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

Take care!                                                                                                                                 Carolyn

 

Link Parties:

 

http://www.ladybug-blessings.com/pictures/ladybugblessingsbutton-2.jpg

Live Randomly Simple

http://liverandomlysimple.com/totally-terrific-tuesday-link-party-42/#

Savvy Southern Style

 

http://thewinthropchronicles.com/2015/07/share-it-link-party-176/

A Stroll Thru Life @ http://www.astrollthrulife.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

CraftyAllie

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.

Vase PlainVase With Cover

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

 

 

Totally terrific Tuesday Link Party finalhttp://liverandomlysimple.com/totally-terrific-tuesday-link-party-41/#

 

Tip_Me_Tuesday_Button_TipJunkie-jpg

{nifty button}http://www.niftythriftythings.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/sunday_feat_button.png

 

Made By You Monday

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/07/13/made-by-you-monday-247/

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.

Enjoy!

See my project and great other projects at this link parties.

Savvy Southern Style

.Tip_Me_Tuesday_Button_TipJunkie-jpg

{wow me} wednesday #213Photobucket

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.

Book Worms 3

 

 

{nifty button}

http://www.niftythriftythings.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/sunday_feat_button.png

 

 

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:
http://www.gofundme.com/MightyQuinn

She asked me for some crocheted items and I gladly put a few things together.

IMG_0579

 

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).

Eggplant Blanket 2Eggplant Blanket 3

 

 

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!

 

Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I guess you can tell I am a fan of coconut.  I have made several body products out of coconut oil.   Coconut Body Scrub; Coconut Body Lotion; Coconut Face Scrub.

This is the first time I am using coconut oil in baking.  The coconut oil is used instead of butter.

Coco Cookies 6

They smelled so good when I was mixing them…. and when they were baking the whole house smelled great!

Here is the recipe (adapted from Averie Cooks):

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (I just took the solid coconut oil & melted in the microwave)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix first six ingredients well then mix in other ingredients one at a time, incorporating well after each one.  I just used a wooden spoon to mix no need to pull out a mixer.

I used my hand to form them and then placed on a lined cookie sheet.  Because you are using melted coconut oil they will be very soft.  Once they are on the cookie sheet, I put in refrigerator until they were firm (about 2 hours, it might take a shorter time, I just got busy with other things before I got back to them).  Cook for 9 to 10 minutes.

Coco Cookie 4

 

Coco Cookie 5

They were a real treat!

 

Coconut Face Scrub

Today someone asked me about Penny-Hill so I grabbed the computer and headed to the deck…. I am ignoring all the other things to do, laundry, vacuuming, kids, etc…

I am crocheting a blanket, the same blanket from a couple of months ago.  It is a little embarassing.  My daughter keeps asking to use it, so I ‘need’ to finish it.  Funny thing is that it has been a cool summer here and we could actually be using it at night.  I need to work on it a little each night.

Grapevine Blanket

Mt last post I made a homemade coconut body cream.  It was simple, check it out here: http://penny-hill.com/category/coconut-body-cream/

So in my attempt to use coconut oil I made a face scrub.  It has coconut oil and baking soda.  I was skeptical at first, but I really like it.

I mix equal amounts of the coconut oil and baking soda together then rub gently in a circular motion on my face.  Rinse and my skin is bright and soft.

Coconut Face Scrub

 It exfoliates and brightens my skin, natural and effective!  Give it a try.

 

Coconut Body Cream

I am a coconut fan.  Especially coconut and chocolate.  I am drawn to coconut and things that have coconut in it.  Whether it is something to eat or use.

A while back I made a Coconut Oil and Vanilla Essential Oil Body Scrub, which you can find here http://penny-hill.com/category/coconut-body-scrub/.   Coconut Oil has so many uses.  I have been looking around and trying some new things.

Like this, Coconut Body Cream.  Literally so easy.  Take one cup of Coconut Oil put in my standing mixer and mixed on medium for about 5 minutes.

Coco 1

 

Coco 2

That was it.  It whipped right up.  I did add some Vanilla Essential Oil, but you don’t need to.

Coconut Cream 6

It goes on nice and smooth and melts into your skin.  It smells really good too.

Coconut Cream 7

 

Put it in a cute little jar and it makes a great gift.  Enjoy!