Enabling My Craft Addiction

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Today I had a great, fun day with my good buddy Maria. We took a beginning crochet class together at the cutest little shop in Castle Rock called Stash. It is in a tiny, old little house and each room is full of skeins and rolls of yarn and the most fabulous projects ever! I was immediately drawn in to the colors, the textures, the possibilities! I learned how to chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet. My least favorite part was the foundation stitches but with more practice it won’t be so daunting. I’ve been practicing and then ripping out and practicing again. My hands are a bit sore, but a good sore. Here is my practice swatch.

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I couldn’t leave without a few skeins of beautiful yarn that hopefully will soon become a scarf or a cowl. It’s Liberty Wool. That’s about all I know about it. Oh and it’s made in Italy, which is where the best of pretty much everything is made, sorry USA but when it comes to the finer things in life: shoes, chocolate, espresso, pasta, jewelry and now yarn you can’t beat Italy. Am I partial? Of course. I am from Italian stock, so I’m hoping to channel my Italian Great Grandmother, Noni Alice Fellin, who was very talented at crochet. My family was blessed with a strong crafting talent, so I’m hoping to become skilled at the craft of crochet now. My Uncle Bill makes the most amazing crochet items and I’ve always hoped to be able to make beautiful projects like he does. Practice makes perfect, so practice I must!

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I also couldn’t leave without this fabulous sticker for my car. It is awesome!! I’m now a knerd!

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What are you all working on this weekend?

Hugs,
E

Fun Stuff!

Hey everyone, 

Well, I can’t believe it but as I speak there is a huge blue jay in the tree outside my window having a stare down with my cat, Odin.  The sun is shining, hallelujah! and our temperatures this week have been in the 40’s and 50’s!  Please let spring be near.  I am so glad for the beautiful Colorado blue sky this morning.  I haven’t finished any projects since my last post, and I’m still waiting on those last beads for Tigerlily, so I thought that I would share a few fun finds with you all.  My homepage when I open up my internet browser is set to go straight to the ETSY main page.  I love it.  Everyday I am greeted by the fabulous, creative genius of my fellow crafters from all over the world.  Just this morning I saw the cutest handmade, felt quail (from – Sea Pinks).  Soooooo adorable.  

Decorative Plush Orange and Yellow Retro Flowers Quail
 
I also have to share some of the new crocheted ornaments and dish cloths made by my Uncle at HorseFeathersCraft on ETSY.  I have two of these dish cloths (they were Christmas presents, which I am remiss to say I have yet to mail the thank you card for – sorry Uncle Bill).  They are fabulous!  They really do scrub my dishes spotless, and they are so easy to care for, just follow the instructions included.  I also have several of these ornaments and gave several away as Christmas gifts.  I have one hanging from a cabinet door knob in my kitchen and the other one is in my fabulous office hanging from  my shelving organizer.  The new “Primavera” line is so beautiful.  He also will make custom ordered ornaments to match any color scheme!!  Notice how I have chosen to display the PINK ones…no reason really.
 
The Bubble Dishcloth in Cherry Swirl with White Stripe - 100 Percent Cotton
 
Primavera Pink No. 3 - Crocheted Floral Ornament in Antique White, Orchid Pink and Rose Pink
 
And then, there are the new albums on my Mom’s site, Inspired Memories by M, like the “Mom” one below.  How perfect of a mother’s day gift would that be?  You could fill it with fabulous pictures of your Mom with you, your kids, what have you, and then use the journaling areas to write your favorite memories.  I know it would bring on a gusher of tears and be a very memorable, heartfelt gift.  Just my humble opinion (btw – I want to wallpaper my office in the flower paper on the second page of the sample image below). 
 
MOM  Scrapbook/ Album
 

Mom Scrapbook - Sample Page

 

 Ok, well, until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the sunshine, if you have it.  I know I will.  Happy Crafting! – E