I’ve OFFICIALLY completed the kid road map I had been working on (a CAL brought to us by HappyBerry)! I must say that it was a fun and delightful adventure, with the exception of a few bumps on the road. Ha ha! But, where would the adventure be if the bumps weren’t waiting for us?
I must say that if you have Little Ones, this is the best toy for them. Mine are eager to have one made especially for them! (This kid road map is a special gift for a special Little One. 🙂 ) Not is it super soft to touch, and the textures are endless, but it encourages their little imaginations to run wild!
Yes, my piggie, car, and sail boat are exaggerated in size, but I did so intentionally so they could be handled easier by the recipient of this super cute gift.
I hope to see YOUR version of HappyBerry’s kid road map soon! Feel free to post yours in the comment section below. 🙂
My life has taken me on a fun ride, which is why I haven’t blogged in a while. But! Rest assured, my family and I are alive and well (thank God!). Hope you all are in good spirits, and are getting ready for the holidays! I know I am. 😀 Now, I don’t mean to preach to the choir, but my recent journey has brought me to give many thanks to our Lord. Read on…
Sometimes we all need to take a moment to sit down, take a deep breath, and thank God for the COUNTLESS blessings He has bestowed upon us. Life’s hard enough as it is; let us not forget that our Lord is ALWAYS with us each and every step of the way.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.
-1 Chronicles 16:34
I was on my Pinterest page earlier and came across something REALLY special – I saw a Pin someone had on their page and knew I just had to give it a try. The pin was for a crochet Prayer Cloth designed by Sadie Sunshine Chapter – Crochet for Cancer. Ever heard of one? I hadn’t prior to seeing it on Pinterest. This cloth has the Lord’s cross on it, and is to be used by anyone who is ill, greiving, praying, or experiencing anything negative (or positive) in their lives. Some will hold the Prayer Cloth, while others will have it in their pocket, wallet, purse, or next to a photo of loved ones (it’s really up to the person). The Prayer Cloth is there to not only provide comfort, but to remind the person that God is with them no matter what.
Immediately, I printed out the pattern (click on the underlined words, ‘Prayer Cloth’ to print yours out), gathered my crochet hook, choices of yarn, and crocheted away. Upon finishing the cloth, I was amazed at how beautiful it really was. There are exactly ten popcorn stitches that are made for the vertical portion of the cross, which is perfect to use to follow along with when praying the Rosary. Yes, I am Catholic, and firmly believe in the power of praying the Rosary.
These Prayer Cloths work up quickly, which makes them THE perfect gift to give to your loved ones. Use whatever yarn you have on hand. Say a prayer over it, or type up the prayer and print it out on a business card. Give the Prayer Cloth and prayer to your family member and let them know how much they mean to you!
It’s late – 12:54 a.m. to be exact – and I’m reluctant to post a blog. My head is pounding, vision is blurred, ear aches, and my complaints can fill this page in no time! But, I’ll stop right there and save you from being bored with such nonsense. 🙂 So, on a positive note, I’ve been working on a poncho to wear for the fall season. The base color is a sunflower yellow, with pumpkin orange, beige, and brown accents. My inspiration for the colors was the sunset and the color of fall leaves. (Will post photos soon!) I truly LOVE the fall season! It brings back soo many happy childhood memories… I digress…
Nonetheless, I’ve been missing my poncho project for the past couple of days. I didn’t get to work on it earlier and became frustrated because my crochet time had been stripped of me. Again, I attempted to work on it right before I began typing this post, but my attempt proved fruitless. I’m not feeling well and wanted a chance to unwind. Is that too much to ask?!
So, my Son (who magically decided to nap earlier in the day – he NEVER naps) is now bright-eyed and bushy tailed. He asked Ray and I to play with him (for the 100th time today! I know, it’s all worthwhile, it really is.) and we did. Some moments later, he’s eating a peach and tells me, “Look Mommy. There’s a seed in this peach for you to plant. I’m going to eat the fruit part and give you the seed when I’m done.” My heart melted and my eyes began to tear up. How selfish of me to want to sit down to crochet my poncho when my 3 year-old Son acted selflessly by thinking of how much I enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow!
Point being – sometimes we have to drop everything, do for others, think of others, and most of all, SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THOSE WE LOVE MOST. Our time on Earth is not promised. Make the most of each and every second, of each and every day.
By now you’ve seen a few crochet pattern book references in my blogging. I’d like to share with you all the names of the books (and photos of them to help you scout them out at the store). These little books come in handy when you’re looking for a quick and easy crochet project to complete in a day’s time. They provide you with ALL the necessary materials in lovely, big font at the beginning of each pattern. And, they even tell you what yarn is available in the big box store you’re buying them from. Yes, Wal-Mart is my source for these little books. Five are currently in my collection, but there are several more to purchase, ranging from crochet stitches to crochet hats. Each book costs less than $5, which is killer awesome! Scope them out. Tell me which one you think would tickle your fancy. 🙂
Hail! The Glorious Quintuplets!
1.) Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two
Hendrix, Shelle, 2013. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Six uber cute animal diaper covers and hats are featured in Shelle Hendrix’s book. I’ve created all of them (some more than once!), with the exception of the “Sock Monkey Set” on page 28 (for no reason other than I didn’t have the yarn colors). Every pattern was easy to follow, using either 3 or 4 worsted weight acrylic yarn. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two is my go-to book if I want to give an expecting Mother a unique, from-the-heart gift.
2.) Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs
2014. Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
As stated in its title, there are ten (yes, 10!) beautiful baby booty patterns in this book. As I mentioned before in “I Told Ya I Would,” I did have a little difficulty creating my first set of booties. It wasn’t the pattern, but lack of visualization on my end. Beginners: know that “instep” is the top part of the booty (where baby’s toes are gently tucked under). So, some booties get worked from the instep, sides, sole, and finally cuff. Others are worked from the sole, sides, instep, and then cuff. Hopefully this tid-bit helps you out when you start working on any pair of baby booties. Bottom line is, BABY CROCHET BOOTIES ARE SOO ADORABLE!
Let’s face it – us gals LOVE to start fashion trends and make a fashion statement. Headwraps are the perfect way to do so without breaking the bank! Go out and buy a couple of skeins of acrylic yarn for under $12, and you have an array of gorgeous headwraps ready to go with any outfit. I must confess I’ve only created one headwrap, BUT! It worked up soo quickly that I could have gone through all ten projects in just ONE DAY! Sharlee Dayne includes each pattern for both girls and teens sizes. If you’d like to fit a larger head, I’d recommend going up one hook size from the recommended size given in the pattern. I’ll be posting pictures of the headwraps I create soon!
4.) Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs
2014. Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Ohhh, dishcloths! These puppies are such a GREAT gift idea! Work up three designs, fold them to make them look like flowers, and place them in a weaved basket with some fruit, and… viola! An inexpensive, 100% useful gift. There are both circular and square designs available. If you ask me, they’re ALL very pretty and colors can easily be changed to suite the theme of your kitchen. 100% cotton yarn is used, making them ultra absorbent and full of texture. I’ve tried and completed one design – can’t wait to finish the other ten! Go on. Start making your gifts for Christmas! Really. It’s never too early for that!
5.) Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs
2013. Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
While I have not started on a baby afghan, I did purchase this book for a reason – I promise! Each finished blanket is in the ball park of about 3 ft. x 4 ft. (give or take), meaning it won’t take long to finish each project. Be sure to use a SOFT acrylic yarn (3 worsted weight) to ensure that baby will be comfortable when your blanket touches his or her delicate skin. There are a few Intermediate levels, but most are Easy. I’m really, really excited to start on a baby afghan. Hope to have time in the very near future. Will keep you posted on my progress. 😀