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Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Ladder On My Wall

I finally have the ladder on my bedroom wall. This ladder is old. Dan brought it home one day, decades ago. We set it up for the cats to use, to get over the dog fence and into the house. Now it holds...stuff.  I am still working on it.
⬇๐Ÿ”ปThis is Ken. He is decades old too. I have his other arm, it kept falling off. Ken needed something to wear. I figured he would not mind a pair of crocheted shorts...he is from that era, after all.
So as I was digging the yarn out, I  flashed on a 'new fashion statement', Rompers...for men
So I set to.  
It wasn't until I was working on the 'shoulder straps' that I noticed the 'cup'. 
It's ok to snort when you laugh...I did!
click to enlarge....snort
It disappears when I put the rompers on Ken. 
Did I mention I do have his other arm???

๊œœ⤵⤹➘⏬I am also creating an elephant...made all in one piece, starting at the trunk. And yes I probably should have stitched up the legs differently, but I can't change it now, it's a lot further along than you see here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Quilt Repairs and Crochet


A neighbor asked me to repair this quilt she purchased at an auction. The fabrics date back to the late 1960's. Maybe not all of them, but this one red print does, because my mother made a dress for me back then. 
Not that you can tell in the b/w photo.
We called it, the dress, Carnaby Street. I have no idea why.
I am only adding patches where I have to.  The quilt is to be re-sold at a flea market, so I am not putting the effort into it that I should.  If she were to keep this quilt, I would put more time into it.
Crochet!  Ole! 
For Ashley's giant dream[catcher].  And I did up a star[fish], purple star, and created a comet!  She may not use them, for this project, and that is ok.
Am still working on the mandala throw.  It may not turn out as well as I hope, but the circles sure have been fun to stitch up!
Oh yeah, another star.  This is the beginning of a pattern called 
"Rings Of Change", which I will be making for #7. I decided to give Ashley a part of the pattern too, after I noticed it was a star!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Another Grandchild

#7 is 10 weeks new.  Looks like a teddy bear.
This is our youngest, CollegeGirl, and her husband. 
It's so EXCITING....Don't know the sex yet.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

May Our Page

Find endless adventures in your next life!
You loved road trips. 
You caught almost every mouse the cat brought into the house for you. You caught a possum bigger than your own body. [that one got away]
You were also a great quilt minder, making sure they never got away.

Friday, January 05, 2018

New Year, More Crochet

So. That is my first picture of 2018. I even left the date stamp on there. 
Date....snort.....So.  I was working on my calendar for the year, adding birthdays and such. The new calendar started with Dec of 2017 .... Jan 2018 ended up with Feb dates before I noticed what I was doing. 

Moving on...A fourth is started.  I admit I am having fun with these mandala's. 
I am old enough to remember them being called 'doily's'.  Though I don't remember seeing all these fancy ways of stitching, on all those old doily patterns.
I am still working on 'Bits' for our granddaughters.  I created the owl and the dog face, which isn't finished. Oh and the garland of Sun, Moon and Stars.
I have one more animal to create. Then I can finish these up.
[the turtle from my last post of part of this group too, 
and the kitty that started it all!]
Happy New Year everyone.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Holidays!

The Mermaid blanket. Complete with child #4 in it! 
[the one for whom it was made]
⏬My son spent the holidays remodeling his kitchen.
His wife was heard to say, "I will be so glad when this is done."๐Ÿ˜
What you don't see is the awkward corner by the fridge, though you can see where the fridge would go...right? ⇓        
The wonderful, amazing island, goes all the way to the wall to 
help create that silly corner.
 Not any more!!!!   I love this arrangement!! 
The only problem they ran into was a beam over the sink that was hiding under the ceiling. That had to stay, so the cupboards they had to go there wouldn't fit.
New ones were ordered, and the booboo's will get used in the laundry room remod...when that gets done. Or so I was told. Good job Ben!
click to enlarge to see the sink!
 While I am still in yarn mode, I whipped up a mandala. I have been admiring all these on Pinterest, and Ravelry, and decided to take the plunge.  Way easier than I thought!  I have started another one, different pattern, same yarn colors. Not sure what they will end up as...blanket? pillow covers?  
My minimal Christmas decor for this year. I found a couple of Fisher Price little people...though one of them is way bigger than the other....among the toys in the playroom.  I decided Tim and his friend looked rather snow-person-able. 
Click to enlarge to see 'Tim' written by Meg, #1

It snowed here Christmas Eve. Very rare occurrence.
⏬I made an ornament for our Steph and her new spouse, house, and dog.
She had an eventful 2017, so I created a diorama for them.
They even told me it was perfect because they wanted one to mark the year, but couldn't find anything [store bought] that would work.
๐Ÿ˜™I forgot to tell them that I didn't put a 'front' on it because there may be something else they want to add. [I was going to use some clear plastic from some random packaging, that we would normally toss in the recycle.]

↧↧↧ Oh look...more crochet  ↧↧↧
A kitty face, and tail, mandala? dream catcher? for #5. I made the pink outside part as a separate ribbon type thing, then stitched it around the hoop, letting the blue threads show. It's not complete, yet. Needs some facial bits to show up the 'cat look' as opposed to the current 'piggy look.'

Since I was on a roll....I created a turtle for #3.  
I am thinking of attaching it to a piece of driftwood.
๐Ÿ”ปAnd my daughters creations. One for a family member who will be getting married soon. The crochet feathers I posted last time, are in among the fun hanging stuff. And a kitty one for #5, that she got for Christmas.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Creating Continues

it really is this purple
One of the 6 pack has asked Santa for a Mermaid blanket. So Mrs. Claus asked me if I wanted to make it for her, my granddaughter. #4 knew what color she wanted, so that part was easy.  Picking the right pattern wasn't. Yes there are lots of patterns out there, but I was looking for something 
finger-toe-poke-um-through-the-hole proof.  If there is such a thing. This stitch pattern is called Arcade Stitch by Wool and the Gang.  I don't know if they designed it, but it was their instructions I used, and they were very clear to follow.  I made this a rectangle, like any afghan, added a border and then....
Well...the mermaid blanket is stitched together up part of the "back" for you to tuck your feet into. So I had to come up with a way to stitch it up.
So that is how I did it.  
But the pix came out blue..and somehow I have forgotten to photograph the damn tail!  Well I will get that when #4 is in this.
I used a yarn from Micheal's crafts. Not very soft or pleasant to work with. BUT it washed up soft and  cuddly! And when #4 is no longer interested in it as a mermaid, she can remover the tail and  open the back up to have a rectangle blanket.  Clever, huh??
This is a little thing. It's called the Tree of Life
from a 365 days of free crochet blog???  I found it on Pinterest, of course.
Now these little trees...I made them up myself. They go in Christmas cards. 
Then I looked for, and found, a simple bear pattern for #6
I stuffed her with cotton fabric scraps, so fibers don't leak out as she chews on this.
Next up.  Another tree ornament, but different, with a star on top. 
good thing it's not an elephant, cuz that is one fat trunk
My daughter needs feathers for a project she is doing, so I whipped these out. Seriously, they don't take long!
Even though the pattern instructions is in Spanish, I think. The ladies are in Peru, so I will not assume that they are speaking Spanish.
There is a you tube with English subtitles, but you can follow the video easily.
My grandmothers table.
Speaking of grandmothers, here is my #6. 
Because she will chew on it.

How awesome is this?  She says she loves you every time she sucks her fingers!
Not her thumb, her fingers!


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Texting With Grandchildren


Click to enlarge each to read. My side is in green.  
Daughter Ashley is the other side.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It's Been Found....

Sort of....
Today I contacted the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermolopis, again.  Hoping they would be able to help me find more info on the Harry Potter quilt you see above. I also decided to contact the local newspaper.  
(The people at the dino center were very kind, and I really think a few of my granddaughters would love to go there!)
Bingo!!  
An email from Lara Love, from the paper, said she had contacted Sue about my quilt inquiry.  I couldn't remember Sue's last name, but Lara knew who I was referring to.
Sue emailed me less than an hour later, and yes she knew where the quilt was!!
Except...it is in a box, one of many, simply marked "quilts'. 
The Dancing Bear Folk Center had been given 3 days notice to leave the space they were...renting(??) at the time. In the ensuing chaos of moving, not all the items were paired up with their owner/makers/???  
At least it's in a box that was marked.  
I cannot imagine how it was all accomplished. 
Bravo Sue!
Two of my granddaughters will be excited to see it!
When it gets here.  That part, I am not worried about. Wasn't actually worried about it at all, just curious.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Day Before

We had the family over the day before Thanksgiving, because they have other family to see too, on T-day.
3 girls sitting, 2 girls and a dog in motion. 
[the X is to mask the spotlight that was on outside]
2 girls holding up ornaments they made at Aunties house.
[glue had to dry]
2 grands, 2 daughters, 1 MIL
{1 new pair of glasses for #3}
 Preparing plates for children.
Grandfathers and Granddaughters.
1 son, 2 SIL's
Open Wide!
Different moments.
"Pretend you are really chowing down"
#1 showing #3 how it's really done!

Then I put up my tree. Basket of driftwood for the base.  Old saw blade for the top.  Cardboard-corner-protectors from packaged furniture.  Dan helped a friend assemble a new bunk bed. In exchange, we got the old bed for one of the granddaughters and a whole bunch of Styrofoam and these cardboard bits.
A lot of the foam went into the heater vents. After spying a RAT in the duct this summer, we decided NOT to use the furnace, because there is a hole in it somewhere, Dear Liza.