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

Clarity


In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.~~Buddha

So simply yet so difficult. What matter most in having this three important things in life is living with peace of mind and happiness in life. Heaven and hell are states of mind. I choose to be mindful, always cultivate the peace of mind and joy in my heart. Recharging only possible vibes and simplify.

To celebrate the Tour of Britain, download Cavendish Cycling Mitts pattern–especially designed for cyclistsFREE with coupon code TOUR1, good ’til close of September 14, 2014. What a nice tribute. Perfect for a cool morning ride. Go Cav!!! Thank you Miranda Jollie for the adorable gift.

One Bad Ombrégroan for the pun–but the cute slouch hat is rather fun. The pattern is FREE ’til midnight (Pacific Time,) September 15th. Click Buy It Now; then Coupon Code (no code needed.) The price will adjust to FREE. Excellent way to use up scrap sock yarn or mini skeins–not that any of us have ANY of that sitting around our stash, right?

Baby Tunisian Diamond Afghan blanket pattern describes in full (no abbreviations) how to make a small blanket one square at a time. Only a basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is needed. The photos illustrate the blanket made with Robin double knitting yarn, but, you may use your own favorite yarn and hook. Gauge isn’t important. However, the measurements may differ.

In celebration of fall season in Kansas, Fifty Four Ten Studio is offering The Home Pillow knitting pattern FREE through Sunday, 9 p.m. Central Time, September 14. Use coupon code FALLHOME at check-out.

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.

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“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

While the speech was given nearly 140 years earlier, last line of the Gettysburg Address is so relevant in terms of ‪September 11‬. I will never forget where I was that day as I turned on the television and heard the tragic news while my husband was in Naples, Florida and my three children sound asleep upstairs in their rooms. Thirteen years ago this morning, our nation was shaken as 2,977 innocent men, women, and children perished in the September 11th deadly terrorist attacks on American soil. I will never forget the horrific events of that fateful day, nor will I forget those lives lost, the countless loved ones they abruptly left behind, nor the strength, courage, and resolve that united an entire nation in the days and years that followed ‪September 11‬. Today, I celebrate the heroism of those who put themselves in harm’s way to help their fellow citizens. America remembers. Our nation and the rest of the world remember.

I also keep in mind those who have continued to work around the clock to keep our nation safe and secure from future terrorist attacks-–from our local emergency responders to the members of our Armed Forces. They put their lives on the line and take risks every day for us–we owe ‘em and their families a tremendous debt of gratitude.  SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 changed the lives of every person in this world.

Life is a series of joys and sorrows. I can’t dwell in either of those states; like a shark, I have to keep moving to stay alive. Move on, but, not to forget. Move forward into love and joy. Today, I remember that freedom is worth defending and my values worth protecting. In the face of new threats and challenges, may we draw unity and shared purpose from the resilience our country showed in its darkest days. America is the brightest beacon for freedom in the world. No one will keep that light from shining.

I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy…I will never forget seeing what love can heal…~~Steve Maraboli

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! Please excuse today’s interruption. Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

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Think Before I Speak


“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”~~Marcus Aurelius

OUCH. I don’t have to ask myself; it just comes glaringly and painfully to the forefront. Only wish I’ve remembered this earlier while conversing with a friend. As Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but, I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” I can’t take back what’s been said, but, I must think before I speak negatively. Here’s a MUST SEE 4-minute poetic video Why I Think This World Should Endabout who we are, who we were, and who we should be–went VIRAL all over cyberspace since beginning of the week. You may disagree with part or whole thought-provoking message. The world, indeed, is more technically advanced than any time. We have a longer life span than any other time in history. I have the world at my finger tips. It’s just up to me if I want to grab it or not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itvnQ2QB4yc

Have you pick out a costume for Halloween? Add a bit of mystery to your look with a beautifully crocheted mask. Each of these three masks are made with the same pattern Masquerade Fancy Mask using different embellishments to complete their allure.

To celebrate the release of Leo Moon Scarf, Canadian knitwear designer Nat Raedwulf is offering the pattern for FREE, ’til midnight, September 13 (Pacific Time.)

Pioneer Peak makes a nice pattern for a couple of Christmas presents, doesn’t it? It will fit right into the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon too. Thank you, Lisa Woolridge, for sharing the beautiful design pattern, FREE ’til Sept 14. Use coupon code WHYNOT at check-out.

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.

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Stop Thinking Too Much


Action is the foundational key to all success.~~Pablo Picasso

Sometimes the decision is confusing. Another day, another walk. I have to stop thinking so much sometimes and go where my heart takes me. Engage the mind.

Autumn is definitely on my mind!  Here’s Twig & Branch sock pattern which is FREE ’til September 21, first day of Autumn. What’s more? You may enter a contest to win another free pattern. Details are on the pattern page.

What could be nicer? A lovely baby sweater Baby Wren pattern is FREE, good ’til September 14. Use coupon code LOVELYSEPTEMBER at checkout.

Do have a hard time “finishing” something? This may be the answer you’ve been waiting for. A worsted-weight shawlette, Dragon Scale Shawl pattern is FREE ’til September 14. Use coupon code UNDERCOVER at checkout. This is lovely for children and adults–mother/daughter shawls.

This darling little bugger will delight all ages. Make this little Love Bug Amigurumi as shown then make a few more in other colors for added fun. Crochet thread isn’t just for doilies!

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.

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Being Real


A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect It’s about being real, being humble, being able to share myself and touch the lives of others. It is only then I could have a full, happy, and contented life. Let the big wild day begins.

Even though the calendar still says it summer, fall weather has been creeping up on us here in the high desert. With fall’s arrival, the holiday season isn’t far behind. Here’s some ideas for fall knitting and gifting. Fair Isle and Intarsia/Duplicate Stitch charts for a series of apples–full, half, quarter-missing & bitten. They would be very nice on a towel border and I could gift that along with a warm apple pie for a special friend. What would you make of it?

If you’re looking for smaller quick knits, I really like Baby Bootie Slippers. So adorable. It’s a good way to use up worsted yarn leftovers.

More garter stitch and stripes to love. Choose your favorite colors, yarn weight, and cast on for RestEndColor knitted shawl that will warm your shoulders and a bit more. Used this helpful tutorial to assist you work out what the double stitch thing is all about, very helpful. I love the German short row method, no wrapping, no holes, no drama! Very neat result–definitely my go-to method doing short rows.

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. (Back-side peek of a quick-knit finished in Manos del Uruguay Classica yarn below for a sweet friend.)

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Be a Rainbow


Imagine, I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds. I’ve had a lot of clouds, but I’ve had so many rainbows.~~Maya Angelou

Maya’s words touched me deeply, moving me from deep inspiration to laughter. In life, some rain must fall; when the rain halts, the sun comes back and a rainbow forms. Sometimes it’s just a matter of me looking for it. Seek out your rainbow. Better yet. Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud today instead of his/her down-time, spare-time, part-time, or sometime.

It’s been another hectic week here with my husband gone for a two-week business trip. Being a taxi-mom is exhausting. Yet, I am thankful for only one teen is taking a couple of classes this Fall in local high school. No more running to different rehearsals, performances, clubs, planning meetings… Less mileage this year, I hope. I do however enjoy some crafting time while waiting for one of the teens in school’s parking lot.

To celebrate Plucktember and Back-to-School, Back to Scholara knitted hat pattern–is FREE ’til midnight, September 9 Paris time. Just hit Buy it Now and then Use Coupon buttons. Price will automatically adjusted to ZERO. Cables and hats is a beautiful combination. Thank you, Julie, for sharing the beautiful pattern. I managed to snag a copy just now during the free promotion.

John and Jane are part of a new Knit-A-Long and will be FREE until October 1st. Use coupon code JJKAL at check-out. Be sure to join the KAL fun for more discount offers and winning lots of prizes.

Imagine, I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds. I’ve had a lot of clouds, but I’ve had so many rainbows.~~Maya Angelou

Maya’s words touched me deeply, moving me from deep inspiration to laughter. In life, some rain must fall; when the rain halts, the sun comes back and a rainbow forms. Sometimes it’s just a matter of me looking for it. Seek out your rainbow. Better yet. Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud today instead of his/her down-time, spare-time, part-time, or sometime.

It’s been another hectic week here with my husband gone for a two-week business trip. Being a taxi-mom is exhausting. Yet, I am thankful for only one teen is taking a couple of classes this Fall in local high school. No more running to different rehearsals, performances, clubs, planning meetings… Less mileage this year, I hope. I do however enjoy some crafting time while waiting for one of the teens in school’s parking lot.

To celebrate Plucktember and Back-to-School, Back to Scholara knitted hat pattern–is FREE ’til midnight, September 9 Paris time. Just hit Buy it Now and then Use Coupon buttons. Price will automatically adjusted to ZERO. Cables and hats is a beautiful combination. Thank you, Julie, for sharing the beautiful pattern. I managed to snag a copy just now during the free promotion.

John and Jane are part of a new Knit-A-Long and will be FREE until October 1st. Use coupon code JJKAL at check-out. Be sure to join the KAL fun for more discount offers and winning lots of prizes.

Here is the perfect accessory for layering and those cooler days. Windown Pane Poncho crochet pattern is FREE ’til September 10th. Make it in almost any yarn (just adjust your starting chain and hook) or try it in a silky yarn or thread and pair with silky pants for an evening look!

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. (A quick-knit finished in Manos del Uruguay Classica yarn below for a sweet friend is being pampered in conditioner and soaking up the sun.)

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Here is the perfect accessory for layering and those cooler days. Windown Pane Poncho crochet pattern is FREE ’til September 10th. Make it in almost any yarn (just adjust your starting chain and hook) or try it in a silky yarn or thread and pair with silky pants for an evening look!

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. (A quick-knit finished in Manos del Uruguay Classica yarn below for a sweet friend is being pampered in conditioner and soaking up the sun.)

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Life Is


to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again.~~The Thing is by Ellan Bass, author of Mules of Love

This poem. Extraordinary, isn’t it? These words hit me squarely in my heart. I feel ‘em deeply in my bones. Such a beautiful reminder that life is worth living even when it’s hard, messy, and even seems hopeless.

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with a renewed fitness routine in August, but, am disappointed to admit I didn’t do well at all. It’s a new month (and a new day.) I’m so ready to really dig in and do this thang!

Are you keeping cozy and warm today? I’m thrilled to spot this pretty lace-weight shawl FREE pattern–Blue Moon Crescent–just released today. Simply a delicate beauty.

You might have made Panda Silk DK Fan Shawl once or twice since 2009. The shawl features fan-shaped modules with eyelets. It can be worn as a shawl or triangular scarf. Today, Gail Tanquary of Crystal Palace Yarns has updated the shawl design in fingering yarn–and the pattern is FREE. Panda Silk has excellent drape and is silky soft to wear. Check it out if you haven’t knitted with it.

Shawl isn’t your thing. How about a sweater? Skeleton Key by Andre Sue is a a bottom-up, seamless, raglan, color-stranded sweater. The pattern is FREE. Cast on this week and you may have it to sport around town in time for Halloween celebration.

In honor of Plucktember, Pine Tree Place infinity scarf/cowl pattern is FREE ’til the end of September. Use coupon code plucktember2014 at check-out.

As all diehard Game of Thrones fans know, winter will be here long before you and I know it. Are you crazy behind the different characters and their personalities? Just imagine you’ll staying warm and comfy with House Targaryen Banner blanket while watching the show. The crochet pattern is FREE.

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.

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