Arrowhead Leaf – Free Crochet Pattern

Arrowhead Leaf Free PatternMy first original free crochet pattern! I hope you enjoy the Arrowhead Leaf.
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NOTES:

  1. At the end of all rounds, join with sl st under previous chain 1 and pull tight, then loosen loop a bit before ch 1. The first sc of each round then goes into the first sc. Loosening the loop makes it easier to locate the chain 1 for the join.
  2. “Inc” means 2 sc in one stitch.
  3. Ch-4 pattern: Into ch-4 loop, sc 2, ch-4, sc 2 (also described below)
  4. At the end there are two variations with borders for crab stitch or a softer slightly wavy border.

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Don’t Discount Behr’s Navajo White Paint So Quickly

In an article on About.com, Five Things That Make Your House Look Chintzy, one of the things listed is Behr’s Navajo White Paint. While I agree that if used by itself, this color is as boring as boring can be, the article neglects a use for this paint that is absolutely stunning: Use it for sponge painting!

We used it in my bedroom and hallway and the results were magnificent. In the bedroom, we applied Sunset Gold (also by Behr) over Navajo White and the results are golden:

Navajo White + Sunset Gold = Golden Bedroom

Sunset Gold sponged over Navajo White. The accent wall is plain Sunset Gold because we couldn’t possibly move the waterbed.

And in the hallway, we carried the cocoa paint (sorry, I forgot the name) from the living room up into the hallway, then sponge-painted Navajo White over it to make a perfect transition (the carpet is new, too – it used to be very close to Najavo White):

Hallway transition from living room - cocoa to cocoa and cream using Navajo White..

Hallway transition from living room – cocoa to cocoa and cream.

So as you can see, the paint that is so boring by itself becomes a treasure when used for a faux finish. We created a golden bedroom and a cappuccino hallway. I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Total Knee Replacement

(Written Friday, June 24, 2016)

My right knee has been bad for a long time. In it I have not only severe arthritis but Paget’s disease. This is a double whammy for pain. So I’m finally going to get a knee replacement.

See, your bones are always replacing old bone tissue with new tissue. In Paget’s, “there is an abnormal breakdown of bone tissue in specific areas. This is followed by abnormal bone formation. The new area of bone is larger, but weaker. The new bone is also filled with new blood vessels… [t]his results in deformity of the affected bones.” (Medline Plus)

My right knee is grossly deformed. It and the left knee look like they belong to two different people. Continue reading