Friday, July 31, 2015

My Hydrangeas

 Three years ago, I planted my very own hydrangea plant here in Minnesota.
Ever since I first laid eyes on the hydrangeas' beautiful flowers, I wished that some day I would be able to have one in my garden.
Well, dreams do come true if you don't live in the hot AZ Desert.
 Jack & Daphne had to stop playing around and smell the huge hydrangea blossom.  They too have never seen anything like it!
Please ignore the not so favorable image of me in this picture...Hubby insisted taking pic of me holding a blossom to really appreciate its size.
I am simply in awe of these magnificent beautiful flowers!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

More Dishcloths

I have been adding more crochet dishcloths to my ever growing dishcloth stash.  I can never have enough!
It is easy to do when Michaels has a good sale on cotton yarn; and it's also a good way to crochet while catching up on favorite TV shows or movies in the evenings.
 Corner-to-Corner Square dishcloths.  Here's the pattern.
Here's the pattern for this dishcloth.  The pattern is called Box O'Flowers to make an afghan, but I tweaked the pattern to make it into a dishcloth.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Farmers Market Flowers vs Ours

Flowers from our local Farmers Market (from three weeks ago) at $6 a bouquet...gorgeous!!!!
Flowers from our own garden...PRICELESS!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Picnic for 2

Every summer (and spring, too) I tell myself that this will be the year that Hubby and I will go on a nice picnic date.
Perfect plan, but for one reason or another I just never make it happen!  Too hot, too humid, too windy, too cloudy, rainy, too many blood sucking mosquitoes, nothing in the fridge to take, no picnic basket ...excuses, ...

 I have to stop with the excuses because we now own a gorgeous big picnic basket!  My brother-in-law and his wife are in the process of remodeling their home.  Out with the old and in with the new!  That is great news to me because some of it is coming my way; and I have been wanting this type of picnic basket for a long time!!!

 For now it's on display to remind me that the next perfect (weather wise) day must be planned around a picnic!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wall of China

I have a love affaire with beautiful china, and lucky me I get to play with my mother-in-law's beautiful china!  She had several sets that she inherited and some that she acquired.  Most of them are very Limoges!!!  The sad thing was that most were tucked away never to be admired.
The above saucer was from an estate sale late last summer.
So I decided to create a Great Wall of China...well right now its more like a picket fence if at that!
I selected a saucer or dessert plate to display on my tiny wall.  I have added 2 that I got at estate sales and fell in love with their design.
 A small little DIY trick to hang the plates was to use a small paper clip and this powerful adhesive.  Let dry over night and hang the following day!  This DIY trick works great with small saucers, but NOT with the bigger dessert plates...I learned this the most painful way when we woke up one morning to a very loud crash.
This is my other saucer I acquired last summer.  As of right now, I have another saucer in the works waiting to be hung.  The wait kills me!

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A flower...

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.
It just blooms!"

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Crochet Edge Pillowcases

Merry Christmas in July!
Last month I sewed a pair of pillowcases out of some vintage fabric I found at an estate sale.  After much thought I decided that if I added a red crochet edge to each pillowcase, they would be perfect to use for our bed decor during Christmas season.
Once I decided how I was going to use these pillowcases, my next step was to find an easy pretty crochet edge pattern.  I had saved onto one of my Pinterest boards for later use. The only thing was that it was a picture only with no written instructions.  Luckily for me, it was not hard to follow!
I hope I can wait that to use though!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, ...

I found this cute well loved Teddy Bear at a neighbor's garage sale.  It was her boy's Teddy Bear and it was time for him to let go of it (according to mom).
It was free and it came home with me.  At first I was going to give it to our doggies to play with, but I couldn't bring myself to give it to them.  They tend to massacred the poor stuffed toys we get for them, and then we have raggedy cadavers throughout the house!

I decided the teddy would look so cute sitting on this child's old rocking chair with a doll's quilt.  Rocking chair and doll's quilt courtesy of last year's garage sale hunts.

Believe it or not, Jack & Daphne know that this stuffed toy is not theirs to play with it.  They're so smart!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Upcycle Dish Rack Drainer

I saved my mother-in-law's vintage dish rack drainer thinking that eventually I could put it to good use...and I have!
I needed a box or basket that I could store my MN super small stash of craft supplies/cards to voila!
It works perfectly!
Eventually as my supplies increase, I can better organize things or completely change what I store in it!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Beautiful Clematis

 This is my very first clematis vine plant ever.  I see them just about everywhere in people's gardens here in MN, and I have been so envious.  Not anymore!!!
 I know it looks pretty sickly and straggly, but I think is because I planted it late in the season.  I still am in love with it and so proud of its beautiful flowers.
The flowers are just incredibly beautiful!
Must read up about taking care of it during the winter, and hopefully it will make it for next spring...fingers crossed.
Any suggestions?

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Antiques On Main Street

Last week I took the opportunity to quickly swing by Deb's, Garage Sale Gal, antique booth in Hopkins, MN.
 I love it!!!
I can't wait to go back and shop at a more leisurely time (my friend was not in the shopping mood)!!!  I fell in love with the #8 Red Wing crock.  I think it has my name all over it!  Oh...and the little white window shutters...and the Pyrex...and oh look vintage suitcases...
I did come home with the wooden block letters that spell our last name; which I have been looking for the longest time.  I never leave empty handed...I just can't!
If you happen to be in the area, you must stop by and shop a bit.
Antiques on Main Street
913 Main Street
Hopkins, MN 
Booth is PAD

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Crossed Double Crochet Dishcloths

What's an easy, quick and useful homemade gift to have handy as a hostess gift?  Crochet dishcloths of course.
 Right before I left AZ to get away from the heat, I had 2 thank you gift packages to put together for 2 of our fantastic neighbors.
 I added a set of 2 dishcloths in their gift bag along with other goodies.  I know Norma and Beth will put them to good use and appreciate the gift.
Since then, I have been making more in different colors and patterns.  For these dishcloths, I used Olga's, from Lacy Crochet, Crossed Double Crochet pattern.  Her mother used this pattern to make a baby blanket which is beautiful, and I'm almost done with one myself.
I thought this pattern would work great for a dishcloth.  The texture of this pattern works wonderfully for a dishcloth when cleaning, wiping or scrubbing a kitchen counter.  Not only that, it soaks up big spills in the kitchen.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Sis!!!

There is no better friend than a Sister;
and there is no better SISTER than you!

I wish you the best birthday ever!  You deserve it.  Your Son and Grandson are the luckiest people to have you by their side.
Big Sis

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Easy Summer Crochet Coasters

Now that it actually feels like summer, I'm glad I've been making some easy to crochet coasters.  I have been placing these coasters in strategic places throughout home to hold sweating glasses of iced beverages or morning hot coffee.  Easy to make and easy to wash.
BTW..., I picked up the beautiful Lenox Iris coffee cup at a neighbor's garage sale.  I love the design and it makes me feel dainty while drinking out of it.  It's a great way to enjoy a cup of java and the start of a new day!
The idea of making coasters came about after I had several little stashes of leftover cotton yarn while making crochet dishcloths and potholders.  I just couldn't let them sit around and not be made into something useful!
I searched for an easy pattern, and found one at Stitch11.  I did a little tweaking to Corina's crochet pattern though.  I followed the first 2 Rounds, but improvised rounds 3-6.

  • Rounds 1 & 2 ~ see Stitch11 free crochet coaster pattern.  I don't do the magic circle.  I chained 5 or 6 and then joined to make a circle.
  • Round 3: Chain 2 (counts as half double crochet) and 1 half double crochet in same stitch.  2 half double crochets in each stitch to end.  Join to top of chain 2.
  • Round 4: Chain 2 (counts as half double crochet) and 1 half double crochet in same stitch.  **1 half double crochet in next stitch and 2 half double crochets into the following stitch**.  Repeat from ** around.   Join to top of chain 2.
  • Round 5: Chain 2 (counts as half double crochet). 1 half double crochet in following stitch, and then 2 half double crochets into next stitch.  **1 half double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches; and then 2 half double crochets into next stitch**.  Repeat ** around.  Join to top of chain 2.
  • Round 6: Edging ~ chain 1 and 1 single crochet in same stitch. 1 single crochet in each of next 2 stitches.  Picot ~ 1 single crochet in next stitch.  Chain 2 and 1 single crochet in same stitch.  **1 single crochet in each of next 2 stitches.  Picot ~ 1 single crochet in next stitch.  Chain 2 and 1 single crochet in same stitch**.  Repeat ** around. Join with slip stitch to first stitch.
Please note that this is actually my first unofficial written pattern (except for Rounds 1&2), and I hope it's easy to follow.  If the instructions are not clear, please let me know, and I will make corrections.  Thank you!

I hope I have inspired you to pick up your crochet hook!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Champagne Cork Key Chain

I have been collecting wine and champagne corks to eventually make a cork wreath; but
I keep finding other ways to use these corks.  Needless to say, I have to drink more so I can accomplish this goal.
Not a problem!
I was desperately in need of a key chain for a set of house keys.  What to do?  Make my own!
I had the supplies on hand and voila!
This set of keys were for our house sitter in AZ.  I even added a tag labeled with our name to it.

  • Champagne Cork: I used this type of cork, because it's bigger to grab hold of 
  • eye screw: from the Dollar Store; came in a kit
  • key ring: I recycled one from my heavy loaded key chain
  • Extra strength glue

  • Attach the key ring to eye screw. 
  • Screw the eye hook to bottom of cork.
  • Add dab of glue to attached eye screw and cork.
  • Let dry over night!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Meeting Deb

Last week I finally got to meet Deb from Garage Sale Gal!!!
She came over to my house and we spent time crafting and getting to know each other better.
It's always wonderful to meet new people and learn from them.  She introduced me to Pocket Letters, which I had no idea what they were.  Now I'm hooked!!!
Deb was so sweet and brought me this beautiful bouquet of flowers in a gorgeous milk glass vase!!!

Thank you Deb!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nature's Beauty From Our Garden

 Pink Peonies ~ Spring 2015
Peonies make me smile and feel happy.
These pretty peony bouquet was perfect to make a pretty little tray vignette; especially right next to the floral tea saucer.  I found this pretty saucer at a sale late last summer for a $1 ~ sweet find.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer So Far...

This was my last minute 4th of July vignette...well except for Phoebe.
While out and about during my shopping hunts, I found the white and blue saucer, the miniature love seat, and the handmade cross-stitched voila!

It has been over a month since I arrived in Minnesota, and have been enjoying every busy minute of it!!!  Weather has been absolutely perfect!!!  Cool, sunny, breezy, some rainy beautiful days, and with very few days of mild humidity.  I think we've had the AC on for less than 5 times since being here.  I feel so bad for my loved ones in the Valley of the Sun!

Every time I was ready to sit down and blog a little about "our summer life", something would prevent me from doing, company, pets, health, weather, time, meeting new friends, ...
but today has been the perfect day & time to get back in the saddle again!

We had a wonderful 4th of July spent with Hubby's cousin and her husband.
We spent most of the day outside enjoying the excellent weather and played croquet.  Cousin Laura and I were newbies at the game, and the best part of it was that I won...beginners luck!
Hubby cooked for us super delicious barbecued pork ribs for our dinner.  The meat fell off the bone...yummy!!! And for dessert, Cousin Laura and her Hubby Jeff brought a Cherry Tart...OMG heavenly!!!
Unfortunately, we were too tired to drag ourselves to see the fireworks, but we sure could hear them.