December 29, 2008

Crocheted Towel Toppers and Pineapple Dishcloths

Some towel toppers and Pineapple dishcloths that were paired up with the Memorial Afghans for Christmas.






And MORE Snow! YUKKKKKKK

Up to a whopping 23 degrees now.... I am NOT liking this at all!!!



Thank goodness it only lasted about a week!!!

4 of the 6 Heart Afghans....

Here are 4 of the 6 Pink Filet Heart Afghans I made in memory of my sister who died November 30. 2008 of complications of a brain Aneurysm. They were presented to Myself, Mom, Sister, Brother, Sisters Best Friend and my daughter. They were made with Red Heart Super Saver Petal Pink #A300, the 2nd pictures shows the color the best.

Wow, snow then froze....

It was a whopping 19 degrees wen these pics were taken and the babies got to play in thier first snow. LAYERS of clothes and gloves and hats, oh my!!!!! lol
Brrrrrrrrr...


November 24, 2008

4 Layer German Chocolate Cake

The 4 layers are Milk Chocolate cake and the frosting between the layers and on the top are Coconut Pecan and around the edge and outside is Milk Chocolate Frosting. Yum.
My sisters birthday is tomorrow and she loves layer cakes... so, I got it done early in case she wants to sneak down and get a slice at midnight.

November 18, 2008

Jar Covers

OK... got a pic to post of one of my jar covers actually on a jar. Also a pic with a quart jar cover in it for size comparison. The ones on the left side of the picture are for his taller gallons and have a different color of drawstring row so he can tell the difference without having to get out a ruler or counting the rows every time. I wish I could line all of them up he already has and take a pic of them. It's a lot of jar covers!!! There is no pattern, just rows of DC, that's all.



ADDED PIC:11/19 He sent me a pic of 4 of them
2 taller gallons and 2 gallon jugs. You can see that
the short ones don't fit the taller jugs as well, so I
am making them 2 rows taller.


November 01, 2008

Hodgepodge hats....

FUN FUN FUN!!! I have made and sold about a half a dozen of these and the kids both have 2 of them. One of the pictures of the whole group of them and Michael in his was corrupted, so I will add them later.

Grandaughter Shaylee's hat (14 months old )

Big kids hat...(On my daughter!)

October 31, 2008

Instant Afghans for Charity ...

They are finally done.....
WOW!! Thank you so much ladies! We ended up with a total of 7... count them 7 afghans for our 1st ever Instant Afghan for Charity! That is 140 squares!!! I am still so overwhelmed with the generosity of our ladies and look forward to doing another one in the future!
I must admit, the move knocked my schedule off completely, but they are now done and will be presented to the Lions Children's Miracle Network Guest House this week.
I hung them out on on our fence yesterday and as soon as I got the first 3 up ... it started winding and then started raining! So I took a few quick pics and then laundered them all. They are so soft and lovely now! I want to keep them for myself! I sure do hope they brighten someones day! Thank you again ladies and look forward to doing it again!
You can click on each picture and make it larger... find your squares ladies !!!
Well... here they are all nice and layed out on my sofa.
Enjoy....
Pinks
Greens

Browns
Purples
Multiple Colors
Yellows and Whites
Blues

October 06, 2008

Moved....

Wow... Finally... a place I can call home and be at peace. I can actually say I want to go home and not cringe at the thought of it! I will forever be thankful to her for giving me a place to stay, but it ends there. The abuse I took over the last 2 years was uncalled for and is totally unforgivable.
But back to the move.....
What a trying time it was to finally get here. We were originally told it would be up to 3 months before we would be notified about a place and they called and said come in the next day for all the financial stuff and Viola... we were told we got into one!!! WOW! Talk about panic... There were so many things that needed to be done and we had very little time and zero cooperation from anyone! It was unreal. Then after we got over the first HUGE stumbling block, we found a 2nd one... got over it and found yet another one. I was starting to think God wanted me to continue to be punished for my entire life's wrong doings and with the help of a very good friend of mine and the ladies in my group, we did it! We signed the lease and got the keys.
Then another hurdle... The person (we all know who that is) that was going to move us fell through so we had to wait for a 24 foot moving truck to be available and finally got one last Thursday. YEAH!!! FINALLY MOVING!!!!
Well... the fun goes on.....
My fingers are still raw from scrubbing the walls and ceiling in the bathroom and kitchen/bedroom area. Ya know... the little blistery rash we all get on our fingers sometimes from too much cleaning with no gloves!!! Ouch!
Threw my back out first thing off the bat loading the truck.... yee haw.. having fun now! Then after getting the truck loaded was putting the loading ramp back in and it stopped while I was still moving and ouchie.... bruised ribs! On top of that I had the start of an intestinal virus, so we had a real fun time moving.
But we are moved and much happier now! No more listening to crankiness all day everyday. What a huge relief! I am sleeping wonderfully for the first time in a very long time, I have not had but one small little headache since we moved instead of pounding headaches everyday! Much more peaceful! I can ride my bike to work and to the store, I don't have to wait for anyone to take me when THEY want to take me, no more doing with out because I didn't want to have to listen to anyone bitch at me, no waiting for them to go and then having to literally run through the store so I wouldn't get bitched at for taking to long or getting yelled at because I wanted to go down an isle that the person wasn't going down. So nice to be able to do what I want when I want without being ragged at, ridiculed, put down or anything else. So very nice!

And a huge plus, my Daughter and I have been getting along wonderfully! I am so very happy about that too and my grand babies are much happier here! They love, love, love the new place. They especially like coming in and getting Grandma up every morning! I am loving it too!!
Thank you to you all for all of your prayers and support during this time! I would have been lost without you all!!!

September 05, 2008

My Hot out of the oven Chicken Pot Pie ... with recipe

This is the lattice version...      

And this is full crust. Love it both ways!!!

YUMMY! It is so good and so easy to make....
Chicken Pot Pie
2-3 lbs boneless skinless Chicken Breast
1 – 15 oz package refrigerated Pie Crusts
¼ cup Butter

1 garlic clove crushed or very finely chopped
1 large Onion very finely chopped
3-5 TBS All Purpose Flour
1 ½ - 2 cups Chicken Broth
½ - 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
(can use milk)
1-2 cups frozen hash browns
½ - 16 oz bag frozen corn
1/2 – 16 oz bag of frozen peas and carrots
1 Egg Yolk
1 TBS Water
Salt and pepper to taste and any other seasonings you like
1. Preheat oven to 425. Place Chicken in a large saucepan, add enough cool water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain the Chicken and let it cool. When cooled a little bit cube it up.
2. Meanwhile, fit one piece of the crust into a 9 inch deep dish pie plate, set aside. Roll out the remaining piece of crust on a lightly floured surface and slice into1/2 inch strips and set aside.
3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook stirring for 3 minutes. Whisk in the flour, cook stirring for 2 minutes. Add the broth and cream, whisk until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in the chicken, frozen peas and carrots corn, hash browns OR ANY other veggie you'd like, it is especially good with broccoli too, salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spoon the filling into the prepared pie pan. Arrange the pie crust strips in the same direction on top of the pie, twisting them as you go and then n the other way. Fold the edges under and crimp to seal. OR Just cover the top with pie dough and crimp edges to seal and be sure to slice vent holes or make a design in the top for steam venting.
5. Beat the egg yolk and water. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture, place the pie on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake until the pie crust is golden and the filling is bubbly, about 45 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and serve.
Enjoy! Let me know if you try it.

Shawl Angel visited me today

Our Shawl Angel Lori sent me a gorgeous White Shawl with fringe. I love it! I have never owned one and will treasure this always! Thank you Lori!

September 03, 2008

Thread Stash Enhancement from Beth Z

WOW! Thank you so much Beth! Your loss is definitely my gain! Or in this case, your cleaning out of your stash was my gain! Thank you for replenishing my thread!

Comfort Moment needed...


Ahh... Pure heaven... forget the Calgon!

September 01, 2008

A couple projects with my recent stash enhancement

I love these spiral scrubbie's, but have always been too lazy to figure out how to make it bigger... I made one with Double Worsted Weight Peaches & Creme in Shrimp. I went ahead and whipped up one in my Peaches & Creme worsted in Persimmon so you can see the size difference. Pattern here... http://dishclothcorner.blogspot.com/2008/05/spiral-scrubbie.html I also did a Pineapple dishcloth which we will probably use in the bath because it is so bug and plush, in the double worsted in Daisy Ombre and one in the regular worsted in Gumdrops. Pattern here... http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/Pineapple%20Set.html

August 31, 2008

Another crochet dishcloth...

This is the Little Starbursts Dishcloth Pattern done in some of the cotton from my recent stash enhancement. I am kinda disappointed that the starburst pattern doesn't show up as good with dark colors. Pattern can be found here... http://bloomingpatterns.blogspot.com/2008_04_01_archive.html

August 28, 2008

6 lovely dishcloths from Kathy in Florida


Kathy sent me 6 beautiful dishcloths. She was once told no one would like or appreciate her "rags". Well, I think it is definitely THEIR loss and my gain. Do not ever be ashamed of your beautiful work. Direct them to this blog and show them how much they are appreciated. I will treasure them Kathy!

Potholder swap..

WOW! What an absolute sweetheart are you!
Sharecropper sent me a beautiful pair of hand made earrings in a beautiful coral color, a fave of mine! a giant clear red Clothes pin I will be adding a magnet to and putting on fridge, 2 beautiful and thick potholders that we all got a sneak peak of on her blog... and the pictures do them NO justice at all, they are very nice and very plush!
Then I also scored from her trip to Pisgah... are you sitting down... she sent me 2 cotton pounder's in baby pink (already using it for a baby feet cloth) and light grape, 4 skeins of double worsted weight cotton in pastel pink (hmmmm, thinking abi's slippers maybe), 1 skein each color of the double worsted weight cotton in Shrimp, burnt orange, shocking pink, rose pink, Lt purple and daisy ombre, 3 fat skeins of a beautiful rainbowish ombre mill ends, 1 of light pink, peach ombre and a small one of dark rose, a bag of mill ends (1 lb ?) in variegated pinks n purples AND 3 skeins of Red Heart Sport yarn in Red, Black and White . ooooohhhhh and smarties candies!!! What a score! Thank you so much sharecropper! Did I say WOW yet???

August 26, 2008

Abi's Slippers in Peaches & Creme Light Blue

I made Abi's slippers with the Light Blue #26 from Peaches & Creme and they only took about 2 hours! I added 1 row to the toe area and one row to the sole area and also added another increase to the row after the 1st increase to make them come a little higher on the ankle area, They are sooooo comfy! Like footie's only better! I am going to do the puff paint on the bottom after they are washed the 1st time to make them non skid. Love that 3d paint, it works so well to make slippers skid free! Just a few lines here and there and no sliding! I can see a set in all my cotton colors coming soon! I wear a size 9 or 10 shoe and these fit perfectly with only two rows added, I also did 2 rows of SC around the top edge and did a decrease at the round by the toe on both sides both rounds to snug up a little better on the top. Pattern here.... http://www.geocities.com/gossgirl2/abislippers.htm

August 17, 2008

Knitted 12" Square for the Instant Afghan for Charity...

WOW! Look at the even stitches! I am even impressed with myself! I decided since we have already received a couple of knitted squares, that I would give it a try and viola! YEAH! I did row of knit then a row of Purl in each color on size 10 needles and made it 11 1/2 inches. I am going to do a row of single crochet around it... what color though?


August 03, 2008

Yellow Butterfly and Blue Illusion Heart Dishcloths (knitted)

Well... I tore out yet another valentine surprise cloth so I found another pattern to practice on to get better and get this tension thing down. It is HARD! Very different from my crochet! I have the tension down pat there! Not in knitting though! But...
Here is my 2nd (finished) dishcloth... Again, I know it's not perfect.. but getting there, at least I didn't lose a row this time! LOL See.... no funny line going through the middle of my cloth! YEAHHHH!!! I used #5 needles on the butterfly....
And this is my 3rd knit dishcloth and it is the Illusion Heart Dishcloth and I need MORE, MORE, MORE patterns for this!!! Done in light blue and dark blue, looking at one angle, just looks like a goofed up striped cloth, but from the 2nd angle it is a heart.... LOVE THESE!!! Also, I need to learn how to take a better picture of the Illusion Dishcloths so it will come across better. I used Bamboo #8 needles for this one.
Heart Illusion cloth pattern is here... http://laurasknits.googlepages.com/illusionheartdishcloth

July 23, 2008

1st finished knitted Dishcloth

I am so excited and after tearing out at least a half a dozen of them, I finally got one done! I did it, I knit a dishcloth! I am thrilled. I know there are a few boo boo's, but it is useable! YEAH!!! I actually did it! I had to take out an entire row right in the middle and it turned the stitches so there is a funky line, but it works. Pattern for the cloth is here ... http://www.purpleduckie.com/heartpatternpage.htm

July 07, 2008

1st attempt at knitting

I used worsted weight cotton and here is the 1st attempt.....
I know! Long way from being perfect, but off to a decent start... FINALLY! Only took, well it took me a lot of years to learn! LOL

July 03, 2008

Knitting needles.....

Wow, I did it! I just went and bought 2 different sets of size 5 and 6 circular kitting needles. 2 are Susan bates and 2 are Clover Bamboo. I am going to go to the knitting videos and start trying this weekend! Wish me luck!

June 09, 2008

My Birthday Present....

WOW! My sister and friend spoiled me and ordered 11 Cotton Pounders from Pisgah!!
1- 195 Black Cherry
1- 12 Gold
1- 62 Emerald
1- 133 Shaded Denim
1- Pinks/Lilacs
1- Yankee Doodle
1- Gumdrops
1- Shocking Pink
1- Deep Purple
1- Persimmon
1- Delft Blue
In a seperate Gift Bag were 6 - 5 oz Lion Cotton from my other sister...
1- 147 Purple
1- 112 Poppy Red
1- 98 Natural
1- 100 White
1- 123 Seaspray
1- 108 morning Glory Blue
WOW!!! SCORE

May 31, 2008

Barbie Set...

This is a Barbie set I sent out in an exchange. Hope she likes it!!!

Crocheted Bicycle Basket

I made this bicycle Basket for my Niece's little bike, her Sister got a new bike and a new basket, we could find nothing small enough for hers, so I got some plastic canvas, some cotton yarn and viola! She loves it!!!

Christmas in May....

Wow, already finished 1st Christmas set to go out! Sister is a huge Christmas fan and decorates everything starting at Thanksgiving and we only see her once a year so Christmas themes at Christmas are a bad deal, so I am sending her a Christmas package for her Birthday the first part of June... here is a picture of part of the package ...

May 18, 2008

Recycled VCR Tapes Clothes Pin Bag

I made this last year using two (2) strands of Standard VCR tapes!!! LOVE IT! It is totally weather resistant! And everyone is impressed with what I used to make it! Here is the site..... http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/08/11/crochet-a-recycled-clothes-pin-bag/

May 14, 2008

Mile a Minute Bath Set

I finally got to work on the Mile a Minute Bath Set!!! Turned out lovely I think. Working on the hanging tissue holder now and am going to make a contour rug for the toilet too (there is no pattern for that though). The pattern is from Annies Attic called Mile-a-Minute Bath Set. We got the book on eBay.

April 27, 2008

Yellow Rose of Texas Doily

Here is my Yellow Rose of Texas Doily that I ordered from http://www.anniesattic.com/. I finished it in 2 days! I love this thing, it was reasonably easy and is absolutely lovely. I can see this in many other colors!!! I did do a picot edging rather than just the chain stitch it called for and it ended up at 18" instead of 16". The kit contains enough yarn for two of them!!! YEAH.

April 19, 2008

Between Meal Centerpiece

I love this doily. It is 30" across the middle. The pattern called for #10 thread, but I used some 40+ year old #40 ecru thread of my Grandmothers. She gave it to me with a tablecloth she had started, but lost the pattern for, so I just left the tablecloth as a large doily and used the rest of the thread to make this beauty. It took several weeks of 8 hour days to get it done. It was really a lot of work, but as you can see well worth it! Pattern can be found here... (UPDATED 9/18/10) pattern here now>>>>>.. Between Meals Centerpiece