Thursday, July 23, 2015

~ I can't believe it! ~

I did it again!
I watched another Sharknado movie!
What is wrong with me?

In case you're wondering - the movie was AWFUL!!
Besides the AWFUL story line - the actors were AWFUL too.
I thought those people were supposed to take acting lessons if they wanted to be in a movie.

I do have to give "The Most Epic Death Scene" award to Frankie Muniz (as mechanic Lucas Stevens) though.
He had to get to the RV they had outfitted to look like something from Road Warriors, to hit some kind of destruct button that was on top of the thing.  (Why it was on the top of the RV, I don't know)  Well anyways, he runs to the back of the RV and a shark comes out of nowhere and bites off his right leg, he keeps going, hopping to get to the door.  As soon as he opens the door, another shark comes and bites off his left arm.  Poor guy.  He gets in the RV and somehow gets thru the opening at the top and is crawling to the destruct button when a shark bites off his other leg.  Oh my God, seriously?  Well, the poor guy is still trying to get to that button - bless his heart - when yet another shark comes and bites off his right arm!!  Yes - mechanic Lucas Stevens has no arms or legs but he's still moving to get to that destruct button!!  I don't know how he's moving, but he's doing it.  He finally gets to the button and pushes it with his chin and the RV blows up with him on it.
I seriously don't know what the point of that was, but it most definitely was "The Most Epic Death Scene" ever!


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Erica sent me a picture of a ripple blanket that she wants me to crochet for the new baby.  I went to AC Moore and bought new skeins of Bernat Super Value yarn in grey and white.  The Super Value skeins are 7 oz.
After I had crocheted the same amount of each skein into the blanket, I had different amounts left over.


The white is a tad bit thinner than the grey, so maybe that is why, but I did weigh each of the next 2 skeins and the white skein was 7 1/2 oz.
So - I'm not mad because the skein was more instead of less, but I do see a problem happening with pattern designers.
Say you want to design a hat - you start with a new skein of 7 oz. yarn - you crochet your hat, and when you go to write your pattern you need to know how much yarn you used.  If it's a solid color hat - it's not a problem really - just weigh the hat.  But if you have a multi color hat, that could be a problem.  You weigh what is left of the skein and minus that from 7 oz. and you will get how much of that color you used for your hat.  Or do you?  Was the brand new skein actually 7 oz, or was it more or less?  Hmmm.
From now on, if I'm designing a pattern, I will weigh the skeins first just to make sure.
I hope none of my patterns are wrong.

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Erica came for a visit yesterday and she brought my grandpuppy Titan with her.  He's getting so big now - she told me he weighs 55 lbs.
You can definitely tell Titan is a puppy - he is so full of energy.  All he did was run and jump.  He even knocked over a couple of things with his tail because it was wagging back and forth at 50 miles an hour.
Ladybug - on the other hand - does this 90% of the time:


She's 13 1/2 now, so I guess that's all she wants to do.
That's ok though - if I was her age (95 1/2 in dog years) that's all I would do too.  :)

Take care ladies - I'll see ya next time.



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Friday, July 17, 2015

~ Minion baby cocoon ~


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
   - 2 oz. blue
   - 2 1/2 oz. yellow
   - 1/2 oz. black
   - small amounts brown, white and grey
- J hook

Size:  10 1/4" across x 13 1/2" top to bottom

Notes;
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your hook.
- the ch 2 at the beginning of all rnds does not count as a st.

Directions:
Rnd 1:  With blue ch 3 (make the 1st ch loose), 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to the 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in the same st as joining st, 2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in the same st as joining st, dc in next dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in the same st as joining st, dc in next 2 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, 2 dc in the same st as joining st, dc in next 3 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 6:  Ch 2, 2 dc in the same st as joining st, dc in next 4 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnds 7 - 11:  Ch 2, dc in the same st as joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 11, end off.

Rnd 12:  Join yellow with a sl st to 1st dc, ch 2, dc in the same st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 13 - 19:  Ch 2, dc in the same st as joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 19, end off.

Rnd 20:  Join black with a sl st to 1st dc, ch 2, dc in the same st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 21 - 22:  Ch 2, dc in the same st as joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 22, end off.

Rnd 23:  Join yellow with a sl st to 1st dc, ch 2, dc in the same st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 24 - 30:  Ch 2, dc in the same st as joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnd 31:  Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining st.  Sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Eye:
Rnd 1:  With brown ch 3 (make the 1st ch loose), 10 hdc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to the 1st hdc.  End off.  (10 hdc)

Rnd 2:  Join white with a sl st to 1st hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in same hdc.  2 hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.  

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st as joining st, hdc in next hdc.  *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  End off.

Rnd 4:  Join grey with a sl st to 1st hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in same hdc, hdc in next 2 hdc.  *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 2 hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  End off.

Sew to black band.

***Debi Y's pattern***

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

~ Minion hat ~


I know I'm a little late to the party with these Minion patterns, but I couldn't resist.  :)

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
   - 2 oz. yellow
   - 1 oz. blue
   - small amounts grey and white
- J hook
- one 18mm animal eye

Size:  fits a 10 yr. old

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your hook.
- the ch 2 at the beginning of rnds does not count as a stitch

Directions:
Rnd 1:  With yellow ch 3 (make the 1st ch loose), 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to the 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 2 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 3 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 6:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 4 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnds 7 - 8:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 8, end off.

Rnd 9:  Join black with a sl st to 1st dc, ch 2, dc in same st as joining.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnd 10:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  End off.

Rnd 11:  Join yellow with a sl st to 1st dc, ch 2, dc in same st as joining.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 12 - 15:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 15, end off.

Rnd 16:  Join blue with a sl st to 1st dc, ch 2, dc in same st as joining.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 17 - 18:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  

Rnd 19:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

For eye:
Rnd 1:  With white ch 3 (make the 1st ch loose), 10 hdc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st hdc.  (10 hdc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 1 loosely, 2 hdc in same hdc as joining st.  2 hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.

Rnd 3:  Ch 1 loosely, 2 hdc in same hdc as joining st, hdc in next hdc.  *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  End off.

Rnd 4:  Join grey with a sl st to 1st hdc, ch 1 loosely, 2 hdc in same hdc as joining st, hdc in next 2 hdc.  *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 2 hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  End off.

Sew evenly across black rnds.  Attach animal eye to Rnd 1.

***Debi Y's pattern***

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Monday, July 13, 2015

~ a plastic canvas Minion coaster ~

Here's a little Minion coaster I thought was cute.




by Debi Y.

I count squares when I cut the plastic canvas.  27 squares across - 27 squares down.
It measures 4 1/8" x 4 1/8"

I hope you like it too.  :)

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

~ another video ~



These projects were shown in the video, but I'm adding them here in case you can't watch it.

Yarn I bought from Pam (Yarnie Nana) on Etsy - 


Yarn I bought from Walmart.


Laura's plastic canvas and yarn bought from Walmart.


A mandala that I crocheted in honor of Wink of 'A Creative Being'.


A 3-strand yarn basket with a leather tag that my husband Vince cut out for me.  I stamped the word 'yarn' on it.


The memory box that Laura made for my granddaughter.



Cigarette cases and lighter covers that Laura made.


Scissor protectors that Laura also made.


Headbands that I crocheted on.  The headbands were bought from the Dollar Tree - they come in a pack of 3.




Nephew Spencer found this bottle and gave it to me.  I added flowers (from the Dollar Tree) and crocheted a band to go around it.


Great-nephew Wyatt also gave me a 'nice' bottle to add flowers to.  :)



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

~ 'guardian grandmas' donation ~

Hello ladies.  Yesterday I received a 'guardian grandmas' donation from Debbie Zoeller.  She sent the prettiest pastel rainbow colored baby blankets.  Three of them are preemie sized, and 3 are regular sized.  Just beautiful.  Thank you so much Debbie - your hard work is much appreciated.  ♥
  




My little Ladybug woke up from her nap and just had to get into the last 2 pictures.  I don't know why she does this, but it's ok - I think she's cute.

Speaking of Ladybug, she is doing much better now.  It's been a month since Tex has been gone and my little girl missed her brother terribly.  All she did was lay around the house and look sad.  She didn't even want to go out.  I felt so bad for her.  Well, now I know she's feeling better because a couple days ago I took out the vacuum and when I started it, she came running to attack.  She did that about 5 times.  And she's also going out more often.  I'm happy that she's getting back to her old self.  

Thanks for dropping by ladies - see ya next time.  :)
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

~ a few projects ~

Hello - I hope everyone is doing well.
This first project is something Vince did for me.  They are leather tags that I will stamp words on.  Pretty cool.
I'm thinking about a yarn basket with 'yarn' on the tag.
You know - in case I forget what yarn looks like.  hahaha.  :)


This is a grey and white ripple that Erica wanted me to crochet for the baby.  She saw a picture of it on Pinterest and sent it to me.  It's an easy ripple to crochet, but the counting drives me nuts after a little while.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 increase, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 decrease
repeat 50 million times.


This cute little minion hat was crocheted for my great-nephew Wyatt.  He loved it.
I didn't use anyone's pattern for this - I just did my own - and although there's quite a few patterns out there, I'm thinking about typing mine out and posting it here on my blog.


Well, that's it for now.  See ya next time.  :)

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