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!
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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!!!


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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!
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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)