Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crochet Wreath MakeOver!!!! So cool.....

A few years ago I ran across a sweet website called Attic24.

This colorful wreath totally caught my attention.  I love bright colors!   I had this for a couple of years when my Dad had to go to an Alzheimer's unit nearby.  Reading about this disease I found that these patients are drawn to bright colors, and since my Dad was having trouble identifying where his room was, I placed this wreath on the door to his room in the hopes that it would help.

Alzheimers is a strange disease.  You can't really tell what is going on in the mind of the afflicted person.  Dad did many strange things, and one of them was that he would move and hide things.  So the colorful wreath would disappear at times only to resurface in a closet or a drawer.  One thing I realized is that Dad knew it was HIS wreath, and that brought me comfort.

Dad left this world this past February.   I don't think I'll ever stop missing him.  But I did keep the wreath.  Sadly, in his adventures, Dad had broken the inner wreath form which was made of styrofoam.  The wreath was still usable, but looking a little shabby.

This week, after having the wreath on my door for a few months, I decided it needed a facelift.  But I didn't want to lose the memories of my Dad that went with it.

The new base is made of a pool noodle duck-taped into a circle. (Where was that idea when I needed it?)   I crocheted a new cover for the noodle and decided to just add a few of the flowers from the original.

The idea came to me to use velcro to attach the flowers in case I wanted to use the same wreath for a different occasion sometime.  (Think Christmas or Easter with appropriate holiday decorations.)  I added a ribbon with which to hang it.

I really love the look of this wreath, and I still think of Dad each time I look at it!  I think it's a win-win!

Maybe this will give you some ideas as well.  I hope it inspires you to re-work some of those precious items that may just need a little facelift to proudly take a prominent place in your decor again!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Who Doesn't Love an Adorable Doxie Puppy?.....

I just finished this pattern for my Great-grandson's first birthday.   I wasn't sure if I would get him finished in time to mail, but found that this pattern worked up fairly quickly.  Within two days of intermittent crocheting,  I was done!

Just look at that cute little tail!
This pattern was designed by Jenna Wingate.  I happened across it on Pinterest and just fell in love with it.  Jenna has many awesome doggie designs, and I love them all!  If you are a pet lover you may want to visit her website and see if your favorite breed is featured in a crochet format.  You can find her site here

I often tweak patterns to suit my taste as I crochet them, but I changed only one thing on this pattern.  I made the nose a bit bigger and rounder.  All in all, this is a great, fun pattern!  I will try her patterns again when I need another lovey blankie for a toddler or baby gift.  Thank you, Jenna Wingate for your awesome designs!