Archive | August 2018

New Crochet Doll

I haven’t made an actual crochet doll in a loooonnnggg time. I’ve made all kinds of toys and things but no dolls. That shouldn’t happen since I’m all about crochet dolls! The kids at work haven’t started asking me for things yet so I stared into my crochet bag hoping for inspiration and saw some scrap, tan yarn balls. They screamed doll! I’ve only had a chance to crochet twice at work but I think I’ve made good progress.

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What shall I be when I grow up?

I don’t have much yet and I haven’t decided on a boy or a girl, but I think it’s a pretty good start. 🙂

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Catching Up

A little catch-up on what’s been (and hasn’t been) happening lately. Can you believe I have hardly picked up a crochet hook this summer? I did work on my book a little. I took some better pictures and tightened up some of the writing but I didn’t do nearly enough of what I should have.

Partly, that was because I went on a seven day cruise with my family. We had such a fabulous time. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and it was wonderful being able to do it. My  two sisters with their grown children and my hubby, son and I were able to go. All our youngest kids graduated from high school (three of them) and taking the cruise was a way to celebrate that milestone. We had such a good time!

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Ready to board the ship with hubby and son!

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My Backyard Makeover with Succulents

When I’m not working on my book because my eyes have gone cross-eyed and I need a break, I work on beautifying my backyard with succulents. I use succulents because I have a better chance of plant survival with them. One of my co-workers has a beautiful backyard with a variety of succulents and she has generously shared cuttings with me.

I previously shared some photos of what I had started and I wanted to share some new photos of how some of those plants have grown. There were some casualties of course, which was expected, either from my black thumb or from my kiddo’s dog. Surprisingly though, not as many losses as I expected from either my black thumb or the dog. More surprisingly, some are actually thriving and not just merely surviving my hostile backyard.

These are pics of when I first planted some of the cuttings. I fully expected at least half of them to fly away to plant heaven.

But then this happened, even though the dog tromps through there on a daily basis chasing lizards.

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Look how tall some of them got!

And then these went from this

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to this!

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