Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Call Me 'Determined'!


Hello, Dear Ones! I've missed you all so much. First of all I want to thank you all for your comments to me this past week. Your visits mean the world to me! :)

Now, just call me 'Determined'! Yes, ma'am!

I've finished the booger afghan! Yes, I've finished it!

Cast your most gorgeous peepers on this puppy!


What do you think? Well, as I told you earlier I tore this apart two times! Now I'm glad I did because I decided I would alternate the colors of the flowers. I'm glad I did as I like it so much better this way. It started out just with the pumpkin colored flowers.

Look at my most lovely handiwork! :) Isn't it amazing that with just a bit of yarn you can go to town and make something pretty?

I don't know exactly how long this afghan has taken me to get it finished. But I can tell you, I have worked on it almost every moment for the last week. I even dreamed in crochet! I did, I really did! :)

Here she is thrown over the den sofa. Looks pretty good, huh? This afghan weighs a ton too!


Next I took her to the living room and tossed her on my winged back chair - again, looks pretty good!


Here's my artsy snap for you of her all nicely folded on the sofa in the living room. I think this snap looks a little like a photo from a 1960s magazine! :)

I wish the little flowers' petals would stay down nice and neat but they do like to flop around.
As I told you earlier this is a Christmas present. It's for my daughter and son-in-law. She is so busy with little Carter she doesn't look at my blog often so hopefully she won't see this.

Here's another little artsy snap for you! Now, I want to encourage you ~ when something seems difficult, don't give up! I really should have read the instructions for this afghan a little better before I started because parts of the instructions were not clear. I didn't join my circles the way the pattern said to and I made my border a little differently too because the instructions didn't make much sense to me. So...I winged it at times but it seems to have turned out okay! :)

I confess, I feel like I've given birth ~ well, all except the contractions and pain~ :) But blood (sort of ), sweat and tears were shed! :)




Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

You're Havin' My Baby

Havin' my baby
What a lovely way of sayin'
How much you love me
Havin' my baby
What a lovely way of sayin'
What you're thinkin' of me
I can see it, face is glowin'
I can see in your eyes
I'm happy you know it


That you're havin' my baby
You're the woman I love
And I love what it's doin' to ya

Havin' my baby

You're a woman in love
And I love what's goin' through ya

Havin' my baby

I'm a woman in love
And I love what it's doin' to me
And you're havin' my baby
~ sung by Paul Anka


69 comments:

  1. All that work did pay off! The afghan turned out wonderful! Makes it hard to decide where to put it....oh right, you are not keeping it! A lovely gift it will be!

    ~Linnea

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  2. You are amamazing lady! It turned our gorgeous, you must have been working on it non-stop! My hands would have been killing me! love it! ;D

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  3. Very pretty, your daughter will love it! Now, you can rest your hands and put this lovely afghan on Pinterest.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  4. Missed you but glad you are finished with that trouble maker afghan! It really is pretty and I'm sure your daughter will love it. Love the colors you used. Take care!--Shannon

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  5. "She" looks good wherever you toss her! Lucky daughter! I'll bet that sweet little Carter will find herself curled up under it's beautiousness from time to time.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. I am so impressed!! I love a gal that determines something and off she goes!! Fabulous job Sheila :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

    P.S. I forgot to say -- BEAUTIFUL :)

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  7. How beautiful hun; great work; I crochet a little; I wish this was mine..lol

    Hugs, Shar

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  8. Your afghan is beautiful! Love the colors. I crochet but I haven't really done it in years. I have one that I have started but have yet to finish. Maybe this winter.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  9. It turned out beautiful Sheila! I love the different colored flowers, much more pizzazz than just one color! I'm sure your daughter will love it:@)

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  10. It is so beautiful, love the different color flowers. Your daughter is one luck lady.

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  11. The afghan is gorgeous!!!!
    You can tell you put a lot of love and work into it!!!!
    Enjoy your day!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

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  12. Yay, Shelia!!! It is STUNNING!!! I adore the pretty russet colors in it. Beautiful! I know you must be so pleased because by golly you tackled it and got the job done. :D Congratulations!

    xoxoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  13. Yes Mam' you are determined but I think I'd rather call you,
    Creative
    Talented
    and
    an Inspiration to all of us who procrastinate.
    thanks for showing us the beauty that can happen when we focus on a single project and by gosh - by golly-
    GET 'ER DONE
    applause applause..
    xoxoxo
    Sonny

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  14. That is just beautiful and looks so perfect too. You are so talented. My Mom did all those things to, I don't know what happened to me. LOL

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  15. It looks amazing! Your daughter is going to love it and cherish it always. You're lucky to already have one Christmas present ready to go!

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  16. What a Beautiful Priceless piece! Simply gorgeous your daughter is very Blessed. Have a wonderful day!

    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch JOY!

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  17. She is a beauty~ I know your daughter will cherish it very much.

    Hugs~ Jessica

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  18. Shelia that turned out BEAUTIFUL! You sure have a lot patience because that afghan has so much beautiful detail to it. Job well done:) Martina

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  19. That is gorgeous Miss Sheila. I love the colors,and YES you are the determined one.

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  20. It is beautiful!!! Your daughter and son in law will love it!!

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  21. Gorgeous! and I love the colors, but my....that was alot of work. But the outcome is beautiful.

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  22. Your determination paid off Shelia! It's beautiful and really matches your livingroom well even though you aren't keeping it. Did you know that Paul Anka was born in a tiny Quebec town near Ottawa Ontario (our nation's capital) and my aunt was born in the same town. Just a little known fact. LOL Have a great day! Pamela

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  23. She is going to love it! It is fabulous! What a sweet mommy!!

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  24. Shelia, it is G O R G E O U S ! Your daughter is a very lucky girl and not just because she is getting that afghan! You'd better hide it away or you won't be wanting to part with it. I think it was a great design decision to alternate the flower colors!

    Happy Wednesday, Bridge

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  25. what a treasure, just lovely!! I have never made an afghan but have some of my grandmothers. I have made quilts and do love that sense of accomplishment when it is done. This is just a beautiful heirloom you have created!!

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  26. Shelia, it is lovely. You have done such a wonderful job and I know it must have seemed forever to you. It will be something to be cherished for years.

    Barb ♥

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  27. Shelia,
    WOW, you have put a lot of work and time into that lovely afghan and it shows. I absolutely love the colors. Beautiful-beautiful job!
    XOXO ~Liz

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  28. Lovely afghan, your daughter is going to be so happy with it. I kinda wish *you* could keep it because it looks so perfect in all your spots. So glad you made two colors of flowers because it is just beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Mary @ Redo 101

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  29. What a beauty. I can see why you are proud. It would be hard to give it up, especially when the colors go so well in your home. You are a good mother and what a Christmas Present. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  30. That afghan is awesome. I have so much for one who can crochet. I don't have the patience. My dear Mom was one crocheting machine. She would sometimes stay up all night crocheting if she was on a roll.
    I miss her so and I think of her when I see a beautiful crochet project.
    I can tell you, your daughter will cherish this beautiful afghan from your sweet little fingers.
    Thanks for you visit and sweet comments. Hugs, Ginger

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  31. The colors are really "stylish."
    I remember that song by Paul Anka in the early 70's... my mom loved it but I hated it when I was kid!
    Love,
    Lorraine

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  32. Oh Shelia,
    It turned out absolutely beautiful...You can definitely see all the love, sweat, and blood...hee,hee,hee that went into it. Your daughter and son-in-law will love it. Great job my sweet friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  33. Hi Shelia
    The afghan turned out fabulously!! You did an amazing job. Good for you for not giving up. The colors look so good with the rest of the decor too.

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  34. That is really pretty. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing at Wow. You can go rest now under it.

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  35. Hello Shelia,
    Oh my I cannot tell you how amazed I am - this is so very beautiful! I can tell you put a lot of love and work into this. Well done!
    Kathy

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  36. How sweet it is. Love it on the wing chair!

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  37. Maybe "you" can make something pretty with yarn. Not me!
    Brenda

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  38. Sheila, The afghan turned out beautiful and I know your daughter and son-in-law will love it. I admire your persistence! Thank you for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  39. I love, love the afghan, but not a fan of that song!! It's really beautiful.

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  40. It is beautiful, Sheila! You did an amazing job! I'm sure your daughter will love it. I can see myself all cuddled up with it!

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  41. That is gorgeous, Shelia. Your daughter and SIL will be so pleased. Lucky them to have a creative mom like you.The colors are so pretty and so fall-ish!...Christine

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  42. Shelia
    Are you sure you don't want to keep this and make another one for your daughters family? It is gorgeous and looks so good everywhere in your house!

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  43. All I can say is WOW SHELIA! You are a great artist. I love the colors and the intricate details. You are more than determined. You are excellent! And I believe your craft is worthy for a magazine cover.

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  44. My goodness, you sure do like to party. :))

    The afghan is beautiful and it sure looks HARD to me. I could never crochet like that. You have a lot of talent in those little dainty fingers of yours.
    It looks so pretty with your furniture. Your daughter is going to love it dearly.
    xoxo

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  45. What a work of art. It is beautiful!!

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  46. It's gorgeous Shelia! I know how determined you are. I crochet, but I don't think I was ever tenacious enough to put together a granny or any other granny style afghan. I can ripple with the best of them though;-). I salute you!

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  47. Shelia, your afghan look beautiful! The colors are so warm and cheerful. I know your daughter and family will LOVE it! Good lesson on determination! Linda

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  48. Shelia, I love the colors in the afghan! I learned to do 2 crochet stitches many years ago- a single and a double. All I could do with them was to make a long scarf! LOL Needless to say, I don't do crochet anymore. Glad you're all done and can now concentrate on other things! Have fun decorating your home for fall now! ♥ Sue

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  49. Oh my!...you are amazing,this is fantastic,your determination has it's reward,just look how wonderful.
    Hey could you whip me out one,I love your colors,I'll take one just like it,teehehe.(just kidding)
    Have a great weekend friend.
    You sooooo sweet.
    ~JO

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  50. Heeehehehe!!! What a fittin' song to go with the spectacular birth of your amazingly beautiful afghan. Your kiddos are gonna love it!

    Have a terrifically blessed Thursday sweetie! :o)

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  51. Oh, Shelia. I am dying here. This is just absolutely gorgeous.

    My cousin received a similar one when she got married almost forty years ago. And, I've been drooling over it since.

    Don't worry. I didn't really get drool on it.

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  52. What a beautiful afghan! It goes perfectly in your living room.
    Candy

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  53. Well now look at you! Ain'tchoo somethin'! How absolutely lovely. Your kiddos will love it! ♥

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  54. http://yestheyareallmine-mom.blogspot.com/
    Sheila, this is my other blog. It has more of what is going on in my life right now. As a Daughter of Christ, I know he has everything under control. He gave me two words while I was in prayer a few weeks ago. They were Faith and Trust. I find myself repeating them to myself on a daily basis.
    Thank you so much for the encouraging words and the prayers.

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  55. It is beautiful! A work of art, and love!
    I wonder what I could make for my dil who has 4 little ones and works so hard? I think it will have to be dinner, I am not needle talented!

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  56. That's one beautiful afghan! I love the color combinations you used. Gorgeous!

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  57. Hi Sheila, this is beautiful!! I'm sure you put alot of hard work into it. Believe me...I have ripped up many of my creations and started over! lol...I am going to try the mask you posted about in a little while. I will definitely avoid the eyebrows!

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  58. Well, I'm as smoothe as a baby's butt! I don't think I put it on thick enough though...I had to scrape alot of it off, but it still worked! Glad you joined the party!!Kristen

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  59. That is gorgeous... Yes you are determined, I give you that. And it sure looks wonderful anywhere you place it in your home.

    Oh my Mom loves Paul Anka.

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  60. Oh my Lord dear Shelia, you did fabulous!! Your afghan is stunning, lucky daghter! such a gorgeous work my dear friend, you sure are a talented gal!! I'm very impressed, I will be showing my mother your work, she's also going to love it like me! You're amazing! Love,
    FABBY

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  61. Beautiful, beautiful! Love it! You have done a beautiful job. I don't think I could give it away. .. It looks so good in your home. Oh, thanks for sharing such creativity. Hugs, Karie

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  62. Splendid! This is absolutely goregeous and all of the time and work you did really paid off in creating this artistic beauty!

    Thank you, Shelia, for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

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  63. Your afghan is so very pretty, Shelia. I love to crochet so I can really appreciate the many many hours of work you put into your lovely creation. It will be treasured, I'm sure.

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  64. This is so beautiful!! I have given up trying to finish an afghan, and now I do small projects that I actually finish like dish cloths and scrunchies. You did a beautiful job, and I am encouraged to know that even to experienced crocheters the instructions don't make sense sometimes. :)

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  65. Hi Shelia, I have been gone for the past 10 days and we are home and glad to be here. I was thinking of your afghan project and came over to see if you were blogging again. Surprise!!You finished the beautiful afghan. The colors are gorgeous. I thought you would be working on it much longer. Of course we HAVE been gone a while so kudos to you my friend. You are so talented. You are a wonder. All it takes is you to set your mind to do something and you do it in record time. I'm proud of you. The afghan looks beautiful where ever you decide to put it!

    Hugs, xo, Jeanne

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  66. Hi Sheila! Your afghan is incredible!! Beautiful job! Thank you so much for dropping by and for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  67. Shelia,
    Don't throw anything at me...but you need to make another for your home! This is absolutely lovely...and it goes with everything in your decor! I know your daughter will treasure your "labor of love"!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  68. Hi Shelia, it's Sheila! I -adore- your afghan, especially the "floppy" parts of the flowers! I've been away from crochet for a long time, but your blanket may persuade me back! Would you be willing to share your pattern or tell us where we can find it?

    Thank you so much, loving your blog!

    Sheila

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  69. Hi Sheila, what an absolutely beautiful afghan. I can see how it must have been a labour of love as well as hard work. Congratulations. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)