Sunday, January 5, 2014

Textured Barbie Afghan

  • Any WW yarn (Red Hear Super Saver was used in picture)
  • Size N crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
Ch 31
Row 1 - sc into second chain from hook, DC in next chain, (SC in next chain, DC in next chain) across.  (30 st)
Row 2 - Ch 1, turn.  SC in first st (top of DC), DC in next st (top of SC) across.  (30 st)
Row 3-? - Repeat Row 2 until afghan reaches desired width.

This pattern is easy to adapt to larger size afghans!  Just make sure your beginning chain has an odd number.  Each row will always begin with a SC and end with a DC.  Easy peasy!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Fourth of July Door Wreath Tutorial

  • 1 brass ring (I used a 14" ring)
  • 3 yards nylon netting (I used 1 yard of each color-red, white, and blue)
  • 34 feet of curling ribbon (I used a metallic ribbon to add a little sparkle)

  1. Cut your nylon netting into 6 inch squares.
  2. Cut your curling ribbon into 12 inch lengths.
  3. Tie netting and ribbon onto brass ring until full.
  4. Add a hangar of your choice (I used a leftover strip of netting).
Simple as that - You're done!

  • Tulle may be used instead of netting, but since my wreath was going outside, I thought the netting would hold up better.  You could also use ribbons, fabric, bandanas, etc.
  • Before tying netting to brass ring, I folded it in half three times so that I had a 6 inch x .5 inch strip to work with.  You can then fluff the ends after you tie it to the ring. 
  • This whole project cost less than $15!  And if I had planned ahead, I could have gotten my materials on sale making it even cheaper!
I'd love to see your creations so please leave me a link!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cross Stitch and Salsa

It's been a busy day here at Caprice Creations!  I've been thinking about creating my own cross stitch patterns for a while now.  So, this morning, after breakfast, I sat down with pencil and graph paper.  My first idea was a little too ambitious.  I started off designing an Autism Awareness ribbon, but the puzzle pieces proved too difficult.  I'm hoping to revisit the design later.  So, I chose to create an elegant cross which I think turned out quite nicely.  See :)

Believe it or not, that took most of the morning!  After lunch, Little Caprice and I made some homemade fire roasted Tex Mex salsa to can.  And while waiting for things to cook, jars to sterilize, and the actual canning process to complete, I worked on digitizing that beautiful graph that I created (yes, I am a little proud of my work lol).  This was my very first attempt at canning anything, and it was truly exciting to hear those little lids popping as they cooled :)  We were left with 7 jars of FRESH salsa!  YUM!

And while those yummy jars were cooling, I finished digitizing the elegant cross:

Now the only thing left to do is test the pattern and gets some pics of the finished project.  Hope you've had a productive Monday as well!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Round Crochet Coasters Pattern

OK, here it is! My very first published crochet pattern! It's nothing spectacular - just a simple, round coaster.


Any worsted weight yarn
I hook (5.5 mm)
Large Eye Needle

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first DC), 11 DC in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. (12 DC)

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. (24 DC)

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts of first DC), DC in same stitch, DC in next stitch, *2 DC in next stitch, DC in next stitch* around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Easy Peasy! :) Experiment with different yarns! The possibilities are endless!

This is an untested pattern! If you notice any typos, or if something doesn't make sense, please leave a comment below and I will fix it! Thanks so much!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Baby blanket no more

Today I completed the most tiring project of my crocheting "career." I started a ripple wave blanket last week with thoughts that it would be a pretty cool baby blanket. After working several rows, it became clear that it was going to be too big to be a baby blanket but might make a nice lap throw. After Hubby showed it to his mother, she HAD TO HAVE IT for her mother-in-law's birthday. The catch - she needed it finished in 3 days! EEK! So, after some seriously hard work and 18 hours of crochet, I finished this awesome throw with time to spare! I'm not in a hurry to make another one anytime soon, but I'm still interested in trying it out in baby size! lol

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Limits of Thin

I just finished the MOST inspirational article I have EVER read! It was in the April 2008 edition of Good Housekeeping, and I am going to share it here with you now:

The Limits of Thin

by Geneen Roth

My romance with IT things began when I was 6 and convinced that having a Patti Playpal - a life-size doll with a blue-and-white plaid jumper - was the answer to, well, everything. Soon after that, my fervor for clothes, shoes, and jewelry were unleashed. There was the white fake-rabbit-fur jacket I spotted when I was 14, the antique garnet choker I couldn't live without when I was 22, the black sweater with the huge embroidered flower that I coveted when I was 25. And let's not forget the major IT thing of my teens and 20s, the number one thing that I was sure would give me a glorious life: being thin.

During all the years I dieted and binged, I was utterly convinced that being thin would make me happy. I'd pose in front of the mirror, stick out one of my thighs so that only half of it would show, and imagine the life to which that thin thigh would belong. It was a glittering, shimmering, perpetually happy life. In my fantasy, there were no broken hearts, no illnesses, no deaths.

The reality: When I lost weight and kept it off, it was wonderful to be lighter, to wear pretty clothes and pants without elastic waistbands. But when I opened my eyes in the morning, I was still the same ole me. My body was thinner, but the rest of my life was the same.


I recently got a note from someone who pinned a Weight Watchers ribbon onto her letter. The embossed writing on the ribbon said, "I lost 10 pounds," and underneath the embossing, she hand-wrote, "And I still feel like crap."

Yup. We think it's the weight that makes us miserable, and to the extent that it limits our movements and affects our blood pressure and our knees, extra weight really does make us uncomfortable. Not looking great in clothes can make us feel self-conscious and sad. But the belief that losing weight will give us a magical new life prevents us from making the most of the life we have now, whatever we weigh.

A woman named Mollie told a story at one of my workshops. She has spend her adult life overweight, miserable, and broke. She decided that having lap-band surgery was her only chance at being thin, happy, and healthy. So she talked her equally broke sister into lending her the money for the procedure. "When I told her how important being thin was to me and that I thought it would be the answer to all my prayers, she came up with the money for the operation," Mollie said. "Now, a year later, she is coming to see me for the first time since the surgery. The thing is, I've gained back almost every single pound I lost and she doesn't know it, and I am too ashamed to tell her over the phone. I am desperate. I am frantic - and I am fat again."

I was curious about what actually happened when she was thin. I asked Mollie if it was, indeed, the answer to her prayers.

"It was great to be thin," she said. "It was definitely easier to move around and my joints didn't hut so much. But I hadn't realized that being thin wouldn't fill all the empty holes in my life. I thought that somehow when I lost weight everything that was wrong would be right. It wasn't. I still didn't have a relationship, my mother was still sick with lung cancer, and I was still broke.:

"And what happened when you realized all this?" I asked.

"I was so disappointed. I started eating again to make myself feel better. And since after the surgery I couldn't eat in quantities that I ate before, I had to eat smaller portions - constantly - until I gained back every ounce."

All of us want to believe that someday we will have worked hard enough and be thin enough to reach the land of no problems, the universe of no pain. If emotional eating is a challenge for us, if we suffer because of the size of our bodies and our relationship to food, then somehow we end of believing that getting rid of the fat will take away the suffering. When it doesn't, we feel so betrayed that we eat to comfort ourselves.

Give yourself a reality check. Think for a moment about the IT things you've wanted and gotten - the sweaters, the boots, the earrings. Pick one. Think about what went through your mind when you first saw it and what you believed your life would be when you got it.

Now, remember what your life was like when you did get it, the initial excitement, the thrill of having something you wanted so badly. Then remember the days after that. If it made you happy, how long did the happiness last? And how quickly was it replaced by the next IT thing?

OK, now think about all the times in your life you've lost weight. Think about the times you reached your goal weight (even if it was for 10 minutes). And answer this question honestly: Did losing weight make you happy forevermore? If it did, why did you gain the weight back? And if it didn't, then why do you believe it will make you happy now?

Often, we forget the eventual disappointment that results from getting what we want and go right back to wanting something else we don't have. We lose weight dozens and dozens of times, understand for a second that being thin isn't the magic we thought it would be, and then gain the pounds back, which lets us look forward again and say, "Then, oh then, I will be happy. Then I will not be in pain."

Hanging on to an IT thing that will make the bad stuff go away perpetuates the fantasy that a life without pain is possible. It also keeps us from plumbing our lives for the things that really will make us happy.

In my own case, I'd spent so many years believing that when I lost weight, I would turn into a different person - an easygoing, thick-haired, long-legged, Angelina Jolie type - that it took me awhile to get used to the thinner version of the same old me. But then I realized that I had a life that no one else could have. I stopped writing poetry (which I was terrible at) and started writing what only I could write - my books about emotional eating from a personal perspective. When I gave up wanting to a life that wasn't my own, I was able to grow into the life that was already mine, waiting for me to see, inhabit, and live it.

Try this experiment: Instead of wanting to be thin to be happy, try being happy right now. Live as if you were already thin, as if you liked yourself, as if you chose to have the life you have right now.

My bet is that you will discover the real IT thing: the riches of your own life that were yours all along.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Shrug for Harley

I never know what to expect with West Texas weather! One day it is sunny, 80 degrees, and we are all running around in shorts. And the next day it SNOWS! NO joke! This happens a lot here! In fact, it was a gorgeous 80+ degree sunny day today and tomorrow we are supposed to get rain showers and a high in the 50s!

With that in mind, I have a hard time planning for Easter wardrobes! I always want to let little Harley wear a pretty Easter dress or a cute spring outift, but we usually have one final cold snap right around Easter. So, this year I am prepared! We've got the pretty new dress and just in case it is slightly cold, I have crocheted a shrug to go with it! I'm hoping that by making the shrug, the weather will be wonderfully gorgeous and my time will have been wasted! :) Here's hoping!!! I got the pattern for this shrug here.