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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!

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

Have You Ever Met a Tree?


Every tree has a season given by Mother Nature.  And I love this one.

Every tree, every growing thing as it grows, says this truth:  You harvest what you sow.

With life as short as a half-taken breath, it tells me don’t plant anything but love.

Everything I see has its roots in the unseen world.

The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.

Every wonderful sight will vanish, every sweet word will fade.  But I will not dishearten.  The source they come from is eternal, growing.  I will not weep.

The source is within me.  And this whole world is springing up from it.

The source is full.

Its waters are ever-flowing.

Drink my fill.   Embrace the current season of my life.

Subduction Zone Cowl (in mico colorway) modeled above is one of four shop samples I received from Twisted last week.  I cast on the cowl–designed by Kat Buckspan–this morning and finished it in the evening.

Once the set-up row is in place, there was no need to look at the instruction again.  Very intuitive.  Cabling keeps me zen. Counting the waves…going with the flow. When it’s in Tosh Merino, it’s heavenly.  (You’ll need two hanks for this 8″ by 50″ infinity scarf/cowl.) 

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

My Toolbox


I’m always finding more tools for my toolbox

This free global online event is one for sure, especially, as I read the first few lines…Do I feel that my life is speeding up?

That life everywhere is becoming more chaotic?

…and at times seeming to spin out of control?

My answer is YES…

It looks to be fascinating.    Will you join me at this “energizing” event?  ♥

Here in the high desert, the leaves are constantly changing.

Are you looking for knitting inspiration, deals on yarn, holiday gift ideas?  What about a beanie?

Or a beret?  In green/gray Malabrigo Twist?  The 100% Baby Merino Wool yarn is perfect for this beanie. It is soft and knits up beautifully.  Where my swallowtail lies would be replaced with buttons by Twisted, the shop in Portland.

It’s a one-skein wonder, super duper fast and fun to knit-up project for a selfish knit or a gift for someone special.  This one was knitted twice, all in an evening.  I kid you not.

I love most about the seamless cable brimmed hat is the knit-on i-cord edge and the braid–designed by Shannon Squire–super pleasant to make and it’s stylish.

What fall projects are you working on right now?  

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Greatness


In the past year, I have arrived at not merely accepting whatever comes in life.   My parents told me at young age I was born for greatness.  I was created to be a champion…in life.

The ultimate prize isn’t out there as many believe.  I’m fully convinced that the only prize is the one I have inside.  I have gifts and talents unlike anyone else in this world.  If I have something to give–something wonderful and special–I’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

I may be anything and everything.  That’s what I keep reminding myself.  I choose to not hate ‘cuz someone broke my heart, my parents’ constant bickering while growing up, or my close friends betrayed you.  I choose to not be concerned with things I have no control over.

I choose to cry when I need to, then let go when it’s time.  Letting go is easy, simple as removing my hand from a pool of water.

Greatness exists in all of us.  Today, I choose to create.

Imagine.

Inspire.

Share something wonderful.

Meet new people.

Make someone’s day.

Follow my dreams.  (More on this shop-sample hat tomorrow.)

Live my life to its full potential.  Just live.  Let go of all the not-so-wonderful things in my life and just live.

And one day, when I’m old(er,) I will look back with no regrets.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Freedom to Choose


the simple, serendipitous things really is the best.

Each day I have a choice. I may make the world better for those I come into contact with. Or I may make it worse.

From the mother with a cranky child in tow to whom I give my place in line at the grocery checkout, to the mailman/woman I smile at, to the husband to whom I give the benefit of the doubt.  All too often, it takes a Katrina, Hurricane Irene, a tsunami, Tohoku earthquake, Christchurch quake, a medical crisis, or a 9/11 to encourage me drop my guard and embrace my common humanity.

While others call it random acts of kindness or pay-it-forward, I call it the ministry of the everyday” or uncommon sense.  Whatever I call it, it’s the everyday opportunity to reach out to others and let them know how important they are.

How do I change the world?  One person at a time. One person at a time…

At this point in my life, I’ve noticed–for the 50-year-old me–I think more and more about my purpose here, the meaning of life, how I am going to make an impact. I had tea with a friend last week. We were talking about the fact that we may not all be Oprah; but, in our small way, we may positively affect another person. That is what it is all about, isn’t it?   On a small scale, one person at a time. Love, kindness, joy, inspiration. You all touch me.

I’m not a Pollyanna. I truly believe that with all my heart. It is what hauled me out of the depths of mood swings and has been God’s greatest gift…the awareness of purpose. I try to do at lease one good thing a day–even if I don’t get out as a person–I can be nice online too.  (Oh yeah, I made another Brainy Zany in wee size that fits a preemie/newborn….and it went home with my knitterly friend Sami yesterday.)

And that’s what it’s all about…Today, you and I connected. And if enough people do this, we can change the world.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)