- Having patience with someone who lets us down.
- Resisting impulse to become offended easily
- Accepting weakness and shortcomings of others
- Accepting people as they are
- Looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim though time.
- It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
It was fairly easy to crochet, although I haven't done much crocheting so it took some thinking on my part but as you can see I finished it1 ( Well, almost I still need to sew on the buttons for the eyes! But I did purchase them so I should be able to finish it soon!
So many daughters of friends are having babies, I have been on the hunt for the ultimate baby bootie pattern. One that will actually stay on their tiny feet and keep their feet warm this winter. These work up quickly! And they turned out way cute! With the ribbon you wind though the eyelets they do stay on! The free pattern can be found here:
I opted to not put the owl face on the hat much to his disappointment!
I have 3 quilts at the quilters that I can't wait to get back from her. She said I should have them by Thanksgiving. I hope they come next week. I will be posting the pattern for the table runner here when the quilt comes home. It was quite easy.
I am also working on a crochet blanket for a christmas present as well as a pair of socks. Hopefully, I will be posting those soon.
I've been working on genealogy and trying find the documents needed to have my ancestor listed in the DAR. I found this great free research log to assist me in keeping track of where I have looked and where I need to go next and why! They also have an electronic version which will come in handy as I am going on a fact finding mission to Danville, Illinois after thanksgiving. I hope to pull original documents for the DAR.
I hope it helps to keep me more organized. I have been hit or miss in recording where I have looked. Previously, the only time I recorded where I looked is when I found information! It has caused a lot of duplication on my part in research. I hope to post my family tree here shortly so soon as I figure out how to put a copy on the blog. I also watch two webinars this week that were very helpful in organizing your family history. Both can be found on the Legacy Family Tree site here:
The two I watched on Organizing are: FamilyRoots Organizer System by Mary Hill and Organizing for Success by Karen Clifford. They each contained different approaches to organizing your files. Karen's involved the use of notebooks and Mary's involved the use of color file systems. Both will work well with my Legacy system. I think that I will be using both of the systems in my work. Both have great applications for how my documents are currently organized. I have massive amounts of documents collected not only by me but by my Aunt Ruthie. The great thing about being interested in genealogy, is the family helps out by passing documents on to you!
I also watched Cracking the case of Natan Brown's parents by marian Pierre-Louis. An excellent example of working on solving brick walls. And although she didn't introduce any new strategies I haven't already done or tried. It was nice to have my research techniques validated!
As you might have guessed I use Legacy software to keep track of my family history but I think the webinars are worthwhile no matter what software you use. By the way, when my computer arrived from India, Legacy had disappeared from my computer, when I tried to reload it, the computer would lock up. A big thank you to tech support. I heard back from them in fifteen minutes and had my computer up and running again. I have an IMac computer which I love. So for family history software I run it under VMFusion so I can use the windows software. I also use VMFusion for my quilting software. Although Mac has great programs, I just haven't found a good replacement for them in apple technology. I have all the family history software because I help people do their family history so I try to be knowledgable about the various programs available.
Last but not least today, an update on Chloe and Tim. We were watching our new favorite show Terra Nova and Chloe came attacked Tim, in her own fun loving way. Whenever he lays on the floor to watch Tim, Chloe thinks its an invitation for LOVE!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
http://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?prod_id=5041&cat_id=1 this is the first time I have purchased from e-pattern and I will do so again. I ended up purchasing quite a few patterns (OK, 4 to be exact) and have already made two of them.
Another pattern that I downloaded from e-patterns is "Spring is in the Air" dishcloth pattern. These work up quickly and was a great way to use the leftover yarn from the purse. As you can see at the top, I ran out of the variegated and used up some of the white. But I had plenty of black and white left so I began to make some wonderful potholders. These are very easy to make and I was able to finish 5 while watching general conference for our church! The pattern for these can be found at:
http://butzelkuh.wordpress.com/topflappen she has very easy to follow directions. Along with some wonderful pictures for demonstration.
I also started another project today, this one I predict will take a long while to complete as it is a popcorn bedspread. It reminds me of my grandmother. Although why I am not exactly sure, she tended to like Chenille bedspreads but never the less it has begun. I will rotate working on it with my sock blanket that I am working on. Hopefully, the sock blanket will be done this year in time for Christmas. WE SHALL SEE!
I am expecting a new niece or nephew later this year and am very excited about it! I love babies because they give me such a great opportunity to create amazing things to welcome them to this wonderful world in which we live. I found this wonderful panel at my local fabric shop. It is entitled "Gone Fishing". This is perfect fabric for our family. Grandpa Saylor loves to fish and has past that love on to all of us. (Although I must confess, I prefer to relax in the boat reading while my sweet husband handles the fishing part. I also don't mind cooking and eating the fish either!) I loved the pictures and can't wait to get started on the design. I have already cut the squares apart at 6.5". Now the fun begins. Of course if it's a girl I'll just have to make another quilt! Oh, the great joys of being an aunt!
Friday, April 01, 2011
Next comes a pair of real mittens! I just don't think the fingerless gloves are as practical as everyone tells me! Personally, I want my fingers covered so I knitted up a pair of mittens with my favorite mitten pattern by Fiber Trends "Easy Hats and Mittens". These knitted up in an evening and will give my daughter a nice alternative to the fingerless gloves.
Since my daughter Stephanie is so tall, I needed to purchase extra yarn to make the leggings and gloves long enough to be of practical use to her. So with all the extra yarn I also knitted up a "Spice Route Shawl" which is really a cool scarf! It fits nicely around the neck to keep you warm without the long tails of a regular scarf to deal with. The beautiful stitch pattern also complimented the yarn as well. You can find the free pattern for the shawl here; http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L0369.html?r=1 I love free patterns! They are well worth the investment of the yarn companies because I sure do buy a lot of yarn that way!
http://mathgirl40.blogspot.com/2009/01/wide-cabled-headband-pattern.html I want to make up more of these. They are perfect for covering your ears and not messing up your hair. Plus, with my great new hair cut, head banks are very helpful!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Sorry for not writing last week, but it was a week of lots of adventure and little computer time. Our electricity kept going out (3 -4 times a day) making it very difficult to do anything on the computer, I would be typing away and boom we would lose power. (It happened so often it wrecked our battery back up). But you know, losing power was the least of it last week. I lost a beloved uncle the last of my aunts and uncles. The husband of a dear friend also passed away. My older brother, a doctor who every year goes aboard with doctors without borders, let me know he is gravely ill, he is rapidly collecting fluid in his lungs (we'll know this week if it's cancer or TB from his travels). All of this occurred on the same day can you believe it??
It looks as if I will be taking my 15 year old son to a boarding school in the United States soon, it will be so nice to be home! (Sometimes I am tempted to be like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz", "There's no place like home" There's no place like home!) The schools here in India just didn't meet his needs. We are looking at the Wasatch Academy in Mt Pleasant Utah. It seems to have a good program but I won't know for sure until I see it. The problem is I am enrolling him but haven't seen it. Makes for a very tense weekend for the mom!
|view of the bees on the 6th floor|
|view of the swarm from my balconey|
|view of some of the dead bees from my kitchen door|
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 08, 2011
40 + 40 = 80"
36 + 36 = 72"
|5" add to each side for attaching to a long arm quilting machine. You sew the selvage edges of the fabric together to create a large piece of fabric.|
|the front of the quilt|
|left over fabric on the back|
|Using left over fabric to piece the back of the quilt.|
|the front of the quilt|
|This quilt shows the label quilted into the backing of the fabric before quilting. Again I used fabric leftover from the front of the quilt.|
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Today is our 28th wedding anniversary. Seems like only yesterday we were heading to Washington DC to get married! We have lived in 18 homes, 6 states and 2 countries. Though it all I am so glad that he is the one sharing this journey of life with me. Back when we have been married 3 years I wrote him a poem and find that it applies even more today then it did then. Here it is:
"I don't crave mansions of silver or gold,
Or worldly platinum and wealth untold!
For they soon tarnish as they grow old.
A wealth far greater that I cherish,
It rises with me when I perish,