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The Rose Bag


Rose Bag

The Rose Bag crochet pattern is now available for sale ($3.50) as a pdf download by email. I’ll put in on Ravelry later this week. This bag is a perfect small purse, Bible bag, or netbook case. Construction is one-piece for durability and features my unique corners that help the unlined bag hold its shape. Center rose is an applique and smaller rosebuds are an easy embroidery technique.

I also offer completed Rose Bags for sale in your choice of colors for $10 plus $2 shipping US. Have to research shipping outside US for international orders. Don’t forget to specify both bag and rose colors.

Today’s recipe: “Ocky’s”

“Ocky” is a family word for enchiladas. When the kids were younger the older ones told the young ones these were “Ocky” so the little ones wouldn’t eat them and there’d be more for the big kids. It didn’t work. One of the little ones tasted them anyway and said “These aren’t ocky, They’re GOOD!”

1 pound hamburger, browned (can also use chicken pieces)

1/2 white onion, diced

1 can refried beans

10 flour tortillas

8 oz package finely shredded mild cheddar

8 oz can tomato sauce

small can enchilada sauce or red sauce

Spray (or line with foil) a 13×9 pan. In each tortilla, place a spoonful of meat mixture, beans, and cheese. Roll up tortilla, and place side by side in pan. Pour sauces over top. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese melts.


Hats,Gloves and Pinterest


Trying to tidy up my work area a little. So I’ll be uploading LOTS of pictures this week! Also, am finally starting to figure out how to use my Pinterest boards. Pinterest is a really cool way to share pictures. I’ve found craft ideas, recipes and organizing tips along with a few funnies and decorating ideas that make me drool!

Finished my Angry Red Bird hat this morning.

Red Angry Bird Hat

I’ve also made some knit stocking caps. I’ve noticed how hard it is to find quality handmade gifts for guys so three of these hats were made with guys in mind.

Cactus Rib Hat

Ocean Wave Hat

Hothead Hat

Told hubby he should wear the orange hat when we’re driving in traffic to warn other drivers he’s a hothead (stitches look like flames). He didn’t think that was funny. Maybe because we were driving in traffic at the time…

I just love lacy knit patterns. So I made the snowflake hat with matching fingerless gloves.

Snowflake Hat

Snowflake Gloves

So what do you think of fingerless gloves? Maybe its because I was raised up north where you need nice warm mittens for below-zero wind chills, but at first I didn’t get the appeal of fingerless gloves. But they can be really cute, like my black lace crocheted ones with the flared cuff.

Black Lace Gloves

It’s hard to see in the picture but these have ribs of front post doubles to add texture.

Making pineapple upside-down cake for Valentine’s Day.

1 can pineapple slices

maraschino cherries

1/2 c or so of brown sugar

cake mix (yellow or pineapple)

ingredients required by cake mix

In a 13×9 pan, lay out pineapple slices

place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring

sprinkle brown sugar over pineapple slices

mix cake as instructed on the box. Pour batter over fruit and bake as directed.

More crocheted purses


Finally feel like we made it through the Plague. Tim and I have been sharing the Cold from Hell all week! Kept Nyquil in business for a few more months, anyway!So now I have to play catch-up with everything–crafting, blogging, cooking, the House. . .in that order, of course! #1 grandson requested a hat of his fave Pokemon character. The basic hat is done, just need to add features. I’ve also designed a few 2-needle knit stocking caps, and still going strong on purses. I did the Rose Bag in black with red roses. Then I did a diamond design and a heart design (Hearts, flowers, and diamonds for Valentine’s day!) Both patterns and finished bags will be for sale–email me for info! Also trying my hand at fingerless gloves.

Heart Purse

Heart Purse


Diamond Purse

Diamond Purse

Yay! hubby got me an early Valentime’s present–a new digital camera! So hopefully I can start posting better pictures since I’m not limited to the webcam!

Later this week, I’ll post pix of the 2-needle knit hats as well as some of my beadwork.


What types of patterns would y’all like to find here? Let me know!

Recipe: Simple fruit salad

1 banana, sliced

1 can pineapple chunks

1 can mandarin oranges

1/2 bag miniature marshmallows

Mix together, chill, and enjoy!

Crochet flowers


Today’s post will be short & sweet.  I’m fighting a cold and don’t even feel like crocheting!


This vintage pattern for crocheted flowers uses fine thread.

vintage thread flowers

Crochet flowers




Today’s recipe is for the ultimate comfort food: the chocolate chip cookie ( a slightly tweaked version of the recipe-on-the-bag, thuis cookie is slightly lower in fat and softer:

Judy’s double chip cookies

3 sticks margarine

2 cups brown sugar, packed

1 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 bag butterscotch chips (or peanut butter or milk chocolate)

1 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 1/2 c flour

Cream sugars and margarine together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in chips, soda and salt. Stir in flour. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until edges are golden brown.

Sneak Preview: Rose Bag


I’m currently working on writing up the pattern for my Rose Bag. It’s the right size for a small purse, or you can use it to carry your Bible or Netbook. It’s made all in one piece for extra sturdiness ( and easy finishing!), with my unique shape-holding corners.

Rose Purse

Features include a dimensional appliqued rose and two delicate embroidered (with a Very Easy technique) rosebuds. Both the pattern and finished bags in your choice of colors will be available for sale here and the pattern will also be for sale on Ravelry.

Today’s recipe: Amish Potato Salad

4 potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks, boiled

½ white onion, diced

2 boiled eggs

1 T mustard

Miracle Whip to desired consistency ( about ½ cup, depending on size of potatoes)

salt to taste

That’s all for today!

Free Pattern link: Valentine Slippers


It’s been cold here for the past few days. Mid-twenties! For this we could’ve stayed in Indiana! Most of the time, the winter months are the best time to be here. Most of our close neighbors are snowbirds, so our neighborhood is pretty quiet from April to October.

I’ve been working on my friend Alicia’s sweater. Hope I can  post a photo when it’s finished. Also did a Facebook page for NameBlessings, but it needs some tweaking. Also added a NameBlessings page for here. Order yours while they’re still free!

One thing I really miss about the nursing home is the crochet pals I had there. Every day, Martha, Nancy and I would sit together in the atrium and crochet. Our table was known as the “knitting table”(most staff members admired our “knitting” no matter how many times we called it crochet! ) Martha is a newbie and perpetually surprised by the variety of things you can crochet. Nancy is an expert crocheter, and we loved sharing knowledge and encouragement with one another. I’m looking forward to making new friends through this blog and the online communities I’ve joined!


Free Pattern of the Day:

Anticipating the next holiday​ Today’s free pattern has a cute Valentine theme.

Valentine Slippers

The pattern for these cute slippers can be found at


Some people worry about crocheted or knitted slippers being too slippery and leading to falls. You can use dimensional fabric paint on the soles to create a non-skid alternative. Just squiggle the paint on in any pattern you like.


Have you seen the chairside yarn buckets? They hold 6 large skeins and keep yarn clean and tangle free. But I’d rather spend the 20 on yarn! Especially when an empty Tidy Cat bucket with 6 ¼ inch holes in the lid does the same job for free! (And gives hubby a chance to “help” with the crafting!

Tim just LOVES to play with his cordless drill!)

Here’s another quick and easy recipe: cheese vegetable soup.


2 slices white onion, diced

2 TBS margarine

1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (I use the kind WITHOUT lima beans!)


milk (2-3 cups)

¼ c flour

2′ chunk of Velveeta, diced


saute onion in margarine until transparent. Add vegetables; cover with water. Cook until vegetables are done. Add milk, flour, and cheese. Season to taste. (Freezes well).


That’s all for this time. Keep coming back for more great free patterns!





Hi everybody!


I’m starting this blog to share my creative interests with others.  I design many of my own patterns for crochet and beadwork. One of my 2012 resolutions is to build up an inventory of handcrafted goodies to be better prepared for local craft shows. This week I’ve been making star hats in different colors, especially Caribbean. This is one of my favorite patterns, because it’s quick and easy. But even an experienced crocheter finds it difficult to figure out the pattern just by looking at it! (Hint: those are NOT front post doubles). Pattern includes 7 variations. To order the pattern ($3.50) click the Paypal link below. You will receive the pdf by email within 48 hours (usually within 2).

Caribbean Star Hat

Caribbean Star

I spent most of 2011 in a nursing home, and am glad to be home.  (Have you ever tried to describe a #8 steel crochet hook to a husband? I described it, told him EXACTLY where to find it and got a blank stare and a mumbled “uh, it’s not there.” When I got home, it was right where I said it was!)

I also like cooking–especially simple, inexpensive foods like soup sandwiches.  Here’s the recipe:

8 slices bread

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 soup can of milk

leftover chicken, ham, or turkey

8 slices Velveeta cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with foil. lay out the bread slices. Mix soup with milk and spoon it over bread. Top with meat, then cheese. Bake until cheese melts.

A few years ago I designed an Excel app that turned childrens’ names into cute wall posters listing some of God’s promises with the letters of the name. Now that I have a computer that makes pdf files, I can email these without losing formatting.  I’m planning to offer them for $3 once I work out the logistics (quantity discounts will be available for multiple orders.) But for a limited time, you can request a free one, so I can work out the logistics. Email your request to judy33873 at Please let me know if it arrived ok, Comments and suggestions appreciated. I think these would make a great gift for grandchildren, baby showers, or even an outreach tool to introduce others to God’s promises.

Watch this space for more recipes, free craft patterns, and more!