23 January 2015

Snow-Dyed

second attempt at snow-dyeing fabric

Just one year ago, I attempted snow-dyeing fabric.

second attempt at snow-dyeing fabric

snow-dyed fabric

snow-dyed fabric

snow-dyed fabric

Anxious to use my new collection of one-of-a-kind fabric, I crafted my first disappearing four-patch.

Disappearing Four-Patch

This was fun! I think it will be SO fun to quilt, based on a suggestion by Mrs. Micawber!

playing with color

A Snow-dyed Quilt Top!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts here and Confessions of a Fabric Addict here.

22 January 2015

Spoiled

a way of life

NOTE: I originally wrote this post a couple months ago, then couldn't get online to post it. Maybe that's a good thing. Less whining, right?

I've complained and grumbled about poor internet access at home. Sometimes I've been downright frustrated and/or angry. There are evenings when we get cut off six times in ten minutes.

Many times, I decide it's just not worth it. I don't even bother to connect. I've got plenty of other things to do, and I wouldn't give up my paradise outside the metro area for anything. Well, maybe paradise in the mountains...

I've had pretty good internet options away from home, and I think I've been taking them a bit for granted. We recently learned one of my other options is going to be blocked soon. Blocked. Not just restricted. Completely blocked. Nothing. End of the line. Get off the train.

This new change is going to totally change my blogging world, which can sometimes be somewhat akin to a second full-time job for me.

I love my blog, or blahg as I affectionately called it in the beginning. I crave the journalistic aspect, I love to create, I love to see what others create, and I love to read, learn and challenge myself. Many hours go into my behind-the-scenes, from designing and writing snowflake patterns and sometimes other handmade items, to writing my own html, building my own pages, stalking and photographing wildlife, training and riding, and even helping crocheters who have trouble with my patterns.

Many people are more cantankerous and belligerent about this soon-to-be internet bottleneck than I've ever been over my home internet woes. I'm trying really hard to take the higher road. I've come to the conclusion I had a pretty good thing for a very long time, and I'm grateful for what I had while I had it. Instead of complaining and whining about a situation I cannot change, I'm going to attempt to adapt.

That means my internet presence is going to morph into something different and unpredictable, sort of like Zuul in Ghostbusters, an ugly monster that becomes a gigantic marshmallow man. Or maybe it's the other way around??? I probably won't get to hop and comment as much as I'd like. My blog is one of my important communities, and I have no intention of letting it go. (Current movie fav "Frozen" is no help to me at all in this respect! "Don't let it go, don't let it go, hold it back ever more...") I enjoy the friendships and sometimes even the challenge of finding adequate internet access.

Nevertheless, things in this blogging neighborhood likely will change in the very near future due to circumstances beyond my control. Do not fear, however. I'm not abandoning my post. I just have to work a different shift, so to speak, and it may take me a while to adjust to this new way of internet life, but adjust I will.

Please be patient with me while I get my feet back on the ground.

UPDATE: I've dumped my 23-year internet provider to try something new, and fingers crossed this new setup is better than the disintegrating service I've had (and paid for) the last six months...

Are you looking at me?

20 January 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Tracks!

Bear Dance

Bear Lake

Beartown

Bears in Beartown

Sangre de Cristos

Gold Rush

Bearclaw

Hide and Seek

Lizard and Highland Mary drooling over Vestal and Arrow

In Search Of...

Searching for Snowflakes in All the Wrong Places

New year, new list of wacky ways people find my blog, as well as some comforting true blue, old standards.

Favorite ways people find me, compiled from ever since I began blogging in 2009:

1. snowcatcher
2. snowcatcher monday
3. crochet snowflake patterns
4. the snowcatcher
5. free snowflake patterns
6. century snowflake
7. snowcatcher directory
8. how to make awesome snowflakes
9. what to do with crochet snowflakes
10. deb atkinson snowflakes
11. snowflakes and cycling
12. snowflake mondays group
13. snowflake blocking template
14. 10.11.12.13.14
15. best snowflake patterns

Interesting ways people find me:

1. get rid of mealy bug
2. white stuff on my plants
3. crochet mitered square pattern
4. enchanted forest snowfkake pattern (Yes, that's the spelling used!)
5. crazy snowflakes
6. crochet snowflake pattern for star
7. cactus quilt rack
8. ugly butterflies
9. how to make a snowflake out of frosting
10. white house plant bug (Boy, is that a loaded search or what?!?)
11. smokejumpers in action
12. sock tree
13. totally love it snowflake
14. how many sides has a snowflake
15. noteflake

And a few of the most unusual searches people used to find my blog:

1. snow lizards
2. "the lizard didn't know"
3. dog paper snowflake pattern
4. dallas cowbow afghan
5. a few rows to make dishcloth with book in middle
6. how many snowflakes to put in washing machine
7. a lizard is like a snowflake because
8. snowflake bug remedy
9. 3d beaded bug patterns
10. snowcaycher
11. showcatcher
12. snow cat her
13. bloody monday
14. ravelry banned members (Musical or not allowed?!?)
15. wreck my boss

The day after I finished writing this post, one of my most popular posts (for that day only), was this one. I suspect the recent news story detailing the invention and marketing of a butt-selfie phone attachment and subsequent news this miracle of modern technology sold out in just a few days may have had something do to with my Pierce the Bunny post's jump in popularity, being as many of the commenters referenced the bunny's behind.

forever in snowdrifts

19 January 2015

Snowflake Monday

Revived Snowflake

I designed this snowflake back in 2011, inspired by the pansy-hued hand-dyed thread shown above. It was an okay snowflake, but in my mind, it needed something more. The Lizard said it looks anorexic...

I've been dipping into some of my unpublished old snowflake patterns for the last few weeks in an attempt to revive them and breathe second life into them. I really like the modifications to the white one!

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 6 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, school glue (make sure it is water soluble), water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Revived Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 1 sc in ring, *ch 6, 1 sc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th petal of Round. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, *ch 10, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: *4 sc in next ch 3sp, 5 sc in next tip, ch 22, sl st in 11th ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, ch 3, 5 sc in same tip, 4 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Revived Snowflake

Round 3, White Snowflake: *4 sc in next ch 3 sp, 2 hdc in next tip, 3 dc in same tip, ch 20, 1 dc in 11th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, ch 5, sk next 5 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 3 dc in same tip, 2 hdc in same tip, 4 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I try to help crocheters having difficulty with my patterns when possible, but I do not have (and do not want) 24-hour internet access.

If you need immediate assistance, please consider asking for assistance on Ravelry (either the Snowflake group or the Techniques group), Crochetville or Sisters of the Snowflake. All three are totally free and wonderful resources loaded with friendly, experienced and helpful crafters. Thank you for being patient and considerate.

16 January 2015

Friday Funny

HuffPost did the original, but I like the music with this one better.

15 January 2015

January Blossoms

Heavenly January

When I walked into the grocery store after Christmas, I was pleasantly overcome by the most beautiful hyacinth aroma. I couldn't resist. I had to bring one home. Or five... (The Lizard said the pot full of bulbs was a better deal than one bulb in a glass vase, even though those glass vases of heavenly aroma are so incredibly beautiful!)

a pot full of hyacinth

I didn't invest, but the grocery store had the most beautiful blue orchids, too.

bluer than blue

It will be a while, quite a while, before my outside garden bulbs dig out...

two feet of drift

Inside flowers in winter are such a great source of beauty, inspiration and happiness.

two to go

My five-year-old neighbor gave me this for Christmas. Although I don't know yet what they will be, I suspect daffodils or tulips...

Mystery Blooms

Indoor flowers in winter also are another fantastic way to demonstrate the difference between an iPhone, a point-and-shoot and a professional-grade DSLR camera.

iPhone Christmas Cactus
iPhone

point-and-shoot Christmas cactus
Point-and-Shoot

D300 Christmas cactus
super macro of the D300

iPhone Hyacinths
iPhone

point-and-shoot hyacinth
Point-and-Shoot

D300 hyacinth
D300 with super macro

13 January 2015

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Windshield Wednesday

Simply the Best

Mama, look at all the fun food down there on the road!
Favorite Grizzly Photo and Caption of 2014

Blue Gumpster recently asked if I might share my favorite Yellowstone grizzly photo. That got me thinking. I have a lot of favorite 2014 photos, and why not share?!? Better than printing them on a 2014 calendar... Bwha ha ha ha hah!

third attempt
A Favorite Snowflake Photo, Third Time Using Macro Extension Tube

Seeing Double
Favorite Rainbow Shot of the Year

Gold at the Foot of the Rainbow
Second Favorite Rainbow Shot

Golden Rainbow Middle
Third

Rainbow Skeleton
Okay, So I Like Rainbows

Just Ride
Favorite Sunrise Before D300 Went Kaput

perfect autumn sunrise
Favorite Sunrise Before D300 Went in the Shop for the Second Time

cold pink
Favorite Sunrise After D300 Spends 4 Months Total in the Shop

15 April 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse Montage
Self-Explanatory

my first zinnia of the year
Favorite Garden Shot of the Year

Jump!
Favorite Dead Horse Point Photo

another world
Too Many Wave Favorites to Pick Just One, So Here's One No One Else Shot

Wildlife!
Favorite Wave Wildlife (another shot no one else got)

The Lizard
Favorite Person at The Wave

Leave No Trace
Too Many White Pocket Favorites to Pick Just One

My Favorite Lizards
Favorite Quilt Shot of the Year

Vail Pass
Favorite Cycling Shot of the Year

Hudson Gardens
Favorite iPhone Shot of the Year

Oh, here's the way up!
Favorite Bighorn Shot of the Year

peekaboo
Favorite Wildlife Head Shot of the Year
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