Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Different Granny Square Cover

It started out like this...what to do with my left over granny squares!



A pretty cover for our little stool!

I made it using the same method on the sides as I did on the tissue box covers.  This just slips over the stool.  My brother gave me the antique candle sticks and the candles were a Christmas gift (from England) from one of my hubby's co-workers many years ago.

A view of the corner.

I think it looks nice in front of the wicker chair.

I remember these wicker chairs sitting on my paternal grandparents screened in porch in the late 1950s.  My parents used them in their homes in Ohio and Florida.  And now I have them.  My Mom had the table custom made in the late 1960s to place the marble top on it (also passed down from my paternal grandparents).  My paternal grandfather made the base of the lamp from cypress wood he collected from the Florida swamps in the late 1950s.   I wouldn't replace a single item and love each and everyone.

Please join Cindy at My Romantic Home (here) for more Show and Tell Friday where other bloggers share precious things from their homes....

And Wendy at the Shabby Nest (here) for Frugal Friday!

And Cindy at Cottage Instincts (here) for Make It 4 Mondays!

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jolly Little Goody Bags

What's better than ONE?


THREE is....!!!

A view from the top.

I was inspired by Yellow, Pink and Sparkly's Jolly Little Goody Bag (here) to use five left over granny squares (per bag) to make these colorful crocheted gift bags.   

I used the "join as you go" method with a F hook.  Add a pretty edging and a pretty ribbon closer and ta dah....a unique presentation.

Joining Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday (here).

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

REDnesday - Visiting Tina's Cherry Hill Cottage

1. Sweet Cottage Cottage..., 2. Red heart pillow..., 3. Red Carnation Wreath, 4. Red and white dishes~, 5. A gift from Kathleen..., 6. Christmas In July~ ,07, 7. Hand-painted Table, 8. Front Door Wreath...A Red Gingham Cottage..., 9. estate find..., 10. Cherry Napkins..., 11. A Bowl Of Green Apples.., 12. Red cherries..., 13. Polka Dot Settee~, 14. Christmas greetings from Toots..., 15. Red and White..., 16. Decorations...

I'm featuring one of my favorite bloggers - Cherry Hill Cottage - to show you a Texas gal, Tina, who loves R.E.D. too!  Who wouldn't love to have Tina's delightful and delicious home popping with all of these glorious reds?   I know I would!

If you haven't met Tina yet hop over to her gorgeous blog (here) to have a real Texas treat.

(All photos from Flickr - click on any photo's legend to see the whole photo)

Please join Sue at It's A Very Cherry School World (here) for more REDnesday treats. 

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shades of Blue

Lovely Shades of Blue!

Hope I'm not boring you with another crocheted Granny Tissue Box Cover I completed.  This time I picked shades of Caron Simply Soft blue yarns - ocean, blue mint and purple.

This one has been placed in our Master Bedroom.

I'm working on a white one for our Guest Bathroom now.

We have lots of tissue boxes around the house - mainly because I suffer from chronic sinus troubles.  I think the tissue boxes are so pretty now and I don't mind them sitting out with these pretty covers.

Pattern found (here) thanks to Michelle (The Royal Sisters).

Of course, I will have to make some Christmas covers too...that's a given!

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's TINK Day!

1. Size really doesn't metter, 2. Tinkerbell, 3. Tinkerbell Christmas card: outside, 4. Peter Pan & Tinkerbell postcard, 5. th_tinkerbell-5, 6. Tinkerbell, 7. Untitled, 8. TinkerBell christmas, 9. tinkerbell halloween, 10. tinkerbell, 11. spoiled brat, 12. itink, 13. Tinkerbell

I feel good today!

Sooooo....I'm making today "TINK Day" for all who love this cute, adorable, little fairy.  

Images from Flickr (not mine).  Just click on the legend to see the whole photo of Tinkerbell in Flickr.

Please join Mary at The Little Red House (here) for more Mosaic Monday fun.

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Friday, September 24, 2010


"God Bless You"  

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bless you, or God bless you, is a common English expression addressed to a person after they sneeze. The origin of the custom and its original purpose are unknown.
An alternative expression to Bless you that is sometimes said after a sneeze is the German and Yiddish word Gesundheit.

I told you I couldn't resist making another one!  
I made this one to match my kitchen/family room colors...cranberry, pink and country blue.  

One corner..the pink at the top is where the triple crochet (American term) is placed.

Same edging as my previous one I posted about in blue and yellow shades (here).

Now I have to run out to Michaels to get white yarn so I can make one for our guest bathroom.  
These are so much fun to make and it's nice to have a finished project in one day. 

Don't forget to blog over to Michelle's (The Royal Sisters) to get this pattern/tutorial (here)!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  Thanks for visiting me! 

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tissue Anyone?

I have fallen in L. O. V. E.  with my new crocheted granny square tissue box cover!  

I used Michelle's (The Royal Sisters)...

new granny square pattern and tutorial (here) -

Granny Tissue Box Cover

- and it couldn't have been easier.  

I started and finished it in one day.  

Michelle is one of the sweetest ladies and talented crocheters in blogland.  Her blog is filled with photos of her beautiful crochet projects and loaded with her free crochet granny square patterns/tutorials.     

Thank you Michelle!  

I couldn't have done this without your help!  

I used colors that are in my Master bedroom...and, of course, some of my left over acrylic yarn (Simply Soft) and a F hook (3.75 mm).

A view of the top.

Here's a close up of the pretty shell edging.  

I hope Michelle and I have inspired you to go and grab your crochet hook and whip up one of these.  

Now... what colors shall I chose for the next one....???  Cuz you can't make just one of these!

Hop over to Cindy's My Romantic Home (here) for more Show and Tell Friday

Sandy at Teacup Lane  

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

REDnesday - Santas

1. A Very Merry Christmas!, 2. Fabulous Vintage Santa Image, 3. checking his list, 4. Santa face Christmas tree ornament, 5. Vintage Santa Claus Calls All Good Children, 6. Santa says:, 7. Vintage Christmas Skating Santa Ornament, 8. mickey candy cane, 9. Santa, 10. Oh Santa! Why do you look at me that way?, 11. Papai Noel, 12. Hello Santa, 13. He is watching you, 14. "His cheeks were like roses....", 15. Santa in the Box, 16. Vintage card

I love Santas

I found all of these wonderful Santa Claus images in Flickr.  

You can click on each image or legend to go directly to that image to see it in full size.  

Aren't these wonderful?  

Please join Sue at It's A Very Cherry World (here) for more REDnesday!

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Coming Up Pansies

It's Teacup Lane joining all the Tea Parties!

Look at this little purple beauty I bought on our trip to Alaska in a gift shop in Cardston, Alberta (Canada) at the Remington Carriage Museum.  

As soon as I saw this lovely teacup I had to have it.

Aren't the purple and violet pansies just gorgeous?

I love PURPLE!

Lovely...lovely...just lovely!

Even a flower inside the cup...

This is my first LUXFORD Fine Bone China (Made in England).  The Sales Lady said it is getting harder and harder for them to find vintage china teacups made in England.

I'll leave you with a beautiful photo of pansies I took while touring around Alaska.

Come along and join the Tea Time Parties:

Tea Time Tuesday hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage (here);
Tea Time Tuesday hosted by Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor (here);
Tea Cup Tuesday hosted by Terri at Artful Affirmations (here);

Tea Cup Tuesday hosted by Martha at Martha's Favorites (here);
Tuesday Tea For Two & Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee hosted by Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen (here)

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mosaic Monday - Flickr Favorites

1. memorial day, 2. Tea sets and table cloths, 3. GraNNy sQUaRe & BLoCKs AfGHaN WIP, 4. Hat & scarf, 5. Vintage Grannies, 6. Granny Square Blanket Pile, 7. Blanket, 8. Circle of Friends, 9. jar full of goodness, 10. Ripple in progress, 11. Footstool Sideview, 12. Soft Pink on Butter Yellow, 13. Stocking My Shelves...., 14. Vintage teacup given to me by my grandmother, 15. Ta- Dah! Introducing SIBOL No. 22. (Flower Theme 7). Thanks to everyone who has contributed Squares for SIBOL......> 'Spring Wattle' - named by Aussie Maria! Thank You!!, 16. Snuggly hookiness

Enjoy some of my favorites photos from Flickr from other artists! 

It continues to amaze me how many talented and sharing people there are out on the web.  I like this mosaic because it is so colorful.  You can click on any of these photos and take a closer look at the wonderful artists.

Please join Mary at The Little Red House (here) for more Mosaic Monday!  

You will have fun!

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Friday, September 17, 2010

Monkey Blues for Lucas

Monkey Blues!

Here's my latest crochet project that I whipped up in the last three days.  I made this granny square baby throw out of left over yarn (Caron Simply Soft) from my other projects.  

It's for our nephew's son, Lucas, who is due this November.

It's one huge granny square in the round.  The edging is single crochet stitches of several colors, followed by half double crochet then single crochet again with the last round single crochet in corner, *chain five, skip two single crochet then single crochet again *repeat around.  I used a G Hook.

I used several shades of blue, brown, tan and two shades of green...the same colors that will be in the baby's' room.

It's 100% acrylic so it is washable and dryable...but because it is a non-natural fiber it can't be blocked.  It's 41 inches by 41 inches.  

Now to wrap the baby's shower gifts and add the throw.  

Monkey Blues is finished just in time to be mailed.

Please join Cindy at My Romantic Home (here) for more Show and Tell Friday.

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We Love Black Beauty!

Today I finished Black Beauty!

My teddy bears love her!

  Beauty started out as a throw but she turned into a blanket.  Her finished size is 6 feet by 7 feet... 14 granny square rows by 16 granny squares or 224 granny squares total.  You may remember that I used 16 different colors plus white and black to outline the granny squares.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft, a 4 ply, 100% acrylic super duper very soft yarn.  I used an H hook.

I have lots of left over granny squares (67!) from this project and am already planning what to do with them.  But it's a secret so you will have to wait to see what I do.

 I thought I would NEVER finish the edging - it just ate up the yarn.  I just had enough of the off white color to finish the last round.  I wish you could see her in person as I must admit she is quite a beauty.

I can't get the teddies to leave her!

She is almost too large to lay out in our family room.  This photo is slightly out of focus but I was standing on a small step stool holding the camera way up above my head to try to get the whole blanket in the photo.   What lengths we bloggers will go through to get our photos.  LOL!

All nicely folded.  This is the fanciest edging I've ever done.  I slightly modified an edging I liked from one of my pattern books.

The black and white really makes the granny squares POP!

My next project is to crochet a baby throw for our great nephew, Lucas, who is due to POP out into the world in November.   When I mentioned to my SIL that my hubby and I would become a great Uncle and great Aunt... she replied we already were "GREAT."  Wasn't that sweet?  

I also blogged about Black Beauty (here), (here), (here) and (here).     

Sandy at Teacup Lane

Monday, September 13, 2010