Okinawa Time/Thursday Doors

To my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day!

For my niece and nephew overseas in Japan, this is a little belated if you consider the time differences, but I wanted to share the door pics they gratiously donated to my cause. But before I get to the photos, here’s my little “Thank You” for my nephew’s service to our country.

Thanks Zach for serving our country admirably and Thank you Evette for being such a great example of support! Love you guys!!
Thanks Zach for serving our country admirably and Thank you Evette for being such a great example of support! Love you guys!!

For the fans of things Handmade, this set of pictures should strike your fancy. The shop Evette visited was a nice little pottery shop and she did it justice with the photo finds. So without further ado, I present the pottery choices she discovered.

I believe these statues are Shisha Dogs and are used to ward off evil spirits.
I believe these statues are Shisha Dogs and are used to ward off evil spirits.

Not a grand door but I sure could use one of those umbrella holders after the rain we’ve had this year!

Maybe this is the main entrance? or the back entrance? But no shisha dogs guarding it. Once inside though you can see they are well protected with the line up on the shelf.

Personally, that slab table with all the pottery is something else!
Personally, that slab table with all the pottery is something else!
Something for everyone.
Something for everyone.
Pin cushions must be the purpose for these mini yarn balls. Very cute! Hint, hint -Grandma would love this!!
Pin cushions must be the purpose for these mini yarn balls. Very cute! Hint, hint -Grandma would love this!!
Lookie here at this display ya'll!! Buttons!!
Lookie here at this display ya’ll!! Buttons!!

My niece knows my weakness. These are a-door-able!! Thanks once again to my Air Force family for sending over some gems from Okinawa! See you guys soon!!

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It’s Yarn O’clock Somewhere/Thursday Doors

 On my outings, if a yarn shop is detected, we must stop. Such is the case when the sign below was in my sights at Arrow Rock, Missouri last Saturday afternoon.

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Not the best angle for a door pic. Please forgive this photographer-in- training.

We were across the street when I spied this sign. After taking some pics of some doors around this historic site (future doors stash for later), I dragged the hubby with me to give in to the call of the wool. Once inside, I asked the salesperson permission to take some shots of this charming little niche.

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Behold the masses of yarn. Not the Walmart or other-mart type. But true, hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn from artisans. Real. Good. Stuff.

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So with the required door pic taken, a few steps more took me to a little bin that had sets of yarn, which I bought one of. You could read about that here, but only if you’re so inclined. My focus this post is on the eye candy.

 

And a cabinet-to-die-for was sitting along this wall. I need one about half this size and have been carefully watching local auctions for just the right one to fit in my chosen spot at home. Doors attached would be a must. I would need a few items hidden away. Can’t have the hubby seeing All my yarn purchases 😉

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Cheshire Cat

Sunday Sampler

Saturday we made a trip to Columbia, Missouri, for a child care training. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we had some terrible news. The trainer who had been planning to head the class, along with her office help, had passed away totally unexpectedly. We have known Annette for several years, had her in my home, exchanged stories of personal experiences and, I feel, were friends. You can imagine the shock and tears that were part of the reactions among our group of caregivers. That’s our job. To care. Being the training was canceled at that point, the decision was made that it was time for my husband and I to regroup and spend some time enjoying life. I think she would have wanted us to do that in her memory.

So we traveled along some side roads on the return trip home, took some great photos, and just took in some views of Mid-Missouri on a September Saturday. I will definitely be sharing some of my pics in the future. But for today, I’m sharing a little purchase I made in Arrow Rock, Missouri, at A Grand Yarn. I highly recommend a look-see.

Bag

It’s in this bag. Great things often come in small packages. And this one will be used for me to create a ‘remembrance’ item.

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This choice is a definite splurg. I’ve never spent this much on yarn before but it Had to be meant for me on this particular day. 2 things about this package:

  1. I Loved Alice in Wonderland as a girl so much! I am Sure my mother was sick of reading it to me night after night. And notice the ‘Cheshire Cat’ “Wonderland Yarns” and ‘pigments of imagination’. Mother would agree this is the one for me.
  2. Notice the “Beautiful Soup: Pot No. 1”? Annette was always demonstrating recipes, helpful hints and reminding us of the importance of keeping up with our menus.

Yep, Annette, this is meant to be! Rest in Peace and See you on the other side!

 

 

Scrubbing Away/ Sunday Sampler

Cringe

 There it was in my email. A new project that was supposed to take 1 hour. There were some others but this one had no reviews yet and the picture looked like I could figure it out if the instructions went awry.

Well after this evening, I’m gonna cringe admitting this, but I won’t be putting the first review down. I was taught that if you can’t say anything good, keep your trap shut. Many times I’ve botched that up. But not this time. I am going to one-up this and make it better. I’m fixing the pattern to make it better, faster, easier.  In the mean time, you get to see my finished product. It’s not quite like the one on the pattern page. Similar but not. I eliminated several steps and inserted some of my own.

Bottle scrubber

That little red adornment on the wooden spoon is a bottle scrubber…. of sorts. The yarn is a special nylon ‘scrubbie’ yarn and it will most definitely do the job with all the bottles we wash at this daycare. Didn’t you know that the dishwasher melts water bottles??? And did you know I can throw this little fabrication in the washing machine after each use?? I may have to throw a few of these on the Etsy shop. Wooden spoons not included.

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From Aaron/Sunday Sampler

In the spotlight this Sunday is my one and only…..

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Nephew!!

He drew my name in our family gift exchange and a little bird apparently told him I needed to go shopping. And shopping I did!

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Just lookie at what I came up with Aaron!

Taking time this Sunday Sampler to say Thank You for your help in resuscitating my fabric and yarn stash. #NeverEnoughSuppliesInTheSewingRoom

On A Mission/SundaySampler/WPC

Quest

I spent a couple hours Saturday on a mission. I was informed by my resident daughter of Lawrence, Kansas that there was ‘this yarn shop’. No more words needed. We hopped in the truck and headed downtown to The Yarn Barn.

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Can you see the focus needed when perusing such a delectable assortment of eye candy?

Unfortunately, my focus had to be on the Price. And then there were the color choices running a close 2nd.

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My eyes located the clearance bins at the back of the store eventually. (Special thanks at this time for the patience of the family for enduring my inspection of each and every single area of this store.) I found this “Jones” shade and we all instantly thought of my pen pal across the pond with the same surname. Not to mention a “Jones” or 2 we are either related to or dear friends with.

hrhendorsedAnd then there’s this Endorsement from the Campaign For Wool with Patron:

HRH The Prince of Wales. We are fans of those Royals and not just the Kansas City variety. Figured this was my sign from above to go ahead and choose this beautiful shade of teal.

100%Wool, to be washed separately, dried flat and no ironing. Directions to be followed to a Tee. Unless you want shrinkage.

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Also in that clearance bin were these additional wools that are simply gorgeous. They are so soft and I absolutely cannot wait to make something special with them!!

Yarn Barn in Lawrence, I’ll be back! The Quest continues.

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Natural

Natural

A new digital issue arrived in my email today of a favorite crochet magazine.

Natural daily post

 

The yarn weight is one of the first things I look at because, naturally I have that “4 Medium” yarn in my stash. The thing about this pattern is that it could  lend itself to other yarn weights. And weight is an issue around here with a heat index of 102.

And did you see the line “Gauge is not important for this project“? That is my personal invitation.

Here’s the ‘to do’ pattern picture. I would pick a ‘Natural’ color rather than the Hot Pink. And some lighter weight yarn would mean more motifs. But I think the result would be stunning. Time to search that fiber collection for possibilities.

 

Yarn Calculating/ Sunday Sampler

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Lotus Blossom is the name of this variegated cotton yarn I used for another one of those cotton crocheted washcloths. I don’t know how many colors of lotus flowers there are, but I think this is a pretty combination of colors.

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I am disappointed that there wasn’t enough for 2 entire washcloths. But thankfully the white edging is making it complete without having to make a trip to buy more. How is it they don’t always put the same amount in each skein? I’ve made so-o-o many of these, I joke that if I went blind, I’d be able to make these better than reading braille. File_008

The yellow had a couple more ounces on the skein so I was able to make a trio.

Could be a great time to calculate whether I should buy bigger versus smaller skeins. But then an artist can never have enough paint, right?!