Avoiding Winter Blahs

Determined not to get the winter blues I decided it was time to add splashes of color to my home decor.  So off to the craft store we went to procure a new supply of wired ribbons.  Back at home and going through my stash of silk flowers I started to work.  Turning out a bunch of new wreaths.

Greeting visitors at the front door will see this one.  Mauve wired ribbon bow and touches of burlap interwoven among pansies helped to turn out this wreath. I like the way it stands out against our front door.

 

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Interior doors take on a different look.  See here …

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Wanted to try a different look for a white interior door so I turned to blending deep, bright purple flowers and pansies around a yellow dotted bow works well with this wreath. Personally, I’m not partial to purple, but, sometimes you need to stretch your preferences for dramatic effect.

Okay, that’s enough for an adventurous effort, it is time to go back into my comfort zone and a rustic touch. Those who know me would think Autumn colors and orange flowers.  Ha!  Guess again.

I got a great deal on several different wired burlap ribbons so I selected spring colors like–yellow, peach, and peach.

Now, I’m all set and ready to drive out any signs of winter blahs.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Reading is such a passion in my life.  As an educator I firmly believe that reading is one way for a person to grow.  It is a nonthreatening way of learning.  Words can expand one’s thinking as well as one’s vocabulary.

So if you have a young reader in your life then a book is the best non-calorie Valentine’s Day present to get.  There are on-line book sites that offer giveaways and one such site is Goodreads.

Starting January 31, 2017 and running through February 8, 2017 you can participate in such a giveaway.

bekahs-first-adventure   This little book introduces you to a charming King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.  She is an adorable little girl with big bright eyes that has a way of charming you.  In this book, little Bekah describes her fears about being adopted.  Parents, grandparents, and teachers can use this book to help children make predictions and engage in conversations about their fears and overcoming them.

So, take a few minutes and drop in on the following link to enter a chance to win one signed, first edition, children’s book.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/221323

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you do register for this giveaway.

Splashing in the Blue Surf

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Just completed my first craft project for 2017.  This is a knitted baby blanket done in a garter stitch.  I used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights (Surf Varigated).  This yarn is a 6 weight and a 10.5 oz skein. I used my favorite needles, circular 10.5.  This blanket is finished in a row of single crochet stitch in lime green.  The finished measurement is 42 x 43 inches.

 

 

Welcoming 2017

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  We spent our Christmas in Baltimore.  Spending the holidays with family is always enjoyable, relaxing, and energizing.  We explored many new eating pl…

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Goodbye to 2016

goodbye  It is time to say goodbye to 2016.  2016 was a very busy and fulfilling year.  There were many craft projects, new area of creative growth, new commitment to a healthier lifestyle and lots of traveling (road trips).

It’s time to take a few minutes to reflect on 2016 blessings.  I am grateful for last year which was a very productive year.  I spent a lot of time working with yarn in 2016.  Knitting and crocheting helps to keep my mind active and I love the feeling I get when I complete a project as well as the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction upon learning a new skill. I made a lot of blankets.

 

I also ventured into a few new projects such as a couple of mermaid tails and one shark’s tail.    These were fun.

I took a knitting class to learn to do a cable stitch correctly.

 

I also knitted a couple of triangle shawls.  ( no pictures though)

Another new craft I tried was braiding.  I made a braided rug using bath towels.

img_0947     This turned out to be a wonderful hostess gift.

In addition, my needle crafts I have moved my creativity into the literary arena by writing a children’s book.  I published my first children’s book, Bekah’s First Adventure. I started dabbling in poetry as well.  I started gathering information to write another children’s book.  So, I will keep you posted as to its progress.

My biggest accomplishment occurred with regard to my health.  I lost 30 pounds this year thanks to Weight Watchers.

I could not have accomplished all of this with out the blessings I’ve received from our Heavenly Father.  I offer up my thanksgiving to Him who continues to shower me with blessings.

 

Royal Blue Fuzzy Blanket

Finished knitting a fuzzy blue blanket in garter stitch.  Used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights. This blanket is finished with a simple edging in cream. Finished blanket is 51 x 49 inches.  I love working with this yarn as it washes well.

Olive Cable Cowl

Mastered learning how to knit a cable stitch with the Cable Cowl project.  To make this cowl, I used one and two-thirds skeins of Lion’s Brand–Vanna’s Choice.  The end result is this soft olive cowl.

Dog Coat – a Quick Pattern

Last week I asked whether I should knit my spoilt pooch a coat and the response was an overwhelming “Yes”. So I got on with it and for the time being, I left the work-intensive angel wi…

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OMG! A SharkTail

I’d like to thank a couple of Weight Watcher’s team mates for providing me an opportunity to venture into a different realm with regard to my needle escapades. These ladies asked if I could make them special blankets for young ones in their families.  The initial excursion started with crocheting mermaid tails.  Mermaid tails are great for little girls, but, what about the little boys.  So, in answer to that challenge, I agreed to experiment with crocheting a shark tail.

I turned again to a great website, yarnutopia.com, for my inspiration.  Above are two pictures of the finished product.  Nadia’s shares patterns on her website along with video clips to help crafters understand her patterns.  I highly recommend this site.  Her patterns are copyrighted so please do not publish them for respect to this fine crafter.

I had fun working on these projects. In addition to the special feelings crafters get from working on a new project (pattern), I enjoyed several health benefits.  Crocheting allows you to keep your brain active.  The rhythm of the stitches promotes calmness.  Helping out friends is another asset.  So, thanks ladies for this rewarding opportunity.  Hope your love ones enjoy these blankets.

 

Pink Camo Mermaid Tail

Completed a second mermaid tail using Nadia Faud’s pattern from Yarnutopia.  I did make an adjustment to the original pattern.  I added a border to the top,  I also added an edging around the tail, the top band, and back opening.

I tried a different brand of acrylic ombre yarn–I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  This yarn came from Turkey.  Weight is #4. I used 5 (5 ounce) skeins of the variegated yarn in pink camo.  My contrast color, for the tail and top border is hot pink.

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