Pillow pattern

It has been a busy week. I’m sure that your week has been equally busy. Here it is Thursday and I am just now ready to send out the new pillow pattern. Are you tired of hearing about it yet? It is pretty and is going to be a great Valentine’s gift for our daughter. She is going to have her own place pretty soon. This pillow will do wonders at adding color to her first apartment.

Pillow pattern

Writing this pattern was more complicated that I imagined. The pattern isn’t complicated but figuring out how to create the pillow was. Here is the back.

Pillow patternPillow pattern

I just love the buttons on this pillow. You can pick any buttons you want but I loved these as I am going to send the pillow cover in the mail for Valentine’s day. I think she can get a pillow form there.

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Creativity block

..Whew, I have been fighting a horrible case of creativity block, brain block, the blahs, no mojo…whatever you want to call it. It was a horrible dry spell in creativity. I have just not been able to sit and work on anything for any length of time. Hopscotching around on different projects, starting one just to stop four rows in and cut all the yarns. Finally, finally, from a chance remark of a friend I finally hit on something worth my time.

Creativity block

It is flowing and it looks great! I feel that contentment as each row of color is crocheted on. One row right after another with no second guessing or worries. I am thrilled. The truth is that this is the pillow pattern that is going out to all my email subscribers. It has just taken this long to get the right creative flow going. I can’t wait to show it to you and send it to my subscribers. I can’t wait. It is so exciting! I should have it done by tomorrow if all goes according to plan.  The pattern should go out on Wednesday. It is another simple pattern and I know you will love it.

It has been a busy past couple of weeks helping my Mom and just doing the living things that seem to take so much time. Mothering has been strange this week as the birds in our nest seem to be all preparing to leave the nest about the same time. It has kept me up and awake. I think last night’s’  12+ hours of sleep helped immensely. I am feeling much more like myself.

What have you been working on and how are your days going?

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. If you sign up for the pattern it is a free gift to my subscribers. Otherwise I will have it for sale in the shops!

Autumn blanket pattern

I have just finished writing the Autumn blanket pattern. It is now listed for sale on Etsy. It seemed to take ages to write the pattern but I kept finding more little details that I needed to add to the pattern.

Autumn Blanket Pattern

This is the Autumn blanket. The one that reminds me of Oklahoma in the winter. I love the colors in this blanket and the yarn is wonderfully soft.

Autumn Blanket Pattern

The pattern has step by step photo instructions.

Autumn Blanket Pattern

I have included the beautiful scalloped border in the pattern. You need to know several stitches to crochet this blanket; double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet and slip stitch. The  blanket is generously sized with none of the holes that granny square blankets have.  This is afghan makes a  wonderful gift for the special people in your life.

Autumn Blanket Pattern

 

Autumn Blanket Pattern

You can find this pattern on Etsy at ChocolateDogStudio. I will be adding it to craftsy as well.

It has been a busy week. My Mom is recovering nicely from her knee replacement surgery and hopes to get to her home soon.  It has been nice to spend so much time with her, I just wish she felt much better. She is walking all the time and the therapists are extremely happy with her recovery.

Our daughter is back and college and settled in for the final semester. Everyone else is doing well. There is a bit of remodeling going on in the kitchen. It should be finished fairly quickly and isn’t interfering with the cooking, much at all. I will be making Lemon meringue pies for my Father in law this week. We can’t wait to see him.

Talk to you later,

Karen

2015 Happy New Year in Photos

I so meant to publish this 2015 in Photos earlier in the year. The huge rush of shoppers for the rainbow blanket and the ombre blanket really put me off my blogging schedule.

2015 Happy New Year in Photos

So, here we are January 15 and I am just now posting the year in photos for 2015.

It was a busy year if you add in knee replacement surgery, sending our daughter back to college, a junior in high school, summer vacation time, the Affair of the Heart craft show and then ordinary life and homeschooling. I am glad that it is over and I can’t wait to see what life is going to bring in 2016. There are some changes that are going to happen to the business. My Mom is having surgery and I will spend time there. Our daughter will graduate from college and start off on the rest of her life. 2016 is full of excitement and just life. I can’t wait to see how it all works out as it will. I know that life is full of unexpected joys and sorrows. I may get to be a Grandma so life is exciting right now.

The photos are a few of the things that happened. I am sure that you are glad that I limited it to a few.

Talk to you later,

Karen