Thursday, November 17, 2011

Laces, crocheted wire hearts, foggy morning

Good morning everyone ~ It’s hard to believe it is Thursday already. A week from today Thanksgiving preparations will be in full swing for Americans. I can almost smell all of the delicious aromas from kitchens around the country.

It is a foggy morning here. It’s been almost like summer the past 4 days, in the 80’s very warm and humid! Those few cool days with chilly nights were really nice. I think we’re supposed to get more of that the end of the month.

Yesterday my ‘win’ of laces came and oh my what a treat! My pictures do not do them justice. They are beautiful!!! Nicki Lee hand dyes these and you can purchase them from her Etsy shop Raviolee Dreams. My win was a lovely presentation in itself. A lovely lace bag, tied with a sweet ribbon with a heart button. I love it.


Sorry for the light glare on this photo. I thought her packaging was really nice.


Here it one pkg of laces, I didn’t look before I shot the picture so that the one lace lower left corner is folded in. Sad smile I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have these and can’t wait to start using them. My mind is working overtime.


Next pkg.


These were actually two separate pkgs. The lavender and green heart was one, and the white hearts another. I’m keeping the larger heart for myself. Isn’t it beautiful? There was a choice of either pink and green or the one I chose.


Sorry for the lousy photo here. This was my little something extra, sweet little charms to add to my creations. Wonderful!!


Thank you Nicki Lee for this wonderful give away of your beautiful hand dyed laces. Congrats on your 600th Etsy sale which was your reason for the give away. Thank you for the inspiration you have zapped me with by your blog and lovely creations, and this wonderful selection of laces.

Below are a couple more crocheted and beaded wire hearts that I made over the last few days. I can only do a couple at a time, as working with wire is rough on the fingers, even though this wire is very fine. I’ve tried thicker grade wires before and they are alright for certain things. I can only imagine what crocheting with sterling or gold wire must be like, wonderful to be sure. I enjoy working with this nickel wire and think it makes delicate work which I love.


Here are all three hearts. I made the blue one with a loop for wearing on a chain. I’d like to use fresh water pearls and other gems with these, but need to make and save up some money first for those.


Here’s the view outside my window this morning. Foggy and peaceful, even though traffic is racing by. I love this vase. DH bought it for me when we were in Lisbon, Portugal, on Valentine’s day in the early 70’s, on one of our little vacations while DH was in the US Navy. We had a VW camper at the time and that’s what we slept and ate in. The cement lady statue out in the patio area is one of my favorite pieces on our property.




After dinner the other night as I was cleaning up I saw this wine drop heart on the counter and had to grab the camera. I couldn’t have done this if I had tried.


Well, I’ve got to do some things before heading off to work today. I didn’t really do anything around here much, laundry, messed with Christmas lights, (grr) vac’d and dusted, made an apple pie with a crumble top, delicious, and made a loaf of white bread in my machine which fell. Sad smile It is still edible, but it’s always a disappointment when that happens, which it does occasionally.

Anyway, have a great rest of the week.



We can easily manage if we will only take, each day,

the burden appointed to it.

But the load will be too heavy for us

if we carry yesterday's burden over again today,

and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

John Newton


Sunray Gardens said...

Really lovely laces and how fun to win something so nice.
Cher Sunray Gardens

gld said...

The gift was just filled with beautiful things. I am sure you will put it all to good use.

The vase is beautiful and I love the view out the window.

When you said the bread fell, I immediately thought of bread pudding....or even french toast...

Have a good day at work.

Skeeter said...

Wow, such beautiful lace and so many! I can see why your mind is racing with ideas. Cant wait to see the creativity pouring from your fingers...

Beautiful vase with awesome memories and what a fun adventure....

Lona said...

Wow, how beautiful! The laced pieces are just gorgeous. I know you will be making some pretties from them. Your wire hearts are just so pretty. Such finely detailed work. Makes my hands shake just to look at them. LOL!

Anonymous said...

I "heart" wine! This was such a wonderful post. Your beaded wire hearts are just beautiful.

You have such talent! You inspire me - even though I can hardly thread a needle. . . but when I read your posts I get the itch to get "crafty".

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.


shirley said...

I was really thrilled for you Lorraine when I saw you had won the give'away and knew you would make good use of them . The charms are gorgeous too. Congratulations lucky you.

Gayle said...

You hit the jackpot with all the lace. You are going to have so much fun creating. I absolutely cannot believe you crochet wire. Amazing!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

thank you for letting me spend this time with you.
a wonderful visit
slow down ...

Nicki Lee said...

I am so happy that you are pleased with your winnings and can't wait to see how you incorporate them into some of your creations.

Your hearts are beautiful - all of them! Oh, and that vase would be so perfect made into a lamp....gorgeous!

sweetbay said...

Beautiful, both the lace gifts and your wire work!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

The laces are so beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with them.
I love your wire and bead crocheted hearts--very cool.

Deb said...

I can't wait to see what you create with those lovely laces what a wonderful surprise. The beaded wire heart are great and I think one with pearls will look good.

Your view and the vase made a lovely photo with the lady statue in the background.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so many pretties!

I see things like that heart-shaped wine spot often. I like to think it's God saying, "Remember I love you".

Hugs, Ilene

Balisha said...

Those laces are beautiful.Can't wait to see what you create with them..

lotusleaf said...

So pretty! And thanks for your visit and kind comments!

tina said...

What beautiful laces. I can't wait to see what you do with them. The wire hearts are really something. Such delicate beauty! I think those will sell really fast in your shop!

Jeri Landers said...

You will have fun using all the filigree and goodies in your own artwork. She sent you a treasure trove!
We at the Hollow send you Thanksgiving Blessings...all the gals in the barn say "HEY!"or is it "HAY"?.
My hubby and I will be spending the holiday on the road, ick! We have a show on Thanksgiving weekend and have to set it up on THANKSGIVING DAY> Another Thanksgiving meal at a Restaurant, not quite the same as being with family, boo. But you enjoy your day!

Cameron said...

Great laces and hearts!

I think your "wine heart" was sending you a message -- Those crocheted and beaded wire hearts would make great wine glass charms...the kind that guests use to mark their wine glass at a party.

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.


Hi FlowerLady, I love your laces and your crocheted hearts. Cool heart wine drop. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a nice prize you won, lots of pretty things to use!
I love the hearts! You are so crafty and talented. I started embroidering something not too long ago, inspired by your work. It make take me all winter to finish, but it's been fun restarting an old hobby.
Have a great Thanksgiving!