Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On my Hook ----


I am making one of these ........ you can find the pattern here. also some fabulous yarn kits for this.

the pattern is written for a stunning linen yarn and will finish at approximately 36x36 with that yarn

I fell head over heels for the contemporary feel of this big color block blanket. I stalked it for weeks before I committed to it.

those of you who know me --- know that I have changed up the yarn. I was reading all the comments at the pattern post and several people were asking about sizing it up for a bigger blanket. I chose the absolute easiest way to do that.

I'm using bigger yarn. Linen Quill is a stunning, fingering weight yarn. And it is not a terribly expensive yarn. But it does have the drawback of requiring washing in cold water and blocking in the care and cleaning of items made from it.

My intentions are a large blanket for a baby blanket. Because babies are just not tiny for very long and I much prefer my blankets to be used for a long long time (especially for special people), i tend to make mine very generous. Mommies - you will never regret pulling that blanket off the back of the sofa and snuggling you and that little one together - I PROMISE.

I also want my blankets to be easy care and well used. Toss in the car. Go to the ball game. Make a pallet on the floor. Or a tent over the dining room chairs. Add in a dog or a cat to snuggle if you like. Toss into the washer and dryer. That's my lifestyle. I love it. Less stress.

So I am making a big version from Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn. Acrylic worsted weight yarn. I've chosen my colors and I have started color A ---- I will not be putting photos up as I go, but Just know that this is happening and it's going to be amazing. The texture and feel of this really super soft yarn are wonderful to me. This is not a stash project, I bought the yarn for this one.

Now for the negative part of this blanket........ it is SINGLE CROCHET and it is taking what seems like FOREVER. I don't care what weight yarn you use, that many single crochet stitches are going to be a drawn out process. (It's really stunning though)

Even though it is taking a while to do this one, there will be repeats of this pattern because it really is very appealing to me.

I have next week off for vacation and I plan to work on this and a few other things while I rest and relax. I'm thinking that NOT DOING THE WHOLE TOURISTY thing will let me get some progress as well as rest accomplished.

I'll see you guys again in August.



Friday, July 15, 2016

July 14 ---- a new trip around the sun.


yesterday was my birthday.

it was a most relaxed day for me.

work.
craft with children.
dinner with friends.
ended with crochet. 

and in conversation with a wonder friend named MaryAnn, I committed to focus again on cleaning, using, purging, my seriously deep hoarded stash and mess.

Crusty Old Guy puts it this way. "mine is STUFF, yours is SHIT" 

its kind of an inside joke with us, but it makes me think. 

I am downsizing my substantial stash and will be tracking the progress thru until my birthday next year - just to see where I land. 

now just to learn how to make a side button to the post so I can edit it regularly 

have a great afternoon

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What the what? (or what happened?)


it's been over a year since I posted here. 

Oh, I've been making.

And doing.

And living.

And posting about those adventures over at my more personal home

But the, oh so neglected,  MaggieGraceCreates world is calling to me with pleas to not forget her and to please come home. 

So here I am --- and I will try to be back on a much more regular basis.

let's just jump right on in. 

I have crocheted several blankets, some hats, potholders, skillet condoms.
I have made jewelry.
I have enjoyed paper crafts. 
I have been helping littles learn creative stuffs. 
I've sewn.
Done some serious mission stuff. 

I've stash busted.
I've stash added (minimally) 

And then I have worked on THIS.



Elias will be a year old in August.

This was supposed to be a baby shower gift for the little guy. 

He may get it when he turns 21 - or has his own kids.

WHAT WAS I THINKING????

A year peeps - I pick it up and put it down and if you divide that picture up there into 16 sections, you will see that I have almost completed ONE OF THOSE.

I have a trout - some rocks and a deer foreleg ---- 

BTW Eli did get a gift ---- Mama T crocheted him a Count Down Granny Square blanket. 

Don't get all excited and google that --- it is a simple way to label a granny square blanket that has a descending count of rows from the center out -

I did four colors --- in the following row  pattern 8-7-6-5 repeat color starts here 4-3-2-1.  This allowed me to do a complete blanket from 8 skeins of yarn. and have a bit left for the stash pile. 

Next week finds me having that project box packed for a week of sitting still at the beach and hopefully making a bit more progress. 

Maybe you guys will rejoin me here for crafty goodness. 

Life is beautiful

I post much more regularly at my FaceBook
And my Instagram
I also have a huge collection of funstuff over at Pinterest

Have a great afternoon.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Angels We Have Heard on High






The theme this week over at The Sweet Stamps Blog is Christmas Tags and to me that includes angels. This one takes a bit, but it is wonderful.
 
Cover a tag base with Christmas themed sheet music. I buy lots of these in thrift stores. This is from a damaged hymnal.
 
I used the new Wrought Iron Stencil and a bit of  Sparkle Embossing Powder to add a bit more interest to the paper.
 
I then stamped the Face only of the 1900's Girl and the Dot Butterfly onto a blank page from the same hymnal.
 
Fussy cut the butterfly.
 
 
Now using a gear piece as a halo add the face to a gathered piece of lace and the butterfly as wings. Glue and clip together to dry.
 
Attach to the tag.
 
Add vintage buttons stacked with more of the  gears as the body of the angel. Glue into place.
 
As a final accent add coordinated Mini Medallion cuts to the tag.
 
Ready to add to that special gift.
 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

thrilled with this

 
 
so I had this idea.
 
And this denim toned blue yarn.
 
I wanted a true random insert blanket.

 
so I unwrapped the skeins of blue.
 
Reach into the bulk of each skein and cut three times.
 
Gathered up some scrappy bits in the colors you might find on a mountain lake property.
 
And started my yarn balls.
 
As I came to a cut, I tied on a length of scrap. Some were 20 inches, some were yards.

 
then I crocheted a rectangular granny.
 
I am IN LOVE with how this filled with random color bits.
 
baby Chase's mommy liked it too.
 
Here is a great pattern for getting started on the Rectangle Granny. Instead of ending with just a few rows, keep going until the blanket is the size you wish.
 
 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

long time - no see

No excuses.

I went MIA again

But here I am with just a bit of sharing for you 

32 skeins of yarn have been used from the stash.

Three baby blankets and this full sized beauty in blue, cream, tan, and brown.

and I have started one from yarn that I purchased but is NOT going into the stash, I've started that blanket. 

I'm also working working working on THE MOST INTRICATE cross stitch project I have ever done. 



This was a gift for my friend Renee. Well she's actually the daughter of one of my best friends. But since all the girls are now young adults, I can call her my friend, can't I?



We gave Miss Renee a bridal shower on Sunday afternoon. 

I used one of my crochet nests as the food table centerpiece. 

To see the exquisite nests that inspired me - go here
Vicki makes and sells beautiful knitted nests. 
She's a wonderful person and there is an amazing array of beauty at her blog. 
Get a coffee and spend some time.



Here's the bride-to-be with her mom and soon to be Mother-in-Love 
You can guess - but I will go ahead and tell you - her Mom is the one in pink.



A quick note about the Softball Princess.

it's over.

she graduates from college with her undergrad degree in Environmental Science next weekend.

She's graduating with honors.

and more than likely moving far away to continue school. 

I have EMPTY NEST SYNDROME

yes - those of you with small children are allowed to be jealous. 



I just want to know how this happened. 

She is supposed to just be a little bit bigger than THIS.



......



Friday, March 20, 2015

For This Child I Pray

Welcome to the SweetStamps.com Sweeties Spring Release Blog Hop!!
Who's ready for some nicer weather?
Here at SweetStamps.com we are super excited about our Spring release!


   
We have some fun new clear stamp sets, a bunch of great new Piccolos and some new stencils!! You can check out all the new products here!!

And if you missed us mentioning, we also now have our Glam Girls in Digital form!  Which can be found here!!

You should have arrived her from My Creative Rumblings blog!  If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Sweet Stamps Blog to start at the beginning!

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Today I bring you a scrapbook layout featuring the Large Filigree Cross. 

This is a 12x12 layout and the cross is over 6 inches tall.

Meet Lucy. This picture is from her Baptism.

In addition to the Cross from the New items, I also used an Oval Frame from the Piccolos Product Group


Gilded Rose Gold Embossing powder covers the Cross Filigree Background and the frame. The Cross itself is two pieces and I covered the center solid form with the Autumn Leaves Cosmic  Shimmer Gilding Flakes.  I raised this center up when I glued this together.  

Add a sweet photo from the special day and I collect damaged hymnals, so I was able to add the Hymn selection and the Baptism Prayer from the ceremony section to the layout. 




Thanks for visiting.

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Don't forget to comment on every post --- there are goodies to be given away. 

You can go back to the SweetStamps Blog to see the entire list if you like or the individual links are listed below.

  
We hope you have been inspired all along the way! 
Check out all of Sweet Stamps "sweet" goodies here!
Happy Hopping
and...
HAPPY SPRING!
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