Wednesday, September 29, 2010

And We Have Our Winners!!!!

Are you excited? 
Because I'm reeeeeaally excited! :o)

First, to keep track of the entries, as each person commented, I immediately put you on an Excel-type spreadsheet (I use OpenOffice free software) so that everyone would be listed in order of their comment/entry.  This is what the final list looked like....
As you can see, the spreadsheet has each row numbered, so it really made it all super easy-peasy this morning when I went to Random.org to generate the winners.  Pretty nifty, huh? :o)

Next thing I did was visit the handy-dandy Random.org website and in this nifty little box....
I changed the max number to 27 (the number of the last person to enter) and clicked on the 'Generate' button and ta-da!  Winner #1 is.....
and then, I hit the 'Generate' button one more time and winner #2 is......

Wooo-Hooo!!!
Congratulations guys!
I'll be contacting both of you via email to get your mailing addresses and your pumpkins will be on their way!

Of course, all of my friends and followers are winners in my book.
I sure do love you guys!

Now, on another note, I need your help.
I'm thinking of combining my 3 blogs all into one and I would truly appreciate your input.
If you'll look up there at the top of the right-hand column, just above my 'About me' section, you'll see a poll.  It would really help me out alot in this decision if you'd select the choice that most closely matches how you feel about me combining the blogs and then click on the 'vote' button. Thanks my friends!

I sure pray y'all have a gorgeous and abundantly blessed day!
I love ya's!
♥Anita

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
~Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Crochet Pumpkin and a Giveaway!

Karla's pumpkins are definitely addictive!
I knew when I done my first one that I definitely wanted to make another one and here's what I came up with this time...
What d'ya think?

I got so many lovely comments on my first pumpkin, both here and on my Flickr page.
I can't fully express how much your comments mean to me.  They truly do fill my heart with so much joy that a simple 'Thank you' response just doesn't seem like enough to convey that.  So, in hopes to show my true appreciation, I'm having my very first giveaway and I'm not just giving away one thing, but two!  These two...
I'll be using a random number generator to choose two winners.
Each person also has two chances to win!
  • Chance/Entry #1: All you gotta do is leave me a comment here.  Say anything you'd like!  If you tell me which one you like best and you win, I'll try and send you the one you like.  (First person chosen gets the one they chose if they listed a preference and then I'll go from there.)
  • Chance/Entry #2: Share the giveaway with others on your own blog.  Tell your friends and followers, complete with link to this post, then come back here and leave me the link to your post in a second comment.  **you have to make the second comment for it to count as a second entry.**
**PLEASE READ:  Please, make sure your blog and or email is linked to your comment OR type it out within your comment so that I can get in touch with you if you win.**

That's it!  You have until Tuesday at noon central standard time to leave your comments.
Good luck my friends!

Much love,
♥Anita

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for the living God.
Psalm 42:1-2

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pretty Crocheted Pumpkin

I am so excited!
Last night I finished my pumpkin from the CAL and it turned out sooooo cute!!!
Maybe I shouldn't say that about something that I made myself, but I really love it!  Karla told us to be creative with our pumpkins and make them our own and immediately I had a vision in mind.  Here's how it turned out...
I had to take pics of each section around because I pretty much decorated the whole thing with an embroidered chain stitch "vine" and crocheted flowers.  
What do you think???

I'm off now to show Karla and see what she thinks too!
Have a great day friends!
Love ya's,
♥Anita

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Acts 2:21

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dolly's

Chloe and Cora Lee have been listed on Etsy!

Chloe is here.


Cora Lee is here.

Thanks for checkin' 'em out! ;o)
Love y'as!
♥Anita

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
2 Chronicles 32:7 NIV



Procrastination

You know, I am such a procrastinator.  Really.  I struggle with this in everything and I absolutely hate it!  I simply can't get motivated unless it's "down to the wire".  Wayne tells me I'm not happy unless my hair's on fire.  I think maybe part of it is an adrenaline thing.  You know, that big burst of energy you have when you know you're facing a deadline...my blood just gets to pumpin' and I am so productive then.  I get that same burst of energy late at night too.  

Of course there are other contributors to my procrastination issue.  One is hereditary, that's for sure.  Another contributor is a lack of enthusiasm for what needs to be done. Something particular I am bad to procrastinate about doing is taking pictures of my work.  I have to admit that there are times when I don't post because I can't bring myself to take pics.  Don't get me wrong, it's not that i don't enjoy taking pics as a general rule, but all of the blogging and Etsy tips about how important it is to take good pics has shifted the whole dynamics of the process from being a pleasurable activity to one of dread.  It's not a carefree thing, there's getting out a solid white background to aid in the lighting, then because I have such an old and low megapixel camera I have to edit the pics before I can post them anywhere.  Not just to enhance an already great pic, but to get rid of the grainy-ness and fix the brightness and color to get a more accurate representation of the item.  It's really quite a chore.  Even when I'm not necessarily unmotivated to tackle the task, it's still quite time-consuming in a day already busy with homeschool lessons, housekeeping and various errands.  *sighs*  But any...way....that's my little ramble for today, LoL.  Thanks for letting me share.  

Good news is I'm feeling much better lately!  My migraines are still leaving me in peace, praise God!!! YaY! The boys' lessons are going great and I have never been more in love with my husband.  Another shout out to the good Lord for that one too! :o)  

I'm working on my pumpkin for the Pumpkin CAL over at the Itsy Bitsy Spider that I told ya about. You should check out the flickr group pics of the pumpkins that have sprouted up in the patch so far! :o)

I pray that y'all are having a great week.  
I love ya's!
♥Anita

In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice. In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. 
Psalm 5:3

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Busy-ness and Christmas Crochet and Knitting

Hello my friends!
Things are still super-crazy around here, but in a good way.  My migraines have left me some peace for a bit now and the boys lessons are going good, though they still keep me on my toes! LoL.  Do you go through spells where it just seems like there isn't enough hours in the day to do what you need to do, let alone what you want to do?  Whew! Well, that's where I'm at now!  And guess what?  Christmas is barely over 3 months away!  That's way too soon if you're buying gifts, and if you're handmaking them then you better get your rear in gear!  I am making quite a few Christmas gifts and some are big projects and some of the recipients actually read my blog so discussing what I'm working on and showing pics will be absolutely out of the question (though it will give me plenty to share once Christmas is over! hehehe).

With all the busy-ness that is going on right now, I hope that you'll bear with me over the next few months if I don't get to post as often.  I am committing to no less than one post a week, so you will most definitely still hear from me and some weeks it may be every day or two...just depending what is going on at any given time.  

Today I am going to leave you with a tip that I've been meaning to share for quite some time.  It was supposed to be a Tuesday's Tip, but since I'm not able to post as regularly right now I'll just post it while I'm thinkin' about it. ;o)

I found that I wanted something handy, though not too bulky to have nearby that I could just drop the end of my scissors in so that they would be easily accessible so that I could just grab them without having to fiddle with opening anything or pulling off a tip protector every time I needed to snip something.  However, I also didn't want them just lying around and I wanted something that wouldn't damage the pointed ends of them either.  Well, I found the perfect solution for my situation.....a bathroom toothbrush holder.  Yep!  $2 at Walmart if I remember correctly and it is the handiest thing!  There is two holes for "toothbrushes" and I use one for the particular hook(s) and/or needles that I am working with at any given time and the other hole I use for my scissors!  I just drop 'em right in and they're right there for the pickin' when I need 'em!  YaY!  There is also a more oval hole that goes along the back half of the holder that is for "toothpaste" but I keep a small ruler, a nail file, my stuffing poker stick (lol...nice term, huh?) and a pen or two in it.  It sits nicely on my end table, right next to my pincushion.  In the pic below you'll also see my hook canister that is just a Crystal Light canister that I Mod Podged scrapbook paper too.  Pretty cool huh?  I hope that this tip is one that you can use!  

Have an extremely awesome and blessed weekend!
Love and hugs,
♥Anita

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday's Square

Hello and Happy Sunday!
I hope that you are having an absolutely marvelous day.
Yesterday I mentioned that I had a couple of squares for you, but I was mistaken.  I actually have a couple of pics of one square.  Sorry about that, I didn't mean to fib to ya.

This square is actually a dishcloth pattern from the Annie's Attic book I had mentioned before.  The same one the daffodil in yesterday's post came from.

This one is called a Cluster Dishcloth.

Here's a close-up:

This was so simple, but I loved the turn out.
I also just noticed that I photographed it sideways.
Yeah, that is a pretty good analogy of me...sideways, lol.

I pray that you are having a blessed and wonderful day!
Much love,
♥Anita

"I am the Alpha and the Omega--the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come--the Almighty One." 
Revelation 1:8 NLT

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Another Feature

I am so excited!
She also helped me give my lil' country girl a name.
She is now Cora Lee, how sweet and fitting is that!?!

Thank you my friends for letting me share with you.
Love ya's!
♥Anita

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Revelation 3:20 NLT

Happy Saturday!

Hello my friends!
I hope y'all are on your way to having a great weekend!

Things have been uber-crazy around here, but generally all is well.  My only complaint in life right now is that I'm still fighting these dang migraines...which in turn makes my tummy not feel to well either!  Thank you to all my friends that have been sending up prayers and sending good thoughts my way. 

I have to admit that I have only gotten minimal yarn work done lately.  I did however work up this gorgeous daffodil out of that Annie's Attic "Big Book of Dishcloths, Pot Holders & Scrubbies" that I mentioned before.  It was supposed to be a scrubby, but I stopped with just the flower.  I love it!  

What do you think?
"Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm also working on a new design, it's just coming along alot slower than it normally takes with all the other busy-ness that's been going on around here.  Speaking of designs, I have gotten alot of great feedback about my bookworm and I've decided to work up the pattern for him, so be looking for that soon!  I do have a couple of squares to show you tomorrow for Sunday's Squares too!

My artistic side has really come out of it's shell and is taking on a life of its own, so I decided that it would be best to have a designated blog space for my art and journaling.
ASE's art and journaling

Be sure to check it out and I do hope you'll visit often and enjoy joining me as I take this journey!
 
 That's all the news I have for now.
I pray y'all have a wonderful, blessed and safe holiday weekend!
Much love,
♥Anita
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalm 31:3 NIV

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Join Me in a Crochet Along

Hello friends!

Ok, y'all have heard me talk quite a bit about my fellow crocheter/blogger (and one of my crochet/amigurumi heroes!) Karla of The Itsy Bitsy Spider and I am so excited that she is having a Pumpkin Patch Crochet-Along! Her last crochet-along was The Great Owl Crochet-Along and I was going through some family stuff and totally missed out on it :o(  so I'm especially excited about this one! So y'all really do have to join with me. It's free to join and everyone gets a copy of the Pumpkin #1 pattern.

Now, go over to this post at The Itsy Bitsy Spider, get the details, sign up and join me in helping Karla make a pumpkin patch!

Love ya's!
♥Anita


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…  
John 10:10 NASB