Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sew we CROCHET... in my POWDER ROOM.

 I say what CAN I .. .I AM BRILLIANT .... :)
 I made my first wash cloth ....
Ok, maybe not so brilliant as in determined..yes Determined ... lol


I tried to follow the pattern really I did, but I just could not figure it out ..
Now I know how to chain ... who does not .....?
and I Could Single Crochet .... YAWN ... ..i enjoy more the Double Crochet ..
so that is what I did ... and when it was done ... it needed something else.
so I added some ruffles ... NO BIG SURPRISE right? lol

And I single crochet the edges, and I am happy with my very first
attempt at making something useful ..

And it was perfectly matched with this most beautiful hand towel
that was CROCHET by an expert ... A lady that has so much talent
and so much to offer to the world as in the beautiful girls 
she raised ... She made this just for ME ....
and I will treasure it ... and it smells so nice ...

I was so excited as I had already started crochet my 1st wash cloth
and LOOOOOK will you look, they match ... PERFECTLY 
I must say, even through the miles WE connected lol ...

Ok, so I can not crochet an edging like this YET ..
Give me a couple more days, ok maybe weeks,
or maybe months ....

But I will be doing this, I just know it ..
I need more classes .... hear that Susan, I am an eager student ..

Do not you just love them together .... they are perfect ...?
and with my special soap of L'air du Temps by Nina Ricci ..

There is a story behind this ... do you want to hear it? 
I have time ..... do you ...?

Ok, I was out at the market about a month ago ....
This lady walked past me to grab some oranges, I was getting some grapefruit ..
She smelled so fresh ... we made eye contact and she smiled and I smiled ..
She was about 75-80 years old ...

I said to her ... "L'air du temps" and she said, "Yes, how would
you know that? "she looked so surprised ....
 I added "by Nina Ricci." .. And she nodded yes ....

I shared with her I knew that smell as it was my MUMM's
 favourite perfume.
L'Air du Temps Means " The TIMES " in English

the scent is this ...

 Bergamot and rosewood support the development of the carnation theme, refined with the notes of rose and jasmine. Violet and iris give a powdery nuance, and create a harmony with the woodsy notes of cedar and sandalwood, while sensual musk and amber add the final feminine accord to the composition.

So I went searching for her favourite perfume and I was able to find
some perfumed talk, eau de toilette and some perfumed soaps ...

My bathroom smells of my Mumm and I smile ... it is such an inviting 
smell .... and then I thought of my Nanny she loved Chantilly, 
she always had a pink powder box in her bathroom ....

So I found a couple boxes and ordered them too ...
Both these scents were FRANCE influenced, my roots 
and scents that bring such pleasant memories ...

All go well with my beautiful crochet hand towel a
and my new CROCHET wash cloth made by ME lol

Set in my powder room that has walls painted in a light tuquoise 
and my accents are rose and white ....


It is so hot still, so today (written last night)
will be spent making yet another wash cloth ....
with yes, more ruffles ...

HOW many have some CROCHET projects that could
be shown this weekend in a linky party ...
It could be something you made awhile ago ...
Let me know ... I think I am ready for more ideas .... lol

READY for some inspiration? 

I am ....

YOU matter ....


47 comments:

  1. I loveeee to crochet. I find it very relaxing. Next you should take up knitting! I'm teaching myself how to knit socks. Just a tad bit tedious. :-)

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    1. HI Jenn, well I do knit actually for years, and made up many patterns for wrist warmers...but I have to admit I find crochet much more fun... Now I never made socks though....mmmm

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  2. L'air du temps - gosh, that brings back such memories - it was my favourite perfume in my 20's. I loved it. Haven't smelt it in so long. I became a Chanel No5 person. I'm thinking a trip to the perfume store would be a trip down memory lane for me. The crochet is lovely - so pretty and delicate!

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    1. HI Karen, it was very popular back in the day, and very expensive, I remember my Mumm would only purchase these 1 oz bottles of perfume and was so very careful to only use it for special occasions, .Although she was quite wealthy, she guarded her perfume like treasures...and Channel ohh my ...I too wore that for awhile until nurses were banned from wearing perfume...in big Pharma we were not allowed perfume either...I just started wearing it again....it is such a lovely scent..they all are...x

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  3. I do, I do...(hand raised)...Oops, sorry, got excited. lol A show n tell crochet linky party sounds wonderful. I love you crochet cloths. You did awesome! The colors of your bathroom are lovely by the way.

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    1. Ok, we will have one then, surely some will show something..ohhh my bathroomI too love it....it went from a denim blue to a blush pink to a turquoise...it is such a bright room as I have a very large window and my crochet cloth has already been used....lol It worked....it is still together.

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  4. Oh, your post bought tears to my eyes..... the beautiful perfume reminds me of my Grandmother.... she used to wear it and many years ago she went on a cruise to Fiji and bought back a box of mini Nina Ricci perfumes for my mum - of course I stole them as I was just the right age to start thinking of perfume (13 going on 20!!) :o)
    Well done on your wash cloth - you really are getting quite good at this crocheting lark aren't you?
    Hugs xx

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    1. Ah Noni, here is a hankie, i hace a few ......lol It was a very popular scent...but I have to admit until that day in the supermarket, I had not picked it up off anyone since I was a teen.. It is hard to find here..I had to order it in ...and crochet...well wait till you see what I am making now...lol

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  5. My Granny taught me to crochet. I have done it off an on over the years. Another useful item that is pretty easy is a hat. I made a couple to wear during my treatment to keep my head warm and in single crochet they only took about 8 hours. Lots of patterns out there on ravelry. My Granny's favorite perfume was Evening in Paris in the dark blue glass bottle. Makes me smile just to think of it.

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    1. Hi Charlotte...funny you say a cap...I am making one at the moment with cross stitch added....it is coming along perfectly...I don;t remember Evening in Paris... funny how certain scents bring a flood of memories...

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  6. As a young woman Chantilly was my first perfume so you brought back memories for me...Love your work and am so impressed that you enjoy learning so many different crafts.

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    1. HI Jacqueline...and it is smells as nice today...Houbigant is another name it goes under...it is a fine soft scent ....and yes now that I am FREE of so many tasks...I get to do some fun things for me...it is so liberating...x

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  7. Love your dishcloth. I am not an expert at crochet but do love making quick projects. I love L'air du Temps. It was one of those perfumes that had a mild fragrance I could use. You've got me thinking about the soap. I'll have to go hunt for them.

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    1. Hi Kim....well we all learn something new don't we...Crochet is my LOVE....and yes that perfume is soft isn't it....the soap is a bit costly ....I just keep it my linens lol

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  8. What a wonderful touch in your bathroom! They look wonderful!
    I'll have to see if I have anything around that is crocheted.. I know I have pot holder/ hot pads, but they are too old and stained to show in public!!

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    1. I am sure you have something Linda you can crochet..you are probably one of those masters of the craft lol. ohhh but stained old ones would be a treat.....too.

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  9. Congrats on creating a super crocheted project! I applaud your dedication to learning a new craft. My grandmother was a master crocheter but you know what...? She could NEVER read a pattern. Her sister would make up a sample using the pattern and then give it to Grandma who looked at it and figured it out from there. Most of the time she made 4 of everything - one for herself, her daughter, and the two daughter-in-laws! She always had a crochet hook in her hand. She used a '0' hook and thread. What absolute beauties she created! She died when I was about 11 but before that I learned just a bit from her. Made some lace when I was in my early 20s and realized then how loooony it took to accomplish just a few inches. I have so much sewing/quilting to do, I'll probably never get back into crocheting. I think I'll just live vicariously through you, MS. :)

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    1. Welll this is good to hear, no really it is LJ...because I looked at a hat last night..could not for the life of me figure out the pattern directions, just started crochet and guess what? It looks like a hat lol....I may be one of those people who just need to look at a subject and do that....I do that with clothes, I never ever used a pattern in my life...I see something and I cut the fabric and sew it lol
      Ohhhhhh come on crochet with us....for the joy of it...x

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  10. Your powder room looks so pretty with those crocheted pieces. You will have it mastered in no time at all. I love how scents can stir such fond memories.

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    1. it is a lovely room, very bright and after 2 other colour changes finally settled on this lovely turquoise with rose and white accents...and scents, so agree..

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  11. Congratulations on finishing your first crochet project!

    A link up would be fun. I have a few crochet projects in my blog archives that I could link up.

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    1. ahhh thanks, almost done another....by golly I think I have this....and yes linkie...for weekend..

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  12. Your crochet wash cloths are so pretty. Dainty. The crochet stitches are fine and I love the ruffles!

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    1. HI Cate...me too...ruffles, has me every time..xx

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  13. The room is so tender and sweet Samm,
    You are so talanted! Crochet is something very difficult for me!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Yours,
    Olga

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    1. Ohh Olga..if I can do it you can do it too....really the hardest part was just holding the hook and getting the yarn around my fingers relaxed ...x

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  14. Wow...you weren't kidding...those look gorgeous in your pretty turquoise bathroom! I love that color combo. It is so feminine, soft, and fresh. I can't believe how well that towel matches your washcloth, which is so pretty by the way. Abandon patterns...seems you don't even need them...lol. I love the ruffles. You will be crocheting ruffles around all of us before we know it! That perfume is so nice. I love having little reminders of loved ones around. It keeps them alive in our hearts. xx

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    1. I told you it would match perfectly....it is like a raspberry...I think I may have to abandon patterns and just use them for inspiration..wait till you see...well you know...I am going to try to get it done by tomorrow...ohhh and I made ruffles, crochet ones...I was not trying it just ended up like one...lol and scents...well these are heavenly....

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  15. Yes, two of my favorites as well. I love perfumes. I cannot wear them in summer, but in winter I do love them.
    You are so inspiring, Missie Samm. It is boiling hot here in Northern Virginia. Feels like a sauna outside.
    Thank God for air conditioning

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    1. Ohhh must be our age RosemaryBhere.....they are classics, although hard to find in Canada I was able to order them from France....and I am pleased they never changed the scents...just as it was... I know it is pretty hot here this week ....over 90 and 100 with humidity..I have not gone very far...I don't do well in heat...

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  16. I do, I do! I just finished a couple of Amigurumi dinosaurs for my twin granddaughters. I love to quilt but my second passion just in the last couple of years is crochet.

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    1. welll that is great to hear...love to see you and then....and I have to agree, I am loving this new hobby...x

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  17. What wonderful works !!
    My mother crocheted earlier handkerchiefs..
    Many greeting and have a beautiful weekend

    Swaani

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    1. ahhhh we may get you inspired enough to do some too sweet lady..

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  18. Samm, congratulations for completing this wonderful crochet process! Towel looks just perfect :)

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    1. ahhh you are so cute....it is a washcloth.lol....now the towel that is perfect, but I did not do this....it was a gift from a MOM....x

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  19. Congratulations!!! I knew you would pick up that crocheting right away. What fun! Your powder room is so pretty. Love the colors.

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    1. HI Mary....ahhh I am really enjoying it that is for sure...and I have so many rooms that could use a bit of crochet something lol

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  20. I finished knitting a dishcloths today but I can't crochet! Believe me I tried even took lessons and nobody could teach me even my best friend said I was hopeless.
    L'Air D'temps was my Mom's favourite to, then I wore it for many years. What wonderful memories it brings back to me. Now I wear nothing because my daughter is on dialysis and everything is toxic to her.

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    1. HI Sandra....I do enjoy knitting too...but it seems this crochet seems a bit easier...who knew..I certainly did not lol. and l’air du temps...no doubt a fav for many...maybe we will bring it back into mainstream...reconnect with the lovely fresh scent.

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  21. These are so beautiful Samm - sweet and feminine and summer fresh! blessings, marlene

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    1. ahhh yes Marlene....have to take advantage of this summer weather too...bringing it into our home with these fresh colours

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  22. Mdm Samm, you are such an inspiration! I have been a knitter all my life and am now enjoying spending many hours quilting, but have so far avoided crochet, although I have a shawl pattern that I am desperate to have made for me. Now I think that I have the pattern for a reason, and it isn't so I can have someone make this wrap for me. It is so I can make it for myself! So this fall (post gardening and food preserving season) I have decided to take my first crochet class. Thanks for being bold enough to go wherever you want to to go and thereby inspiring many of us to do the same. : )

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  23. HI sweet lady...and yes don’t we all kind find an read that we enjoy and do it for decades..mine would be cross stitching, but I also enjoy knitting...but crochet, well I have to say I am in LOVE....why I did not take it up before now...is beyond me...but now that I have so much more time to do what I want to do...I am expecting delights....delights to learn more and to share more...be bold it will suit you totally lol
    Ohh I cannot wait for canning .....

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  24. I have been canning since I was a girl helping my mother so it's a part of the changing of the seasons for me. Yesterday I made 35 cups of applesauce and have nearly finished jams, jellies and pickles for the year. There is just the big one to go.....tomatoes! Canned, sauced, diced and sliced. So many ways to use them in tasty dishes throughout the year.
    I love to see the canning shelves fill up in the fall. I feel safer somehow and at least a little in control of my own food supply.
    And I've just found a book I'm very much enjoying using, now that my children are grown and I need to cook in smaller quantities.....The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving, by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard.

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