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Archive for June, 2007

In the Garden

My husband has a definite green thumb and can grow just about anything that is compatible with the climate and soil in our area. I, on the other hand, can kill even a plastic plant. Besides all of the Bonsai’s he cares for, he also makes sure the things around the house are getting the same attention. Good thing, too–otherwise, our yard would be very dull.

We bought these Begonias a couple of years ago on clearance because they were half-dead and scraggily-looking. But a little TLC, some sunshine, water, and being brought in during the winter months has kept them going strong. The more it rains, the brighter pink they seem to get.

Begonias

Gerbera daisies are my absolute favorite, as is the color of these. I love pinks, and these flowers always make me smile. There’s also yellow ones next to them, but they weren’t blooming when the photo was taken.

Gerberas

There’s also a flowering plant that we get nearly every year. They only last one season and require a lot of watering. Usually, we have it in white, but the blue-ish color was something new. I have a small white one as well. I can’t recall the name of it offhand.

Pretty in Blueish

And then there’s Waldo, aka: Sneaky Snake. We call him Waldo sometimes because we’re often wondering where he is. It just so happens that he stayed in this spot near the house long enough to have his picture taken. He’s basically harmless, and as long as he keeps his distance from me, I’m just fine and dandy. He can sometimes be seen drinking out of the little “pond”, a very small man-made one, beside the house. We think he even watches the fish, not to eat, but just to bask in the sun on sunny days and watch.

Sneaky Snake

These are just a small bit of the nature that exists in our small part of the world. Often, when I’m not crocheting, I can be found on the porch swing just taking it all in.

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A couple of weeks ago, I got my invitation to join the group of crocheters and knitters at Ravelry, and the site has been taking up my time ever since. It hasn’t been opened to the public just yet, as they’re still working on some bugs and making sure it can handle alot of traffic, but wow! what an awesome site. If you’ve not heard of it, click the link above and go take a look.

I didn’t realize I’d get an invitation to join as one of the Beta Testers when I sent in my name; instead, I thought I’d just get a message when they officially opened to the public. I’m glad I did, though. I’m having a lot of fun over there.

But I’ll be blogging again in the next day or so, as I still have things to talk about!

Also, I wanted to mention that the Viceroy Butterfly Shawl I’ve been working on is officially for sale now. You can find it >here<. It’s been a difficult pattern for me, but only because I’ve never done filet crochet before. Kathy writes her patterns very clearly, and she’s always willing to help if you ever have a problem. I’m still working on mine, but I hope to finish it soon.

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Quickie Update

I’m still around; just not on the computer that much lately. I have a couple of posts in the works, however. Currently, I’m working on some PDFs for making your own crochet project journal. I’ve also got some books to talk about–both crochet and non-crochet -related. So stay tuned…more crochet and other good stuff is on its way!

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Sadly, it’s true. All roads do seem to lead to Wal-Mart. No matter where you go, you can count on finding this store along your way–which in my opinion, isn’t necessarily a good thing. I don’t like the place. And I really don’t like seeing its buildings littering every highway I go down.

I’m really surprised at all the people who seem to think this store hung the moon. It may not be over-priced on many things, but you get what you pay for. And just because you get a bargain one day, doesn’t mean you won’t pay extra for something else later to make up for it.

Awhile back, there were rumors circulating that Wally World was going to close their craft and fabric departments. I think their yarn and fabric sections are not up to par anyway, but out of curiosity I wrote the company to find out if this rumor was true. Here’s the response I received:

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the fabric department in your local store.  In keeping with our emphasis on being a store of the community, Wal-Mart is converting the fabrics and crafts department in some stores to a newly expanded assortment of merchandise that focuses on life’s celebrations.  We are thrilled to offer our customers this exciting new crafts and celebrations center that makes available craft and party planning needs along with information on current trends and new ideas in the area of life’s celebrations, such as holidays, weddings and birthdays.

In those stores where the new crafts and celebrations center is placed, merchandise commonly referred to as ‘notions’ will be included in the product offerings – such as sewing machines, yarn, needles, thread, etc.  As a part of this conversion, most of our new and remodeled stores opening in early 2007, as well as a small number of existing stores, will feature the new crafts and celebrations center in place of cut fabrics. Wal-Mart will continue to carry cut fabric in most of our stores.  Due to the continued evaluation of our stores, we are unable to share a list of existing stores scheduled to receive the new crafts and celebrations center at this time.

Thank you,
Wal-Mart Customer Relations

I suppose if the only place I had to shop in my city for craft supplies was the Big “W”, I’d be concerned about the changes. But considering I have other craft stores to go to–not to mention I can get anything online that I could possibly want–I don’t see the changes being a major issue for me. There’s even a petition against the closings out there somewhere on the net. Makes me want to start my own petition against the place.

Personally, if I had my way about it, Wal-Mart would be banned or restricted in some way, shape, or form. But that’s just me. I’m not totally in love with the place…and I feel for the people who are.

…just my $.02 worth…

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It seems to happen every summer. Well, I say every summer, but since I’ve only been crocheting for a year and a half, I can’t honestly say there’s a trend just yet. Still, it seems that during this time of the year, I become uninspired with my hook and yarn. I have things I want to crochet for myself, as well as things for charity and gifts, but I think Summer Fever has hit.

I went to Michael’s yesterday to get some of the yarn they had on sale, and I walked out of the store completely empty handed. Yep. Me. I actually walked out of a craft store without buying one single item. No yarn. No scrapbooking supplies. No beads. Nada.

I know I have a list of items to create, but all are kept mentally, which many times causes blockage for me when I’m shopping. I’ve decided that I need to go through some of my books & magazines, find those items I want to crochet and make the most, write them down along with the materials I need, then keep it in my wallet. That way, when I’m shopping, I’ll at least know what I need, and I won’t end up without a purchase just because inpiration didn’t strike.

As for what’s on my hook right now: I really, really, really need to get my Butterfly Shawl completed, especially since I’m testing the pattern. Having never filet crocheted before, it’s been a challenge, but also a great learning experience. That is my top priority as far as my crocheting is concerned. I also have a hobo bag that I started a long time ago which needs to be completed. I made a mistake in it and just haven’t taken the time to frog it to the point it needs to be in order to get a move on with it. Maybe once I get these two items finished–or at least the shawl–inspiration will return, and I’ll be ready to start a brand new project. I just need to figure out which one it will be.

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