Friday, November 6, 2015

Would you like to swing on a Star! Day 2 of 25 days of Crochet Christmas #ORNAMENTS



Another set of Crochet ornaments are finished!  Two down 23 to go!!! Today ornament is Star in a Star by Julie A. Bolduc of jpfun crochet club. You can find the pattern at this link
http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/ornaments/f103010starnstar.shtml. It's available as a free download. Check out the site there lot of free and paid patterns to download.  

The original was crocheted with size 10 crochet cotton thread and size 7 steel crochet hook.
My samples were  Crocheted with the following yarns.

Small star ------   Bernal Handicrafter  crochet cotton #5 in merry
Medium star --- Sinfonia  cotton  sports weight #8 in antique white
Large star -------  Coats and Clark Speed-Cro-Sheen 
                             Mercerized cotton in white.

Needles
Small star steel crochet hook size 6.
medium and large star crochet hook size d.



After you crochet the star you will need to stiffened with fabric stiffener. Use your favorite method.


This pattern was easy to crochet.  It's good for a beginner.  Perfect for the first time working with thread.  I was able to crochet these three in a hour.  It will work well as package decorations or tree ornaments.  You can easily slip them into Christmas cards for nice little surprise.  I hope you give them a try!
Until next time
Happy Crocheting! 









Sunday, November 1, 2015

I'd rather be crocheting!

Well its the most wonderful time of the year and I rather be crocheting.  World Series,  football and falling leaves and I'd  rather be crocheting.   Seasons eating, Holiday shopping and I would rather be crocheting.

Do you know what I put off doing?   If you said crocheting you would be right.  Well I am going to remedy that by dedicating some of my blog posts to my favorite hobby . It would help me blog more often. Beginning this month I'm starting a crochet series 25 days of Crocheted Christmas ornaments.  It will consist of free patterns that I find across the web. I will give credit to the designers and links to their pattern.

The 1st one in the series is Sweetie the Snowflake designed by
 Sally Ives from http://www.ravelry.com/people/crochetsal there is a free down load available at her Facebook group  at this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/379329545500832/383074201793033/

I Crocheted three versions of her using different yarns weights.
Here they are...



Each was finished differently but first let's get to the basics.


Materials :

You will need a small amount of yarn. It's  a great scrap buster project.

The 1st Sweetie is made with worsted weight yarn #4 I used a size g hook.
Google eyes, embroidery floss or paint, and blush for the facial features. I used  black and Red markers and I added a little bow.

Sweetie #2 was Crocheted using size 10 crochet thread and steel crochet hook size 6.  I also used a small nut (as in nuts and bolts) for the center.  I did not have a small o-ring so I tried the nut.  It worked but I will be looking for small rings at the craft store. All I did was crochet 8 sc in the center then follow the pattern as written.  She was embellished with a simple red flower.  I thought it came out very sweet.

Sweetie  #3 was made with #LionBrandYarns .  The little bom bom brand.  They are perfect for ornaments, but any sports weight yarn #3 will do fine. Crochet hook f was used in the sample.  I added Snowflake buttons in the center.  It does not show up to well in the photograph.


The pattern is fairly easy to follow.  When I had start over it was because I messed up on the count.  So count carefully.  Do not join your rounds.  It is worked in a continuous circle.  Stitches used are single crochet and chain stitch.  I had fun making them.  I hope you give them a try.

Happy Crocheting! ♡♡♡
Ann

Friday, January 30, 2015

Waiting for Spring... A 5 on Friday Report.

Is it me or do I have spring fever.  I've been venturing outdoors and looking for any sign of warmer weather.  Technically it's a little over a  month into the Winter season.  But I want it green again!
So I scoured my yard and this is what I found...

The Maple Tree getting ready to set its buds...

 
Daffodils pushing thru the soil...
 
 
Snapdragons surviving the Winter...
 
 
 
Purple Daisies transplanted from #Michigan...
 
 
Pansies in full bloom that fills me with hope...
 
 
Spring is on it's way!
 
Ann
 



 
 
 

 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 

 


 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crochet along with me...2015!

This year I will be participating in my first CAL. I have oodles of yarn that need to be made in to something special. A dear friend suggested trying the +Moogly 2015 Crochet along. I'm up for new challenges so what the heck lets give this a try.  There's 24 -12 inch blocks patterns.  The patterns will be released every other week.
The first weeks square which was released on Jan 8th is called Tamera's Kismet Square designed by
Jessie Rayot of Jessie at Home.  The link to the pattern plus a tutorial and printing instructions can be found at  http://jessieathome.com/2014/12/tamaras-kismet-square.html

Here is my 1st completed square.

 
 This square was definitely challenging it's not for the novice crocheter.  It took me several days to finish it.  There was allot of tearing out stiches and starting over. I'm glad that I stuck with it.  It's pretty and has a nice texture.  I will be making another square in a different colors. Plus I plan on making some squares in baby yarn.  If you want more information on the Crochet along you can visit http://www.mooglyblog.com/2015-moogly-afghan-crochet-along/.  There is also a Facebook and Ravelry Group.  There links are https://www.facebook.com/groups/831173793588676/?fref=tsc
 and http://www.ravelry.com/groups/moogly-cal-2015. I'm looking forward to what is going to be coming next.

In addition to this crochet along. I joined one for crochet doilies . It's my next project. Information and my finished  doilies will be coming soon.

So what is your New Years Challenge?  Leave a comment and let me know.

To new experiences!
Ann

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Living on less

One of my first challenges   this year is we have less money to go around. The reality is our income is down about  two thirds.  I'm not complaining there are people all over this World that  have less than I do. I'm the CEO of this family. It's my job to make our money work for us. 
An areas I can trim is our food budget. I will clip coupons, watch for sales and make more economical meals.  The cookbook I will primarily be using is More with Less Cookbook by
Doris Janzen Longacre. It's available at +Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Cookbook-Suggestions-Mennonites-Consume-Resources/dp/B000LDFFNS/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420929070&sr=1-2&keywords=more+for+less+cookbook

Written in the 70's it has easy, simple and delicious recipes. I like how you can adapt them to your families preferences.. The book also features ways to cut down on waste. An area in which I struggle. Each week I'm throwing away produce or items that went past there due date. That's money down the drain. So I challenge myself to do better.  I look forward to sharing some of my creations with you!

Since it only me and my husband I often have to halve recipes. I use a dry measurement conversions My source a refrigerator magnet that I had for years. It pretty worn but it sure comes in handy!
I made up a card that you can save to your computer. Just right click on the picture and select save picture.

 
 
I hope you find it useful. Please join me on my adventure of Living on Less.
This is Life as I know it!
Ann



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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year.

Wow it hard to believe a whole year has passed. It seems as I get older the time goes by much faster.
It's been a more than a year since I wrote anything in this blog.
 I thought of deleting it or maybe letting it keep taking up space. 
It's something I've been doing that is.... taking up space.
 Seem harsh especially on a day of new beginnings.
Everyone is happy and hopeful.
I just have to work harder at it.
This last year has been one of self discovery and healing...
My journey is not over...
I look forward to what I will learn on my trip thru what is commonly called life...

So on this 1st day of the new year. I resolve to...
Be kind to me...
Laugh at least once a day...
Say at least (perhaps more) one kind word to my husband...
Play more
Pray even more
Complete what I started...
Don't beat myself up if I don't...
Let go of all the pain and ugliness of this World...
Don't take it to heart...
Be positive, happy, and healthy.
Write at lease one post to this blog a week, even if its one word...

I also resolve too...

Yea its a long list but I think it is very doable...and
That my friends is life as I know it...
God Bless You!
Ann


Saturday, November 23, 2013

I'm grateful for...

This week four of +Create With Joy  A month of gratitude challenge.  Yesterday theme was We give thanks.  You are  encouraged  to list all the things your thankful for.  I could list a myriad of things. The typical home, family, and friends.  For me it comes down to one my dear Hubs!

Twenty eight years ago today we married.  That's why I'm grateful.  Someone saw an imperfect person and fell in love.  Together we have been through the ups and downs of life.  Hubs has seen me at my worst, best and everything in between. He loves me anyway.  I love him it's that simple.

This video from StoryCorps sums up how I feel...

 


Two people coming together facing life's challenges. Loving each other along the way.




















That's what I'm grateful for...
Ann


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