My Favorite Little Town Of Winterset Iowa

Today I thought would take you around a town that I like to call home. The first time that I stepped a foot into Winterset I felt that I was at home.  Winterset has all the attributes of a small town. People that wave and smile at you even though you are a stranger to their town. I want to take a trip with you through my favorite small town.

I absolutely love the atmosphere of Winterset and its charming downtown area. The buildings are quaint and are all well kept for buildings that are over 100 years old. The Courthouse is beautiful alone, but combine it with the buildings around the square and you feel as you are stepping back in time.

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Then there is my most favorite place to come to downtown and that is Ben Franklin! They have anything you could possibly want or need.

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Winterset boasts of a City Park that has not only one of the Bridges from Bridges of Madison County but it also has it’s own tower called Clarks Tower.  You may also want to try your hand at the Hedge Maze just for fun!

I have already mentioned that Winterset is known for the movie Bridges of Madison County. The bridges are something you will want to see.  Then there is the Covered Bridge Festival every year in October.

There are only six extant bridges in Madison County:

Pictured below are Cedar Bridge where you can picnic at the Gazebo, Hogback Covered Bridge and a Swing Bridge at the Margaret Guye Woods Forest Preserve.

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Last but not least Winterset is also the home of John Wayne. They celebrate him with John Wayne Days.

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I love the fact that I can be in Winterset and not have to go any where else for what I need. It is quite the self sufficient town with restaurants, grocery, department, hardware and craft stores.  I will be back there soon! 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this trip to my favorite town of Winterset Iowa! Thank you again for stopping by!

Laura 🙂

Make It A Crochet Valentines Day!

We all know that Valentines Day will be here soon. Why not add some fun and creative crochet to help celebrate the day! There are so many unique items that you can incorporate into that special day.

I ran across these cute Lips to make as an application or what ever your heart desires. Click here for the pattern {walker whimsy}: Crochet Kissy Lips {14 Days of Fluffy Stuff}.

Another way to add some fun to your wardrobe is to make this scarf! This could be made in pastel colors as shown or make it more vibrant with some red and white or even a touch of black added to it.  You will find the pattern here Conversation Hearts Scarf – Media – Crochet Me.

Have you ever wondered when Valentines Day was first associated with Romantic Love? Well I did so here is some information for you to take with you thanks to Wikipedia.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition ofcourtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine’s Malady.[6] Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[7]

All right back to some of those unique crochet items that you can create for Valentines Day!  We go from the neck down to the feet. 🙂 I saw these and wanted to make me a pair of these slippers.

Pattern: Heart and Sole Slippers | AllFreeCrochet.com.

Here is one for the kids or those of us who remember doing this game on paper! I don’t know about you but I remember playing this game with my Brother, Sister and Cousins all the time.  Those are some fond memories! 🙂

Free Crochet Pattern – Cupid’s Tic Tac Toe.

Why not add some Romance with some home decor. A wreath of roses for your door or window!

Gorgeous Rose Wreath | AllFreeCrochet.com.

I have made some of these crochet Heart Coasters and love the way they turned out! As you can see they make any table have a touch of Romance.

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You can find the pattern here: Valentine Heart Coaster Crochet Pattern | Red Heart.

If you have had any fun things that you have made for Valentines Day let me know. I would love to see some of them! Thank you for stopping by and hope you had fun looking at the different things you can create in crochet to make your Valentines Day Romantic and Fun!!

Laura 🙂

A New Find Of Taxidermy Crochet

While I was having fun searching my favorite sites I ran across a picture of a deer that had been crocheted. I then said Wow! It looked so life like but it had been crocheted. I of course then did some more research and found that there was some people that were doing a thing called Taxidermy Crochet.

This is one of the many pictures of animals that Shauna Richardson has done. I was amazed by what she was able to accomplish with crochet. If you want to know more about her you can go to http://shaunarichardson.com/ 

Another picture I had ran across was one from Nathan Vincent. His Lion that he had created was awesome in my opinion. To see more of Nathan’s work go to  http://nathanvincent.com/

I wanted to know how you they had accomplished this art form. It was then on to more research to see if anyone had a pattern of taxidermy crochet. I soon discovered a form of Faux Taxidermy.  There were different ways to accomplish this form of crochet.

This I thought would be great for a child’s room! You can find her pattern at Ravelry: Rhinka the Rhino – Faux Taxidermy Head pattern by Sanda J. Dobrosavljev. I found quite a few of these kind of faux crochet on Pinterest that I thought were cute.

Another way of the accomplishing the faux taxidermy is to use a sweater that you no longer want. I thought it was quite a unique way of adding some art to your home.

This artist name is Rachel Denny and she uses mixed media to create her art. She has some amazing and unique art of nature. You can find more information on her at http://racheldenny.com/

I showed my husband the picture I found of the deer from Shauna Richardson and of course you know what he asked. He wanted to know if I could do something like that for him.  I now get to add that to my list of things I want to try in crochet. I am not sure that I will be able to accomplish something like this but I sure would like to give it a try! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and coming into my world of creative crochet!

Laura 🙂

My New Year’s Project And Resolution

I am going to start off with saying that the year of 2014 went by way too fast! It is a start of a New Year which means a chance to have a new way of thinking and a new beginning.  I have never been one to really make a New Year’s Resolution, but this year I am thinking that I want to make one. I am going to have a goal of when I start a project I finish it within a set amount of time.  I also want to get more organized with my craft room. You will have to stay tuned to see if I manage to make those resolutions through the year!

My New Year’s project is to make me a coat for colder weather. We will be moving from Florida up to Iowa to be closer to the Grandchildren. Seeing we live in a warm climate now I am in need of a warmer wardrobe for the move up North. Below you will see what I have accomplished so far.

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This is the back of the coat. I have ribbed the bottom and the rest of it is made with a basket weave stitch.

I am really going to have to work at the finishing one project before starting another. The reason I say that is because I am almost finished with a Poncho and I am in the middle of this coat.

Have you ever wondered where the New Year’s Resolution came from or how long it has been around? Well I did so I did some research courtesy of Wikipedia. What I found out is that there were also some Religious beginnings to the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions.

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day

The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.[2]

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.[3]

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.[2]

At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.[4]

There are other religious parallels to this tradition. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year’s resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices.[4] The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

What kind of resolutions have you made through the years? I would love to hear some of them! 🙂 Thanks as always for stopping by my crazy world of crochet!

Laura 🙂

The Scarf, A Fashion Statement and A Necessity

I love the feel and look of a scarf! They can make a fashion statement or be there for the warmth against the cold.  The scarf can be made from a variety fabrics and fibers. They also can be worn different ways to accomplish that certain kind of look or for necessity.

Here is one that you do not need to sew, knit or crochet! Looks Great and the Free Pattern is below.

Knotted Fringe Scarf

Knotted Fringe Scarf Fun crafts Pattern | Red Heart.

Have you ever wondered where the scarf originated from? Here is a little history of the scarf. (Information from Wikipedia)

Ancient Rome is one of the first origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth”, and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.

In later times scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers’ scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. The men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie.[citation needed]

The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century scarves became one of the most essential[citation needed] and versatile clothing accessories for both men and women.

It is never too late to learn something new! I had no idea that the precursor for the Necktie was a Scarf.  Below are some variations on scarves that can be crocheted. Have fun with them and make your own Fashion Statement!

Another version of a scarf and looks like it is knitted. Pattern is below picture.

Brioche-Look Cowl Crochet Pattern | Red Heart.

Arm Knitting has become such a big trend. I have not tried it yet. That is on my to do list, which by the way is way too long!! 🙂 Below you will find a link for Arm Knitting from the Crochet Crowd!

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting + Video Tutorial – The Crochet Crowd.

This braided scarf is beautiful and unique. I love the fact that this is made from strands of the foundation stitch. This pattern is available from Raverly to purchase.

Ravelry: Rapunzel Scarf pattern by Kristen Hein Strohm.

Thanks as always for stopping by! I do have scarves available in my Shop for your gift giving pleasures or for your own personal use!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Dunmirecrochetcorner

Laura 🙂

Christmas Already??

Wow this year has just flown by. I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! The last few months I have been busy getting our house ready to sell! Now that I am done painting, cleaning and all that goes with getting ready to sell a home I can finally get to what I love most. You guessed it Crochet!!

Okay I have got to be honest I did find some time while I was watching TV to get some crocheting done. Here is what I have finished.

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I am not real sure I am happy with the way this one turned out. I am thinking that I will have to do some more experimenting with this type of yarn. Which is Bernat Boa!

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I love this yarn which is Bernat Soft Boucle. The way it works up is so nice and soft. This yarn also works up real fast. This scarf will definitely keep you warm on a cold winters day!

Are you all ready for Christmas? Do you have all the decorations and the tree put up, the gifts all bought and wrapped?

Here is a cute Santa Hat to make for the little ones! Click on the image to get the pattern.

Santa Hat and Beard for Kids

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A Cozy Christmas Afghan to make for those you love!  I love to cuddle up with a blanket on those cold winter nights.

Thanks as always for stopping by my crochet and crafting corner of the world! Have a Blessed and Wonderful Christmas Season 🙂

Laura

What you can do with a Recycled Cat Litter Container

I have been busy with remodeling our Living room and Dining room so I have not had time to work on crafts. Now that we are done I am hoping that I will have more time to work on my crafting.                                                                                   I wanted to share with you today what I had done with a Cat Litter Container. I love crafts of all kinds and I have been wanting to conquer a use for those Litter Containers. I had started to think of uses for this and came up with a magazine holder.

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This is the container I used for my project. My husband already used this one for his media for brass polishing.

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As you can see I took off the label on the container and washed them. I then proceeded to use my knife to cut the top off.  I measured where I wanted to cut and then drew a line around the container. Some of you may be able to cut around it straight but as you can see even with the line drawn on the container I was still not totally straight. I did not worry about that because I was going to put something around the top.

These two containers are going to be a holder for my toiletries in the bathroom and a holder for my yarn.                                I used some paper from my scrapbook collection and tore the pieces into smaller sizes.  I then did a dry run and put paper up where I thought I wanted them to be before I glued them on with the Mod Podge.

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This is what the container looked like on all sides after I glued all the paper on. I did put 2 coats of Mod Podge on after to give it a finish.

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This is how I decorated the container on all sides. I put seam binding around the top to finish it off.  There would be limitless possibilities on things you could use to decorate the container.

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As you can see it does hold magazines well. There is still room for more! 🙂 I am looking forward to getting the other containers finished.

Here are some links for some more ideas for uses of Litter Containers. Reusing Cat Litter Buckets | ThriftyFun.                    HowStuffWorks “Don’t Recycle: Reuse Kitty Litter Containers Instead”Reduce reuse recycle on Pinterest.

If you have any other ideas for these containers I would love to hear about them! Please leave a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!                                                                                        Laura 🙂