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Crafting, Creating and Weight Loss

Oh My Gosh!

It’s been such a whirlwind here… and so long since an update.

I’ve been crafting, yes.  I have a TON of photos of what I’ve done. I even have lots of step-by-step tutorial photos for some great information… but WHERE DID THE TIME GO?

I must be wallowing in age huh? lol

I promise to give you a tiny peek at what I’ve added to my ‘crafty’ fun.


I was thrown back into painting because my mom made a request for them. And I’m In LOVE with them!!!! I love painting. It’s so …  enjoyable, flexible, and fun!

These are going together as a long valance for the top of a window dressing. And another set of fence is going to run along the bottom edge of the window as well.  🙂 One of a Kind!

I’ve had to put my paintbrush down… What has zapped my life?

Well, just to give you a SMALL intro… I’ll give you VISUALS


I keep saying that by some ‘sparkling miracle’ I’ve become a weight loss coach.  It was more or less… brought to me.

I’ve got some writings and recipes here: I’m trying out all the platforms.




I can help you. And I can help you, help others.

Just message me, comment here, friend me on FaceBook.

My personal FaceBook is


My page is


Enjoy! … and more Crafty stuff to come!


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Crochet Along (CAL)…Week 2 Completed

The Week 2 CAL assignment had a few ‘options’. They are listed on Inner Hooker’s CAL blogsite as the following:

“Week 2 Assignment
there are a few options
1.  continue working 1 round per granny (complete through round 3 on all) **I will probably do this one
2.  work 10-12 complete grannies
3.  if you get bored working the same round work rounds 3 and 4 on 44 of them (you will do this again next week)”
I chose to hook all my centers to Round 3 on ALL. I wanted to see what they would all look like done up in full color.
All lined up like this, you can see how the colors will play out in the final line up. I’ll have to move them around a lot after the next few rounds to figure out a good placement for the color combinations. That one there in the middle, with the orange as a NEXT round was my first sample. I think I will pull the orange off the edging and make the next round all white. If the next round is white, my circles will stay ‘circular’ …if I add another round of color, the color blocks will appear ‘square’.
While trying to photo this set, I was met with clouds and a sneaky hiding sun. I thought you might like to see my challenge.
I thought I’d sidestep and take a few photos while waiting for that cloud to pass…
Once the sun peeked out around that cloud, I could see my line up across the yard.
Yay for Round 3 and catching up to Week 2! All in all, the colors are bright, deliver a fun, festive, happy feel, and will work well on a white background for the most accent. 🙂
You can still join along! Grab your hook and get some yarn…even if you just make a few…it’s fun to compare with all the other crochet hookers out there doing the same Crochet ALong. If you join in, be sure to leave a comment or link so we can all see your progress too!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

Link for Pattern:  http://web.archive.org/web/20011226081401/members.aol.com/lffunt/sunburstgs.htm

Link for CAL (crochet along):  http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-along-week-1.html


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Crochet Along (CAL)…Week 1 Completed

My hook has been crazily swinging, catching and pulling to get this far this quickly.

These 90 or so centers have been done to Round 2! It’s been a giant logic puzzle as well…trying to think up the combinations of colors and setting them up so that they don’t repeat.

I’m really liking the colors! So bright and cheery and fun!

These colors need full sunlight to show them off for the camera.  I waited for the clouds to pass…

to set them up … on the grass…

If you’d like to join along, please follow the links, grab your yarn, your hooks and your pattern! Post a comment here too if you decide to ‘hook up’. 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

Link for Pattern:  http://web.archive.org/web/20011226081401/members.aol.com/lffunt/sunburstgs.htm

Link for CAL (crochet along):  http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-along-week-1.html


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Crochet Along (CAL)…A Jump Start on Week 1

I recently posted about The Crochet Along with Inner Hooker. I’ve been hooking like crazy to try to catch up with the Crochet Along (CAL) that has been in progress without me.

Mad like a spider, my weaving and webbing has produced these in a day or so:

This is part of Week 1. We were supposed to finish 88 centers up to Round 2.  I made 90 centers… only through Round 1.  Now, I have to add the second color round on this one to catch up completely with Week 1.

Join along with us.! If you decide to do so, leave a comment and say your joining up.  Check out your stash or use this CAL as a great springboard to go yarn shopping. 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

Link for Pattern:  http://web.archive.org/web/20011226081401/members.aol.com/lffunt/sunburstgs.htm

Link for CAL (crochet along):  http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-along-week-1.html

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Crochet Along (CAL) with Inner Hooker, Sunburst Granny Squares

My plurk friend, Amy,  posted that she is hooking along in her friend’s  “crochet along” and it just seemed too good to pass up.

Yes, like I need to START yet ANOTHER project.

I dug around…and this is what I’ve lined up.

I’ve decided to enjoy the ‘start’…even if the finish doesn’t ever come to fruition, the excitement and fun of the start will be worth it of itself. 🙂

I know that Red Heart yarn will not be some people’s first choice of yarns, but for me it’s durable and washable,  a must for a blanket or throw. It’s durable, it’s readily available out here where I live, it’s bright and it’s FUN!

From what I understand, we are using this pattern and we will keep to certain rounds for certain weeks.   I have to catch up a bit… so let’s hope I can get up to speed with a quickness.

Off to print my Sunburst Granny Square pattern by Priscilla Hewitt, gather my yarns and grab my HOOK! Must catch up! 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

Link for Pattern:  http://web.archive.org/web/20011226081401/members.aol.com/lffunt/sunburstgs.htm

Link for CAL (crochet along):  http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-along-week-1.html


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Wendy Knits Lace and Knit-a-While WIN!

What a way to rejuvenate!

This appeared in the mail:

And this wonderful surprise treat was in it!!!

After being in a creative slump of sorts for a year following my friend, Jo Ann’s passing, this has been a fantastic jolt back into my creative world!

Ida, at Knit-a-While, ran a wonderful Give-Away of Wendy Knits Lace. And guess who won!!!


The amazon link has some sneak peek pages and I clicked off  a few photos here for you to drool over for your perusal.

This book has beautiful, beautiful, beautiful lace scarfs, cowls, stoles, shawls, mitts, gloves, SOCKS, caps, and a beautiful lace cardigan,  cami, and sweater. Instructions are very detailed and charts are given for the lace pattern.

It’s a beautiful book, filled with beautiful things. 🙂

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  to Ida at Knit-a-While for such a generous gift/give away! I’m so happy!

Please go to visit Ida at Knit-a-While, she has a fantastic blog of knitting hints, projects, books and patterns.

And give Wendy Knits Lace a go to! You’ll LOVE this book!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
alicia in Hawaii

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