The Blue Sky Award

Hello my lovely friends   πŸ’•    Thank you for stopping in! Today I have to share some wonderful news with you. πŸ˜€

The lovely Kelley, writer of the wonderful https://kelleysdiy.com/category/crafts/ 
blog, graciously nominated me and my blog for the Blue Sky Award 😍
Thank you so much, Kelley! I’m tickled pink for receiving this lovely award. It’s definitely a boost and inspiration, ’cause now I feel like I’m doing alright and should keep going. 😁
This is my first nomination, and I feel honored for receiving it from an awesome blogger. You should set aside a few minutes and check out her blog…she’s very creative, and every visit brings me a few more things for my ‘to-(wanna)-do list’.

Now I’m supposed to tell you a few random facts about myself
I’ll try not to bore you πŸ€“
Here we go….

~ After being a ‘gypsy’ (aka Army Wife) for twenty-some years, I now live in Kansas, transplanted from Germany.

~ I love the outdoors. Nothing to strenuous though…being outside with the dogs, gardening, walking under trees – I guess in Japan they call it ‘tree-bathing’….have you heard about that? I recently saw a video about it – and in Japan it’s actually therapy for all kinds of ailments.

~ My favorite book is ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne duMaurier

~ My favorite singer is Garth Brooks.  πŸ€    Last month I was lucky enough to score tickets to his show in KC. And what a show that was! I was truly dazzled and walking on clouds for days!

~ I’m obsessed with emojis – If you ever read one of my posts you probably figured that one out already 😝

~ Coffee! β˜•οΈ  ’nuff said

~ My favorite season is Autumn. The crisp air, the cool nights, the colors everywhere – it’s just glorious. πŸ‚πŸƒπŸ

~ I would love to live near the ocean.   🌊   Maybe one day!

~ My favorite quote is….


 

About the TV – mostly it’s just playing in the background when I crochet…and since I don’t wear my glasses when crocheting, knitting, it’s more like radio. πŸ˜‹ I do like to be entertained though, no sad movies for me! I definitely tune in for ‘The Big Bang Theory’, ‘Monk’, and ‘Columbo’.

I hope you’re still with me! 😘

πŸ†Now it’s time for the nominations of some fabulous bloggers πŸ†….Drumroll please πŸ₯

These bloggers never fail to inspire, lend support, and entertain! πŸ’• 

 https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/category/about-me/

https://nothingbutknit2.wordpress.com/about/

https://craftandothercrazyplans.com

https://itsatsweetsday.blog

https://teaandtales1.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/look-for-the-positive-even-if-you-need-to-squint/

Don’t forget to post your own nominations, and your random facts! As per the 
THE RULES:  πŸ€“

 β€’ You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

 β€’ Nominate bloggers of your choice.

 β€’ Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.

 β€’ Share some facts about yourself.

I’m looking forward to everything you have to say/share! 😍

Thank you all for visiting and reading! πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipops 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi πŸ€—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops πŸ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. 😊 There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look πŸ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! 😳 The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! 😝


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color ⬆️ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head 🀣 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? 😝 You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops πŸ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! πŸ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. 😊 Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? 😁 See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? 😜 – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for taking a moment to peek in. 

Today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ is another Pinterest find – a cute needle felted miniature from Lisa Jordan.


On her Blog she says…

“Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.”

She is a very talented crafter as you can see for yourself when you visit her on Blogspot 😁

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an artist’s world. πŸ€—

I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress Wednesday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

 ~ Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday β˜€οΈ The Catherine WheelΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice to see you! Thanks for visiting today! β˜€οΈ

It’s a glorious sunny Sunday, so I’m on my way outside to read a bit, crochet some – I started a ‘cotton’ project, not so hot on the hands 😜 

But first this…

Today I wanna show you how to crochet the beautiful ‘Catherine Wheel’. 

The instructions tell you to ‘7 dc tog dec’. If you’re a beginner, and don’t really know what to do here (or you do, but can’t quite remember) here’s a ‘how-to’ …

Crochet to the place where you wanna use this stitch 


Work 1 dc. In the same stitch work 6 more, without finishing them all the way. By that I mean – start the dc (3 loops on the hook)


but pull the yarn through 2 loops only one time…that adds 1 loop to the hook. 

After you worked 7 dc – you will have 8 loops on the hook, hook the yarn over and pull through all 8 loops 


Done! πŸ˜€ Now you’re ready for the ‘Catherine Wheel‘ 

⚑️Pictures are at the end of the written tutorial ⚑️

Start with a foundation chain of a multiple of 8 stitches, plus 2

Row 1 Sc 2nd ch from hook and next chain. *skip 2 chains, put 7 dc into next chain. Skip 2 chains, 1 sc into each of the next three stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches left over should be 1 sc into each. Fasten off yarn. Turn.

Row 2 Fasten on new colour. Ch 3, 3 dc tog dec, ch 3. 1 sc into next 3 stitches. *Ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into next three stitches. Repeat * Across. Final semi circle is ch 2, 4 dc tog dec, ch 1. Turn.
Row 3 Ch 3, 3 dc into same stitch where the Ch 3 started, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches on the row below. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 1/4 circle is 4 dc into the middle of the Catherine Wheel. Fasten off.

Row 4 Fasten on new colour. Ch 1, sc into the next 2 sc. *ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches are 1 sc into each. Turn.

Row 5 Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch and the next stitch. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 2 stitches are 1 sc into each.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 over and over until you get to the desired length of project you want.

  Row 1
At first everything will look a bit wonky, but don’t worry, it’ll straighten itself out at the end. 😊

 Row 2
 Row 3

 Row 4


Row 5 

It is so pretty, isn’t it. 

Here a few things I learned during the practice runs πŸ˜‰

1. Make sure there are 8 loops on the hook when you stitch the ‘7dc tog dec’ 😁

2. Always skip the ch3 from the previous row….the first (few) tries I didn’t, and, well, was not happy πŸ˜– until the πŸ’‘-moment 😜


3. Sometimes you’ll think you can’t fit the 7dc into one stitch…keep going, you can 😊

I think that’s it πŸ˜€ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 😍 I’m always just one message away! 

Let me know what you’ll be making using this gorgeous stitch. I think I’ll use it to fill a little gap on the back of my ‘Granny Square Cardi’. ☺️

Take care! Have fun! I hope to see you next time!

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great weekend! Thanks for taking a minute to visit. 

Today I want to introduce you to Althea Crome. She’s a knitter of miniatures – even though that term doesn’t really describe her talent…and patience! 😊

I found her  website – bugknits.com – by pure chance, and am absolutely awestruck. 

Let me show you why …..

   So darling! πŸ’•
  She made an iddy – biddy Christmas Cardigan 😍
 Mini gloves – One finger fits a grain of rice 😳
On her website she tells us how she came from knitting ‘wearables’ to miniature knitting: 

“In 2000, my fascination with this tiny scale merged with my love of knitting, and since then I have been pushing toward ever new technical and design challenges. Tough as it is to knit on such a small scale, the “bug-knit” scale has allowed me the freedom to create and experiment with designs which, on a larger scale, would be cumbersome and prohibitive. My success in developing commercial patterns and techniques for 1:12 scale gloves, socks and other garments has only inspired me to venture further into what I’ve come to think of as “extreme knitting.” Indeed, from the time I began my vocation as an extreme knitter, I have made very few full-scale garments.”
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an amazing artist’s life 😊 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe (related) Friday ~ My New Cookbook πŸ˜€

Hello and ‘Happy Friday’ my lovely friends 😍 Thanks for visiting! 

Look what I found at our library’s book sale (minus spoon and whisk 😝)


Always on the lookout for new recipes I didn’t hesitate for a second and put it in my (big πŸ˜‰) pile. 

And what a gem it is! πŸ€“  Not only has it recipes from every part of the country, there are also the author’s travel stories, and regional photos from days gone by. πŸ™‚

I plan to cook and share – starting next week! πŸ˜€

Here’s the index for part one 


Anything in particular you definitely wanna see here soon? Let me know! πŸ€— I’m looking forward to your comments/suggestions! 

Now I’m gonna go sit on the patio, listen to the lovely birds, and read some more. 😎

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ πŸ€—

While clicking through Pinterest these 3-D Tapestries caught my eye. Here’s one of my favorites…


Isn’t it amazing? 

Here’s another gorgeous piece 


The artist is Martina Celerin from Bloomington, Indiana. 

On her Blog  she says 

“I am a fiber artist. I create 3 dimensional weavings using reclaimed and recycled materials. I love to create tapestries that are stories of the world around me – people I’ve met, places I’ve been and things that make me smile.”

I do not know her, but her talent leaves me in awe. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ , and maybe even found some inspiration while looking at the beautiful weavings. 😊

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

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