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

Posts tagged ‘Charity’

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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Closed Doors

Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but, simply because they no longer lead somewhere.~~Paulo Coelho

Today I remember to be gentle with myself.  I remember not to push.  I remember that I haven’t fallen behind in any way.  I am exactly where I need to be on my own uniquely perfect journey.

Get excited and enthusiastic about my own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire and this morn’ spectacular sunrise–I can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.

Still soaking up the holiday blessings…hope you are too.  (Shown below is one of my three 12″ by 12″ knitted blocks for a local community project to a Rosie Bareis 2014 fundraiser, a fabulous piece to hone a few new techniques.)

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Owl Eyes on You

A fun cabled cozy to protect your iPad from scratches.

The seamed cozy is knit in the round, bottom-up.   It’s machine-washable chunky wool-blend yarn.

I had to re-start a few times to get the right feel, texture, and stretch.

Flap and crocheted eye-circles are alpaca blend while the beak in Shetland Tweed.  This owl makes me happy.

Just ‘cuz it’s on the inside, it doesn’t mean it’s not important.   Adding the finishing touches is important to me. Its main purpose is to give a nice inside look, cover the seams, and add some stability.  Plus, the edges are nice and clean.  This lining is all hand-sewn.

Some folks ask me why I sew/knit my own things when I can just buy ’em.  I usually reply that I like to express myself creatively; plus, designing is part of who I am.  The truth is there’s a secret pleasure behind Do-It-Yourself.

Whooooo gives a hoot?  If you’ve ever made something that someone complimented, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s the pleasure and satisfaction of pronouncing these six words: Thank you, I made it myself.  It simply makes me feel proud to be wearing/using something that no one else has…and that I made it.   I feel so happy to show off my beautiful creation each time.  It’s like an energy high.

Such a special cozy order to fill for a wonderful knitterly friend.  Thanks for your contribution to my fundraising cause for the local high school music programs, Andy 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Life’s Three Choices

I only have three choices in life.

Give up.

Give in.

Or give it all I have got.

Today, I dare to be brave.  I am on the brink of my breakthrough.

Featured knit is Princess Lace Beret designed by Vera Sanon of SunfunlivingKnits.  It’s super easy, fun, and fast knit.  I ended up with two…this modeled one in Zitron Trekking XXL Duett went to my teen’s school fundraiser for her music programs.

The second one is in my superfine merino 2-ply handspun and Wilton’s cake dye.

 I cranked both out in three days.  Only change I made to the design was extended 1-cord tip to 1.5”; in knot, it’s 1” long.  Also, I switched the t2b and t2f symbols to reflect respective visual slants (while the key legends are written correctly.)

This makes a beautiful gift.  I highly recommend it.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Be Here

Be free to love.  I don’t let go of concepts–I question ’em. Then they let go of me.  What is a belief, but, a construct made up by a conditioned mind.   I am alive ‘cuz that is what is here, not of a belief in something.

I work hard to stop wishing for things to be a certain way or trying to make a story in my head to fit in a nice little self-created world.  Life can only be what it is.  It will never be different than that no matter how much I want it to be.  Be with what is here.

By creating a belief, I make life personal.  Is it really personal?  Not exactly.  It will happen even if I am not here. This is the freedom that is in the Here and Now.  This is what is discovered when I face my thinking and how it creates a belief that isn’t real.

Anywhere else is just a thought derived from the “would have,” “could have,” “should have,” or “wishing” thinking mind.  Life can never be anywhere…but…here.  So today, I choose to be here–with what is here and be an active participant of life.

In the Here and Now, I come to realize it’s the only reality that truly exist.  I become aligned with love–the creative intelligence of the universe.  I continue to be surprised by the way how love changes my view of life.  When I cease to believe in things in a self-created world, I learn how to allow love to be my guide.

Right now, this very second, wonderful things are happening all over the world.  Live it. Learn it.  Love it.

My liberated Quilts for Boston blocks (shown above) are well on their way to Massachusetts.  Read more about the relief effort by the Boston Modern Quilt guild here.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Sunshine is Delicious

Sunshine is delicious.  Rain is refreshing.  Wind braces me up.  Snow is exhilarating. There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  任何人說陽光帶來快樂從來沒有在雨中跳舞。Translation:  Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. And the kids and I have danced in many rain.

It was a great day spent with COOL friends

and some sewing.  One quilt block down,

one more to go (maybe two.)

Yep…I couldn’t stop (and my best ideas are typically when I am out…with cocktail napkins in hand.)

This is a trial run for Quilts for Boston quilt blocks.  Oh–how did those purple got in there? Remember? It’s a trial run.

Anything goes so long I use Yellow, Blue, Gray, and White.  It could be 12.5″ by 12″ or 12.5″ by whatever.

Another way for me to contribute after To Boston with Love flags.  I ain’t a quilter; so if I can do it, you can too!  Details here..

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Live Fully. Love Openly

Love with my whole heart.

Laugh often.

And make a difference.

Every moment is a gift.

Enjoy the present.

There is nothing to get and everything to get rid of in my spiritual path.  I have to give myself wholeheartedly.

How do you  give?   For me…by not holding back.

Thanks to my friend‘s inspiration and encouragement, my hand-pierced/liberated-letter flags–love, hope–and heart have winged their way to Massachusetts and received by Boston-in-Love.

Quilters from around the world have created hundreds of hand-sewn squares in tribute to Boston. The “To Boston With Love” project will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts for the free Memorial-Day Community Weekend.

Each mini quilt delivers a message of peace and hope, signed on the back by the artist with his or her country.  The project was a grass-roots effort conceived by Berene Campbell of Vancouver, Canada, and organized locally by Amy Friend of West Newbury.  Big or small–you too can contribute to the community art collage.  All onsite contributions will be donated to The One Fund Boston.

If you’d like to make a quilt to be included in the installation you can learn how to here.  Learn more about the free Boston I Love Memorial Day Community Weekend here.  I will be there in spirit.

Thanks, Kristin, for the local collective effort
and the beautiful group photo!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Halos of Hope

I was watching/listening to this amazing interview with Pam Haschke (aka Raveler HaloPrez) in regards to her journey with conquering cancer and the mission of Halos of Hope It got me thinking…

12 days…to Christmas, everyone is in the holiday crunch as we wind towards the close of the year.  You’ve gifts to buy, gatherings with friends and family, baking and cooking, plus stitching like a fiend to get all those last-minute hand-made gifts done!  I get it ‘cuz I am right there with you. (Shown below is a similar hat worn by a friend recently and had to make one.)

As I listened to Pam, I realized that New Years’ Day would be the perfect day to spend a little time thinking of others and crocheting a hat, two, or three. What do you usually do that day?  I typically sit in front of my in-laws’ TV–in the valley–watching The Tournament of Roses parade, live from Pasadena, California.  Why not spend that parade-watching time crocheting a hat to donate to Halos?

So, it’s decided.  That’s what I’m doing this New Years’ Day. This one took only more than half a day, much faster if I weren’t so stubborn in using various sizes of hooks (last two tiers in 1.9mm hook!) instead of decreasing in layers using larger hook throughout the project.

I’m making hats (at least two) to donate to Halos of Hope and do invite you to join me in the effort. I reckon many of you are abroad but encourage you to find a local hospital or cancer center in your community that would accept a hat or two and make one for donation.

Not sure where to look for a hat pattern? Here on Ravelry is a list of patterns with 556 complimentary crochet patterns for some inspiring ideas.


I can’t think of a better way to welcome 2012 than by taking a couple hours and making a hat for someone who is going through cancer. I hope you will join me in this.  Spread the words. Oh my…twelve days to Christmas…no time to chat…back to knitting only from stash! Come back tomorrow and I will reveal more about the duckling yellow hat then 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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