Crochet Tidbits

tidbit tuesdayToday I want to share some photos of some recent crochet projects.

Crock Pot Carrier

Isn’t this an odd-looking thing? The inspiration came from a pattern to make a carrier for a covered casserole. I tweaked it a bit so that it would fit my little crock pot. My Rick came up with the idea to include an extra set of handles to keep the lid in place. Isn’t he clever?

I tried it out recently and am very happy to say that it worked out just the way I planned. These small crock pots are different from the large ones because the outer shell does not have the carrying handles; the crock itself does. And boy howdy do those handles get hot! It is very difficult to carry the thing when it is hot, which is why I was going to look online for something to buy but not necessary because I really ♥ the way this turned out!

I used cotton yarn and made the bottom quadruple thick, meaning I made 2 circles for the bottom using 2 strands of the yarn for each circle. It is very thick and very sturdy.

Gift Bags

This is an ongoing project that I am absolutely crazy about! I take horrible pics, so please forgive the obvious amateur look of these. The ongoing part of it? I am going to keep on making these cute gift bags to use instead of paper whenever possible!

Tartan Plaid!

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This last one is a pattern photo for an afghan I am making for myself. I HEART plaid, especially this particular tartan. It is called a Holiday Tartan Afghan, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it for me! And forget about displaying and using it only during the Christmas season, this gal is going to have it out and ready to use every day!

It will take me the better part of this year to make it, though, because I’m working on it in between other projects, including more wheelchair lapghans (some with matching bags to secure to one of the arms) and a couple of Christmas projects for some very special people for Christmas 2014.

AnnaSmile…..

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Ah, coffee!

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It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared a tidbit or two about me, but I’m taking care of that right now.

It is no secret that I’ve always liked coffee. When we were quite young and wanted to have coffee like the grownups, my Mom would make a concoction that was mostly steamed milk with a little coffee in it. My sisters and I, however, felt much more mature when we were having our coffee drink.

I-Need-CoffeeNow it takes a couple of cups to get this motor running. I just am not myself first thing in the morning, mostly because I wake up with a migraine about every single day. Some coffee and Excedrin® usually work within an hour or two, and then I am much better company!

My Dad started drinking his coffee black many years ago and still does. I can recall my Mom watching me doctor my coffee with creamer and sweetener and asking me many times, “So, you still drink it with all that stuff in it?” And I would always reply, “Yes, Mom, I still do. I can’t imagine drinking it black, yuk!”

Fast forward many years and now you’ll find me drinking it black—no cream—because of a dairy allergy. And I don’t even use sugar or a sweetener, because that cup of black coffee somehow doesn’t seem to taste as good that way.

I never, ever, ever, ever… imagined I would not only be drinking my coffee black but enjoying it that way!

Family Tidbits

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Mother’s Day 2013

Enjoying Mother’s Day with Kathy and Alan

Loved the gift of these gorgeous pink tulips!

I’ll never get enough of being around these two!  ♥ They turned out so great in spite of me and I’ll always be thankful to God for them in my life!

AnnaSmile

Curls, curls, curls!

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As you can see from the photo above—which is a couple of months old—I’m back to wearing my hair in its naturally curly state. I can still wear a straighter ‘do if I’m up to it, but it takes so much energy for me to get it into a straight look:

  • set it on those giant rollers
  • wait for it to dry (which seems to take forever)
  • unwrap my hair from one roller at a time, blow drying each one to ensure the hair is completely dry
  • use my straight iron on each curl to make even more sure it is dry and also to straighten it more
  • brush out my hair
  • use said straight iron again on the areas that refused to cooperate all those other times
  • finally done!

All this is extremely difficult for me these days, especially when you throw in the added problem of arthritis in my shoulders.

So what’s a gal to do? Go back to what God gave me! After 60-some years, I have decided to finally embrace my natural curls. Sad that it had to take so long, huh?

How about you ladies out there? Are you happy with your hair the way it naturally is or do you change things up a lot?

AnnaSmile

The Amazing Grand Canyon

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Since 2004, Rick and I have lived in northern Arizona, about 115 miles away from the Grand Canyon. Of course we’ve visited there several times and taken visiting friends and family there too. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of the beauty of this place in case you’ve never been there.

Hope you enjoyed my little tour!

AnnaSmile

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To continue the fact that I adore all things pink, let me add today that I also ♥ plaid! And not only plaid, but pink plaid! So let me share a couple of things I have that are a combination of both:

So there you are! Just a little something more about me.

AnnaSmile

Tidbits…

One of my bloggy friends, Katie from Katherine’s Corner, has a “Tidbit Tuesday” tradition that I have enjoyed. On her Tidbit Tuesdays she shares a little about herself, and I think that’s a great idea. So I asked if she would mind my borrowing her idea for my blog, she graciously gave me the go-ahead. I love Katie’s site so please take the time to visit her there. You won’t be disappointed!

I don’t know if I’ll do Tidbit Tuesdays every week, but I’ll share tidbits about myself as often as I can!

Today’s tidbits about me:

  • I am a pink girl because I love everything about the color pink! But I think I’ve already told you that, so let’s move on {giggle}.

  • My favorite book of the Bible is Isaiah.

  • I have a pink teddy bear hat tree.

Care to share something about you with us?