Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Butterflies, Flowers and Cards

I was looking for ideas to use on cards that I want to make. I found a butterfly that I had made a long time ago, and decided to use those little critters. Now, where to find a quick and easy pattern, so that I don't have to start thinking.

Went to Crochet Pattern Central and then Butterflies, and WOW, the first one I clicked on was this one: Crocheted Sass.

I made three butterflies in about 5 minutes, and loving the easiness yet prettiness in making the winged beauty.

After a little while, I went back to CPC and clicked on Spring Butterfly and that one is easy, also.

Of course there are oodles and oodles of butterfly patterns, but I need to finish the card before Easter is over.

To make this card, you will need:

-a blank card, either bought or made from cardboard
-felt fabric
-good glue, fabric glue would be good for the flowers and butterflies
-crocheted rope (or if you want, some ribbon)

Here is what I have done this far:

1: Cut a suitable sized card from a file folder

2: Cut felt fabric to fit on top of one side of the card

3: Glued the fabric on

4: Assembled the ready made butterflies and flowers on the fabric. I will glue them on later.

5: I have stopped for tonight, because I don't have good fabric glue, which I will get tomorrow.

Of course, if you think it would be better to sew the flowers and butterflies on the fabric go ahead, but do it before the fabric is glued on the card.

March 24, 2010.
Finished the card. Now I need to invent some sort of text inside.
This is a birthday card for a friend.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Latest spree

Zentangles have given me some new ideas for crocheting.

Most of these were done in March. However, when I look back into my drawing "career" I have done this type drawing for years.
I have more in my flickr album, if you are interested in seeing some of my work. Not everything is there, most of my stuff is in
a chest that my father gave me when I was a teenager.

From this style of drawing I decided that I should be able to use a crochet hook to "draw" some zentangles, and so I did. Here is a picture what I have done since the idea came to my mind:
I was fortunate to find more of that lighter color thread, which is used to join those pieces together. I went to Romni Wools yesterday, and later met my friends at Purl around lunch time. My idea of going to Eaton's Centre didn't pan out, since wanted to go to Purl. Had a great time, once again.

My upstairs "neighbors" woke me up this morning, by banging something with a hammer or what ever. Do people have to nail things at 9:30 in the morning when people like to sleep in.
Oh, well, I really don't like getting up that late, because half the best time of the day for chores is gone. Besides, I have to have this lazy time too, when I wake up. It's been a bit too long now.
Time to get going and looking productive.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Sunday in March

I have been watching Jule and Julia on DVD. How much can one person cook in a year? I would not think of making something out of a cook book every day. I forget that I cook every day of the year, except when hubby cooks, or we order pizza or KFC or we go out. But, regardless, we cook
every day possible. I just didn't think that one would do it from recipes all the time.

I have many cook books, even the Joy of Cooking, but not Julia Child's book. What a shame, is it not? Of course my Joy isn't the original, it's the one that has been made to fit the modern kitchen, with food processors and microwave ovens, etc. My book is on the shelf unused. I think I have checked one recipe during the years I have owned this book.

It's been a week of no production in my knitting world. I tried to crochet a little bit, and managed to make an Irish Crochet beginner's motif

Any other projects are sitting either on the table or in my bag.
I managed to knit a few rows at our monthly knit group meeting.
I am trying to make a scarf from Margaret Hubert's book "Knit or
Crochet - Have it Your Way".

The scarf is knitted with Noro Kureyon sock yarn.
Of course I have a long way to go to finish the scarf, since I have a mere 30 cm done out of 2 meters (which is my goal). But it's going to be very pretty. What do you think?

I have done a few more rows than shows on the picture, but not much.

The "Forest and Trees" socks are now resting, and I will get back to them when my knitting slump has recovered. Until then, I will do my zentangles and watch TV.

Back in December, someone decided to come too close to my car, when I was waiting at the red
light. The damage was not substantial, but my car is leased and has to be fixed before I return it
to the dealer. The man's insurance is paying the fix, which is not too much money, but I refuse to
pay it myself, since I didn't cause the damage. Well, I have been guilty of causing damage by turning left and gotten hit by another car, but that's not the point here. The dealer would charge much more to fix any damages I have on the leased car. So, anyone who has a leased car, if any damage is done, fix it before the dealer takes you to the cleaners.

So, I have been thinking of getting the bumper fixed, thinking and thinking, and finally, after a dream one night (I was at a body shop with my car), I decided it was time to just go, leave the car, and take the public transit to go to work. It's going to be fun. One way is to take a bus to
a subway station, take one subway going north, then another to go east, then take another bus
to work. Fun. I wish I felt like knitting, I could do lot of it in the subway and bus.
Another way is to take a bus to another bus, go north, take a bus from a subway station......are you still reading? I am not, this is so boring. I wish I could just fly in a traffic plane, wouldn't that be fun?

Oscars? Are you going to watch the Award show tonight? I am. I've seen so many of the movies that were nominated that it would be more interesting to watch now than before when I had not seen any of the movies. We got movie passes for Christmas, so it's been fun. We even saw Avatar. My favorite actress is Sandra Bullock, and she was excellent in "The Blind Side". I also liked George Clooney in his role in "Up in the Air"
If you like country music, you should see (just sayi'n) the "Crazy Heart" with Jeff Bridges.

Back to food:

I have a tasty and easy soup recipe here:

2 containers of low sodium chicken broth
1 package Cole-slaw mix
1 package bean sprouts
1 Spanish onion (chopped)
3 celery stalks (chopped)
1-2 green peppers (chopped)
1-2 cups cauliflower buds
1-2 cups broccoli buds
2 cups green beans (cut in nice pieces)
2 cups carrots (I use baby carrots)
couple tomatoes (chopped) or canned chopped tomatoes
add spices to your liking

Cook until the cabbage is soft (this will take about an hour or two)

About half an hour before it's ready, throw in some uncooked chicken
breast pieces. Make sure the chicken is cooked before you start enjoying
your soup.

Of course this is just an idea for a soup, anything else can be added, and
if I had dill, I would add that, too. I don't think there is a limit to what can
be mixed in. I don't use potatoes, because I have to watch starch intake.

Well, I think it's time to sign off, and make more coffee and watch some telly.