A Sparkly Purse

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Made this for a special little girl who loves pink, the only thing she loves more is things that sparkle! (Girl after my own heart) So I combined the two by using some lovely yarn that I found on clearance at Michaels, Loops & Threads Dewdrops in “Tourmaline” and “Diamond”. I used the “…WITH LOVE” – Pillows of love by ND Studio – Nunzia Diglio (who you should totally check out by the way! Some really lovely-looking designs) and just didn’t stuff it basically. Here’s my notes from my Rav project page:

The pattern is entirely charted which I like but it needed a bit more detail as I was guessing a bit here and there about where I was supposed to be. It helped immensely when I realized that it starts with a simple square of single crochet and then you work the treble doubles that shapes the top of the heart and then finish it up by working in the round. Also, in the last two rounds, rather than working two single crochets at the center of the top of the heart, I think it would look better to slip stitch those two stitches, as it’s not as defined as I would like. Overall I love the pattern though, it looks great as a purse and it was fun to crochet.

I decided it actually looks more like a flower petal than a heart, which made me think of one of my favorite poems:

Cherry Blossoms Adrift

Pink petals passing
Scents above so high
Painted porcelain perfection
Blossoms caress the sky

Swaying silent shroud
Suitors strolling by
Pink petals passing
Lover’s gentle sigh

Pastel hues falling
Slow fluttering grace
Pink petals passing
Lining streams in lace

Pink petals passing
Smoothest transit by
Soft essence floating
In most subtle lullaby

Inducing springtime slumber
Upon a satin shore
Sailing with the current
Pink petals pass before

-Mary O. Fumento

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Knitter’s Pride Crochet Hooks

I recently won a giveaway over in the Knitter’s Pride group on Ravelry and received a lovely Dreamz 7 (4.5mm) hook, I LOVE this hook! It’s so smooth and easy to use, I just got it a couple of days ago but I just had to find a project to use it for! :) So my current crochet project is another Elise Shawl, I’ve made one before in a bulky wool yarn and this time I thought I’d go with a worsted weight cotton.

Progress Pic:

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July 4, 2013 · 12:53 am

Easter Cake

I thought I would share the cake I decorated for Easter this year:

Obviously I love chocolate bunnies! :)

Obviously I love chocolate bunnies! :)

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Google Maps Street View

Now, I’ve known for a while about Google Map’s “Street View” feature (it normally doesn’t work for the places I map) but today I discovered it goes a bit farther than just being able to see your local Wal-Mart from the comfort of your living room (if for some odd reason you would want to….); you can also see far away places such as the Everest Base Camp or the Swiss Alps.

(quoted from the Google Map Street View home page)

Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses – and now even hike the Grand Canyon! Browse the gallery to see collections from around the world

Google Maps Street View Home

Today I spent the afternoon touring the Palace of Versailles; and as much as I would love to actually be there this might almost have been better (certainly easier on the budget!) because I could get right up next to the paintings, I could climb over the velvet ropes to see the detail on the beautiful screen in one corner of a room, I could get so close to the lovely ceilings that in real life my head would have brushed the chandelier! It was wonderful and breathtaking to be able to do all that right here at my computer desk; and Versailles is just the tip of the iceberg! You can tour everything from the White House to the Amazon, the Ocean (seriously!) to NASA, the Colosseum to Peterhof Palace. There are a few miniscule complaints like having to be patient while it loads and if you click your mouse to much on the picture it might get blurry…. but it usually straightens out pretty quickly so all in all a great experience! Great job Google! :) Can’t wait to see what I’ll be exploring next.

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Shelby Cookie Bar Recipe

Preheat oven to 350F.

Crust

1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
½ c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Mix flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla until crumbly. Add eggs and stir until soft dough forms.
Press into a well-greased 13×9 pan.
Bake 15 min.
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Topping

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ c. mini marshmallows
1 ½ c. shredded coconut
1 c. milk chocolate chips

Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Add marshmallows, coconut, and chocolate chips.
Spread evenly on crust when it comes out of the oven.
Bake 10 to 15 min. or until top is lightly browned and set.

Top with 1 c. milk chocolate chips and dig right in! (Or, if you have a will of iron, let it cool and cut into small bars) :)

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