Twice in less than a week, I have been surprised and blessed by kind giving people.
About 3 years ago, I had stopped at a garage sale and bought some bricks to use to edge around flower beds in our garden. Milda, garage lady, shared that she would eventually be getting rid of more bricks and pavers, and asked me if I was interested in getting more. So we exchanged contact information.
And out of the blue she gave me a call! I was really surprised that after all this time she would remember me!
Her call was timed perfectly!
Last year I put together this patio in our backyard, and that's as far as it got. I kept thinking that maybe if I added more pavers, it would be more comfortably spacious to entertain at least 2 more people besides us.
So Milda and I scheduled a day I could stop by her place and pick up the pavers and bricks. It took me 2 round trips to her place to pick them all up.
I came home and placed them around existing patio. I still have to finish up this project though. I need to get some sand so I can level all new pavers and not trip over them. Also add more plants around area and spruce it up a bit.
I'll be honest, I haven't been too motivated to go out and garden this summer. I simply can't get myself to go out there and get my fingers dirty. Maybe once the weather turns more fallish like, I'll push myself out there and prepare the garden for the upcoming spring.
These two events made me think how lucky I am that people I've come across in my life, would take the time to even think of me. I appreciate their selfless generosity and thoughtfulness.
It seems that just about everybody is expecting the arrival of the stork!
So I thought to myself...wouldn't it be nice if I would get a head start and start making some crochet baby blankets! That way when the baby arrives I have their blanket ready.
Well...that was a nice thought, but running out of yarn on the middle of a crochet project, procrastination, interruptions and other projects got in the way!!!
Not only that, every time I would go to the yarn store to buy more yarn to finish the projects, I would come home with a different color or type of yarn. Is this a sign of senility, ADD,...??? Argh...!!!
I have set myself a goal to finish all 4 of these baby blankets in 2 weeks time...yikes!!! I can do it...I can do it...I can do it...
So off to the yarn shop I go, and this time I'm taking all of these PhDswith me so I can get the right yarn. Once I get home with yarn in tow these baby blankets will become WIPs!
I am having way too much fun creating and mailing out Pocket Letters. I have decided to have just one Pocket Letter Pal that I can communicate with on a monthly basis.
My Pen Pal's name is Larissa from Germany, and this is my first PL sent to her. Larissa received it yesterday. Our theme for our very first PL to each other is "Where we live". I created 9 ATC's about MN.
This is the back of the PL with all of the required elements: tea, About Me, Questions tag, quote, ...
I crochet the red and yellow flowers, and also added a tiny crochet heart to the tiny paperclip. I included the following goodies as well: American coins, washi tape, tags, embellished paperclips, stickers, ephemera, a glass heart magnet, blue sequins, a Peanuts comic strip (Charles Schultz = Minnesotan), and her initial and ...
...and most importantly included was my handwritten letter.
Some little extras in a pocket.
I was so happy and relieved to know that Larissa received it in less than a week. I had read so many negative stories about international mailing, that I really didn't think this PL would get to Larissa; but not to fear...the US Postal Service to the rescue...even though the postal sales lady was a little grumpy...LOL!!!
There's nothing better than to crochet or read on a rainy cool day...and stay in my pj's!!!
Last night I crochet a set of 4 coffee or tea mug cozies from cotton yarn. These cozies are perfect to keep my beverage of choice hot, and also to protect my hands from the heat while I hold my hot mug.
They were so easy and simple to make. I used the same pattern I used for my coffee or water cup cozieshere. I just tweaked it a bit by adding extra stitches for length of mug. I crochet a chain loop to hook over buttons, and single crochet all around the edge as a finishing touch.
I'm even thinking of adding a cute crochet pumpkin applique on cozy for added charm!
Hubby and I were invited by his brother Chip and sister-in-law Jan to a Twins ballgame yesterday at Target Field!
Hubby and I have plan on doing something fun and different every weekend in the Cities. We are to take the city bus & train to our destinations. So far it has been a great way to get around and the trips are a very pleasant experience.
I love this photo of us!
(left: Tom's brother Chip & his wife Jan)
Partners in crime!!! Jan and I had a blast!
I can't wait to see what Hubs and I get to do next week!
For the last couple of weeks I have been working on making several crochet coffee sleeve cozies out of worsted yarn. I think that this kind of yarn is perfect for hot beverages.
I even appliqued a crochet heart on each cozy!
I did a little research on Ravelry and Pinterest for cozy patterns, and then I set myself to kind of create my own. Super easy to make!
This is my version:
Chain 12; half-double crochet on third chain and half-double crochet to end. Turn, chain 1 and half-double crochet on same stitch; 9 half-double crochet to end. Repeat for 22 rows. I measure around cup to make sure it will fit around.
From here you can decide if you want to add edge on bottom of cozy, and then crochet to close cozy, and finally add top crochet edge or other edge of your choice. I use same yarn from beginning to end. I cut off yarn once I'm all done with cozy.
I used leftover yarn from my stash, but now I'm ready to buy different colors of yarn...I kind of get bored using the same color yarn over and over...but then I'll run into same cycle...and no matter what, I'll end up with more yarn!!!
After using one of my worsted yarn cozy for my iced water bottle during some humid days, I found out it would be better to make some using cotton yarn. Cotton yarn will definitely absorb the sweaty cup moisture. This is the beginning of it and still working on it.
I think these cozies will make great little stocking stuffers for Christmas!
I recently saw this kind of crochet button flower embellishments and I thought how clever and cute! They can be used to make paperclip bookmarks, embellished cards, for Pocket Letters, tags and so many more other uses.
So I sat down and put myself to the task to learn how to create them, and made several in different colors, patterns and styles.
I used real buttons in different sizes from my collection: 2-hole and 4-hole buttons; new & old. I used Craft & Fun picture tutorial and it was super easy to follow (the instructions are in Italian). Once I learned the basic first round, I tweaked it where I made some changes. Also I made up crochet flowers and for others I used crochet flower patterns I found on Ravelry.
for the 4-hole button I added 2 stitches in one-hole, and on the next hole I did one stitch, and repeated it once more
for the 2-hole button I did 3 stitches on each one-hole (I did this so that the stitches would look more even in the center & not off)
I added or subtracted chains between stitches around button (depending on the size of button)
As a finishing touch I sewed a smaller button or bead to center of each flower.
Now on to the next project...use these flowers in projects.