Friday, December 31, 2010

My Gift from My Mom


My mom gave me a
beautiful gift this Christmas.



Isn't it sweet?

I have never seen this particular
variegated color combo before.

So earthy.

I decided it was the perfect
centerpiece for my table,
along with the dried apricots
I made last fall.



May God's glorious grace
be apparent to you today!!!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls


OH MY WORD!
GIRLS, YOU HAVE TO TRY THESE
CINNAMON ROLLS (click here).
My friend, MaryBeth, assured me they were
FABULOUS
and she was RIGHT!!!






Her recommendation to chill the dough
if you want beautifully uniform rolls
was absolutely right on.
These have to be the best-LOOKING
cinnamon rolls I've ever made.




They are also, hands-down,
the best-TASTING.

Did I say

FABULOUS?

Well I'm NOT exaggerating!!!

They were SO rich,
I could only eat 2.

But the good news is:

There is another panful
for tomorrow morning!

Note:  I halved the recipe,
which, as you can see,
still made 2 9x13 pans full.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Snowflakes


Some Christmas gifts for tree decor:









I used hook size 7 and thread size 10.

I tried a couple with white thread with sparkly silver intertwined.

I liked that!


Made from patterns in Leisure Arts Leaflets #255 and #363.

If you want to look at the designs of 255, they are displayed on the cover found at the link below.



The second link does not have a picture to display.

Snowflakes Bells & Ornaments: 21 Designs to Crochet (Leisure Arts, No. 363)




Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tis the Season to be Jolly!



~ From our home to yours ~


We wish you a Merry Christmas!








 (My mom showed me how to make this angel out of an old hanky.  And my boys are following in crafty tradition by making Christmas ornaments like this bead and sequin bulb.)

And a Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mystery Project Revealed


The moment we have all been
WAITING
for!!!







That is a MAGNIFICENT design!!!

Elizabeth Ann White has
outdone herself with the
Hummingbirds and Roses Pineapple Doily!

It was the perfect gift for my mom.

Her favorite things are hummingbirds
and butterflies, and her favorite
color is red.  She also loves
to crochet doilies.

PERFECT!!!

I was SO excited to find this pattern
over at Bella Crochet.

I used a size 7 hook and size 10 thread.

My dark green was a different color choice
than Ann's, but I think the royal green
worked well also.



Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mystery Project Metamorphosis #2


Things are often
not what they seem.

Remember these:




They morphed!



Aren't they cute?


Friday, December 17, 2010

A Star is Yours


Decorative Crochet magazine, pp 34,37-38
March 1997 - Number 56


I love the wintery snowflake look to this doily.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Funk

Why is it that just when you need your creative energy to be at an all time high to finish creating in time for a DEADLINE that your creative energy peters out and keeps its indicator on low?

I have a few more things to make and then I need to get to my Christmas wrapping and disciplining myself to do it is HARD!!!  Finishing school well for the semester is HARD!!!  I just want to sit around and play Sudoku.  NUTS!!!  :-( 

SO CRAZY!!!

Well, my feelings are NOT in charge.  The Holy Spirit of God is my Boss and my Resource for strength and overcoming power. 

So I will not give in to holiday apathy.

I WILL NOT!

I will go to the One Who can Help me to persevere.  It is not like anything is really wrong.  It's just a funk.  Good grief!

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH
HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH,
FOR PETE'S SAKE!!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mystery Project Metamorphosis #1


Remember this:

and this:
Well these, plus

these



turned into these!





Beauty can be layers deep.