Friday, May 29, 2009

Celebrating A Year of Pinks!

Happy Birthday, Pink Saturday!

While I am fairly new to Pink Saturdays, Beverly, at How Sweet The Sound, has been hostessing this event, seeing it through to a full year now. The number of new participants, hoping to join in on the fun, is on the rise! Old members and new members are all ready to celebrate, so let the festivities begin! What's a birthday party without a birthday cake? I made this just for the occasion! I know it's simple looking, but someday I'm going to take cake decorating classes, and I'm going to learn how to make ROSES!! I've always wanted to learn how to do that!

Next is my pink crochet gift to share with everybody today! "Quel Chapeau doux!" What a sweet hat! I took only 2 years of french in high school, but have been wanting to refresh my memory and french vocabulary, now that I can appreciate the language much more than I did back then.
I found various websites among others that help me to learn, remember, or translate English to French, or vice-versa! Here's something that lets you see (ha! ha!) and HEAR how "Quel chapeau doux" is said!

I thought this was fun! After this loads and you see how it works, you can translate anything you want, in any language you want!.. Spanish, Italian, etc.! Now, onto my free pattern! Hope you like it!

Quel Chapeau Doux!

What A Sweet Hat! Why? Because it's a cake! Perfect for a birthday, or maybe for tea!
(c) Pattern designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS) May 29, 2009
Pattern posted specially for "Pink Saturday", May 30, 2009

Materials needed:
Redheart Super Saver Acrylic Yarn, in Baby Pink, Light Raspberry, and White
Crochet Hook size H
scissors, yarn needle for weaving in ends
11 small silk roses (your choice of hot glue, or needle and thread to attach to hat)

Gauge: 2 sc= 1/2"

Size of hat: approx. sized for a teen or small adult, but pattern can be easily adjusted by change in stitch count where noted, or by changing the size hook being used.

Skill Level: EASY!

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slit stitch
Rnd = Round
sc dec = single crochet dec
BLO = Back Loops Only
FLO = Front Loops Only

Note: At the end of each round, unless otherwise noted, sl st to the first stitch to join the round.

Rnd 1: Starting with Baby Pink yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, *sc in 1 st, 2 sc in the next st* around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc in 2 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc in 3 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, *sc in 4 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, *sc in 5 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, *sc in 6 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, *sc in 7 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, *sc in 8 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 11: Ch 1, *sc in 9 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.

Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (66 sc) *Note: If a larger size is needed, now would be a good time to make the adjustment, by increasing as you see the pattern has been going. So the next round would go as follows.. *sc in 10 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.. and so on increasing for each additional round, until it is a fit you are looking for. (circumference of top should approximately equal measurement around your head).. An exact count of stitches is not necessarily important in following this pattern, so long as you achieve the shape, look and fit you want.

Rnd 13: Ch 1, in BLO, sc in each st around.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, back to working in BOTH loops again, sc in each st around.

Rnd 15-26: Ch 1, sc in each st around.

Rnd 27: Ch 1, *sc in 9 st, sc dec over the next two st* around. (60 sc)
Note: This is what I did for a more snug fit around the area of the ears, but it is not difficult to adjust, more, less, or not at all, at this point, depending on size/fit you prefer. This is just one more place where I can advise you to adjust size where most appropriate to do so in this pattern.

Rnd 28: Now switch color to attach white. Ch 1, in FLO, *sc in 5 st, 2 sc in the next st* around.
(70 sc)

Rnd 29: Ch 3 (counts as one dc), dc in same st, dc in the next 2 st. *2 dc in next st, dc in the next 2 st* around. (92 dc)

Rnd 30: Ch 3, dc in the next st, and in each st around. (92 dc) Fasten off, and weave in end.

Fancy Icing Decoration (for top side of "cake")
Using Lt Raspberry color, attach yarn to an unused loop, at Rnd 13, at the back of the hat.

Rnd 1: Holding hat with brim facing closest to you, ch 1, sc in the same st. Ch 8, sk 4 st, sc in the next st. *Sc in the next st, ch 8, sk 4 st, sc in the next st* around. (11 chained spaces)

Rnd 2: Turn hat around, so that top of hat is now facing closest to you. *Sl st into first ch space. Ch 1, sc, hdc, 6dc, hdc, sc, skip next sc, sl st into next sc* around. Fasten, but leave enough yarn to than sew/tack down fancy icing to the upper side of "cake"/hat. Attach silk roses, referring to the photo for placement, by hot glue or with needle and thread.. The choice is up to you. I used hot glue, since in the event I wash this, I would most likely wash it by hand in cool water, with mild soap/detergent.

Hatband Icing with Bow:
With Lt Raspberry yarn, ch 110. Sc in each chain across. Fasten off, and weave in end. Place just above the Hat Brim/Cake Plate, then tie ends into a bow.

And that's it! You can further embellish, if you so choose, with beads, laces, ribbons, etc. If making for a child, you could add ties. Use gray felt to make tomb stones for an "over the hill" hat. Fill plastic tubing with glittery confetti for a hatband, instead of a crocheted one. Have fun! See how many other ideas YOU can come up with! Enjoy!

Now make sure you head over to How Sweet The Sound, to see what PINKS the other participants have come up with today! It may take you some time, as the list keeps growing, but you won't want to miss any of them! Happy Pink Saturday!.. and till next time, "Adieu!"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wheely Busy!

Dear Daughter's graduation has certainly kept me busy, between preparing for, and then catching up after. I am so very proud of her! Watching her get her diplomas was one of the proudest, happiest moments of my life!.. But after all the rush, traveling, and crowds throughout the weekend.. My feet killing me, from hiking all over that campus in HIGH HEELS! I can't help but feel somewhat relieved to be back in my slippers or sneakers, and back to a ho-hum-routine way of things again. I was starting to miss my crochet projects.. my quiet time on the front porch to read, or feed the birds.. and of course my escapes to Blogland, whenever time allows!

Amongst my present WIPs, the one I am working most diligently on, at the moment, is a SECOND 8-Pocket Tote Bag! I have picked out darker colors for this one, and am hoping that the overall appearance will still be a stylish and pretty one. I've really enjoyed crocheting-along with Faith and Pam to make these!

In the meantime, I got to crochet-along a little with Cupy! We were "wheely busy"working on School Bus Scarves! She is, I think, making her second one now; but it was my intention only to make one, and here you see it! Displayed with it is a hanging ornament of sorts, which I made with plastic canvas. I am hoping a bus driver will like both items as a set!

Well, into the Christmas box they go, till Ho! Ho! Ho!.. that season rolls 'round our way again! Oh, but please!.. No! No! No! Let's not even THINK about THAT just yet! Let's just enjoy the spring and summer seasons while we've got them!

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Flood of Emotions In Pink

Till nearly the last minute, here I was, still deciding on what I would post for this week's Pink Saturday event. It's been a busy week, but I thought surely I'll find something. I wasn't feeling overly worried about it. Even as late as 8:00 this evening, I still had nothing planned for certain.

As I was baking a cake for Dear Daughter, for her college graduation tomorrow, she stepped out of her room to show me how she looked in her cap and gown.. And it was like the whole world just came to a stop. This was different than just that high school cap and gown. Oh, I was proud of her in that, but this was so much more! She is not that kid anymore. She worked so much harder for this cap and gown.. I KNOW.. I SAW how hard she worked for this cap and gown. I was nearly speechless when I saw it on her, and almost cried on the spot. There she stood in front of me, a beautiful young woman now, preparing for this special day, to celebrate this great accomplishment as she continues to follow her hopes and dreams...

As she went back to her room to change into pajamas, and get ready for bed, I knew in an instant what I wanted to post for Pink Saturday. A flood of memories, lead me to a jewelry box in my own room. There are no fancy earrings, or necklaces, or gems of any kind in this jewelry box. The items in this jewelry box are worth FAR more than any gold, silver, or diamonds could EVER mean to me...
Here is my sweet baby girl, dressed in pink, not even a full week since coming home from the hospital, after she was born. Here is her little pink pacifier... And here is her first pair of little pink eyeglasses she had to wear when she was only two. How can time have flown so swiftly? I cannot find any more words to say, as the flood of emotions just will not allow.. Oh, but then, I really don't need to say anymore, do I? Any loving mother out there understands that this picture speaks a million words all on its own.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ya Gotta Love Apple Pie!

Did you know that today is National Apple Pie Day? Well, in the course of surfing the net, I just found this out, and you just can't ignore something that is as symbolic of our great country as the American bald eagle, and baseball!.. So, I thought I would direct you to a few interesting links I came across.

I like to can my own apple pie filling. HERE, they'll show you how!

It won't be long before I know I'm going to want to try THESE on some hot summer night! (make sure you scroll down far enough to see this sweet little summer beverage!)

Next, if any sewers are interested, I know I'd like to try out this quilt block, if not for a quilt, then at least for a few very pretty potholders! In fact I think I'd like to make these up, along with some crocheted ones of course, for Christmas gifts!

I'll be busy today sewing up a couple of Raggedy Annie dolls, and just starting my second 8-pocket tote; but all this apple pie sounds so good, I just may have to make one! Should any of my friends in Blogland think to do the same, I just HAD to include this video, so Hattie can show you how it's done! I absolutely ADORE Hattie McDaniel in everything I've seen her play! Whenever I'm rolling out a pie crust for one thing or another, I can't help but think of this song. I have fun trying, but I'll never sound as good as Hattie when she sings it!

Monday, May 11, 2009

How I Spent My Mother's Day!

Here it is a "Monday Monday", and the beginning of a new week. I hope everyone had a very Happy Mother's Day! I had a wonderful day with my kids!

Soon after just finishing the 8-Pocket Tote Bag, I had mentioned to someone the idea of matching shoes. Well if they can't be found in a store, "Fine.. I'll just MAKE them!" Here are a simple pair of flip-flops I made Saturday evening, to match my tote, and just in time for the beautiful weather! I most often crochet these without a pattern, but I know the Lion Brand website has several of them HERE that you might like. I stock up on flip flops at the end of the summer season, when they are marked down to summer-clearance prices.. so they're inexpensive, quick and easy to make several pairs for yourself or for gifts. I have even heard of someone whipping a batch of these up for birthday party favors! What a great idea!

So, anyways, here it is a "Monday Monday", and the beginning of a new week; but let's ignore reality for just a bit longer, if we can, as I share how we spent Mother's Day this year! Displayed next to my new footwear, you can SEE my kids know what I like! Here's a book dear daughter picked up for me, for some fun summer reading!.. Both kids made me homemade Mother's Day cards, and after church, breakfast, a nice visit with my sister, etc., the kids and I enjoyed some weekend festivities at the park! It was very windy, but the sun was shining, the flowers were blooming, I was here with my kids, and that was good enough for me! There was nowhere else I'd rather be, and nothing else I'd rather be doing!.. Here you see me wearing my new tote bag, of course! I DID get a couple of nice compliments on it during the day! Unfortunately, it was just too cold today to wear my new matching flip flops.. Oh well.. Another day!

We strolled through the park for quite a while, many other mothers and their families enjoying the day there too, cameras snapping and flashing everywhere! As we were about ready to head back home for dinner, we walked around the pond, just before leaving. I insisted on feeding the ducks first, if any were to be found! I LOVE to feed the ducks! Sure enough, we found some, and sure enough, I had some crackers in ONE of the pockets of my tote! I was hoping I wouldn't be caught and fined for this, but the ducks didn't seem too worried! They didn't waste any time cleaning up the evidence!

I had such a great day with my kids! They are truly the greatest love and joy my heart has EVER known, and I am still smiling ear to ear just thinking about this day together! Once again, I thank God for all my blessings!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Mother's Day Wish To You

Care to join me for a few minutes with a cup of coffee or tea? Watch Judy and Liza with me. Isn't this wonderful? I don't want to speculate on what typical life may or may not have been for this mother and daughter.. but just look at them in THIS moment. No, I'm not saying you have to belt out a song together, but this moment is the kind of day I wish for every mother and her children today. Whether it's on the phone, or at the park, or just sitting around in your family room, make it a day of beautiful music together! May your Mother's Day be filled with a medley of love, fun, and laughter... Oh yes... and plenty of chocolates and flowers!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Winkin' Blinkin' & Pinkin'

Happy Pink Saturday!It's Pink Saturday, and just in the knick of time, I'm ready to show you some more of my pinks for the week! First I can't wait another minute to show you the Eight Pocket Tote Bag! You can find the pattern HERE. I just finished this! I have wanted to try this one for a long time now, but Pam, from Scotty's Place, asked (or was it "dared") me to join her for this little crochet-along. I hesitated, worrying how long this would take, but still I wanted to try it. I chose acrylic yarn, instead of cotton, as I was hoping there would be less stretch; and frankly, I try to keep my costs down as I try to budget for other more important expenses.. (such as in Paragraph 4 of this post!)

The main color I used here was Light Raspberry, by Redheart. I did make a lining for the purse, and even challenged myself into making a pocket IN the lining itself!.. So now it's really a 9-Pocket Tote! Anyway, if you are interested, you can get this and several other helpful tutorials HERE. For the straps, I like to sew grossgrain ribbon to the backside/inside of each, for added strength and less stretch. Of course the closer you can match your colors, the better. You can see the ribbon inside these straps in this photo to the left. I hand-sewed these ribbons in, so this certainly added to my time invested! As I was finishing the bag with some floral embellishment, I had fun going through my grandmother's old buttons, looking to find just the right ones!.. Hmm.. I keep thinking, one of these days I'm going to try some button jewelry!

I like that this bag feels sturdy, the stitching is beautiful, and it is just the size I need for an everyday purse! I don't leave home without ANYTHING, so I like a good size bag! But now, having finished it, I must say that I also enjoyed getting to know Pam better, as we crocheted, or asked each other questions about the pattern, or materials, or whatever.. She even talked me into trying my first moon pie (by Little Debbie's). Sure enough, I liked them! In fact, I liked them so much, it will be a very good thing when the box runs out! I should be finding something healthier to eat for breakfast than a moon pie!.. Well, anyways, Pam is plugging away with her bag, and is getting very near to done too! You'll want to check hers out! She has picked out a beautiful shade of aqua! Despite the fair amount of time it takes to make these, she and I both are so happy with them, we are already both considering making second ones!

Well, I have to tell you, I'm in big trouble now. An absolutely darling little antique shop just opened up close by to me; and the inventory she has, along with the charming set up she's made of the place could quite possibly land me in the poor house!!.. Oh, but it would be the cutest little poor house on the block! It turned out that the owner knew one of my cousins very well, so you see, we are practically family already! Maybe I'll get a discount! (winkin'.. ha! ha!) Well, I was in a hurry that day, so after talking to her, I certainly couldn't leave empty-handed! I still managed to quick grab this cute little PINK depression glass salt-n-pepper set before I left. They're just a reproduction of the real glass, but who cares! I just loved them! Now, I ask you.. HOW in this world am I ever going to be able to just walk past this store again? It will be like walking by the shoe store! I will HAVE to go in!!

Last week my daughter had a birthday. She's a big girl now, in college and following her dreams! Yes, of course, it's hard to believe.. I remember, from the time she was a baby, she's had a Cookie Monster cake, a Barbie cake, a Beauty and the Beast cake, etc, etc, etc,.. But then it occurred to me, that she had never had a Princess cake!

Did I worry she would think she's too old for one? Ha! You don't know my daughter! She LOVED it! Think I'm kidding? She had a party to go to later that night, and in the blink of an eye, she scooped that crown up off the cake, cleaned it up, and placed it on her head as she was on her way out the door!.. Nope, I can't say I foresee her outgrowing this princess phase any time too soon!

Finally, one of my favorite snacks, aside from moon pies of course, are strawberry sugar wafers! Hey! Wait a minute!.. What's going on here?!!.. I hope these trolls aren't trying to eat them all up! Those sure look like some guilty smiles to ME!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Day!

If you can read this, thank a teacher!
Oh my gosh.. I almost forgot it was Teacher Appreciation Day! A good teacher is a true hero in my eyes, and I don't know how anyone can thank one enough! Here are two apple potholders and a couple of plastic canvas magnets I am putting together in a gift bag for my son's teacher today. In addition to these, I will throw in some pens, book marks, purse tissues, an eyeglass case, etc. I hope that she will have fun finding all the little surprises I put together for her! If you like, there is a nice website HERE, with some helpful ideas for teacher gifts!

My daughter is studying to be a Spanish teacher! I am so VERY proud of her! This past weekend, with what limited time she had, she asked me to help her throw together a Spring Bulletin Board. We really did have fun putting this together!

And now, in thinking back on MY favorite teacher, I remember Patricia Carman. I am sorry to say, she has passed away since she taught to me in 9th grade Algebra. I was NOT one of her easier or more dedicated students back then. I was shy.. I was withdrawn.. and frankly I did not care one bit about algebra. But she was the one teacher who, as I remember, approached me like a kindly mother or grandmother, giving me the care and the confidence to WANT to do better. While every student reacts differently to various approaches and tactics, I remember trying much harder, for not only myself, but also for her.. Gosh, I need a tissue just typing this! Wherever in Heaven she is, I do hope she knows how much I still love and appreciate her, and everything she did for me!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cross My Heart & Kiss My Elbow!

Oh, it can't be Monday! It's too gruesome! Well, I won't let it get me down. I'll just pretend I'm at Tiffany's. Nothing bad could ever happen to you in a place like Tiffany's!
One of my very favorite movies is Breakfast At Tiffany's. Based on a novel by Truman Capote, this 1961 movie stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. Audrey always felt as though she was miscast for this character, but it was one of her most memorable roles ever!

She was born on May 4th, 1929, so I wanted to pay tribute today! A true film and fashion icon, she starred in 31 top quality films. Known for such style and elegance, she was quoted as saying, "My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying large sunglasses and little sleeveless dresses.".. Oh, but if you ask me, you have to peek from behind those sunglasses just so, to really try to carry off that Audrey Hepburn look, don't you think?!

In fond memory, I wanted to make a doll dressed in that little black dress and hat she wore when she first let Paul (or Fred.. or Fred Baby!) into her apartment, just before she was running on her way to visit Sally Tomato at the prison! So here she is! I love this outfit in the movie, and I've crocheted it for an 11 1/2" fashion doll. Cross my heart and kiss my elbow, I'm going to share the pattern today!

Holly Golightly Doll Dress & Hat: (to fit 11 1/2" fashion doll)
This is what Holly dresses into as she meets Fred & then visits Sally.
In memory of Audrey Hepburn, starring in "Breakfast At Tiffany's"
Pattern (c) Written by Beansieleigh (TS), May 4, 2009

Materials Needed:

11 1/2" fashion doll
Small amounts of 4-ply yarn, black; and fun fur in black
One snap, with black thread and sewing needle
Approximately 15" of very thin, lightweight 1/2" ribbon or fabric, for the long, flowing scarf around Holly's hat.
Size F crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving ends of yarns

Skill Level: Easy!

Gauge: 4 sc = approximately 1"

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sc dec = single crochet decrease
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
FLO = Front Loops Only


Row 1: Ch 23, sc in each ch across. (22 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 2-3: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in 6 st, sc dec, sc in 6 st, sc dec, sc in last 6 st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in 5 st, sc dec, sc in 6 st, sc dec, sc in last 5 st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc in 5 st, sc dec, sc in next 4 st, sc dec, sc in last 5 st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: In FLO, *sc in 3 st, 2 sc in the next st* across. Join with a sl st to the first st, making sure unused loops are on the INSIDE of the dress. From here, you are now crocheting in rounds.

Rnd 1-4: Crocheting in both loops again, ch 1, sc in each st aound. Join round with a sl st. (20 sc)

Rnd 5: Sl st into the next st, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around. (20 sc)

Rnd 6-10: Ch 1, sc in each st around.

Rnd 11: Turn piece so that the wrongside/inside of the dress is now facing you, and attach fun fur, so that you will now be crocheting with both yarns at the same time. Ch 1, sc in each st around.

Rnd 12 -14: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Fasten off, and weave in ends.

With black thread, sew snap at the top opening of the back of the dress.
For straps, counting 9 st from the each end of the top row (from the snaps), attach black yarn (now at the front), where here you will chain 11 from each of those stitches, thus making each strap of the dress. Sl st each end of these chains to the second st in from each end (again, by the snaps) of the first top row of dress, to attach straps to the back of the dress. Fasten off these yarns and weave in ends.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next st. *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* around.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. *Sc in 2 st, 2 sc in next st * around.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (24 sc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, *sc in 2 st, sc dec* around.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, in FLO, *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* around.

Rnd 8: Working in both loops again, ch 1, *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* around.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (36 sc) Fasten off, and weave in end. Tie your 15" x 1/2" ribbon or fabric for the scarf around the hat, as shown in photo.

I hope you had fun with my tribute and doll pattern! If you haven't seen it yet, then rent it, or buy it. Just be sure to watch this movie!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pretty In Pink Saturday

Well, here it is another Pink Saturday! Here are those butterflies I mentioned earlier this past week! I've seen them as magnets, but I chose to make them as plant pokes! Setting next to them is a Marie Osmond doll, holding tight to her Annette Funicello teddy bear! She is one of my most treasured dollies! Doesn't she look pretty in pink?

Here is some pink, or should I say "Light Raspberry" yarn I'm using to crochet one of my current projects! The little love-seat sofa with a kitty sitting on it, is actually a little creamer I found at a local church sale I just went to! Did I need it? No, of course not!.. But it was just so CUTE, and it was only a quarter! Next to this, you see another little porcelain doll, again pretty in PINK!

So, what am I doing this weekend? I was TICKLED PINK to find this video in the $5 bin at Walmarts! Remember this one?! I LOVE this movie! Oh yes.. I plan on getting comfortable with my iced coffee, chocolate cake, my crochet projects, and I'll be watching this one at least once.. maybe twice!!