Tuesday, March 18, 2014

National Scapbook Day

Big Picture Classes

National Scrapbooking Day!

National Scrapbooking Day is on May 3rd!  I know that this is an early post, but if you register on Big Picture Classes, they are having a free scrapbooking day on May 3rd in honor of National Scrapbooking Day.  They have 10 well know scrapbookers teaching different techniques, and will be giving away prizes to participants that post their creations on instagram.  They also have kits that are $25 and up that you can purchase for only $10 from Studio Calico once you have registered!  I have 3 in mind for myself!

I haven't been scrapbooking, because my scrapbook room is currently in the state of being remodeled.  I need to get it done by May 3rd!  I also need to update my tablet before then to participate.  LOL!  I'm so excited.

I recently bought some gold Feza yarn with a weight of 4, and I'm attempting to knit a leave pattern on a fingerless pair of mittens.  Thank heavens for Youtube!  I have learned that my purl wasn't correct, and I learned how to do a psso correctly!  I still have to take pics of my latest works and show them to you.  I've been sick (of course), and I'm currently doing swimming pool therapy for my achilles tendon and fibromyalgia.  I love the pool.  It's warmer than bath water!  It helps me so much!  If you know anyone with fibro, please try to be understand about their illnesses as it attacks their immune system, puts them in a fog so that they don't think clearly, and they are in constant pain all the time.  Some are worse off than others, but for each person it's different.  Docs have told me that I'm the worst case that they have ever seen.  Lucky me.  I just know that God only gives us what we can handle, and he has a plan for each of us.

I have a shop on Etsy.com called Cropperhopper's Stuff.  If you would like to peruse my sight and look at some of the handmade crocheted and knitted items, it would make me very happy.  Please give me feedback on the items, prices, and shipping.  Also give me feedback on the pictures themselves.  I'm thinking of closing the shop, but if there is something I can do to make it better to appeal to shoppers, I would prefer to do that instead.  My prices seem to match that of the competition.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day,

Cropperhoppr

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yarn Stash Update!

I just bought a beautiful skein of Pearl by Feza.  It's 100g, and it's called smouldering gold.  It has flecks of gold in it!  It was only $7 at stitchdivastudios.com.  I also bought a size K tunisian hook from them.  I had to get the pink version of course!  $1 goes to Breast Cancer Research!  I also bought the Master Class crochet book, and I'm loving it!  It has all the current techniques for the newest trends in crochet.  It teaches you how to do the techniques, and their is one pattern for each technique.  I also have 2 skeins of yarn coming from Red Heart to make another motorcycle cowl for my DH.  His cowl wore out after 2 years.  He actually requested a new one!  He never wants anything crocheted.  That makes me happy!  :)

I will be showing off a sweater, purse, and shawl that I made at Sit and Stitch tonite at Never Enough Yarn in Sharon, PA.  Everyone wants to see the items that I make, but I usually give them away before they get the chance.  LOL!

Mom is coming home today from having her right knee replaced.  She is doing great!  She's still using a walker, but I think she will be using a cane in no time!

Happy Scrappin & Hookin,

Michelle

p.s.  I don't receive any money or goods for my endorsements.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jane Green House Party Pack Received!!!

I am so excited!  I just received my House Party pack containing author Jane Green's newest novel, her last book, tea, and cookies.  Here is a pic.



My pretty girl Jinxie is checking out the pack too!  I just finished crocheting a sweater and a matching purse.  I will have to post pics of these next time.  I haven't taken any yet.  Mom just received her new right knee, and she is doing well.  I haven't been scrappin lately, but I have continued to stock up on supplies of course.  I'm hoping to have a good turn out for the party.  Everyone will receive Jane Green's last book and an excerpt from her new book.  Plus, I will be giving out the new book "Resisting Temptation" as a door prize!  We will have a discussion about the excerpt from the new book, and if they want they can discuss the prior book as well.

My pharmacy overdosed me with my pain meds, so I've been going thru withdrawls and hell since.  The only thing I have done lately is starting to crochet a new lace shawl.

Gotta go,

Happy Scrappin & Hookin,

Michelle

Saturday, June 15, 2013

FO For Father's Day and Sweater Mishap

I decided to Etch a couple of large mugs for my dad for Father's Day.  I think they came out pretty good.  I have decided that I will take orders for weddings, anniversaries, graduations, Mother's and Father's Days, etc.  I am going to charge $40 for a pair of large mugs, and prices will vary depending on the custom order.  You can see a picture below of the mugs and the card that I made.  You would be surprised of the amount of time that goes into the planning and prep!







If you look real close, you may be able to make out what they say.  One says "Gone Fishing", and it has a pic of a fish at the bottom.  The other mug says "Dad", and it has a pic of skull and crossbones at the bottom.  My dad rides a Harley, so it's perfect for him, and he loves to fish.  The card is a little feminine, but I don't have anything masculine right now.

I recently finished an Irish Lace Sweater featured in Crochet Magazine in the Spring 2012 Issue.  It's the one on the cover.  I decided to use a 4 ply instead of the 2ply recommended since I couldn't find the 2ply in my area. I compensated with a smaller hook.  I put it one and on both sides in the front, there are humps in the fabric.  I have decided that I am going to take out that area and crochet it flat to fix it.  The other area that I'm having difficulty with is in the waist.  The waist isn't quite wide enough.  I need a couple of more inches.  I may add a couple of inches to the bottom since the top, middle, and arms are fine.  Any suggestions???  Pics are below:








Any suggestions would be appreciated.  I am also working on my own entrelac pattern that I believe is new. I am hoping to try to submit it to the magazines and fairs.  After that, I will show it, and post the pattern.  Don't forget to check out Cropperhopper's Stuff at Etsy.com to see some of the new items available.  I will be adding baby and toddler items as I have time to make them.  I always take orders for any type of item.

Happy Hookin & Scrappin,

Cropperhopper

Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Pretty Slippers

I crocheted a pair of slippers, because my feet are cold all of the time.  I'm also getting bored with the afghan, and I need short projects to keep me going.  Here is a pic of the slippers:



I'm also working on another project.  I'll give you a sneak peek here:



I took a couple of pics of 2 of my dogs.  The first one is Sweet Pea, and the silver one is Princess.





Finally, we went shopping yesterday, and I a pic of my yarn haul.  It's not very big this month.  Hopefully I can get more next month.  :)




I think I may have to buy one or two more skeins of the Paton's before I finish the sweater that I've been working on for a year.  I've been buying the yarn as I can afford it, and crocheting it here and there.  Most of the time, I get the yarn 40% off at Jo-Anne's or Michaels.  It's really saving me a lot of money!

I finally cleaned my scrapbook room.  I haven't scrapped 6 months now!  I think I found my mojo.  Now, my room seems to be inviting me to come in and scrap.  Going through my things and organizing them, I got a lot of ideas for future projects. :)

Happy Hookin & Scrappin,

Michelle

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Crochet Along Hosted by Red Heart Yarn and Allfreecrochet.com

As you can see from the title, I entered the contest put on by Allfreecrochet.com and Redheart Yarn.  You have until May 31rst to crochet the Good Morning Sunshine mug cozy and provide a link to your blog along with a pic.  The prize is a huge bag filled with all types of Red Heart yarn valued at over $100!  It's the same bag being given away on the Crochet Crowd's Cruise!  I really hope I win!!!!

Here is a pic of my finished Sunshine cozy:



I'm still working on the entrelac afghan.  I want to enter it in the local fairs if possible when I'm done.  I think this is the best one that I've done yet!  I may have an order for a sweater for a little girl.  I do take any and all orders for crochet.    There is a link for my Etsy store at Cropperhopper's Projects.  I have been very busy crocheting lately.  Unfortunately, the afghan takes forever to crochet.

I finished a tank top for my mother, but I keep forgetting to have her try it on.  If it doesn't fit, I'll give it to my sister as a gift.  :)  It calls for elastic in the back, but I want to wait and see if it needs it.  It doesn't look like it will.  I have a few items on my list to crochet.  I want a nice warm pair of slippers.  My feet are always cold, since I have been on coumidan.  I want to make a few potholders and dishclothes.  Tawashis are always needed, and there is a beautiful cardigan that I have my eye on in the Vogue Crochet summer issue.  I even have an idea of the color and where to purchase the yarn cheap.  I know as soon as I make it, my mother is going to want one.  :) 

I'm thinking of starting a book club where we read a book every 2 or 3 weeks and crochet patterns to go along with the books.  Is anyone interested?  Let me know.

Happy Hooking & Scrappin,

Michelle

Monday, April 15, 2013

New Pattern Coming Soon!

New Pattern Coming Soon


I have been working on a new afghan pattern using a Tunisian crochet hook.  It started out as entrlac crochet, but it has evolved into a new pattern atogether.  I am also working on finishing a tank top pattern using Lion Brand cotton.  I did miss the knitter's fantasy due to my husband receiving surgery the day before.  I definitely plan on attending next year.  I want to enter my new Afghan pattern in some crochet magazine submissions prior to releasing pics and the pattern.  I just won a free subscription to Crochet magazine.  What projects are you currently working on?  

I haven't been scrapping at all the past few months, but I plan to go to scrap at my local Pat Cataan's this Saturday.

Happy Scrappin & Hook in,

Cropperhopper

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

FO!

I finally finished the dog sweater that I was knitting.  I knitted it in Pittsburgh Steelers colors, and it took 2 months!  I tried it on, and my poor dog just looked at me, because it was 2 sizes too big.  LOL!  I tore it apart, and I re-knitted the sweater, and it fits perfectly.  I had to add some to the length, and I think some around the belly, but it looks much better than the one that he couldn't wear.  I will take a pic of him, and post it later.  I just finished it today.

I haven't had a chance to start scrapbooking yet, due to illness.  However, I went to Jo-Annes and got a bunch of Christmas papers and embellies for my Christmas pics.  I can't wait to use them along with my bind-it-all to make my own albums.j

I also bought some sock yarn for a scarf that will be a birthday present.  I will post a pic when I'm done.  I made one for my sister, and my Aunt requested one in the same colors for her birthday.  DH is crazy, and he just went for a motorcycle ride!

Happy Scrappin & Hookin,

Michelle

Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


I received many wonderful gifts this year from family and friends.  I love the new Bind-it-All that I received, and I will be making many new scrapbooking albums in the near future.  I will be getting my Christmas pics developed, and go to town!  

I was very lucky this year, and I feel that I have been given a gift.  I had blot clots in my lungs, and I very nearly died.  I explained away all the symptoms that I had, and I simply passed out.  My husband saved my life by calling 911.  When they told me that I might die, I thought that the doctor was nuts!  I wasn't going anywhere, and here I am!

I dearly miss my Aunt that passed away from cancer this year.

However, this year I hope will be brighter and merrier.  I plan to post at least 3 to 4 times a month.  I have been busy working on video ideas for crocheting, knitting, and scrapbooking.  I hope to post a video at least once a month.  I may even do some for companies to make money.  More on that later.

My doctor says that I have to lose weight, or I will die.  I am going to walk on my treadmill daily, and hopefully get some swimming in.  For those of you who may have fibromyalgia, you know that water exercise is best, and they have a hot tub too!  Yummy!

I hope those of you that read my posts will continue to do so.  I have much more in store for 2013!

Happy Scrappin & Hookin,

Michelle