Friday, May 20, 2016

Carnival Sugar Flowers

One of my Pinterest boards is titled "Muse- Carnival Sugar and it came in handy recently.

sugared tones:
Here are a few of the pics I used for inspiration when I started my newest afghan.

#paperflower #photobackdrop @weddingchicks:
So sweet.
pastel sky:
Fun sugary colors
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Candy confection kind of colors.
up, up and away:

Frilly Degas Ballerina pastels.
Edgar Degas and his ballerinas.:
Here is a link to the tutorial I used to make these pretty flower squares.

I have borrowed the clothes pin idea from one of my favorite blogs Attic 24. It should help the next time I run out of yarn and can't remember the name of the yarn color I need.
Sometimes assembly line is the best way to go.
First the flowers then the square borders.
Crochet them all together.
Then I went to town with the outer border and trim.
Here is a link to the pom pom trim pattern. It is new to me and I love it! So simple and fun to work up.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Aqua Mustard Afghan

I finished another Apache Tears Afghan. Yes I am addicted to this pattern.
I am going to keep this one for myself. I think.

I used one of my Pinterest boards for color inspiration.

I call the board Muse- Aqua Mustard.
✯ Behind the realm:

I love the lush teals and greens
matador tones:

With that pop of Mustard and Coral.
Although I omitted the Coral for this project.
The Wonder Tree, Klamath, California:

Here she is  Aqua Mustard Apache Tears.

She is so warm and cozy, Kind of heavy with a great nubby texture.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rainbow Rug

Happy May Day! Here is a great big flower for you.
 There is a fantastic blog named Attic24 that inspires me endlessly. Everything is warm and cozy on the inside and lush and damp on the outside. The pattern I used to make this rainbow beauty came from a pillow Lucy made on Attic24.
This afghan/ rug took me a very long time to crochet but I loved making it so much I have now made 3 of them.

 I think I'll make another.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Snowflake Fun

 I am so in love with this Snowflake pattern.  I finished this afghan awhile back but haven't posted it until now. I think I haven't. Anyway, here it is.

 Wintery Frosty Goodness.
Up for sale in my shop.
I think I need to use Grey more often, it is just so cozy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Try at Photo Transfer

Pinterest inspired me to try my hand at photo transfer and since there is no craft store in town and I don't have the patience to wait for mail order, I used what I had on hand. I read that you should use a laserjet photo to begin with but I have an inkjet printer so that is what I used. I have a gloss glaze medium which worked just fine but I have read you can use Mod Podge. I also used a paint brush, nail file, damp sponge and a piece of glass. 

 I started with a vintage photo of Drew Barrymore's Grandmother silent film star Dolores Costello. She is so pretty. Those eyes are amazing. Basically I just used the paint brush to put a layer of gel gloss on the glass and then lay the photo right side down against the gel. Smooth it out so there aren't any air bubbles, just like Decopauge and let dry overnight.
Once the gel is dry, take your damp sponge and press it against the back of the paper damping the entire photo. Then using your finger just start gently rubbing off the paper. As you rub in circles the paper will come up and leave the image/ ink in the gel medium. You can use the file to sand off the paper on the edges of the glass.
 In the end you have a super cool ghostly image.
 This one came out so neat with the soft pink and yellow flowers. I played around a bit with different backgrounds. First against a beat up wood table. Then against a bright Turquoise table which made her look like a Zombie.
 The Sacred Heart came out fantastic.
 This time with the sun shining through.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
 This one is my current favorite.
 The turquoise, the gold. Love Love Love.
 Now I am thinking I should coat them in gloss which will bring out the color even more but first I need to figure out what I am going to do with them. They will look great in frames but I think I want to drill holes in them and hang them in the window. Next up I want to do one with a landscape photo.
I just need more glass, lucky me I am married to a glazier.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Springtime Shots

 Buster our new Foster Child has learned that Rugby is a snuggly heat source.

 A gorgeous Spring storm.

 Pearl Blue Crocus

 The first blooms of the season.

 Starting Basil inside my sunniest window.
 Buster waiting for Daddy to come home.

Still waiting. So cute.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Square of the Day

Crochet Square of the Day - Daffodil Flower
I found the tutorial here.

Granny Plaid Pie

 I finished a quick little afghan and it is listed for sale in my shop.
Isn't it sweet?
I recently realized I must not like yellow very much. You see my yarn stash has been dwindling down and I soon had a lot of yellow shades and not much else. I guess I don't use yellow very often. So the obvious solution is to whip out a new throw with four shades of yellow and use a new pattern just to make it challenging.

This join as you go pattern, which I love, is a Granny Plaid!
It is making me hungry, it looks like Banana Cream Pie...or maybe Lemon Merengue Pie.