Sweet Little Reticule

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My sweet niece had her First Communion recently. Since I love pretty things, I so enjoyed seeing her and all the darling girls in their lovely dresses and veils. She is a little shy, so it was more of a chore for her than it would be for some(!) to go up in front of all those people.

She did very well, and looked just as lovely and proper as can be.

Being the crafty sort, and loving lace as I do, I couldn’t resist making her a little something for her wedding-like get up. I was glad to finish in time for her special day!

I started with the idea of a little old-fashioned handbag. I like the coin-purse type with a fancy clasp, but the pricing on those clasps is outrageous since they are so popular right now. Thus a drawstring variety it was!

First a simple circle for the base. Then a pretty shell stitch lace chart for the sides.

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Ooo, I almost forgot to mention the beads!

I haven’t crocheted with beads in ages. But I remembered the trick I used last time: a small loop of thread through the sewing needle, then the yarn through the thread. It works a trick for stringing those beads onto the yarn.

Another tip: always string more than you think you’ll need, and before you start. 🙂
I loaded up my thread with a hundred.
I used some lovely white cotton I’ve been saving for something special.

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Once I crocheted the column as tall as I wanted, I finished it off and wove my ends.

I had planned to perhaps sew a lining, but I do prefer crochet to sewing, so ended up reattaching my thread to the base and crocheting one in double crochet.

It worked up quickly!

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The lining did come out a bit wider than the lace, I think next time I would use fewer stitches on the inside, but I was a bit short of time on this one.

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Lovely, lovely lace. ❤

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A quick weave of ribbon through the top and a little purse finished, just that quick!

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Such a lovely day spent with family to celebrate.
May we have many more!

Happy Tuesday! My your yarn slide smoothly and free of tangles…

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Second Succulent Sophie

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Hellooo and happy Tuesday!

I am a little later than usual today. 🙂

I had an adventure with my tablet…been meaning to learn how to move pictures ftom my gallery to an SD card…well, today I was forced to do so as I had so little space left my WordPress ap couldn’t update! Too many pictures = no blog.

So I went on a little adventure and decluttered and moved photos. Some to Shutterfly, some to the SD (some to both!) and then pitched a few as well…I confess I didn’t delete nearly as many as I probably should. Feeling too sentimental for that.

I did free up half my memory! Mission accomplished.

And with the ap updated, we are ready to post!

I started another Sophie’s Universe. (Shhh, yes, I know I have other things I am supposed to be working on!) Here is the link for you:
http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/sophies-universe-cal-2015/sophies-universe-cal-2015-information

I simply couldn’t resist. The tutorial is too fabulous, as is the design. Crocheters of 2-3 weeks are making these with her excellent instructions.

I wanted one for myself.
Yes, the rainbow one is for me, too…oh, dear, I am running out of excuses. 🙂

So just a little story:

We did a little master bedroom makeover a couple years back. I’m not sure how it started, but I do know we painted over the country blue walls with a soft cream– only took nine months for three coats– and spent a good bit of time trying to decide on a print for new bedding.

Couldn’t find anything I liked.

I WAS certain I knew our colors: olive, cream, chocolate and berry. I THINK I based this color scheme on our fabulous antique find: an iron bedstead with the prettiest spray of flowers…

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We got a such a bargain and it suited us perfectly. Here it is with my first Sophie and the plain brown comforter we eventually chose in the meantime, it was that or freeze!

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Isn’t she pretty? I’m looking forward to getting back to her.

So, at long last, finally deciding, I started a sister Sophie in our bedroom colors.

The center mandala

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And a few more rows

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Those gorgeous corner flowers, squaring her off

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And then my favorite part, the first row of tulips

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And, such a treat, a few extra minutes this afternoon and another few rounds. Oh, the cream background: doesn’t it bring out the flowers beautifully?

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My little helper wanted to say hellooo

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Off to hook a few more rounds! Might as well, it keeps trying to snow. In APRIL!
Have a lovely evening. ❤

Horton the Hoot Owl

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Hello, hello and happy Tuesday!

It is a gorgeous seventy degrees (my exact favorite temperature) and we have just returned from a brisk stroller walk– all over town! Lovely, lovely day.

As promised, I have a friend to introduce today. Everybody loves owls, it seems, and I had a request for a purple one! It was sweetly simple, and he turned out soooo adorably, don’t you think?

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First, I crocheted a rectangle twice as tall as I wanted. Added a few stripes toward one end to accent his belly. Folded it in half, whipstitched the edges and stuffed him to plumpness.

His eyes are made of two circles, one black/purple and the other white. I sewed them together, then sewed them to the body.

His beak is a little heart, and his feet are made of shell stitches.

Tassels on the corners make his ears, and for his wings…well, I winged it (hee hee), making a half circle shape and then sewing them at a slight angle to the sides.

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Such a fun little project, and in just a few hours.

His new little owner was delighted.

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Sweet sleeping babe. And happy Horton! He was glad to go to his forever home.

Although he might look like an owl, he isn’t much for the out-of-doors. 😀

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Happy hooking! May your yarn feed evenly and free of tangles. 😉

It’s Lambing at Woolly Thyme!

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Hello and happy Tuesday!

I have new crochet projects that I cannot show you! O.o

I am waiting on the post to deliver one as a gift…
And the other is waiting for models. 🙂 The babies are napping and I simply must include them in the photos, so, perhaps next week.

Here is a sneak peek at their birthday gifts:
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I have sooo enjoyed that project. I look forward to the big reveal!

In the meantime, we had a very special outing this past Thursday, visiting a college friend of my brother’s…taking his kids, and my kids, and grandma, and meeting their kids and well, …it was just a lot of kids! We had pizza and brownies and the very nicest time anyone could ask for.

First was pizza in the barn! The haybale doubled quite nicely as a serving table …and even a chair.
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Checking out the cows…
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Then onto the sheep!
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And the baby lambs…the children got to hold them!
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While the adults were fed, we got to see the babies run and play! They only do that at feeding time, he said, since there is so much more room with the adults out of the way.
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They were so sweet, jumping and skipping about!
Then we toured the pens with the day-old lambs…and the bottle-fed babies.
Of course we wanted to help. 🙂

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The smart ones that didn’t need hand-feeding had this handy bucket contraption for dinner time:

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Even grandma held one! And my brother joined us after his work.

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We also met a handsome llama, and a horse named Mikey.
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I think we had eleven children, between the three of us! The more the merrier. ❤
Such precious moments.
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We had the best time.

I love the simple things: friends, family, and aa roomful of kids that adore animals. What a perfect time to visit a lamb farm, too, just before Easter weekend.

He is risen! Indeed.

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Their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyThymeFarm

Happy spring!