Introducing Molly and her friends.

Since moving to Iowa I have been busy making some Amigurumi animals. They also include some blankets and monsters. You can see a video of them here on my YouTube Channel.  Molly and her new friends

Molly is an elephant that I made specifically for me because the pattern was just too cute. I also decided to name her Molly.  🙂

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I am now in the process of quite a few different projects which I hope to share soon.
As always I thank you for stopping by and taking a look!

Have a Great Evening,                                                                                                                                       Laura 🙂

Love Of Making Items For Grandchildren

Since I have become a Grandma I have loved to make things for those precious babies. I also love the fact that when they are babies it does not take me very long to create and finish those items.  I will often end up searching the internet for patterns and ideas. This of course can take up some time because I will get engrossed in the process. If I do not monitor the time I spend on this I can spend hours upon hours on the computer.  🙂

Here is a costume that I created for my Grand Daughter when she was a baby. She was Miss Peanut Guy.

 

At the moment we have 12 grandchildren and trying to keep up with all of them gets to be quite interesting.  Lately I have been on a kick of making ponchos and had made one for my Son and Daughter in Law.  My Grand Daughter saw them and of course wanted Grandma to make her one!  Below is a picture of her modeling her poncho for me.

 

My Grandson also loves to have his picture taken and was a nice model for me with his fedora hat I made him.

 

I wish I had more time to spend on making things for those that I love! One of these days I hope to find that time 🙂

As always thanks for stopping by,                                                                                               Laura

A Little Luck Of The Irish In Crochet & Crafts

I have been busy with my Brother and Sister in Law coming down to Florida to visit so I am behind on everything! It was great to see them but now that they are back home it is time to get busy again.

Seeing that St Patrick’s Day will be here soon I thought I would see what there was available in crochet and crafts for this Holiday.

I ran across this Four Leaf Clover Throw and thought I have not seen anything like this before. I love the different color of greens that run through it.

You can find the pattern here: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/four-leaf-clover-throw

This is such a cute way to capture those precious moments with this Lucky Shamrock Frame. I wish I had more time to delve into all the crafts I would like to indulge in. (sigh) 🙂

The directions and all the materials needed to accomplish this project are found here: Lucky Shamrock Frame at Joann.com.

Are you one of the many who celebrate this holiday? I know I have some Irish in my blood and so I wondered where and when did this holiday come about.  Below is some information about this holiday thanks to Wikipedia.

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]

On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to thepagan Irish.[13][14]

Well this certainly explains why there is so much alcohol consumption on this day! I often wondered too where the custom of wearing green came from.

Here is a cute Irish Hat to make and then to wear while celebrating!

You can find this pattern here: https://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC01287&cat_id=334

I love this wreath and the way they have incorporated all the different fabrics to convey the Irish Spirit!

The directions and materials to create this wreath are found here: St. Patrick’s Day Wreath at Joann.com.

I can say that I did learn some things about why we celebrate this day. Have a great time celebrating this Irish Holiday and I hope you gained some inspiration on some items that you can create for this day!

Thank you as always for stopping by and entering my wacky creative world!

Laura 🙂

Race Day A Crochet Jeff Gordon Afghan

I love watching Nascar and I am a Fan of Jeff Gordon. My husband has a room full of items of Jeff Gordon so you know he is definitely a fan.  I am not sure any more of what year I did this afghan as a surprise for my husband. I was able to surprise him which is not an easy feat to accomplish. I was able to crochet the majority of the afghan while he was around because I of course am always crocheting something for around the house. There is a part of the afghan that I did while he was at work and I had a day off of work.  There were times that I took my mother-in-law to a doctors appointment and took it with me to work on.  I was able to complete the afghan without him realizing what I was doing. It had also took me longer to accomplish than what I had expected. I wanted to have it completed by Christmas and then I wanted to have it done by his Birthday and that was in January. Needless to say I did not get it done by either of those dates. I was able to give it to him about a month later. He absolutely loved it. I guess the reason I am writing about this is because Jeff Gordon is going to be retiring after this year and we will miss seeing him on the race track!

The back of this afghan is just the checkers. I had found a picture of Jeff in cross stitch and adapted it to the crochet. I made a rectangle in the afghan stitch so I was able to cross stitch his likeness on to the rectangle. The blanket was all made with the checker squares and sewn together. After I finished the rectangle I sewed it to the middle of the afghan.

If you are interested or know someone who is a fan there are some patterns for afghans that I have found.

 

These afghan graphs are available for purchase here http://www.mckcreations.com/racing.htm

I found this afghan that someone had done in single crochet but no pattern but thought it might help someone with inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and I am off to watch the Sprint Cup Race!!

Laura 🙂

Baby Blanket Time

This weekend finds me making a baby blanket for a customer. I just love babies and all the things that you can create for them.  The customer wanted the blanket to have raised roses on it so I had to do some research on how to make the roses. I ran across this pattern and loved the way it looked. The pattern is a square so that was a plus to me. Here is a picture of what the original square looks like.

You can find the pattern here: http://web.archive.org/web/20010710001210/members.aol.com/lffunt/irishrose.htm

I loved the way the square looked and thought it would make a beautiful blanket. I of course made one square and then decided I wanted to use only part of the pattern and  do my own thing. Which by the way is not unusual for me.

Baby blanket in the making

I decided to take the square through the to round 7 and then dc a V stitch around behind the leaves. On the next round I made loops all the way around, next round was hdc V stitch in the loops all around, last round I went behind the hdc in the loops below and dc all around.

I did not want to have the whole blanket be of the rose square so I did up a plain square by using the first 2 rounds of the pattern. On each petal of the flower I then proceeded to make it into a granny square with dc. The next round was done all the way around in dc, next round was done in loops all around, in the loops for the next round I did hdc V stitch around, the last round I did with hdc around.

As you can see I started to sew the blanket together and I do believe it is going to be what the customer wanted. After I get everything sewn together I am planning on putting a border around the whole blanket. When I am finished with the blanket I will post an updated picture.

Thanks for stopping by to see what has been on my creative agenda! Hope you all are having a Fantastic Weekend!

Laura 🙂

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 🙂