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Saturday, January 4, 2014

BEDROOM INSPIRATION

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modern bedroom
@www.decoration.luxury-ideas.com
Do you think a bed in the corner takes up too much space.


Interesting headboard  @www.houzz.com



Eclectic + Romantic Bedrooms eclectic bedroom
No headboard, just stencil on wall @ www.houzz.com




Beach Bedroom eclectic bedroom
Another cool headboard @ www.houzz.com



Check out these "painted on" headboards found here:http://exoticinteriors.wordpress.com/category/bedrooms/page/2/






And the next one at the same page.

That is so cool.  A tufted headboard that's not a headboard.  I like it.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Crochet Hat {P}inspiration

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Girl's Hat With Lacy Earflaps


This is the hat my daughter put on one of my Pinterest boards for my granddaughter.
Cute, but no pattern. 
Not even a link to the page the image came from. 
All I got was redirected to different ad sites.

This is a hat that I liked the earflaps on.
Again, no pattern.
The link takes me to the LoveAndYarn site, but no amount of searching found me a pattern.

So, when the internet gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Or in this case make my own pattern.





A closeup of my version of the earflap 

So here's the pattern:

Girl's Hat With Lacy Earflaps

Supplies

 4-ply yarn - less than 1/2 a skein of the main color and even less of the contrasting colors *
*(this is not an exact science, I used yarn I had left in my stash from other projects)
This is the type I use

Size I crochet hook

Large needle to weave in any ends and sew on flower

Size

Child - I made it to fit big on a 5 year old, so I would imagine it will fit up to a teenager, possibly. It fit the circumference on me, stretched, but did not go down enough to cover the ears.

Stitches used

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
dtr - double treble crochet

Pattern

Round 1 - With the I hook and main color, ch4. sl st into 1st ch, to form a circle.
Round 2 - Work 10 hdc into circle. (10 stitches) Mark end of round.
DO NOT JOIN
Round 3 - 2 hdc in each st around. (20 stitches) Move stitch marker.
Round 4 - * 1 hdc next st, 2 hdc next st. Repeat from * around. (30 stitches) Move stitch marker.
Round 5 - *  1 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st, 2 hdc next st. Repeat from * around (40 stitches) Move stitch marker. 
Round 6*  1 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st, 2 hdc next st. Repeat from * around (50 stitches) Move stitch marker.
Round 7*  1 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st, 2 hdc next st. Repeat from * around (60 stitches) Move stitch marker.
Round 8 - 13 - Work even in hdc around, moving stitch marker at end of each round. 
Round 14 - 15 - Attach next contrasting color and work even in hdc around, moving stitch marker at end of each round. You can crochet your ends in as you go, or weave them in at the end. I prefer to crochet in as many as possible right away, so there's less weaving to do at the finish.
Round 16 - Attach next contrasting color and work even in hdc around, moving stitch marker at end of round.
Round 17 - (Earflap round) hdc in next 9 st. *sl st in next st, sk 3 st, 10 dtr in next st, sk 3 st, sl st in next stitch* (earflap made). hdc in next 24 st. Repeat between *. hdc in last 9 stitches of row. Move stitch marker.
Round 18 - Attach main color again and hdc in next 9 st, *hdc in sl st, 2 hdc in each dtr, hdc in sl st*, hdc in next 24 st. Repeat between * hdc in last 9 st. Move stitch marker.
Round 19 - hdc in next 3 st, move stitch marker (this is so your color changes end up in the back), then sc around to marker. sl st to next st and fasten off.
Weave in any tails you have left.

Flower

Large Petals:
Round 1 - Using H hook ch 4. sl st into the first ch to form
a circle, ch 2. *1 dc into the circle, ch 1. Repeat from the *
5 times. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Round 2 - ch 2, then dc into the same st.  2 dc into every st
and ch all the way around. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Round 3 - Ch 2, then dc into the same st.  dc into the next st. *2 dc into the next st, then dc into the next 2 sts. Repeat from the * all around. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Round 4 - Ch1. *sc into the next st, dc into the same st. In the next st 2 dc.  3 tr in the next st.  2 dc into the next st. 1 dc in the next st and sc into the same st. Repeat from the * all around. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Medium Petals:
Round 1 - Using H hook ch 4. sl st into the first ch to form a circle, ch 2. *1 dc into the circle, ch 1. Repeat from the * 5 times. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Round 2 - ch 2, then dc into the same st.  2 dc into every stitch and ch all the way around. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Round 3 - Ch 1.  *sc into the next st. dc into the same st. 1 dc into the next st, then tr, dc into the same st, dc in the next st, then sc into the same st. Repeat from the * all around. sl st into the top of ch 1.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Small Petals:
Round 1 - Using H hook ch 4. sl st into the first ch to form a circle, ch .14 dc into the circle. sl st into the top of ch 2.
Round 2 - Ch 2. *1 dc into the same st. 3 dc into the next st. dc in the next st, ch 2 and sl st into that same st. sl st into the next st, ch 2. Repeat from the * all around.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing

Place small petals on top of medium petals, then on top of large petals. Going through all layers, sew to one side of the hat with yarn and a large needle. Before cutting yarn, attach a button to the center of the flower and secure on the inside of the hat and fasten off.

Braids

Cut (12) 36" lengths of yarn for each braid. Fold 12 pieces of yarn in half and using a large hook, pull the fold through a space at the bottom of each earflap from the backside, to form a loop on the outside. pull the rest of the tails through the loop and tighten. Split the tails into 3 sections and braid almost to the end. Wrap a length of main color yarn around the end of the braiding and secure. Trim ends of the tail to about the same length.


My grandson was kind enough to model this hat for me, but I'm afraid I did a poor job focusing. Darn this getting old and having to hold the camera farther away than my arms to see if I got a good pic or not!



Here's my granddaughter modeling it after her birthday.

And of course these two had to get crazy for the camera. Even though it's not a great pic, I decided to throw it in here anyway.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Creamy Tomato Soup

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Creamy Tomato Soup
Yield 4 ½ cups
Ingredients
3 ½ tablespoons butter   
½ cup chopped onion
1 clove of garlic (minced or put through a garlic press)
3 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon basil
2 cups chicken broth  (I use 1 TBL of chicken soup base added to 2 cups water)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
2/3 cup half and half
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and basil and cook until onion is translucent. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to make a roux. Slowly add the chicken broth and continue to whisk as the mixture thickens. Cook for at least  1 minute, following the boil; then add the sugar and tomatoes and just bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes (longer for fresh tomatoes). Just prior to serving, add the half and half. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat as needed.


YUM!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Photo Book - San Juan, PR

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I'm been gone for a bit.
1st - Getting ready for our trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico for our son's wedding.
2nd - The trip and wedding themselves.
3rd - Recuperating from the "vacation", plus another short trip to Chicago thrown in there.
4th - This is one of the projects I've been working on concerning our trip to San Juan.

It's a photo book of our vacation!



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I hope you enjoyed this book. I am currently working on another book of just Old San Juan, because there was so much to see there. So much, in fact, that we could have used another day at least to see more things and do more things. When that book is done, I'll share it as well.
By the way......I got a great deal on this book through Groupon. They had a deal to get an 8X11 book for $15 and an 8X8 book for $10. I got the 8X11 for this book and hubby is getting the 8X8 for the Old San Juan book.

               Have A Relaxed Day!                 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Card Wallet

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I have all these cards in my purse, over and above my debit and credit cards, which I keep with my checkbook.

So these include store reward cards (cards you use instead of having coupons), library card, AAA card, and the like; you get the picture.

Previously I had these in one of those photo holders. You know the kind, thin, plastic, that comes with a wallet. Anyhoo, it has been worn out for a while now from putting the cards in and out. I mean seriously worn out as in most of the pockets were ripped and my cards and pics would fall out when I was trying to get one of the cards out.

So, enough was enough, when I realized I had lost one of my store cards and had to get it replaced.  I got the inspiration and tutorial from Pinterest of course. 

Here’s the pin on my “Things I'd Like To Make Or Just Find Interesting” board if you’re interested: http://pinterest.com/pin/83105555593591545/ While you’re there, why don’t you become a follower? I’ll always follow back at least one of your boards that interest me.

You can find the tutorial for this card wallet  at Nancy's Couture. I didn’t do another tutorial, because I think she did a wonderful job of it, so she gets the credit.

So, here’s my version

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I didn’t add the snap, because this is always in my purse, so I didn’t feel I needed one. As you can see, I don’t have enough cards to fill it, so I finished it out with pics of my grandkids.

On a side note, I used a couple of my Christmas and Birthday presents to do this project.  These were both from Gary. The first is my new self healing cutting mat, which you can see in the background of the above pics. It is 24”X36”! I have a little dinky one that just wasn’t big enough for a lot of the projects I do and I have a larger cardboard sewing mat that you just can’t do any cutting on except with a scissors.

This is the kind of mat I got.  As you can see it is black on the other side. You can buy it at Amazon.

 

The second gift I used is a 12”X8” carpenter square. I’ve been wanting a smaller square for some time, but whenever I would go shopping I would forget to either put it on the list or simply forget about it. Outta sight, outta mind as it were. As you can see it is not very expensive at Amazon; although he got  it at  the local True Value hardware store.

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So that’s what I did this afternoon. It only took a couple of hours, including writing on the blog about it. In fact the writing probably takes longer, since I write, read, reread, rewrite and so on, until I get it just the way I want.

Have a great evening!