Mandalas and a new book.

Hello again!

As promised, a look at the mandalas I made from my new book!

Here they are…all together.



Since it’s getting  to be that time of year where I have even less light in here, I gave the 2 darker mandalas away. I keep things as light as possible in here.

I have just the one now.


Mint and white mandala


I haven’t done much Christmas decorating. The apartments where I live are in the process of being sold. Many strangers looking through the place. It’s all a bit unsettling.

This is what I have so far..Lol


White Christmas tree 2016

Impressive. I know.

I am still coloring.


Simplify coloring page


And I doodle.




Or is it drawing..or lettering…hmm. whatever it is, it’s fun.

I saw this the other day.


A rainbow


I don’t get to see those too often. It made me pause.

And wonder.

And hope.

And pray.


                                                              In other news!

I bought a new book.




Until next time!


BbBb & ty.


Hello there!

Here it is, already Autumn… Almost Christmastime!

Unlike previous years, where I start planning my Christmas theme during my August vacation,

I got sidetracked.

A good sidetracked.

Sidetracked nonetheless.

So I thought I would share pictures about what I was doing while away this year.

I looked at clouds..



A lot of clouds..


Many hours spent looking at clouds…


Which were waaaay prettier than this.


I bought my phone at a grocery store..


So the camera isn’t great…


Or even good..but whatever.


Walking for 2 hours a day can get boring.


So I took pictures.


Mostly of clouds..


Sometimes flowers..


Interesting tree..


Oh look! Clouds!


Gigantic flower pots at the mall..



But mostly clouds.


Grey clouds.



Do you see anything when you look at clouds?



I never expected to see what I saw.

Or maybe I saw all along, but didn’t know.

Who knew?

Oh right, He knew.



                                                               In other news!

I found a coloring book that I can actually use! It’s large enough for me to see. Yay!

Be You coloring page used as DIY home decor!

So now when I want to redecorate, I can just color a page from a coloring book!

I’m such a cheater. 🙂

Oh and I also bought a new crochet book. Mandalas to Crochet byhaafner Love it.

Mandalas to Crochet book byhaafner

There are soooooo many pretty patterns in the book. I will show you which mandala I made ( 3 of the same ) next time.

Until then, happy Autumn!





Feeling Blue

Hey everyone!

I think my blue kick is done!

Oh wait..I should clarify..

Not wearing blue things…Making blue things!


As you can see, I love blue and green..

blue green jewelry


My goal is to live by the sea…

Just sayin’…:)


blue & green jewelry

Do you see that blue scarf up there? To the right?


Woohoo ..It’s done! I’ve only been working on it for like a month.

Here and there..Just hdc in one loop…

Can’t remember if it was front or

But it’s done!


blue scarf done!


I also finished weaving in ends for this thing…


blue stripey scarf done!


It was going to be a blanket – but I gave up…

Now I will just wear it around my neck until the weather warms up..


I also finished weaving in the ends for this..


blue stripey crochet..thing


They were going to be wrist warmers – but I gave up.

I have no idea what to do with it. Maybe find a bottle to plunk it over. 🙂

I had to look back through my pics to see how old the yarn was..

I found this from November 2013..

crocheted with love buttons

So it’s only taken me almost 3 years to almost use it all up.


Ah well. It happens to the best of us huh?

Yarn…For decorative purposes

Stay dry!

Or find some cool water..depending on where you are 🙂




Random Ramble – Little things

Hey everyone!


I find it funny how even though we may be in the midst of chaos,

we sometimes notice little things.

Of course – me being me – it was the color of something.

I lay my clothes out on the bed after washing until I have the energy

to put them away.

Could be a day…

Could be – like this week – ….a week..


This caught my eye.


pastel cami straps


I just lay them out without thinking ( other than camis together )..

And I thought..I like those colors together!

Maybe because I am currently redecorating for Spring?


Easter/Spring 2016 decorating


Aaaand the colors are similar?

I find that funny..


pastel cami straps


They are my favorite colors


Easter/Spring 2016 decorating


Nothing like looking at light colors when the days are gray and rainy..


pastel cami straps


Like it has been for the past few days..eeeek.


Easter/Spring 2016 decorating


Thank goodness I had most of this done before the New Year.

Life has just been too busy to do any decorating this month…so far.

Can’t wait until it goes back to normal.


How about you?

Are your clothes the same color as your decorating scheme?

lol 🙂

Till next time,

Have a great week!



Merry Christmas!

Hope you have a great one, wherever you are in the world!

My Christmas decorating took many turns this year.


use what you have decorating- in this case, a cowl!




use what you have decorating- in this case, a cowl!





Winter Christmas


10 points for who knows what show  I am watching on Netflix 🙂


December Christmas…


December Christmas


In my defense…a lot of decorations blew over outside, so I brought them in. lol 🙂


Weeks before Christmas…


yarn ball Christmas tree


yarn ball Christmas tree


yarn Christmas


yarn Christmas


So there ya go!

Christmas is over.

I started decorating for Spring on  Winter Solstice Day.

I would show you a picture, but I have no idea where my camera is.


I think my son finally understands why I decorate the way I do.

He said to me the other day ” It’s so daaaark.”

Yes son. Yes it is.

I have to decorate early during the months where we have more sun ( which is hardly any ) because by the time Winter roles around I need all the white , pink and yellow I can get – to help combat the darkness.

Have a safe rest of the month and a Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas 2015



Crochet jewelry holder

Hi there!
Remember me saying I needed to come up with a better way to store my crochet jewelry?

crochet pins


Yeah. That’s latch hook…material? Hmm.What is that called….

Anyways. It had holes, so it worked. Not the prettiest though.

So I searched far and wide..

O.K….Really only  Pinterest..

I came up with the cork board idea..


old cork board


Took my old cork board and covered it with…

wow. Can’t remember what it’s called.

Anyways, paper.

I added some ribbon..



crochet earrings


Thinking I would just hang them off the ribbon..

Until I realized, the ribbon I chose had holes in them!


ribbon with holes for earrings


My son and I had a good laugh about that.

The Universe provides….


Crochet jewelry holder DIY


I used my Coasters I bought from  Color’nCream and lined them up where the paper overlapped.


Crochet jewelry holder from old cork board


I have earrings up top and pins and barrettes down below.


crochet pins


I know….2 lollipop pins in pink…But the pinks are different colors!!




I still have my lanyards on this wooden thing.


crochet lanyards and necklaces


And necklaces….

And I have some in boxes….

I keep the most used ones out.

Like these..

white pom pom earrings


And these..

pink pom pom earrings


You can never have too many pom pom earrings right?




In other news

This happened…

yarn ball Christmas tree


Because I saw these….


crochet christmas tree bunting triangles

crochet christmas tree bunting triangles


from  Sandra at Cherry Heart

And after having bought her Granny Tree Christmas skirt pattern


Sandra Cherry Heart Granny Christmas tree skirt


( mine is teeny tiny without pom poms…I am not advanced for that yet..hehe.Perfect size for my little chair though! )


simple front porch Christmas


I knew I wanted to attempt them.

We shall see…


Until next time..

Have a super week!


very merry crochet christmas

P.S. I remembered what the paper is called…

poster board.

Decorate with Crochet!

Hi guys!

Nooo.. This isn’t about crocheting things to decorate your home.

More like…

This book.

use what you have decorating book


I saw it in a bookstore, but didn’t actually read it.

I don’t know anything about design principles or anything.

My take-away message from the title is…well..

Use what you have to decorate your home!

Which brings me to my crochet.


blue crochet cowl & flower pin



I made this back in January or February – can’t remember when. I was on a blue kick for some reason and so held off on showing it here, because of all the other blue scarves I was writing about.

I kept wearing it, but forgot to show it to you!


I added the flower pin this summer. It lets me pin it closer to my neck.


blue crochet set


Really handy with my short hair. It’s so cold where I work, I usually wear something warm even through summer.


green crochet earrings


I made simple one round sc button earrings.


back of green crochet earrings


Hot-glued them to the back of these..


flat back earring


And called it a day!

Easy peasy.


Soooo. What on earth does this have to do with decorating?

Like the title says. ( not necessarily what the book is about )

Use what you have…when decorating!


So I did.

use what you have decorating- in this case, a cowl!


Summertime Christmas decorating..


use what you have decorating- in this case, a cowl!


Now Fall Christmas decorating….

I just plop my cowl in a container and there ya go!

The colors I need, without spending money!

Cause you know how much I redecorate..



I could say I was thrifty.

Or lazy.

Or both.

I am both, but since I love the look – who cares???

Here is the original picture I took of my cowl.


blue crochet cowl and ring


You can barely tell, but there is a blue ring sitting on top. :)…to the left.

So anyhoo. This is my kind of decorating since I can’t crochet afghans or blankets or the like. I buy those at the Thrift Store!

Please tell me i’m not the only one who does this?


In other news



How to train your dragon


The final book in the * How to train your Dragon * series is out!

I’m totally into it already…


Talk to you soon!


Surprise back porch


I came home the other day to a surprise.

A slightly different back porch.

I was decorating for Christmas..


back porch Christmas


I walked through the door and saw this..


Back porch now...



Seems they cut down all the bushes in the yard downstairs.

A trim would have been nice…

Keep some green..

Back porch now...


There are bushes on the property behind us…and a big gray building.

I guess a gray wall can be considered a neutral background to decorate with?


Back porch now....


I can’t remember the last time I saw the neighbors back yards…


Back porch now...


I get some late afternoon sun from this direction.

I need to find fake plants and hang them..

Or shower curtains with a Forest or Mountain scene…


Or something…

For now, gray…

Right before Winter comes.


Now I know how people in big cities feel. Look out a window and there is a building right there.

I suppose it’s good. Making room for new growth. Maybe they were infected or something. I have lived here for 13 years and no tenant that has lived downstairs have ever taken care of that huge yard. I hope the Property Management Company is a little pickier this time around. ( Neighbors just moved out )

In other news!

I need to really come up with a new storage system for the crochet accessories I make.

crochet accessories

They are currently on latch hook rugs…cut up…without the

Pinterest here I come!

Have a great week!




#Mandalas for Marinke

Hi guys!

I got my package sent off to Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence. for the #MandalasForMarinke project.


Mandalas for Marinke ready to be sent

I had made the 2 already.

The first one..

healing mandala for Wink


The second..


Hello Lovely soap


I tried to make another…without yellow this time!


Mandala for Marinke attempt


Then I gave up.

Just was not feeling it.

I wanted them to be about blue skies and sunshine. To focus on the light, that was Wink.

I’m probably projecting.

Where I live, I get hardly any sun – or see the sky much.

So, I proceeded to pack the 2 up. Added some pom poms for protection.

I thought Wink would approve of the silly packing material. 🙂


pom pom packaging material


And off they went.

I’m not much of a writer ( thank goodness for ) , but I can crochet

for a cause.


 I came across one of my first practice pieces for crocheting in the round.

One of my first crochet circles


I made this – ohh..3 years ago maybe?

Kinda threw me off…

I used the same 3 colors – yellow, blue and white…



 In other news…

I seem to be the only one who can’t color…

Have yourself a Colorful Creative Christmas!

Well..I can..but so far, it doesn’t calm me like the books say they do.

I’m thinking I will have to try again – but this time while watching a movie or


It’s the same thing with crochet.

I need something else to focus on ( aside from coloring or crochet ), or my brain goes haywire. Too much thinking..

At any rate..I have a feeling it’s going to be a Colorful Creative Christmas this year.

That’s it for now!

Have a great week 🙂