Posted by: tgonzales | January 21, 2013

January 19-20, 2013 Weekend, Another Family Member Gone too Soon, a Pair of Boot Scoot-n-Boots, and a Couple of Scarves


This last week has been pretty rough on our family; first off my Mom was trying to recover from the death of her brother and a cold, then I got sick and stayed home from work 2 days. Then we received a phone call on Thursday that my cousin Mike Casteel had passed away. Mike Casteel was my Mom’s brother’s (Uncle Wayne’s) 3rd son who was just 52 years old in May. I was just 4 years old when Mike was born. I remember when we would travel down to Oklahoma to visit my Mom’s parents we always got to see the Casteel boys. I loved naming them all off; Marty (who was my age), Mark, (who was Jackie’s age), Mike, Micky, and Matt. It wasn’t until I was in high school that my Aunt and Uncle had another child but this time they had a girl and they named her Marnita. I always thought it was so cool that all their names started with an M and I could never say just one of their names without saying all of them together. Marty, Mark, Mike, Micky, Matt, and Marnita. Today I will be traveling to and from Oklahoma to say goodbye to yet another family member gone too soon. All of those cousin sayings on Facebook are so true, after your brothers and sisters your “Cousins” are your very first friends. Goodbye for now Mikey until we meet again.


This last weekend was very uneventful since I decided to stay at home all weekend to try and recover a little more from this awful upper respiratory virus that I have. I think I need to buy into some Kleenex stock since I have gone through a couple of boxes all by myself. (I never could figure out how one person could generate that much mucus.) Anyway I managed to make a pair of Boot Scoot-n-Boots designed by Elizabeth Alan, The Lovely Crow patterns. I love the way these little boots work up and who can resist a pair of little cowboy boots? I made them for the baby shower that I couldn’t attend on Sunday.


Then I finished up the Strawberry Lace Scarf that I started on Wednesday morning. I wish there was a better way to photograph the scarf. I think after I block it I will probably put it on and have John take pictures of it that way. Anyway I love how it turned out.


Then I decided to start the Daisy Chain Scarf on Saturday evening. I am now working on the daisy edging and decided that each daisy needed a bead in the center of the flower to weight it down. I tried to crochet them without beads and all the flowers flip and flop around and I didn’t like the looks of it. I can’t wait to see all the different colors of glass beads just hanging there in the center of the daisies.


I just mentioned to John that I needed some beads for my scarf and he immediately brought me this wonderful box of glass beads. I love how they all look sitting in their little space. They remind me of those glass marbles that my brothers used to carry around in those velvety marble bags with the drawstrings. Does anyone else remember marbles and marble bags? My brothers used to love to play the game of marbles and I loved watching them play (because they didn’t let me play very often). Anyway, regardless if I had to stay home this weekend recovering from my illness I think I made the most out of the time that I was sitting up.  🙂 


Here’s my nephew Zach in his bearded hat. I love that Zach loves his bearded hat and it looks like it fits him perfectly. Zach’s wife Jessica is a professional photographer so I requested a professional picture of his hat on him and here are the results. Thanks Jessica for the cool glamour shots, I love, love, love them.

So how was everyone elses weekend? I would love to hear all about it.


  1. Sorry to hear of another loss in your family. The cowboy boots are just gorgeous! And I adore the scarf!

    • Thanks so much Cathy!


  2. So sorry for the loss of your cousin. Sending good thoughts xxx

    • Thanks so much Jill!

  3. Oh Tammy so soon we get to see each other again. I love getting to see you, but I think it’s time we meet someplace else besides a funeral. I know what you mean when you have to say all of their names to get to the want you want. It was that way with my brothers Jearld, Jim, John, Jay, and Joe. Love the boots, scarves, and beads and the picture of Jach. Is that snow on his new beard? I have a small bag of buttons for you, I haven’t had time to go thru the other nine baskets or else I would have more for you. See you in a couple of hours. Love you sw

    • It was nice seeing you again and yes we do have to meet again under happier circumstances. Thanks so much for the buttons; I can’t wait to dump them out and look at them. Love you too, Tamara

  4. First, I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin Mike. My heart goes out to you and all your family. I do have very fond memories myself, of how much fun I used to have with my cousins, when we were kids… Love the BEAUTIFUL scarves you’re making!!! Oh, and that gorgeous collection of beads.. I enjoy playing with those just as much as I love to play with buttons!!!.. I’ve been wanting to make little boots like that since I can’t remember WHEN! I now have a little “great niece”… “grand niece”??? Hmm, not sure what to call her. She’s MY niece’s little girl. I’m making her and her brother the hats I mentioned, but I’m thinking I should throw in a pair of boots too, while I’m at it? (we’ll see what I can fit in, in the time I’ve got!)… Well, safe journey to Oklahoma and back. ((love -n- hugs))

    • Hi Tina!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. I can’t wait to see the hats and the boots that you’re going to make. 😉 I made it safely to and from Oklahoma, now on to my guild meeting.

      Love and Hugs,

  5. My dear Tamara, I am so very sorry you have lost another family member. So young. [Mind if I ask the cause of his death?] So difficult for his mom & all his siblings. 😦

    Yah, those cowboy booties sure are cuties. Cutey booties. LOL!
    The Strawberry Lace Scarf looks all “spidery”. {grin} Not sure why you will block it ~ I like how it drapes.

    My 2 brothers played marbles a lot too. And I remember *watching* them, not playing either. haha! Of course my fave were the CAT’S EYES. 😉

    Golly, that bearded hat sure does suit Zach purrfectly. Love the pics – including the one with snow on it! (or is that sugar? – LOL) We have some sugar falling from the sky as I type. tee-hee!

    Take good care of yourself .. the best you can with the stressful goings-on in your life. God bless you, my dear friend.

    Love ‘n prayers & a big {{{HUG}}} ~

    • Hi Kat!

      Thanks so much for always being here to comment. I love to read what your thoughts are and thanks for the big hugs. (I needed them)

      Love and Hugs,

  6. I don’t know why but every time I start to write a comment to you I want to call you Lady T. Some how it just seems to fit you, it’s meant as a compliment of course.
    So sorry to hear of another death in your family, a BIG hug.
    The boots are so cute. I love the scarf, Isn’t that the one in the Noro Book? And the Daisy Chain scarf is pretty too.
    I would love to show you a pic of the bunny hat I made for my daughter, Lindy Lou. She really loves it.
    Hugs, Lindy G

    • Hi Lindy!

      You can call me what ever name you would like to as long as you don’t forget to call me for dinner. 🙂 🙂 (that’s just a saying I like to say)

      Yes both scarves are from the Noro Crochet book and thank you so much for loving the things that I make.

      I would love to see a photo of your LIndy Lou in her bunny hat. You can email me a photo at

      Lady T

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of another passing in you family Tamara. Cutey Booties is cute Kat and a good name. I love that scarf and the colors. Tamara I sent you a pic of another of you monkey hats on my great-grandson today. If you don’t get it please email me cause it came back once. I had my computer crash awhile back and lost yours so I sent it by memory. lol

    • Hi Barbara!

      Thanks for the kind words and for loving all the things that I make. I have not received any photo of your great grandson yet. My email address is I can’t wait to see it.


  8. Considering how busy you keep yourself, You deserved some rest. Hope your finally feeling better. Missed you at Guild. Sorry you were missing, due to another loss in your family.

    the scarves are very pretty and the boots are so cute. Did you have a pattern for the boots?

    • Hi Linda!

      I missed all of you too this morning. Yes I had a pattern for the little cowboy boots. If you click on the link it will take you to her facebook page and then from there you can click on the link to her ravelry page. That’s where she sells her patterns. I love the Lovely Crow patterns; very well written. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment.


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