Saturday, March 31, 2012

Birthday Weekend

It's been a long week and now relaxing for my long birthday weekend.  It's on Monday. I am an Aries girl.  Any special plans?  Not really, maybe dinner tonight or tomorrow with my honey.  It's quite gloomy today.  I am not sure how it will be come Monday, but I better see some sun.  I want to go visit some family and maybe get together with a friend to crochet.  What more could you want for your birthday.  Next year with be the milestone b-day so I plan to enjoy my last year of my 30's. 

Anyway, this week I've manage to work on my African Flowers Bag.  Getting the top part done and will have to do the drawstring.  I would like to make a liner, however I may have to get some sewing practice on the machine a friend gave me.  I tried it out when I got it and the thread is bunching underneath.  I've read this tend to be a tension issue so I will have to keep playing around with that.  Of course the other thing is finding the right material for this colourful bag for the lining.  

I managed a few more rows on my ripple blanket.  The picture is a bit enhanced with a fun photo app on my phone.  

And I truly love my new Lucy Bag I finished last weekend.  

No colour enhancing on this one.  

And yesterday a co-worker surprised me with a birthday gift since I am off on Monday with this....
Melting pot for candle goodness.  I burned a square of the Vanilla Bean scent she got me.  Love it and really wasn't expecting her to get me a gift. Truly appreciated, thanks Denise!

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope to blog again.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lucy Bag Fini

When I came home from work Friday night, it was my intent this weekend to finish my Lucy Crochet bag.  I got together with a friend to work on stuff and managed the last of the rows and the scallop edging and started the handles.  I finished those off, sewed them on today and put a flower on.  I still have to finish up with remaining flowers.  I feel relieved to complete this project, finally.

It was so nice out today honey and I went for a drive and ended up in a small town about 20 minutes away.  It has some historical roots in this area and the weather brought out the best of it.

I haven't done much on other projects as I wanted to get the bag done.  But it is a good feeling to finish a project like this that sat for a bit.  My birthday is a week tomorrow so have to get some things done for the car sticker renewal this week.  Time sure flies the older we get.

Have a good week everyone!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Works In Progress

Where has March gone?  I've been working on my African Flowers bag.  I joined them all on Sunday and started the base and the lower part of bag. I finished joining bottom to the sides of bag.  Now to work on top half.  It's going to be a draw string type bag.

I know, I still have another bag in the works so how can I start another.  Well, I have a little bit of ADD with projects, a bit too much of browsing other blogs and Pinterest to see new ideas.  And some of you know, once you get that idea in your head you think, "I better start it now so I don't forget and put it off.  And besides, it will use up some of that stash". LOL  I don't even want to get started on stash.  Must work on finding new things to make with that.  Of course some of that yarn is more for now out of season items.  I can always make hats for a craft fair or next winter's gifts.  So much yarn, so little time.  
      After work today it was so gorgeous out I had to get on the sneaks and go for a walk.  Yes, it's that time of year where you say, I'm going to get back in shape.  Then the heat hits and you can't imagine going for a walk without a portable air conditioner. 

So lovely out even the cat enjoyed the fresh air
Today I am featured at Petals to Picots. Stop by and check out Kara's blog and the many great links to other's blogs.  Also check out my friends blog.  She's the new blog on the block Krazy Momma Kreations

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Lovely Sunday

Hello everyone!!  It's been a long week.  I think I've finally gotten over the bug I had, two weeks later.  Yesterday was so beautiful out.  Honey and I went for a nice drive, then came home and went for a long walk. I managed to take a few snaps of how nice it was.  I made some progress on a few of the many WIP on the go.

Week 5 of the summertime ripple.  I am running low on my bright pink and bright green colours so I went to Michael's with the 15% off entire purchase coupon only to get there and they were out of these colours.  Grrr. I avoided temptation to get some the the nice Bernat Waverly Yarns.  I did find the green however at Zellers, now it's the pink to find. I did pick up another shade of bright pink, which I may have to switch over to or just eliminate.  One more store to check before giving up.  

And for my Lucy Bag....
I will get to the red to stop at. Then I will do the shell edging and start making the handles.  I can't wait till it's done to start sporting it around with my other WIP projects inside.  

And for the African flowers.  I found a pattern to make them into a bag and need 12.  I have the 12 made now and am starting to sew them together.  I did 4 different colour variations. 

The pattern for the bag suggest using colours in the flowers to sew together.  The example picture in the pattern looks so nice with the different colours for the stitching and then using in the base and assembly of the bag.  

OH! I sold my first item on my Etsy store this week.  I was tickled with glee.  My rainbow mandala pot holder. 

So now for some snaps of the gorgeous day we had here yesterday. It got up to 70 degrees F, not bad for the middle of March and St. Patty's Day.   It's quite nice out today so far.
Even the cat loved it outside.  
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

African Flowers

Eight days after initial cold bug symptoms, still not much better.  Still have a lot of congestion. I went to the clinic on Wednesday and got some meds and that has helped me sleep instead of coughing all night.  A few days later I filled the other script doc gave for an anti-biotic as I still had been coughing.  Sometimes it's to the point of choking.  He also suggested and inhaler which I already had a home.  And today is such a nice day, despite having to work a few hours this morning, mind you I volunteered.  I did come home after work and brought the cat out on his harness and he just sat there and soaked up the sun sniffing the air.  I've heard a lot of people have been sick right now.  I sure hope it goes away this week. Anyway....

I have seen these flowers around on blogs, flickr, pinterest and have been dying to try these.  They seemed a bit of a challenge.  I was on Google+ one day and follow Ravena X's posts and seen these flowers.  So I went over to her blog and she has a great step by step tutorial on how to do these  African Flower Tutorial If you care to give them a try check out her blog.  I have made two so far.

I also tried a motif from that book I posted about earlier.  After taking the picture I realised I clearly missed a step. LOL

What should be a hex is a pentagon. Obviously I should of made the six section in middle to start.  I will have to try this again.  It is a nice motif though either way. 

I also took a pic of my "Box 'o Grannies.

And the ripple is still coming along. It's been 4 weeks now and I think I've done quite well.

Oh and another square made for my other granny blanket of the white, black and grey tones.

Well hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I have a day off tomorrow so I'm hoping to enjoy it even though it's supposed to rain.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sickly Progress

I've been down the last 6 days with a nasty bug.  I did manage more progress on my ripple, crochet bag and more granny squares done. I have to get ready for work so not enough time to elaborate.  Maybe next time.
Happy Thursday!

Oh and I even made a pair of slippers, they are super warm.

I was also informed this morning I was featured on Link It Up Thursday at These Peas Taste Funny

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