Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wow... It’s Been Over A Year

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted anything in over a year and a half. Last year was a truly miserable one. This one has been some better. It’s been busy as usual and I just wasn’t feeling blogging. It has been at the bottom of my list for a long time now. For a long time I didn’t crochet or knit...it didn’t interest me at all. I still lead a Girl Scout troop and work full time of course...so that’s taken every ounce of energy I have. Also, my beloved geriatric Sony Vaio laptop crashed. It was my fault because I loaded so much onto that thing. So blogging on my phone (which I’m doing now) didn’t appeal to me at all. Now I feel the need to share again. Recently I started knitting hats after a request from a coworker. That reminded me of how much I needed it. I’m also crocheting Christmas baubles. At work every year our facility holds an awesome two day Christmas craft fair. At first we thought we were going to cancel because we weren’t ready. But instead of canceling, lots of staff and residents are pitching in to create items to sell. So I’m painting a couple ceramic pieces and crocheting the baubles.




I’ve made seven so far with a goal of about twenty. I think I can get them done in time. I used Pinterest to lead me to the patterns. The red, white and green one can be found here. The red, yellow, pink and purple one can be found here. The tiny stocking pattern can be found here

I’ve starting painting these ceramics which were donated to the facility by a resident’s family member. It’s a slow process considering I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. I’m turning the owl into a planter for a succulent or other plant of some kind.


I have to say this post has frustrated me since it’s taken over an hour to do on my phone. Maybe before long I can get a new laptop or iPad to use. 

I hope you all have a happy Sunday. I’ll be back in a few days...since I have plans for another post next Sunday. 

It’s good to be back,
Liz





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Carolina Fiber Fest

A few weeks ago, Ireland, Michael and I went to Raleigh for the Carolina Fiber Fest. I've been wanting to go for the past few years, but never made it. It's a semi-small festival, but still offers a good amount of fiber and things to do.


Ireland learned the basics of needle felting


And how to drop spin



Of course there were lots of pretty things to see



I bought some roving for Ireland to spin


and some yarn. It was a good day, and really got me motivated for SAFF. When we got home I booked a hotel in Fletcher, NC (near Asheville) for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair this October. 

I really appreciate all the comments and emails about my brother. It's been a difficult time, but it will get better over time. I'm so grateful for your support and realize that none of us are on an island when it comes to heartache and troubles.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Memorial

I haven't been able to blog or write a blog post in quite awhile now. 2017 has been a rough one so far. Lately, I've thought about writing a post and I keep telling myself I have nothing important to say. Instead of talking about crochet or knitting projects I'm going to get a little personal. This post is going to be a memorial to my brother.

On February 5, 2017 my 34 year old brother tragically left this world. He left behind three children, his girlfriend, our parents, our sister, myself and many other family members and friends.

I love this pic...This sweet face 
It's a struggle everyday. The guilt is tough to deal with (for all of us). Wishing I would've called and been there more. That is the hardest part. All I can hope for is peace of mind for myself and all who are struggling right now. 

Our last photo together
I worry about my mom, and his girlfriend, and my sister the most. Death changes us forever. I hope it will become less raw over time. I work around death on a regular basis, but seeing a loved one so young leave... its just devastating.

I think of the past, happy times and his children.




one of my favorites


He was a music lover, and I can't listen to music very much right now. 

He also loved UNC basketball...that is something we shared. We're both die-hard Carolina fans. I do watch the games and think how happy he would be if they were to go all the way this year. Go Heels!

I just wish he would have seen in himself what all of us could and did. He had so much to offer to this world and the people he left behind.

Depression can be a silent killer. Take part in the lives of those who are struggling. Call more, visit more, and be present. Guilt and regret are heavy burdens to carry for those left behind. 




Monday, December 12, 2016

The Winner of the Crochet Therapy Give Away

I know I'm a couple of days late, but I'm back now and ready to announce the winner of Crochet Therapy

Congrats to Windy! (the 23rd comment) I hope you enjoy the book and find something you would like to crochet. Just send me an email to sunshine75t@gmail.com and include your address. Thanks to all that left a comment. Have a peaceful week.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Crochet Therapy and a Give Away


Crochet Therapy by Betsan Corkhill is a book I contributed to awhile back. The book came out in September and I'm finally getting around to blogging about it. I came up with two patterns for the book; a ripple throw and a small hexi rug.




There are several more designs in the book, here are just a couple


If you're interested in Crochet Therapy you can find it here. I love working on projects for books and magazines, but unfortunately I just don't have the time for too much. Currently I have no commissioned projects scheduled, so I'm working on gifts. A mix of crochet and knit. I'm really liking the fur pom poms right now, so I'm working on a few hats.

 This is a short post, but I do want to offer a copy of Crochet Therapy to a fellow blogger. Since I've been away for so long I feel compelled to give something away. I have a couple extra copies and if you decide you would like to win one, then just leave me a comment. You don't have to do anything else, just comment. I'll randomly select a winner this coming Friday. Good Luck and I'll be back Friday!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vacation

The last week of July we got in the car and just drove. We made no reservations or plans. We did ask for a week off from work ahead of time. I even forgot to take my camera. So all photos taken are iPhone pics. After driving all day, we ended up in Florida


This is Summer Haven beach. It's about 15 minutes south of St. Augustine. We found a cottage on the beach, which took us half a day to find, because after all, it is peak beach season. The great thing about this location is the seclusion. We hate a crowded beach, and this place is perfect because there are only a handful of cottages for several miles. We had it all to ourselves for 6 days.


One evening we drove back up to St. Augustine beach and tried Salt Life Food Shack which had pretty good seafood and drinks. This is a Happy Captain 


Ireland and I wanted to visit the dolphins, so we went to Marineland which is only two miles from our cottage. She was pretty excited




I have mixed feelings about places like this. I hate to see wild animals in captivity and can only hope these precious dolphins have more space to live and swim in than what we saw during the experience. Our dolphin was Tomo, and is one of the younger boys there. He was such a sweet boy and seemed happy. I let myself have a good time despite my mixed feelings.

We also took the Old Town Trolley tour of historic St. Augustine. This has to be the most beautiful city I've seen.





Our last day was spent at Ripley's and then the lighthouse, because I just love them





And then to the beach



Our last day felt perfect... I didn't want want to think about leaving, which was strange considering I had been homesick for the previous 2 days.

In the past couple of weeks I haven't crafted very much. Girl Scout season is starting again, so I'm trying to get ready for it. The next post will be about crochet... I have a couple of patterns to share...they were included in a book coming out next month.