30 August 2016

Cheap Thrill


We went to the grocery store to pick up items for salads for the coming week, and I found a small bouquet of roses for $2. Not enough with which to dye, but I don't have time to dye naturally or even with conventional dyes anyway.

However, I always have time for flowers in the kitchen!

Even nicer when I get a few minutes to play in Photoshop...















29 August 2016

Snowflake Monday


This is yet another snowflake I created to finish off my snowflake lamp last winter. I photographed the snowflake rock with what initially was a mystery flower in my porch planters. I did not plant these gorgeous little blooms. I think a bird did. I'm not complaining. They are the perfect addition to my garden collection, and I hope the pollinators are helping spread this gem all over the garden.

When the first bloom opened, I posted a photo to ask if anyone knew the species. I was informed this is a mini morning glory. I'll probably end up crocheting a morning glory flower to match at some point, so I can't use that name for this snowflake, but I can play with words. The Lizard said the name I chose sounds as if it came out of a Hobbit story. I like that! And the timing is so perfect! I finished the prototype of this snowflake right after creating my Fellowship of the Magic Crochet Ring Snowflakes!

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


Finished Size: 4.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Mor Glor Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Don't pull magic ring too tight.
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 2: * 1 sc in next dc, ch 7; repeat from * around 10 times; 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to form 12th ch 7 sp of Round.

Round 3: 1 sc over post of of tr directly below, * ch 7, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp; repeat from * around 10 times; ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to form 12th ch 7 sp of Round.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * 3 dc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 3 dc in same ch 7 sp, 3 dc in next ch 7 sp, ch 6, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), 3 dc in same ch 7 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. 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.

27 August 2016

Friday Funny

Let's try this again... (The original linked video apparently had been deleted yesterday, and there wasn't a blasted thing I could do about it on my phone.)

My friend Wanda sent me a link to this video. She remembered the day I was riding home from work after both my kids had taken permanent unauthorized field trips. (They ran away.) I encountered a pair of baby skunks on the bike path, and they were as mesmerized by my shoes and bicycle tires as these little characters. I snapped a photo of the twins and emailed it to all my family and friends, saying my two "li'l stinkers" had come out to meet me on the bike path, just like old times. My mom thought my kids really had come home!

Still makes me laugh, to this very day!

When Wanda sent me the link to this video, she wrote, "I remember your Scratch and Sniff!"

Oh, did she ever make me laugh!

25 August 2016

Time to Dye


I'm feeling a little bit joyous cycling season is almost over. My hollyhocks and hibiscus are gone; the dyes are ready. I have two jars of avocado pit dye from last year sitting in the sun; they say the longer avocado dye stews, the richer the color will be. I have four sandwich bags full of avocado pits in the freezer, ready to be ground up and mixed with a touch of ammonia to make more dye. I have a box of yarn and two bags of thread ready to be dyed.

And no time to dye!

Every time I eat cherries, I wish I could dye. Every. Single. Time.

23 August 2016

Lucky Ducks


We noticed a pair of baby mallards in Waterton several weeks ago. We saw them again the next few rides over the next couple of weeks. Eventually we realized there was no adult around. The babies were alone.


Instead of just training, my rides up Waterton became status checks. I always stopped to see if I could find the babies, even if it meant getting eaten alive by the biting flies. I couldn't ride home without knowing if the babies were okay.


We recently took another ride up Waterton after a three-week break doing other rides and not seeing the babies when we did ride Waterton. I had feared the babies were gone. It would be tough to grow up in Waterton without a parent to teach you how to stay away from predators.

But we'd seen a bear cub do just that two years ago. Could the ducklings do it, too?

It took some real stealthy looking, but I found our teenagers, still side by side, and it looks like they are going to make it! Mama taught them well before she disappeared!


22 August 2016

Snowflake Monday


I really love this little snowflake I designed for the top of my snowflake lamp, but when I tried to get a photo of the actual snowflake on the lamp, I couldn’t find it!!!

A few days after I finished the lamp last winter, I came home from work to find three or four snowflakes had fallen off their mounts. I'd made more snowflakes than I needed, and I decided to alternate. I replaced the fallen flakes with different snowflakes.

I hope that's what happened to this little Lost Boy. I hope the original prototype is one I ended up sending to someone to spread joy. I hope it's making someone very happy right now. That would make me very happy.

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


Finished Size: 3 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Lost Boy Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; 1 sc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to start Round 2. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: * Ch 3, sk next dc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in starting dc to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch (straight point made), 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 12, sl st in 8th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 1 (long point made), 3 dc in same ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

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.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. 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.

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