Sunday, September 25, 2011
When I have time, I love to crochet. I learned how to crochet when I was about 8 years old. My mom, grandma and several aunts and cousins all crocheted. I would love to sit near them and watch the doilies being completed in a whir of fingers, metal hooks and thread. The finished products were so beautiful--many of which I still treasure today.
My mom crocheted doilies, (Her favorite was the pineapple stitch.) but she also occasionally made an afghan. One afghan, in particular, was a multicolor/black granny-square afghan. I loved that afghan. I would sit with it on my lap, using a pen or pencil to mimic her motions with a crochet hook. In my mind, I was crocheting. :)
But soon, as I grew, "fake crocheting" didn't prove to be very fulfilling. I wanted to be part of this elite "crocheting club," so one day my cousin showed me how to crochet a chain. I crocheted during every spare minute and I swear that first chain must have been a mile long! Soon after, I learned about single crochets and double crochets. I made tiny hats and dresses for my dolls. Once, I even got in trouble in third grade for crocheting when I should have been reading. The nerve of that teacher to take the semi-finished dress for my Baby Chrissy doll away from me until the end of the day. (Don't worry, Miss S. I've forgiven you!)
So, while I love crocheting, I prefer the thick yarn. I like making blankets. It's my sister, Linda, who actually makes the beautiful, delicate flowers for my Cozies. She can whip one of them out in a matter of minutes. I swear she has every color of crochet thread that a person can buy! I love watching her crochet, too. Her fingers race just like my grandma's fingers. Before I know it, there's a "garden" growing on my sewing table.
Recently, a friend of mine posted a card she made with one of Linda's flowers. (Check out Stephanie's blog here.) Nice, huh?
Thanks, Linda, for being the best sister in the world, all-around nice person, a lover of God, and a flower-crocheter extraordinaire :)
This is one of my newest Cozies. I call it "Bright Blooms." It features an aqua-colored flower attached with a red button.
If you are interested in purchasing any of Linda's flowers, check out her Etsy shop, "Charming Crochet."
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Welcome to Kathy's Cozies--your last stop on today's Disney Pixar Blog Hop. If you just came from Chomas Creations, then you are at the right place. :)
In case you're not familiar with Kathy's Cozies, it's a blog that features quilted covers for most of your scrapping machines. For today's blog hop, I created something special that goes with our Disney-Pixar theme. Can you guess what it is?
I know what you're thinking...and no, it's not that! :) Actually, the picture above shows the product inside-out. Try this shot:
If you guessed a Mickey Mouse scrap bag, you're right! Who doesn't need at least one of these?
Each scrap bag is fully lined and contains interfacing, which enables the bag to
stand on it's own.
The bags measure aproximately 11 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 4 inches deep. They can be cuffed to adjust the height.
I will be giving away 2 of these handy little scrap bags in honor of today's hop. One winner will be picked randomly from all of the comments left on this post. Just tell me who your favorite Disney character is.
Another winner will be randomly chosen from all the posts I receive on my Facebook page. Enter both places to double your chances of winning!
For more information on Kathy's Cozies, you can check out my Etsy shop, Facebook page, or Photobucket site.
In case you missed one of the stops on today's hop, here's the full list. Happy Hopping!
Friday, September 23, 2011
So how many ways can you make a black/white/pink damask Cozy? At least 3!
This is a brand-new damask fabric that combines a black outline with a hot pink center. It's elegant, but fun. The embellishment is a beautiful filigree button.
This Cozy features a black and white damask print, trimmed in pink. The black strips on either side of the middle strip add an eye-popping contrast to the Cozy.
This Imagine Cozy features a larger damask print. I normally would have made pink ends for this Cozy, but a new friend requested printed ends, with a narrow pink band on the seam. I love this look!
Have a great day!