Friday, February 26, 2010

New shipment, new store...

My new shipment of Etimo hook sets will have a new home....I 've got a new store yarnjulep at bigcartel!! And yes, there will be steel hooks. Thanks for asking. There will also be some yarn and yarn related items.

I'm hooked on Etimo!! Try them, you will be too.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Cuddly Crochet" is coming to the south....

I am so excited! Stacey Trock, author & designer of the soon to be released book "Cuddly Crochet" is coming to "set a spell" with me on the veranda, Monday, April 12, 2010!! I'll be reviewing her book and better yet interviewing her about her designs, inspirations and muses. This is going to be a blast. Oh & she is giving me an extra book for a contest give away, to which I'll be adding some extras, (definately an Etimo hook).

Y'all, just look at the cover of this book...can't WAIT to get my hands on it!! What is it about babies in animal ear hats? They just melt your heart with cuteness!!





Beads & Buds....

Leftovers from Mardi Gras and a promise of spring...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Random photos from Memory Lane...

A couple of clowns...
A beautiful kitten...
Perfecting the catnap...

Grapejuice mustache and carrots...

Happy Monday, (ugh)!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Whew...

I've been BUSY!! Had a little 5 day vacation and didn't get half the things done that I wanted. My bead campaign was a huge success but I ended up not attending the OOMM parade on Monday night. I just couldn't, I was trying to edit something that was taking more time than I had originally thought. Will tell more about that when I can. All I can say right now is "10 pages not including photos".

From the Mardi Gras 'frying pan' I've jumped right into the Ravelympics 'fire'. I boldly signed up to finish a nearly finished throw, finish crocheting beads onto an entire spool of thread, (to be used as a carrying yarn some time in the future), and to design a project.

Now this latter project is for the designer biathlon & entails designing, working up a prototype & releasing the design on Ravelry by Olympics' end. I'm designing a Marmot toy. He is about 12 " tall & so far is working out well. Here's a sneak peek of Monsieur Marmot of the Yukon.
And yes, he DOES have a pink nose, which is all they had at Hobby Lobby. I might just leave it that way. But if I decide to change it my daughter has some black nail polish that would do the trick. Oh & I was going to use big blue safety eyes but forgot until I was completely finished with the body. Note to self: if you're going to use post & washer eyes for crying out loud place them BEFORE progressing to the body!!

I think Monsieur Marmot is going to have fun hanging around playing pool & having a few beers with Brunswick & Stewie. Should be a crazy trio.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Loyal Order of The Firetruck...

Beads for Idaho installment #4....
Another 11 lbs 6 ounces for the cause as the Loyal Order of the Firetruck rolled. This was such a fun Sunday afternoon family activity.

 The Loyal Order is really just made up of anyone & everyone who wants to parade. There are scout troops, schools, families, and groups of all kinds.

The theme here is fun! Each group comes up with their own float and this is where the creativity comes in.

There were golf carts, flat bed trailors, motorcycles, pickup trucks, boats on trailors and even an antique firetruck, all serving to carry the reveler's through the abbreviated parade route.

This parade is definately one for children, of all ages and yes, even the dogs were joining in the fun.



The Mysterious Shadow Barons love Idaho...

Last Night was installment #3 of the beads for Idaho campaign. And what a near perfect night it was indeed. Relatively nice temperatures, compared to last night, fair skies & lots of happy people.

The Shadow Barons hosted a fun parade with a circus theme and the fun & excitement they exuded was contagious. We could hear the crowds hollering & cheering from blocks away...a happy sound.

Again, our sign was noticed by the float riding krewe and they showered us with the beads we were seeking to the tune of 12 lbs of delighfully garish colored swag.
Thank you Shadow Barons for showing us a good time & for showing Idaho some southern  hospitality.




Saturday, February 13, 2010

The morning after...

While driving to meet my pal Mary, for our  Saturday morning  coffee, I couldn't help but notice the 'flotsam & jetsam' of last night's parade sparkling in the dead brown grass. So after our coffee meeting, fully tanked up with caffeine, I parked along the parade route & proceeded to scavenge the shiny leftovers. I know I looked a little crazed, (me and lots of other residents as I wasn't the only one). Well, I got another 5 lbs,5 ounces for the Beads  for Idaho campaign and I only walked both sides of about 3 blocks!! Plus I got a good aerobic workout!

The beads were a little wet from laying on the ground all night, what with our "liquid snow" yesterday but they are now hanging all around my house drying. Kind of looks like the aftermath of a party in here. YAY for bead "litterbugs", Mardi Gras & Weiser Idaho 4-H-ers!!!

MOOP's LOVE Idaho...

Last night was installment #2 of the "Beads for Idaho" project. And boy was it COLD. I know, quit whining. The parade was much shorter than it normally would have been because of our gulf coast blizzard, (yes we really did see snowflakes yesterday and had temps in the 30's at parade time., which feels like 10 below for we southerners) . And just as a point of reference regarding the weather, the Krewe was allowed to wear jackets over their costumes, which ,if you recall my previous post, is usually not done. Despite the weather & the rather abridged parade, fun was had by all.

The remaining reveler's put up a valiant effort for the cause and again we racked up for the 4-H kids of Weiser, Idaho! This time our haul was 10 lbs 4 ounces. Not as much as last time but this parade was smaller & I had only 1 assistant so all things considered we "did good". The ladies of the Mystic Order of Persephone (or MOOP), love Idaho too & upon seeing our sign, showered us with beads. One of them thanked us for coming. Southern hospitality is alive and well indeed.

Thank you MOOP's for parading despite arctic weather & for participating so generously in what may become an annual Bead for Idaho movement.


Tonight we have the Shadow Barons rolling at 6:45 pm. My sign is ready and so am I. Have a great Saturday y'all and let the good times roll!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fiber-filled Valentine abundance...

I got a package today from my swap partner in Ravelry's Desert Garden Farms "Be My Fiber Valentine" swap!! Ricky from Silver Sun Alpacas was my secret partner & boy did I ever "rack up". The box was filled with 4 balls of the squishiest, prettiest, softest fiber! There's hand-dyed purple milk fiber, white bamboo, gray alpaca & silk blend & hand-dyed purple mohair. PLUS I got a little stuffed bear "bearing" kisses, Hershey's chocolate kisses to be exact. Yummmm! I'm going to have fun spinning this on my drop spindle. For now I'm just going to look at it, pet it & soak in all of it's beautful fluffiness. Thanks Ricky!!

Tastes chicken, looks like rain...

They say that fried frog legs taste just like chicken. In the same vein, snow looks just like rain.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beads for Idaho installment # 2 and the weather...

I'm just about sick of global warming. We're supposed to have snow down here tomorrow, which had better not cancel my "Beads for Idaho" plans. I've been training & limbering up all week so as not to get sore glutes , (from bending to pick up beads), like last week.

Tomorrow night will be the Mystic Order of Persephone rolling at 6:45 pm. Unless of course we see a snowflake, then all bets are off. Snow or no, it's going to be cold, but I'm ready with the fifty-eleven scarves I've knitted & crocheted. Just got to find my gloves. Glad I'm not one of the scantily clad costumed Krewe members. I've heard they aren't allowed to wear a jacket or anything "out of costume", which is usually skimpy & satiny. Nothing like cold satin against the skin. Ouch!


















Here's the perfect costume. These men were probably pretty warm at last weeks' parade, what with woolen kilts & socks.

P.S. I'll bet this bagpipe band gets a lot of parade action this time of year. First Mardi Gras then St. Patrick's day. Fun!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winter beach...






Will work for food...

Some pictures just beg to be re-visited. This one is especially cute. This cat never minded doing a little modeling, for food of course. Here he is as "Hello Kitty". I think he captured the Hello Kitty vibe beautifully.

An unexpected surprise...

Maybe some of you remember the loom my Mom was selling. Well my crafty parents located a weaving shop & studio not too terribly far from here and quite close to Gulf Shores beach and asked me to go along for the ride; to meet the lady who owns the shop/studio and to have lunch.
The shop is called Clara's Loom and it is such a jewel in the crown of our beautiful gulf coast region. The shop is located in Bon Secur, Alabama,on Highway 10, nestled under a Live Oak tree in a customized pre-fab "out building" from one of the major hardware chains. I tell you this because of the curb appeal this shop has. Proof positive of the artistic style of Celia Dionne, the owner & artist in residence.

Upon pulling into the parking lot one is struck by the creative, clever logo for her shop & business. It's a sheep, fitting for an artisan that deals in fiber-related media. But the sheep is a thumb print. Possibly hers, we didn't get a chance to ask.

As we approached the door, it appeared to be locked but the sign said "open". Not to worry, she was in her upstairs studio & the moment we tugged on the door, she told us over an intercom that she'd be right down.

Once inside we were struck by the wonderful assortment of fiber-y goodness, from washed & carded  fleece to name brand, factory spun yarns to magnificent hand-woven shawls. Gorgeous!! She also sells looms & weaving paraphenalia.
We were lucky enough to get a tour of her studio. It was there that I was bitten by the weaving bug. The triangular weaving bug to be exact. I didn't mean for it to happen & really prefer to knit or crochet, (or so I thought). With so many projects on the horizon it may be a while until I start weaving but I've stashed the inspiration in my mind, to patiently wait until that "some day".

Until then, enjoy these pictures. Oh & if you are ever in our area & you want to visit Clara's Loom she suggests that you call first as she is an active art show exhibitor. Once you see her weavings you'll see why! Gorgeous does not begin to describe her work.