Thursday, April 10, 2014

In My Dreams--Crochet Squares

No songs in my head when I woke up this morning, but I was having a dream about crochet. When the alarm went off, it surprised me and the little Grey kitty on the bed, who jumped up in a funny way and hopped on my belly and started purring.

My dream was about the crochet square swap group I'm in. Don't remember any details, just pictures, so I'll share pictures of the squares I've sent out so far. Turns out the group that was supposed to send March squares to me was entirely emergency-ridden, so I got no squares in the mail in the month of March. One person from that group sent me one in February, so that counts, but it was sad to open the mailbox each day to no more squares. Hopefully, the group sending April squares will be different.

Here are the ones I sent :
April squares

March squares

February squares

One of the February squares wasn't needed yet, as there were only 6 in that group, so that square got sent in March. Theoretically by the end of April I should have squares from 3 groups, and each group has 5 to 7 people, so let's just estimate low, and say I should have about 15 squares by the end of the month.

So far I've gotten 7 for the first 2 months, so we'll see how it goes. I'm already putting the afghan squares together with a black border as I get the squares, and I was hoping to post a pic when I get 2 rows of 6 done, so that will just have to wait.....

Other than my crochet picture dream and my purry kitty, the only other thoughts in my head this morning were about my mom, because today is her BIRTHDAY!!! YAY!!! 

Happy Birthday, Mom!!! Love you!!! Have fun on your trip and say Hi to Aunt Sandy and Uncle Jimmy for us.



Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Songs in My Head--Praise You in the Storm

This morning the song in my head was just a melody and fragments that I couldn't quite remember. Took me a while to figure out which song it was.
Here it is --- Casting Crowns, Praise You in the Storm

"Praise You In This Storm"

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus x2]


Here is a video of the group singing this song



I've also missed a couple of other days....one day last week the Adam Ant song, Goody Two Shoes was running through my head when I woke up. I'm fairly sure that was because they play that song on a gymnastics movie my daughter has (Stick It) and she was watching it the day before.
With the heartbreak open
So much you can't hide
Put on a little makeup, makeup
Make sure they get your good side, good side

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat
Send a treasure token, token
Write it on a pound note, pound note

Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes
Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes

Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
There must be something inside

We don't follow fashion
That'd be a joke
You know we're going to set them, set them
So everyone can take note, take note

When they saw you kneeling
Crying words that you mean
Opening their eyeballs, eyeballs
Pretending that you're Al Green, Al Green

Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes
Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes

Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside

No one's gonna tell me
What's wrong and what's right
Or tell me who to eat with, sleep with
Or that I've won the big fight, big fight

Look out or they'll tell you
You're a "Superstar"
Two weeks and you're an all-time legend
I think the games have gone much too far

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat
Send a treasure token, token
Write it on a pound note, pound note

Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside

'Cause I don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside

'Cause I don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside

'Cause I don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside

'Cause I don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside



Yesterday the song running through my head was a Cars song, Just What I Needed. Almost 100% sure that was because the day before Talon wanted to hear Cars songs all the way home from my mom and dad's house. So for over 70 miles we listened to the Cars: Complete Greatest Hits. Mostly we listened to Hello, since that's my son's favorite song, but we alternated between the others, which I really like as well.

I don't mind you coming here
And wasting all my time
'cause when you're standing oh so near
I kinda lose my mind
It's not the perfume that you wear
It's not the ribbons in your hair
I don't mind you coming here
And wasting all my time
I don't mind you hanging out
And talking in your sleep
It doesn't matter where you've been
As long as it was deep
You always knew to wear it well
You look so fancy I can tell
I don't mind you hanging out
And talking in your sleep
I guess you're just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess you're just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed

If you want to hear the whole album, it happens to be here....Just What I Needed is the first song


Friday, March 14, 2014

A Very Happy 10th Birthday

Happy 10th birthday to my sweet baby girl, Eliana!!











Thursday, March 13, 2014

Recent Baby Blankets

I added the owl applique as a custom order on a blue/green blanket I had previously made. The bunny lovey was recently made this year, and the little girl chocolate and plum blanket was for a special baby girl made with yarn that belonged to her grandmother.







Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Songs in My Head--Get Back Up

Yay!! It is nearly spring!! I saw my first little yellow crocus yesterday in my yard. My outside kitty TigerGirl came up and wanted lots of snuggles and love. She and Snowball, my 2 outside cats, are strong and have thick winter fur. They have been hard to find this winter. They must have good hiding places, because no matter how many times I've called and gone outside and looked for them, they'd only come home when I was least expecting them. I did get them inside for some of the coldest weather, but there were lots of times I'd pick one of them up and bring them in, only for them to run right back outside. Cats do have a mind of their own. You can't say I haven't tried to get them in the house this winter.

The song running through my head first thing this morning....
"We lose our way, we get back up again....you may be knocked down but not out forever...love calling, love calling.....you may be knocked down but not out forever"

just snippets of a song. Until I looked it up, I had totally forgotten it was a song off a cd that my kids have, and they ask to listen to it all the time.
Here are the complete lyrics for Get Back Up:
You turned away when I looked you in the eye,
And hesitated when I asked if you were alright,
Seems like you're fighting for you life,
But why? oh why?
Wide awake in the middle of your nightmare,
You saw it comin' but it hit you outta no where,
And theres always scars
When you fall back far
We lose our way,
We get back up again
It's never too late to get back up again,
One day you will shine again,
You may be knocked down,
But not out forever,
Lose our way,
We get back up again,
So get up, get up,
You gonna shine again,
Never too late to get back up again,
You may be knocked down,
But not out forever
[May be knocked down but not out forever]
You're rolled out at the dawning of the day
Heart racin' as you made you little get away,
It feels like you've been runnin' all your life
But, why? Oh why?
So you've pulled away from the love that wou'd've been there,
You start believin' that your situation's unfair
But there's always scars,
When you fall back far
We lose our way,
We get back up again
Never too late to get back up again,
One day, you gonna shine again,
You may be knocked down but not out forever,
Lose our way, we get back up again,
So get up, get up
You gonna shine again
It's never too late, to get back up again
You may be knocked down, but not out forever,
May be knocked down, but not out forever!
This is love callin', love callin', out to the broken,
This is love callin'.
This is love callin', love callin', out to the broken
This is love callin'.
This is love callin', love callin',
I am so broken
This is love callin' love callin
Lose our way, [way way way ay ay ay]
We get back up, [get back up again]
It's never too late [late late late ate ate ate]
You may be knocked down but not out forever!
Lose our way,
We get back up again,
So get up get up
You gonna shine again
Never too late to get back up again
You may be knocked down,
But not out forever,
This is love [lose our way] callin' love callin' [get back up again]
To the broken
This is love [never too late] callin'
[may be knocked down but not out forever]
This is love [lose our way] callin' love callin' [we get back up again]
To the broken
This is love [never too late] callin'
[may be knocked down but not out forever]
This is love callin' love callin'
Out to the broken,
This is love callin'....

The song is by TobyMac....here is a youtube video if you want to listen to it...



to finish out my post today, I'm going to just add several pics of things that are really important to me .....have a great day.
missed a week of school with this ice and snow

Eliana wanted a picture of this sky so she could draw it later


when my kids were out of school, they came to work with me

Talon getting ready to play in the snow. Cutest lumberjack ever

pink kitchen set at Raggle Taggle

purple/and green kitchen set at Raggle Taggle

Eliana and Talon getting ready to play in the snow

stretchy bracelets the kids and I made

TigerGirl came to see me in the snow. I was looking for crocuses. She wanted snuggles.

Winter sale of my things at Raggle Taggle

the little yellow crocus I found yesterday, coming up through the snow. Looking for the crocuses is one of my favorite times of the year

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Songs in My Head--Stand Back

Woke up this morning thinking about a weird dream I was having. At the same time, Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back" was going through my head. "Stand back, stand back...in the middle of my room, I did not hear from you..."

Here are all the lyrics 
"Stand Back"

No one looked
I walked by
Just an invitation would have been just fine
Said no to him again and again
First he took my heart then he ran

No one knows how I feel
What I say unless you read between my lines
One man walked away from me
First he took my hand
Take me home

(Stand back, stand back)
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It's alright, it's alright
To be standing in a line
(Standing in a line)
To be standing in a line
I would cry

La, la, la-la, la, la, laaa, la-la
La, laaaa
La, la, la-la, laaaaa

Do not turn away my friend
Like a willow I can bend
No man calls my name
No man came

So I walked on down away from you
Maybe your attention was more
Than you could do
But one man did not call
He asked me for my love
And that was all

(Stand back, stand back)
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It's alright, it's alright
To be standing in a line
(Standing in a line)
To be standing in a line
I would cry

La, la, la-la, la, la, laaa, la-la
La, laaaa
La, la, la-la, la, la, laaaaa
Too few, too few
Laaaaa
La, la, la-la, la, la, laaa, la-la
La, la, laaaa
La, la, la-la, laaaaaa

So I walked, walked down the line
Away from you
Maybe your attention was more
Than I could do
One man did not fall
Well, he asked me for my love
That was all

(Stand back, stand back)
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It's alright, it's alright
To be standing in a line
(Standing in a line)
To be standing in a line
I could cry
I need a little sympathy
Well, I need a little sympathy
Well, I need to be standing in
(Stand back)
Well, I need to be standing in
(Stand back)
Well, I need to be standing in
(Stand back)
Take me home
Take me home
(Stand back)
Don't you take me home
Well, I need a little sympathy
(Stand back)...

if you want to hear the song, you can go here

it was just a snippet of the end of a dream. In the dream I, or other people, thought I was dead, that my heart had stopped. I wasn't upset. I was looking through a list of names on an obituary list and my name wasn't there. Something had happened and my heart had started again, and I was alive. Not scary, just weird. The whole time this Stevie Nicks song was going through my head. 

after I got up and started to look up the lyrics and video, I wondered if it all had to do with my laptop. Yesterday, my laptop gave me a dreadful white screen. My awesome husband re-seated the battery and all went back to normal. Later the white screen came back. My talented brother in law completely took apart and put back together my laptop. His diagnosis is that there is a cable leading to my laptop monitor screen that needs to be replaced. He put it back together for me. Jason went online, ebay, or wherever, and found the cable and ordered it. I guess they did open heart surgery on my laptop, came up with a diagnosis and now we just have to wait for the lifesaving cable. Until then, I have to be extra careful. My laptop monitor cannot be wiggled around or it will give me the white screen again. 

When I had seen the white screen, I get that feeling people get when they think they might lose all the data on their computers....all the pictures, all the information, passwords, documents, etc. Guess it's another wake up call and time to back things up again. In the meantime, I'll listen to this song again and be thankful for 2 brothers who know so much more than I do about computers.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

the obligatory boxes of love, aka love in a box=candy
fyi--yoda's head is staying on because of 3 popsicle sticks
also, it does take a very long time for a 9 year old to cut colorful squares of duct tape
also, I'm so happy that they're happy
technically, I don't think Talon was supposed to bring a Valentine's box. The whole class made bags earlier this week. He might be the only one with a box---a very large box with a yoda head, ha
I am pretty happy with how the drawing of yoda's face came out. When I draw, it's usually stick figures or cartoon characters. At least Yoda looks happy. The gray kitten is Lady Gray Hurricane, and is Talon's constant companion. Also, I *always* waver about whether to spell gray "gray" or "grey". They both look very nice to me. Which one do you use most often?







Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Songs in My Head--Truth About Me

Throughout my life, I've always loved the days when I woke up with a song running through my head. It happens to me quite often. I thought it might be fun to make a note of when it happens and what songs they are....today it is this one.

The words going through my head were..."You say lovely, I say broken. I say guilty, you say forgiven." I love songs. They are about the only kind of poetry that I really understand, some of the time. This song is called Truth About Me, and it's by Mandisa. I got to see her perform this live a couple of years ago in St. Louis at a Joyce Meyer Women's Conference. I really had no idea who she was, even though she was kind of well known because of American Idol (which I really don't ever watch, even though it's the kind of show that I like to watch). I like this song for lots of reasons. I like the piano part, and I like it's simplicity. It's also a good song to sing along to. I also like this song because it reminds us of our infinite worth.


Here are the whole lyrics (from here):
"Truth About Me"

If only I could see me as you see me
And understand the way that I am loved
Would it give a whole new meaning to my purpose
Change the way I see the world

Would I sparkle like a star in the night sky
Would I give a little more instead of take
If I understood I'm precious like the diamond
I'm a worth noone could estimate
I'm a worth noone could estimate

You say lovely
I say broken
I say guilty
You say forgiven
I feel lonely
Say you're with me
We both know it would change everything
If only I believed the truth about me

I wish I could hold on to the moments
When my life is spinnin but I'm peaceful still
Like a wind you whispered in the silence
And tell me things this world never will
You tell me things this world never will

You say lovely
I say broken
I say guilty
You say forgiven
I feel lonely
Say you're with me
We both know it would change everything
If only I believed the truth about me

I would sleep better at night
Wake up with hope for another day
I would love even if it cost me
Take a chance and know I'm goin be ok
I would dare to give my life away..

Oh,I feel lonely
Say you're with me
We both know it would change everything
If only I believed the truth about me
If only I believed the truth about me

Here is a link to the song on YouTube if you want to listen to it.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Cold Winter Creations

Here are a few things I've been working on this year so far.....

trying something new...I joined a crochet square swap. The idea is that you exchange squares with complete strangers and by the end of the year, you'll have enough to make a pretty blanket. Here are the squares I made for the first month. It has been fun to see the pretty and colorful squares that have been sent to me so far. It's been fun to get them in the mail.

this was a custom order for a teenager --puppy hat and matching pink infinity scarf


lots of potholders I've been working on
Not sure where these will end up---maybe at the local art guild or maybe in my etsy shop
I haven't decided yet


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lovely Things

I've had the opportunity to consign some of my things in a new shop in my town. Here a couple of pictures of things I've made for Valentine's Day.



This picture also shows some pretty purses and heart clips handmade by a good friend of mine at Created Lovely. 



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Crocheting

some special orders and other things I've been working on this winter