A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Life’s an Adventure


Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do children as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.~~Helen Keller

Is it good to risk than doing nothing at all? I am convinced that the true spirit in me chose a daring adventure over nothing. Nothing in nature is guaranteed or ever stays the same. Nature lives, thrives, changes and functions into a variable future.

I prefer to go forward into life–even the deep yet fascinating mysterious unknown aspect of it–than spend any time at all avoiding anything, danger included. Learning, growing and healing are adventures. The security I know arises from within me. Life’s an adventure. Dare it.

I woke up to a cool morning. It’s a great time to start making Fall projects, isn’t it? Get ready for more crisp fall days with these amazing mitts! Autumn in the Ozarks knitted pattern is FREE through September 20.

For all Whovians, how would you like to celebrate the new series of Doctor Who–with a brand new Doctor–with some Who-themed projects? Insulate! Hat and Insulate! Mittens are both very high up on my to-knit list right now–both are FREE.

Decorating for Halloween is always so much fun. Are you ready for some Ghost Coasters? The crocheted coaster pattern is FREE at Red Heart (North America) site.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Everyone’s Somebody


Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.”…[My dark side says,] I am no good…I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.~~Henri J.M. Nouwen

Everyone’s somebody. No one should be pushed aside. Why should I reject myself? I know what I’m worth. Let those who can’t decide bark all they want. I know what I’m capable of. The battle is won when I overcome the naysayers and speak positive thoughts into my life. Block the critics.  Walk away from these downers. Tell myself I did what’s right.  Life is good.

Today’s hand-picked is Mini Granny Crochet Teapot pattern by La Messer. It’s too cute not to include this FREE adorable cozy pattern in my fall project line-up.

Susanne has done it again. Through Thick and Thin–a new free garter-stitch scarf pattern has just been released. The difference in texture is achieved by switching needle sizes between triangles. If you’ve been wanting to try side-to-side, short-row construction scarf, this one’s for you. Super fun knit.

Fawkes Sawkes is Laura ‘s latest design pattern published. The interesting cable socks looks like firework, doesn’t it? Thank you for the freebie, Laura.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Make Every Day Count


Use my own voice. Make up my own mind. Live from my heart, not anyone else’s.

I will not lose sight of the BIG picture. Make every day count. Surround myself with those who make me LAUGH.

I won’t put off ’til TOMORROW what I can do TODAY. Work hard. PLAY harder. Dream BIG. What can I give that will influence someone’s life?

Tails and Feathers Shawlette pattern is FREE ’til noon PST, tomorrow, August 23. Fabulous texture and interest. This will be on the needles this fall, by the fire for sure. ♥

Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie is crocheted in worsted yarn. It’s an ideal last-minute gift to make. Give it a try. Thank you, Tamara, for the free pattern.

Kethry sock pattern is FREE on Ravelry ’til midnight EST on Sunday, August 24. Get your copy now! Thank you, spillyjane, for your addictive, easy lace sock pattern.

It was a busy day today. Wish I had time to play with some fabrics and an idea I can’t wait to try. At least, I did my best to put some kilometers on my worn walking shoes.

Hope you are all doing something you enjoy. Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Anger and Change


Anger is a sign that something needs to change. I choose not to ignore it. It’s better to deal with the anger and work through it than ignore it and let it fester inside ’til I explode.

Today, I chose to take time to grieve and honor all of the emotions and be surrounded by my loving and supportive family through how ever long it takes.

Inspiring pattern pick of the day may have your name written all over it: Staggered Cowl. The cable and intarsia cowl pattern is FREE for a limited time. Seriously cool!

I’m waffling about reshuffling my plate to knit up San Francisco Wrap–a simple rectangular sport weight wrap. I have a ton of natural colored farm yarn and lots of colorful handspun. Oh my! The pattern is FREE ’til Monday, August 25th, 9:00 a.m. EST. Watching Simon Schama this evening going on about the British Empire meant that I zoned out until India came on. Oh my word, the colors! I let my emotions decide on color combinations, what I love, what is exciting and that includes using subdued colors with brights, clashing and harmonious colors. It’s not a science. It is an emotion.

Spring into Summer Blanket is an easy-to-memorize with a load of opportunities to play about with color. Lovely crochet pattern with excellent photograph tutorial. Thank you, Susan for the FREE pattern.

It’s another wonderful summer day of romping and rolling here in the valley visiting friends. Hope your day was full of bliss. Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Tap into the Mind


You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lost it.” ~~Robin Williams

Deep down beyond all doubts, beyond all fears, I know I can accomplish everything that I put my mind to. Tap into that. I Can. This was the mantra I shared with my 16-year-old this evening. Life is good especially when I can have a quiet, relaxing day with one of my children and that I’m a mother, not a teacher, not a friend.

Presenting today’s knitting inspiration–Pink Onyx.  It’s a cute top in DK-weight yarn, currently FREE. Special giveaway from the designer: “For those who finished this pullover by 30th October, 2014, you have a chance to win for a free pattern of your choice from my designs! Update your project page with your best shot/s of this pullover on you.  Be creative, be artistic, have fun with your camera! Make sure you mention you enter this sweepstake. I will choose one winner and one runner-up by 5th November. A winner gets two free patterns from my designs, and a runner-up gets one.” I may make mine long sleeves.

Make your own bunny with this FREE crocheted pattern. The adorable amigurumi would brighten someone’s day, for sure.

Hope your day was just as fabulous as mine–spontaneous and fun (with PDXKnitterati and bikenewsgirl even though it was brief.) Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Everyday Anew


Not every sky will be blue and not every day is springtime. So on the spiritual path a person learns to find this kind of happiness without needing nice things to happen on the outside. Rather, you find happiness by being who you really are. This isn’t mystical. Young children are happy being who they are. The trick is to regain such a state when you are grown and have seen the light and dark sides of life.~~Deepak Chopra

Maybe cleaning the clutter from my life may help me find the things that have been there all along. I do believe I possess that child-like innocence that helps me find happiness in the simplest things in my everyday life. And the sky is always blue. Every day anew…remembering my true nature is of utmost importance!

Today’s adventure in knitting–isn’t Kelcema adorable? It’s a quick knit. Thank you, Berroco, for the free knitted pattern.

You know how much I love cardigans and have way too many in my stash and in my favorites. The one I will knit soon is Beth Cardigan. Timeless and elegant. Though the complimentary pattern comes with instruction for only bust size 32″–with stitch gauge given, it’s easy to multiply out and adjust the size to your needs. I certainly have to do it on a regular basis to decrease the size of things. Some math work and try-as-you-go are required, for sure. It’s doable.

With the look of a vintage ski sweater and just the right warmth, the classic Moominblankie would make a perfect welcome for a holiday baby. The knitted blanket pattern is FREE.  I love that red heart infant!

I’m a collector of baby blanket patterns as I love knitting for charities. I can’t wait to crochet up Lorna Miser’s Hugs and Kisses Blanket!! Really cute and creative! Thank you, Yarnspiration for the complimentary pattern.

That’s all for today while I pack again for a road trip.  Visit my Facebook page here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Am I listening?


Even my normally cool-as-a-cucumber teen get unnerved when it comes to starting back school this week, feeling the jitters about the year ahead as a junior.

Since the kids were born, my husband and I worked hard to provide a safe haven for ‘em–a place free from hurtful attacks on appearance, intelligence, and abilities. “But siblings are supposed to knock each other down and toughen each other up.”  I can just hear the naysayers say. I need someone in my corner–to have my back–to believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. When that person is someone who lives in my house knowing my every weakness and fault, it can be a life-changer. I believe my kids can do this for each other and for those learning how to live by watching us live. I am having this important conversation with my oldest daughter. Yes. The best thing I can do is teach MY children to cherish their siblings. This is when and how children learn love, care and respect others. This does not come naturally and I, as their mother, must recognize the role I play when I have been in the position of first teacher.

As parent, I try my best to listen to the rants, complaints, and whining of the less-dominant child. Watch how my children play and interact. Does one always win? Is one always the boss or bossier? My children are all different. Their birth orders differ. Their genders differ. Family finance changes over time–and commodities that belonged to the older one are now being passed down or shared–can make my kids think now one being favorite/spoiled.  More than ever before, I try to help my kids understand sibling rivalry and the dynamics of living under one roof.  How do you approach this sensitive topic?

Super-nice pattern from Tanis Fiber Arts this morning just in case you are looking for a new sweater cardigan pattern to knit. Lady Sunnyside is available for FREE this week with coupon code SUNNY. It has two options for the fronts–cables or lace. Which will you pick?

With college football season approaching fast, Football Beanie of Awesomeness by Joni Memmott/BriAbbyit is just perfect. The crochet pattern is FREE. And I’ll bet you can hook it up in two weeks, in time for the kick-off.

Don’t you love my new wings?  Visit my Facebook page here to see the unconventional way of blocking and for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

ღ¸.•*””*•.¸¸ “
ღ(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●ღ
ƸӜƷ•.¸¸.• ƸӜƷ

(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)