Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had a wonderful time spent with family and friends. My son left yesterday to return to base but my daughter is with us for another couple of weeks.

It’s back to the grind for me today. It is so hard after having time off to start getting up early again. I am such a night owl. I can stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading, sewing, planning. Binge watching Netflix.  🙂  But today I had to report back to the office which meant reacquainting myself with the alarm clock.

I am not one to make New Year’s Resolutions but I do have some things I would like accomplish this year.
* Learn to weave on the  Rigid Heddle Loom.
* Complete more projects.
* Get the Studio at Lavender Crossings up and running.
* Paint the interior of the house.
* Do some massive decluttering.

The last one there seems to get added to my list year after year.

What do you want to accomplish in 2019?

Crocheted Flower Earrings

I LOVE crocheted flowers and motifs. I especially love them when they are crocheted with thread; they are so dainty and pretty. I also LOVE color. All colors. Looking at beautiful colors makes me happy!!

One of the great things about crocheting these small motifs, is that I can actually finish them in one sitting! Which is especially good if you are like me and suffer from ADCD (Attention Deficit Crafting Disorder 😉 )

As much as I love making them, I had struggled with what I would do with them. And then I saw something that looked like a crocheted earring and I thought, ‘Brilliant’!! How completely brilliant! I can make these adorable motifs in every color imaginable and actually make something useful!

Here is what I have been making.

This particular pattern I found on Pinterest.  https://stylowi.pl/26396730

It was only available as a graph but I have converted it into a written pattern if you would like to give it a try! I use size 10 crochet thread and a .8 or 1.0 steel hook.

Chain 6. Join with a ss.
Chain 3 (counts as 1st DC). DC 19. SS to 1st DC. (20 DC).
Chain 3 (counts as 1st DC). DC in next DC from previous row.
Chain 2.  DC in the next 2 DC. Chain 2. Continue around for a total of 20 DC. End with a chain 2 and SS into the first DC.
SS into the first chain 2 from previous row. Chain 3 (counts as first DC). DC, Chain 2, 2 DC into first chain 2 from previous row.
Continue 2 DC, Chain 2, 2 DC in each chain 2 around. SS into first chain 3 (40 DC).
SC. Chain 3, SS into first chain 2 from previous row. DC 6 into same chain 2. Skip DC, SS into next DC. 7 DC into next Chain 2, skip next DC, SC into next DC. Continue around, SS into first Chain 3. Weave in ends.

If you make any, I would love to see them!




Crafting Without Distractions

Have you ever sat down to work on a project but found yourself constantly distracted by ‘Life’ at home? The kids were fighting. The dryer was buzzing. The dog chewed up a pillow. The cat threw up on the floor. Someone wanted cereal but there were no clean spoons??? It happens all the time at my house. When you have a family, it can sometimes feel impossible to get any crafting time in.

But, I have to create. Seriously, a creative outlet is important to my mental health. Lol

When my kids were younger it was very difficult. When I was at home there was always something else that needed my attention. The only way I would be able to start and finish something was to do it somewhere else. So, I started taking classes.

I did three winters of weekly quilt a-longs. I took two semesters of Stained Glass classes. I took a semester class on writing and illustrating children’s books.  I’ve done many, many paint and sips. During this time, the only time I was able to really work on any of my projects was when I was actually AT the class.

That is why we have decided to host Open Studio sessions at Lavender Crossings. During these hours you can come, claim a place at a work table or in a cozy chair, and work on your project without having to worry about folding the laundry or loading the dishwasher.

We have tables and chairs; sinks to wash out your brushes; outlets for your sewing machine. Basic crafting tools like cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons, scissors, paint brushes, heat press, etc. are available for you to use. We will also have a limited amount of basic materials and supplies available for purchase.

The cost for Studio time is $10 for an evening session (6-9) and $20 for a Saturday session (9-4). No appointment is needed. Just show up with your project, sign in at the front desk and get to work! Coffee provided.  🙂

Dates and times for Open Studio Sessions will be listed on our Events page. Hope to see you there!

Love to all!