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In fact, I have one of the worst colds I’ve had in years. I do not recommend this as a way to bring in a new year! It’s partially my fault because holiday goodies won out over proper nutrition and it seems I’m paying for it now. It’s back on the straight and narrow once again!

I checked my March 1st post from last year (WIP it Good!) and now realize that NONE of my new year’s resolutions were accomplished. That’s about par for me, and that’s why I don’t usually make resolutions. However, I do think a review every now and then is a good thing. I agree with all the resolutions I made last year, so I’m going to keep those. The one thing I must do first is reorganize my back storage room – aka the back bedroom, aka my craft room. I would like to make this room into a true craft room. (Ok, you can stop laughing now!) This is going to be an interesting and somewhat prolonged project, so it’s just perfect for a new year’s resolution.

Sadly, the crochet teacher’s job I had didn’t work out and I left that position right before Halloween last year. My students felt I was a good teacher, though, so I am looking into other ways I might be able to continue with that work. I found a site called Skillshare that looks pretty good, and there are also a couple places near where I live that might be interested in having a crochet teacher. Definitely on the agenda for this year!

I’m also still interested in expanding my line of patterns. It would be nice if I could say I’d have a new pattern every month, but I think that would be pushing it. Every other month seems more reasonable, but I’ll do what I can. And of course there is the never-ending job of promoting The Crocheted Butterfly.

Yes, I believe 2017 is going to be a very busy year!

According to many crocheters, 2015 was supposed to be the year of completing the WIPs (works in progress). Of course, I was too busy to bother with such banalities! However, I have been taking stock of everything I have stashed, and I have begun to think that there may be some merit to this type of “housecleaning”. These musings have blended with my New Year’s resolutions, which I  have been carrying out rather poorly but haven’t given up on yet. So to this end, the following are the WIPs I feel I need to finish.

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This will be my Butterfly Box. My husband brought home some computer related thing in this box, and the box is wonderful! It is shaped like a book and even has an embedded magnet for a closure. The main fabric is polyester with butterflies in a black starry night sky filled with tiny silver studs and glitter. After I properly adhere the fabric, I want to make a black tatted butterfly to give a 3-D effect to the white butterfly shown. Or perhaps I should quilt certain butterflies on the lid. Obviously, I’m still in the planning stages – especially how to get the fabric nicely turned in on the book edges.

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This is my Celebration Garland. I started it a couple years ago – haven’t gotten very far, have I? Big Lots sells mini plastic ornaments at Christmas, and I thought that they would look great crocheted in bright colors and strung as a garland. I found nylon thread that has a nice sheen to it, but it really isn’t the easiest to crochet with. The nice thing about this project is that it could be used for just about any celebration, not just Christmas.

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These are the fabrics I’ll be using for my quilt. They’re actually a knit top and two suede-like skirts, so the quilt will be more of an afghan size. I do have other materials I bought for a quilt, but this is the one I’ll work on first.

I’ve wanted to make a quilt for some time now, but I never knew exactly what I’d do. I have a cousin that once told me she also wanted to make a quilt, but sadly she waited too long and now her ill health prevents that creation. So I decided that I’ve waited long enough and I should do this before I become too decrepit.

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And last but not least, my dots made from Lion Brand Bonbons. The original idea was to make a scarf/shawl from the dots by stringing them together. Problem was that later I saw this done for a scarf and decided I didn’t like it. I am thinking now that they could make a delightful baby blanket. Of course I still have to figure out how they will be attached or crocheted into the blanket – such details!

In fact, I do have a couple more projects, but they haven’t been started yet so technically they aren’t WIPs. I believe I’ve taken my slogan of “crocheted flights of fancy” a little too literally, though, because flitting around from project to project has left me with a lot of unused yarn. Which led me to New Year’s resolution #5 – No new yarn purchases until I’ve used up at least half my stash. Oh, the agony!

Once again it is Valentine’s Day – a wonderful reminder to let our loved ones know how special they are to us. So for today, since I can’t send all of you mountains of chocolate, I will offer you the following crocheted eye candies – all with zero calories!

3-D Flowered HeartA

Lunarheavenly, an Asian crochet artist, found at https://twitter.com/Lunar_h

Grandma's Heart

Grandmother’s heart from belladia.typepad.com

Flowered HeartA

Victorian charm from solocrochet-manualista.blogspot.com.ar

Lace  Heart

A modern twist by gibritte2.blogspot.com.br

Ruffled Heart

Heart Pillow by Shellie Wilson of CraftBits.com

Irish crochet heart

Irish Crochet Heart Ornament by Annie Potter; Photo by Nik_OC on Flickr

Sweet Hearts

Little lovelies by midnightpoem.tumblr.com

Flowered Heart by LH

Another beauty by https://twitter.com/Lunar_h

From Party City - Animal Planet Dog Costume

From Party City – Animal Planet Dog Costume

Well, you just had to know I would pick a Monarch butterfly costume! But this picture just knocks me out – the mixing of the big bruiser bulldog with the delicate wings is brilliant, and the look on the dog’s face is priceless. Personally, I think he likes it!

I have been wandering the internet finding many costumes for pets, so I would like to share some of the wonderful crocheted costumes I’ve found. I saved the photos somewhere on this computer. Now I can’t find them. And I thought I was organized – Huh! Anyway, I will share what I could find, even if some of them are not crocheted. If this world is big enough for the knitters as well as crocheters, I guess we can fit in the seamstresses, too. Why not?

It's not easy being green!

It’s not easy being green!

Halloween Kitty from SPCA Florida

Halloween Kitty from SPCA Florida

Hamster Witch

Hamster Witch

Kitty Bat

Bat Kitty from EarthPorn

Cat in the Shark Hat from Pinterest

Cat in the Shark Hat from Pinterest

Mmm, I think your hamburger is getting away...

Mmm, I think your hamburger is getting away…

James Bond Kitty at Catster.com

James Bond Kitty at Catster.com

Goose Ladies

Goose Ladies

Etsy's OnceUponAPoodle sells crochet patterns for dogs

Etsy’s OnceUponAPoodle sells crochet patterns for dogs

'Pigeons in Costume' by Laurel Roth Features Some Warm Furry Flyers

‘Pigeons in Costume’ by Laurel Roth Features Some Warm Furry Flyers

The Sea Breeze Scarf - one of my latest additions!

The Sea Breeze Scarf – one of my latest additions!

So I did a WordPress post a couple days ago, and I was trying to put a widget down below for Crochet Talk, a forum I enjoy, when I spot an issue with facebook. Apparently WordPress has a problem putting a widget for facebook on this page because facebook says it can’t find my Crocheted Butterfly page, even though it’s linked so there is always a blurb about my last post once it’s published. The problem (that took me ALL DAY to figure out) was that facebook had put my business page as a side page under my personal page. And do you think I could’ve gotten a straight answer from facebook? No way. I’ve now reversed my pages, but I’m not really satisfied. Facebook also did a couple other things. They tell you in one section to write 3 words that describe your page. I typed them in, but every time I hit save, they disappeared. Then I wanted to delete a photo, but every time I moved the cursor down the menu box, the box would disappear before I could get to “delete this picture”. Luckily I had DH and he figured out another way to delete the photo. Technology is wonderful WHEN IT WORKS. So now, DS, do you understand why I need a social media director? Maybe you should work with Tumblr first

I have been very good about adding more patterns to my shop, though. I am now up to twelve (one of which is the very pretty Sea Breeze scarf pictured) and hope to get a few more in if I can find the items to take photos. Yes, I am still working on patterns with no product and product with no pattern, but I’m narrowing it down and the pile is getting smaller.

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