31 March 2011

Topsy-Turvy Doll, Still a WIP

Here are a couple of pics to give you an update on my status with the doll I am making.

In case you missed it in a previous post about this project, this is a pattern from Gourmet Crochet. It is called Topsy-Turvy Doll.  I have a few "goofs" so far. I underestimated the amount of variegated yarn I had on hand so I had to be a bit creative with that.  The variegated yarn ended up being a finer gauge. Also on the variegated portion of the project, I was supposed to crochet some of the rows in the blo but I didn't so I wasn't able to do the ruffles like in the picture. The variegated was what I was going to make the adult doll but now because of the yarn situation I may make that the baby and make a pink collar with a white edge to tie in the hodgepodge of yarns I'm using. If you look at the pattern on Gourmet Crochet you'll see what I mean. Anyway, I like the way the skirt on the pink side flares out--reminds me of a ball gown and yes, I did do quite a bit of improvisation on that too. I'm curious to see how she's going to turn out.  The weekend is almost here and I hope y'all have a great one.

My Blog Won an Award

Clara of Clara's Crochet Room bestowed upon my blog a "Stylish Blogger Award." I'm tickled pink about this. Thank you Clara.

According to the rules, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself that you might not know. Here we go:

1. I'm 54 and wishing I had grandchildren but no sign of that happening. Son #1 and his wife can't have children and son #2 isn't married and says he doesn't want any because kids cost too much money.

2. My chihuahuas, Opi and Nellie Belle, are my babies. Well, maybe you knew about this.

3. I blog to meet new friends and maybe reconnect with old ones. Actually, I blog for myself too and if others like what I put in my blog that's icing on the cake.

4. I am so hooked on the game Cafe World on Face Book that I have burned my real supper because I was too busy with my online cooking. :(

5. I'm thinking about writing a novel--if I can stay off of the Internet long enough. One of my college professors was so impressed with my thesis that she suggested I enlarge it as a book. Unfortunately for me, someone else wrote on the same topic. So, maybe a fictionalized version might work.

6. I don't mind washing clothes. I'll do it all day long and fold them too. I really loathe putting them away. Sometimes I get spacey though and leave clothes in the washer too long and have to rewash them.

7. Last month, I received my first check from adsense. Wooo Hoooo--took me 14 months for enough readers using the google search box on my blog and clicking on google ads. I was so thrilled.

Now I have to pick some blogs to pass this award on to. I'm picking some different-type blogs that I hope you will enjoy reading.

Some impressive blogs in no particular order:

1. Loom Dude Because his blog has me anxious to finish up some ufos so I can take out the knifty knitters again.

2. Posh Pooch Designs Because she has some awesome free patterns for chihuahua accessories.

3. The Old Jarhead Because he posts articles on current events that show various sides of the issues.

4. Ramblin' Southern Woman Because she's down-to-earth and a nice person with similar tastes in crochet projects.

5. USS Houston CA-30 When I was in college, I wrote my thesis on this ship and her crew. They were sunk during WWII and the crew were held as POWs for the duration of the war. I was impressed by the few survivors I was fortunate to meet and I believe their story needs to be remembered.

6. Butterfly Loom--Another crafty thing I want to do after I finish some ufos. Very good video tutorials for butterfly looming.

7. About Amish--I find this interesting to read because there is a large Amish community close to us. Very detailed information about the Amish from an educated source.

I did not choose Clara's blog only because she just received this award and passed it on to me. Her blog is fantastic and a favorite of mine so please drop in and visit her. I'll be sending out notifications to my selections pdq so if you're in the list know that I will be sending you a notice to pick up your award. Hugs to all of you.

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It's All about Plants

Did any of you grow sweet potato vines when you were a youngster? I did and the other day a friend and I were reminiscing about it. Yesterday when I was at Meijers, I picked up 1 sweet potato to grow one again. I read online that they have the appearance of philodendrons. I was surfing around the Internet looking for suggestions on how to do it and I found this super great site by the University of Illinois called the Great Plant Escape. It is for kids and it's a learning adventure all about plants--sort of a mystery, learning game. I enjoyed clicking through and trying to see how much I remembered from my science classes in days of yore.

I did start a sweet potato vine. Maybe it will even get a vine one of these days.  Here it is:

Y'all have a great week.

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