Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Have you ever tried  a new stitch and it quickly becomes your new stitch of choice? Years ago, when I first started crocheting, I felt that way about the half-double crochet. I not only loved the texture, but I loved the swoopy-feeling that you get when your hook slides through all of the loops. Well, that's how I feel about the bobble stitch, that I discovered when making this purse. So now I want to use it all the time. I've not only started a larger Raspberry bag(this time in chartreuse! So I'll have to call it the Key Lime Bag...LOL) but I designed this little owl. I think the bobble gives him just the right look of feathers.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Two Tah-dahs!

Doesn't the sun always do a little something-something for ya? I know it does me. Maybe it was being raised in Puerto Rico(land of eternal sunshine.....85 degrees year-round, but I digress)Sun make me happy. Sun energizes me. Sun completes me. It is 77 degrees here in kansas today on its way to 80. It sure has put a fire under me! The bright blue sky, the warm prairie breeze; they sing to me today. They coax me to work and complete; to create and make.

Tah-dah #1 
The Jopline Vest: you can see progress here and here. I cannot tell you how much I absolutely adore this vest. The yarn feels luxurious, the floaty-ness feels chic. I feel like a million bucks wearing it. I'm so glad I did not skimp and finished this one to the best of my abilities. The blocking was tedious, but the the pay-off is in details when I'm wearing it.

Tah-dah #2
The Raspberry purse, first seen here. I finsished lining it over the weekend and it sat until this morning. I just felt like it needed a little more. So I added the flower witht he button middle. Ahhhh, that's what it needed.  I gave it 2 pockets inside, one for my phone and one for my sunglasses. I think that's all I'm gonna need if Kansas keeps on giving weather gifts like today. Now all I need to do is slip in my wallet and I'm good to go.

 Outside shot.....gorgeous!

Having a terific Tuesday, hope you are too!

Tasty Tuesday!

Hi all! We're on Spring break here in the heartland and when I opened my cupboards, there were no cookies! What? No sweets in a house with 3 boys and me???!!!! Have no fear, here is the quickest and easiest way to get a delicious chocolaty, crunchy fix if you ever need one.

Colossally Crunchy No-Bake Cookies
Adapted by Caroline C. Chrisco

1 pkg. (12oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 pkg. butterscotch chips
3/4 c. smooth peanut butter
4c. of crispy rice cereal

  • In a large microwave-proof mixing bowl, add the entire package of chocolate chips, half the bag of butterscotch chips, and the peanut butter.
  • Place bowl in microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir.
  • Put back in microwave and heat for 1 more minute. Remove, stir until all the chips have completely melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. (If you feel like it needs to be zapped further, do it in 30 second increments, so you won't scorch the mixture.)
  • Add the crispy rice cereal(if you note, I use a heaping 4c. measurement, because I don't want any mix left at the bottom of the bowl!) Stir with a large spoon until all the cereal is coated with the chocolate mixture.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls on baking sheets.
  • Place sheets in refrigerator for at least 45 minutes(these actually set up fast, check back on them sooner if you can't wait.)
  • Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator at all times.
  • Enjoy!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Springing forward.......

Hi all, spring is just around the corner, we all should getting ready to move our clock hands ahead an hour this Saturday. So what better way to greet spring than with a new project!!!!
I found this pattern here and it inspired me immediately.
It was a fun pattern, easy, fun....instant results.
This fabric will be the lining....I'm warming up the sewing machine as this is being written. Can't wait to finish this one up.

Lastly, here is a peek of the finished project that I have been working on over the past several weeks. It's almost ready to "Tah-dah!" but not quite. I've got to finish blocking it, so all the details show up just right. I am dearly in love with this project and want to show it in its best light. Please hold on just a while longer.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday morning cinnamon roll cake

Doesn't this look yummy? Well, it was. We could hardly wait for it to cool down enough to scoop it out onto ready and waiting plates. I saw it on Pinterest, you can find the recipe here.

I got my final skein for my Joplin Vest project, you can read how I ran out of yarn and see my progress here. Wish me luck!