Saturday, February 6, 2016

Boston Creme Crepe Cake

 
 I made this incredible Boston Crème Crepe Cake
 
So decadent, so good.
 Yep...so yummy.
 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fun with Paillettes


I made these funky shimmery signs last summer and I am in love with them. I used paillettes and tiny nails so when the wind blows they shake and sparkle.


 
I want to make more but I don't have anymore rotten wood. So I have some old wood out in the back yard currently under several feet of snow hopefully getting all nice and rotten.


I need some good words too. Any ideas?
 


Remember to Wander, Sparkle and Explore and if you find some rotten wood let me know. :0)




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Beauty

 
Just a couple pretty little things I noticed this morning.

 
My neighbor has some gorgeous icicles today.
 

One of my geraniums is blooming. It is confused because I have it in a super sunny window. It has no idea it is February.

Apache Tears






 
 I started this afghan on January 1st using this "Apache Tears" pattern https://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/crochet-apache-tears-free-pattern/
 
 
At first I thought it seemed difficult but it is actually very easy and it only took a couple weeks. 
Isn't it pretty? I am starting another one today.
 
 
This time I am going to use fewer colors to create more contrast.
I can't wait to get started.




Friday, January 15, 2016

Halloween in January

I have started a super fun project today. It is a Halloween project. A costume to be exact.
 
 
I am going to turn this old hand me down denim coat into something Fabulous!
It was a light blue color so I started by dying it a lovely green. You see, someone gave me a garbage bag full of silk (poly) Ivy, that is what started it. Actually I think I have to give Martha Stewart credit for the original idea. She had a leafy costume in one of her Halloween issues many years ago.
 
 
  I just knew I wanted to cover this coat with the leaves off of the ivy but I couldn't decide if I should use Hot Glue to attach them or should I take the time to sew them on by hand? So the project sat and waited... for years, until I cleaned out my craft closet last weekend and found that bag of faux greenery. I just couldn't put it off anymore. I started cutting the leaves off of the vines.
 
 
There are a lot of them. A great pile of leaves.
 
 
Then I sorted them and started sewing them on.
 
 
I think hot glue would be faster but there are a few cons to using hot glue.
#1. I will burn myself. Always do.
#2. Those pesky glue web like threads that end up all over. I hate them.
#3. I am afraid the coat will weigh a ton in the end with all that glue and it might be stiff.
So hand sewing it is.

 
Here is the hem so far. I put the largest leaves along the bottom and it looks a bit like a lacy hem.
 
 
The first row of small leaves around each cuff.
 
 
I am working on the collar tonight and I have big plans for the pockets. This costume doesn't have a cohesive theme yet but it is looking very elf like. Elvish? Like something a Wood Sprite would wear. Yep...I am having a great Halloween in January.
 


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Book Challenge 2016



Last Christmas I was lucky enough to get a Kindle Fire from Santa and although I do love my "reader" I can't stand using it to read books. I have found playing games on it is much more fun. In fact I impressed myself by accomplishing the goal of reading 30 books in 2014 and since the Kindle entered my life I have read 7... I think. Terrible Just terrible.
So for 2016 I am challenging myself to read 35 books, starting with twelve in particular. I read this idea on Facebook, using my Kindle. So technology isn't all bad.
 
A book you've already read once. I choose..."Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury
A book that intimidates you. I choose... "Duma Key" by Stephen King
A book you own but have never read. I choose... "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons
A book you previously abandoned. I choose... "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
A book that was banned at some point. I choose... "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
A book published before you were born. I choose..."East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
A book chosen for you by spouse, partner, child, sibling or BFF. He chose... he hasn't picked one yet any ideas?
A book you should have read in school. I choose..."Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
A book recommended by local librarian or bookseller. He chose..."Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
A book you've been meaning to read. I choose..."Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver
A book you can finish in a day. I choose... "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
A book published this year(2015). I choose..."Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee


I also happen to own all but two of these books so I won't need to spend much and after this list I'll be able to buy even more books! Yipee!

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year New Afghan

January 1st 2016! I started a new afghan using a pattern totally new to me, " Apache Tears". So far it has been flowing along.
 
I am thinking my next one should have more contrast but I am loving the riot of color in this cozy thing.

Update January 4th 2016