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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mr. Pinto Beans' sticky notes --- Deer Hunting Season (2012)


Before the Welder left for his job in Virginia, he installed two trail cameras in the ranch of his brother.  He set up two posts on the ground and attached the metal security box on each post.  He placed the trail camera inside each security boxes and attached a lock on each, so nobody can stole the camera.  He also set up a corn feeder, so deer will be enticed to go there. With these, he can be able to know what kind of wildlife there is in that area.   Some selected pictures of both cameras were taken from  Sept. 13 up to Nov. 21, 2012.  Here is my second animated story...



CORN FEEDER


Mrs. Doe, The Curious 
Thinking—“Hmmm, I wonder who set this up?” asked Mrs. Doe.


Mr. Buck, The Sweetie
“Where are you, my darling?” asked Mr. Buck.


Husband and Wife Team 
“Come join me in this feast,” said Mr. Buck.


Mrs. Doe, The Great Worrier
“Do you think the Hunter is not yet here around?” asked Mrs. Doe.


Mrs. Doe, The Look Out
“I’m going to smell the air around if the Hunter is here or not,” said Mrs. Doe.


Mrs. Doe, The Detective
Then Mrs. Doe came back with the good news saying, “Ok, the Hunter is not yet around here.”


Mr. Cayote, The Loser
After 2 weeks, another desperate neighbor came to the site and found nothing. “Hmmp, there’s nothing meaty to eat here. I just have to go,” said Mr. Cayote.


Mr. Buck, King of the Ranch
After more than a week had passed, the king of the ranch arrived again and inspected the neighborhood. “I think I smell something nasty will happen. Somebody smelly will devour our food one night,”  said Mr. Buck.

  





 Mr. Hog, The Glutton
After more than 2 weeks, the prediction of Mr. Buck came true. "Ngoork, Ngoork, Ngoork… Oh, I love all of these,” said Mr. Hog.


Mr. Raccoonie, The Faultfinder
There was nothing left from the two night's feast. Who is to be blamed? “That nasty hog... He ate up everything," said Mr. Raccoonie.


Mr. Bobcat, The Cat with Nine Lives
Then one night, "Meoowww…Where’s everybody? Why is everybody avoiding me?” asked Mr. Bobcat. “Anyway, I’m very glad Mr. Cayote is not around,” said Mr. Bobcat.





Mrs. Doe, The Party Goer
Then another nice day shines again in the field,  “We’re going to have a party tonight,” said Mrs. Doe.  (Smile, you’re  on candid camera.)  

 

Mrs. Doe, The Gossipmonger
“Hey, my dear sister, have you heard from our friends if the Hunter has already arrived or not?”  "Nope, I haven't heard any," the sister doe answered.


Mrs. Armadillo, The Digger
Another trouble maker came, but she’s lucky no one was around. “Where can I dig? Where can I dig?" asked Mrs. Armadillo.


Raccoonie Brothers
The following day... “Hey, brother Raccoonies, let’s enjoy our last party tonight.  The Trapper might be here already tomorrow. I saw Mrs. Jelly Beans is no longer home alone." The next day, the Hunter/Trapper really arrived.  One Raccoonie brother said, "Hey, guys, here he comes now. I can smell him already.  Watch out." The news about his arrival spread around the community...  


For more of animal storytelling, please view also:
       Teddy and Wally
       The Birds  
       The Frogs
           The Garden Varmints


Saturday, November 24, 2012

My heart says ... No longer Home Alone


I feel happy today. Why? Because my husband, the Welder, arrived from work in Virginia the night before Thanksgiving Day.  He really tried to be home on this special yearly occasion and he was sooooo tired from long driving.  He experienced a problem while driving 100 miles already in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He stopped in a gas station to fill up his gas tank and buy coffee, but he found out there was something wrong --- he forgot his bill fold in the motel where he stayed for a night in Bristol, Virginia.  He had to drive back to the motel and luckily, he was able to have it back again.  He said he lost $50 worth of gas and 3 hours of time driving continuously instead on the road if that didn’t happen. I told him that it was still worth driving back rather than failing to have his bill fold again. It would be more aggravating if somebody has found and used his card.  That gave him a little moral boost, though I got worried, too.  

After the harvest in the garden was over, I can already set my alarm at 6 o’ clock in the morning.  I have one hour more to sleep after staying up late every nights to do my projects -- thank God (-.-). When he goes off for a job, I always text him to let him know that I’m already awake.  Then he calls me back to greet me a nice good morning and asks how I’m doing.  He calls me three times a day and oh yes, everyday – in the morning after getting off from work, when he wakes up in the afternoon, and while driving to work.  Ooops, I forgot, he also calls me during his break time whenever he has time to go out of the building to find a good reception. He always says, “Love you, hon” (-.-).  That’s why I tell him  also, “I love you three times a day, hon.” He is always like that – thoughtful, lovable, hardworking, and (ooops, don’t forget) he is a handsome guy, too (-.-). 



Image courtesy of "Home Alone,"the movie.

I was home alone for almost two months and what do you think I was doing?  Remember the movie, “Home Alone?” That kid was really very smart to think of ways how to prevent the burglars from entering their house. When you are home alone, you might be afraid that somebody might break in during the night or who knows even during the day. In our county, there are always bad news in the newspaper like, about somebody’s house was burglarized.  But I’m not afraid because my husband already taught me how to shoot. He left me a 22 pistol and 12 gauge shotgun.  




Image courtesy of "Home Alone,"the movie.

I will do anything to defend myself and anybody in his or her own senses will do the same. We live in a country and the only neighbor nearest our house is my brother-in-law’s house. It's just a walking distance from where we live.  My brother-in-law always passes by our house several times daily to attend to his business. They are really so gracious to help me whenever I need help in the absence of my husband. They are  really so kind to regularly pick me up to go to church every Saturday.  
  
When the Welder left for work, I took the responsibility of taking care of our humble garden.  At 5:00 am, I’m already up and I say my prayer before doing my everyday work. At 7:30 am after breakfast, I should be out already to our garden, watering the plants and harvesting a lot of vegetables ( I already posted them).  I become so busy frying okra everyday, baking, and storing other vegetables. My only day off from frying okra is when I give a day’s harvest to my sister-in-law and other members of the family. At first, they were really very happy to have my okras. Until one day I got a  big surprise -- my sister-in-law begged off from taking my okras.  I understand she has two grand kids to take care of and needs to attend to her own business, too.  Oh my! I felt as if the whole world fell on my head (-.-).  Thinking ---“What am I going to do with you now, Mrs. Okra? I said, “Well, Mrs. Okra, don’t worry, I won’t give up on you.”  The Great Gardener didn’t want to sell our harvests yet this year, so I have to continue frying the okras everyday and store them in our freezer. Since he left for a job, I didn’t find time to clean our house for a month because of my gardening, baking, and storing vegetables.  I was really, really sooooo very busy. By the time I'm finished frying okra and other work, it is already 3 or 4 pm. Then I need to go out in the garden again at 5 pm to put cover on the plants, turn on the electric fence, throw the compost, and water the plants again, if there is a need. I set my dinner time at 6 o’clock or can be extended – it depends.  I  always set my cell phone for different activities I need to do for a day, so it really serves as my “secretary.” That's my everyday work routine in the garden and inside the house.  My only company is my fighting fish, Fambo, named after Rambo, the movie, played by Sylvester Stallone.

It is only during the evening that I can do my projects.  I started crocheting pouches while I was in Virginia with my husband.  He was working, while I just stayed in the motel.  My inspiration in doing the pouches is my only granddaughter, Zoe.  That’s why I named those pouches after her - Zoe Pouches.  My intention was to publish a small book in our country about these small pouches that can be used as a project by any graders in school.  To make the story short,  I ended up blogging them and doing more greenecraft and knitting projects, as well as, writing articles about travel, flower arranging, food recipes, wonders of nature, and the Gospel.



Where am I now?  I’m no longer home alone.  I’m happy that the Welder is back home. We had the thanksgiving celebration at my sister-in-law’s house. This couple is really very so kind to invite us always whenever they have celebration. There is a lot of work to do in our garden, but the Great Gardener hasn’t been attending to his garden yet. Because his focus now is on another part of him – being a Hunter. It’s deer hunting season now.  Though he’s still tired of long driving and still making adjustment to his sleeping time (he worked night shift), he has been on the go everyday -- morning and afternoon -- since he has arrived.... 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My hands can do this --- Go-School Zoe Pouch


Your child will love this nice, colorful pouch when she starts her nursery schooling.   The inside part of it provides sufficient space for putting in her single notebook, pad, pencil, crayons, and even her smallest toy .  With attractive-looking pouch and not too heavy to carry, your child will surely be more excited to attend to her school activities everyday. 



 

GO-SCHOOL ZOE POUCH
      
Materials
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (dark sage) 
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (orchid)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (sunshine yellow)
       crochet hook size -  F5 / 3.75 mm

Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch) – chain                                                  
(sc) – single crochet
(dc) – double crochet
(sl st) – slip stitch 

Instructions: 
Use sunshine yellow yarn first.  Make 48 (ch).  Always count the number of (ch), (dc), (7-dc), and (sc) in each round to avoid mistakes. 

Using Sunshine Yellow Yarn
1st Rnd
(Dc) in 4th (ch) from hook.  4 (dc) in same (ch).  Slip st in next 4th (ch).   [5 (dc) in next 4th (ch).   Slip st in next 4th (ch)]  4X.  5 (dc) in next 4th (ch).   Slip st in last 4th (ch).
Result:   6 (7-dc)

2nd Rnd
To make a circle, turn to other side.  7 (dc) in 1st  middle hole.   Hide extra yarn while crocheting.   Slip st in middle of 2 (7-dc).  This is the 1st yellow yarn circle.  [7 (dc) in  next middle hole.   Slip st in next middle of 2 (7-dc)]  4X.  7 (dc) in last middle hole.  Slip st in last (dc).  This is the 1st group of yellow yarn circle.  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once. Just leave the yarn hanging to serve as a marking for attachment.  Repeat making the group of circles from the 1st to 2nd Rnd 7X more.
Result:   6  (7-dc)  or   8 groups of yellow yarn circles

Connecting Another Yarn (Dark Sage)
1st Rnd
48 (ch).  2 (dc) in 4th (ch) from hook.  Have one  side of 1  group of yellow yarn circle ready to be attached.  From its yarn end of 1st yellow yarn circle, slip st in 3rd (dc) to attach it.  (Dc) in same (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in next (dc) of  yellow yarn to attach it.  2 (dc) in same (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in next 4th (ch) of green yarn.  [2 (dc) in next 4th (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in 3rd (dc) of next yellow yarn circle to attach it.  (Dc) in same (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in next (dc) of yellow yarn circle to attach it.  2 (dc) in same (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in next 4th (ch) of green yarn]  4X.  2 (dc) in  next 4th (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in 3rd (dc)  of last yellow yarn circle to attach it.  (Dc) in same (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in next (dc) of yellow yarn circle to attach it.   2 (dc) in same (ch) of green yarn.  Slip st in last 4th (ch).
Result:   6 (7-dc)

2nd Rnd
To form a circle, turn to other side.  3 (dc) in middle hole of green yarn.   Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  Have 1 side of  2nd  group of yellow yarn circles ready to be attached.  From its yarn end of 1st yellow yarn circle, (slip st) in 3rd (dc) to attach it.  (Dc) in same middle hole of green yarn.  Slip st in next (dc) of yellow yarn to attach it.  3 (dc) in  same middle hole of green yarn.  Slip st in middle of 2 (7-dc) of green yarn.  This is the 1st green yarn circle.  [3 (dc) in next middle hole of green yarn.  Slip st in 3rd (dc) of next yellow yarn circle to attach it.  (Dc) in same middle hole of green yarn.  Slip st in next (dc) of  yellow yarn to attach it.  3 (dc) in same middle hole of green yarn.   Slip st in middle of 2 (7-dc) of green yarn to form a circle]  4X.  3 (dc) in last middle hole of green yarn.  Slip st in 3rd (dc) of last yellow yarn circle to attach it.  (Dc) in same middle hole of green yarn.  Slip st  in next (dc) of  yellow yarn to attach it.  3 (dc) in same middle hole of green yarn.   Slip st in last (dc).  This is the 1st group of green yarn circles.  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Just leave the yarn hanging to serve as a marking for attachment.  Repeat making the group of circles and  attaching to both sides of the yellow yarn circles from the 1st  to 2nd Rnd 5X more.
Result:   6 (7-dc)   or  6 groups of green yarn circles



Inserting Another Yarn in the Middle of Circles (Orchid)
Cut purple yarn of bigger length than the size of the pouch.  Use hook in inserting the yarn end.  Insert it horizontally in the middle of each circles of yellow and green yarn.  Just leave it hanging.
Making the Side (Dark Sage)
1st to 112nd Rnd
14 (ch).  Insert hook in 2nd (ch), yarn over and pull the yarn.  (Sc) in next (12) (ch).  [Next round, (ch).  (Sc) in next 13 (sc)]  112X.
Result:   13 (sc) per round

Connecting Both Sides (Orchid)
[Have one group of attached yellow and green yarn circles.  With one side and from the extra yarn, attach the green side yarn.  Use purple yarn to attach the side.  Have both (dc) and (sc) in line together when inserting the hook in its holes.  (Sc) in next (dc) of 1st circle.  When reaching the middle of 2 circles, pull the extra yarn end lightly.  Tie both 2 yarns.  Keep also an extra yarn for this attachment on the other side.  2 (slip st) in  middle hole.  Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  (Sc) in next (dc) of next circle.  Repeat the steps until the end side.  Before attaching the other group,  continue making (sc) in the last part of its side]  2X.  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Hide the extra yarns in the holes.

Cord Making (Dark Sage and Orchid)
Use green yarn first.  198 (ch).  (Dc) in 4th (ch) from hook.  (Dc) in next 194 (ch).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Attach purple yarn.   Slip st in 4th (sc) of 1 pouch side.  Invert the cord.  (Sc) in next 4 (sc) to connect the 1st cord end.  Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  (Sc) in next 195 (dc).  Slip st in 4th  (sc) of  other  pouch side.  Invert the cord.  (Sc) in next 4 (sc) to connect the last cord end.  (Sc) in next 195 (dc).  Slip st in 4th (sc) of the last pouch side.  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Hide extra yarn in the holes.
Result:   195 (dc) and 195 (sc) each side          


Go-School Zoe Pouch

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mrs. Jelly Beans' sticky notes --- A Wonderful One-Day Trip


Last Nov. 06,  I was invited by my gracious two family members, Ernest and Jeanie,  to have a trip to places I have never been before and to spend a nice time all of us together with Jeanie's mother, Alma .  We went to visit the Forest Heritage Center and saw many artifacts that are really very rich in historical background and being supported continuously by the community by contributing their art works and designs primarily made of wood and other raw materials they have obtained from the forest. There are many showcases being displayed inside that highlight the historical background and many struggles of the early people to maintain and preserve  the forest. Aside from these, the many end products that were produced that we now often buy and use like paper, toilet tissue, mugs, diapers, pencils, and many others are also shown. People are encouraged to attend the scheduled craft events to show their individual creativity of how they turn different raw materials into an awesome end products one can be able to use.  Exhibitors and vendors, who come to showcase their crafts and skills, are engaged in broom making, woodturning, lye soap making and knife making.  Other activities are also included like storytelling for children, petting zoo, musical performances, and herbal foot soaks. There are also cabins that you can rent for your weekend outing to have a chance to see and explore everything what’s in there around the place as provided by the management.  

I really enjoyed this wonderful one-day trip this fall season. I’m very thankful for the time and effort Ernest and Jeanie had spent for me.  We also went around looking at the beautiful lake with its calm water, while enjoying the sweet aroma of fresh air courtesy of the many trees surrounding the area. We had a nice lunch meal and afterwards, we even went further up the hills where we saw many  trees with its colorful fall foliage along the way.   Here are some pictures taken and shared by this very good couple about the Wonders of Nature we saw as shown below:      










This short trip made me realized that I missed so much time not being able to see the Wonders of Nature in my own country.  I never thought that I would be able to travel this far, especially to USA.  Before, traveling even by bus only to go to the province of my grandparents was already a terrible experience for me every vacation time because of my motion sickness.  Now, I’m very glad that I have overcome it as time goes by.  

Though traveling to distant country is expensive, it is still worth it to see places that you haven’t seen before.   God made our eyes to see the beauty of His creation.  That’s why I’m going to post more of my future travels and this is just the beginning…




Related Personal Travels:

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
  Part Three                                                              
  Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)     

My hands can do this --- Christmas Hanging Decor


Whether it's Christmas or not, this same project is for all seasons because it can still be used for posting your favorite pictures of your loved ones on the wall and serves as a beautiful home décor as well.  It’s easy to make, so simple, yet beautifully designed to hang pictures that are worth remembering you most.

                             

                            *PICTURE (Christmas) HANGING DÉCOR
*This project was featured also in my crochet designer's profile at All Free Crochet as "Stashbuster Photo Frame" and posted #5 in Top Home Decorating Projects (2013).  


Materials:
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic 6 oz  (dark sage) (leftovers)
(3) used Kerr Mason canning jar lids (quart size)
      old Christmas cards or personal pictures
      scotch tape
      Elmer’s glue (clear) with glitters
      old newspapers
        crochet hook size - F5 / 3.75mm

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)    chain
(sc)    single crochet
(dc)    double crochet
(st)     stitch
(sp)    space
(sl st) slip stitch  

Note:  Count first all the stitches you have made before going to the next row to avoid mistakes.

Instructions:  (single piece only)
1st Row - Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (dc’s). Make 11 (dc) in 4th (ch) from hook. Hide the excess yarn as you make the double crochets. Join in top of beginning (ch) 4.  
Result - 12 (dc)

2nd Row - Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on  next (dc)] 5X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (ch) 3.  
Result - 18 (dc)

3rd Row – Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next dc.  [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next  (dc)] 8X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning (ch) 3. 
Result – 27 (dc)

4th Row – Make 3 (ch).  2 (Dc) on the same (sp). [(Dc) on next 2  (dc). Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th  (ch) from hook. Make 15 (ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of (10-ch).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of 1st (10-ch). (Dc) on same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 6X.  (Dc) on last 2 (dc).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th (ch)  from hook. Make 15 (ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of (10-ch).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of  1st (10-ch). (Dc) on same (sp).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 42 (dc), 7 (15-ch), and 14 (10-ch)

5th to 7th Row -  Work in front of every succeeding (15-ch) and (10-ch) stitches.  Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp). (Sc) on next 41 (dc). Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc). Fasten off. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 42 (sc)


Connecting a piece to another piece
4th Row – Make 3 (ch).  2 (Dc) on the same (sp).  [(Dc) on next 2  (dc). Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th  (ch) from hook. Make 15 (ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of (10-ch).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of 1st (10-ch).  (Dc) on same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 6X.  (Dc) on last 2 (dc).  Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on 10th (ch)  from hook. To attach the other piece, make 7 (ch) and  then (sc) on (15-ch) of the other piece.   7 (Ch) and  (sl st) on same 10th  (ch) of (10-ch).  To attach again, make 7 (ch) and (sc) on the next (15- ch) of the same piece.  7 (Ch) and (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of 1st (10-ch). Make 10 (ch) and (sl st) on same 10th (ch) of 1st (10-ch). (Dc)  on same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result – 42 (dc), 7 (15-ch), and 14 (10-ch)

5th to 7th Row – Do the same as above.
Result – 42 (sc)

Final Application:
Spread out an old newspaper on the table and flatten the pieces on it. Use the lid as pattern and center it on the Christmas card or picture you select before marking them.  After marking, cut it and cut a small portion of scotch tape and fold it back to back. Apply the tape at the back of the picture or card you like to hang and attach it on the lid.  Insert the lid with the picture carefully inside the crocheted hanging décor.  Apply Elmer’s glue on every (15-ch) and (10-ch) stitches only  on the front side first.  Let them dry until the stitches become stiff. When dried already, turn them over and apply the glue on the back side of the piece and of every (15-ch) and (10-ch) stitches.  Don’t apply glue on the edges (sc stitches) of the front side, so it will be easy to remove the lid if you like to change the picture or card.


*Once again, an updated issue from  All Free Crochet --  “23 Free Crochet Patterns to Use Up LeftoverYarns”, under the subheading “BrightenYour Home with Crochet Afghan Patterns and Home Décor, this same project renamed as “Stashbuster Photo Frame has been  included in the list since last March 23, 2017.  It was also included in their "What's Hot" list as #6 dated April 04, 2017.  Though this ranking is not permanent, I still like to extend my gratitude to all viewers. Thank you very much.

What's Hot



 
                             

*CHRISTMAS (Picture) HANGING DÉCOR
*This project was  featured as “Holiday Wall Décor” at All Free Crochet and posted as  #1 in Top Christmas Crochet Projects in What’s Hot (October 11, 2013). It's also listed as one among my Top Green eCrafts Projects.





*I was also featured on All Free Holiday Crafts in its What’s Hot as #2 in the list dated October 14, 2016.  Please note this ranking is not permanent. Thank you very much to all viewers.


What's Hot
1.      Sarah Norton Ramberg
2.      Susan Hamilton
3.      Maureen Wilson
4.      Kim M.
5.      Delia Randall
6.      Kierste Wade
7.      Haeley Giambalvo
8.      Jenny Barnett Rohrs
9.      Maria Elizabeth
10.    Amy Hindman