Sunday, December 30, 2012

Changes And Happy New Year

Well, I finally did it.  I finally changed my logo and the color on my etsy shop, my blog, my twitter account and facebook.  Finally!  It’s something that I have been wanting to do for a long time, I think almost a year, it’s been in the back of my mind, to change it.
Here’s my old logo
But after taking a poll, kind of my own informative questioning on Facebook and on Etsy, I found that nobody really knows what this is.  I’ve been told many different things about what people thought it looked like, from scary eyes from an arabian nights movie to a ninja knitting.  (It’s suppose to be a human giant letter “Z” knitting).  Most people don’t even call me by my full name, they just call me “Z”, so that’s kind of where the idea of the logo has come from.  But like I mentioned earlier, nobody knows what it looks like.  But not only that, I’ve kind of moved on from this logo.  It’s kind of hard to explain.  I’ve moved on from the logo and the colors as well.
Anyway, it’s kind of silly, to be so wishy washy on something so silly and simple and inconsequential as a logo, but that’s where I was at. 
Happy New Year to everybody!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas And Crochet Cluster Beanie

I’ll be busy for a while with this one pound of yarn. 
blue cluster beanie3
This is what I have made with the yarn so far.  I’m thinking maybe I can knit a scarf to go with it, and then maybe crochet some fingerless gloves.  I crocheted some gloves before, but I had messed up on them, so I never finished the second pair.  They didn’t turn out exactly like what the directions called for, but hopefully I will do better this second time around.
By the way, Merry Christmas everybody.  I hope all of you have a blessed Christmas and New Year

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All That Glitters Ain’t Gold

So I bought this thread at Michael’s a few weeks back.  Thinking that I can use this to add some sparkle and glitter to my yarn.  Oh my goodness, what a headache, honestly.  I’m not writing this to put down this particular product, just maybe as I type this and somebody reads this, maybe you can tell me what I’m doing wrong.  This thread is so hard to work with, as far as adding it into my crocheting.  If anybody has any ideas on ways to help me that would be great.
I really like the color of this thread and the way it sparkles, and I will be posting again to show what I had used some of this thread for, so you can see my work.  But my goodness, this is hard to work with.
Any suggestions and other ideas would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christianity And Halloween - My Thoughts (Sorry So Late)

If you're a Christian and you celebrate Halloween, it's wrong, and you need to check your salvation.
The bible says that we are suppossed to be salts in this world.  That we are suppossed to be lights in this dark world.  How can we be lights in this world when we are doing the same thing that the unsaved are doing?
The more I look around the more that I see Christians who don't even really seem like Christians.  I know the bible says don't judge, so just pray for me.  If you want to call this judging you can, I call it fruit inspecting.  :D
But how can you be just as tattooed up as the person next to you, and then say, I love the Lord, when the bible clearly says not to mark up your body?  Don't give that excuse, "that's Old Testament" stuff.  Old Testament or New Testament, it all came from God's mouth, so that means it's all true and it all needs to be followed.
There really isn't alot of difference these days between a so-called Christian and a sinnner, except the Christian goes to church on Sunday and the sinner doesn't. 
There's no power in the body of Christ, because Christians are doing the same thing that the world is doing.  Getting tattoes.  Sleeping around (fornication, for those who don't know or shacking for those who are older).  Participating in Halloween.  Drinking.  Going to clubs and bars.  The list goes on and on.
How do you know whether you have any power or not?
(1) Are you able to draw people to Christ?
(2) Are you healthy?  Spiritually and physically?
(3)  When you pray do your prayers get answered?
 Let's take the first one.  How can you draw somebody to Christ when you were in the club with them shacking your booty just as much as they were?  Where's the difference?  Where's that something special that might draw an unsaved person to the Lord?
The second one, now don't get me wrong.  There are alot of reasons why Christians are sick, and it's not just because you have no power in your life.  There could be other reasons.  But when you are in a club or a bar doing the same thing as everybody else, that's sin.  How can you knowingly committ sin and then come to God asking Him to heal you?  How can you knowingly sleep around and then when you catch some sexual disease, you want God to heal you, when fornication is a sin? 
And finally, the third one, why would God answer any of your prayers when you don't even obey His word?
Why would God heal you when just last week you had a costume on with your bag out looking for candy?  He's probably trying to figure out if you really belong to Him or not.
People want to serve God how they want to, when they want to, however they want to.  But the truth of the matter is, that's just not going to fly.  The bible says "come from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord".
As I'm writing this, I'm not saying I'm perfect, so you don't even need to go there.  I'm just saying, being a Christian is being a disciplined beleiver.  It's being Christ-like.  Do you really think the Lord would be in a club?  Does that sound like something He'd do?  Trick or treating?  A tatooe?  Having sex with every woman He saw?  You know it ain't because He didn't even get married. 
The Lord kept His focus on what He was put on earth to do.  Dying for our sins and resurrecting on the third day.  We need to keep our focus as well.  Being lights in this dark world.  Loving the unloveable.  Being salts of the earth.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christianity And Halloween Part 3 Of 3

How do we teach our children to wrestle spiritually?

  • Discourage them from participating in traditional Halloween activities (2 Timothy 2:4).
  • Then tell them why.
  • Encourage them to pray on a regular, daily basis (Ephesians 6:18). Let them know first hand the power that we have in prayer. All Christians should know how to fight on their knees.
  • Remind them to be alert and self-controlled (1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:6). Give them the discipline of knowing it is their responsibility to keep watch. They, themselves, might also become casualties in the war.
  • Make certain they are prepared for battle (Ephesians 6:11). Do they know the truth? Stand on the Word of God? Have faith? Know the gospel? Are they righteous? Are they saved?…
Instead of celebrating, what’s a Christian to do on Satan’s feast day? PRAY! Intercession and spiritual warfare should be the first item on our agenda. It is NOT a last resort!
  • Join with other families in the church. Have the pastor announce a night of spiritual battle. Organize a group of Christians parents and students from your children’s school or homeschool group. As a family, designate the seven nights before October 31 as Family Prayer Outreach nights.
  • Pray for protection. Pray over both those who engage in prayer warfare and over those who will be out trick-or-treating or at Halloween parties. October 31 is a prime recruiting time for witches and Satanists… and a time for interested kids to experiment. Pray that the Lord keeps our kids from falling prey to those who worship the enemy.
  • Pray for discernment. Let the Holy Spirit direct you to specific prayer requests. Pray that the children who are “out there” will somehow “know” to keep away from certain activities.
  • Pray that the Lord hinder the occult rituals. For four years, I lived in a building which over looked a cemetery where occult ceremonial markings were often found. On certain occult feast days, usually between midnight and 3 a.m., I would look down into the darkness and kneel at my window binding the demons that controlled the ceremonies. I’ll never know this side of heaven what effect my prayers had. Maybe a potential sacrifice escaped. Maybe the occultists weren’t successful in summoning their demon. Maybe a new, young recruit decided that this was not the lifestyle he thought he wanted.
  • Pray for the salvation of the occultists. Jesus Christ died for those whom Satan holds captive and deceived, for those who mock Him, who deny His deity or His existence. He doesn’t want them to perish, but to come to Him calling Him Father, Lord. Pray the veil is lifted from their eyes, the Lord allows them to see clearly their spiritual condition and their only hope lies in Jesus Christ. Pray also, about whether the Lord would have you take a more active role in bringing the gospel to Satan’s servants.
  • Let your children know that this is effective warfare. They must know their prayers are heard and acted on by our Father. Let them know they can make a difference. Come October 31, they’ll know they have a job to do.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christianity And Halloween Part 2 Of 3

“What are you doing for Halloween?” Ask a Christian parent this question, and be prepared to hear an answer like, “Nothing! We don’t celebrate Halloween.“ Thunder crashes, and you creep away, embarassed for even asking.
“What are you doing ON Halloween?” Ask the same parent this slightly altered question, and their whole manner and response brightens. “Why,” they begin, as birds begin to sing and sunshine breaks through the cumulus clouds. “We’re all going to the Harvest Party at church!” A choir sings. A trumpet sounds. You feel privileged just knowing these saints.
Let’s take a look at the typical Harvest Party.
  • It is a celebration.
  • It is chaperoned (usually).
  • It may have costumes.
  • Games are played.
  • Contests are held.
  • Food abounds.
  • Music blares.
  • Everyone enjoys themselves.
Certainly, nothing to get concerned about, right? The problem, however, lies in the billing. The Harvest Party is usually referred to as the Christian alternative to traditional Halloween hijinx. Alternative, however, implies substitute. It assumes our children need something to take the place of Halloween, since they won’t be participating in the secular and pagan celebrations. It suggests our kids are missing out on something. And indeed they are, if we allow them to spend Halloween in celebration.
If we are to train our children to be soldiers in the army of Christ, why would we sign a pass for them to go on leave when the battle is escalating on the front lines?
As a child of four, I contacted the first of many spirit guides (read: demons) while playing with a Kindergarten classmates’ ouija board at a chaperoned Halloween party. This spiritual assault ignited an intrigue with the supernatural that culminated in my lifestyle as a practicing witch: divination, necromancy, channeling, astrology, psychic ability, and spell working. It wasn’t until I was twenty that I met the real Jesus Christ, and was released from the trap that Satan had set for this young prisoner of war sixteen years earlier.
There are too many casualities on Halloween and far too few troops fighing the enemy. Instead of partying on Halloween, teach your children how to fight. Keep them aware that the fight isn’t against occultists, non-Christians, Christians who feel differently than we about Halloween, or institutions that promote Halloween, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers or darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christianity And Halloween Part 1 Of 3

Here's the original link where I found this article, and scroll down to where it says "Halloween":
The October 31st holiday that we today know as Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is closely connected with worship of the Enemy of this world, Satan. It is a holiday that generally glorifies the dark things of this world, rather than the light of Jesus Christ, The Truth.
Have you noticed how costumes and masks are getting generally more bloody, gory, and depraved each year? Unfortunately, the gruesome and grotesque and the occult are increasingly glorified in American society, not only on Halloween, but throughout the year in frequent horror movies and television programs
My family does not celebrate it or participate in it. We do not believe that our children are “missing out,” and neither do they. Other days are used for costumes and parties. Happily, all of our children have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We have found that Halloween provides an excellent time to remind our children that, as Christians, we are different, and not of this world (Heb. 11:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:11).
What about church “Harvest Festivals” held on October 31? Although we understand the rational and good intentions behind them, we don’t think they are the best approach. Our family tends to agree with the author of an article called “Are ‘Harvest Parties’ for Christians?” (written by a self-avowed former witch and now active Christian). Harvest parties on October 31 tend to assume that “our children need something to take the place of Halloween, since they won’t be participating in the secular and pagan celebrations. It suggests our kids are missing out on something. And indeed they are, if we allow them to spend Halloween in celebration.” There are better things to do on Halloween than partying.
Also, we need to teach our children that “the fight isn’t against occultists, non-Christians, Christians who feel differently than we about Halloween, or institutions that promote Halloween, but” “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, NKJV).
Here are some relevant scriptures to back up this article:
1 Thessalonians 5:  21-22
—“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”

Philippians 4:8—think about pure, lovely, noble things

James 1:27—“keep oneself from being polluted by the world”

3 John 1:11—“do not imitate what is evil”

Romans 12:9—“abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

Deuteronomy 18:9-14—do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft

Ephesians 5:11-12—“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” / “live as children of light

1 Timothy 4:1—don’t ”follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons

2 Corinthians 6:14-17—“what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

1 Corinthians 11:1—“follow the example of Christ

1 Corinthians 10:31—“whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God”

James 4:7-8—submit yourselves to God, resist the devil, purify your hearts

Ezekiel 44:23—“…teach my people… to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.”

Proverbs 22:6—“train a child in the way he should go”

Matthew 18:6—“if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin…”

Hosea 4:6—“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

John 3:19-20fallen man loves darkness instead of light

Romans 13:12—“put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

Ephesians 6:11-18—“take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

2 Chronicles 7:14humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn away from wicked ways—and God will heal our land

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yarn Bombing In Seattle

Click this link

I didn't know you could get fined for yarn bombing.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Crochet: Backpack




This is what has come of my backpack so far.  It’s not really shaping up as I thought.  I probably didn’t need to use two skeins of yarn at the same time.  Using one would have been okay. 
I’m actually a little bit farther than the pictures.  I’ve already decreased at the top, and also made the part where the drawstring of this bag will be.  Now I’m just doing one row of 2 single crochets, and then I will bind off.  And then make my tie and then add it to the bag as a drawstring.  Hope that made sense.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hoorayyy!! - Carl's Jr!

Just when I thought all hope was lost.  :P
Click this link.  And may I say two thumbs up for Carl's Jr.  At least for now.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Foto Friday: September 21, 2012

California is such a wonderful state.  When you just stop and look at nature all around, it’s really beautiful what God has created.  I took a picture of these hills one day.  Really nice.
I suppose it’s just like in life, I have my ups and downs.  My lows and my highs.  But isn’t it great to know that troubles don’t last always.  You may be down now, but just wait a while, and things will be back up again.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


I don't like the new blogger interface.  I really don't.  At least give people an option, so if they want to use it they can, and if they don't want to, they don't have to.
You know what else I don't like?  Those darn Carl's Jr.  commercials!!!!!
It's 12 o'clock midnight, so this is all I can think of right now.  I'm sleepy actually, so really these are the only things I can think of right now.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Foto Friday

Nothing really interesting happened this week. I took a few pictures of what I saw on my walk.


I drank some of this on my walk. I thought it might be healthier than a soda, but I looked on the back of the label, at the ingredients. 44 grams of sugar!!


I took a picture of this tree as I was walking. It caught my eye because the plant is growing from the rock, at least that’s what it seemed like.


Sorry I couldn’t add anything or interesting this week. It went by fast for me, not sure how yours was. Have a great weekend everybody.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Here's the link to the original article:

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam was granted bail on Friday, a judge said, days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her in a case that caused an international outcry.
Masih, believed to be 14, may be in danger if she is set free and stays in Pakistan. Her arrest last month angered religious and secular groups worldwide but protests in Pakistan attracted only a handful of supporters.
In Muslim Pakistan, the mere allegation of causing offence to Islam can mean death. Those accused under an anti-blasphemy law are sometimes lynched by the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.
The girl would be reunited with her family at a location that was being kept secret for security reasons, said Robinson Asghar, an aide to Minister for National Harmony Paul Bhatti.
There were no plans to send Masih abroad, Bhatti told Reuters.
"I am really satisfied and happy," he said. "I believe justice has prevailed." Masih was accused by Muslim neighbors of burning Islamic religious texts and arrested, but police recently said a cleric had been taken into custody after witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Masih's bag beside burned papers.
In Masih's impoverished village on the edge of Islamabad, some said they were disappointed that she had not been sentenced.
"This is wrong. She burned the Koran," said resident Ijaz Sarwar near the local mosque.
Nearby, Saddam Hussein, 18, expressed sympathies for the cleric accused of framing Masih. "If she is freed, the maulvi (cleric) should be freed as well," he said.
There were conflicting accounts of how much bail would have to be paid but Masih's lawyer said it was about the equivalent of $10,000.
Activists and human rights groups say vague terminology has led to the anti-blasphemy law's misuse, and that it dangerously discriminates against tiny minority groups.
Human Rights Watch welcomed Masih's release and urged authorities to consider reforming the law.
"This child should not have been behind bars at all. All charges against her should be dropped," the international rights group said in a statement.
"Pakistan's criminal justice system should instead concentrate on holding her accuser accountable for inciting violence against the child and members of the local Christian community."
More than a million people globally have signed a petition started by Masih's father for her release.
But despite the international condemnation, many Pakistanis support the blasphemy law.
Last year, Punjab province governor Salman Taseer was shot dead by his bodyguard for suggesting the law be reformed. Lawyers hailed Taseer's killer as a hero, tossing rose petals at him after he was arrested.
Taseer had been defending a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was jailed on blasphemy charges. She is still in jail on death row.
Two months after Taseer's murder, Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, was killed by the Taliban for demanding changes to the law. Critics of Pakistan's leaders say they are too worried about an extremist backlash to speak out against the law in a nation where religious conservatism is increasingly prevalent.
Christians, who make up four percent of Pakistan's population of 180 million, have been especially concerned about the blasphemy law, saying it offers them no protection.
Convictions hinge on witness testimony and are often linked to vendettas, they complain.
In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra, in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burnt to death. The attacks were triggered by reports of the desecration of the Koran.
Two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous letter against the Prophet Mohammad were gunned down outside a court in the eastern city of Faisalabad in July of 2010.
Father, In Jesus' name, Lord I pray for the young lady who was jailed for her beleif in you. Lord, I pray for all Christians, all over the world, that you would put laws in place, to let all of us serve you freely, without worry of reprisal, or jail, or even death. Lord, I pray that you forgive me for not appreciating Your Word as I should. Please forgive me for taking it for granted that I can pray in a restaurant, that I can sing a Christian hymn out in public, and that I can carry my bible openly without any fear. I pray Lord that you would help me to appreciate the freedom that I have here in this United States of America. I pray Lord that you would help me to treasure Your Word, and help me to treasure my freedom as a Christian. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Foto Friday

Hey Everybody! How are you? I hope each and every one of you had an interesting but peaceful week. Here’s how my week went:

missing teeth

I went to the dentist. It was an extraction.

Sad smile

I can’t even tell you how badly I did not want to go to the dentist, but it’s one of those things where you have to do it. You don’t want to do it but it has to get done. The funny thing is, the worst part was the shots. Had to have two shots, then when my mouth was numb, the dentist seemed to just tap my tooth twice, and it came out. There’s been times I’ve went to the dentist, and they are just pulling and tugging on that stubborn tooth, but this time around was much easier. And I’m glad about that.



Did some walking this week. I hate to see trash everywhere. I mean, I’m not an environmentalist, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but unfortunately, in my neighborhood, people around here have no problems at all with leaving old mattresses, old clothes, used diapers, etc. just out right on the sidewalk. This trash was behind the fence, but still. It’s as if the people on the other side of the fence just threw their garbage, and said, “Oh well, let somebody else deal with it”. I hate that.



Ahhhh….good ol’ public transportation. Was on the bus a lot this week. There are some good points and some bad points to not having your own vehicle. But all in all, this week wasn’t that bad. There are some days I’ve gotten on the bus though, and I couldn’t wait to get off and be in the comfort of my own home. Safe from rude and bad kids, and guys trying to hit on me.

Eye rolling smile

I’m glad I can say this week wasn’t like that.



Last but not least. A picture of this nice magnolia tree in my complex. It’s really pretty especially when the flowers are blooming. They are so beautiful and big. I sit under it when I’m waiting for my ride to pick me up.


That was my week in review. I pray that you all have a blessed weekend and make sure to relax and rest up for the week.

Open-mouthed smile

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cast Cover Z!

As I mentioned in my "About Me" page, I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, so every once in a while, I will post articles about the disease. Some may be encouraging, some inspirational, and some educational. Thank You!
Here's the link to see the full story and video of this article:
"Aha!" momentscan sometimes come as a flash. Mine, came more as a 'snap.'
In the fall of
2008, my then 10-year old daughter broke her humerus, the large bone in the
upper arm (and no, it was NOT humer-ous at all!). Believe it or not, this was my
daughter's SIXTH broken bone, and my heart just went out to her. Tests confirmed
she did not have Brittle Bone disease -- she was just one of those kids (we all
knew one growing up… Now I was raising one!). Elli, meanwhile, was miserable.
Once again, her body had betrayed her and as a Mom, I wanted nothing more than
to help her feel better.
My daughter had
been complaining about her cast scratching her and snagging on things so I took
out my 30-year old sewing machine and whipped up a simple cover for it, and a
matching sling. It worked so well, I made a more colorful version. And, inspired
by Halloween coming up, I then made another set. Elli was starting to get quite
a few compliments at school and suddenly it hit me - this was a business!
With my
background in sales and marketing, I immediately researched it and found nothing
similar in the market. Our accidental creation, CastCoverZ!, was born. Our
mission was simple: to provide fun and functional
that comfort orthopedic patients.

At first, our
business was fraught with challenges. My original business partner and I split
shortly after launching; our first large manufacturing order (nearly 1,000
units) was assembled with the wrong elastic and had to be re-done; and, most
devastatingly, just nine months into our business, I was diagnosed with a rare
form of breast cancer - less than one half of one percent of cancers are this
one. So much, lost, all at once.
Cancer forced
me to put on the brakes. I wanted to spend what little energy I had with my
family, and that meant putting
CastCoverZ! on the back burner while I focused
after a year and a half, I came through my illness cancer-free. My family calls
it strength, but I believe it was a stubbornness not to let my business fail,
and a desire to be with my kids that got me through. When I was feeling better,
I sat my family down and said, "Okay guys, I'm ready to kick this thing into
overdrive." And I did. In three short years, our business has grown
exponentially. I now have a team of four people, and our headquarters has
spilled into a converted garage on our property.
CastCoverZ! truly is a family business. My daughter inspired it,
my son named it, my husband financed it, and I work it! And even though Rick
still maintains his career in commercial real estate, he's picked up the slack
in more ways than one: he drives the kids to and from school and helps around
the house -- AND, since the morning I ran into his office overwhelmed and
begging for help, he now spends a couple of hours a day fulfilling orders and
making runs to the post office for me. Soon, my 16-year old son will take over
Rick's duties as part of his summer job. In our marriage, sharing
responsibilities like this allows us to play to our strengths; Rick knows my
time is better spent growing the business -- and I know he definitely makes
better fish tacos!
Whether casted,
booted, splinted, braced or bandaged, I ensure CastCoverZ! always strives to
help our customers solve their biggest orthopedic challenges. And my clients
trust that I know what those are, being a mom of one of the most accident-prone
kids on the planet!
Elli, bless her
heart, is now 14, and since getting the idea for the business, has suffered two
additional fractures. I've told her I'm grateful for the inspiration, but I've
gotten all the ideas I need- she can stop breaking her bones now!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Thank You Lord


Lord, thank you for another day,
Within this life of mine.
Give me the strength to live it well,
Whatever I may find.
Bestow Your abundance,
Whatever I may lack,
To use the hours wisely,
For I cannot have them back.
Lord, thank You for another day,
In which to make amends
For little slights or petty words,
Inflicted on my friends.
For sometimes losing patience,
With problems that I find,
For seeing faults in other's lives,
But not the ones in mine.
Lord, thank you for another chance,
In which to try to be,
A little more deserving
Of the gifts You've given me.
For yesterday is over,
And tomorrow's far away.
And I remain committed,
To the good I do today!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Foto Friday

Here’s my week in review:


My mom had moved and she got rid of a bunch of things. Knick knacks and stuff. I was very proud of her, because I know sometimes, for whatever reason, it’s hard for my mom, and not just my mom, but people in general, to let go of some things. Even though we know we brought nothing into this world and we can’t take anything out. She also got rid of a bunch of dolls. Thankfully, I had this doll, that I borrowed from her about a year ago. I forgot to give it back to her, and now I’m kind of glad I had. It might have been given away, in my mom’s quest to de-clutter her home. I think she’s just too cute.



Speaking of de-cluttering. As my mom was getting rid of things and organizing, so was I. I put all my memories, old photos, old diaries, old dream books, old school reports…...just whatever is old and had some memory to me, went in here. And wouldn’t you know it, it wasn’t enough. How embarrassing. I had two other smaller boxes on top of this, that can also close tightly. Thank goodness. It’s amazing how much things can accumulate in a lifetime. Hey, I’m all for sentiment, don’t get me wrong, it just baffled my mind on how much stuff I had.



*Sigh*. I got through with this pile. But then this pile, got down to a smaller pile of things I have to file away. It’s getting there slowly but surely..or is it surely but slowly. Either way, it’s going down.


That was my week. Organizing. Cleaning. Throwing things away. Keeping things that are important. Some times though, this is a lifelong thing. Not just with paper, clutter, and material things. But even evaluating and re-evaluating old friendships. Are these people a drain or a help to me? Evaluating things that we give our time to. Is this helping people or am I just doing something to be doing it? Is this edifying to my spirit? Am I really getting something out of this, or am I just doing this to please people?


Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Labor Day. I know I will. I’m going on Staycation. And I’m going to love every minute of it.

Open-mouthed smile

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Crochet: Backpack



I’m excited to try to crochet a backpack. Don’t know what I’m doing, (as usual), but I have this hobo bag (It’s the purple bag below the skeins of yarn), that I had crochet a while ago. Of course I got it from Teresa. I think I am going to modify this pattern though, in making my backpack. I’m going to use all 5 of these yarns at the same time and then I think I might keep crocheting a bit longer than where my hobo bag pattern had to stop.


There’s also this small pouch purse that I had also made a while ago, and there’s a point in making the pouch where you can make it so that you can slip some corded yarn through it, and then you can close it. Like a drawstring. Of course this small pouch pattern also comes from Teresa.


I had a backpack, a cheap thing that I bought from the Dollar Store, but it only lasted about a week. I guess that’s what I get for trying to save money. But I really need something to put my things in when I go out exercising (walking for two hours), since I’m gaining weight.

Sad smile


This is one of the things I love about crocheting and knitting. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s just so neat. If I need or want something, I can just grab some yarn and start working. How cool is that.

Open-mouthed smile

Friday, July 13, 2012

Crochet: Baby Sweater

These pictures are kind of backwards. The one at the bottom is supposed to be at the top. That's how the baby sweater started out. I like this pattern alot. It starts from the shoulder and neckline and works it's way down. I would like to take this pattern one day and try and make a sweater for myself. I think I could do it.
And of course, I didn't finish the sweater in time, but the mom of the baby really liked it. I was surprised though, when I put it up against the baby, it was too big. The baby was only 2 weeks old, so maybe I didn't gauge it right. Oh well. Good thing a baby can grow into stuff.
(Oh and I did get that tangled yarn at the top free. It took some time though, but I was finally able to work through it).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Crochet: Newborn Baby Set

Just an update to say that I did finish the hat and the baby booties. She liked them and said they looked professional. I had made a mistake on the hat and I knew she saw it, but thank goodness family can overlook stuff like that.
But now I'm on to a baby sweater. Let's hope that goes just as good.
(By the way, sorry no picture of the booties, I think I was just so happy they were done on time, I had forgot. I'll try and do better with the sweater).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Birthday Giveaway

Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to me
To celebrate my birthday, I'm giving away this Knitting Book by Melanie Falick.
If you would like it, just leave your email address. Thanks!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Crochet Newborn Baby Hat

Baby hat finished. I've still got the mary jane booties to finish. I don't know why I always wait to the last minute to finish stuff.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I took these pictures at night, so I don't think they came out well, but I'm making a newborn baby hat and booties, for my younger cousin. She's having her first baby in July, so I wanted to make something for her, for her baby shower that's coming up. The hat is almost done, I've just got to work on the shoes. I'm kind of stuck on one point, but hopefully I'll figure it out all by the time of the baby shower, which is in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sharing With Others

An excerpt from First Light: Women's Daily Devotional &Journal:
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for such sacrifices God is pleased
Hebrews 13: 16 NIV
How do you sacrifice to give others what they need?
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves.
Romans 15: 1 NIV
When have you helped to bear someone's failure or difficult circumstances? When has someone shared with you during a time of need in your life?
I can answer the first question:
My first thought when I think about helping people goes straight to money. I always think that the only way I am helping somebody is when or if I give them some money. But the truth is, when I give out of myself not just financially...but maybe give a hug or a smile or an encouraging word, that's a sacrifice (especially when you don't even feel well yourself), and I might have been giving somebody just what they needed at just the right moment.
Have you ever given somebody a hug or a compliment, and they turn right around and say, "Thank you, I needed that".

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Orange Slouchy Beret With Rose Flower

I hate to brag but I seem to get better and better with every item that I make. I especially liked the rose on the side.
I'm going to add this hat to my etsy shop, so I tried to take lots of pictures. Especially ones where the hat is outside.