I've been busy nesting. September always does that to me. I've been working on some pillows for the bedroom. I recently bought new sheets, pillowcases and curtains and I really like the way the brown works with the comforter that Patrick bought as a surprise for me last year.
I also crocheted a little "necklace" for a vase I have. I used 28-gauge wire and some metal and glass seed beads. I found this great tutorial at the Purl Bee. Isn't she just amazing? I just love doing french knots since I finally can, thanks to this video. I love the way the pillows look. There's a whole flickr group dedicated to them. I will probably switch fabrics because I'm not sure I want this gold on the bed but I couldn't wait to try it out. It's good that I practiced because some of my knots are sort of out of control. I'll get some brown fabric and then use this same color combination. It really works with the comforter.
I also made some dishcloths for my friend Mary. I crocheted them in simple double and half-double stitches. I really love the natural colors. I used sugar n cream cotton yarn. So soft. I've been making dishcloths for myself out of some yarn that actually says it's dishcloth yarn. I got it three or so years ago in a huge bag of yarn I bought (for a dollar!) at a church sale so I'm trying to use it up. But the sugar n cream is so much softer and I think it washes up better, too. The other yarn tends to fade.
If you get a chance, check out my son Nick's new website and business. I'm so proud of him. The pic on his site is of him in his dad's workshop. You can tell that it just suits him.
He's also been working really hard with his band. They've made demo cds and they sound so great. They're doing everything themselves from mixing the cds to creating the labels and everything. They've been playing downtown Roanoke and making some money. They've even had a few paid requests to serenade couples at outdoor restaurants.
My younger son Mike turned 16 on Monday. I can hardly believe that my BABY is 16! I took pictures but they turned out dark because it was pretty late by the time we showed him the cake. The camera caught it just as the candles went out. You can still see him puckering up, though, blowing them out. lol
I think that's about it for now. I bought fabric yesterday to make curtains for the kitchen. I bought some new rugs and a tablecloth, too. I got a small candle to match and then Patrick came home with a really awesome sprig of pip berries with little gold "thingies" on it. It was as if he had been with me to see the colors I was choosing because it was the perfect final touch for the table. So, hopefully I'll be sewing up curtains this week and I'll take pictures when they're up.
Have a great week everyone. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. They mean so much to me. xoxoxoxoxoxo