Thursday, March 24, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Before I tell you about all the fantastic things this book has to offer, let me give you a little background on how Brenda and I came to know each other. Brenda and I met online about 8 years ago when she contacted me on Ravelry about a design of mine that she had made. We got to chatting and a friendship was born. Brenda was just getting started in the industry as a professional and as a CGOA member she wanted to take advantage of our mentoring program. She asked me if I would be willing to be her mentor. Initially, I said "no". Not because I didn't want to but I had a lot going on and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to devote the necessary time. However, as I thought more about it, being a firm believer that people don't come into our lives by accident and God places them in our path for a reason, I told her on second thought I would love to be her mentor. The official mentoring program lasts 2 years and here we are 8 years later! We have both learned an awful lot more than we knew way back then and I have learned every bit as much from her as she has from me. It has gone far beyond mentoring to a truly wonderful friendship that I treasure.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
For those of you that found your way to my blog that may not know my story, let me just briefly share. I have been involved in the crochet community and active with the Crochet Guild of America for many, many years. During that time I have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful, beautiful people. It goes far beyond friendship and I have always referred to them as my crochet FAMILY. October 2015, we tragically lost our precious 22 year old daughter, Chelsea. Many in my crochet family knew Chelsea and had watched her grow up. She is the mother of our very special granddaughter, Willow, who is quite frequently seen on my Facebook page. My crochet family immediately banded together to do what they do best - create. And in doing so, they sent us a 27 pound box which if we had a scale that measured how much care and love was in it would have weighed thousands upon thousands of pounds.
And they didn't stop there! Also enclosed in our box of love was an album with a picture of Chelsea with her gorgeous smile that we miss so much, cards, letters, a perpetual membership in the Association of the Miraculous Medal, poems and a certificate stating that 200 trees are being planted in Chelsea's memory. Chelsea would have thought that was SO cool! And lastly, you just have to see these one-of-a-kind afghans by themselves. They are absolutely breathtaking. I am so grateful that even a master list was included for each blanket so we could know who lovingly created each block. We will treasure these always just as we will always treasure having each and every one of you in our lives. I love all of you so very much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
As far as my singing career, I started singing on stage when I was 14, along with my sisters and brother when we lived in Mississippi. We had our own radio program every week and were regulars on a live show every Sat night. We had 4 part harmony and sang folk songs, pop and a few country songs. We also did several TV appearances. Another fun thing was when we got to travel around Mississippi with a local man running for state senator. We wore our matching red, white and blue dresses with our Uncle Sam hats as we sang on a huge truckbed on the "square" of small southern towns. When we all got married and moved away from home, we started our own separate singing careers. I sang for many events such as weddings, United Way campaigns, Christmas and New Years Eve parties, etc but I also performed at fairs and festivals in a 2 state area. That was my life for so many years and I loved it! My singing style is that of Karen Carpenter, Ann Murry, Linda Rondstat, Amy Grant, Patsy Cline, Gloria Estafon and others. My daughter started performing with me when she was only 14 and we were regulars on a weekly TV show here in Dayton, singing mostly songs of the Judds. I stopped all that when I started designing in 2005. I miss it but my voice is not in shape anymore!
was Donna Kooler of Kooler Design Studios and they partner with Leisure Arts as the publisher. Donna said, "We not only want to do 1 booklet of your designs, but we want to do 2 booklets of your designs!" Of course I was in shock, but so thrilled! I sent them in, along with a few scarves, and Crochet in Style and Crochet Young and Trendy were published in June of that year.
2. I am obsessed with the History channel and love watching shows about history. I especially like to watch America Unearthed and shows about Lost Civilizarions that have been found under hills or water. They have actually found pyramids under water near Pennsylvania, Egyptian writings in caves and so much more.
3. I have been called the "Thrift Store Queen" by many of my friends. My 40+years of experience led me to do a 1 day seminar on thrift store shopping. We had a special lunch, and in the afternoon we had a fashion show of women wearing outfits they had bought at thrift stores. Then we all took a bus to my favorite thrift stores here in Dayton for those who had never been. It was so much fun!
4. I run a "free" clothing store owned by the church I attend. I am there only 1 day a week, but we get donations from people in our county, and you just wouldn't believe what all we have and how many people we clothe. Everything is set up like a store with most clothing hanging on racks. We have a little bit of everything to give away including household items. Bob Evans headquarters are here, so they generously give us 2 freezers full of sausage every couple of months to give out to people. Sometimes it's overwhelming, but is very rewarding.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Two years ago, everything changed. Kimberly was doing a nutritional cleansing program. She looked totally amazing and she was so full of energy and vitality! I immediately knew I wanted to try the program. The picture below was taken just 4 days before I began the program July 26, 2013. Lynyrd Skynyrd was staying at our hotel and we are pictured here with Rickey Medlocke but I was so sick. Just look at my eyes!
Even if it gave me just a little of my health back that would be better than nothing but it blew that totally out of the water and gave me health that I never would have even dreamed of! At 51 years young, I feel better than I did in my twenties and I am certainly way stronger! Another amazing thing I have enjoyed over the last 2 years is that I have been able to help others achieve the same results! There is nothing more rewarding then being able to offer solutions to peoples problems! My favorite days are when I get up to a message from one of my cleansers telling me their doctor has taken them off of some of their medications or an excited phone call telling me they have lost 20 pounds and now fit in a pair of jeans they've had for years. This is by far the most rewarding, exciting and meaningful adventure I have ever been a part of and I feel so incredibly blessed!
So this July for the second year in a row, I am not terrified of anything about traveling to the upcoming CGOA conference. I am very sad that Kimberly will not be attending but I will be totally fine on my own thanks to her caring enough to share this program with me. My biggest concerns are bringing my program supplies and making sure my sneakers fit in my suitcase so I can work out. Exercise is something I had never done before and it is now one of my very favorite activities.
Monday, March 2, 2015
One great way to celebrate National Crochet Month is by joining the Crochet Guild of America! There are so many benefits to being a member of CGOA; you can find just a few of the top reasons here. The picture below is from our Summer conference last year in Manchester, New Hampshire! Pictured is Jenny King, Amy Shelton, myself and Marcy Smith. We have so much fun and I have learned so much with incredible volunteer opportunities. I am currently serving my second term as Vice President of this wonderful organization. Find out how you too can become involved.
Another great way to celebrate is to pay it forward and share your gift of crochet by bringing love and comfort to someone in need. We will once again be supporting Halos of Hope which is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization committed to providing volunteer-crafted hats to cancer centers across the country. Founder and executive director, Pam Haschke, is a cancer survivor and you can find all the details of their program on their site. I am offering a free hat pattern in celebration of National Crochet Month and I ask that you make a hat or two (or as many as you are able) and send to Halos of Hope! There are also many knit and crochet patterns offered on their site and they also accept donations to help cover the expenses of shipping the hats!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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When I first received this book, I must admit that I was just a little bit intimidated. I don't typically work with thread and my beading experience is limited but it didn't take long to realize I had nothing to fear. Not only are the instructions so detailed and clear, but there is also a bonus online video tutorial!
I love that the projects look so classy and elegant and yet they would take very little time to complete. What wonderful gifts they would make!