Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
There are two angels, crochet hook sponges for metal hooks, a Santa pin, a Santa ornament, miniature knitted gloves for the tree, a crocheted Christmas tree, a Reindeer on a popcorn package, a one pound chocolate bar, a box for goodies with a top to put the pins into! A cookie cutter with a recipe (and crumbs as the helper could not resist! along with a poem about it):
I made a plate of cookies to share with you this year,
I thought it was a good way to spread some Christmas cheer.
They all looked really tasty so I thought I'd eat just one,
And a little while later I noticed they were gone!
So, here's my Christmas greeting, and a cookie cutter, too.
Now you can make your own cookies, and maybe share a few!
Here's a wonderful Caramel recipe an 80 yr. old neighbor/pet client down the street gave me recently.
If you like making holiday candy & like both licorice & Caramel's, you'll love this..feel free to pass it on .
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter (use 1 Tbsp. less than 1 cup or a little too soft, Caramel should be firm)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
Combine all ingredients & cook to "soft ball stage" or 242 degrees reading on candy thermometer.
Add 2 tsp. of Anise flavoring & 1/2 tsp. black paste food coloring (optional, just gives it black licorice color doesn't change the taste).
Poor into a 9 x 13 buttered pan (or Teflon pan no need for added butter)
Let cool, cut into 1" squares & wrap in waxed paper or Saran Wrap cut into 2" squares, twist ends & give as great stocking stuffers for Xmas or in Easter Baskets or for Halloween handouts. Or...eat it all yourself...LOL
Very YUMMY !!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
It was written in the old style--very limited directions, rich in fat, but good. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy.
2 1/2 stick butter, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 4 cups flour, 1 tsp vanila. After mixing together, keep in refrigerator over night. Roll out thin. Cut into prefered shapes. Brush with egg whites. Decorate with crushed peanuts or sprinkles. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until brown at edges. These keep well if they last at all!
Many blessings to each of you. Jeanie and Lyn Hershey"
......and to all of you!
Friday, December 4, 2009
It goes up on the auction block on Friday (today) at the annual church Winter Festival, so keep your fingers crossed for me! The money goes to our church women's organization which does a lot of community work.
The two squares are for the Three Course Meal swap in VC. Two more to go!
....and during all this I was able to nearly finish putting together the hexagon afghan! It is going to the church sale on Friday's Winter Festival. I hope it brings in a good bit of money considering how much it cost in time and $$ to make it. Unfortunately in this area things do not sell as well (as high) as they would in a larger city where there are not so many hand made items. I'll let you know.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Well, I signed up for two Secret Santa swaps and am having a dickens of a time. It isn't the small "stuff" that worries me - I have to have a hand made item, and THAT is what is kicking me in the rear! I don't knit, so it has to be crocheted. My ladies excel at making things for themselves, so I have to come up with something special that they don't make, and there lies the problem. They make everything. For everyone. Phooey.
Using "leftover Snickers bars" from (assuming any would actually be leftover!) Halloween make a delicious dessert.
1. Simply chop them up with the food chopper.
2. Peel, core and slice a few apples.
3. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.
4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!!
5. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!
I haven't tried it, but I might want to test out cooking the apples a bit longer first before spreading the mixture on top - however, slightly crispy sounds good!
Monday, November 9, 2009
However, today was a one of the worst days for pain I have had since the trip, so was really feeling puny and sorry for me. ;o( This time I went to a Ravelry friends blogspot to see what life it really like where pain is concerned.
Have you ever heard of Chiari? It was not a word in my vocabulary until last year when I met Keesha. You should take a look at what she has to go through on a good day. Prayers of love and respite should be sent her way on a daily, hourly basis.
Check her out here. I suppose one of the many things that she amazes me with is that she still crochets! What a lovely lady, indeed. I would hope that I could be as courageous! Time to say a prayer or two for her and others with like afflictions. Who's the patron saint of backs, anyway?
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
C - Chore you hate: Taking the dishes out of the dishwasher and dusting. At least hubby does the dishwasher duty!
D - Dog's name: Three dogs - Chuckie, Maggie, Sami
E - Essential start your day item: Check my work schedule/CROCHET!
F - Favorite color: This is the hardest question for me - I don't know the answer. I like most colors, Dusty Pink is a fav but no more than Cream or Gold. Who knows - certainly not me!
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 5'5"
I - I am: happily married, sadly overweight
J - Job: Retired
K - Kids: Zero of my own, two step-children
L - Living arrangements: On a hill like a princess
M - Mom's name: Elizabeth
N - Nicknames: Fussbudget
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Too many to recall!!!!!
Q - Quote from a movie: "Go ahead, make my day"
R - Right or left handed: right
T - Time you wake up: Early before 7:00 a.m.
U- Underwear: Yes
V - Vegetable you dislike: Different items according to how they are cooked
W - Ways you run late: When rushed!
X - X-rays you've had: Everything
Y - Yummy food you make: Apple Turnovers! Hah! Just learned how! And Savory Pot Roast.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
ETA: I wrote this on Ravelry - hope it helps:
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I turned the work and did nine single crochets, 3 rows in the same Lamb. The turned the work and did nine single crochets with Cranberry. Then, turning the work I did 12 single crochets with the Cranberry....and so forth, and so on.
The main thing, I believe, is to make the first square with an even number that you can halve. Six rows is not very big for making a large square...you might try 12 rows instead (and then make a cooresponding amount of sc that would make it square), then do six rows each stripe after that.
If this doesn't make sense, let me know......
The reality is that this square is not really anything wonderfully special - to anyone but ME! I have to admit it is a personal accomplishment for me to have finally understand how to make patterns in single crochet. Trying to do so is the reason I went to Tunisian.
So much easier and faster. However, it always bothered me that so many patterns utilized this technique and I could not do it.
After purchasing a book by Jan Eaton with patterns for squares, I was even more frustrated. For the last year I tried and tried to do something and each time it became
frustrating and impossible.
THEN - I bought yet another book by Jan Eaton. This one is not a pattern book, but a how to book. In it she describes how to accomplish the single crochet patterns (something I feel would have been nice if she had described in the earlier book!).
Now I am going to tell you who have been like me - unable to grasp the situation. I don't use bobbins, so how I treat my material would be a bit different. I am going to explain to you as if you are using bobbins. If you don't, like me, it is a bit trickier on how to change
First, when changing color you will have two loops on the hook after drawing up a yo. Then (on the right side) drop the old color to the back and pick up the new color, yo and pull it through the two loops. Continue all the way across changing colors thusly. (Doesn't that sound really intelligent! Hah!).
Going back across on the wrong side all of your yarn will be on the side facing you. As you continue across going back you will do as you would normally do until you reach the next change in color. Drop the old color to the front with two loops on the hook, then pick up and drop the new color to the back, yo, and pull through a loop. That's it! Each time you change colors you must drop the "old" color to the front (which is the wrong side remember) and put the new color in back (which is the right side!).
On your return, with the right side facing you, all the yarns are at the back which is "normal." (As if anything in this world is really normal!).
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I'm thinking of making more in red and green for Christmas to tie on the front of packages instead of a bow! ;o) What do you think? I can't cross stitch, so a cute tree in bobbles would be appropriate, yes?
The other one is a pot handle holder. I started the pattern for the "magic" potholder where you chain 37 or so, double crochet down the edge and then double crochet down the other edge. After I had it about 2" or so (???) I folded it the opposite way than what you are suppose to do and made it into something to use for pot handles or for lids. Works like a charm, and is one of those things you can tuck into a drawer where nothing else will fit unless you wad it up. I hate to give it up, but only takes a few minutes to make so will be able to whip one out in no time!
Last, but not least, my SIL gave me a few pages from an OLD OLD pamphlet that has decorations for Christmas - snowflakes and angels. Can't wait to post some and lets see if you can make some, too!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We are having wonderful temperatures so far this week - I am able to leave the window open until about one or two in the afternoon, as it is still not 70 by then. How great is that!??!! My flower beds are really looking good with the Fall flowers, and some of the winter bulbs are begging to show - all this nice cool weather. A great time of year to think about all that is wonderful and good in our world, rather than dwell on that which is mean or dangerous or brings on anxiety. Good time to think about what you can do for your neighbor, or someone in need. Make a difference to someone, if even for just one day. Who knows what might end up being a karma boom-a-rang!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
the wrong direction, but did like the way it turned out so left it. I used Vanna's Choice - from a box that Beverooni sent to me (THANK YOU again!) - and think it turned out really nice. I am thinking of making another one for me, but not quite as wide (I have a skinny short neck holding up my pea brain!). This one is going to my niece in Boston - she'll need it!
Christmas is coming up fast, even though we are only in September. I'm making a concerted effort to finish presents that I make instead of bought ones, so this is a wonderful project for me. Have you ever done that....just made all the presents? I never have, although I've made them often through out the year. One of the things that I thought I'd do is to try making donation articles along the way - smaller ones - and send 'presents' to those places that need them. It is heart warming, and actually a gift to myself as much as one to where I send it. What are you doing to warm the cockles of your heart?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
He has been such fun to have around and is a very wonderful reminder as to what family is all about. He is also a reminder to me of what I missed these many years in never having been blessed with children. It is such a pleasure to see what a wonderful man he has grown into, how self-confident he has become, poised, funny, and hard working. The photo above is in San Diego a few years back. The one above that was at his graduation from the academy.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The last one is for the Hexagon exchange - sort of matches one in the previous post for JaqiD. It almost got too out of hand with the wonkiness, but changed the corners and had to decrease a couple of stitches on a round. It is flat!!! Hooray!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
For the people who get two, I am coordinating the colors from their preferences which I hope gives their afghan a more blended look rather than patchwork. Most of the patterns I have found are for smaller Hexagons, so am having to improvise the rest. I did find that if the pattern calls for 2dc, ch1, 2dc in each corner not to do it! Makes it very wonky when it gets larger as you expand. Better to trim those early corners down to 1dc, ch2, 1dc so the later rows will not be too long and curly.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
This is one that was to have buttons and longer sleeves. I added one row to the sleeves after joining the sides because I didn't want the scalloped edge like the bottom. I thought it looked a little too '50's with the extra waves. The next row gave it a straighter edge. I used Baby Soft by Lion Brand.
What do you think?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is for my SIL - she has lots of cats. I have one more cat face to attach and two more Burgundy squares (all in Vanna's Choice). Then I will edge it in some nice pattern. All the cat faces were finished in Tunisian - the Burgundy squares are varied.
I think she will enjoy this.