Good morning! Normal blogging resumes today, I promise you, no more talk about housework. Gawd I was even boring myself yesterday when I read back through that post later in the day, so thank you for putting up with all that, you are good to me.
I generally write my posts at a fair speed with only a slight amount of editing for typo errors. So I would say my writing is pretty spontaneous and it does truly reflect my good self at that particular time :: mostly, as you know, it is happy, light, creative, colourful, pretty stuff, which is mostly how I am. Sometimes it's green and outdoorsy, sometimes it's kitcheny and cooky. But oh dear, it's very rarely so self indulgent and fed up and exclaimy!!!!!!
I am sorry for all that. Now I just have a few things to say re the Flylady, then the subject will be firmly closed.
Number one :: I didn't sign up for the gazillion Flylady daily emails, I just read the website by myself to see what to do. So I am not in the Guilt-trap.
Number two :: I do not possess a Control Journal, and am never likely to, although I have made myself a tentative Weekly Plan.
Number three :: There is a difference in my mind between cleaning and tidying. I am not at all arsed about cleaning religiously, I like dust, specks on the carpet hold no fear for me, ditto cobwebs, dirty windows, skirting boards etc. I agree, life's too damn short. Its been the untidy/chaotic/messyness that has had me up in arms of late, and that I am trying to overcome.
Number four :: I am managing to do some flylady things relatively easily. I am Swishing and Swiping every morning. I am making beds every morning and making my kitchen tidy at night. I do not, however, shine my sink because to me that is one step too close to insanity. Nor do I wear shoes in the house because it drives me crazy, I like to wiggle my toes.
So :: there endeth the Flylady business. Now, shall we get on with some creative prettiness??
Last week, around about Tuesday lunchtime, I felt the need to do some idle crochet. I had been browsing the internet and inadvertently come across the designs of Anne-Claire Petit, most specifically this. Isn't it wonderful? I just love the whole idea of a crocheted vase of flowers, it has that same pretty-but-useless wonderfulness that fabric bunting has, and I love it for that.
I would like to try making my own version of her flower vase sometime, but in the meantime, I came up with this idea :: a simple little crochet cover for glass jars.
My first one was made to fit an empty Bonne Maman jam jar, of which I have dozens lining a shelf in the cellar. Just. In. Case. I cannot bring myself to recycle them :: you never know what uses you can find for a jam jar with a pretty red and white checked lid.
This is an easy-peasy crochet project, and if you'd like to give it a go, then let me help a little.
Firstly, make a slip knot, leaving a long end (about 6 inches).
Then make your foundation chain to fit around the base of your chosen jar :: for the Bonne Maman jar I chained 38, plus 3 for turning.
Work your first row in Treble Crochet. (thats UK treble, or US double crochet)
When you reach the end, join the whole thing into a ring by making a slip stitch into the beginning of the row. Fasten off the yarn.
Then using a darning needle, thread the long tail end of yarn that you left when starting the chain, and use this to make a few stitches to join the ring completely. It should now look like a crocheted bracelet.
Tie in a new colour, chain 3, then work a second row of double crochet, joining the ring with a slip stitch when you get back round to where you started.
Continue working in rows, changing to a new colour each time, until it's the right height to fit your jar (mine was nine rows of tr's). Finally, work a last row in Double Crochet to give a nice, neat top edge (thats UK dc, or work in sc if you're in the US).
Slip the little cover onto your jar and admire. Yelping and clapping at your own inventiveness and creativeness is optional but recommended.
The little jacketed jar can be put to use around the house to hold pens, or flowers.
You may want to then get hold of different sizes of vessel and make several more Jacketed Jars. I found a pesto jar which was a bit taller and thinner than the jam jar, and it worked well for holding flowers.
I hope you might give this a go, it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face :o)