Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn Crochet Collage

Maple Tree, Glen Arbor, Michigan - Fall 2010
So much to do!  If any of you are familiar with the old Disney, animated version of Alice in Wonderland, you may recall the White Rabbit singing a little ditty: "I'm late! I'm late, for a very important date! No time to say 'hello', 'goodbye', I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!".  That song has been popping into my head a lot lately (ha! no pun intended).   I've been trying to make autumn items for the shops where I have my creations, get ready for holiday shows that are right around the corner, and keep sane as I drive my son out to Eastern Michigan University every day of the week this term.  Among other things, he is taking Beginning Japanese, which meets for an hour each day -- and it's worth the drive, because he loves it and seems to have a real knack for learning it.  I have to say, however, I still feel self conscious crocheting in the EMU Student Center while I wait for him to get out of class.

Today, I just thought I would post a little photo collage of some of the projects I've been working on since my last post.  A little autumn eye candy in crochet form --

First, a few fall pins (or brooches):

Crocheted and embroidered Oak Leaf brooch

Crocheted, felted and embroidered Pumpkin Fantasy pin

Another crocheted, felted and embroidered pumpkin brooch

A garden squash pin

Blossom Stardust brooch

Some new crocheted acorn jewelry:

Crocheted Brocaded Acorn Necklace

Crocheted Celtic Acorn earrings

Crocheted Cozy Little Nuts earrings

Crocheted Dappled Forest Acorn necklace

Crocheted Vintage Acorns necklace

Here's a scarf I made using the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf pattern by Tamara Kelly on the Moogly blog:

Finally, I call these my "Mermaid Mitts". I really like the versatility of crocheted fingerless mitts and I love the color of this yarn!

Happy Fall!  Enjoy all those yummy pumpkin spice goodies while you can!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summer Snapshots - New Crochet and Other Adventures

Wow! It's been almost two months since my last post!  I had the best of intentions, but it has been a whirlwind summer. This post will just be a little catch-up, just to give you some "snapshots" of what I've been up to this summer, and then hopefully (sigh), I will be a more faithful blogger this fall. [Hint: If you are only interested in photos of crochet, scroll down a bit.]

I'm sure you recognized it, but above is a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken over Labor Day weekend from Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California.  Most of my extended family traveled out there for my brother's wedding and we had a beautiful time together.

My daughter, Betsy, and and her new birdie buddy near the Sausalito waterfront.

The birds taking a bath in the fountain in the park in downtown Sausalito.

A view from the hike I took with my son, Tony, on Angel Island.

View of the San Francisco skyline from Sausalito.

But before our season-ending trip to Sausalito, I had a very busy summer crocheting.  This was due in large part to the happy news that there are now three lovely little stores in Michigan that are selling my creations. As I announced a while ago, I am at the Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley, and as of July, my crocheted goodies can also be purchased at Poesy Gallery in Royal Oak and The Eyrie in Ypsilanti.  All of these stores dedicate themselves to selling the handmade work of local artisans.

Also, just before our trip to Sausalito, the weekend of August 23-24, I participated in Summer Faire at the Heavenly Scent Herb Farm in Fenton, Michigan.

Part of my display at Summer Faire.

And now for some "snapshots" of some of the creations I crocheted over the summer.  This is just a sampling of items I made to take to the shops and Summer Faire.  There are lots and lots of photos here -- some are not my best -- but they will give you an idea of what I have been up to the past couple of months.

Okay.  End of the crochet photo show!  If you have any questions about any of my creations, just post them in the comments section, and I will do my best to answer.

This look at snapshots of my summer months would not be complete without mentioning two additional events.  First, there was the family celebration of my mom's 80th birthday!

Don't know if I've mentioned it here before, but I am the oldest of seven children.  Between us all, we've given my mom eleven grandchildren, and there are two more (twins) on the way!  My mom was so happy when all of us came together to throw her a birthday party!  She continues to be a vibrant, talented, very active, loving and giving mother and grandmother, and we are so blessed to have her in our lives!

Finally, once again, the Detroit Tigers have kept my interest this summer! My husband and I were able to see a few of their games at Comerica Park.

Things have been a bit dicey for the Tigers of late, but I am confident they will get into the post-season.  Go Tigers!