Sunday, January 22, 2017

Little crocheted gifts!

Hello 
and 
Happy Sunday to y'all!
Sorry I meant to post pictures of my 
travel adventure today but as always I
got sidetracked with a few other projects and
haven't quiet mastered to sort 
through all the pictures I took!
Also still trying to get used to some new software 
on my computer, which frustrates me more then I can tell!
But besides fighting with technology I got some 
small gifts done for family and friends.
This adorable crochet "Spiral Beanie"
also called "Divine Hat" is a gift for our 
sweet Auntie in Louisiana. 
 I found two patterns, the one I used came from Ravelry
the other from Logenberry Handmade is very similar,
both are very easy to crochet.
I used 1 skein Lion Brand "Heartland" in Hot Springs.
 And yes I had to add a flower pin to fancy it up!
 Kind of hate to let the hat go, the longer I look at it
the more I fall in love with the purple beauty!
I guess I just have to make another one for myself!  

My other little project was a home warming gift
for a co-worker who is moving 
into her first apartment.
So exited for her!
 Crochet coasters in different colors.
I used "I Love this Cotton" yarn but any yarn will do.
Coaster pattern.
 Adorned with a little hand stamped tag...
... added some kitchen utensils, dish towels,
 all put in a large measuring cup,
wrapped up pretty
and ready for delivery!

Thank you so much for stopping by
hope you seen a project you liked
and want to try!
Have a wonderful week
and happy crafting!
To next time!

Diana

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hello
and 
Happy New Year to everyone!
Hope you had a great start to the new Year,
for us it was a bit crazy,
but that's a story for another post,
just a little hint,
it involves a surprise visit,
a DITY move
and
a 1440 mile road trip.
I only can say the old year ended and 
the  new year started with a
wonderful adventure!
 I promise I will share pictures at my next post!

Today I would like to share a little 
"Thank you card"
I made for all my wonderful friends
and family,
to thank them for all their pretty
Christmas gifts!
 This little snowflake card was super easy 
and fast to make!
 Snowflake is a Sizzix die cut and I added a rhinestone for some sparkle.
 The snowflake embossing folder came from Stampin'Up!
 The little banner pieces add a bit of color 
to the snowy card.
 A snowy thank you to everyone!

And before I went of on my crazy adventure
I finished another Messy Bun Hat.
 I used 1 skein of Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn.
 This is how the finished top looks, crocheted around the hair elastic.
 with the pretty button is actually a removable pin I made.
Another beauty finished!

 Looking back on 2016, it was a crazy busy year for our family,
lots of changes, some good some we had to adjust to, 
empty nesting is not quiet as fun as I thought it was,
adding Army Mom to my Army spouse title filled me with
immense pride but also new worries,
I cry a bit more now those days,
("I be home for Christmas" made me bawl like a baby because 
I know our soldier probably was not coming home for Christmas)
   so yes,
2016 was a mixed bag of ups and downs,
 and I'm really  looking forward to see
what adventures 2017 has in store for us,
"Yes" I have a lot of good intentions and
new years resolutions, 
but I think this year I will go a bit more with
the flow and "not" stress so much over things
I can not change anyways!

 With this I wound like to thank everyone
who is been visiting my little blog
for all your support,
the sweet comments you leave
and all the inspiration!
Thank you!
I hope the new year will bring 
you and your family
everything you hope and dream for!

Happy New Year!

Diana

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A bit of Christmas Joy!

Hello
and happy Sunday to y'all!
How are you enjoying this crazy weather?
Close to 70 yesterday and waking up to the 20th
this morning with icy roads and flurries.
Well I hate to admit it but I'm not jumping up and down about it!
Anyway, a good day to stay indoors and get crafty
and since we only have one more week
to Christmas I would like to share my 
Christmas card with you today.
"Joy"
my primitive Christmas card.
 I decided on something a bit different this year,
no stamping, 
all die cuts and punches and 
a little embossing in the background.
Poinsettia is a Marianne Design die.
The background panel was embossed with a
Pine Needles embossing folder from RG.
Joy and greenery was cut with Sizzix dies.
The primitive wreath is a Spellbinder die.
I added a few little snow flakes just for fun and sparkle.
Simple but beautiful!
And while making our Christmas cards I had
another idea,
a matching banner!
Made exactly like the card with the only exception
that the letters where cut with the Cricut cartridge
"Sophisticated".  

And last but not least,
I joined the craze of making
"Messy Bun Hats".
This is my first one.
The hat looked a bit plain so I added the crochet flower 
with a sparkly button.
The hat pattern by Stacey Keele Thorngren is also found on 
Perfect for cold winter days!

Thank you so much for dropping by,
stay warm and safe!
Wishing you and your families
a joyous Holiday season!
Merry Christmas!

Diana

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Proud Mom and the Hustle and Bustle of the Season!

Hello 
and
Happy Sunday to y'all!
Can you believe it's the second of Advent already,
3 more weeks to Christmas,
and I'm running so...o behind on everything
including posting on the blog!
Sorry, but I have a great excuse,
our youngest son graduated from OSUT.
We are so proud of him and
Yes, we made the trip to Georgia twice over the last
30 days to visit for Family Day and
for the Turning Blue Ceremony/Graduation!
 Our little boy all grown up,
I'm tearing up just typing this post,
but adding Army Mom to my title makes 
me very very proud!
 Words can not describe what I felt that day.
Proud and sad at the same time,
knowing that in just a few short moments we had 
to say goodbye to him
and he was leaving for his new duty station.
It's hard to put it into words and I know
I will never stop worrying about him.
---
Finally got his picture framed and
working on the embellishments.
Not quiet done yet, 
I want to add all his duty stations and dates
 onto the right site of the frame but
haven't figured out how yet.

 Our handsome Infantryman!

And finally after all the hustle and bustle
of traveling we finally got our tree up this weekend.
 Same ornaments as last year with the 
exception of.. 
 ... Mr. Mouse and
 ... Mrs. Mouse.
Found these two adorable critters at a
Cracker Barrel Store somewhere between
Kentucky and Georgia.
Very appropriate ornaments for a household
 with 3 cats.
 And my gigantic stocking is hung too.
HeHe, looks like I been a real good girl this year!!! 
 Love using bottle brush trees for decorations,
actually you can find them all over our house
and not just around the holiday season.
 Another new addition to our 
Christmas decorations is this little
ladder made out of old tobacco sticks and
chicken wire.
Hope to display some of our Christmas Cards
on this little ladder. 
My old quilt stocking.
I adore old and new quilts,
so whenever I come across something made out of 
old quilt pieces it is hard for me to resist not to buy.

I hope you enjoyed the little tour 
through my 
Christmas decor!?
How is your Christmas decorating coming along?

Thank you so much for stopping by,
hope you have a wonderful
Holiday Season!

Diana



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Card for a Hero!

Hello 
and
Happy Veterans Day
weekend
to everyone!
Sorry I'm a bit late posting this 
Veterans Day Card 
but it was a last minute project
and I wasn't quiet sure it would get finished in time.
But here it is, my card for my "Hero's",
my wonderful husband, who served over 20 years in the US Army
and our son who decided to follow in his Dad's footsteps!
So proud of both of them!
 The card is a double Z fold card.
Boots and little dog-tag were cut with the
Cricut cartridge "Stand and Salute".
The stamp "Hero" is from "Paper inspirations". 
 Soldier with Flag came from the Stampin'Up! set
"The Free & the Brave".
 On the back of the card I wrote:
"Real Heroes don't wear Capes!
Real Heroes wear Dog Tags and Combat Boots!"

To all the Veterans out there
"Thank you from the bottom of my hear
for your courageous unselfish service and sacrifice!".

  And at the end, a few more Fall Pumpkins.
 This little pumpkin trio will be a gift for a very
special person,
my sweet daughter-in-law,
who is celebrating a birthday this week!
Aren't they adorable?
Well, it's time to quit the pumpkin production and
start thinking about Christmas.
I know, how crazy is that but
I hate to tell you, it's right around the corner!

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy Veterans Day 
to all the Heroes out there!

Diana

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone
and
Happy Halloween 
to y'all!

I'm not sure about it all,
but with temperatures in the 80th for
Trick -or-Treating we might have to put those treats
on ice or they might melt before they make it home!
Anyway I'm not complaining, 
enjoying every bit of warm weather we can still get 
before the Brrrr... season starts.

I haven't been overly creative the last few weeks,
just trying to get all my started projects finished 
before diving into something new.
But I added one more little thing to my 
Halloween decor,
a little skull frame.
 Very easy to make, frame and stamp came out of Michael's 
$ bins and the paper is just a piece of scrap I had laying around.
 While digging through my Halloween decorations I came 
across this little door-hanging.
WoW, it sure is ancient, I made it when the boys were
still little and I thought I should try my hands on quilting.
I confess, it was a very short lived experiment and 
the little Jack-o-Lantern hanging is all I have to show for.
Heads off to all the quilters out there, I admire your talent!!!

And last but not least...
 ... Hurrah...
... it's finished!
My little afghan is finally done!
Time to snuggle up under it, well, 
I might have to wait for cooler temps do do so!
Anyway, now I have time to knit more Pumpkins, LoL,
 for my Thanksgiving decorations that is!

Hope you enjoyed looking around!
Have a Safe and 
Happy Halloween!
Thank you so much for your visit!

Diana


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Pumpkins, Pumpkins...

Pumpkins everywhere!
Good Sunday morning to y'all!
Well I did a little detour with my
knitting needles this week!
This time through the Pumpkin Patch, LoL!
But it was well worth it,
they are absolutely adorable!
 They are true stash busters,
anything goes, 
because shape or size don't matter.
 Little bitty...
 ... or large.
 From sock yarn to cotton and anything in between.
They are just to cute!
I meant to make them last year but never gotten around to,
but I'm glad I did them this year 
and
I already have a few more colors lined up.
Here are a few links to the patterns I used:
and

I promise they are super fast and easy to make
and the best of all,
you can't just stop with one!!!
Ask my Hubby, 
because there are now
Pumpkins, Pumpkins everywhere!!!

Have a wonderful day
and
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Knitting, maybe "Pumpkins"?!

Diana