Saturday, December 31, 2011

On Our Way Into 2012


May your year be full of peace, love, joy and abundant blessings my friends!

♥♥♥

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Friday, December 23, 2011

Child's Super Bulky HDC Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello friends!
Here's a hat I made for my niece and I thought I'd share how I made it with you.
I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second one to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.
PDF also available on my free patterns page. 



Child's Super Bulky HDC Beanie
(with or without ear flaps)
©Anita Elmore
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc.blogspot.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.

You may, however, share the pattern freely & sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!


SIZE
Child (5-12)

MATERIALS
Hook: P (16 mm)
Yarn: Super Bulky (6)

ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = chain
ea = each
st = stitch
sc = single chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo = finish off

**do no turn work unless specified**

BEANIE
Ch 2
Round 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, 2hdc in ea remaining st around, join. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, hdc in next st *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st *around, join (18)
Round 4: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st *around, join (24)
Round 5: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts *around, join (30)
Round 6-12: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in next st and ea remaining st around, join (30)

If you prefer a basic beanie without ear flaps, then finish off at this point. Otherwise, continue with pattern....

EAR FLAPS
#1
Ch 1, hdc in next 5 sts, turn.
Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in rem 4 sts, turn
Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, fo.
This will leave 2 holes at the bottom of the flap.

#2
Join yarn with sl st in 8th st from ear flap #1 and continue following pattern as written for #1

**There will be more space between the flaps across the front of the hat then there is across the back.**

BRAIDS
Cut 12 strips of yarn, each about a yard long. Thread 6 through the front hole at the bottom of ea flap and braid until you have approximately 3½" of unbraided yarn at the end. Secure by making one big knot with the remaining yarn.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

Our Christmas tree this year.....
(with the exception of a few new ornaments, not much different than last year)

Our Zoe LOVES the Christmas tree...

you can almost always find asleep under it....so sweet!

Here's a video that my Damon made of Zoe.
It's a comparison of her from when we got her, December last year and this year....
                                video

And today, we got snow...

What about you?
Do you celebrate Christmas?
If so, have you put your tree up yet?
Have you gotten snow this year?
What cute (or crazy) things have your furbabies done lately?

♥♥♥
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Americana Pillow - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello friends! I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend!
I just finished commissioned order for an Americana Pillow and I thought I'd share my pattern with you. I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second pillow to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.

Voor Nederlandse vertaling klik hier.
Dank je Haken met Mij! 

**4/29/2013 - Rows 13 & 14: Both rows should be BLUE-Hdc 17 (not 18). 
It has now been corrected in both the online and PDF versions of the pattern.
A big thank you to Yvonne for your sweet and helpful comment!


Americana Pillow Crochet Pattern
©Anita Elmore
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc@gmail.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, share the pattern freely & sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!

MATERIALS
Hooks: I and J aluminum
            4 steel
Yarn: worsted weight (red, off white & blue)
          size 10 crochet cotton (off-white/ecru)
3" thick Polly Foam (pillow foam), cut to 7"x11"


FRONT
With J hook & red yarn, Ch 43 sts.
Switch to I hook.

Row 1: RED-Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and ea ch across. Ch 2, turn. (40)
Row 2: Hdc in ea st across. FO (40)
Row 3: OFF WHITE-Hdc in ea st across. Ch 2, turn. (40)
Row 4: Hdc in ea st across. FO (40)
Row 5-12: repeat rows 3 and 4, alternating red and white every 2 rows. (40)
Row 13: RED-Hdc 23, BLUE-Hdc 17 (40)
Row 14: BLUE-Hdc 17, RED-Hdc 23 (40)
Row 15-26: repeat rows 13 and 14, alternating red and white every 2 rows. FO (40)

BACK
Using only blue, follow Rows 1-26 of FRONT.


STARS
Using No.4 steel hook and crochet cotton, make 18:
ch 2
5sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st
*ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next st*repeat 4 more times, FO

Referring to image for placement, sew stars to blue area on front piece.
With right sides facing each other, whip stitch the sides of the front and back pieces together, leaving top and bottom open.
Single crochet bottom closed.
Insert poly foam.
Single crochet top closed.  
♥♥♥

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tis the Season....

...of endless projects!
So many gifts to make, so little time! 
What are you working on for Christmas???

♥♥♥
And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:14-15


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope your day has been abundantly blessed and full of all things good!
Love ya's!
♥♥♥

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Important Message

This is so important. I had fleetingly heard/read at some point that there was a breast cancer that did not have the tell-tell lump. Recently I had my own scare of sorts...what appeared to be a bug bite, red, swollen and hot to the touch. Hubby kept saying it was just a bug bite not to worry about it, that it'd go away in a few days, but I wanted to make sure. I looked everywhere online for this nameless (to me at the time) breast cancer, I even looked for images, and I just couldn't find what I had heard/read about before or any info for this other breast cancer. I decided to just keep an eye on the "bite" and if it didn't get better soon, or started getting any worse, I'd go to the doctor. It appears, fortunately, that it really is just a bug bite. It burst and drained overnight while we were on vacation and when I woke up the swelling had completely gone down. It is still a little red, and I'm still watching it, but what if it hadn't been just a bug bite? Why isn't there more information, more readily available? Please click on the link below and watch the video. It just may save your life.


I love you my friends!
♥♥♥

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
-- Philippians 4:19

Friday, August 5, 2011

Finished It! Friday: August 05, 2011

Hello friends!
This has been such a busy week. We went on a mini-vacation to the Great Smokey Mountains and had so much fun! It was the first thing resembling a vacation we've taken in a couple of years and it was awesome! Unfortunately, I didn't get a single yarny project completed this week to share with you, so here are just a few vacation pics instead!

After a morning of shopping in Gatlinburg, we decided to take a relaxing drive through Cades Cove...



We even got to see a Momma Black Bear and her cub, but I couldn't get a clear pic of them from the road. This little guy however was standing right by the road!



Jeremy did his research to find the fastest Go Carts in Pigeon Forge (without needing a driver's license so Damon could drive too) and we ended up here...


Here they are getting all buckled in....


I wish we had a better camera, but we have what we have and the next few shots are blurry, but I just have to share how much fun we were having!

Here's Jeremy......


and here both of the boys are....


Damon was really kickin' butt! Jeremy beat him once, but most of the time Damon was so fast he was lapping the other racers, he totally rocked!

Here he is in his favorite spot - the front!!


Finally, here they are getting on the Skyscraper ride that goes 150 feet in the air, and spins on a pendulum-like thing in 360° loops going 60 mph....whew! Better them than me!!! LoL...


I'm sure I'll have actual yarn-works to share with ya next week. I hope you enjoyed the vacation pics!
Have a great week my friends!
♥♥♥


Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
Proverbs 20:22

Friday, July 29, 2011

Finished It Friday: July 29, 2011

Hey there!
Here are the projects I've finished up over this past week (in order of completion *Ü*)...

My friend Jodie (who seems to be the biggest fan of my work in the world!*Ü*) custom ordered two black cats with long tails and green eyes...big ones, like the girls I draw was her specific request, LoL...I immediately had a vision and wanted to create this pattern myself instead of using someone else's. It is inspired by others I've seen and done, but this one's all mine!  Here's what I came up with and they are travelin' to Jodie's house now....


After I finished Jodie's black kitties, I wanted something small to work on so I was going through my bookmarks of patterns I want to all get to eventually and came across this Easter Bunny Fridgie free pattern from Crochet Memories (You can also find it on Ravelry!). I decided I didn't want a fridgie, but more of a small applique that can be sewn on as an embellishment, or added as a decorative (or focal point) element to an ATC (Artist Trading Card), so I used a US 7 steel hook and size 10 crochet cotton. He only took minutes to work up and I thought he turned out rather cute....


Next pattern that struck my fancy in my bookmarked list of patterns that I've been compiling was the free pattern for this darling Granny Stripe Boutique Bag by Sara of Tangled Happy (You can also find it on Ravelry!) I wanted something bright and happy and summery so I chose a bright yellow with white for the flower.  The pattern doesn't call for, or even mention lining, but I decided that I definitely wanted to line mine. I chose felt for the lining because there is no worries of fraying edges so sewing it up would be a snap. I wanted to use white, but didn't have enough (boo!). I thought that orange complimented the yellow and white nicely, and had a full sheet of that in my felt stash, so that's what I used.  


For the lining I traced around the bag part of the purse to get the shape then, following that shape, I trimmed it until it fit inside the bag just perfectly. I then folded my piece of felt and laid the template I had made on it so that the bottom of the template was lined up with the fold. Next I just cut around the other three sides of my template. The fold was the bottom of my lining and all I had to do was sew up the sides...easy-peasy! Then I just used small running stitches to hand-sew the lining into the bag. I have to admit, both yellow and orange are colors that I usually only reserve for accents, but the really worked for a fun summery little bag!

Jodie, the one that I made the cats for, is a paying customer, but she truly is a dear friend and is such a sweetheart and one of the most generous and genuinely kind people I have ever met and I just love her to pieces. When she orders from me, I always try to add extras that I know she would like and/or can use in her art. This time I added these little pretties....


Just like the bunny I made earlier in the week, these little pretties would be easy sewn on to embellish just about anything, or used as an element on an ATC.  These butterfly, flower and leaf motif patterns are by Joanne Loh of craftpassion.com.  (You can also find them on Ravelry!)

My final finished project for the past week I think I will keep for myself! Debi Y's Another Sweet-heart ornament. I made some of her various sweet-heart ornaments (there are three) when she first shared them, but I was at my sisters and she liked them so much that I left them with her and wasn't able to get pics.  All three patterns are so sweet and so easy! Hmmm...I am thinking about having a Debi Y's Sweet-hearts grouping of about 10-15 on the wall over my bed! *squeals!* How cute would that be!?!? 


And that's it for this week....off to make more pretties to share next Friday!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!
♥♥♥
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. 
Proverbs 21:30 (NIV)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I saw this at Crochet Geek-Free Instructions and Patterns and just had to share!
I totally have to try this!!!


♥♥♥
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles.
Proverbs 21:23 (AMP)
(still working on this one myself...ey-ey-ey!)





Thursday, July 14, 2011

God Is So Awesome!

I've been having a rough go of it lately...feeling lonely and, as my Daddy used to say, "I feel so d*mn unnecessary"...and not having any girl friends to hang out with, chat with and confide in....nowhere to go and nothing to do (ever!)...it's all been getting to me and really bringing me down. 

Today I ask God to lead me and guide me....show me what I can do...I immediately got an answer and felt Him telling me to volunteer....

"Huh? Volunteer doing what???"

....again, I felt Him speak to me and tell me to go to the local pregnancy crisis center....

"but what if they don't have a spot for me?"

....then I got this thought that if He wanted me there, then there would be a spot...and if there's not a spot, then He will make one....

"Ok God, I'm steppin' out in faith here. I'm gonna believe that you are fillin' a need and I'm gonna go."

....and the Director of Operations was working the desk, and I told her "I'm here to help. If you need me, I'm offering my time." She was floored. She got the most dumb-founded look on her face and said "really?" She ask what brought me there, and I told her. Come to find out, they had been really praying for help. 

So, I filled out the application and met the CEO and she's calling my references tomorrow and I go in Monday at 9am. 

There is no feeling like the one you get when you blatantly see God's hand at work and there's no other way to explain it.  And, I can't help but feel that God is opening a door that I can't even see yet. 

Yep, God is so AWESOME!
♥♥♥
He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.
Proverbs 21:21 (AMP)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Internet

Oh my goodness!
We have had nothing but trouble with our internet for the last 2½-3 weeks now!
Well, really we've had issues the whole three years we've had Spirit Broadband Cable, never going more than a month, maybe two, at a time without some sort of outage and/or issues, but the last few weeks have really taken the cake!

It all started when a pretty hefty storm rolled through and knocked it totally out for two days. They said that there was a main line down and for whatever reason it was going to take a couple of days to get it back online. When it did come back online it would be online from about 7-7:30 in the evening until about 7 in the morning...and it did this for about 2 weeks! Then another storm rolled through...not even a particularly heavy or damaging storm, just your run of the mill, garden variety Spring storm and poof! Out again! That was Wednesday of last week and it's been out ever since, with us being told a different story every time we called them. Talk about irritating and frustrating!!! 

BUT, I am so excited right now because it just came back on!!! ...and it hasn't wavered for a whole 25 minutes! Wooo-Hooo! Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me that they finally have it truly fixed and it stays online!!!!

Hugs,
♥Anita

A person may think their own ways are right,
   but the LORD weighs the heart. 
Proverbs 21:2

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hello there!

Hello friends!

Remember I told you in an extremely personal post that I was getting off of the anti-depressant medication Effexor? I've been meaning to update y'all about that for a while, but boy, this has been one crazy year! You guys will be so happy for me! I did it! I tapered down over a couple of months and finally got completely off! While I was tapering off I really didn't have a hard time with the withdrawals. The first day or two when I would go down in dosage I'd have mild withdrawal symptoms, until I got to where I was down to only taking 1/4 tab each day then that wasn't enough to register in my body and the withdrawals hit me so hard! For about a month it hit me the hardest.... I was always so disoriented and had what has been termed "brain shivers" or "brain zaps"...talk about an awful feeling! It was like my brain was working on delayed timing. I could move my eyes and it would take 3 or 4 seconds for my brain to catch up...Most of the time I was scared to drive because I was so disoriented and I would "lose time". Wayne or the boys would talk to me and all of a sudden the conversation would be over and I would have to ask them what we talked about. I could recall "buzzes and clicks" ...kinda like the teacher of the old Peanut's cartoons....not a bit fun. I researched to see how long these effects would last and found that average was 1-7 YEARS....with some reports of it lasting the rest of the person's life! These symptoms have finally over the last few weeks eased up tremendously, with only rare occasions of the brain shivers/zaps and/or losing time. I definitely learned a valuable lesson here....Just because a doctor prescribes it doesn't mean it's good for you. I will never again take a prescription (with the exception of emergencies) without researching first! Before this I always thought that the "fine print" of what "could happen while taking a med was in rare cases so I didn't give it much thought....now I know to actually research how it has affected real-life people and weigh the pros & cons of a medication accordingly.  

On the bright side, I am completely anti-depressant free and for the most part, I'm feeling great! I do have some emotional times, but I'm learning better ways of dealing with them (which includes allowing myself to feel the emotions sometimes)....and prescription meds will be a last resort from now on.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Little Gnome

Hey guys! 
Here's the latest little crochet project I worked up...

I used the pattern 'Simply a Gnome!' amigurumi pattern from Else's Bellas Artes free patterns (also find it on Ravelry).

I modified it to make it just the right size for a keychain by switching to tan yarn at end of round 7, switching to blue at the end of round 10, and finishing off at the end of round 15. For the bottom I finished off at the end of round 4.  I also just freehand cut out a smaller beard. For the loop I attached yarn to the first row on the gnome hat with a slip stitch, single chained 15, then joined with a slip stitch to the next stitch right beside the beginning slip stitch and voila! =o)

I made this little guy for a swap on Swap-bot and it is going to be so hard to give him away....luckily he's so super-quick & easy to make I can make another one to keep for myself! ..hehehehe

Hope y'all are having a great week so far!
Love ya's!
♥♥♥
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do You Tiwashi?

I do!

I think they are the perfect size!
I love using handmade dishcloths but find the size of even the average ones to be a bit big and bulky so tiwashis (about 4-5 inches in diameter) allow me to have my cake and eat it too!
I made this one using my oldest son's favorite color because he helps me with the dishes each day. Yeah, I'm pretty blessed!
The free pattern is buy GRANNYJUDITH and can be found here. (and here on Ravelry)
Enjoy!

♥♥♥

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 
Titus 2:11-14


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Bunnies!

I just haven't been able to get enough of this bunny pattern!
How sweet are these little guys...???

Pink Bunny #1

Blue Bunny

Three Bunny Amigas

and last, but certainly not least...
Pink Bunny #2

..and now Easter is over, but I have to say that I can't promise you won't be seeing more bunnies in the near future!

Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh!
One more bunny before I go...this one I drew in my art journal on Easter!


♥♥♥

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13




Knitting

Hehehehe....
...just had to share! 

♥♥♥
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


Praise the Lord, Christ is risen!
♥♥♥
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 
Luke 24:5-7


Friday, April 22, 2011

Quick & Easy Last Minute Easter Patterns

Here are a couple quickies that you can whip up still before Easter.
How about a zero calorie Peep?
This sweet little treat whips up in about 15-20 minutes tops! I didn't have black beads, so I just used dark brown yarn for the eyes and nose. I have to say that I do think the beads make it look much neater though.
 Doni offered up her Easter Marshmallow Bunnies-free pattern on her blog Whiskers & Wool. (or on Ravelry)

Here's a cute little striped Easter egg too!
The title says tiny, but I'm guessing she meant compared to other amigurumi projects. My finished egg is right around the same size as a real egg.

I hope your Good Friday and Easter are extraordinarily blessed my friends.
I love you all!
♥♥♥

The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Psalm 37:23-24




Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Summit-a Book Review

This Book 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!

♥♥♥


The Final Summit is a stand-alone sequel to Andy Andrews bestselling book The Traveler's Gift and follows David Ponder as he, along with other 'Travelers', work together to find the one principle that will save humanity. 

I have to say Andy Andrews is becoming my favorite author! I love his way of drawing the reader into the story while teaching principles to live by...without seeming "preachy." This is the second book I have read by him (the first, by the way, was not The Traveler's Gift, though I definitely will be getting a copy of that one soon!) and just as with the first book I read, The Final Summit had me hooked from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down! It really is such a motivational and interesting book, littered with many historical facts (and some little known facts at that), sparking an interest to not only read on, but to also learn more about the historical figures involved. Truly enjoyable from beginning to end!

Speaking of the end, at the back of the book is a Reader's Guide section filled with personal thought provoking questions designed to help you use this book to dig deeper into your own mind and heart and motivate you. There is also a link to an exclusive video and free companion curriculum for teachers and book clubs. 

Not only do I highly recommend this book, but I will be incorporating it into our family's homeschool lessons as I think it contains such great lessons for life!

♥♥♥
O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
   -- Psalm 143:1

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lovin' Spring!

Hello my friends!
I was just sitting here thinking about how wonderful my day was yesterday.
It started out rough...I woke up with a migraine...which in turn made my stomach nauseas...and I ended up going back to bed for a few hours. Once the meds I took kicked in the boys and I got out for a little while. We didn't do anything spectacular, but we went to the closest town with a craft store, which is about 35 minutes away and we had such a blast just driving on such a beautiful Spring day! Jeremy (my 16 year old) did the driving and we jammed to his hard rock/metal music....his "sunny day, driving music." Damon (my 15 year old) wore his black trench coat,  German military hat and platform boots...his go-to outfit when we get out....which used to drive Jeremy crazy, but he's finally gotten over it. We laughed and they were even playful with each other in the stores. My heart was so happy and full. The good Lord has blessed me so abundantly! My heart is still full just reflecting on yesterday....and Spring; Spring seems to bring out the best in everyone doesn't it?

I sure hope each and every one of you have a wonderful and wonderfully blessed and beautiful Spring weekend!
I sure do love you guys!
♥♥♥

Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:8

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crochet Baby Hat

This little hat is so precious! ...and so simple and easy to make!
...and free!
I especially love the ruffled brim.
You can find the free pattern on this post at Yarnjeannie's blog.
 ♥♥♥
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9

Cute Little Crochet Bunny

When I first saw the post for the free pattern for this little bunny at à voir etc... it just didn't strike me. Then I saw this post over at Little Z Handmade and Oh-My-Goodness!! Lisette did such an adorable job that I all but literally squealed at the cute! I knew immediately that I had to make this little cutie and with Easter being this month I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
Here's how mine turned out.....
What d'ya think?
I have to warn you that the pattern isn't very detailed and so not really beginner-friendly, but easy enough to figure out if you are already familiar with making amigurumi and the increasing and decreasing the rounds. Also, for the ears directions are only given for rounds 1 & 2; I repeated round 2 until I had completed 20 rounds total for each ear. 

Here's a close-up of the flowers....
I used the free pattern for these adorable hairbows from the Lion Brand Yarn website. (You can also find it on Ravelry.)
I used size 10 crochet cotton and US 4 steel hook. For the white center flower I used the pattern for the large flower and I used the pattern for the small flower for the smallest purple flower. The largest purple was a modified version of the large flower pattern: R1 same as in pattern; R2 I used hdc in place of each sc; R3 I did 2 hdc, slst in each st around. Then I just stacked them and sewed 'em on!

♥♥♥
For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scrap Paper Storage Solution

This is by far the best idea I've seen for scrap paper storage yet! I don't have a cinch contraption, but I think the same concept would work wonderfully with binder rings.....


♥♥♥
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
-- John 12:46

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just Checking In...

Hello my friends! 
I hope every one of you are having a wonderful week!

I've had a rough couple of weeks here...we thought we were going to lose our baby scruppy to Parvo. To answer any thoughts otherwise, yes, she had been vaccinated but sometimes the vaccines just aren't enough and this was one of those times. It started out mild enough and when we realized on the 3rd day that it wasn't just a run-of-the-meal tummy virus we took her to the vet and after diagnosing her he wasn't too worried because she was still well hydrated so he sent her home with medications but by the next morning she had to be hospitalized in critical care.  I can't express how scared I was or how much my heart was breaking at the thought of losing her! She really is my baby.  This house was so empty and lifeless and the whole family was so out of sorts without her here. Thankfully, God does answer prayers and Chloe is now home and perking up more and more every day...YaY! I do have to insert here that only 20% of dogs with Parvo survive if they aren't treated by a vet compared to 80% that survive when treated. PLEASE, if your dog contracts Parvo, I urge you to take him/her to the vet. Do not just "wait it out" at home. Also, the only thing that will kill the virus in your home is bleach. A 30:1 solution of water and bleach is what's needed. Take care of your babies!

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Every Inchie Monday- Rythm ...and some inchie catch up


Word of the Week: Rhythm

Those who have been following me for a while know that I started participating in Every Inchie Monday at the beginning of the year, but when Mom went into the hospital and ultimately passed away in January I got behind on my inchies but I've finally got caught up!
Let me share those with you....

January 31: Mirthful

February 7: Electrifying

February 14: Fishy

February 21: Cosmic

February 28: Frolic

March 7: Dance

And finally....
March 14: Endless

Thank you so much my friends for letting me share with you!
Great big hugs!!!
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Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 
James 1:12