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

Easy Does It Blanket

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 🙂

Fun with Manatees

I thought I would share with you the fun I had capturing these pictures of Manatees. In July of 2012 my husband Dennis and I were painting a Sail Boat on a canal in Apollo Beach Florida. I was able to take some pictures of Manatees that were living in a canal in the Mangroves.  I was so excited get some great photos of the whole Manatee. I have been trying for years to take some pictures of them and have them be of the Manatee and not just the water, a tail or a head shot.

1011021046 1011021252a                         Here they were just coming in from the Bay to the Mangroves.  The first picture is how my pictures would look when I was finished taking photos of the Manatees.  It was so Great to be on the canal in their natural environment and hear them coming closer. You can hear them when they come up and when they dive back down under the water.

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DSC05764DSC05753       I am lucky to have a viewing center near by when the weather turns cooler.  If you are looking for information on the Manatees it is a fantastic spot to visit and learn. We will bring company here and they love it!  Manatee Viewing Center – Tampa Electric.                                Manatees are a large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg), and have paddle-like flippers.

1011021253 1011021322       I was able to walk onto the pier and get a close up of the Manatee.  I was trying my best to be quiet and not spook it and have it swim away. The second picture above the Manatee had begun to swim back out into the canal.                                                                                           I have to believe there was something special about that day because the sun was shining and the tide was out so I was able to get close to these beautiful giants! I had felt blessed that day and also excited to be able to capture these pictures.

1011021323 1011021322d      They are slow moving and have been known to get caught up in the props of boats.  As you can see here there is scarring on this Manatee.                                                                              If you are interested here is a link for information about Manatees. Florida Manatee | Basic Facts About Florida Manatees | Defenders of Wildlife.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of the Manatees as much as I did taking the photos!  Thanks for stopping by and having a look!!

Laura 🙂