Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Dog Days of Summer

I'm still here friends, and if you are here reading this, 

thanks for still being here!  

We've had an eventful summer so far with friends visiting from all over.

It's been fun catching up and showing them around Seattle. 

I've been pretty determined lately to do projects with the supplies I already have,

rather than spending money on stuff I don't really need. 

(although, there is an afghan I have a pattern for that I really

want to make, that I will need to buy

yarn for…eventually.  Lol) 

It's pretty nuts when I think about the stuff I already have in my craft room

to create.  

So, here's just a simple little flower necklace with buttons, and a star made of 

cotton yarn that would look cute on a package or strung up with a few more.

and here's my current afghan blanket project. 

This is yarn that I've had for believe it or not, about 10 years.

I found this lovely flower motif granny square.  I still have a few more squares to go, 

then I can start piecing it together!  Yay! 

 Summer here in Seattle is simply lovely.

 It rarely rains in the summertime though, and that would be my biggest 

complaint. I know, I know! …most people don't want the rain, but these dry, 

sunny, days for weeks at a time gets boring to me. :-)

(remember…I lived in a dry desert climate for 48 years) 

Although, this is perfect weather if you are on the water. 

 We've been enjoying taking a ferry and driving to different places in 

Washington that we've never been. 

Last week, we did some hiking at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park.

It was so beautiful…I wanted to run down this hill with my arms open singing 

"The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music" 

The deer were everywhere, and seemed to enjoy 

the attention they were getting. 

We even saw some different wildlife right here at our house! 

I walked outside onto our deck one day and saw this Blue Heron sitting on 

the neighbor's roof!  

I like how his shadow looks in this shot. 

He was really keeping an eye on me from that safe distance. 

Port Townsend, Washington was another little stop we made for 

some oysters on the half shell and a beer.  This was the view 

from our spot on the outdoor patio. 

The temperature was perfect. 

This photo isn't great, but this was a beautiful little yarn shop in 

Port Townsend called 

I can't wait to go back to their store when I can spend more time in there! 

Check out their link, they even have a blog. 

 Well, I wanted to say hi and let you know a little bit about 

what I've been up to. 

How is your summer going? 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Some Flowers and Crochet to help make your day!

Hi Friends…

Need a little pick me up? 

 I could sure use one today! 

It's rainy and chilly this morning…I even turned on the fireplace to 

take off the chill…it's June!  Wow. 

I love when the weather does this though...

It's a nice change this time of year. 

It's a perfect day to just read a book, but I can't 

seem to stay focused on one.

It's supposed to be back into the sunny 70's and 80's next week, so 

looks like this chilly, rainy day and hopefully my mood will be 

short lived! 

There's so much busyness going on, like with this bee, 

and just too many things 

taking up space in my head right now. 

I tend to worry needlessly about things that haven't even happened.

It's so frustrating and such a waste of time, but

how do you change that about yourself?

Don't you hate it when you feel that way? 

 I think I just need to stop and smell the flowers 

like Fetzer here, 

…and keep crocheting! 

…and crocheting, 

what do you think? 

 What do you do when you need a 

pick me up? 

I'm ready for the weekend! 

How about you? 


Friday, June 6, 2014

The Dogwood Tree

Hi friends! 

Just dropping by to say hello.

It seems as though the Dogwood tree in our garden 

has even more blossoms on it 

this year than it did last.

I love how it looks as though the blossoms are 

weighing down the branches.

The tree was here when we moved in 2 years ago, so I don't really 

know how old it is.  I'm guessing it's a fairly young tree though.

My mother loved Dogwood blossoms/trees, so I was 

thrilled to discover I would have one in my garden to 

enjoy and remind me of her. 

Have you ever read about the legend of the Dogwood? 

In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew 
To a stately size and a lovely hue. 
'Twas strong and firm it's branches interwoven 
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen. 
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood 
Christ made a promise which still holds good: 
"Never again shall the dogwood grow 
Large enough to be used so. 
Slender and twisted, it shall be 
With blossoms like the cross for all to see. 
As blood stains the petals marked in brown 
The blossom's center wears a thorny crown. 
All who see it will remember Me 
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree. 
Cherished and protected, this tree shall be 
A reminder to all of my agony.
-author unknown-

 I think that must be why I love this motif to crochet, it's called 

"Dogwood Blossom." 

Hope you're having a lovely June so far. 


Monday, May 12, 2014

May Happenings and some Vintage Crochet

Hi friends!  

Wow!  Here we are into May already.  I still can't keep up 

with everything I want to do! 

I did manage to cut a few of the neighbor's lilacs again this spring 

to enjoy indoors.  Oh the fragrance! 

Still working on my stash of linen yarn…I love this stuff for projects! 

I'm also excited to tell you, a couple of my embroidery pieces were published in 

this issue of Better Homes & Gardens 

Make it Yourself magazine! 

They really did a nice layout of my pieces! 

Lots of other fun things in this issue if you happen to see it and want to 

check it out.  I even saw this magazine at our local grocery store as 

well as the big booksellers. 

Another little project I've been trying to prefect is this little linen and burlap 

lavender sachet. 

I'm loving the look of the linen with the burlap.

Burlap is just not that friendly to work with sometimes though…

or maybe it's just me.

These are little crocheted booties that my grandmother started making for my 

dad when he was a baby.  I guess she never got around to finishing them, but 

aren't they cute?  

My sister had them, and wanted to share them with me since I've been 

crocheting up a storm lately! 

My sister also sent me an old crochet book that "grannie" had.

It's been fun looking through, although I find most of the doily projects to be difficult

for me because of the thread size.

The thread it says to use is size 30 which is pretty small. 

I had an old ball of size 30 I got at an antique store, so I figured I'd practice with it.

Well, you can see here how small it is! 

It makes the size 10 that I normally use seem big. 

Well, this is it…

It's actually not completed, but I think I'm ok with how it is like this, 

until I can practice some more with this small stuff! 

Here's the funny thing I wanted to show you…

look at the last paragraph…

"It takes only a few minutes to make any one of the lovely doilies in this chapter." 

Huh…a few minutes?  

Yeah, and I bet those ladies back in those days finished it and then also had

dinner on the table when their husband came home too huh?! 


So, anyway, a big thanks and hug to my Cis for sharing these 

wonderful things with me that belonged to our "Grannie." 

(she also gave me her tatting shuttle and crochet hooks too!) 

I'll keep practicing…I think Grannie would be proud! 

 Well, I'm off to enjoy some lovely weather we're having. 

Thank you for being here! 

I do love reading your comments! 


Friday, April 25, 2014

Days of Sun

Happy Friday everyone! 

Just thought I'd take a few moments to pop in and share 

some sunny photos with you. 

Has it been sunny where you are? 

We're still getting our rainy days, but boy when that sun comes out, 

it feels so good! 

I try to get my dose of vitamin D by hanging out on our top deck with my 

crochet or a good book for a while. 

It's also been fun to walk down to the local bakery for a loaf of 

 fresh sourdough!  Walking back home, uphill makes me feel 

less guilty about eating a couple of pieces. 

When the days are clear, we get a tiny peek of the snow capped Olympic Peninsula. 

I've planted a couple of container plants on the deck that are sun loving, 

and should do well up there this summer when we don't get much rain. 

This one is actually a berry.  Not sure if I will actually see berries on it this summer,

but it sure is green and has these lovely, little pink flowers now.

The tulips are still everywhere. 

I have this old wheelbarrow that I hardly even really remember sticking 

bulbs into last fall,  until this happened.  It was a beautiful surprise! 

I love how the tulips open up in the sunshine. 

 Hey Lucy!  How'd you get into this post? 

She's been following me everywhere just like a little puppy, 

and I love 

every minute of it! 

Wishing you a beautiful and happy weekend! 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Springtime and the Crochet Saga Continues

Hi friends!  

Can you believe April is upon us already? 

We've had an abundant amount of rain. 

The trees and flowers love the rain as much as I do, and everything is so green. 

I love this early blooming Rhododendron in our garden that we get to 

see from our little kitchen.  

This is a new doily I've been working on with some thread I already had in my stash. 

With only a couple more rows to go,  I realized I needed a little more thread. 

So, when I went online to order it, I

discovered this color is no longer available.   

Surprisingly enough, I couldn't even find it on Etsy or Ebay.

Oh well…I really didn't have any plans for it, but here's the thing...

I was kind of digging how this color looks with denim so I think I'll

pull it all out and just use the thread for smaller projects or even crochet appliqué on 

a denim skirt.  

What do you think? 


You'd think a color like "Linen" would "always be" but NO... 

I'm all excited about this table piece I'm making and now this color is 

no longer available!  Ugh!  Hahaha!  What's a girl to do? 

I'm not taking this apart though...

  The good thing is, that I can probably finish this up

with the lighter color "Natural" and it would look fine as long as I 

have an even amount of Linen color flowers. 

Oh well, linen flowers or not,  I'm just happy to see all the real flowers

that are out right now.


I even discovered the two hydrangeas I had in containers last summer survived our 

wet and cold winter and have already started coming back! 

Maybe I'll just stick to crocheting covers for stones…

I won't have to worry about running out of thread! 

 Thank you for being here.  

Your comments are always appreciated!  

I have a couple of surprises coming in the mail that I hope 

to share with you soon.