Trees & Shadows ~ The Sun Is Out ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

If you stand on your tippy-toes you can see the weekend from here ๐Ÿ˜ƒ And just in time the sun decided to join us!

Everyone is squinting and blinking – it’s been a while since it was this bright outside ๐ŸŒž

But you’re not here for the Kansas weather report…so I get to the ‘Trees & Shadows‘ that brought you here ๐Ÿ˜Š

When I took the dogs outside, I noticed that the sun was in the perfect position for this beautiful image

Mother Nature really painted a beautiful picture here ๐Ÿ˜

I snapped a few more photos, but the first one really is my favorite!

And I noticed the first sign of Spring

The Maple tree is budding a few weeks earlier than last year…I hope that’s a good sign ๐Ÿ˜Š and that she knows what she’s doing. Not like these poor things ๐Ÿ˜‚

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒท

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the short trip into our backyard ๐Ÿ’•

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WIP ~ Wednesday ๐ŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Today I actually have a few WIPs – caught on camera before they are finished ๐Ÿ˜

1. There’s the scarf – in a new (for me) pattern

It’s a far cry from the colorway on the label…

…but still pretty and it leaves a lot of grey background for embellishments ๐Ÿ˜

Oh… I was gonna discard this photo at first – but it made me smile ๐Ÿ˜Š

2. Aaaand another scarf

I’m not sure…have you seen this one?

It’s an ‘ Infinity Scarf’ – half V-Stitch, half braids, gussied up with a crochet cord and a tassel.

Well – I made another one

This one needs to be sewn, wrapped , and tasseled up ๐Ÿ˜Š

3. Purses – I might have found my niche in the Crochet World ๐Ÿ˜ I looooove making purses!

You’ve seen this one

That one is now heading to the Etsy store ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Then I have one in Fall colors

It just needs a lining…then it’s following it’s mate to the shop ๐Ÿคฉ

Remember the ‘Agate slices’?

Well…. I think they would make a pretty fabulous handbag

Don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜Š

And last…the very beginning of a (possibly) Beach Bag

See, from my Jewelry making days I had all this Hempcord laying around

It is pretty stiff, so it was useless for Jewelry…but it will make a great bag ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Because of the stiffness it’ll be slow growing, it’s kinda hard on the wrist.

But – we’ll get there eventually ๐Ÿ˜Ž

That was all from here ๐Ÿ™‚ How many projects are you working on right now? No fibbing…time to fess up ๐Ÿ˜…

Have a wonderful rest of the week ๐Ÿ˜˜

Thanks for peeking in ๐Ÿ’•

The Bobble – Stitch Purse: A Problem and itโ€™s Solution ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

It has been a minute, hasn’t it? I hope you’re doing well, stayed out of trouble…with St. Patrick’s Day still in the rearview mirror and all ๐Ÿ˜œ However, if you have any Shenanigans to report I’d love to hear about it ๐Ÿ˜

I have nothing of the sort…so I’ll jump right into telling you about the ‘Bobble-Stitch Purse’ and it’s Shenanigans ๐Ÿ˜‰

It started out well enough ๐Ÿ˜Š

Just the regular process.

Make the bottom. Pick a color – in this case a light grey – and since I love the Bobbles I usually start with that. Next row – more Bobbles…Pink this time.

And I liked it so much that I wanted a whole purse in these two colors, and nothing but Bobbles.

Like I said….It started out well enough ๐Ÿ˜

I kept going until it was the size I wanted.

And this is where we’re getting to the problem part. I held it up…oh, boy ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Not cool! I don’t think that’s a look that’s gonna catch on anytime soon. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I figure I need more chain when I join the rows (experiment in process ๐Ÿ˜Š)

What to do? I really didn’t want to frog the whole thing.

So I decided to take out the bottom, thinking that is what (mostly) holds it in this awkward shape. I carefully undid the ‘seam row’, catching the grey stitches with a knitting needle

Nope ๐Ÿ˜• That wasn’t it.

So I undid the knitted stitches, and tried to undo the Bobbles…the grey ones sticking out at the bottom.

For future reference – one cannot undo Bobbles from the bottom up. Not gonna happen!

So I had these half-undone stitches sitting there, mocking me ๐Ÿคจ

*At this point I stopped taking pictures ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I had one more idea, and if that didn’t work…frogging it is! ๐Ÿ˜ž

If I turn everything around, the stick-y-out part could be the flap.

And that’s what I did.

I added a few more rows to the flap, finished the edge with silk ribbon, threaded ribbon through the half-undone Bobbles, added the strap…et voilร 

It’s not perfect, so it won’t be in the store…but I have a new purse, and learned a few things along the way! ๐Ÿ˜

Did you ever have to change course halfway through a project? Did you keep going, or did you frog it all? I’d love to hear about it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope to see you tomorrow for WIP Wednesday… I do have a few things to show you! ๐Ÿ˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Your ~ Weekend ~ Chuckle ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope you’re doing well on this fine Sunday!

Well, I use the term ‘fine’ loosely…it is the start of Daylight Savings Time after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

That always throws me off for a few days! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Here’s a little reminder of what to do…

โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

This took me a second…๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

From the category ‘What was he thinking?’ ๐Ÿ˜

โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ

This one had me rolling…not sure why though ๐Ÿคฃ

That’s all for today… I hope you found a chuckle or two! ๐Ÿ˜

I’msending you Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs ๐Ÿค— and Love ๐Ÿ’•

What’s New You Ask? Okay, I’ll tell ya

Hello my lovely friends

I’ve been planning this post – okay, some might call it procrastinating – for a while now. Mostly because I was afraid that I start rambling…so I tried to get it perfect in my head.
Then I realized that this is not getting anybody anywhere.

So, without further ado…here are the News

My Vision Board

I’ve been hearing, reading a lot about Vision Boards lately. That made me think about where I wanna be one, two, five years from now.
And while I don’t have a physical board with pictures taped all over it – I do know now what I want my (creative, professional [???]) future to be.

Well – I love working with yarn, I do love to inspire and be inspired by the beautiful work of others, I love to teach and learn. So on top of my ‘Vision Board’ it would say…

I would like to will own a pretty house, preferably by the ocean…a big lake will do, and turn it into a yarn-, book-, coffee-shop!ย 

Something like this…

 

It would have comfy chairs and sofas, shelves with books and yarn, where people could sit and read, and crochet or knit, all the while surrounded by air infused with a pleasant coffee fragrance. And we would have the occasional yarn-retreat – with a whole weekend dedicated to pretty yarns, patterns, and friendship!

Can you see it?

My lovely friend Michele can…so much so that she agreed to be my partner in crime this wonderful adventure.

But – every journey starts with the first step.

We started a Facebook group, Colorful (Yarn) Creations, Inspiration, and YOU – maybe you’d like to join us?

We started a weekly Crochet Group in town – if you’re in the area…maybe you’d like to peek in

 

 

And – we’re planning our first yarn retreat! EEEK! It’s still very much in the planning stages, but we’re getting there.

Here’s what we know so far:

~ It’s going to be a free one – since neither one of us has done anything like this before, and we don’t even know if we’re good at it.
I’m thinking reading the ‘Betty Hechtman – Yarn Retreat’ books is not really a great reference.

~ It’ll be a one day retreat – a Saturday in May

~We do know where we want to hold it…but still gotta talk to the landlady

~We’ll do one project – a small crossbody purse. Now we gotta plan out the afternoon

That’s all we have for now – I will keep you updated!

Projects

I did get some crocheting done…

 

 

Another Idea

Since I got a nifty camera for Christmas I’ve been waiting for Mother Nature to do something pretty so I can capture it!

Then I was thinking – I would love to see photographs taken by all of you.

So what I would like to do is start a ‘Photograph –something‘ – I don’t know what to call it. It’s not a challenge or a contest…maybe ‘A hunt for images’?

The way I see it is that – for the first one – I would post five keywords, and photos, then you would go out and capture images (following the prompts) and post them for all of us to see.
I could collect ideas from all of you, and every 2, 3 weeks post a new ‘Prompt Post’
What do you think?

I think it would be a fun project that would bring us all a little closer together, get to know each other.

I’ll leave you now to think on thatย ย ย ย ย ย ย  hoping I wasn’t too ‘rambly’

I look forward to hearing from you!

Until then

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Happy ๐ŸŒบ Birthday ๐ŸŽ‚

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

To all of you I wanna say

…and a special shoutout to all the March Babies ๐Ÿ˜

I’m sending best wishes for a wonderful, fabulous, glorious, successful year ahead, and this beautiful greeting…๐Ÿ’•

You deserve it! ๐Ÿ˜ Because you’re pretty awesome…

๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒž๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒž๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’•

Now, your Fabulousness, put on your Birthday Crown, and let them celebrate you! ๐Ÿ˜

Sending Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs ๐Ÿค— and Love ๐Ÿ’• to All of you!