Sunday, January 15, 2017

Crochet Tiramisu Baby Blanket






Tiramisu Baby Blanket
Pattern by Alicia Paulson
Free on Ravelry

I absolutely love this pattern! I made another one of these way back in the Dark Ages for a new baby in the family. It's by far my favorite baby blanket pattern EVER, and it's free! You can change the ribbon to suit a boy or a girl. I was very disappointed because I was going to use a black ribbon with white polka-dots on it, but when I got to the last side, I ran out of ribbon! GAH! The black with white polka-dot ribbon was so gorgeous on this blanket! I had forgotten that I made it bigger than the pattern and needed more ribbon than it called for. Anyway, the pink ribbon was all I had enough of in my ribbon stash. I'm going to buy more of the black next time I go to Walmart and re-do it. I'll show it to you again then. It's amazing how just changing the ribbon color can make such a difference.

Anyway, I used a Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn, a size I hook, and I chained either 126 or 116 to start.

Someone asked if this was a sc, dc, sc, dc pattern, and the answer is no. You can go read the pattern since it's free, but the basic stitch for the body of the blanket is sc twice in same stitch, skip a stitch, sc twice in next stitch, skip a stitch, repeat pattern across.


Dog Emergency!
(I swear. We have one every other week!)

On the wall at the vet.

Also on the wall at the vet.

Looking out the window at the vet.
LOL. We had to wait a while while they treated him.

Isn't this the cutest paper towel holder?

Well, the short of it is that Eli's butt nearly blew up. He had impacted anal glands. UGH! Poor little guy. He was miserable. His little ass was red and huge and looked like it could explode any moment. Of course we noticed it when the vet was closed (and there's only two vets within reasonable driving distance of us) so we had to wait a day to take him in. We could hear him yelping and hollering in the back while they attempted to drain them. They were so inflamed, they were not able to drain them without them bursting. Isn't that awful? It hurt me as much as it hurt him just having to listen. Lordie.

But that was Friday morning, and he's better now and getting back to his old self. We did stop at Walmart and get him a new blanket and a toy for the ride home. They all get that when they have to go to the vet for anything other than a routine check or shots. Yes, we spoil them rotten!

I'm off to watch football...Cowboys and Packers. GO COWBOYS!

Please...y'all stop touching my butt.

See ya.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Product Reviews!

Outside my office window yesterday at 4:30pm.
That's the moon. It came out a bit brighter than it actually was, but it was purdy!

Fletch had a birthday on the 8th. He's 9 already!
Oh my lord, what will I do without my Fletch some day?


I've been working on this white baby blanket for days and days.

I showed this pic on Instagram the other day. Fletch was so curious about these ribbons. I think he thought they were some kind of toy for him. I bought all three because I couldn't decide which one I wanted to use for the trim on this blanket. I still don't know which one I want to use. I have another two days or so left to crochet the blanket and edging and it will be done. I love this pattern. I'll tell you all about it when I show you the finish.

NOW...

It's been SO LONG since I did a product review! I've had my face stuck into my phone watching YouTube videos for days. I'm obsessed with Vlogs and the make-up tutorials and make-up reviews. I really am. I've ordered a TON of make-up and beauty products in the last few days online. I can hardly wait for them to arrive. It's gonna be like my birthday or Christmas or something.  But it reminded me that I haven't done a product review in forever, so here we go...


First is this cleaning product. It really doesn't matter if it's the brand-name or a generic brand...at least I haven't noticed a difference. Unless someone is coming over to the house, I keep these on the counter in the bathroom. I'm constantly doing quick wipe-downs on the sink and counter with these, and I even drop one on the floor and clean the floor with it - just step on it and rub my foot along the baseboards and floor, and do a wipe-down on the toilet too. It's quick and keeps your bathroom clean between deeper cleanings. I don't have a housekeeper anymore since we moved from Texas and I'm just learning these little tips on keeping a clean house. With five dogs, you can imagine that's not an easy task! I couldn't do it without these. I keep them in the kitchen too for counter wipes and spills on the floor.

NEXT!

This Sally Hansen cuticle massage cream with apricot oil is great! I love the smell of it. It smells like apricots and oranges and grapefruit. YUM. I keep it by my bed and rub it on my cuticles at night when I'm watching TV. I get dry cuticles and will bite them and pull at them if I don't keep this cream on them. About $5-ish at Walmart. I noticed a huge price difference online, from $5 to $8!

NEXT!

This is my second can of this Herbal Essences Hairspray. It smells yummy like citrus too, and it holds really well. It's a BIG can and it's not too expensive. I think this was $5 and change at Walmart.

NEXT!


I've told you about this one before. I could not live without it. Could. Not. Live. I even use it on my clean hair too because it makes your hair hold and look better. I have very limp, fine hair. This is the unscented, but the scented smells really good. I just got the unscented by accident this time. Also $5-something at Walmart.

NEXT!


I use this gel on my wet hair before blow-drying, especially if I'm going to curl my hair. It makes your style hold better. I always use it on my bangs and top of my head whether I'm curling it or not. It gives it volume.

Lastly...

Bonnie Bell Skin Musk

I've told y'all about this at least twice over the years, but it's one of my all-time favorite things. It costs $12.99 at Walmart and I buy 2-3 boxes at a time. I've also ordered it online a couple of times. I wear this every day of my life whether I'm wearing another scent or not. I put this on right out of the shower. It smells so freakin' good, and it's light. I started wearing this years ago after reading and interview with Sara Jessica Parker in In-Style Magazine. She said the same things I said above...she wears it every day and buys several boxes at a time, blah, blah, blah. Target used to carry it too, but I haven't seen it there in a while.

That's it on the product reviews. Do y'all like it when I do these?

I came across this picture of Ollie...

Sorry about the blur.
Do y'all remember when he was a puppy and broke his leg?
It was so AWFUL! Poor baby.

Okay, that's it.
Thanks for reading!
See ya.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Other People's Things and My Latest

From Flickr...
Credit: Flickr names below each pic.

Uliana

Lois Cook

Denise Karan
Why do people insist on including their nekkid feet in pictures?
Gross. Just leave the feet out. It adds nothing except a little vomit in my mouth.
The rug is pretty though.

Gigi-pianist

AnnieDesign

Love this!
Melanie May

Elín Guðrúnardóttir


Have I ever told you how much I hate crochet food?
Well, I hate it. A lot. Hate. It.
It makes me mad that I even posted this, but I wanted to say how much I hate crochet food.
So there. I hate crochet food with a passion. I don't know why.
Just so I'm not being completely negative, it is well-made.

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It's very, VERY cold. We're in a deep freeze with highs only in the teens for the next 7 days, and maybe beyond that, but I haven't looked that far ahead. The sun is shining though.

I finished my gray angel's dress. On to the sleeves, halo, and wings...

Here she is before I finished the dress.
You have to crochet each of the tips of her dress separately.
What a pain in the ass you are, gray angel.
But I know you will be worth it.

Oh, and I made another skull...

Sorry it's blurry.
I used a different pattern that was also free on Ravelry HERE.
I liked it better than the first as it was less wonky.
I think I got the skulls out of my system for now.

I don't remember which of my dogs made these prints.

Happy 2017.
See ya.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Then The Snow Came Down

Lots of it this time! That's more like it.
Where's Ollie?
Hahaha!





Ken likes to make mazes for the dogs in the yard.
They love it.



Eli looks dirty against the white snow.



This was Christmas Day...

I told Fletch to look for Santa.

The old and wise one didn't move.
You can't fool her.

This was the totality of my Christmas decorating.
I just didn't feel like doin' it up big this year.
It was a happy and easy day.
Hope you had a good one too.

I finally made a Sugar Skull last night.
It was fun!
Free pattern on Ravelry HERE.
It needs a few tweaks. It's not perfect, but it's free!

I'm staying in to crochet the rest of the day in my 70's legwarmers.
I'm slowly working on my gray angel. Her dress is nearly done.
I'm going to finish her. I'm just taking my time and doing other things too.

Enjoy the last few days of 2016.
I am.