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!