Welcome to my blog

If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.

Take care!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Crocheting Fingerless Gloves as Christmas Gifts

So, after a long, long detour into bike riding, I'm back with a crochet post, finally.

Crocheted fingerless gloves
I found an amazing pattern on Ravelry
for these amazing Lacy Fingerless Gloves, and I immediately had to try them.

I made violet, purple, and blue ones first.
Variegated lacy finger-less gloves.

They're nice and warm and cozy, and can be worn as is, or over those little dollar store gloves. 
I liked the first pair so much I made more in cream, grey, and red.  Right now I'm working on a pair in variegated black, grey, and white yarn.  I plan on making 6 more pairs of these pretty lacy gloves, so I can give them out as Christmas gifts to my Mom, aunt Judy, cousin Linda, to Laurie and her girls, and to my nieces, Lexie and Claire.  I'm also going to make a pair of mittens for my nephew, Chris.

 It's a great pattern, completely free, and after the first pair I had the pattern memorized so I could crochet while watching Netflix.

I think they'll make lovely, unique gifts.  I'm going to make some hot chocolate and get to work.
Hope you all have a nice evening!

Bike Ride 26, the Last Ride of the Season

 For my last ride of the season, I went up Korah Road to the duck pond, and then for the first time, went past it and up the hill.  Of course, I had to get off and walk because my asthma is too bad to allow me to bike up a hill.  I made it to the top, caught my breath, kept going, and found another hill!  I only went to the base of the second hill. I had enough energy to keep going and it was a nice day, not too hot, but I was concerned there'd be a third hill to climb (I drove the route later and it's a good thing I stopped because Moss Road is SUPER hilly.  It was a nice ride though, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I don't get the benefit of cruising down hill because I'm terrified I"ll fall if I'm going too fast so I constantly hit the brakes.  It was still easier than going up though, lol. 
 Cycling up Korah Road.
 Cute inflatable pumpkins and ghosts under brilliant foliage.
 I stopped to snap photos of the pond here.  That's Moss Road, stretching out ahead.  I usually go the other way, down Korah Road to the end, but that day, I wanted something new.
My bike at Garson's Pond

 The ducks were mad at me once again.  I really must remember to bring them some food next time.

 My trusty bike is in the garage, waiting for spring.  I miss her!  I still have to name her, although I call her Coral so much, she may as well just have that name, lol.

 The top of the first hill on Moss Road.
 Pretty countryside.
 It's hard to tell in the photo above, but the little runoff ditch must have flooded, and the side of the road was completely eroded. 
 The geese were practicing their flying formations, honking loudly, getting ready for their long trip South. 

 When I got back to the pond, I turned and did my normal route, to the end of Korah Road, and went to check on the abandoned house.  
 I was surprised to find someone had been there.  The long grass on the driveway had been cut back quite a bit.  Maybe someone still owns the place?
 My imagination always goes wild when I'm in this spot.  It sort of looks like a sad Little House on the Prairie scene.

 I decided to turn around and ride down this road (can't remember the name of it).  I love this farm.  It's for sale; if only I had the money I'd buy it.
 When my friend Laurie and I were little we walked alongside this little creek and felt like explorers.  I think that is why I love biking beside these flood prevention creeks so much now.
 This little creek was really high, and the water was rushing away on it's journey to the St. Mary's river.
 The trees were such brilliant shades of orange and red that they looked like they were on fire when the sun hit them.

 I hate the graffiti, but it makes a cool backdrop for a photo, lol.
 This is the farm that was for sale.  I'd love to own land like that, with a little creek running through it.  I'd rather have a waterfront home though, since I'm dreaming may as well go for it, lol.  In reality I'm still waiting to get a geared to income apartment.
So that was it, my last bike ride of the season. When I added the kilometers of all 26 rides together, I discovered I was 2 km away from hitting the 200 km point.  So, I biked 198 km from mid July to late October. 

That is nothing to a "real" cyclist, but I just started out, have severe, chronic asthma, and am carrying  a LOT of extra weight.  God willing, I'll lose a lot of weight and get to ride a lot more next year.

Bike Ride 25

 This ride was one of my favorite rides of the autumn.  It was a gorgeous day, not boiling hot, for once, and the leaves were brilliant hues of reds, oranges, golds, and yellows.   The air was crisp and clear and the sky was a vivid blue with big fluffy cumulus clouds.  My favorite kind of day, and perfect for bike riding!
 I stopped often to take photos of trees and clouds, as you can see. 

 There's my shadow, lol.  Too funny!  I was wearing a big sweater and the sleeves were huge; looks like I had wings.
 I love these little flood prevention creeks because they're little oasis' of green in the city.  It's hard to capture how high the water was so I blew up the photo below so you can see.
 The water was rushing over the tiny drop rapidly, making a pretty little waterfall. If it hadn't been so late, I would have stopped there to read for awhile; the water made such a pleasing sound.

 The end of Wallace Terrace, near Allenside Road was so pretty,  with green fields and colorful trees in the distance.
 I took Second Line on my way back and the traffic was OK at first, but got increasingly worse the closer I came to Goulais Avenue.

 I passed this little creek, above, and stopped to watch it for a bit. I've never noticed this creek while driving in my truck.  It's so nice that bike riding lets me see things I would otherwise miss.
I did almost 10 and a half kilometers that day and find that's a perfect ride length for me. I feel good at the end, not exhausted.

I really miss going for my bike rides, and can't wait until my exercise bike arrives.  I've found so many lovely videos on Youtube so I can do virtual bike rides all winter long!