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Monday, January 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY WINNER, Surprise Gift & Other Stuff



I want to thank all of my followers who left comments and were entered in my giveaway. I do believe that this was the most people I have ever had, a total of 17.


All names were written down, papers folded and put in my pottery bowl that Meghan made when she was in college. A paper was drawn, and the winner is, DRUM ROLL PLEASE.........


...........WENDY!....... You will find Wendy at her blog here, in fact Wendy has many blogs with all sorts of interests so no matter what you are interested in, Wendy pretty much has it covered. CONGRATS WENDY!!! I have sent you a message on your blog.

 
My 63rd birthday was Saturday. Since it was also the one year anniversary of my husband's passing there was a need for me to keep it low key. I know they meant well, but Hospice send me a card reminding me that this was the 1 year anniversary of his death. Forgive me, but maybe you can understand why that kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I don't know that I needed a reminder, no matter how well-meaning it was meant to be. God love them, I shouldn't growl about it. There was more snow outside and yep, more shoveling. Can you see the cardinals in the tree? I went out around 9am and grabbed the snow shovel. My neighbor across the road (they live in a log cabin) came and cleaned out the end of my driveway. I chatted with him a bit. I should be ashamed to say that he and his family have lived there about 10 years now (I thought it was about 4 or 5 years) and this is the first time I have met him. Time rolls by so quickly, and circumstances have a way of getting in the way. Looking back there is a lot that sticks in my mind and yet some of it is a blur.


My one brother Michael and his wife Faith sent me this beautiful bouquet of cut flowers. Oh what a sight for sore eyes! After all these cold winter days and the mounds of snow these were a welcome sight. My amaryllis has been wilted and spent by this time and I needed something to perk me up. And then......


when I went to the mailbox there was a package, now what did I order that I forgot about? When I pulled it out and looked to see, why, what a surprise! It was from sweet Mere from Florida, one of my good blogging friends. Her blog Mereknits is here.  Her return label had her darling Max on it, how cute! What could this be?????

 
 Inside was something soft wrapped in colorful tissue paper with a pretty little card attached with a just as pretty ribbon.


KNITTED WRIST WARMERS!!!!! OH I LOVE THESE!!!!!!!! THEY ARE EVEN IN MY FAVORITE COLOR AND LOOK AT THOSE SWEET CROCHETED FLOWERS WITH THE BUTTONS! The afternoon of my birthday I met my girls at The Golden Dragon in Fremont Ohio for Chinese food and I wore my new gift. They are so soft, and warm.


Aren't they just perfect? I wanted to take a pic wearing them both but I had to hold the camera.....you know the drill.


As far as what I have been doing well take a look. As many of you recall I recently made my friend Debbie a baby set and heart bobble blanket, she wanted another only this time crib size blanket and a 2T size sweater in pink. I had her go buy the yarn and I would just charge her for the labor. I had every intention of making that blanket, but the more I thought about it, the joining of blocks again and still reeling from all those hexes I made, I decided to do the blanket with hearts in one piece, easy peesy, none of that block joining for me. So I sat down and figured and I got the pattern down pat and you see what I had in the works.


I kept looking at the picture of this baby blanket and grabbed another skein and started it, oh man, what was I doing here....the more I looked at the first one the more I liked the second one.....you guessed it, I frogged the first and kept on with the second. Now I am sure Debbie won't mind, she better not, and if she does I guess I will be up the creek and going out and buying some yarn to make that bobble heart blanket, no doubt it will be the original one done in squares that have to be joined.



 
This pattern is a puffed up shell, very pretty. The reason it is raised like that is because every shell and sc are worked in the back loop of the stitch to be used.


Then I did some stash busting and found this cute pattern for a cupcake purse. The pattern can be found here. Anitha has a picture of the one she made and has a link to the tutorial video. I am not finished with mine yet, I would like to embellish it with beads or something, but here is what I plan to put inside the ones I make.....


I have many of these little jointed babies to get some clothes on. I made my cupcake big enough to accommodate the dolls. They will be perfect for any little girl. This is another work in progress. I am sad to say they will not be cheap if I decide to sell them. Those baby dolls were bought years ago and if I remember right they cost around $10 each, OUCH!

Then the last 3 pics are of what my friend Debbie found at the Good Will. I am forever working on trying to get my yarn stash used up and she is forever bringing me stuff like this. She refused any money and told me to do what I wanted with it all okay, so there is plenty of nice named brand sock yarn and also baby yarn, and one thing I am so funny about is that it can not smell when I open the bag. I am very particular about anything funky like that and I know all of you who love yarn know what I am talking about. So for her thoughtfulness to me I will use some of it to make her something and gift it back to her.


 

So, I think her find was my gain and I am grateful. Looks like I will be busy for a long time to come. That is good, it keeps me out of trouble. So until next time, stay warm, keep the faith and God bless you all. Love you ♥

Saturday, January 18, 2014

One Year Ago Today......I Miss You



That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you'll be with me
and you'll never go
Stop breathing if 
I don't see you anymore

Chorus line from "Far Away"
by Nickelback

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

GIVEAWAY



 Hello my lovelies, as promised I am having my giveaway. You must forgive me for this delay in posting about it because I have finally thawed out from the arctic freeze that we had last week. I shut off 2 of my bedrooms to save on heat, and it just so happens that one of the rooms has my computer in it. I do have an iPad now but still learning to use that. I much prefer to sit in front of this pc to do my posting anyways. So I will get right to it and not make you wait any longer. There are 2 requirements to be included for a chance to win:

1) you must be a follower
2) you must leave a comment

The items in this giveaway are as follows:

3 knitted cotton dish cloths (made by me)
1 crocheted ear warmer headband (made by me)
1 package of pastel colored seed beads
 candle and candle plate
1 package of teeny tiny clips ( so cute, these are great for clipping together little notes)
2 skeins of Lily crochet cotton (1 yellow, 1 orange)

You do not have to be living in the USA to be entered to win. All of my followers qualify as long as you leave your comment. You have up until midnight (EST) on January 19th to participate. Giveaway will then end and I will announce the winner on Monday January 20th. Good luck!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Coming: A New Year Giveaway



I will be posting my New Year Giveaway soon. Not only will it be to celebrate all of us surviving 2013, but also my 3-year blogging anniversary which was the end of December. I am also pleased to see that I now have over 150 followers. I want to offer up something in appreciation for your loyalty to me. So, stay tuned and come back soon for the details. I think you will all love this one ♥

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