Happy World Emoji Day ๐Ÿ˜†

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I can’t let this day go by without giving it a special salute ๐ŸŽ†

I really can’t pick just one favorite. And the day I switched from Android to Apple*

was a happy one!

๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿข๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒปโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿฅจ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽช๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ•๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ’˜

Do you have a favorite one? ๐ŸคชOne you use all the time? ๐Ÿค“Or can you do without? ๐Ÿ™

Now go and sprinkle some Emoji love ๐Ÿ’•

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Your Weekend Chuckle ๐Ÿ˜ธ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous weekend!

Everything is good here ๐Ÿ˜ We actually had some rain yesterday ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป I even got to see a puddle ๐Ÿ˜

It was a glorious sight…

All it took was a trip to the car wash, and planning a BBQ…or maybe it was the rain dance, performed by my friend Carole. It was a masterful performance – right after she walked into some bag worms hanging from her tree ๐Ÿ˜†

Ready to share a few more laughs? Alrighty…๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I can see that…๐Ÿ˜œ

๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท

One of these days I’m gonna try this ๐Ÿคฃ

๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป

This!

and that!

๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ

Definitely a possibility ๐Ÿ˜†

๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท

I hope you found a few chuckles here today ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have a wonderful ‘rest of your weekend’ ๐Ÿ˜

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

Off to the Farmers Market with your New Bag you go ~ A Crochet Pattern ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•This is the time of year where the Farmers Markets are in full bloom ๐Ÿ˜ Do you visit your local one? If you do, you probably appreciate a bag that fits in your purse, but will – if need be – expand to hold all the treasures you find. Well, get your hook ready and start crocheting…you’ll have one in just an hour or two ๐Ÿ˜Here’s what you need…1 skein (11.9 oz/601 yards) ‘craftsmart’ yarn (Michaels**) – makes 2 bags or 3 skeins (2 oz./56g each) ‘Kitchen’ Cottonor RedHeart Super Saver ** – appr. 300 yards (pictured here)Crochet hook Size I/9 (5.5mm)Note:Do not join rounds. Place a stitchmarker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of each round.’increase‘ = 2sc in one stitch Pattern: Make a magic ring. Round 1: 6 sc in center of ring Round 2: 2sc in each stitch – 12 scRound 3: *increase, sc, repeat from * – 18scRound 4: *increase, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * – 24scRound 5: *increase, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * – 30scRound 6: *increase, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * – 36scRound 7: *increase, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * – 42scRound 8: *increase, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * – 48scRound 9: *increase, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * – 54scRound 10: *increase, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * – 60scRound 11: *increase, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * – 66scRound 12: *increase, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * – 72scRound 13: *increase, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * – 78scRound 14: *increase, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * – 84scRound 15: *increase, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * – 90scRound 16: *increase, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * – 96scAt this point the base measures about 4″ (middle center to outer edge)Now we get to the body of the bag.Round 1: *Ch5. Skip 2sc, sc in 3rd stitch. Repeat from * all around.When you get to the end of the round, chain 5, skip the last 2 stitches, sc 1 in 3rd chain of the first loop of the previous round.Repeat Round 1 until desired height (don’t forget to move your stitchmarker every few rounds ๐Ÿ˜Š)When you reach the desired height (mine is 18″ from middle center of the base to the top) work a row of sc. Round 1: *3sc in 2., 3., and 4. chain of the loop. Ch2. Repeat from* all around.Round 2: sc all around Round 3 (Handles): Ch 70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch (be careful not to twist the chain!) Sc in next 50 stitches. Ch70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch. Sc to start of first handle.Round 4, 5, 6: Sc in every stitch/chain, (except the sc between the handles)Note: If you get around the chain, and continue on, be careful to ‘stay the course’. You do not want to find that you happily crocheted in the space between the straps of the same handle ๐Ÿ˜ Experience has shown that it can happen! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Especially if the chain twisted despite the care with which one keeps it straight.Fasten off…you’re done. And only a few ends to weave in! ๐Ÿ˜ƒI’ve made a few in the different yarns.Red Heart **craftsmart** yarn in rose/yellow Peaches & Creme ** Kitchen Cotton This one is my favorite…it reminds me of Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’ ๐Ÿ˜Oh – a quick note before you leave …I realize that I have the tendency to overexplain things. Please don’t be offended! I’ve just encountered one too many patterns that left me scratching my head, wasting a lot of time ‘trying to figure it out’ ๐Ÿ˜• and I try to avoid that when I write my patterns. Nevertheless…If you do notice any mistakes please let me know.Happy crocheting (and shopping!) ๐Ÿ˜ I’m looking forward to seeing your bag! Have a fabulous, glorious, wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž** I’m not affiliated with any products mentioned here.

I Miss Puddles โ˜”๏ธ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•I’ve always loved rainy days! The sound of rain against the window, the racing clouds, the smell of the air and wet asphalt. ๐Ÿ˜Š How about you? Do you feel the same or are you more of a ‘heat and sunshine’ person? Since it’s been a while since I got to enjoy the beautiful moisture from above, I took to the web, and found this… ๐Ÿ˜ƒRainyMood.com – It is an app, but this website gives you a preview ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธA (somewhat) Heart-shaped puddle I captured last year After a rainstorm last fall…don’t you love the tree reflection in the water? ๐Ÿ˜This is from a couple of years ago…during my ‘drawing phase’. See, rain-themed ๐Ÿ˜Maybe I’ll go now and try a rain dance! ๐Ÿ˜†I wish you a fabulous weekend, and hope you get to do things you love! ๐Ÿ’•

30+ Hot Weather Crochet/Knitting Projects ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Well…it’s hot! There are no ifs and buts about it!

And unless you live in parts of the Southern Hemisphere you’re probably looking at your yarn stash with a tear in your eye, willing the weather man to come up with some clouds or – dare we hope – a ‘cold’ front! ๐Ÿ˜Š

But fret no more! Dry your tears, pick a project โฌ‡๏ธ that won’t cover your lap, legs, toes, pick up your hook/needles and start your Hot Weather Project ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Maybe you’re already thinking about Christmas Gifts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How about a cute Tea-Cozy? I love the hedgehog ๐Ÿ˜„

25 free Knit and Crochet Tea-Cozy Patterns by diyhowto.org

โœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจ

Speaking of Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

Crochet Elf Hats for the entire family following this easy & awesome Pattern from B.Hooked Crochet

โœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจ

Or maybe you or someone you love needs a new project/market bag?

11 Summertime Crochet Bags and Totes – find the patterns for these beauties right here

โœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจ

And of course there’s always Amigurumi ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Doesn’t get smaller than that!

You can find all the patterns here ๐Ÿ˜

โœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจ

My absolute favorite – the Granny Square – is the perfect project for sweltering days!

You can compile a stash now, then join them when it gets cold.

If you’ve never made one, or need a refresher course…help is one click away ๐Ÿ˜Š

Or get out your kitchen cotton, and make a larger one = Dishcloth! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Add a Scrubby-Yarn Flower – no more digging for an elusive Scrubby-pad with wet, soapy fingers. ๐Ÿ˜

There….that should keep you busy for a while! Let me know what you’re making ๐Ÿ˜

Enjoy your day! Stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Fantastic Bake – Along: Scones

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Laaaast weekend was the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ – and I missed it. ๐Ÿ˜•

It’s so terribly hot and humid here that the stove/oven is merely decoration right now.

We’re eating take out or sandwiches, the Birthday cake was store bought, and the delicious Maple Scones have to wait till later.

But…just because I didn’t bake them shouldn’t mean that you can’t! ๐Ÿ˜

Don’t they look mouth-watering?

All you have to do is hop over to Tracy’s amazing blog It’s A T-Sweets Day

There you find more scrumptious pictures, the link to the recipe, and a list of bakers that didn’t let the heat bother them and made these fabulous treats nonetheless. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you enjoy this deliciousness! I’m looking forward to hearing about your results!

Happy Baking! ๐Ÿ’•

Happy Birthday, July ~ Babies ๐ŸŒบ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Is your Birthday coming up this month? Then let me be among the first ones to wish you all the best on this joyous occasion! ๐Ÿ˜Š

There are only good things to say about you! ๐Ÿ˜

See…I told ya! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ

Your Birth-Stone is the Ruby

Isn’t that a wonderful sentiment?

โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ

I found another beautiful poem, written just for you…

Your Birthday Flower is the Water Lily , which symbolizes ‘Purity of Heart’ ๐Ÿ˜

So here is – exclusively for you – a ‘stroll’ past Monet’s Water Lilies โค๏ธ

You are in fabulous company! Here are some other July Babies…

Liv Tyler ๐ŸŒบ Neil Simon ๐ŸŽญ Kevin Bacon ๐ŸŒผ Tom Hanks ๐ŸŒธ Sofia Vergara ๐ŸŒน

Kristen Bell ๐ŸŒผ Sandra Bullock ๐ŸŒบ J.K. Rowling’s Birthday is on the 31st, and Harry Potter got his letter from Hogwarts on his birthday on July 31st ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

And last but not least – Olivia deHaviland turns 102 on July 1st โค๏ธ

Alrighty…now put on your crown, and let the world know it’s your Birthday so everyone can take appropriate action! ๐Ÿ˜

Have a wonderful, fabulous, glorious Birthday! Enjoy the celebrations with friends and family, the cake, the dinners, the lunches, the gifts! You deserve every bit of it! ๐Ÿ˜

I’m sending Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Love ๐Ÿ’• and Hugs ๐Ÿค— your way!

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