Friday, February 27, 2009

Pay it forward

What a perfect time to start up this wonderful project!

Courtney over at
posted this brilliant idea and I am so tickled pink with it that I want to start one up.

So, here are the facts.
The first three folks who leave comment here on my post, will
receive some handmade item(s) from me, sometime in the next three months.

Happily the "catch" is wonderful. Those first three responders will need to participate in
the round robin of heartful giving themselves, posting a 'pay it forward' challenge, on their blog, and partaking in it!

What a delightfully fun and creative idea!
I'm so glad I read Courtney's blog this morning :)

Looking forward to see who are the first three responders!!!


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pancake Day 2009...

What a fun evening...

I made chocolate-chip
pancakes, bacon, eggs and BOTH my
kids were home for the celebration!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Feels like spring...

Well at least it does in my crocheting nook.
All the colours of spring surround me, as tightly
wound balls of wool/yarn.
I continue to plow through the baskets of scrap
bits my Mum had kept for goodness knows how long.
I'm reminded how often I would see her, setting with hook, crocheting.
Cuppa coffee at hand, happily engaged in one of her favourite pastimes.

Now I am doing the same thing.
Cuppa tea near by, thoughts of my children, and their possible
futures racing about in my head.

My Mum is gone. I miss her often.
I'm grateful for all these wonderful scraps
she left behind for me.

I am the only daughter, out of four,
who crochets/knits.

Solitary in my passion, I smile as I type this.
Even though physically I sit here alone.
I am surrounded by very creative women
(and some men too),
here in the blogsphere, who frequently inspire me.

I'm most grateful to all who leave comments.
Keeps me from thinking that I'm simply "talking to myself'...

Flower crochet pattern by Lucy.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Purple shawl finished!

My daughter was kind
enough, though reluctant, to model my shawl.
She expressed visions of her Nana wearing shawls.
Exclaiming "I'm too young to wear a 'Nana shawl'.

Made from a really soft acrylic yarn.
(trying to work through the heap of acrylic
yarns I inherited from my late Mum).

I discovered that I had no purple outer softie wear,
to go with my favorite purple skirt.

Usually this knit up is a fast one, however,
I kept setting it aside and picking up
jewelry projects, sewing projects and sketching.

Happy that it's complete, just in time
for the weekend. Although, here in
Southern California, we are having a warm
spell (again).

Monday, February 16, 2009

Felted Hot Pink Heart

Looked everywhere for
a folksie heart necklace,
but just couldn't find one.
So with wee scrap of felt and a few glass
beads I made one myself.

Oh, this is me 'modeling' my softie heart.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sleepless night...

I was unable to sleep tonight.
So I started yet another scarf/shawl project,
while watching Pride & Prejudice.
Nothing like a good romantic film,
warm beverage to sip, comfy chair,
with all of the night to knit!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Knitting adventures

What with the weather being a wee bit cooler,
as of late, I decided to knit up a couple of colourful
scarf/shawls. These were both made with 17 circular needle, 35".
3 to 4 skeins/balls of yarn.
Casting on 3 sts.
Increasing at the beginning and the end of each row
until desired length.
Cast off loosely.
I started in the morning, by late afternoon I was wearing it.

It's a fast, fun knit up.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Whipped this wee charmer up Thursday night.
I made it with three loops, so I can wear it as necklace or bracelet.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Crochet adventures

Bowls, bowls and more bowls!
What started out as an idea has bloomed into
a full blown three cycled project.
I started crocheting bowls to house my one of a kind
charmed bracelets. After showing these bowls to co-workers,
I was asked to make several for their personal use.
Well, then I get the hair brained idea to make a set of colourful
bowls to use in my classroom. And so, here they are!
In addition, I wanted to use up all the 'craft' yarn I'd been keeping stored.
This way it's put to good use. Following the 'reggio' classroom set up. Where using natural
fibers and soft 'home like' items in each centre creates an inviting
place for my students to enjoy. It also gives me good reason to crochet for fun!

Then I found a pattern online, for a crocheted heart!
Well, I've made many hearts now!
My favorite are the ones using my 1.7 crochet hook and DMC floss!

I'm planning on painting this weekend. Till then I hope to finish all the bowls for my
classroom and make a few valentine necklaces and bracelets, with my wee hearts!
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