Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Granny Stripe bag

I love Granny Stripes.  A couple of weeks ago I got the idea in my head that a Granny Stripe bag would be adorable.  So I decided to make one and my goodness do I love it! My daughters love it, too.  I see a lot more of these adorable bags being made in my near future.

In progress

The strap

The scraps - just because they're colorful all in a pile together.

The finished bag!

And another finished shot! We LOVE it!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

However you celebrate - I hope you have a very peaceful and special day!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I saw this and had to just smile.  This is so my life philosophy right now.  I have been crafting a lot.
Well, mostly I've been crocheting, but I have been planning other crafty adventures.  In fact, I bought
some really adorable fabric today that has cowboy boots all over it.  I'm not cetain what it's going
to become yet but I can't wait to decide and start on it.
I'm about to complete a fun crochet swap I've been involved in.  Once that package is mailed, I am
going to continue working on an afghan I started for my husband and I.  I'm also going to start new
blankets for my daughters.
Oh, and I also just finished my first crochet order.  I am starting a store - probably on Etsy but
maybe on Facebook, as well.  So yes, "Keep Calm and Craft On" absolutely fits my life! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yarn Along - Entice and a Cowl

Books and yarn, two items that are part of my two favorite hobbies.  I am joining in on Yarn Along - hosted over at Small Thiongs.  This week, I am reading Entice by Ella Frank on my Nook.  I am about sixty percent of the way through the book. It is the second book in her Exquisite series and it is sweet and romantic.

I am still working on the cowl from last week.  It should be finished but I got distracted by a different project.  I'll post about that one tomorrow because I love the way it turned out.  Anyway, this cowl is working up quickly now that I'm focusing on it.  It's a simple but lovely pattern.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yarn Along

Books and yarn, two items that are part of my two favorite hobbies.  I am joining in on Yarn Along - hosted over at Small Thiongs.  This week I am still reading Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal.  It's a really good book, I've just been a bit short on time.  The book is getting to a point where I'm not willing to put it down, though.

I am crocheting a cowl for a friend.  It's been in the 70's here this week - so it feels a bit odd crocheting something meant to keep one warm.  I know winter isn't over though, so it'll be nice for my friend to have - I hope, anyway.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yarn Along

Yarn Along is a weekly event hosted at Small Things.  The idea is to share what you are currently reading and knitting or crocheting.

This week, I am reading a book called Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal.  It is about a woman who is asked to be one of Winston Churchill's secretaries during World War 2 in London.  I've just begun the book but it is really intriguing so far.  Although, I do love Historical Fiction and most anything set in England.

I am crocheting a Granny Patchwork Afghan that I am going to be working on for some time.  It's really lovely so far and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yarn Along

Yarn Along is a weekly event hosted at Small Things.  The idea is to share what you are currently reading and knitting or crocheting.  This is right up my alley as I am never not reading something! I have been a bookworm since childhood and imagine I always be.

I have been crocheting the most adorable little hearts to make a garland for my daughters' bedroom.  Once they saw how cute the hearts are, they both asked for Valentine garland for their school classrooms.  In the picture, you see some of the hearts that will hang in their room. 

You also see my current book, A Perfect Storm.  This is the fourth book in a series by Lori Foster.  It is romantic suspense and quite a good series.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Crocheted Wrap

Here is another birthday present I made in January.  This one is a shoulder wrap for my mother-in-law.  My daughter, Miss O, is the adorable model:

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Here is the pillow I made for my husband's Grandma (Great Grandma to our children) for her 84th birthday:

One side

And the other

I am happy to say that she was very happy with her gift.  I figured it was a safe bet though as I made her and her husband an afghan for Christmas using the same colors.  In fact, when she opened this for her birthday, she grinned and said, "Oh, it's all the same beautiful colors as the blanket."

An added bonus is that my husband was quite the happy camper since his Grandma was so pleased.  Definitely a win all the way around.  :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Another Afghan

I thought I'd show off the afghan I made for the Ravelry Afghan Swap 2012.  I had a lot of fun making this and am really pleased with the way it turned out.

In Progress

More Progress

Finished and Stretched Out

The dark green border added a nice finishing touch.  And fortunately it was also well-liked by Laura and her family.

Close-up of the stitches.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Afghan Swap

As I've posted a couple of times before, I participated in an Afghan swap through Ravelry last year.  It was a lot of fun and I made a new friend along the way. I think it's high time I post some pictures of the lovely afghan Laura made for me - along with the other fun stuff that came in the box.

We love the afghan.  It is so soft and warm to snuggle up with.

Miss B and I think the stitches look like bouquets of flowers.

Some fun curly yarn for a future crafty endeavor.

A few other things.  There was another box of chocolates but my husband and kids tore into that before I could get a photo of it.

Laura, thank you again for a great year of swapping.  As I've said before, I'm so glad I was paired with you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Personal Granny Square Challenge

I'm setting myself a One Granny Square per day challenge during 2013.  I want to have a few blankets made to give to family members for Christmas at the end of the year and I think this will help me reach that goal.  Right now, I'm starting with a basic Granny square but hope to move on to some different designs fairly soon.  I'm excited by the idea of this endeavor - which will definitely take some patience.  I like to see things come together quickly but that's not really accurate for crochet, is it?