Pastel Bavarian/Sunday Sampler

This is Sunday and time for the latest photo proof of my needle labors.

There are many free tutorials online that demonstrate this technique called Bavarian Crochet. I chose to purchase a book because I am old fashioned like that.


Each motif is about 2 inches across.

I have to admit that it took me 3 attempts to finish the beginning (blue) section before I could do the color change. I started this in the waiting room January 19 during my mother’s heart stent surgery. There was another crocheter passing by who was certain she knew exactly how I needed to accomplish the pattern. Guess what? She was stumped too. lol My loving sister was silently observing during this moment and I could see her silently chuckling to herself. The joke was between us but I’ll let you in on it……she knew I would figure it out just fine without this lady’s interference. I definitely caught her eye roll as the woman bragged on her ‘years’ of crocheting as punishment as a child.

Crochet for punishment?? Whatever?!


Crocheters of the world, I hope you enjoy this rendition of ‘Crochet Crime and Punishment’. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be just fine sitting on my back porch with needles and thread. Punish away!


Help With the Dishes/Sunday Sampler

It’s snowing here in central Missouri this morning. Not our first, but another one of those little 1 inch varieties. Just enough to keep me home. The plus to that is I find things to do that need doing. Dishes are always on that list.

This Sunday Sampler, I decided to share a little something from the shop that you might be interested in using to dress up the kitchen counter while doing the dreaded dishes.

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Should you decide to make one yourself, all you’ll need is some fabric sewn together in a pleasing pattern, cotton batting for the center, another fabric for you backing and some bias binding for your edge finish. I would recommend the cotton batting for good absorption. You might also upcycle an old towel or cotton blanket for the middle layer. Be creative!

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Here’s a little peek at the backing and binding.

In case the dish mat is not your thing, there are a few other ideas for its use.

  1. Dresser Scarf
  2. Candle Mat
  3. Place mat
  4. Doll blanket
  5. Wall hanger
  6. Pet Dish Placemat
  7. Snack Mat
  8. Mug Rug


Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

Pulling the Plug/Sunday Sampler

Introducing my newest model for the Etsy shop. We were just about ready for breakfast bright and early one morning last week when I took advantage of a wide awake young lady in a very happy mood. Perfect recipe for some Fun photos!

Special thanks to her parents for giving me the chance to feature this little princess!            Love That Face!!

Thanks for stopping in for this week’s Sunday Sampler!!

2 Senoritas & Herb/ Sunday Sampler

It’s time to show off my mother’s stash that I finally put on Etsy today. Sorry I took so long, Mom.


She does such a wonderful job at hand embroidery. I could definitely see these in a South Texan ranch. hint hint (we have some family there btw)


This  lil’ berry pattern has a special touch with some blue leaves. They would be lovely sittin’ next to a July 4th dish.


We used to know a guy named Herb. He was my husband’s boss for a short time. But the ‘herb’ here is obviously not a person, just a lovely Marjoram pattern for someone’s kitchen. Sous Chef’s, take note!

Hope you enjoy your week and this episode of the Sunday Sampler.

Save Your Fingers/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

I opened my FaceBook messenger one morning to see a picture and a little request for the item below.


But I don’t think it was in the right color. So still creating some. Unfortunately they are in a pile next to the sewing machine. Time has not been a friend the last couple weeks. But I did a test run on the one above as you can see and it passed my scrutiny as well as the family’s. I even created a little ‘love’ for my grad student daughter.


As time permits, more will be made. Until then I’ll leave you with a little list of uses for this newfound creation.


Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Historical Hotel Bothwell/WPC


I took a step back in time this week for the photo challenge. During our youngest daughter’s graduation party, a few photos were taken inside Hotel Bothwell.

Responsible for it’s establishment in 1927 was local historical figure, John H. Bothwell.


The Ballroom has it’s own ambience with the details and warmth.


But those chandeliers!!!


For more Weekly Photo Challenge entries, click here.

The Stable/Thursday Doors


One of the finer stables located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, Missouri.


May the holiday truly bring Peace On Earth, Good Will Towards Men.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post. 

Decisions/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

 Everything was decided. We only had to add a flower to this one and the other one in blue.


My sister would have her two matching hats for her surprise gift. And in time for Christmas.

But then I had to dive into the yarn stash……and decided to experiment a little.


Now there are 2 versions. This one uses thicker yarn (Medium weight) and the first lighter weight and, to me, is more Springy. So the dilemma is now hers. Which one would be the better gift for Christmas?? As for me, I’m now working on those flowers.

Time, The Longest Distance


Stumped by that old arch enemy “time?” How to get everything made in time for Christmas? Even though you went to all those craft shows and told the vendors you could make it yourself? And some of them (me) actually encouraged you to make it yourself and keep traditions going. There are never enough crocheters, quilters, creators.

But then the closer these holidays get, the less time we seem to have. It’s a riddle how it gets away. “Time flies when you’re having fun.” “Time is what we want most, but we use worst.” And the list goes on and on.

Well by creating those handmade items at all those craft shows, I’m selling you back that time. Hand crafted items can be found by just perusing local markets even up to Christmas Eve. Or you can go online and find an Etsy store that has just about everything hand made you could imagine.

After all, “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.”