Om Nom!

Well, once again I have caught something from my little monsters which caused me to spend 2 days at home nursing my illness. I’m on the mend but, YECHT, 3 times this year I’ve been sick. Me no like.

I wanted to share with you a couple of goodies that have been around this week. First up, my sister asked if I could make her a Thank You Card for her dance instructor, which, of course, I obliged. She requested a red card, as their dance had a Spanishy theme. Here is what I came up with. I popped up the greeting with foam dimensionals, added grommets where I threaded the ribbon and even tried a different inking technique using 2 different colours. Using my ink pens, I swiped the yellow colour first, then dabbed the orangey colour over top, sporadically. I really dig it!

Next up I wanted to share a little om nom that BF and I stumbled upon over the weekend. We went to the local Farmer’s Market to check out the local yummies, sampling delicious cheese, sauces, dips, breads, pies, and on and on. The last thing we saw were the most adorable French Macaron cookies by Kawaii Eats, a local cookie company. We sampled a few of the delicious cookies and then made our purchase. 1 macaron each. Can you guess which one I picked?

Their names are Pandaron and Salutations Feline. SO cute! And SOOOOO delicious! Macarons are so yummy, delicate and flavourful. If you have never checked out a farmer’s market, I highly suggest you do, you meet some great people and try some delicious local food. 

Come back tomorrow for my FO Friday, XO!

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It feels like…

Well, I THOUGHT I had received my April Square last week, remember the cool bluey texturey one? Well it turns out that was my May Square (rolling waves, under the sea, of course!)  and the squares I received yesterday were my April Squares. So I am all caught up now, *phew!

Here is the picture of my April Squares. Aren’t they awesome? Both have some very cool texture going on. The reddish one is a square using front and back post stitches (goodies!) and the purple one is a melange of stitches, both knitting and crocheting. Isn’t that awesome?! I think so, a nice addition to my collection 🙂 The squares hail from a lovely lady in Rolla, Missouri. Thanks MrsLindaK!

She also sent a little prezzie for my snuggle buddy, Cally. Here she is playing with it. So cute! 😀

There is my little post for the day, I am off to drive my mom to the airport , TTYS!

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This and That

Hello long weekend! It is so wonderful (even though it is raining) to have 3 days off to recharge, refresh and relax! 

I received my May Square this week from a lovely lady in California. It is so beautiful! Look at the texture! She says she wanted it to look like rolling waves. I love the colours, I love the texture, it is so pretty! Thanks Cella!
On a less cheery note, I had a bit of a yarnology fail. Remember those acrylic hooks I bought? Well, I started to make something with the smallest in the pack, a G hook, and as soon as I took it out of the pack, I knew I was going to be very cautious. So bendy! So I started my project, and about 1/4 of the way through, I forgot to be careful and… *snap


It broke! Like I knew it would… I have a firm grip on my hooks, so lesson learned, acrylic not good for me 🙂 

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I <3 Mom!

To all you wonderful moms out there. I have been so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful mothers in my life. My own is incredible, and I certainly would be nothing without her, but every single mom that I am close to I consider a angel living on earth. Please give your mom a hug today!

Here is a photo of my family, we went out to celebrate that gal in the back and had a lovely time!

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FO Friday, Number 34

Greetings and salutations!

Today’s FO is another afghan square (of course, that’s all I have been doing lately). Remember the theme for this month? Under the sea! Last week I shared the wavy square I made, thanks for your wonderful comments! This week’s square is a little fishier than last weeks 😉

The square is called the 6 Inch Fish Block from Donna Kay Lacey. It’s so cute! The pattern is great. If you need a quick but cute afghan square I recommend this one! I used an H hook and some leftover yarn from Shannon’s Kindle Kozy. I really hope my swapner likes it!

That’s my FO for this week, check out the others here, XO!

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Yarnology

Hey all, hope you’re having a great week. The sun has been shining since the weekend and I have been trying to enjoy every last drop of it!

On Saturday, BF and I decided on a whim to head down to the States for the day. I say whim because I am not so much a “on a whim” kind of gal. I am a planner. So this for me was quite out of the ordinary. I did have a few places I wanted to stop, but I made no definitive plans on when we would arrive etc. One of the places was (of course) Hobby Lobby. We don’t have them in Canada (*sniff) so every chance I get I go. This time I discovered a new brand of notion called Yarnology. I am a sucker for colourful and cute things and the these are no exception. I decided to try out some acrylic hooks, all of mine are aluminum. The set was $6 so even if I don’t like them, I’m not out a bunch of money. The other goodies I found are some yarn bobbins. I liked these ones because they are a bit smaller than the ones from Michaels, and you get 10 in a pack, much more economical. I am excited to try them out!

I also picked up some things for my Afghan Swapner but you’ll have to wait and see those in a later post 🙂

We also stopped at the Crab Pot in Seattle, check out my mallet! I absolutely loved the experience and can’t wait to go back for another tableful (literally they just dump your food right on the table) of delicious seafood, yum!

Come back tomorrow and see my FO Friday goodie, XO! 

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FO Friday, Number 33

TGIF! I am so looking forward to a nice looooooong weekend to recharge my batteries. Which will of course include some crochet. I have received my May Square Swapner, and I am ready to get crackin!

This month’s theme is “Under the Sea”, so I found this wavy pattern and whipped it up last week. It is the Wavy Dishcloth by Amber Moberly. I love the slight texture and the relaxing watery movement. I used a G hook and some scap blue and white yarn. I think it turned out ok, except for that minor hiccup midway through on the edge. That always happens when I chain more than 1 on a turn… something to work on I suppose… do you like?

Now that I have made a square representing the sea, I am going to make one representing what’s down there 🙂 Stay tuned for that!

That’s my FO for the week, check out the others here, XO.

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Let the Sun Shine!

Greetings! Hope you’ve been having a good week, I sure have!

Today I wanted to share with you the dishcloth I received from my swapner. It’s a Michigan Sunflower. Isn’t it lovely? I love the texture of it! Thanks so much to Denise, aka MichiganIrish for all her efforts of my dishcloth, it’s been such a pleasure swapping with her!

Come back tomorrow and check out my FO, XO!

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FO Friday, Number 32

Hey all, did you enjoy my goodies from yesterday? I hope so, I sure did!

As promised here is my FO for this week. I joined the KISS Dishcloth Swap on Crochetville last month, and I was partnered with Denise from Michigan. She said she wanted a bright dishcloth, so I went looking for the brightest yarn I could find. I have also had a particular dishcloth pattern in my Ravelry queue for a while, so I decided to give it a whirl. Do you like?

The pattern in Scrap Ripple Cloth from Anastacia Zittel. I love the simple but textured look of it. It took a bit of figuring out exactly where to “stitch in back loop only” to get the texture but once I did it was easy going. I used leftover green and white Peaches and Cream cotton, and bought the blue and pink Bernat Handicrafter cotton for the other brightness. I used a G hook. I really like it! So happy! Denise has received her dishcloth and likes it! *Phew! I am now patiently waiting for her creation.

There is my FO for this week. I can’t wait to show you what I have cookin’ for next month’s Square Swap :). As always, check out the other great FOs at Tami’s Amis, XO.

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Lucky Lucky Me!

I decided to join the Afghan Swap on Ravelry this year, and last month our first package went out. My swapner is Bonnie who hails from Ottawa. Based on her likes I put together this package for her. I made 2 doilies, the pattern is Petite Pineapple Doily from Priscilla Hewitt. I have made it before, and once again the results are stunning. I also sent 2 magazines, 1 knit and 1 crochet, a set of bamboo knitting needles, a bamboo hook, a Whistler keychain, a bag of Vanilla Earl Grey Tea, a homemade card, a dishcloth and 4 skeins of yarn from a LYS in West Vancouver. She has received it and likes everything! Now to start compiling the August package!

I also received my package from Bonnie. First and foremost, check out the socks she made me! I love love love them! I have never had a homemade pair of socks and they are seriously wicked! She also sent me a scrapbook magazine, which has some sweet ideas that I can’t wait to use, a chocolate chip cookie recipe, a 12 inch square pattern, some yummy dark chocolate, the cutest bumblebee push pins, and a skein of purple Berocco yarn. I can’t wait to whip up something with it. Thanks Bonnie, you’re the best!

So yes indeed, I am lucky lucky! Stay tuned for my FO Friday post tomorrow, XO!

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