Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Inspiration Give and Take

As much as I enjoyed my walks last week, I had to stop.  I have an allergy to the sun that causes me to break out in itchy, red bumps that take weeks to heal.  Very aggravating!
Although I can't enjoy the sun, my moss roses certainly do.  Each and every morning, their little pink blooms pop out to say hello and then close up when the heat of the day settles in.
  Since I'm stuck inside, instead of doing what I should be doing (cleaning/organizing), I am doing what I like to do (crochet, cross-stitch, cooking, baking, blogging).
Recently, Val at Yarni Gras posted about the jar covers she crocheted that were partly inspired by some I made in the past.  It's nice to inspire others and then find that you are once again inspired to create.
Recycled jars are getting new life with cotton yarn in pretty colors.  
And last month, LaTeaDah at Gracious Hospitality posted the daisy dishcloths she was crocheting that were inspired by my March post entitled Chocolate, Crochet and Tea.  She is still happily crocheting away and inspired me to make more, too.
Obviously I wasn't really paying attention when I made these.
Same pattern, different sizes.  I think I got a little carried away.
Even though I really didn't need to, I swung by the craft store the other day for more yarn.
More yarn = more projects.
That means I need to get to work!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Anne said...

Tammy I just love love love those jars. What a great idea. I love your yarn shop too. Mine does not have the selection of colors as yours which can be very frustrating when wanting to make a project.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Girl after my own heart!!! LOVE the yarn stores!!

So sorry about your sun allergy. I have a friend who gets those bumps, too. A real bummer for trying to get out and exercise!!

Mereknits said...

Perfect way to spend the day. Think how inspirational you are to others that is fantastic!
Hugs to you,

Mistea said...

I want to visit that yarn store - so neat and full of inspiration.
Enjoy those projects.

crafty cat corner said...

I had to enlarge the picture of the yarn store to take a real good look. There is no way I could walk out of this store without at least one ball of yarn.
Tammy, have you ever tried scrumbling crochet? its great for using up odds and ends.

Elna said...

So nice cans were and how funny with a great yarn shop.


Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Tammy,
Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet and thoughtful note..Thank You..
It's a pleasure meeting you, I have been reading many of your posts and enjoyed everyone. I love to stop in our local yarn store too and see all the new and pretty colors, I always end up buying more yarn too..
I have become your newest follower, have a sweet day and stay out of the Sun, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see you are inspiring others. I know you have always been an inspiration to me!

val said...

ooooo, that yarn store is AMAZING!
I hope you enjoy your day even though you couldn't get out in the sun!

Sharon said...

Your moss roses are so pretty. The yarn shop is out of this world. I love your crochet, especially the rocks. Thanks for sending me to the rainbow. Gorgeous!!!! We actually have sunshine today.

Dagmar said...

Love the crocheted jar as well as your yarn shop..what's not to love about losing yourself in there for a day or so! ❤

Maria at said...

GREAT POST:) Your blog is so wonderful and I want to follow, do you have twitter or facebook??

If you want some Swedish décor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
Have a great weekend.

LOVE Maria at

Rostrose said...

Oh no, Tammy, a sun-allergy! What a pitty!!!
Your Hello-saying moss-roses look so sweet :o))
And I like your "same pattern, different sizes"-crocheting-artwork: You could sew them together and create flowers with them! :o)
Your recycled jars are pretty dressed, too!
You need new projects?
Perhaps you would like the projects of my blog friend Luna? She also cannot go outside so much when it's hot for health reasons - and so she couldn't come to our picknick. Therefore she ist crocheting beautiful bedspreads and pillows. Look here:
I'm sending lots of rusty-rose-hugs from Austria

nanny said...

So sorry about your allergy, but you sure are creating beautiful pieces!!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I love your cross stitching. Is that on a 7 count fabric using yarn? Very nice.

You certainly do inspire us, each and every day with all your words and lovely pictures.

Hope you get to feeling better soon...stay cool and keep on stitching. :)

I loved the shops of the yarn at your local store. Is knitting and crochet really big where you are at? Is there a knit/crochet club you go to?

Hope you are having a wonderful day...
Blessings always

All4MeggyMoo said...

jars look awesome as does your cross stitch.
i love doilys

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

You at least follow your heart, which is always the best to do. Enjoy your summer vacation as you please. Great craft store you have in your city.
Love to you,

Becca said...

Love the jar cozies Tammy, and look at all that yarn! Oh my, I go crazy in yarn stores!

Catherine said...

Tammy I like the way you spend your time inside crocheting and doing pretty cross stitch much more than the thought of cleaning and organising. I had been thinking about making some of those jar covers too, might just have to give them a go, your's look really pretty. I just love visiting yarn shops too:) x

kimmie said...

A good thing you know how to keep busy in your cozy home! Cute projects :)

I get a rash from the sun too - but don't have to worry about that too much up here in the Pacific Northwest - I go everywhere in my sunhat though - even on cloudy days.

LDH said...

I love the crocheted jar covers you make and want to make a few as well. Your projects are always so cute and inspire many :)

vintage grey said...

Love all your pretties, especially the daisy dishcloths! I need to make some! xo Heather

Sherry said...

It was so nice to read your post today. I have not been visiting blogs much lately but took a few minutes this evening to visit some of my favorites. I love the colorful jars, I am planning a crochet project, a little change from all of the quilting. I have been inside with my husband who is doing well after surgery, reading inspiring blogs gives me a little boost.

podso said...

Love those jar covers! Have you posted the pattern before? Looks so delicate and pretty! What a lot of yarn to choose from at that yarn shop.

Createology said...

I am sorry you are stuck inside however your creative muse is really making some wonderful items. Your jars are perfect for the extra touch for homebaked goodies inside. Looks like you have a great yarn store so you are adequately supplied. Happy crocheting and Smiles from your hot pink rock roses.

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

What cute jar covers! So glad you have something to create while spending time inside.

Have a great week.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Tammy, I'm sorry about your allergy. It's good that you are so creative and know how to entertain yourself while staying inside.
You've been so busy crocheting, embroidering and baking. The short bread and your cakes look very yummy. We have lots of fruit trees in the garden and now it's plum time. So I've been baking several plum cakes and yesterday hubby made plum ice cream. A friend gave me recipe for a plum sauce that I still have to try.
Your crochet and embroidery projects are fabulous. Since you had asked, how about some buttons on the empty space of the coffee can? I'm in the mood to crochet something but haven't found a good yarn shop yet.
Have a great day :-)!

koralee said...

Your work is amazing...I do love those sweet covered jars.
Oh yes my is still in for me BUT come Friday...I am as free as a bird! xoxox HUGS

angeliki said...

Hi Tammy! Your crocheted jars look stunnning! I love the so many different colours! And the craft store you went looks perfect..Makes you wanna buy something!
This inspiration part you're talking about...well, seems like we're synchronised...! Take a look at my blog and you're gonna see what I mean!
Have a super Thursday,

Monica said...

How lovely!Love your yarn covers!
Monica x

The English Romantic said...

A girl in a yarn shop, so much healthier than sweeties.
Enjoy, Angela.x

Sam I Am...... said...

Those jars are darling! I am so not creative that I have to have a pattern and a really clear one with pictures! LOL!
It sounds like you got sun poisoning. My MIL used to get that and had to stay out of the sun. Not sure what causes it (well, the sun) or why some get it and others don't. But at least now I don't feel so guilty about not walking in less heat than you have! LOL!
Yes, blogs are so inspiring especially when you don't have access to shops and places that are inspiring like me. Oh, how I yearn for a yarn shop or a book store but alas...I am blessed to have the internet!

Something Special said...

Yes, I have been stuck inside too. It is been around 111 degrees here. I should be cleaning but having to much fun crafting and organizing my studio. I am your newest follower. Loved my visit here.

Something Special said...

What a life you lead. All those places and it looks like you are living in Kuwait. Where are you originally from? Love all the crochet things on your blog!

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

The picture of that craft store makes me swoon!

Sorry to hear about your allergy, but when I stay in doors those are the same activities I love to do, too! ;-)

Enjoy your day!

Serena Lewis said...

OUCH on the allergy! My (eldest) son has an allergy to heat which can affect him all year round. He doesn't so much 'break-out' but he is instantly driven crazy with an intense itching all over his body. He has to take daily Telfast allergy medication to help keep it at bay.

Your projects are gorgeous! I love the pretty colours in the jar jackets! I'm still working on yarn projects too....haven't had much time for sketching at all.

Have a wonderful Friday! xo

Tina's Paper Creations said...

Hi Tammy! I love your crochet covered jars! And I am impressed buy al the great baking you have been doing!

Nancy Claeys said...

I love moss rose -- it's happy in dry, sunny weather and is so pretty! :)

vicki said...

Oh my gosh--- look at all of that yarn!!! What a lovely shop! I think I'd much rather be doing needlework than cleaning!!

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