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When I was visiting my family for Thanksgiving – my cousin — this beautiful girl


Found this pattern on for a cute Bow Headband, perfect for the cold winters in the mid-west.


I’m really not that great at doing short rows using the wrap and turn method, but I must say I’m getting better.  I have now used it on the Phillips Fair Isle project as well as this one.   Here is the link I used as a reference:

I used size 8 circular needles from and I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in an off white.  It turned out super cute!!

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I’ve gone through a lot of things lately that have been extremely difficult, for me, for family, for people I deeply care about and for those I thought were friends.  In all of the darkness – there has been light!  I’ve found some amazing relationships that I’ve overlooked for a long time, too long.  My relationships with others have grown unexpectedly.  The support and help and love I’ve found I never dreamed I’d have during my darkest days.  I’ve talked until I’m blue in the face, I’ve meditated, I’ve cried, I’ve laughed and I’ve prayed.  I know that without the support of others I would not find myself in a better place.  I can’t ever undo what’s been done — but I can learn and move beyond the darkness.


There are 2 books that have been more than helpful to me throughout this journey —


The Language of Letting Go – Melody Beattie



Jesus Calling, Sarah Young


Some days I think these books were written specifically for me – they hit home more often then not!!!

If I’ve learned anything from my choices, good and bad it’s this:

Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey.   They don’t need to, it’s not for them!!

I think this is what I want for my next tattoo as a reminder!


Little red turned 3 in February and she wanted a Minnie Mouse party.  So I gave her one.  Complete with Minnie Mouse Lollies, Minnie Mouse oreo balls, Minnie Mouse rice krispie treats.  My friend @rachel helped me and brought over her chocolate bow mold.  It made everything so cute.

Here’s some pics:

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Years ago my great aunt made me an easter basket. It was a berry basket with the cutest head and feet made out of chenille stalks. It was so cute. When I had my kids I wanted to make the custom easter baskets and used my childhood basket as inspiration. Mine was white, which I think is totally cute for a little girl, but for a boy? I found some brown chenille for my sons! I think they turned out super cute and I reuse them every year. I pop the heads off and store them inside the baskets in the closet and then reattach each Easter.


  • Basket
  • Styrofoam Ball
  • Large Googly Eyes
  • Chenille stalks (White, Pink, Brown)
  • Pompoms (White, Pink, Brown) — nose, tail, cheeks
  • Wooden letters – for name
  • Hot Glue
  • Large Popsicle Stick

Basically I cut a large groove in the styrofoam ball so that it fits on the edge of basket. I also stuck a thick popsicle stick in the styrofoam and that is what I use to attach to the inside of the basket to keep the head on. Then I covered the head with White(brown) chenillestalks which I attached with a glue gun. I create the ears, using Pink chenille for the insides. I used 2 white (brown) pompoms for the cheeks and 2 pink ones, nose and mouth. Then I glued on large googly eyes.

Around the basket I wrapped the chenille stalks on for arms and legs and attached a large pom pom at the back for a tail.
I hand-painted the letters to resemble easter egg designs and attached with a glue gun.



Mr. Bizzell gets new horns

Mr. Bizzell, a 7 1/2 year old stuffed Gazelle, from San Antonio, Texas received a set of new horns this week to replace his dilapidated and repeatedly repaired original horns.

Doesn’t he look great?  He and Vicki G. are at home in the Hardin Community.

Hello chirpers — I know I’ve been out of pocket for a bit but the reality of how short life is has been slapping us in the face of late.  I think God has been sending us some messages about the fragility of life…and believe you me…WE HAVE GOT IT!!!

On Tuesday, we lost my brother-in-law Jeffery tragically in a car accident. He was killed instantly and spared any suffering, for that we can be thankful.!/Obituary

As for the rest of us, the suffering continues.  We spent last week taking care of details and celebrating Jeff’s life.  Jeff was truly one of the most compassionate, thoughtful, giving people I have ever met.  Jeffrey didn’t want for things – he just wasn’t interested in them.  Of course, he collected things and had things he liked to do, but for the most part, Jeffery was the LEAST materialistic person I have ever met.  He was all about heart and family.

We (especially me) gave Jeff a hard time about getting a job and getting out of his parents house. He just didn’t seem to have the drive or the motivation. He helped his parents out, ran errands for his mom, mowed the lawn and helped watch his beautiful nieces when needed but we all worried about how we were going to take care of Jeff if something happened to his parents.  And now, it looks like God had a much bigger plan that we were not privy too.

Jeff’s life was cut short and we have to heal and move on, but never forget all that he  gave us in life.  I think we should all strive to be more like Jeff and revel in the feelings and the emotions, the friends and the family — instead of things and going places.  Focus on people and their feelings and praying for them and feeling for them and supporting them when most needed.  We would all do better to get back to the simple things in life, the things that truly have meaning – Friends, Family and God!  I know Jeff’s death brought these things back to the front and center for me and I hope it has for others.

Today is harder than last week — Jeffery is not at the forefront of  our days.  We are not crying, or planning, or receiving guests, or celebrating.  We are now left alone to heal without Jeffery.  There is a void left in our hearts that we’ll never forget or get over, but Jeff will no longer be our immediate focus.  That makes me sad.  I thank God for the time he gave me with Jeff and I am grateful for all the things he taught me (even though I was oblivious at the time).  I am sorry my children will not get to know his kind, compassionate heart and can only pray that they remember his beautiful eyes and smile.

Here is the poem that was on the back of the program that celebrated Jeff’s life.  I’m sorry I don’t know the origin.  I want to share because it says so perfectly all the things the I cannot.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God has laid you see.

I took His hand when I heard him call

I turned by back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work to play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way

I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friends shared, a laugh, a kiss

Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee

God wanted me now; He set me free.

In loving memory of Jeffery 1983 – 2013