I may have mentioned a few times on this blog that I have a slight addiction to shoes. Ok I LOVE shoes. Especially those with heels. Since my collection hasn't seemed to spill onto my blog I thought in honor of Valentines Day I would share my love, my love of shoes that is. You see I went shopping today and I scored big time. Yes, four pair of shoes! How exciting is that. I really think at one point I squealed with a little joy while checking out. And for the sake of my hubs, don't worry they all came from the clearance rack :)
I don't know about you, but shoes are one thing that you don't have to worry about not fitting into a year from now. True styles may change, but it doesn't matter if you ate too much during the holidays! So, here are my new shoes that I've added to my collection today.
Oh, by the way, I went into DSW to get some flats. Somehow I walked out with all heels!
I do crochet. Although I have to admit that it has been limited to potholders and scarfs. You know those short, easy and simple projects. I learned to crochet from my mom and grandmother back many, many years ago. Unfortunately, I still have yet to figure out how to actually read a pattern as I learned hands-on, which is probably why I haven't ventured too much further than a few comfortable patterns. But, when I somehow managed to put my sewing machine into an emotional breakdown yesterday, I was desperate to keep my hands busy while the Super Bowl was on. So, out came some yarn and a crochet hook.
Unfinished Afghan from 1990's!
Since I don't know when my sewing machine will be in working order again, I decided to begin a small afghan. The pattern I decided to use is one my grandmother showed me back when I was a teenager (say around 1995 or so). I actually started to make an afghan way back then. It is still half completed to this day and has moved with me each time I changed addresses. I dragged it out last night to refresh my memory on the pattern, let me tell you this thing is HUGE! No wonder why I haven't completed it. I really think that it will fit a king sized bed. Don't you just love the colors - these were my room colors back in the day. Perhaps when I actually get it finished they will be back in style again!
Back to the current project. Do you see a similarity??? I have to say I chuckled a bit when I realized how similar the colors are to the unfinished project from years ago. Guess I still have a thing for teal and purple! Go figure. But I'm really focused this time on getting this one completed, which is why I am making it a lot smaller. There is something kind of therapeutic about crocheting, with its rhythmic stitches and the feel of the yarn. So, here is to keeping the momentum going to finish this much smaller afghan!
One more potholder to add to the collection. Having so much fun making and experimenting with potholders. This time I thought I would incorporate a recipe that could be kept close by, remember this special one. With a little embroidery (which took me about a week to complete) I have a special, one of a kind, potholder to accessorize the kitchen. For this one I decided to use my own handwriting as a guide to make a it a little more personal, however about halfway through I realized that I should have based the template on my sisters handwriting since it was her recipe. Definitely will have to remember that for next time to make it extra memorable.
And for the back I used some leftover scraps to create kind of a flower design.
Nothing like a little motivation to get some projects done. If you haven't heard, there is a great giveaway being hosted over at Prudent Baby for a new sewing machine. And believe it or not, there is still a few mopre days to get your potholder made and submitted for a chance to win; must be submitted by Feb 9th. So here are some potholders that my mom, who is visiting, and I made. A potholder adds some color to your kitchen, fairly easy to make and certainly feels great to get a project done in an evening. Now back to the quilts!
Mixin' it up
My Mom's "Scrappy Happy Rooster"
Festive V-Day Potholder
Also, these fun potholders have been linked up at Creation Corner - go on over and check out other great projects!