'Round the house, I'm gradually adding some of my summer/patriotic decorations. Seasonal/holiday decorating is always fun, I think! Never the same ol'-same ol' to stare at day in and day out. Instead, I'm changing things up a bit; and immediately, no matter what problems or worries life may be dishing out at any given time, I see and feel something to celebrate! Life is good, and I thank God for every day!
So, let's see... tracking back just a bit on what I've been up to, arts-and-crafts-wise... Here's a dishcloth I crocheted, following the pattern at MoCrochet, called Alwine's Dishcloth.
Soon after, I wanted to try my hand at the Bobble Kitchen Sponge pattern, found HERE. I want to make another one or two in navy, or maybe in some variegated colors, but I'll have to order those online, when I get around to it...
Next, I tried to improve upon a cheap, tarnished old pair of hoop earrings, by crocheting over them.
Pinterest bug! I must confess, I am HOOKED! Somebody save me.. I'm pinning, and I can't STOP! If you'd like to see the boards I've put together ("so far", she says with a grin), then just look to my right side bar, to direct you there. While perusing other peoples' boards, I've been seeing a number of patriotic Christmas trees, I LIKE that they're not just for Christmas anymore... Well... I mean I still keep my big tree special, just for Christmas; but I have a 3-foot table-top tree that I keep out now, year-round. Below are some crochet stars I made, as I start to decorate it for the summer season. You can find how to make these by watching the Crochet Geek tutorial-video, HERE.
With garland and lights, my patriotic little tree was still looking bare; so I recycled some juice can lids, and with some decorative papers and trims, I made them into ornaments!
Here's how the tree looks so far... It sits atop my t.v. entertainment center, so I always have to climb, to get a half-way decent picture of it. (sigh.. The things we do for our blogs!)
I'm happy with it, but it still needs a little somethin'-somethin'. I'm not done with it yet. I don't know.. a little glitter? I'm thinking maybe a couple of little birds?... A patriotic-type of tree skirt would be nice!.. Any suggestions?... Well, if you want to see a tree on a far more grander level than mine, HERE'S where I always find inspiration, at Debbie-Dabble! She always decorates the most beautiful trees!!
So-ooooo... Just last night, I adopted (sounds so much nicer than "purchased") a new little addition to my family. O.K... Now don't laugh. He's only a fish, I know, but I still love him! I've been wanting a pretty little betta for sometime now, and I finally bought myself the glass container, some food and stones, and finally this little guy right here!...
As clear a picture as I could get at the time, but when he fans-out, he's absolutely beautiful! All-in-all, I think he's happy here! He's quiet.. doesn't say much, or eat much. (ha! ha!)... I named him Elijah Blue (after singer/actress Cher's son's name!)
That night, I did a quick art-journal page about him.
Well, that's it for now!
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