Bloom Where You’re Planted

Now that all the snow is long melted, we’re getting Spring bulbs by the dozens. Right now I have daffodils and hyacinths:

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze Wm Wordsworth
I love spring flowers: daffodils and hyacinths are the ultimate flower for me. They are the essence of spring.
Kirsty Gallacher

I had some of those darling tiny iris, but the bunnies or the deer ate them within a day or two of my noticing them. Thankfully, neither critter seems to care for daffodils or hyacinth. It should be a test of my ingenuity to keep the tulips uneaten. I had given up on having tulips after several disastrous Springs. Last Fall, I decided that life is just too uncertain to wait to plant some tulips, so I bought a bag of 50! I did end up giving some away, but I should still have quite a few in a couple of weeks.

Since we will both soon be vaccinated, we have agreed that we can start shopping again. That will make things seem more like normal for us, at least. The start of garage sale season will be the cherry on top! Wearing a mask is a small inconvenience compared to staying home all the time.

Queli, a faithful reader, visited Michaels, and emailed some pictures of things that she believed belonged in our blog. We agree! And, for bonus points, there’s a theme.

Okay, crochet enthusiasts, prepare to have your minds blown for $24.99:

“No! No, I will not have a nice day!” Dorothy

You get patterns for all four ladies plus clothing, for a couch, cheesecake—both cake and a slice, Fernando, the Miami pin, and Sophia’s coin purse!

You thought they were wrinkly, before. B.H.

I’m guessing you would have to be a HUGE Golden Girls fan to even contemplate making the whole set. And then what? If you have a TV room, I guess the couch and “Girls” could go in there, but I’m thinking that this is one of those craft projects that seem like a good idea at the time, but sanity kicks in to save you at the last minute! If you love The Golden Girls, buy the DVD set!

But, wait, that’s not all! For the low, low price of $21.99 you get these TEN patterns:

This set of projects at least has the advantage of being smaller, more versatile, and a little cheaper. You could frame a small picture of your favorite Golden Girl quote, hang it on the wall and 9 times out of 10 no one will notice it and question your sanity.

“Grandma Hollingsworth always said I was a little flighty… or was it a little floozy?” — Blanche

You could also make a small pillow with a cross stitch saying, and tuck it behind your back while watching reruns. Sort of closing the circle if you will.

And, still there’s more:

“As they say in St. Olaf: hergenbargenflergenflurfennerfen.” — Rose

These look like the best bet if you just don’t have enough Golden Girls in your life, in fact, I would recommend starting here and seeing where things go. Just look at this picture:

“Fasten your seatbelt, slut puppy. This ain’t gonna be no cakewalk!” — Sophia

It would take days to do the girls justice. That will give you time to reconsider your other golden impulses and maybe just stick to coloring. If not, we’ll be seeing your crafty undertakings in a thrift store or garage sale near you!

Thanks again, Queli. Those were some fun finds!!

Sticking to craft projects, I have some winners that have already been donated to a thrift store. This cover of a knitting projects booklet looks promising:

Cute little girl and lots of vintage yarn; what could go wrong?

There is nothing wrong with these cute little baby items. The thing that has me twitching is that weirdo rabbit inserted for some ungodly reason into a perfectly normal picture. The peculiar rabbit with Joan Crawford eyebrows makes me wonder what would happen if I did make these woolies for a baby. Mommy Dearest wasn’t exactly a role model for good parenting. The more I look at this picture, the more I feel that the bunny is trying to send me a message with its insistent stare. Best not look anymore!

Oh, dear god, they had two different Joan Crawford bunnies:

Sorry, putting a cute knitted hat on its head does. not. help! That is a maniacal look if I’ve ever seen one. What is filling evil bunny with glee? I don’t think it’s the thought of a newborn snuggling up in booties and sweater.

At least this picture doesn’t include the bunny, but the shortness of the dress makes me wonder if a tiny pair of woolen panties is included:

Who wears short shorts?

If it’s warm enough for short dresses and short outfits, then it’s probably too hot for knitted clothing. This whole page is a conundrum. Can you imagine keeping your kids dressed in these outfits on a hot day visiting grandma’s? My youngest sister would be streaking across the front yard in less than ten minutes if we had dressed her like this.

Last, but not least, this project is for Kathy:

She just looooves really bad cat artwork. There is something almost captivating in the terribleness of this basket of kittens. It’s really a double craft find since they’re playing with a ball of yarn. I just can’t imagine painting this and then looking at it and thinking, “Yep, this is just what I wanted to do!” I sure hope some kiddy made it for their mom or grandma, because otherwise there is no excuse for this not to be broken into a million pieces and buried at the back of the garden!

Thanks for reading along and we hope that you are still being careful. We are so close to being out of the woods, and it’s no time for craziness!

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