In my blog I plan to chat about nature, crafts, baking, gardening, beekeeping, and anything else that happens to pop into my head. Sit back, relax for five minutes of a day, and enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Coral Belle's floor and wall update

 So last week a friend called and asked what I was doing today.  Painting Coral Belle's floor.

 She popped by as she was out running errands and we were discussing the paneling wall.  She gave me several options, and she does a lot of this kind of work, and she finally said, "I could dry brush that for you and it wouldn't take me long at all."
 So she did! 
 Then we both started in on the floor.  I decided to use the same paint/stain that we used on our porches since we had some left.  Of course, we didn't have enough left....
 So after a trip to town for more stain/paint and a latte', we came back and finished the floor.  I didn't think I was going to like it at first,
 and you know what?  I don't like it....
So does Dixie Doodle!
Cindy Bee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Poncho Tah Dah!

I've been trying to share this for a couple of days now.  I've had two 11 year olds living with us in our basement room while they are on fall break.  The "year around school system" is hard for parents when they both work.  I've also had a lot of other things going on, including a tooth ache!  I go to an endodontist today.  I think that's the correct way to spell it.  I've never even heard that term before...but I hope it's nothing serious.  Ugh.

So, this poncho...... I love it.  But I have to tell you....I started over THREE TIMES!  I kept crocheting too long of a chain.  The beginning chain measured OK, but when I'd get a few rows crocheted, it would be too long.  I'd rip it out and start again.  I don't know if it was the yarn or maybe just make it a bit smaller than the pattern calls.  The pattern is free on ravelry and it's called the Customizable Poncho Pattern.
I used chunky yarn, but I think there are a lot of different yarns you could use.  And it's a very simple pattern.
You can work on it and watch TV at the same time!  You just chain the first row, of course, half double the second row, then double crochet from that point on until you make a big rectangle.  It would be simple to change the pattern to a knit poncho too.
You also need to let your precious pet enjoy the poncho with you because, well, they are just too cute to say no to!
 I really like the poncho.  I do not like this picture of me....
but LOVE the poncho and the pattern.  I might have made it a bit too long, but I still like it. The original pattern calls for buttons, and I had some on this, but I didn't like them.  I thought about maybe a big crocheted flower, or just leaving it as is.
 Now I'm working on some WIP's that I discovered while cleaning out the craft room.
Cindy Bee

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet George!

In the last few years, when we go to Brown County we like to buy something as a memento from our little trip.  Something artsy.  This year, it wasn't a hand-made item, but something My Shug has wanted for a couple of years, and we don't see them very often.

 Not the best picture, but meet George! The store proprietor told us that was his name.  He also said he is going to order another one as he will miss him!
Cindy Bee