Mandalas for Wink

I didn’t know I would make my co-worker a mandala/dreamcatcher. Not in

the beginning. I didn’t know what I was going to make. It just kinda came to me.

So I made one. Gathered up all the stuff I had..and made one.

I gave it to her on Monday..

And the next Monday, I read about Wink.

Kinda threw me for a loop.

I love her work.

Her use of bright colors.

And sometimes not :)

I have always been drawn to circles, so her work really resonated with me.

She will be missed by so many.

So many that didn’t know her personally, but she made a difference in their

lives by designing healing mandalas.

 

Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence explains her feelings in this post.

Sounds a lot like what I was feeling.

So I dug out an old magazine..

 

Simply Crochet magazine

 

Settled down with a candle, yarn and hook.

 

healing mandala

 

And got to work.

Me being me…

It’s not perfect because I have trouble reading patterns sometimes..

 

healing mandala

 

I should learn to read charts….

But anyhoo..Onward I went.

Took me about 3 hours or so.

 

healing mandala for Wink

 

I blocked it and everything :)

 

healing Mandala for Wink

 

Kathryn has put together a project to raise awareness about depression.

 

mandalas-for-marinke

 

I wish I could see the project when it’s finished. I bet it will be Beautiful.

 

When I was about halfway through my mandala, I got an e-mail from my LYS.

 

Jennie's Yarn Shop

 

 

Jennie from Jennie’s Yarn Shop sent out a newsletter letting people know she & Natalie will be in the shop on Sunday the 5th to help people make mandalas.

I hope to go.

If not, at least I made a mandala.

Funny how everything just…I don’t know the word.

Blended maybe?..

Kind of like:

This happened, then this, then this, etc.

And this, my friends, is why I keep my writing to a minimum! :)

 

 

Also, people are wearing flowers in their hair for wink.

Here is mine.

 

#wearingflowersinmyhairforwink

 

I love how the crochet community has come together to support one another.

If you read Kathryns post, you can see more people speaking out about depression in the comments section. That’s always a good thing.

I’m gonna say bye for now.

RIP Marinke aka Wink

 

 

 

No more lanyards….

Hellooooo!

I swear I have been a busy bee in preparation for Summertime…Really!

My son and I found a great place to unload stuff ( Goodwill ). It’s so easy.

You drive up and they take whatever you have.So coool.

Bleh. The place where I work decided that we can only wear * Company * lanyards..

Black..

And you know how much I love black…

Not much..

Shoot.

So there they were..

Green and lavender crochet jewelry

 

All set to go with my lanyard…

 

Green crochet lanyard.

 

Legit magnetic clasp and all.

did get to wear it a couple times before the ban…woohoo!

Hmm..So what now?

 

green and lavender crochet lanyard, pin & earrings

 

I know!

green and lavender crochet pin and lanyard

 

Guess i’ll stick the pin on the necklace and call it good!

green and lavender crochet jewelry set

 

I wrapped this around twice and pinned it to my sweater so it would stay in place.hehe

Holy cow. I am using my sons phone here to take a selfie. Obviously I need practice..Hmm

                In other news!

I made a mandala/dreamcatcher for my co-workers birthday!

I wrapped some cotton yarn around an embroidery hoop.

beginning mandala

I crocheted the center and secured it to the embroidery hoop with more yarn.

crochet mandala/dreamcatcher 1

 

Added some bits and bobs from my stash.

 

birthday mandala!

 

Beads.Crochet chains.sea glass.hemp.

 

Birthday mandala!

 

Crocheted some leaves because I didn’t have any real ones on hand.:P

 

Birthday mandala!

 

I kinda, sorta, really wanted to keep it..

 

Birthday crochet mandala/dreamcatcher!

 

It looked so neat hanging there..

But it was not meant to be..

 

Birthday mandala/dreamcatcher!

 

Bye bye Mandala..or dreamcatcher..

It was funny, because the Birthday Girl came to work wearing very similar colors to the  colors that I had used in the mandala! lol

 

That’s it for me..Well, not really..That’s it for now :)

How about you? Have you been a busy bee?

Till next time!

Steph

 

Spring jewelry set

 

Hello again!

How has everyone’s Spring been so far?

Mine..busy.I’m a little worn out.

I did make a new jewelry set.

With beads this time!

Spring jewelry set

 

Nothing like pastels to get you into the season right?

There is a bracelet..

Spring bracelet

A pair of earrings..

Spring earrings

And a necklace..

Spring necklace

Spring necklace clasp

They make me happy.:)

Spring jewelry set

In other news

Turns out I am too blind to see the t.v. from all the way

across the room.

So I put my Crochet back into the corner.

Crochet corner 2015

 

 

 

That’s it for now!

Off to crochet my stress away. :)

Steph

 

Decorating for Spring & Easter

Hi everyone!

Yes, i’m decorating for Spring and Easter over here in my

little apartment.

I really had no idea how to decorate around a t.v.

So I moved it.

:)

getting ready for Spring!

Now it’s not the first thing I see when I walk in the door.

Woohoo!

You can tell a Young Adult male lives here…

Pay no attention to the mug on the coffee table..

This is his part of the living room.

So yeah…

It gets messy.

My poor Easter placemats all wonky.

At least they are there..Snuck those in.hehe

Not that my side doesn’t get all messy..

getting ready for Spring!

That’s my Crochet corner!

My end table has lots of yarn bits..

Could be worse. :)

getting ready for Spring!

I strung bunnies up. ( wow.That sounds bad. )

Hung them up in my empty picture frames.

Onto the wall they went!

Now…. how to hide the wireless stuff.

getting ready for Easter!

My Spring towels should do the trick!

getting ready for Easter!

Now if only I could get the towel straight. lol

Love the black cable in the back. Not.

I have not figured out how to hide those, other than using my little chairs.

I should crochet myself a thinking cap to figure this stuff out.

In other news!

My son is volunteering at a thrift store..

This is good!

And , well , bad.

I , of course, had to go check it out.

You’ll never guess what I found!

So i’ll show you :)

green crochet blanket from thrift store

One crocheted green blanket…..

and….

purple crochet blanket from thrift store

one crocheted purple blanket!

Actually, there were lots more..But I liked these the best.

Talk about a Springtime Score!

green crochet blanket from thrift store

purple crochet blanket from thrift store

I found lots of other stuff too..

It’s o.k. though.

I have already donated 2 boxes of stuff, and as soon as the weather warms up,

we’ll go through stuff in the storage area.

Buy..

Donate..

I’m loving this.

:)

Now they are nicely settled on the couches..

purple crochet blanket for Spring

Love my donut pillow..lol

green crochet blanket for Spring

Spring Cleaning….. Here we come!!!!

I better hop to it!

Till next time, have a lovely start to March!

Steph

Crochet Circle jewelry set

Hi there!

More crochet! A jewelry set this time.

Remember these earrings?

crochet flower earrings

I decided to make some new ones this year.

This time around, I went with simple circles..

pink & yellow crochet circle earrings

Same yarn :)

I found new earring findings that just slip on..

I got them at my local Walmart, so I don’t have a link.

Of course I threw the package away..

Darn.

earring finding for crochet earrings

Anyhoo..

They are sooo much easier than the ones where you have to pry open the circle carefully.

Like these..

fish hook

Or the ones you slip on like these..

Kidney hook

I’m all for easy..Easy makes me happy!

This year I added a pendant!

pink & yellow crochet necklace

I just crocheted 2 circles and then added a little yarn ball on top.

layers of crochet for necklace

Hot glued them all together and  there we go!

I use round bail plates like these on the backs.

silver plated bail

I usually sandwich the bail in between my crochet and a piece of felt.

back of crochet necklace

The felt makes it softer against the skin.

height of pendant with felt added

Seeeee..No blue this blog post..lol

At work with my matching lanyard..

yellow & pink crochet jewelry

Chilling at home in the cold..

:)

crochet circle jewelry

The yarn I used is

Rico Design Creative Cotton from Deramores.

The colors are Vanilla and Rose.

pink and yellow crochet circle jewelry

In other news….

I have no idea how to decorate around a t.v.

….

so…

This is where I am at now with the living room.

How do I decorate around a t.v.

We had to take the bookshelves out since we needed them elsewhere.

I was going to cover the t.v. with fabric.

Well…That’s out.

See how it was?

Living room after Christmas

If anyone has a good idea for hiding these things, send em’ my way please!

:)

Until next time. Have a great week!

Steph

Another blue scarf..But it has pom poms on it!

Hi there!

I know..A blue crochet scarf.

BUT

It’s a different one.

Kinda felt like I should make another one after seeing the last post :)

This one has…

Pom poms!

Mint crochet granny scarf with pom poms

I just scrunched up the ends and tied them on..

Mint

I did make pom pom earrings to match.

Cause how could I not?

Scarf and pom pom earrings!

Pom poms make me happy.

The next time I wore the scarf was different.

I took the pom poms off the ends..

Wrapped it around my neck and pinned it together.

pom poms galore! (1)

Works for me!

The pin is made from 3 pom poms I made hot glued to felt.

Mint, yellow and white.

pom pom earrings and pin (1)

You can see the felt in the above picture.

Then I just hot glued a pin back on.

Yay!

DIY pin!

I gravitate towards yellow at this time of year.

It’s just so darn cold.At least there is no snow..

In other news…

My son and I decided to try a new savings plan..

It’s called piggy banks.

In my case : Toothless from How to Train your Dragon

In his case : Pikachu from Pokemon

Pikachu & Toothless piggy banks

hehe..

I love my Toothless..

Toothless piggy bank.Cause everyone needs one, right?

I think he loves me too..

Toothless bank.A new way of saving!

Who knows.I could be a millionaire next lifetime year..

:)

And wow.I am wearing blue.

Hmmm. Never knew I had so much.

I promise , next post, no blue….

Maybe…

I do have new earrings to show you that aren’t blue.

My son says they look like donuts.

Until next time.

Happy February!

Steph

Christmas decorating

Christmas decorating?

In January?

I know, it’s late…But New Year, New Kid!

I have been rearranging….a lot.

I thought I would take you back to August, where I left off.

Thinking and pinning Christmas ideas..

Remember this room?

I actually moved everything into the Living Room.

Like so.

Crochet corner before Christmas

I wanted to lighten everything in here for Winter..

Living room before Christmas

It gets no sun..

PicMonkey  to the rescue!

Crochet corner in the living room

It’s a little Crochet Corner!

So here I was, thinking and pinning..

I was liking Bright colors this year.

Colors of Christmas 2014

I was making pom poms..The color wasn’t exactly what I wanted.

But I kept at it.

Making vignettes..

Ready for a bright Christmas!

Moving things around..

Playing around with Christmas ideas

And then..

My son moved in!

And brought a lot of stuff with him.

I didn’t really have much time to redecorate for Christmas after that.

Kept the little tree.

Lit up Christmas tree

Bright bulbs and white lights..And my crocheted lollipop for a topper :)

Little Christmas tree

Made some different pom poms and a motif and strung them up inside a frame.

Also made one for the *fake* mantel we built.

( Using little shelves from Wal-Mart )

Hung 2 generic red stockings..

Christmas after Drake moved in!

And called it good.

Now that Christmas is over, it looks different.

My son woke up the other day and said to me..

Son : ” You changed everything “

Me : ” Yes..Now it’s time to decorate for Spring! “

Son : ” But that’s 3 months away! “

Me : ” Welcome to ..My Own Beautiful Mind.

Where I am always changing things around, usually ahead of the season. “

I start listening to Christmas music in July..

To take my mind off the heat..

I start thinking about Christmas decorating in August..

I start decorating for Spring in January..

It works for me..

Anyone else do that?

Oh well..

This pin says it all..

:)

I like being weird.

Have a great week!