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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We want to wish all our friends that celebrate it a Merry Christmas and to all those that don’t we wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Here is our card for this year.

2017 Christmas Card – Front

2017 Christmas Card – Back

We got to open our exchange pressies today and will show you all about them later this week. A very big thank you to Rosy and Lady Shasta for them.

It’s always so much fun participating in the Blogville Card Exchange and Gift Exchange. We hope everyone is enjoying a fun time with family and all those they love.


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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a clutch purse I made. One of the other reasons I haven’t blogged much this summer was because I had a family wedding to attend and along with being away for that I also did a bit of sewing for wedding gifts and made this clutch to go with the dress I wore.

I found this pattern in the April 2015 issue of Crochet World magazine called Rendezvous Clutch. It worked up to the perfect size to hold my phone and a few essentials. I wasn’t sure at first if I would add the flower details but decided that it was too plain without them. It also helps to weigh down the flap so it stays closed.

The original pattern called for a zipper across the top but it didn’t call for a lining. With the way the crochet fabric had fairly large holes in it I decided to add a lining so nothing would fall through and you couldn’t see what was in the clutch. Speaking of the crochet fabric, it is made with a special stitch called “Crossed Double Crochet” that is well described in the instructions. At first it was a bit awkward to do but it got easier once you got used to it.

To make the bag perfect I added a couple of pockets, one with a zipper, to the lining. The pattern was very easy to follow and the bag worked up to the same size as the pattern description.

I used about 1 1/2 skeins of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. Usually I don’t enjoy working with cotton yarn because it seems kind of sticky but this time I used a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook and the yarn slid easily around my hook.

Picture from Crochet World Magizine
April 2015

I’m real happy with the way my bag turned out and hope I have some other occasion to use it sometime.HOHD-Badge

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a sunhat I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. We all know that as our parents age it becomes more difficult to find things to gift them at holidays and birthdays. When the Summer 2017 issue of Crochet! magazine arrived I glanced through it as usual and when I saw the pattern for the Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat by Kathy Lashley I just knew I had to make it for my mom.

My mom loves to wear hats, especially in the summer, so since Mother’s Day was a few weeks away I set out to find the yarn. When I do a pattern for the first time, that you must do to the same size as it’s intended (unlike an afghan for instance), I like to use the same yarn that is called for in the pattern. The yarn used for this pattern is Omega Sinfonia DK-weight yarn. Fortunately I found a local source and went to acquire the yarn. The pattern calls for the colors Navy, White and Blue Orchid. The store didn’t have any of the Blue Orchid but the Light Teal was a great substitute since it was the same value color as the Blue Orchid.

No hat is complete without a proper hat box. Since this hat pattern uses millinery wire to keep the brim from flopping I wanted to give it to my mom in a box that could be used for storing it properly. I looked all around (Michael’s, JoAnn’s, etc.) and couldn’t find anything wide enough for the wired brim. A quick perusal in our basement found a box that stored a vacuum hose for Charlie’s wood shop that was the perfect size for the hat. He was very gracious in giving up the box for the hat but I couldn’t have my mom’s hat sitting in a “tool” box.

This is one of those boxes that comes apart and opens to a flat piece of cardboard. I rummaged in my wrapping paper supply and found this great floral and two solid colors that all went together (even if they weren’t bought as a set). With a bit of spray adhesive, scissors, and tape I had a proper hat box. The only thing left to finish off the gift was a flower.

I couldn’t find one pattern that fit the bill so I took three patterns and combined them to make the above flower. The main pattern is called Blossom Posy and I did the whole pattern using the white for the center and the light teal for the petals. I wanted to make the flower a little bigger and so I used a modified version (by not doing the “extended single crochet”) of the final round of the Cheerful Crochet Flower pattern to add the white around the outside. The last thing I added was a covered button to fill in the middle of the flower with the navy colored yarn. The reason I wanted to fill in the middle was because I added a pin to the back and I didn’t want that to show through the hole in the center of the flower. With the pin back the flower can be worn as a lapel pin if desired.

I love the way the hat and flower came out. My mom was very surprised and happy with the hat and has worn it many times already. We have an outdoor wedding to go to this summer and she said the hat matches her dress.

The hat pattern was very easy to follow. I had never worked with this yarn before and found it a bit sticky to use. It is a nice 100% cotton but as you pull it out of the skein it kind of sticks to itself and can sometimes get tangled. This wasn’t too much of a problem that I would use this yarn again if I found the right pattern for it. When I went looking for the millinery wire I did a search on Etsy and found Kathy Lashley’s shop by accident. I didn’t even realize at first that the Etsy shop where I purchased the wire and joiner was owned by the woman who wrote the pattern.


I receive no benefit from any of the links in this post but have provided them for informational purposes to my readers. The pictures of the hat were taken with a form under the crown. It doesn’t stay up on its own.

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Today we are joining our Blogville friends to remember Dory the Flower Friday Queen.

We don’t have much in bloom right now but one of the things we do have blooming is our cherry trees.

Cherry tree blossoms

Dory was as perfect and sweet as the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.

Honey bee on Cherry tree

We know her three brothers are missing her and trying to figure out life without her. Blogville misses Dory and her beautiful smile too. We are sending hugs to Dory’s pawrents and hope they are feeling the love from all of us today and every day.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Walter - fall colors backyard

We are finally seeing some great color changes in our yard. The above picture was taken a couple of days ago and the big tree in the middle, a katsura tree, is now all yellow. Today I’m going to show you just the colors on our Japanese maple trees. We have a wide variety of them throughout the yard and boy are they putting on quite a show.

Japanese maple - south side of yard

Check out the beautiful yellow and orange on the Japanese maple on the right above.

Japanese maple - south side of yard 2

Now lets look at a different view of that same tree. You can see much more orange to red color on this side.

Japanese maple yellow barberry

Here is one of the lacy varieties of Japanese maple next to our yellow barberry.

Japanese maple - feather like leaves

This is a close up of that maple tree. Don’t the leaves kind of remind you of feathers? My mom said it reminds her of a feather boa, whatever that is.

Japanese maple - leaves

Here is a close up of some pretty leaves against the grey bark of the tree.

Japanese maple - leaves - back gate

One more close up of the leaves on another tree. These leaves are like a big fan and have such pretty colors ranging from yellow to dark orange.

Red Maple - Japanese maples - south east corner of house

Last but not least just look at the trees in this picture. The red tree on the far right and the one in the center are both Japanese maples. The lighter yellow/orange one in the background on the left is a Red Maple (not a Japanese type).

In case you were wondering what that darkish brown is on the corner of our house it is caulk that our dad put in some holes that a crazy wood pecker has been hammering into our house. It is one of the downfalls of having a cedar sided house. As you know we love the birdies around here but we didn’t want one making a home inside our house!

I hope you enjoyed this walk around our yard. Next week I’ll show you some of the other trees and shrubs that are giving us a nice show of color. Happy Fall everyone!

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We are playing catch up this week as we took the past couple of weeks off to be in the Pawlympics.

We showed you many of our daylilies already so here are the rest of them.

Daylily - Yellow 2

Daylily - rose colored - with beetle

Daylily - Large Pale Yellow

Daylily - Large Yellow with rust center

Daylily - Large Yellow

It seems that many of the flowers in bloom are yellow. Maybe it is just the color of the hot time of year.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Yellow Crocosmia

Yellow Crocosmia

We do have some flowers of other colors in bloom now too.

Red Crocosmia

Red Crocosmia

The final flower in the perennial garden in bloom now is the Joe Pye weed. It is so tall that it almost falls over from the weight of the flowers.

joe pye weed

The rugosa rose is on its second bloom and the bumble bees and other bugs are enjoying the pollen.

rugosa rose with bumble bee

The last flowers are on another hydrangea.


We hope you enjoyed this trip around our yard.

Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. The other day I was out in the yard while mom took pictures of our flowers.

Is that the chipmunk I see?

Is that the chipmunk I see?

I was keeping my eye on all the rodents in the yard in case my mom needing protecting from those pesky chipmunks. Let’s take a look at what is blooming in our yard right now.



Yet another variety of Campanula

Yet another variety of Campanula



Monarda aka Bee Balm

Monarda aka Bee Balm

A yellow Red Hot Poker

A yellow Red Hot Poker

Our hummingbirds are happy to have those last two around. They are favorites of the bees too.

Hey mom are you done yet?

Hey mom are you done yet?

We still have a few more flowers to show you. Our daylilies are in bloom now so here are a few of them. Not all had started blooming when we took these pictures so we will show you more at a later date.

Daylily - Red Yellow center - perennial garden

Daylily - Pink Yellow center - perennial garden

Daylily - Red Yellow center Large - patio

Daylily - Pink two tone

Daylily - Pink - Front yard

This is our mom's favorite.

This is our mom’s favorite.

These are actually a very small flower compared to most daylilies.

These are actually a very small flower compared to most daylilies

We hope you enjoyed this trip around our yard. Check back next week for more flowers.

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