Cross Stitch

More Cross Stitching

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I worked on these little cross stitch Olaf monograms for Grandma & Nana. I think that they turned out super cute. I still need to figure out how I am going to finish them.

 

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Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch Goodness

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It’s Done!!!!

I am so happy that I have finished this little cross stitch banner that my Sister Brittany started before she passed away.  I did change up that pattern a bit by adding the little handmade pompom to the Santa hat. I thought that it would add some super cute detail to the project. I hope that my parents enjoy seeing it hanging in their house just as much as I enjoyed making it. I have a few more projects that Brittany had started that I am hoping to complete for Christmas 2015.

 

 

Tutorials

Cat Butt Coaster Tutorial

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I have UPDATED my tutorial – Enjoy

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Materials Needed:

I used an H crochet hook and scraps of worsted weight yarn. I also used a darning needle to weave in the ends.

Round 1: PINK – Make a magic loop Ch 1, and 5 sc into magic loop (5 sc) -gently pull the loose end of your magic loop so that your stitches form a circle.

Round 2: Switch colors, Ch 1, 2sc into each original 5 sc, sl st in first sc to join (10 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, *2sc in the first sc, 1 sc in the next sc* repeat from * around, sl st in first sc to join (15 sc)

Round 4: Ch 1, *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in the next two sc* repeat from * around, sl st in first sc to join (20 sc)

Round 5: Ch 1, *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in the next three sc* repeat from * around, sl st in first sc to join (25 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1, *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in the next four sc* repeat from * around, sl st in first sc to join (30 sc)

Round 7: Ch 1, *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in the next five sc* repeat from * around, sl st in first sc to join (35 sc)

Round 8: Ch 1, sc 12, (chain 5 hdc in second ch from hook hdc in each remaining chain and join to the next sc with a sl st), sc 6, (chain 5 hdc in second ch from hook hdc in each remaining chain and join to the next sc with a sl st), sc 11, (chain 12 hdc in second ch from hook hdc in each remaining chain and join to the next sc with a sl st)

Cut yarn & weave in ends & enjoy!!!!

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    • Start with pink yarn and sc 5 stitches into a magic loop. Pull tight and switch colors (I used gray)
    • 2sc into each original 5 sc.
    • I expanded 3 more rows by adding extra stitches every so often
    • I used a stitch marker to mark the top (tail) at the start of the next round and then I placed the legs at the bottom with room for the tail to fit in between them.

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The new pattern makes a larger and more defined cat butt coaster. Cat butt odor not included.

You may make or sell items from this pattern but please link back to me.

 

Brittany, Grieving Loved Ones

Grieving a Sibling

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My only sibling passed away 13 months ago today. Loosing Brittany has turned my life upside down & inside out. I have wanted to write a post to share my thoughts on “grieving a sibling” for several months now, but I purposely waited until after the 1 year mark to do so. The post that you are about to read has taken me well over a month to write and yet I still find that it only expresses some of my feelings and emotions. It is the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

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When a parent dies, you lose the past. When a child dies, you lose the future. When a sibling dies, you lose the past and the future.” UNKNOWN

When my Sister passed away I felt abandoned and alone. I would have liked to have someone contact me. I didn’t want to have to ask for it. I didn’t want to guilt someone into asking me how I was doing. I wanted someone (anyone) to care enough to ask on their own. I understood that people didn’t know what to say. Yet having someone ask “how are you” could have been the difference in between knowing whether or not someone cared or not.

In the 13 months since my Sister has passed I’ve had minimal contact with most of my family and all of my friends. My Paternal Grand Parents, my Step Grandmother, and obviously my parents have been the only people who’ve cared enough to call ask how I am doing. The rest I didn’t see until the next funeral about 12 1/2 months later, and my guess is that I won’t hear from them again until the next funeral.

Then there are those who chose to not even acknowledge my Sister’s death. Those who didn’t go to the funeral. Those who couldn’t even be bothered to send a card, text, or e-mail. Those people who I probably will never intentionally speak to again because they have disillusioned me in the true value of our friendships. I don’t have time for negative people… period….!

Anyways, to get to my point. In darkest days of my grief I only wanted someone to reach out to me. That person didn’t need the right words. They didn’t have to say anything at all. I just wanted to know that someone cared. I wanted to know that that she wasn’t forgotten. Even though everyone else’s world kept spinning while mine had turned completely upside down. The fact that none of the above happened turned me into an angry bitter person who was mad at the world.

Reach out to the world for comfort? Yeah right! After being hurt and abandoned by everyone it was safer to pull into my introverted personality and express myself through my creativity and through my blog. Thank goodness that I have both as outlets.

Today I am not as angry. I don’t have the energy to maintain anger any longer. The disabling brain fog that surrounds the shock of grief has dissipated. Yet at the same time my sense of loss is just as or perhaps even more painful that it was a year ago today. All of the firsts have come and gone. Every family gathering has a big gaping hole without my Sister. I miss her! I miss her! I MISS HER!!!

We as a family aren’t just grieving the loss of my Sister. We are grieving the future that was robbed of us. I will never see my Sister married. I will never be an aunt. Brittany will not be there to see my children grow up and start their own lives. We never get to see Brittany start her own life and family. Every birthday & holiday will leave a sense of emptiness… FOREVER! She’s gone and there isn’t a dang thing that can be done about it.

I am so thankful for my own family especially my children who have continually lightened the mood during my darkest of days. I am thankful for my relationship with my parents as they instilled a certain amount of strength in me. Strength that I didn’t know that I had until I had to use it.

Here are a few links that I have found on Sibling Grief

The Forgotten Griever

Siblings and Grief

Adults Grieving The Death of a Sibling

This one is from a fellow blogger who lost her Brother about a month or so before Brittany passed away.

Friendships in Grief from A Sister Left Behind

  • So if you know someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one today reach out to them. Pick up the phone and call. Ask that person “how are you“. Who cares if you don’t know what to say they don’t either. Your loved one only wants to know that you care, and that you haven’t forgotten why they grieve. Listen to your loved one and let them cry. Another idea is to send a card or something tangible that they can hold in their hands, but most of just be there! Be there consistently!

 

Grieving Loved Ones

Once Again We Grieve

Once again my family grieves the loss of another family member. My Step Grandfather passed away last night. Tonight as I sit and type my mind is full of memories. My Step Grandparents are awesome. When my Mom remarried when I was 3 years old the entire family took me in and treated me as their own even though they didn’t have too. I remember hanging out at their farm with my bonus Grandpa as a kid, eating doughnuts and watching Little House On The Prairie. I remember tractor rides and chasing cats with my cousins.  I remember fishing for bull heads and playing in hay lofts.

The older I get the more I realize that things will never be the same again. There are so many pieces of my childhood that have pasted on and like any puzzle you can’t make new pieces to fit in the old holes. Nothing ever fits back into the shape as it once was.

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Afghans/Blankets

Jacob’s Ladder Afghan

 

I finally finished my Jacob’s Ladder Afghan I started last October.

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I really love the details in it. This photo is pretty close to the true color of the yarn. I used I & J hooks with Red Heart Super Saver Multi yarn in Shaded Dusk. The afghan worked up fairly fast once I sat down and put my mind to doing it. I think that I started way too many projects at once 🙂  This afghan will be a gift. Hopefully it will be well loved.

 

Brittany, Charitable Donations, Grieving Loved Ones, Hat

Forever 24 – 2014

Today would have been my Baby Sissy’s 25th Birthday. For her birthday I decided to do 24 random acts of kindness in her memory. My acts of kindness took shape in the form of 24 preemie hats to donate to a local NICU Hospital.

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Misc. Crafts

Crochet Slippers

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The other day somebody sent me a pin on Pinterest for these slippers. So I took it as a hint and made her a pair.

They were fairly easy pattern to whip up and I added some clear elastic thread to the straps hoping that it would help keep it from stretching out. I’ve never used the thread before so I have no idea how well it will work.

 

 

Grieving Loved Ones

R.I.P. Aunti

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Please pray for my family as we grieve another loss. This time my Aunt Michele!!! This picture is so fitting. She loved kitties just as much as I did & she frequently e-mailed me cat pictures.

Lilypie Angel and Memorial tickers

 

Handmade Gifts, Market Bag

Fabulous Market Bag

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I made this fab All Points Market Bag for my Mom. I hope she likes it. I plan to give it to her for Mother’s Day. Now I just need to figure out a gift for my Mother in Law and Father’s Day isn’t that far off either.

I also made a matching Tissue Sweater. Both were knit on US Size 7 needles with Sugar & Cream yarn.

 

Grieving Loved Ones

Happy Birthday in Heaven Daddy & Grandpa

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Today would have been my Daddy’s 55th birthday. It also would have been my Gramp.’s 81st birthday.

Handmade Gifts, Hat

Happy Crafty Valentines Day

The Last of the Balaclava’s

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I have now knit a total of 7 Balaclava’s. I had planned to make 2 more for Christmas gifts but I am tired of knitting them. I will find another pattern(s) for those gifts. I knit one of these for myself and 2 each for my Hubby, Son & Daughter. 4 of them will go in our winter survival kit. (Pattern)

Yay all of my winter survival stuff is done. What’s next….???

 

Cowls/Scarves, Handmade Gifts

Twin Warmest Winter Scarves

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I started knitting the Warmest Winter Scarf in September of 2013 and I finished it on November 15th of 3013. I used US # 10 Circ. needles. The Yarn is I Love This Yarn in Brown.

These scarves will be Christmas gifts for a special couple in my life. 🙂 I made the darker scarf first and then asked my Hubby what I should make for the other half of the couple. He suggested matching scarves. Great idea. I’ve made one for myself in the past and I love it when the temps and wind chills are below zero in the frozen arctic…. You get the point 🙂