30 December, 2007
14 December, 2007
This is a picture of Jubal in his seat on the back of the motorcycle!
He really does like to ride... Don't worry, he is harnessed in and attached to me... he is safe!
Check out his cool Doggles!
Steve McQueen was NEVER so cool!!!
Look once... Look twice... Motorcycles are everywhere!
I was thinking of projects that would utilize my new toys... and BINGO!
It hit me... why not make a doggie sweater?
The stretchy cylndrical shape seemed PERFECTO for chilly puppies.
After a little trial and error in making the leg openings... I came up with a workable sweater for Jubal.
I made this with two strands of acrylic camo-variegated yarn and then trimmed it with two strands of a bright hunter orange.
I was going for the "hunting-dog-look". Kind of a "tongue-in-cheek" look for a pampered miniature poodle.
He wears it when hunting for a warm lap to sit on!
I thought it would be cute for Gabriel and Jubal to have matching sweaters.
Gabriel looked very handsome in his sweater.
I am guessing... either he ate it... or some sweater-eating Zombie attacked him and he was lucky to escape with his life!!!
We are just glad that he's ok...
Either way, it will probably be a while before I make Gabe a sweater again!
... More to come ...
This is the first sweater that I made for Jubal.
It is made of wool-ease yarn.
this was a free form project, which meant a lot of 'fittings'!
Jubal was not happy with the process...
but when cold weather came around, he didn't fight wearing the sweater!
Edit: I am trying to understand mobile blogging... i am having difficulties in doing this correctly... can't get the token or claim to get in... and so have to email my posts in. So far, I am not too crazy about this... although I think that it will help me to actually post like I want to.
If I dont do it when I am thinking about it, then I may never get around to it! I know, I know... I am a slacker!!!
My pictures look fine on my phone... but when i post to Blogger, the pics look dark. Plus, I am having to go in and edit out the verizon message about pix... I dont know why it bothers me... but it does!
I have an email in to blogger... maybe i can figure this stuff out!
13 December, 2007
I used a variety of yarns... commercial wools, handcrafted wool, acrylic & cotton yarns. I hung this piece from bamboo, using a rod-sleeve.
The wallhanging is called "Sweet Dreams, Devan".
I utilized my favorite motif, the hand print... in this case, symbolizing the love of GOD... along with star motifs and a moon motif. The colors are mostly purples and greens... with other colors thrown in for variety.... My hope was that this wallhanging evokes peaceful and loving feelings for Devan as she sleeps!
i think the pic came out a little dark... which makes it hard to see the detail... sorry.
<--------- this is a picture that Devan's mom got to go in the room also... she bought it independently of the wallhanging and what a neat suprise: the colors of the dress almost perfectly match the variegated yarn in one of the stars!!!! serendipity, baby!
i hope Devan & her parents enjoy her new wallhanging!
02 November, 2007
This scurvy little miniature poodle is Jubal.
We adopted him in July from the Greenville Humane Society.
( http://www.greenvillehumane.com )
He was very, very thin and quite shy when we brought him home... but now it's safe to say that he rules the roost!
And this handsome fellow is Gabriel. We adopted him from a rescue shelter called
Hugs for Hounds.
He is a happy-go-lucky fellow who doesn't really seem to mind that Jubal has hijacked control of the family!
I had never been to an animal shelter before... i was shocked at all of the expensive animals that were there (at the Humane Society)... there were many pure-breed dogs there.
It was so sad to see some of the sweetest animals who have been so mistreated...
Jubal was soooo skinny ( a miniature poodle should weigh 15-17 lbs - he weighed 11 lbs) and his nails had grown so long that his quick was all the way to the end of his nails... he was shaved down and covered with scabs where his hair had become so matted that sores developed.
We literally saved Gabriel from the gallows... we adopted him on a saturday and he was scheduled to be put down the next tuesday... we were just compelled to take him home! He was actually fairly healthy when we got him... physically, that is... he has had some trust issues... you can tell that he was abused... but our son, the Barbarian, has really devoted himself to acclimating Gabe into family life.
And it has really paid off... both doggies have become full-fledged family members!
And even though Gabriel is about 3 times bigger than Jubal... he recognizes that Jubal is in charge!
PLEASE... when you are thinking of enlarging your family with a pet, consider adoption from a shelter or rescue group... and definitely spay or neuter your pets... the shelters are FULL of unwanted pets.
Here is a link to Petfinders: ( www.petfinder.com ) --this links to many shelters and rescue groups nationwide & is a very good place to start when searching for a new family member!
My latest obsession is dog sweaters... i will have pics to post next week!
Have a happy weekend!
30 October, 2007
Am I a slacker or what?!? (Don't answer... it's a rhetorical question)
I would like to think that it's NOT that I am a slacker... but that I have just been busy living. Because actually, lots of things have been going on...
We celebrated our son, The Barbarian's, birthday,
I got addicted to Bollywood movies (Amitabh is the absolutely coolest dude on the planet!!! I also love Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan & Saif Ali Khan! although I don't think that they are related... oh well),
Sugar Daddy & I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary with a wonderful trip to Atlanta... where there is a movie theater that plays Bollywood movies and you can eat samosa chat & kulfi while you watch the flicks. We tried to eat at all of the wonderfully diverse ethnic offerings that Atlanta has... I am sure we missed some... but that means we can do it again next year!,
I found a video game that I can play (and Sugar Daddy too!)... we bought a nintendo wii ... i think it's great! My 82 year-old FIL must have thought so too: he played it at our house and then bought one too! (he really rocks in bowling... none of us can touch him! and his baseball game is not too shabby either!)
We celebrated my mom's 60th birthday,
Our older son, The Accountant, & his wife, The Teacher bought a beautiful new house (CONGRATS!),
We adopted 2 wonderful doggies from local shelters (Gabriel, a 50 lb mixed breed (he's really The Barbarian's dog), and Jubal, a 12 lb miniature poodle (Sugar Daddy & mine's spoiled little darling!) ... welcome to the Family!),
school started again (The Barbarian is a senior this year)...
My nephew, Trumpet, started high school this year and is in the marching band!
My nephew, The Tank, who lives in Georgia, turned 8 and is playing football... and we actually got to see a few games... (do something #71!)
and that is not counting the projects:
I swear that I haven't been sitting on my laurels! I have been doing projects! I have made wall hangings, purses, blankets, and my new passion, dog sweaters!
I will be posting about them later... with pics!
I just wanted to get a "catch-up" post in... and i am going to try...no i AM going to do a better job of posting! (errrr.... hopefully)
but right now, i want to go check up on some blogs out there that i have been missing out on!
see? I have been a slacker on reading blogs too!
oh! before I forget: I want to congratulate Regina (www.monstercrochet.blogspot.com) and Jimbo (www.jimbosfrontporch.blogspot.com): Jimbo was featured in Craft magazine... and well, Regina, it seems that lately, you can't open a crochet magazine and not see a pattern by her in it! so CONGRATS! to two people that I have had the pleasure of "talking" to via blogs and emails!
22 March, 2007
(sorry about picture quality... i definitely need to practice!) On my monitor, the first pic is close to the actual color... it is a variegated blue colorway... it has a small "granny square" front pocket that is just the right size for a cell phone or an mp3 player; and a slightly larger area for a small purse or wallet. the front pocket closes with a shiny, sparkly vintage button, while the other compartment closes with a vintage button that is kind of an ivory color.
09 March, 2007
this bag is huge!
That's our younger son, the Barbarian, who is modeling...umm... err... showing this bag... let's gve him a hand!
here is the 2nd bag that i made... i would use this as a reusable shopping bag... or it could be a beach tote:
inside view:a closeup of the stitches... i like the little bits of color interspersed by using different bags:
I made the next two bags, as purses... here is the lovely Ms. TM modeling them:
This purse was made for my sister (who requested a "non-girly" type of bag):
The green button is a kind of "inside funny"... you know, green ... recycling... i know, corny... but that is me... uber dork!
So here is one of my attempts to reduce, recycle, and reuse... and i get to use my favorite craft to do it! woo hoo!
15 February, 2007
This bag was made with a variety of wool scraps left over from other projects, some craft rings, some plastic buttons, a vintage plastic button & some large glass beads.