Friday, May 31, 2013

Crochet and Pie



What a sweet, sweet pattern. I love the thread edgings. You can make some too. The lovely Ana wrote the pattern up for us for FREE!  You can find it here: Bloom Coasters


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One more crochet picture...


And the crowd roars, "Oooo...good one!"
(Applause-applause)
My Noro purse STILL in progress.
Hee-hee-hee. I'm goofy this morning.

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Now what else have I been up to?
Oh, yes...THE PIE!
Before the top crust went on.
Those are little dabs of butter on top.


Excuse my ugly fluting. It still tasted good!
This was before the oven.


Here's the recipe I used, sort of. I used half brown and half white sugar this time. And I never use the allspice, just cinnamon and some fresh nutmeg. I only had 8 apples so that's what I used. They were Golden Delicious, Gala, and one Braeburn. I don't know what that silly "slice into disks" stuff is. I just sliced them normally.

I've been off of my "diet" for maybe three weeks now? I've gained SEVEN (7) pounds. Isn't it amazing how fast it piles on when it is so stubborn to get off?  Insert lots of *HATE* here.

Ah, the diet. I quit it because I was about to fall over dead according to my blood work. My cholesterol was  306, yikes, and that's just the beginning. I'm surprised I made it home from the doctor's office alive. It was BAD, folks. So...

I stopped the low-carbing and eating meat and fat and starting eating PIE! Hahaha! I know it's not funny, but good Lord Almighty, what does a girl have to do these days?? Don't anybody dare answer that. I just thought you'd like to know why I quit after hanging in there for so long.

Oh yeah...

Here's the pie after I cooked it. Not a great picture, but I was tired by then.

So I went to bed with my crochet and some good reads...

And of course, the dogs.
They are never far away...

Buh-Bye

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bags and More Bags


I came across this bag this morning while reading blogs.
It's so pretty!
Credit for the picture and bag goes to Glad I Knit.

I have never made the African Flower hexagon pattern, but I'd like to. Maybe when I'm finished with the Noro bag, I'll add this to my list. Just wanted to share the picture and link with y'all for a little inspiration and oooing and ahhing.

Also, I may use THESE HANDLE INSTRUCTIONS for my Noro bag. I think I can figure it out even though it's not in English and doesn't translate through Google very well. There's enough pictures that I think I can figure it out.


Here's a graph I found and enhanced a bit for you. Credit for this graph goes to Crochetbug. I found it through Google. So if you love the African Flower pattern but want a square instead of hexagon, this graph shows you how to do it.
More Pretty Crochet Bags...


Credit: HERE


Credit: HERE
(No Pattern, but aren't they pretty? I love the dingle balls. Hee-hee...I said balls. Maybe I can add one of those to my Noro bag in a pretty matching color. Yes, I think I will!)


Credit and Free Pattern: Diaper Mum


Pattern Available Here:  Creative Yarn Source
It's FREE for only one more day! Go get it here:  Delicious Bag

A very nice lady, Mona, owns this site. Very good customer service. I've never crocheted with this nylon, but it would make for a sturdier bag. I love everything about this one...colors, ruffle, texture...

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Time to stop wasting time on the Internet. I can sit here and hours go by before I know what's happened. I want to get some crocheting of my own in today.  Hope you enjoyed the eye candy and links.

I appreciate you all coming here and reading and commenting. I read every one of them and usually try to visit the newbies. Comments make me happy, as they do most bloggers. They can turn my day around. I think of all of you as my friends, and I'm interested to read what you have to say even if it's just a word or two. Sending lots of love out to YOU!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Daddy


This is my daddy and his great-grandson, Jimmy. He's my sister's third grand-baby but first boy. He's so adorable! I just wanted to share this picture which was taken on Mother's Day. My daddy is 80 years old and he looks so happy here. 

I love you, Daddy!




Monday, May 27, 2013

Pluggin' Along


Here are some finished squares for my Noro bag. I'm nearly half-way there. It's taking me what seems like a long time to crochet these little things. I can make one in about a half-hour. Don't ask me why I'm so slow. I need 24 for the size bag I want so I'll just mosey along making a few a day until I'm there.


Here's a crappy picture of some of the bling I've collected to go on the purse when it's done. Not sure what else I'll dig up in the meantime, but I want it to be dangly-jangly-hippie-voo-doo-groovy-boho-cool-tastic-neat-o. I looked at some fabric today for the lining, but I didn't see exactly what I wanted so I'll keep looking.

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Hope y'all had a nice holiday weekend.

Friday, May 24, 2013

I'm Stumped AND Having Fun


I'm at an impasse with this sweater pattern. I don't get it. I've ripped it back at least four times today trying to work it out. I had to walk away from it for a while. I'm hoping the crochet fairies will come by in my sleep tonight and shed some light. They do that sometimes. Somehow I created an extra row at the bottom that is not even in the pattern. How did that happen, and how did I not notice it when I did it? Beats me, but it makes me laugh because it's so weird. I've ripped all the top part out again. The bottom part is staying. So there.

In the meantime...



I dug out two skeins of Noro that have been in my stash for years. It kept tangling and knotting up on me when I started crocheting with it today, so I decided I needed to roll them into nice, neat, little yarn cakes. It's been a while since I've had my winder out. It's made things a lot easier now that I have it neatly wound.


I was inspired by THIS and decided to dig the Noro out of my stash and play along. I'm looking forward to doing the dangly embellishments part. I even ordered some goodies from Nicollie's Etsy shop to go on it. I'm much more excited about it than I should be, but it's FUN!

AND...it's a long holiday weekend! YAY!
Make yours fun too!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Making a Baby Sweater



Taking a wee break from the pink blanket...

I saw this little sweater on Emma's Blog and knew I had to make it. She was nice enough to provide the pattern name and info and I found it and purchased it the very next day. Since she had said the pattern came out smaller when she made it, I decided to use some worsted weight yarn and an F hook on mine. You can see I chose RED yarn. Right now it looks like it would fit a 1 year old, and that's the size on the instructions I'm following. I just finished one side of the chest and am about to start the other side.

Wish I had a baby girl to model it for me, but the table with have to do. I'm having a ball making it and can't wait to see it finished. It's a fun pattern with all the different stitches.  So far it's well-written too, although it is in British Crochet terms.

You can purchase the pattern HERE.

Thank you, Emma!
I love finding new bloggy friends that love to crochet too!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Miracles in Oklahoma

Skip ahead to about 1:30 if you don't want to watch the whole thing...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crochet Work Basket



Dusty Pink & Linen

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I've had this recipe on my "To Do" list for a long time. It's Trisha Yearwood's Coconut Cake with Coconut-Lemon Glaze. I made it yesterday evening.


The glaze ruined it for me. There was way too much of it, and it was much too sweet and lemony for me...it had a bitter lemony bite to it. (Yes, I know how to grate a lemon without getting the bitter white part in it. That wasn't the problem.) I love lemon AND coconut, so I don't know why this just didn't knock my socks off. 

On the other hand, the cake is GREAT. I've had the recipe for the cake for a long time, but it's called a Vanilla Wafer Bundt Cake in my recipes. It would be really great without the glaze. I will make the cake again, but I won't use this glaze recipe. Maybe just a light dusting of powdered sugar would be best.

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This is a really good little magazine with a lot of patterns and a great price at $3.99.

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Fletch has a rash on his belly. He has it every spring & summer when the grass comes out. It's ichy and drives him nuts. He and Sammi both have allergies to grass so they get 1/2 a Benadryl nearly every day to help with the itchiness.

Fletch loves to be held like this so he can look at everything upside-down. The first thing he does when he is picked up is lean his head back so you'll hold him that way. He loves you to walk around the house with him looking at everything upside-down. It makes him very calm. He is a very strange dog. We think he might be slightly autistic, and I'm not kidding.

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I'm late for my Three O'Clock Coffee. I've gotta scram. See ya.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Those Colors Were Ugly!

Ollie-Wallie Baby

Now what was I going to say? Oh, yeah...

So I was sitting here this morning crocheting another square for the pile and watching Will & Grace re-runs, and it happened. An idea blossomed from my mind out of nowhere. Unfortunately it means starting all over with the squares, but I don't care. The more I looked at them, the uglier they became. I hate all those colors together! Yuck! Why didn't you tell me?

Something incredibly beautiful has taken their place. I don't even have to see it all put together with the edging and the border to know that this is going to be exactly what I want. I can see every detail in my mind. Isn't it weird how that happens? It doesn't happen very often with me. I'm usually the one that just copies other people's fabulous ideas, but this one was born in MY brain. Yay!

Scratch that last post from your minds. I'm starting over and it doesn't even hurt. The Captain is working today through Sunday and I've got nothing to do but feverishly work on bringing this little seed from my mind to life.

I've gotta go. I have piles and piles of squares to make!

Keep your nose away from here!
Stop sniffing around!
No Peeking!


Love ya'll.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What's She Doing Now?




Oh hush. I can start as many projects as I want!
It was an accident, really.

Remember that magazine I showed you the other day that I said I'd never make anything out of it? Weeeeell, I took another quick flip through it and noticed this graph in the back pages. It grabbed me, and I picked up my yarn and hook and made one...and then I made another one, and another one...then I went to my stash and started digging out more muted yarns...and I kept making them.

Now I'm not a square person. I'm not one to sit and crochet square after square because I usually don't enjoy it. But. I was hopping around all my usual blog haunts, and saw THIS UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL BLANKET! Oh, my. Isn't it gorgeous? 

So I'm pretty sure that was in the back of my mind when I started these. Mine won't be as pretty in this worsted weight yarn -- I think dk yarn makes everything prettier because it's smaller yarn and takes a smaller hook. Anyway, this one won't be shabby, and I'm having a good time with the squares. I haven't even thought about what color I'm going to use for joining, but I'm pretty sure I'll be using the join-as-you-go method. I hate any kind of sewing, even just whip-stitching squares together. The last round of each square and joining color can make all the difference in how your blanket looks. I can't wait to see what develops.

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During THE STORMS last night, I was nervously crocheting away and watching the weathermen having the time of their lives trying to cover all the deadly tornadoes and hail and storms in the DFW area. We were the lucky ones that didn't get much other than thunder and lightening and gobs of rain. Thank you, Lord. But many others weren't so lucky and need our prayers.

Tornadoes scare the shit out of me!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Goodies & A Very Neat Quilt In the Making

I made a couple of cakes to take over to my sister's for our Mother's Day get-together...
I made a Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese "Drizzle."
That's quite a drizzle, huh?
I added a cup of coconut to the batter.
Recipe I Used Here:  Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Then I made my Granny's Fresh Banana Cake

This cake is nothing like banana bread. It's a yellow cake made from scratch, no bananas in it, and the "frosting" is just fresh-sliced bananas with the icing drizzled over the layers. You cook the icing to just below softball stage and it's a little tricky...okay, it's a whole lot tricky because my Granny didn't give explicit instructions for it. You know how grannies are.."Just put in a little bit of this, just eyeball it, cooking a few minutes until it looks like it's done," etc. Anyway, the icing is sugary and wonderful. Mine started to hardened up quickly as I was doing the top layer. I should have stopped and added a little milk, but I didn't. This cake is SO FREAKIN' GOOD. The recipe is a closely-guarded family secret, but I'll share it with my sweet bloggy friends if anybody thinks they'll make it. I may have already shared it a few years ago, but I can't remember.

This was me sitting on a stool cooking the icing.

The whole reason I'm showing this picture is because I think my hair looks good. LOL. How vain of me. I ended up burning the first batch of icing and had to start all over with a heavier pan.

My sister also made a Banana Split Cake (top center).
I ate some of everything. Diet be damned.
More on the diet thing another time.

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Now about that quilt....

I am not making it. I don't sew, remember? My momma is making it for my sister, and I think it's pretty darn cool. All of the material used to make the quilt is my sister's old scrubs (she's an RN), pants and tops. Here are some pictures of it in the making...



Of course, it will be much bigger than this. This is just all that would fit on the table for a picture right now. All of the hearts will be made with printed material, with the backgrounds solid except one, which will be the opposite...a solid heart with a printed background. My mom is going to sew embroidery my sister's name and graduation date on that solid heart. (It's the maroon heart shown above). Isn't that a neat idea? Maybe it isn't anything new to you quilters out there, but I'd never seen anything like it. So cool, and I'm totally jealous that my sister is getting a quilt that my momma is making. I'll have to beg for one of my own when she's done with this one. Maybe she can make one with all my dogs' hair incorporated into it. Ha-ha.  I'm keeding!

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That's it from me today.
Thanks for visiting!
Talk at ya'll later.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day

I got roses...

From my sweet husband!
I love the card.
That's all it said, and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
I needed his love yesterday and he knew it.