Friday, February 1, 2013


He Who Plants A Garden Plants Happiness....


OK, Back to GYBP Give Away!! vbg


Wow, what Great Fun I've had in the last couple of weeks with GYBP!!  What a Great Idea
 "Vicki at "2 Bag Full" had to create this Wonderful Party for us All! Thanks Vicki for all the hard work and time you put into this Super Party.  We are all Very Grateful!!

 Also Vicki has "The Pink Scarf Project" going for the next year.  Please give some thought to donating a knitted or crochet scarf to this worthy cause.  Thanks.

  I was thrilled to visit so many Very Beautiful Blogs with so many Very Creative and Talented People.  It has been a "Real Joy" to have so many "New Bloggers" come and visit me..It was also great to have
 "My Special Long Time Blogging Friends" come to visit too.

  I am "Very Appreciative" and "Thankful" for All the Lovely Messages that was left for me to read!! I've never had so many Wonderful Visitor come to My Blog before and I do hope You All will come back again.  Thanks..

Time to announce the "Winner" of My GYBP Give Away!!

To save time and paper, I ask My Sweetie to Pick a number between  1 and 60.  My Sweetie said, 45 so I counted down to the 45th comment and  "Betsy Adams" from "Joyful Reflections" is the Winner!!  Betsy, I hope you will enjoy wearing the Frilly Shades of Purple Scarf .  Thanks you again Betsy for visiting My Blog and leaving your Lovely Comment. Please email me with your address. Thanks

A few months before Christmas I finished some crocheting and knitting projects that I would Love to Share with You All.

First, I found a "Pretty Chunky Wheat Cowl Crochet Pattern with a Infinity Loop" by Jayna Grassel on  the Ravelry site.  It was simple but very pretty IMHO.  I learn a couple of new crochet stitches too. First I learn how to create a "Foundation Chain" where you are doing your chain row along with your first row at the same time.  Pretty neat.

Then I also learned how to do the "Herringbone Half Double Crochet" also another neat crochet stitch.  I made "My Cowl" with 100% Merino Wool which I found to be an absolute Wonderful to work with. The Cowl turn out to be Very Warm and Cozy to wear.  I made this one for myself to get me through our Long Michigan Cold and Blustery Winter. vbg See photos below.

What do you all think of My Fuzzy and Warm Cowl???

Many Month Before Christmas I decided to try and create a simple sweater for My Sweet Grand Daughter Chloe.  I did not get it finish until December 31th 2012.   It seem like I worked on it for endless day and night but I loved the challenge and it gave me such JOY knowing it would bring a Big Smile to Chloe's Face.

Above I wrote My First Official Letter to My Grand Daughter Chloe.  I used some very lovely Japanese Paper My Nursing Friend Jamie sent me from Japan awhile ago. Isn't this Japanese paper is just Gorgeous.?

I Hand Embroidery the "Special Label"  using the "Twilling Stitch".  This Sweater will  become a
 "Family Heirloom" and hopefully many more grand daughters, and great grand daughters will wear it.

I bought the "Birdie Button" at one of My several trips down to the Paducah Quilt Show.  The Birdie Button was a big hit with Chloe. vbg 

This is a up close photo of Chloe's sweater Hand Made With Love from Grandma Judy. What do you all think???

I wrapped the Sweater Up in Pretty paper the same colors as the sweater and added a Big Pink Satin Bow and then sent if off to My Sweet Grand Daughter.

Several Days Later the Pressie arrived.  Chloe is already smiling before she open  the Pressie.  Thank You Jenny for taking all these photos so I could share in all the excitement of Chloe opening her pressie.

Chloe has been taking Dancing Lessons for several years.  So it did not surprise me to see a "Dance Pose" and a Huge Lovely Smile!!  I was so thrilled that it fit and it looks like she will be able to wear it for some time.

Another Very Happy Dance Pose..  After the photo shoot My Sweet Grand Daughter call her Grandma Judy and thank her a million time for her New Sweater.  It was such a JOY to hear her voice and  to hear the excitement she was feeling about her New Sweater.  It made Grandma Judy smile too.  vbg

On this day we got 12 inches of snow.  Prior to this we only received  a wee bit of 1 inch or less.   Old Man Winter came late this year but when he did he left us some Lovely White Magical Snow.  This photo is of Our Back Yard.

Then on the Evening of the 29th it started raining and raining with lots of thunder and lightning.  Now on Jan. 30th all our Magical White Snow is gone.  I reckon our Snow gauge is not going to get much use this year.

So what does a "Girl" do when the weather lends itself to staying inside.  Well she crochets
 "Hearts and Roses!!  Olga from "Lacy Crochet" had this most wonderful "Brunfelsia Inspired Crochet Flowers" tutorial she shared with us all...  It was very "Kind and Thoughtful" of Olga to take the time to do this great Tutorial.

I enjoyed crocheting the Flowers so much they "Multiplied" Very Quickly. I even found a quick free Crochet Heart pattern and I went to town creating them too.  I used all kinds of soft and lovely yarns and of course they had to be in "Shades of Passionate Pink" and cream.

 My Wee Collection did Grow and Grow!

I plan to use some of these Wee Hearts and Roses in an Upcoming Wool Project.  You all will have to come back to see what I am creating next in My Studio!!

I  am so Very Happy and excited to say I have already Met Barb one of the New Visitors to My Blog. Barb it was so Very Wonderful to Meet You.  We met at Barnes and Nobles yesterday during another blustery snowy cold day in Michigan.  Barb from "Babs Just A Bagglin" and I chatted on for sometime.  We both love embroidery and working with wool so we had lots to talk about.  I am looking forward to spending allot more time with My New Friend Barb.

Thank you all again for Visiting My Blog and Leaving All your Very Lovely Kind and Thoughtful Comments.  They All were a Joy to Read!!

Hugs Judy


Annabelle said...

What a pretty girl Chloe is in her fabulous new sweater! Congrats to the lucky winner. x

Jane Galley said...

I think your grandaughter's face says it all! What a great pattern, love the neckline

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy!
What great stitching you've been doing! I love Chloe's beautiful sweater and smile. :) Your cowl is fabulous! I just love a nice fuzzy cowl.
Oh, I love the snowfall. We've only had an inch so far.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Heather said...

Once again Judy, you have put me to shame with all your lovely stitcheries, and now your knitting... you have been a very busy lady! And I might say... just lovely! Your new blog look is very pretty! Hugs.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Cutie... Thank you so very very much for the Giveaway... I love purple --so am thrilled to receive it...

You are so creative... I love Chloe's sweater --and she is a gorgeous little girl... How far do they live from you? None of my grandchildren are near me... Sniff...

Hope you have a good weekend. We finally got some SNOW this morning.. Not nearly as much as you got --but SOME (about 1-2 inches). Yeah!!! BUT--it was 10 degrees when I got up early today...

Thanks again.


Tammy said...

Congrats to Betsy! How fun that you met a new blog friend in person. Your cowl is very pretty and Chloe's new sweater is perfect. Sending warm wishes your way, Tammy

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Hello Judy... and thank you so much for visiting me and my Beatrix Potter post... your blog is beautiful and all of your creations are just gorgeous... your little granddaughter is such a cutie!... xoxo Julie Marie

babs said...

Chloe's sweater is did a great job. So great meeting you yesterday!

Olga said...

Chloe's new sweater is super cute!

I'm glad to know the tutorial was helpful ;-)

shirley said...

You are not only a lovely and talented embroiderer, but a knitter as well. Chloe look gorgeous in that beautiful sweater. i am sure it will keep her warm.
You have certainly been busy with all the great projects you have completed.
Thank you for sharing with us.

shirley said...

By the way Judy, I meant to say I love the look of your blog. It is very pretty.

Maggie said...

Congrats to the lucky winner of your purple scarf! The sweater you made for your granddaughter is beautiful ...and will surely become a family heirloom! I went to the Paducah quilt show years ago--it was wonderful, lots of beautiful historic quilts the year I went.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today, Judy!

DaCraftyLady Debb said...

Hello what a lovely blog. I couldn't believe the difference in your your pink cowl and Chloe's sweater is just perfect she looks very happy to have gotten it. Congrats to the lucky scarf winner...~~Debb

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Judy
Lovely to visit and see all of the amazing knitting projects you have completed recently inc. the Giveaway scarf - gorgeous and that cowl is lovely along with your little flowers.
Thanks for the visit and comment on my new Lacebook.
I enjoyed the party so much thanks to Vicki.
x Suzy

vicki said...

Judy- I hardly know where to start-- you have packed so much loveliness into this one post!!! Can we start with your precious Chloe?? She is adorable and so is the sweater you made for her. Love all the photos-- it's perfect for her!!

Well-- I love each and every one of your beautiful creations-- the scarf- the cowl-- the lovely flowers and hearts!! You have been busy busy busy!!!

Snow-- I hate the stuff! It's pretty- but I hate having to drive in it for work! Stay snug and warm!


Anonymous said...

Hello Judy,
I love the wee small ceramic owl sitting by your lovely hearts. Chloe modelling her sweater is so lovely her blue eyes sparkle.
Wonderful hard craft work, and always a pleasure to wander through your blog Judy.
hugs Lyn

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