Friday, June 28, 2013

Hippie Noro Bag


Thanks to my momma for making and sewing in the lining for me!
And thanks for WinkieFlash for the inspiration!

Y'all probably won't hear from me again until after the 4th of July Weekend. Have a nice holiday and be safe!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Yarn, Bunting, Hair

My LYS was having a Gumball Sale yesterday and we just happened to be in Plano, so I stopped in to see what was what. You get a gumball from a giant gumball machine and each color represents a percentage that you will get off of your entire purchase that day. I drew a 35% gumball and was quite pleased with that. (It only goes up to 50%).

I got a big hank of Noro Taiyo Sock (459 yards) and two hanks of Smooshy with Cashmere Sock (450 yards each). I ended up saving a little over $30 bucks so I was happy. I'm not quite sure what I'll make with the Noro, but maybe another Boho purse or two. My purse is done...ta-dah coming tomorrow! The Smooshy I plan to use to make THIS SHAWL. I've been looking for the perfect yarn, and this jumped out at me yesterday. It's super soft and die for.

My LYS, The Woolie Ewe

Old Bunting.

New Bunting

I've been working on a new bunting for my back porch. The old one is worn out and faded. It's been out there for at least two years, maybe three. I can't remember exactly. I picked this yarn and these colors because I have a lot of it in my stash. I just need to finish putting the picot edging on these and crochet them together onto a chain for hanging. It's been fun working on these the past couple of days here and there. 

I got my hair chopped off yesterday evening!
Feels great. Love it.

See ya!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ain't It Cool?

No, it's not a doily!

I absolutely love it, and we hung it in the corner of our bedroom on the wall. That only took about two hours, one crying-fit, one nervous breakdown, an argument or three, and an overnight to sit and stew before we got it up straight, or at least as straight as it's going to get. LOL.

I wish we'd had better light to take pictures (we had an argument about that too!), but I'll have to settle for what I got. I wanted softer lamplight, and The Captain wanted enough light you could do brain surgery. Whatever. I've learned to pick my fights. He can have this one. (But it would still have been prettier with lower light...I have to get the last word. Ha-ha.)

What? Another picture? Well, okay...

The Lily Blanket

Yarn:  Vanna's Choice in Toffee, approx. 4.5 skeins
Hook Size:  J
Measurement:  50 inches in diameter
Satisfaction Level:  LOVE IT!!

My notes:  Excellent pattern at a reasonable price with no errors that I found. I considered it easy. I did not starch it before hanging. It may be easier if you do. I hung mine on the wall using quilting pins after conferring with the pattern's author about how she hung hers. I ended up using a LOT of pins to keep it from sagging. You can see the pins in person if you're up close, but nobody is going to be in our bedroom that close to it.

One More?

Looking through the beads hung in the doorway.
Well, isn't that artsy-fartsy? Or white trash. I'm not sure which.
Yes, I have a china hutch in my bedroom temporarily.
Don't judge.

Now go buy that pattern so you can start making your Lily Blanket to hang on your wall and be cool like me! No, she's not paying me to say that and I didn't get mine for free. And don't go moving your china hutch into your bedroom to be cool like me. That's just dumb.

See ya later, HAGS!
Love you.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Peach Ambrosia Pie

Okay, so maybe I'm having an ambrosia month or something.  I'm stuck on ambrosia this and ambrosia that, but this was worth sharing...

Oh, it's good!
Find the recipe HERE
And he's right. 
It's better after spending overnight in the fridge.


Friday, June 21, 2013

The Captain's Treasure

He made his first "real" find this morning metal detecting...

A sterling silver necklace from James Avery!
I looked it up because I recognized it as a James Avery piece.
I found it on their website HERE.
Very cool, El Capitan!

My sister gave me and my momma a vase of these beautiful hydrangeas she grew. Aren't they gorgeous? I've had them since last Sunday and they are still just as pretty as the first day. Thanks, Sister!

Stay tuned for a crochet reveal on Monday!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas & Ambrosia Pie

I made these with some assistance by the Captain a few minutes ago. They're in the oven now. I got this recipe from my sister a few years ago, and I've made it several times since. My usual chicken enchiladas were with a cream sauce made out of cream of chicken soup and sour cream. It just depends on my mood if I want these with the red sauce or the creamy kind. They're both good.

I've posted the recipe before HERE. I don't know why the recipe there calls for 2 cans of chicken. My recipe only says 1 can of chicken, and that was plenty. I had filling left over using just one can. Also, this time I used whole wheat flour tortillas and skipped the warming the tortilla part. (Cottage cheese container size is 16-oz.) Well, hell. I should have just retyped the whole damn recipe! Ha-ha.

And now for the Ambrosia Pie recipe I made yesterday for Father's Day. It was really good, although mine turned out kind of ugly. I'll give you some tips so yours will turn out nice and pretty...

I didn't get a great picture, so what you see is what you get.

Ambrosia Pies

(Makes 2)

1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
20-ounce can crushed pineapple, do not drain
14.5-ounce can pie cherries, NOT cherry pie filling (look for Pitted Red Tart Pie Cherries in water), do not drain
3-ounce package strawberry gelatin
1 tablespoon dried orange zest or 1-2 tsp fresh (Less is best! See note.)
4 bananas
2 baked 9-inch pastry shells (shortbread is best if you can find it)
8-ounce carton of whipped topping
1 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup finely-chopped pecans

Combine the sugar, flour, salt, pineapple and cherries in a large saucepan, and stir well. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, and add gelatin and orange zest, stirring well. (Be careful not to use too much zest as it will make your pies bitter. I used fresh and almost got too much in mine.) Allow mixture to cool.

Thinly slice the bananas, and arrange an equal amount of slices in each pastry shell. Ladle fruit mixture evenly into each pastry shell. Be careful not to overfill. You will most likely have a little too much filling, but don't try to use it. Chill pies until set before trying to add the Cool Whip & Coconut. (I added this part. Once you mix the coconut with the Cool Whip, it will be impossible to spread it over the liquid unless it is set up. I made a huge mess due to overfilling and trying to top the pies before chilling them. That's what made my pies ugly!)

Gently fold coconut into whipped topping, and spread topping over pies. Sprinkle pies with chopped pecans. Refrigerate at least three hours before serving.e

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013

I love you, Daddy!

I made two Ambrosia Pies yesterday to take over to my Daddy's house today. I'll share the recipe if it's worth sharing. It's not what you'd think from the name.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, fathers or not!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Not Up To Snuff

I haven't been up to much of anything lately, so forgive me if I've not paid my bloggie friends enough attention with posts or comments. I'll pop in now and then if I have anything to show you, crochet or otherwise. I don't expect to be back full force until mid-July.


P.S.  I've just finished watching the first season of Downton Abby and am about to start the second. What fun! I love it.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Oveja Negra

Black Sheep...

Black is so hard to photograph. The yarn pictured above is what I used...I do NOT recommend it. It's rough, it's stiff, and it pills like crazy. No wonder it was cheap. I was covered in little black yarn balls every time I worked on this. Unfortunately, I have five more skeins in gray. Sigh.

I did my own thing on the edging this time.  Free shawl pattern here:  Oveja

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

An Unexpected Day Off

No work in the old inbox yesterday so the Captain and I did some errand-running and general messing around town.

Starbucks is almost always a stop on days like this.
Here's a rare look at The Captain enjoying his coffee and people-watching.

Fletch eye-balling my flowers.
Don't even think about it!

I got some flowers, some ivy, and some caladiums at Lowe's and potted most of them yesterday evening. The caladiums still need to go in the ground today. The ivy was planted underneath some latticework on the porch. No picture of that. The above picture is some Lantana. I also got Marigolds and Mexican Heather. Can't wait to see how they all do. I'll be thrilled when they start to grow and bloom and flow over the pots. We'll see if I can manage it with close attention this year.

I started another Oveja Shawl. Black this time.

Here's a peek at something to come that I also started last night.
I've always wanted to try it.

I also found the perfect material for lining my bag. Actually, the Captain spotted it and pointed it out to me. You won't find him in the material aisles at JoAnn very often, but he was there with me yesterday.

Then he pointed out a wall of purse straps to me...SCORE! I found some leather straps for my bag on clearance for $2.97. No crocheted straps needed now. Yea!

We had a nice lunch at a new place (to us). The food couldn't have been better, and we sat and played a trivia game on some iPad-looking thingies they gave us when we first sat down.

Such a nice day.

See ya!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The Bag, Kya, The Dresses

I'm still working away on the purse.
Last night I started sewing the squares together...
This is your last peek before it's done.

Today I cut out a template for the lining...
I taped some printer paper together, doubled it, and then outlined the purse shape. 

When you open it up, you have a pattern to lay on the material to cut out the lining. I'm just winging this, y'all. I am not a sewer and have no idea what I'm doing as far as the lining goes. I may need to look for a few tutorials online before it's all over. I'll be hand-sewing the whole thing. I'm not going to blow my mind trying to thread a bobbin and all that "technical" sewing machine stuff. Hahaha. 

I'll  finish sewing the squares together today during the race and probably start the straps too. I'll sew the sides up last after I get the lining sewn in. That's the plan anyway. I still need to get out to JoAnn's this week and see if I can find some lining material that I like. I'll hopefully have a Ta-Dah! later this coming week.


I know...too many baby pictures = bleh!
But...please indulge me today.
There are just a few to share with you...

Kya was so sweet and happy the whole time she was here.
(Her name is pronounced Kiya with a long "i" sound, if you're wondering)

The dresses fit her perfectly!

It cracked me up that Janie was in the background of a bunch of the pictures I took just smiling her ass off. Hee-hee!

The blue dress.

Miss Sammi.  

You know I had to get a dog picture in. All of the dogs were good with Kya and just wanted to lick her and follow her around. They'd lick her right in the face and she'd just laugh.

Thank you for a sweet day, Teener!
It was fun.