Sunday, October 30, 2011

3 doilies in one doily

“I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.”
Agatha Christie, An Autobiography
 
I wanted to make doily. I could not decide which one of 3 doilies and I was lazy to make 3.
However, I decided to take one part of each doily which I liked to make one.
 "Laziness run in front of us" old saying  :)
That how I made this doily, therefore, I decided to name 3 in 1.
Made from 100% cotton yarn.
Hook 1.65mm
I have some pattern of it.
 





Friday, October 28, 2011

Autumn

Leaf
Floating down with grace and ease
Carried off by the Autumn breeze
Rich in hues of orange and red
Landing in the flower bed

What once was buzzing full of life
Now succumbs to the pruning knife
Staring up at the wilted rose
Another season comes to close

Looking for memories of this day
Not forgetting her fun filled stay
Lying amongst the rocks and sticks
I'm the one the little girl picks

Hurries home with the one she took
Placing it in her poetry book

8/05/2014
Copyright © Tim Smith | Year Posted 2014     

Monday, October 24, 2011

Camera :)

The History of CamerasLearn about the history of cameras with our timeline that takes you from early optical devices all the way through to modern digital cameras.
 
  • The Ancient Greeks and Chinese used an optical device called the ‘camera obscura’ to project an image of the surroundings on to a screen. This invention played an important role in the development of cameras and photography.
  • Although designs existed earlier, it wasn't until the 1800s that practical cameras were developed.
  • The ‘Kodak’ camera was developed by George Eastman and went on sale in 1888, pioneering the use of photographic film. It was simple box camera with a single shutter speed and fixed focus lens.
  • Around the year 1913, a German optical engineer named Oskar Barnack made a prototype compact camera that used 35 mm film. Named ‘Lecia’, it was put into production in 1925 after further developments.
  • Reflex cameras became popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Single lens reflex cameras (SLR) use a mirror and prism system to allow photographers to accurately see the image that will be captured. This system uses one optical light path whereas previous cameras had two, one through the lens to the film and the other to the viewfinder.
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  • Polaroid cameras hit the market in 1948, allowing photographers to produce images instantly. A special chemical process was used to used to produce prints from the negatives in under a minute.
  • The popularity of instant cameras took off in 1965 with the introduction of the Polaroid Model 20 Swinger, one of the top selling cameras of all time.
  • Despite the technology being around in 1949, disposable cameras didn't really catch on until the 1990s when Kodak models became popular. They are cheap alternatives designed to be used once, perfect for one off events such as birthdays and vacations.
  • The first successful imaging technology using a digital sensor was made in 1969 by Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith. In 2009, they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions which paved the way for digital photography.
  • The first commercial DSLR (digital single lens reflex) was launched by Kodak in 1991.
  • Photos on digital cameras are typically compressed using the JPEG standard and stored on memory cards.
  •  The popularity of digital cameras exploded in the 2000s as technology improved and the costs of production decreased.
  •  Modern digital cameras produce detailed photos made up of a huge number of pixels.
  •  The technology behind cameras is improving all the time with additions such as touch screens and electronic viewfinders.

  • This camera I made in June and completely forgot about it.

    Size of it is 1 cm/ half inch.
    Materials were 100% cotton black and blue.
    Hook 1.65mm
    It was made to order of one person
    with whom I worked for short period of time.
    She was happy by it which made me happy.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Once more a Tooth :)

    The tooth fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood.
     The folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow and the tooth fairy will visit while they sleep,
    replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.
    The tradition of leaving a tooth under a pillow for the tooth fairy
    to collect is practiced in various countries in the Anglosphere.
     
    Once I made a tooth to give to my dentist.
     Now when I tell people about it,
    they ask to make for their doctors.
    Size of this tooth is approximately 1inch.
    I used 100% cotton white, blue and small amount red colours.
    Hook 1.65mm.
     
    I do have a pattern contact me price $5.
    Approximately price for a tooth $5 depends on time.

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Artist - Mister Who.

    Artist - Mister Who.
    Magic or sorcery is the use of rituals, symbols, actions, gestures, and language with the aim of exploiting supernatural forces. The belief in and practice of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important spiritual, religious, and medicinal role in many cultures today.
    The belief in magic and magical powers dates back to the earliest recorded history. In Egypt, for example, large number of magical papyri, in Greek, Coptic, and Demotic, have been recovered. These sources contain early instances of much of the magical lore that later became part of Western cultural expectations about the practice of magic, especially ceremonial magic.

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Glaceau SmartWater

    My husband likes to drink this water.
    Yes, I agree it is better tasty than others, price is also reasonable.
    SmartWater comes in different bottle sizes.
    However, I am going to show something different :)

    I found on bottle that
    a small witty way to remind people about recycling.
    I only showed two of four that I saw.

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Doily, my old hard work

    Doily, my old hard work that made from
    many pieces of flowers, leaves and circles.
    I used Irish crochet techniques for a first time.
    I don't remember how many of them I crocheted.
    but it took 4 ... 5 month to crochet and sew all of them together.
    It was a gift for my brother-in-law and his wife.

    A Flower     
    © Aldora Sparrow
         Published on October 2008
    Have you ever heard
    of a flower that never needs
    Water, soil, or sunshine?

    A flower that stays in full bloom
    Through summer and winter
    Through good times and bad

    A flower that rarely gets smaller,
    growing endlessly.
    A few lost petals,
    A little droop,
    but, without a doubt,
    it will always regrow
    into something more beautiful.

    I have one of those.
    I call it  Doily (Love).


        

    Rainbow from nowhere ...

    Rainbow ... Amazingly it was clear blue sky and one small fluffy white cloud that produced slight rain. And it was enough for rainbow. Of course sun was in right place and time. It was sunset time. I looked out of my window when I saw the rainbow. I quickly grab a camera. And snapped same pictures :) ).

    What is the meaning of a rainbow?
    Rainbows speak directly to our heart and soul, filling us with awe and energies all around us. Rainbows bring the promise that the trouble of today will surely come to pass, hold strong in your faith and vision and the rainbow will bring fresh beginnings and new prosperity.

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Happy B-day, my dear friend!

    Once upon a time, there was a French botanist by the name of Pierre Magnol (1638 – 1715).
    He helped scientists determine that plants came in families and not just species.
    Guess who magnolias are named after?
    The Chinese began naming magnolias long before the 1600s.
    What taxonomists and botanists call Magnolia officialis since the 1600s,
    the Chinese have been calling hou po.
    There seem to be as many symbol interpretations about magnolias as there are people who love magnolias:
    • In Victorian times, sending flowers was a discreet way of lovers sending messages to each other. Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility.
    • In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness.
    • In the American South, white magnolias are commonly seen in bridal bouquets because the flowers are thought to reflect and emphasize the bride’s purity and nobility.
    For more information:
     
    Card made by this tutorial, flower made by me on my friend B-day. 

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Bacon wrapped potatoes...


    Some my friends I said that I cook  Bacon Wrapped Potatoes.
    And today I would like to share that recipe,
    but first I want to say Thank you author for this recipe. 

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    A card...

     
    Hello :)
    Next what I would like to share is a card.
    Across stitch kitten was made for my mother-in-law's birthday.
    I used a scrapbook paper Format A4 what is regular size of paper.
    This kitten from the scripts are written by the same tales of Gregory Oster.
    Cartoon chronicles the adventures of a kitten with an unusual name Gav
    and his friend the puppy Sharik.
    Gav constantly gets in the ridiculous situation and finds adventure as soon as leaves the house.
    He was confident that should go toward trouble,
    because the old domestic cat he said: "you'll find nothing but trouble!".
    He also knows how to properly divide the sausage,
    why do you need a secret language,
    and why be afraid of thunderstorms need along with another in the attic.
    The cartoon focuses on real friendship, illustrates the care of adults of small and weak.
     

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    I made my dream come true :)
    ... Just look at this picture:
    I made that lizard by being inspirited with Gecko insurance commercials.
    Walking, talking lizard?
    Can I crochet?
    It took me about a month to think how to crochet and about 5 months to crochet.
    I proudly can say I made it.
    I used green, grey, orange and small amount red, black and white 100% cotton.
    Fiberfill, chenille stem in legs, arms and tail for mobility.
    Hook 1.65mm
    Size of it is approximately 10in
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    The GEICO Gecko can thrive in any environment, as long as he has good company. However, to live a truly fulfilling life, the Gecko must be able to help people save money on insurance. In his free time, the GEICO Gecko enjoys eating anything fresh, preferably home-cooked and tasty. He also has a particular penchant for clams.
    As GEICO's ambassador of great customer service and quick rate quotes, the Gecko has been invited to make special appearances at venues all over the country. 

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    ... A weather...

    Sometimes we have very strong thunderstorm;
    as a result, we would lose power for all day.
    And with picture was shot day like that.
    A small camp in an apartment takes you away from terrible weather outside.
    Colourful candle
    Your flame flickers
    I inhale your sensual scent
    You create a magical mood
    Poised for rest and relaxation
    Or the real romanticism
    Of a perfect enchanted evening
    Fiona Campbell
    Jan 23, 2015

    Mini crochet cake :)

    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday Dear (name)
    Happy Birthday to You.
    From good friends and true,
    From old friends and new,
    May good luck go with you,
    And happiness too.
    My later creation is this cake that was made for my friend who moved another state to live.
    Mini crochet cake is size of milk lid. Cake crochet with 100% cotton, flowers and trim made with orange-pink, light pink, green and blue embroidery threads in rococo style. Hook 1.65mm. Also I slightly sprayed with starch.

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    Patriot Bear

    Patriot is a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country
    and its interests with devotion.
    Believe to me a teddy bear could be a patriot also 
    because was named after president.
    The Patriot Bear was made for person who a real an American Patriot.
    This bear made from acrylic yarn, able to move legs and arms. Hook 3.25mm. Hat and vest were made 100% cotton. Hook 1.65mm.
    The vest has 25 stars. An American flag was made as magnet.
    Size of bear is 4inches, the flag is approximately 1inche.

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    Crochet a bicycle

    It is my first toy that I made without any instructions.
    This crochet bicycle copy of Specialized Roubaix Bicycle made as Christmas present to my husband.
    It crocheted 100% cotton blue, white, yellow and black and then starch. Hook 1.65mm. Size is approximately 4inches long and 2inches tall.

    Vehicles for human transport that have two wheels and require balancing by the rider date back to the early 19th century. The first means of transport making use of two wheels arranged consecutively, and thus the archetype of the bicycle, was the German draisine dating back to 1817. The term bicycle was coined in France in the 1860s.
    There are several early but unverified claims for the invention of bicycle-like machines.
    The earliest comes from a sketch said to be from 1534 and attributed to Gian Giacomo Caprotti, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci. In 1998 Hans-Erhard Lessing described this as a purposeful fraud. However, the authenticity of the bicycle sketch is still vigorously maintained by followers of Prof. Augusto Marinoni, a lexicographer and philologist, who was entrusted by the Commissione Vinciana of Rome with the transcription of da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus.
    Later, and equally unverified, is the contention that Comte the Sivrac developed a célérifère in 1792, demonstrating it at the Palais-Royal in France. The célérifère supposedly had two wheels set on a rigid wooden frame and no steering, directional control being limited to that attainable by leaning.
    A rider was said to have sat astride the machine and pushed it along using alternate feet. It is now thought that the two-wheeled célérifère never existed (though there were four-wheelers) and it was instead a misinterpretation by the well-known French journalist Louis Baudry de Saunier in 1891.

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Easter Bunny on the lilies of valley's field.

    Easter Bunny on the lily of valley's field.
    The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure
    and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.
    Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour
    at the start of the season of Eastertide.
    The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes.
    In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy,
    and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus
    or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays.
    The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare
    bringing Easter eggs for the children.

    Bunny made from white acrylic yarn, eyes 2 black beads, muzzle pink thread,
    and white berry with green crochet part. H. 3.25mm
    Lilies of the valley made 100% white, green cotton, 7 beads, stems made from wires and
    wrapped with floral tape. H. 1.65mm
    A big liliy of the valley size is 4inches, a small 2.5inches.
    Field knitted Patons Cha Cha 100% nylon yarn. Needles 2mm
    Base is firm foam size 4X3inches.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    A little Leprechaun ... Treasury box ...

    What a great gift for a good person (Irish). I put her initial letters on front.
    
    A leprechaun (Irish: leipreachán) is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.
    They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes
    and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
    If captured by a human, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom.
    Like other Irish fairies, leprechauns may be derived from the Tuatha Dé Danann.
    Leprechaun-like creatures rarely appear in Irish mythology and only
    became prominent in later folklore
     
    A little Leprechaun made from 100% green, white, pink and yellow cotton.
    Hook 2.75, Fiberfill.
    He able to move arms. Eyes and mouth embroidered witt same yarn.
    The Leprechaun's size is 4in. and without hat 3in.
    Box made from toothpicks and glued to carton paper.
    Gold is one cent coin that sprayed this gold spray.
    The box size is 2X1X1 inches.

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Variety crochet jewelry

    I start to make jewelry only for me and now not only for me. Here is some of them.

    Mandarins power by cuties from California

    Most sources say that the clementine came to exist because of accidental hybridization,
    with the first fruits discovered by Brother Clément Rodier (after whom the fruit was named in French and then English) in the garden of his orphanage in Misserghin, Algeria.
    However, there are claims it originated in China much earlier; one source describes it as nearly identical to the Canton mandarin widely grown in the Guangxi and Guangdong provinces in China.
     
    A clementine (Citrus ×clementina) is a hybrid between a Mediterranean Citrus ×deliciosa
    and a sweet orange, so named in 1902.
    The exterior is a deep orange colour with a smooth, glossy appearance.
    Clementines can be separated into 7 to 14 segments.
    Similarly to tangerines, they tend to be easy to peel.
    They are almost always seedless when grown commercially (without cross-pollination),
    and therefore are sometimes known as seedless tangerines.
    The clementine is also occasionally referred to as the Moroccan clementine.
    They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges.
    Their oils, like other citrus fruits, contain mostly limonene as well as myrcene,
    linalool, α-pinene and many complex aromatics.
     
    All of Sun Pacific Cuties are perfectly pure.
    All bright and sweet, and sure to allure.
    Our Cuties sweet taste is beyond all measure.
    A superior flavor that all children treasure.
    But they can’t just be sweet, they must also look cute
     
    I love to eat citruses during winter an especially mandarins.
    When I saw stickers on them, I wanted to crochet one of them.

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Halloween and sea

    Halloween, or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
     
    A sailor, seaman, mariner, or seafarer is a person who navigates waterborne
    vessels or assists as a crewmember in their operation and maintenance.
    The term bluejacket may be used for British or US Navy enlisted sailors,
    the latter especially when deployed ashore as infantry.
    Etymologically, the name "sailor" preserves the memory of the time when ships were commonly powered by sails, but it applies to the personnel of all vessels,
    whatever their mode of propulsion, and includes military (naval) and security (coast guard) maritime personnel and members of the merchant marine, as well as recreational sailors.
    The term "seaman" is frequently used in the particular sense of a sailor who is not an officer.

    Real animals and them crochet :)

     I made two different dogs: one Basset Hound and two Mini Schnauzers.








    These 2 breeds are so differs and so alike.
     The Basset Hound is a large purebred known for being affectionate, alert, friendly, gentle, and sweet.
    Generally the Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog with a whole lot of heart and has a pleasant, playful, spunky temperament that fits well into a lot of homes.
    The most common colors for Basset Hounds are black and tan, brown, gray, red, tricolor, and white.
    To keep it healthy, it will need to get exercise regularly.
    The Basset Hound commonly participates in hunting and tracking.
    Basset Hound is able to move legs, to sit and to stay.
    I used white and brown 100% acrylic yarn, small amount pink and blackcotton, 2 buttons for eyes.
     H.3.50mm. Fiberfill.
     The Miniature Schnauzer is a small purebred known for being alert, friendly, intelligent, and playful. The most common colors for Miniature Schnauzers are black, silver, and white. The outer coat is wiry and the undercoat is soft. The coat is clipped so it has a bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows.
    To keep it healthy, it will need to get exercise regularly. Known to be multi-talented, the Miniature Schnauzer participates in a wide variety of activities such as agility, competitive obedience, earthdog, hunting, and tracking.
    2Mini Schnauzers are able to move legs, to sit and to stay.
    I used 80% acrylic and 20% wood  grey heather yarn, small amount 
    black cotton, 4 buttons for eyes.
     H.3.50mm. Fiberfill.
    After I put together, I did some grooming: brush and trim dogs face, eyebrows, and legs . 
    More information here: http://dogs.petbreeds.com/compare/15-104/Basset-Hound-vs-Miniature-Schnauzer
     
     
    

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Jewelry ... crochet

    With their optimistic hue and general association with good cheer, yellow roses are the perfect way
    to toast friends, lift spirits and send a general wish for well-being.
    Best gift for a friend :)

    Valentine’s Day Surprise

    What is good gift on Valentine’s Day for our love ones? Flowers? Jewelry?
    I am sure everyone have a different answer.
    For my husband I did surprise by put card in his lunch box and home he got a small surprise…
    I made a small silly cupid.
    I thought the cupid would be an interested as a gift.
    Beside in classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning "desire") is the god of desire,
    erotic love, attraction and affection.
    He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars, and is known in Latin also as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros.

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Bunnies :)


    Hi, everyone
    Today I would like to present a crochet bunny or rabbit .
    I love them for cute, fluffy look with little tail and distinctive long ears.
    Of course, do not forget they have claws, rabbits can use its.
    However, my crochet bunnies only have cute, adorable and perfect look.
    Here are few more fact which I wish I could have.
    Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
    That vision is really awesome. I think all of us wish have that.