Archive for the ‘NaBloPoMo’ Category

Granny Square Scarf

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

by Nancy

I’ve been working on a crochet scarf to go with my navy coat for a while now. I just have a few more squares to finish and then I need to connect all of them together. I’d like to get it done soon because it’s getting colder now.

The Smithsonian goes Crackpot!!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Check this out – especially Rebecca and Nancy.

It’s November!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

by Nancy

…which means it’s NaBloPoMo. At least I think it is. To be honest, I’m not really sure who created NaBloPoMo or declares it, so I don’t know for sure that it’s officially NaBloPoMo. But I’ll start us off with a November 1 post anyway:

These are University of Michigan cookies, commissioned by Marty. She volunteers with a Parkinson’s exercise class, and one of the participants is a big U of M fan. Apparently there was a bet on the Michigan-Michigan State football game which involved cookies. Even though State won, Marty graciously presented the U of M fan with these crochet cookies. She says they were a big hit.

NaBloPoMo +1

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

by Nancy

I didn’t quite have my act together enough to post this on the last day of NaBloPoMo, but here it is today.
Crochet hamburger

This was a very Crackpotty month for me, complete with a new crackpot activity – crochet! I think this cheeseburger pretty much sums it all up.

Bathroom Curtain

Monday, November 30th, 2009

by Ann

bathroom curtain

Tah dah!! The curtain for the newly redecorated bathroom at the Cute Little House has been completed and hung. I like it! (And this post comes just in time for the finish of NoBloPoMo.)

NaBloPoMo – End in Sight!

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

By Ann

Crackpots are probably aware that tomorrow is the last day of NaBloPoMo. So if we’re gonna post, now is the time! Also, Nancy, do we do any sort of evaluation of NaBloPoMo? Other than that it was lots of Crackpotty fun? I didn’t think so. (-:

Progress Report

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

by Nancy


I’ve finished the 9-patch blocks for Gabe’s quilt and have laid the blocks out around the focus print in an order that I like. Earlier I had thought I might need a thin black solid border between the focus fabric and the blocks to tone things down a little, but now it doesn’t seem as wild to me as it did at first. 🙂 Maybe it’s just because I’ve been looking at it for a while and I’ve gotten used to it! I do think I’d like a fairly thin border outside the blocks, either black or the green which is in the focus print. Any input from other Crackpots?

That was easy!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

by Nancy

Here are my first two fabric bags. I followed an instruction sheet that I had from Fields and kept it simple by not inserting a ribbon or other tie. They came together quite quickly, and I’m pleased with the results!


Handmade Market Report

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

by Nancy

This morning I went to the Handmade Market hosted by my town’s Art Center. I had never heard of it before, but it was advertised in the paper along with quite a few other Christmas craft shows. This one said it was focused on local artists and hand-made items, so it sounded promising. I was interested both in a little Christmas shopping and a chance to check it out as a possible place for Nancy’s Quilts for Kids to try again to sell some of its items. I have done very little with NQfK for quite some time after my two very disappointing craft shows, but I have been thinking about trying again, particularly as the boys are getting older and more independent and I have more time to dedicate to it. I’ve been working on getting up my courage (and my portfolio of my work) to approach the owner of an upscale children’s boutique located on the courthouse square about selling some of my things there. And pondering what other items smaller than a quilt (placemats, bibs, etc) might sell well. And my new-found interest in crochet has opened up some other possibilities for small children’s toys that might work.

I was very pleased with what I found at the Handmade Market. Lots of friendly, low-key, local people with pretty good stuff. There was much less “junk” than I’ve experienced at other craft shows. There were several knitters, a place selling soap, several places selling hand-made cards, etc. And there was quite a crowd shopping. So, I spoke to the woman in charge about participating in next year’s Market, and she took my email address to receive information about the next Market. Apparently they are thinking of doing one in June, and then they will do another one before Christmas. I think it might be a good place for me to have some success selling things, and I’m quite excited about it! (And I also got cool stocking stuffers for my kids and nephew!)

New Levels of Crackpottiness

Friday, November 20th, 2009

by Nancy

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more crackpotty, there’s a crochet pattern for making a Barack Obama finger puppet!!!

No, I’m not trying to make it! 🙂

(In an effort to be bi-partisan, John McCain is available, too. )