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|Posted by Ronnie on February 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM||comments (2)|
This is a lovely no pattern, pattern. (Basically a pattern you kind of can figure out on your own with little direction.) I like this pattern because the creator, Cath at my little kitchen blog, learned to crochet using this pattern which is pretty cool. You can read more about that and find the sort of pattern on her blog here.
I used my own colors. When I got to around the 9th row, I decided to change from doing little clusters of 2 dc, to just doing a single dc all around, still keeping the 2dc, ch1, 2dc in the corners to maintain the shape. Also, Cathy's pattern uses 4 dc in the corners with no chain.
I made mine double-sided to give it more integrity as a potholder, though I wouldn't use it for this purpose. I love to cook but hate to get burned so I use and oven mitt AND a potholder! I will do this again but this time as a dishcloth so I don't have to crochet two and then attach together. I'm thinking of experimenting with some more of the vintage potholder patterns I have found and transforming them into dish or wash cloths by omitting the second side. I may also try doing one side but crocheting two strands together.
So here is a pic of both sides. Hope you lie it and give it a try. It is quick and easy to make.
You can find more information on how to find free crochet thread patterns here.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Just wanted to let any visitors know I've got some gorgeous outfits newly listed on ebay. My user id is davoncreations. Here is a link: ebay
Here a couple of pictures. I decided to make the most of the time I was stuck in or around bed the past few days. I will list more soon!
|Posted by Ronnie on January 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM||comments (4)|
The photo below is of a lovely potholder I just finished. I love how it came out. I'm going to try it in different colors. One of the ladies on my crochet group mentioned dishcloths on the Maggies Crochet blog. When I went to check it out I found potholders which I love!!!
There are lots of similar vintage potholder patterns made using crochet thread on the internet. I have been searching and collecting sites in my favorites. I hope to do a hub on my findings some time this week. You can check out my hubs here.
You can find the potholder below and other beautiful patterns at Best Free Crochet.. It's titled "Round Rose Potholder". It is double-sided. One side is all one color, white and has no flower. But you can make the other side any color you want. This is so easy to make! Works up fairly quickly and easy to sew together. I'm sure you could just do one side for a dishcloth.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Rough week! I caught a virus, lost my voice and some other physical problems. Feeling really tired. Mostly just spending time in bed crocheting and reading. Trying to watch the movie, "The Help". Not getting much writing done. Hope to get back to posting in a few days.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 25, 2012 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
Adorable Outfit for sale on ebay. This outfit can be purchased here. I will be listing more in this size as well as the Berenguer 5" Bitty Baby outfits. I have one for sale in my Featured Products in the right sidebar of this page. Thanks for looking.
I hope you enjoy reading my inspirational and crochet blog entries. Have a blessed day!!
|Posted by Ronnie on January 23, 2012 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
I like to quickly work these up when I need a couple of new dishcloths. You can also use these as face cloths but I usually make my wash cloths square. You can pretty much use any cotton yarn you like and just change the hook size.
Round Dishcloth No Pattern Pattern
Two balls of size 10 crochet thread. You can use size 20 if you like or even size 3, I like size 10 because it makes a scrubbier dishcloth. I used two strands.
I used a size 1 steel crochet hook. I did the last couple of rounds using a size F hook.
Insert hook into first chain and dc 9 times. Slp stitch in 4th chain to form ring. Chain 2.
Dc in same stitch as slp stitch. 2Dc in every stitch all the way around. Slp stitch in top of chain 2.
We will continue working in rounds.
Chain 2. 2 DC in the back loop of each stitch. Slp stitch to top of ch2. You can see a pretty ridge is formed by working in back loops.
Ch2. Hdc in top of adjoining slp st. Hdc, 2hdc in next stitch, *hdc, 2hdc in next stitch. Continue around from *. Ch 2.
DC in each stitch. Slp stitch to top of ch 2. Ch 2.
*DC in 4 stitches, 2DC in next stitch. *Repeat around.Slip st in top of ch2. Ch 2.
Switch to larger F hook. DC around. Slp st in top of chain 2. Ch2.
Repeat last row. Join with slp stitch and chain 10. Slp stich to top of ch 2. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
This one measures approx 6 inches in diameter. For a larger cloth just keep rounding. You will need to add stitches as you go around or it will curl.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Okay, I am trying to continue my quest to a clutter-free home. I finally accept that I am a clutterbug and this could possibly lead to hoarding. I have friends and family members who are hoarders and hopefully this will inspire them to take the necessary steps to make sure it does not get out of hand.
So today I have thrown away three clothing items. One is a pair of shorts my daughter and granddaughter have both worn. They were originally purchased at a thrift store and there is no need to take them back. The other is a tiny shirt in a size 2. My daughter is ten and my granddaughter is soon to be five so neither of them can wear it and it is way too worn to pass on to anyone. The last is a beat up man's workshirt I purchased when I was working at a daycare. It has been worn and washed many, many times.
I plan to toss one to three items everyday in an effort to declutter my home. This includes drawers, closets and hidden spaces where useless items seem to linger.
Eventually, I hope to get to the point where I can get rid of items that are still useful, I really want to keep but know they have no purpose in my life or my home.
*You know you are hoarding when you constantly throw away items that have not been used in years, but then fish it out of the trash because you think you can still find some way to use it.*
Check out my hub for more tips on decluttering: Decluttering Tips 101
|Posted by Ronnie on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Ronnie on January 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Today started out strangely... My husband decided that no matter what we were going to be EARLY for church!!! Whooohoooo! And we did arrive about ten minutes before service started! It was so nice not to have to be the one trying to push everyone out the door. And as an added surprise, one of the teaching pastors from our main church campus came to visit as the guest speaker.
He spoke about how important it is for each of us Christians, in our little sphere of influence, to impact the world for Christ. This is something I've been thinking about and acting on for the last few months.
I was able to take a wonderful class on Evangelism this fall. The book we used for the class was The Master Plan of Evangelism. You can read my review of this book here.
At the beginning of the class our instructor, Rev. Peggy Ducker gave each of us a composition book. I thought how nice she gave us a book to take notes in. Nope, the book was a daily journal. We were instructed to write how we impacted someone's life for Christ every day. I can remember many days waking up and wondering who I would encounter and how I would be am abassador for Christ. And it turned out to be so easy to find opportunities. Remember, Christ said,
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:35-40.
So give someone who is thirsty, some water to drink or buy them a juice or soda. Donate your clothing to someone who needs them. Feed someone who is hungry. Give a loving word to someone who is down in the dumps.
Our last class was in December, and I was so sorry to see it come to an end. Not only was the coursework enlightening but the class discussions helped us, a group of about 14 women to connect on an intimate level. The class impacted my life in many ways. One of the things I am most grateful for is that I view my job as a substitute teacher differently. Before the class, I saw it as a somewhat lonely job. Every day a different school, diferent children. I felt like an outsider.
Now I see every day as a challenge to touch some child for Christ. I never speak about my religion, church or Christianity because obviously it is not allowed in the public schools. But each day I endeavor to show the love of Christ to the children. When I meet a "difficult" child, my hope is to let them know that somebody cares for them. I see my job as an opportunity as opposed so somewhere I drag myself to every day.
I do hope you read the review of the book and are able to purchase the book. Dr. Coleman, the author of the book presents an approach to church leadership and organization that is not often reflected in America's churches. It is a book I truly believe every Christian in America should read!
|Posted by Ronnie on January 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
I came across this Scripture a few days after the New Year. Last year, Philippians 4 gave me great joy and strength month after month. It was especially helpful to me when my daughter and granddaughter were in a terrible car accident. The Word of God is alive and will provide the strength and hope needed for every situation. This year I believe this is the Scripture for me!
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
"For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them, Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed."
I delight greatly in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridgroom adorns his head like a priest, and a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. Isaiah 61 NIV
|Posted by Ronnie on January 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
One of the members of my cozy mystery group suggested this author. I went to my local library and found Evan Blessed. This is part of the Constable Evans Mysteries. I am loving it!! I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries. Basically cozy mysteries are books that make me feel cozy while I am reading. There is always a murder or two to be solved. Often there is an amateur detective usually a woman who has to figure out who the murderer is. In this series, like the Hamish MacBeth series, the main character is a man, an officer of the law but not in a high ranking position.
The setting is in a cozy village and the main character usually lives in a cottage. I am mid-way through this book and it is wonderful. I am just as interested in getting to know the characters in the book as I am in finding out who the murderer is. There are no explicit sex scenes, spewing of profanity and the physical settings are usually calm places with beautiful scenes of nature.
This book takes place in a small town or village in Wales. Constable Evans is our protagonist and he is currently engaged to be married.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM||comments (0)|
We were blessed by one of the local farmers who is a member of our church. Around Easter last year he gave us a tiny bunny rabbit. Who knew Niblets would become such an important part of our family!
My daughter decided to check out some videos on how to care for rabbits and came across training videos. So of course now she wants Niblets to do tricks! So we have worked together and sort of trained her to throw a ball. This is still a work in progress and we should be posting a new video this week but this was our first attempt.Training Rabbit video Enjoy!!
|Posted by Ronnie on January 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Okay, I found this fabulous pattern. What I love it is you can stop wherever you want, sort of. The pattern is by my favorite crochet designer, Cylinda Matthews. I don't know why but I can come to certain intricate patterns for doilies, crinoline ladies, christening gowns, etc. and I get to a section where I'm like, what?! I can't figure out what the directions are saying for the life of me.
I have purchased and also used some of Cylinda's free patterns and so far, have never had this problem. Her directions make sense and are easy to follow. Sometimes I look at my work and am shocked that I am doing something so intricate and yet so easy!! Cylinda sends out a monthly newsletter. She's got a new format which is very informative and exciting. I probably visit Crochet Memories more than most crochet sites because I love crochet thread and she has tons of patterns in this medium.
I love crocheting doilies. But I don't always love finishing them. As you can see in the photos below, I will sometimes let them get quite large or very small but neither of the photos below include all of the rounds offered in the pattern. Sorry I don't have the patterns for these. I like to add colors. Most patterns I find are in ecru, ivory or white but I insist on adding some color!
Approx. 5" diameter
15" in diameter
Maybe this is why I love Cylinda's pattern. She has a couple of places where you can just stop, at a coaster, a small doily or go all the way and complete the hearts. At one time, I'm sure she had following and they probably crocheted this doily together. I'm hoping to get to the point where I complete the hearts and when I do, I will be sure to post on my blog. Oooops, almost forgot, here is the link to the free pattern: Crochet-a-Long-Hearts Doily by Cylinda Matthews. Enjoy!!
|Posted by Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
I just had to share this website with you all. I love crafts. I don't quilt and can barely sew but I find myself perusing this site and considering dragging out my machine, running down to my local fabric store and trying my hand at a Log Cabin quilt or something.
I have a list of favorite sites. I put them into a folder called "Creative Inspiration." These are the sites I visit when I need to be inspired, can't figure out what to make next or am feeling a little down. As time passes I will be sure to share more of them with my readers. So for today I encourage you to check out Sarah Lynn's Quilting site.
Not only do I love the graphics which are phenomenal but her work is outstanding. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman because I'm trying to figure out how she can run an at home business, be involved in so many activities, create beautiful quilts and aprons and have time to blog on a daily basis. Anyway, I hope you do visit her site and check out the pages. You will probably end up putting her site in your fav places as well!
|Posted by Ronnie on January 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM||comments (2)|
I learned how to knit a few years before I learned to crochet. My aunt taught me how to knit and at first I loved it. The concept of taking yarn and creating a garment was wonderous.
Then I saw someone crocheting. I was a kid back in the 60's and my parents didn't just plop down money on a whim. So since my mom wouldn't buy me a crochet hook, I don't even think she knew what it was, I made one out of the wire twisters that use to come with sandwich baggies. I shaped it and covered it with cellophane tape to smooth it out. Once she saw that I was really serious she got me my first hook from Woolworths. And I've been crocheting ever since.
Last year I purchased a bunch of knitting needles for next to nothing at a thrift store. I made a couple of hats, a scarf but found I was soon bored. My hands itched for something a bit more exciting. So I decided to take on a project that even my sister, an avid knitter had never done-- socks. Talk about frustration, after not really knitting for years and then deciding to knit socks! I tried and tried but each time got stuck at the heel. Finally, I was able to complete one sock. But alas, I didn't like it. So with new yarn and a circular needle I was able to make a lovely pair of wool socks. And I haven't picked up my knitting needles since. I hope to make a few more pairs of socks for myself and my daughter but other than that there are no more knitting projects on the horizon.
I think knitters are a different breed of crafter. I crochet but I have also delved into oil painting, reborning dolls, faux stained glass, cross stitch, needlepoint, silk flower arrangments and refinishing furniture.
Maybe I'm wrong but knitters seem like they are more into the process and crocheters are more into the finished project. (I have a friend who makes the most beautiful baby sweaters, almost. I used to donate an hour or so to finishing them for her, attaching the buttonhole piece, weaving in ends and sewing on buttons and finishing seams.) Or maybe it's just me. Knitting lulls me almost to sleep with the rhythm of the needles and throwing the yarn, whereas when I am crocheting I feel invigorated! I am envisioning my finished creation. I love to crochet while surrounded with yarn for my next projects as I dream of my upcoming projects.
Even though I love yarn, I am always put off when I enter a "knitting" store. We have a local one where the selection of yarn can make your mouth water, but once I identified myself as a crocheter, something shut down in the proprietor's face. Sure, she'll take my money. When prodded she revealed that they have a night where the knitters gather to talk and work on their individual projects. Oh, and you can come also and crochet (pause), if you would like to. We'd be glad to have you. Perhaps one evening when I am feeling especially brave I will venture in and sit down with the knitters. But for right now, I'll stick with the crochet group at my local library, where if you are a knitter (pause) we will be happy to have you join us.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM||comments (4)|
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16
As a substitute teacher, it is easy to become annoyed practically from the moment I walk into a school. The kids love to walk into a classroom and yell to each other, "It's a sub! We've got a sub!" As in, "Fresh meat, guys!"
Fortunately, I've become pretty well known and apparently well liked in many of the schools where I work. Yesterday, once again, I was ignorant of schedule changes. As I tried to understand why the 6th grade students were not going where I thought they should go, one of the kids, a little know-it-all, who reminded me of Woody Allen but with black hair, began to say in a whining voice, "She's just a sub, guys, she's just a sub. She doesn't know." The tone implied, "Ignore her. She doesn't know what she's talking about. She's just another idiot sub, she doesn't know anything."
I looked up to see his eyes fixed on my face and I gave him my most charming smile. His countenance lightened as he smiled back. He repeated his statement, but this time with an addition. "She's just a sub, guys. How's she supposed to know? Give her a break."
I thanked him for understanding and told him how the scheduling was different last year. He calmly explained to me that the scheduling process had been changed. "How could you have known? he asked me. It's not your fault. It's a dumb rule anyway, it confuses everybody."
Our exchange changed just like that, with a momentary smile. The other students calmed down and gave me some encouragement. And we all ended the exchange on a happy note. I could have gotten annoyed with their initial tone and the conversation would have taken a completely different route.
Being a substitute teacher has helped to keep me humble. I often have to ask questions and depend on the students, if they are old enough to help me navigate some of the intricacies of each school. I look at every day as in opportunity to, without ever mentioned Christianity or religion, be an ambassador of Christ wherever I go.
|Posted by Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
Several years ago, I was in the family room, working on my computer. My baby daughter was upstairs asleep in her crib. Since she rarely napped during the day this was a special treat for me to be able to spend some time writing.
My son, David was 3 years old. we had one of those Fisher Price toddler basketball hoops. As I sat staring at the screen, having difficulty with the wording of a sentence, I became aware that he was whispering to himself. As he tried to dribble the ball, every so often he would stop and poise to the shoot the ball into the basket. Just before he let the ball fly, he whispered, "And he shoots!"
My first thought was to tell him to hush and play quietly. But instead, I watched him play for a few minutes. With his back to me, he took up his stance, placed his hands and ball up over his head, whispered, "And he shoots!" and shot the ball. In that moment, I saw him, more than six feet tall, taking up his stance and making a shot.
Today, David, 12 years old, is not quite 6 feet, yet. But he is almost as tall as me at 5'7". He towers over most of the players on his team and the opposite teams. He plays the forward position, though I'm still not quite sure what that is. He loves basketball and is very good at it.
Who knew how much I would miss the little three year old, whispering to himself. I'm so glad, that on a day several years ago, I didn't stop him from disturbing me. I simply turned back to the computer, typing to the tune of, "And he shoots."
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
|Posted by Ronnie on January 4, 2012 at 6:35 AM||comments (2)|
Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. Recently, I went into our local Rite Aid store and some boxes of chocolates caught my eye. I went down the aisle expecting to see clearance items from Christmas only to find Valentine's Day chocolates! And then a member of one of my yahoo groups posted a craft to add trim to Valentine's Day cards and I decided it was time to start working on my Valentine's Day projects.
I choose red cardstock (from the scrapbooking section of my local Odd Lot store). I found a heart I liked online to use as a template. (If you do a search for heart template, you are sure to find lots of them!)
This is the one I choose:
Then I punched holes around the edges of the heart with a large sewing needle. (I put the heart on a rug and just punched right through the cardstock.)
With a smaller needle I pulled out a long piece of crochet thread. Enough to go around several times, and without cutting from the ball, I used the blanket stitch to go around the heart. Once I finished the blanket stitch, (this was my foundation to begin crocheting), I was able to break off the yarn and go back to the other end and begin crocheting using the piece still attached to the ball of thread.
I used, 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc in one stitch, 1 slp stitch in the next stitch, and repeated all the way around. I like the result, but any scallop stitch should do nicely. Here is the result:
My daughter can write her own message to her teacher on the heart and put stickers on if she likes. If you want a more polished look, one of the ladies in my crochet group posted a lovely crocheted Valentine on her blog, Suzie's Stuff . I'm going to give her method a try and will post results later.
|Posted by Ronnie on December 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM||comments (2)|
I just wanted to share with you about a wonderful non-profit organization called, "Relief Share." What I truly love is that after you have made donations whether it is money. craft materials or quilts and baby cocoons, you get an update on the website of exactly where your donation went!!
There are soooo many wonderful stories I have been following over the last year or so. If you are interested in crocheting items for charity, Relief Share is a charity worth donating to!
|Posted by Ronnie on December 29, 2011 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
I decided to make a bunch of wash cloths for the family to use. Okay, maybe not the whole family. Just my daughter and I. Is that mean? It's just my husband and son could care less what the washcloths look like or are made of. Okay, okay maybe I'll may a few for them to use.
Anyway, here are pictures. I wanted something simple that I could make while watching television but that also had a nice stitch and looked elegantly handmade.
Here is the link to the pattern: here . on the Little House in the Suburbs blog. Her's is titled, "Pima Face Cloth" but mine is not made from pima cotton. It is Aunt Lydia size 3 combined with one strand of white size 10 crochet thread. I did two of these. I'm going to do a few using just size 10 thread. It will be smaller but I think it will work well for my daughter whose hands aren't used to wringing out large cloths yet.