Behind The Scenes 😎🧶☃️

Hello my lovely friends 💕 How have you been? I hope all is well in your neck of the woods 😊

All is good here…except we’re all getting a bit cabin-feverish. It’s so, so cold 🥶 ☃️

The recent snow brought us some beautiful scenery

But we’re ready for Spring-flowers – so today I turned my ‘ Jim Shore’ pillow over. From ‘Winter’ to ‘ Summer’! I hope Mother Nature will get the hint, and we’ll get at least the average temperatures for this time of year! 🌞🌷🌷

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I’ve suffered from a touch of ‘bloggers block’ lately 😕 I’m not sure it’s over, but I won’t know until I try. Right? Maybe some pictures with comments to get back into the groove of things? Okay…here we go 😁

While the Laptop got a bit dusty, the crochet hooks were quite busy.

I made another vest

The new cardigan ‘Opposites attract’ 😃

I like the idea of two different-color halves…so there may be quite a few of them in the future 😉

The second one is already in the works…

And I have an idea for a third one…

The sun came around the corner just as I snapped the picture, so it’s hard to tell that the right side is a deep black. I’m not complaining though…just saying she could’ve waited another second 😎

It’s not the best picture, but you get the idea of the colorway 😊

The big fail for last month was this coat…

I loved it while I made it, kinda liked it when I tried it on (it’s heavy!), and started to get an uneasy feeling about it when I put it on the mannequin and started taking pictures 🤦🏻‍♀️

It stayed on the mannequin for a few days…then the decision was made – it has to come apart. And I wasn’t even upset – I guess that’s a sign that it was the right choice! 🙃

Notes to self:

1. Bulky yarn is not the perfect yarn for long coats (it gets reeaally heavy)

2. Do not use the Double-crochet stitch, especially when placed between stitches, when

working with bulky yarn (the stitches pull apart)

3. Don’t weave in ends until you’re 100% sure that the piece is perfect! It’s much, much easier to take something apart when the ends are still dangling

And last but not least…Georgia Mae’s blanket is finished 🥰 Big yawn…I guess it’s quite cozy…

Now it’s back to one of the WIPs 🤩

I hope you have a wonderful week! 💕

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Welcome To The World, Baby Girl 🌷💜🌷

Hello my lovely friends 💕

I have the best news 🥰

Georgia Mae joined us in this beautiful world on Friday, January 25th at 9:20 pm 😊

She is 22″ long, and weighed in at 9.10 pounds.

She is a gorgeous bundle of joy! I know what you’re thinking…of course she would say that, she’s the Nana 😁

So see for yourself…

That day brought back a lot of memories of the day the new Mom was that small 😍

These two pictures are 30 years apart…

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Update:

Now is probably a good time to finish ‘ Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ blanket CAL

To those of you who started to crochet along…I’m so, so sorry that it took so long to bring you the next step. I really dropped the ball on this one 🙈

I’ve learned to never, ever start hosting a Crochet Along without finishing the project first! I did…I really did! ☺️

If you remember…this is where we left off

I’m working on the continuation as you read this, and will bring it to you very soon! 😊
If you have started the blanket, and are eager to continue with/finish it please message me or leave a comment – I will get the next steps to you asap!
Thank you for your patience.

This just in…

Georgia Mae is on her way home 😍

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 💕

❄️A ❄️ Picture ❄️ Perfect ❄️ Morning ❄️

Hello my lovely friends 💕

For days now the weather guy has warned us of the ‘Winter storm’ headed this way.

Well, when I took the dogs out last night, there wasn’t much of anything…even the grass still peeked through a light dusting. But when I went outside this morning, everything had changed. I was greeted by this view…

The owl is wearing a hat…

…and our ‘Welcome’ bear a mask – I wonder what he’s up to 😋

The neighborhood kids got busy 😃

For me there are not many things more beautiful than a snow-covered Pine Tree

I don’t think Pearl, the cat, cares 😁

The Wisteria branches are a work of art 😍

Now I shut up, and let you enjoy the scenery 😊

(There’s nothing wrong with your eyes – it was early, and still somewhat dark-ish 🙂)

I hope you enjoyed the stroll through our Winter Wonderland 💜

I wish you a wonderful weekend! 💕

A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends 💕

After the hectic holidays I treated myself to a wonderful creative weekend.

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie 🧚🏼‍♀️ Scoodie

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I had a few rows to crochet on the scarf part, and then I made the PomPoms.
Now, I have to say, even if you’re not a fan of the LionBrand Homespun Yarn, you have to admit that it makes awesome PomPoms 😊

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If you wanna love the yarn, but are struggling with it, check out Robin’s post on her blog Imperial Crochet.  She made a beautiful hat/scarf set out of said yarn, and has a few tips on how to work with it.

Next was my Boho Vest (yes, my Christmas Decorations are still up  😁)

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Fun fact: Since I splurged on some handspun yarn from the ‘Lake of the Ozarks’ region  (4 skeins to be exact) this vest may very well be now the most expensive piece of clothing in my closet 🙈 Who’d a thunk it?
I really, really like it though – so it was worth it.

Since I started wearing more vests to spruce up some boring sweaters, I decided to make another (more economic 😆 ) one.
If you look closer, the bottom part (the Ozark yarn) is knitted, and the rows are vertical.
I basically knitted 3 panels, and picked up stitches on the longer side.
I actually like to do it this way…no more math to figure out the stitch count. I just knit/crochet up until it’s the right length, or width in that case.
I hope this makes sense!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for the new one, except I will make the strip long enough for the back and both front panels…no seams to close 😎
This time I’m doing the ‘Basketweave Stitch’ – my first time! And I love it…I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

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Have you done anything in this stitch? If you haven’t and would like to know more, please let me know – I always love to help 😍

And – since I feel my String Painting definitely needs improving, I dabbled a bit in paint.
My hat’s off to the kids that did this in Elementary School! There is – at least for me – a steep learning curve. Like making sure that all the excess paint is stripped off the string, and ‘don’t apply to much pressure’!

If you like to see more…don’t go anywhere 😁 I took a few pictures of the process

Squirt some paint in a glass dish or on a plate, and dip your string in the paint until it’s covered all around. Take of the excess paint (I held up the doubled up string, and with thumb and forefinger of the other hand grabbed it, squeezed, and pulled up)

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Lay out the strings

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Cover it – I like to cover it with another piece of drawing paper (that way you’ll have two images 😃) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilá

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing 😊

Well, that was it for me 🤓 Did you have a wonderful weekend, doing things you love?
I sure hope so!

Until next time 💕

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The (scary) New Journal

Hello my lovely friends 💕

I’m not sure if ‘scary’ is the right word. Maybe ‘intimidating’…either way – the possibility of this beauty being ruined by “mistakes”, or a leaky pen does instill a sense of fear in me! 🙈

Do you know what I mean?

I’ve thrown away quite a few pretty (empty, never saw a pen) planners at the end of the year, because I was afraid to mess it up!

The same thing was about to happen with my new journal. I saw it, loved it, brought it home, admired it from afar. 🤓

Isn’t it beautiful? 🥰

But what good is a lovely journal when it’s not being used? And, after all, the creative life is messy, so why not the book telling about the journey!

So I decided – renegade that I am 😉 – to make the first page messy…even use paint 😲 And after that, what else could go wrong!

I always wanted to try ‘string painting’. It makes lovely pictures, and doesn’t look too hard. As a matter of fact, I heard from quite a few people that they did this in Elementary school.

So I got out some glass dishes for the paint, cut some cotton string, Latex gloves…and I was set.

Conquering the fear…baby steps 😄

I might be a bit rebellious, but still wasn’t about to try a new technique in this book.

Out came my spiral notebook with drawing-paper. Here we go…

Not impressive, but not terrible either 😌

It came out good enough that I wanna try it in the pretty book…and I did. And not just that, I wrote in it, 🙆🏻‍♀️ sprayed the page with glue, 😬 and sprinkled glitter – of course, what else – over the whole page! Done 😊

And that’s the first page. Ready to be followed by new ideas, more art, bits and pieces of my creative life! 😍

Do you keep a journal? Do you find the first step scary, or do you jump right in? I’m looking forward to hearing/reading about your experience. 💕

Looking back…and forward 😊

Hello my lovely friends 💕
I hope this finds you well! Did you have a nice holiday season? 🎄⛄️
I wish you a very happy and successful 2019! May it be as fabulous as you are 😍

You may have noticed that I took a little break on here.
Note to self: Don’t do that again! 🙈 It’s really hard to find the way back – even though I enjoy it immensely. Finding a perfect re-starting point…well, didn’t happen.
So I’m just gonna tell/show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. 😁

I did a few craft shows – here’s a picture of the very last one. It was at my friend Donna’s house. She makes the most amazing canned goods, and was so sweet to host a ‘Maker’s Market’ at her house. 😊

 

In between shows I was busy creating new pretties for the next one.

 In December we had some friends over for a wonderful ‘Holiday Party’. 😍🎄🥳
I made a German/Hungarian Beef Stew.  Judging by the empty bowls… it was delicious.🤩

 

One of my goals for the coming year is to take my camera with me more, and show you some pictures from around here. We’re off to a great beginning – here are my two favorites from the first outing.

Sycamores  – I love them! 😍

 

Some em….pretty things (if you know what they’re called, please let me know) 😊

 

I made my first felted hat!
At this point hubby really doubted that I knew what I was doing 😂

But – it turned out well  😃 More on that later.

 Oh…one more blogging goal….I wanna learn (and share) about all the amazing art out there. I’m thinking a ‘Weekly Gallery’  🏞 What are your thoughts on that?

Before you leave – here’s the first hat of 2019. It’s a Pixie 🧚🏼‍♀️ Hat to symbolize the hope for a magical new year 🤩

 Alright my friends – this was it in a nutshell. It’s good to be back! 🤗
I hope to see you again soon. 💕

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Happy Birthday, November Babies 🎁🥂🍾

Hello my lovely friends 💕 and ‘Huzzah’ to all you wonderful November ~ Babies! 😃

Let me be among the first to wish you a fabulous, glorious, sparkling Birthday! 🥂

Your Birthday month is an amazing one…

And you are just as awesome…

The Chrysanthemum is the beautiful flower for this month

The glittering Citrine is your Birthstone

You are in very good company 😊 Other November Babies are – to name a few-

David Schwimmer, K.D. Lang, Emma Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Young,

Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus

Now go dance, skip, be happy, enjoy the company of your loved ones – let them celebrate the amazing Birthday – Baby that is YOU! 🙂💕🥂🍾🎁🎂

I’m sending you best wishes and hope that all your dreams come true! 💜

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