Monthly Archives: April 2014

Empty Nest?… And of Course some Crochet! :)


Well I think My door has stopped Revolving. I’ve gone through the years of Moving out, oops, Moving in, back and forth.  My door was spinning.

But… I think it’s safe now… (Praying)

Let the Renovations Begin!!!!!

First the Hall Bathroom! My Husband and I tend to make do with what we have, so basically we enhanced what was there. Now the Task of removing 52 years of paint off a bathroom vanity and cabinet/closet … (I literally lost my patience) What a Nightmare… Days of Paint Stripper, Scraping but finally to the Original Wood.

I decided on a Bombay Mahogany Stain, then Layering Clear Finish. I still have Cabinet doors to do (Only 5 Left out of a Total of 9 Doors and 2 Drawers). But the bathroom is looking Awesome!

Here is the Stripped Closet/Cabinet (Painter’s Tape for me is a must!)


Here is the Stained Finish


Our Bathroom is A lot of White and Shades of Tile Blue, so we picked out Tile to Compliment The dark Mahogany and pull in another shade of Blue…The Counter Top is White, Old and White…But being this House was built 52 Years ago…we were kinda scared to think what we would have torn up to remove the Counter Top …so Tile It!

We have run across so many other quirks trying to replace and repair.  Ha! In just removing the Sink was a “What the heck did they secure this thing with?” (Turned out to be some form of Concrete…yes, Hard Concrete, not caulk, nope …My Hubby had to take a break… Just Breathe… Count to 10… Let’s figure this out…) So Hubby says, “Honey don’t you have some Easter Shopping to do for the Kids?” (In other words, Honey you might want to leave for this. When I returned it was removed, not in one piece.)


So we invested in a Tile Cutter.

Hubby set to cutting out all pieces to fit the top of Sink Counter. (Just adding to what we have)

We found the Tile .99 Cents a sheet at Floor & Decor. The White Sink at Home Depot for $38.00 and The Bronze Finish Faucet and Drain Pop Up Set for $98.00

We still have to install the Tile, but it looks Great!!!!!!!!!!!  Right along with a new Sink! 😉  (We laid the old one to Rest… Don’t ask…) We also decided to Tile the Shelves in the Cabinet/Closet.


It’s all coming along… 

And for the Easter Shopping? Ha! Hubby wanted me to Shop so I did! 


  I put together 2 Huge Baskets, One for my Daughter and Grandson and One for my Son and His Family.

It was a Tradition My Husband’s Mother did for us before she passed. So we are carrying on the Tradition in Her Memory.

One Basket filled with what the Parents and Kids love to snack on per Family. Filled with Bags of Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Pistachio’s, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds and Yogurt covered Raisins.

Boxes of Goldfish Cheddar, Fruit Chews, Rice Krispie Treats, of course a bag of Reese’s Eggs, Peeps. 

{Ya have ta’ put in Chocolate somewhere, and the Peeps? It’s Easter!}

And for the Lil Ones, Coloring Books, Crayons, Puzzles, Stuff Toy, Clothes. A Few Bags of Plastic Eggs.

My Youngest Grandson is Teething so he gets a Cooler Teether, Oragel, and a Bib.  By the time I was done it wouldn’t all fit into the Basket…  Oh well…

Hubby is trying to find a box to fit it all so we can Ship to My Son.  Hehehe…


But of course I have to do my Crochet.

My Son and His Family moved to Ohio. 

So I have been busy with Afghans One for the Parents and One for My Granddaughter. The One for my Granddaughter is a Shaped Afghan that is taking (it seems) forever. But it’s coming along. It had to Have Pink Camo in the Colors.  Redheart has a complete line of Different Camo Colors. So I went with Pink Camo, Frosty Green, Cream and Cafe Latte. The Design is in a Pattern Book ” Shaped Afghans” Found here: I will post a Pic when Completed.


The Blanket (Not Roadie my Rescue Pup) is what I had made for Hubby with Bernat’s  Soft and Cozy Blanket Yarn. My Son has requested one … It’s was just a Simple Single Crochet 2 Rows, Alternating Colors Of Hunter Green and Beige. Using an N Crochet Hook. It works up quick the Yarn is Chunky, the Thickness is about an inch thick. A great Snuggle up keep warm Blankie!  Just ask Roadie! 😉


But I had to stop and make a few Lil Items! Just to let myself know I can complete a Project!  😉

So I found this Pattern for Vintage Pot Holders … Shabby Chic … It reminded me of my Grandmother in Spring time with Lemon Meringue Pies, Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Pecan cookies, and turning the Handle for Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. (Nope no Electric Ice Cream Maker back then, it was Grand kids Promised bowls of Ice Cream, but you have to turn the Handle to make it Bribe!)

Size 10 Thread in White, Maize and Mint. USA Steel Hook 7 Patterns can be found here:


And of Course Pinterest is Great for finding Ideas and Free Patterns!

As I was perusing I saw this next Pattern and thought “HA! I have all of the Materials already! I am making this!”   Pot Scrubbers, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton Yarns. So gathering it all up I made these 2 Items.

My Daughter has already claimed one for her own.These worked up quick!

Less than 30 minutes quick! Free Pattern Here: Image

Need to Think about Afghan’s, Dinners, and cleaning and renovations,  Until next time… Happy Easter and God Bless!