Monday, April 29, 2013

Pinwheel Rose Potholder/Trivet

How many times have you been on Pinterest and find something you LOVE and want to make and you go to click on the link and HELLO....the link sucks! There's no patterns/directions and you're left lusting over a pin.

This happened to me recently. 

I found THIS pin. 

And so I went to this blog which the pin originated from. 
Found the pattern that was linked in the post and started crocheting right away.
{original pattern} 2 days later I realized mine looked NOTHING like the pin. NOTHING.

So I emailed the author of the blog and and asked her for the pattern -- which she didn't have (I even offered to buy it)! She modified the original pattern. Ugh.

So THIS GURL sat down...and tried to figure the ish out:

and guess what: I DID!

Back Shot:

I LOVE the way they look...but don't know if I'll make anymore.
I found another trivet/potholder pattern that I like MUCH better and will share with you next week or so.

What do you think of these?
I think the one from the PIN looks much better than my own.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oh, How PINteresting and What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Hello Wednesday! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie

I'm LOVING this song:
Icona Pop - I Don't Care {I Love It}

I'm LOVING that my job gave us all Galaxy tablets to use when we're out in the field (much easier and convenient than having to lug around laptops).

I'm LOVING Jenn's logo for her new link up, I can't wait til she shares it with everyone!

I'm LOVING my repurposed Yankee Candle Jar:

I'm LOVING Pinterest!

What are YOU LOVING this week? 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

3 Lil Roses

I LOVE these things.
I made a couple a few weeks ago per a friend request {original post} and the feed back was AWESOME. I even got featured HERE.  Which made me feel super!

So I decided to make some more and I'll eventually sell them either on etsy or if I do a craft show or out the back of my trunk of my car....which ever happens first.

Next up: Making these beauties in different colors like pinks and purples...even orange! I think they'll look great!


Monday, April 22, 2013

FINISHED: My Granny Wheel Crochet lapghan - CELEBRATE Good Times...C'mon

I finished my Granny Wheel Square Lapghan that I first shared with you HERE.
and me likey:

Isn't it Purdy?!

I would make this pattern over and over again. It was SUPER easy and worked up quick.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ooh, How PINteresting & What I'm LOVING Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie

I'm LOVING the sweet satisfaction of figuring things relation to this PIN.  I'll share with you next week!

I'm LOVING the warm weather - I cannot say that enough!

I'm LOVING the Salted Caramel Cupcakes. OMG. I think I have an addiction.

I'm LOVING Pinterest!

What are you LOVING & Pinning this week?

Friday, April 12, 2013

FINISHED: Crochet Hexagon Flower Throw

I FINISHED my Crochet Hexagon Flower Garden/Throw:

I'm very happy with the outcome!!
As you could probably tell from my very first post when I started this baby.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

{Audio} Book Review: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Have I told you that I'm REALLY enjoying my Audible subscription?
I finished another book:

By: Patricia Highsmith
Narrated by Kevin Kenerly 
Click HERE for book summary.
Click HERE for tease.
Thoughts on story:
For the first half of the book as I was listening I was wonder ... Does anything HAPPEN in this book?
 I would go online multiple times and read the summary like "what's this book about?" {I got it because it was so cheap on audible and I needed SOMETHING to "read"}
 THEN something happens. And the suspense kicks and Oh. Mr. Ripley. Oh he gave me anxiety! He's such an interesting/intense character with an overactive imagination that the author gets you, pulls you in and you end up feeling the same anxiety that Mr. Ripley feels in each situations. I wouldn't say he's a "likeable" character but he's definitely an interesting fella. Someone I'd be TERRIFIED to know in real life.

Thoughts on the performance:
So the first second I hit "play" my thought was "oh no!" the narrator's voice is deep, smooth and calming. I was afraid I was going to fall asleep listening to this book. But. I didn't. Thanks to the author's style of writing. And the narrator's voice is EXACTLY what I would picture for Tom Ripley. I don't know if I could listen to another book with this narrator but he was good for this story/character.
I give this story 3 out of 5 stars. I LIKED it but not enough to read the second or third book in the series. I'm not really into "suspense" books but if you like those types of books then consider picking this one up.
I'm going to put this on my Netflix queue ASAP. I imagine it made a pretty good movie!
Have you seen the movie or read the book?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

oOo, How Piiinteresting & What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie
I'm LOVING that it's FINALLY HOT out. At least for the next few days. I HATE the cold weather. Really Truly. So the warmer temperatures definitely make me happy!
I'm LOVING that it's almost POOL season! I may not be ready body-wise but mentally I'm there!
I'm LOVING the Voice. I never watched it any other season and I happened to turn on it last week and now I regret not watching the other seasons.
I'm LOVING Pinterest!

What are YOU LOVING??

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.


"Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way. Tom walked faster. There was no doubt the man was after him."


Monday, April 8, 2013

Ripple Time.


 I am working on the ripple crochet pattern that I drool over all the fracking time.
See. Whathadhappened was: I have all this yarn that I want to get rid of (so I can go buy new yarn) and I thought Lucy's/Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern would be a good way to get rid of the yarn:

My original idea was to do a multicolor blanket with crème between all the colors...
so here comes the red:

Once I added the red I didn't like it AND I was too lazy to undo it (hey-judge me all you want).  So as you can see at the top...I went back to the dark purple. I'm claiming the red is a POP that I did on purpose...let's hope it works out.

What do you think of the red?
Lame? or Love it? or .... It's aiight.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My latest W.I.P. ::: Crochet Blanket


So my last two projects were quick lil ones: Coasters & Rose Bookmarks.
Which I was VERY happy with both. 
Now I'm making a blanket which I'm LOVING:

and OF COURSE Stitch has to "watch" me to make sure I'm doing it right.  Am I the only one that finds this a bit...creepy!? 

Here was my Pinspiration {you can also find the pattern there}.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ooh, How Pinteresting and What I'm Loving Wednesday

Hello Folks!
Happy Wednesday! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie
I'm LOVING that I made it up to Pittsburgh Easter weekend. It was just a day trip but I had a fantastic time with my aunt, uncle and cousins.
I'm LOVING that my aunt had TONS and TONS of old pictures: of my dad, my aunts, my grandparents, my great grandparents, even my great-great grandparents. It was great. Lots of laughs.
I'm LOVING all the yummy Easter food. I had a great dinner on Saturday and then came home to a delicious dinner on Sunday.
I'm LOVING my mom's banana pudding. I know it's a weird thing to love. But it was soooo good. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it!
I'm LOVING Pinterest!
All the time. I only remember DAYS later that I didn't respond via

Use Paint Chips to Punch Out Ombre Designs via
Love the Beach! Clears the mind! via
Mmmmm...must try! via
What are YOU LOVING this week?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

{Audio} Book Review: The House Girl

The House Girl
By Tara Conklin
Performed by: Bahni Turpin

Click HERE for a tease
Click HERE for synopsis

My thoughts on the story:
Overall it was a good story. This book alternates chapters voices/point of views with the two main characters of the story: Josephine (the slave/house girl from 1852) and Lina (the lawyer from 2004) which is something I LOVE in books. The whole time you're reading all you want to know is: What happens to Josephine?!
The author is VERY descriptive. You can picture the abuse, you can picture the plantation and you can picture Lina pouring over information as she learns more and more about Josephine. I LOVED Josephine but I found Lina .... annoying. 
AND SPOILER ALERT the ending sucks. 

My thoughts on the performance:
I liked the performance. The narrator literally gave every character their own voice. Which helps with the story line. Especially since some characters are a bit...wordy. She gave Lina this annoying/dumb/airhead voice which is probably the main reason I disliked Lina.

I enjoyed this book. I listened to it in the car while I'm out working (I'm in sales) so it gave me a reason to look forward to the long drives to see clients.  I originally gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads. And I'm debating if I should change it to 3.5-4 stars. It was a good story (at least for the first 3/4ths of the book).

I'd recommend it. 
Get it from the library, or get it at a discounted rate (I got it on audible for $7.49), or borrow it from a friend. 

Sidebar: Does listening to an audiobook count as reading it?!