April 18, 2019

I finally finished it!

I think I actually crocheted this newsboy hat at least six times before I got it right.

















I was going right back at it and do another one while I had it fresh in my mind. I am so sure it will easier and that I can get it right in just one try. BUT... I came across this precious Tunisian beanie (below) for kids: You can find the tutorial here.

March 28, 2019

Thanks to Super Glue...

Some time back I reupholstered the seats and backs to two card table chairs. I lost the specialty nuts to fasten these in place; couldn't find them in stores so I tried super glue--worked like a charm.

February 25, 2019

Ummm, will have to add Quilting to my Needlework tab . . .

I have been watching Darlene Mikeaud's series "Quilt Block Party".

I can't wait to start quilting again. OMG her videos are amazing, funny, and touch on many things beside quilting. I have tried a few quilt blocks in the past. I took a quilt class at JoAnn Fabrics in 2003; a male customer in the store picked out my colors. My second was Pat Sloan's "Where Are Your Shoes and Socks 2006 BOM. The third was a Mary Englebreit quilt swap in March 2006. The second and third sets of quilt blocks are still not assembled into a quilt.

February 19, 2019

Wobbly Truck

I won't be making any more trucks . . .need I say more?


February 18, 2019

More Beanies . . .

The green yarn has a fuzzy texture to it and I found it hard to work with (made lots of mistakes). I wanted to learn how to do stripes which requires lots of changing colors (second beanie). Margaret Olander has updated her video whereas you don't have to cut the yarn when switching colors. You can find it here:

February 17, 2019

What to do with my leftover fleece . . .

Why not make a hat? I found the tutorial for this hat on YouTube.

It was fun and didn't take long to make . The hardest part was in figuring out how to download the pattern .

January 10, 2019

Great Grandchild #7

I call this his Spot the Mistake book:

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year to all!


One of us wanted an onion. Aaaagh! One of us couldn't go there! Doesn't take much to make us happy. Being good Democrats and Republicans...we figured it out. 


December 30, 2018

My Bootie Buddies

They are a year apart...don't ask me why!

December 9, 2018

Finally . . .

OMG, I finally, after trying since 17 December last year, after crocheting four beanies to get the feel of crocheting, after trying several tutorials, after stepping aside for weeks owing to my frustration--crocheted my first baby bootie. I now know I cannot follow a video where the instructor is facing me (to me it is like learning from a left-hander)! I am going to visit my senior center to check on a couple of things that look a tad off and I can't seem to make a presentable bow, so this bootie is going in my stash. 

November 18, 2018

I can crochet after all . . .

My sister is stopping by today. We are converting old VHS tapes to movie files. I can't wait to show her my first crocheted beanie hat! I decided any new crochet projects I do will be with the help of a video tutorial. There are several videos on how to crochet all styles of beanies. I will be doing a lot of these as well as baby booties. For a link to the tutorial..."click" here

 She likes it. . .

November 13, 2018

Baby Afghan Crochet Blanket Gone Wrong

Wow, I am really messed up. I completed five panels of seven blocks each and I am pulling them all apart. It's frustrating because I did this same blanket many years ago. I don't remember anything about crocheting. My husband's SIL was in her late eighties and is the reason I was able to crochet the first blanket--which turned out beautifully. She could no longer crochet and hadn't crocheted in years, but her mind was sharp as a tack. I don't think it took her more than four 15 minute sessions along the way in helping me to understand the instructions. I truly miss her; she was an amazing woman! All is not lost. I will save the yarn--hoping I can use the yarn for crocheting baby booties.

November 3, 2018

October 30, 2018

I finally did it

I have been blogging to myself off and on for several years. One thing kept bugging me--how to add pictures to my gadgets without having to utilize a third party host site. Many thanks to Rachid Amaoui https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!starred for helping me

October 25, 2018

A-mazing Video by UK Based Joseph Pelling

Talk about creative--check out Joseph Pelling's clever illustrations, animation and writing!