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)


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


...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