Monday, December 3, 2012

Busy busy busy!

Hey there! It's been a month since I last post anything here on the blog... I do apologize, I have just been super busy this Holiday Season! Right now I'm up to my eyeballs in half finished Christmas gifts, hoping to get everything done on time! Please forgive me for disappearing for a bit! I will return by the new year (if not sooner) bursting with show-n-tell and a couple new patterns!

🎅 Wishing all my friends a very merry season! 🎄


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Little Taste of Winter


This really is the last view of Fall this year ... it was so gorgeous! 
So hard to think that just a few days later the leaves fell and it snowed!


Well, the worst we got from Hurricane Sandy were a few fallen trees and some very early snow! I think we were pretty lucky for that ... I have never lived in a place where it snowed in October! Being from Florida, this time of year is still pretty sweaty. It is interesting to consider Halloween Costumes based on cold weather - Trick or Treating in the snow? Craziness! I wouldn't have ever thought that would be an issue... I suppose all those years in Florida I went as a "Fairy" I took the heat for granted. I didn't dress up this year ... but we did get Ernie all dolled up in a Little Sheriff onesie ... it was crazy adorable. Especially his awesome cowboy mustache! I loved walking around with him looking a all the other little kiddos. So many superheros, monsters, and pirates. Next year we are thinking Wookie for Ernie ...



Snow in October!?!?! Our neighbors house up the mountain ... 
This is right behind our home ... it was so beautiful to wake up to this in the morning!

 A bit cold for the chipmunks ...


 The wonderful Japanese Maple ... 
Something magical about the first snow of the  year ... I can't believe it's all melted by now. 



Fire in the Snow 

Not sure if we can still really call this time of year "Fall" anymore ...

But definite inspiration for hooky time!!!! 
  

2,000 Views!

Hey All!

I am very excited today because my blog as reached 2,000 views! I have been working hard on my humble little blog since March and have been so happy with its evolution since then. I definitely enjoy it as a place to show-and-tell all my crochet projects ramble about all the other goings on in my life back in the enchanted hollow. I just wanted to thank everyone who visits my blog regularly and most importantly give me feed back! I love hearing from everyone who reads my blog, just as much as I love commenting on other blogs. 

I'll keep puttering away at this, if you keep reading!

Here is a sneak peek at my granny square throw I have been working on ... COLORS!!




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Final Days of Fall and Baby Pumpkin Beanie

Wow, I can't believe how much blogging I have been able to do today! Ernie is FINALLY napping - so I am taking advantage of some much needed "Me" time. Fall was a little bizarre this year. Surprisingly hot. But the leaves were BRILLIANT! I wish that I had taken more photos, but October was a pretty busy month for me and my family - trips + visitors + Ernie getting his first cold and starting to teeth = not much time for leisurely walk and blogs. I was however able to take a stroll down our holler while my Mother-in-Law came for a visit and snap a few photos. She was pushing Ernie for me of course, I am really lucky to have such a great Mother-In-Law - she is really the best! Anyway, below are a few pics of fall colors, plus a little seasonal crochet project. Enjoy!
Last few blossoms of the season ... so lovely.



Maples are my favorite!
Our Japanese Maple is on FIRE!!! Love it!










PUMPKIN BEANIE

This Little Pumpkin Beanie was super super easy to make! I kept searching and searching for a pumpkin beanie and I just didn't care for any of them, so I just sort of guessed at what to do and I really like the way It tuned out! What is also great about this hat pattern is that  it could also be used to make an apple beanie.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Worsted Wieght Yarn in Green and Orange
- Size H or I Hook
- Darning Needle
-Stitch Marker

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Magic Ring
- SC = Single Crochet
- How to work in the round - this means no Slip Stitch and Step up at the end of the round - you just keep going - you know your place because you use a stitch marker after your first round of SC and keep using it until you are done. 

First start with stem and then work in the round.  
Here's what I did.

Stem: Using Green Yarn and size H Hook, 
Make Magic Ring and crochet 6SC in ring.
Continue in the round until you have the length you want. 
(use a stitch marker so you know where your round starts/ends)
Once you have the length desired just increase by one each round. Soooo...
SC 2 in each SC for the first round off the stem =  12 stitches.
Next round, SC in SC, SC2 in SC ... repeat around.
Next round, SC in SC, SC in SC, SC2 in SC ...repeat around.
Next round, SC in SC, SC in SC, SC in SC, SC2 in SC
So on and so forth.
Continue with green until you are ready to switch colors.
When you switch to orange, use size I Hook
keep continuing increasing with the orange until you have the right size to fit your baby or child or maybe yourself? I just kept putting it on my baby's head! ;)
After you have achieved the right width, just keep crocheting 1SC in each SC with no increases until you have the right length. Then slip stitch and tie off  and weave in ends! 

You could easily add ear flaps to this, or a decorative little edging. I made this for my son so I kept it simple. 
I think the leaf makes it even sweeter! 
I know this isn't a true pattern, so please message me or comment if you need help!
 Viola!


First Family Trip


       In early October we tried our first "family" overnight trip with Ernie. . . Ha! This was definitely a learning experience. We left our secure little hollow and went to Hendersonville, North Carolina to stay in my father's cabin on the hill. Actually the same property that "A Hermit's Wish" is based on, though a different "cottage." My father built it when he was 21, out of cinder blocks, plywood and 2x4's - so it's nothing fancy but filled with neat things and love. 

I grew up going there every summer with my parents for vacation. I am so in love with the place. Anyway, Q likes it too, and it's only a 4 hour drive from our home in Kentucky so we thought we would get out of town and enjoy the cabin. It was not easy with Ernie but we did have fun! I learned that babies (and husbands) need to take an afternoon siesta at home before going out and gallivanting in the afternoon...


In the morning there was an art festival in downtown Hendo .... sounds nice right? Well, it was a bit difficult to navigate with a stroller and a million "leafers" who manage to stand right in your way staring off into space at the exact moment you are trying to pass... sigh. The art was OK, the usual kind of stuff. Lots of amature photography. I appreciate people who take good pics, but I really don't care to own a photo of the hood of a Jaguar. HOWEVER, there was a really neat artist there who made lamps. His name is Larry Brown and I would LOVE to own one of his creations! He also makes furniture and other items in the similar style. His craftsmanship is incredible! 

My husband has really been into making beer. I have to admit that it is one hobby of his I can FULLY support. Its not only delicious but we are both learning about what exactly is in all our favorite beers! Bearing that in mind, we have developed an even bigger interest in Breweries. Hendersonville has a newish brewery we had never been to! I called ahead and they were super friendly and said they were kid/baby friendly so we headed over straight away. The brewery is called Southern Appalachian Brewery and we LOVED it! A very neat space with a modest little bar, and delicious brews. My husband and I both liked their IPA the best, but they had about 6 or 7 beers on drought. 


YUM!!
Brewin!
A cute little groundhog lives in the brush just across the street from the brewery. 

My Favorite Beer!
After the brewery (which Ernie slept through the entire time!) it was time to EAT! So we went to our favorite restaurant in town, Haus Heidelberg ... soooooo yummy! It was the best way to end our day! 
Smoked Brauts and Red Cabbage! Delicious!

On the way home in the car Ernie started "teething" which is crazy because he was only 9 weeks old! It was a rough ride with lots of drool and tears. Oh well, he is our special boy. He is now 12 weeks old and still has not cut a tooth ... it's been rough - I'm hoping by the time he is 4 months we will see some pearly whites! 

A Blanket for Baby Trinity

Hey Everyone! 

Some of you may remember me mentioning a certain new niece that joined our family in September ... Her name is Trinity Marie and even though we have not official met, I love her!
I managed to FINALLY finish  her baby blanket a couple weeks ago. 

I went with the the Attic24 Neat Ripple pattern. This is the same pattern I used to make my scarf
I really love this pattern, easy to get in a groove with and there is something super fun about making ripples. 

Since this was a baby blanket, I and I realize most people aren't as color crazy as I am, I went with nice soft colors. White and a sort of sea green. You see, Trinity's parents both LOVE green, so I thought this would please them, since we don't know what Trinity's favorite color is yet :)

Viola!

I was actually worried this blanket would be too small,
I used every scrap of yarn I bought for the project!
(My husband is pretty happy about that!)
But, after seening it completed I think it turned out to be a nice size. 
Hypnotic Ripples ........

I wanted to blow up the photo of the edging because that was the one thing I had some trouble with and I thought this photo may help others attempting to edge their ripples.
I was lucky to find some guidance on one of the loveliest crochet blogs around, Bunny Mummy - Her Baby Ripple Blanket is GORGEOUS! I am in love with her colors. I want to make a large blanket like this for my bed ... now to just convince my husband ...
Starting from the corner I did - sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, tc, tc, dc,dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, sc, sc, hdc, hdc .... so on and so forth.
On the non ripply edges I just did a simple hdc and then finished with a sc to tighten it up.
I really wish I had just a little more yarn because I originally wanted to add a little picot edge all the way around for a little "frill." Much like what you see on Bunny Mummy's blog. Alas, no more yarn! 

Overall I am VERY pleased with how this little blanket turned out! 
 

Oh, and how I could forget!

Here is my sweeeeeet sweeet sweet little niece Trinity modeling for me on her blankie!

 Snuggle Bunny
 She looks so sweet on this blanket! It was such a pleasure to make for her! 
I love to make things with certain people in mind ... I couldn't wait to see her wrapped up in it!
Yay!

Ciao! 

Scattered

Wow, it has been entirely too long since I have posted. I have a lot to share and hopefully will be able to get a few posts out over the next few days! :)

I was born a scatterbrained unorganized mess. This has made taking on a new role as "household manager" rather tough. I have been trying desperately to keep to a schedule, make a plan, write a list, complete a task, but I always seem to end up with a cluttered dining room table, a couch full of laundry, coffee trails through the house, a bedroom full of clothes that don't fit - I can't put away - but also can't seem to part with (ladies, you should understand this to a certain extent). And that is just to name a few! I remember back to one day in high school when my room was it's usual disaster. I was friends with a pack of boys who came by to pick me up for a movie or maybe it was for a bonfire? Anyway, they were disgusted. One friend (the most orderly) picked up a grubby sock from the floor and dubbed me "one of the guys." Sigh, I know that being messy is by no means exclusive to being a male but I also know there is a lot more pressure on women to be organized and ... well ... clean.  My problem resides in the clutter ... I am a pack rat. I am at my happiest when I am on the couch surrounded by crochet hooks, yarn, books, Ipad, phone, cats, coffee mug, and now or course a baby. Only when you have a baby clutter become a real problem. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am attempting to change my ways and stop with the clutter ... but how?

My husband is always full of quaint sayings, and one in particular has been ringing in circles in my brain,
"A Stitch in Time Saves Nine" 
aaaah too true! This has become my mantra of sorts. Pushing me through my days and trying to keep from creating more work for myself by leaving a trail of clutter everywhere I go ... Trying to turn a new leaf ... trying trying trying! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Easy Apple Turnover Recipe

       For many people Fall is the season of the Pumpkin, but in my household we prefer Apples. I have been craving apple turnovers lately, so I decided to whip some up ... this is a very quick and easy recipe, with just a few ingredients most people have in their cabinets.

 What You'll Need:
-  4 Gala Apples (Granny Smith works too)
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 pkg frozen Puff Pastry thawed
- Flower for dusting





PREHEAT OVEN TO  400 Degrees


First Peel, Core, and Chop Apples. 
Place applies in a bowl of water with the Lemon Juice to keep from browning.


Next in either a large pot or a large skillet (skillet is prefferable, I just don't have one big enough so I use a pot) melt the butter over a medium heat. Remove apples from water and add to the hot buttery pot/skillet. 
Stir together for about 3 minutes, coating the apples in the butter.

                    

Then add Cinnamon and Brown Sugar, stir well for 5 minutes.  


 Once sugar is nicely melted and apples are well coated, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water to the mix to thicken. Add more corn starch if needed. 
Remove from heat to allow to cool a bit. 


Meanwhile the puff pastry sheets should be thawed.
Unwrap and spread your first pastry sheet onto flower dusted cutting surface. 


 Then cut into 4 smaller squares. I use a pizza cutter.


Add a scoop of apple mixture to the center of  each square.


Yuuummmmmmmmmmmm... 


Fold the pastry dough into triangles, it should be stretchy but you may need to repair tears. 
I like to use a fork to smoosh edges together.

Coat cookie sheet with non stick baking spray or very light butter. 

Then, using a spatula, carefully place turnovers onto the sheet.

You should have 8 total. 

Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.


 When done remove from oven and allow to cool completely ... 


They smell soooo apple-cinnamonie good!

 VIOLA! 

Optional Icing:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Mix together ... add more milk if needed and drizzle over pastry - a delicious extra treat!
*Be sure the pastry is completely cool before adding icing or you have a huge melty mess! 





I hope you all enjoy this recipe ... they are very quick and easy to throw together. I made these in about an hour while the baby slept nearby in his swing. I do cheat by using the store bought pastry sheets, but they still taste delicious! 

Left over apple mixture would go great on a bowl of vanilla ice cream! ;)