Monday, August 19, 2013

Rainy Day Sunday

turned into another rainy day Monday, I had to create an indoor place to takc pictures.

Also our camera, I was using to take all my photos just stopped working one day and is off to Canon for repairs.    All we have is our waterproof point & shoot, which produces not so stellar pictures.  So all day Saturday, I started camera shopping, to which my husband replied wait and helped me set up the okay camera to get the best pictures it can produce.

Pretty swell picture and will have to suffice, and  I hope our best camera returns asap in great working shape.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1st Grade

Today Orla starts 1st grade and this Bluebird and its nest was one of the last items to come during her Kindergarten year.  A new school year, means it seems time to clean, organize and PURGE!  
So the paper plate nest will go and the bird will stay in his new home!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hexagon Pendant Necklace

Earlier this week we went up to the mountains and stayed at Fort Mountain, one of Georgia's beautiful state parks.  I took a bit of  thread with me and created this ...

I have been wanting to make one of these since I have seen different geometric items listed on esty.  I bought the necklace parts at JoAnn fabrics.  The beads add just the right amount of shimmer.  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Flower Study

Tuesday night is my crochet night, I go out to meet with my meet up group at Barnes & Noble.  While I am there I will check to see if there are any new crocheting books gracing the shelves and I found this one...

This book is the latest in this series of Crafty books by St Martin's Griffin.  The best thing about this book is it's exclusively CROCHET.  As I started trying out some of the patterns, I realized I could make all the flowers and items in the book.  I have many books none of which I made every pattern so the flower study began.  To keep it simple and quick I chose one thread for the entire study.  I used Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet thread in shaded pink.  I used 2 entire balls and 1/2 of a third.  Though it may seem tedious and geeky to crochet 100 + flowers, leaves and butterflies but now I have a reference for creating all sorts of things such as earrings, pendants, brooches and skies the limit.  

Tonight, I blocked them all and laid them to dry.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 8, 2013


I went through my etsy shop and reshot all my pictures, all 145 items. I used a plain white sheet of paper and went outside during sunny mornings and took lots and lots of pictures.  I figured out how to add text to my pictures as well as change the size and the color.  I am going to try to submit another picture to craftgawker.  I think I will try this one....

Saturday, June 8, 2013

First Video

Yesterday, I created my first video on YouTube.  It is a photo slide show of items from my shop.  I have been reshooting all my photos, and edited them myself it is quite easy.  I was trying out fotofuze, but I realized I could adjust the exposure of my pics, and add titles or wording all by myself.  So I have edited some of my listing and will continue changing my pics and adding new items.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Shop

So a couple of weeks ago,  I created my story on Etsy.  Part of creating your story is adding pictures of your studio and such.  My studio is my house, really.  These are the pictures included in my shop story....

mobile office and thread bin 
thread sorted by color group
hooks and such...
 yarn swift (birthday purchase from theknitstore)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thoughts of wonder

Lately I have been thinking about all the different things I have made and simply wonder how did I do that.  I have gotten much better about writing patterns about items I make now.
 This is something I made about 2001-2002 for an art show in Oshkosh, WI.  He/She is a nameless, faceless sculpture and I simply wonder how did I make this....

and after 11-12 years later he/she looks good!  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Broom Stick Lace

Designing with broomstick lace, not quite sure if it will be horizontal or vertical. We will have to see!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter

I love Spring with all the new life it brings.  Tree branches growing inches longer and flowers with all their glorious color.  This year Spring is inching its way along, we have had time to enjoy and linger with expectation of what will come next.

To our Spring nature table, we added all the felted eggs we made last year, and then made a few more this year....

We cut egg shapes out of felt then embroidered a bit and they were ready to go.  Orla made her very own with her name on it and then another with "I" for I love you.  I think we let Easter linger for a bit as well and then turn our branch into a gratitiude tree.  
Happy Easter!  Enjoy!

Monday, March 25, 2013


Many moons ago I made this cute little purse from 2 macrame rings, and this lovely violet yarn.  

The other kind of fabric I love is batiks, and this one especially, it has some of my favorite colors, and looks mysterious with a bit of copper color.  Anyway one day not so many moons ago I made a lining and then with my sewing machine I added it to my crochet purse.  Now I have a lovely purse, I can continue to treasure as well as use!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Gwengoods: Button Circle Brooch

Gwengoods: Button Circle Brooch

Happy Friday

I dropped off this square this morning at Lovin' Knit, they are yarn bombing a wheel barrow for Stitches South.  For making this square, I received $10 off and used a birthday coupon for 10% to buy these...

They also had a sale and I could not resist adding to my stash, but I behaved fairly well.  I also mailed out these bath spa cloths for a swap....

The left one is a Tunisian Knit Stitch, the middle is knit and cross stitches and the right one is cross tunisian simple stitch.  All with loop hangers.  I am excited to see what I receive in return!

Enjoy and Follow your Bliss!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Over the weekend, I crocheted of course and also did some sewing.  This is a tote I made from a free mini craftsy class.  I first found out about Craftsy last year at Stitches South.  I got a coupon for a free class, so I signed up and enrolled in Jennifer Hansen's Tunsian Crochet.  It is a fun way to learn new techniques, and find all sorts of different interests. Craftsy allows you to really settle into to class, ask questions and offer more than the quick you tube videos.   Sometimes the classes will be on sale and they do offer some free mini classes, I do prefer free or sale items.    This tote is from Kristin Link's Reversable Tote and Zipper pouch.  

So I had the fabric,  and I love paisleys!  Not only did I receive my Grandmother Buttke's knitting needles I also have a sewing basket with some old clasps and zippers.  And this is the only 9" zipper I had, a Kelly Green 9" zipper for 45 cents and she bought it for 25 cents.

If you have not checked out Craftsy it is worth a look.  I like it as another way to to show off your work and possible expand your horizons into some new things.  Enjoy!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Button Circle Brooch

Button Circle Brooch
Button Circle Brooch,
originally uploaded by gwengoods.
My latest submission to Craftgawker. I took this picture outside and hoping it gets accepted.  This picture is my 3rd or 4th submission.  I will keep trying until I have success!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Hooks and Recent Acquistions

 Well,  in a previous post I shared my entire yarn stash, which never seems to sway from its current capacity and I thought well lets take a look at all my hooks, and needles.  Yes,  I have needles, I inherited my Grandmother Buttke's knitting needles,  which I keep in this vase.

I have recently bought some bamboo needles, and my friend Stephen makes his own knitting needles from dowel rods.  I use them to play around with remembering how to knit for the girls when they wish to play with knitting.  In the vase on the right, I have a set of Brittany Black Walnut crochet hooks, that I just had to have when Brittany decided they were no longer going to make any more Black Walnut hooks.  Now, they produce strictly birch hooks and they are equally beautiful.

The super tall hook in the middle of this picture is a J. Higgins, 18" S Tunisian Hook, my mom bought me last year at Stitches South.  I made this bath mat with 5 strands of worsted weight cotton held together, Tunisian knit stitch.  It is the softest, thickest bath mat your feet could touch.  

As I have with yarn, I accquire hooks, I believe you can never have too many hooks, and manufacturers continue creating so many.   I recently gave away some glitter acrylic hooks to some of my yarn friends.  These hooks,  I have retired, or stashing them for when I need them.  For instance,  who doesn't need light up hooks for crocheting at night in the car.  Sometime within the last 20 years, Boye stopped making their hooks in the USA, so I have a set of those in this box.  Now Boye hooks are manufactured in China, as are most things we buy. 

In this case I have all my anytime hooks, I use this for everything and anything.  As I contemplate which yarn to choose for a project, I then contemplate which hook should I choose, do I need a comfort grip for a more time consuming project or a basic one if it is a quicky item.  I also bought a Kollage square hook last year at Stitches South and I am wondering if I am going to get another this year.   As you can see I will be trying a Hiya Hiya hook soon too.   

Now onto my most recent acquistions... you may have seen a picture of the V hook, T-shirt rug from the  book, So Pretty Crochet.  Well, I had to find a V hook, and have seen hooks all the way up to Z now.  While trying to acquire a V hook, I am still searching, but I did buy some ChiaGoo bamboo tunisian hooks as well as a R, S, T, and a U hooks from Stitch Dragon, very reasonable prices and inexpensive shipping.  I do shop around.  

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Float Waist Coat

I have finished the Lace Quartz top and will post a picture soon. Now I am working on Robyn Chachula's Float Waistcoat. Over the weekend, I was organizing some books and magazines. I found this pattern from and issue of Inside Crochet and realized I have just enough Cotton Fleece. This purple has been in my stash over ten years.  This waist coat could turn our an ombre stripe as all 4 skeins are not the same dye lot.  It will be fabulous!

 I enjoy Robyn's patterns for the visual aids she includes in diagrams and charts!  For the trefoil stitch pattern, I am chaining 3, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2) for a smoother fabric.  My gauge for this pattern is requiring me to use an f hook.  

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Week ago

A week ago Monday, right after my blog post, I went out to get more yarn,  wondering why I needed more than the patterned required,  I realized all my sizing and gauge was off.  So I ripped it all out to start again.  This time I am still finding myself paying ever more attention to the pattern and I hope to publish a finished project soon.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Well the Quartz Lace top is taking a little longer, and I am off to get more yarn.  I am almost done and it will look fabulous!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pebble Bracelet -Free Pattern

Pebble Bracelet

You will need....

Size 3 thread
D hook
¾” button
Tapestry Needle

Note : Leave long starting tail for sewing button

Make magic loop, work 5 sc into loop. Ch 1, turn.

Row 1: 5 sc in back loop of 1st st, sl st in both loops of 1st st.  Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 1 until bracelet measures 8” or desired length.  Ch 1, turn.

Buttonhole,  sc in 1st  st, ch 4, sk 1 st, sc in next st. Turn.  5 sc in ch-4 loop, sl st in sc.  
Fasten off.  Sew on button and weave in ends.  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Current WIP

In this project bag is my current work in progress, Dora Orhenstein's, Lace Quartz Top from the Winter issue of Interweave Crochet.  I am using Malabrigo Lace for this project, and I made a gauge swatch...

  Usually, I tend to find a cheap yarn for making my projects, but I was pleasantly surprised, for this pattern only take 2 hanks of lace and my total for this project was $24.00, not to expensive.  
 Hopefully, I will finish it by next weekend as I have so much more crochet to do.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Well, it has been a while and here I am once again.  Looking out my window, listening to music crocheting and enjoying a overcast Atlanta Friday.  Happy Weekend!