Flashback Friday – Christmas Doily

I’m a fan of sparkles. I don’t exactly enjoy loose glitter all over the place, but I do love a little added sparkle, especially on holiday items. Years ago I came across some sparkly holiday yarn by Red Heart. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I must have been entranced by the sparkliness, ’cause I picked up a skein each of red, white, and green. I apparently also picked up a free project sheet, as I later found it in my crochet pattern binder and decided to put my glittery yarn to use. I made this:

It’s not quite a doily, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a centerpiece, either. The project sheet simply calls it a “table center.” A rose by any other name… Anyway, it took me a while, but I was finally able to track down an online version of the pattern for those who may wish to crochet their own. I made this as a beginner, so it’s a fairly easy pattern to follow. I wish now that I’d made all the motifs the same, rather than alternating like the example. Thoughts? I’m sure these motifs would also work for other projects, such as a pretty winter scarf. I’d love to see what you do with it!


A Little White Horsey (Ornament)

I started up this blog in order to keep track of all the things I create. I’ve been sewing since I was a little kid, though the first items I remember making weren’t actually “sewn.” (My mom taught me how to cut out ponchos for my dolls. My poor Ken dolls didn’t have anything to wear but red- and white-striped, sash-tied, square ponchos! Oh, the inequality of outfits!)

Anyway, though I’ve been getting better at remembering to take pictures of my crafts before I send them on their merry ways, there are still many, many handmade items that I don’t have pictures of. Maybe someday I’ll be able to post about the sweater I made for my mom, the layered skirt I sewed for my sister, the strange little nesting chicken I crocheted… But today I’m posting about an item I made just yesterday – a little horse ornament for a swap partner many miles away.

I had joined a swap for handmade ornaments, and my partner wanted either a white or gray horse, a deer, or a nativity scene. The first thing that came to mind was the little horse appliqué on the tractor afghan I made for my nephew. However, I decided to search for other, more three-dimensional characters. I found quite a few, but this little guy from Kristieskids won out (scroll to about the middle of the page for the horse pattern).

Mine turned out a bit longer and thinner, even though I was using a smaller crochet hook, but I think he’s pretty dang cute. I wasn’t sure about the colors, so I left the saddle and halter out, but I did give him some eyes made of blue seed beads. I added a silver ribbon for hanging, and sent him on his journey to the UK.This little amigurumi horse pattern could be used for several different things. He could probably be made into a deer if given some crocheted antlers. He sort of looks like a My Little Pony pony, as well – just stitch on a little emblem on his behind and give him a name!

Flashback Friday – Watercolor Painting

I am not a painter. Period. But I do enjoy painting with my old watercolors occasionally, though usually for small things such as ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I took a couple painting classes back in high school, and I seldom created anything that I liked. My paintings often had a harsh, rigid look that I didn’t like. I found that oil-based paints made it worse, but water-based paints helped create a softer look. This painting was one of the first I ever painted that I actually liked. It’s not that good, especially close up, but it has the feel I was going for and I love the colors. So when I recently came across some awesome “floating” frames, I bought one thinking it just might work for my old painting. I haven’t decided where to hang it yet, but it makes me happy to actually see it out and not hidden in a closet somewhere.

Flashback Friday – Kitchen Curtains

Many of the projects I make are for others – for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, and sometimes “just because.” Due to this, I often don’t get so see my creations later on down the line (luckily I’m getting better at remembering to take pictures). I get to enjoy the “oh, wow!” sentiment (hopefully) when I present them to their new owners, but that’s the end of that.

So unlike most of the things I sew and crochet, my kitchen and dining room curtains are a project that I get to enjoy every single day – well, except when we’re enjoying another cruise. =0)

I already had towels and other kitchen things when the hubby and I were married, so I had planned on continuing to use those until we bought our first home. Little did I know it would be several years! I had planned on decorating the kitchen with an ivy design in green and white – I saw so many adorable ivy fabrics in stores. However, when we did indeed buy our beautiful home, cotton ivy fabric was nowhere to be found!

After a lot of searching and stocking on Ebay, I finally found some fabric I liked. I hadn’t ever sewn anything but plain curtains and valances, so I was a little intimated – but I had a vision in my head and had to recreate it. I BARELY  had enough fabric, but I was able to pull it off. And I still LOVE my kitchen curtains. The ruffles just make me smile, and the gingham tiebacks (my hubby’s suggestion) are just stinkin’ cute.

Do you have a favorite project you get to enjoy every day?

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