Thursday, March 25, 2010

March Mushroom

YOE participants this month were to make an enchanted mushroom. I made one. The dog ate the bug off.
The dog ate the bug off the mushroom the night before it needed to be mailed. It couldn't be salvaged.

This mushroom took several days of decision making on what kind to make, finding a pattern, etc. I thought it was kind of cute with the enchanted dragon fly on it.

Ummmm. What to do?

But, now I have only 1 night left to come up with another enchanted mushroom/toadstool.  I went thru my stash of fabric and accessories -- throwing fabric around, hunting, digging to the bottom of the bin, looking through bin after bin of accessories --

And, there it was -- the perfect fabric. I could hear the music, I could envision the new mushroom. It would be perfect, better than the first one. With chenille for the top of the mushroom, kind of fuzzy like a real mushroom; With olive green checked for the underneath,; With light green plaid for the stem; And, a trio of tassels to top the mushroom.

  I cut out two circles, the olive checked a wee bit smaller than the chenille, sewed them right sides together, turned and stuffed. Then cut one rectangle of the plaid, sewed, turned and stuffed. Hand sewed the stem to the top. Strung the trio of tassels together with ribbon and sewed on top of the mushroom and added a ribbon for a hanger.

In a matter of a few hours, the new enchanted mushroom ornament was completed, boxed with the other goodies and ready for shipment to its new home!!

Whew! Nothing like burning the midnight oil in panic mode.


Friday, March 12, 2010

March Madness

I working on the crochet challenge for the month of March from Doris.  Crochet (pronounced /kroʊˈʃeɪ/) is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles. (just thought I would throw that in)

Many years ago as a young child I watched my grandma, and several aunts crochet their little fingers off. There were a lot of girls in the family--grandma, aunts, sisters, cousins; But it was me, out of all the youngest generation at the time, who came away with the art of crocheting.  At the age of 10 (or younger) I had a hook and yarn in hand and was taught by the best all of them. I have made a lot of crocheted "things" over time.

This month so far I have made some little pink baby booties. They are for a co-workers baby-to-be.

I love to make these. They are fast, easy, and so adorable. I might just make these all month long. I can donate them to the local Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Also, I made a St. Patrick's Day decoration. It's for a YOE swap challenge. She supplied the link with the instructions. It too is fast and easy. It's a shamrock garland. Really cute!!

So with hook in hand and yarns of all kinds, I'm off to crochet (as the French would say)!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Doris tells me that March is National Crochet Month. She is challenging her readers to join her in a crochet project this month, then send her the picture of your completed project and she will post them. Then for all the participants she will have a drawing of one of her beautiful crochet gifts.  If you don't know how to crochet, but would like to learn, she even has a crochet tutorial on her post so you can learn and participate. Sounds like fun.

Go here to join the fun.