Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pretty Crochet & Lucy

When I see things like these next few things, I feel like an underachiever...

Amazing or what?
That's A LOT of circles!

I love this!

These are too cute.
Credit & Pattern:  Scottie Potholders

Just WOW...

So pretty and so much work!

I wanted to show y'all my cousin's new Boston Terrier, Lucy. Isn't she a doll?? I like her unusual color pattern. She was a rescue who had been in a crate for three years (all her life) producing puppies at a puppy mill. Now she has a GREAT home and can see what life is really all about for a spoiled dog.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blue Squares Blanket Done!

I need to think of a better name, but here it is.

Pattern:  20 Wheel Lattice Squares, pattern HERE
Yarn:  See Below
Hook:  Size I, 5.00 mm
Edging:  Dada’s Place Border Pattern HERE
Size:  I didn’t measure it, but it fits the top of our Queen-size bed, hanging over about an inch on the sides. I know it will stretch because the other one I made like this did. It will be hanging over the sides several inches once it's been used a bit.

Crocheted squares together with sc on wrong side, then sc all around in same color and dc all around in same color. Proceeded with edging pattern linked above. Colors and yarn listed below. And, damn, that was a lot of work crocheting them together and then crocheting the edging! It took me two days, several hours each day just for that part. It reminded me why I don't like making blankets with motifs.

Satisfaction Level: I really enjoyed making this blanket, but it's definitely not one of my favorites and I'm not sure why. I think I'm just not a "blue" person.

Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn
Soft Blue
Sea Blue
Light Denim (In the edging but is not one of the squares)

Hobby Lobby's Crafter's Choice (Sucks!)
Kyoto Pearl

Vanna's Choice

Dusty Blue

The End

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yarn, Hash, and a Nodule

 The new yarn...

Madelinetosh Merino Light in Mourning Dove

And Whitewash.

I have plans for the Mourning Dove already. It's a beautiful one-skein project that I'm excited to begin. But first I'm finishing the Blue Squares Blanket. It's true! I have it crocheted together and am working on the edging, which is taking longer than I expected, but I'm enjoying the process. I have less than 1.5 rounds left to go. Then I'll photograph it this afternoon and show it to y'all tomorrow. Can you believe I'm on the finishing touches? I really am! Yipee!

When I went to buy the Mourning Dove Madelinetosh yarn, I couldn't resist buying an extra skein of another color. They were having FREE SHIPPING! I had to get my money's worth. I got it at Paradise Fibers, and the free shipping offer is good until the Sunday at midnight.  Don't forget to use the coupon code "JULYSHIP." There is another code for buy one get one free AND free shipping for Rowan Fine Art Sock Yarn too! Yes, it's expensive, but sometimes it's worth it to spend a little extra on some good yarn, especially if you're making a special gift for someone. I could never afford to buy "good" yarn all the time, but that's what makes it so fun and special when I do. When these two skeins came in the mail Thursday afternoon, I told the Captain I was going to go lay down and take a nap and snuggle with my new yarn. Hee-hee. And I did!

By the way, I ordered this yarn on Tuesday afternoon and received it on Thursday. Lightening fast delivery, and it was FREE.

I am not being paid in any way for this post, I'm just really impressed, that's all. Plus, I've had to BIG cups of strong iced coffee and I'm kind of yammering on. I'm a wee bit buzzed.

Heather asked a question about cooking the Hamburger Hash I mentioned yesterday, so here's how I make mine...

Brown a pound of seasoned hamburger meat with one chopped onion.
(Salt, pepper, garlic powder)
Get it really brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add at least 1/4 cup of veg or canola oil to your pan drippings.

Add one package of frozen hash browns to the pan.
Use high heat and DO NOT STIR.
I like to use Potatoes O'Brien by Ore Ida.
It has peppers and onions in it.

The trick to great potatoes is to get them really brown. The best way to do that is by not stirring too much and using high heat. I let mine cook 5 minutes before stirring, then let it sit another 5 minutes, stir, and so on. It took about 20 minutes total. (Season your potatoes the same way you did the hamburger while they are cooking.)

When they're good and brown, add back your hamburger and onion. Serve with cheese on top, Frank's Red Hot (Louisiana Hot Sauce), ketchup, soy sauce, or whatever your little heart desires.

We're having our leftovers today for lunch inside flour tortillas with cheese and salsa.

 Thinking, thinking, thinking...

Singing, singing, singing

This bird has something wrong with his head.
He has some type of GIANT nodule on the side.
Can you see that? Eww.

Now that I'm sufficiently grossed out, I'm gonna go eat lunch.

See ya tomorrow with the Blue Blanket Reveal!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

I bought a Tupperware jello mold on Amazon.com because I didn't have one. I could have used my Bundt pan, but I wanted the real thing this time. I couldn't wait to get it and try it out. It was on the porch yesterday.

And I made a Jello Salad!
You didn't see that coming, did you?

 How many ways can you photograph a molded Jello salad?

I don't know, but it's pretty, isn't it?

It tastes good too.
You can find the recipe HERE (scroll, scroll, scroll)
Thank you, Janice and Janice's Mama.

What else can I photograph all day long?

Contentedly watching...

Two seconds later, Ollie jumped up and grabbed Fletch's leg...

Play hard or go home.

 Sammi looks so serious all the time.
I wonder what she's thinking a lot, because she IS thinking.

Ollie will get you if you come in his yard...

I like bacon.

And always birds...

Nesting and protecting...

The sun feels good on my back.

I wish I could fly; I wish I could touch the sky...

  1. I had no intention of buying yarn yesterday, but what did I do?  I ordered some yarn.
  2. And then today I bought a pattern to make with it.
  3. I swear I'm going to crochet those blue squares together first...maybe today...for real.
  4. No sooner had I started this list when the Cap asked me to make lunch.  I'm making some hamburger hash.  The recipe is HERE.  He loves it.  I do too.
  5. So I guess I gotta go.
  6. Random Words coming up next post...like all my words aren't random.
  7. See ya.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oval Lace

Pattern:  Oval Lace Doily, free pattern graph HERE.
Size:  21" x 12.5"
Thread:  One 50g ball of #10 DMC in #437
Hook:  Size 2.0 mm
Satisfaction Level:  Happy, happy, happy!
Tip:  Pay special attention to stitch placement on ends on rounds 14 & 15.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Sunday Drive

I took a drive all by my lonesome yesterday, and it was really nice.

I came across these two horses, but they wouldn't let me get very close. That brown one appears to be blind in one eye, or at least that eye is blue and the other one is brown. It makes him look spooked all the time.

This big house appeared abandoned. I wanted to go inside badly, but I decided I'd break my leg jumping the fence and decided against it. Twenty years ago, I'd have gone in. I'm smarter now.

The obligatory old red barn.

I moved on down the road...

To a muddy creek.

The water on the other side of the bridge was clear.

The road to nowhere. Again, I wanted to go see what was there, but I didn't.

On the way home, I stopped at the dog park to see who was there.

Friends were made.

This guy (Darby) kept hanging around me the whole time.

I think he liked having his picture taken.

There wasn't that many dogs there, probably because it was so hot. I was wet with sweat and red-faced and ready to go home.

Once I got home, I cooled off, took a shower, changed my clothes (into my jammies at 3:00), and took a nice nap in my dark, cold bedroom. I love my bedroom. Then I worked on this doily for three hours in the evening while watching true MURDER stories on the TV (Dateline or something). I'm putting the edging on tonight and can't wait to show you.

See ya!