September 29, 2014

Dropping a note...

  • There are a few new crochet patterns underneath the tab at the top, check it out!
  • I have been enjoying doing the Esther study through LGG. It has given me the focus I hoped it would.
  • I haven't written anything but letters in the past month. 
  • The words are starting to play along the edges of my mind again.
  • I haven't read anything in the past month. I've tried a couple of different times, but fell flat. I'm hoping this is a passing phase.
  • I have decluttered, cleaned out, rearranged, and redecorated areas which I had not spent much time in prior to this past month. 
  • I have filled my freezer full of three months of dinners, understanding that I don't use a freezer meal every night of the month.
  • I completed Creating Your Life Plan and took a few really good ideas and concepts out of it.
  • I broke two boards with one technique! I'm looking towards my next belt test in December with anticipation and expectation.
  • I've been enjoying Brave Girl Soul School and am looking forward to starting their class The Walk soon.
  • I have begun working on Christmas presents.
That's the bullets of what has been going on. Straight and to the point. If you want to dance with me? My heart has grown three times the size it was, just call me the grinch. I don't think I realized both how hard and how easy this time would be. I have stayed fairly busy, so I hope that has not been a coping mechanism. I feel as if I am working through the concept that my house no longer has another generation living within it, and I am so happy and pleased that those who have moved out are doing so well where they are. I think part of me thought it would hard to be a mom when they weren't here, but I am finding ways and reaching out and working hard to stay connected with all of them. They make my heart sing.

As I get my feet planted underneath me I am still taking a break from the blog, but I appreciate all the sweet comments, prayers, and thoughts while I am growing. God has been amazing showing me where He is and where I am. He's showing me more than ever that I am still who I am but I'm working out exactly what that means and how it should look. No stress though. I have lovely people surrounding, supporting, and encouraging me every step of the way.

Just thought I'd drop a note, since it's been a month and all.

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August 22, 2014

Some space


I haven't read Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie, I have a gift card which might have that title waiting, but the concept of having whitespace, or margin, is one I have often embraced. Don't get me wrong, there have been times my calendar was overfilled and I have become overwhelmed. Those moments remind me how important it is to make some time for rest and rejuvenation.

These next few .... months? I'm not sure how long it will be, to be honest. I might stick that hat pattern up here next week, but I might not write anything for public consumption until October, or 2015? I just know I need some of that whitespace to be able to breathe. I'm choosing My Best Yes for where I am right now. I might need to buy Lysa's book as well.

I hope you enjoy the posts and crochet patterns I have here. Many posts are linked in my about me page, and on the left side you can see the archives and the most popular posts of the month. I appreciate you all very much, and each comment will still be answered so if you have any questions I will certainly get back to you.

Have you made sure to make some margin in your own day?

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August 20, 2014

How I chain:

I was never fond of the beginning chains for crochet in the normal way it is taught. When you go through the top stitch for the first row it left an unfinished edge that was almost always tighter than the final edge of whatever project I was working on. It may have been the way I did it, but it always seemed to be the case.

Then they came out with the sc and dc foundation chains. It allowed the edge to be more flexible, but regardless of how many times I read the instructions and watched videos I still don't think I ended up doing it correctly.

Somewhere along the line I began to work in the beginning chain in the bottom of the stitch rather than in the top of the stitch. I simply flipped the chain over, and worked in the single "bump" all the way across.


Here you can see the single stitch "bump" which is on the back, and when you work into that it leaves the full stitch you normally work in on the bottom. Now both edges of the project will look the same and will have about the same elasticity rather than the beginning chain being tighter.

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