I πŸ’œ DandelionsΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back πŸ˜ƒ

This post started out as a collection of ‘Random Things’, with just a tiny Dandelion seed blowing across it. 😊 But Dandelions are so amazing, I decided they deserve their own space. 😍

So I set out and found some Dandelion-related funnies, pictures, inspirations, and a poem to share with you πŸ’œ

First…a funnyΒ 


Such a lovely sentiment…

An artsy idea…Β 

I think this would be an awesome gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, if you let the wee ones ‘paint’ the flowers with their fingerprints 😍


Here’s a craft idea…


(I found this on ‘crafttricks.com)

More…12 things to make with Dandelion Flowers Β to be exact πŸ˜‹ were published by Β  Β  Β Β  The nerdy Farmwife

Here’s where I go in my dreams 😊 

I’ve had this dream of a little house, surrounded by Dandelions, for a long time now… Β  Β  Β  Living on ‘My Dandelion Farm’ πŸ’•

A little ‘Folk Art’ Doodle from last year 😁

A field of a hundred wishes 😌

 Beautiful words about a beautiful flower 😊 

Dandelion

I could tell you of a story, of this flower that I saw.
Growing in a little crack, this flower had it all.

It’s beauty got me thinking, how quicky we forget.
It isn’t where we come from, it’s that we never quit.

The struggles that this flower faced, no quiver nor a fall.Β 
It rose above the chances,Β 
through this crack that was so small.

The only will was life, and the chance that it may “be”.Β 
Exist in ways intended, and truly live as free.

This dandelions beauty, gives me the strength to know,
content with where I’m rooted,
and will to always grow.

~ Ricky LouisΒ 

I hope you enjoyed my ‘love letter’ to all Dandelions πŸ’œ

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-day 😘

See you tomorrow!

Until then πŸ’•

Just A Few Random Things πŸ¦„

Hello my lovely friends    πŸ’•  It’s been a minute or two, hasn’t it? Actually – almost a week 😳 Oh my! I’ve been a bit under the weather all week πŸ€’ so it’s not been the most productive one. But…I’m back πŸ€— and really glad you are too!

Today I just wanna show you a few random things I’ve thought about this past week…just to get back into the swing of it all. 😁

1. A few months ago I bought some succulents, and on the way home a few of the leaves broke fell off. Luckily I had just read an article about ‘Propagading Succulents’ πŸ˜ƒ So I thought I give it a try. And guess what? It worked! 😎 See….

Well, I guess I don’t have a picture from the beginning – this is about 3 weeks in 😊 It did slow down some after the initial ‘growth spurt’

       

But they are coming along nicely 😍



2. While searching for the ‘Wildflower’ poem last week – you might remember – I came across these lovely words from Rustine Hamlett  πŸ’œ

This makes me smile every time…

 I Tried To Write A Poem…

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
but when i sought to find the words
like hummingbirds, they flew!

i tried to bake some cookies
a dozen, just for You
but before they hit the oven
we’d shared the yummy goo

i tried to paint a picture
a picture just for You
but the colors all ran out of line
like sunlight through the dew

i tried to plant a garden
wildflowers, just for You
but when i’d tilled and sown the soil
too tall for me they grew!

i tried to find a treasure
a treasure just for You
but when i looked inside the chest
i found a gift from You

i tried to tell a story
a mystery, just for You
but when i lost the villain’s trail
’twas You who found the clue

i tried to catch some fireflies
green starlight, just for You
but you smiled, and set the lightning free
when i brought my lamp to You

i tried to find the perfect shell
a conch shell, just for You
but all i found were little stars
who tickled like You do!

i tried to find an angel
an angel just for You
but when i told her who You were
she said “you can’t have two”

i tried to catch a falling star
a wish, made just for You
but when i did, You said “My dear,
all I’ve wished for is in you…”

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
this time i found all the words
to tell the world of You

Lovely, isn’t it? 😊

3.  Walking through our garden this morning, I noticed how strong the Wisteria grew this Spring and Summer 😍 Can you see how tightly it wove itself around the trellis? 




4. Now a few things worth mentioning…but -sadly- without pictures (for now). This shall be corrected real soon 😁

~ A few WIPs are almost done – mostly smalls. I’ve been working on double-layer dishcloths (worked in Tunesian Stitch in the round! 😳 It’s supercool…wait ’til you see this (I might be a smidge overexcited πŸ˜‚)

~ I baked my bread for the ‘Fantastic Bake-Off’ πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ It’s fabulously delicious πŸ˜‹ I’ll show ya tomorrow.

~ I collected some hilarious things for tomorrow’s ‘Weekend Chuckle’ 😜

So – that was my week in a quick review 😊 

I sure hope you enjoyed it a bit, and come visit again tomorrow! πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

And So it Begins ~ ‘Bohemian Oasis’ Β – A Boho Crochet-Along πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Are you ready for a new Crochet-Along? 😊 I’m so excited, and hope that you’ll have fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Since it’s not a ‘Mystery CAL’ I can tell you…we’re making a cozy blanket. An oasis for your living room – something to snuggle under in the colder months to come. It’s hard to imagine right now that I ever want to sit under a blanket, but it’s coming! πŸ˜‰

I will give you a few tips on how to change it into a shawl, a larger blanket, or even a Wallhanging. 😁

But now…without further ado….here’s Part 1

(Please be patient with me 😊 this is my very first (own) crochet along…so if I stumble a bit, or am not clear on anything – give me a nudge πŸ€— I think together we can make this a fabulous experience πŸ’œ)


It’s actually 32″ wide but in the full picture you couldn’t see the detail. 😁

There was a lot of trial and error…translation – frogging πŸ˜„ But I ironed out the problems, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. 

So today I’m going to show you how to crochet the ‘Flower Grannies’. They are your foundation. 

There are 5, for a total width of 32″ (including the connection crochet) We’ll work a 3″ border around everything at the end for a total of 38″. 

If you want to make a larger blanket just add more squares. I picked stitches that work with any number of foundation stitches. πŸ€“

But first…the ‘Flower Granny’ 

Abbreviations:

htc = half treble crochet 

tc = treble crochet 

dc2tog = yo, insert hook in designated stitch, pull yarn through, yo, through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into same stitch, pull through. Yo, pull through 2loops, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops.

1. Start with a Magic Ring. Ch3, yo, dc in the base of the chain. *Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Fasten off 

 

*Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Close ring with a slipstitch. Fasten off

2. Connect your second color. Ch 3, dc in ch1 space at the base of the chain. Ch1, dc2tog in same space. Ch1. Work *dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog groups in each ch1 space. 

  I marked the placements with pins 

Connect with a slipstitch. 

3. Ch3, turn your work around, 2dc into space at the base of the chain. Ch 1. *Work 3dc into every ch1 space of the previous row 

= 12 groups of 3. Connect with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 



4. Connect your third color. Ch3, 2dc in space at the base of your chain. Ch 1, 3 dc into next ch1 space. Ch1 – now you’ll work the corner. 2 htr, 1tc, ch3, 1 tc, 2 hdc. *Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, crochet the corner. Repeat from *. End with a corner. Connect with a slipstitch, and fasten off. 

Done! 😍 Isn’t that a nice weekend project? 

Then you want to connect them πŸ˜€ I picked this join stitch because it goes perfect with anything Granny Square, plus it aids in keeping the project ‘flowy’ 😌 

I posted a tutorial for this join stitch a few weeks ago…you can find it here πŸ™‚

I honestly hope you like the project I picked for us πŸ€— Please holler if you have any questions or concerns! I’m always just a quick message away 😘

Let me know what you think about this project! Will you join in? πŸ’œ That would be pretty awesome! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few ‘Weekend Chuckles’…I did find some good ones! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Until then πŸ’•

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday β˜€οΈ Adorable HydrangeasΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! 

Since quite a few of you loved the ‘Hydrangea Purse’ in the making I decided apply the title loosely and make today’s post less about a new stitch, but a cute flower instead. πŸ€“

If you look really hard you’ll find a new stitch – if you wanna call it that – a Picot πŸ”Ί <—– yeah, something like that 😏

Now to the flower 😊 You’re probably tapping your foot by now πŸ˜‰

Here it is 

     Cute, eh? 😊
And really a fast and easy project. πŸ’•

But first – these are the things you need to know (besides the basic sc and ch)

hdc – yo, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through. Yo, pull yarn through all 3 loops

dc -yo, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through. Yo, pull yarn through 2 loops twice 

htr- yo twice, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through (5 loops). Yo, pull yarn through 2 loops, yo, pull yarn through 3 loops

Picot – Ch 3, slipstitch into base of chain 

Magic Ring – wrap yarn around your finger twice, insert hook into the ring, pull yarn through, chain 1 (you want to hold the ‘ring’ and the tail between thumb and forefinger πŸ˜‰)


Okay….now really The Flower 😁

1. Make a ‘Magic Ring’, and crochet 8 sc into it (twice the amount of desired petals); hold the row of sc, and pull the yarntail. Cool, huh? πŸ˜‹ Close circle with a slipstitch into the first slipstitch.

    

And now you know why it’s called a ‘Magic Ring’ πŸ˜€

2. Place *a hdc into the space under the hook. Now into the same space 1 dc, 1 htr, Picot, 1 htr, 1 dc, 1 hdc. Slipstitch into the next stitch*. 

Move to the next stitch and repeat * to * 3 times. 

And your flower is done! πŸ˜€

  

The bead is optional, but I think it’s a nice touch 😍

I’ve already made a few more for my purse project πŸ€“

 
As soon as it’s done I’ll share the creative process with you – that will hopefully be very soon 😏

As usual on a Sunday I lolligagged a bit – so now it’s dinner time already! 😳 It’s soooo hot here these days that I’m running out of ideas for ‘Hot Weather Dishes’ really fast. πŸ€” Oh well, we’ll find something πŸ˜‚

Thanks for stopping by 😍 As usual…if you have any questions, need to clarify something in the instructions ~ just holler! 

I shall be back sometime this week – probably tomorrow or Tuesday. 😘

Until then πŸ’•



Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 A Pinwheel, Hydrangeas, and two scarves 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• It’s always fabulous to see you here! 

I have a few projects on various hooks these days 😎 

If you saw yesterday’s post you already know a little bit about the Hydrangea blossoms, and how a little spark of an idea, a hook and some yarn turned into these…

Part of the idea was to turn them – and many more like it – into a Boho purse. Yesterday I wasn’t sure how to accomplish that. —-> see yesterday’s post for the ways I considered. 😊

Well, now I’m one step closer – this is how it’s gonna be 

  I’ll sew them onto a felted wool-sweater, and add a handle

What do you think? Looks like it’s gonna be fabulous, doesn’t it? πŸ€“

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It’s a bit difficult to think of scarfs and wraps right now – but nevertheless, I persisted! πŸ˜‹

I have two to show ya….

1.

 Inspired by my ‘New Stitch Sunday’ post 😍

2. 

And this one is pretty much done….I just have to secure the “yarn tails”.  πŸ˜•


I love how this one turned out. The cool thing is, it kinda designed itself while I was crocheting. Every time I got to the end of a segment, I remembered a certain yarn from my stash….and wouldn’t you know it – it was always the perfect one. πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’œ See little Eddie hanging out under the couch? Right in the path of the AC flow. Smart dog! 😍

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Speaking of Yarn-Tails. Don’t you hate the dreaded little things that always seem to double the time it takes to finish a project! 😣 

The stack of Flower-Squares is growing….maybe I should sew in some tails now…before I make more?! When do you deal with them? As you go or at the end? 


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And then….the “Yarnspiration” Crochet Along 😍 I started that this morning, so there’s not much to show you yet 


It’ll be a ‘Pinwheel Blanket’ – so far I’m pretty happy with it. πŸ˜€

I’d like to tell you more about it….the difficult color choice πŸ˜‰ my ‘brain fart’ moment πŸ˜‚            How about we do that tomorrow? And then we can also look at the pattern together! πŸ€—

Alrighty! It’s a date! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

As always I’m looking forward to chatting with you! πŸ’œ Tag…you’re it! 😁

Thanks for visiting! I’ll see ya tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

A Beautiful Combo ~ Crochet & Flowers πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Good to see you! πŸ˜ƒ

I started a new project…yeah, I know – too many hooks occupied already around this house 😝 But what’s one more, right?! πŸ€“

Plus, I have a pretty good excuse. I had to at least start it before the picture in my mind is lost forever. ☺️ See, this morning, while watering my hydrangeas – that took a while…they’re very thirsty these days because of the heatwave 🌞 – so as I stood there admiring the pretty flowers, the picture of a cute boho purse popped into my head. How delightful would that be? 😍

I started immediately…playing with various size hooks, different stitches, and came up with these 


They do look somewhat like Hydrangeas, don’t you think? There will be 3, 4, 5 petal blossoms – just like on the real-live plant. πŸ™‚

Now I’m trying to figure out how to connect them…

Crochet didn’t look right. Nope, no pictures – it really wasn’t great. πŸ˜•

I tried sewing them together….which would work, but they’re too close together – so you can’t see where one flower ends and the other one begins. πŸ€” 

Wait…now I have an idea! Maybe I’ll do a multicolored bed of Hydrangeas! Hmmm – let me think on that. I’ll let you know. 😊

So far the prettiest solution seems to be needlefelting. Can you see a piece of green woolen material as the background? Have to try it!

 I only have grey or red right now…but let’s see 


What do you think? Needlefelted, with a bit of the background showing? That might work! πŸ˜ƒ

Thanks for visiting and showing interest in this little project! πŸ€— I’ll keep you posted. 

Tomorrow is WiP Wednesday – I hope you’ll be back so I can show you all the other projects. πŸ˜‹

Until then πŸ’• 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday – 🌺🌼🌸 ~ PowerΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•Welcome back! πŸ€—

I bet the flowers in your garden are just fabulous right now! 😍 Nothing can compete with that beauty….but we’re gonna try! 😁

These blooms are beautiful – right?! 😎 – and you’ll be surprised how easy they are to crochet. 


But don’t take my word for it…see for yourself 

You need two colors of yarn – mine was for hook size 5.5mm, and the flowers are about 2″ in diameter. 

Start with ch 4. Close it into a ring by placing a slipstitch in the first chain. 

Ch 1, place 12 sc into the ring. Change color.

Slipstitch into first ch, (*)ch 3, yarn over (yo), insert hook into the same stitch, and pull the loop until it’s as long as the ch 3.


Repeat twice. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, pull up loop. Repeat twice. There should be 13 loops on your hook. 

Yo, pull yarn through all loops. Ch 2


Slipstitch into next stitch, ch 3, repeat from (*) 5 times. 

Finish by placing a slipstitch into the 1st row slipstitch. 

There! πŸ˜€ Aren’t they pretty? 


Now you can make many more, stitch them together for a pillowcase. 

Or sew on a pinback and wear it as a brooch. 

Or sew it onto your hat. 

Or…I’m sure you can come up with more clever things for them. ☺️

Now I have something else for ya…it’s not a new stitch – just a (for me) new way of using the…πŸ₯ Slipstitch πŸ₯ Make a whole project in a Slipstitch. 😳 Have you ever done that? It looks great, and I’m sure it’s very warm and cozy…but it’s quite time consuming. 


I did this sample piece by placing the stitches in the back loops only. I don’t know if you can see it here, but after 2, 3 rows it was more a topstitch. 😏 Apparently you’ll get a different effect when you use the front loops only. I’ll try that next, and will report back. 😎

One tip – When you try this…be wary of the ‘auto pilot’ in your brain. More than once did it tell me to do a yarn over for a single crochet. πŸ˜‹

I hope this all made sense. If not – don’t hesitate to point it out. Any questions? I’m just a message away, and more than happy to help. πŸ€“

So…I’ll go now and try this front loop thing. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your day/weekend/week! I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

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