January 13, 2018

See what happens...

When you try to enlarge a pattern! The rectangular piece wound up short of what was needed to wrap around the car.

I tweaked the pattern a bit--problem solved.

January 8, 2018

OK, today I made my first baby beanie AND I finally learned how to use the automatic needle threader on my CS 6000i sewing machine--which I LOVE...

For the hat I found a great video on YouTube "click here for link". I didn't quite get how to do the crown so I searched Googleland for clearer instructions.

I found written instructions, with pictures, for a beanie (with a lining) "click here for link".

For pattern sizes "click here for link".

A bit tricky for me, but I can't wait to do one for myself. Anyway, I will find out if my head is large or extra large...

December 14, 2017

My Baby Bootie Disaster

It has been fourteen years since my one and only crochet project, a baby afghan (picture under category Needlework, My Stuff). OMG, I don't remember one tiny tiny bit of what I did, not even the size needle I used. I finally found the original pattern for the afghan and I actually used two needles. One was still attached to a square I had been practicing on.

I have been through over a half skein of yarn trying to crochet this bootie. I can not figure out where to insert my hook into the beginning stitch of each row and have probably one hundred or more booties like the one below---aaagh! Because I never start each row in the same place', I wind up adding or deleting all kinds of stitches. I am actually starting to carry my project with me where ever I go, looking for someone who does crocheting.

The following video couldn't be more clearer, but I am still not getting it!


December 2, 2017

I can't wait for summer, I need all the leaves I can find!

My second attempt at a bird...

I did not know you could embroider leaves!

In poking around Google+ I came across this awesome lady "click here for link". I love her works! Did you know you can embroider leaves? We have had snow, here in Rochester, NY, but I did manage to find leaves while on visits to doctor's, dining out and shopping for groceries. My first attempt at embroidering leaves--it turned out to be a cross between a bird and a fish; I will call it my Flying Fish!

November 16, 2017

My First and Only Baby Afghan

I purchased this pattern in 1973; finally started and finished it thirty years later (2003) . I have decided I want to crochet again and don't remember a thing on how to crochet.

August 16, 2017

Seems like just yesterday

My mom, me and four of my sisters and first born son in the buggy--along with a couple of neighborhood kids. A couple of times every year we would go to the the park, have peanut butter, tuna fish, and baloney sandwiches and cool aid. Our family wound up being nine girls and two brothers. Almost always, my dad and an extra two or three kids from the neighborhood were part of the march.

August 15, 2017

Photoshp Manipulation, After the Rain

You can find this tutorial on YouTube "click here for link". Run your mouse over the rain drop to see the AFTER effect.

August 13, 2017

Photo Manipulation | Water Splash in Bulb

You can find this tutorial on YouTube "click here for link". The tutorial took me about one half hour. Using my mouse to manipulate the paint brush--a different story. Aaaagh! Am I the only one who can not manipulate a desktop mouse? Run your mouse over the light bulb to see the AFTER effect.

August 8, 2017

Our Photo Backdrop is No More

Gone, but hoping to see her run again at some future date (click on image).

August 6, 2017

How to create a body of water below a skyline or landscape and then reflect it in the water

I love playing around with Photoshop; my favorite site is Blue Lightning TV with Marty Geller. You can now live stream Marty's tutorials online "click here for link".

I decided to try using my own image for this tutorial. It is a picture I took behind our house of the sun setting in the West--I was just curious how it would work, having a sunset reflecting on a body of water. Click on the image to see the result. Oh yeah, also wanted to see how to place a post from my blog in Facebook.

August 5, 2017

Wanted to do something with this old school desk

I painted the writing surface with chalkboard paint. I wound up giving it away. In order to keep it from tipping, when sitting in it, you would have had to bolt it to the floor (something I didn't want to do).

I Will Have to learn how to crochet all over again

My first and only afghan--now I want to do another one!

August 4, 2017

Another Photoshop Tutorial

If I can follow along with Marty Geller, Blue Lightning TV, anyone can. My first attempt at creating the look of Soft Graphite Portrait from a photo, below  (run your cursor over the image to see the results). The photo of our great granddaughter is a bit light so I will have to research on how to change the resolution (or whatever).

You can stream Marty's tutorials online "click here for link"

July 25, 2017

Creating a Rollover Effect on Blog Photos

I have been poking around on how to create a rollover effect (that doesn't require you're having to post your images into a third party hosting site). I found the answer over at Designer Blogs Studio..."click" here.

July 24, 2017

Caltapa Tree Started from Seed

Sometimes called Snake Tree--I started this from seed pod in 2012 (run your cursor over the image to see how it has grown).