Bags, Bags, Bags – The Finishing Touch

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

My name is Tina…and I’m a procrastinator ๐Ÿ˜ aka ‘non-finisher’ of projects!

*I crochet everything to the point of fastening off, then set it aside, and start something new. Repeat from *

But last week, as I was eyeing the ever growing pile of (mostly) bags, I gave myself a mental kick in the bum.

The daunting task…weaving in ends ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Oh well – it needs to be done.

And, as you can imagine, there were a lot of them!

This is just the final batch… I had thrown away quite a few already before I remembered to take a picture! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Eventually that was done…yay Party ๐ŸŽ‰… now the linings.

Out came the sewing machine

And now they’re done! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

I still have two that are a little further away from being finished…they’re next. ๐Ÿ˜

The bag-making process had to be put on the back burner, because I got a custom order for a feather headdress! Yes, you read that right…a lovely lady ordered a Native American inspired Headdress ๐Ÿ˜ณ She is so sweet, and already has quite a few of my creations (Jewelry, Ponchos, Dreamcatcher) so I really wanted to do this for her.

I did tell her up front that this was completely new to me, and I didn’t make any promises! But she had a lot of confidence in me, and cheered me on from the sidelines! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, long story short – I did it! And she is over the moon happy! ๐Ÿ˜€ What more could I ask for?! ๐Ÿ˜

If you wanna see for yourself…here it is

The creative process was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the challenge! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Now back to the bags!

One more thing, then you can carry on ๐Ÿ˜˜

Spring is finally here! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

The temperatures are climbing, the grass is green! ๐Ÿ˜Ž The trees are lagging behind a bit, but that’s understandable…we still had frost last weekend!

I spotted these beauties in the yard this morning ๐Ÿ˜

Now I may have to burn my winter clothes ๐Ÿ˜œ I’ve been wearing them for 6 months, so I’m reeeaaalllyyy tired of everything!

Oh, sorry, I have one more – as you could probably guess…my back is all better! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thank you all for the great tips to speed up the healing process. ๐Ÿ˜ My lower back is still a bit tight. When I bend forward at the waist my left knee comes up ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ But that’s not painful, and will get better with regular stretching. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Now back to the bags ๐Ÿ˜

I hope you have a wonderful, fabulous, sunny weekend! 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’•

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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Whatโ€™s New You Ask? Okay, Iโ€™ll Tell Ya ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

How are you on this fine day? And a fine day it is! ๐ŸŒž What a difference 40 degrees make! ๐Ÿ˜œ

I already walked the dogs, so I can chat with you without getting interrupted ๐Ÿ˜

I hope I won’t bore you too much (or, preferably, not at all ๐Ÿ˜Š) but today’s post is a ‘sorting my thoughts, WIPs, ideas’ kinda deal.

Do you ever have so many things swirling around in your head that you, in the end, don’t do any of them? But instead crochet Granny Squares that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with anything? Show of hands please ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Yep, this happened last night ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

And since there’s a Meme for everything…๐Ÿ˜

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But – today’s another day, and, hopefully, this will help me get everything organized! ๐Ÿค“ Thanks for letting me bend your ear! ๐Ÿ˜˜ Ear? Eyes? Hmm…you know what I mean!

So here’s everything in a nutshell…

First some things that actually did get done…

I finished another purse…well, I still have to sew in the lining

Things I learned while making the purse:
1. Pay attention to what you’re doing! Trying to solve a murder alongside “Monk” while crocheting the base, will lead to a tote, not a purse! ๐Ÿ˜‹
2. One skein of (gorgeous, beautiful) handspun yarn (72 yards) is just barely enough for 4 rounds! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
3. I love the “Bobble Stitch”! ๐Ÿ˜

This next one made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
I made a Puzzle Poncho for my lovely friend Lili

And these are some of the things that are swirling…

The ‘ Puzzle Sweater’ is coming along quite nicely – of course, now that it’s getting warmer ๐Ÿ˜…

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Since my waist is nowhere near her’s, I will have to finish it away from the Mannequin ๐Ÿ˜„

The start of a new poncho…

Last week I came across thisย ย ย โฌ‡๏ธ on Facebook.ย I got all swooney, thinking they’re gorgeous Agate slices. Nope – they’re Puzzles. How cool is that?!

And then my ‘Crochet Brain’ kicked in, and I thought “This design would make a beautiful blanket”! Can you see it?
So I got started on that – different ideas came to life

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Or maybe a pillow? Or a Purse? I’m still mulling it over.

Aaaand last but not least I now also have to figure out what I’m going to do with the Granny Squares from last night! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Oh….one more thing! Since I even skipped ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’ last weekend – here’s my favorite one! I don’t know why, but it made me laugh ’til I cried

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Okay – now I’ll get off my soapbox, and let you carry on with your life!

I’m sending Smilesย ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugsย ๐Ÿค— and Loveย ๐Ÿ’• your way!

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Do You Love Purple? ๐Ÿ’œ

Hello my lovely friends๐Ÿ’œ How are you on this fine day? I hope all is well! ๐Ÿ˜

It wasn’t too long ago that I discovered my love for purple. It actually started with some beautiful Amethysts I found in my Jewelry making days. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So here are some things and facts in/about Purple ๐Ÿ˜€
>THE MEANING OF PURPLE AROUND THE GLOBE โ€ข In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husbandโ€™s death.

โ€ข The purple in the U.S. military Purple Heart award represents courage. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who have been wounded in action.

โ€ข In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.

โ€ข A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as โ€œThe Purpleโ€ โ€” a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.

โ€ข In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.

โ€ข Purple was the royal color of the Caesars.

โ€ข In pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience, and trust.

โ€ข Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.

โ€ข In Tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.

โ€ข Traditionally, in Iran, purple is a color of what is to come. A sun or moon that looks purple during an eclipse is an omen of bloodshed within the year.

(Source: Wikipedia)

๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ

This is one of my favorite poems. ๐Ÿ˜ It was written in 1961 by Jenny Joseph. The 2nd line was actually the inspiration for the ‘Red Hats Club’ ๐Ÿ˜

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

When I’m an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in other people’s gardens

And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple

๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ

We all know the beautiful Lavender fields of the Provence.

I just learned that the UK also has purple scenery ๐Ÿ˜Š

Castle Lavender Farm is the largest lavender farm in the United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ

Beautiful Projects…

…like these Wristwarmers <— Link will take you to Ravelry or this ‘Purple-icious Shawl’ ๐Ÿ˜ This is my design, but this Link will take you to Ravelry Here are a few things that you normally wouldn’t think of when you hear ‘Purple’ ๐Ÿ˜

Like the purple kitchen! Yay or Nay? ๐Ÿ˜‹

Purple doors are a definite Yay for me ๐Ÿ˜ How about a purple car? ๐Ÿ˜Ž Purple Candy! Yes, please! ๐Ÿคฉ Did I forget anything? ๐Ÿ˜„ What do you think? Is purple your color? Or are you still waiting to fall in love with it?

I would love to know! ๐Ÿ˜

Have a fabulous ‘Purple-icious’ day! ๐Ÿ’•

In the Spotlight – The (finished!) Puzzle Poncho ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ†

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Would you please raise your glass…

and help me celebrate the completion of the Puzzle Poncho! ๐Ÿ˜

…with cozy (attached) Infinity Scarf

Some details…

The ends are all tucked away…finally! It happened again this morning – just when I thought I got them all, I discovered another cluster. But now, about an hour and a half later, I reeaaaly got them all (I checked all around, inside and out) twice ๐Ÿ˜œ

I will bask in the feeling of satisfaction for a bit. But, as we all know, there is no rest for the wicked – I do have a few WIPs to tend to. One is near completion, let’s talk about that tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜

A little hint – I finally figured out what to do with the ‘They-don’t-match-anything’ yellow/grey Granny Squares

Thanks to the advice from the lovely Brenna from the wonderful blog Crochet 539 – she had told me to set it aside, and wait for a flash of inspiration. ๐Ÿ˜Š I did just that, and I am quite pleased with the result.

I hope you will join me tomorrow for some WIP talk, and some random ramblings. ๐Ÿ˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

WiPs โ€˜n Things

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I really dropped the ‘blogging-ball’ last month. ๐Ÿ™ƒ So one of the things I have to change – not calling it a resolution … ’cause they tend to come here to die ๐Ÿ˜œ – is getting back into the rhythm, writing more, visiting with you! I did miss you all! ๐Ÿ˜

It’s already the 6th, so I am getting a late start, but we can call this a Trial Month, I guess ๐Ÿ˜

It’s ok… I read it on the Internets, so it’s the truth!๐Ÿ˜‚

Besides the usual holiday craziness last month, there were a few things that kept me busy, leading to falling behind in some endeavors, put things on the back burner.

One of the ‘distractions’ was a custom order for a poncho and a hat

The lovely lady that gave Feronia a new home, contacted me and ordered another Poncho and a Tassel Hat…this time in all black ๐Ÿ˜ณ You know me… I love my things crazy and colorful. So it was definitely a challenge. A few times I had to fight the notion to put a pink stitch in. Just one…right here ๐Ÿ˜‚

But – I fought it, and it was worth the struggle. She looooved it! ๐Ÿ˜

In between all the Christmas ‘duties’, presents, and planned projects, the son of dear friends of ours and his wife welcomed a baby boy into their midst…a little early. But he was close to 8 pounds – so he was ready to meet the world ๐Ÿ˜ We think he wanted to see the Christmas tree ๐Ÿ˜ and his ‘ Granny Square Blanket’ ๐Ÿ˜

Then this one here took a lot of my time… The Puzzle Poncho ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you remember – probably not, since you have a life…so let me jog your memory – it started as a Cowl.While I was working on that, and really liking it, my mind wandered to the possibilities of all things fabulous that would look great in this color combo.

I decided on another puzzle piece…’cause I really enjoy making small pieces and putting them together.

After it took shape I worked on it like a woman possessed ๐Ÿ˜

And it’s done! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Well, almost – the neckline will be an Infinity Scarf…it’ll look like a loose turtleneck, and the dreaded ends. Still gotta weave in some ends. ๐Ÿ˜ซ I’ve woven in a ton already. Every time I think I’m done I discover another cluster.

It sure is a crazy piece…I can’t wait to wear it out and about! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Also…some ‘ Bohemian Queen’ cowls are close to being finished. Miss Katherine (โฌ†๏ธ the one with the hat) is giving you a sneak peek ๐Ÿ˜Š

That’s all the news from the hook and drawing board. I’m looking forward to showing you the finished pieces, and some new WIPs that are – for now – just floating around in my head. ๐Ÿ˜

Have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿค—

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