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Happy Halloween and Happy Samhain!

happy halloween

No, I didn’t get all dressed up this year, but I still tried to be festive with a little black and orange today! I also took the opportunity to add a splash of crochet with the scarf. ;) I hope everyone has a very safe and fun holiday, however you choose to celebrate.

-C

Wait… have I not shared this with you!?

Okay. I know I’ve been slacking on the blogging lately, but I really have to share this with you – even though it’s something from way earlier this year.

See, I sculpted, in crochet, an Arkansas razorback hog. Oh yes. This is where I’m from. We are maniacal hog fans back home. And one of my girlfriends from high school requested that I crochet a piggy for her hubby as a wedding gift. I thought, “Sure!” there’s got to be hog patterns out there, right? Ha! I was SO disappointed. So what did I do? I decided to sculpt one. Freestyle. Wingin’ it, if you will. It was an exercise in patience, creativity, and vision. That’s right. Vision. I had to SEE where I was crocheting. Have you ever tried this? Ack! It’s intimidating. And I had lots of frogging moments (ripping it out so I could re-do it, over and over and over again), but by golly I DID it!

And yes, if you can’t tell, I’m rather proud of my little razorback. No, there isn’t a pattern. I started trying to kind of keep notes on how it went. … But I re-worked so many parts of it that it was hard to keep up with and I was a little concerned that I’d encounter troubles with their trademark rights, so I decided it would simply be a one-of-a-kind piece of art. You hear that, Amber? Lol. It was, though. It was a labor of love. Art. Fiber Arts!

It just so happened that we were late for the wedding (only maybe five minutes, but everybody was GONE!) which afforded me the opportunity to take some pretty awesome pictures of it on her grandparents’ farm. So while they were off in the fields getting hitched, here was what I was doing:

arkansas razorback hog

arkansas razorback hog

arkansas razorback hog

arkansas razorback hog

I’m sure it was a beautiful ceremony – I do always enjoy country weddings, especially when there’s great scenery – but I’m also kind of glad that I got to take these shots. They were so much better than anything I could have done anywhere else besides on a farm in Arkansas.

So, “Woo pig sooie!!” and congratulations to a very dear friend of mine on her wonderful wedding, even though we missed it!

New Photo Prop!

So I found this AWESOME new photo prop on Craigslist. Okay, well I guess that means it isn’t new, but it’s still in great shape and I am SO excited about it! I’ve been wanting to get a cradle for a while now but they’re so dadgum big! I couldn’t resist this one, though. I love a nice cherry wood finish and most of the cradles I’ve seen are those crazy sliding mechanism things – just waiting to pinch some fingers if you ask me. I wanted a solid design. I kind of wanted a white one… It seems like it would go with more, but I just can’t bring myself to paint over this one just yet. Maybe one of these days when it gets more banged up, as I’m sure is inevitable with all the moving the Army will have us doing.

And maybe, just MAYBE, it will also see some more functional use in the next year or two… Hint, hint. ;) Meanwhile, I’ve got at least two blankets lined up for a photo shoot, as you can see by all the stuff in it already! I just need to find a good backdrop – like a California king flat sheet. It was a lot bigger than I expected it to be. I think probably because the only cradles I’ve actually been around are newborn or doll sized. :- / But it’s totally worth the space it takes up, I think, and I really really do hope that we’ll get to put it to a more practical use in the relatively near future. :)

Stellar Snowflakes in Interweave Crochet!

That’s right, folks! I am PUBLISHED! Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012, page 125: Stellar Snowflakes by Connie Lee. Hooray!!

The magazine won’t hit newsstands until November 6th, but it is available for purchase as a hard copy to have shipped (I’m not sure if it’ll arrive before the 6th or not) to you or as a digital download through CrochetMe.com There are over 50 patterns in this issue, so be sure to check them out here!

It also has its very own Ravelry page already, so pop on over to take a look and add it to your queue. You can also see my original versions as they’re linked as a project. Here’s my favorite picture, though (that I took):

And the wreath that I made, which is what inspired the main project photo:

 

There should also be a page with more information on blocking and starching, but as of today it just says “coming soon” so if you have any questions, just holler! Hopefully they’ll get it updated soon, though – I’m interested to see what their advice is.

I am absolutely tickled pink about this achievement (in case you can’t tell!) and I am anxious as all get out to get my hands on a copy of the magazine! Or two or three – my mother will want one, too, of course! But I have to wait patiently and resist buying the digital edition just so I can see the final layout. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to wait, though – November 6th is almost two weeks away still… :( Patience is a virtue, though, right? And despite my affinity for piddly little crafts like thread crochet, I really don’t have that much of it! So wish me luck and let me know what you think when you get YOUR copies of this season’s IC Accessories!

Ooh and here’s the pinkalicious one, too. ;) Perfect for Breast Cancer awareness!

What a wonderful wedding!

I just returned from marrying off my youngest sister and as exhausted as I am, I have to say it was an absolutely beautiful wedding. One of the best I’ve been to, actually!

It was held in the rock amphitheater of the city park in our home town and with the leaves turning colors and gently falling around us all, it was stunning. The minister conducted a simple, Celtic inspired ceremony that made me wish I’d been able to have a similar service for my own wedding! My husband’s only request was that ours was in a Catholic church, as that’s how he was raised, so I could hardly disagree. Here’s a picture I took there last fall:

I DO wish we’d been able to go to the park for pictures, but there just wasn’t enough time, especially with our photographer being from out of town. My sister’s photos are going to be amazing, though, and I can’t wait to see them! One of our cousins recently started her own photography business, so of course, she got the job. *smile* You can check out some more of her work on her facebook page, but here’s the first sneak peek she shared with us:

They had a fabulous fall theme and her colors were red, orange, and yellow (simply put – I won’t get into the “technical” color names!). Each of the ladies in her wedding party wore a different color and of course the decorations at the reception were similarly colored. She had the cutest idea of using a ribbon wrapped pumpkin as the ring bearer’s “pillow” and I also incorporated them into her garter.

This isn’t the best picture, but I had to snap one the night before the wedding just to make sure I had one before I gave it to her! It’s actually the garter I crocheted for myself, just redecorated for her. So I reckon it’s well on its way to becoming a family heirloom now! Along with my father’s Father of the Bride hat, apparently. He insisted that I take it to add to the “collection” because he refused to wear it again. So I guess it will belong to whomever happens to be the next father of the bride in our family. With only one of us grandkids left to tie the knot and no plans to get married anytime soon, it could be a while before the next wedding. Shame, really – I do enjoy a good wedding! Of course, the great-grandkids may well start getting married before we know it!

Wow. I haven’t been over here in ages! I’ll have to try to remedy that. :)

It seems like things have been hectic since summer began. We did some traveling and oh! the weddings! My little sister is actually getting married this weekend, so I’ve been busy with that, too. Exhausted these last few days! But it’ll be fun and I’m looking forward to it.

Patrick will be training for the next month, too, so maybe that’ll give me time to settle back into a reasonable routine, to include more frequent blogging! Then it’ll be time for Thanksgiving and we’re hosting this year, which I’m really looking forward to. I just need to make sure I get everything planned out as best I can ahead of time so I’m not stressing too much. Pie crusts made in advance – I’m going to try freezing them this year. Turkeys bought soon. Patrick wants to fry one this year, so I also need to find a fryer. Any suggestions??? I’m a little nervous about it, but I’m sure they’ll be careful with it. I hope…

I feel like I’ve been slacking on the crocheting this year. I think I’ve just been too distracted with other things. I’m now a Mary Kay Consultant, too, so that takes some time away from my crocheting. As does trying to keep up with the housework. :- / NOT my favorite pastime. That’s my goal – I want to make enough money between my crocheting and Mary Kay that I can hire someone else to clean my house! Is that lazy or what!? But I really, really hate cleaning.

Okay, I’d better get back to the pinata I’m making for my sister’s bachelorette party – talk about a crafty adventure! ;)

-C

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