~pumpkin penny~

Hello again! Two posts in two days. wow, I am impressed with myself.

Today’s crochet doll is another one of my pattern-less crochet attempts. I was wanting a super simple, little doll, but I wasn’t finding anything that I liked for free, and I didn’t feel like paying for a pattern, ;-D so I took the idea from these dolls in my previous post and just shrunk it down and made some smaller ringlets like were on Miss LuLu.

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I knew I wanted to give her an orange fall dress when I started making her, but I wasn’t originally intending to make it  into a pumpkin costume. That just sort of happened, but I think it came out super cute.

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~A

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~the scenic route~

Happy Fall Everyone!

Life around here has been busy but fun lately. We recently went out towards the mountains for a few days to see the changing leaves. We were only out there a couple days, and while the leaves certainly hadn’t reached their peak, we had absolutely perfect weather and a lovely time just driving around, taking it easy and enjoying the views.

While out there I got to experience my first time apple picking! I’ve picked blueberries and strawberries plenty, but never apples. It was a lot of fun- certainly doesn’t take as long to fill up a basket with apples as it does with blueberries! And I’ve decided, apples definitely taste better when you’ve picked them right off the tree yourself. 😉

Here are some pictures.

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Look at that blue sky

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And some from the apple orchard-

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One of my favorite pictures. Thanks to my younger sis for her photography skills!

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As you can tell, I was really liking the apple pictures. 😉

Sweet times!

~A

~it’s been a while~

Can you believe it? It’s getting to the middle of October already! Where we are, the past couple weeks has been one long, continuous time of grey skies and rain. No flooding or anything, thankfully, and happily the sun has come back out to grace us with it’s presence! Sadly though,  I guess I must finally admit it. summer’s really and truly over. *sigh*

But that’s not all bad news, there’s always the hope of fall camping to look forward to, and the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas, mmmmmmm! ), and visiting with family.  Possibly a trip to the mountains too.

Even though I wasn’t quite ready to bid summer a total, final farewell, I am excited about fall and winter. So much to look forward to!

So yeah…it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. 😦 I’ve had ideas and pictures for blog posts….buuuutt…somehow I just haven’t been able to get them together into anything yet. I guess I’ve been suffering from a typing block.

But I’m back! Complete with pictures of my new doll that I mentioned I would be working on a couple posts back. Yeah, yeah, I didn’t exactly get pictures of it put up soon, but in my own defense, this doll took me a while.  Even my family noticed. They were like, you’ve been working on that one longer than most things. “You noticed? @_@” Hahahaha! Anyway, here she is.

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Now a side view.

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And up close.

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When it comes to crocheting, (anything, actually) I have a short attention span, (which is why most the projects you will see on this blog are small, relatively fast ones) and this doll, due to her being larger than most things I make, and the hair curls, nearly surpass my limits. As I was in the middle of making her, I was thinking I. am. NEVER. making this pattern AGAIN. But after I finished her, she was so cute that I’m actually wanting to make another one. 😀

Here is the free pattern I used for her if you care to give it a go. I generally stick to using realistic colors when I’m making dolls, but since it was my first time making this one, I decided to stick with the quirky color combination idea from the original doll. Hence the bright pink hair. I was really afraid I was going to regret that color choice, but in the end, I really liked it!

Let’s see….a few final thoughts on the pattern, I added her little nose (it wasn’t included in the pattern), and when I made her hair, (not the ringlets, but the cap part) it came out too big when I was following the pattern. Not sure if I made a mistake while reading the instructions, (probably) or if there was a mistake in the pattern….but either way, that wasn’t too hard to fix.

If I make this pattern again what color hair should I do?

Hope you’re having a beautiful Autumn day!

~A