Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#MandalasForMarinke

#MandalasForMarinke

I'm so saddened over the loss of a very talented and inspirational person in the crochet community. Wink, (Marinke Slump) of a creative being, who has inspired and touched so many people, has lost her fight with depression. She will be missed. (You can read what her sister wrote on her blog here.)

I first "met" wink after she gave me a blog award in the early days of my blog. I can't put into words how important she was in my development as a blogger and a maker. She was one of the first people to encourage me to open an Etsy store, and in a more recent email conversation I had with her she had offered any help she could give me in that endeavor. A large part of why I'm so close to finally opening one with confidence is due to her kind words.

Last night I made the above mandala from her I Love Holland pattern as a contribution to the #MandalasForMarinke crochet project (which you can read about on the Crochet Concupiscence website.) Wink spoke about the therapeutic value of crochet and of the mandala, all of which I thought about as I crocheted this piece up. It truly was therapeutic as I attempted to process my strong reaction to the sad news about someone who I've never met in person, but nonetheless impacted my life.

My heart goes out to her family and friends, and to everyone else who wink has inspired through her beautiful work.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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I was loving the lines the shadows were making the other night.

Have a fantastic day my friends!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Faux Woven Wallhanging

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Hey everyone! I've had this idea in the back of my head for awhile now, and I've finally put it to the test! I've been seeing and loving all the woven wallhangings right now, and I thought that I could do something similar with tapestry crochet. So this is my first attempt!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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(I feel like a proud pepper mama!)

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Happy Tuesday my friends! I hope you all are having a fantastic week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday WIP

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No, I haven't forgotten how to crochet! Here's a little peek of my next project!

What are you guys working on?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man." - Euripides

Happy Tuesday my friends!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Smiles

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I can't stop smiling about my new plant! I've wanted a fiddle leaf fig for a reeeeaaallllyyyy long time, and I finally found one for a price I could afford! How exciting?! (Home Depot has an amazing selection of indoor plants! My fig was $12.98 - amazing.) I've read quite a bit about them, and am nervous because they seem like they are pretty finicky. Hoping I can keep Fred happy! Maybe giving it a name will help. Or maybe it will just make it more sad if he doesn't make it... I also need to DIY him some sort of pot covering, so stay tuned!

Any of you have a fiddle leaf fig? Any tips? Do you name your plants, or is that weird?