Sunday, October 31, 2010

Treasure Received

Friday night arrived home, scooped up the mail from the mail box, dashed into the house, sorted the mail and what did I see???? This little package, immediately noticing the return address of Carmelina of Creative Carmelina and I'm thrilled. I was picked to received one of her tags.

Now I'm intrigued by the package itself. The back side has a tag note, I see the sides are stitched together. She has made her own envelope, a magazine page ... I cut one side open (as I want to save everything!) and out slides this vogue pattern piece tied with this thread and most delicate thread flower/flake. I'm loving this already.

Inside the pattern is the tag ... isn't it wonderful? Have you ever seen such creativity? Everyday items put together to create such a touch of elegance.

Thank you Carmelina for such a treasure.
Thank you for such inspiration.

Happy Halloween

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

Friday, October 29, 2010

Two More Completed Crochet-Along Doilies

Two more gorgeous doilies from the Crochet-Along ...

Anita of ASE Knits'n'Crochet ( completed hers in this fabulous red. This was her first full size doily and came out just perfect.

and Tina from Beansie Babbles (

did hers in white. Just stunning!

Thanks ladies, so enjoyed your company.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

The better part of one's life
consists of one's friendships.
-Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Work In Progress Wednesday

Two of my in progress works are my baby ripple, growing at 37 inches and needing two more rows of yellow and three more of blue and an edging. Should be done and on its way by the end of the week. The sweet little boy this is for will be a week old tomorrow.

And another Between Meal Centerpiece. This is the second one that I am making for myself. I just love this piece. This one is a pattern from 1917. What talent in this design and quite easy to make.

And what projects are you working on?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crochet-Along Finished Up Last Week

and here are four of the finished doilies of the 1918 Pattern. I can't tell you how thrilled I was that these ladies and several others joined in on the crochet along. I'm sure you will agree that the results are outstanding.

This beautiful red doily was done by Neicee from INSOMNIAC with a hook, there's also another red one in the works. Isn't the red just so festive?

Debi of Hooks, Yarns, Crafts & Gardening did her's in her favorite pink (I copied and did mine in pink too).

And Valerie from Traveling Through
( used variegated thread. So, so pretty.

This gorgeous blue, done by Faith of Crochet by The Sea

Beautiful work ladies! I so enjoyed this pattern and love all that are here ... let's see I need one in red, variegated and blue ... that should keep me going for quite some time.

A few more yet to showcase so stayed tuned!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Menu

Just a half day of work today so I'm off now to putter, cook and enjoy the amazing fall weather. The leaves now are a beautiful gold and red and with the sun shining they are brilliant. I'm trying to will Fall to last another month or so. I hate to see this beauty fade away.

Anyway, trying a new recipe for tonight. We love meatloaf and I found a Mini Meatloves recipe at All Recipes.

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground beef
2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine egg, milk, cheese, oats and salt. Add the ground beef, mix well and form into eight miniature meatloaves. Place these in a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Sitr thoroughly and spread over each meatloaf.
Bake, uncovered for 45 minutes.

Can't wait to see how they are. I've never used oats in meatloaf before. This recipe was rated an average of 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) by almost 1,000 people. Should be good. We'll see shortly.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Last Roses of The Season for a Special Day

On the way into church tonight passed the rose bush by the rectory. My first thought was there's roses ... then that they looked like paper roses, so perfect and this late in the year.

I was glad that I had my camera. This was like receiving a gift. A spiritual gift. Something I needed. Mass was the Saturday vigil mass for tomorrow ... October 24th, the date of my mother's passing. I offered mass for her. Its been 6 years.

We so often butted heads, but also often had good times. Whatever we had or didn't have, she was my mother and I loved her, still do. Thanks for the roses, pink ones. Pink was her favorite color.

To mom with love,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Crochet-Along Finish ...

The final rows ... 20 and 21 ... have been posted.

Can't wait to see the final results.

Have a nice evening!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

When we do the best we can,
we never know what miracle
is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.

-Helen Keller

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Work In Progress Wednesday

A newly added project ... round ripple, a baby round ripple. My oldest son's friends had a baby boy last week so pulled out the Pound of Love yarn in yellow, white and blue. Its been a while since I've worked a round ripple, I do love this. Good thing, there are another two in my future. Twins are due in the spring.

Three out of my several in works include the Christmas Grannie Afghan and a recent Crochet-Along doily that I've been doing here. The last two rows I will be posting very soon. I have to say that sharing the working of this doily made it go very quickly for me and I am pleased to have another vintage piece of work. Several have joined me and their doilies are just beautiful.

I just love the edging of this doily. I'm thinking of making a lacy scarf and edge with this.

I am linking to Every Day Crochet's Work in Progress Wednesday.

Tuesday Treasures

I think the greatest treasures are those that just are. The things around us that are untouched by human hands, the things that are so generously and unselfishly shared by others, the opening of hearts.
So many of you "out there" share your talents and make for such pleasant days for others. So today, my Tuesday Treasures are all of you that I visit and those that stop by here, you bring me smiles and warm my heart.

Thank you !

Monday, October 18, 2010

Crochet-Along ... next rows

Rows 18 and 19 are posted. We're closing in on the home stretch! Only two more rows after these. I hope this is working well for everyone that is doing this.

Time to make the donuts

as the commercial for Dunkin Donuts said (a while back) and so it is time to start the day. A little later then usual but heading out in the abundant sunshine and will be stopping for a DD coffee to take along to work ... french vanilla ... mmmmm.

Hope wherever you are, whatever you are doing there is sunshine to your day.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spectacular Sunday

Good Morning!!! Actually, I have to say God Morning ... the beauty I am seeing from my windows is breathtaking. A most wonderful fall day, crisp air, blue, blue sky and the sun is lighting up the leaves on the trees.

These pictures are from the drive out to work the other day. Hope to get some more today. The Fall season never ceases to amaze me, I have to say it is my most favorite.

In the midst of the craziness and sometimes hurtful world, I have to remember to take a moment and look around. I always find Him, here, there and everywhere, waiting for me to notice. With His goodness I am filled. I pray that I am able to share this.

Special Blessings Always.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Crochet-Along - Rows 14 - 17

The next four rows of the 1918 doily have been posted.

Having a nice cup of hot chocolate, hook and thread ready and crochet here I come! After these rows, only four more to the finish!