Posted by: tgonzales | April 15, 2013

April 13-14, 2013 Weekend, Crocheting with my Friend, another Scrappy Washcloth, Cutting Down the White Birch, Dinner with Jennifer, and Cleaning up the Yard


My weekend started off with meeting up with my friend Linda. Linda has been following my blog for quite some time and had always wanted to meet me, when she found out that I was teaching Crochet 101 at Twist (even though she had already taken the class) she signed up just so that she could meet me. Isn’t that sweet? Anyway we have met at Twist a few times since the Crochet 101 class and she took my washcloth class last month. We went to lunch at Picasso’s and then sat and crocheted on our washcloths. It’s always nice to sit and crochet with friends.


Upon arrival back home I found a group of people joining in to cut the white birch down between our new neighbors on the east of us and our house. The tree was there when I moved in 33 years ago, it has always seemed to be in the way and when our new neighbor Isaah asked if we minded if he cut the tree down, we of course said yes please do.


It was fun watching how all the men worked together to get this huge tree cut down.


The man that was up in the man lift said that he was actually scared of heights, but he didn’t mind as long as he was in the bucket.


I have always loved to watch men at work. 🙂


We ended the day with dinner with Jennifer at Le Monde. When I took this picture John had just said to Jennifer “Oh my Gosh what is she doing with that camera”? And I replied, “You bought it for me mister.” Of course he couldn’t deny that. 😉


Sunday consisted of me lounging; crocheting, ironing, and watching the onions grow.


While John was outside cleaning up the yard I sat here and tried to concentrate on joining my little baby dahlia throw together.


But while I was joining the pieces together I couldn’t help myself; I started thinking about what it would be like to have my scrappy washcloth on the cover of Simply Crochet. So I just had to stop crocheting and go take a picture of the washcloth on the Issue #3 magazine I picked up at Twist on Saturday. I think the colors look pretty cool with the colors of the magazine. What do you think?10

Then I started looking inside the magazine (the little purple kitty head is actually a tape measure that came attached to the front of the magazine, if you were wondering)


and when I saw the patterns for washcloths I remembered this cotton yarn that I bought probably almost a year ago and thought oh my gosh it would make some really pretty washcloths for the bathroom.


Then I found this. Remember the other day when I asked you all what I should do with my leftover soap? Well here I go; I’m going to have to make this cute little soapsaver now.


Somehow I drug myself back downstairs and finished up joining the squares together on the baby dahlia throw. It looks like I need about one more section just like this one before I can start adding borders around it. Oh my gosh what was I thinking when I started this project? I thought I might be able to have it done for the State Fair in September but now I’m not sure. Oh well, back to reality.


John asked me to come and look at the yard after he cleaned up the flower bed in the front yard; he loves it when I sit and watch him work and when I bring him something cold to drink. 😉


Then as we were sitting together on our little wall of concrete I thought “outloud” and said “this would make a very cute picture from the back.” Of course John being John set out to find the tripod and the plate to hold the camera onto the tripod and 20 minutes later we had our picture.  🙂  See how thoughtful he is; he would do most anything for me. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding why. So how was your weekend? Did you get lots of things done or did you just relax? I would love to hear all about it.


  1. I LOVE the white bolero on the front cover of the magazine, looks like it’s a British magazine so I must follow that up. The soap thingie is a brilliant idea, and would make a great item to sell at markets, I think.
    When that dahlia throw is finished, you are going to be very proud and satisfied with it. It’s magnificent.

    • Hi Jill!

      I think you must have a look at the magazine and yes it is British, so all the patterns are written in UK terms and I have to always remember that. AHHH yes I think the soap savers would go over big at your markets. Thanks for loving my dahlia throw and I always have these same feelings when I take on such a big project and then once I am done with it I’m always glad that I didn’t give up. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week.

      Love, Tamara

  2. Thanks for sharing your day to day life, Tamara. You always accomplish so much in day. It’s amazing. I enjoy getting to know you and your family via your posts. That magazine looks fun and the soap saver is a grand idea. So are many of the projects you showed. Good luck getting that afghan done. I know you can do it!! Thanks, too, for your sweet comments on my Project Life pages. I appreciate them! Have a great week!

    • Hi Jeanne!

      Thanks so much for always taking the time to stop by and read my blog and comment. It means so much to me. I hope you have a great week as well.

      Hugs, Tamara

  3. I would like to know if the bucket man is single. :o) he is gorgeous.

    • Hello Anonymous!

      I’m not sure whether the bucket man is single or not, but I thought he was rather good lucking too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      Hugs, Tamara

  4. Tamara,
    Why does John do just about anything for you? Because he loves you. I believe very few people really get to experience this phenomana, true love. Another thing I know is what good care you take of John. Do you think he wonders why:)

    • Hi Kaye!

      You are so right about John loving me and yes he questions me all the time why I take such good care of him. I simply reply, because I love you. Thanks so much for stopping by and putting things into perspective for me. 🙂

      Love you,

  5. Oh Tammy, you always inspire me to get in my sewing room and get some stuff done. Right now I’m doing my laundry and plan on hanging my clothes outside on the line. The weather is beautiful today, I’m loving the dahlia throw and can’t wait until it is finished, Jerald and I served apple and peach cobblers last week for the OKC gun club-all made in the dutch ovens. I think we served right at 400 people. It was a fun day and we look forward to doing it again next year. I’ve been making a few more baskets and that too is very rewarding. Have a great week and don’t forget that I love you. sue

    • Hi Sue!

      It’s so nice to hear about what you are doing and that you love what I’m doing here. It sounds like you and Jerald had a rewarding weekend. Wow 400 people. I can’t wait to see more baskets made by you. I hope you have a great week. Love you too, Tamara

  6. Hellooooo Tamara!! ~ For some reason, the way you are smiling in the first photo (with Linda) makes you look younger. Thought you’d like to hear that. 😉
    Uh, I can understand why you enjoy watching men work. [giggles] So glad you have a new neighbor who happily paid to get that big tree down. No more frights about it during your high winds!

    Haven’t seen Jennifer for awhile. That top looks really nice on her. And your John – such a kidder. 🙂
    What a wonderfully relaxing Sunday you had. Yippeee!!
    You certainly figured out a clever way to get one of your gorgeous washcloths “on the cover” of a magazine. So funny – and so purrty!
    I can’t get over that purple kitty’s head tape measure came *with* that magazine. Claw-some!!! … And the soap-saver bag pattern ~ hurray! Looks like a nice one; so glad you found that pattern!

    Tamara, I have no doubt you can complete the Baby’s Dahlia Throw before Sept. You just have to set your mind on it .. and away you will crochet. 🙂
    Awww…. What a great husband John is! Love the photo of you two kissing – from behind. You are so funny. And he is so accommodating. Bless you both!!

    Lovies & Huggies ~

    • Hi Kat!

      As always I love hearing what you think about what I’ve been doing. I knew you would enjoy the purple cat tape measure too. Oh by the way thanks for the looking younger comment. 🙂 Loved hearing that and love you. Tamara

  7. Hi, Tamara,
    Been watching and reading.. just been quiet. Looks like you are having fun as usual. I love all the colors in the wash cloth and seeing how far you have come on the afghan. John is a sweetie to you. Fun to see pictures with your new camera.

    I spent the weekend getting Lauren’s baby room ready for 1st grand baby boy, Colton, to arrive anytime now. We had a baby shower for her and she got lots of crochet blankies. She is due May 7, but he may be early. She will find out tomorrow after amnio if they can induce this week.

    Taking Payroll Accounting Online..

    Today is Tax deadline and I am taking a break by coming here to visit.
    I miss you, man! Will have to take a break and come to guild to show off some baby pics soon.

    • Hi Steph!!!

      Thanks so much for taking your little break to stop and comment. That means alot to me that you cared enough to spend your few minutes with me. We would love to see you at guild and I can’t wait to see that little grandbaby of yours.

      Love and Hugs,

  8. The Dahlias are Darling. Look forward to future updates and the finished project in due time. What a wonderful way to get on the front cover of a magazine. I was thinking about making a soap saver. Think it’s going to the top of my experimental list.

    I also want a shawl like the one you have on in the first picture. love the colors live the design and love your’s on you. Are they hexagons? What size is the yarn? Have you brought it to Guild?

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

    I can tell John is a sweety -so is my hubby Ray. They’re lucky to have us and WE are LUCKY to have them.

    See you soon.

    • Thanks so much Linda for loving the shrug that I was wearing in the first picture. Yes I have worn it before at guild but you had not started coming to guild at that time. I’m so glad that I inspire you so much and thanks so much for stopping by to comment.

      Hugs, Tamara

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