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I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by hookedbyme. I’d like to thank her for nominating me!

I’m not officially accepting the nomination.. I can’t find 15 blogs to nominate that haven’t already been nominated! Most of you I love to read have been, but I think that proves I have good taste. 😉

If you are nominated and accept the nomination, you are supposed to post 7 facts about yourself and then nominate 15 other bloggers.

Even if I don’t have 15, I do want to share a couple of great blogs. hookedbyme (above) of course – I love to read her blog. She shares lots of fun crochet ideas and patterns.

Then…

millie on her world

Very creative, fun blog. I love reading and seeing what she’ll do next, and I learn from her as I read!

crayons and milk

Very creative blog with some great humor thrown in.

shewhocrochets

A very talented crocheter. She can do things I only dream of one day learning to do.

A Few Things About Me:

1. I love to read, sometimes a full book a day.

2. We have a big pear tree and a blackberry patch. I love to make blackberry cobblers and pear jams/syrups in the summer.

3. I’m not super concerned about what people think about what I do, but I am very concerned with how what I do makes someone else feel.

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Appliques

I made an owl applique today using this pattern:

http://snicketythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/all-things-crafty-crocheted-owl.html

I did the eyes and nose different…

I think I need to buy some eyes and some felt.

For Yoda’s eyes the other day, I used hematite beads I had in my jewelry stuff, but when I need bigger eyes, I have to crochet them.

I gave my sister the little owl applique. It wasn’t great! I might try again later.

I want to find a good snail applique and a turtle applique… I think they’d be cute on baby things.

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Edit:

I gave the little applique owl to my sister! She likes it. She loves owls.

 

Then I made a little music note, like in this pattern:

http://snicketythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/all-things-crafty-crocheted-owl.html

Only I changed the end a little…

Here’s now mine looks:

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I decided my netbook ‘burrito’ should be a bag, the baby onesie should be a little spring jacket… I started crocheting again because my stepgrandmother is having to take chemo for a medical condition (not cancer), and because it can thin her hair, I made her a hat! Then I got into a crocheting mood and finished up a few older projects.

I want to make myself a headband. That’s about the only other thing I have on the horizon right now. I’ll post a few other pics too. I’ve made props for a play that is a group project – our final for my theatre class. I also decorated a carrot cake at Easter making it look like a little carrot patch. (My sister made the cake, and I made the icing.)

Maybe I should have called this blog createhappy… I’m not a crocheter so much as I just like to make things! Just about any things.

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Credit also goes to my husband who helped me make the dragonflies on the lamp and repeatedly modeled my glittery wings and tails until I got them just right!

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Crocheting Again! and Jewelry

We went up to Atlanta yesterday to see the Phantom Menace in 3D! It was pretty cool. A friend, Chad, drove, and it gave me the chance to work on my ‘burrito’ for my netbook. I noticed that I’m going to run out of yarn before I can do the whole burrito thing, so I’m scaling it back to a regular little envelope style cozy.

I’ve been making jewelry like crazy. Mostly giving it to my sister to sell for her fundraiser to go to Ireland for foreign study in the summer… but now I’m just doing it because I like it.. trying new things. I’ve gotten fast at it – I made four bracelets and two rings in about 20 or 30 minutes while I was watching Once Upon a Time, waiting for Walking Dead to come on.

I’m so stoked WD is back on… I’ve been chomping at the bit to see what happens next!

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Netbook Burrito

One morning last week I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and couldn’t really go back to sleep. My mind was thinking of crocheting things! I’ve been wanting to make a sleeve to protect my new netbook, and I came up with an idea. I’m going to make a burrito kind of thing for it! I’ll have to draw it out sometime to help make more sense of what I mean, but it’s going to be cool I think! I’m making it out of bamboo silk yarn because I have some, and I want to do something with it! It’s going to be all soft and lovely. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just the bottom of it, and I haven’t done much more than that yet since I’ve been busy with my first week of school and SICK with bronchitis :(…

I started it out like a baby shoe, oval shaped. Now I’m working on the sides until it’s tall enough to cover the entire netbook. Then I’m going to make a long horizontal part that will fold over and wrap around with a flap at the top to button it all up. I realize that probably doesn’t make tons of sense. I’ll draw it out when I have time and upload a drawing. 🙂

 

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Progress and Cheap Clothes

Reading this and watching the progress (or lack thereof) of my projects, you may deduce that I am a bit all over the place, which would be pretty accurate I suppose.

I haven’t worked on my cardigan in a few days. I did order extra yarn for it. I’m going to make it shorter in length and leave the ‘lacy’ bits off the arms to use less thread and because I think it will look better on me that way.

This isn’t really related to crocheting, but is cool – we went to The Consignment Shop today, and they were having a huuuuuge sale. 90% off lots of things… I got four shirts, all like new, all NICE name brands, for a total of ….. dun dun duh dun! $1.80. Seriously. 45 cent per shirt. They all fit too! WIN!

I also ordered some white Caron yarn (the super soft feeling kind) to make a baby dress out of. I have this super cute ribbon I want to use with it. I’m going to reference some other patterns but maybe just kind of… make the dress pattern up? I may even sew part of it instead of crochet. Still time to figure that out! I don’t need it until March or April.

I’m working on two other baby gifts right now – the T-strap shoes (I have one done – I’ll post a pic), and a onesie with the same yarn, both to match a headband I did about a month ago. Here’s the shoe! I’ll have to find the headband and post a pic of the full set when I finish the other shoe and the onesie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my progress on my cardigan as well. I’m not in a huge hurry about it… I figure it’ll be good to wear in Spring/Summer (as well as Fall/Winter around here! This weather this ‘winter’ is nuts! Hot, cold, hot, cold…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, upcoming posts: I still have to do one about rounds! After I do that, I’m going to post one showing some uses of the little round ‘flowers’, including bracelets and some baby clothing (hat, shoes).

I like making baby things because they don’t take as much time, use as much yarn (in other words – I have the patience to do them without losing interest!), they make great gifts, and they’re so gosh darn adorable!!!

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Crappy Crochet Experience – Number 1

No, this is NOT my first frustrating experience crocheting. It is nearly ALWAYS a challenge to me, and I enjoy the brain exercise, but sometimes it drives me crazy.

Here is an example:

Mary Janes for Babies

I started crocheting with this pattern four or five times at least. Each time, they were big enough to fit a two year old, no matter how small a needle I used. She recommends an F, an H for a 3-6 month old, F or G for newborn.

So finally I tried a D! Still too big! UGH!

I tried making a new pattern using this one as a basis, but mine ended up being too SMALL!

So I thought maybe she meant single crochet instead of half double. So I did them in single crochet. STILL too big.

Finally I just decided to find a new pattern. Even if I could make my own or get this one to work, I’m so tired of it now I could scream and break something, so the trip away from my crocheting to find a new pattern will probably be beneficial!

Maybe Carolyn Christmas is a person of significant size and all of her children were little giants with 6″ feet at birth! Who knows?!

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Now I’m going to try this one:

T-strap Bootie

We’ll see if Yvonne Healy knows how big newborn feet are, and if these turn out big enough for my Granddaddy, I’m never going to free-crochet.com again!

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Intro and Upcoming Patterns

Lately, I’m excited about crocheting. Soon I’ll start back to school and not have as much time to do it, but then it’s also a great way to spend time between classes when I have nothing else to do!

I want to use this blog to share observations, discoveries, patterns and tips about crocheting, and I always welcome input too! The way I do something may not be the way others would prefer to do it, or there might be an easier way I’d love to know about!

The first pattern I’m going to post will be a pattern for an angel ornament. I’m still learning proper crochet lingo, so bear with me!

After the angel pattern, I want to post a link to a great snowman pattern and show some modifications I made to it when I used it.

My next post after those two will be about crocheting in the round… just tips and tricks that I learned while doing and would have benefitted from knowing beforehand!

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