crochet:: updating my old sky scarf

Back 2012, I made a sky scarf.

I never wore it because I made it too large and used yarn that was too heavy.

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This year I fixed it.

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I added a hood.

And I actually wore it.

not crochet:: blenders, the multi-talented 8th wonder of the world

Did you know that blenders may be my all-time favorite small appliance?  If you knew, would you really care?  I’m gonna go with no on that second question, but I’m totally good with that.

But, did you also know that the same kitchen wonder can make both the perfect blended margarita as well as making your perfect shade of bronzer?  I KNOW, me either!

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My current DIY quest has me making my own mineral makeup.

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It’s like playing mad scientist ~ without the mess of blowing anything up or alerting the authorities ~ I should get my own show called Breaking Bland :)

crochet:: i don’t do doily

In the center of my kitchen table, as it has for 20 years, sits a handmade Amish oak lazy susan.  Under that, for 20 years, I have required a centerpiece made of some sort or another of fabric.  To make it look pretty.  Because I said so.

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I used to shop at an Amish general store when I lived in Ohio, and they had a furniture store next door.  I always oogled over the beautiful tables and rockers and bedroom sets that were way too expensive, but the accessories…I could afford some of those.  So entered into my life the lazy susan and the hand quilted centerpieces.  Fast forward 20 years and the pretty quilted centerpieces look more like pretty shabby after several hundred washings.  Even though I have mad crafting skills ~ I don’t quilt above the level of a 5 year old.  I also don’t do doilies.  I may be all LittleHouseOnThePrairieMakeItMyselfIBrakeForYarn, but I just don’t do doily.

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Using 3 strands of doily cotton together, I whipped up a new centerpiece.

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I am the weirdest 40something I know.

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But my table is pretty.

crochet:: on pins & needles

I got the wild idea that I needed yet another pincushion.

Redundancy runs in the family & courses through my veins.

Then I came up with this mini sewing kit featuring a watercolory felted african flower.

Told ya.  My life has a theme.

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image Make today ridiculously amazing!

food:: pasta day with Martha

New technology is kind of awesome.

Martha brought over her KitchenAid mixer and pasta attachments.

Best noodles ever.

pasta drying rack

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We just didn’t want to stop at one drying rack, so we brought up the laundry rack too.

crochet:: may the force be with you

Dark side, dark schmide.

Making Star Wars stuff is cool.

I’ve made the DeathStar before, so I won’t bore you with the details.  But the R2D2 hat was awesome fun to make.  I googled it & I found several free patterns, several paid patterns, and more movie shot images than you would believe for a make-believe robot.  In the end, I made it up as I went along with bits and pieces of ideas from all over and I love the outcome.  Photos don’t do it justice.  I will look so freakin adorable on my friend’s little boy!

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I’m the first to say I love amigurumi stuff.

I am also the first to say I will not make the AT-AT toy again.

Nearly 10 hours to finish that little guy.  Great pattern ~ but not fun.

I need fun patterns in my life, it kind of makes the world go ’round for me.

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So to recap, if you are into geekery crochet…

DeathStar = good

R2D2 hats = AWESOMENESS

AT-AT toys = may the force be with you cos you’re gonna need it ;)

Happy hooking!

crochet:: for the love of african flowers

My WiP basket runneth over with african flower projects right now. Wanna peek?

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I love how the dishcloths turned out.  I was playing with those colors for Valentine’s Day and then it evolved to needing the combo in my life on a daily basis.  Can you say channeling my Grandma Amy from the 1940’s???

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What the what?! you ask

That my dearies is a brick covered with african flowers to transform into a doorstop.  It even has handles.  That way I can drag it out of the way instead of trying to lift a brick.

Will wonders never cease?

 

 

 

 

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And this is the start of a project bag.  More on that one later.

Make today ridiculously amazing :)