Tag Archive | creating

When purging creates 

4th of July 2017 was low-key – intentional.

As my Summer purge continues, I looked inside a bag hanging on a door. There were 2 skeins of yarn I’d bought years ago. I took one out just to practice crochet. I finished that skein having made something less than a placemat. Sigh. 

(Yes, I started to unravel it to make something more practical/usable. Question is will I?)

I moved on to the other larger yarn skein. Keeping in mind I have little to no knowledge about crochet…I’m youtube self taught. 

I didn’t know what I was trying to make but I was hoping for more than a placemat or table runner. The result is my new full length scarf… (I still have to finish the ends). It’s by no means perfect but the color of the yarn turned out to be some of my favorite colors once this started taking shape..go figure. .

Then, I started working on a partial skein of blue…

Until that skein was gone. ..if I could find a matching blue that might end up being a nice scarf as well. 

Finally, there’s a birthday party this weekend daughter is attending and we wanted to give something other than a gift card. 

I went to find Red Heart Sashay yarn last week at Joann’s. Here is the result of that effort (which I mostly completed last night)

It’s for a 13 year old girl that loves purple. The yarn is actually a purple “metallic.”

I never imagined I’d actually get ANY of those original skeins crocheted into something I could possibly use. 

Now that the long weekend is past I’m hoping to get back into the hobby room!


The Castle – A Family Project


Castle Front

Castle Front

I’m writing about a monumental undertaking today.

The photo above is one of 4 pictures of a Castle.

It was assigned as part of a 7th grade Social Studies project.

Keep in mind one thing: I am a Word person. I write. I create

I construct stories, not buildings….

Now, originally when I heard about this assignment (which was given a month long timeline) I did have high hopes for whipping up a whole bunch of chocolate cake and using that for the assembly components (Don’t laugh! I bake from scratch; and the cake and butter cream frosting I make ROCKS!).

However, it didn’t take long to realize that might not be such a brilliant plan!

Then, I juggled the idea of using rice cereal (for easier molding purposes).

Finally, I knew I was over my head and passed this thing onto Dad…and let him work out the details (which he did!).

Incidentally, there were bonus points available; for being able to have the drawbridge open and close. They succeeded.

As for my part? I made the homemade play dough (which was used for Rocks around the base of the Castle walls), the moat and the tops of the walls. I also helped them gather the supplies to put this masterpiece together.

I’m posting photos because it turned out so well (and earned him an A+) and there aren’t a lot of photos of Castles out there to get ideas of.



Side View (R)


Side View (L)

Side View (L)




Rear View

Happy Castle Building!!