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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.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Know Where My People Are


It is not uncommon for our loved ones to lay their fears before us and we just don’t even know what to do with them. It can be excruciating to send the people we love off to school…onto to the field…off to college…into battle…or into territories unknown when all we want to do is hug them to our chest and never let them go.~~Hands Free Mama

There is something quite powerful I say and do to ease those fears. My teens face a lot of the world each day and new season on their own. It’s so much harder now than it was when they were younger! Nonetheless, I encourage daily communication as much as possible–a phone call, a text here and there–just so I know they are there and I do the same. The world is a crazy place. With so much unknown, we have each other and a PEACE that passes all understanding. They know I’m praying for them everyday. Today, I reminded myself the power that comes from knowing where my people are. There is great comfort in knowing someone is waiting for me.

The brisk mornings, warmer afternoons, and the changing of the leaves really turn my crank. Yet, I’m sad to see summer go for the unofficial beginning of fall. I love more sunshine, more camping, more stripping down and swimming naked in the river. Le Sigh. You’re just here for some free patterns, right? Use the coupon code SEPFREE to get a FREE copy of Banditos, good ’til end of tomorrow (Pacific time.) Before you know it, the free pattern will be gone, like summer.

Starting today is the Entrelacé Cabled Shawl Mystery KAL by Linda Browning. This shawl pattern is FREE with coupon code CABLEMKAL from September 1-8, 2014. Join the Tiny Knitters Group for prizes eligibility. Shown here is one of Linda’s lace beauties Lissome published earlier in the year.

Sometimes the highest and best use of a sock yarn isn’t socks. This beautiful Boreas Infinity Scarf lets you choose 3 different lengths all from one ball. You’ll love the color play of each of the eight Hakkaspett shades.

I love this Chameleon Hat!  It works up super, super quick and may be customized in so many different ways–Valentine’s hat, Team USA Olympic spirit, Pot o’Gold for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Fling, May Flowers, Gone Fishin’, Red/White/& Blue, Splish Splash, and now for September–Friendly Skies (FREE pattern!) Maria Bittner, the creative designer, is going to see how many different versions she can come up with for this design. Of course, I’ll share with you as she unveils each and everyone of ’em.

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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Alleviate Poverty


It’s another gorgeous Labor Day here in Oregon. As you enjoy it, take a moment to acknowledge the working men and women who are leading the fight to support and rebuild the middle class. There’s a lot left to do, but by sticking together and standing up for working families we can get it done.~~Senator Ron Wyden

I wish I’d say we’re working to alleviate poverty instead of rebuild the middle class. They could be one in the same, but, one sounds like we aren’t including the poverty class. Don’t forget the ones (like my husband and I) that have lost almost everything they worked their entire lives for are still hanging on by a thread with not much hope for any type of retirement since we’ve had to live off our savings. We’re close to 60 and still struggle to stay clear of unemployment/disability benefits, I feel every bit of like I’ve been thrown to the wolves. How about reducing the regulatory burden on business owners and lower the cost-prohibitive corporate tax? Make it affordable for some of those jobs and monies to come home. Nuff said.

Today, I am thankful for all you do for your family, our communities, and our country. No matter what tools you use in your trade, it’s hard work that makes this country the greatest and most prosperous in the world. Have a very Happy Labor Day to hardworking kings and queens everywhere!

I’ve gotten up early this morning with a strong feeling of excitement and was eagerly waiting for a friend’s little 3-year-old princess to arrive. Meanwhile, I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to see all the gorgeous design projects came to view. My first pick-of-the-day is Donna Druchunas‘ dead-gorgeous Diamond Rings pi shawl. Another eye-catching beauty with a fascinating story. Brava! The pattern is FREE through September 6. DO NOT use Buy-it-now. Add to cart, then, click on Coupon Code (no code, but you do need to click on it,) and the price will be adjusted to 0.00. Be sure to check out her e-book coming out soon. You’ll get a discount coupon code to use on that. Thank you Donna for the wonderful gifts.

New sock design was loaded yesterday by Leah Oakley. Twisted Breeze Socks, Easy Breezy Pattern featuring swirls and zig-zag is FREE through September 6.  It’s one of those patterns that once you get started, you can tell where you are in the pattern just by looking at your knitting.  Wonderful, isn’t it?

It’s great for fingering or sport-weight yarn–solid (shown above) or striping.  Both look so different, yet, they are knitted from the same pattern.

Mixing the Grape and the Grain just went live this morning. You can get it FREE by using MGG coupon code at check-out, good ’til Midnight EST tomorrow, September 2. I am not sure why folks are against mixing knit and crochet. Is it not feeling proficient enough at both? I enjoy European publications for the very reason that they are willing to mix the two. I am glad Kari Wymer decided to design this lovely shawl.  Thank you, Kari, for your generous gift.

I’ve been wanting a two-color cowl for a while and use up some of my single skeins. Rolling in the Deep FREE pattern is perfect for the challenge. This stunning infinity scarf uses bold contrasting colors along with a contrasting pattern to create a fun and functional fall accessory.

Can you believe it is September already???!!! Hope you all have a relaxing Monday. 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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Distorted Image: Success


The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.~~David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

I don’t agree with the fact stated. These people have and will always be here and around. The fact I do agree with, however, is that it is the perception of success that needs to change. Success in my culture is all about money and assets. I cannot force understanding, but, in due season, folks may find truth or they may not. One good way to navigate through these changing times is to surround myself around like-minded people who have similar values. This seems to be harder than it sounds in today’s culture. The image of success is a mere shadowed fraction of what success truly means. One by one, I must correct this distorted image–within my means–for my children’s sake. Will you do that for yours?

What activities do you like to do in the fall? I heart the Long walks, fall festivals–especially if they are fall fiber festivals–long drives to see the autumn foliage, knitting, spinning, and planning holiday projects.

I have been up to my eyes in finishing up a cardigan and not been online much as I would like. Yet, it doesn’t deter me from bringing to you this adorable Strawberry Crochet Ball. This pattern is FREE for 30 days, ’til September 24, 2014. Use coupon code STRAWBERRY at check-out.

Inspired by the cloud covered peak of one of Yorkshire’s three highest fells is Pen-y-ghent, a light, delicate triangular shawl in the beautiful Titus yarn. Very effective and beautiful design. The pattern is FREE ’til September 4. Use coupon code REDDIT at check-out.

The stunning cabled Greengage Mitts caught my eyes instantly and went right in the queue. I’ll be making a few pairs for holiday gifts. Again, thanks to the generous designer of Pen-y-ghent shawl above, Will Nelson, the pattern is FREE also ’til September 4. Use coupon code KNITIT at check-out.  Thank you, Will!

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. (Work-in-Progres–I may have a new sweater tomorrow. Can you feel my excitement?)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Keep Moving On


Regardless of what has happened to you or what you’re going through right now…know this truth with everything in you ~ you are going to get through this. Hold on to your dream!! If you’ve lost your job or house; run out of money; your relationship is on the rocks; or you’re sleeping in your car and you feel that God has turned his back on you…hold on to your dream !!! This setback is only a setup for your comeback. Dig in and come out swinging with a vengeance. Fight a good fight. Being happy, healthy, and prosperous is in your DNA. No matter what happens to you…never stop looking for ways to enjoy life and express gratitude for the fact that you’re still here. You have another new day to appreciate life. You were born to win. Ain’t no stopping you now. You have got this!! Believe that your life can and will get better…because you have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!~~Les Brown

Who doesn’t need this?  It enlivens my spirit.  No matter what–just keep moving. Move on.

Labor Day is that funny weekend that still feels like summer, but, typically kick-starts the fall schedule. Are your kids back in school? Are you back in school? Are you just relieved that the nights are cooling off and you can finally wear your favorite sweater again? Another thing about Labor Day Weekend: it means September is here!!  September is simply one of the prettiest months of the year, isn’t it?  It also means my knitting needles and crochet hooks will be occupied in full force.   What’ll be on your plate comes fall?

Erica Jackofsky (aka Fiddle Knits) is leading another mystery knit-along Bonnie’s Wish MKALThe pattern is FREE ’til November, 20, 2014.  That’s right–not a typo.  Simply add the pattern to your cart.  Click on Use Coupon Code and type in BONNIE and checkout.  Price will be adjusted to FREE.  Peridot is one of Erica’s gorgeous designs published recently.

The talented Kim Guzman is offering a FREE pattern through Kimane Designs HERE during her Labor Day Sale. You must add the pattern to cart first. Click on Apply Coupon and enter the code KIMANE (all in CAPS.)  Kim has written a few books especially on Tunisian crochet and tutorials on YouTube–which are great. Kim’s very helpful in the Ravelry Tunisian groups. My pick (show below) was Evalise.  Now, it’s your turn. What would it be?

In celebration of the holiday weekend here in the U.S., “Step in Time Pillow” knitting pattern is FREE ’til Monday, Sept 1st, 9:00 p.m. CST. Coupon code at check-out is STEPINTIME (all caps.) Thank you Fifty Four Ten Studio for a quick gift-appropriate knit.

Lucille Shawl–one-skein wonder– is FREE ’til tomorrow, August 31.  Such an elegant and beautiful shawl design. Take advantage of Anniken’s generous offer now.

These should keep you and me busy for a while. 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!)

Do Not Stop


It’s that time of year. The kids are starting school. Then, it’s sports, homecoming dances, and busy school social lives. The last thing they need to be worrying about is pimples, redness, ‪‎acne‬ scarring, and blackheads.  Topical skin care products (no matter how amazing), high-quality vitamin/mineral supplements, low GI organic with high essential fatty acids diet, and regular exercises don’t work against stubborn hormonal acne the 16-year-old has been dealing for a year. Her struggle with acne is primarily due to hormonal imbalances and STRESS (both consciously and subconsciously.)   Finally, she’s come to me for help. I must admit, I don’t have a magic wand or secret formula to cure ’em.  It will take me a while to figure out her hormones, how they relate to her acne, and how to eventually cure her cause.  It’s frustrating when she feels she’s tried everything–she’s eating super healthy organic food, taking helpful supplements, using top-quality natural skin care products, exercising and meditating daily–she still can’t get rid of the acne!  It’s better one day but worse the next.  Not only she feels hopeless, it makes me feel helpless by watching and want to give up.

No. I’m not giving up. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”~~Andy Warhol This was my sign/encouragement–it was written all over the road I walked on. Someone’s definitely looking out for me. THANK YOU.

Excess sebum is just another symptom of a bigger problem within her body that’s causing it. Instead of getting rid of the symptom (excess sebum) by using harsh drugs and chemicals, I need to actually help her fix the root cause of excess sebum, acne, hormonal imbalance, the whole bit.  One thing I have her incorporated into her regular routine is drinking vinegar shrub in addition to slippery elm mask, Borage oil treatment, and rosemary/lavender/dandelion oil massages I give her.  “I don’t like it but I’ll drink it.” That’s the first day. Next day, I made a new batch, modifying a little and now she loves it.

Fresh lychees is da best!  (Soft outside and looks “bruised” inside?  Toss it.  It’s gone bad. Sadly, grocers sell them in packages. It’s a hit-and-miss. The last pack I got, only 6 or 7 were good ones.)

Have you a shrub of any kind? What’s your favorite? I am making peach shrub next.  I must digress.  OMG, ladies and gentlemen, how awesomely beautiful is this?!

Do you like Matryoshka dolls?  Yes.  You will like today’s handpicked free pattern: Nesting Shawlette.

If you are a huge fan of Victor Vasarely like me,  Vasarely Blanket, inspired by his work and optical illusions, is a must.  The 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. (WIP is near the finish line, woooohooo.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Power of the Heart


What is the heart? Is it more than just a pump for blood? Or could the truth about its power be related to the essence of my entire being and have a field of energy so great that it can transform not just my own being into that of light, love and happiness, but even those around me?

Look at my heart and I will find something amazing. Discover and recover that the world is not limited, but unlimited. Trust it and I will discover the truth about who I am, where did I come from. Amaze myself.

This is my heart’s intuitive message related to Eckhart Tolle: The Power of the Heart–a movie/book about the astonishing power and intelligence of the heart. It features Maya Angelou, Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende, Deepak Chopra, Mark Nepo, and Eckhart Tolle. I am so exciting about the powerful book/movie and am looking forward to its release in October. Discover the first teaser:

See animation-video from the Institute of HeartMath on the page here. The video points in the similar direction, but, based on actual scientific research. They supposedly work with the U.S. military to facilitate personnel conflict resolution.

Today’s handpicked free pattern is an easy knit: Linen Poncholette. A perfect item to throw on as fall approaches.

Saffron Sweet Shawl is perfect for cooler summer days and warmer fall nights and everywhere in between. It is open and airy yet not too lightweight that it doesn’t provide some warmth. Isn’t the shade of amber the perfect early fall color? Thank you, Cre8tion Crochet, for the FREE pattern.

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. (This charming duel will be a part of my next quilt challenge–Gees Bend Quilters inspired.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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