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November 23, 2015
Libby LuLa Dressed In Rags from CollectInTexas Gal

When one 'Rag Rug' comes off LibbyLuLa, she doesn't usually sit naked for long.  Long being less than a few hours before she is warped up and ready for her next dressing.  Not the case since I pulled off a Christmas Table Runner about ten days ago.  Does that mean I am losing my looming enthusiasm?  I should say not!  It's just that I got lured away from the loom by these....
Three to One...that's the count in time spent between twining table centerpieces and crocheting table centerpieces.  Actually it is Four to not ...

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November 19, 2015
Intrepid thread challenge from Ellyn's Place

In September I signed up for a fabric challenge over at Intrepid Thread. By the time the fabric came I had forgotten all about it! Ha. The fabric sat on my table for quite a long time waiting for me to be inspired. Suddenly, yesterday, I knew what I wanted to do! 
I worked all day and this little pillow came to life! I made a patchwork background from the mini charm pack we received, then used the other 2 fabrics to appliqué some orange peels. I had cut enough orange peels to do every square, but when I started ...

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It has been so long... from Made To Treasure

......since i posted on my blog. 

Before i start rambling...i will share a beautiful pic(highly edited in 

 Social media have grown so much more than the year 2005, since i started blogging to show the world my handmade beauties. 

For instant gratification i do a quick profile pic change or cover pic change on
thats enough of instant gratification. 

I enjoy all the lovely comments that i get, but most people who put comments and likes on my pic on FB are not very interested to read the rambling i post here. 

So I ...

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November 13, 2015
All ready for a December baby boy from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Finished binding the quilt, and had this hoodie done a while ago. 

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November 10, 2015
New Design MCMXLIX from Old Doily MCM to MMXV by ME from CollectInTexas Gal

Back in 1969 this acrylic/resin 'DooDad' was a 'NEW' design and new material.  Still reveling in the 60's Hippie Color Culture of Flower Children and symbolism of  Peace and Wisdom, this piece embodies it all.  So taken with the newness of it all, the designers and production company of this line of everything from kitchen spoon rests to paper weights, forever dated themselves with the name New Design Inc. MCMXLIX.  I wonder if they anticipated how the Roman Numeral dating system would become obsolete with the  GenX and Millennial generations who would likely interpret MCMXLIX as a Rap ...

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November 9, 2015
The Unfortunate Journey of the Alpaca Wool into the Washing Machine from France Nadeau

I have crocheted a grey lacy hat in a 100% alpaca wool. I love the lacy motif and the general look of this beanie. To make it, I followed a pattern made by Yarnspirations. You can find the pattern here. Then … Continue reading

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November 6, 2015
On My Needles...... from Eagle's Wings Quilts

Or in this case, on my crochet hook. It has been years since I’ve done any crochet, and when I first picked this up, I remembered why. I was trying to use a basic metal crochet hook. It was slippery, I couldn’t seem to get a firm hold on it, and when I did, the hook wouldn’t hook the yarn. My fingers were getting cramped from holding the hook, and my mood was getting really bad since I was getting so frustrated. Fast forward one day and a visit to my local yarn shop, and the problem ...

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November 3, 2015
New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - November 3, 2015 from Curlicue Creations

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting Book. This knitting and crocheting how-to book has a panorama of knitting and crocheting basics plus advanced techniques. 

This book is divided into different sections, including Begin at the Beginning, Knitting Basics, Taking the Next Step: More Complex Knitting, Crochet Basics, and Final Helps. This book also includes a resource guide and a glossary. 

284 pages. Copyright 1999. Softcover. The book is in fair condition.

To purchase this book and visit the Curlicue Creations shop, click here:  Curlicue Creations Shop

Have a ...

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November 1, 2015
Bountiful Mandala...A Circle of Thanks from CollectInTexas Gal

'A Circle of Thanks' is so named in keeping with the Native American Mandala theme...this one being #3.  The history of Thanksgiving has been written and orated since the first Thanksgiving in 1621.  No matter one's opinion on the Plymouth Thanksgiving, all can relate to 'For Our Blessings We Give Thanks."
We return thanks to our mother, the earth.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams.
We return thanks to all herbs.
We return thanks to the moon and stars.
We return thanks to the sun.
We return thanks to the Great Spirit.
~Native American Thanksgiving Prayer ...

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October 31, 2015
Harvest Moon Mandala from CollectInTexas Gal

In many cultures, a full moon in the months of September and October is referred to as a Harvest Moon.  In Native American culture, the Harvest Moon of September represents the most advantageous time to pick or harvest crops.  This time frame gave them almost a half hour more to harvest their crops beneath the light of the moon.
Coincidentally, I finished this crocheted mandala on October's 'Full Moon'...the 27th...under the light of  an Ott Light.  If I were staying true to Native American Lore, I should have named this mandala Hunters Moon which is the full ...

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October 30, 2015
Spice of Life CAL - Finished! from Ellyn's Place

Well hello there! Remember me? Sorry I disappeared yet again. I'm full of excuses. First there was the torrential rain last weekend that totally prevented decent photo shoots for several posts I had planned. Then, on Monday, just when the sunshine returned, my gall bladder decided it was time to come out! Whoa. That laid me up for a few days (while the sun continued to shine.) Yesterday I finally began to feel human again! And, you guessed it, I woke up to gray skies and buckets of rain! Sigh..... So, indoor, gloomy photos it is! Sorry they will ...

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Feather Power Mandala...A Force Within from CollectInTexas Gal

In Native American culture, feathers represent the power of the thunder gods, and symbolically deal with ascension and spiritual evolution to a higher plane.  Another symbol meaning of feathers revolves around prayer and the use of feather sticks in ritual rain dances.

I have always had a fascination for feathers.  I might go so far as to call it a Feather Fetish.  For many years, I was under the impression that somewhere in my Family Tree there was a Native American branch...or at least a twig.  My imagination ran wild when I learned that my 2X Great Grandmother's ...

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October 29, 2015
YarnARama Circle Crochet Chaos to Contemplation from CollectInTexas Gal

It is organized chaos around my Nesting TV Chair.  It's been that way for several days...or maybe weeks...I lost's a result of getting an overdose of FiberPsychosis.  It's what happens when I Fiber Multi-Task.  It's how I roll in order to get in a JOB work schedule, to get ready for a SHOW, and watch my favorite evening TV shows. 

Lately, I have been pretty wrapped up in Twining on my LibbyLuLa Loom.  I still am...but, then I saw something 'Shinny'...that's what HiHoney says when I loose focus and ...

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October 26, 2015
Beige and Green Crocheted Beanie from France Nadeau

A beanie for my younger son who was in need of a hat for the colder days of fall. Very easy to make, all in double crochets in the back loop. I used yarn that I have previously used (some … Continue reading

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October 25, 2015
What I Am Working On from Alsha's Space

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well and happy with life!

I knew you would want to see what I have been up to, so here are some pics and stories for you!

So here is the Queen sized blanket  finally all joined together!  I can't believe how much it stretches!  

So, I left it at at 4 x 5 blocks, and have added a wide border.

By the time I finish the border all the way around the monster, it will have stretched to the floor, so I'm really not too worried about it.

I'm simply ...

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October 19, 2015
The Scarves of Summer from Shadows of the Blue Ridge

Although quilting is what I blog about the most, personally I enjoy crochet just as much. I almost always have two crochet projects going on at any one time. It is fun to have one project that challenges and grows my skills and a second one that falls into the "social crochet" category. This type of crochet is portable and easily done in situations that do not require a great deal of concentration and counting - such as riding in the car, or while visiting with others.

This past summer I did a lot of social crochet and loved every minute ...

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October 17, 2015
flea market finds from Ellyn's Place

Sorry for the little blog break. Although I've putzed around in my studio a bit this week, most of my creative time has been spent on my Spice of Life Crochet along blanket...
It's long enough to keep my toes warm while I work now (not that Texas temperatures require it but still). There are LOTS of rows to do this week so I'm madly crocheting away.

I did take time out to go to the McKinney Trade Days (flea market) today with my buddy Joellen. I have a real love for vintage linens and these beauties ...

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October 14, 2015
knit, purl, pray . . . from Gilly Makes

"The knitter knows that time spent creating something beautiful and uselful can also be a time to be quiet and reflect. "  - knit, purl, pray

It's really quite exciting when someone you know is an actual published author, 
don't you think ?
It was a few months ago that my lovely friend Lisa told me she had another book coming out, so when knit, purl, pray dropped through the mail box last week, I couldn't wait to open it.

It's the perfect accompaniment to those reflective days when you just need to take time out from the busy-ness ...

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October 12, 2015
Yarn Bombing in Finland from Selvage Blog

Granny square afghans on the steps outside Helsinki Cathedral in Finland. According to FB comments, there were more afghans than they had room for on the steps. After this event, the afghans were delivered to hospitals, day care centers, convalescent homes, etc. Wow!

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October 11, 2015
Green Clutch and Scarf from France Nadeau

I have made an other clutch. And a scarf. I just love making those accessories. They are a copy of the pink clutch and the pink scarf I have already told you about. I have used a light green fabric featuring white … Continue reading

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