Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Projects in Process

I have a whole lot of things going on, but not much finished yet.  I think I might have too many irons in the fire  right now.  But it is fun to work on a variety of things, keeps it interesting.  :)

I did get another ball of yarn worked on my Umaro Blanket.  I've worked 4 balls so far, and have 8 more to go.  I am really loving this blanket and can't wait to get it finished!


I have a new design that I'm working on and it's taking up almost all of my time.  Once I get it finished, I can spend more time on the Umaro.  At least that is what I'm telling myself to keep me motivated on finishing this design.  I tweak my designs half to death, which usually involves remaking them over and over until it's just right.  I tend to be a little bit anal of a perfectionist, so this one is taking a long time to complete!  I think it will be worth it though.  Here's a sneak peek:
New design in progress

I do have one completed project to show.  I have a good friend that is undergoing physical therapy at a nursing home.  She hopes to be released soon, but has been told she will need to use her walker all the time as she is still unsteady on her feet.  They suggested that she get a tote that hangs on the walker so she will be able to carry things around if she needs to.  I told her I would make her one, and was able to get it made this past weekend and got it delivered to her yesterday.  This just shows the front side, but it is the same on the back.  It a long piece that folds in half and hangs over the front bar of a walker, and there is velcro between the two sides that hold it in place.  You can't really see in the picture, but I've stitched down the center of the pocket, making it into two pockets.  There are two pockets on the backside as well, so she will have plenty of room for her things.  I made it using this video tutorial I found on youtube.  The video was very helpful, and it was an easy project.  And it's a fast project too, if you are an experienced seamstress, which I am not.  :)


I hope everyone is staying warm where you are!  It's very cold here, but no snow, so I'm a happy camper. :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Heart Jar Cozy - Free Pattern

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I enjoyed making the snowman jar cozy so much that I decided that my jar needed something to wear for Valentine's Day too.  :)

I found my jar/vase in the floral dept at Joann's.  It is about 5 1/2" tall and 15" around.

Click on the "download now" link below the picture to get the pattern pdf, or click here to download in Ravelry.

And thank you for all the nice comments about the Gratitude journals.  We are having a great time writing in them each night.  It's is so nice to capture all of those good things that do happen every day.  I am finding that even on the days that aren't so good, there is always something to be grateful for.  :)



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Gratitude Journals


Gratitude....that is my word for 2013.  I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions, but I decided this year I am going to "on purpose" look for something to be grateful for each and every day.  I actually started doing this a few months ago when I spontaneously decided to jot something down in my prayer journal one night thanking God for something good that had happened that day.   I didn't plan on it, but I ended up doing the same thing the next day.  By the third day I found myself going through my day watching for things that I could thank God for at the end of the day.   When I realized what a difference it made in my day, I decided I need to make this a permanent part of each day!

I got the idea for making journals last month when I saw something on pinterest where someone was making 2013 gratitude journals and selling them on etsy.  I thought that was a great idea and wanted to make one for myself, but didn't get a chance to think anymore about it until a few days after Christmas.  Then I decided that I HAD to make one not only for myself, but also for my mom and sister.  I went in search of a datebook of some sort to turn into a journal, but couldn't find just the right thing.  I did find some plain journals I liked, so I bought 3 of them and set about turning them into Gratitude Journals. 

I had to start this project by doing math so I could evenly distribute the pages into the 12 months. 
I attached little tabs dividers to separate the months and then had to hand write in each day's date.  That took a while to do for all 3 journals!  Then I found 12 bible verses on gratitude and printed them out and matted them onto scrapbook paper. I used the verses and things from my papercrafting stash to decorate the first page of each month.  This was a very time consuming project, but  I loved every minute of it.   I finished them up and got them delivered to my mom and sister just in the nick of time for the new year.  We are all looking foward to keeping these journals and how fun it will be at the end of the year to look back at all the blessings we received from God this year.  :)



One of the first things I am grateful for this year is wonderful parents who gave me the yarn for Christmas to make the Umaro Blanket by Jarod Flood.  This blanket has been on my wish list for quite a while and I am having so much fun working on it.  Thanks Mom and Dad!  :)


And I have a feeling this little goofball (my nephew Eli) will be on many pages of my Gratitude Journal this year.  He is such a blessing from God and he makes me laugh constantly!  This day he was "helping" me in the kitchen (notice the beater on the floor behind him in the 2nd pic) and he wandered out of the kitchen and then stuck his head around the corner wearing the hubby's reading glasses.  He loves wearing these glasses so much that we ended up popping the lenses out and just letting him have them.  :)



 
Happy New Year's to you all!