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Friday, March 20, 2015

Really Random...

I used a calendar picture to collage flower pix onto.  The pix are from the catalog I ordered the flowers from....figured I should keep pix so we know what they are supposed to look like...I saved the name of the scenic shot too.
The veggie garden is moving to the side of the house and now has a nice cover over it.
So I have had these containers for years.  I have put in them all sorts of things that belonged to each child of mine.  It was now time to give them back their childhood.
This is Middle Child, Ashley with hers.
Middle Child has children...Youngest Child has fish!  She and her BF have been successful with salt water tanks!
After repairing a suitcase zipper for this child, oldest child of Middle Child, I left a note in it for them to find someday.  I didn't expect it to be so soon....
Speaking of she is with 2 of her own, the middle child is in pink the youngest is in denim. They are pretty good helpers! 
Back to childhoods.....Here is my oldest, Ben with his container.  I also let him take the t-shirt, reluctantly...I had those shirts made up for all 12 or so children in his kindergarten class, the future Class of 2000, which I thought was an amazing thing to ponder!
And my youngest...Stephanie the College Girl...the fish tank owner...the recipient of her childhood container.
Seeds are sprouting...tomatoes on the left brussell sprouts and broccoli on the right.

My Middle Child is brave. Very brave.  She takes all 5 girls into stores with her!  After finding this sofa in the second hand store they all had a go at it...I love this shot of Megan 'fainting'.
I told you it was a random post.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Mowing Crochet

Dan was out mowing and I noticed something on his feet....
plastic bags! 
▼ Over his shoes, so he wouldn't get dog poo all over them.
Smart man!
 Crochet.  Hooded capelet for a granddaughter.  First half. 
This is a 100% merino and it is wonderful to touch.
I ran out of yarn....but more is on the way...whew!
See, I crocheted right up to the end!
So...I was looking around for this wicker basket we have....can't find the damn thing, so I pulled this out of the pile.  Works pretty good.  I can pull the yarn out through any old hole I want to.
And yes that is another project started...this time for me if it works out.
So...Ashley brought me a 'glitter tube' that was empty, knowing I find uses for that sort of weird thing.... I gave it 5 seconds thought and had her toss it.  Then a few hours later I retrieved it from the trash because I HAD found a use for it...a HOOK HOLDER in the plastic basket.  I duct taped it in of course.
And the plastic bag holding other yarn?  That was one of those zippered sheet packages new sheets come in, I save them all the time!

Monday, March 02, 2015


Am crocheting yet another hat for my husband.  This yarn looks like suede, is a bit on the rough side when handling the yarn to crochet, yet when I pet the hat and run my hands over it, it's soft.  So all is good.  I like working with this fiber, works up fast too because it's a thicker yarn than I have been using lately.

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baby food jar for size ref
I started this one when I had to wait on Dan to try on his.  This is a softer yarn, slouchy, thinner.  The pattern says the size fits up to adults, but not with this hook and yarn.  This will fit the youngest of the grandbabes...for about 15 minutes.  Perfect color for  GD #4.

Another scarf started, in a pattern that gave me fits at first, before I went with the flow.  I am sure there are lots of mistakes in it, but can you see them?  Me neither.  Moving on....

Oh, look, it's finished!  
I went down the long sides with a simple chain to give it a finished look, as it was looking rather bumpy...

Love Etsy for this sort of yumminess.
Darn it, I didn't get a picture of Steph wearing the scarf.  Sheesh. Guess she will have to take a selfie for me.

Oh look....young women!  
Stephanie and Ashley, daughters 2 and 1
We had an influx of females yesterday, all come to visit Grandma and Auntie Steph...Since Auntie lives sooooo far least 16 miles by gosh, and a bridge it's a big deal when she gets to our side of the Narrows....
Megan and Lily, granddaughters 1 and 2
Avery, granddaughter 4
Rhiley, granddaughter 3
And Devyn, granddaughter 5
As you can see, everyone is doing their own thing....that's what happens when they visit, they scatter to different areas of interest.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

More Bits

Before giving the scarf to Ashley, I added a bit of personal notes.  The ribbon came with the yarn, so I added my signature symbol {VJ} and the year.  Admittedly it's a hand, but that's how it can go at the last minute.  I even stitched it onto the scarf and didn't take a picture to prove it. 

"wait mom..."
But here is my lovely daughter Ashley wearing it....
"...for me to pose..."
And this is of course what is really going on around the camera...
little girls, [Devyn this time] crawling over grandma's legs...
one way then the other
...and asking me to read a book to her...
Avery asks me every time she comes over. 
Every. Time.  Sometimes I even get to read it to her. 
More often than not, they are to busy doing little girl things, not hold-still-for-grandma-to-read things.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Presenting The Finished Scarf!

Hanging from afar...
 ....and close up....
...and sideways....
... and wet...
The scarf is finished.  I left off the flower. 
Nor did I use the yarn she did, so it's different, of course.  
These color changes are also more bold.
Next up...catalog covers...I have saved many over the years.  These 2 from the same seed company, got glued to old calendar pages to stiffen them up and to give them a 'backing'.  Not sure yet what they will be transformed into...
The boat quilt is on the back of the red veggies, the ice cream cones on the back of the "Art of the Garden".

I have always loved watercolor paintings!
What to do after finishing a project?  Make a loopy thing of course...

I wanted to try out this trick... found on Pinterest of course.  It's a way to pad circles of crochet, so I made a 'garland' of them in a soft cotton yarn.  You just keep going and going...
But as I did this, I pictured those scarf hanger hacks using shower curtain rings..., found on you know where.  This would work for that too, besides being soft and not scratchy. 

Next....We finally put up a dedicated Rock Shelf.  Sand. Dirt. Pinecones. Driftwood...All collected on road trips.  {I added a few animals and such that were NOT collected on said trips}
Stephanie and Dad had made the original shelf unit for her teenage room for do dads.  I always loved it,  and since she left it here...
Dan added a top board and both sides, to strengthen and make high enough since it originally did not have 'legs'.
There are also a few nests found over the years, hummers, wasps, and a junkos.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Making Progress

This scarf is coming along nicely...despite the cats efforts to stall me.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

More Crochet

I found this scarf pattern....on Ravelry.    I bought a couple of different yarns for the pattern that didn't quite work.  They weren't giving me the striped look which is what caught my eye in the first place.  Then I found this skein on Etsy, at Quaere . It was the last one she had in this colorway, which I forgot to take a pic of.  But here it is all balled up, and on the go.  It's a Merino and Tencel mix and soft as butter!  Yummmmmm.

I would have gone with the King Cole yarn the designer used, but I knew I would pick the same colorway she used, and I wanted to make it a bit more 'mine'.
Lyubava Crochet is the designer, she has an Etsy store too.