Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Break Family Cruise Photo Book!

Our son  and daughter in law took us on our first cruise. It was a Western Caribbean route on Royal Caribbean International. I've never felt so spoiled and indulgent in my whole life. Also, I can see how people get addicted to cruises. They change your outlook on life. I've been to 3 new places now. Roatan Honduras, Belize City Belize and Cozumel Mexico. Never had fed a monkey or macaw by hand before, but now I have. Never had floated in a river through a cave in another country, now I have. Also never experienced white sand and turquoise waters, now I have. Sure....the USA has white sand, but its surely not the same. Anyhow, here's a sampling of our vacay. Enjoy!


Shutterfly photo books offer a variety of layouts and cover options to choose from.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fennec Fox




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fundraiser For Our Son & His Family!

Edit: This fundraiser is now over. Thank you for your generosity to those that were able to give and thank you everyone who offers prayers. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Crocheted Slippers

Taking Orders Now!
Ta Dah! I made these in one night, they were so much fun and very easy. In my favorite colors too! The pattern was free and can be found here on Tanya's blog. As always, I modified it slightly and added a double flower because I LOVE flowers! Plain ol' Red Heart yarn was used as I have an ample stash of the stuff, especially in the colors I adore. So voila! If you want a pair, send me the size and color/s you prefer. Price depends on whether you want them plain or with flowers and of course if I need to mail them to you versus picking them up locally.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Crochet Pattern Giveaway!

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is now over
Bonita Patterns is having a giveaway!
 Make sure to enter it for a chance to win a bundle of 10 patterns of your choice... there will be 3 winners. Here is the link:http://www.mooglyblog.com/bonita-patterns-giveaway/  Good luck! She has beautiful patterns if you are interested in crochet at all :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Off the Grid Scarf

My newest crocheted item crocheted with Yarn Bee Snowflake Wool Blend in the color Limelight with an H hook. It is very soft and squishy feeling and not too heavy. The fringed was tweaked somewhat by me adding little circles at the ends. You can find this pattern here and it is FREE! Marilyn Murphy is the original designer and it was published in Interweave Crochet Spring 2007 magazine. I am willing to sell this if anyone is interested, but if I get no takers it'll be nice for me to wear for the upcoming Fall weather that I hope gets here in Texas real soon!!!
Price including shipping is $35.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Photos of Yesterdays Post!

Finished Windchime Afghan
 
Blocking it. I used cold water and spray starch, then let it dry overnight.

After blocking.

Life sized!

Through the screen.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day of the Dead Crochet

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.......

Monday, April 29, 2013

Wind Chime Afghan WIP

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Host Movie

I just now found out about this movie. No idea if I'll go see the movie, but had fun making myself into the "motion poster" that they had on the official website.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fat Cat Amigurumi

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?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Facebook Time Off

I deactivated my account today. I'll be back if family is wondering...
Just need a break from habitual things that take up my time ;)
UPDATE: I'm back on again. Not that anyone noticed, but I am!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Crocheted Character Hats

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!

Friday, July 13, 2012

My newest ink on my left leg. I love how it turned out because it actually looks real. Done by Wil @ Randy Adams Tattoo and Piercing in Fort Worth.

Friday, June 29, 2012

TWINS!

Welcome to the world little girls, born June 28, 2012!
Our newest Grandchildren, born to our daughter in law and son who is also a twin.
Looks like they have lipstick on already, and I promise I didn't photoshop that.
Just the butterflies and the names!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Amigurumi Chihuahua
Pattern was translated from a Japanese diagram on a blog located here. I used regular Red Heart Yarn and used size 9MM plastic safety eyes. He's a cute lil fella dontcha think?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Crochet and Stuff

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.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Beautiful Day

Today was just a gorgeous day here. Partly sunny, breezy and cool. Perfect for bike riding too!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Grandma's Photo Sessions

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.


The bear shot that almost covered her up!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Rant

I have had enough of Kardashian everything.
Don't care about their secrets.
Do not desire to hear about their babies and weddings.
Could care less about any shows they do.
Wish really interesting people could have "reality" shows that depict how life is without glitz, glam, and more money than they could ever use in 2 lifetimes.
Blehhhhhhh.
It had to be said.
That is all.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Grandchildren and Conway the new Puppy

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.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Owls are Hot!

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.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gromit Amigurumi

Here's a quick pic of Gromit I crocheted. If you don't recognize him, he's from Nick Park's claymation series Wallace & Gromit. The pattern can be found here by Ami Amour.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ROT 2011


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!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Stuff and Rambling

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!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011