The City of Crochet

Crocheting...an escape from everyday life in Europe as I face the perils of yarn shopping in a foreign country and dealing with all of the crazy looks I get for crocheting & knitting on the public transportation system.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Christmas Table

I must admit.  I have become addicted to Pinterest.  I have found some amazing inspiration and ideas on there.  The most recent helped me put together my table centerpiece for Christmas.

Last year I was gifted a gorgeous Christmas centerpiece to use.  With how big my table is though there was something missing.  Off to Pinterest I went!

I found a cute idea to take wine glasses,  fill with ornaments and top with a votive.  Voila!

I do not like the idea of having votive candles out solo so I switched it up.  I used tea lights in cute red containers I picked up in Europe and instead of ornaments I used glitter balls of varying sizes and jingle bells...this tied in nicely with our Christmas Party called Jingle Balls.

Here is the finished table which brought joy all season long!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

We Tied the Knot!

Well we did it. The day was gorgeous and everything turned out beautifully!  The honeymoon in Mexico was rainy but a nice escape. 

Since getting back it had been a rush to get the house organized room by room.  The craft room is on the list with its plethora of yarn and books which need to be weeded out.  Will give y'all first dibs on the goods.

Okay.  Well figure out how to post pictures from my phone and let you see them!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Countdown is on!

Oh goodness! Life has been absolutely nuts! Wedding preparations are in full swing...only 29 more days! This past year has gone by in the blink of an eye.

I have found time to work on a few stash busters...yarn foods, dish cloths and stroll working every now and then on the french doily and the star afghan.  Hopefully once the wedding is done I will find more motivation!

Honeymoon is planned...we are heading to Mexico and an all inclusive Secrets resort....it will be nice to relax and destress from the wedding chaos.

Beauregard has finally stopped growing at 100 pounds. He is sassy and spunky and has a personality like no other!  We had his hips xrayed for displacia and everything came up good to excellent which is a HUGE relief. We are still considering breeding him...need to figure out the next steps for that process, as well a consider getting a second generation our just taking a stud fee. Not sure my house would survive two huge puppies living in it.

Sorry for bring silent for so long....promise to write more often...and post wedding pictures!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Tis a super sunday for a superbowl!

Watching the game with friends...made a Ravens - 49ers Superbowl Cake. Marble cake, buttercream frosting...yummy!

Crafting does continue...working on a hat along with a few other small projects and if course still working on Steve's stocking....might be done by next Christmas lol


Friday, December 14, 2012

Final class!

Finished with the beginners level if wilton classes...here is my final masterpiece!  Thinking about taking another course, but with a new job and the wedding I do not know where I can find the time!


Sunday, December 02, 2012

November catch up

December already? Missed a few days, but that was mainly due to travel and crazy work schedules once again. Went back to michigan for thanksgiving and had a great time. Made a birthday cake for Steve's brother Sam who just turned 7. Did the wilton pan spiderman and it turned out awesome! 

Sharing as well my Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes and ntt Wilton class #3 cupcakes which had some issues due to the frosting I choose to make.

Crafting you ask? Worked on some snowflakes as well as more poinsetta coasters for my Mom.

Happy crafting everyone!




Monday, November 19, 2012

Wilton Decorting Class # 2

Well here it is!  Had the second Wilton Cake Class this past Wednesday.  We continued to learn new skills and iced a cake.  My design?  A Cupcake Cake!  It turned out super cute and had lots of compliments from everyone at work the next day - yay!



Went today back to JoAnns for a Cookie Blossom course with Steve and Zori who is visiting from Argentina.  Made Christmas Cookies for a Cookie Blossom - circles and gingerbread men which all turned out adorable!  Forgot to take pictures - oops!  Just picture perfect cookes and those were ours! lol

With Thanksgiving, we have an off week, but will be back the week after for our next lesson - cupcake decorating!  Fun!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tis the season!

Slowly starting to get out and organize my christmas decorations. With every box I open I find memories of my grandmothers. This box contained some of my Dept 59 houses...this one bought by my Grandma as a christmas present back in 2002 right before I moved to Belgium. Oh what memories these boxes contain....since I did not decorate last year inside, Steve has no idea what is in store lol

Baked my cake tonight for tomorrows decorating lesson....looking forward to it!

Happy Crafting!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Wilton Cake Class #1

I survived the first class...did fairly will if I say so myself lol  The class is small - only 3 people which is nice. Spent most of the class talking about different methods and tools, but at the end got to practice stars and decorating cookies....fun! I won a carrying caddy for all my tools....will be able to keep evening organized and in one place now!

I have a few pictures to share from week one. Excited for this wednesday as we will be decorating a cake and learning more techniques...will be good to see how much I progress each week through these classes!

Happy crafting!



Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Let them eat cake!

Well if you are going to let them eat cake, it might as well be decorated prettily right? So to make my cakes pretty I have signed up to take the Wilton Cake Decorating class number one at my local Jo Ann's!

The class starts tonight for 2 hours and then also for the next 3 Wednesdays! Super excited about making my cakes pretty! What fun!

Anyone taken these courses or have any advice to impart other than to practice practice practice?

Happy crafting...and decorating! :)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Christmas Lights and Stockings!

Spent the weekend back in Michigan helping my Dad put up Christmas lights. For those who do not know, my father fell off his roof back in April and has slowly been recovering. Knowing that he should not be on ladders and the roof again, we packed up the car and away we went. The dogs had great fun spending the weekend at my parents - lots of spoiling!

I also started work on my next project...a christmas stocking for Steve! Not sure if I will 1. Get it done by Christmas or 2. Ever get it done, but will have fun with it in the mean time!

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two for twins!

Finally finished both baby blankets! Only took 4 months lol One is done using caron simply soft, the other Bernat Baby Coordinates. Both are  granny squares with different color patterns and a simple shell border.

Hopefully they like them! We are going over tomorrow to see them so will try to take pictures then.

Have a great night everyone!





Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Update

I finally have both blankets finished!  Yay!  All that is left to do is weave in the final few ends on the second blanket and then run them through the washing machine to make sure they are all clean and ready to be used by the girls.  Can not wait to give them to them on Wednesday when we go over for dinner.

Had a Halloween Party last night that we went to, which made it a 2 am morning with a 6 am wakeup!  No idea why I woke up so early, but was wide awake and bushy-tailed all day long to the dismay of Steve who had 7 hours of sleep and was struggling all day long!

Off to bed - may everyone have a great crafty week!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to crocheting!

It seems strange to have been away from the crafting world and not keeping up on all the hot "you must make this" patterns.  What are they now?  Anyone made anything recently?

I still have on my list of things to do is cleaning out the yarn stash, crafting accessories and book library.  I know I have lots of knitting magazines where, lets be honest here, I will NEVER find the time nor patience to make any of the plethora of sweaters and socks that they contain.  Will keep you all updated on this one!

I do want to start using up some of my yarn stash that I am not going to get rid of - mainly my cotton - any great dishcloth patterns you have come across recently?  I have done many of the hot patterns in the past - ballband etc and am looking for something new to try!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Road trip crocheting...

On our way back from a week in Florida. Had a great time...did all the parks - Universal's and Disney's.  Been working on the second blanket for the twins...might actually get it done brigitte we get jones later today - yay!

Brought my snow flake materials with as well but so far none made...tis the season though! :)