Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

As I was Christmas shopping, I picked this up...,

365 motifs, one for everyday of the year.  It mav be the year of the Granny Square!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Enjoy!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vintage Crochet

As I was organizing my Christmas patterns, I found this....
It will be my project to work on this Christmas break.  I bought three skeins of Lion Brand Heartland... 
Happy Holidays!!!

Enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sharing a Family Classic

Every Christmas my Grandma Buttke would make a variety of cookies.   These were my favorite...
Chewy chocolate peanut butter chip cookies.  Every year, I enjoy making them for the Holidays.   This year, making some in the classic version and then the rest with some...
just for fun with some finely chopped cashews...
VoilĂ ! Yummy deliciousness!

Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tips and Tricks -Happy Friday!

Once upon a time, I could mail an order just like this one....

with a 64 cent stamp.  That's the whole reason I offer free shipping. Now it costs $2.32.  Over the past couple of weeks, I have been to the post office several times.  I have learned a few things and thought I would share with you....
The envelope I have been using, not much smaller than a letter envelope, is no longer acceptable at the post office. It is too small.  
The metal tab on this envelope makes it non-machinable and...
 is an extra charge of 21 cents.  If it is a parcel package then there might not be an extra charge.  
But if ...
you put a piece of tape over it then there is no charge.  

Lending a helping hand to keep up with the USPS...

Enjoy! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time for Chocolate


Switching gears... time to make some chocolate bark.  As soon as I saw this delightful picture in the Nov./Dec. issue of Midwest Living, I thought how fun to make your own tasty chocolates.  
After reading the tips about tempering the chocolate, it seems to be something that needs total concentration.  So I will set my yarn and hooks aside for the evening.  

Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mailed Yesterday

  When I started my etsy shop,  my thoughts about were at least my work will be seen and if I have sales all the better.  This beaded flower brooch has been in my shop from the beginning in 2007.  I continued to relist it, hoping someday it would find a loving home to be treasured....
and it did, I mailed it yesterday.  I will continue to persevere.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

His and Her Cowls

As promised, I wrote up the patterns last night, took pictures this morning and here we are....



Her Cowl is made  with 2 skeins of LionBrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick, Metallic, Constellation, It is a quick and easy Tunisian pattern that works up in a few hours.

His Cowl is made with 1 skein of LionBrand Wool Ease,
 Thick and Quick in Stripes, Hoyas.  This cowl works up in just over an hour. 
So if you are in need of some quick gift for the holidays, here is the pattern and it is only $1.00 through Christmas.  


Enjoy!



Monday, December 15, 2014

In the works

In a panic over Christmas being less than 2 weeks away, it is time for some quick crochet.  Needing some Christmas gifts for family members I started thinking, crocheting and now have .....

His and Her Cowl designs in the works....
Hope to give an update with pattern links tomorrow, stay tuned....


Enjoy!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Introducing....

The Stella Cowl, my latest pattern....

It is a Textured Tunisian Cowl created with 1 skein of  wonderfully delightful Cascade Yarns, Tangier.... listed today on Craftsy.....

A fun and quick pattern works up in just a few hours.
Enjoy!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tips & Tricks Friday

While I crochet or designing a pattern, I check my numbers.  Sometimes I have to see it visually so 1 write lines of numbers then scribble the stitches above counting and counting again. I am checking numbers so often,  in the back of my notebook I have a page of half eraseed symbols and numbers.    Then all of a sudden....click went the lighbulb, the idea formed ..... what if ....
I type up the numbers, print them on cardstock and put them in a protective sleeve.  Then use dry-erase markers to mark increases or stitch patterns.   All the while, keeping my beloved numbers always ready for what comes next.  

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ponytails -Custom Order

Last nights crochet, 4 ponytail pairs for a custom order....

Check out my shop it specializes in Stocking Stuffers.  All sorts of adorable hair accessories.... beautiful jewelry....gwengoods.etsy.com

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Angels, bits and pieces

This morning, before going to work, I crocheted this little angel....
It is Angel 16 from the Big Book of Thread Ornaments from Leisure Arts.  I enjoy making these angels.  They are made in one piece, they work up quick and seem easy...
Angel 27

 I am also working on some of the other Angels from the same book.  All the angels are so pretty and lovely.   Some of the angles are made in pieces such like this....
which makes them a bit tedious, first I will weave in the ends, then stiffen each piece, and finally glue them together.  

The book suggests forming the angels to the shape, so off to the craft store to get some styrofoam... 


Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Abra Cowl

Last night as I was watching my favorite holiday movie, "Home for the Holidays, I worked up this cowl....
The pattern is the Sea Bling Cowl from Kim Guzman.  For this pattern, I  used an L hook and 1 skein of Red Heart's, Boutique yarns, Magical in Abracadabra.  This is an easy and quick pattern.   Each month Kim hosts a Crochet Along in her Facebook Group, CrochetKim.  This month there are two patterns to choose from, The Sea Bling Cowl and/or Owl Mitts.    Come along and join the fun.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Opus - A Bulky Tutorial, Part 2

Once you have made the Prism Necklace from this post, you will have enough yarn left over to make a couple of these, Romanian Cord Bracelets.....

With Loops & Thread, Opus,  Prism, using a Q hook, chain 2....
Sc in 2nd ch from hook...
Turn work, insert hook through side of sc...
yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, turn, continue working cord....
until you have a 7 1/2" length....
then sew your ends together to complete Bracelet.  


Enjoy!