Monday, February 3, 2014

2013 TOP BLOGGER





 I have recently received the honor of having one of the top 100 most popular crochet patterns on ALLFREECROCHET! 
...And I am more than thrilled!!!!!!!!!
Thank you everyone for making this possible!




Have a LOVEly day!

Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Big Savings on Bible Songs for kids!



Bible Truth Music is offering this wonderful deal through November 30!
 Download their Bible Songs For Kids #1 recording for just $1.99 when you use
  promo code BSFK1 at checkout. 



This is the first recording in their series that will help children hide the treasure of God's Word in their hearts. Children will love listening to and singing these 25 Scripture verses set to fun, exciting music that honors the Lord.

This resource is excellent for any Christian home and is also a valuable teaching tool, adaptable to a variety of children's ministries, such as Children's Church, Sunday School, or mid-week programs. Included are the Romans Road Verses, Salvation verses, and special verses for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Patriotic holidays and Easter.

Bible Songs for Kids #1 also makes a great gift item or prize for your children's program or VBS!
All Scriptures are taken directly from the King James Version of the Bible.

Regularly priced at $9.99.
This is a super great deal!


Have a LOVEly day!
Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!

Friday, August 9, 2013







 
At the age of just 4 years old, my oldest daughter wanted nothing more than to be a missionary when she grew up.  She always loved people and adventure, and was always an extremely creative, energetic, independent, and hard working girl, even at that young age. 


  Her young world consisted of her three adventurous brothers and books. 
As she grew older, she came to love literature and writing as much as children and adventure, prompting her decision to become a teacher and major in literature and writing. But her love of people, children, and adventure, coupled with her sweet and giving spirit never left her.


The other day she came to me with some exciting news: A decision she has been pondering and thinking on for years now, and has finally decided to do something about it. She is planning to go to Africa and work at an orphanage.

I am thrilled with her decision and gusto (and a bit jealous, too) and am wanting to show her my full support. 

Therefore, I am setting up a project fund to support this Orphanage and am asking support from my Facebook fans as well as you, my readers, who would be willing to donate their talents and treasures to touch the lives of these beautiful, needy children.
(I am providing the link to the website of this orphanage at the bottom of this page)

Volunteers when they come to the orphanage are encouraged to bring with them some supplies for the kids. My eldest daughter is planning and saving to go to this orphanage for a three month trip in the summer of her junior year of college. That gives me two years to accumulate blessings for these little ones. (And if we bless them above and beyond what she can take with her, I will see to it that it makes its way there through mail or another agency that works closely with this orphanage.)

 I would love to see her go with many special items for the kids such as small hand made dolls, stuffed toys, small personal sized cuddly-blankies, and even wearables such as slippers, sweaters, (kid sized 4-14 asked for) as well headbands for the girls. 

If you are interested in becoming a part of this project and have items you could donate or are willing to make, you are asked to contact me and I can give give you more information as to where you may send your items or financial donations to help her fund her trip. Thank you in advance for your support, and may God bless you!

Click here for more info: African Orphanage






Any and all donations are accepted and would be extremely appreciated if you would like to help. Paypal donations can be sent to the email adddress "funding4Rachael@yahoo.com"
Please specify how you wish these donations to be used-either for handmade items which can be made by myself or others, or to help fund Rachal's trip. Thank you!


Have a LOVEly day!
Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Country Coverlet


Country Coverlet







 "A Pineapple?" Yes, a pineapple.


This Country Coverlet is my full-sized version of my 
"Heirloom Coverlet for Baby" 
(Seen below)





My "Country Coverlet" needed a special touch for its beginnings. Because the center needed to be rather large, and I could not duplicate the center of the baby blanket to the extent and size needed for this blanket, I thought on what else to put in the center. I thought back to a pineapple sketch I had designed a while back and decided it finally found it's calling. 

So, again, why the pineapple? Well, at one time, in the Caribbean, Europe, and North America, the pineapple came to be associated with the return of ships from extended voyages. Consequently, it became an emblem of welcome and warmth and hospitality that made its way into contemporary art and has stayed there. 

When I thought of this blanket completed, I easily imagined one of its uses as a warm, welcoming center piece to be displayed upon guest beds in people's homes as well as at Bed and Breakfast's. 

This afghan is only partially complete right now. Presently it sits atop a queen sized bed, and when completed, the cabled edges will reach the edges of the bed, followed by 6-8" of draping shells that will fall along three sides of the bed. 

This pattern is being written up as I crochet this, and will be for sale some time in the future. (Hopefully sooner than later!)  Follow me here on my blog, or on Facebook
HERE  
that you may know when the pattern is available for sale. 

What can you envision in the center of your blanket?!

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Have a LOVEly day!

Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!



Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Linked Stitch

   

 Originally from an article from Crochet Me, I decided I really had to try this new stitch I had never seen before. And as always, I just had to share it on my Facebook page. 

   Well, the link would not work once I put it on my Facebook, but I really needed to save the information for a clear reminder about it, as well as a later time when I had time to sit and work it and think about it and all its wonderful possibilities. So, here it is. The info from the article, all the way down to the last bit of advertisement info for purchasing the magazine, Interweave Crochet, where it was first introduced.



I am always on the lookout for a quick and easy stitch. In last winter's issue of Interweave Crochet I was reintroduced to the linked crochet stitch. This is easily one of my favorite stitches. Fast and simple, the linked crochet stitch combines the speed and height of taller stitches, such as the double or triple crochet, with the solid fabric generally associated with single crochet.

With each issue of Interweave Crochet, I look forward to the in-depth how-to technique articles, the innovative crochet patterns, the quick and easy accessories, and so much more. Sometimes the stitches or techniques are brand new to me, and sometimes they are a pleasant reminder of what can be accomplished with crochet.

Here is great introduction to linked crochet:

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Linked Double Crochet Step 1 Work the beginning chain as normal. Work the first row of stitches by inserting your hook in the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. The loop you have just pulled up takes the place of the yarnover in a regular double crochet but does not create the "space" normally associated with a yarnover.
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Linked Double Crochet Step 2 Insert your hook in the next foundation chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. You will now have three loops on your hook, just as you would for a normal double crochet. 
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Linked Double Crochet Step 3 To finish the stitch, simply work as you would a normal double crochet, yarn over and draw through two loops twice. Notice the horizontal bar created on the post of the stitch.
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Linked Double Crochet Step 4 To work subsequent linked double crochets, insert your hook from top to bottom behind the horizontal bar on the post of the stitch you just worked. This horizontal bar runs parallel to the front loop at the top of the stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop through the bar. Insert your hook in the next chain; yarn over and pull up a loop. Work these loops off as before. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row. 
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Linked Double Crochet Step 5
For successive rows, chain two to equal the height of the double crochet row, insert your hook in the second chain and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the next stitch as usual, and work the loops off of the hook as before. Work the remainder of the row as above.

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Linked Double Crochet
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See, it's easy! Notice how the fabric is solid, without the tiny gaps between stitches, making it perfect for quick projects. As your piece gets bigger, you will really begin to notice the gorgeous drape as well.

You can experiment with inserting a row of lacier stitches between the linked stitches rows.

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Subscribe to Interweave Crochet (or any one of our other wonderful magazines!) today at a fabulous limited time sale price and begin exploring a variety of helpful techniques and stitches as well as other valuable articles and extraordinary patterns in Tunisian crochet, lace, linked crochet, and more to expand your skills.


   Have a LOVEly day!
 Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!






Friday, March 1, 2013

Sun Catcher Dish Cloth



Sun Catcher Dish Cloth




These dainty, bright, detailed dish cloths work up quickly and beautifully when using both acrylic or cotton yarns. 


Acrylic yarns create durable cloths with superior scrub-ability, while cotton cloths can be doubled as face cloths as well, adding an element of simple elegance or  sunshiny fun!

  These cloths are created using size I hooks and medium worsted weight acrylic yarn or
cotton yarn with their corresponding size hooks.


Note: Joins are worked with slip stitches in top of first stitch of each round.
 Be sure to count the number of stitches at the end of the rows.


 Lets Begin!


1. In magic circle, work 7 sc. Join with slip stich to top of 1st sc.
2. ch1, work 2 sc in same sp & each sc around. join. (14 sc)
3. ch3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch st for this round), hdc in same sp, [ch 1, sk1 sc, (hdc,ch1,hdc) in next sc]6x, ch 1, join.(14  ch-1 sps & 14 hdc)
4. ch1, 2sc in same sp, sc in next st, *2sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. Join. (36 sc)
5. ch4 (counts as 1 dc & 1 ch-1 sp), dc in same sp, * sk 1 sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in next sc, repeat from * around. Join to 3rd chain of beg. ch-4. (18 ch-1 sps)
6. ch1, sc in same sp, sc in ch-1 sp, *2sc in sc, sc in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending w 2 sc in 2nd to last sc of row. Join to 1st sc. (64 sc)
7. ch1, sc in same sp, (ch3, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc) around. Join to 1st sc. (32 ch-3 sps)
8. sl st 1X to land in ch-3 sp, ch4, dc in same sp, * (dc, ch2, dc) in next ch-3 sp, repeat from * around.(32 ch-2 sps)
9. ch 1, *sc in next ch-2 sp, ch3, sc in same sp, repeat from * around. Finish off, and weave in ends. 
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Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cross Bookmark

Cross Bookmark




   This pattern was re-created by me for my friend, Galye. One day at our crochet group at our church, Gayle brought in a lovely cross bookmark she had found in her Grandmothers Bible, wanting to know if I knew where I could find the pattern. I searched high and low on the internet for such a pattern and could not find one for free-or otherwise-anywhere. So, I  re-created the pattern. We were looking to make these bookmarks for a seminar we will be holding at our church in the spring, and because I could not even find an image of the pattern anywhere for sale, I went ahead, made the pattern, and am posting it here for free for those of you who would make these bookmarks for gifts or for yourself, but not for sale. I am unsure of the origin of the pattern, although I know it is a very old, traditional item to be crocheted, and the pattern most likely is not bound by any copyright.


Special Stitches 

Shell: (3 dc, ch2, 3 dc) in space indicated
Picot: (sc, ch2, sl st in 1st ch, sc) in stitch indicated

Special Pattern Works:

Ending Row: turn, ch 6, sc in ch-2 of shell, ch 5, join to 3rd ch og beginning turn ch 3 of previous row.
Outer Corner Boarder: In the ch 6 sp work: 2 sc, picot IN the 3rd st of the ch 6-sp, then 3 more sc in the same ch-6 sp, picot in the sc.
  Then, in the ch-5 sp work: 3 sc, picot in the 3rd ch of the ch-5 sp, then 2 more sc in the ch-5 sp.


LETS BEGIN!


My second trial cross as I wrote out the pattern. There are errors in it, such as it is missing one picot stitch on the lower right portion of the cross-duh me! And half of the picots are actually ch-2's until I remembered they were supposed to be picot stitches-double duh! But, this is a more accurate photo than the above one, to get an idea of what you are making. Lord willing, tomorrow there will be a perfectly formed, lovely picture in the place of these two somewhat amature-ish, less than perfect ones here now.

***Note-I used size 3 crochet cotton thread and a size 0 hook to produce the above two bookmarks. They are a bit too large. therefore I recommend using a thinner thread and smaller hook. Once I have the opportunity to use smaller thread and hook, I will update with more pertinent information. But, if you crochet & have thread, have fun!!!

Top Portion of the Cross
1. (RS) Ch4, join w/ sl st to 1st ch (circle formed), ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in center of circle.
2. Turn, ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch.
3-4. Repeat row 2
5. Work "Ending Row". Finish off.

Bottom Portion of Cross
1. RS facing, join thread to last of row, ch3 shell in row 1 beginning circle, dc in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3 of row 1.
2. Turn, ch3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch.
3-7. Repeat row 2.
8. Work "Ending Row". Finish off.

Right Arm of Cross
1. RS facing, join in to the last dc in row 2 of the bottom portion of the cross, ch1, shell in space between beginning rows 1 & 1 of top & bottom portions, sl st in last dc of row 2 of top portion of cross.
2. Turn, ch3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 1st dc of row 1
3. Turn, ch3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3
4. Work "Ending Row". Finish off.

Left Arm of Cross
1. RS facing, join into the last dc of row 2 of top portion of the cross, ch 1,shell into the sp created between rows 1&1 of top and bottom portions, ch 1, sl st in last dc of row 2 of bottom portion.
2. Turn, ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in  joining st of row 1
3. Turn, ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3 of row 3.
4 Work "Ending Row". DO NOT finish off.

Border
Ch 1.
*In next st that "Connects" the outer perimeter stitch to the shell work "Picot", 2 sc in ch-3 sp, picot in "connecting" stitch, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in corner st, [2sc in ch-3 sp, picot in "connecting" stitch] 2x, work "Outer Corner Boarder" 
Repeat from * 1x as written.
Repeat from * again, 2 more times following the same principal of the pattern, making the needed adjustments in the patterned stitch count in order to cover the entire perimeter of the lower arm of the cross.
End with the final working of the "Corner Boarder",  join w/ sl st, finish off. 
Weave in any ends not crocheted over as you worked your piece.

Cut a separate piece of thread 18" long, knot two loose ends together & attach to top of cross in center of picot stitch. Add tassel or beads or charm if desired to the end.


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Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!








   

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Maahvelous Marinade

       This sweet, tangy marinade I made special for a top round roast I cut up for grilling a few weeks ago.  I normally don't do steaks, let alone grilling them, but since making this recipe the first time, I have made it a few more times and decided I need to try to save it before I forget it. That's the hard part. When you're just throwing everything together, its much easier than measuring it all out. Therefore, as I go along, this recipe will probably have adjustments made, but at least I have the basic here for now. I hope you enjoy it. We sure do!!


Maahvelous Steak Marinade


2-3 lbs steak or sliced roast of your choice
1 large onion
1 1/2 c tomato ketchup
1 c Soy sauce
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp roasted sesame oil
1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 c honey
3 cloves pressed and chopped fresh garlic
1/2 c sugar

 Chop onion. In large bowl or container, layer steaks and onions. Set aside.
In small  sauce pan, combine rest of ingredients and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over steaks, carefully lifting steaks with fork to run marinade throughout between the pieces and under the bottom ones placed in bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or for desired length of time. Grill as usual. Enjoy!!!!!



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ten-Point Trivet Pattern

Well, hello!!!!

Yup, I'm at it again: It is late, everyone is asleep, and I am up on this thing I call my mock newborn-my newest sleep deprivation instrument in my life. Can you relate?

 I really don't know why I am up doing this, other than I really really really want to share this striking pattern a dear woman I met on Facebook has posted in her blog.

Up till 4 am last night with my youngest daughter throwing up for five hours strait, I woke up late this morning, groggy, tired, and disoriented for most of the day. Then I ended up missing church and spending the entire night de-cluttering and re-organizing my homeschool/craft room-something which I had begun the day before and planned on doing earlier in the day, but couldn't due to brain malfunction. I needed to finish it up before it drove me absolutely crazy.

So, It's now 2 am.
 Why am I up still???

 One of my lovely sons, (no really, he is-they all are) having been out all day with his brother working on our "new" work/plow truck, came home from working, showered, went to church, hung out there for two hours working on a sermon with the youth pastor, went out for D&D coffee, came home, took his girlfriend home a while later, came home again, and then decided he needed to do a load of wash so he would have clean clothes for the morning when he goes out painting which he just found out about he was doing.
Really???

 (Calgon, take me away!!)

 Seeing he had been up for 21 hours already, and had to get up early tomorrow morning, I sent him to bed and told him I would wait out the dryer to finish before I went to sleep. 

Never trust those dryers-they just can't be trusted, you know.

 Well, the dryer has finished, and just as it does, I find the pattern for this beautiful thing I've been eyeballing for a while.

So, what do I do?
Certainly NOT go to sleep.
No, I get on my FB page, post this pattern, and then continue to go to my blog here, and do the same.

And of course, being half delusional as I am right now, what do I do? Just what I'm doing-chatting nonesense in the midst of this blog making you wonder why you are even reading this in the first place.
 (I promise you, I wont do this again -writters block certainly has no hold on me tonight!)

So, with no further a-do (Yay!!!!!) and so I can get some sleep finally, (double yay!!!) here it is:




Wasn't it worth the wait reading all that nothingness???? 
 (This is where you are supposed to say "yes!")

This Ten-Point Trivet pattern comes with a few variations, and is simply a stunning piece.
Wouldn't you agree?
(Again, this is where you are supposed to say "Yes!")

A wonderful pattern to make in festive colors to compliment all your holiday and special entertaining!

Well, enough said! I am off to dreamland for a few hours!
YAY! YAY! YAY!
 


 Have a LOVEly day!
Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!




Monday, May 21, 2012

Flowers for a Day



 In celebration of changing the look on my blog, I decided to post a few pictures that would brighten my already bright new color scheme:
Crisp, clean, and fresh.


The beauty and wisdom of God's handiwork never ceases to amaze me!












 





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 Have a LOVEly day!
Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!