Friday, August 30, 2013

FO Friday - Peacock & Oyster Potholder & Dish Cloth

TGIF!! I will have a three day weekend for labor day! I am so needing the extra day this week. It seems as if it has been two weeks in just this one. Probably because of my daughter started back to school this week. Plus they started school on a Monday! So it has been a long week for me.

I completed my potholder this week. It didn't turn out as gorgeous as the one I had pinned from Finding Clarity blog, but I am pleased with it. I just love the colors. They are the added color I needed for my kitchen!

My lighting was not the best today due to rain clouds, but I hope you can see how well it turned out. Two of the pics were taken outside on my newly painted rocking chair. You might remember it from this post. The bottom right picture shows you how the potholder is a perfect size for my large stew pot [and it matches my cookware perfectly ;-)]

I am definitely going to make more of these dish cloths and potholders. I do like the Martha Stewart Cotton Hemp yarn. I also have some Sugar n Cream cotton yarn that I can use. I do believe I will be ordering more of the Martha Stewart from Lion Brand though.

I am again linking up with Tami's Amis this week. Please take a moment and check out other FO Fridays!

Wishing everyone a great weekend. I will be square dancing all weekend...joining all my African Flower Squares, not actually square dancing. LOL!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Peacock & Oyster Pot Holder

Since I ventured into the dish cloth realm of crocheting, I decided I needed a matching potholder. I had pinned a really pretty motif potholder a few weeks back. I really loved the color combo and thought maybe one day. The pin took me to this blog, Finding Clarity. Which in turn, sent me to the original pattern on this online PDF. Whew, it was a lot of internet surfing, but I attained a really pretty pattern for a matching pot holder.

Courtesy of Finding Clarity blog

I haven't yet completed the center motif. The pattern is a two sided pot holder (of course you don't want to burn yourself or counter top), so I still need to do the backing and then join the two sides with that lovely border.

I have also began joining my African Flower Squares! Yay, I am nearing the home stretch. I decided to only make 24 more squares. I was allowing this project to become much bigger than it was suppose to be, so I stopped myself and began the joining process. I hope to show the finished blanket soon!

Please take a moment and hop, surf, click (you know the drill) over to Tami's Amis blog and check out other WIP for this Wednesday! Check back on Friday for my FO on the pot holder.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dish Cloth Fun

I purchased some Martha Stewart Cotton Hemp yarn a couple weeks back. I was trying to decide what I should make with it. I came across this pattern on Fromm Me To You blog. It looked rather easy and quick. I used the peacock color as the main part of the dishcloth and did the border in the oyster.

Finished results:

This is such a quick and easy project. It's nice to be able to start and finish a project within an hour.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nature Walk

We had a break in the rain today. I decided to take a nice long nature walk instead of crocheting. Enjoy the few pictures I took along my walk.

Beaver Dam. I kept looking for one but it was too late in the morning.

Friday, August 23, 2013

FO Friday - Another Granny Square Scarf

I have actually completed something for a change! I had this soft adorable scarf yarn that I had purchased from Hobby Lobby along with some coordinating I Love This Yarn. I just made a few mini-granny squares and joined them with the scarf yarn. Then I did a border around the entire scarf and added some tassels. It's a very quick and simple scarf. I do love the colors. So this quick project took care of some of my scarf envy from Pinterest. It is also satisfying when I work on a project that I designed myself (even though it wasn't a very complicated design). :-)

Click on picture to view in a larger screen to really see the gorgeous color!

Take a moment and check out other FOs at Tami's Amis Blog. Have a great weekend! It is forecasting for a rainy weekend so I might be able to finish up some projects.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIP Wednesday - African Flowers and Forgotten Squares

It is another Wednesday already! I have been working solely on my African Flower Afghan. I displayed them out on my king size bed and realize I need about 4 more rows of 12. Yep, 48 more squares. I believe I have enough of the blues that I have been working with to complete it. I might run out of the white again though! :-(


I also came across some forgotten squares that I worked up a year ago. There is enough to probably make a lapghan out of them. Again I was working with circle in a square motif.

That is it for this week for WIPs. Take a moment and hop over to Tami's Amis blog for more WIPs! Enjoy the rest of your week. Now I need to get back to this African Flower Afghan Blanket Monstrosity!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Yarn Love

Hello! I am still working on my African Flower Afghan. I haven't worked much on the Dancing in Daisies Blanket due to not yet finding the right color and texture for blocking the daisies. I also need more of the off white and yellow yarn to make more daisies. I calculated that I need about 80 more!

I have also put my Flower Collage on the back burner because I am now wanting a totally different color scheme! Plus the move has made it difficult to paint the canvas since all the paints and canvas are packed away in one of the many boxes I have still to unpack.

I did find the time to order some new yarn! Lion Brand has some great clearance sales on their website from time to time. This time it was 50% off for packages of 3 skeins! I just could not pass that deal up especially since the only places in town to purchase yarn is Wal-Mart or Michael's. They don't carry a very wide variety of Lion Brand.

It's a great variety of colors and textures! I have never crocheted using mohair yarn. It's the multi-blue in the left hand corner of the center picture. I am thinking a nice scarf will look so lovely in that color. I am also testing the organic hemp yarn which is the turquoise and oyster solid colors. Now I have to sneak them into my stash bins without the hubby noticing! LOL! Since we were moving I had them delivered to my office, so he has no clue. ;-)
Enjoy the rest of the Summer. Kids start back to school around here at the end of the month.
We did have a wild fire that started yesterday around  Lake Rockport which is about 10 miles away from Park City. It was caused by a lightning strike and then it was a very windy day and made it spread and leap. Prayers go out to anyone who lost a home and property. Luckily no casualties just homes and property which are replaceable.
Please check out other's who have some wonderful WIPs to share over at Tami's Amis blog!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pinterest Inspiration - Scarves, Shawls, Fabric Wall Art & Stockings

I have been MIA for the past two weeks due to moving. We only moved further into town, but a move is a move. All the packing and deciding to keep this and that was very overwhelming. Now it is the unpacking and deciding where we should now have this and that in the new home! Plus the new home is a tri-level with 4 flights of stairs! But once all moved in, it will be worth all the anxiety. We are now in the heart of Park City walking distance to main street and Park City Mountain Resort. So with all the moving I have not had anytime to crochet! I have had time to peruse Pinterest while at work though..hehehe! ;-)

With the crisp Autumn coolness in the morning air lately, I have been researching new scarf and shawl patterns. I found these lovelies!

This image is on the blog Black on Gold. It is a fashion blog and there is no pattern for the scarf but it is so cute and I think I can figure it out.
Very cute shawl from lorka on flickr. Again no pattern, but I think I can find the pattern on Ravelry.
Gorgeous shawl by Ecl at Dusoleil on Ravelry.
Now that I am in a new home, I of course need some new décor! My bedroom has a very high ceiling that means a very tall wall. So I saw this cute crafty idea to add a few pops of color without breaking the bank. You take fabric wrap it around a rectangle piece of Styrofoam and staple on the back!

A new place calls for new Christmas décor as well! I have been debating on making new stockings for the family for awhile now. I love the burlap look and think it would go so well with our new home!

Simple but cute!

I am hoping to be back in the groove of crocheting and finishing up a few of my WIPs this week! I hope some of these pins from Pinterest inspire you as well!