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Broomstick Lace Scarf

November 25th, 2018 @ 11:50 pm

Here is my boy Max showing off one of my favorite projects.  I crocheted this scarf using what is called a broomstick lace stitch. I love this stitch not only because it looks pretty and elegant, but it is easy and quick to do! I was going to write out a pattern for how I made this, but I will direct you to the original pattern that I used. She does a wonderful job explaining it in an easy to understand way.  The only difference I made was using a larger hook size, and instead of 60 stitches across (you have to have a multiple of 4), I did 16 since my loops were a larger size.

I love it, and I (like to) think Max does too  

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Heroes in a Half Shell

January 17th, 2018 @ 5:52 pm


I found a hat similar to this one a few months ago, and I immediately decided to crochet my brother one for Christmas. He and I used to not only watch TMNT all the time, but collected all of the action figures and even had the party van. My Barbies became good friends with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I made Leonardo for Landon, and it turned out great. When I posted a picture of his, I had some friends request their own TMNT hats.

 So, I decided to make another one. Pictured to the left is me sporting the orange mask of Michelangelo.  He was always my favorite character besides April. But, for the second TMNT hat I wanted something a little cooler; I wanted options.

I wanted to make a hat that had detachable, mix-and-matchable masks. So, I stitched some Velcro onto the hat and each mask. Poof! Now you can be which ever hero in a half shell you like!

This is perfect for any hardcore Ninja Turtle fan, or even any kid that loves dress up  My friend Bryan was the lucky winner of this one! 

I am thinking some crochet nunchucks would go great with this…. 

(Sorry, no tutorial!  I didn’t use any tutorial to make it. I just kind of made it up as I went.  I will say that I sewed on the Velcro, but next time I would just hot glue!)

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Crochet Explorer

January 17th, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

Here is another project I did for my best friend’s daughter!  (2009 or 2010?) She lovvved Dora the Explorer at the time, so I tried out making her favorite friend Boots.  I should have spent more time on his face and it would have been better.  But she recognized him and snuggled him right away, so it was a win!  Later on I ended up trying out a Dora Wig!!  I did not use any kind of pattern, just basically went for it.  For the wig, I made a brown hat and made my own way of having the “hair” hang.  It also could have been neatened up a bit, but it was pretty cute for some birthday fun 

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Just Make Squares

January 1st, 2018 @ 1:51 am

Wen all else fails, just make squares.



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Cheyenne’s Baby Blanket

October 8th, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

This was one of my first big projects after really learning how to crochet!  My best friend found out she was expecting a girl, so I started with the pinks.  I kept thinking of strawberry ice cream, so I went for a Neapolitan feel.   Schroeder approved

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Its All in Your Head

October 8th, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

Made from mini treat buckets and mini candles from the dollar store, these were quick and easy!   I think I took this photo in 2007.. before I even knew about Pinterest.  :-O


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First Down Cupcakes

October 8th, 2017 @ 6:32 pm

Chocolate covered almonds (footballs) take these Carolina Panthers’ First Down Cupcakes to another level

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Silly Little Panda

March 9th, 2017 @ 3:28 am

I’m twice the age I was when I started this website, but still just a silly little panda. <3.

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Caturday Morning Entertainment

January 1st, 2017 @ 4:56 pm



Here is Max.  Instead of cartoons, sometimes Max watches squirrels.

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Sunflower Power

November 29th, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

Last spring I experimented with a raised garden bed for the first time. Most of the things I planted needed more space or got eaten by bugs. However, my pride and joy was this sunflower! I also had a few more that got about knee high before birds chewed them up, but this single flower grew so tall and mighty! I am pretty short (only 5’2), but this one particular sunflower TOWERED over me. Call me crazy, but I looked forward to getting home from work every day and visiting it.. mostly to see how much it grew that day!


Eventually, I had to tie it to a post so that it would stand upright because the flower itself was so heavy. At the end of the season, I let the flower sit out in a place it could dry out, and later took all of the seeds out. There were hundreds! Not as big as the kind I love to eat, but I have used several of them to plant in the yard this year, and I used a great bit of them in the bird feeder.

More like sun tower! ;)

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