Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday with an update, scroll down yall.

Hope everyone here in the States had a great Thanksgiving. Since we either make our gifts or order online, I don't have to get involved in the Black Friday shopping frenzies. Speaking of making gifts, a friend in North Carolina, who has her own blog, commissioned a crocheted hat for one of her girls. It was my first attempt at crocheting a child's hat, let alone a novelty hat, but I'm happy with it.

The colors aren't true in this shot, as the pink is much prettier than it shows up here, but hey, it's for a kid. She wont really care that much about the colors.

So that's my quick little post for today.  Even though our Thanksgiving dinner is small compared to some of the shindigs that others have, there is still a kitchen to clean.  So with that in mind, I'm back to doing my chores.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend and stay safe and DO NOT get pepper sprayed at Walmart!

Here is a picture of Layla in her new hat, sent to me by her mom yesterday.

The perfect picture!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My, Oh time flies.

Can't believe it's been three weeks since my last post.  Good thing I don't have to do penance for that. As we know, just because I'm not posting doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Some of you may remember that I'm currently on a needlework kick.  That's the way I am, I might spend several years doing nothing but polymer beads and then six months on pastel paintings and so on. So I'm doing needlework. Crochet, knitting, and bit of needlepoint here and there and pretty soon you have nice little frillies for you, your home and your friends and family.

You may remember me discussing my latest stab at knitting.  I cannot remember if I posted the shawl that I knitted.  Said shawl started out as a scarf and morphed into a shawl/lap blanket.  It's got several apparent boo boos, but that's what makes it unique...

In addition to the shawl, I have crocheted several potholders.  I have been crocheting since I was a teen, but I never really tried to learn any more than a standard single or double crochet.  Armed with that knowledge, and alternating those two stitches, you get a textured piece that looks like these bad boys...

If you are a crocheter, you will notice that I changed it up a bit and did a double row of double crochet in the center of the top potholder.  I am always wanting to know what will happen "if".  I have lots of unfinished projects because of this quirky quest for learning new stitches, but once again...that's OK.

I used to love those lacy, yet sturdy doilies that everyone had back in the olden days of my youth.  It never occurred to me that they were being created by some little old gray haired lady in her living room.  They look so complicated that I just knew it took a crew of medieval tapestry weavers and artisans to create these little works of art. Well, I just decided I can do something like this, myself. Soooo, with all that in mind I purchased a ball of red cotton thread/yarn and started to crochet a hairband/head warmer type of thing.  Three weeks I'm working on this thing and this is what I have so far...

It takes so long to do, this decision to make something solid out of duh...thread.  I realize now why items made using this yarn are light and open and done in chain stitch.  Only a novice like yours truly would choose single crochet to embark on her first journey into cotton thread.  We will see how this progresses.  I really love the color and the feel of the fabric that is being so laboriously created.  It may end up as the fabric for a small purse or such.

Last, but certainly not least, is the craft project that I was working on at the time of my last post.  You know the "snob about crafts" post?  Well, I finished it and went a bit out of the box with some added embellishing with several paint pens, and am happy with the results.  It is a craft kit that hubby got off of eBay several years ago.  I have about five or six more and I'm spacing them out to make them last.  So I present to you...

He's a sleepy little owl sitting on a crushed glass branch, with crushed glass leaves.  His feathers are comprised of orange and white crushed stone that I glued on after lining the design out in black waxed cording.  Easy once you get the hang of how to handle the cording and how much glue to use.  Since the original glue was not usable, hello...1970, I used Aleen's white, extra tacky, glue.  Good substitute.

So there you have it.  In between a weekend trip to DC to meet with some like minded folks and going to the gym week days, I still find time to create.  Now, my house looks like a cyclone when through it, but that's another post for another day.  Point being, I still contend that there is an artist lurking within each of us.  We just have to encourage that shy little artist to come by more often.  Mine has taken up permanent residence, so I try to keep her fed and warm and happy.

That's it for today.  Have a great week and have some fun!