Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Love this! Boo looks just like Uncle D when he was a baby!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
I have a grape vine in my backyard and it had several grape clusters this year.
Some supports to hold up the heavy vines and they turned out beautiful!
I decided to make some grape jelly if the grapes turned out and it was a bit of a process, but so worth the trouble.
Removing all of the grapes from the stems was more time consuming than I thought. The fruit has to be examined to ensure that underripe (or overripe) fruit is not included with the other grapes. The grapes were absolutely beautiful! To make the juice for jelly, the grapes are smashed and water added and brought to a boil.
I didn't take a picture of the actul process, but I did take a picture of the fruit colander that was used instead of cheesecloth for straining. My grandfather gave me the fruit colander and I'm not sure where these can be purchased. I did see some mesh strainers at Williams Sonoma, but not quite like the one that I own.
The grape skins and seeds were seperated from the juice and then I was finally ready to start the jelly!
The jelly was prepared with SURE JELL and it turned out wonderfully.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thomas Ray and his children, (left to right back) Morris Ray, Willis Ray, Dallas Ray, Henry Ray, (front) Billie Jo Ray, American Jean Ray taken in the early 1940s.
Family left from my Papa's family who were all at the family reunion this year, (left to right) Billie Jo, Henry, America Jean, Morris
And, we got to go visit my daughter and new grandson. My mother is such a proud great grandmother. This is the picture of 4 generations.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
My aunt was recently here to visit and asked if I could make her grandaughter Cheyenne a couple of bows. I experimented and I think this first bow turned out beautiful. I just love black, white and khaki! Hope they like it. I am currently experimenting with the twisted ribbon bow (will post soon). If anyone is interested, I will post pictures of step by step instructions for making a beautiful bow! Please comment! I would love to hear some thoughts....?
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
I am having my bathroom updated and some wall paper removed to texture the walls and I have a big wall over my tub. The print is actually pretty large, but fit perfect. I love the mat choice, green is one of my favorite colors. Anyway, it is finally framed and hung and really makes for a smile on my face every morning when I get up!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This is the beautiful buttery colored pottery vase that I chose...
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Any way, I searched around on Pinterest for free patterns and did some research on the size for newborn hat sizes. I ended up using a free pattern from Liz on crochetwithcolor.blogspot.com (search for sock monkey). I also added a few additional rows of white for the top part of the hat. For the main color, I used Vanna's Choice Taupe Mist and then picked a soft white and red. I used black buttons that I picked up for under a dollar for 4 buttons. You need a yarn needle to sew on the ears, eyes, mouth and pom pom. Also, you need place markers or a piece of yarn (I use a different color) to mark the rounds.
Hats should be made 1 - 1 1/2" smaller than the head of the baby.
Newborn head circumference is normally 13 - 14."
Hat Height are normally 5 1/2" - 6"
I will not know if it will fit the little boo until he arrives. One of my friends who crochets a lot of baby hats said that it looked great. Yea!
I have only made this hat once, so I am giving you the basic instructions that I used and adjusted to make this hat. Some of this is trial and error, so use your judgement and the measurements. The pattern I got most of the information from said it is easy to adjust, and I didn't many problems.
So, with E hook and white, Ch 3
Rnd 1: 7 hdc in 3rd chain from hook .
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as first st here and throughout), hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each st around (16 hdc).
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next stich, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) around (24 hdc).
Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts) around (32 hdc).
Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts) around) (40 hdc).
Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts) around (48 hdc).
Rnd 7: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts) around (56 sts).
Rnd 8: Repeat Rnd 7 (56 sts)
Rnd 9: Join red with sl st and chain 2. Hdc in next st and each st around.
Rnd 10: Using Taupe Mist (or other main color), attach with sl st and ch 2. Hdc in next st and each st around.
Rnd 11-20 (or until it measures correctly): Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Finish off.
This part was trial and error for me...
Ear Flap (I outlined in red)
This will be on each side of the hat, so try to pick the middle of each side and go back 5 sts to start the ear flap. Join with main color, and
Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 10 sts, turn, (11 sc)
Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, turn (10 sc)
Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts, turn (9 sc)
Repeat this method of decreases until you eend with one stitch, finish off.
2nd Ear Flap
Go to the opposite side and attach with sl st and ch 1. Sc in same st and in the next 10 sts, turn (11 sc)
Work this earflap the same as the first.
Ears (make 2)
With main color crocheting tightly,
Row 1: 7 Hdc in the 3rd ch from hook, turn (8 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in each st (16 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st and in each st around (16 sc)
Finish off leaving a tail long enought for sewing
This picture to the right is the one from the free
pattern from Liz at crochetwithcolor.blogspot.com.
(This is the one I made with a few
changes from the pattern above.)
The mouth from Liz's pattern is on top of this one. So use your own imagination and judgment to determine how big you want the mouth.
Ch ~ 14
Rnd 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 11 ch, 2 sc in last ch and work around adding in sc as needed until you get the size of mouth you want. Fasten off.
I then took red crochet thread and yarn needle and made the mouth, going over each stitch at least 2 times.
The braids were used with 11 stands of each color (red and white). I cut them strands about 30 inches long.
Make a pom pom (if desired) using red yarn.
Using your judgment, position ears, mouth, and pom pom on hat.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you don't understand something, let me know and I will do my best to help! Also, if you dont understand the braids, just ask and I will try to show you.