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Hello Everyone and thank you for visiting! My name is MO and I live on Vancouver Island, BC Canada. This blog is to share with others my love of nature and homemade life like crochet, gardening, decorating, flowers, art, crafts, photos and perhaps the occasional recipe as well. Please drop by frequently and feel free to share. If you would like to send me an email, my address is murmursdfa@gmail.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

More garden pix

Short drive to the Post Office and just had to take a few pix on the way.

 Overcast again today, but spring gardens are looking very nice.  It's been years since I've had a manicured garden of any sort, they are a lot of work, so I'm happy just to enjoy other people's gardens. :)         Until next time, MO

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A springtime floral walk

Went for a walk the other day, just around the neighborhood up the hill and the color everywhere was fabulous!  May is definitely a month for rhododendrons!  Check it out.


These look like the are literally bursting out of the yard!

 It was an overcast sky at the time of my walk, but the colors looked almost neon at times.

These ones were taken at the local parish...I love the statue in the garden.

This spring has just been spectacular for rhodos, no doubt about it!
Until next time, MO

Paper Flowers

Every time I try a new craft, I do it obsessively for a period of  time.  Some I eventually drop, but there are some like flower making that will be in my creative life for a long time.  I make paper flowers out of all sorts of different types of paper and I also do Quilling (which is rolling strips of paper to make tiny floral arrangements).  Here are a few creations:
 Oops, there are my toes!  Oh well, this will give you perspective on the size of the roses. 

 So this is just a peek at my paper flowers...will show you more soon.
Until next time, MO

Crochet & Yarny Stuff

I must confess that I LUV everything about crochet!  I crochet all year round.  In the winter I get involved in big projects like blankets, with smaller crochet items in-between for a change.  This last winter I did 2 blankets.  I love the granny square...small squares, large squares, solid colors, multi-colored, and so forth.  Here is one I did this winter with the larger squares.  I fussed and mussed about, moving squares around, looking for a pleasing combination. I could have gone on for a long period of time doing this...

 But, after awhile it was "crochet them together already yet!"
 And Ta-Dah, as we say in the crochet world when we've finished a project, here it is! And much larger than I expected after I got the turquoise colored border all around it too!

Very nice to have it done.  When my little grand-niece of 6 visited, she snuggled up on the floor with it to watch TV.  Methinks she left a little love in it after she flew home.
And for her head a crochet covered pillow, of course.
 Done in the ripple stitch.  I think they call this type of pattern Chevron. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo8q5A7VvSY 
  I had done a few other pillows to decorate her bed while she stayed here.  You see, she is 6 years old, but this was the first time we have met face to face.  What a precious little girl!
And I couldn't just let her sleep in an undecorated bed.

 The little owl pillow was a hoot to crochet!  There are several patterns online, but I can't remember where I found this particular one.

Okay, back to blankets.....here is the second one I did this winter....just a plain stripped double crochet pattern.  I still have the ends to sew in, but that will be a labour of love later on. :)
 Okay...this is a pattern from a number of years ago. This is a LARGE blanket that took me a few winters to complete...it turned into 'psycho' blanket...just image the sound track from the shower scene in Hitchcock's thriller "Psycho"!

 Then I found this little potted  plant and loved the color of the pot!

I made the cover for my stool and it turned out ever so comfy, too.  The layered pattern has so many possibilities...endless combination of colors and layers.
 I bought this flowers for the office, but just had to add some hooki-ness to it with some little purple hearts.

These little hearts are so fun and quick to crochet.  Check out how to here: http://cornflowerbluestudio.blogspot.ca/2012/01/how-to-crochet-heart-photo-tutorial.html
 Also had to add some to the bouquet in the bathroom.
 I always have my eye on other projects while I'm working on one...what can I say, I'm a multi-tasker...and I always seem to have a few creative ideas floating around in my brain at all times.  I love this particular blog http://fiberflux.blogspot.ca and have done several of her patterns.
Will share more crochet escapades later, talk to you soon, MO