Thursday, April 30, 2015

Doilies & Sweaters ~ Fun Crochet

Hello crocheting friends! Thought I’d share my recent projects, and see how everybody is doing.  Has Spring finally sprung yet in your area?  It is working on it here.  I have a few daffodils blooming now, and my grape hyacinths are just starting to bloom as well.  Perhaps the snow is over for another season. lol
First up are the doilies I’ve made recently.  This first one is one I am putting in a prize basket for one of the prizes at my future daughter-in-law’s shower.
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Next up is a fun spring doily. The pattern info is on the picture. It is a free pattern.
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And here is the same doily in action. :)
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I also recently made a couple sweaters for Adelyn. Again…info on the pics. These are both paid patterns.  Adelyn tried them on for me at her brother’s little league practice, so I just took a quick pic of the one. The first pic is of it hanging on my door.
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And, of course, this is Adelyn wearing it.
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Here is the second sweater.  It’s OK, but honestly I think it needs to have more stitches along the back, between the armholes. Seemed kind of small to me. I made the 5-7 year size, but I think it’s a pretty snug fit. IMHO.
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Oh my goodness, I almost forgot…I also made a matching sweater for Adelyn’s American Girl doll! No pictures of it on the doll, but I did take a pic of the two sweaters together.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturday Fun & a Doily

Hello all!  Hope you had a lovely weekend and are off to a great start for this week!  My son-in-law and oldest grandson went up north to fish over the weekend, so my daughter and the other two grandkids came here to visit on Saturday.  We ended up going out for pizza that evening, and found a couple of playgrounds for the kids to play at.  They had a blast! 

This first pictures is of me, Lawson and Adelyn posing by one of the many groundhog statues that are situated around Punxsutawney. Lawson wanted no part of the thing, but I convinced him to let me pick him up, and we would stand away from the groundhog. You can see by the pic that he is none too impressed. lol  This particular groundhog was painted by children, in a nature theme. Each groundhog around town is painted in a different theme.

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Adelyn had fun swinging and going down slides.

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I took this pic of Lawson just before he plopped down to go down the slide.  He was being such a big boy.  When he started out he was careful of the little slides, but before long he was going down the bigger slides like a pro!

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Also wanted to share my latest doily project.  This is Doily #5 from Patricia Kristofferson’s Pineapple Gallery book. For years I avoided her patterns because they made my head spin, but I’m finding that if I just go little chunks at a time, I’m OK.  I just wish my eyes didn’t blur up on me so quickly.  But that’s not because of he patterns.  I’m guessing it’s because I’m 51. lol  Anyhoo, without further ado, here’s my doily:

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Greetings & a Hint of Spring

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  Ours was very nice.  We had our whole family here, and it was a nice time.  Poor Lawson was up sick during the night on Saturday, but he was much better on Easter day.  So far nobody else has gotten whatever he had…and, of course, we’re hoping and praying nobody does.  Here is a picture of Rick and me, with the three grandkids, that I had my son take on Easter.  I always have to ask somebody to take pics with me in it. Otherwise, there would be no pics of me.  Not that I really like pics of me, but I do want my grandchildren to have pics of me when they are older, and perhaps I am gone.

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We went outside in the evening, and the kids had fun with the bubbles.  Truth be told, so did Gramma Rita!

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My Jello poke cake I decked out for Easter.

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Miss Adelyn being silly.  She was saying “I’m a Gramma”. lol  I asked her if she ever saw me walking around with a stick like that!!  She cracks me up!

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Some of them went out back to shoot target.  These pics aren’t the best because I was zooming from afar.  I like to shoot target, too, but wanted to spend the time with the kiddos.

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And here are a few signs of spring.  I took these pics late last week, so the daffodil shoots are up a bit more now.

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Didn’t see many birds when I took a little walk, but I did see this chickadee and a couple other birds.

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Find the birdy.  :)

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You can see this one easier.

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On a crochet note, I recently made a doily, but it’s blocking right now so I don’t have a pic of it yet.  Also made a couple squares for the Moogly CAL.  I don’t seem to be really liking the squares she chooses, so for the most part have been picking my own alternatives. Hopefully one of these times, I’ll actually make what she chooses. lol

Thanks again for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thread, Pretties, Dust & Birds

Hello friends! Hope this finds you all doing well, and having a good week.  I’m having a good week, with lots of crochet time.  Dh is on 12 hour shifts this week, so isn’t home much, and when he is I am usually being quiet so he can sleep. That gives me a fair amount of crochet time.  I know he’s tired, but I sure wish when somebody was mad at me, they’d tell me why instead of making me try to figure it out myself. He was none too happy with me tonight, but I honestly have no idea why. Do your significant others get like that too…where you know full well they’re not happy with you about something, but yet won’t tell you what that something is? 

Anyhoo, this is a doily I have been working on for about a week.  I really like how it turned out. The pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-rings-of-change

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Today I put edgings on washcloths, which will be Easter presents for the grandkids.

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Went to town on Sunday and found a few fun things.  First up, this doily pattern book for $1 at Bradley’s books. I figure I’ll get my dollar’s worth out of it.  lol

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At K-Mart I found these pretty dishcloths.  They’re labeled dishcloths, but I am using them for washcloths. Love the colors!

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Also found a couple pieces of costume jewelry on clearance at K-Mart.

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On Saturday, Rick and I watched our grandsons, while their sister, mommy and daddy went to see Cinderella at the movie theater. Clayton said he wanted to dust, so I gave him the duster and let him have at it!  -smile-  I paid him $3 afterwards. It was worth it to me. I do good at keeping up with most household chores, but dusting is not one of them. lol

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After the others got back that evening, Adelyn and I drew some birds.  She had got a princess book that showed how to draw various things, and a bird was one of them.  She and I have fun drawing together. Clayton snapped this picture for me.

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And here are our creations:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This and That

I have a little bit of everything to share with you today.  First up is this cute little radish.  Looked like this right out of the bag.  I know, I’m easily entertained! lol

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For my soon to be daughter in law’s bridal shower, I am doing a doily basket for one of the prizes.  So, I figured I best get started on it.  I have a few months to get them done, but you know how that goes!  For starters, I made this patriotic colored doily.  I like how it turned out.  For the center, I used this pattern: http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/07/bougainvillea-doily-pattern.html and then added to it until it was the size I wanted.

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Yesterday was my husband’s 59th birthday, and on Saturday we ate at Texas Roadhouse with our daughter and her three kids.

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I had invited our son and his fiancĂ©e over for supper last night, on Rick’s birthday.  Just as I was starting to prepare supper, our electric went out.  So those plans got changed real quick.

Adelyn and I had fun in the yarn isle at Hobby Lobby!

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At Ross’s I found these pretty glasses.

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And at Five Below I found these little chicks for a dollar each.  Couldn’t help myself.  I like chicks when they’re little.  lol  I got two for me, and one for each of the grandkids.

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I’ve been doing lots of crochet.  Last week I made this hat. Haven’t decided if I’m going to list it in the shop.

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This week I’ve been busy making hats that are going to be Baymax hats, from Big Hero 6.  My daughter and her husband won an afternoon at a movie theatre, and that’s the movie we’ll be seeing for free.  So I figured I’d make the kids some hats.  I have the white hat made, now I need to turn them into Baymax hats.

Until next time, take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lots of Hats & Some Pretty Birds

Here it is Wednesday evening already.  Where does the time go?!  Hope all are having a great week! I spent the weekend, and part of this week making hats.  First up are hats I am hoping to sell.  No takers yet, but I shall persevere.  Didn’t list them in my Etsy shop…at least not yet.  I have them posted on a couple different Facebook “flea market” type pages (local), and will see how they do on there first.  It won’t be long until it’s dirt track race season in these parts, thus the inspiration for these hats.  The hat itself is my own doing, but the race car applique can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EverLaughter  If you are in the market for applique patterns, I highly recommend her designs.  I’ve bought many of them, and have always been very pleased with the patterns.

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My 10 year old great-niece is doing a project for school in which she is collecting hats and scarves to donate to a women’s shelter. I made these hats to donate. Sent them to her yesterday. I had fun making the pom-poms!

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Now for the pretty birds that were mentioned in the subject line.

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Mrs. Cardinal

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Mr. Cardinal

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Blue Jay

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Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentine’s Day, Olaf and Feeding the Piggy

Hello all!  Trust that you are staying warm, and in out of the cold weather.  It is somewhere below zero today, with wind chills making it seem even colder.  BRRRR!!!  I am fortunate in that I do not have to be out in that weather. Instead, I stay inside…where I have become sick. The grandkids had been sick, and after babysitting the little guy, so is Gramma Rita.  Kind of think he “gave” it to me.  But, hey, if I had to get it from somebody, better from him than a stranger. lol  Can’t taste or smell anything today, which gets on my nerves.  I know, I know, I will survive.  My complaining is over.  Now I shall get on with the subjects of this post.

For Valentine’s Day Rick got me some candy and a nice card…

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…and I made a peach pie for him. Note the little heart cutouts I put on it, for Valentine’s Day. Awww…

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Clayton asked for an Olaf hat, so you know what Gramma Rita did…made him an Olaf hat. –smile-

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And here is Clayton wearing it to school yesterday.

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Laura and Lawson came up a couple days ago to pick up the hat, and while they were here I gave Lawson a bunch of coins to feed the piggy.  The piggy hadn’t been fed in a while, and was quite hungry. lol Rick and I received the piggy from his aunt when we got married…which will soon be 34 years (in June).

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I’ve added lots of new things to my Etsy shop, but have yet to have anybody purchase anything.  I’m trying not to get discouraged, as I had told my family that there are thousands of people out there trying to sell crocheted items on Etsy.  And most of the people I know around here don’t really want to pay…they want it given to them. Oh well…I am probably going to keep the shop open for 2015 and see where I’m at at the end of the year, and take it from there as to whether to keep it going or not.  Here are a few of the things I have added:

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and here’s wishing you a wonderful weekend!