Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cross Stitched Alphabet ATC's

My group is doing three letters for this swap...B, C, & D. It's challenging finding different fonts of
letters that I really like. Plus I like to add some thing decorative to each card. So far this is what I have done... I'm still working on my third card, but will add it to this post as soon as it's finished.
 The pattern I had originally decided on for the letter D didn't fit on an ATC card like I thought it would. I bought the thread colors and every thing.
I'm getting most of my patterns off Pinterest or other free sites.
Gotta love technology for that alone.








Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

Last weeks border was so fun...this week, week9, not so much. I'm not sure if it turned out the same for a lot of other people, but this weeks bordered for me turned out a bit wavy...almost a ruffle. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be flat! Not sure if I will take the time to go back and change it or not. I hate to be invested in it this far to not finish it to my liking though. To RIP or not to RIP that is the question for this week!






Thursday, April 9, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan Wk 8

Week 8 started the edging of the afghan. I really liked the looks of it so far, and it was pretty fun to crochet the twisted/crossed triple crochet stitch once I got the hang of it. It took me longer to pick it up and get started on this than it did for me to complete these two steps.
Clue/week 9 will add more layers to the edging we just finished. Very close to being done....I can see the light at the end of the tunnel:)






Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

I found these adorable bunnies and chicks while serfing the net. Doesn't look like the bunny WIP I have is going to get done on time...to many projects at once:) Finished the chick for one of my sons friends, her favorite color is purple and I just happened to have a couple different shades on hand so that's what I went with. She loved it!  These are great scrap yarn projects. 



pattern

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Crochet Mystery Afghan

Finished up clues 6 & 7 just in time for the new clues today. It was a total pain in the behind,
but I had fun learning a new technique. I'm also thinking at this point my afghan is far from perfect.
Not sure if I mentioned this before, but my loops were crocheted a little too loose. In fact, I went back and loosened them up a bit thinking they might go down the middle of the "x" instead of pointing up towards the corners. Lol, don't they always say to go with your first thought...and once again this theory is proven correct.
I'm ok with it, and like my afghan in spite of any artistic differences it might have:) I also like the pattern, and have seen some crazy colors come together to have a stunning affect.









Above is actually a picture of the back...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alphabet ATC

I recently joined a group that will be cross stitching and swapping ATC's (artist trading cards).
As you can tell from the title, the theme is the alphabet. I have a good collection of ATC cards already, but few cross stitched ones. This will also be my first complete alphabet if I stick with it.
There are so many different styles of letters to make...this should be fun:)
I finished my first letter and will be dropping it in the mail later today. Yea!



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Easter Bunny Pin

I've been making these for years now...they make cute small gifts for teachers & friends.
The pattern is for a mouse, but I also use it for the bunny. Allow an extra length of jute/twine (double it) for the larger bunny ears when you cut your pieces. I knotted twice the length I wanted for the bunny body, cut the ends leaving about half inch tails to be hot glued in the middle of the body when I folded it in half to make it a lapel pin. It just gives it a little more stability (helps keep the ears flat) and adds some shape. For the bunny, I glued the whiskers on the back at the top, and the pin on the lower body. A small piece of tan felt will hide the glue. You can also add a small bow by one of the ears. Easy peasy:)





Easter Bunny & Christmas Mouse 



I already had the body done when I decided to finish a mouse for 
the photo. The ears could be a little smaller for the mouse pins.







Week 5 Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

I'm finally caught up from last week and ready for the next clue. I'm not sure I'm liking the thing in the middle, but I'm thinking there will be more to it. I'm not sure what the squares are supposed to measure by their standards at this point, but I'm thinking mine might be a tad bigger,  which I think is great for me:) Keep Calm and Crochet On.






Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Week 4 Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

These are the first few squares I've finished for week four. Fell a little behind this week not feeling 
well a couple of days. Just need to add a single row of crochet to a few more to get caught up.
Week fives instructions were given today...so it's starting to come together. Still curious what the finished afghan pattern will look like. As you can see, the loops on the corners are still loose. Can't wait to see what will be done with those. Next week, we will start connecting all of these fancy squares, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. What do you all think of it so far? ( of the pattern, not my handy work hahaha).







Sorry for the poor lighting, I was hoping to have some natural light to 
help me out with the photos, but it turned out to be. Cloudy, gray day.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan WIP

I finally finished the third clue! Super easy pattern so far, and wouldn't you just know it, I still
messed it up. Lol nothing that wasn't fixable! I missed a stitch on each corner and didn't notice until I  had finished 10 squares out of 20. Any one that reads my blog can probably guess what the problem was ....yes Netflix again! That is proving to be a curse for me. Hahaha you would think I would have learned my lesson by now:)
I was all wrapped up in the drama that is Gossip Girl....oops! 



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mystery Afghan Week 3

Everyone was eagerly awaiting the third clue and it didn't disappoint. I wanted summer colors, winter has been brutal this year, and this is definitely summery:) 
I plan on taking my time and finishing these during the week. The sooner I get them done,
the longer the wait for the next clue:) 

Step one:


Step Two:








Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mystery Afghan Week 2

It's the weekend already! I seem to have gotten side tracked this week. That's ok though,
I'm still keeping up with the weekly pattern. I have five more squares to finish up before the 
third clue comes out this Tuesday. The pattern works up fairly quick as we are only embellishing 
the granny squares we finished for week one. Here's what they look like so far..


The colors appear on the bright side in the photos, 
but they actually compare to dark and medium 
raspberry in color.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

Finished my first clue/pattern for the mystery afghan. Twenty granny squares in the main color. 
Now just waiting for the second release ....Tuesday:)



Got close to the first four colors ...mine are Boysenburry, Hot Pink, Mango, and Daffodil.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan 2015

I've always wanted to do a mystery afghan, but always seem to find them way after they have already started. This time I'm cutting it close, but I'm still on time to be in on it from the beginning.
This one can be crochet or knit. I would rather knit it as I've never created a knit afghan, but I'm a very slow knitter and have some difficulties following some of the directions. In order to keep up with the weekly clues/pattern, I've chosen to try the crochet version.
There will be thousands of crocheters and knitters participating globally in this one and posting pictures of their progress. I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful color combinations and how I'm gonna measure up. I'm terrible at choosing colors, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. I'll be posting my progress as I finish the weekly clues/pattern. I'm hoping I don't run into trouble! This afghan is said to challenge and teach new techniques, but sounds fun.

All crocheters and knitters welcome ...check it out in the link below.



 Finding this mystery afghan project with just two days before it starts the clues, didn't leave me very much time to select my color palette. I went and bought my yarn today. Just my luck,
 I found it on a Sunday, and Hobby Lobby is closed. My Walmart didn't have much of a yarn selection left. There was very little Caron Soft and I didn't see any Bernat yarn.
So, with no time left to order, I had to substitute the brand. It shouldn't really change the over all look. 
It's the same medium weight, acrylic, and same yardage, but calls for a different hook.
It should work out just fine though:)





Ok, I was told the light was not good in the first couple 
photos so I am adding a third one. If it's not good lighting in this 
one, well then I give up on it lol.




Sunday, February 1, 2015

WIP Making Progress...

I love this yarn! I like the color changes, and the light fluffy texture.
This has been a fun project for snow days. I measured a black and white infinity
scarf that I wear often to get the length. It measured 32 inches folded in half length wise.
Since this yarn is boucle it has some spots in it that are a little thinner than the rest.
I'm thinking it might have looked better in a criss cross pattern, rather than double crochet stitches.
I don't think it will look so " holey" while wearing it though, since it will be doubled up.
The fabric it has made is not heavy weight and perfect for cold but not freezing winter days.
Hopefully I will have enough left over for a matching hat:)








Friday, January 30, 2015

Baking

Every now and then I get in the mood to try my hand at baking some thing different.
Even if it doesn't turn out it makes the house smell great as long as I haven't burned it.
I chose easy recipes since I have been known NOT be exact on the ingredients. 

My first recipe was scones....I couldn't sleep to save my life, so at 2:30 am I was up baking.
I really didn't think my husband would like them. He is more of a bacon eggs or omlet kind of guy, but he surprised me.
My son has made scones before on his own so I knew he would enjoy them.

I had all the basic ingredients for the dough/ batter, but no currents or raisins on hand,so they were replaced with mini 
chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Otherwise I followed the recipe the way it was written.



( Above: dough cut into triangles, ready to bake. )



Hot out of the oven!


The next recipe was super easy and quick, but yummy! 
Cinnamon-Sugar pizza with cresent rolls

This one is pretty self explanatory . It reminded me of the dessert pizzas you get in a buffet.
For the glaze I just used powdered sugar, warm water and a splash of vanilla.
Be sure not to add to much water. Just a little at a time while mixing with the powdered sugar
until it's the right consistency.




Last but not least is my mom's basic Zucchini Bread Recipe. I have no idea where 
she found it, but as far as I can remember she's always used this one.
There is nothing fancy about this recipe at all, but I make it every 
year and always have requests for more from family and friends.
My record to date is thirteen loaves, and still wasn't enough lol.
Lots of growing boys between my own family and our friends families.



 Zucchini Bread Recipe:

1 C  finely grated zucchini
2 eggs , well beaten
1 1/2 C sifted all purpose flour
1/2 TSP baking soda 
1/2 TSP baking powder
1C sugar
1 TSP vanilla 
1/2 TSP salt 
1/2 C oil

 Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased 
and floured loaf pan. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
( I like to check the middle like you would a cake before 
taking it out of the oven. If it's already well browned and looks done 
but the middle still needs a few minutes, just place some foil on 
top to prevent burning ).

Note: this recipe makes one loaf

It was fun experimenting with the new recipes and like visiting an old friend 
with the old one.
Nothing burned! It's all good:)











Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Infinity Scarf WIP

%*?|@):? Lots of cussing going on inside my head right now! Does it really count if you don't say it out loud?
Any one else like to watch a show, relax and work on some crochet? Me too! Just bought this beautiful yarn
( Purl Essence/ Rainbow Boucle ) to make an infinity scarf to wear with one of my coats. I was so into watching Lost Girl
 on Netflix that I wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing. I swear, I had half of this project done before I realized 
it was getting wider with each row. So I had to rip all the way back almost to the beginning ( grrr ).
I've got it all straightened out now:) Since I'm only on season two of this show I will continue to check width after each row. 

This scarf actually started out as a knitting project, but I switched to crochet. In all honesty I liked the knit look a little better 
than the crochet one, but I'm much faster crocheting and very slow knitting. The pattern I'm going by is a free one that came printed 
on the inside of the yarn label. 

I chained 40, double crochet till u reach desired length, crochet last row to first row to complete the circle and tuck in all ends.
Simple plan right?  LOL and I still managed to mess it up. That's ok, it's all working out now.
Here's what I have so far after ripping back:



 Above: my big mess 





Miss Khloe loving the yarn



In this one she has just spotted my crochet hook...she is the one that hid it on me last time .



She discovered the crochet hook and snatched it up before I could grab it. 
Lol no worries:)



Where is the best place to lay? Right on mom's project!





Gracie had to come check it out too.
Now that I have  every ones approval I'm gonna go work on my WIP!

Oh, I almost forgot. I joined a crochet group on Facebook and learned a new term.
HOTH means hot of the hook ( newly finished project:) just thought I would share.