Monday, November 26

Candy Apple Shrug

Well, I've finished this Shrug for Marshelle for Christmas, It's from a pattern on the Lion Brand web-site called The Candy Apple Shrug, I used Bernat Soft Boucle instead of Lion Brand Homespun. I made only the arms striped and the body part all pink, I really hope she likes it.

Now I need to edit the pics for the Mitten Photo tutorial I'm working on, hope to have it up and finished tonight.

Wednesday, November 21

Belly Cast

Well, Doris came by today and we went to Wal-Mart, I picked up some Christmas Cards so I could send some out to some people on the Ville for the Holiday wish list items, I can't do much but I can do a few cards :)

Well, Doris has been talking about a Belly Cast.. she's due in a few weeks, so it's a good time since her belly is about as big as it's going to get. Plus we're having her baby shower on Saturday and she wants to have everyone sign her belly I think is the plan.

So, we set out with plaster of paris and started covering her belly in strips. My 6 year old took the pictures, I think she did a great job, yay for digital with the LCD screen!!! Good job Kenzie!!!

Well after Doris left with her belly in the back seat Zach did some dancing with jadyn, and it was too sweet to not get pictures of.

Now it's time to bunker down and get my hooks to work for a while.

Tuesday, November 20

Another pair of Mittens

Well here are the Mittens I made for Dawny colors are Dark Orchid, Light Sage,Raspberry, and Turqua. LOTS AND LOTS of ends to weave in for a small project, but Dawn just loves them soooo that makes it worth it! Need to make a pair for Alicia.

Colors don't quite come out right in the photos. I think all the times that I've been "mittenly challenged" as Darski on the Ville calls it, was so worth it for finally overcoming my mitten-makers block. This has even built my confidence up to where I just may try me a pair of socks!

Monday, November 19

Great Mail and More Mittens

OK, so multiple posts in one day isn't usually my thing, and may be indicitive of a soon coming lull in posting, but this needs to be put out there. I was sitting at the computer minding my own business, looking at this pattern: Bev's Marvelous Mittens

Making these mittens:

When I heard a "sllluushh" on the front porch and went outside to discover this:

Open it up and it looks like this:

Dump it on a chair and it looks like this:

Get excited children to line em up so I can take a full picture and you get this:

And when you finish lining them up neatly to get a clear view you get this:

And so you don't have to do the math, YES this is a full 48 squares, and that happens to be the number needed to make 1 comfortghan!!!! These were sent to me by Pineknott from Crochetville, and I must say Linda is simply an angel, she has sent me squares before and now this is just TOO MUCH, these squares are really going to make a beautiful gift of love for someone. I can't wait to join them all and show the final product!!!

Now about the mittens, I was scrambling to get Kenzie's done before she went to her Adventurers club meeting today, and I am glad to say, I BARELY met the deadline, but she is in fact off at Adventurers donning her brand new made by mommy mittens. She loves them, she picked the colors, Dark Orchid and Raspberry:

So that's it for today, even if I finish more, no more pictures or posts until tomorrow.

Mittens and Night Shots of Snow

Well, I couldn't sleep very well last night because I felt defeated by mittens.... my new nemesis...or so I thought. Well I finally managed to make 2 matching mittens for Jadyn, now I need to knock some out for Dawn and Mackenzie, because they are going to stage the revolution here soon. So I also joined the Mittens CAL over on crochetville, because I realized if I get comfy with the mittens then I can make them for my side of the family for christmas. But, we'll see if I get comfy with mittens or not. Anyway, here's Jadyn in her mittens:

And I made Doris' coming soon little girl a blanket for the carseat, but I think I need to add to the border like I had originally planned, but here it is as it stands right now:

Also with me not being able to sleep last night, I set my camera to Night Time Flash Mode, and took a few pictures of the snow in the evening. They aren't the most spectacular pictures, I wish I could have gotten a better picture of the tree in the back yard, it really did just look so awesome at around 1 a.m.

This one is the front bushes taken from the door:

Here is the tree in the back:

And I have a few things I want to get done today, talk to my school, make a few 8" squares, make the 2 pairs of mittens, and complete a row (at least) on grandpa pease's blanket.

Sunday, November 18

The Day

Well woke up this morning looked out the window and what did I see?? SNOW!!!! I was so excited! Last year it didn't snow here until around the 20th of January, so for there to be even a speckle of snow here already, I am just thrilled!! I need to get more pictures, but there wasn't a lot of accumulation on the ground, but here is my proof!

Well, I was in such a good mood that I went up to AC Moore to exchange some things. Had some yarn I actually brought back b/c i didn't need and some thread and then bought a size 7 steel hook to replace the one I lost. Enjoying the feel of snow flakes on my face and a crispness in the air, I walked up and just ha da relaxing time. I love snow by the way, so this has put me over the top.

Came home and checked my messages, and was saddened to find out that I had missed a call from Darlene, letting me know that her father has passed away just this morning. I feel awful and wish I could just go to TX and be with her and help in some way. Darlene is one of the sweetest and most loving people I have ever known, so my thoughts and prayers are with her.

Love ya dar bar!!!!

Tuesday, November 13

New Header

Well, I'm so excited that I have my new banner for the top of my page, thanks to Janet. I'm a TD with her for the Crazy Cantrel Possee, a Gin League on Pogo. She makes a lot of cool sigs for the tourney pages for everyone, and does such a great job. I asked her to help me out with a banner for my blog, and i'm just real happy with how it turned out. You should check out her site here.

I'll be adding JPCA Designs to my side bar as well for everyone's future reference.

Monday, November 12

Too Many Ideas

Goodness, ever have those times where so many ideas are bouncing around your head that you just don't know what to do with them? I'm looking ahead to 2008, and trying to decide what to do. I started 2007 very strong in my resolve to crochet for charity, and then I started college in March and everything simply went to the wayside. I barely crocheted anything, and I'm so far behind on Christmas gifts that I had to scratch the list all together and 2 people are now intended to get crocheted gifts.


I love to crochet, but somehow it always manages to take the back burner to everything from school, to the kids, to cleaning, to cooking, to sleeping, my days are fuller then I would like them to be. But then maybe I'm just terrible at time management.


I would like for this to change for 2008, and I'm starting now. Limiting myself on the computer and planning meals better so they can be made more efficiently. I just know that I can fit in 1 hour a day crocheting, more on the weekends. I want 2008 to be the year that I methodically work my way through my WIP/WIM list and finish these projects that are bubbling up in my head. And the Christmas that I give everyone what I intended to give them in the first place, and the year my kids write to all their grandparents at least once a month, and the year Mackenzie learns to tie her own shoe laces.


I have all this yarn, and all these great pattern books, and a couple awesome hooks that deserve to be used, I need to get on it.

Sunday, November 11

Testing word capabilities

I just found in here by accident that I can do blog posts right from a Word document. Seeing if this works. Also looking forward to seeing what Janet has in store for me, I sent her a photo and gave her some wording and she said she'd work on a banner for my page. Can't wait to see it, I'm so excited.

Saturday, November 10

Blog Makeover

Well, it's gotten cold, and my hooks are getting more use these days. School is getting harder and I've decided to take my frustrations out on the yarn. Maybe eliminate my stash next year, and then only buy as I need for a project I am actually starting. Really I should just sell this novelty yarn that's laying around,but I can't seem to bring myself to actually do it. Maybe I'll find a neat use for it. I really do like it as an ambellishment, like the brim of the Mountain Cap I made Jadyn last year, which still fits her and she just loves this year.

Also, the hat/scarf I made mackenzie last year from one of Dot's patterns, I'm going to make a new version this year. Where the scarf comes out of the bottom of the hat and not the top of the head, we'll see how it works when it's done.

I'm doing the November Charity Square A-Long with some other members of Crochetville,I'm wanting to get 25 squares done, I've got 10 about done now. I have to finish my course work still and take 2 mid-terms, so not sure how much more I'll get done.

Kenzie is busy making Cross in My Pockets to send to On-line Angels, and also making Christmas gifts for the people she loves the best. (If you're related to her you made the cut, lol). She's reading more and more and just growing in ways that continue to amaze me.

Well, I just wanted to touch base, havn't used this thing in a while and felt the need to.