Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Daring Color

I was warned by everyone I told
Jamie's reply was, "Eew" and "that I could always paint over it." ;)
but I had a vision
I saw it in my minds eye
unexpected * bright * cheerful * garden-like * whimsical 
lime green
just the right lime green
and it is just the right lime green
what I envisioned it would be
 sometimes
in certain lighting
 during the day with natural lighting the color is beautiful
but in the evening with the lights on...
well, not as lovely
I'll be able to live with it for a while and will enjoy the fun change.
But just not sure where I will go next with the wall color
~*~
The paint color I finally settled on is called Fresh Pear
Just on one wall.  The other walls are painted white.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

for their dolls

Our granddaughters, Keri, Brenna and Shaela love their American Girl dolls.
I crocheted these cute retro vests and hats as Christmas gifts for them following a free pattern from Red Heart. There is also a matching bag in their downloadable instructions.  Click the link to visit and check out the many other free patterns shared there.

The above vest and hat were made using the recommended RED HEART® “Soft Yarn.
The other two sets were made using yarn I had in my stash and resulted in a slightly larger garment but still fitting nicely. I used a "G" hook for all crocheting. 

Lacy Leaf Hat
(Retro Doll Accessories Crochet Pattern from Red Heart)

Special Abbreviation
V-st = (dc, ch 1, dc) in same space.

Ch 3; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1 throughout), [dc in ring,
ch 1] 7 times; join with a slip st in 3rd ch of ch-4 – 8 ch-1
spaces.
Round 2: Slip st in next ch-1 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in
same space and in each ch-1 space around; join with a
slip st in first sc – 8 ch-3 spaces.
Round 3: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 4, V-st in same
space, [(dc, ch 1, V-st) in next ch-3 space] 7 times; join in
3rd ch of ch-4 – 16 ch-1 spaces.
Round 4: Repeat Round 2 – 16 ch-3 spaces.
Round 5: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 4, dc in same
space, [V-st in next ch-3 space] 15 times; join in 3rd ch of
ch-4 – 16 V-sts.
Round 6: Repeat Round 2.
Round 7: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in
next ch-3 space and in each ch-3 space around; join.
Round 8: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 1, 2 sc in same
space and in each ch-3 space around; join – 32 sc.
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.
Brim-Round 10: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, hdc in
next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, 2 dc in next 2 sc,
dc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next
sc, sc in next sc; TURN leaving remaining sts unworked.
Brim Edging
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, hdc
in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next
2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2
sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Fasten off.
Finishing
With sewing need and thread, sew buttons to front of brim
following photo as guide. Weave in ends.

Spring Stripes Vest
(Retro Doll Accessories Crochet Pattern from Red Heart)

Special Abbreviations
V-st = (dc, ch 3, dc) in same st or space
sc2tog = [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yo and draw
through all 3 loops on hook.

Row 1 (Right Side): Beginning at lower edge, ch 49; sc in
2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 48 sc.
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each sc to last 2 sc; sc2tog;
turn – 46 sc.
Rows 8 and 9: Repeat Row 2.
Row 10: Repeat Row 7 – 44 sc.
Rows 11-14: Repeat Row 2.

Divide for Left Front
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first 10 sc; TURN leaving remaining sts
unworked.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each sc across; turn – 9 sc.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 7-14: Repeat Rows 3-6 twice more – 7 sc. Fasten off.

Back
Row 1: With right side facing, skip next 2 sc of last long row,
join yarn with sc in next sc, sc in next 19 sc; TURN – 20 sc.
Rows 2-14: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.

Right Front
Row 1: With right side facing, skip next 2 sc of last long row,
join yarn with sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc; turn – 10 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog; turn – 9
sc.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 7-14: Repeat Rows 3-6 twice more – 7 sc. Fasten off.
Lower Border
Row 1: With right side facing, working in remaining loops
of beginning ch, join yarn with sc in first st, * V-st in next
st, skip next st, sc in next st **, skip next st; repeat from *
across, end at **; turn – 12 V-sts.
Row 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), dc in first sc, [sc in ch-3
space of next V-st, V-st in next sc] 12 times; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, slip st in ch-3 space of first V-st, ch 1, sc in
same space, [V-st in next sc, sc in ch-3 space of next V-st]
12 times; do not turn but pivot to work Front Edging.

Front Edging and Button Loops
With right side still facing, ch 1, working over post of st at
row ends, sc in first row, 2 sc in next row, sc in next row;
for button loops [(sc, ch 3, sc) in next row, sc in next 2
rows] 3 times; sc in each row to back neck, sc in each st
across back, working in row ends of opposite side, sc in
each row to last 2 rows on Lower Border, 2 sc in next row,
sc in last row. Fasten off.

Armhole Edging
Round 1: With right side facing, join yarn with sc in first
skipped sc at underarm, sc in next sc, working over post
of st at row ends, sc in each row around armhole opening;
join with a slip st in first sc – 30 sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, skip next 2 sc, V-st in next
sc, skip next 2 sc, [sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, V-st in next
sc, skip next 2 sc] 4 times; join in first sc.
Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), dc in same sc, sc in
ch-3 space of next V-st, [V-st in next sc, sc in ch-3 space
of next V-st] 4 times; join in 3rd ch of ch-6. Fasten off.
Finishing
With sewing needle and matching thread, attach buttons to
left front aligned with button loops. Weave in ends.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Best Buds

Friday afternoon I picked up our oldest granddaughter, Keri then her sweet friend, Annika, for a weekend full of fun activities.  These adorable little girls were a delight and had my heart smiling continually as I listened and watched their interaction.
Anni is the granddaughter of my very dear friend of 28 years.
Our kids grew up together and are close friends.
Now, the children of our kids are growing up together and forming sweet friendships.
After getting PopPop and Jared, our first stop was McDonald's for dinner and giggles. Even at 9-years old, the girls still had fun climbing and sliding in the Playland gym.
Next it was to our local high school to see a delightful production of Annie followed by ice-cream sundaes with all the toppings at home.
It was a late night, but Keri and Anni were up early and helped me make a pancake and sausage breakfast with tea in their own birthday-month tea cups. (The girls are 20 days apart in age)
 Heaven knows why the kids are all fascinated about our crawl space.  They couldn't resist helping PopPop bring up boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations.
 Then it was outside to gather leaves... again.  Our yard did not look like we already spent days raking/blowing/hauling leaves to the front curb, so Jared, Keri and Anni helped PopPop gather more for the leaf collection trucks coming this week.
It didn't take much coaxing from Keri and Anni for me to get out my childhood Barbie dolls. The girls played for a couple of hours on my bed enjoying the same dolls I played with at their age.
There were also pots of tea with cream and sugar cubes, art work created, Mad Libs to chuckle over and hours of chatter.
 More Ice-cream, the Muppet's Christmas Carol movie and finally bedtime.
Our church has two campus's and this morning we will attend church at their campus and then enjoy a fellowship lunch together after service.
I haven't done one ounce of decorating yet but I sure did enjoy every moment with these two cuties.

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