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Happy Birthday to Me!

Since today is my birthday, I thought I would gift you all with a self-photo.

I’m wearing new (to me) earrings and necklace that I picked up at a consignment store in Bisbee over the weekend.

And a hair wrap that I bought at the Celtic Festival in Phoenix that David and I attended last month. I definitely need to work some more with the wrap so that it gets easier to use, but I love the way it looks.

Not the best shot, but hopefully you get the idea.

Today will be a quiet day, just the normal assortment of laundry, paperwork and housework. I planted the last of my seedlings this morning, two tomatoes (I will post pictures of my garden later this week). We did our celebrating Saturday, when we went to Bisbee for shopping and dinner with friends.

Busy Weekend in Phoenix

We spent this past weekend in Phoenix for a multitude of ventures, all of which were successful! While Bill was taking another certification test (he passed), I spent a few hours shopping with my cousin Reb. She helped me hunt for crochet and crochet-jewelry-making supplies. I think she was a little too helpful! We visited three craft stores (none of which we have here in Sierra Vista) and here is what I brought home:

I still do not know what I’m doing or what I’m going to do, but I have ideas and the books here will help, I think. I purchased items with Miss Munchkin in mind, as she has requested jewelry (more heart necklaces) in dark pinks, purples and blues. She requested black also, but somehow I forgot about that! Anyway, I picked up a variety of types of threads/yarns and some beads and even some feathers, as Munchkin loves feathers.

Saturday evening we attended the Grand Canyon Square Dance Association Festival in Phoenix.

To help celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday, the Grand Canyon Square Dance Association brought in Rex Allen Jr. for a small concert before the Saturday evening dancing. I really was not familiar with his music, but knew that his father, Rex Allen Sr., was one of the singing cowboys in the 1950s and I assumed his music might be similar. He sang some of his dad’s songs along with many of his own, some of which both Bill and I recognized from the 70s and 80s. We really enjoyed him and I will definitely be looking for more of his music in the future. If you ever get the chance to hear him, be sure to do so. He has a beautiful singing voice and gives a very entertaining concert.

In the spirit of my goal of contentment, I will post a link to Rex Allen Jr’s song, I Love You, Arizona. This song has been adopted as one of the official state songs and it is a beautiful song. It is also a nice showcase of Allen’s voice, along with some gorgeous pictures of Arizona.

Rex Allen Jr., I Love You, Arizona

Sunday we took David out for brunch, picked up some things at Trader Joe’s and The Vitamin Shoppe, and then headed home. I have declared we are not going anywhere next weekend! It is Speedweeks at Daytona, with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and I am ready to stay put for a few days. Two weekends in a row driving around the state is enough!

Too Many Crocheting Ideas

Monday I was following links online (America’s favorite exercise?) and discovered a Picture Tutorial on How to Crochet a Heart. I don’t quite know why, but the hearts got me to thinking about making/crocheting a necklace, something that I have never attempted before. I was doing so much thinking/planning, that I couldn’t sleep that night and ended up getting up at 1 a.m. and sketching out my ideas on paper. Yesterday I spent a couple of hours working on the necklace, only to decide that I didn’t have it figured out as much as I originally thought and ended up tearing it all apart.

I have been making hearts, though, while I cogitate on what needs to be done differently with the necklace. Here are sixty hearts in pink, red and white. Aren’t they cool?

I am using regular Size 10 crochet thread, but I can already see that if I go a lot further in this jewelry crocheting project that I will need some softer yarn than what I have on hand.

I have my new plan all written down/sketched out and will begin working on it again tonight. This is such new territory for me: I have never before attempted jewelry, nor have I attempted creating my own crochet design in anything. Wish me luck!! I really can’t afford to spend a lot of time on this project, what with a baby blanket only about one-third done.

I did finally use up all the yarn remnants from my Christmas gift scarf-making frenzy. I know how one full-sized scarf and five skinny scarves in my stash.

Here they are all folded up.

And here are the skinny scarves, full length. The colors showing here on this second picture are not very accurate; the first picture has much truer colors.

These scarves are super soft. I should start up an Etsy store and sell them, but I’ll probably just end up giving them away as gifts. I have tried wearing them, but while I love crocheting scarves and love how they look on other people, I find I am just not a scarf person.

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