Saturday, March 25, 2006

Project Spectrum update

Ok, seeing as I hadn't posted too many pictures for Project Spectrum, I thought I would devote this blog post to it. I think Project Spectrum was such a cool idea. I mean, there is no timeline to finish or anything you really need to do other than be more aware of the colors in our world. What a great idea...hats off to Lolly of Lolly Knitting Around of comming up with it. I'm already thinking about next month's colors. And that is what it is all about...being more aware.
My first picture is of the most beautiful roses I had ever seen that were sent to me for Valentines Day 2005 when my sweetie couldn't be with me that day.

The picture is a little blurry and doesn't do them justice, but I thought they were absolutely gorgeous. I managed to dry them right in my office and they still are hanging there as beautiful as ever.
My second red, is a santa hat.

Actually it's a toilet tissue cover for my bathroom that I made for Christmas. The reason this is so special is that I took at pattern of another kind of toilet tissue cover (I think it was one for the 4th of July) and made it my own. I don't normally if ever do that. Usually I need to have that pattern right in front of me. It was a small project but it gave me a little confidence in designing something on my own. (if you knew me and my NEED for patterns, you would understand this was a real feat for me!)
This next picture is a rag quilt I made out of flannel for my son's gal-pal's 16th birthday last year.

I did it because I really think she is special and I really don't know anyone whose favorite color is red. So I just red-i-fied it...I don't think that is a word. It was very warm and very snuggly and she loved it.
Next is a picture of Adagio Tea.

Now, I am a die-hard coffee drinker. I do like tea once in awhile, but I put cream and sugar in it as my parents did for us when we were growing up. Rarely, if ever, do I drink it without...usually only with a bad head cold. Now everyone had these Adagio Tea buttons on their blogs. It was sorta like the signature drink for people who love yarn...what the heck, I would try it. It's only sold online (see my button for it) and it is by far (when made correctly and not overbrewed) the best tea I have ever ever tasted. I use honey in it and religiously drink a cup everyday now. I am "hooked-lined-and sinkered" on this stuff. No sugar....just honey!!! Smooth and not a bitter drop in it....WOW! The first time I made it, I thought it was so that crazy? So I took a picture of it. (Don't worry...I still love my coffee)

Last is a picture of a quilt that has nothing whatsoever to do with Project Spectrum, but I promised Amy from The Calico Cat (a new blog I read) that I would post this.

My niece, whom I love dearly, married the man of her dreams, last year. I wanted to do something that would blow their minds, so I made this wedding ring quilt. It took me a year, and had some crazy amount of pieces. I did the entire thing by hand, pieced and quilted, and I included some memorable pieces of material in it from things I made from her childhood as well as material symbolizing things that her and her new husband enjoyed. I also included material from an old dress my mom (who lives in heaven now) used to wear quite alot around the house. Needless to say, it was a tremendous project for me. Lots of tears when the family read the letter I put with it. I haven't been quilting as long as I've been crocheting and I'm a self-taught quilter...but, once again, I had a pattern and sometimes that's all I need. I always say, I can reproduce anything....but don't make me think it up myself. I admire so many of you out there who can pick up a skein of yarn and come up with these beautiful projects and patterns all from your head. Now I think THAT is talent!!!!
Well, so much for tonight.....Cops and America's Most Wanted, along with a crochet project or two are on my agenda for the night...sitting next to my sweetie-man of course. Enjoy your evening and don't forget to get your daily dose of humor in THE FUNNY PEPPERS ( viewed in Netscape or FireFox). Hasta manana, mi amigos (didn't know I could speak Spanish, did ya...I can't really) Tootles!


Courtney said...

I love all the colors. I really like the quilts you made FABOULOUS! What great colors. What great pictures. Court

Unknown said...

Awesome quilts, I wish I could quilt. Great Job.

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Anonymous said...

CALs: Sorry I took so long to get back to you, Lucy, I had to go out to the mall today with my daughter and, well, that sort of ate up my whole day.

A crochet-along is a group of people that get together and work on a specific pattern which can be anything from an afghan to a bag. The ones I've joined are over at Crochetville. There's nothing specific you have to do to join beside posting your intention to do so. It's a great way to make some online friends and a fun way to get the darn thing done! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I am strangely attracted to the pink and red quilt... its so... Valentine-y!

Mmmm... tea. I love a nice pot of tea. Blackberry tea with milk. Jasmine tea with honey. Mmmmm. Tea. Which reminds me, I'd like to create a design for a crocheted teapot cozy.....

*Crochet Mom* said...

OMG where to start!?
I LOVE the quilt you made for your son's gal-pal (is that the same as girlfriend? LOL)..It's AMAZING! there instructions ANYWHERE for this? or did you just make it up? LOVE IT!

The quilt you made as a wedding gift..WOW..I wish i had an aunt like you! i would have loved a gift as precious as that!

The tea's..*laughing* i got a whole bunch for Paul for x-mas. My hubby is british (came over to canada from england with his family years ago). So he is a die-hard tea am i now..AND heather (yes, they drink tea that young over there..and she LOVES it..must be a genetic thing LOL).
I love thoes teas! my FAV is the blood orange! yum yum yum!

amazing pics!

The Calico Cat said...

WOW! A double wedding ring (DWR) is at least an advanced pattern! You can do any quilt! Trust me... (I've been at it for a while & haven't ever tried a DWR.) How did you like the "process" of the rag quilt? I've done two & both killed my hand while clipping...

Rachel said...

Love the quilts and all the colors! I am taking my first quilting class right now. :)

Unknown said...

I am dying over those quilts! Love them
And the tea, yes, I love my coffee but love me a good cup o tea too.

Anonymous said...

Great Project Spectrum Pictures! I love the pink and red rag quilt and the roses are just beautiful.

Jennifer said...

ooooo i love that quilt soo pretty!! i hope i can get that good one day:)