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Friday, August 30, 2013

Buddy the Jack Russell hat

Recently I have joined a testing team for patterns by Ira Rott. I was unfamiliar with her designs but a friend encourage me to join the team with her. I took the plunge and did it. I am so very glad I did! Ira's patterns are to die for!!

My first test was for her Buddy, the Jack Russell hat. I must say, her patterns are so well organized and put together that they are worth every penny (in this case, she is selling it for $6.34.)!! Tons of explanations and pictures! Sizes ranging from newborn to adult!! Just all around gorgeous! Anyhoo, here is my hat that I tested for her.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

A new ministry...

I've had it on my heart for a while now about a Crocheting/Knitting Ministry at our church. I just learned how to crochet in December 2012 and love doing it. I love to make things and give them away. To me, a "homemade" gift is the best. That person took time out of their day to create something for you. Sure, it would have been faster to go and a buy something, but it doesn't have that special meaning. Anyhow....

Our church has gone through major changes since the beginning of this year. We had a change of Children's Director, a new Praise/Worship Band, a new Youth/Student Director and our Pastor of 18 years had be reassigned. I thought that it definitely wasn't the time to try and start a new ministry. But now that the dust has settled, it's been on the forefront of my mind. Yesterday's sermon by our Associate Pastor really spoke to me. We wrapped a sermon series called The Irresistible Church based on the book Irresistible Church, The: 12 Traits of a Church Heaven Applauds by Wayne Cordeiro. The trait we discussed yesterday was, The Irresistible Church chooses to Love and how we are to love our neighbor as thyself. Then Mark pondered on how if each of use chose to invest our time or talent or love in one person. Each of us touches people's lives and don't even know it, whether it be a negative or positive way. A smile can be what that one person needs to know they are loved.

I want to take it a step further and use the talent that I believe God has blessed me with and start a Crochet/Knit Ministry at our church. The direction of the ministry would be to make lapghans, baby blankets, washcloths, hats, scarves, etc and provide those to the homeless shelters, the nursing homes, pregnancy center, etc. I have talked with a few ladies that want this ministry. I believe it would be a viable ministry to the community and our church. And for those that want to help but don't have the time, they could donate yarn!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sweetheart Baby Boots

How adorable are these??!

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Paula has written yet another adorable pattern and I had the pleasure of testing it! These Sweetheart Baby Boots were quick to make as they took me a little over two hours for both. The size I made was 3-6 months. The pattern is available in sizes newborn up to 12 months.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

XOXO Prayer Shawl

Ryan Nicole let me test her beautiful shawl! It's been finished for a while now but I'm just getting around to posting it. This shawl is easy to do and works up pretty quickly. It took me about 20 hours (but I'm slow as I like to take my time). She hasn't put the pattern up for sale yet but she does have an XOXO baby blanket that is the same design. Do you see the cross in the middle? Pretty cool huh!?

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

American Girl Sassy Set

I had a fun time testing the American Girl Sassy Set! Emily picked out the colors. This set will fit any AG or 18" doll. It was super easy to make and fairly quick! I took me about 5 hours for the skirt, top and shoes. Sonja did a great job in writing this pattern!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

XL Scottie Dog Pillow

This evening, I finished testing an XL scottie dog pillow. It was fun to make and even more fun watching Emily and Annalynn love up on it. =) This pillow measures 28" long from tip of tail to snout. The pattern is free and includes 4 different sizes range from small to x-large.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hubert the Frog

This week I got to test a crochet amigurumi, in other words, a crocheted stuff toy. =) I had a fun time of testing Hubert the Frog designed by Ida Herter. This is my very first amigurumi. When Emily first saw it she said it looked like an egg with eyes, arms & legs. I thought he was cute and decided to crochet him up.

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I have more test patterns in the works, including: a scottie dog pillow, a sweater for Jack (our dog), an American Girl doll outfit, a Shaun the Sheep toy and a unicorn toy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chapstick Cozy

This morning I test a pattern for a chapstick cozy. It's really simple and fast!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bowtie Booties & Puppy Dog Booties

I love pattern testing for my fellow crocheters. It gives me something to do and I get to make some great gifts! Best of all, the women are wonderful to work with! This past week, I did a test for the Bowtie Booties and Puppy Dog Booties by Paula. Both patterns are available in sizes 0-12 months. They are so adorable! Here are my versions:

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Jacob's Ladder Shawl

Last week I completed a test for a beautiful shawl called Jacob's Ladder Shawl. Katherine did a great job writing the pattern! The biggest thing I loved about this pattern is that you work from the top down, so the rows get shorter as you go. The pattern is written in 2 sizes, the smaller shawlette measures approximately 46x13”, and the larger shawl 67x20” approximately. My shawl measured 76” x 21.5” but I had to make it big for me since I am keeping it for myself. I would highly recommend buying this pattern. She has it priced at $3.88 which is a steal!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Shawl Ronda

This past week I finished doing a crochet test pattern for the Shawl "Ronda". It is a sassy and fun shawl!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Lighthearted Shawlette

Yesterday I completed a test pattern for the Lighthearted Shawlette. It is a lovely shawlette and was pretty easy to work on. The pattern scheme on my shawlette isn't as enunciated as it should be (check out the original link to see how it should look), but that is due to my choice of yarn. Next time I will use a solid color yarn instead of the variegated. This shawlette measures 90" x 16". This shawlette is for Emily.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day 2013

The girls and I made a canvas for Jim for father's day:

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Now that I look at it, the "A" in daddy looks like and uppercase cursive "I". Oh well, he loved it anyhow. We also made one for my dad. The girl's name is on the side of their handprint. You can find the original idea at Roots and Wings Co.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Little Lady Sunhat

It's been over a week since I have last posted. Been working on a ton of projects but some I can't show just yet. But, I did whip a hat up for Emily today. She has been wanting a sunhat, so we searched the Raverly database and came across the Little Lady Sunhat.

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She picked the colors out herself. The main color is a beige color with white accents. Then she picked turquoise for the flower. She really loves it!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tadpoles....

While we were at my parent's house this past weekend, the grandkids/cousins decided to go to the creek. While they were down there, they fished out some tadpoles. So, now we have a summer living project, watching the tadpoles grow into frogs. Guess I better do some googling about how to "care" for them until their final stage. We will set them free in the creek near our house.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer 2013

This past Wednesday, Emily had her last day of second grade and began her summer break. Although she was glad for summer, she hated to leave her teacher. We had an awesome teacher this year! All of the teachers at our school are great but this one is exceptional. Anyhow, to keep the summer from getting too boring (and driving me crazy), I have made up a daily schedule for M-F to keep things moving along. Here it is:

7:00 - 8:00am Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am TV Time
 9:00 - 10:30am Arts & Crafts
10:30 - 12:00pm Annalynn nap/Emily free time
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00pm Reading/Learning time
2:00 - 3:00pm Chores
3:00 - 4:30pm Free time
4:30 - 5:00pm Clean up for dinner/TV Time

The arts & crafts slot also includes trips to the park, strawberry picking, nature trail, etc. I decided to do that early in the day before the sun really kicks in for the day. I do have some day trips planned so this schedule won't apply.

Yesterday we went on a nature hike and had a scavenger hunt. Emily found everything on her list. We also stopped by the creek and dipped our feet in.

Today, we went strawberry picking and then headed to the zoo. It was a beautiful day with little humidity. Tonight we are heading downtown to listen to the symphony's annual summer concert. Again, the weather is going to be great!

Tomorrow morning, we are going to go strawberry picking again and take in a minor league baseball game with my sister and her family. Busy weekend!! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. But of course, I will always get in my crochet time! Guess that will be during Annalynn's nap time and free time. Just like the girls, I too will have my chores. =)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crochet Pot Tops

I saw a cute crocheted pot topper and just had to try it. It was fairly quick and easy. I made it in cotton and put it on the round knob of cooking pot lid. The ruffled edge helps protect the fingers while grasping the knob.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.....

Well, here in the South, we are always dreaming of a white Christmas as we rarely get them. So this year I have decided to make my Christmas tree a snowflake only tree. I am crocheting snowflakes throughout the year for this huge task. Some of the flakes are 1.75" in size up to 5" in size. I am using crocheting thread so they look much more intricate. Here is a flake I finished today:

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The pattern to this flake can be found here.

I have made a few already which is located at this post.

Monday, May 13, 2013

More flower power!!

I've been on a roll of making the flower dishcloth. Here's another I made for my BFF Tisha:

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And another just because:

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Flower Power!!

One of my BFF's Tisha, asked if I had seen the crocheted dishcloths. I told her that I can make them and her eyes got really big. I knew exactly which one to make for her and that she would request hot pink. Coincidentally, I had that color in my stash! So I whipped her up a dishcloth today. I am also going to make her a potholder with the same design and color.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Easy Crocheted Wine Bottle Cover

I bought a bottle of wine for my BFF Casey's birthday and wanted to put it in something cute. I knew there had to be a crochet pattern for one that was simple. I came across the Easy Wine Bottle Cover pattern and got started. It took me about 2 hours in between distractions.

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She looked in her gift bag, pulled it out and was shocked! She thought it was cute and unbelievable! All the ladies at the lunch table thought it was great!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Finished Living Room throw

I finally finished the throw for the living room! It took me right at 2 weeks working on it off and on in between other projects.

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The pattern is Kew Gardens Afghan from Lionbrand. It is supposed to measure 55" but since I crochet tight, mine measures 48". The last 5 rounds were doozies. I didn't think it would ever end! Now to finish the girls' individual afghans.