Sunflowers

More flowers!  My local farm stand had beautiful sunflowers this weekend. Love them, even though they are leaving pollen all over my counter.

I made the doily underneath for a present but it looks good under them, right.

The pattern I used is a free pattern from Ravelry.  The pattern has five rounds but I actually made it bigger and did ten rounds.   It is a great pattern with all different edges that you can add.  I have used this pattern quite alot.

Sunflower Collage

 

Hope you enjoy it!                                                                                                             Carolyn

 

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Pretty Discloth

Always love making discloths.  Here is one that I made from a pattern at Flamingo Toes it is so pretty.  Easy Crochet Dish Cloth

I used pink and yellow Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn for mine.

Simple Discloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like to crochet on the deck and in the Summer I move some of my plants out there.  I have a palm tree, not sure what kind it is but it just keeps growing. You can see it has a new ‘sprout’ too.  It works well on the deck but I have to move it inside in the Fall and it is touching the ceiling in the kitchen, not sure how this will work after another year.  It may be ‘dooms day’ for my lovely palm!

Palm Tree

See you soon!                                                                                                                          Carolyn

 

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The Greenbrier, West Virginia

I have been away with the family on a little vacation and have not done any crocheting!!

I started a new project before I left but didn’t get very far.  It will hopefully be a shawl.  I have to say that so far it looks like it is suppose to. So here is to hoping that it turns out correctly…

Shawl

We went to West Virginia with family and stayed at The Greenbrier.  It was fabulous!!

Greenbrier

This is a picture of the back of the resort…. not sure how I didn’t get a picture of the front, but it was just as gorgeous.

There are so many things to do, several restaurants, we didn’t leave the resort at all.  We did archery, horse back riding, my son watched the New Orleans Saints football practice. He was able to get a bunch of signatures from some of the players.  They have a spa and lots of hiking trails.

We did activities in the morning and spent the afternoons at the pool.

We spent lots of time with our family and made great memories!

 

 

 

 

Succulents

Succulent plants are so popular now.  They are really cool looking.   I have a Burro’s Tail that was given to me as just a little bit of a thing.  It has actually done really well.  I don’t really have a ‘green’ thumb, luckily my husband does.

So I  bought some more succulents and made these planters from tin cans.  They are sitting on my kitchen table now.  I usually have fresh cut flowers on the table, but these will certainly last longer!

succulent 2

 

succulent 3

I used Lily Yarn, chained until the yarn fit around the cans.  Double crochet back and forth until the can was covered.  Then stitched up the two ends to close and slipped around the can.  They did look a little plain, so made this cute little flower  from Attic 24 and sewed them on with a needle and thread.

Cute, right!

 

Oh, this is my Burro’s Tail.

Burro Tail Collage 2

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Crochet Jar Cover

I was out dropping the kids off to camp and stopped at our local farm stand looking for succulent plants.  They didn’t have them but they beautiful fresh cut flowers, so of course I bought some.

Flowers

I like to save big jars from  pickles or really anything and use them for fresh cut flowers.   I put the flowers in the jar and it looked a little plain… so I quick crocheted a jar cover and it looks so much nicer.

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We will be visiting some friends later and this will make a perfect gift for her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chained 45 (but it depends on the size of the jar your are using.  I then did a half-double crochet across in the back loop.  When it was the size I needed, I just sewed the ends together.

Hope you try it!  Carolyn

 

 

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Sandy Shore Washcloth

Yeah for summer!  I am enjoying not getting up and rushing around.  We went away the day after school was out for a few days to Lake George, New York. We stayed at The Sagamore http://www.thesagamore.com/ I have never been but it was really beautiful.  We rented a pontoon boat and the kids went tubing.  Swam everyday at the pool.  Really fun!

Sag Collage

I needed some gifts recently so I made some disclothes.  They are super easy and cute and work well for an end of year teacher gift or for the beginning of the year. Also a great hostess or thank you gift.  It is always nice the give something homemade.

You can pair them up and put them with hand soap from Bath and Body Works (Bath & Body Works.)  These soaps are always a favorite and fun to pick out.  The kids and I had fun looking as all the different kinds.

Teacher Gifts

 

For all these discloths I use Lily Cotton yarn http://www.yarnspirations.com/lily.  They have a great variety of colors.

Here are some of the patterns I used:

Sandy Shore, Back Loop Stitch Washcloth  

Lily Sugar n Cream Discloth:  

  • Crochet Hook: I or 9  / 14 sts and 14 rows = 4ins in pat
  • Chain 32
  • 1st Row: (RS) 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  *Ch 1. Miss next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * to end of ch. Turn. 31 sts
  • 2nd Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. *Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
  • 3rd Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sx in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last 2 sc. Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
  • Rep last 2 rows until work from beginning measures 9 inches.

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Bookworm Bookmarks

I love these crocheted book worms!  They are so cute and perfect for little readers.

I work in an elementary school and made these for the kids in my first grade class for an end of the year gift.  I hope they enjoy them.

Bookworm

I made these for my kids when were little but used smaller googly eyes.  I like these big googly eyes better.

Book Worms 2

Here is the pattern:

  • Chain 73;
  • Skip 1 chain; 3
  • Single crochets in the next 4 chains (head);
  • Switch to 3 double crochets in each chain.
  • Continue this until you develop 3 to 4 complete spirals;
  • 3 single crochets in the next 3 chains;
  • 1 single crochet in the next 2 chains;
  • 1 slip stick in the next 2 chains.
  • Cut the yarn and pull the end through, tighten to create a slop knot. Weave in end.
  • Weave in end at the tail as well.
  • Glue googly eyes on.

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Marinaded Flank Steak

Memorial Day Weekend is here and maybe you are going to do some grilling.  This is the easiest and tastiest marinade for flank steak.  My family loves it and it is my go to meal in in the Summer.

It is salty and savory, lots of flavor. Quick, easy and inexpensive.

Flank Steak

 

Here is what you will need:

Ingredients:

1 pound flank steak                                                                                                                 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce                                                                                               1/4 cup ketchup                                                                                                                         1/4 cup chopped scallions                                                                                                       1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

Whisk together all ingredients and pour into a zip top bag; add the flank steak.  Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  When ready to cook, remove from bag, discard marinade.  Grill steak for 6 to 8 minutes each side until desired wellness.  Remove from grill cut diagonally across the grain.  Serves 4

Enjoy!

 

Crocheting For A Cause

My sister put together a virtual shopping fundraiser for New Jersey, Warren and Morris County residents on Facebook (Shopping For A Cause: The Quinn Family Fundraiser) for Todd Quinn.  Todd was diagnosed with ALS and is faced with many medical costs associated with this terminal disease. All items are new and have been donated to this site for the purpose to raise money for Todd and his family. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Quinn Family.

To read more about Todd’s story please follow this link:http://mighty-quinn.org/

Please follow this link if you would like to make a direct donation to Todd, Cat and Sawyer:
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She asked me for some crocheted items and I gladly put a few things together.

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Grapevine Blanket

I haven’t posted in a while…. I went back to work (boo hoo) and have found out that I am not really that organized and it is hard to make time for everything.  I am hoping to get more organized and back into the swing of things.  I miss being creative… or trying to be creative.

I was working a blanket a while back and finished it in the Fall.  We have been using it all Winter.  The Winter here in the Northeast has been cold and snowy!  Glad it is almost over (although there are flurries in the air today).

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The blank was really simple.  I used a J hook and chained until it was at a length that I liked (54″ long).  Then I double crocheted in each chain all the way across. At the end of each row I chained 2 and turned.  I continued this until I was happy with the width.  I put a border on by doing a single crochet around the blanket three times, at each corner I chained 3 before turning.  My measurements are approximately 54″ x 38″.  I used Lion Brand Yarn Unique, Grapevine.

Eggplant Blanket

It is not a huge blanket, more like a lap blanket.  It covers me up quite nice!