May Makes!

Here we are at the end of another month. I hope everyone has lovely May flowers still in bloom to enjoy. I’ve seen so many gorgeous pictures of all of your flowers – your photos are so good I swear I can actually smell some of them! 

I’m not even going to bother commenting on how fast May went by. It seems that every month is going by way too fast. The truth is – it’s not. Every second of every minute of every day is just as long or short as last month – and the month before that and so on. It has occurred to me that since time is not mysteriously speeding up that it’s my perception of how time is flowing that I need to adjust.

Am I not truly enjoying every minute? Am I not being mindful of what I’m doing? Am I not appreciating everything that is going on around me? Am I too focused on what I’m going to do if this cloudy, drippy, gray weather ever gives way to sunshine?

First order of business for June is to try to be more mindful of how time is passing and force it to slow down a few ticks. If I focus my attention more on what I’m doing right now and less on what I will be doing when the sun comes out, or what I need to do by the end of the month, I’m sure that July won’t be sneaking up on me.

May Crochet Projects & Tatting

Easy Crochet Coasters – this was my most popular post for May. I had some leftover yarn from making Aimee’s throw pillows so I used some to make her matching coasters. This was a fun, easy and quick little project. I still have more of the gold and green to use!! Caron Simply Soft yarn always feels like it goes on forever! This is the only type of yarn that I end up with a huge surplus at the end of projects.

Crochet Patches for hubby’s Gi pants – I love finding day to day ‘problems’ that my yarn and hook can solve. I had the opportunity to save a few bucks and use up some scrap yarn by making patches to fix up the knees on my husbands gi pants. Bonus for this project – I dusted off my little sewing machine and learned how to thread it!! Okay not entirely true – I didn’t dust it off, I actually took it out of the box that it came in, but not a total lie either because I did see some dust on the top of the box and on the shelf it was sitting on downstairs! 😀

Crochet Summer Crop Top – this was one of my goals for this month. I’m giving my self half a pat on the back for this because I had wanted to make at least 2 summer tops but only finished one. On this top I had a clever idea of how to get a good fit with the straps. I have a problem with straps ending up being too long. I bought some sexy buttons to sew on to the end of the straps so she could just button them up in any of the spaces in the double crochet stitches in the back for a truly custom fit!

Wizard Hat – I had made my son a Gandalf style wizard hat for Christmas last year and he asked if I could make him another one that was a bit flashier. So I did!

Crochet Maxi Skirt – I have not posted this yet. It was one of my goals for May to make a crochet maxi skirt for myself. I have about another 5 or 6 inches to add to the length. Here is a sneak peak of it. It’s much farther along than what is in this picture. I’ll probably be finished and do a full post in a few days. So another half a pat on the back for me completing some goals.

Lace Tatting – I am determined to learn how to tat lace. And lucky you are coming along for the ride! I couldn’t decide which method I wanted to focus on, shuttle or needle – so I’m learning both!! Stay tuned for weekly updates every Tuesday!

Baking and Cooking Recipes

So much yumminess in May!! I have been re-blogging my Wednesday Dinner with my son Bill from my Tanglewood Tapestry site every week.

Fantastic Bake/Cook A Long – join me and Tracy @It’s a T Sweets Day for our monthly recipes. I’m not sure what we are going to be flexing our culinary muscle on for June but I’m sure it is going to be delicious. May featured Double Dipped Fried Chicken!

What’s the Plan for June!?!

Did you notice that my Mindful Mandala wasn’t in my May Makes? Yeah I didn’t work on it at all. But that is perfectly okay. Remember my Mindful Mandala started as a therapeutic crochet project – it is the WiP that I will never stress over. Apparently I was in good head space for May and though I thought about spending time with it, I really didn’t feel like I NEEDED to spend time with it. I would like to do a few more rounds in June. In the meantime – I’ve been getting my Mandala Madness Fix by watching Lyn’s Mandala progress and HStone Yarn Craft has been working on the same pattern too!

  • Crochet Picnic Blanket and Basket – this is a carry over from May.
  • More summer tops!
  • Finish my maxi skirt and maybe make another
  • Practice Tatting!!!
  • Play around with some macrame and/or Kumihimo braiding
  • I’ve been wanting to design and crochet  a hip belt – like what belly dancers wear – I bought some bells and shiny beads. Won’t that be fun if I can get that done!! Let’s put it on the list as a maybe.

I did not need to go out and find other amazing blogs in May – they all found me!! I ended up following back over 100 blogs this month! Thank you all for finding me and welcome to my little corner of blogland!!

I hope everyone else had a great May!

As always – thanks for reading!

~ Tami

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23 responses to “May Makes!

  1. 100 blogs! How can you read that many?! I’m not worthy. Nice job! It’s fantastic they’re finding YOU. You deserve to be found.
    I’m loving the skirt. I want to make a skirt and don’t know why I haven’t. I just never get to it. Maybe this summer. 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed pretending to eat your food and pretending I’m going to make it myself.

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    • Fortunately they don’t all post every day! I have been slipping lately but I get caught up eventually. I can’t wait to wear my skirt!! I love the way it’s coming out. It is a bit heavy but not too hot because it’s really lacy on the bottom part. LOL pretend recipes are the best – no dishes to wash and zero calories!!! 😀

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  2. Wow! You have been busy! I love the skirt and can’t wait to see the finished project. Also, I must have missed the wizards hat, but it is so cool. I have to add this to my Halloween accessories!

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    • Hi Brenna! I’m really excited to finish my skirt too!! The hat pattern is great for Halloween – it can so easily be modified to be a witch’s hat or a princess hat!! 😀

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    • Thanks Jan! So weird – I only have my maxi skirt as an unfinished project right now. That will change before the weekend I’m sure! LOL. 😀

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  3. I’m so privileged *cough i saw the skirt cough* Literally excited for this so badly!!!! Are you going to model it so we can all see 😀 😀 You’ve done super awesome with projects this month, here is to many more chin chin

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    • Fortunately some of them are travel blogs and recipes which are both very quick reads. The travel ones are mostly pictures and the recipes I put the ones I like in a folder in my email and give them a full read when I want to make it. It does take a nice chunk out of my morning coffee time. There’s just so many interesting people and blogs with gorgeous crochet and craft inspirations – I’m totally addicted!! 😀

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  4. Your skirt looks lovely, can’t wait to see the hubby in it :p
    I’m just getting my May review sorted and even though I didn’t meet all my goals, I still got a lot more done than I thought. Here’s to a productive June!

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    • LOL I know I could get him to try it on, he’s my living MANnequin so I can check sizing on things. I think he would let me take a picture but I’m not sure he would think it was funny if I posted it. hehehehee I kind of want to test that now. And it will let me know if he actually does read my blog or if he is lying and just saying that he does!! 😀

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    • I may give it a go today. I’ll be done with my skirt either today or tomorrow so it’s the perfect time before I jump into my next crochet project. Plus my next project is to crochet a picnic basket that I want to use the braiding for the handles. 😀

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  5. “I bought some sexy buttons to sew on to the end of the straps so she could just button them up in any of the spaces in the double crochet stitches in the back for a truly custom fit!” – love this. Truly a crochet solution. And congrats on the recap for May, I always enjoy reliving the fun posts I read a few weeks before. Happy June!

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    • Thanks Theresa! I thought I was very clever too!! I may use that trick and attach the buttons to the front of the straps next time so the buttons add a design element to the front of the top. I like to read recap posts on other blogs so I can be sure I didn’t miss anything! I like writing one for myself because it really is a mood boost to see what I’ve done for the month. Plus I really like recording my goals for the upcoming month – it has helped me stay focused and not be flitting all around starting new projects. 🙂

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    • Thanks Pam! It really is so easy to get caught up in thinking about what needs to get done and forget to take time to enjoy what’s going on right now. Every now and then I need to remind myself of that. 🙂

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