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Friday, June 24, 2016

Yellowstone National Park

(Buffalo fur)

(Yellowstone Canyon)

(Emerald Spring)

(Steamboat Geyser)

(Steamboat Geyser)

(Porcelain Basin)

(Porcelain Basin)

(Old Faithful)

(Lake Yellowstone)

(Lake Yellowstone)

It's definitely Summer, the kids are out of school and we went on our first trip to Yellowstone National Park and it did not disappoint. We didn't see as many animals in the park, but we saw bears, elks and deers on our drive to the park in Montana.
The geysers were fantastic, the colors of the landscape were marvelous, almost made me drool.
We rented a RV for the trip and I am glad we did, I don't know how we would have managed to get there if we didn't have a bathroom on board. LOL
I brought a bag full of yarn to crochet, but ended up not even touching it, there was just so much to see that I wasn't able to focus, which is okay, Yellowstone was well worth it!
What are your Summer plans??

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A couple of days ago I felt the urge to create this wall hanging. I grabbed the yarn, my pencils & paper to make a sketch of my design and then I went for it and started crocheting. My yarn of choice was Big Twist, I just love the bright & bold colors. 
I was in a frenzy, it was like reading a good book that you don't want to put down. The next day, I went on the woods behind my house and found the perfect stick and now my wall hanging is part of my home and I love it!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Break

The kids had the week off from school for Spring Break. On Monday we went to Penrose Point State Park to enjoy the beautiful weather, the kids were exploring the beach to find sea creatures. On Tuesday we went to our little town's museum in the morning and to a playground in the afternoon. On Wednesday I felt like I was getting hit by a cold, so we just played in our neighborhood with spray chalk and bubble wands. Sure enough, on Thursday I felt like poop... (lol) I was feeling like a truck hit me, so the only entertainment I provided for the kids was a volcano experiment that we had started  on a few days before. On Friday I felt much better and took the kids to Washington State History Museum and we also had friends over for dinner. On Saturday I was determined that it would be the day to teach my son to ride a bike without training wheels and to my surprise it did work like that, he was just ready and now that is all he wants to do. Life is good, I feel so blessed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Amazing Bag

The Amazing Bag is my newest crochet pattern, it's a roomy bag, I tend to make things the way I like to use. I have kids, so my bag is always full.
The yarn I used is called Amazing by Lion Brand and to give it a contrast, I used Fisherman's Wool (oatmeal) for the lighter colored bag and Baby Alpaca (black) for the darker colored bag.
The pattern is now available, just click HERE.

Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


 It's Spring Break week for my kids and we lucked out with the weather, it has been fantastic! On Sunday we kicked off our fun activities by having a lemonade stand on our driveway. The kids went to the grocery store and picked out the lemons, squeezed them at home and tasted the lemonade to make sure it was just right, then we set up camp outside and invited friends and neighbors to stop by.
The difference between our lemonade stand is that all the money the kids are raising will be used to buy a little neighborhood library, where the kids bring a book and take a book home.  The kids are super excited and it has been great to see them working for something good.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: Amazing Yarn by Lion Brand

I received a box of Amazing yarn from Lion Brand to create a Design Wars design. The colors are pretty amazing just like the name of the yarn suggests. I love how each colors blends into the next, I also like the fuzziness of the yarn. My not so favorite thing when working with this is unraveling it when I make mistake, it feels like the yarn bonds together in each stitch you create, which makes the fabric look beautiful, but not so good when frogging something.

I can see myself making some cowls and hats with this yarn in the future, it is definitely a cooler weather type of yarn.

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Yoga Bag - Crochet Pattern

(Photo credit: Lucy Williams / Inside Crochet)

My Yoga Bag design, that was previously published on issue 73 of the beautiful British magazine, Inside Crochet, is now available in my craftsy shop and ravelry store. The file has been modified to American Crochet terms.
This is by far one of my favorite tapestry designs, I simply love the colors and how it all came together. I feel like I should find some time to go back to yoga just to use this bag, I am not even kidding. 

Happy Crocheting!
Designed by Jackie's Design Studio