Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Days

Hello There Everybody!
I have been away for 
FAR TOO LONG!!!
I don't know where the time has gone.
In May I became Grammy again to this 
Cute Little Fella
Parker
who is pictured here with his proud 
Big Sister
Gabby.
So this is one reason {or two actually!}
I have been kept fairly busy all Summer ~
and off the computer :-)
Chelsea returns to work next week and I will have
Mr. Parker 3 days a week.
Then in September
my daughter
Hilary
is due to have a 
BOY.
The Grammy Business
is in full swing here!
I have missed all of you however
and plan to get back into the magical 
Land of Blog.
I have crocheted and knit
SO MANY 
things
it is hard to know where to begin.
What with the baby mania
{in about a week my sister will by Grammy for the first time also, to a BOY as well}
plus I am getting ready for a big Craft Fair
in the middle of September.

The Pot Holders are a current
Custom Order
on my 
Etsy Shop.
The beautiful embroidered tablecloth was a gift from my
 Mother in Law.
She bought it in 
Italy
32 years ago 
and decided she no longer needs it.
Lucky me!
It fits my dining room table perfectly :-)))

Happy, Happy Day to You ALL!
I hope & pray you are all well.
xo
  xo
Danette

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rosy Heart Hat for Eliza

Back sometime ago, 
I think in February,
I crocheted this 
to put on a hat.
You may remember me showing it in a previous post
along with the beginning of the hat.
The free pattern for the knitted hat can be found
Well.....
Life got busy and the whole project found its way 
to the bottom of my work basket.
Yesterday it surfaced looking like the last picture 
and I decided it was TIME to FINISH IT!
The hat is an I Love You Gift for Eliza
who lives across the street from me.
Little Miss Eliza was born the day before my birthday.
This June she will turn 3 and I will turn 50.
We have been joined at the heart since the moment 
we met when she was only 2 days old.
On the day Eliza celebrated her second birthday
this is what I saw when I looked out my front window.
Who could not fall in love with such sweetness?!
She almost never actually walks.
Instead she ...
hops,
spins,
dances
&
twirls.
And oftentimes she's doing it all in a pink tutu :-)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Fling

I keep trying real hard to coax Spring weather
into my little corner of the world.
Everything I make looks like I'm on a 
definite Spring Fling!
When I saw this sweet crocheted amigurumi hat pincushion
in the latest Simply Crochet issue I knew I would have to 
give it a go :-)
Isn't it too darn cute?!!
Even its backside is pretty.
And it's nice for those of us who play with 
yarn because it holds anything
from regular pins and needles
to darning needles.
Of course I have also had my hands in a few 
more Springtime baby hats...
First a Flop Eared Bunny of my own design.
Flaunting a fluffy tail :-)
And a precious wee lamb hat.
I tweaked the original pattern here and there but only a very little.
The pattern was written by 
I actually purchased it from Craftsy.

I have been like a chicken
{notice I didn't say "Spring chicken"}
without a head lately
with so much yarn flying left and right.
I've been working at stocking my Etsy Shop,
taking care of some local orders,
teaching more knitting and crochet lessons 
than I usually do this time of year
plus....
getting ready for 
babies.
As it turns out 
Both
of my daughters are expecting them!!! 
Woo ~ Hoo !!! :-)))
Also, my sister is going to be Grammy for the first time.
In May I will have a grandson, 
in August my sister will have a grandbaby
in September I will have another grandbaby.
We are still waiting to find out what the other two babes are.
I will get back to you as soon as I know.
After this never ending Winter
it's sure going to be a 
glorious Spring & Summer around here :-)))

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bunnies Make Me Smile

What is it about
Bunnies?!
Or even just things made to look like bunnies...
with bunny ears
&
bunny tails.
They're just so 
cotton pickin' cute!
I have been working hard on my Etsy Shop.
Some of the bunnies have hopped on
and a few have already hopped off :-)
Here is a little 
Bunny Parade...

The first 3 are Pocket Bunnies.

The next few are Bunny Egg Cozies.
I did this little fella for myself in a crochet pattern
I had never tried before.
{As I am allergic to chocolate I figured this is a good way to sneak a bit of it in}
While I think he's cute,
I prefer the Debbie Bliss knitted version.
The only thing I change about the pattern is I convert it to 
knitting in the round.
I really don't see any reason to knit them 
flat and seam them
when it's so much quicker and easier
to do them up on double pointed needles.
I hope you have enjoyed this early 
Springtime Parade
because
that's
The End

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dreaming in Color

Okay~
Snow is beautiful
fluffy
sparkly
&
white
and I DO love it
but...
I am practically gasping for some 
Color
in  my world,
as I am anxiously awaiting 
Spring!!!
So I have grabbed every bit of colorful yarn 
I can get my hands on and crocheted 
some pretty doilies out of  my beautiful new book
by
Nicki Trench.
They are crocheted using 
dk weight yarn to make them
a bit heavier than a typical doily
{part of the overall charm}.
The pattern name is 
Vintage-style Vase Coaster.
They are so much fun to make!
Playing around with all of the color choices
is absolutely addictive :)))
I went from
Bright & Cheery
to 
 Springtime Soft
to
Jewel Tone.
I'm loving it!
I always love projects by Nicki Trench!
And one more 
Color Pop
before I say 
Toot~a~Loo
to all of you for now
My next post will have bunnies running amuck!
This one will grow up to be 
an Easter gift 
for my sweet little
Gabby.
I will give you the details of where
you can find the pattern 
when I show it all done up
{with a happy little face and backside}.

Have a lovely day!
And sneak in as much
Color
as you possibly can!

With Love,
Danette

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

For the Love of Hearts

Yes ~ I know Valentine's Day is behind us
but I have just a few more hearts
to show you.
{Then I promise to move onto something else in my next post!}
I really do just have a great love for 
hearts!
The first three are new on my Etsy Shop.
I added some charms and a Swarovski crystal to 
the 
Plus I attached a vintage doily
crocheted by my husband's great aunt in the 1940's.
The 
heart has a little heart and key charm sewn to it,
along with another vintage doily 
crocheted by the same ancestor.
For the 
I crocheted three roses with pearl centers.
{I ran out of Great~Aunt Gladys's doilies}.

I also made two more hearts that were 
Valentine gifts for special friends.
A nice Red one for Krista.
And for Amy...
A pretty Cranberry one.

*Please pray for my sweet friend Amy~
she is battling breast cancer right now.*

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Blessings,
Danette

Friday, February 14, 2014

Queen of Hearts

I'm beginning to feel like the
Queen of Hearts.
In the last couple of weeks I have made more
knitted & crocheted hearts
than ever before.
And I have loved 
every single stitch!
I had a little help with this one.
Mercedes jumped into to help when it was time to make the rose :-}
This is my Valentine to my sister.
Bridget loves Valentine's Day.
I found the link to the pattern
on Attic 24.
The sweet little rose is Lucy's pattern for 
May Roses.
You can find it 
Another new pattern I have fallen in love with is this 
Rosy Heart
This crochet pattern can be found at
I am working on a hat for my friend Erin's little girl Eliza.
Miss Eliza and I are good buddies :-)))
She was born one day before my birthday.
This June
she will turn 3
& the next day I will turn 50. 
Friendship is always a matter of the heart;
not bound by age.
I will show you all the hat when I get it done.
It's my current WIP.
Erin and her family live across the street from me.
She has 4 daughters {Eliza is #3}.
For Valentine's Day 
I crocheted each of them a small
heart-shaped washcloth.
I used Queensland BeBe CotSoy for these on a size 6 needle.
They are so soft 
and just the right size for little hands.

I have been blessed to be on the receiving end of a couple of gifts myself.
This darling red crocheted heart was made for me by my dear friend
Mary Anne.
She made one for each of us in our little Monday night knitting group.
Another very dear friend
Krista
gave me this fabulous jar with a heart on the front.
I love both of these gifts so much!
{I must confess ~ I bought the mini rose bush while grocery shopping this morning.
 I can never resist them once they hit the market.}

And there's one last heart I have year round that I must show you...
Miss Phoebe
{a.k.a. The Spotted Beast}
has a heart on her side.
Really... 
She is all heart!

Remember the 
Heart Bunting 
I made for my granddaughter
Gabby?
This is how the conversation went when I gave it to her yesterday...
"Grammy!!!"
I said,
"Do you like it?"
"I don't like it
I love it!!!
It's Beautiful!!!"
Well...
you can't ask for more than that!

Whatever this magical day holds in store for you,
I wish each & every one of you 
Very 
<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3


Xo
    Xo,
Danette