Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trashy Planting

Tomorrow is Earth Day!  Here are some items that instead of throwing out I've been putting to good use:

Plastic bottles.  I cut them in half and use both the top and bottom halves as little green house domes for the newly started plants.

(banana peppers)
Ice-cream containers for the plants I plan on transferring outside later. I poke holes in the bottom for water drainage and there tops actually catch the water very well.  I haven't had one leak yet!

(cucumbers... I think)
This one was my dads doing!  It's a strawberry carton.  He added foil to keep the dirt from falling out of the holes.

And as always scrap fabric yarn!  Great for Earth Day projects!  Have I mentioned how creating alternative yarns is one of my favorite projects?  Hmm, I believe I have!  

See ya later!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Handmade Keepsake

I can't say enough good things about my Great grandmother.  She was such a beautiful person, she was warm, loving, caring and so sweet.  She was one of the few people in my life to just except me the way I am and not be judgmental or negative.  

I have very few items in my possession as my most treasured but this blanket she made is one of those things. She made this quilt by hand.  She made one for all of the Grand children and mother gave me hers.

This picture of her is another one of my most treasured items.  

Things that remind me of my Great grammy:

Bleeding hearts flowers and the smell of tea leaves 
She used to have these in her garden 
Peanut butter cookies  
Hers were the best and she knew how much I loved them.
Labrador dogs  
She had a black one and a brown one.
Old keys   
She had a big collection of old keys in her basement.
Praying Hands
She had a collection of figurines in her kitchen window.
Food smells
Sometimes the smells coming out of my boyfriends mothers kitchen smell like some of the things my Great grammy would cook.

There are plenty of other things that remind me of her, but these hold the strongest memories.

I miss her.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Flamingo Head Mount

Just a quick post today to display the stuffed animal head mount I made.  When I saw the post on iLoveToCreateBlog I had to try it!  I got this flamingo for .97 cents just to do a test run, I'm very happy with it. However I did not make my own plaque, I bought one instead.  Me and saws?  Not so good. :)

See ya!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Simple Capelet, Thick & Quick

I knit this capelet using three balls of Lion Brand, Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick yarn, in mesquite.  Size 13 needles.

C.O. 72 sts
Knit in round.

Row 1 - 5: K4, P4
Row 6: K all sts, increasing once every 10 sts. (You should now have 79 sts)
Row 7 & 8: Knit
Row 9: Knit all sts, increase once every 8 sts. (88 sts)
Row 10 & 11: Knit
Row 12: Knit all sts, increase once every 6 sts. (102 sts)
Row 13 & 14: Knit
Row 15: Knit all sts, increase once every 4 sts. (127 sts)

Continue knitting until the whole piece measures 11 inches long, from the top.
For the last 5 rows K4, P4 and bind off.

When it's finished it should measure 13 inches long and have a top width of 32 inches and a bottom width of 54 inches.

Happy Knitting!