Black Crochet Inspiration

A few crochet items that I've created through the years.  You can find the shawl pattern on Ravelry.   Others are Doily Designs creations.

Shells and Lace Mandala Doily Rug (2013)

Crochet Lotus Mandala Doily Rug (2013)

Black Mandala Doily Blanket (2013)

 Black Mandala Wall Clock (2012)

Black Aphrodite Shawl with Extension (2011)

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Hope that you find joy and inspiration.
Happy crocheting!

Crochet Pumpkin Leaf Pattern

 ๐Ÿ‚Crochet Pumpkin Vine Leaf Pattern๐Ÿ‚

This easy crochet leaf works up very quickly and makes a great addition to lots of Fall accessories, like these cute crochet Pumpkin Cup Cozies by Okie Girl Bling n Things (pictured above and below).

Follow Doily Designs Pumpkin Leaf pattern below to create these useful little leaves to go on your latest Fall crochet accessories.

๐ŸCrochet Pumpkin Leaf Pattern ๐Ÿ

The following is a general guide to share this fun little leaf.  

Try different yarns and different hooks, for various size leaves. 
Leaf is worked on first one side of the chain, then on opposite side of this same chain.

H hook (8 - 5mm)
Size 4, worsted weight yarn
Measures approximately 2.25 inches with stem.
Graph and written pattern, in English crochet terms.

Ch 8, Sc in 2nd ch from hook, Ch 1, 
Sl st in next ch, Ch 2, 
Hdc in same ch, Ch 2, 
Sl st in next ch, Ch 3, 
Dc in same ch, Ch 3, 
Sl st in next ch, Ch 4, 
Htr in same ch, Ch 4, 
Sl st in next ch, move tail (slip knot and 2 ch) thru and on top of working strand, crocheting over ch on the opposite side, letting the tail drop back, and working on other side of the ch,
(2nd side)
Ch 4, Htr in same ch as previous Htr but on other side, Ch 4, 
Sl st in same ch, Ch 3, 
Dc in next ch, Ch 3, 
Sl st in same ch, Ch 2, 
Hdc in next ch, Ch 2, 
Sl st in last ch.
Fasten off, weave last used strand, use 'stem' strand to attach to whatever you like (if desired) or weave this end as well.

Please, let me know if you have questions, comments or would like to share your crochet leaves.

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Happy crocheting!

Halloween Graveyard Cake

๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿ‘ป  Halloween  ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿฅฎ 

๐Ÿ‘ป  Graveyard Cake  ๐Ÿ‘ป

Tasty, decorative Halloween treat.

Inspired by Pinterest, back in 2012, when the kids were very little, we made this cute graveyard cakeThese old pictures are pretty bad, but you get the idea and I am sure that YOU could nail it!

This cake was so much fun to make and EAT.

Cake uses:
Chocolate cake base, cake mix works great and children can help mix. 
Chocolate icing, in a thin layer for sticking stuff to the cake.
Stuff like; 
Oreo cookies, crumbled for 'dirt'. Children enjoy this job. We used plastic baggy and a rolling pin to crush the Oreo's into a fine 'dirt'.
Milano cookies for 'tombstones', with "Rip" and "Boo", written with 
icing tube,
Licorice, split apart for 'trees'. You could reinforce these with toothpicks, even create a fence with licorice pieces.
Marshmallows (various sizes) for ghosts, eyes dotted on with icing tube.
Pumpkins could be sugar pumpkins like those from BRACH's holiday mix;

I wanted something the kids could play with afterwards, and something crafty for myself to do, so we gathered oak galls, (or other nut for Fall inspiration), and painted them with acrylic paint to look like jack-o-lanterns, and topped them with a good clear coat. These are still one of my favorite Fall decorations. Such fun getting out old decorations and reminiscing about old crafts. Handmade decorations are so much more treasured.

Back to the cake...
We were going for pumpkin vines but the icing did not want to work with me. With more time and skill, I think the vines could look cool on this cake.

Don't feel like making the whole cake? For a simpler, but still fun, decorative and delicious treat, try making chocolate cupcakes in silver foil linings. Decorate with chocolate icing, topped with marshmallow ghosts, Milano 'tombstones' and/or Brach's pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!

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Fall Cozy

These cozy pumpkin cozies were just the thing to get me in the Autumn crochet mood.

Kylee Keller has a great video and pattern shared free on Okie Girl Bling n Things blog, or support Kylee's art and purchase her pattern on Etsy

Grab your favorite fall colored yarn and join along in the fall inspiration!

Once you start this cute pattern, it is hard to make just one!

  Her little leaves are cute and work great, but while I was adding leaves to other things, I came up with this Pumpkin vine leaf pattern that you can find the free pattern for, right here on Doily Designs blog.

Don't you just love all the beautiful colors of Fall!  

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Best wishes & happy crocheting!

Fallen Leaf Oil Pastel

๐Ÿ‚๐ŸFallen Leaf on Water with Oil Pastels๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

A fallen leaf is summer saying goodbye~

"I wonder if leaves feel lonely when they see their neighbors falling." John Muir

 With Autumn here and my continued mood to draw, this leaf tutorial on Youtube was just the thing to get me excited about drawing another oil pastel.

Such a lovely color combination. 

It reminds me a little, of one of my photographs that, to me, is so peaceful.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree." Emily Bronte

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Oil Pastels

Fun with oil pastels....

It's not a great job, but it was a nice first try. I learned a few things and got excited to give oil pastels another try.

This was done following a 'draw along', that you can find on Youtube.

The cat thought that I should be petting her instead of taking pictures of drawings.๐Ÿ˜…

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Best wishes & happy drawing!

Animal Doodles

 This past weeks doodles......

Every year around my oldest sons birthday, I seem to get an urge to draw. Maybe it is this special time of year when Autumn begins, or that since Harley was born, he has inspired me to draw. Whatever it is, this year, after being inspired by other peoples art, I find myself wanting to share my doodles, if for no other reason then to inspire my own family to pick up those pencils, and whom ever else might feel it as well.

 This past week, I was feeling in the mood to use pencil and colored pencils, and attempt some animal portraits. Usually after the eyes it seems to go down hill. But practice makes perfect. So I am practicing, and these were my results.

September 2021

Cali Cat~

Blackie Cat~

"It'll be alright..." Happy Turtle, Angry Rabbit, doodles.

Rabbit inspired by this adorable paint by numbers Pin.
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Happy drawing!!

Drawings by Cathleen Wake Gorbatenko, September 2021

Water drop doodles...

 Water drop doodles....

There is something so beautiful and calming about water drops, I find them absolutely mesmerizing.

While doodling, I was inspired to try and capture a water drop on paper myself, so I turned to Pinterest for ideas.  Finding these inspiring drawings, I tried a few.

This first drawing was inspired by this water drops Pin. This drawing was super fun and great practice!

Another great Pin that I tried was this single water drop. I didn't quite get it, but again, fun and great practice.

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Happy drawing!!


Recent drawings

A break from crochet for a minute....๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚

๐ŸIt seems Autumn is an especially inspiring time to draw~๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚

With the change of season, the drawing bug hit me, so I got out a ball point pen and some ink pens to give these mediums a try. Normally ink is not something that I'd feel comfortable using, not being able to erase is intimidating. But to my surprise, it was super fun, relaxing and satisfying. Honestly, kind of hard to put down. 

The first picture was found on Youtube, where you can watch XonArt "Draw a simple landscape in pen and ink".

Two inspired ink drawings....

Inspired pen drawings....

Inspired pencil drawings....

Camel inspired by a cute camel picture on Pinterest.


Inspired and original colored pencil drawings. 

 Sloth is inspired by this adorable sloth painting, Pin.

My ugly pumpkin, I just couldn't stoppp....

black & white~

With age, as with other things in life besides drawing... my straight lines get straighter, circles rounder and things are seen in a whole new way.

Grab yourself a pen or pencil and kick back and draw something! It is so meditative and relaxing! Or go Zentangle! Go do your thing and enjoy your thing, whatever you do.

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Happy drawing!

Drawings are from the second week in September, during Fall inspired drawing faze, September 2021.

Bird Point

⮙ Native American Bird Point Arrowhead ➣

This tiny beauty is just under an inch, and is made of shiny white stone. Large scraper/axe head is also made of white stone, but is milkier with hues of orange, and is not shiny.
Both were found in Central Texas, Dripping Springs area, while exploring my Mom's land.
More pictures of the scraper here.

My Mum chipped the little bird point on the edge a long time ago by accident. She was looking at it when I told her that I'd found it on her property, she must have gotten so excited that she accidentally dropped it. Oh well, you can barely tell. But before that, it was found in pristine condition.  A truly amazing find.

Chip on right side edge after finding.

To have napped this shiny white stone without breaking it, is very impressive to me. And for it to have survived its journey to find its way here, is incredible as well. 

I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts on this beautiful tiny bird point if anyone would like to share.

Below, several scrapers, bird point, pieces and 2 full arrowheads. 
My finds (1989-2000)

Sometime's I think that there could not be more arrowheads out there to find, surely everyone has found them all, or they have been buried by time. But these that I found are proof to me that they are out there, you first have to look. 

It does help to have knowledge of where to look and what to look for. I had help with the lower row after showing interest and finding the two mentioned above.  Arrowhead hunting is a truly meditative process and the reward, priceless.

I still find myself looking down, hoping to find that smooth stone laying on the ground. That glimpse into the past, carried gently into the future, cherished and shared, not laying quietly somewhere forgotten in nature. 

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Happy rock hunting!

Step Stool Cover

  Step Stool Cover

Fun seat cover made up for this old antique step stool that desperately needed something. This old stool had a hard, cracked plastic cushion, the steps discolored, old beat up wood, held together by rusted metal. At the same time, the stool is just so useful and still very sturdy, so I could not bare to part with it. Like usual, my first thought was~ CROCHET IT!

Starting with the yarn colors, I chose colors from our kitchen, and that I had on hand. Drawing from mosaic looking, mandala type crochet, I started searching for the perfect rectangle, but mostly only found squares. It would need to be rectangle to fit the stool, so I put together some ideas, and ended up with this. 
It didn't turn out too bad, and no one complains about my ugly stool any more. 

     A fresh coat of paint and it is good as new!

This project is all about the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. I am big on "trash to treasure".  I find that turning something that could end up in a land fill into something useful, to be a wonderful thing. 

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Stool cover completed August 4, 2018

Cranberry Pineapple Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

⭐  Doily Designs Cranberry Pineapple  Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern One of a kind tree skirt  is an eye catching take on the classic ...