Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bunny Amigurumi

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My sister asked if I could crochet a little amigurumi to add to a baby shower gift she was putting together.  I happily agreed!  (I don't think I've ever turned down a crochet project!)  She picked this adorable bunny pattern, Spring Bunnies by Stephanie Jessica Lau (which you can find HERE, and it's Ravelry pattern page HERE).

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle." - Lao Tzu

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion.  Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." - Franz Kafka

Happy Tuesday!  Do you notice something different around here?  Nope, the blog didn't get a hair cut, but it did get a new banner!  I've been meaning to make a new one for awhile, but with no graphic design training/programs and the want to make something inspired by my grandpa's owl drawings, well, I didn't know where to begin and I didn't want to mess it up!

One of my family members recently found one of his drawings in an old autograph book.  From that drawing and the only other owl of his that I've seen, I drew up the above owl, and with a ridiculous round-about way involving the signature feature on Adobe Reader, was able to place it on a "signature line," like a branch.  I thought it was pretty clever...  Anyways, I think I like it, and thought I'd try it out and see what you guys think!  (I noticed I may have lost a little image quality along the way, hopefully I can go back and fix it!)

For a little back story if you haven't read my little "What's in a Name?" bit, for several years now, (I want to guess 7ish...), I've been signing handmade cards and other hand made stuff with an owl stamp and my initials.  Unbeknownst to me, my grandfather (who died when I was 12) used to sign his name with a little owl sketch too.  So you want to know the coolest thing about the last owl drawing of his I saw? Beside it was "CJ."

Have a fantastic day my friends, and may you have the courage to follow your inner-self's greatest desires!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday friends!  I'm smiling because things are turning green and some flowers are blooming!  I found this wild flower the other day while I was raking. Isn't it beautiful?!  One of my friends on Instagram told me it was a trillium.  I had never seen one before.  Curious, I read up a little on the flower (good ol' wikipedia and the NYS Dept. of Environment Conservation), and learned a few things.

It has a couple of nicknames: "wake robin," because of it's color and it's appearance in spring, "birthroot," because Native Americans used it in tea to induce labor, and "stinking Benjamin" because it smells of decaying meat, which apparently helps attract carrion flies for pollination.  I'm glad I didn't take a big whiff of it.

It's also illegal to pick in New York.  And I almost raked it up!  Yikes! The reason I didn't see it at first is because of it's "nodding" characteristic, which helps protect it.

Anyways, when I saw it I couldn't get over it's symmetry!  (And now after reading about it, I'm trying to forget that it smells like rotting meat.)  It has three petals, three sepals, three stigmas, and six stamens.  It's so geometric! Hmmm, is it bizarre I'm trying to picture how I can crochet a trillium afghan square?

Have you guys seen this pretty spring flower?  If you do, don't pick it, and don't smell it! Just as every rose has it's thorn, apparently every trillium has it's smell of rotting flesh.  Have a lovely day my friends! Haha!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

First Owl Amigurumi Prototype!

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After much trial and error, I finally have this little guy!  It's my first attempt at creating a 3D pattern on my own, and hopefully it's a bit different from the other owl dolls out there!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." 
- Roald Dahl

Happy Tuesday dear friends!  Wishing you a magical day!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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(Another doily from this chart!)

Why am I smiling today?  It's Mother's Day, and I probably wouldn't have this blog if it weren't for my mom.  She has encouraged and supported my artistic and creative endeavors since I was little.  When I was twelve she got me crafting and stitching with our elderly neighbor (and all of her friends on their weekly, I suppose nowadays you'd call it, "stitch and bitch").  In high school when I wanted to paint my bedroom walls with Keith Haring inspired paintings she got me the paint.  For our recent holiday dinners she puts up with my obsessive compulsion to make things for our table, and has also helped. She would tell you that she's not crafty or artistic, but don't believe her.  I had to have gotten it from her!  Happy Mother's Day mom, I love you and thanks for being the best!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the rest of you moms and caregivers too!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fettuccini Basket

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So here's the little basket that I made with my skein of Fettuccini Yarn! It turned out to be about 8.5 inches in diameter, and about 3.5 inches high.  I used (what I believe to be) a P (10 mm) hook.  It took a tiny bit of muscling, but I like the tight stitches.  For those curious, this is how I made it:

(While crocheting, I kept the Right Side facing in for the curved-in look on the last round.  Outside of basket is the Wrong Side.)
Rnd. 1 - 8 sc on magic ring
Rnd. 2 - 2 sc in each stitch around
Rnd. 3 - *sc 1, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * around
Rnd. 4 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * around
Rnd. 5 - *sc 3, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * around
Rnd. 6 - sc in each stitch around
Rnd. 7 to Rnd. 10 - repeat Rnd. 6

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I think it'll be a great basket for little projects I'm working on!  Thanks for the fun yarn Sarah!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.  I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.  I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul." - Og Mandino

Happy Tuesday dear friends!  Wishing you lots of light in your day!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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What's making me smile today?  Playing with some fun late birthday gifts from a friend!  I got a skein of Fettuccini yarn (among other goodies, like fun socks!), and immediately started to make a basket with it! Perhaps it will be done by the end of tonight's episode of Game of Thrones!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and I hope there's a lot making you smile!