Finished the windchime afghan finally. Photos coming soon! Today I did something a bit different. It is called an applique, but it's more of a "macabre doily", or just not your usual Grannie's crocheted doily. The pattern was obtained from Ravelry.com for free, but unless you have an account (which is also free) then you won't be able to get it. The pattern artist has it here on Etsy, if you wish to see it. I used number 3 crochet thread and an E Hook to do mine. Photos coming soon for this too.......
Afghan I've been working on. This is it so far. Still has 3 more rows and an edging to go. Pattern is free and can be found here. I've been doing a row a day as I have time and it really works up quickly, since it's all double and single crochet, not difficult at all.
Here's a cute little kitty I crocheted recently with DK yarn in aqua. Free pattern can be found on Helena Poz's blog here! The only changes I made besides whiskers was a tail. I mean, what cat has no tail unless it's a bobcat right?
Made these last week for our twin granddaughters Halloween costume. Basic earflap crochet pattern can be found here on the artist's blog. (Vicki Mikulak) I used regular Super Saver Red Heart yarn for these. Lots of fun!
My Granddaughter modeling a special order I made. Hello Kitty!
Did this the day after Thanksgiving after considering it for a month or more. It's called a forward pinna piercing (times 3). Did it hurt? Well the top one was so so and the middle one was OUCH!! and the last, bottom one made me almost lose it, but they are healing nicely now.
Yes, it's the red Angry Birds and one was for my husband and one was for a gift that someone ordered. These were fun to make! Pattern can be found here. I modified them and added earflaps.
My granddaughter modeling a bow tie and brimmed hat. Hopefully she won't be mad at me later. Even though it was made for a boy, she still looks quite striking in it don't ya think? Crocheting for babies has to be the most fun yet!
I did my best to make this look like one of those tinted photographs that they used to do years ago. Her outfit was black and white and I figured it'd look good monotone and added just a touch of blush to her little cheeks and lips.
Our recent visits here with grandkids over the past 2 weekends and Conway, the new edition to the Johnson family of Houston! This is only 1 image and if you want to see more details, click on it to enlarge. I am so ready for summer to be over with the dry HOT weather here in Texas.
My youngest granddaughter wearing an owl hat that I recently crocheted. This is my own pattern after trying out several others and not liking how they turned out. It's all done with plain ol' Red Heart yarn in purples and pinks, and white. Makes a good photo prop, just needs a better photographer than me.
Here is a short list of things seen at the annual Republic of Texas biker rally (ROT) this past weekend. We found out we were able to go at the last minute when friends offered to cover the costs. How nice was that? Our a/c problem at home is still not fixed and it was a bit ironic to be complaining about how hot it is inside and then travel 3 hours away to Austin and be in the heat all day. Oh well, it's all how ya look at it right? Ok, here's the list of
THINGS SEEN AT ROT:
Bikes Trikes Bar stools that raced
Awesome creativity and craftmanship BMX bikes way up in the air and upside down at times Beer and frozen concoctions Bandana used as shorts on a man Bandanas used as halter tops on women Tattoos and piercings everywhere imaginable Suspension of a young dude with hooks in the back shoulder blade area Chicken on a stick Foot long + sausages on a stick Hookah bars Massage tables Body parts best kept covered Painted bikinis on women who had no business doing so Painted bikinis on women who actually looked like that had one on Leather in 100 degree Texas heat Sombreros big enough to shade a dozen heads instead of just the one intended Dirt, grease, grime, sweat, blood, tears Dogs wearing bandanas wondering what the heck was up? High heeled women in Texas heat and dirt walking around like it was actually comfortable? Black feathered wings on a gal with pink horns on her head Bald heads were big this year more than ever on men The Doobie Brothers and the other kind of doobies Burnt rubber and clouds of smoke Sunburned skin Patriotism
Texas pride! Beads beads and more beads yeah the Mardi Gras kind and the kind that blinks at ya Golf carts with beads and blow up dolls and stuff Biker patches that had the cleverest sayings (wink) Tents and kiddie pools Blissful smiles Wristbands Bandidos Tattoo contests
Tattoo artists LED lit bikes Gorgeous blue skies and fluffy white clouds Cactus, rocks and dirt Escape artist Michael Griffin Tshirts and blingy things Custom fitted toe rings and tons of other assorted jewelry Helmets that looked like sculls Knives and switchblades Much more, but too lazy to list… overall it was a blast and looking forward to the next time!
Ok so I'm sitting here in my house. The temps outside are around 100 to 101 F outside and have been for a few days now. No real relief in sight. Only problem is our A/C conked out on us close to a week ago. We've tried to fix it ourselves but to no avail. A call in to a repairman only let us know that what we thought the problem was... really was not. So.....a call to the original installer of our A-Coil up high in the attic and he says it is still under warranty and thinks all it needs is an expansion valve. But he can't come out for a few days. Meanwhile I sit here melting and wondering how much more of this we can take! Then a friend who owns a restaurant calls and wants DH to install a window unit in his BBQ restaurant because the one he has now is not getting the job done. This means he has a spare unit we can use!!! So we put it in the bedroom window and at least one room can get cool now. Here's the kicker. Being in a BBQ restaurant all this time and the smoky wood smell. Well, you know. Now my bedroom smells like a smoke pit, but HEY IT'S COOLER AIR! sigh. Well so now I've made myself a coconut milk tea with strawberry mini mochis and I'm sitting here looking out the back door and 4 little furry weiner dogs are staring at me wondering where their BBQ is. That's been my wonderful life the past few days. Hope you are staying cool wherever you are!
Yes I know that's a weird title, but it's what I've got!
I understand that our red moon a few nights ago was due to the wildfires burning in Texas. Something about smoke and particles and reflections or not of the whatever and making it appear red. (Yep, I know that is a bad description) We've had terribly windy weather lately. It even toppled half of a tree on our roof and fence requiring an ER visit when trying to get it removed. Long story.
Boredom and peeps make you do strange things. Besides, we'd read about it online and decided to poke a Peep bunny on a chopstick and roast it with our grill lighter. It tasted better than expected!
A short trip down the highway 2 days ago to look at wildflowers. Bluebonnets weren't as plentiful as they were last year. Was nice weather though....sunny and not too breezy. Got a slight sunburn but it was worth it. Great motorcycle weather!
Sounds odd yes? First, check out what it means if you don't know here and many graphic examples here. My bike (Schwinn Legacy Cruiser) is done entirely with leftover stash yarn and crocheted by hand. Mostly done in sections and fitted and attached afterwards. The seat was the first thing done, then it just took off from there. I suppose some might say that this is not a true "bombing" in the sense that it was done to beautiful something plain such as a drab landscape like it's usually done. Honestly it was done out of boredom and me saying "I can do that!" and so I did. Will I ride it like this? You betcha! As soon as my aching back eases up. Thanks for looking and each image will open up quite a bit larger if you choose to click on it. That's all for now. Yarn Bombing: The Book
This was done without a pattern, yay me! I was looking through the patterns and diagrams I had collected and decided to just wing it and came up with this crazy little guy. He is only 4 and a half inches tall.
UPDATE: This handsome little guy has permanently attached itself to my Schwinn bicycle handles and become my "hood ornament" in my ongoing process of yarn bombing it. Photos to come soon...
I'm married, a Mom and a Grandmom. I create stuff whenever possible and it helps me to stay sane. It can be stitched, drawn, painted, stuck together, collected and "artfully stacked", digitally designed or photographed, depending on my current situation or mood. Keeping busy is a necessity and since I love sewing, designing and crafty things, it just all makes sense! I've also recently discovered how much I love traveling. In fact maybe too much? Hah! But blogging did open up a new world for me. I found that I'm not alone in my endeavors and thoughts and it is nice to read and talk to others that have a creative spark and similar circumstances. There's really so much inspiration out there for everyone!