Business Premier

This is my first post for my new business "Cachet Crochet". I will be officially opening on March 26th, 2010. My opening night will be at the market in Downtown Charleston, SC at a show called "Art in the Evenings". I hope to reserve a spot in the night market other nights of the week as well.I will be spreading out all the unique crocheted accessories my Mom and I have been working hard to make. I am excited to offer some unique hand-crafted items to the public! Hope to see you there if you can make it!...more

The Mystery of the Swedish Olympic Team Hats: Crochet in the Social Media Age

The buzz started even before the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics ended. Who crocheted the hats some members of the Swedish team wore as they entered the event? ...more

For those of you who are unable to get the right colors of yarn or a pattern you like for the ...more

The Purple Lady's Art and Life

I so enjoy blogging.  I love to chat about my furbabies, my Grandsons, things I create and giveaways that I find.  From time to time I do reviews and host my own giveaways as well as product giveaways from companies.  I am still fairly new at blogging but trying to dig my heels in an create a fun place to visit. If you have time, please stop by and check it out then let me know what you think of my blog, or enter one of my giveaways. BrendaLea - The Purple Lady (at) comcast dot net...more

Heart-Shaped Crafts for Valentine's Day

Although Valentine's Day is this coming weekend, there is still time to for some romantic heart-shaping crafting.Whether you choose to create with yarn, fabric, or paper, here are some fast ways to get your heart on. ...more

is there a link to Flower Patch Farmgirl's book wreath project? my life won't be complete ...more

Calling Loudly, “J.D. Salinger”

In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....more

Four Years of Crafting and Gardening at BlogHer: My Favorite Posts

We are celebrating five years of BlogHer (and have you contributed to #blogher5 yet?) As one of the original contributing editors, I've been writing here since January, 2006. In a reflective mood, I read back through the four years of posts and found repeated themes, favorite posts, and much to remember: ...more

That was a great one. I followed along to brush up on my fundamentals. Thanks!


Welcome to my thoughts

Hi and welcome to my blog, if you are reading this. ...more

Warm Winter Wearables to Craft

A cold-front has enveloped most of North America this past week, and many folk are thinking they don't have nearly enough clothes to stay warm. Crafters, however, know it may only take a few hours to make that one piece that help. Let's look at some of the options: ...more

I love the idea of the Fear of Commitment cowl!  I'm so tired of putting on my scarf and ...more

2010 My year to get HEALTHY off drugs and overeating...

Okay here we go....I am making 2010 my New Healthy Life. I have a problem with prescription pain meds, and chocolate. I am an obese addict. I weigh 235lbs. and I can't keep a bottle of 120count hydrocodone for more than 6 days. I also can't eat just ONE of anything. I have made many New Years resolutions to lose x amount of pounds by the next year. However because of my weight have become addicted to pain pills for my back, it happened slowly over the last 6 years. This year and for the rest of my life I want to be healthy, weight, drug free, and mind HEALTHY....more

I have a horrible migraine, I am 16 days clean, and 19 months sober today. This is really ...more

Remember Pets with Handmade Holiday Gifts

It was cold last night, yet I was warm while I slept because my dog Jake curled up right next to me.  Today, the dogs will greet my every return to the house (even if I just went out to the mail), eagerly taste test my food to insure it's safety, and coat the carpet in a decorative layer of additional fur.  Other peoples' cats will prowl their houses looking for stray dust motes and mice to chase.  Hamsters will spin on their wheels and squeak an alarm when the refrigerator door opens.  Parrots will mimic.  Fish will calm with their steady back and forth motion. ...more

For our cat, a sock full of cat-nip and a big empty paper bag tipped sideways seemed to ...more