November 20, 2014

Sharing a great idea!

I had been looking for a great link to share with y'all, because words are scarce but inspiration is at your fingertips on the web. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to share, but I had seen a few things which peaked my interest a bit. Then I crossed paths with this awesome idea this morning. It was shared on Facebook and I ADORE it! Why wait until December? Why not start right now!! But if you need a few ideas of some little things you can do which WILL make a difference, here's the link to get you started.



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November 17, 2014

Power and simplicity; Experience and truth.


1 John 1:1 
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched, this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.



1 John 1:5 
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, in him there is no darkness at all.


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As I began my study of 1 John last week I have to admit to simply being curious as to how it would work. Or if it would work at all. And I know that for each of us it will be different, and for some it might not work, but I really enjoyed the process last week.

I found myself considering the verses, thinking about them, and then at the end of the week my mind would go over their words and imagine best how to put it out there. I'm not usually someone who draws a lot, so when this idea presented itself to me I balked a little. Maybe a zentangle would be better? But the little girl holding the flowers to her face would not leave me.

That first verse John wrote as he began this letter really struck a chord with me. First of all, he starts with Jesus. What better place to start, right? Secondly, he starts with what he factually knew about Jesus. What he had heard, seen looked at, and touched. His experiences. The statement ran through my head as if it was percussion. The statement was powerful, overwhelming, and made me feel strong. I started thinking about that and realized how often we let emotions control what we think and know. But here, here it was the facts which they knew which controlled my emotions. It was exciting, challenging, and true. It made me consider what it was that I knew factually about Jesus. What is it I have heard from him, seen with my own eyes, looked at and touched which I can proclaim? Definitely a thought worthy of being considered.

The fifth verse spoke to me because of it's absolute simplicity and beauty. That's the message they heard and still declare. God is light. He is divine illumination. He lights our path and our eyes. He imparts life on earth and through Christ. Nothing is hidden from Him. He reaches out to us all. Yes, simple truth beautifully spoken.

My little girl is experiencing the world around her. She is smelling the flowers grown in the ground, shaded by the tree which towers above her, and is standing firm in all she knows as the light of God shines down on and all around her. She makes me want to stay focused on what I am taking in, what I know, and where I am standing. I am so thankful for the knowledge God gives us about Himself, and that His light is ever shining on us.

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November 14, 2014

Crocheted Rosa

I saw the original knitted Rosa on Pinterest, which leads to the Ravelry pattern which is free. Honest, if you knit this would make a great Christmas present for someone! If you crochet I have made my own version of it I am sharing here. It's not exactly the same because the knit crochet stitch isn't reversible, and it needed to be reversible. I ended up using the Mixed Cluster Stitch, which I found on New Stitch a Day. Have you seen this site before? It's an awesome collection of knit and crochet stitches with video to show you the stitch as well.

009 Crocheted Rosa

MC (Mixed Cluster): yo, insert hook into first st as indicated, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through 2 loops, skip 1 st, [yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw loop through] twice all in the same st, yo, draw through all 6 loops on hook.

J hook
2 skeins Bernat Super Value (Winter Sky)
.5 skein Bernat Super Value (True Gray)
button of your choice

Measurements: 11.5in x 79.5in

Chain 36
Row 1 Skip 2 ch (count as 1 sc), sc across in each stitch, turn
Row 2 2 ch (count as hdc), 1 MC inserting hook into 1st and 3rd stitches, 1 ch, * 1MC inserting hook into second stitch of prior MC first, 1ch, rep from * ending last MC in last stitch (not turning chain), hdc in last stitch as well, turn
Row 3 1 ch, skip 1 st, sc across in each stitch including top of tch, turn
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 52 times
Repeat Row 2
Change colors
Row 57 join new yarn in hdc with a sc, sk st, sc across, turn
Repeat Row 2 and 3 18 times
Repeat Row 2
Row 77 1 ch, skip 1st stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, ch 3 (or # stitches just smaller than the button you have chosen), skip the same number of stitches, sc across, turn
Repeat Row 2 and 3 twice (work in the chain stitch of Row 77 as if they were normal stitches)

Finish off, weave in ends.

Sew the button on the opposite side and corner as the button hole was placed, approximately 3 inches in from the edge.

For more pictures check out my Ravelry page for this project. If you have any questions or find any of this pattern confusing please let me know so that I can clarify for you and others. Thanks so much! And thank you Anne for the amazing inspiration!

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