ArtistMum: Discovering A New Yarn

I love to paint with both watercolor and oil paints but they are not easily carried around and you cannot work on a painting while waiting at the doctors office, or while recuperating from injuries or illnesses………or so I’ve found! So I discovered awhile back that I can bring along my crochet projects almost anywhere and be productive at the same time……a win, win situation!

My latest crochet related discovery was a yarn from Red Heart yarns called “Reflective”. I found it through a mail order catalog called Herrschner’s. ( Herrschner’ )

This yarn reflects light, making it ideal for headbands for runners that run in the evening or very early morning. It’s like having a reflective armband on your head so cars can see you! 

It comes in many wonderful colors……neon pink, neon orange, purple, Aran, black, neon yellow, neon green……but I ordered olive, grey, and peacock……..all great!

There’s a crochet pattern on the label for an adorable headband. It requires two skeins of yarn but I found a crochet pattern from………..     Nikki in Stitches    …………….

……….that required less than one skein and by adjusting stitches and crochet hooks, I found I could make it work for a few other different yarns, including Charisma. The number of chains you start out with can be different for each yarn. I made sure it fit around my head before I started the second row. I would measure if it’s for a child or anyone else. 
Here are my reflective yarn headbands in peacock, grey, and olive……. I also started and ended with a border of another color…… this case, some leftover black yarn.

And I made a few others from leftover yarns…….a great way to make your yarn stash shrink! The turquoise one has a grey border. The bottom one is all grey.

Have fun experimenting with Red Heart’s new yarn for a useful and good looking gift for your favorite runner or maybe even for yourself!

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Crocheting Through Asthma!

Yes, I have been through a rough round of ‘acute asthma exacerbation’ and it has been a long and rather rough road back. I’m still not there 100% but I know it’s a slow haul. 

The only thing that has helped me through this recovery, besides the drugs to treat this, has been my crocheting! I found a wonderful pattern for crocheted fedoras from through Pinterest! 

Previously, I had tried another pattern, only to get frustrated. It was in three pieces and I finally gave up. Then I found this pattern (Kariodesigns) and  I cannot tell you how much easier it was. It was well worth the investment and it came in multiple sizes, preemie to adult! You can’t go wrong with that!
Love how they came out! I tried the preemie one out first to get the hang of it. Then I made one for my little granddaughter and another for the new grand baby on the way. I was so thrilled at how cute they came out! 




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Snowstorm of the Year! Jonas passes through!

The weather reports were all over the board with some reports of only 6″ and others up to 12-24″.  We are very good about preparing for storms in our area, especially since hurricane ‘Sandy’ struck a few years back.  Extra batteries, firewood, food staples, blankets……we know how to get through thus! I remember being so cold after being without heat for a week that even my teeth were cold……brrrrrrrr. 

So the amount of snow that this snowstorm generated was more than we expected but we haven’t had precipitation for quite awhile and quite honestly, we needed it! And it came on a weekend, so most people were home. People made the best of it…….we usually do!

Stay warm wherever you are!


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What’s In Your Bag?- Portable Projects that Travel Well!

If you’re a creator/ crafty gal like myself, you want to make use of every minute to make something. I’ve been doing some small portable gift projects that I’m looking forward to giving this holiday season. I also am on a limited budget since I’m a ‘senior citizen’ and have to be careful with spending!

My portable bags go with me almost everywhere……babysitting, car rides, doctors office…….you name it, I’ve brought a portable project along!

I have a scissors, needle and thread, crochet hook, yarn, small amount of poly stuffing, embroidery thread………basically anything I can think of that I might need to work on a project. And usually they are small projects. 

I finally finished the checkbook holder for my mom. It feels good to get it done!

And I found these adorable leather coin purses at an Alternative  Gift boutique at a church. Proceeds go to various organizations to buy food, books, building supplies, etc., for underdeveloped countries. Many of the gifts, these coin purses included, are hand made by someone from those countries. They are well made and sturdy too. I couldn’t resist since my grandchildren love cats and owls! And since they (grandkids) are too small for real coins, I decided to make a small felt owl and kitty to put inside. I want to make a few felt coins as well but the owl came out so cute and I’m working on a kitty next!

And I also am using up my extra cotton yarn to make soap saver bags. They are so useful and pretty at the same time. All I need to get is some soap bars suitable for gift giving and I have a nice homemade gift. They make wonderful hostess gifts too. I found the pattern on Pinterest of course. It’s from ‘The Painted Hinge’ and here’s the link:

It’s nice that it’s an easy enough crochet pattern for anyone to do and it’s wonderful to use up that stash of unused yarn! Before I forget……..I used Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn that you can buy at most craft stores but here’s a link:

And here’s little owl again! Couldn’t resist just one more picture!

So……….what’s in your bag???

Happy crafting!

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Days Until Christmas???

Yes! Thanksgiving is finished and after a whirlwind of cooking a delicious meal for my family, I am exhausted……………..still in a food coma, on what’s known as ‘black Friday’. I have no desire to shop, which is typically what people do on this day supposedly to get bargains on gifts for the holidays. 

Well, I have started with some homemade gifts……I like to keep,things simple but heartfelt. 

My mom needed a new checkbook holder so I started this one for her. It’s almost finished!

  I still have to sew around the outside and attach a snap closure. I found the pattern in this craft book.
but made it slightly larger. I think she will love it!

I have plans to make a few ornaments out of homemade clay. There’s a homemade clay recipe made from cornstarch, baking soda, and water that is really nice. I’ve used it before and it comes out very  porcelain looking. I’ve made fairy dolls with it with pleasing results.

So……..enough for today. I will get back with more gifts that I made soon!

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ArtistMum: Painting Flowers

I love flowers! And I have as many varieties as my little yard can possibly hold! Purple coneflowers, iris, clematis,  lilies, roses, mums, black-eyed-Susie’s, hydrangeas, and more that I can’t think of right now! And they make perfect subjects for painting. 
So I began a watercolor with roses and mums from a photo I took awhile ago with the intention of painting it someday. Watercolor is something fairly new and challenging for me. I like it but I’m not sure about it…….does that even make sense? It’s very good to paint though. I find it takes my mind elsewhere for awhile. It’s all good!

Here’s my preliminary sketch:      

 And here’s the progression:


I’m hoping to finish it soon!

So what are you painting these days? Hopefully something that brings you joy! Happy paintingšŸ˜ƒ

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ArtistMum: Sculpting in Wire

Wire is a medium that can be daunting to most sculptors and I have to admit that I am one of them. To sculpt an object from wire, one has to measure and manipulate, wrap and squeeze, and look from all angles.

Here is a short video of my wire process when sculpting a pair of wire shoes!

Thoughts??? Would love to hear some comments!

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