July 2006 Archives

Our gardens

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(Photos 1, 2)
Before we left for Hawaii, I asked Bill to make a structure that would allow less sunlight to hit the potted plants on the plant benches in our backyard (he enjoys making things for me!). After much thought and sketching, we decided to go with a structure that matched our deck. He finished the new "shade" last night! See the first 2 photos. The lattice roof allows the plants to get direct sunlight, but not so much that they suffer in summer heat. It's quite nice to sit in our backyard now! I'm so not a sit-in-the-sun person!

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That's Jasmine outside the screen door to our backyard, and Cleo peeking through the screen. The picture tells the story: Jaz thinks she's an outdoor cat, but she doesn't go much further than that from the door; Cleo is much more comfortable looking outside than being outside.

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The plants growing on the fence side of our backyard this morning before I left for work. I love the randomness and bunches of color!

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Our front yard. One plant in the right side planter is out of control. It's grown shoots and has nearly filled up the entire planter box. There are even a few shoots growing in the grass outside the planter box. I'm gonna have to remove the plant - all of the shoots - before the yard is overtaken!

Tenth set of sample skeins

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The tenth month (of 12) of sample skeins from Elann arrived today for August.

Ninth set of sample skeins

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The ninth month (of 12) of sample skeins from Elann arrived earlier this month.

Turtle sippy cup


I think I bought this in June, an impulse buy of a turtle freak! It's a sippy cup for a toddler. I got it at a local Starbucks during their brief "Dot and Dash" campaign, with a storybook about a ladybug and a turtle. I had seen the sign above an empty basket a few times - whatever had been in the basket was sold out. I think the sign was an image of the children's book cover. Anyway...I walked into Starbucks one day last month - and there it was, the only object in the basket, a single turtle sippy cup. And I had to have it! My inner child wanted it. My practical adult self said I could use it to hold something in my craft room.

Paula has decorated the fence in her backyard with a variety of items (license plates, signs, frogs, and more!). I've found it relaxing to sit and just look around at all the things there are. Of course, each piece has meaning for her - I just find them interesting to view!

When I saw the 3-piece set of turtles, I immediately thought I might start my own backyard art fence-wall. Now that I'm home, they probably aren't going to be put in the backyard - lack of space and I spend more time inside than outside... Bill has offered to exchange his "office" (one of our extra bedrooms) for my current craft room (a smaller space). If this exchange of space is made, there's plenty of room for hanging the turtles! If not, I'll still find a place for them in the current craft room or my home office. I'm not exactly sure where I'll put the turtle hook or what I'll hang on it, but it matched the 3-piece set so I got it!

The stuffed turtle is so different from other stuffed turtles I've seen! The fabric is dark and dramatic - and soft and cuddly. This guy now sits on my nightstand.

When I saw the turtle and babies pool set, I just had to get it! I don't have small children, I don't have grandchildren, I don't have a pool (not even a kiddy pool), and I don't take baths. I don't know what I'll do with it, but...it's mine. All mine! Too cute!

I got all of the above, 2 wonderful t-shirts with really nice turtle designs, and a few gifts at a small, crowded shop run by a really nice man - Pacific Nature in the tourist-friendly Kailua-Kona shopping center on Alii Drive. I recommend a visit to the shop for all!

I found the fun socks at a different store in the same shopping center. These very comfortable and cute socks are made in the USA for For Bare Feet. I got 2 pair of turtle socks for myself, and a bunch of other designs (tropical fish, hibiscus, sea horses, sandals) for gifts. These sandals socks and another of the green turtles design are the only pairs I haven't yet given to their intended recipients.

At a fine jewelry store, I found a lovely pair of 14 karet gold earrings in a turtle design on posts by Wyland for $130. Years ago on a Kona vacation, I bought a wonderful pair of gold turtle earrings, but recently lost one of the set at work. In the past 8 years or so, I've fallen in the habit of rarely wearing earrings - or any other jewelry except a watch. Because of this lack of jewelry wearing, I managed to avoid buying the pair of turtle earrings...but I have the salesperson's name and business card if I change my mind... Other turtle earrings on posts were found at different stores, the $230 set was similar to the $130 set, but the design of the $36 set was much rougher (not finely detailed).

[update] Well, slap me silly! I just found the earrings on Wyland's website for $89!

Easy Breezy Vest - Purple

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Cover of Crochet! magazine, March 2006 issue - Easy Breezy Cardigan (way too small!) on cover.
[photos not available unless I can get the vest back from Patrice for a short time]

Size: I adjusted the pattern to be much less tight than shown in the magazine photos. The end result fits a Medium-size woman very nicely.
Colors: Purple (Lion Brand Microspun)
Pattern: Easy Breezy Vest - based on the Easy Breezy Cardigan - Design by Doris Chan
Book: Crochet! magazine, March 2006, page 22
Hook: J
Date: June 2006

I tried and tried to adjust the Easy Breezy Cardigan pattern to fit me, but didn't succeed. As I wrote previously, when the body almost done, I discovered it really wasn't going to work. But, it did fit Patrice (my boss - she doesn't like that term!) and looked great as a colorful vest. So, now it is the Easy Breezy Vest! I finished the bottom edging and sleeve opening edging and gave it to her.

I then started another Easy Breezy Cardigan for myself but pulled it out before our vacation in Hawaii. I brought it along on the trip but didn't touch it. Something about sweating while sitting still and sunscreen covering my chest, arms, and face didn't make crocheting sound apetizing.

Julianna cardigan - Green

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Size: probably L
Colors: Pine (green) (Lion Brand Wool Ease)
Pattern: Julianna (cardigan)
Book: Cool Crochet - ISBN 0-8230-1124-0 - Designs by Melissa Leapman - Copyright 2005 - Watson-Guptill Publications
Hook: D, E
Date: June 2006

I started the Julianna cardigan on March 31, took a break while playing around with sewing/quilting, and finished it on June 16. Since it turned out too small for me, I'll give it to a co-worker (Elizabeth) if it fits her.

I love the color and pattern. It's too hot right now to consider working with a part-wool yarn, but I'll have to keep this pattern in mind for when it gets cooler so I can make one that'll fit me!

Lacking that creative feeling

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Late Monday evening last week (June 10), we arrived home from 2 weeks in Kona on the Big Island, Hawaii. A 2-hour delay at the Honolulu airport meant landing in Oakland at 12:15am Monday night/Tuesday morning. Luckily, Bill had suggested when we were making vacation plans that we also take off the day after our return. Sounded good to me, so I did. He did too, but of course felt compelled to go to work Tuesday morning at 6:30am as usual! (By the way, 6:30am Pacific time is 3:30am Hawaii time!) I was exhausted Tuesday (and the rest of the week!). Grocery shopping and laundry were on Tuesday's list of things to do.

Since returning from vacation, the bah-humbug don't-know-what-project-to-do feeling I had before we left has continued.

When I cruise crafty websites, I wonder at the inventiveness and creativeness of others...and wonder where they find the time. Then I remember that I'm watching TV or in some other way choosing not to work at creative projects.

So, during today's NASCAR Cup race, after my boy Tony Stewart crashed and dropped back 20+ laps, I dragged myself off the couch to take photos of the Julianna cardigan, as well as cute turtle goodies and colorful tropical-themed socks I bought in Hawaii. They're coming up next!

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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