Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Granny Bunting Finished

 

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This is not their final resting place and they’re hanging too low.  I was running out of time before the sun set so I wanted to hurry and get a few pictures so I could post them today.  They will go somewhere on the back porch.  I’m just not sure where yet.  This was such a FUN project!

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I can't wait to make the tassels, string them together, and hang them up!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Granny Triangles for Bunting


I'm using THIS PATTERN.  I made these three last night.  It would go much faster if it weren't for all those ends from the color changes.  Maybe I can stay focused long enough to get seven more done!  On to the reds, and yellows, and purples!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giveaway Winner...

Tracie wins!  Send me your address and I'll get it out of here!  I left my email address on your blog comments.

Congratulations on the Fugly Tissue Cover.  Hee-hee.  It's really not THAT ugly.  You just have to like the colors.  ;)

Thanks for playing!

Sunday Giveaway

I made a new crochet bird this morning to go inside the little birdcage I bought at the antique mall yesterday.  This is 4th birdcage I have above my cabinets in the kitchen, and it's the smallest.  I think I just need one more before people start calling me crazy birdcage lady.  To give you an idea how small the cage is, the body of that bird is just three rounds of dc in a circle folded in half.  I made his little legs and eyes with wooden beads this time instead of crocheting them.  I had better pictures of him outside the cage, but I accidentally deleted them from my camera before I had uploaded them.  Duh.  I was sick of messing with it at that point and just took some new ones of him all settled in his new home.  I have a couple of crocheted flowers to add to his cage, but I'll do that later.

I made another tissue box cover yesterday, but it's fugly…

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Do you want it?  Especially for my Sunday readers…leave me a comment on this post before midnight tonight (Central Time, US), and I’ll draw a winner in the morning.  Maybe these colors will suit somebody.

Wanna see something pretty?

Okay…

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The picture came from HERE.  She made them.  Aren’t they pretty?  I want some!  Her etsy shop is HERE.  Too bad she’s in Australia or I’d order some.  Yes, I’m lazy and would rather not have to make them myself!  But I guess I will.  Sigh.  Another thing on the to-do list.

 

Have a Fab Sunday evening.

Friday, November 26, 2010

16 Spoke Doily

Dorothy in Australia:  You can find the pattern for the doily underneath the tissue box in my last entry HERE!  Thanks for commenting and asking.

Blogland is Dead

I am single-handedly carrying you blog readers through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  I guess that's because I'm the only one without a life.  Heh.  Blogland is eerily quiet.  I need to be entertained by you all so get busy blogging.  Throw up some pictures or something for goodness sake.  It's not hard, people!

Inspired by the beautiful Alice (and Raymond, of course)...



The pattern is Michelle's.  Thank you, Michelle, for a great pattern and tutorial.  It worked out perfectly.  I didn't have to change a thing.

I used my stashed Hobby Lobby Snowflake yarn.  I love that stuff.  I have a lot of it and should use it more often.  And since I used the Snowflake which is thinner than regular worsted, I used a size F hook.

It was so very cold here yesterday.  As you can see, I enjoyed a nice fire while I crocheted.  Cold outside, toasty fire inside, crochet, my dogs, my pajamas, woolie socks...PERFECT!  (I did miss The Captain, who had to work yesterday.  Somebody had to be out there protecting Metropolis and saving lives while we were all oblivious.  I won't tell you about the tragic Thanksgiving that some people had yesterday that he had to deal with.)  But I did save him a big plate of Thanksgiving dinner and another one with dessert.  He had his dinner at 4:30 a.m. this morning when he got home.  We all got up (me & the dogs) and smothered him with kisses...no trajedies here.  Just lots of love.

Want to see a couple of pictures?  I'm even in a couple of them.  GASP!  Okay then, before I lose my nerve, here they are:

 My baby boys...Shaun, the baby (black shirt) and Aaron, my first-born (tan shirt).

Me and my Momma.

I hope they don't get mad at me for posting their pictures on the www without asking.  Okay, I lost my nerve.  That's all you get!

Oh, wait!  Wanna see my fancy hairdo?



It was supposed to be a French Twist, but it turned into a, uh, um, French Wad?
I'm outta here...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Table Runner

As promised…

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Pattern:  Inside Crochet Magazine, Issue 9 September 2010
Pattern Name:  Fiesta Mat by Linda Permann
Yarn:  Vanna’s Choice, I Love This Yarn (& Wool)
Hook:  H

I really enjoyed this pattern.  It went quickly.  I didn’t make as many rows as stated in the pattern, but I was using thicker yarn than called for so it still came out the right size.  I’d definitely use this pattern again.  Maybe a spring table runner in April in Easter egg colors?  Hmm…

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving America

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Crochet List with Linkies

So I don’t know if I’ll stick with this template or not.  I’m not sure yet.

Go check out this beautiful blog: Coco Rose Textiles  It’s just so pretty I could look at it all day! Some people just have “it.”

I’m sure you’ve all seen the following things if you are a crocheter, but this is my to-do list with links, not necessarily in this order:

Crochet Things I Want to Make

My table runner is almost finished.  I just have to edge and block it before I take pictures.  Pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crooked Stump

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One Lonely Tree

I didn’t do anything yesterday during the day.  As a matter of fact, I have idea what I did.  I should have been working, but I spaced out and didn’t.  Maybe I just sat and stared at the wall.  I have no idea.  I’m a zombie from lack of sleep.

I did manage to make it to Hobby Lobby yesterday evening for that skein of wool to finish my table runner.  And then when I got home, I crochet this little tree which is one of nine in a Christmas Tree Garland.  The info on it is HERE and the pattern is in the current issue of Crochet Today.   I’m using Paton’s Kroy sock yarn in Colors of Clover.  I blocked it and let it dry overnight, but the stump is still crooked.  I need to block that part again and straighten it out.  Poor little crooked-stumped tree…you are very pretty though.

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Did I tell you that I can’t get that book, The Little House, on my Nook?  I’m so disappointed.  I suppose if that’s all I have to be disappointed about, my life is pretty darn good, huh?  Yep, I’m one lucky girl.  I guess I’ll just have to read another one.  Maybe I’ll break out The Help and read it.  I think maybe I’m burnt out on reading for a week or two though.

I’m really sick of my blog template now.  I think it may be time for a new one.  I’ll ponder that and have a look-see at what’s out there.

Right now I’m going to go stare at the wall some more.  Bye.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Little of This, Little of That

I started a few new things this weekend since I was not in the mood to work on anything I’ve already started.  (Shocking, I know.)  So here we go…

 

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The square I started… It’s not 12 inches like I stated in my previous post.  It’s just 8 inches when complete, although I crochet loose so it’ll probably be 9 or 10.  This is just the middle part.  The color reflected in this picture is not right.  The below picture shows the true color.

 

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This is from Leisure Arts 2986

Contest Favorites, Afghan Squares

I ordered the book just for this one pattern, but there are 30 square patterns in the book.

 

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This is the table runner I started and am about to the half-way mark…you work from the center out and then come back and do the other side.  I need to run to H.L. today for another skein of wool before I can finish it.  I’m using four different colors, one of which is variegated.

 

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I love the fall colors of it.  Everything in my house is one of these colors it seems.  I’m a lover of all things brown.  (Except men.  Hee-hee.)  Behave, Pamela.  Okay.

 

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And finally…

I started the Cable Cushion Cover.

 

It just seemed like a big mess at first.  It really seemed like I was doing it all wrong, but I followed the instructions carefully and just kept with it.  Finally it began to take the correct shape, but I was worried there for awhile.  It tends to curl up on the starting edge and just feels like a big lumpy wad of yarn at first.  To be honest, that’s what it still feels like, but you can see how it’s taking shape.  I’m confident it will turn out perfectly.  Ah-hem.

 

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Here’s a picture of it so you can see the curling first row or two.  And this is after much pulling and patting and bending and shaping.  I’m using Vanna’s Choice, but I’m not sure what the color is called.  It looks like linen…a very muted tweed, sort of.  I’ll have to look at the label and get back to you.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS

JIMMIE JOHNSON!

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2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion                   Dang, he’s cute.

 

Jimmie Johnson's five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships from 2006-2010 are a feat accomplished by no other driver.  Nobody here cares except me, but I had to mention it!

BYE!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mmm…FOOD

I’m very excited today because this is the last NASCAR race of the season and the championship will be determined.  The points are so close the cup winner is still up for grabs and will be determined with this race today.  Yee-haw.  I love it!

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This is a favorite recipe in my family around this time of year.  I promise you will love it.

AUTUMN APPLE SALAD

20-oz can crushed pineapple with juice

3-oz pkg lemon jello

8 oz cream cheese

½ cup chopped nuts

1 cup chopped, peeled apple (1 large or two small)

½ cup chopped celery (about 2 stalks)

8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed

Place pineapple with juice into a saucepan and boil for three minutes. Remove from heat, add jello, and stir until jello is dissolved. Add cream cheese and stir until melted and well combined. Place in a glass bowl in the refrigerator and allow to chill until almost set. When it is almost set, add the celery, apples, and nuts; mix well. Fold in the Cool Whip. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving (at least 4 hours). I usually make this the night before we eat it.

Tip: Don’t chop the apples until the jello mixture is almost set. That way you don’t have to worry about the apples turning brown.

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Not such a great picture!  Kind of looks putrid.  It’s really pretty in real life!

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I made these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins last night.  This picture is before they were baked.  I got the recipe HERE if you want to try them.  I only used 1 1/2 cups of sugar because I thought 2 cups of sugar would be too sweet.  I also used half whole wheat flour and half regular white flour.

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Here they are all done.  As you can see, I used nuts on 6 of them and the rest were plain.

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Next time I’ll add more sugar to the filling and add 1/4 cup more oil.  Mine are a little bit dry.

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Look what I had for supper last night:

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CRAP FOOD!

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But really good crap food.

I love corn dogs!

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Crochet:

I started a table runner last night.  I would be able to finish it today, except Hobby Lobby isn’t open today and I need one more skein of I Love This Wool to finish it, darn it!  I love the way it is made.  It’s one of those patterns where you make loops as you are making your starting chain.  When I post the finished runner next week, I’ll let you know where you can get the pattern, which unfortunately isn’t a free one.

Today I’m going to make a new 12-inch square from a pattern out of a 1997 Leisure Arts pattern book I ordered from Amazon.  Then I’ll probably work on the Buttercream Blanky some more.

Love to all of you!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Nite Shenanigans

The Captain came thru with a couple of pics from work last night…

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Believe it or not, the driver was not drunk.  He was ASIAN.  I hate to stereotype and make a broad, sweeping statement that all Asians are bad drivers, BUT THEY ARE!  I’m sorry if you are Asian and this offends you, but come on.  Asians = notoriously bad drivers.

Now that I have been totally inappropriate and pissed everyone off...

It just so happens, though, that this guy wasn’t doing a thing wrong.  He was just really sleepy after working long hours and was on his way home.  He was only going about 35 mph, drifted over a little too much, and struck a parked car just right so that it flipped his car.  He was fine…not even a scratch on him.

I had just watched an episode of Mythbusters the night before where they proved that being tired while driving is just as dangerous, if not more so, than being drunk while driving.
Aren’t you glad you were snug in your bed last night instead of upside down in your car?

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So I was surfing through iCrochet this morning and clicked on a blanket I thought was pretty and followed the link.  Low and behold, the blanket was made with the Good & Plenty pattern!  I love when that happens.  Go check out Tracie’s Blog and her pretty blanket.
I also clicked on the beautiful Aran pillow done in a cable pattern.  The link took me to Victoria’s Blog where she has posted the pattern for it now.  I think I may give this one a go.  I usually don’t like doing front post or back post stitches, but I might sacrifice myself for something that looks this nice:
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I had a I really good recipe to post for you today, but I think I’m going to wait for tomorrow since I already have so much in this post today.  Sometimes I have to save things and ration them out because I have so much to say!  Today is one of those days.  Just think about this and what it might be:

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Y’all have a fantastic Saturday.  See ya tomorrow!

Friday, November 19, 2010

iCrochet

There's a new board up on iCrochet!  Go post your stuff.  I wanna see!  I love looking at that thing and surfing the blogs.

I've crocheted a few random squares, but I haven't worked on anything else.  My hand/arm needs a rest I think or at least a slow-down.

I finished my book, The Eagle and the Rose.  It was good but not great.  Eh.  That's my review.  Just eh.  I'm going to start The Little House tonight.  It's supposed to be really good and I can't wait!  This one is fiction for a change.

I've got nuttin' else for ya.  Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ma’am, I’m Afraid You’ll Have to Leave…

Thanks for your comments and suggestions on the pillow.  I think Annie Liz was the first one to suggest that I add flowers to those four "boob" squares so they look less like tah-tahs.  A couple of other people made the same suggestion.  That's a great idea!  I just panicked and didn't think about a solution.  I will definitely be adding some flowers to it this weekend.

For now it's back to the Buttercream Blanky.

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I love this cottage cheese.  I can't eat any other kind.  I eat two to three of these per week.  I always have a few spoonfuls for breakfast and to take my morning pills with.  (I sound like my Granny!)  Love it.

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My beloved coffee.  I use up more than one of these a week between The Captain and me.  It’s the best.  There’s nothing else like it.  I’ve tried them ALL.  I will buy generic of nearly anything except my coffee.  No scrimping there.  It’s one of my joys.  I’ll probably wish I had all that money back some day when I’m on a retirement budget!  Ah, well.

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Is there anything better than a really-really-really brown grilled cheese samich?  I think not.  Give me a grilled cheese and some bread & butter pickles and I’m a happy girl.    Sometimes I make them open-faced and burn the cheese under the broiler.  TO DIE FOR!

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Another of The Captain’s back porch signs.  He put this one up just for me.  I’m removed quite often.  WHAT?! 

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Bye-bye.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pillow Ta-Dah!

But OH NO…

 

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Back

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It’s such a shame because…

 

All I can see are BOOBS!!  Gah!

How did that happen?

Why Lord?

Why didn’t I see it sooner?

Twenty-Four Hours of Crocheting…

And it’s totally ruined for me.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hello Angels!

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I sat outside for awhile drinking my coffee this morning and enjoying the wonderful weather.  I had my camera and took a few mindless shots around the yard.  This was the last picture I took.  I immediately looked at the preview of this picture on my camera and I saw those weird white streaks just above the trees.  I looked back up at the sky and it was completely blue…not a cloud in the sky.

I read two books recently about angels and how they are around us all the time, 24/7.  I read that if you want to see your angels, just ask them to appear to you and they will.  When I say my prayers at night for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been including a little request at the end for my angels to appear to me.

Do you believe in angels?  Have you ever seen an angel?  Do you think that’s what is appearing in this picture?

P.S. If you are a camera wizard and think you know that this is just some anomaly that happened with the camera lens, etc., please don’t burst my bubble!  Keep it to yourself!  I choose to believe those are a couple of my angels saying hello.  It makes me smile.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pick Pockets & Loose Women

I have nothing to post about today so I thought I'd throw up some pictures and call it an entry.


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Guess which porch decoration is mine and which is The Captain’s?  Hee-hee.
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My favorite corner of the backyard.
It looks naked all cleaned up for winter.
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The coral honeysuckle is blooming.

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A couple of cute faces.
Do you think they want something?
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Buddha says have a nice day.
And give me some more food.