Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God's love for us)."

~ I Corinthians 16:14
Amplified Bible

Monday, October 17, 2011

Breakfast is Served!

I started out crocheting this as a rectangular dishcloth, but alas, a stitch count ended badly and I was left with a very wonky looking piece. Thankfully, by folding the lilting piece in half and stitching the sides, I was able to dispense with much of the oddity to get a rather pleasing result. The added thickness now gives this dishcloth the dual purpose of serving as a hot pad. I chose the popcorn stitch to get a little scrubby action in for the dishcloth side of things. 

Funny story: I made this as part of my mom's birthday gift. I didn't hide it, but just tossed it into my craft/guest room thinking that even if she walked in on a visit, her eyes would never find it amid all the stuff I keep in there. WRONG! Joke was on me. It was the very first thing she noticed. So much for surprises... *sigh* 
At least I know she is going to love it! 

~ Till next time ~

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Scripture

" For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;"
~ Hebrews 3:14

Keep holding to Him - especially when storms loom on the horizon.
May God bless each of you in a special way this week
as you draw closer to His arms of love.

 P.S. This picture was taken at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in New Mexico, Summer 2007.  Makes one realize there can be beauty in the midst of a storm.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


The purse for my cousin Peeri is now complete! 
I really love how it turned out.
~ very whimsical gypsy-chic ~
 I used a variety of yarn from my stash:

dark rose worsted weight 
deep plum worsted weight
pale violet sport weight
multi-hued wool/acrylic/polyester blend

At first, I wasn't sure how well the colors 
and textures would mix, but ended up 
being quite pleased with the final result.
(& very tempted to keep it for myself!)

All ready deeply embedded in several new projects which will be fun to showcase next week. Until then...

Happy Crocheting!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Crochet & Other Inspiration

The Country Living Fair had no end of refreshing vignettes to get the imagination dancing. 

Hope you enjoy some extra glimpses into this fun and festive fair. 

Happy fall day to you!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


 ... with a little help from my friend ;-)

May your day be full of love, laughter, and accomplishment.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Scripture

 "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which ye shine like stars in the universe."
~ Phillipians 2:14-15 (NIV) 

Could this be the kind of scripture that is a gateway to a new and better attitude? 
How can we shine as a light for Christ if we are as dismal and complaining as everybody else? We have been blessed with a hope and future. This sweet anticipation should be our daily comfort to help us shine more vibrantly the darker the world becomes. I am typing this as a preaching point to myself. It is so easy for me to become wrapped up in the gloom and doom the news media touts - the economic disasters that are inevitably looming ahead. But if my hope is truly "built on Jesus' blood and righteousness" then should these things really hold the power to bring me down? If I focus on giving thanks in everything rather than muttering and complaining, what spiritual and emotional dividends could be reaped? 
I will never know unless I try.


Picture taken in June 2010 while visiting the magnificently enchanting island
of Mackinac, Michigan.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Recovering Nicely

 John is doing better than expected after his oral surgery yesterday. Thank you to all who sent prayers our way. Despite some swelling and pain, he is doing really well. I have to say, he is being a much better patient than I would be had the roles been reversed. Of course, watching football seems to have the amazing ability to cause men to forget most earthly things ... even their pain.

I couldn't resist buying John his favorite candy yesterday as a something-to-look-forward-to-once-you've-recovered treat.  Looks rather adorable in this orange, polka-dotted, miniature casserole dish. Adds a pleasantly festive pop against our black bookshelves in the den. 

In other news, I am nearly finished with my first attempt at crocheting a purse. It is for my cousin. She loves bright colors. I have to admit I am rather proud of myself as this is the most daring scheme of color and texture I have ever put together on my own. If nothing else, Lucy seems to be quite the fan of this project. I look forward to sharing the completed project with you soon.

The days have been deepy-dark grey here inviting one to hibernate lazily on the couch. We may even get a wintry mix of snow and rain later this evening... and its only October 1st! I am so excited to catch a glimpse of snow, but most of my fellow Ohioans are staunchly against this prospect. Guess I am a bit of a loon when it comes to the white flaky substance. Always have been and always will. My idea of heaven would be to one day own a snowy, Montana mountain retreat.

May your weekend be lovely in every way! 
(and may snow come my way soon)