Monday, July 31, 2006

A New Button

I've joined a new crochet forum, Simply Crochet. :)
I've put the link in my sidebar, but you know how long Blogger takes things...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Socks 101

I have had the overwhelming urge to knit socks lately. I don't know why. It isn't as if I don't have enough projects going right now. It's ridiculous. I have four doilies not done. (Well, five I guess..) One of which is here.A sweater (knitted) not done. Whew, back in January I said I need to finish it fast before he is too big to wear it.... Well I'll have to see if it will even fit him now. Otherwise some frogging will have to be done. Two afghans (crocheted) not done. A plastic bag (crocheted) not done. Oh, a baby afghan (crocheted) not done. (I am working on it, though...) Ugh... I don't even want to think any more about what I don't have done. Why would I want to start something new? I don't know. But, I thought I would share a sock knitting tutorial with y'all. I liked this one. I suppose you could google and find one you might like more. But this is the one that helped me when I was first learning to knit socks.... Socks 101

Friday, July 28, 2006

Some More Toys I've Finished Recently...

I haven't posted about these since the person I sent them to hadn't recieved them yet. I didn't know if she would visit my blog or at Crochetville, so to be on the safe side and not spoil the surprise I didn't post them.... I made a Mumma Dog and two puppies. :p I crocheted the eyes on since a two year old was getting these. (You know, choking hazard...) And I made a puppy purse for her. She loves puppies, so I stuck with what I know she likes and gave her all puppy stuff. This is the first time I made one of these purses. They work up really quick. It's an Annies Attic Scrap Crochet Club pattern. There's also a (green) bear and a purple monkey.
And this is a monkey that I saw on Crochetville. You can see two here, and two more here. Alisha from ChisCrochetCrazy posted hers on there and I knew right away I was going to make one. It turned out so cute! The little girl I sent it to likes it, too. So that's what counts. I want to make another one for myself. Hee hee. My WIM pile for myself keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Lime-Glazed Cookies

Yummy! I made these this afternoon. Last week I made a key lime pie (sorry, I forgot to take a picture) and I had some lime juice left over. So started looking for 'lime' recipes, and I found this recipe in the Martha Stewart 'Everyday Food' magazine. (July/Aug 2004 issue.) But, folks, don't go ordering a back copy just for this recipe, because you can find it here: Lime-Glazed Cookies :) They are really easy to make. If you decide to make them, I would love to see a picture of yours! Thanks for stopping by!

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear..

Touch the ground. Teddy Bear, teddy bear turn around... Okay I have WAY too many childrens' books in my head... This is a little bear I made for Mimi! I wanted to post about her but had to hold myself back until I heard from Mimi that she got the box I sent her in. I used Crochet_Queens' bear pattern (before she started selling her pattern on Etsy--looks like she needs to reload her patterns there, too...) But, it was really more of a guideline, not a row-by-row pattern. So, I ended up buying the pattern anyway. :p Anyway.... I used Red Heart 'Monet' for Mimi's bear, and an H hook. The dress I crocheted in thread and used a pattern for Crocheted Teddy Bear Clothes or something. A pattern one of my aunts gave me a long time ago. That was the first time I ever used it, actually. Isn't she cute? I actually made two of these. One for Mimi, and one for Lene. The one I made for Lene was exactly the same, but I used Red Heart 'Summer Breeze' (also a variegated). I think I'd like to make one for myself one day, too. When my WIP pile is gone. Hey, did you know you could get any of Starbucks coffees made with soy milk!? I did not. Well last night I went in there (someone gave us a Starbucks card for our anniversary!! Woo Hoo!) and asked the girl. She said 'Yea' (like, 'duh'?) I am doing a happy dance! I took my tall mocha made with soy milk and drove to Garden of the Gods, and sat there and crocheted! Aaaaah.... Peace and quiet, a starbucks coffee (that didn't make my stomach hurt), and crocheting! What could be better? I didn't stay long, because my hubby had to go help his mom at 7, but it was still long enough. I finished two rows on a doily I am making my brother and his wife, for a wedding present. (They are the couple who has everything, so I am making them something they might not have...) Well have a nice week everyone and thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

I Don't Think I Ever Posted About This..

I *may* have posted about the one on top. I don't feel like going to look, though... ;) I messed up on this one. I don't know if you can tell how I messed up. But I can.
I am actually quite pleased with how this one turned out, though. It's just all white WalMart bags. I don't think I will be crocheting with plastic bags for a while anymore, but just thought I'd share what I had finished.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Blossom Has Arrived, All The Way From Australia!!

Here she is, safe and sound. This picture is not the greatest, I have other better pictures, but photobucket is down today. (Grrr) And, I wanted to post everything Cupcake sent me!! First and foremost, Little Blossom. I *won* her in a Koala Kapers contest. The 'objective' was to find little Kimberly and one other Koala on Crochetville somewhere. The winner got a Koala crocheted by Cupcake herself! Well, I looked high and low but I could not find any... But, Cupcake said she would have pity on me and send me a Koala since I tried so hard. (Okay, she didn't say 'have pity', but..) I am so happy she sent me one. I just love this little Koala! Cupcake also sent a Eucalyptus leaf with 'G'day from Australia' written on it. (So little Blossom wouldn't feel so lonely when she got here.) And, an Australia postcard with a real Koala on it!! (It was funny, because my oldest son, when I got the package in the mail, said, 'Is that your Koala?' and I said, 'Yes.' :) When I saw the Koala on the postcard, I said, 'Now this is what a 'real' Koala looks like'.) Not 'funny', LOL funny, but humorous.. Okay maybe not even funny at all. Anyway. She also sent an Australia magnet for the fridge! (Which I forgot to put in the picture.) It's cool. Our fourteen year old said, 'I want one.' :( I told him we could all use this... OH! And just about the coolest thing, she sent some eucalyptus candies!! I've never had candy from Australia. Come to think of it, the only things I have ever gotten from Australia is a postcard, and my Uncle bought me an opal necklace when he went to Australia one year. I'll have to take a picture of it someday when photobucket is deciding to work... Anyway, thank you Cupcake for everything!! I love little Blossom and will take good care of her!

Yay! I Got a Package from Mimi Yesterday!!

Look at all the goodies she sent me! I love them! She sent me some stamps from her collection when she found out I collect stamps with my son. (After seeing the stamps, though, I don't know if I want him to have them.) I might give him a couple and keep the rest. I want to get a nice 'stamp collecting' book to put them in. There are some from Singapore, Filipinas, and a couple I don't know. But they are all really colorful and pretty! Thank you Mimi. :) Mimi also sent me a crocheted necklace she made :0 ~ I love it!! AND, a matching beaded bracelet, too. I have a lavendar sweater I could wear these with. (It's hand wash, though, and I need to wash it...) :p And inside the card, (I felt that it was thick) is a 'T' Mimi crocheted, from her crocheted letter collection! I have been secretly wanting one of these since I saw her post about them! Now I have my very own 'T'- I love it, Mimi, thank you so much! And, she sent a UFO (the black and white and yellow striped bag.) Inside the letter it says, 'can you guess what it is and what pattern I used?' I could not for the life of me. I asked the kids. (Whenever I can't figure something out, they usually can!) And the nine year old said, 'It looks like a bee'. I said, 'Yea, it does kinda.' Some kind of bee purse or pouch... Well it is a bee cellphone purse. I think it's cute, and I might just look the pattern up at CPC and see what else there is to finish it... :) And, last but definitely not least! Mimi sent me my very own copy of her 'Loopy Flowers' pattern!! YAY! I had one via email, but to have my own copy is much cooler! Thank you so much for everything, Mimi. I love it all. I have been getting spoiled this week with the packages. Monday Blossom came, Wednesday I got the toy swap box, Thursday I got Mimi's package, and today I am supposed to get something Priority Mail from my brother! He didn't say what it was, so it will be a surprise. I am truly spoiled this week. I guess 'When it Rains, it Pours' is a true saying... (This time in a good way!) :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Toy Swap Toys Are Here!

Here is the first toy we got out. I just kind of knew who this one was for... :p (I think he likes it!)
Karla sent a few Happy Meal Toys, too- Woo Hoo! (Can never go wrong with those!)
This one came out too dark, but he had a huge smile on his face here. Karla made him a snake!!
Here he is ready to go play with all his new toys! He took them outside then put them on the lawn chair so they wouldn't get dirty. :p
And, here is the teenager with his (what he has decided is a) CD holder.
With a couple of his CDs in it already. About ten minutes after I gave it to him and told him who it's from, he came outside and (with it in his hands), said, 'This is cool. I like this.' Karla, coming from a teenager, I think that is a good sign you did a good job deciding what to make him! :)
And, last but certainly not least, Karla also sent me some goodies, too!! Thank you so much, Karla. I have never tried the 'Primo' yarn, but it is wool! I love it! And I of course, always love the Sugar n' Cream to make dishcloths with. And some really pretty ribbon bookmarks with pendants on both ends. Thank you so much for everything, Karla!! The kids all really love what you sent, and so do I.

Monday, July 10, 2006

A New Baby Toy Pattern on CPR!

By Mimi. :) Isn't this adorable? It is called 'Baby 101'. I have been looking for baby things lately (since I know three people in our family who are pregnant right now!)... And I thought to myself... 'There aren't very many crocheted baby toys out there...' There's a lot of stuffed animal patterns, balls, blocks... but not many actual toys. So I thought this was really good. You can find the pattern here. These are actually already in a box to be mailed to Michigan, for a baby shower later this month.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Some Treasures I Found... ;)

Well they are treasures to me, anyway. :) I'd forgotten I did so many of these, so far. This is what is called 'Redwork', for those who are wondering 'What is it?'. Of course, redword doesn't necessarily have to be 'red'. It can be blue, or green, or black... any color, really. As long as it shows up. But traditionally, redwork was red. Because the Turkey Red floss was the only color that didn't bleed. I don't know exactly what it is about redwork that is so appealing to me, but I just love it! Maybe it is taking a piece of fabric and tracing a simple picture and making something so beautiful out of it. (For so little money, too!) You don't need a fancy expensive book to do this. You can trace your childs' artwork, you can trace a simple design out of a magazine, or postcard.. whatever. So these are some squares I have done (and found in my big Rubbermaid Tote brought back from the storage shed in Michigan...) 'Mother and Child', above, done in sage green. I love this one. It came from either a Quiltworks or Miniature Quilt magazine. (The only quilt magazines I have, so it had to be one of the two.)
This sea turtle I traced from a coloring book page of my kids. (With some of it colored.) It turned out pretty well, I think! I was thinking about my Grandma when I made this one. She loves and collects turtles.
"Calla Lily', from 'Learn to do Redwork' book by American School of Needlework. In fact I think the rest of these are also from this book. (It has 77 re-creations of antique blocks, plus instructions to make four quilts, I think.)
A blue rooster (I was going to make something with this to hang in my kitchen, but I no longer want to do the Delft Blue kitchen, so I don't know what to do with him...)
A bird in a nest.
And, aHoot Owl on a tree branch. I KNOW I had a cherry one I was working on, too. I can't find it, or my hoop to do the embroidery with, either. (Wherever they both are, it is probably together... the cherries are probably in the hoop somewhere.) Oh well. I have outlined another square already, that is a tea pot, I was all ready to work on it, and that was when I realized I didn't know where my hoop is... But, I found the tea pot design online. I'll see if I can find it to put the link if anyone is interested. Meanwhile I will post this since it might be a while before I can remember where I saw it... Well I am still looking,but here is a few free patterns I found at Quilt and Sew, by Googling... Some from Pattern Bee, it says they have a new free redwork pattern every month. (Supposed to be vintage, too.) Still looking for those teapots though... I found it! YAY!! It's from a Ladies in Red site, they have about four or five PAGES of redwork designs!! This time I'll put it in my toolbar so I don't lose it... :p