Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend

Hello All! Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.  Mine was very nice.  It started out on Friday when Rick took me to Pittsburgh’s Phipp’s Conservatory. I absolutely loved seeing all the beautiful spring flowers.  Just gorgeous! What I didn’t like about the trip is the city aspect of it.  I mean no disrespect to anybody who enjoys the city, but I just simply do not enjoy cities. I’m a country girl and I love being able to walk across a road without the fear of being ran over by somebody who doesn’t pay attention to crosswalks.  Seriously, this one driver scared the living tar out of me the other day.  My nerves just can’t take it. Thank God Rick will drive in such areas, because I sure won’t.  Thanks to him, I was able to visit my mother in a Pittsburgh hospital before she passed away.  Anyhoo, all that being said, here are just a few of the pics I took at Phipp’s.

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As for Easter Day, it was beautiful!  The kids enjoyed an Easter egg hunt.  Rick and I apparently did a very good job of hiding the eggs, because there are still three lurking out there somewhere! LOL 

Here is a picture of me, and my three loves, that was taken on Easter Day.  The sun messed with our picture taking, but we didn’t let that stop us!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“Leaping Stripes & Blocks” Pretties

Hello all, and I hope you’re all doing well! All is well here at my house…at least for the time being.  I am working at getting better from this bronchitis, and I have been doing some crocheting while I’m working on getting better.

Both of the things I am going to show you today are using this pattern.

This is a mat I use on the kitchen table to hold the napkin holder and salt and pepper shakers.

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Next, I used the same stitch to make a small afghan.  A lapghan or perhaps a baby afghan.  I’m not sure yet. I took it outside for a photo shoot today. The wind wasn’t being very cooperative, but I took some pics anyway. LOL I call this my sunset afghan as it reminds me of the colors of a gorgeous sunset!

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I put a shell edging on it.

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This stitch pattern is soooo easy, and it lends itself to tons and tons of color combos!  Great for using leftover yarns. :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Look for My Kitchen

A while back I bought a pretty piece of vintage fabric at Good Will, not really knowing what I was going to use it for.  Last Monday it hit me…”new” kitchen window toppers!  So I got out my sewing machine and after stitching a few straight lines, I had new window toppers. I wasn’t finished yet, though.  I thought they needed some pretty crochet borders, so I got busy with that project. Here is the first one. I didn’t have a pattern for the edging, but I did look at edging patterns online to help get an idea of what to do.

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After the second one was finished, I decided I needed some new pretties on the wall beside it.  This second window is above my kitchen sink, and it shows the wall pretties in place.

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Here are close-ups of the wall pretties!

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Next on the project list was this pretty wreath, which I just finished last night.  I cut up a lid to an old plastic ice cream bucket to use as my base, and then crocheted over it. After that I made a variety of flowers and leaves for it, just as I had for the “wall pretties”.  No patterns for them, just did my own thing. I thought a blue bird would add just the right touch, so added the bluebird.  Thought something was missing, and that’s when I came up with the crocheted chain bow.

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This evening I started working on a placemat type of thing that I will use in the middle of my table.  Stay tuned for pics! 

I’ve been sick for about a week and a half now.  Went to MedExpress Sunday night and got an antibiotic for acute bronchitis. So crocheting is just about the only thing I’ve been doing this week.

Hope you’re having a great week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Signs of Spring

March 31st is when I took the first three pictures.  That was the first day I had seen robins in our yard this year! They were a welcome sight.

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The following pictures were taken yesterday, April 1st.  I took a little walk looking for some signs of Spring. 

I love watching the birds bath! I took lots of pics of the birds bathing, but these with a bird in each puddle are my favorites.IMG_4137-001

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Last, but not least, some pretty little green shoots!IMG_4094-001

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Neutral Doilies

Hello Friends!  Hope this finds you all doing well, and enjoying the weekend that is about to start! I thought I’d share with you the neutral doilies I have worked on during the last week and a half or so. For all of them I used partial balls of thread. I have discovered that I like the look of many neutral threads used together.

For this first doily, I used the pattern I posted here.

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I didn’t use a pattern for these next two, nor did I write down what I did.  I might go back and do that, but I might not.  Not sure yet. I really enjoyed just doing whatever I felt like doing with these doilies. :)

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For this doily I used a pattern I found on the Internet quite a while back.  I can’t remember exactly where I got it, but am pretty sure it is a Japanese charted pattern.  Well, I guess I should say I know it’s charted, and I think it’s Japanese!  LOL

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Here are three of the doilies posing together. :)

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Thanks for visiting, and have a fantastic weekend!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Excellence Doily ~ Done in Variegated Brights & White

Hello all, and happy weekend to you!  Hope you’re having a nice one!  I’ve been to the chiropractor twice this week, so am sitting here at the computer with moist heat on my back.  Figured this was as good a time as any to do a blog post.  <smile> 

This doily is my most recent crocheted item.  I love the vibrant colors used in it…but I do not love that the yellow variegated bled into the white.  <sigh> This was another of my projects where I was using partial balls of thread.

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Also wanted to share my good news with you all.  My aunt was here last Saturday and took over 20 of my doilies to her shop to sell on consignment. She mostly sells vintage items, but she thinks my doilies will sell well, so we’re giving it a shot! She also gave me a whole box of Work Basket magazines. I only found a few doilies in them that I think I’d like to crochet, but they were fun to look through.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Showing Off

No, I am not showing off…Showing Off is the name given to this doily by Decorative Crochet (#39) magazine.  LOL  My version is a bit different because I had an awful time with my eyes, trying to follow the chart.  So, rather than let my eyes go buggy, I followed the chart through row 14, and then did my own thing after that.  Honestly, I like my version better than the magazine’s!  <smile>

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Enjoy your weekend!!