Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Don't move your head....

I have been dealing with vertigo for about a month now..went to the physical therapist and had my head moved trying to get the stuff inside my head back where it is supposed to be...tells me not to move my head for the next 12-18 hours..ok..I have to drive home..moving head...getting out of the truck...moving head....drinking a glass of ice tea....moving head...I think you get the picture...

this is my next project...started it last night...
I finished this up last week..got it blocked yesterday..took pics today..moving head...I made this with a color that has been discontinued #619 if you want to look it up on DMC chart.  It is darker than cream, but lighter than tan...I love this color..I don't know why they stopped making it.  The pattern is from an old time crochet magazine, but I think you can find the pattern for free at one of those sites that have the free patterns..mom's love of crochet..going to be listing it in my shop..I think..



Isn't this just a beautiful pattern?
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Just not feeling it...

This time of year really kicks my butt...so I haven't been hooking alot..I did finish this one..it is a customer order.  I started a tabletopper and found a pattern that I have been looking for quite awhile..it is in Magic Crochet #76...it is on the front cover..so I am hoping to get it started..thinking white..as I am not really sure how much thread being as I am not using what the pattern suggests..we all know that it really doesn't matter unless we are looking for an exact size..

Sent hubby to get an oil change on the car....he comes back with a new car..go figure..yeah he called before purchasing it.  Things like that really don't mean alot to me.  They are just things and it just doesn't matter..the payment is lower..I like that..but you know like I said it is only a thing..gonna replace it sooner or later.. anyway..enjoy the pics of the doily..I am gonna go take some sinus meds and veg out for awhile...have a wonderfully blessed week.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Needed some color..so gray here

I didn't realize it has been over a week since I have visited with you all...time just passes faster the older I get.  It has been kind of gray here lately..had some wonderful storms here last night.  I love a good lightening storm...something about watching the light streak across the sky and the boom that follows shortly after..I can handle thunderstorms ..love them as a matter of fact..I can't handle gray days that run into each other..over and over..you get my drift..

So I made me some flowers..hubby isn't a flower type of guy..I think he has brought me flowers or a flower a dozen times in the over 20 years we have been together..that's ok too as they die and look awful after a few days..and probably could have enjoyed them more had they stayed on the plant..Oh hubby does bring in dinner, a chocolate bar, or treats from the local ice cream place from time to time..and he always calls to see if I need anything before coming home..yeah..he is a keeper..anyway..back to the flowers..

This is an e-pattern from Annie's Attic...called yellow rose of texas..  I didn't like the way the last few rows were worked..so if I make it again I will probably revamp them...all in all I like it...





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Sunday, March 15, 2015

A finished tabletopper and random thoughts

Hello..I think winter may just be about over.  The sun is out, about time.  It feels warmer out that it has been in a long time.  I think I just may have to go for a walk, and if Buddy behaves and stays out of my way while I try to pick up the house and run the vacuum..that word confuses me..spell check says this is the correct spelling..hmm any way I might take him with me.  For my new followers or those that just popped in Buddy is my dog..a 100+ pound German Shepard ..and the vet says he is underweight...and a big ball of hair...he is the reason I have to pull out the vacuum cleaner as often as I do..

I finished a PK (patricia kristoffersen) tabletopper pattern.  It is a swirl pattern..also a thread eater...but well worth it...and that is why I am posting today and not on Monday..figured I was just sitting here drinking my tea, might as well do a blog.  I couldn't sleep last night..last time I looked at the clock it was after 3 am..so I got up, wandered around the house, got a drink of water..and wandered back to bed...and fell asleep..note to self..do not take sudafed at bedtime..your eyes will not stay closed...so at 11 today I woke up..the dog is pacing and whining..and there is alot of light coming in through the skylight...I had to squint my eyes shut..I felt like I had been on a drinking binge..and I haven't done that since my early 20's..ok..I don't know why I went there..can't remember ..oh because I am drinking my first cup of tea at 11:30!!!! I haven't had breakfast and now it is lunchtime...well almost...yikes...

Back to the finished project..yeah..I am ADD and I think you are seeing how my mind works...here are the pics of the tabletopper..you can find the pattern in Esquiste Tabletoppers..a leisure arts publicatin...the name of the pattern is Swirl...I use DMC CEBELIA thread which you can find in my shop.  The color is #712 I call it cream and it is a very pretty color.. and this tabletopper is listed in my shop  www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u






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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Finished the order..now they are on their way to their new home....

This week I finally finished the order I was working on..and they are off to their new home.  I think I am going to use start mixing up colors..these turned out pretty well.. The snow has melted for the most part and now we are dealing with the rising Ohio river, and a few others..some are going to get flooded out..and on top of that it is raining today and it looks like that will be the trend for the next few days....time to grow webbed feet...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I am not going to do it

Hi Guys..nope I am not going to gripe about how the weather.  I am not going to gripe about the snow that has turned to frozen ice in my drive..so it has become an ice rink.  I am not going to gripe about how the wind is freezing the snot on my face...nope not gonna do it.  Not gonna gripe because I have no idea what a sunny day looks like, and how I am gonna turn up the heat, turn on my ott lamps and all the other day light bulbs...turn on some music and dance like I am in Hawaii...

I finished up a couple of doilies this week...I haven't blocked the 2nd one yet..maybe later after I get my quota of tea, and a few vitamins down me.  I am lacking motivation..I think there is a direct correlation between my energy level and the lack of sunshine.  So I am real serious about lighting up all my daylight bulbs, well at least the one above the hooking chair...and sitting under it for quite awhile today.  I am gonna pull out my Decorative Crochet magazines today..I want to make something..not sure what..but I want something different from what I have been doing...I have been making alot of Patricia Kristoffersen designs..I have a huge order and all of them are her designs..Love her designs by the way..one of my favorite designers for sure.... 









This is made with DMC Cebelia,  #603.  I call it hot pink..you can find this doily and the thread at my shop
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Argh!!! I think I need to move ....south..way south....

It has been just plain crappy since Monday morning..I haven't left my house, even to go to the mail box...and that is just a few yards from the garage door..I can't find my boots, and I am not going to get my shoes filled with snot..I mean snow..then my socks will get wet..and my feet will get cold....I have hubby grab it when he pulls up the drive.  I had to detach little snowballs from my poor dogs foot pads when he comes back in from doing his business..nope I do not like winter...I doubt if I could go anywhere even if I wanted to..I have a truck and anyone who has any amount of common sense knows that there is no weight in the back of a normal truck..hence..I slip and slide like a kid on a water slide..forget about making it up the small grade to my house..not going to happen.


So you might think my house would be free of all the dust bunnies, and floors would be spic and span..beds made..toilets sparkly clean...ummm...NOT...as much as I have really tried..I cannot get into housework..I walked around with a broom yesterday, and moved a few things on a table...and stared at the lovely pattern left when I moved a doily..think I will keep it for awhile...

Remember the box of thread and the orders for the doilies..see previous posts...for more info..but here is one of the doilies I have finished up for them..this is the third one...love the color combos..I am working on one to put in my shop...I have not been listing anything new and kind of staying focused on getting this order done..so my inventory is lacking..and sales have slowed something awful.  

Anyway I want to shout out to all my new followers...thanks for stopping by and leaving me comments...I love comments...lets me know someone is still reading my thoughts, and looking at the pics..ok...here are the pics from the doily.....


Like the color choices..had to really work at getting the color changes in the right spot..
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Friday, February 13, 2015

A surprise in the mail.. and pics of this week's finished doilies

Hi my fellow bloggers, or threadies, and friends..I hope you have all had a great week and looking forward to a wonderful weekend.  Not much goes on in my world, and I like it like that.. 

I know you only want to know about the surprise in the mail...I went to pick up a few things at the store the other day..nothing exciting, you know milk, bread, and something to munch.  I pulled into my drive and I see a box sitting outside my door.  I am thinking I haven't ordered anything lately...I rack my brain trying to think if maybe I did and didn't remember.  I really didn't think I had..trying to keep a lid on the pattern hoarding, but the box was too big for that..nope didn't order a thing....so you know the groceries were forgotten while I made a dash for the box...nope..didn't recognize the return address...at first...so I sat the box on the counter and went to get the groceries..I had to make myself because I really wanted to open the box, remember I am ADD (attention disorder).  I get distracted quite easily..anyway came in with the groceries..even made myself put them away..good thing it was just a quick trip so there wasn't much to put up..so now it is just me and this box.  



First of all I did not..repeat did not order this!!!  I look through the box and there are about 27 balls of Lizbeth thread..all bagged up with pictures of doilies with exact color charts...oh wow..anyway to get to the point...this ended up being a customer order for 8 doilies and wanted them made in certain colors and color changes.  It is just unusual for the customer to send me thread...so I don't have to make any decisions or color choices for awhile..I kind of like it...it almost felt like Christmas...

OK want to see what I finished up ..and blocked...I have finally got into the habit of blocking as I go...I am so glad that I made myself do that...no more looking at piles of doilies...and without any further talking..had a cup or two of tea..can you tell..here are this weeks doilies...
These are all Patricia Kristoffersen designs...this one can be found in  Doilies with a twist.  

This one can be found in Victorian Spiral Doilies

and finally this one can be found in Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Doily, and an interview...

I haven't been up to much.  Finished a purple doily and even have it blocked..I like how it turned out.  I have it listed in my shop so go have a look if you are so inclined.  

Yesterday was our Anniversary..we are homebodies so we went out for lunch, got a couple of movies to watch and a bunch of junk food..hey it works for us..a vampire movie..my choice and a zombie movie his choice..they were decent movies.  Anyway no one in the world "gets" me the way Rich does.  And after 20 some years..yes he is still my best friend..my go to guy..and I would do it all over again....

Oh yeah..Ann White of Bella Crochet blog is interviewing me..I don't know if it will be posted this week or next.  So if you want to read more about me and my doilies check out her site.  Ann is a wonderful designer and hosts a facebook page or group called threadies.  Anyway her blog is http://bellacrochet.blogspot.com if you want to check her out.   The threadies group on facebook is a wonderful group of ladies that have a passion for thread crochet..the group has designers, hookers from new to experienced,
it is strictly for thread crocheters..check us out..I think you will like it.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

6 doilies

Good Afternoon..I hope you all are well.  These are what I have been working on for the last couple of weeks...all are special orders for a client.  Thought you might want to have a look.   They are finished and ready to mailed out.
This one is done in Ecru size 10, a Kristoffersen design, can be found in Spiral Doilies


This one is done in Aquamarine or teal..#992..same pattern as the ecru one 

This one is called Haley and found in Victorian Spiral Doilies, Patricia Kristoffersen design,  The color is #3326 , called wild rose..can be found in my shop...

Another Kristoffesen design..can be found in the book Coffee and Cream doilies.  The color is #816...maroon.  I know it looks red, but for the life of me I cannot take good pictures of red colored doilies..
This doily is another Kristoffersen pattern..I think in the book Spiral doilies..the thread was sent to me by my client..Aunt lydias..antique white and purple?  You know me..I am a thread snob, but I really like the way the colors look together.

This is a pattern called Cockscomb from a Doily series put out by White Berches..it is a Josie Rabier pattern..not really fond of her patterns..love the way they look, but the blocking is something else..this thread was sent to me by the client..Bamboo thread from Aunt Lydia..Now this thread is extremely soft..would be great for baby stuff, but doilies, but not too good for doilies.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just a quick post...

I just finished this one up last night.  It is blocked and ready to go.  Made it with DMC Cebelia thread, color #3326..they call it rose..I call it pink..you can find the thread at my etsy shop.  There is a link at the end of this post.  This is an order for a customer...love the color they picked..I think it turned out nicely...  oh this is a Patricia Kristoffersen design and can be found in Victorian Spiral Doilies...this doily is approx 19 wide... 



Have a wonderful and blessed day...

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Remember the wrong pattern? Here is the right pattern..finished

The sun is out and it is really mild outside today..supposed to be close to 60.  I just may have to go out and find something to do just so I can enjoy it a little more.

Do you remember last week's blog and pictures?  You know the one where I thought I was all finished up on an order, only to find out that I made the wrong pattern?  Well I did the right pattern and they are blocked and ready to go...hip hip hooray for me... Here are pics of them..Love this pattern...




The lighter one is ecru and the aquamarine is #992..both are DMC Cebelia thread..size 10.  The pattern can be found in Victorian Spiral Doilies by Patricia Kristoffersen.  I really like her designs.

This week's goal is to do another spiral doily..a pink one and then I think a maroon doily not a spiral...I am behind a little on my orders because of my screw up, but I am thinking I might be caught up by the end of January...my fingers have been busy..but I am a hooker..if I wasn't doing these patterns I would be doing something else..You know there is always something on my hook ....sometimes a couple...right now I have 3....and you know that is driving me crazy...a couple have been put on the back burner in order to get some orders finished up..any way it saves me looking through all my books trying to decide what to make and what color to make it in...so these orders are a good thing..

Ok I need to get off the computer..it sucks time big time...and even though I have all this hooking to do I still need to do laundry, and pick up my house..so I am out of here for today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week full of God's many blessings...and thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Last week's accomplishments....a black doily

It is still dark, dreary and damp here in Southern Indiana.  We escaped the ice or freezing rain.  Just rain.  I hope somewhere out there someone is enjoying some sunshine...send it my way when you get through with it.

I thought I had finished up an order then I looked at the order...I had made the wrong pattern...yikes..so now I have to remake or make again the two doilies I thought I had made..putting me behind on some other projects.  However, the client was pretty cool when I told them what happened and said to go ahead and make the order that was lined up behind theirs because they were in no hurry and thought they found another they wanted made...so all is well....

This is last weeks project..Black runner.  I wasn't sure how this pattern was going to work up in such a dark color.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The pictures don't really show all the details, but the small details do show up in real life..looks kind of elegant.  This is an order for another customer..


I hope she likes it...It is made with #210 DMC Cebelia..this thread has a very nice sheen so the black really looks good.

This week's projects are trying to make the two that should have been made already...an aquamarine and an ecru doily.  When I finish those two I have a couple more to get out...a rosey pink one, and a maroon one.  So I really need to get out of here and start moving the hook.  Maybe if I sit under the ott lamp I can convince myself that I am sitting in sunshine...I hope you all have a great week and thanks for taking the time to stop by....Many Blessings
  
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