Thursday, February 21, 2013

52 weeks of Joy, Weeks 7 and 8

Keeping track of my Joys was something I thought I would be able to easily blog about.  But it really is just one more thing on my to do list.  But I vow to continue and not get lazy with it.  This is more for me than it is for you.  It's a way for me to sit down, ponder and thank the Lord for His gifts and mercies.  I could easily sit down and complain about it all but I'm reminded to count it joy.  Last week was a reminder of that.   I was reminded that the world's pain can always be used for God's glory, if I allow it. 

40. Memories (even the painful ones.  the Lord can be glorified.  One day they won't hurt as much.)

41. A confidant.  I'm so blessed with the people the Lord has placed in my life.  Even the ones He has taken out.

42. Date with my boys.

43. A very generous and loving friend.

44. A sick day at home.

45. The blessings of new babies (not here ;-P )

46. Little boys that one day will turn into men.

One day these little feet will go their own way.  I pray we will have lit the right path. 
 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.-Psalm 119:105


Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

- James 1:2-3 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hearts, hearts and more hearts!

For the past couple of weeks I have been feverishly making little hearts.  My goal this year was to make my home a happy home.  One full of handmade things.  One that my children will always remember.  I have been heavy into crochet lately.  Mostly because of how quick and convenient it is to make.  I tried making snowflakes this past Christmas but ran out of time.  But I promised myself I would have something done in time for Valentine's day. And so... ta da! 
I was making this everywhere I went, the doctors, the library, as a passenger in a car, in bed ( I never crochet in bed because I immediately fall asleep).  These were going to be done no matter what. I made tons and gave tons away.  I actually can't stop making them.  They make me super happy.  I found the original pattern over at Sarahndipities.  It was a lovely pattern but I did change it up bit.  (Round 3 and the garland directions are from Sarahndipities).

Here's the pattern I reworked if you're interested in making these lovelies yourself. 
Chain 4, sl st in 1st ch to create the round.
Round 1: ch3, 3tcr, 3dc, ch1, 1trc, ch1, 3dc, 3tcr, ch3, sl st in the round. 

Round 2: ch3, (the following stitches are to be done in the spaces not stiches) sc & hdc, next space 3hdc, next 2hdc, sc in next three spaces, 2 sc in next space, ch 2, 2sc in next space, sc in next three spaces, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2hdc & sc in next, ch 3, sl st in middle.

Round 3:  Ch 3.  Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st.  Sc in next seven sts, sk next st. Sc in ch 2 sp from previous row, ch 3, sc in same sp.  Sk next st, sc in next seven sts. 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, ch 3 and then sl st in center of heart.  Pull loop to the back and fasten off. Weave in ends.

To make it a Garland:
Ch 45.  Sc in top bump of heart, ch 6, sc in next top bump of heart.  *Ch 12, sc in top bump of heart, ch 6, sc in next top bump of heart.* Repeat from * to * until all hearts are joined.  Ch 45, fasten off.


Have a happy and blessed Valentine's Day!


52 Weeks of Joy, Weeks 5 and 6
30. Spending time with my Mami and Mima
31. Antique shops
32. Little hearts and little hands
33. Cambodian coffee
34. Treats in the mail
35. Redemption!
36. Watching my boys love on each other.
37. Snow (not for me, for them)
38. Lace
39. MY NEW STEAM MOP (yes. I'm just that excited about it)

 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

- James 1:2-3