Saturday, March 23, 2013

Crazy... Crazy... Crazy

This month as been TOTALLY crazy. It seems like it's one thing after another lately.. When will it stop! They say things come in threes but this month it seems never ending. I hope with the change of the new month things will settle down. AT least I hope so.

So I haven't really worked on much this past month... I did get some things done. A few baby blankets and a monkey for my soon to be step son. I have got all my yarn taken care of and put away in safe place, and cleaned up my room. That's about it...

I know that I haven't been posting much lately, but with everything that has been going on... I didn't want to blog about it and end up saying things out of anger. That is something I have been working on.... hard at times but at least I am trying. I know that making a change for the better is hard work, but I know it is worth it. I know that God doesn't give us more then we can handle but sometimes I really wonder how much he thinks I can handle. Some times I feel like a pack MULE..

On a better note, I have got all the Easter stuff ready for both kids, Lil Miss's birthday is all set up and ready to go. Just got to figure out how I am supposed to get all the gifts and stuff down to the hall with out her seeing them. I am going to wrap most of them first but it is REALLY hard to WRAP a power wheels John Deere Tractor and Trailer. So I am thinking of wrapping everything and putting all the presents in the back of the trailer and not wrap it, but hide it behind some tables or something.. I don't know yet.

I did add a new tab at the top of the blog. It is in memory of my little brother. Please take the time and tell people how you feel. My brother was only 14 when he died in 2004 and he went to bed and just never woke up. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...... Spend as much time with your family. You never know when their time will be up. God calls us home when our job here done. I know its sad, but it is the truth.

Well it is time for Lil Miss to get ready for bed. So I will talk to you all later. Have a Great Night and Keep on HOOKIN.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stitches, Stitches Every Where......

Since I have bought the Afghan hook in February, I have been wondering what I can make using it. Today I decided to learn the Tunisian stitch. I watched part of a YouTube video on how to do it and I have started making a purple and light blue baby blanket. I don't think that is a bad idea for a first project using this stitch. It is coming along pretty well I think. I am not sure if I like crocheting like this. It is really different then what I am used it. I have a funny feeling that if I can get this stitch down pretty well that I should be able to teach myself how to knit. (Not sure if that is something I want to learn how to do or not... YET)

This is the video I used to learn how to do this stitch. Tunisian Stitch I'm still not sure if I like this or not. It doesn't feel right. I feel like I should be knitting instead of crocheting. It's weird. So here are some pictures of what I have done already. I hope it turns out right. If anyone knows how to get it to stop curling that would be great. It is starting not to curl so maybe it's just because I'm pulling it too tight. Who knows.

It does look pretty.... doesn't it. I'm thinking this blanket will be for a girl because I have never seen a boy baby blanket with purple it in. Not totally sure yet either. What do you think?

This doesn't seem to be any quicker then when I normally crochet a baby blanket. I feel like I should be farther then what I am. Maybe it seems slower because I am just learning it. I don't know.

I hope this comes out like it is supposed to. I know a lot of people that are having babies this year and I figure if I just make a lot of baby blankets in different colors that I should have everyone covered.. Well... At least I hope so. I think the count is up to 10 or 12 more to go..  I already have made 3 or 4 of them so far. Not sure if I am going to make anything else to go with them or not. Maybe some booties, hats, jackets or vests. Still thinking about that one. I am thinking of trying to find or write up a pattern for pillow shams for toddlers. (I am not to sure if that many people actually use pillows with their babies or not. I  hear that kids shouldn't sleep with pillows till about age one.That's when I gave my daughter her first pillow) That is if no one else gets pregnant this year.

I am not sure why (since Spring is almost here) that I am getting so many new ideas to crochet. I normally crochet during the Winter because during the Spring and Summer; I'm normally outside all day and late into the night. (Yard work, Bonfires, hanging out with friends and family... Etc.)

May be I need to make a bag that I can take my crochet work anywhere with me. That would be a great idea....hmmmmmmmmmmm......... maybe another project at hand.......

This is a close up of the blanket I am making. Not sure if I am doing it right or not, but it looks nice. I am thinking of staying with the purple and the light blue and doing the edge in white or black. I'm not that far yet, so I have time to make that decision.

I feel lost this week. My daughter has been home all week from school due to pink eye (she normally goes Monday - Thursday). She was sent home from school Monday because she was throwing up. Tuesday she woke up with green gunk and crustiness on her eye... So today is the last day for the eye drops (which have been nothing but a fight) and I am soooooooo GLAD for that. Who in their right mind gives a five year old eye drops?? I wonder if there is anything else they could have given her...... Well now that she is feeling better, it seems like everyone else in town is getting sick too. Maybe we should have had a sicky party... LOL.

Well I'm off here for now. I will post more pics when I get them taken of this blanket. I hope everyone is having a great day and GOD bless.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Business Cards

So I decided to make business cards and I can't decide between 5 of them. I didn't think it was going to be this hard. I put them up to a vote on Kountry Crochet Fan Page. I decided to have the voting end the 31st of this month (March 2013) but I am not sure if I want it to go longer or not. I like the idea of the cards because most of the things I make I just give away. Soooo... If I make something and give it away or someone orders something, then I can include a business card with it along with a receipt. Word of mouth works wonders.. Here are the 5 cards that I am stuck between. What one do you like. Would you do anything different one them. (yes i know my address and contact info is missing.. did that on purpose.)

This is card number one. I like the flowers and the dragonflies on it.

This is card number number two. I like the owls. I think they are cute

This is card number three. I just like this one. Its pretty.

This is card number four. I just LOVE this one. So far this one has the most votes on the fan page. I just love it. If there wasn't a contest going on this would be the one I would choose.

This is card number five. It looks more like something you would find in a bake shop. But it is still cute.

So.... since I am still stuck and the voting isn't doing so well. What do you all think. I can't wait to find out which one wins. I'm so happy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Monkey See.. Monkey Doo....

I get so EXCITED when my new issue of Crochet World comes in. I love looking for new ideas or just reading the fan stuff too. Most of the time nothing really POPs out at me, but this month there are a couple things that I thought were really COOL.

This monkey is soooooo cute. I'm working on it right now and it is so easy to make. I am using the brightest colors I have because the person I'm making it for is turning 3 this year. It would probably be done already, but I haven't been feeling well at all. This weather change we are having isn't making me feel any better either.

The school called the other day, Lil Miss is throwing up.... GREAT........... So, I go and pick her up and she kept throwing up. Just bread now.. It worked. She went to bed feeling fine and I was going to send her to school the next day, but..... She woke up burning up with her eye all RED, crusty, and green gunk coming out... Well... Dang it.... I know what it is.

So since she is a new patient at her pedi's, they wouldn't see her so I took her to er. She got looked over and was given eye drops and no school till its totally clear in both eyes. So now my time is spent, chasing a 4 year old around my house making sure she is washing her hands and not touching her eyes. Then I have to chase her down every 3 hrs to fight with her for the eye drops. I really can't wait for her to go back to school.

This is my monkey so far, I made a few changes. His eyes are supposed to be flat against his head and I filled them so they would  pop. I am not sure if I like this or not. For some reason that I don't know... one ear ended up a little bit bigger then the other. Oh well. I think it has character. LOL.

I did learn something new making this monkey and that is how to make the loops for the hair. I really did not know how to do that. I like it. I think his eyes look like frog eyes. Ooooppppsss...

So now, sitting around doing nothing. Well not really. This is doing something right... I mean you are really never doing NOTHING. You are always breathing and ..........................

Wow.. Where did that all come from... Talk about losing my train of thought. Any way. I can't wait to give this monkey to my lil buddy. I know he loves monkeys and he is always climbing on top of things. Its GREAT. I love spending time with him!! He is just so darn cute. ( I will have to talk to his daddy and see if I can post pics of him. :) )

 This is the other pattern I am thinking of trying to do. It is soo cute too. These two patterns POPPED right out at me and were SCREAMING at me to make them. I agreed. I am also sharing the pattern with Missa and my mom who both fell in love with this and lil monkey.

I know Missa has been waiting on me to fill some patterns for her that I told her I had but I'm sure she understands what is going on... If not... I can send LIL MISS to her house.... LOL.. Too bad it wasn't the chicken pox. Then we could have a chicken pox party!!! WOOT! I will have to keep that in mind. Well, its been about 2 hrs since I did Lil Miss's eye drops and I know as soon as she sees me reach for the bottle she is gonna FREAK again..
Fun fun.
Catch ya later HOOKIES

Well.. Well... Well... Guess what!! I finished the monkey. It turned out soooooooooooooo CUTE!! I can't wait for my (soon to be) step son to see it. I made it for him for Easter. I can't wait!!!! His dad told me that no matter what.... I CAN NOT GIVE IT TO HIM UNTIL EASTER!!! Well............ where is the fun in that..... :(  Oh well. I'm going to go to Goodwill and find some baskets and make our OWN Easter baskets. Then I just found that we are going to be doing an Easter Egg hunt with the kids. Oh happy memories!! I love memories!! Ok.. Enough chit chat. Here are the pics of the finished monkey!!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!!

This is the picture I took right after I got done with it. I already have another order for one. My neighbor is having a little boy and she wants one. I think I am going to make her monkey John Deere Colors. :)
This second picture is just me trying to get a good picture of it. For some reason my camera on my old phone doesn't always work right. I'm thinking it may be time to save up some money and buy a new camera.

The third picture shows how long his tail is. A fan on our Facebook page has stated that she has made this same monkey and the tail ended up the same with hers too. That means neither of us messed up and that is how the pattern is supposed to be. I tried many different ways of pinning up the tail but it just didn't look right to me.
Just one last picture. It is just too cute. I love it. I am so happy on how it turned out. I just hope he likes it as much as I do. Easter can NOT get here fast enough. I am soooo HAPPY!! :)

If anyone wants this pattern.. please let me know. It is not my own. It came from my Crochet World Magazine. I will be more the happy to share it with everyone. In the next few months, the maker of this pattern is making different animals. I know I have another pattern that she has written. I believe it is a dog. The next issue I believe is an elephant. If this keeps up, my buddy is gonna have his very own zoo soon. That is a GREAT IDEA!! 

                            MONKEY SEE... MONKEY DO!!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Every 28 Days.....

I swear... Some times people are so bored that they have to start drama. I have finally figured out why. Wanna find out... It makes perfect sense too. Ok, let me explain a little bit and then I will tell you what I figured out.

This past week has been WONDERFULLLY filled with HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA. Yes, I know. It just some times it feels like everyone is going nuts at the same time. I know things normally come in 3s but a WHOLE WEEK?? WOW. What did I do to become so SPECIAL in so many people's lives that DRAMA keeps tryin to pop its UGLY head in???

SO what did I figure out... Its simple really................

DRAMA IS LIKE A PERIOD; IT COMES FLOWING IN EVERY 28 DAYS..................................

I swear it is the way it happens. Some one has to be PMSing some WHERE right?!?!?!?! LOL. So ok that is my little vent. So now onto bigger and better things..

So with all this going on I have managed to finish the blanket I was working on and I know started a monkey for my little buddy for Easter. He will be three this year and so I'm using the brightest colors I have. To me it looks a lil girly but i will see what I can do with it. I can't wait for him to see it. I also made him this hat:

I am really liking how things are coming together. As the years that I have been crochet keep adding up, my skills are getting better. (To bad I can't say that about my body.  LOL) My AWESOME neighbor got a new rocking chair so she gave me her old one. It would be awesome to find a foot stool to go with so I can crochet and rock in it at the same time.

Well time for this Hooker to go get some coffee and clean up a little bit. It is rainy here and icky out and I really don't want to do anything. Is that just me?? I hate gloomy weather. I rather have it nice and sun shinning out. The sun is my friend..............