Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Little Herd O' Turtles

...And have I been slower than a herd o' turtles getting things posted as often as I'd like to!  But just like Aesop would tell you, slow and steady, "the race is not always to the swift."

Always in a hurry, always much to do, but feeling VERY behind in everything, I decided it was time to take Aesop's advice, slow down, and maybe share some more of what projects I've been working on lately.

Speaking of turtles, I want to introduce my own little herd o' turtles, or should I say bale of turtles.

I wanted to make just one for a friend, Effy, who often advises, "Embrace your inner turtle"...  to slow down, go at your own pace..  no pressure!  In real life, a mama turtle can lay anywhere from 50 to 200 eggs in one nest.  So, since when do you only find one turtle egg in a nest?  I liked making the first one so much, it turned out a total of FOUR baby turtles hatched here at my house!  While the little purple turtle is going to be sent to Effy's house, all the way to Canada...

...this little blue one is mine!  I haven't named her yet.  I was thinking maybe Bonnie Blue, but I think I like the name Mertle Mae better!  I hope she likes the little set-up I've made for her.  If you're interested in making one, or FOUR, yourself, you can find the pattern I followed right HERE

I guess while little Mertle Mae settles in, I'll share a few tags I've been working on most recently.  First, and better late than never, I hope, are two tags from the Tag of the Month Swap, at The Altered Paper...  Here's the beautiful tag for April, that I received from Mercedes, at All Things Pretty!!..

I just LOVE it!...   And here's the tag I made and sent to her!  (Of course, I made one for myself as well.)

I love when I can add any little crochet embellishments that I make myself!..  I did just that to this next tag.  I made it for the Mini Album Scraps, Breaking Dawn Part One Tag Swap.

Oooooh, I can't wait for Part Two to come to theaters!...    I hear the package of tags from our swap partners is on the way, so I can't wait to see them!  I most recently signed up for an "Itty Bitty Mini Album" Swap!  I can't wait to get started on that project too, but..  Oh, I'm getting way ahead of myself!  Here's ANOTHER tag I made for "A Night At The Oscars" tag swap.  I chose to base my theme on "The Help"...

...where Octavia Spencer won the award for her role as Minny!  Well deseved!  I loved Minny, but honestly, I thought Viola Davis deserved one too, didn't you?  I guess sometimes you just wish everybody could win the award, or the top spot; like on American Idol, or Dancing With The Stars!...  Anyways, I didn't embellish with any crochet on this tag, but I had fun putting it together.  I LOVED both the book and the movie!  (Oh, but tell me, will we EVER look at chocolate cream pie the same way again?!..   Umm, just pass me the lemon meringue please!)

(back of the tag)

I have more crochet projects I'm gradually working on, with others in mind on my to-do list.  I've got some baking in mind to do as well... a new brownie recipe; and then we'll be celebrating Dear Daughter's birthday soon, so I'll also be making a cake!  Much to do, but that's o.k...  I'll just try to remember to take my time, steady and slow, and to embrace my inner turtle!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and...

(image courtesy of HERE)