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I Care


To make a difference in one’s life, I don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. I just have to care.

I care ‘cuz it is what I feel. No condition. No selfish motive or that I want something in return. Genuine love=care=trust.

Have you do a good deed for the day? It’s very gratifying! Check out Days For Girl Central Oregon Chapter and see how you may help.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly wet-felting, hand appliqué, and quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.  As always, they are FREEDon’t you just love my latest obsession:  Modified Baa-ble Border Collies and Bunny hats modeled by my sweet woolie peeps–Angela (left) and Sara (right)? I can’t wait to tell you about my new “stable” yarn I’ve been playing with in the new year replacing Patons Classic Worsted and Lion Brand Amazing!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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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.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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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.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(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!

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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!

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(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!

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Find My Tribe


The ones that make me feel the most ME. The ones that lift me up and help me remember who I really am.

The ones that remind me a blip in the road is just that–a blip–not to mistake it for an earthquake. Even if it were to be an earthquake, they would be there with an earthquake emergency supply kit.

They are the ones–when I walk out of a room–they make me feel like a better person than when I walked in. They are the ones even if I don’t see ’em face-to-face as often as I’d like, I see ’em heart-to-heart. I love my tribe.

Today’s special knitting treat is Knitarin-Karin Hess‘s new design Pulswärmer Rosemarie–in both English and German–FREE ’til August 24th.  No coupon code needed.

For you Whovians, this is just what the Doctor’s ordered.  Scrappy Tardis Afghan crochet pattern is FREE. Thank you, Jessica, for the Doctor Who pattern instruction.

Are you ready to inhale some fresh crispy, autumn air and hang out? Fall is somewhat a rebirth. It always makes me feel vibrant and excited, like knitting up Lehdet. Can you read Finnish? Mia Saranen, the designer, would love to hear from you. She needs help in translating the pattern to English. Meanwhile, I’m forging ahead with the help of Google Translate.

Check out my Facebook page here for more inspiring projects.  As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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A Balancing Act


“For me, when I am really hurting, the thing that helps is a complete lack of judgement combined with compassion combined with waiting it out combined with practical measures to prevent harm combined with practical measures to help snap me out of it. In all my years only one person has gotten that balance right.”  Written by a friend who knows whereof she speaks, the best, clearest comment I’ve heard or read on the topic of suicide. Her latest article here.

Be watchful of your loved ones in this time of stress and change. It’s easy, if you’ve practiced like me, in appearing happy and well when in fact I often am not. I will be and know how to manage my needs by reaching out, creating and recharging; many do not. Watch for the signs. Reach with love. We’re all feeling the strain these days–some more than others.

“If you want to prevent suicide, if you want to support your friends who deal with depression, reach out to them when they are at their best.”~~The Liberated Kitchen.

I’m not super steady. However, at least in my crazy, I know I’m loved. I’m welcome to “reach out.”  I’m trying every single day to stay in the moment. For many, the idealized “reaching out” is one of the most challenging and crippling painful steps to take. Insanely crippling. So, you are right on, Joy. The balance is precarious when I wish I am better.  As is the balancing act, I must walk every day.  Thank you for sharing your heart and soul, Joy.

Life is always brighter on the lighter side.  Try something new.  Be adventurous.  Imagine my pleasant surprise seeing Cassandra‘s new design released today!  I love stranded-knit hats. Charlotte–a charming fair-isle tam with a eye-catching star burst crown–is FREE FOR 1 WEEK! Just put it in your cart, click “Use a coupon code,” and the price will adjust to zero automatically.

Another free stuff is Samaak, a knitted shawl by an Oregonian designer, good ’til August 21st. Use coupon code RedFish at check-out. Thank you, Nance, for the lovely pattern.

Are you ready for Fall? How does Perfect Office Crochet Jacket sound? Perfect, indeed. Courtesy of Yarnspirations, the crochet pattern designed by Lorna Miser is yours free-of-charge.

Check out my Facebook page here for morer inspiring projects.  As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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