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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Well, this has to have turned out very different from the start of a lovely pattern. First, the arms were not long enough, and I ended up adding the white to lengthen all, and then it was laying all wonky, so I ended up edging it out and I'm telling you, it went to about kindergarten level. Lol. Oh well. Nice try, Julie!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hi! I have been gone from the blog quite some time. One thing I've been trying to practice, is learning to crochet. YouTube is my best friend for this! I can actually watch and really learn! I was never able to fully grasp it before now, but I am pushing forward, and to my happiness, learning.  Below is a flower I made, which will be one of about 35 that all link together to make a tote bag! Should be fun. These are good for portability.
Here is a 3-D butterfly I just tried. He's kinda cute! 
              
 Here below is what I thought was a butterfly, but I really think it must be a Luna moth with those bottom thingies hanging down.  This one was a huge challenge. I lost the ability to follow the pattern once I got to the bottom two curly bits, and the outer right wing, so I just did it by trying to copy what I had done on the other wing.  It ended up being OK, not perfect. But cute. I think I will block it and stiffen it to use as some sort of decoration.
 These new dianthus plants got in the middle here, but they are so pretty...a beautiful magenta color.
 Here are some slippers my friend KNIT for me, and they are perfect in length, but kept sliding off my heels, so I added 2 rows of single crochet to bring them up ever so slightly, and now they stay on! Yayy! I like the pink trim too!
 Here is a tiny little pouch for holding quarters! Pattern on YouTube. I outlined the front flap and the buttonhole in red. It will get a key ring attached possibly....or maybe not. Good for having change for a drink machine. Secret stash.

 It holds at least 6 quarters, but I bet I could get at leasñt 2 more in. It stretches well.  I used a variegated yarn that had been at my Moms.
I almost forgot to include pictures of two bows I made. The oink is large...about 5inches long, and the red us tiny about 1.5 inches long. 

I watched just the halftime of the Super Bowl. Katy Perry was classy, and did a wonderful job! I like that girl.  I'm not into football, but I hope your team won!

Later.....Julie

Friday, January 9, 2015


Taking down the Christmas tree, and put up the little 2 foot Valentine tree today.  Its very cute.
I found the pink lights at Big Lots yesterday, and that sort of cinched the deal.  Almost all of the ornaments and chains (garlands) were made previous years by the grands.
                       
I took photos from all three sides. I know, I'm just a silly Chika!!!!  Now I am slowly working on finishing the other tree takedown.
                         
Here are some Swedish Heart baskets that Emmie and I made from Christmas cards!  

My latest obsession is anything Swedish.  Excited  to find out there will be a season 2 of Welcome To Sweden.  If you missed the first season, you can watch all of the shows on the NBC APP. The commercials are aggravating, but I just get up and do something while they play. Its worth it to see the show.
Later...Julie
XOXO

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I thought I had posted this a few days ago!


Well, I made these 2 pillowcases for my friend for our monthly swap. She doesn't come to my blog, so its safe to show them. They should arrive to her house tomorrow. This was for our END OF DECEMBER swap. I read that Irish folk traditionally always made themselves new pillowcases at the start of the new year, to have somewhere to keep all of the money that would be coming to them. They would also eat green cabbage leaves which indicated all of the money they would prosper with in the coming year! So, since I am half Irish, I felt I could use this idea for her New Year surprise.  She loves cats and dogs, so I used matching fabrics, but one is cats, and one dogs, for each case.

These are folded in quarters, so they are really longer and wider, and fit standard sized pillows.

I will leave the cabbage cooking to her! Lol.

So then Emily came over the next day and found my left over dog and cat fabric, and she wanted a kitty pillow! She picked some lion material from Moms old stash for the cuff of her pillow because, she stated "Lions are cats, and they go together"! I thought this was good logic, so voila:
A new case for Ems! Now I feel Donovan needs the matching dog pillow from the left over of that. I just need to find him some cool fabric to use for the cuff and accent strip. Maybe tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've been staying busy with learning to crochet with the smallest hook EVER (not really as I have found out there are way smaller from my friend, Claude).  This kind of work is ball busting. Hard to keep pushing  forward on, but I insist on finishing just this one bookmark. That will be the smaller of these two peices. The one on the right.  It is halfway done...
 I've been on hikes with family.



 See birdie in tree.....beautiful!!!


 And shopping at our new outlet shoppes.  Love this on cooler evenings!
 My grands have had awards ceremonies and now in the midst (tonight and tomorrow night) of their musical performances at school.
Staying busy, having fun, and surrounded by love! What more could I ask? So grateful.
Love to you all,
Julie