Archive for November, 2017

A Few Weeks of Crafts

November 20, 2017

Despite all that’s been going on the past couple of months, Sis and I are still getting together once a week to do our¬† crafting. Even before the craft festival in Ozark was over, we started working on things to put in our sale next year. ūüôā¬†I just haven’t had a chance to blog about any of it or post pics. So this blog is all about that.

One of the projects I’ve started and finished!¬†is a scarf that I knitted with some of the new yarn that I bought at one of the estate sales that we’ve visited lately.¬†I just couldn’t wait to make something out of it.

The scarf is knitted in an unusual way. I chose it because it’s a chevron pattern which is one of my favorite designs. However, I’ve never¬†made a scarf like this before. Without going into a lot of detail, (which most people wouldn’t know what I’m talking about anyway), the beginning of both sides of¬†the scarf¬†started with¬†just three stitches and¬†I added stitches with each row until I had 26 stitches. Then I knit¬†the chevron pattern until it was half the length it was supposed to be. The other end was knit the same way.

Next I had to join both pieces by knitting sideways to end with one stitch on both sides of the scarf. If you look at the middle of the scarf, you can see how it’s knitted differently from the rest of the scarf. I wasn’t sure what I was doing but I followed the designers instructions exactly¬†and was very impressed with the way it turned out. Now I want to make another design by this same person!

I had made another scarf earlier to give to one of my friends when they came to see me a couple of weeks ago. It’s made with a bead fringe and turned out pretty, I think.

Here’s a close-up of the beaded trim.

Sis’s “thing” is cross-stitch, so she had a show and tell one week. Here’s a couple of cross-stitch angels that she’s been working on for a while now,

Aren’t they cute? Here’s a close-up of one,

Of course knitting and crocheting are my main “thing”. I found some more yarn with the sparkling¬†thread in it and made three more of the flower garland that sold so well at the craft show.

And more knitted dish cloths that sold very well this year also.

I ran out of the blue yarn just before finishing the last one, so I thought I’d make it two-toned and added some white on one corner. I kind of like it — in fact, I might keep it for myself.

These little ornaments sold so well at the craft show that we finished crocheting the ones I had left to have ready for next year.

Looking through some of my books in the evening always gets me into trouble. I found these little critters and just HAD to make them.

The little green ornaments are pickles. There’s a story that goes something like this — after hanging it on the tree, the first child to find it gets an extra gift. I don’t know. But they’re cute and I wanted to make some. I know I’ll be making some more of the penguin as well. He’s just too cute!

Digging in the UFO pile, I came across some hot mats that I’d started a few months ago. So I got busy and finished them. Enough yarn was left over from the mats that I had enough to make a few more. That’s why they’re all the same color. ūüôā

The last couple of weeks that Sis has come over for crafting, we’ve made a bunch of “ribbon candy” ornaments.

At one of the estate sales that had a lot of craft items, we found some kits to make some of these. In addition to the kits, we also bought a roll of ribbon that looked like the same ribbon in the kits; so we hunted up the beads from our own stash that we would need for them and made more.

Here’s Sis working on them. She looks like she’s really concentrating.

I’ve been feeling a little guilty about the UFO pile. I picked out a project that I started last summer and have been working on it. With all the holidays coming up though, it may get stuck back in there before it gets finished. :{

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“What a Hoot!”

November 14, 2017

A couple of friends that I worked with in Belton made a trek down to see me again last week.¬†I look forward to getting together with them because we always¬†have a lot of fun when we’re all together. Even though we’re all grandparents and should know better, we act like teenagers again. But who says we need to act our age, right?

We decided to eat lunch at the place where they “throw rolls at you”– Lambert’s!

You don’t go away hungry, that’s for sure! We all had their chicken pot pie (it was awesome!)¬†and yes, we got rolls thrown at us! All the food was amazing!

We traveled on down to Branson and went to the Landing. It was cold but we didn’t care, (much). The big Christmas tree was up,

and we had so much fun shopping and stopping for coffee and a cookie.

Then we headed to a show called “Patsy Cline and Friends”. It was an awesome show. The comedian was the best! He impersonated Joan Rivers and he was so good, I could have sworn that she was up there on that stage!

We stopped for a bite to eat after the show and it was going on 11 pm when I got the girls back to their motel room.

The next morning I met them again for a cup of coffee, then a trip to the mall. The first stop was at the mall was Starbucks. (Can you believe that one of us had never had a coffee at Starbucks?!)

We shopped some more,

had lunch, and run into Hubby doing his daily walking.

All too soon it was time to say good-bye. Since it gets dark so early now, they wanted to start home¬†so they wouldn’t have to be out on the highway after dark.

The time we had together was a lot of fun (as always) and I’m already looking forward to seeing them again.¬†As one of them says about our visits, “What a Hoot”!

A Little More. . . .

November 12, 2017

I’ve been slacking on my blog writing again lately. Need to catch up a little more.

My Granddaughter-in-law is expecting a baby in a few more weeks. They had a shower for her and I really wanted to go. But the shower was going to be about an hour and a half drive from here and I didn’t want to drive it by myself. So I mailed my gift to her instead. This is what I made for the baby,

and a close up,

The colors for the baby’s room, I understand, is going to be lavender and white. So this is the colors I chose for the afghan. I think it turned out prettier than the picture shows. I hope she liked it.

I’m sure I’ll be making other things for our first GREAT grandDAUGHTER. We have SIX grandsons and there’s not a whole lot of cute things a person can make for boys.

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Sis and I have been pretty regularly going to estate sales. Seems like there’s at least a couple every week. We’re really getting addicted. Especially when we can get yarn and craft supplies! Usually I can control myself on the yarn part — because we all know that I have “sable” (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy.) Usually the yarn we come across is the cheaper yarn we can all buy from Wally World. And I have just about every color I’ll ever need. So it’s pretty easy to pass up.

But recently we found ourselves in a craft room of a very nice home. There was a big basket of yarn that came from a real yarn shop. The labels were marked with price tags of $9 to 13.00, etc. Silks, rayon, wools, etc. Nice yarn!

This is just¬†some¬†of¬†what I bought. The price you are asking? Hold onto your seat! $1.00 a skein! Yes, I went a little wild! But take my word for it, I don’t come across buys like this very often.

I’ve already used some of it to make a scarf. It’s not quite finished, so hopefully I’ll have a pic to show next week. It’s so¬†nice to work with.

Shortly after that, Sis and I came across another “craft room” full of all kinds of craft supplies. Yep, went a little over the top there as well. But most of the stuff we bought were things we didn’t really have. The prices were just too good to pass up. For example, I got a cutting board that would have cost $20 or $30 at the store for just $6.00. And everything we bought was still new and in their original packages! (Can you see how we’ve gotten addicted to these sales? I LOVE saving money!)

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The trees have really been pretty this year as their leaves turn. I had to take a pic of the big tree in our front yard.

This is the prettiest it’s been since we’ve lived here. Usually Hubby is out mowing the leaves down, but I made him wait until they started turning brown. It’s been so nice to stand at the living room window sipping on my cup of tea, and take in the beauty of them.

Backtrakking Part 5 — Craft/Garage Sale

November 5, 2017

After the craft festival in Ozark, and realizing that my booth was still over-crowded with crafts,¬†I had to do some serious thinking about down-sizing my crafty inventory. Some of these things I’ve had in sales for years! If they haven’t sold by now, they probably never will. It’s not that these items aren’t nice, it’s just stuff that people don’t really want. The younger generation wants “popular” d√©cor etc. for their homes and lives.¬†Yep, time to do something else with them.

Sis and I decided to have a quick “craft/garage sale” and mark the crafts I want to down-size to a “clearance” price. Good idea, we thought. We also included some items that we’ve been adding to a “we don’t need anymore” pile that¬†would go into a garage sale eventually.

We went to work and set it all up in my garage the following weekend.

Even though we advertised it on Craig’s List and put signs out all over the place, we had NO buying customers the first day! We couldn’t believe it! That’s the first time I’ve ever had a sale that we didn’t sell anything!¬†

The second day we sold some of the “garage sale” stuff, but still no crafts. Then a lady showed up at the very last of the day and bought a huge amount of craft items. She was buying these items to donate to a nursing¬†home for them to give to the patients for Christmas gifts. How neat is that!

We should have thought of that ourselves because our aunt who was a resident of a nursing home through Christmas one year¬†received several gifts. I wondered at the time where they came from. (I’m a little slow sometimes.)

When we broke down our sale, we gathered a bunch of nicer items that we thought the older people would enjoy and boxed them up. Sis knows someone who works at a nursing home so she took the boxes to her.

It’s a good feeling that our crafts will be¬†given to people who will appreciate them; and at the same time, we down-sized our inventory.

Backtrakking Part 4 — Another Craft Festival and My New T-shirt

November 4, 2017

The week after the Ozark Craft Festival was the Apple Butter¬†Makin’ Days¬†in Mt. Vernon. Of course Sis and I had to go to that one as it’s tradition every year. The weather started out chilly; so¬†when we got there, we headed for coffee and a quick treat to start us off. However, later, we were¬†looking for a chilled bottle of water to cool us down. Gotta love Missouri weather!

We had a great time looking at all the booths and paying attention to how some of the booths were set up, getting more ideas for our booth for next year. Of course we can’t go to a crafts event without buying something, so we both came home with some goodies.

That’s all I need around here is more goodies!

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Sis had decorated a T-shirt for herself a while back with a cross-stitch design. The shirt has always been a little big on her, so she decided to “gift” it to me. I’m bigger than she is, and it fit me just fine.

Here’s a close-up of the shirt’s design,

Isn’t that just too cute?! Sometimes it’s a good thing that I’m bigger than my sis.