I Call it Croquet Crochet

DSC_0121So, my mother had all these bits and pieces of yarn all over the place and had no idea what to do with it. I said, “work up some granny squares, make an afghan.” Well, to get rid of the stuff, she did a simple back and forth rib stitch to make a lap blanket (measures about 5 feet by 4 feet) with all these multitude of colors. She was a little concerned, a touch worried about it being a little too vibrant and too bright…..and the more I looked at it, the more I thought about croquet. Yeah! It reminded me of all the colors on the croquet posts, of the mallets, and all I could think was, it reminds me of croquet! Yeah! What an awesome blanket to have about the field while your playing croquet mimicking the colors of the player’s mallets. After all, there is a moment or two, when its best to sit on the grass and while your playing a match, just to enjoy the breeze, rest for a second, have a drink and recharge before terrifying your opponents with trick shots and strategic positioning so that the cower at your turn at the mallet. :)

DSC_0115She said if I sold it, I’d get a percentage, so I thought, Sure! Not enough people play croquet, not enough people really know how much fun it can be when the weather is right, when the whole afternoon is filled with good friends, vibrant colors, good nibbles, and a good couple of wacked shots to knock your opponent off the field. So! Here you go, a blanket perfect for a grassy field, vibrant and great for lounging on while resting between games, perfectly machine washable, and a reminder of the brilliance of life’s vibrancy and good times….OH! And a pic of me playing croquet over Thanksgiving with my family down in North Florida. I still haven’t had my Birthday Croquet afternoon, yet. My friend Jeremy owes me a match….. Click here if you want the blanket!   Its the only one!

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Crock-Pot and Crochet

Well, well, well. So much to talk about, so little time. Since getting past the flu, I’ve been working non-stop on filling orders for bears that are due. But, for every two orders I fill, I take up working on another bear, a different bear from my previous designs. I have to keep selling bears, but from now on, no more made to order bears. Sadly, I won’t be doing anymore custom orders either, least not for a couple of months. I have to get caught up AND continue bringing the funds in so I can stay afloat. So, if you see a bear on Etsy for sale, then it’s a ready to go bear. Not a made to order little guy. I really enjoyed the bunny and look forward to doing other animals and such soon.

 

My mom has taken to Etsy. Being retired, she feels there isn’t much more for her to do. She made me a blanket for Christmas, the year before whipping them up for all sorts of people and charities. I suggested she start selling them for a sense of purpose, for something to do. It was frightening to watch her spend much of her time discussing the last episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” I showed her the ropes, helped her get her shop up, and now she has two items for sale. I took some photographs for her and even posed in one! She’s going to be focusing only on crocheted blankets at the moment, but they really are nice, soothing, and tender. Check out HER shop!

I love my little studio apartment. For $500 a month, it includes everything. I couldn’t ask for a better deal. Electric, internet, and water. For a poor man like me, it’s quite the luxury. Private entrance, a little balcony, a great view, and I’m only a mile and a half from everything I need. Grocery store and post office. I don’t have a kitchen, but I do have my trusty crock-pot that I’ll be cooking out of again. I found this awesome website: crockplot365.blogspot.com. I’m sure many of you have heard of it already, for the author seems rather famous! And with some delicious recipes! SO! I’m truly looking forward to spending my days finding creative ways to cook with ONLY a crock-pot thanks to that website.

While many people are gearing up for Valentine’s Day, it’s a touch bittersweet for me. Last year I was living alone in the middle of the woods…..waiting patiently for my partner to show up. I spent some many days working up a teddy bear for him, a gift, the only thing I could afford to do. Some Fisherman’s Wool and a set of needles. On Valentine’s Day, it was realized he wasn’t going to come. He didn’t say it matter of fact, but the distance in his voice was even more unbearable than the physical distance that challenged us. On the 16th of February, with a broken heart, and realizing I was now abandoned out in the middle of nowhere, I had to find a way to feed myself, and get back into society. I had $2 in my bank account, and with $1.20 I opened up my shop on Etsy and sold his teddy bear.

So, here it is a year later, my first year anniversary on Etsy and I celebrate not the romanticism of Valentine’s, but rather the marking of the birth of my little teddy bear. I can’t imagine what would have happened to me had I not risked spending my last $2 on a website I had never heard of before. But, needless to say, I’m glad I did.

So, to celebrate, I’ll spend the next couple of blogs writing about where the bear came from, how to make one of your own (yes! I finished writing the pattern! You can buy it in my shop!), and where I hope the bear to take me and little Mario.

Ok, it’s just shy of 9am. Time to get busy. I’ve got orders to fill!

 

Little Pink Sweater

It’s quiet out here on Sundays. These are the sort of rural roads that are clear during church hours. In some Southern Baptist towns church is often twice on Sunday, with the parishioners attending both morning and evening services. For many of these people church is their social life, their network, their extended family. In times of crisis and in times of celebration, the poor along these dusty roads will wear only their absolute best to Sunday Services. So, the little pink sweater is in homage to young girl cleaned up for Sunday School, carrying her white book of illustrated Bible stories in one hand, and a penny for the collection plate in the other.

Look for it in the SHOP.