Friday, January 17, 2020

Blooms, Snow, Crochet and Farm Animals

Sally's Christmas Cactus is blooming beautifully.  She had red hair so these really remind me of her.

Our weather forecasters had been predicting snow for days and days.. we had a dusting the other day and this was this morning.  It's all melted now and it's 40 deg. F.  I do hope that we have at least one real snow before Spring.  :-)

I'm almost done with the 2nd color section of my Dahlia/Lucy blanket.  I must say the colors are brightening my winter!  Another thing is these colors remind me of fire.  

These colors kind of go BOOM, don't they?

A bit closer, this stitch is easy to memorize and work on, it's a joy.

I haven't shown you my little collection of farm animals.  I put them on our entry cabinet.  Everyone comes in the back door on the deck.  We use the front door so seldom we even have a sign on the gate, "Welcome, Please Come to the Back Door".  

This little group is fairly new, I found them on Wayfair.  There is a goat, cow, sheep and pig.  What is kind of weird is they are all the same height.  LOL!  What drew me to this group is the goat.  We raised them for years and I love goats.  We also had one sheep and a "volunteer" pig that visited from the neighbors house. :-)

We've been staying close to the hearth during this time of predicted snow and to be honest, I think I must be part bear as I hibernate in the deep winter.  Do you do this?

What plans do you have for the weekend?  Any wild parties?  Jet setting around the world?  Writing the great novel of the world?  Painting a masterpiece?  Me, I'm going to crochet.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

📱Fun with Crochet and Technology 💻

📱 💻 Do you play around with the wallpaper on your computer and smart phone?  I do!  So, I took a photo of my blanket project and uploaded the image for the wallpaper on my iPhone.  Then.. I borrowed Dayle's iPhone and took a photo of the phone on top of the blanket.  I then uploaded the image to a crochet group on Facebook, "Hooked on Attic24" and have been having fun watching the reaction from the other crocheters.  So far 527 people have hit like!  :-)

This morning I thought why not make it the desktop art for my laptop?  :-)

Fun fun fun.

Google Chrome is my browser and they let you pick the "Theme" for their look.. I found this crochet one, too.  

I'm 4 colors into my 2nd run of colors on my Dahlia blanket, 11 more to go before I start on my 3rd run.  I'm enjoying the heck out of this crochet project.  

We have a few resident Anna's hummingbirds that stay here year-round - here is one of them eating some nectar from our feeder, while it snowed yesterday!  Poor little guys.  When the weather is freezing we have to keep swapping two feeders so they always have something to eat.  

How are you keeping warm this winter?  Or for my readers/friends in the Southern Hemisphere, how are you keeping cool?  :-)

((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Monday, January 13, 2020

Dahlia Blanket, Mocha and One Pot Meal

I got my 1st segment of my Dahlia blanket done!  I am on #teamrogue - in other words, I am doing my own version.  I took two colors out of the mix that I felt did not go - the powder pink was too blue and magenta didn't look right so I'm using 13 instead of 15 colors.  I was going after the ombre look where the colors kind of melt into the next one.  I'm happy with this!  I will do 4 times what I've done so far for a nice lap afghan, it's about 3 1/2 feet wide.  The last 3 blankets I did were twin bed size and too big for keeping my lap warm during the winter, this will be just right.

Ombré /ˈɒmbreɪ/ (literally "shaded" in French) is the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. It has become a popular feature for hair coloring, nail art, and even baking, in addition to its uses in home decorating and graphic design.

Here is my trolley cart all set up for my 2 blankets on the go and my finished Sweet Pea Trellis on the bottom.  The one in the middle is my Dune blanket for my Granddaughter Paige. All of these were designed by Lucy from Attic24 blog.

I taped the Dahlia blanket label that was in the bag of yarn from Wool Warehouse on the front then printed up the color sequence that Lucy did for her sample of the colors.  Lucy's 2 designs she did for this CAL are a random stripe and a color wash one. I always go rogue and choose my own arrangement, but this time I used her sample group, just removing two colors I felt didn't work with the ombre plan.

I spent many happy hours over the weekend cozied up with my dog on my lap, next to my husband in our easy chairs by the fire.  Winter bliss.

Speaking of Mocha.. she has this habit of hopping into my warm chair when I go off to do something or refill my water mug.  Then when I come back she doesn't want to move.  She rolls over and wants a belly rub.  THEN.. when I finally pick her up to move her she growls and snarls at me.  HMPH!  I'm trying to train her to get DOWN.. but it's slow going.  

This is her curled up in her daddy's arms while he has his cheerios.  Yes, she gets a few of them.  Which is why she's curled up there.  She's "food motivated".  :-)

We made another good One Pot Meal that turned out very good.  You put uncooked rice in the bottom of the cast iron pot, add some chicken stock and a bit of water, put your chicken over that and lots of veggies, we put 2 slices of bacon on the top which adds a TON of flavor to this and some teriyaki sauce.  YUM!

I went to my DAR meeting this morning so I'm doing this blog post after getting back home.  Have a super week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Blanket Start and Snake Flowers

Happy Friday everyone!  I've enjoyed the beginning of my Lucy at Attic24 blog Dahlia CAL!  It's always a challenge starting a new pattern but I've got it memorized so should be good to the end.  I'm on my 5th color and love how this is looking so far.  

But lets start at the beginning... when I'm doing my starting chain I used to lose count and have to start over on the count.. many times.  SO.. I got some stitch markers and add one to each 10 I chained.  She has you use a bigger size hook for the chain and 1st row which is brilliant as sometimes the first row is tight and isn't elastic.. this way it is perfect.

The 3rd row is where you begin with the "spike stitch".  One thing to learn doing Lucy's designs is she uses British crochet terms and her "treble crochet" is the US double crochet.  

I love the ombre look of the dark red, true red, then orange red.

Then orange, bright yellow and light yellow.  After this row we'll be merging into some pinks.  

More adventures in one-pot meals.  This one was a real winner!  We created it up so I am going to call it Country BBQ Chicken.  We layered it this way - rub the inside of the pot with olive oil, chicken thighs on the bottom, drizzled with BBQ sauce, then whole tiny potatoes, sliced carrots, zucchini and celery, asparagus, mushrooms and 2 slices of bacon, cut in half.  Salt, pepper and garlic powder sprinkled on the chicken, and a bit of salt and pepper on the veg above it.  In the oven at 450 deg. F for 45 minutes.  

The juices from all of this made a sauce that we spooned over the top.  

I volunteered at Multnomah Falls with my sister Denise yesterday and we had lots of fun conversations with visitors from all over the globe.  This group was fun, I recognized an Aussie accent from the man on the right and I asked is he was from there and he was.  We told him how sorry we were for the devastating fires in his country and the massive loss of animals, the count is now at half a billion to as much as a billion deaths.  So very sad.  We noticed that they were using our park stamps in their real passports - which was fun.  When I told them I designed the art in the stamp they asked if they could take my photo.  LOL!  So, I then asked if I could take their photo and put it on my blog.  So, meet - from left, from Canada, Rav and Annie, and from Australia, Celine and Jeremy.  Then I gave them my blog address so they can see this post.  :-)

Last night the flower on my Snake Plant (Sansiveria) was at its peak so here is a photo.  Dayle smelled it and said it's a slight sweet aroma.

I wonder how many years until this blooms again?  

I am going to crochet today and see how the new colors will look at the Dahlia Blanket..  what are your plans today and the weekend?  Have a good one whatever it is!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Shell Blanket Update and Snake Plant Flowers

Hello my dear readers!  How is your 2020 going so far?  I thought I'd give you an update on how my 2nd Dune blanket is coming along for my granddaughter Paige.  There will be 4 color repeats and I've just finished 2, so I'm half done!  Yay!  I just love how the pattern makes rows of sweet little shells.

This is one section of colors, the bottom is the sandy beach, then the ocean colors of aqua, then pinks and purples of a sunset then 4 shades of blue for the sky.  :-)

I changed out some of the colors in Lucy's original color collection for this one.  This is the whole thing so far, it will be twice this big with a border of two rows of shells.  Today I'm going to start on my new Dahlia blanket as I want to see how it will look.  But I'll still be working on this one too.  Think I will?  :-)

Our kitchen area rugs were getting old and ragged so we just got these new ones and I'm loving how they brighten up the space!

The flowers Dayle gifted me with are still doing beautifully!  Look at this amazing Stargazer Lily bloom.  

Part of eating healthier is making good choices when you go out lunch, we usually do that when running errands.  I got this crab salad at Elmer's restaurant.  It was DELISH!

I promised to show you the flowers on my Snake Plant aka Mother-in-law's Tongue plant and so here they are as of now.  All the buds aren't open but I'd say 1/3 are.  Neat, huh?

I'll make sure and take another photo when all the buds are open, that will be something.

I want to thank those of you who shared your environmental saving ideas in your comments on my last post.  I've ordered 2 wool dryer balls and we'll not buy fabric softeners any longer, thanks Tonya!  We also ordered an EcoBall for doing laundry and won't buy chemically loaded detergent any longer, thanks Michelle.  I'm glad we're all thinking of ways to Reuse, Recyle and Repurpose!!  And say no to more plastic.  
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Monday, January 6, 2020

New Blanket Project and Roasting Meals

I organized the yarn in my red trolley for the CAL (crochet a long) organized by my blog friend Lucy at Attic24.  I've printed up the pattern and the color sequence I'll be using and I'm set to go!  

Here are the colors, this project will bring joy and color to our grey cold winter months.  I'm going to do a gradient pattern of the colors, so that they melt into each other.  

We're working on our healthier eating regime and have brought out a cookbook we have called "Glorious One-Pot Meals".  You layer your meat and veg, season it, oil the inside of the pot and lid and put it in a 450 deg. oven for 45 minutes and Voila! Dinner!  There are all kinds of very interesting ingredient combinations.  

Our older 2 quart green pot does great for a 2 person meal, but we wanted to roast whole chickens so we got this 4 quart one so we can roast bigger portions of meat so we can have leftovers.  

You need a good heavy cast iron pot for roasting in a 450 deg. oven and these do the trick.

Dayle made this dinner last night, it's called "Honey Spice Pork Chops" and called for cinnamon, ginger and cloves!  

This recipe also called for mustard and honey.  

Last Thursday Dayle went in for an overnight sleep study.  He didn't sleep hardly at all so they may require he come back.  Poor Mocha missed her daddy the whole time and sat with me keeping an eye on the door.  

One part of eating healthier is making good choices when you go out to eat.  We went to Chinese dinner over the weekend and instead of the fried shrimp I ordered stir-fried shrimp and green beans.  

My fortune.  :-)

Mocha kept me company while I read up on the pattern for the blanket.  :-)

I was reading the latest issue of the US Country Living magazine and saw this - an old piano stool being used as a side table.  WELL.. I've been looking for an old stool to put my coffee and phone on next to my chair... 

So, I did a search on Facebook Marketplace and found this one for a fair price and so I made arrangement to pick it up from the seller on Saturday.  It works out perfect!  

My question to you is: It's been painted and I'm not fond of the color... should I paint it in a milk paint white?  Or would you strip it back to it's dark mahogany finish?  Or sand it back to raw wood?

I want to share with you something I got in an effort to limit my use of plastic.  Glass straws!  This set that I got on Amazon has 2 bamboo carrying cases, 2 cleaning tools and 5 glass straws.  PLUS - I'm so proud of Oregon, as of January 1st it's against the law to use one use plastic shopping bags.  We've been using re-usable ones for years and now everyone has to!  Can you share in the comment section ways that you are helping the environment?

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)