Thursday, January 13, 2011

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

I was flipping through the Grandin Road Catalog the other day and came across this:

This is a snapshot of some really pretty pillows and area rugs (link to the catalog page) that I fell in love with.  It caused all sorts of WANT in me and I'm determined to make something similar.  More for the "I can make that!" side of me that rears it's ugly head every now and then than for any other logical reason.

So I did a little research in how to make Crocheted Roses and found a Leisure Arts free project  (the link is to the pdf) that was written by Terry Kimbrough who is a crochet genious.   These roses are so lovely and easy to make.  Just two rows of crochet will make one rose.  If you combine some Noro silk garden yarn and this pattern you get some jaw dropping gorgeousness:


Just look a little closer at one of the roses:


I'm planning on making some solid color roses to go along with these for the pillows that I will make.  I'm going to have to come up with another skein or two of Noro silk garden before the project is done if I want two pillows worth though. 

Aren't they pretty?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Novelty Is Over

The Novelty of the snow is over and the pain of the ice has set in.  The kids and I are working through some severe cabin fever.

So in order to alleviate it just a bit, the Youngest and I decided to make some aliens.  Here's our first batch:


Cute aren't they?  Super easy to make too. 

We use stiff felt for the feet and cut it into a fat V shape.  Added a dab of glue and placed a pom pom on it and then attached two googly eyes to it.  Easy Peasy. 

So easy in fact, we may be up to our ears in little aliens soon...

Monday, January 10, 2011


We got hit with another snow storm last night and got between 5" and 6" of snow.  Way more than we are used to here in these parts.  The kids are loving it!

This was the first thing they did this morning:

Just look at the expression on this kids' face:


You don't get much happier than that!