Thursday, January 31, 2013

The bad kind of snap, crackle, pop

Remember when I said that North Carolina has some wacky weather? Well yesterday evening the warm air in our area met up with some cold air form the west, and as they often do, they had a disagreement. This confrontation resulted in a powerful wind storm.
While all this was happening outside, I was in my bedroom, crocheting of course, resting on my bed next to Lily, the cat. The wind really started to pick up and branches and debris started tapping and scratching on my window. The sounds stated to get stronger. (This is when I realized that Lily is a little smarter than I am. She took off to avoid any windows). I hear a crash. I know a tree has fallen but all I can see in the dark is the wisteria bush. I thought that the branch must not have been too big, and forget all about it. Soon after I am lulled by the rain on the roof and am no longer able to stay awake.

Well, it turns out that what I saw was not just the wisteria bush, but a tree that had fallen on top of the bush.

But my family is very blessed to have an amateur lumberjack, flannel shirt and all, ready for such a time as this.

The only thing that can break him from his work is his lovely lady, Psalm 145 Lady, a.k.a Samantha, wishing him a good morning.

God Bless!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

a Doily Day

As a North Carolinian, when I was growing up I often heard this phrase about my home state, "If you don't like the weather, just stick around". I think the weather for the past couple of days is a testament to that. Friday we experienced freezing temperatures and a full afternoon of sleet and freezing rain, which resulted in hundreds of reported automobile accidents. Today is another story; very mild with a high of 72°F.
I spent a little while on the deck crocheting in flip flops.

I started my first doily the other day. I never thought I would be interested in crocheting doilies. They never seemed to be "my style". But in the last year or so my tastes have changed. I think they are truly lovely. I remember my brother once said when trying to describe what a friend was crocheting as, "This frilly, girly little thing. You know, just useless stuff". That makes me giggle every time I think about that conversation. But in the defence of the doily I must say that even though they have no functional purpose, they are so pleasing to the eye, add interest to a space, and are soothing to create. Therefore I could not deem them useless. I am hoping to make some that will work in my bedroom once it is remodeled.

Once I finish this little beauty I will post photos and a link to the pattern.
God Bless!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Shots from the week

These are the result of my camera practice this week.

I am currently stranded at home with the family due to an ice storm. No worries; I am baking cookies and we have plans to watch a movie!
Enjoy your weekend.
God bless!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Boot Cuffs

I had a lovely weekend. The engagement party on Saturday was a lot of fun. Church was wonderful. I had 2 meals with friends on both Saturday and Sunday. There are few things better that good food and good friends.

With the down time I had in between visiting, I was able to crochet these cute cuffs. I have been wanting to crochet a pair for myself for a couple of months. I found this cute pattern on Pinterest. You can find the free pattern here. I used some Red Heart yarn I had on hand.

God bless!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Camera Practice

I am still learning how to use the new camera, so I have a lot of random shots. I think I need to spend some time on Youtube. I know I could read the user manual, but that is not they way I learn. I have to see it done then repeat what I have seen. I wonder if I would enjoy a photography class?
There should be great opportunities for some nice photos this weekend. My baby brother's engagement party is tomorrow night. I would love to get some candid shots.
I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!
God bless,

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Progress on the Ripple Afghan

The afghan is coming along! It is exciting to watch as your project takes shape. Unfortunately it has been raining or just wet for the past couple of days so I haven't been able take photos in the light that I wanted.
But cool raining weather greatly encourages one to stay inside & crochet.
From what they are forecasting, it looks like I will be able to enjoy some nice N.C. weather by the weekend.
God bless,

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


 Molly & Amos chillin' on the couch, the beginning of my afghan, and Jordan playing in Lowe's. Just a little of how this weekend went.
I am wishing you all a great Hump Day.
God Bless!

Friday, January 11, 2013

~Ripple afghan~

Happy Friday people! I hope you all have pulled through another week all right!
My family has lived in the same house my entire life. I have never moved in all my 23 years. This house is also 60 years old, at least. That being said it has been under some form of renovation the entire time my family has lived in it. The next project on the renovation agenda is to create a bathroom and closet for my room. As you can imagine I am super excited.
I have been keeping in mind different design ideas, when I saw (on Pinterest, of course) the color pallet I wanted. That is when I decided to crochet an afghan with these colors for my new living space.
I purchased the yarn and got to work. I originally was planning to do a blunt chevron stitch but then decided to do a ripple pattern (mostly because of laziness). I am please so far. I can't wait to see all of the colors together!
Have a wonderful weekend!
God bless,

Monday, January 7, 2013


I decided to post some photos I took during the Holidays. As I mentioned previously, I did little crocheting.
The fist two pictures are of our family's new addition; Mr. Amos. I found him on November 17, abandoned and sick with his eyes matted shut and the worst cold I have every seen an animal have. He couldn't have been more than 4 weeks old. The plan was to nurture him over the weekend and then take him to the animal shelter, knowing that he had a good chance of finding a home due to his age and it being so near to Christmas.
Well, that didn't happen. He found a spot in our hearts. But he isn't as gentle as he may appear. He is a little crazy, and loves to wrestle with anything close to him, even our 50 lb beagle. But he is a cutie.
I spent December 26-31 in Iowa with family. It was an adventure for me since I am a North Carolinian and hardly ever see snow or feel bitter cold. I had lots of fun and lots of laughs.
Have a wonderful & blessed day!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cable Stitch Beanie

  I found this inexpensive crochet hat and scarf book in Wal-Mart a couple of months back. This beanie is the first project I finish from the book, it is also my first cable stitch attempt. I really enjoy it. It is super cute! This hat is done with Vanna's Choice dusty blue. Yesterday I started another one in a red wool yarn. Exciting!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
God bless!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome, 2013!

Hello there! It has been a while.
I am recovering from the tornado that is known as the Holidays, and am settling into my regular routine, once again.
I have to admit that I have spent very little time crocheting since Thanksgiving. And to be honest, I didn't really feel like crocheting. With my mind focused on family, friends, Church, gifts, trips, planning, and flying, there was no room in my mind for crochet. I had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's. Loved spending time with friends and family. One gift that I am super excited about is my new camera; a Nikon D3100! Look out for some photos!
But I am starting to feel more like my old hooking self. I have this idea for a chevron/ripple afghan. This will be for my bed.
I hope to be posting projects soon.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
God bless!