Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lime Green Winner!

This was a tough one! I guess it's only right that the last challenge of our Junebug Days event was one that took us all day to judge! I had to call on extra judges and everything! But, without further muddling...

The winner this week is Bonnie! Congratulations!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in and took the time to send me your photos. You made this whole month fun. Also thanks to all of you who stopped by and cheered us on and commented. I wouldn't be here without all of you. Well, I might be here talking to myself, but that would be a whole lot less enjoyable. 

Now for your further entertainment I went to Photovisi today and made these little collages to show the riot of color we received this month and to give Junebug Days a proper sendoff.

Goodbye Junebug Days 2012--it was a good one!

Tomorrow's post: a confession.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Food Fun: Detox Green Salad

Super Green!
notice yarn in background--of course!
Just put some romaine lettuce in a salad bowl, add some thinly sliced celery, some chopped cucumber, and avocado chunks. Mix lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour over. 
I loved this, but it is quite tart. If you are afraid it might be a little too acidic for you, add a little agave nectar or honey to the dressing and it will balance out.

Here's some other great green recipes:

I can personally attest to and recommend that pea soup recipe. I've made it more than once now and it is too completely delicious! Also, I think I've already raved to you about the kale salad. Might have even posted a pic of it. It is dear to my heart, yes. All of these are from my Pinterest pinboard "yums" and "healthy," where I also have some green smoothie recipes posted. Those are always good.

So make yourself something green to eat (or sip) today!

Have you been crafting with green? Well, show me some. Yes, show me some green!

Today is the last day to send me photos of your lime green (think bright, people!) creations to jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com.

Will you win the goodies?

Thursday, June 28, 2012


That's when I said I would be here with WIP news. Thing is, I was still occupied with reorganizing this place--a job I started Tuesday as a birthday present to myself. Since before the first of the year, it felt like I was just grabbing at things and making piles and getting in worse and worse of a jumble. I needed order!

That's more like it. Before the fix, this office had no surface area not covered with piles and piles of stuff. Even my chair was full of junk!
I cleared everything out, filed papers, put some in the recycling bin, set my laptop back in here from the living room so I can once again juggle between it and the desktop (they each do different tasks for me), and made a file for each design project in the works and put them right next to the desk so I have my priorities in my face where they get attention! Now I can work in a sort of organized way again. Whew.

And here are the lime green WIP's I promised and then stood you up with yesterday. Please forgive. 
First, there's the hat I'm working on with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool for Lucy, my grandaughter--it still needs some tweaks. Then there's the shawl I'm designing with Zibeline Knits Belle Ewe and the Kathy's Cowl I'm making with Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread. And you see something here that is actually neither knitting nor crochet. Well, that's different! Variety is the spice. Lately I have had my mind back on this crewel project from about 30 years ago--I think I started this in my twenties. It's a Vogart Crafts "Crewel Creative Stitchery Kit" that features a basket of veggies, which includes some of our bright green. 
We would call it "vintage" now. I guess I'm "vintage" too. 
I'm from what I think they now call the "mid-century period." {chuckle}

So have you worked something up using lime green? If so, send me a pretty picture of it at jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com and you just might win a goody box! 
You have until tomorrow at midnight Pacific Time.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm Today's Junebug!


It's my birthday today and we've been for our walk, had homemade cherry tarts from my daughter for breakfast, gone to get our driver's licenses renewed (complete with awful pictures), and I've re-organized and reclaimed my office. I made a delicious lunch and am about to settle in with some knitting and crocheting.

Already a great day!

See you tomorrow for some lime green works in progress and hopefully with more of your entries populating the lime Flickr set!

Cheers everyone!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lime Green Week!

I LOVE green. 
Some days I'll catch myself wearing all green--even green shoes and purse. And then I change something, cuz that's a little much.

But this time of year Nature's wearing a lot of green and it's not a fashion faux pas--the more the better! I had no trouble finding plenty of it right in my own back yard.



even a baby Crape Myrtle tree!

Yes, this week's challenge is bright green, lime green. 
Think spring green, electric green, yellow-green, green-yellow, celery, apple green, chartreuse, neon green!

Look through your creations of any kind--not just yarny ones--and send me your very best image of one thing you've made yourself. Get it to me at jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com by Friday midnight. I'll post them all on the Lime Green Flickr set and call on my judges (a different group every week) to assist me in choosing the winner. That lucky crafter will receive a box of fun centered around the color of the week.


Okay, then give me some good stuff, because this is the last week of Junebug Days 2012. 
Let's go out with a bright green bang!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fuchsia Winner!

Congratulations to Mimi!

You should all find the time to go to Mimi's blog and read.
You'll be amazed, as was I when I went there this morning after the decision was made.
Beautiful things, Mimi!

I hope you all are having a great weekend. I'll be back Monday with our final color and thus final challenge for this year's 
Junebug Days. 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Food Fun: Pink Berry Smoothie

After the tart fiasco last week, I thought I'd better make this week's treat more healthy. And I think I have a new favorite!
Pink Berry Smoothie
1 c mixed berries, fresh or frozen
I used a mixture of cherries, raspberries, blueberries, & strawberries.
1 c cranberry juice
1/4 c yogurt
I used nonfat plain Greek yogurt for extra protein.
1/2 frozen banana
2 T agave nectar
1 t vanilla extract
1 T flax meal, optional

Put it all in the blender and mix.
Makes one 16 oz serving, or two 8 oz for sharing

I made lunch out of this and couldn't wait until the photo shoot was done...

Some other pink treats you could try:

Hey, that list could be the menu for a great summer party! 
Let me know when it's all done and I'll be right over!

Right now I'm gonna go and finish my delicious smoothie.

P.S. Send your fuchsia craft makings. Challenge closes at midnight tonight!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fuchsia WIP's

I'm a little late posting today, but first it was errands and then it was a bit of yard work beckoning and then I just had to get all my project materials out to the patio. This day is just too gorgeous to work inside!

Yesterday I scrounged around in my various projects to find some fuchsia, and for some reason, the ones where I found it involve crochet. 

I'm using this recently procured skein of Malabrigo Chunky in Geranio 44 for trying out on a Mirth pattern I'm working up. The original is in worsted weight, and I thought I would add an option for chunky weight as well. What you see here will need to be frogged, however, because I have to tweak. 
No problem! More fun!

I started my granddaughter a little Willow Hat from my design in Kim Werker's Crochet Gifts, but with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool and with some color changes. I'm using color #35, #73, and this deep pink #75 called Griseldis Rose. I'm going to alternate these two color motifs and maybe stripe the crown. We'll see! 
The other option is with some Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, which you see in the upper left corner there. It's a little less bright, but I like how the colors work together in this motif. It's also very soft and machine washable. Very good qualities for a toddler hat!

And last but not least, here's our friend from NaCroMo finally having more Willow motifs added. 

So, see I do have some deep pinks in my UFO baskets, just not so much on my yarn shelf (okay, shelves).

Now I'm heading back outside to enjoy the weather. The yarn is calling for me!

Don't forget to send me pics of your fuchsia creations. On with Junebug Days!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Junebug Days: Fuchsia Week!

And now we arrive at the one color in my little quartet that I seem to have neglected.
Fuchsia, magenta, cerise, deep pink, even hot pink! 
Remember my big basket of teal yarn? This little bunch looks weak in comparison, and two of them are a mix of other colors added in. I'll also admit to having bought a couple of these skeins in the past few weeks to get ready for this little event. That essentially means I had only a tinch of this around.

Looking through my closet and around my house, I see no evidence of this color, unlike the others we have been and will be playing with this month.

I dunno! I guess I'm just not a pink person. However, I am looking forward to focusing on it more this week.

In my yard, though, there is glowing evidence of fuchsia in the form of these peonies. I couldn't take a picture of the bushes themselves because the color is so intense in the sunshine that it distorts the photograph!

We have one bush that was so crowded with blooms I had to relieve it of a few for a vase to grace our dining room table. I love these, and the love is intensified by not having them for very long. Peonies are such divas--they make you watch and watch their tight little balls on stems for weeks and just when you stop looking they explode with these over-generous baby-head-sized blossoms.

But I got off-track--the peonies mesmerized me!

We have a challenge here. Send me beautiful images of your creations in fuchsia before Friday midnight PST. The only restrictions are that is something you made (anything in the arts and crafts category), it has to be a good photograph, and it must feature fuchsia or any of its siblings predominantly.
That's it!

I hope to be hearing from you at jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com this week and please attach your image to the e-mail. If you include it in the text of the e-mail I can't get it into a folder and over to the fuchsia Flickr page quite so easily. Thanks! Let's have fun!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Teal Winner!

The judges decided that this week's winner is...

It was a tough choice, y'all. Thanks to all the entrants this week and especially for adding more variety. We had knitting, crochet, and this week, even a painting! I so appreciate that. I knew you guys were more crafty than you were letting on. I'm gonna throw down the gauntlet and challenge you to be even more crafty for next week's challenge. Delve into your images and find something different for me. Above all, it must be the color of the week, and it must be a good photo. 

I'll be back Monday to kick off the next challenge. Until then, I leave you with one more lovely teal yarn photo.
Oh, don't worry. I'll tell you lots more about both of these new finds later. You know I will!
Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Food Fun: Blueberry Kiwi Tart

I'm challenging myself during Junebug Days to make a dish every week to go along with that week's color. I had a little trouble coming up with a teal-colored dish without doing something unnatural like Jello pistachio pudding (which we used to eat on a regular basis, admittedly). These days we try to eat real food most of the time. 

When I realized that something blue and green would do the trick, I knew exactly what to do.
Blueberry Kiwi Tart with Apricot Glaze
adapted from the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 cup slivered almonds, ground
1 egg yolk
1 t almond extract
1 t vanilla extract
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 T orange juice
3 T sugar
1/2 c apricot or peach jam
1 T butter
1 T lemon juice
1 T amaretto 
2 fresh kiwis, sliced
1/3 c fresh blueberries

Mix the first four ingredients until well blended. Add egg yolk and extracts and form dough. Press dough firmly into bottom of 11-inch tart pan and up sides. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden. Cool on wire rack. Blend the cream cheese and next 2 ingredients until smooth. When the crust is cool, spread filling into the bottom of the crust evenly. Place in refrigerator to stay cool while making the glaze.

In a small saucepan, mix the jam, lemon juice, butter and amaretto (or extract) over low heat until the butter is melted and all is well blended--about two minutes. Set aside to cool. Layer the fruit on top of the cream cheese. Brush the cooled glaze over the fruit. Place tart in the refrigerator to keep cool until serving.

It was good, people. See how we yummed it right up?

This is the last day of Teal Week, so if you had planned to send me a picture of something tealish, you'd best get to sending! I can't wait to see who gets the teal goodies!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Reluctant Teal FO

Quite a while ago I showed you progress of a crocheted shawl I was making with Sanguine Gryphon Mithril in a lovely color called Blue-Green Music. I had the most fun making it and had such high hopes for it, but my crochet design skills have got a way to go--lots to learn! The fabric is lovely, but the overall shape of the thing didn't quite live up to my expectations. The main thing is that it's too deep for its width. It won't be a pattern, but I do wear it. I just have to double it up on itself at the top so it's not so long--something you shouldn't have to do with a shawl.

However, in honor of Teal Week I thought I would be brave and show you.
I tried some contortions with my iPhone cam and the mirror.
Over the shoulder?

On top of my head? 
Boy, my hair is frizzy. And I used that supposedly great anti-frizz serum today. Hmph.

You get the idea. 

But guess what? Something came in the mail that just might give me another chance. It's sure inspiring enough!

It's a new skein of Mithril in Poynter's Andromeda from The Verdant Gryphon! Such a gorgeous teal--even better than the first one! I think I'll try this shawl again!

Pssst...send me your teal pictures before tomorrow midnight PST!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Don't forget!

Just a reminder to search for the best example of TEAL in your creations and send it to me at jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com before Friday at midnight so I can add it to our entries on Flickr. We like to have lots of examples to choose from--the more the merrier!

Sorry to be a little more out of touch this week, but I'm busy being gardener, airport shuttle service, cook, baker, and oh yeah, knitwear designer this week to post much.

I am working up a yummy blue-green Friday Food Fun for you and personally, I can't wait to taste it!

See you then, if not before. Have fun with your own weekly doings!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Junebug Days: Teal Week!

Welcome back for the second week of our Junebug Days 2012 color party!
I raided my stash and found plenty of representatives of this color, which I am succinctly calling teal. You can also call it blue-green, turquoise, cyan, aqua, etc. Any incarnation of blue-green will do. Have a look at this beautiful design seeds image. And have a gander at all the great things on Etsy in teal.

I am quite fond of this color, as you can tell by some of my knits, my crochets, my planner, my sketchbook, one of my favorite little knitting bags, and even my iPhone case. I love it so much I even made it the color of my Mirth line of patterns. And looky over there at Wanda Nell--she's turquoise!

Have you used teal in any of your creations?
I wanna see!

Send me your images at jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com and please remember:
1. Make it teal.
2. Make it your own original work.
3. Make it look great.
4. One image will do.
5. Send it by Friday (June 15) at midnight.

I fed the Flickr set to prime the pump. I can't wait to see your images there instead! Remember to send me links along with your image--to your blog, to the Ravelry project page, to your Flickr set, etc. I want to give you some traffic. Oh, and one more thing--so far I've only received knitting images. Any and all crafts and arts are eligible. Let's try to mix it up!

Here we go!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Orange Winner!

It's been a fun week for me, and I hope for you as well, with all this orangeness. I love orange! 
This was the true test of it, too. I thought that after six straight days of looking intensely at orange I would be sick of it. Not even close!
I wanted to find some parting shots of orange today, but had a hard time. There was none to be seen at the local farmer's market, and on our walk, the wind was blowing so hard I couldn't get decent pics of all the orange flowers in the neighborhood. Our stop at the grocery store helped me a lot.
Orange bell peppers sit still for pictures. Good thing.
I'm glad I started this Junebug Days color challenge with orange. It was the easiest, being a pure secondary color, the mix of primary colors yellow and red. The rest of the month won't be so clear-cut.

But I know you're wondering...when is she gonna tell us who won the goodies?!
First I'll show you the goodies (in hopes that it will inspire you to enter the other challenges).

A book, some candy, a yummy-smelling candle, a wrister kit with two of my little patterns and some yarn and buttons to work it with, some other appropriately-hued yarn, a little pack of mat stack papers for some paper fun, a little hunk of post-it notes, a couple of decorated clothes pins, and another copy of one of my Mirth patterns. I think there's a few other things not showing, but you get the idea. 
It's just a bunch of fun in a box!

And the one who gets the goodies is...

Our panel of judges deemed the photo of her Kalajoki Socks to be the best one entered. It displayed orange nicely, was photographed well, and otherwise followed all the guidelines. This was not an easy decision, because we got some good, good entries!

Thanks to all of you who sent me your orange creations. I put links to you in the comments with your photos on the Flickr set for orange--your blog, your Ravelry project page, etc.--when I could find them, that is. In the coming weeks, be sure to give me this info in the e-mail when you send your photo entry. I want folks to come looking for more of your craftiness!

Alrighty then, I'll see you Monday for the next challenge!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Friday Food Fun: Roasted Carrot Soup

Wednesday morning as I was juicing some carrots, apples, oranges, and ginger (our favorite), I was groaning about how spindly the carrots were. Spindly carrots do not do well in the juicer. Then I had an "aha!" Spindly carrots would roast wonderfully and I could find a use for them once I got them roasted. Well, before they were done I knew what I would do. Fred and I were both working at home that day, and I love to whip up some lunch when he's here. I thought I'd try to make us a sweet little bowl of soup. Here's how I did it.

Roasted Carrot Soup
serves 2

A dozen or so spindly carrots (under one inch in diameter)
4T olive oil
salt & pepper
2 t chicken base
2 c water (or 2 c chicken or vegetable broth)
1/2 c chopped onions
1/2 t dried tarragon
1/2 t fresh thyme
1/2 t garlic powder
2 T sour cream
juice of one lemon
croutons, feta cheese crumbles, and fresh oregano for garnish

Peel the carrots, place them in a baking dish, and toss with 2 T of the olive oil and some salt ( I used orange salt) and fresh-cracked pepper. Roast the carrots for 20 minutes at 475 degrees, turning them once, halfway through the process. Take the carrots out of the oven and cover tightly with aluminum foil to rest while preparing the broth.

Saute the onions in the remaining 2 T olive oil until translucent. Add the chicken base and water (or broth), and the thyme and garlic powder. Uncover the carrots, chop them into one-inch sections, and add them to the broth. Bring the soup to a boil and then lower to simmer for 10 minutes. Add more water if the soup seems too thick at this point. Remove pot from hot eye and puree with a handheld blender. Put the soup back on the hot eye to simmer while whisking in the sour cream until dissolved. 

Squeeze in the lemon juice, stir well, and divide between two bowls. Garnish with croutons, feta cheese, and fresh oregano. 
Share with someone you love.

This orangey recipe is here to remind you to enter your orange craft images in our Junebug Days Orange challenge. This week's giveaway ends at midnight tonight! Send me those images now!

I'll be back tomorrow to tell you who won the orange goody box!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Orange, of Course!

Whoops! This day almost got away from me. For some of you, it's already tomorrow!

Because it's Orange Week here, I will show you how a couple of my orange projects are coming along.
There's this bag, which looks like a tam at the moment...or a pie. Hey, it looks like a pie! I could stop right now and plop it over a pie dish and fool Fred. Look, Fred, we got pie! But I think I'll keep going...that is if the yarn holds out. 
This is Cascade Cotton Rich in #1457, Cheddar (Pie).

And there's this Wanda Nell, which I wish I could forsake all my other WIP's for. She is the most fun!
I am to the resting place between the two waist shaping sections and I love how it's turning out with this Hazel Knits in Sailor's Delight and Wool in the Woods (unnamed color, discontinued yarn). You may remember that I started this gal back over a year ago when we did our yarn pairings experiment

And the last WIP is a secret, because it's for a pattern in the works with Cephalopod Yarns Nautilace in Bubble Eye. As soon as I got this yarn, a scarf idea claimed my brain and would not let go until it was worked out. I mean that very day I had to make charts! 
Five chart versions later, I have a keeper.
Here's a little detail to tide you over.

Now, about  our contest--I know most of you are not fans of orange, so that may explain the low number of entries we have so far. Thank you to all who sent images of your orange creations. Are there any more of you out there? Don't let the week run out on you. Send 'em in!

I'll see you back here Friday (if not before) for an orangey recipe. Yum!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Happy Birthday, Momma Junebug!

Just popping in to do a Happy Birthday post for my Mom!
Mom, I hope you get some sweet time in your garden today and a nice rest in your orange chair!
('s all about orange this week)

And for the rest of you, I'll be back tomorrow with some orangey works in progress. In the meantime, send your crafty creations featuring orange and enter our Junebug Days Orange Giveaway!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Junebug Days: Orange Week!

Here we are smack dab between the birthdays of my two closest Junebugs--yesterday was my oldest daughter's 32nd birthday, (Happy Birthday, Em!) and tomorrow is my mom's 75th birthday!

On this most wonderful of days, we kick off the first week of Junebug Days 2012 with a tribute to one of my most favorite colors. Orange!

 It is said to be a power color, and this site says,
"It is one of the healing colors. It is said to increase the craving for food. It also stimulates enthusiasm and creativity. Orange means vitality with endurance. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere. Lady luck's color is orange. I have been told that if a change of any kind is need in life, just burn an orange candle for 7 nights."


Another site says that orange, more than any other color tends to elicit a "love it" or "hate it" response. I have found that to be true. To which camp do you belong?

Whether you love orange or hate orange, I'm asking you to do something for me. All week long, take a little more time to notice orange in your surroundings. How is it used? Where do you see it? Once you actively look for it, do you find that there's more of it than you realized?

Myself? I love orange. You already know that I do a lot of knitting and crocheting, so it won't surprise you to see the orange set on Flickr that I set up for this event. I primed the pump with a few of my own images, and beginning tomorrow you will see some of your own images there, I hope!

Send me some images of your orange creations, if you have any you'd like to enter into the orange week of the Junebug Days challenge. I am already assembling a fun box of goodies for the winner of this week's challenge.

Could it be yours?

I'll be back tomorrow for more about the lovely and vibrant color orange. Until then, I hope to hear from you at jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com with some of your bits of orange.

For those of you on Instagram, let's have a little more fun. I am tagging my orange photos this week with #junebugdaysorange. Join me! 

Note: If you missed the details, see the previous post for the guidelines for this giveaway.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Crafting Color

Welcome back and happy Saturday to you!
First, I'd like to send out a happy birthday to my good cuz, Vicki--one of my favorite junebugs!

Now, a little apology, kind of...
I know some of you were not fond of having a bug shoved in your face yesterday, and while it's not exactly what you're used to seeing here, it does prove that color can be found in the most unlikely places, like in things we don't normally seek out.

Well, this month I want you to try an exercise that involves actively seeking out and using certain colors. I first got this idea while participating in eskimimi's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week in April. I especially loved the day when we had to face our color preferences. It was a real eye-opener for me. I had other ideas for Junebug Days, of course, but this one trumped them all. I hope this month will open our minds and eyes about how we use color in our crafting and in our art.

It didn't take me long to choose the four colors we'll focus on this month, and I've been thinking about it over the past couple of weeks while gathering materials. A couple of these colors are ones that I have always favored, but a couple of them are going to be a challenge even for me. I have to admit that the choices were also influenced by the resurgence of neon colors
(like we thought we'd seen enough of in the 80's!) 
Could it be that we're all trying to pump ourselves up a little? That we're all wanting some happy injected here and there?

How's this for happy?

So with some help from Lily Sugar 'n Cream...

...and from DMC

...paint chips from Behr...
...and from Glidden...

...inspiration from Crayola...

...and finally, from MadelineTosh and Cascade...we can be on our way!
I know from studying Margaret Radcliffe's The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques,
in which she teaches a thing or two about color combos (see page 15) 
...that this is not a sound combo. It's not a triad, nor a tetrad, nor even a hexad. 
It's a wonky trapezoid!

But we won't let that deter us, will we? No! On with the party!

Here's the Timeline:
Week One is Orange (June 4)
Week Two is Teal (June 11)
Week Three is Fuchsia/Magenta (June 18)
Week Four is Lime Green (June 25)

1. Entries must be original work and original photos.
Look in your crafty projects and find examples of these colors. They may be any shade, but the brighter the better! Please send only clear, good quality photos. 
I can't judge your work if I can't see it!

2. One entry per color, please.
Choose only the best! The color of the week does not need to be the only color in your image, just the dominant one. And please don't send green photos on fuchsia week, etc. I need to focus!

3. Entries may be from any craft--it doesn't have to involve yarn. 
Beading, paper crafts, painting, cooking, gardening, etc. Variety is great!

4. Send your image to me attached to an email to jen(at)jenhagan(dot)com. 
Include in the message that you are participating in Junebug Days and at least give me your first name or blog ID so that I may credit you. I have sets already going at Flickr where I will post the best photos. If you do not want your photo posted there and credit given to you, then do not send images. Let's populate these sets with blasts of color!
(P.S. Bloggers, if you do a whole post about the color of the week, let me know and I will go and grab an image, with your permission, of course.)

5. Each contest goes live on Monday and closes on Friday at midnight. We will announce the winner of each week on Saturday. 
The winner will receive a box of goodies, so be prepared to give your mailing info so I may send them to you!

Now let's have fun! See you on Monday for some orange love!