Saturday, September 20, 2014

International Crochet Day and a Thank You!

Last Saturday a friend and I joined other ladies at the Sadu House to celebrate International Crochet day!  

 I made my way around the room checking out what the others were up to.  
 The best part was meeting two ladies from Instagram whom I had not met in person before.
And a huge thank you to lovely blog friend, Meredith at Mereknits, who sent me two crochet books all the way from Florida.  It's always a blessing to receive mail on this side of the world.  And a miracle when it arrives safely.  Thank you so much Meredith.  Your package and card really made my day!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stashbusting Sunday: September Inspired

Boy oh boy!
This first week of September seems to have just flown by.
School days are busy and when I get home, I really don't feel like doing a whole heck of a lot.  Mostly, I kick cleaning to the curb and turn to crochet for peace and tranquility.

On Friday, a friend asked if I could crochet some anchors for her daughter who has been taking diving lessons.  She has four diving captains that she wants to give gifts to and sent a picture of what she had found online.  The first pattern I googled was in 3 pieces (top left), which was okay, but not what I was looking for.  Later in the day, and quite by accident, I came across a pattern by Petals to Picot that works up as one piece.
The only problem is they aren't very stiff so I am trying to figure that out.  I told her I would just make a bunch up and she could do whatever she wants with them.  As a surprise, I made her a little gift bag and will get some chocolate fish to put inside.
My jar topper collection continues to grow.  Pattern can
 be found here at Nata's Nest.  
Also from Nata's Nest is the Mandala Flower Coaster which I've made a lot of.
Both patterns are great for stashbusting  as they are super quick and use up all those little yarn bits you might have laying about.  

Hope you are having a super Sunday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Make It Monday: Jar Toppers, Drawings and Donuts

Yesterday when visiting some of the stashbusting participants, I came across a free crochet pattern for a jam pot cover from Nata's Nest.  I have saved tons and tons of jars and have wanted to make decorative toppers for them but have never done so, until now ...
Aren't they lovely?
It's like making a little fitted doily.  Such a quick project.  And so satisfying.   I made these 6 just last night and plan to make lots more.

I've been doodling, drawing and playing with watercolors which is a lot of fun. 

Even drew and painted my own little version of Taos Pueblo.
The other night I made baked blueberry muffins and they were a hit with co-workers.  If you'd like to make your own, you can find the recipe here.
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stashbusting Sunday: Summer Finale

Today is the final installment of the Summer Stashbusting Link Party at Linda's Crafty Corner.
The new link party will come out tomorrow.
Weather here is pretty darn awful lately.  The humidity has been extremely high so there has been no outdoor activity, no walking, for a couple of weeks now.

So what's a girl to do but stay inside where it is nice and cool and crochet (every once in a while I do actually have to clean something.)
Tiny bowls
 Flowers bookmarks (or decorations)
 Gift bags
 A colorful mandala using this pattern again.
 And a smaller one using this pattern.
That's what I've accomplished on the crochet front in this last week of August.

I can't believe the month is already over.
Have a great day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sightseeing Saturday: Taos

The 6th town we visited last month was Taos, New Mexico.
A great little day trip from where we were in Las Vegas, NM, but also a short trip if you are ever in Santa Fe.
Our specific destination was Taos Pueblo.
The pueblo is about 1000 years old and is the only living Native American Community that is designated a World Heritage Site and a Historic Landmark.  This north side pueblo is said to be one of the most photographed and painted images in North America.
St. Jerome Church was built in 1850 to replace the original church that was destroyed by the US Army in 1847 during the War with Mexico.
The original 1619 church was destroyed during the Spanish Revolt but rebuilt in 1680.  All that remains of it now is the bell steeple.
The Taos Community is known as being one of the most private, secretive and conservative pueblos.  90% of the Taos Indians are Catholic.
Although running water, electricity and indoor plumbing are prohibited in the pueblo, there are about 150 full time residents who make their money by tourist trade, traditional crafts and food concessions.
Their water source is Red Willow Creek which runs through the middle of the compound.
Originally the only way into a pueblo was through a square hole in the roof.  Ladders could easily be pulled up in case of attack.  It wasn't until the 1900's that doors were installed.
The pueblo is one mile north of the modern town of Taos.
We had lunch and wandered around for awhile before heading back to Las Vegas, NM for the night.

On the road again.
Next stop is Durango, Colorado.

Have a super Saturday!
And for those celebrating Labor Day, have a great three-day weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Make It Monday: Two New Things

This afternoon I tried a new pattern for a standard crochet mandala.
I just wanted something simple that worked up quickly.
The pattern is increased rounds with a scalloped border.
Can't get much easier than that.
 You can find the pattern at A Creative Being.
I definitely want to make more in brighter colors.  I think they will make great gifts with a vase of flowers.

I also tried a new recipe for vegan peanut butter cookies.
My husband isn't a peanut butter eater like me, but he says the cookies are delicious!
And my son just shouted from the kitchen "good cookies, Mom" so you know they gotta be good.
Recipe can be found at Blissful Basil.
Have a marvelous Monday!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stashbusting Sunday: A Week of Makes

In addition to the wonky baskets I posted about this past week ...
same pattern (found here), different result ...
 I also crocheted some regular square dishcloths; daisy wheel dishcloths; tea light holders; and a jar jacket.
I made flowers using this pattern from The Lazy Hobbyhopper.
 Made a cardboard loom and tried my hand at making a tiny little rustic weaving. (It now hangs proudly on the wall of our tv room from a little stick I picked up from my walks.)
 And Susan, this photo is for you ... crocheted decorations for the window that I sit by every day.  So much nicer than looking at a dirty window.
 More stashbusting projects can be found at Linda's Crafty Corner.

Have a super Sunday!
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