Sunday, October 31, 2010

Just wanted to say...


Have a fun and safe one!

God said, “let light shine out of the darkness,” and made His light shine in our hearts.
2Corinthians 4:6

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Crocheted Pumpkin and I'm nominated!

My friend Sherri asked me to make her a pumpkin with green leaves so I made her one using Karla's pattern from her CAL.


I took it to her today and she was so happy with it! She said it was exactly what she wanted and like I read her mind..but that it turned out even better than she expected! Talk about makin' a girl feel good! :o)

Another friend of mine that lives in Louisiana and I are doing a friendship swap and she asked for a pumpkin too, lol. She wants hers with the fall leaves, so you'll be seeing another one of those within the next day or so.

Speaking of makin' a girl feel good, Karla is having a contest to pick the best pumpkins of the patch from the ones made using her pattern and my flower pumpkin was nominated for Best Pumpkin Overall! Won't you go over and put your vote in?

There are also two other categories: 1. Most Creative Idea and 2. Best Pumpkin Photo. Be sure to vote in all the categories!

I also want to mention that even if you didn't join the CAL, you can still get the pattern for only $1!
Karla's patterns are so clear and well put together with lots of images to help you along.

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart of others.
Proverbs 15:30


Friday, October 29, 2010

The Least Among You-A DVD Review

This DVD was reviewed for BookSneeze blogger review program and while I do get the books/DVDs that I review for free, I don't get any financial compensation for my reviews.  I also want to assure you that I will always give you my honest opinions about any books/DVDs that I choose to review.  I am not a professional writer or reviewer and my reviews will be in my everyday, southern, girl-next-door language.  I call it like I see it and type it like I say it.  With that said, on to the review!

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The Least Among You, a movie inspired by a true story is described like this:
Arrested in the 1965 Watts riots, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) must serve probation at an all-white seminary. Although encouraged to break racial boundaries by its president Alan Beckett (William Devane), the school wants black followers, not leaders. Even former missionary Kate Allison (Lauren Holly) initially rejects Richard. With a prison sentence looming, Richard meets Samuel Benton (Louis Gossett, Jr.)-"the gardener in the basement." As Samuel guides him through his many trials, Richard must choose between his dreams and his destiny.
I've always been drawn to movies that are based on/inspired by true stories and add to that some great actors-William Devane who I most remember from Knots Landing, Lauren Holly from Picket Fences and NCIS, and Louis Gosset, Jr, a wonderful actor who needs no introduction-and I was really looking forward to getting and watching this DVD! 

Sad to say, but I was extremely disappointed. While the story itself was good and had a great message, it was one of the slowest, most drawn out movies I've ever seen and to be honest there's no way I would have sat through the whole thing if I were not reviewing it.
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Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I did it!!!

Thanks to Glor for having her crochet-along, I have made my very first full-size doily!
I am so thrilled with how well it turned out!
Thanks Gloria!
I've been wanting to crochet a doily for the longest time, but I was so intimidated. Your CAL was just the encouragement I needed to bite the bullet and jump in and I am so glad I did! I can really see how easy it would be to become addicted to making them! :o)

Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
Romans 5:18 NLT

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Of Hats and Doilies

My doily is almost done! I'm thinking that there is only another set or two of rows added to Glor's crochet along and I'll have me a beautiful doily. I'm really glad that I joined in on this for my very first full-size doily. It's really been an easy pattern to follow and if I have any questions I have my dear friend Glor is just an email away. That's been very comforting. 
Here's my progress....
You know, it's funny how just one days worth of rows can totally change the look of a doily!

I finished my sister's hat today. Well, I finished a hat anyway; I'm not sure if this is going to my sister. It is cute, but you don't notice the increases in the cloche very well when it's on. 
Here's the pic...
The pattern is Ilse D├ęthune's 30's Cloche Hat and it's free.
If you are on Ravelry you can find a PDF download here or you can go directly to the pattern on her blog here.

The pattern was really easy to follow until I got to the increases on Rows 20 & 22. It helps to view the PDF and the post on her blog if/when you have questions because it is written differently on the blog vs the PDF.

Well guys, that's it for me tonight.  I'm ready to just hang out with my guys and relax.
I love ya's!

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:30-31 (NIV)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Progress

My doily that I'm doing with Glor's crochet along is coming along marvelously.
Here's the newest pic of my doily...

I'm really happy with it, and I'm starting to feel my yarn-y mojo coming back too, woo-hooo!
I've even started a hat for my sister and it's almost done, YaY!

I hope you are having a truly awesome weekend.
I love ya's!

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9 NIV

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another Crocheted Soap Saver

Last night Jeremy, my 15 year old, swiped the soap saver that I made last night, LoL.  
He was being playful but said that he really liked it and that I should make him one.  I have to tell ya, when my teenage sons enjoy something that I hand-make it really does make my heart happy! So, of course I told him that he could have that one and I made another one for my bathroom....
 I worked from the same skein of yarn, because I knew I wouldn't have enough for another cloth or anything...plus I just think it's plum pretty! ;o)

Thanks for letting me share my yarn play with you.
I love ya's!

What matters is not your outer appearance-the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes-but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.
I Peter 3:3-4 MSG

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Easy, Free Crochet Soap Saver Pattern

Hey guys, I hope y'all have had a great day!
I've been pretty productive here and that tends to mean I've had a good day myself.

I just finished crocheting a little soap saver and as the title says, it's easy and the pattern's free, both great things so I wanted to share it with you!  I have been wanting to make one of these, mainly for the small soap remnants that dear hubby would normally throw away.  I really hate to waste anything and this little sack is perfect!

The pattern was recently listed on Ravelry or you can go directly to the pattern here at Pickin' Knits Pattern Co.
Here's how mine turned out...
The only changes I made were that I replaced the last round of sc with an extra round of dc and threaded the drawstring through the next to the last round of dc so that there was a little more of a "ruffle" at the opening.

Now, I'm off for the night.
I love you guys!

It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Titus 2:12-13 NIV

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Pumpkin Giveaway Winner and a CAL Update

Hello my friends!
Unfortunately, Jackie never returned my emails so today I gave someone else a chance and picked a new winner.  I used the same method as before and the original entries spreadsheet and our new winner is....
Congratulations hun!
I'll be getting in touch with you to get your mailing address so I can get your pumpkin out to you right away!

Last night I got to do the next set of rows for Glor's CAL and I am still so excited about doing it and I look forward to every new set of rows so that I can do more!  I'm truly lovin' it!  Here's my newest progress pic....

And before I close for today, I wanted to remind anyone that is interested that I get the honor of hosting a giveaway for an art/art journal micro-workshop over at my art and journaling blog.  If you've ever thought you might like to start an art journal, or if already keep one and you'd just like to get some fresh ideas, be sure to go and enter to win this free workshop!

I pray that y'all have an extraordinary day!
I love ya's!!!

Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness.  By looking at them the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives.
Titus 2:3-5

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Another Giveaway and a Crochet Update

Hello, hello!
I hope that your Saturday is as gorgeous there as it is here today.  The temperature is a beautiful 79° with the sun shining in a clear sky and just a light breeze blowing....aaahhhh, wonderful!

Last night I completed the first day of Glor's CAL and I have to tell you, it was so great to be crocheting!  Here's my progress at this point....
I can't wait to work on the next set of pattern instructions!  This is the first time I've been excited about my yarn play in a while.  I think this may just be the very thing to bring me out of my slump!

Here's a little sketch I did of my Chloe this morning while she was playing with Jeremy.  She was just so happy!  She doesn't enjoy playing with anyone the way she does him, LoL.
Here's a real pic of her with Daddy....
What do ya think?  How'd I do???

Before I close today I wanted to let y'all know that I'm having another giveaway over on my art and journaling blog, so be sure to check it out!

Love ya's!

But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me – and not without results.. yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
1Corinthians 15:10 NLT

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Modge-Podge of News and Tips

First order of business today, try as I may I have been unable to get in touch with winner #2 of my pumpkin giveaway.  If I don't hear anything from her by Monday morning I'm going to use Random.org to choose a different winner from the original entries.

**Jackie (tncrogard), if you happen to read this, I need you to email me with your mailing address so I can send you your pumpkin sweetpea.**

Now, for all of my friends who crochet I have found the single best way to start crocheting in the round....even better than the magic ring/circle!  I found it a while back and it has been the only method I use now, so I asked Stacey of FreshStitches if I could share her method here with you guys and she was so sweet about it. You have to go to her post here and check it out!  I'm gonna put a permanent link over on the sidebar too.

If you've never checked out Stacey's blog, you don't know what you're missing!  You'll find loads of  adorable amigurumi and hat patterns, both free and dang near free, and a wealth of tips and techniques and videos to help you be successful with amigurumi and so much more!  Like this great tip about the photo studio you already have!  I really encourage you to check her out.

As for me, I can't seem to find my yarn-play mojo. :o(
I've been doing a little something each day to try and get it back, but I'm in a definite yarn-y slump.  
I'm going to join my friend and fellow crochet blogger Gloria in a CAL she's doing over at her blog.  I'm really looking forward to making something with her and hopefully it'll help pull me out of this slump.

What have YOU been into?

Your job is to speak out on the things that make for sound doctrine.
Titus 2:1

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just for you...

...and I love you!

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV