June 2003 Archives

A second rose!

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Second rose from the new rose bushes - from Gypsy (large, fiery orange-red blooms). The colors in the photograph came out very yellow-orangy so I tried to fix it in Photoshop. This is sortof close but no cigar. The real thing is beautiful.

Front porch flowers


(1, 2) Front porch without and with new bench and potted flower plants (much more welcoming!). (3, 4) Closeup of New Guinea Impatiens (nonstop flowers in wide range of colors over foliage ranging from green to purple-tinged; more sun-tolerant than other impatiens) and Coleus (foliage plant with large, colorful leaves in varying shapes and sizes). (5, 6, 7) Calla Lily Callafornia Calla (large, funnel-shaped flowers with prominent spathes set among lush, green leaves).

Guess what we did this past weekend? Yup, planted more flowers! This time in containers for the front porch next to the new bench. I got this batch of flowers at Orchard Supply Hardware, not Home Depot, but I need to buy stock in both companies...!

After Bill bought the bench last weekend, I just had to have more flowers. So, here's the result. I can sit on the front porch in the evening after work or on the weekend, reading a book, listening to the birds chirping (in between cars "racing" down the street), and look at the roses and flowers in our front yard. Cool!

Size: 38 inches x 53 1/2 inches
Colors: Navy, Baby Blue, White, Cream, Beige, Gold, Light Yellow, Light Pink, Mint Green, Grass Green, Dark Green, Plum, and other coordinating colors
Pattern: Bright Memories - Design by Kelly Robinson
Book: The Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans - 20 designs - Leaflet 1272 - Price not indicated - Copyright 1999 - American School of Needlework
Date: June 2003

The border is something I made up based on the design.

As I was finishing this blanket, Greg asked me to make a blanket for his lap for the winters in Virginia when he's in law school. Since there may not be enough time for me to complete a blanket before he leaves for Virginia, I offered to give him the scrap blanket I was currently finishing up (or select any of the other lap blankets I've already completed). He liked the scrap blanket so I've given it to him (even though this is a blanket on which I used some donated yarn). UPDATE: He changed his mind and will design his own blanket pattern.

Warm Up America - 16 squares

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Date: December 2002.

logo_warmupamerica.gif I learned about the Warm Up America blanket project at a Michaels Craft Store sometime last year. In between interesting projects at the end of 2002, I made 16 7-inch x 9-inch squares to donate to Michaels' Warm Up America event during which all the donated squares are connected to form colorful and warm blankets for those in need. I wanted to help sew blankets together but couldn't find anyone at the Michaels near my house who had information about the day and time. So, I didn't go.

It's now June 2003...6 months later...and I still have the squares. I plan to drop them off in the Warm Up America donation bin at Michaels in the next few days. Maybe there will be some information about the next sew-blankets-together event.

Only 15 of the 16 squares are in the photos since the 16th one was left behind when the photos were taken (it is another mix of navy blue and royal blue).

Size: 34.5 inches x 39 inches
Colors: White, Aqua
Pattern: (Unknown) Reversible Shell Baby Afghan to Crochet
Book: (Unknown) Kit: LeeWards Afghan Kit No. 1945 Green and White (Kit No. 1975 used Yellow and White), 06-34089
Date: Pre-March 1979

This double-sided blanket was made before my son was born, so sometime prior to March 1979. It was put away with all of his baby clothes and was rediscovered around 1997 or so when my husband and I went through boxes of stuff stored at the top of our garage. The baby clothes were donated, but I kept the blanket and began to use it as a lap warmer during the winters when I'm in my home office. I remember the rush of warm feelings I had when I held the blanket again so I just couldn't let it be donated.

I still use the blanket (sometimes it and another blanket!) to keep my legs warm in the winter. When Cleo (my favorite kitty) was sick from August-September 2002, she spent a good deal of time laying on this blanket which I had folded and placed on the carpet for her. It was fitting since Cleo is my "baby" now.

[August 23, 2003]

Hmmm, Mom thinks she may have made this blanket for Greg...but we're not sure who did it. Since I don't have the pattern and she thinks she does, she may have been the one to make it...but I lived with her then so I still could have made it. Ah, well, we'll probably never know for sure...

[November 16, 2004]

Guess what we finally looked for and found tonight! Yup, the pattern for this blanket! It is:

LeeWards Afghan Kit No. 1945 Green and White (Kit No. 1975 used Yellow and White), 06-34089, Reversible Shell Baby Afghan to Crochet of Orlon Sayelle, Size 5 hook included in kit (date is not included). LeeWards went out of business a while ago.

Roses! Flowers! Color! - Days 1-3

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(The above photos were taken by Greg.) Before flowers were added. We didn't have the foresight to take photos of this area before the 4 bushes were recently removed.

(The above photos were taken by Greg.) (1, 2, 3) Me working in the garden. (4) Closeup of one of the Cosmos flowers. (5) My beautiful Cavalier Z24, Bill's Harley Davidson motorcycle, and Bill who cannot believe what his eyes see as I work in the garden.

(1) I let Bubba the Goat (hmmm, our grass-crazed cat) wander around the front yard grazing while I took photos. She's strictly an indoor kitty and cries for hours when the front door is open and we're outside or go anywhere near the screen door. She sniffed the roses and flowers but found the grass more interesting. And, yes, we have an alarm system - in addition to advertising the alarm company, the sign is supposed to warn potential intruders so they'll go somewhere else. (2) 5 rose bushes in front of the window. (3, 4) Assorted flowers planted in the long side of the L-shape.

(1) Perennial Coreopsis (golden yellow daisies). (2) Dwarf Lily of the Nile. (3) Sugar Cheer Marguerite (double pink daisy flowers) and Cosmos Mix (white, light pink, redish delicate flowers with lovely lacey green leaves). (4) Prime Time Blue Star Petunias. Not shown: Ultra Mix Petunias (solid red, maroon, pink, white), Ultra Blue Petunias (solid dark purple), Hulahoop Blue Petunias (dark purple with white borders).

(Photos taken the afternoon of Day 3 - Sunday, June 22.)

3 of the rose bushes have small buds. The pink one (called First Prize) had a fully-formed bud when it was planted. The rose opened overnight! So purty, err, pretty!

From left to right facing the house, the rose bushes are:

  • Gypsy - large, fiery orange-red blooms with a light, spicy fragrance
  • John F. Kennedy - large, fully double flowers in greenish white with high centers and mild licorice fragrance
  • TANorstar Tropicana - large, fully double flowers in vibrant coral orange with strong, sweet fruity fragrance
  • Gold Glow - very full, high centered, golden yellow flowers with a mild fragrance; dark green to bronze leaves, tall upright growth habit
  • First Prize - very large, double, high centered flowers in gentle pink with ivory tones and mild tea fragrance

Day 1 - Friday, June 20

Friday morning, after seeing Home Depot's ad for roses at $5.99 each for a 2-gallon bucket, I decided that was cheap enough for me to go look at them to decide whether I wanted to buy and plant now - instead of waiting until January or February to buy and plant bare root roses. So, my husband took the VW Bug to work and left his truck for me. (Friday was a 3-day weekend for me - the college I work for allows us to work our 40 hours in 4 days for 10 weeks during the summer so they can save on air conditioning and electricity costs, etc. and we can have 10 3-day weekends.)

My son, Greg, is visiting us for a few weeks before he moves to Virginia to attend William & Mary School of Law. So, of course, I dragged, err, took him with me to Home Depot to buy roses and other flowers for the front yard! How fun! About $80.00 for 4 rose bushes, 11 other flowering plants, a large plastic watering can, and 3 large bags of composted soil to mix in with our clay-like soil. (After 45 minutes or so, I hear "Mom, it's getting close to my one-hour limit on shopping..." Did I rush? No. We got in line to check out another 30-45 minutes later, then it took another 15 minutes or so to get through the checkout line. Hmmm, at least he isn't a toddler anymore throwing tantrums in stores.)

We came home, placed the rose and flower containers where I wanted to plant them, waited a few hours for the major sunshine part of the day to be over, and then got to work loosening the dirt in the L-shaped garden bed around a grass section of the front lawn. Bill got home from work around 6:00pm and laughed at all the containers of flowers on the front lawn. He and Greg dug holes for the roses and chopped up more roots from the bushes that had been there before. We removed old bark and chunks of rock, mixed composted soil with ground soil and planted 2 rose bushes. I then started dinner while they finished planting the other 2 roses bushes.

Day 2 - Saturday, June 21

There was room for a 5th rose bush so Greg and I went back to Home Depot Saturday to buy it. We again waited until about 4:00pm when the sun wasn't as hot to do the planting. Bill was home from work and his motorcycle ride by then so the 3 of us planted the 5th rose bush and the 46 other flowering plants in L-shaped area in front of the house. It looks so good! Very colorful! The roses will (hopefully) grow and bloom and be just beautiful next to the other flowers.

Yippee! No back pain or other discomfort as a result of stooping, sitting on the ground, and crawling around on hands and knees.

Green beans - Day 19

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Our green bean seeds (Coniender Garden Bush Beans) in the backyard have grown much more than the flower seeds have!

Pruning, weeding

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Saturday afternoon after spending 3 hours on my butt in front of the computer playing around, I worked in the backyard a bit watering the still-only-green flower plants (some have grown a lot and other haven't grown much at all) and our fast-growing green bean plants, trimming the old pink flowers off the blooming bush, pulling some weeds using the new gardening tools I got at Orchard Supply Hardware Monday afternoon (pruning sheers that feel good in my hand, a weeder, a hand shovel, a 1-inch thick pad in the shape of a rose with, guess what, a pretty redish-pink rose on it, and 2 pairs of gardening gloves), and enjoying the peace and quiet and sunshine.

After pulling some weeds (which I cannot say I've ever done before in my entire life!), my lower back muscles were screaming so I rested a bit, drank a bottle of water followed by a Diet Dr. Pepper, and headed into the house to clean my craft room a bit.

Sunday bounded in early. I skipped my morning shower so Bill and I could work together on the front yard. He headed to work first to get a box to mail Jack's blanket in and check on a project. So I read, err, browsed the Sunday paper and drank a yummy cup of decaf coffee mixed with hot chocolate. Bill made breakfast for us when he got back. Then, we started our gardening work.

I took 3 Ibuprophen (as a preventative measure) then pulled weeds while Bill sawed into manageable pieces the stump and roots from the last bush so he could pull them out of the ground without possibly pulling out our plumbing.

There was a 12"x10" patch of some non-grass type stuff in the lawn so I pulled that out - it is now a dirt patch that we need to plant grass seeds in. When I finished weeding the front lawn and cracks in the driveway, sidewalk, and along the front of the house, I weeded the side of the house and backyard up to the end of the deck.

With my back screaming loud and clear, I quit physical labor for the day and spent about an hour laying on the couch with an ice pack on my back as additional preventative treatment (no pain or terrible soreness today!).

I spent the remainder of Sunday to about 9:30pm crocheting the scrap-pattern lap blanket, except for my late lunch (leftover La Imperial chicken enchalada, refried beans, rice - didn't even feel a desire to eat dinner after that!) and a bit of visiting with Billy and Bryan who came by to say Happy Father's Day to their dad. The blanket is looking really good! A great pattern and color combination for a man. Lots of patterns are "flowery" and not quite suitable for a man or for a woman who doesn't like many "girly" things. (Hmmm, like me.)

Size: 37 inches x 52.5 inches (crib size)
Colors: Light Blue, White, Cream, Medium Yellow, Medium Blue
Pattern: #47 Ripple Stitch
Book: 63 Easy-To-Crochet Pattern Stitches Combine To Make An Heirloom Afghan - Leaflet 555 - Designs by Darla Sims - Copyright 1987 - Leisure Arts
Date: June 2003

My husband's cousin's daughter (Jackie) and husband (Jason) had a baby boy (Jack) on May 29. I don't know her well, but I thought it would be nice for us to give her and baby Jack a hand-made crocheted baby blanket. So, I pulled out a few plastic tubs of yarn, selected sport-weight yarn in baby colors, and spent quite a bit of time looking through pattern books for something I wanted make. I selected a square pattern that has bumps (I like texture). I made 4 squares in medium blue and then cross-stitched the letters of Jack's name on them. The border uses the same medium blue. The other squares are arranged randomly so that no two squares of the same color are next to each other. After I started the blanket, I learned that the colors selected for the baby's room are blue and yellow, so this blanket will fit right in!

I finished weaving the yarn ends into the blanket last night, took the photos this morning, so the blanket is ready to be shipped to Oregon on Monday. It's a surprise!

Size: 38 inches x 51 inches
Colors: Orange, Burnt Orange
Pattern: Double Shell Stitch
Book: Leisure Arts - Snuggle-Up Baby Afghans - 8 Afghans - Design by Carole Rutter Tippett - Price not indicated - Copyright 2000
Date: May 2003

This lap blanket uses skeins of orange yarn donated by Toni S. at work. The pattern was fast and fun to make. I like the brightness of this blanket! I know it's probably too much for many people, but I'm hoping it'll brighten someone's day.

Backyard garden - Day 4

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3 packages of flower seeds in the ground: Evening Sun Mixed Colors Sunflowers, Old Fashioned Garden Mixture, Southern Mixture Wildflowers

The seeds are growing!!! The seeds are growing!!! How exciting!

In the late afternoon on Sunday, June 1 (which would be Day 0), I planted the flower seeds we'd bought at Orchard Supply the previous weekend. And there are now little green stubs sticking out of the dirt!!!

I'm a farmer! Err, a flower gardener!

The green bean seeds (Coniender Garden Bush Beans) Bill planted haven't broken through yet but I'm sure we'll be out there every day now watching for them to pop up and watching the flowers plants grow and hopefully bloom flowers.

I picked out several different types of flower seeds and planted all of them. Some are in the ground, some are in the 3 wooden pots I bought last year in June (when I planted already-started flowers in them on Father's Day), and some of the seeds are in plastic house-plant-type pots. The wooden pots are hanging from the deck cover. The plastic pots are on a cast iron shelving unit Bill had in his backyard shop which is now placed on the deck.

I'm so excited! When the plants get big enough, we're going to have to transplant some (probably many) of them because I used *all* the seeds in the packages, not just a few per pot!

Most of the seeds in 3 packages of flower seeds were planted in the hanging wooden pots, one in pot: Classic Mixed Colors Zinnia, Lemondrop Marigold, Giant Mixed Colors African Daisy. The rest of the seeds were distributed among the large and small plastic pots.

Orange flowers already grown and blooming that we bought and put in this pot because they were wilting so bad in direct sun we couldn't put them in the ground (I didn't keep the tag so I don't know exactly what they are).

(1) Our backyard deck. (2) 3 hanging wooden flower pots. (3) Cast iron shelf unit with pots of soon-to-be-blooming flowers. (4) Bill's new BBQ (about 2 weeks old).

The most successful plant out of the 7 we planted in the backyard in June last year on Father's Day (I don't know what it is, but my Mom does...).

Cleo demanding to be fed. "Mom, what are you doing outside? Why are you playing with the water hose instead of feeding me my dinner? Mom! Mom!":

Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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