Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Butterflies and Diapers

There.  How's that for a catchy title?!  lol  I've been doing some nature photography, and some crochet, that I thought I'd share.  Thus the headline.  I love to go for walks and see what nature has to offer me. For these butterfly photos I only had to go out in our yard where the fruit trees are in blossom.


And this butterfly was enjoying the bluets one evening last week.

This is my most recent crochet project.  Baby doll diapers.  Aren't they just too adorable?!  I got the pattern free online.  Can't seem to find it now.  But if you do a search there are lots of options.  I didn't have buttons the right size, so I crocheted some.  I think these little diapers turned out super cute.  I have the listed on my Oak Hill Crochet page.


Hope your week is off to a good start!  Take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Vintage Embroider Quilt

Hello all!  I mentioned in my last post that I had been working on another project.  Well, this is it!  :)  My grandmother passed away last July, and I was given a "ton" of her embroidery pieces and crocheted doilies.  Some of the material was too rotten to do much with, but I managed to salvage a lot of good pieces of embroidery work.  I turned them into this small quilt.  It's nothing fancy...just a tied quilt...but the pieces in it are very special.

And here is the reverse side. I used a vintage sheet I had purchased at Good Will a while back.

A few closeups of some of the embroidery work.



Thought I'd also share a couple spring flower pictures.  Not much blooming right now, but these grape hyacinths are looking good, as well as the daffodils.  :)


One more pic before I go. I went to town with Laura and two of the grandkids Saturday night.  We went to Good Will, and I found this "hoot".  :)

Take care and enjoy your day!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Lots of Crochet

Happy April everybody!  Where is the time going?  April is almost half way gone.  That's OK, though, as I'm ready for October to get here.  Why, you ask?!  Because I am going to be Gramma again!  Woohoo!!  Color me happy!  My son and his wife are expecting their first.  It's an exciting time for all of us.  :)

On a crochet note (and I made these, hoping to sell, before I even knew about the baby lol) here are a few things I've made recently. I've listed them on Oak Hill Crochet, but haven't sold any of these yet.  I started this poncho years ago and found it in a bag.  I decided to finish it and make a little girls poncho out of it.  I created the neckline and tie myself.

These next three items were made from paid patterns from Snappy Tots. I love her creativity, and these were fun to make.  The cherries weren't part of the pattern.  Those are my own creation.



I was trying to find a nice bootie pattern that I liked.  I made these three pair, but they just weren't exactly what I wanted.  

So I set out to make a one piece baby bootie that I really liked.  After a bit of trial and error, I managed to come up with something I love!  And then I couldn't stop making baby booties last week!  What's nice is that the last row can be customized to ones' liking.  I did a plain sc edging on some of them, and some of them I made a tad fancier.  So much fun.  I am going to post these on Oak Hill Crochet shortly.  Hoping to sell some.  I want to make some special ones for the new baby.  I have plenty of time to do that, though.

Oh, I almost forgot to show you the doilies I made for myself.  I made them to coordinate with "new" sheer curtains that I had purchased at Good Will.  Pattern info is on the pics.


There is another project I did, but I'll save it for another post.  I think I have filled this one with plenty of pics.  lol  Hope you are all doing well and enjoying spring!  If you're like us, though, spring isn't springing too much just yet.  ;)  Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

This and That

Happy weekend to all of you reading this!  Hope your weekend is a good one.  I am back home now after having spent the 20th through the 26th at my son's house.  I was taking care of their dog while they went on their honeymoon.  They went to Disney!  Judging from the pics I've seen, it looks like they had a great time!  Axle and I got along well over all, but it took me all week to realize he was "playing me".  lol  He ran off from me about six times from Saturday through Thursday.  Stinker!!  Thankfully he came back all of those times.  Here is a pic I took of him shortly after I got there on the 20th.  I took several more, using my tablet, but this is the only one I have saved to my computer so far.  Will get the others later.

It seemed to take me forever to decide what crochet project(s) I wanted to work on while I was there.  I checked out my Pinterest boards and was inspired to make some thread crochet flowers.  I enjoyed making them.  Eventually I hope to turn them into a wreath. In these pics they are not yet blocked.  I have them them blocked and drying right now. Some of the flowers are patterns from this book:
 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet  And some of the flowers I created on my own without a pattern.


I did all the flowers in the day time, and then in the evenings I colored.  Fun!  Here is a collage of all the pages I colored.

Tomorrow we're going to visit the grandkids, so that should be a fun day.  Take care, and enjoy your weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sharp Crayons!

Hello all!  Do any of you enjoy coloring?!  I do...always have.  One thing that frustrates me big time, though, is dull crayons.  I've been on the search for a decent crayon sharpener, and I finally found one!  Woohoo!  Now when the grandkids and I color together, we will have freshly sharpened crayons to us.  Yay us!  lol  My new crayon sharpener took this bucket of crayons from this:

To this:

Seriously...it takes the paper off as it is sharpening the crayons. Love, love, love it!

On a crochet note, I thought I'd share this little fella that I made a while back.  I forgot to post it earlier.  It is a little owl I made for my son.  It is a paid pattern, and can be found here.  I did a crappy job on the stitching, but the little guy is still cute.  lol

I'll be dog-sitting for my son and daughter-in-law for a week while they go on their honeymoon.  I'm trying to decide what crochet, or embroidery, project I want to work on during that time.  Or do I want to do neither and just color all week?!  Decisions, decisions...  I've been looking at Pinterest for some inspiration, but so far I am still not sure what I want my next project to be.

I made these hearts for the grandkids for Valentine's Day.  I like to make them a heart every year for Valentine's Day, and hopefully when they're older and I'm possibly no longer around, they'll look at their hearts and remember how much I loved them.  <3  It's not a very good pic as the lighting wasn't too great.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!!

Edited to add a pic of the crayon sharpener.  I've had a few people ask me about it, so here ya go.  :)


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Weekend Ramblings

Hello all!  Here it is the weekend once again.  Where does the time go?!  I had the fortune of getting to go to a Good Will again this past week.  Found lots of goodies to bring home with me.  One of these days I need to go through my stuff in the basement and take a bag *to* Good Will!  lol  I enjoy looking around there, and try to only bring things home with me that make me happy.  :)  First up is this yarn.  It was all 99 cents a skein.  I didn't think that was too bad, so I snatched it up! Not the I *need* yarn, but it'll get used eventually and I thought the colors were good to have on hand.

I have a thing for stuffed animals.  I didn't get them when I was little, and our kids didn't have many as we couldn't afford them.  So now I enjoy looking around Good Will for any stuffed animals I might like.  I can usually afford the ones at Good Will.  These three cuties came home with me this time. :)  After I took their picture, they got a bath in my washing machine.  ;)

Next up is this bunny figurine.  I love bunnies!  I think they are so cute...don't you?!

Lastly is this little wren magnet.  You know how I love birds!  I just had to snatch up this little cutie!  I put it on my fridge right away.

As always, I have been doing a bit of crocheting.  This week it was skirts.  I decided to make skirts for my granddaughter's 18" dolls, and then I decided to make a matching one for my granddaughter.  I'll be giving them to her tomorrow when I see her.  We're going to their place for a Super Bowl party.  I don't care about football at all, but hey, it's a chance to see the grandkids!  :D  I posted these on my Facebook crochet page in the hopes somebody would want to order some.  I doubt that will happen, but it can't hurt to try.  If you'd like to make one of your own, the pattern can be found HERE.  It is a paid pattern from EverLaughter.  Her patterns are nice.  I love the color of the yarn I used.  It is Red Heart and is called Black Light.


Oh, I forgot one of my Good Will find pics.  I got these vintage sheets for $2 each.  Love them!! They're wrinkly as I hadn't tossed them into the washer yet. 

Thanks for stopping by, and here's wishing you a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Good Will Finds & Some Crochet

Hello all!  Hope you are having a good weekend.  Things are fine here.  Rick worked today, and now we're both just taking it easy tonight.  He is still working just part time, but we're hoping it turns into full time.  Jobs are very scarce around here.  Most everything to do with the coal industry has taken a major nosedive.  You might recall that Rick lost his job in August of 2015.  Since then there have been numerous mines shut down, and hundreds, if not thousands, of workers without jobs.  It's not just here in Pennsylvania either.  West Virginia and Kentucky are dealing with this as well.  Probably other places I don't know about.  I do know Pennsylvania is in a world of hurt what with the coal and gas industries taking a nosedive.

Anyhoo, I best get on with what I was intending to post.  Got sidetracked there.  lol  Rick had a chiropractor appointment on Wednesday, and I tagged along.  I had him drop me off at Good Will and I looked around there for a bit. I found two bird figurines I really liked.  This owl:


And these pretty birds:

I also found some Temptations that I thought might come in handy.  This is the second time I found Temptations at a Good Will.  Temptations is sold on QVC, in case anybody is wondering.

Lastly, I found these Corelle dessert plates.  We only had a few dessert plates, so these will come in handy when the whole family is here.

Now for the crochet portion of this post.  I'm still trying to make a few dollars, so I have been crocheting things to try to sell.  There isn't much interest in this area, but I shall persevere.  I thought I might be able to sell some baby photo props, but I can't even get the photographers to look at my page.  Bummer.  But, as I said, I shall persevere.  :)  Here are the first ones I made.  I used my granddaughter's baby dolls for the pics.




The most recent one is this Mermaid cocoon with headband.


That's all for this time.  Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my little corner of blog land.  It is much appreciated!