Wrap Bracelets

I brought home a new skill from Wyoming!  My sister-in-law, Christine was kind enough to show me how to make these leather wrap bracelets.   I love them!

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I’ve made two of them so far.  Actually, the one below is one that Christine gave me.

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Here is the other one I made.

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I do not like to sew.  I did sew my son’s nursery decor by myself; crib bedding, crib bumpers, and curtains.  I can sew.  I just do not enjoy it much.  I prefer knitting.  Hand sewing the beads on the leather bracelets is nice though.  I’m enjoying it.

I’m enjoying it so much, I’ve started a new stash.

It’s a beautiful day here and we’ve got three grandkids over playing today.  Currently, two of them are jumping on the trampoline with the kids next door.  One has gone home for a nap.

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This is the usual reaction to Len.  He is always making someone laugh out loud.

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Len gave the kids a ride in front of the house.  The other kids had helmets.  Luke was insistent for his turn too, so we had to give him a little ride.  No helmet, but going very slow and only as far as our neighbor’s house.

Happy Sunday!

 

Tammy

Princess party

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Jourdyn had her 6 year-old  birthday party.  I made those tutu’s and hats for party presents.  Each guest had a solid color tutu and Jourdyn’s tutu was a rainbow of colors and glitter since she was the birthday girl.  Each girl got to take her tutu and hat home.  Her mom had it set up that they could decorate their own cupcakes.  A baker came over and brought all the supplies.  It was awesome!  She will remember this party forever.  I know I would if I were her.

 

 

I learned to make the tutu here: Crochet headband tutu tutorial. It is easy and there is no sewing.  You will not need a needle and thread at all.  You need 2 rolls of tulle to make one skirt..  Then use what you have left for the hats.

I found the party hats at Hobby Lobby and cut the tips off.   I tied a few strands of tulle together and tied a knot at one end.   I pulled the tulle through the new hole in the top of the hat.  The knot prevented it from pulling all the way through.

I love making special childhood memories.

One of the little party goers told me of  something I forgot.  She wanted to know where her wand was.    I  made cookies, shapes of a star, and found how to make a wand, but I ran out of time.  I made all those 5 tutus in one day.  It took all day.  I had to take some Alleve in the middle of the night because my forearm muscles were aching so much.  I should have made the star wands….  A little girl called me out.  She knew.  Wands were needed.

 

 

Photos are from Pinterest.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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I hope all the Mother’s out there had a great day.  Whether spending time with your family, or just having a quiet day off, I hope your day was great.

We had a crab/shrimp boil and all my kids came over along with my mom and dad.  We all had an amazing meal and had a great time.

Now that the house is clean again, the kitchen quiet, and we are back to our “normal”. I’m going to work on my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry. It’s a good day to catch up on the “Outlander” marathon that I recorded on DVD to binge watch!   Knitting…Outlander…a beautiful spring day…….

Happy Knititng

 

Tammy

 

She did learn something!

I’m a pretty proud Momma right now.  Pardon me while I pat Lindy and myself on our backs.

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My baby girl has moved out on her own into her first place.  She shares a house with 2 of her friends.  As you know, I’m working on a family cookbook for her.  She was like, “Mom!  I don’t know how to cook.  I need those recipes.”   I felt a little shame, actually, as I was writing that post about the cookbook.  I thought that I had failed her as a mother a little bit, because I wasn’t more firm in teaching her how to cook.  I thought maybe I made a mistake and should have made her help me cook more.  I enjoyed cooking for my family, so I did, I cooked.   She helped me when she wanted to help me.  She cut up some things, and stirred some things, and helped me put groceries away.  She occasionally came with me when I grocery shopped.  She often just sat and chatted with me while I cooked.

She made her first grocery store run to stock her new refrigerator at her new place.

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Lindy’s kitchen

She actually made spaghetti for herself and her roommates.  One roommate, opened the refrigerator, took a good look, and said she wouldn’t eat any of that stuff.  She also turned her nose up at Lindy’s spaghetti (it had onions in it).     She tells me that this roommate went to the grocery store to get her own things, and came back with Pop Tarts, crackers, and cereal.     Lindy had loaded up the refigerator with milk, eggs, OJ, fresh produce, fruit, etc.  All the things you need to cook with.

Did ya’ll catch that?  Lindy made spaghetti!  She did it all by herself!  No recipe.  Nothing.    She made it from memory of watching me make it and helping cut things up and stir.  She does know how to cook!  It’s in her!  She may not think she knows, but she knows!

Lindy tells me her roommates love her because she is the only one that knows how to cook!    She learned!   She learned just from hanging out with me.  I LOVE IT!  I didn’t fail!  I did good!

Look what her and her friend, Hannah made!  Banana Bread minus the nuts!

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Lindy and Hannah’s Banana Bread (minus the nuts)

I don’t like nuts, and apparently, my daughter doesn’t either.   Hence “minus the nuts”.

I had to share!

 

Tammy

 

 

 

 

Lady Eleanor

I have finally finished The Lady Eleanor stole.  I started this about 6 years ago and I’ve finished it today!  It wasn’t that it was hard, it’s just, after awhile, I get bored with a pattern and will set it aside.  I get distracted with other projects, and sometimes, it takes a while to get back to a project.  Interestingly, this is one of my favorite things I’ve knit.  I’m not sure why it took me 6 years to finally finish it.

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Not sure what happens to my shawl pins either!   I seem to loose the stick that goes thru the pin.  Hence, my knitting needle as a temporary shawl pin.   I just love this! I love the rustic feel of it.  I love that you can wear it with jeans, it’s stunning.  The Entrelac pattern looks difficult, but it’s not.  You pick up stitches and it’s comprised of short rows.   You can find this pattern in “Scarf Style” by Pam Allen.  It’s a book and you can find it on Amazon.  The yarn is “Silk Garden” by Noro.

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I’ve also made my grandson, Luke, a couple hats.  This is called “The Hudson Hat” by Lindsay Baker.  I found it on Ravelry.   I did not include the side ties.  I just made the hat part.

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We were playing outside this weekend with the grandkids.  Can you believe our grass is still green in December?  Talk about global warming.  We’ve just lost the leaves off the trees.  You can see some still have their leaves.  Unusual weather.  We always have a good time with the grandkids.   I think I still have a small child that lives within me.  I’m great when the kids are younger.  It’s those teenage years that I’m not very good at.

 

My husband, Len, loves Tom Selleck.   My cousin, Jennifer, got to meet him at The Cowboy Hall of Fame for some special event.  She just became the president of the Oklahoma National Realtor’s Association.   That’s a big deal.   She’s amazing.  Beautiful personality.  I am more of an “Auntie” to them more than a cousin.  She is one of three female sister cousins.  Crazy how life and distance change things.  I don’t see any of my cousins very often.  When I do, it’s like time hasn’t passed and the love and affection remains.

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Here is an updated picture of Max.  He’s about 6 months old now.  Handsome!

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Last, but definitely not the least, is a picture of my son John with his son Luke.  BEAUTIFUL.  My heart is filled with love!   I don’t remember the verse, but somewhere in the Bible, it says that a woman’s children are her crown.  Watching Lauren fall in love with her baby is just so much more than words can say.  Lauren is mine.  I’ve adopted her.  I love her.  She’s my daughter and she’s my friend.  Life sure has times of despair and sadness, but right now, mine is filled with love, beauty, and happiness.

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Huge piece of my heart is right here!!!!

Cowl days

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Lauren and Lindy, my daughters, wearing their cowls today.

Lauren is 9 months pregnant here!  You can hardly tell in this photo.  At the weekly doctor check, we’ve found out Luke is full term and can arrive any day now.  He is officially due on Nov 15, but he’s ready any time.  We can’t wait to meet the little guy!  He’s already loved so much!

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Lindy is modeling the cowl I just finished for Bailey.  I’m going to make a matching hat and maybe some gloves too, if I have enough yarn.   I made one for Lindy too, but she took it home already.  Her cowl was white on the outside with a variegated blue for the inner stripe.  Lauren and Lindy are wearing the same cowl, it’s just in different yarns/colors.  It’s super easy, add on 90-120 stitches and it’s knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.  12 stripes of main color, then 6 stripes of alternating colors, then 6-9 rows of  contrast color, then 6 stripes of alternating color, then finish with 12 stripes of main color.

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Bailey, with Henry, in Wyoming.

This is Len’s beautiful daughter, Bailey, who lives in Wyoming.  I just noticed uploading this photo that I made her those boot toppers too.    I gave them to her at her wedding and there was so much commotion that I wondered if she ever actually got them.  Apparently she did!  Cool!  I made her an Alpaca Cowl of ivory and her kitty cat had a litter of kittens in her scarf basket.   I made her this red one to replace it.  It’s the Gap-tastic Cowl on Ravelry.   It’s just a seed stitch pattern throughout, easy.

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Lauren just finished this poncho.  This is Crochet!  Isn’t it pretty!?  I absolutely LOVE that poncho’s are back in style!  I’m a child from the 70’s, so I’m poncho friendly!  I wore one today for grocery shopping at Target today.  LOVE them!

I got in on the fun too!

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Gourmet Yarn Co last SALE day is tomorrow.  50% off all yarn 75% off needles and accessories.   I believe it’s the very last day they will be in business.   Have fun stocking up!  They still have a lot of yarn.   It will be worth the trip.   That Alpaca yarn sure is costly.   Those Alpaca cowls are $60 worth of yarn alone.  I think I’ll stock up on a bit more.