Knitting Again!

I really wish the colors were more true — they are very saturated jewel tones. I love to do mindless knitting when I’m between jobs, it’s a great way to relax. One of my very favorite items to make are cowls — I have a closet full! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love wearing them too! They are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to a t-shirt and dress them up. Since that’s pretty much all I own, cowl’s are a must!

My standard cowl is simply 40 stitches on size 8 circular needles. I knit every row, so no keeping count of stitches! It’s a wonderful (and colorful!) way to use any single skein yarns you have!

Be Kind

I left Facebook back in January due to the anger and arguing and haven’t been back. Iย  dislike that we are no longer kind or civil to each other. Whatever happened to, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it?” I think it’s time we reclaimed our kindness to one another. Jesus loves you and so do I.ย  Happy Tuesday!

Reset!

Sometimes we need to just hit the reset button and take a timeout. That’s what my husband and I did a few weeks ago. We took a trip to Nice, France. It was a wonderful trip! The French people were so kind and welcoming! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos.

Since I live in the Colorado Rockies you know I couldn’t resist the alps! Even if our view was flying over them! They are gorgeous!

How cool is it that Nice had a miniature Statue of Liberty on theย  Promenade des Anglaise?

It was hard to keep from walking into people because all we wanted to do was look up and around! The details on the buildings were mind-blowing! Many of these buildings are centuries old.

And the doors! Wow!

I love the rounded architecture on so many of the buildings. The colors were classic soft Mediterranean palates.

We even managed a quick visit to Monaco and Menton! The whole Riviera is a delightful mix of cultures. Most of the coast was once owned by Italy and its influence is very apparent in a charming way.

Times, they are a changing! I loved the lavender ice cream (the pink scoop) and the jasmine ice cream was divine (the cream scoop). Jasmine ice cream is an Iranian treat. There is a heavy Middle Eastern influence in the food now offered in Nice.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip that was refreshing to the soul!

Go Crochet Wellness Coaching!

Ellen Gormley, from Go Crochet,ย  has decided to expand her coaching services to include wellness, fitness, motivation and career goals!

As many of you already know, Ellen was one of my crochet designer mentors. She’s a great motivator and really understands how to help you make the right decisions to get you where you want to go.

Coaching isn’t telling you what to do – anyone can do that. It’s a more refined skill to help you find the right answers that work specifically for you. It’s helping you see the big picture and then making a plan on how to reach that goal or goals.

I’ve known Ellen for many years, she’s a beautiful person inside and out! Why not click on over to Go Crochet and get started with Ellen today?

Why I Pray

It’s been a really rough month for my family. Unfortunately, hard things happen to all of us. I found this pin on Pinterest that perfectly describes why I pray. If the God of the universe (a place — not a deity!) is willing to bend down and listen to me, He must really care about what I’m going through. If He cares enough to listen, He is willing to help. So I pray and leave my troubles at the feet of Jesus.

I don’t always get the answer I want, but I do always get the answer I need. Thankfully, I can trust Him with the outcome and you can too. A prayer is simply pouring your heart out to Him. There are no special words needed. It’s simply a conversation with the One who loves you more than you can fathom. He’s leaning down waiting to hear from you, too.

Shalom, my friends.

Beaded Bracelet

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I love beads! Especially Fire Mountian Gem beads! I also love quick and easy projects. This beaded bracelet took about an hour from start to finish and that includes the photos I took!

First, I gathered my supplies. Fire Mountian Gems graciously provided the clasps, blue and purple beads and thread for my project.

I dug out my beading crochet hook and a larger crochet hook. It turns out I crochet loose enough that I didn’t need the larger hook. You might, so keep one handy.

I love, love, love these clasps! Aren’t they gorgeous? Before we begin we need to unclasp them. Next, we will pull a loop through the first circle on our clasp and chain 2. Then we will pick up a purple bead with the beading hook and pull the thread through the center of the bead.

Chain over the top of the purple bead to close the stitch. Next, make another chain and then pull the loop through the center of the blue bead. Chain over the top of the blue bead to close the stitch.

Keep repeating the color sequence until you reach the desired length of the bracelet. This bracelet fits me perfectly with 15 beads.

Now we want to slide the clasp back together and work into the corresponding circle. To join we will single crochet into the first circle. Our first row is complete.

To begin our second row we will single crochet into the second circle and chain 1. Then we will pick up a blue bead and pull the thread through the center of the bead. Chain over the bead to close the stitch and chain 1 more. Pick up a purple bead and pull the loop through the center of the bead. Continue chaining and beading as we did in row 1.ย  Don’t forget to keep rotating the colors as you bead!

When we get to the end of our second row, single crochet into the circle of the clasp and then single crochet into the next circle. Repeat the first 2 row’s color sequence and then fasten off.

Secure the ends in your preferred method. Some people like to use a dab of glue to keep the thread secure. I simply made a small knot and once I was sure it was secure I trimmed the ends.

This is a fun and easy project! It’s perfect for gift giving or just to make a little bling for yourself!

Wool-free Gradient Yarn!

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If you are like me and can’t use wool you totally get my excitement in finding a wool-free gradient yarn! Check out Schachenmayr Tahiti!

Love Knitting carries several different colors to choose from and shipping is reasonable even for those of us that live in the US. It’s a UK yarn but appears to be available to US residents, as well! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

My favorites are Sahara, Hibiscus, and Riviera. I love that it comes in 306-yard skeins, too. It’s the perfect amount of yarn for a shawlette or cowl. Happy Shopping!

 

 

Race Car!

How awesome is it that Amazon is now giving away free race cars with your purchase?!? My furbabies are going to have a great time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Wednesday!

Blindsides

A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. Matthew 12:20 NIV

Blindside. A hard word for a hard and crushing situation.ย  What do we do when it happens? We can’t avoid them, they come for all of us at several points in our lives. Job loss, loss of health, imprisonment of someone we love, and the death of someone close to us. I’ve lived through and survived them all. Not only did I survive, I grew. I am stronger now than I have ever been, but it’s only due to and through the Lord.

Last night was another blindside. We got the call that my brother-in-law died. We loved him dearly and I admit it is crushing. He was a kind man and we will greatly miss him.

At some point, we all die. Your death will be someone’s blindside. Same with mine – one day my kids will get that call. We can hide behind pills, booze, and yarn or we can accept that this is an opportunity to grow in our relationship with the Lord. The choice is one only we can make. Trust Him or wallow in grief, I choose to trust in His kindness and mercy.

I can’tย  control what happens in life but I can control if I trust the Lord with the outcome. Today, I am the bruised reed and I know the pain isn’t here to destroy me. His goal is never to crush us, it’s to bring us closer to Him. I love what Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Shalom, my friends.

 

 

Lavender Honey

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Lavender is one of my very favorite flavors to use in food or drinks. Especially, homegrown fresh from the garden!

Lavender honey is super easy to make. You simply boil a cup or two of honey with a small handful of lavender blossoms for 5 minutes and then let stand and cool for an hour. It will still be warm after the hour is up, which is good, because it makes it easier to strain and pour into the jar.

Now you can spread it on toast or use it in coffee, tea or even lemonade! It’s a delightful summer treat!