Baby booties

I have been having some fun with baby booties using a tutorial by Maki on Etsy. The pattern calls for 2 strands of cotton, but it worked out well with worsted yarn (Caron Simply Soft).




#watercolor #journal


With the new year in view, I was looking around at planners and was amazed at all the options out there for binding and creative ideas. I painted a flower motif using pretty dishes from my Dresden collection as inspiration.

This is a small journal with about 20 lined pages. I mounted the painting on scrapbook paper and backed it with another page. The cover is a cut to size report cover. For the binding, I made jump rings out of 16 gauge wire that I use for jewelry making.

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.