Archive for April, 2019

Wisteria

April 27, 2019

Back in 2011 we had a pergola built above our deck at the back of our house. Shortly after that, I bought a couple of wisteria plants to plant beside the pergola, thinking that we would have beautiful wisteria growing over the pergola one of these days.

I put a fence around the plant beginnings so that Hubby wouldn’t accidentally cut it down when he weed-eat. For years I kept waiting for it to grow. I didn’t realize that wisteria must be one of those slow-maturing plants.

Finally I noticed that one of the wisteria began to grow and wrap its arms around the slats in the deck. Every year the “arms” kept creeping farther and farther onto the pergola and was covering the “roof” of the pergola. But still no flowers.

Last year I saw one group of purple flowers right in the center of the pergola “roof”. Well, finally, I thought. But that was it for the year.

This year however, WOW! One morning I looked out, and this is what I saw:

It’s like it just came out over-night! Well, actually it wasn’t this full at first, because every day it’s blooming out even more.

Isn’t it pretty?!!

The second wisteria plant is just now beginning to wrap some arms around the slats in the deck. But I’m thinking that if this one is this big now, what will the second one be in a few more years? So I cut the little one off and pulled his little arms off the deck. I think this big one will be enough for us to try to keep under control.

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Easter Fun

April 23, 2019

Our Daughter #1 invited Hubby and me to her house for an Easter dinner. This was a real treat for us because we usually spend most holidays by ourselves. Plus it was an opportunity for me to do some baking and goodie-making!

All day Sat. I was in the kitchen making good things to eat — chocolate-covered pretzels, brownies, a big chocolate chip cookie/cake, a cheesecake, and deviled eggs.

We arrived just in time to eat. They had a roast in the crock pot that had been cooking since the night before. It was soooo tender that Son-in-law could hardly get a grip on it to take it out and put it on a platter.

Along with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and the deviled eggs, the meal was so good that we had to wait a while before we had “room” for all the desserts.

While their two “boys” (they’re in their 20’s) played with video games,

Grandma/Easter bunny hid some plastic eggs around the house. After telling the “boys” about some hidden treasures,

they went looking. One of them found an egg and opened. Out popped some money!

They both went in earnest looking for eggs then!

Hey, Grandma knows how to get “boys/men” interested in playing. Ha!

We all had a nice afternoon eating goodies, visiting, and taking some memory pics.

On a fluke one day at a furniture store, I bought this set of musical men. I’ve always loved them, but they didn’t really fit in with my décor. At Christmas when all the kids were at our house, one of the grandkids saw them and commented on liking them. I asked if they would like to have them and they acted like they would. (The two boys along with their cousin share an apartment.)

It took me a while to come to the point that I needed to part with them. So Hubby and I took them with us to give to the boys if they still wanted them. Now my musical men have a new home where they will be loved as much as they were at our house.

It was one of the prettiest Easter Sundays that we’ve ever had, weather-wise. And it was one of the nicest spent with some of our family that we’ve had in a long time.

Door Hangers and Then Some

April 19, 2019

Sis and I have been getting back into our routine of estate sale hopping and crafting once a week after all of our distractions from the previous couple of months.

We started on a craft project several weeks ago that has somehow taken quite a while to finish. Well, I think I know what the “somehow” is — we’ve been going to so many sales each week that we haven’t had a lot of time to work on crafts after getting back to the house. Some days we didn’t even have time to drag out our craft-in-progress to figure out where we were on it so we could begin working before it was time for Sis to head home. Especially since we had “show and tells” to show off and talk about first, in-between eating our snacks.

Well we finally finished, for the most part, our long, drawn-out project. Yesterday we only had one sale to go to so we had all afternoon to work on our door hangers.

I worked on the Santa and Sis, the snowman. They’re made with felt in the same way that we made the stockings a couple of years ago. (Wow, that was a couple of years ago?!) I may or may not add a little trim around mine and then I need to cut the “X” for the doorknob to fit through. Sis still has a few sequins to sew on, maybe the trim, and cut the “X” in hers as well. She took hers home with her to finish up and will bring it back next week for a final pic.

Aren’t they just the cutest? And we’re finished with them! We can move on to something else now.

Speaking of “show and tells”, most of my “show and tells” have been unfinished. Not real “show and tells” so I cheated when I jumped the gun and showed them. Yes, I’ve counted at least six projects that I’ve started in the last few weeks. But I won’t show them on here until they are finished! So that means I’m going to have to have a huge UFO finishing session one of these days.

However I’ve finished one, so here it is.

It’s a crocheted cowl. The buttons I chose were too big; so, since I’ve taken this picture, I’ve picked out some other buttons a little on the smaller size. I have enough of this yarn to make another one so it’s now in a wannabe sack waiting on me.

Sis brought over a couple of crafts to show last week.

She embroidered the pillow and painted the little disk to match. Isn’t that just the cutest?

Our biggest “project” that has been under way for both of us, is getting ready for another yard sale. We’ve been going through drawers, closets, etc. trying to make more room for all these items we keep bringing home from estate sales. Our tentative plan for this sale is May 2, 3, and 4. Once we get this yard sale out of the way, we can get back to our crafting in earnest.

Take The Gloves Off

April 2, 2019

Or in this case, put them on.

I posted the first set of gloves in my last post. I had started them before Christmas, I think, and then birthdays and Christmas came along, so into the UFO basket they went. All the crocheting was done, I just needed to sew them together.

After getting them out and finishing them, I loved the way they turned out and felt on the hand. Wool is so warm and I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. The pattern is so easy to do and with all this new wool I’ve acquired lately at estate sales, I’ve become a little obsessed with making gloves.

I’ve made knitted gloves before, but they were kind of a hassle because of all the fingers — cutting yarn, tying it off, weaving it in, then starting another finger, etc. Not fun.

When I found this pattern, (not sure where I got it because it’s just a copy from a book or magazine, probably from the library), I wondered how the gloves would look made up because the pattern looked simple enough.

It starts out by chaining 82 stitches. What?!? That’s a lot of stitches. But as I crocheted, it started making sense.

The gloves are made from wrist to the end of the finger and back again to the wrist. After the thickness of the finger is made, then the pattern instructs you to chain again for the next finger and the next, etc. By the time you have the glove finished, you’ve gone from one end of the wrist to the other. No cutting yarn, tying off and weaving in ends.

Here’s what one glove looks like when the crocheting is finished.

A close-up.

All that’s left to do is fold the glove in half, sew around the wrist and fingers and it’s finished!

I’ve made five pairs of gloves so far. After searching through my own stash of wool yarn, I found a few more skeins that I picked up on clearance a while back. So out they came, and I have enough yarn to make 10 pairs of gloves!

This pair is a little funky because I ran out of yarn so had to use some left-over from another pair.

See how the thumb is a different color? Is it just me, or am I the only one who thinks this look is kind of cool?

These gloves will be popular if others like them as much as I do. I’ll put them in our craft sale this Fall and it’ll be interesting to see what others think. And if I don’t sell them, I’ll have gifts for relatives and friends. (And if I do sell them, I’ll have to make some more so I’ll have some for relatives and friends!)