Beautiful spring day in Baltimore

Today was a perfect spring day. The sun was shinning and the temperature was 72. Mom and I took a ride through the beautiful Sherwood Gardens, and these are some of the scenes there.

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African Flower / Paperweight Crochet – Petite Purse


This crochet flower is so easy to make. There are many videos and instructions on the Internet for making this motif. I found instructions at Craft Passion.

For my niece’s birthday gift, I made this purse putting together just 6 motifs. The design sort of evolved as it went along. I did not follow a pattern, but put together a slideshow illustrating the construction for anyone that would like to make it.



Grafting together my African Flower Afghan


Previously I always crocheted or sewed my granny squares together. Then I saw LisaPlus3’s YouTube video demonstrating the grafting technique. The result reminds me of a book binding or hinge and makes a lovely finish to time-intensive afghan. I took pictures of the steps and placed them in this slide show.

Please comment on your experiences with either grafting or joining crocheted squares.

Baby Matinee Jacket

When my daughter was a baby, I knitted her a matinee jacket much like this one I just knitted for her friend. The pattern is a Robin Bambino, and I used Baby Summer cotton yarn by Ice Yarns. If you haven’t been to their site, check it out. The prices are fabulous and you can order there on the site or through their Amazon store. The shipping cost was very reasonable; I have only paid $9-15, and the packages arrive in just a couple of days.

The Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

A big thank you to Mikey and TheCrochetCrowd for another fun challenge!


There is layering, roped joins, and an amazing border built over several rows. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Blue Mint, Robin Egg, Sunshine Yellow, and Sage Green.

Mystery afghan detail

Click here to go to the challenge page for more information.

Royal Icing Happy Flowers Cake

Making this birthday cake was so much fun. Watch as I make the flowers to top the marshmallow fondant cake. The flower pattern and recipes are linked below.

Happy Flower Pattern

Wilton’s Butter Cake—So delicious and moist!

Wilton’s Marshmallow Fondant—I didn’t have shortening, so I just rubbed the rolling surface and pin with vegetable oil. It worked out fine.