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August 31, 2014
Coral Reef tea cosy is done from Elvispeth

I've finally finished it.  Two people want it.  I'm planning on making a series of landscape cosies and this is the first one.

This is a picture heavy post, a bit similar to this cosy, which is very heavy for a cosy.



Sea urchin & sea snake
more sea snake & stuff

hermit crab and starfish

from the top

I'm finally in the middle of quilting the tone it down quilt.  Maybe a couple more weeks to go.

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August 27, 2014
What's hookin' ? from Gilly Makes

The sun has returned and it's a beautiful day here in the Midlands. So after a lovely long walk in the woods with the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world, I took my morning cuppa, my book and my current hooky project, outdoors.  It's a mild, autumnal temp but on the deck where I'm sheltered from the wind it's just perfect - and so lovely to see the sun again after being battered with rain for the past few days.  I'm really not ready for summer to leave us quite yet . . .

So, do you want to see what I've ...

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August 14, 2014
Not Seeing the Forest For the Trees. . . . . from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

I think it is funny how it appears that everyone one in blogland seems to be running in the same "cycle".

This past weekend I started working on the basement (read that as meaning the unofficial quilt shop that I have accumulated over the past 20 something years).  I was attacking the monumental pile of books, magazines and patterns that I have.

After moving several tubs (BIG tubs) full of fabric I was able to get to the bookcase area.  I pulled several handfuls of books, etc. and proceeded to sit & go through them one by one.  There were a ...

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Time To Finish My Granny Square Afghan and Quilt from I Can Quilt Knit Crochet

   I pulled out the crocheted granny squares I made in May and put them together in 10 rows of 8 squares.  I'm in the process of crocheting all the rows together.  I timed myself last night and I can put two rows together in an hour.  Next step will be a simple single crocheted border and I'll be done.  I should  have this finished by August 23rd.  I hope I have it finished before that so I can mail it on August 23rd.  It's being sent to my sister-in-law in PA.

   Pics of my progress as of ...

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Time To Finish My Granny Square Afghan and Quilt from I Can Quilt Knit Crochet

   I pulled out the crocheted granny squares I made in May and put them together in 10 rows of 8 squares.  I'm in the process of crocheting all the rows together.  I timed myself last night and I can put two rows together in an hour.  Next step will be a simple single crocheted border and I'll be done.  I should  have this finished by August 23rd.  I hope I have it finished before that so I can mail it on August 23rd.  It's being sent to my sister-in-law in PA.

   Pics of my progress as of ...

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August 13, 2014
And the winner is . . . from Gilly Makes

Helloooo out there . . . I'm back in the Land of Blog, and when I finish all my chores and emerge from under the pile of laundry, I've got lots of fab new crafty adventures to share with you.
  But for right now, I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who entered my celebratory giveaway & a BIG welcome of my new bloggy followers - thanks for popping in  : - )

So, using my usual method of selection - my resident random number generator, aka The Hubby - I'm happy to announce that the winner of the adorable Edward's Menagerie book ...

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August 8, 2014
More Eight-Petal Crochet Flowers from France Nadeau

I love making those eight-petal crochet flowers. Easy and fast. Last May, I made a post about them and I added on my web site a tutorial on how to crochet them. After buying the yarn you can see in the … Continue reading

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August 7, 2014
It is a triangle doily from Made To Treasure

I was working on this before i went for a break.

It is again from the same pattern book Pineapple doilies.

 corner triangle doily

Not really excited about the thread i used..

It was some unbranded cotton thread from my stash..

… i thought i will use it and see how it will look..

But not very happy with it..glad that i don't have much of it in my stash…

 triangle doily

This pattern has a second part too..but for the time being…I'm done with this…

I would love to try the complete doily with some other beautiful thread.

hmmm…looking ...

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August 6, 2014
How to Crochet a Flower Video Tutorial & Yarn Giveaway! from Crafty Gemini

Now that we have the crochet basics out of the way with my new How To Crochet video series, let's get started with our first project!  In this video tutorial I've teamed up with Lion Brand® Yarns to bring you a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make these adorable crocheted flowers.  You can use these to embellish all types of projects from headbands, to purses and even garments! My daughter loves her flower headbands and I love making them for her because they whip up so quickly!

{If you're a crochet newbie and want to learn ...

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crafty tuesday recap from Ellyn's Place

Yesterday was crafty Tuesday at ellyn's place. I can't believe next month we will celebrate 2 years of crafty Tuesdays! We had lots of fun activities happening.... scrapbook supply sorting/tag making, appliqué, crochet, hexie making....
 We also took some time to celebrate 2 summer birthdays in our crafty group. Now that they've received them, I can share the mini quilts I made for my two pals for their birthdays!

First for Melissa, my sunshine yellow loving, happy friend! A mini dwell by Thimbleblossoms in her favorite colors....
 my favorite part is this silly chick poking through ...

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August 5, 2014
Boring cosy from Elvispeth

The next charity cosy is done. I don't like it much. It's boring. These are meant to be carnations. Pink is not my favourite colour. I could embellish this more, but given that it will sell for about $12, I won't bother.

Now to make a new base for the sunflower (stolen for the daffodil cosy). Ho hum.



Maybe more hyperbolic crochet (think coral) for the next one, although that is similar to the carnations. Something over the top anyway.

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Crochet Basics:Single Crochet & Double Crochet from Crafty Gemini

Video #3 of my new How to Crochet Video Series is now live!  In this tutorial I show you how to create single crochet and double crochet stitches. I also cover things like how to determine where to insert your hook for the correct stitch, how to turn your work and other tips and tricks to get you started on your first crochet project!

I received positive feedback regarding my slow motion clips in the crochet tutorials so I included some more again in this video so hopefully that helps you again and breaks down the steps a little better ...

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How to Crochet Video Tutorials from Crafty Gemini

Random fact: I've been crocheting since I was nine years old! I learned from an older Cuban lady who used to volunteer in my after school program. Once I had the basics down my mother later taught me how to crochet in the round and other fun stuff. Surprisingly enough I've never done a tutorial on anything crochet related. It's probably because I don't spend as much time crocheting as I do on sewing and quilting. I crochet here and there when I have some down time which is NOT very often.  Lately, though, I've ...

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Crochet Basics: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch from Crafty Gemini

The next video in my new How to Crochet Video Series is now live!  In this tutorial I show you how I like to hold the crochet hook and yarn and my suggestions on how you can get comfortable with this. Keep in mind everyone crochets a little differently and you need to work out what works best for you, feels comfortable and still gets the job done.  No matter what anyone tells you, there is no right or wrong way to hold your project.  Do what works for you... and have fun!

I will also teach you a foolproof ...

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August 4, 2014
FNwF (Friday Night With Friends) and crochet from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Ok, the weekend just completely got away from me so I did not get to post this earlier.

Friday night I spent some time completing a baby afghan that I have been working on for a while:

 Here is a closer view of the center. . . .and you can just barely make out the final row with the picots.

I made this from stash yarn and I am happy to say that I tossed the couple of yards of yarn that was left (normally I would save it).

Since I finished it in time I have entered it in to our ...

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August 2, 2014
Too much fruit! from Elvispeth

I've finished off another cosy. This one is number four for my mother in law's church stall? Two more are in progress.



No such thing as too much fruit?





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July 31, 2014
An Alpaca Afternoon. . . {and a giveaway} from Gilly Makes

A little while ago, Hazel's Crochet posted a review about a new crochet book  called Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord from Toft Alpaca.  Lovely Hazel also had a couple of tickets for the launch to give away, so as I live not too far away, I eagerly accepted her generous offer and last Friday, with fellow crafty friends Sarah & Rachel in tow, off we went to spend a fun afternoon surrounded by all-things-alpaca-and-crochet.


It was a beautiful warm sunny day so we started with a tour of the farm to see the funny and curious alpacas and crias ...

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July 20, 2014
Restful Crochet from Wedding Dress Blue

This afghan has been a work in progress for a while. With all the resting I am doing these days, I was able to finish it up.


I love the pattern and the colors. You can find the tutorial HERE and enjoy making one yourself.  The tutorial is clear and easy to follow and resize for your own purposes.

It doesn’t have a home yet, but I am sure the right occassion will come along.

ps–My thanks again for all the kind words and suggestions for recovery. I am getting better. Slowly. But trying hard to be patient ...

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July 19, 2014
Craftsy's Creative Escape Flash Sale from Crafty Gemini


{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means if you place an order from the included links I will earn some $$.  Thanks for your support!}

Craftsy is having another fun sale and this time select online classes are up to 50% off! It's a flash sale so it ends tomorrow, Sunday, July 20th at 11:59pm MT. 

Click here to view the complete list of classes on sale!

If you've been eyeing a class or two this is the perfect time to snag it up!  There over 150 classes on sale! The subject areas include things like ...

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July 18, 2014
FNSI. . . . Friday Night Stitch In! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Wendy opened up the sign-ups for this months FNSI over here . . . .and I have been busy so I was almost too late for the game!

But, it is Friday night & I have a project that I need to get done by the end of next week so that I can enter it into our local county fair.

I don't have any pictures of it yet. . . . and it is not quilting ---- it is my 1st love, CROCHET.

The pattern is one that I have done a couple of times. . . . .and the piece I am working on now came about because ...

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