Wow! I have been absolutely super-charged the last couple of days! I know it's because of the 4th! I LOVE the holidays! I love decorating and preparing for them almost as much as the big day itself! So, between my Potter-projects, my holiday crafting, a little bit of baking, and then just the everyday responsibilities in a day's time, I feel like I have to give myself at least a little pat on the back for everything I'm getting done! Well, YOU know! That sense of accomplishment and pride always feels pretty good! Often for many of us, there's even that big sigh of relief that we got it done on TIME! For the most part, though, I just had FUN doing a few of the things that I want to show here today!
First up is my crocheted Fourth of July windsock! I happened to wander in at Debb's, at her PBDesigns Reading and Crochet Blog, and she had photos and a pattern for a really CUTE windsock that she had designed and made herself! You'll see it in her June 30th post! I was just at that time thinking I'd like to make a 4th of July one in plastic canvas, but this seemed cuter, and I suspected it would probably last longer. I've made beautiful items in plastic canvas, but I'm just more cautious as to just how long they will hold up. I have found, after all the work, some plastic canvas projects, depending which ones and their purpose of course.. that some just don't hold up against the test of time or durability. Anyways, I just thought Debb's was really sweet, and I was MUCH more inspired to make one like hers! For mine, I used a full sized oatmeal container.
I was a little worried about how the cardboard would hold up in damp weather though, so I wrapped mine in packaging tape, before I began crocheting, and hopefully that helps. If not, it would not be difficult to simply replace the container. Another obvious option would be just to bring it IN, if it's raining SO hard that I worry about the damage it might cause; but I'm hanging mine on the front porch, so it's partially protected, and I think that will be enough to keep it looking nice!
As I got going with this project, I really couldn't wait to go wild with the creative embellishments I could fly with on this; but then I knew that I'd have to contain my enthusiasm a bit, due to the multi-colored stripes I was already working with. Still, I love to get out my buttons and beads, ribbons, laces, and felts, and I really had fun playing around with all of that! I even got through all the hot-gluing without burning myself even ONCE! Honestly, I can't wait to make another one!.. So thanks to Debb for sharing her idea and pattern!
Next.. Get your red, white, and blue on! I want to show you a necklace I made to go with it, once again done by recycling an old eyeglass lense! It seems to me that someone asked to see more of this type of project, so here it is! I tend to be a little rough on my eyeglasses. I HATE wearing them, so they are on my face, and off my face, and back on my face all day long. In fact there are several pairs, strategically placed all over the house, so that I can grab them, ONLY IF I HAVE TO of course, to read or see anything up close. From there, I have to admit, they most likely get tossed recklessly in the spot where I just used them, rather than in a protective case of some kind. In fact, the only place I bother using an eyeglass case is in my purse! Now THERE'S a danger zone, if I ever saw one! But, back to my point.. As much as I'd like them to, I don't exactly expect these inexpensive eyeglass frames to hold up forever. In time, they wear out, or get dropped, or sat on, or stepped on. When they can no longer serve their purpose, I always save the lenses! The funny thing, with this particular necklace, is the picture I mod-podged to the lense. I think, if I remember right, it is cut from the paper wrapping that flour or sugar comes in, whichever it was! I saw it, and thought, "I can make something with that!" I cut it out, and hung it on the refrigerator with a magnet, till it finally dawned on me what I'd like to use it for! It's not a glamorous look, but I think it's fun for a casual, beer-and-hamburgers type of day!
I am shaking my head now at the thought of what feels like a sick obsession, the way I save things the way I do! Before ANYTHING gets thrown out, I'm always thinking, "Can I make something with this?" But, as long as I can keep it all look organized and neatly in it's place, then I'm glad to recycle what I can into something fun and new! If it starts spilling and overflowing from drawers and closets, or it's changing colors and growing fur, then I know I've gone too far, and it's time to spring clean!.. Nope! You can't save everything Hasselhoff!
Finally, finally, finally, FINALLY, I got a cool enough day, and managed to find the time to do some baking! I heard about this sugar cookie recipe, at Charlotte's blog, Someplace In Thyme, and when it says it's "the best", then I just had to try it! You can find this recipe in her January 17th post. I could tell how nice the dough just LOOKED as I was mixing it, and later rolling it! No doubt, though, taste was going to be the most important factor in determining if this recipe was a keeper or not, because frankly, I was pretty happy with my OWN favorite sugar cookie recipe! The family has made its decision, and a good many cookies are eaten and long gone already!! So, thank you Char! Your recipe looks like it's a KEEPER! They are absolutely delicious, and are exactly the nice texture in a cookie that I like! Time to update my family recipe books!.. Out with the old, and in with the newer and better! This recipe made quite a good number of cookies. I'd say how many, but I did assorted sizes, as you can see with my star-spangled cookies. I also did some pink cookies, for what else?.. Pink Saturday! I'll serve them up tomorrow!
Well, I've got plenty to do today, so off I run, till my post for tomorrow! If I don't see you back here, my best wishes to you for a fun and safe holiday weekend!