Willing, Ready, and Able!

“All glory comes from daring to begin.”— Eugene F. Ware

The Ahoskie Chapter's first meeting. Pizza, chat, and a crochet lesson!

The Ahoskie Chapter’s first meeting. Pizza, chat, and a crochet lesson!

Jen Meyers of Ahoskie, NC has helped Granny Squares of Love from behind the scenes for quite some time now. She doesn’t live close enough to attend the Jackson, NC meetings and she longed to learn how to crochet. Eventually, Jen got some yarn and watched Youtube videos and nearly mastered the Granny Square all on her own. Finally, she and I discussed starting a Chapter in Ahoskie. Tonight, was their first meeting and I was pleased with the turn out. It will grow with a bit more time.

“Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.” _Robert Collier

My little side kick(grandaughter) is more than just a little happy that this crochet class is held at Pizza Inn.

My little side kick(grandaughter) is more than just a little happy that this crochet class is held at Pizza Inn.

“To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.” _King Stanislaus

Our little classroom even had a chalkboard for us to write crochet abbreviations on! How neat is that!?

Our little classroom even had a chalkboard for us to write crochet abbreviations on! How neat is that!?

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”_ William Hutchinson

Meet Jen Meyers! Our Meeting Coordinator for Ahoskie! (She also won the door prize tonight! )

Meet Jen Meyers! Our Meeting Coordinator for Ahoskie! (She also won the door prize tonight! )

“If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”_David Viscott

Quick as a wink, Jen R. learned all the stitches needed to make a granny square and then proceeded to make one!

Quick as a wink, Jen R. learned all the stitches needed to make a granny square and then proceeded to make one!

“You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.”__Saint Augustine

Michelle is another seasoned pro. So happy to have her join us.

Michelle is another seasoned pro. So happy to have her join us.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”_ Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

Nancy (to the left) is checking things out. She has been crocheting since she was only 6 years old!

Nancy (to the left) is checking things out. She has been crocheting since she was only 6 years old!

“You begin by always expecting good things to happen”_ Tom Hopkins

Surprised once again by the kindness of others! Jen Meyers,and some anonymous friends. put together a gift bag for me upon hearing that my home had been broken into. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and your caring!

Surprised once again by the kindness of others! Jen Meyers,and some anonymous friends. put together a gift bag for me upon hearing that my home had been broken into. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and your caring!

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas

Cute little baby beanies created and donated by: Jen Meyers of Ahoskie, NC

Cute little baby beanies created and donated by: Jen Meyers of Ahoskie, NC

We have volunteers from many different States. We are so grateful for P.L. Russell from Orlando, Florida and the generous donation of granny squares and yarn. Thank  you so very much!

We have volunteers from many different States. We are so grateful for P.L. Russell from Orlando, Florida and the generous donation of granny squares and yarn. Thank you so very much!

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Baby blankets, beanies, booties, yarn, and a crochet instructional donated by Nora L. of NY.  Thank you again, Nora! We appreciate you more than we can say.

Baby blankets, beanies, booties, yarn, and a crochet instructional donated by Nora L. of NY. Thank you again, Nora! We appreciate you more than we can say.

I trust everyone is enjoying good weather and the joys of Springtime. Thank you for all that you do to help us as we strive to help others.

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

April Showers In Crocheted Happiness

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”

Fifty five gorgeous and beautifully crocheted granny squares were donated and created by an Anonymous Angel from Chucky, TN.  It's really is true.... We are surrounded by angels! Thank you so very much!

Fifty five gorgeous and beautifully crocheted granny squares were donated and created by an Anonymous Angel from Chucky, TN. It’s really is true…. We are surrounded by angels! Thank you so very much!

I wasn’t sure we would have a good turn out at our local April meeting due to the rain, but I was pleasantly surprised at our attendance. We even had two newbies!

We continue to grow! As you can see, we welcome children who wish to learn the art of crochet too! They only need a parent or guardian to attend with them.

We continue to grow! As you can see, we welcome children who wish to learn the art of crochet too! They only need a parent or guardian to attend with them.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~Dr. Seuss

Shay & Chase are getting that chain stitch down pat!

Shay & Chase are getting that chain stitch down pat!

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” ~Mother Teresa

Sherry is helping Tanya learn the basics. We all work together to teach the art. So happy to have Tanya with us!

Sherry is helping Tanya learn the basics. We all work together to teach the art. So happy to have Tanya with us!

Beautifully created by: Denise B. of Seaboard, NC

Beautifully created by: Denise B. of Seaboard, NC

“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.” ~Albert Schweitzer

Don't you just love this? So pretty! Created by: Denise B. of Seaboard, N.C.

Don’t you just love this? So pretty! Created by: Denise B. of Seaboard, N.C.

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.” ~Author Unknown

Ann M. created this very pretty baby blanket, hat, and bootie ensemble.

Ann M. created this very pretty baby blanket, hat, and bootie ensemble.

“Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have.” ~Christopher Morley

Ann M. is going to make a new mother somewhere smile just as big. This is beautiful, Ann!

Ann M. is going to make a new mother somewhere smile just as big. This is beautiful, Ann!

“The work an unknown good person has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” ~Thomas Carlyle

Yet another pretty baby blanket, beanie, and bootie ensemble created by Ann M.

Yet another pretty baby blanket, beanie, and bootie ensemble created by Ann M.



“God and angels don’t get paid even though theirs is some of the most important work around. Ditto for volunteers.” ~Cherishe Archer

Sherry and Brandi have been crocheting up a storm! Check out the stack of baby blanket, beanie , and bootie ensembles all packaged and set to go! Thank you, Ladies!  You are amazing!

Sherry and Brandi have been crocheting up a storm! Check out the stack of baby blanket, beanie , and bootie ensembles all packaged and set to go! Thank you, Ladies! You are amazing!

“Volunteers are love in motion!” ~Author Unknown

This is precious!

This is precious!

The meeting was going along as usual and then something quite an unexpected happened to me!

Denise B. surprised me with a birthday cake!  It's hard to surprise me, but I honestly did not see this coming. *laughs* I am blessed with such thoughtful friends. Thank you, Denise!!! (The cake was delicious!)

Denise B. surprised me with a birthday cake! It’s hard to surprise me, but I honestly did not see this coming. *laughs* I am blessed with such thoughtful friends. Thank you, Denise!!! (The cake was delicious!)

Before I close, I want to share a link to a granny square pattern. Just click>>>> HERE

Until next time….

Stay happy, healthy, and blessed!

Beautiful Crocheted Gifts And Donations

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”–Lily Tomlin

We have been going strong for three years now in our effort to keep others warm. Three years later and still, when I ponder the kindness of everyone who reaches out to help us, it moves me to tears. It’s too beautiful for words. It’s among the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed!

Generous donation of awesome Granny squares and yarn donated by P. Russell of Orlando, Fla. Thank you very much!

Generous donation of awesome Granny squares and yarn donated by P. Russell of Orlando, Fla. Thank you very much!

Created and donated by Cre8tive Together! Check out her fancy designs! Thank you again!

Created and donated by Cre8tive Together! Check out her fancy designs! Thank you again!

Look at all the beautiful granny square designs in this stunning baby blanket! Created and donated by: J. Wood of Puyallup, WA.

Look at all the beautiful granny square designs in this stunning baby blanket! Created and donated by: J. Wood of Puyallup, WA.

Pretty Granny Square created and donated by: J. Wood of Puyallup, WA.  We appreciate it more than you know! Thank you!

Pretty Granny Square created and donated by: J. Wood of Puyallup, WA. We appreciate it more than you know! Thank you!

This generous donation was given by Gloria Bolch and Janet Outland of North Carolina. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thank you so very much!

This generous donation was given by Gloria Bolch and Janet Outland of North Carolina. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thank you so very much!

Sending our thanks and gratitude to C. Hollingsworth of Carrollton, Va.  for her gift to help us care for the homeless.

Sending our thanks and gratitude to C. Hollingsworth of Carrollton, Va. for her gift to help us care for the homeless.

Whether you live near, or far, “Thank You” will never seem enough for all that is accomplished by those who…
V You show up, the very moment we need you most,
O You look for opportunities to expand our learning coast.
L You are listening when soft words are being spoken.
U You understand and work to keep our hearts from being broken.
N Never is a word you remove from your mouth,
T Let’s take this to another level-even if we’re located in the South.
E Everything is possible-You help us to believe.
E Even despite all odds-our goals we will achieve.
R You rise to the occasion-that is without a doubt-
Our Volunteers-We can never do without!!!

Crocheting Love Links

“If you have a candle, the light won’t glow any dimmer if I light yours off of mine.” ― Steven Tyler

The volunteers who make GSOL what it is today. We are so blessed with  volunteers.

The volunteers who make GSOL what it is today. We are so blessed with volunteers.

As promised, I will attempt to share crochet links to other sites and share the love. There are so many creative and compassionate crochet artists in the world. I am so amazed at the talent that I see. I am also very grateful to all of you who have re-blogged some of our posts to help us accomplish our goals.

Check out the blogs shared and get some great ideas! Here are my love links for March:

Cre8tive Together

Hooks and Hens

Shelly’s Crochet Ole

Daniella Joe’s Blog

Grow Sew Happy

Pretty Little Knit Stitches

CrochetDemon

Beak Up Crafts

Tea, Crochet, and Me

Linking Loops

Blankets for Linus

Common Sense Faith A great site for encouragement and enlightenment.

Enjoy and make some new friends!

Crocheted Sunshine In Our Mail Box

“A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.”— Anonymous

We are so humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love that shows up in our mailbox, by those of you who believe in us, and help us to accomplish our goal to keep those in need warmer. We are so proud of the beautiful work that you do and that’s why I like to show case your gifts on our website. Today is no different. Check out the beautiful granny squares we recently received:

Beautiful granny squares that made their way to us all the way from Del Rio, Tx. by an anonymous angel.

Beautiful granny squares that made their way to us all the way from Del Rio, Tx. by an anonymous angel.

“Don’t ever question the value of volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.”— Unknown

Gorgeous Granny Squares created and gifted by Marianne S. of Schulze.

Gorgeous Granny Squares created and gifted by Marianne S. of Algorquin,IL.

Thank you so much for thinking of us and supporting us with your talented efforts. We appreciate YOU more than we can express!

We are gearing up for a local “Arts in the Park” day near the end of April. We are so excited that we were invited to participate at this event! Some of the squares that have been donated from across the nation will be present in blankets that we will whip stitched together. Our April donations to first time mothers in need will be given the Monday following the arts display. We are looking forward to meeting lots of other artists and rallying for local volunteers. We will be sure to take photos of our display to show here. Say a prayer that we will have a successful day without rain! :)

Until next time….

Stay happy, healthy, and blessed!

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.”— Erma Bombeck

Crochet: One of the Many Ways to a Happier Life

GSOL volunteer: Shelby! Oh Shelby!!! I am sooooo proud of you! Look at your perfect granny square. :)

GSOL volunteer: Shelby! Oh Shelby!!! I am sooooo proud of you! Look at your perfect granny square. :)

We don’t have to wait until we win the lottery to find contentment and happiness. Happiness can be found in simple things. The more you learn to enjoy, the more you will have to enjoy. Make it a habit to look for happiness in every day. I will leave a list to get you started on your daily happiness journey.

1. Notice Nature. The older I get, the more I enjoy planting, tending to plants and watching things grow. I also find myself paying close attention to the sounds of nature first thing in the morning and at the close of the day. The morning sounds are jubilant, hopeful, and full of praise for a new day. The evening sounds are sacred, reverent, and full of gratitude. If I listen closely, I can hear bull frogs saying “Thank you”, “Thank you”, “Thank you.” At least, that’s what I hear. Slow down and listen sometime. What do you hear? What do you see?

2. Get creative. I was an adult before I realized that I could paint and sketch. I had always heard my mother say that she couldn’t draw a straight line. Somehow my little child brain interpreted that to mean that since she lacked this ability, so did I. Later, I learned that anything can be taught. True, there are those have natural talent and never need the first lesson. Fortunately, the rest of us can be taught. I heard a friend say once that stifled creativity can lead to depression. Venture out, loosen the reigns, and explore your hidden creative talents. It could be that you just need to dust off a creative talent that you already have.

3. Laugh daily and often. I can’t think of anything I like better than a good, down to my toes, laugh. I love to laugh. If I find myself getting in a slump, then I have been known to re-watch some favorite comedians that I have on Dvd. It’s a great jump start in the right direction. I have learned to laugh at problems also. Some of my best poetry was hilariously funny because I had taken a painful situation and made light of it. It was empowering and it also helped me get through it. Find the humor in life. Laughter is good medicine.

4. Take a nap! Remember when your kids were little and after they had played so hard for so long they would get grumpy? You knew the cure for their grumpiness was a simple nap. I think nap time still works wonders even for adults. A quick nap not only rejuvenates your body, but it refreshes your mood.

5. Spend time with quality people. We should be selective about those we share our time with. Make it a habit to surround yourself with those who encourage you, inspire you,comfort you, want the best for you, have productive lives,and those who can make you laugh. Avoid spending too much time with people who are constantly negative or who are not productive in some fashion. It’s your circle and you get to decide who is in it.

6.Fill your life with music. I have a wide range of musical favorites. It just depends on what I am in the mood for as to what I will listen to. My father made sure I was exposed to all types of music when I was growing up. Often, when I’m alone in my home , or car, I will listen to Classical music. At other times, if I want to laugh, I will play some blues that are so ridiculously sad that it makes me laugh. “It’s Cheaper to Keep Her” is just one example of what I’m talking about. When it comes to music, I enjoy a little bit of it all. Music has it’s own way of adding joy to your life.

7. Practice gratitude. I said this before, and I am saying it again, learn how to be grateful for all that you have. It takes your mind off of all that you might find wrong in your life, and shifts your focus onto all that is right in it.

8. Be your own best friend. Treat yourself at least as well as you treat others. Stop all the bashing and negative self talk. Learn to love and accept yourself. You are a work of art in progress.

9. Chocolate. Indugle from time to time on simple pleasures. There once was a time when chocolate was available only to the very rich. We are now living in wonderful times. Chocolate is available to everyone! Savor it now and again in moderation. It’s a mood enhancer. :) It’s hard to frown while you have chocolate in your mouth.

10. Volunteer. Make a difference, lend a hand, show some love, and watch your happiness meter soar.

This list is just a short sample to get you thinking. Now get out there and make your own list. Start living a happier life.

More Crochet Blessings

If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love’s reach. _Margaret Cho

Try as I might to cover all the bases, I still sometimes miss a beat. Yesterday, I delivered all of the baby blankets, beanies, and booties to the Nurse and Family Partnership for first time mothers in need. They were delighted and impressed with all of your gifts! They smiled as I snapped their picture holding some of the gift sets and I looked forward to getting home and posting the photo of that delivery. Unfortunately, I realized after I got home, that the disc to my camera was still in my computer from the last time I downloaded photos! :( Hence, I cannot share a photo that was not saved to that camera disc. I am glad I am not that forgetful all the time.

I did ask the Nurse and Family Partnership if they might consider sharing some photos of some anonymous babies wrapped in our blankets. They stated they may be able to provide those for us sometime in May. I can hardly wait! :)

Yesterday, more granny squares arrived from the Feb. Crochet Challenge. The outpouring of kindness from people in different parts of this Nation is indeed humbling. I really don’t know how to thank you when words seem so inadequate, but “Thank You” is all I have. I hope you realize that I sincerely mean it. We accomplish so much more because of caring people like you. I would like to share our recent donations now:

Joan S. of Staten Island, NY joined our Feb. Crochet Challenge. The beautiful granny squares are created and donated by Joan. Thank you so very much!

Joan S. of Staten Island, NY joined our Feb. Crochet Challenge. The beautiful granny squares are created and donated by Joan. Thank you so very much!

P.L. Russell of Orlando, Fla. weighed in on our Feb. Crochet Challenge with granny squares and yarn. We appreciate your kindness. Thank you for what you have done and have agreed to do. xoxo

P.L. Russell of Orlando, Fla.
weighed in on our Feb. Crochet Challenge with granny squares and yarn. We appreciate your kindness. Thank you for what you have done and have agreed to do. xoxo

GSOL has plans to expand!

It’s great when it’s the good news that comes in pairs. :) In the past few days, two dear friends have shared their vision to begin GSOL chapters in neighboring towns and have gathered enough interest within those communities to make it possible. We plan to help them get up and running as early as next month. I look forward to sharing their efforts with you in the future.

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!