You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You Are My Sunshine

As I sort through the "stash" of yarn I've acquired I'm struck by how many skeins of 100% cotton I have on hand.  I shouldn't be. I know how every skein got there and why!  Dishcloths.  If you have ever used a handmade, cotton dishcloth whether it was knitted or crocheted you would know what I mean and never want to use anything else.  Luckily I haven't had to; my mother and grandmother have seen to that. These little  gems clean like none other and they last forever. They wash and dry beautifully and actually get better with time. 
 After my grandmother passed away and my mother was no longer able to knit I began the task of replenishing my supply myself. Every Time I saw a new color of cotton I'd grab it. But let's face it , one can only use so many dishcloths, so I began making and giving them  as gifts until I grew tired of that too.  So the question became WHAT NOW?  
How do I FINALLY FINISH using up the cotton stash? 

 Baby Sun Hats, that's how. 


Thanks to the creative genius of Pinterest I discovered the best sunhat pattern ever by designer 
"KerryJayneDesigns" from Bournemouth England 
and I am hooked, and really, there is nothing cuter if you ask me. I've given them as gifts and they were well received. 



 Let's welcome summer and protect those precious little faces too!

You'll never know dear how much I love you, so please don't take my sunshine 
away!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lost and Found


Those close to me know that I retired from my job to help my daughter and her family re-locate back to her hometown. I am now babysitting most week days and it is a thrill to be part of my grand-children's lives. That said, I am also EXHAUSTED and most days "way behind  the 8 ball" as they say. As a result, the ghost of PROCRASTINATION has sneaked back in and haunts me day and night. I can't say I haven't been working on my projects I have. I just haven't gotten around to posting my progress.
 ALAS, I try again. On the hook this day is a baby blanket that I began probably 15 to 20 years ago.
  I left it because either:
   1.   I didn't buy enough yarn to begin with.
     2.   I used some of it for something else,               (Probably didn't finish that either)
      3.  Lost it. 

The yarn is a variegated pastel that I bought with a newborn in mind; I just can't tell you which one.
     Then "Low and Behold" a few weeks ago while perusing my favorite second hand store what do think I found? 
Not 1, not 2, but 3 skeins of the much needed yarn to finish my project. 

The pattern is a simple shell stitch so it should work up quickly. With no babies on the way (that I know of anyway) this blanket will be sent to one of the many deserving organizations that need it.

Spring Has Finally Sprung!
Enjoy!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Crocheting Memories

If anyone had told me when I retired 18 months ago that I would be "busier" not working than I was when I was working, I am sure I would have disagreed.  I would have been wrong. Such is life. I am busier but in a much different way now, but busy "non the less". It has always been my desire to replicate the sweet crocheted dresses my grandmother made for me and my sisters. I wish now that I had asked her about her creations; I was young then and uninterested.  I have searched through vintage patterns and have come close.  Recently I discovered a pattern on Etsy that I loved by olgascrochetfrenzy. 
Original design by Olgascrochetfrenzy
It's not exactly like the one my sister wore 60 years ago but close. 
 
Crocheting, for me, always brings back memories of my grandmother and so together, in a way,  we were able to "finally finish" another project.
 I don't know yet who will be the recipient of this little treasure but I do know it will be given with the love and joy I felt while making it it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rock On!

 Like most kids, my grandsons have a fasination with  rocks. At ages 5 and 3 years old they love to pick them up, collect them and of course throw them too. Fortunately for them they not only live in a town that offers many opportunities for these activities but also boasts "rock" as part of its name. Yes, you can find rocks of all shapes and sizes here. From the boulderous natural coastline to the smooth popplestones that frame our beaches;  there are no shortages of rocks here.  It is popplestones however that take center stage today. My grandsons collected and painted these beautiful smooth stones for their dad for Father's Day.  The older one practiced his handwriting and  then proudly presented  these "Vegetable Markers" to their Dad!

                 




Of course their works of art were received with  the heartfelt  OOHs  and AHHHs that they deserved. They are now on display  in the family vegetable garden. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Broomstick Lace Bracelet

Today, as they say, I have "killed two birds with one stone." (maybe three).  I was able to utilize some leftover yarn stash, use up a few of the many beautiful buttons that I have collected over the years and best of all learn a new crochet stitch that I have wanted to master for a long time called "Broomstick Lace". As I've said before, my grandmother could do  almost anything she put her mind to and was fearless in her attempt to try new things. She mastered the old "Broomstick Lace"  technique long ago and made such beautiful items using it. For nearly 40 years learning this stitch has been on my "to do" list. I decided it was time when a bracelet featured on Pinterest caught my eye. I won't lie it took some time to master; while it was easy enough, it felt awkward until I got used to it. I know at this rate, I won't even make a dent in my seemingly endless list of unfinished projects and materials but I guess every little bit helps and surprisingly I'm happy with this attempt. Not only did I learn something new,  I have a new summer accessory to wear and it was FREE!

Have a Happy and Safe 
Memorial Day Weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mothers Day

Thank you Pinterest! Yup, once again you have saved me the time and stress of having to find an easy but beautiful gift idea. This time one for my grandson to make and give to his Mom on Mother's Day!  Let's face it...don't we all have enough "little hand print art" already? Ok, I'll speak for myself....YES. A few weeks ago the Painted Pine Cone Zinnia project came up for me on Pinterest as the recommended "Pin". I was stunned at the beauty and realism of this simple project, and since I have a bucket of  pine cones  at my disposal and a Finally Finishing list of things to complete, I put the two together and went to work . I had the paint, the paint brushes and of course the 2-1/2 year old grandson. Little Drew wanted to do it himself and he did. Oh, while he was at it he also painted the the table, the chair, and himself.  



Happy Mother's Day
 to my daughter!
One of the best moms I know!

p.s. credit for this clever idea goes to:
 www.afancifultwist.typepad.com

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Having A Ball



I have mentioned before that "it cracks me up" when well meaning friends (and a few strangers) tell me they too have unfinished projects hanging around, and would I like to finish them for them?  I don't have to think very long before I say NO!  Well, most of the time anyway, unless of course, it is a friend with a touching story "from the heart." (You know me, I'm all about the story. ) It seems that over 20 years ago, my friend, while expecting her first baby, decided to make an " Amish Puzzle Ball"  or Whimsie Ball as it is sometimes called for her baby to be.  She bought the supplies and started her project; who knows why she put it aside unfinished....but she did. Now over 20 years later, that baby girl is grown and has given birth to a daughter of her own. My friend is now the proud grandmother of a gorgeous baby girl, and the
Riley
puzzle ball has taken on new meaning. I have to say the project was a challenge for me. First off, I didn't have the instructions for the toy so had to depend on a "Google" search to help me out. Secondly, I didn't have experience in piecing together this type of project . (UGHHHH) Who knew every single piece had to be perfectly cut, sewn and stuffed in order to fit together?)

 Well, it certainly isn't perfect but I
 FINALLY FINISHED
 it and soon  little Ms. Riley will be the recipient of this thoughtful heirloom
Whimsie Ball!



 That is
 if I can get it away from my 
grandson Drew 
who thinks it is his now!