Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wip Wednesday

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So here's my progress on the project I alluded to earlier. It looks like a hot mess right now with all of the fancy cardboard yarn bobbins I made, but it will hopefully be a nice Tunisian crocheted afghan. This is only my second time playing around with Tunisian crochet, and the first time with color changes. Let me tell you, it's kind of a pain, but I'm hoping the end result will be worth it!

In the process I have learned what not to do with a big Tunisian project. Don't try to do it sitting in an Adirondack chair with it in your lap and don't try doing it sitting on a bed, unless your bed is super firm because everything will end up falling into where you are sitting. The best place I've found to crochet with this ridiculous mass of tangled bobbins is on a table. It's much easier to keep the bobbins organized, and since you work on just the front, you can just spread it out and work back and forth.

I won't lie, there was a point after seeing the slow progress and all the yarn tails that I already had to sew in that I thought "what have I got myself into?!" Well, only a hundred and some rows to go! Eek!!

What are you guys working on? I think I need to hear about some instant gratification projects!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday! Did you all have a good week? Mine flew by, but I at least was able to squeeze in a great hike on Saturday. It's the same hike I've done several times, but I think I did it in record time. I must be getting in better shape!

I also learned something new. See the white plant above? I had never seen it before, and wondered if it was a kind of mushroom, as I saw lots of different mushrooms on the hike. After a quick search (google is pretty amazing isn't it?) of "white mushroom flower," I discovered that it wasn't a mushroom, but rather a sort of parasitic plant with an absence of chlorophyl. It's real name is Monotropa uniflora, but is more commonly known as "Indian pipe, " "ghost plant" or "corpse plant." It gets its nutrients from fungi and trees, and if you pick it (or when it gets old) it will turn black. I also read that when the flower parts bloom, the flowers point straight up, and will only stay opened for a week. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to catch it in bloom sometime!

Speaking of lucky to catch, I saw a beautiful deer almost at the very top of the hill I was hiking. It was really big and almost golden colored. (Any more description and it would sound like I was hallucinating or something.) I thought that if I had been a few minutes later getting up to that point I might not have spotted it at all!

Once I did get to the top I was rewarded with the discovery of some wild raspberry bushes. One was ripe for the picking, and it was delicious! With a little bit more time, there will be lots of yummy berries for the next time I feel like challenging myself again.

The whole hike was fantastic, and if a hike can take on a theme, it would be that of Timing. Perhaps I could even say that everything is happening with perfect timing, and with lots of exciting things to look forward to! I'll smile to that.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my friends! I hope you have a fantastic day!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Smiles

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You know what makes me smile? Impromptu adventures! Ok, so maybe this trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake (NY) was planned the day before, but still! Want to see a few pictures?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Getting Ready!

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Just about ready to start something new and different! Pretty excited and a little nervous!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Smiles

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I'm going to preface this post by saying that I never thought I'd be one to post about food. I think the only other time I've talked about food was in reference to my inability to make it in general. Along with that, I had posted a picture of a cake that I successfully made (even if I couldn't eat it myself since I'm a member of the trendy "GF" crowd, albeit not by choice). Anyways, since then I've become a tiny bit more adept in the kitchen.

The above picture is of a polenta salad I made from a recipe on A Beautiful Mess. It was a success (second time I've made it!), and it was delicious. But I think the thing I loved most about it is how pretty and colorful it was!

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I enjoy food even more when it is colorful and just looks beautiful. This may be a fairly new development for me, which I think is partially due to my long history with food intolerances. I'm finding that these days I'm much more appreciative of the foods I can eat instead of getting bummed about the foods I can't (the biggest offenders being wheat and dairy).

I'm also excited about my green pepper that is just about ready to be picked! I see a stuffed pepper in my future!

Shoot, I've made myself hungry talking about all this food... (That and I can't seem to go more than two hours without having to eat something!)

What about you guys? What foods make you smile?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Want to see some pictures from my lovely walk to the post office this morning?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#MandalasForMarinke

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I'm so saddened over the loss of a very talented and inspirational person in the crochet community. Wink, (Marinke Slump) of a creative being, who has inspired and touched so many people, has lost her fight with depression. She will be missed. (You can read what her sister wrote on her blog here.)

I first "met" wink after she gave me a blog award in the early days of my blog. I can't put into words how important she was in my development as a blogger and a maker. She was one of the first people to encourage me to open an Etsy store, and in a more recent email conversation I had with her she had offered any help she could give me in that endeavor. A large part of why I'm so close to finally opening one with confidence is due to her kind words.

Last night I made the above mandala from her I Love Holland pattern as a contribution to the #MandalasForMarinke crochet project (which you can read about on the Crochet Concupiscence website.) Wink spoke about the therapeutic value of crochet and of the mandala, all of which I thought about as I crocheted this piece up. It truly was therapeutic as I attempted to process my strong reaction to the sad news about someone who I've never met in person, but nonetheless impacted my life.

My heart goes out to her family and friends, and to everyone else who wink has inspired through her beautiful work.