Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crochet, Crochet, Crochet!!!!

As promised, I am posting the sunflower pattern for those of you who would like it.

For flower center  (sc are worked in the back loop to give the flower center ridges)
Round 1: ch 2, 8 sc into 1st ch. Mark start of round with a contrasting thread.
Rounds 2-3: work 2 sc into each st around, move marker
Round 4: 1 sc, 2 sc around, move marker
Round 5: 1 sc around, move marker
Round 6:  1 sc, 2 sc around, move marker
Round 7:  1 sc around, and end round with 1 sl-st into 1st st. of round.
Work flower center twice. Then sandwich the wrong sides of the circles together and crochet together with sc brown.

Petals:  Using a yellow attach yarn to one sc of the flower center,
*(2dc, 2trc, chain 3, sl st in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 1tc, 2 dc) all in same stitch, ch 3, sl st into next sc of flower center,  - Petal made!
chain 3 and repeat at *, continue in this matter all the way around flower. After the last petal chain 3 and attach to beginning dc.

Now the fun!  do a chain stitch with a tapestry needle and a bright green at base of petals around flower.  I chose to put a pretty button in the center, but several small buttons would also look great.

With this little sunflower you can do so much, it is great attached to a granny square.  The brown base can be filled with fiberfil to make a great little pincushion!

As you can see above,  I have created a little wall hanging which also includes little birds!

Scotty's Place had the cutest little birdies she had been making which caught my eye; I was able to find the pattern on ravelry, so I got  it.  It's a very nice upload!!!  I did them in black to make the little crows. 

Isn't it cute???!!!!  I promise you, once you make a sunflower, you will have to make another!!  The little birds take all of 10 minutes to work up.

Of course, a beaded tassel is a necessity!!! 

It's been quite a week here.  HOT, for one thing.  Miserably hot.  Work has been busy and a bit on the insane side!  So, once I get home in the evening, I change into some cool and comfy and decompress in the a/c with my yarn at my side!  Friday I did get to the thrift store at lunch and found a couple treasures.

I snagged this granny square blanket for $7!!!!  It is beautifully crocheted, I couldn't walk out of the place without it! 

Phoebe totally approves!  I got it home, stuck it in the washer, and it's already in use!  (It has inspired me to start a granny blanket!!)  Yup, a trip yesterday afternoon to A.C. Moore and the insanity has already begun.  I can't wait to share once I get started!

I got a pretty little scarf crocheted up.  It took all of two evenings.  Isn't it pretty!
I am so ready for Fall!! 
I cannot wait until it is cool enough that I can start wearing this.  I crocheted this shawl years ago in this super dooper soft purple yarn.  I have had some requests for the pattern, but for the life of my I cannot get my fingers on it.  I'll keep looking.  It is in one of my crochet books, so I know it is around this house somewhere.
I cannot wait to wear it!
And the pictures don't lie, It is extremely soft!!!

I have been getting a lot of questions about this blanket from my Happy Hookah Goodness posting.
I do not have the exact colors I used, but I can tell you some of them.  The variegated yarns in these squares is Red Heart's TLC Essentials.  I used three colors: "sedona", "coraline", and "island".  I love the red one, "sedona", and use it in a lot of my crochet.  Fore those wanting to doe something similar to this I can give you my formula.  I kept the center of the large squares the same, blue.  Each square has white, and sedona in it.  If you keep the white and the red in the large squares you can change out the other yarns.  You can see I used some yellows and a pretty mint green.  I hope this helps.   If anyone has a question for me, I am happy to answer, but it would be best to email me at the address on my profile so I will be sure to see it!!

That's about it for now.  Phoebe says to tell everyone to have a great week and stay cool!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunflower Whimsy!

This week I've been crocheting more sunflowers.  Playing with different ideas and colors, and vintage buttons.  I love em...they are so folk-artish.  The one in the middle has already found its home on the wall in my kitchen.
I attached this on to a granny square which is doubled, then added some beads.  

I think they make cute pincushions too.  I put some batting in this one.  It is nice and poofy!  I have another one in the works with some pretty orange yarn!  

I am now promising, on my honor as a Girl Scout, that I will be posting the pattern for you all!!  

Had a very fun trip to Goodwill Friday at lunch and found much of this glass for a little bit of nothing!!  
They are so pretty when the sun hits them.  I gifted two that I made last week to a friend, and she loved them!!  
This one I also glued these little colored pieces of glass to.  I am using an Arte Craft Goop glue which seems to be doing the trick.  It is a little stinky, but I don't mind it.  Once the glue sets up the smell goes away!  I am thinking of making some of these for the Fall Craft Show I participate in.  

Sadly, the weekend is coming to an end!  Seems there is never enough time.  Come back and see me next week.  I hope to have the sunflower pattern posted by then!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Yay!  Sunflowers!  The past couple evenings I have been experimenting with sunflowers.  This is a little closeup of what I come up with.  I <3 it totally!!
So now my brain is full of idea, and my fingers cannot keep up!
Isn't it buckstery!  I attached it to a doubled granny square trimmed with pony beads and a thimble. 
What do you think???  I haven't decided where to hang it yet.

Today I have been gluing.  Sounds strange, but I enjoy it, just as much as a can of spray paint.

Aren't they cool!  I really get a charge from the colored glass.  It's amazing what you can find in your cabinets and under the kitchen sink!

I actually made more than this today.  The middle one is my fave.  The one on the left is promised to a buddy.  These really look neat when the light hits them. I can't wait to see them in the evening with tea lights in them!

I tested a pattern for a friend and just had to share!

Isn't it cute!!!   I made three.  They are fun and quick to crochet up. 

Perfect size for and Iphone.  You can get the pattern here.  Her patterns are very well written and easy to follow!

That's it for me.  It is way too hot here to be outside.  We've spent the day in the air conditioning today!

Hope to be back this weekend with more sunflowers!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Junk Store Candlesticks

Greetings everyone!!  I don't have any hookage to show for the week.  Although I did start a new knitting project, but it is not far along, so I decided I would wait to post some pics.

I have also been testing a crochet pattern, and I didn't want to show those pictures until she has the pattern available.  I can say, it is cute!!

This is what I did yesterday afternoon.  I glued junk together.  LOL!
My inspiration came straight from pinterest!!  So I have been gathering those little knick-knacks we all have a round the house, as well as bringing home anything under $1 I find at the Goodwill. 

I love this one.  I have had that old coffee cup forever, not even sure where I got it.  And I have had the Elsie creamer a good long time.  The sugar bowl was broken many years ago. 

That little cup was Brad's when he was a baby, too sweet!! 

Aren't they cute???  I could kick myself for all those old cups and odds and ends I have taken to Goodwill! 

They are so quirky!  Can you see some for Halloween or Christmas???  OMG!!  I think I have enough Christmas and Fall things around here to make some! 

That's about it for me.  I'm off to do a little crocheting.  Too hot outside to do anything else!