I recently took a class at Jo-Ann to learn how to crochet.  I wanted to learn because I've been seeing so many cute amigurumi creatures like these from Cutiful Creations that I gave my sister at her baby shower.

I heard about a website called Ravelry which is apparently a must-use site if you are either a crocheter or a knitter.  I signed up for an account, and it is a really great site.  Lots of free patterns and photos of completed projects.  The only problem is that now I have dozens of adorable things I want to make.  I had absolutely no idea how much you can do with crocheting.  Guess I better get to practicing more!

Here are just a few of the fabulous things I found:

I love these haxagonal shapes.

Who knew potholders and coasters could be so cute?

Pretty colors, and fun designs.

Lots of cute things for little boys.

And even one for big boys.

I don't know where to start first!

Embellished Shirt

When I was in Park City a few months ago for my grandma's birthday I found some shirts on clearance at the Old Navy outlet store for $2 each. My cousins and I bought a few to embellish under my mom's tutelage. We had another family get-together last weekend and worked on them some more. I finally got my first one finished up and here she is!

We bought two shirts of each color so we could use one to cut up for the flowery shapes. I have blue and purple shirts to do next and I think I will try different shapes just for fun. Hopefully they turn out as well as this one.

August Book List

So I was quite the slacker when it came to getting book read in August.  I only got four books read all month!

Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow - 323 pages
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong - 309 pages
Labyrinth by Kat Richardson - 350 pages
Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost - 361 pages

TOTAL - 4 books - 1,343 pages

Projects Off My Checklist

I finally got around to finishing several of the half-finished projects sitting around my house (with Pat's help of course).

I got the picture he gave me for our anniversary put in its frame.  I haven't decided where to hang it yet.  I have one more reading themed print to get in a frame, and I even have the frame already, but it is an odd size and I haven't gotten around to getting a custom mat made for it.

We also finally got an enlargement made of our sunset silhouette photo, framed it and hung it on the wall.  The goldeny-yellow matches my living room perfectly!

A while ago my grandma gave my my grandpa's old sombrero to hang in my Mexican themed kitchen.  We finally got that hung up as well.

I decided to show you this photo to hopefully get some input.  I have a lot of really cute glass vases that are all different shapes left over from my sister's baby shower.  I put them on the shelf you see as you are going down my stairs.  I can't decide if I like them or not - they kinda just blend into the background and you can't see their detail.  They are also pretty short looking on that VERY tall wall. (There is a missing vase in this photo - it is currently performing it's primary duty of holding flowers on my kitchen table.)

Last, but not least, is my jewelry board.  I started the project a while ago and just got it finished up.  I took an old bulletin board that had been gathering dust and spray painted it black.  Then I cut my fabric to size and used spray adhesive to stick it on.  We cut some chain to drape across the board to hang earrings on, and just used push pins for everything else.  I was hoping to have some room to expand, but I filled up the whole thing!

I found these pretty push pins from Vividhome on Etsy that I would have rather used, but they were a bit out of my price range for the amount I would have needed to buy.  I thought about trying to make my own, but I have zero experience and the startup supplies would have been too cost prohibitive anyway.

I have a few bracelets that are too big to attach to my board.  I am trying to decide what to do with them.  Maybe I will put some larger hooks to the sides of the board.  Thoughts?

While I was taking pictures in my bathroom I decided to show you the way I organize all my hair tools.  I wanted a wall mounted holder of some sort to keep them off the counter and out of the way, but the professional hairdresser ones were all quite pricey, and the only other ones I could find were cheap plastic.  Then, I found this magazine rack for cheap on Amazon, and voila!

One last thing to share in the bathroom.  After I bought the fabric for my jewelry board, I found this hex sign on Etsy and had to get it.  (Thanks for the intro to hex signs Mom!)  The yellow is a bit brighter, but it's close enough to work for me.  It is pretty small - about eight inches in diameter - so I need to find a few things to go around it to fill up my wall.

Whew!  I'm exhausted all over again.  There are still plenty of projects waiting for me at my house, but at least I got a few out of the way.