Friday, January 22, 2010

Quilts for Disaster Relief

At my church we meet every 3rd Sunday to work on quilting. Our newest project is to make several quilts to have on hand when disaster strikes. This week we worked on two quilts. The lady in charge, Ms. Hazel, cut out squares and we ( another lady and I) picked colors to go together so we could lay them out.

After we lay the quilt out, we number each column and then stack the pieces to prepare them for sewing. The columns are sewn together in strips and then the strips are sewn together to create a quilt top.

We were able to mostly finish one quilt top and will work on more next month. Who knew that fabric could bring so much joy. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Charity Scarf Project

A while back I mentioned a website I found called Craft Hope. I love this website and everything that the woman who created it is doing to help others. She does a new project every few months and the next project is the Red Scarf Project. You can read all of the details here.

As soon as I saw the project was up I went to the my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) and purchased some red yarn. My yarn of choice is the Sandnes Duett and it is delightful!

I have not been able to get any really good pictures of my scarf, but hopefully you can see what it looks like.

I will post again as I continue to make progress.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My New Book Came Today

I visit Susan B. Anderson's Blog a lot. She always seems to be having some fantastic giveway for yarn or books or something delightful. Not too long ago. I generally enter them all. Not necessarily because I want to win, but because they are always so nice that I want to comment on them. Well this time I won!

I am very excited about winning this book and am looking forward to making some fabulous projects soon. Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Tragedy

At first I was numb, not having any feeling. Not even sure how to process it all. And then my heart began to ache for the many people that have lost their lives and for those who didn't lose their lives, but lost everything they know.

Just think of it. You are going about your day, doing your normal routines and in a moment the world as you know it changes.

I am really beyond words, but I certainly do want to express my heart-felt condolences to the people of Haiti and to those who have loved ones in that region of the world.

I am donating money to the Red Cross and checking to see if there is a way that I can help in my local area. I would imagine that as people start to send in donations such as clothes and toiletries, much help will be needed to sort and arrange, pack and ship.

If you have never helped before, now is the time.

Crisis such as these make me long as never before for the return of Christ. Come Lord Jesus come and prepare your people that we may be ready to meet you.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Wow, I can't believe it's 2010. Is it me or does time seem to be going more quickly?? We had a busy holiday season over here. I got my cookies mailed out to friends and they absolutely loved them. I was actually a bit overwhelmed by the great response. Looks like I have a new ministry tor work on. :)

I had a great time knitting and relaxing. I finished knitting all the pieces for my son's sweater (I'll show that in another post) and now I just need to sew it together and put the zipper in. I should be finished with it by next week. Next on the needles is my daughter's panda bag. It will most likely be a Valentine's Day gift for her with a few goodies put inside (have I ever said how much I LOVE bags).

We spent 2 weeks in Florida visiting family. My Mom bought a Christmas tree for the kids and they had a great time decorating it.

We spent most of Christmas Day at my Grandmother's house. Even though I'm vegan now, I love looking at all the baked goodies she makes. It always looks and smells like a bakery over there.

Here are a FEW pictures of the items that my Grandmother made for Christmas. There was a whole stack of boxes full of confectioneries that I didn't even get to!

She calls these church windows. It's marshmellows, and chocolate and some other stuff all rolled in coconut. When you cut them, it gives the appearance of stained glass windows.

These are her Mexcian Wedding Balls. I made my own this year because she puts butter in hers. They looked really good though and I was tempted to eat one. :)Red Velvet Cake

Sticky Buns. She made 3 sets of these for my brothers. My twin brother that came home tried to keep all 3 sets for himself. LOL

I think this was the German Chocolate Cake.

My Grandmother's love of baking has been passed down to me. Now I just need more Vegan recipes to get me motivated. So how was your Holiday Season?