Samplings of My Work

Samplings of My Work


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Two Posts Within Hours of Each Other!?!



Yeah, so I was sitting here and I was thinking to myself……….I know there were more pictures I wanted to put in my post. I’m sitting here shaking my head because I think I’m losing it. I used to have a pretty sharp mind. I used to remember a lot more than I do right now. I hate growing old and losing parts of myself. Literally. Ok…… let me get on with it and quit whining.

pin coming out of quilt

See that shiny pointy thing there in the midst of the lovely red?  The bottom lovely red is my wonderful thick flannel sheet. The top red print with the shiny thing is my quilt that my sister made me. I’ve had this quilt for a long time but never used it because of the dogs. So after I put Leo down I decided to bring it out and start using it. Leo went to Rainbow Bridge in the beginning of October. (seems like yesterday and sometimes seems like a lifetime ago) I have been sleeping with this since then. A couple of weeks ago one night I went to bed, got all comfy cozy and all of a sudden I felt this sharp pain. So I moved and it got worse! I got up, turned on the light, searched my bed and nothing. I REALLY thought I was losing my mind. So I turned the light off, laid down, covered up, got comfy cozy and got pricked really good. I freaked out, thinking it was a damn scorpion!  They aren’t prevalent here but I saw one in FL once and hey, anything is possible right? He could have been trying to come in out of the cold and found him a nice warmy place to sleep!!!  I found this long pin sticking out of my quilt. The only way it could have gotten there was when my sister made it. And I can’t tell you what year that was…….in the last 10 or so anyways. I pondered on how to get it out because I could feel a round head on it. There was no way I was going to bust a seam open and try to work it up to the seam. And actually I figured it was between the batting and this side of the fabric. Anyways, I went and got my box cutter and cut real slow and careful to make a little incision and voila. Out pops this 2” needle with a yellow round head on it!!! I immediately sent my sister and email with a picture of the pin. She said she had done that before, forgotten a stray pin in a quilt. I’m just glad it didn’t wake me up out of a sound sleep. I really would have freaked out, and then been mad.  :o)

pin on my knee

hats with crosses

This picture is what made me remember that I had more pics to show you. I made these for a couple that have been trying to get me to come to their church.  The dark one is black and charcoal and the other is blue and light lavender. It’s hard to see the correct colors. The red sure does pop out doesn’t it?

laid out squares     praying baby

These should have gone with the previous post. The first is when I laid them on my bed looking for the configuration I wanted with the squares. And the praying girl up close. See what I mean about her scowly face?

And I had some sky pics but I think I’ll forego them today. It’s lunch and I’m starving!  Home made chili. MMMMMMMMMM. Wish I could offer you some. Maybe some day that will be a workable thing… hand stuff through the monitor. Not now. :o)

TaTa Again!

Unlucky Luck and Crochet


my unlucky pb ticket

As you can see by the ticket above, this is how my life rolls. lol. If it wasn’t for this kind of luck I wouldn’t have any at all. Wait…………that wasn’t right. :o) Anyways, lately this is how it’s been for me. But I’m not complaining too loudly because I’m still on the right side of the dirt. Right? Right.

I’ve been mia, I know.  That dang life again. It tends to get in the way of a lot of stuff. Life is different for different people. And so the story goes.  Mine has been one of basically work, home and doctors lately. I’m in the midst of a series of injections. I had one in my neck last Monday (not yesterday, I took yesterday off because I had the day off from work and didn’t want to drive into the city just for an injection). Next Monday is one in my lumbar, then the next Monday is a cervical shot again, then the following Monday is another lumbar injection. The first cervical injection worked for the first day great. I’ve had pain and bad headaches ever since. Yesterday I didn’t even bother to get out of my jammies. I stayed in my chair most of the day. It was a cold windy day here in SE GA (24 on my front porch – Hector’s water was frozen!) and I did manage to get a couple of crochet things done.

top of african flower mandala        back of blue pink mandala

This was a present of sorts for a friend of mine’s mom who is here from NY state to see her first great grand child and see her son before he goes back to Saudi Arabia for another 56 day rotation.  The first pic is blurry. I didn’t notice until I downloaded it (don’t look at it close).  I used some #8 cotton from Hobby Lobby. Love those vibrant colors! 

chris hanger

chris hanger with pot

top of chris hanger

I made this pot hanger with some nylon yarn/rope/thread that I ordered a year or so ago and never used it because I was disappointed in it when it arrived. I remember it wasn’t cheap either. I didn’t like it because it has this sticky coating on it. It was really hard to crochet with it as well because of the stickiness. But I stuck it out because I told my co-worker I would make her a pot hanger. I was really, really glad to be done with it. I actually had to make myself finish it, that’s how much I disliked making it. BUT this pot hanger will last a very long time. All she has to do to clean it is stick it in some soapy water and shake it to get most of the water off of it. She’s going to use it inside but it would be a wonderful outside plant hanger.

gails lapghan

Dang it, it happened again. The pic is sideways!  I guess you’ll have to look at the two below of it in progress to get a better visual of it.  I made this lapghan for my sister for her birthday. I was piddling around looking for something in my totes, rearranging colors and skeins I think, and I came across these squares that I had made probably 3 or 4 years ago. They were for an afghan and I got tired of making squares. Actually the purples were in one tote and the variegated were in another tote. So I played around with arranging them and came up with this scheme. The darker purples were Vanna’s Choice, and the color is Eggplant. I plundered through my totes and found a full new skein of it!! My lucky day!!! NOT. I used it put them together to make the 4 columns then went around the outside of them to connect the four columns together and then was going to go across the rows to finish. Guess what? I lacked 7 squares of finishing the connecting outside round!!!  Sigh. Yep, that luck thing again. lol.  So I thought I’d go to Hobby Lobby weekend before last to get another skein. Nope…….Hobby Lobby didn’t have the color and I was freaked out because they didn’t have hardly any ILTY at all!!! So I thought, well I’ll go to Wally World just down the street. Nope!  Then I thought well crud….I’ll go to the Wally World close to the house. NOPE!!! So ya know what I did???  It’s really strange that RH Love’s Grape Jam is just a couple hairs of a shade different from Eggplant. And I had two and a partial skein of that. I used it to finish up the 7 square connection on the outside, went another round on the outside, and used it to slip stitch the rows together.  No one but me and you know the difference. :o)

lapghan 1      lapghan 2   upclose lapghan 2

Below are two hats and a little praying doll that I made for a friend of mine whose birthday is Thursday. She loved a little babie’s hat that I had made and had in my box when I went home at Christmas time. She said she wanted one but didn’t say what colors she wanted. So I made two in her favorite colors. See the pink one? I used three strands of Deramore DK yarn. This yarn is more like sport, it’s so thin. I used a bright pink, mauve and light peach color.  Does that top triangular piece look familiar? lol. That is a square from a CAL that I didn’t finish (sorry girls). I just lose interest really quick in stuff like that. I had made three of them and never made any more. So I used one on this owl hat. He’s kind of funky looking but oh well. She’ll like them both. I know she’s probably only expecting one but now she has two. And the little praying girl was a pattern that I found on a blog a while back. Sorry I don’t have the pattern with me or remember what blog it was that I found it on. I really can’t remember what the pattern was called. (I know, I’m bad… sorry.) I thought it was cute but it didn’t want to sit up like the one in the pattern so I pulled the middle of the bottom up through with yarn and tied it off so that it had an indent and it would then sit up.

paulettes hats and praying baby     pray babies face owl hat and baby face

I have started a baby, but set it down because these all had to be finished up. I’m kind of apprehensive with the baby…..I am not good with the faces. I was kind of disgusted with myself on the little one above because the face looked scowly.

chap stick holder

Last for today is my chap stick holder I made Saturday. I had done another one in regular RH yarn and I hated it but it worked. So I was messing around and made one in #10 thread. This one sux too. lol. I like it except that I should have only done chains and not put the sc on the part that goes around the heart button to close it up. I’ve found it undone a couple of times. I’m going to make another one, hopefully the third time is the charm. :o)   See that cat? That little thing is a weapon. The kitty’s ears can seriously hurt someone if they try to do anything they shouldn’t. This was a Christmas present from a friend of mine. I love it. You put your two fingers in the eyes and it’s a defensive weapon. Let some Wally World parking lot lurker come at me!!! (It’s not just Wally World, it’s all over these days…….I just picked Wally World as that’s mostly what I’ve seen on the news or internet.) Believe me, when I walk out a store or am somewhere out and about, that little kitty is nestled on my fingers, just waiting for some unsuspecting thief or criminal to pounce on me. Bring it on Mr. Criminal….I’m ready for ya!!!   (I’m not paranoid, just ready is all) It’s seriously getting worse out there.

So my friends, that’s it for me for now. I have to catch up with y’all again. I’ll let you know I’ve stopped by. Hope your world is right and good…….I wish nothing but the best for you all. You all deserve it!