-3 space.  *sc in top of cluster, 3 sc in ch-3 space.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 14:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 3, skip next sc.  *sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  End off.

***Debi Y's pattern*** 
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that made me smile:

* this little tweetie - my great-nephew Asher - he's now 4 months old.  :)



* Vince and I went to a Bull & Shrimp roast on Saturday night with long-time friends.  There was a silent auction and I was the lucky winning bidder on this baby blanket.  I hate to admit that I only paid $16.00 for it - I know the yarn probably costs around that.  It's crocheted with baby yarn and it measures 37" x 48".  

 
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

~ a couple things ~

Yesterday I went to 'Rugged Wearhouse' to find a new blouse, and as I was searching through the clearance section, I came across this cute little summer dress topper.


Can you believe I only paid $7.00 for this?  I think the thread to crochet it cost more than that.  What a shame. 


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My daughter Erica requested a headband with a flower - so I got busy and crocheted this:
(Missy never looks too happy.)
It's kind of hard to take a picture of dark, dark grey, but I hope you can see the flower.  Speaking of which - I got the pattern for the flower from here:
I didn't add a button to the flower because Erica is not a button frill type of person.

For headband:
- approximately 2 oz. worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Size:  4" wide

Directions:
Row 1:  Ch 14, (sc, dc) in the 2nd ch from hook.  *skip next ch, (sc, dc) in next ch.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Skip the 1st dc, (sc, dc) in next sc.  *skip next dc, (sc, dc) in next sc.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.

Repeat Row 2 until piece fits around head.  I crocheted mine until it was 20" long.  End off.

Hold both ends together and slip stitch closed.

Have a good day - and thanks again for dropping by.  :)
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~ Guardian Angel ~


On Wednesday, my sister Laura and I were in DC at the Washington Hospital Center - my sister Julie's husband Frankie was having a procedure done on his heart - and after it was done and everything with Frankie was ok, we left to go home.

A little ways down the road, we came to this huge intersection and all the lights were out.  That is not a good thing.  But then we noticed a Guardian Angel out in the middle directing traffic.  That's so cool.  I've seen Guardian Angels on TV, but never in real life.  He was really nice too - he came over to Laura's car and let her take his picture. 

This is the link to the Guardian Angels website:

http://www.guardianangels.org/

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