Do you need some inspiration for new granny square designs? Would you like to try something new and different? I think you will find plenty in this post! Check it out!
We are still experiencing dreadful winter conditions. We had to cancel our March meeting last night due to a down pour of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. I was rushing about yesterday morning trying to set up emergency temporary shelter in Ahoskie, N.C. for their homeless before all the ugly weather broke loose at noon. What happened to Spring time? Will it ever get here? I am more than ready for it. This has been a very long winter.
I am sure the other ladies that meet once a month have baby blankets, beanies, and booties all set to go, but I was unable to collect them. The roads were just too bad to travel on. Fortunately, due all the donated squares that you so generously provide us with, I was able to stitch a number of baby blankets together and match them up with all the baby hats and booties that were also donated by those who faithfully support us.
First, I would like to share with you some photos of the recent donations that have arrived in the mail, and then I will post photos of the many baby blankets, beanie and bootie sets that were put together from other donations. Your donations are always appreciated more than I can possibly say. All of your extra hands make light work, and due to your kindness, and generosity, we are able to warm up a lot more babies every month.
Recent donations that have arrived in the mail:
Now to show you the finished product after stitching together your donated squares and pairing it with donated beanies and booties:
If I were able to leave you with only one piece of crochet advice, it would be to always have fun. Learn the basics, but then just go crazy with your crafty self!” – Twinkie Chan
“Crocheting acts as a mental and physical therapy and there are many beautiful things that are created in the process.” – Today’s Crochet World
“Play around with materials, colors, stitches. Everything is allowed! Crochet is a magnificent adventure that opens the doors to your wildest imagination and creativity.” – Marie-Noelle Bayard
“Crochet gives me an inner peace that I treasure each and every day.” – Judith Ferrett
“A crocheted piece is the lovely manifestation of a thought, expressed through hand, heart, hook, and yarn.” – Francine Toukou
“Quite simply, crochet feeds the human need for balance in our lives. Making something with our hands reflects something basic about ourselves. We want to work hard without losing touch with our creative selves; we want to earn money without losing our souls; and we want to be part of a larger picture of human progression while still maintaining our individuality.” – Vickie Howell
“If more people knitted and crocheted, the world would see fewer wars and a whole lot less road rage.” – Lily Chin
Thank you again to all who donated granny squares, beanies, booties, yarn and other items. This month, with the snow/ice canceling our meeting, we truly couldn’t have done it without you.
There were requests that we feature new granny square patterns on our posts. So, I am looking high and low to find sites with granny square patterns featured to link here. Check out this owl granny square design. I think it’s cute!
If you have a unique granny square pattern featured on your site, and you would like for me to link to it, please send the link to my email address: email@example.com Each month I will try to share the link to a site that features a granny square pattern.
Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? Enjoy your fiber arts, crochet, and celebrate!
Until next time….
Stay healthy, happy, and blessed.
“How do you say “thank you” for sunshine or health…for clear days or gentle rains…for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.” ~Thomas D. Willhite~
I will begin this post by sharing photos of the latest donations and gifts that have arrived. We are so blessed with people who believe in what we are trying to accomplish and often go above, and beyond, what we would ever expect or think. Your kindness is deeply touching and you help us to accomplish our goals at a much faster pace.
I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives. ~Tracy Chapman
Gloria V. of Murfreesboro, N.C. donated her yarn stash because she is moving and wanted to lighten her load. We are so grateful that she thought of us! As you can see, she included some granny squares and medallions that she had been working on. Please note that I intend to share half of this donation with another crochet group, that branched off from GSOL. Not because we do not appreciate the donation, or need it, but we want to help them carry on the good work they are trying to accomplish as well. Check out their website and give them a “like”, or two, while you are at it.
Now onto our other news….
It’s been a brutally cold winter this year in North Carolina. I don’t recall when I have ever seen it snow so much in one year. We were called on once more to offer Winter Relief to the homeless again on February 10th – 14th by providing emergency temporary shelter. We are not a group that has extra funds, or any funds at all for that matter, we operate strictly on donated yarn and donated squares. So we are grateful for those who pitch in during times of urgent need to help provide what we alone cannot afford to accomplish. Special thanks go out to various GSOL volunteers, the kind hearted souls who work at Rivers Correctional Facility,Judy Collier of Lasker Baptist Church, the Angel Closet in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and Sondra Dickens at the Roanoke Center for your donations to provide Emergency Temporary Shelter and other needs during that time. Your kindness will not go unrewarded.
Last, but not least…..
I am here to testify that bad things will still happen to people who are trying to do good.
Yes, you read that right! On February 11th, while I was out shopping for clothes for a family who lost everything in a fire, and helping a homeless college student; someone else was busy breaking into my house and helping their self! I came home that day to find my front door kicked in, my home ransacked, and robbed. I have since had a home security system installed.
Someone asked me after my home had broken into if I would stop helping others? Of course not! I love what I do. Life isn’t all sunshine and lollipops all the time. I have decided just to take it all in stride.
Who would have thought we would have come this far in 3 short years? Currently, we have 851 followers and our website has had 7,100 hits! Now, that’s something to smile about.
Until next time,
Be well, happy, and blessed!
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan Proverb
Jennafifi nominated my blog for this award! This award is meant to be given to blogs that you think deserve more recognition! Thank you so much, Jennafifi!
Now with this high honor, I am suppose to follow the guidelines below and answer questions, nominate other blogs and give some fun facts about myself! So let’s get started…
Here are the rules:
-You must answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you
-You yourself then pick 11 blogs who in turn have under 200 followers
-You must think of 11 questions for the blogs you have picked and also tell them
-You must link back to the blog that nominated you
Now on to answer the 11 questions given to me….
1. How did the name of your blog come about?
Actually, a dream that I had one night created the idea for this group. I also heard the name of the group in the dream. I like to think that my group is divinely inspired.
2. What are two of your favorite colors? Pink and yellow
3. What is your favorite candy? Chocolate covered caramels
4. What is something really awesome or cool that has happened to you?
My life has been a series and awesome and cool things, but the most recent would have to be that my husband of 40 years still showers me with gifts on Valentine’s Day
5. How many siblings do you have? I have one living brother, and a brother and sister who are waiting for me on the other side.
6. Do you like animals? Yes If so, what animal would you love to have as a pet? I have two dogs.
7. What is something you love about blogging? I enjoy learning new creative expressions and ideas.
8. Do you have a favorite holiday? Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
9. What is something you used to do in your childhood that you wish you could still do today (or just something you used to do that was fun)?
Chat with all those that I love who are no longer here.
10. Would you rather Kiss a Moose or Skin a Goose? I tried plucking a chicken once and it made me gag. So….I think I would rather quickly kiss a moose and call it a day.
11. What is something you wish to achieve in your life? My current wish is to be the spark that creates Winter Relief programs in two Counties.
Ok! Time to list the 11 blogs that I would like to see receive more attention…
1. Gigglesone: An inspirational writer who also loves to crochet.
2. The Heart Yarns This group branched off from Granny Squares of Love last year. I would like to see their blog gain more attention. It’s a small group of women who love to crochet and are dedicated to good works. Show them some love.
3. Nice Piece of Work: This blog is about all the crafty stuff I do (crocheting, knitting, sewing, mosaicing, renovating junk furniture, painting, beading, papier mache, etc) and why she does it.
4. TeresaJames: They share with you the hopefully successful evolution of their new business as artists and designers.
5. DaniellaJoe’s Blog : Self confessed crochet addict.
6.<strong> Homespun Healers: A blog that discusses living well in lean times takes ingenuity and creativity. A big dose of faith always works too. Explore the site as they share recipes, inspiration, and practical advice.
7. Shelleyscrochetole: Lots of crochet ideas here! Check it out!
8. Kev’s Stuff: A very well written blog filled with opinions, poetry, etc. Plus, he is the first person to give my blog an award. So here ya go, Kev. Right back at ya! (Though I am really having to work for this award. LOL)
9. mariannedecher; Musician and avid penpal fan.
10. Crochet Me Lovely A blog that talks about current projects and keeps patterns all in one place.
11. Give me 5 minutes a day and I’ll give you a happier, more successful life. A very upbeat inspirational blog. Doesn’t need more recognition really, but I feel that staying positive is very important. So, I shared this.
Thank you, Jennafifi for nominating our blog for this award. I hope I have completed all the work that was required to keep it. I am now passing it on.
Now for the 11 questions for all the bloggers that I have nominated:
1. If you could invite 2 famous people to dinner who would they be and why?
2. If you could only eat three favorite foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
3. If you had to be a cartoon character for a week who would you be?
4. How would you describe yourself to a person who had never met you?
5. What are 5 things you hope to accomplish before you are 70 years old?
6. If your pet could answer three questions what would ask?
7. What super power would you like to have?
8. If your life got “stuck” at one age, what age would you prefer that to be?
9. What is one thing for which you would like to be remembered?
10. If you could travel back in time to a specific place in history, what would it be?
11. If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be?
Ok…Nominees, it’s your turn to share the love!
These are cute and thought I would share. If you hurry, maybe you can crochet some earrings tonight to give away tomorrow.
Originally posted on Woothie.com:
I can’t stand the thought of paying out $5 for a box of chocolates for the teachers. It’s not that I don’t think they’re worthy – quite the opposite – but my husband used to work at a school and he would report to me how the teachers were given so much chocolate at Christmas that they gave some away to other staff. I’d hate to spend money on something that really and truly is surplus to requirements.
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” _Joseph Campbell
As promised, I am here to show a couple photos of our Feb. baby blanket delivery to the Nurse and Family Partnership for first time mothers in need. Hopefully, very soon we will have a couple photos of a few babies who are wrapped up your blankets. Of course, we do respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but it will be such a treat to see some baby photos. I can hardly wait!
I also wanted to show you all of the pretty donations that recently arrived. Hold onto your hat! They are gorgeous!
I know the time and effort that goes into making each granny square. I appreciate your generosity and your thoughtfulness. Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, or the resources; they just have the heart. I thank you from the bottom of mine.
In case you missed our February Crochet Challenge, you can read about it by clicking HERE.
Valentine’s Day is one my favorite days to celebrate! Every month should have a Valentine’s Day. It might possibly make the world kinder, and more considerate, if everyone had to consider ways to express love and kindness every month and not just on Feb. 14th.
I considered how I might “share the love” on this post. I hope you enjoy the following “Love Links” to other sites that I enjoy:
* Cre8tive Together shares a granny square pattern that I am sure you will love.
*Not an Ordinary Day shares her miracle with us. Anyone else battling cancer, or knowing someone else who is, should be encouraged with her posts.
*Daniella Joe’s Blog shares very pretty lace edging patterns. Just in time to spruce up a baby blanket.
*HooksAndHens has a nice site with lots of crochet ideas. Check her out.
* Being Spiffy shares 52 weeks of dishcloth designs and patterns. It’s not only a practical gift idea but a great way to learn new stitches!
*Grow Sew Happy shares her cabbage patch hat pattern. I have actually made one from her pattern. Everyone loved it!
*Homespun Healers will warm you up with some comfort food. Check out their Chicken and Dumpling for a Crowd recipe.
*Pretty Little Knit Stitches shares a hat pattern for those of you who also know how to knit.
*Shelly’s Crochet Ole has lots of great items show cased for sale on her site. Check out this cute shamrock scarf!
People that keep me encouraged:
If I didn’t spotlight your site this time, stay tuned. I will try to do this from time to time.
Thanks for sharing your love with us!
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Harry S. Truman
GSOL is currently saving their plastic bags to donate to a different group that has committed to make these mats. I love creative ideas and when people think outside the box!