Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year 2011


I really want to wish everyone the happiest of New Years!!

Welcome to 2011!!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Candlelit Heart
A Christmas Poem by Mary E. Linton

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
Across the distance...something we can share.

You will be singing, just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see --
Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now.

And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Amber's Mile-A-Minute Afghan

This is my latest afghan that I've finished. I made this for my cousin, Amber. We were close when we were younger and then "life" happened and we lost touch over the years. After about 18 years, I found her through Facebook and we reunited this past summer. Its been great having her back in my life and seeing the wonderful & very kind woman & mother she has turned out to be.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Happy Ever AfterHappy Ever After by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book and the whole saga...they were very sweet reads. I loved the humor and the friendships among the ladies and then eventually the men as they became involved.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

~Happy Thanksgiving~

'Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation
The thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees....
Happy eating to all - pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump,
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize ,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 1, 2010

~Fall 2010~

While out on a Sunday afternoon drive with my husband, I was really noticing all the beautiful fall colors in the tree, so I snapped a few pictures with my phone. I ended up making this collage.
And also as were coming around a curve there were four deer crossing the road...I wish that picture would've been better...but they were

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baby Bubbles

(close up)

This is the latest afghan that I've finished...I made it for my hair stylist, her baby is due in Feb. I was able to give it to her this morning during my appointment and she loves it!! Its a very simple pattern that I got here at Crochet Pattern Central. I used the colors of Light Peach & Buttercup and the neat thing about it is that you use 2 strands of yarn at the same time, it gives it such a great effect and makes it really thick and comfy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rose Bud Picture-ghan

I made this for a dear friend/co-worker/fellow crocheter...she's made me several things over the years and I've been focusing on "my list" for my family...I now have that caught up and wanted to make her something. I know she loves roses so I got the idea to design this and now I'm finally finished!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9-11-01

I remember this day very clearly...I had just gotten up and out of the shower. I haven't even turned on the TV yet. There was a lady that I had worked with and she had had some serious surgery and I had heard that she was home from the hospital. So I was going to call her and check on her to see how she was doing. During our conversation she asked if I had seen the news yet and I said "No, whats going on?" (as I turned on the TV) and she proceeded to tell me that a plane had just struck one of the towers and at this time we just thought it was a freak accident. I got off the phone with her so I could pay attention to what was going on. A few minutes later I saw the second plane hit and then heard them talking about the one at the Pentagon and then in the blur came the fourth plane in a field in Pennsylvania...I was thinking "what the hell is going on?" and of course was in tears and then somewhere in the midst of this I came to conclusion that it was an attack. I stayed glued to the news all day, but I still had to go to work that afternoon. I was working in a factory at the time and we all had our headphones on listening to the radio...everyone was like zombies...we did'nt hardly get any work done at all. I had heard on one of the stations that I was listening to say that there was going to be a nation wide moment of silence and prayer at 7pm. We told our boss and that we wanted to participate...and I remember all of us going outside and we circled our flag pole and this one lady (I never knew her name) said the most beautiful prayer I had ever heard...needless to say we were all in tears and holding hands and hugging...even people that were complete strangers to each other and had never associated with each other before. We stayed out there a long time...then everything else after that for the next few days is in a haze for me.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nicholas & The Hummingbird

My Godson, Nicholas got a hummingbird was so sweet and gentle, it just let him hold it...he eventually let it go though.
I've always heard that catching a hummingbird was very good luck, if you believe in that sort of I looked up a couple of "sayings" that were written about the symbolism of a hummingbird and I thought they were beautiful, so I wanted to share them.

The hummingbird is a messenger.
It is also a symbol of love, joy, and beauty. The hummingbird is also able to fly backwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past. But, this bird also teaches that we must not dwell on our past; we need to move forward. When the hummingbird hovers over flowers while drinking nectar, we learn that we should savor each moment, and appreciate the things we love.

Hummingbirds, called new world birds cause they are native to North America, Central and South America, are considered to be symbols of peace, love and happiness, moreover, ancient pagans held them sacred for their tireless energy and anxiety.
In Native American culture, a hummingbird symbolizes timless joy and the Nectar of Life. It's a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible and will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.

They are really spectacular birds, and have a lot to teach a person about self discovery and healing.

Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

By: Ted Andrews

It stands for immortality. Or sometimes the Sun.
Hummingbird is seen by some as a messenger of love and joy. It symbolises energy, wonder and swift action. It is associated with the Ghost Spirit native American religion which teaches a dance that is intended to return the natural balance of the world.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Search by Nora Roberts

The SearchThe Search by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very good read, I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked within the first 6 pages. If you're a dog lover you will definitely love this book!! It has a lot of funny parts and then some real scary & sad parts.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Follow up with Tiffany

This past weekend I took a trip up to Ohio to visit family for a reunion and the first stop was my brothers house...mostly because he was the one while I was there I took a pic of Tiffany, my sister-in-law with the recent afghan that I made for her. She loves it and is taking really good care of it...I'm so happy to see how much she loved it...its not often I get to see recipitant of one my afghans, so this was great!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse NovellaThe Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just another great read by Stephanie Meyer to go along with the Twilight Saga...although the book was short, it kept me interested...wondering what was gonna happen next.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tiffany's Wool-Eater

I have finally finished another afghan...this one took me about 2 months doing it off & on...I made this for my sister-in-law...she's been married to my brother for almost 2 yrs and I've grown to really like her...she's a sweet sensitive person and I wanted to give her something special for our new friendship & family.
This pattern is called "wool-eater"...when I first saw this pattern, I just new I wanted to do one and so with a friend we taught ourselves how to do it and it wasn't so bad after all...I'm very pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to give it to Tiffany.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day

Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

-Kelly Strong

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Graduation Starghan for Erica

I've had this Starghan done for awhile but I couldn't post it until the person that I made it for received it. I made this for my best friends daughter for her graduation. She graduated last night and we had such a good time...the whole day was great. It was neat to watch her graduate from the same school that I went to. I've watched Erica grow up from a baby and can't believe she graduated last night and on her way to start college in the fall...I feel blessed to be a part of her life, its been a joy watching her grow up. She told me she wanted an afghan with her school colors which are black & gold and then I sewed the year on it for her...she loves it and its big enough to lay across her bed.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Savor The Moment" by Nora Roberts

Savor the Moment Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another sweet read...I love the humor and the relationships between the characters. I love how the women are strong and work hard...can't wait to read the 4th book in November.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Carnal Innocense by Nora Roberts

Carnal Innocence Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book...very suspenseful and lots of humor especially the southernisms and cousin Lulu...what a hoot!!

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Friday, April 9, 2010

The Dogwood Legend

(In honor of my Dogwoods blooming)

A Dogwood Legend

In Jesus’ time the dogwood grew

To a stately size and a lovely hue.

‘Twas strong and firm as oak-branches interwoven

For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.

Seeing the distress at this use of their wood

Christ made a promise which still holds good:

“Never again shall the dogwood grow

Large enough to be used so

It shall slender and twisted be-

With blossoms like the cross for all to see.

As bloodstains the petals marked in brown-

The blossom’s center shall wear a thorny crown.

All who see it will remember me-

Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.

Cherished and protected this tree shall be

A reminder to all of my agony.”

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Holiday

Easter holiday, is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ!

Jesus Christ, The Son of God, bled and died for us in a sacrifice.

This Spring day's celebrated, generally in the month of April.

All of the bright and pretty colors, of the Easter outfits with frills.

Women and children will wear their Easter bonnets.

In the Spring, you'll hear the various musical sonnets.

April will bring many rain showers.

That'll bring us various beautiful flowers.

One special flower for this day is the Easter Lily.

It's color is white, and yet snowy & milky.

The birds will sing their songs of praise.

As we begin to feel the warmth of the sun's rays.

As we say "Goodbye" to the winter's gloom,

The flowers and trees have already begun to bloom.

All of life's beauty, The Lord created, for us all to share.

Spring breezes begin to flow, sending fragrances through the air.

The winter's thawing will let the rivers, lakes, and streams rise and flow.

The beauty of the Earth will make us all feel aglow!

Farmers and gardeners will start to hoe.

And then they'll begin to sow.

On Sundays, we'll hear the various church bells ring.

Let's be grateful for the LORD, let's rejoice and sing.

If it wasn't for the Lord, we wouldn't have anything!