Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cat in the Hat - hat

I see on the web where a lot of places celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Which, by the way, if you didn't know is March 2nd. I think all of those Cat in the Hat patterns are simply adorable!  Eventually I found this one by Look At What I Made and I decided to do it up for my grandsons.  




I even got our cat to pose!
(OK... well I didn't exactly 'get' her to pose.  I simply took advantage of the situation.)
Sorry that picture is so dark. It was night time, and as you know the lighting is never good at night.  And... getting the cat to pose when you want her to is a challenge!

The oldest will get the red one.
The youngest will get the orange one.  He has decided that orange is his favorite color!

The orange one I used 4 strands of Red Heart worsted weight as opposed to the 2 strands of Bernat Softee Chunky for the red.  The white on both are 2 strands of Bernat Softee Chunky.


I've really been on a crochet kick here lately.  

Would you wear a Cat in the Hat - hat?  I think they are fun!  I am pretty sure I would.

What have you been working on for your crafts?

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Van's for a friend

Have you ever made anything for someone and it turns out to be a memorial?

I recently made these Van's look-like slippers for my grandsons.  When I posted this onto my Facebook page one of my friends saw it and ordered a pair.  She wanted pea green. I saw on the web that Lion's Brand Vanna's Choice had a "Pea Green", but I could not find it here where I live.  So I found this "Seaspray Mist", which is also a Vanna's Choice yarn. I took a picture of it and messaged it to my friend and asked if it was ok.  I told her I could either look more, or I could order it from the web if she really preferred the Pea Green. She said the Seaspray Mist would be just fine!.  

Don't you think they worked up beautifully?

I was nearly done with my crocheting of the slippers when her son posted that she had died. Needless to say along with all of her other friends, I was in total shock!  She was young (early 50's). She had had some health issues, but we all thought she was getting better.  I understand she passed away in her sleep.  I was chatting with her on FB the night before she went to visit the Lord.  She is no longer in pain.  God bless my friend.  She was an amazing person.

I contacted her son.  I told him that I was making the slippers for her.  Initially she was going to buy them from me, but I simply could not sell them now.  I asked him if he still wanted me to finish them.  He said yes.  

I wonder if these slippers will ever be worn, or simply left as a memorial for a wonderfully kind person? 

Rest in peace my friend. Rest in peace.  You are thought about from so many people. I know your husband and you son miss you.  Your friends miss you.  


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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tips x 3

Today I thought I would share a couple of tips with you.  These are things I use while I am crocheting.









What tips do you have to share?


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Van's Look Alike Slippers

My two grandsons wear Van's shoes.  I am not 100% sure, but I believe I was strolling along on Pinterest when I saw one of these two pictures and it caught my eye.  (I cannot remember which picture it was!)
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I thought those look nice!  I knew two boys that I knew absolutely had to have new slippers!  :)  
I ordered the pattern via Ravelry (source) but you can also go to the designer's blog and order from there if you would rather (source).

Check below for photos of the slippers I made for my grandsons...


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Crocheting Hats: Charmander and Minions!

Hello!  Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

I have SO WANTED to post for quite some time now!  Today, I simply made time to do it.

I have been busy crocheting lately.  Hats.  We don't need them here in southern Arizona, so I started out crocheting for my boys (grandsons) that live in northern Nevada.  

I have a few photos to show you...


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Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Prepare Pine Needles for Weaving





Oh.My.Gosh!
I am SO SORRY for taking so long to create a new post.  
Working takes a lot out of my day and really interferes with my crafting!  LOL

Quite awhile ago I promised you that I would share with you the steps to go through to prepare the pine needles, you find on your own, to use in your crafting.  I have not forgotten.  I have truly simply not had time.

When you go looking for pine needles to use you can often find them under trees, whether they be in your yard, or if you take a trip to the hills to find them.  I would caution you however, not to use any pine needles less than 6" in length.  Anything shorter than that and you could become quite frustrated with having to add pine needles too often.  

It is preferential that you collect freshly dropped needles as opposed to those that have been under the trees for a couple of seasons.  It is natural that they accumulate mold and disease.  You can take a big plastic bag out with you, or a paper sack, or anything in between, it really does not matter.  Once you have them collected clean as many of the twigs and leaves out of them as you can. 

Once you are ready to prepare them, take out your big soup pot and fill it with water.  Bring the water to boil.  Bring out another large pot or two, fill them with water and bring them to boil as well.

While you are waiting for the water to boil place the pine needles you have collected in your kitchen sink (with the plug in place).  Once the water has boiled, pour it over the pine needles.  Leave them to soak in the boiling water.  The boiling water will kill any mold and disease they may have.  Once the water has cooled down, remove the pine needles and lay them onto an old towel to dry.  You will need to rotate the pine needles so the ones on the bottom are given a chance to dry without molding.




I would leave them out to air dry 24 if not 48 hours before wrapping them up for storage. 
I hope not to be such a stranger.  I plan on giving you a few hints on how to do your own pine needle basketry.  However, please do feel free to do some internet searches on your own.  There are several sites out there to assist you.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

No Bake Watermelon Cake

Where I am working once a month we celebrate birthdays. This month one of the ladies from work made the cake for our celebration. 

  
Look at that yummy cake!!

Unfortunately We do not have a picture of the inside.  But you can check these sites for "inside" pictures of similar cakes: I Save A 2 Z, Paleo Cupboard, Vegan American Princess 

The actual "cake" part of the recipe is watermelon!  I'm not going to repeat the picture steps (1. I don't have those pictures and 2. The other sites I already listed show you very good step by step directions.)
 
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Here is the recipe that the lady at work used (this is slightly different than the other sites):
 

Frosting: Fold together 8 oz thawed tub of cool whip and 8 oz yogurt of your choice
Pat dry the watermelon with paper towels, then apply frosting
Add almonds to frosting
Add your choice of fruit
Use toothpicks to keep fruit in place

How easy is that!?!?

And let me tell you... it was YUMMY!!

Easy and another cake option.



 source: Word clip-art

 
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Praying for Hazel

Please help me in praying for baby Hazel! The father of this adorable baby works at the same place my husband works. We have donated, if you can great, if not prayers would be wonderful! Thank you so much!!

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You can go to this GoFundMe link to keep up with what is happening with Hazel.  Thank you in advance. Thank you if you are able to donate.  Thank you if all you can do is pray. Prayer is powerful! 
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Sedum Morganianum better known as Donkey's Tail

I have a plant which I originally got from my mother.  We always called it Donkey's Tail.

"Donkey tail (Sedum morganianum), also known as burro's tail or lamb's tail, is a succulent plant with fleshy, cylindrical foliage that hangs over the side of a container. The tubular, tail-shaped stems can grow up to 3 feet long, making the plant a good candidate for hanging baskets. Donkey tail plant is low-maintenance and appropriate for beginning gardeners, but interesting enough to keep gardening pros satisfied." source and read more

This is my Donkey's Tail

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Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20 2013 a day we'll remember

Those of you who are my friends on my personal Facebook page already know what I am about to say.  




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