Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July means Fireflies

Does everyone all over the world get to enjoy Fireflies? Last night I sat outside enjoying the balmy breezes whilst awaiting the severe thunderstorms to arrive (no, they never did), and watched the fireflies light up in the trees and, so pretty. Of course, I have plenty of childhood memories of catching these friendly creatures & watching them turn their 'lights' on & off in my hand....and my children do too. They are a happy, brief moment in each summer. A favorite book of mine...

A fun read for children, but I know for me, it was the illustrations that really pulled me in...just like this other favorite, illustrated by P.D. Eastman...

If you've never heard of these books I suggest you try them out, they are both delightful :)
Now, since the predicted rain never came I have to go water my outside fireflies out now, just those pesky mosquitoes!

Enjoy your day <3
Smiles, Diane

Monday, July 7, 2014

So Many WIPs!

Hello Friends - I have been off from work about a week now and am thoroughly enjoying the time away :) I am determined to stay busy crafting, so needless to say the WIPs are piling up! Here's what I admit to have going on right now...

This is a Granny Square afghan I started in the winter using Red Heart yarn. It's a pretty good size already and I plan on adding squares till I run out of yarn. I'm using the join-as-you-go method for attaching the squares. I'm keeping up with weaving in the tails as I go - so when it's's done! It's too hot for working on it now though, even with the A/C aimed directly on

This is a better size for summer's a pillow top I crocheted using Lily's Sugar & Cream 100% cotton yarn. I followed Lucy's pattern here for the motif and I crocheted the squares together as shown here. Thank you Lucy of Attic24 for such great tutorials :) I have a 14" pillow form, now I just need to crochet a back piece and another WIP will be finished.

These are other color combos I tried...I like the russet framed ones for an autumn pillow, but no need to worry about that now - summer crafts only!

Now these are summery! I followed the pattern from here
These are also made using Lily's Sugar & Cream 100% cotton yarn. I will probably make these into a colorful bunting. I have a board on my Pinterest here with all sorts of crochet motifs for garlands.

Lastly, and most recently, I have been making friendship bracelets. I prefer finishing them with jewelry findings instead of knots and buttons so the top three still need to get their final touches done. I also plan on embellishing them with rhinestones and other jewels which is all the rage right now. I made the red & blue bracelets for my daughter to wear on the 4th of July. You can do a google or youtube search for plenty of inspiration and patterns.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my WIPs. If you are a "multi-tasker" like me, now you know you have company ;P

Thanks for stopping by...hope to see ya soon :)
Smiles, Diane