Monthly Archives: October 2013

New Format

Greetings readers! I wanted to draw your attention to some new features on my blog. I had trouble sleeping this morning, so I thought I would add some widgets to make my blog look more interesting.

Please, take a chance to check out some of the blogs I follow. My husband just started his own blog, so I encourage you to check out Kaleb’s Thoughts.

I have also added a Facebook like widget. If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, please do so. I have more information related to my crafts on there.

Thanks for reading!

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Coping Mechanisms

(First off, I want to apologize for the cliché titles, but they most readily convey what I have had on my mind lately)

The phone rings, and something in my gut just tells me I will receive bad news. I don’t usually get those gut feelings. My intuitive side rarely kicks in to tell me what I need to know. When it does, I pay close attention.

Saturday morning, I received bad news. This news reaches in and grabs ahold of my most secret fears–the ones I hate to admit even to myself. The ones I keep locked away because I know, if I think about them too often or examine them too closely, they are bound to come true.

Even though I knew news like this would come one day, I had hoped it would wait decades to catch up with me. Part of me still hopes and prays to the God I know watches over us that we can still avoid some of my worst fears. I won’t go into too many details at the moment. Wednesday will determine if hope will continue, or I will have to live through one of the most difficult phases of my life thus far.

Until then, I run. Not literally. Right now, I try to keep busy to avoid my fears catching up with me. I keep busy to avoid thinking too much about the future. I keep busy cherishing my loved ones. I keep busy by making these little hats for the bundles of hope my friends and family will bring into this world in the near future.

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Here’s a pattern for a simple baby hat. You can finish off each row to get even stripes, or you can crochet continuously in one color.

Row 1: make a magic circle; put 10 dc (double crochet) in the magic circle

Row 2: inc (2 dc in ea stitch) around [20 stitches]

Row 3: inc, dc* [30 stitches]

Row 4: inc, dc in next 2 stitches* [40 stitches]

Row 5: inc, dc in next 3 stitches* [50 stitches]

Row 6: for a larger hat– inc, dc in next 4 stitches* [60 stitches]–otherwise, dc around

Row 7 on: dc around until desired length

*repeat

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Spheres of Influence

In my day-to-day life, I often find it difficult to believe I have much impact on the world around me beyond the house I live in. I follow several blogs, which have a much larger following than this newborn blog. These blogs can have more than a hundred comments on a single post while I struggle to get one comment on my first post. All of this to say, I hesitate to comment on posts on the blogs I follow.

I think:

My comment might not get read . . . 

The blogger probably won’t pay attention to my little comment . . .

Will what I have to say make any difference in this person’s life? . . .

To answer that last question: yes, what I do say does make a difference in someone else’s life. Sometimes, my advice or encouragement does impact the more successful blogger. I even have the proof.

A few weeks ago, I started following the blog Pancakes and French Fries, written by the lovely Jules. (Note: when I say I have started to follow a blog, it usually means I have spent a few days obsessively going through the past years of blog posts before hitting that subscribe button. This tendency continued with Jules’ blog.) Last week, she posted about her desire to give up paper towels. While I normally would have skipped over giving any advice in the comments section (she already had more than 50 commenters giving her advice), I could not help but remember another blogger I follow telling her story of giving up paper towels. So, I took a chance, and posted a link to the post over on Kelly’s Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking blog.

I almost forgot about this comment, until I went back to Jules’ blog a few days later. She posted about her decision to jump into giving up paper towels and the routine she decided to go with. I happily read along, wondering what she had decided to do. Then, I saw my name in the fourth paragraph! I could hardly believe it! One of the bloggers I admire had decided to go with my advice out of all the others!!! (Actually, it’s Kelly’s advice, but I’m the one who introduced the one to the other.) If you want the proof, here’s the link to the post: http://pancakesandfrenchfries.com/2013/10/that-great-advice/

Two days later, I still feel ecstatic about the recognition. This whole experience has made me realize, I have more influence than I had come to believe. So, if any of my (few) readers feels any doubt as to your influence, I encourage you to look around you. Notice the changes you have influenced in the lives around you.

In other news, I took a short break from creating inventory for the pop-up shop to create this guy:

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I stuffed him with rice packs instead of my usual polyfill. I can put him in the microwave and use him as a hot pack. Happy weekend readers!

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Holiday Pop-Up Shop

I just received word my little owls (see photo below) will be featured in a holiday pop-up shop in Bloomington, Ind., known as the Gathering. This shop features handmade items from people in Indiana. The shop in Bloomington usually does one-day, quarterly events, but it will be open from Nov. 23 until Dec. 24. Check out their website at: http://bloomingtongathering.wordpress.com/

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