There are Crochet Angels Among Us

“Giving from the heart is supernatural. It manifests into blessings.” _ D.A. McBride

It is my habit to check our PO Box once a week. Today, there was only one package, BUT…it was a HUGE package. Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL , went above and beyond anything I would ask or think!  What a blessing she has been. So many pretty things were inside the box.  See for yourself:

Such cute baby hats! Crocheted and donated by Joan M of Wadsworth, IL.

Such cute baby hats! Crocheted and donated by Joan M of Wadsworth, IL.

16 lovely tweed granny squares. Crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL.

16 lovely tweed granny squares. Crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL.

Thank you, Joan M., of Wadsworth, IL, for the donation of yarn!

Thank you, Joan M., of Wadsworth, IL, for the donation of yarn!

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso

Such lovely granny squares. I love the design! Crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

Such lovely granny squares. I love the design! Crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

All of the gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL.

All of the gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL.

“The heart that gives, gathers.” _ Tao Te Ching

All of the awesome granny squares were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

All of the awesome granny squares were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

The three gorgeous blankets were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

The three gorgeous blankets were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

“Measuring life by what others do for us may disappoint us, but measuring life by what we do for others will add more meaning to our lives.”_ Unknown

Check out this beauty! Crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

Check out this beauty! Crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL

Another masterpiece crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL!

Another masterpiece crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL!

Sixteen more squares! I love the circle inside the square design. Awesome! All crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL.

Sixteen more squares! I love the circle inside the square design. Awesome! All crocheted and donated by Joan M. of Wadsworth, IL.

Joan, you said you loved to crochet. I don’t think anyone can argue with that. :)  You are very talented and your work is beautiful! Thank you for helping us to help others.  God bless you for your kindness!

Until next time….

Be healthy, happy, and blessed!

Love in Action….

“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.” _ Stephen R. Covey

We made good our promise to provide afghan blankets for the Ahoskie, N.C. Fire Dept. to comfort and help those who lose everything in a house fire. We hope they won’t need them, but we will replenish the blankets as needed.  In the meantime, we are working to provide other local surrounding fire departments with afghan blankets as well.

Don't you just love that antique fire truck on display at the fire department in Ahoskie, N.C.!

Don’t you just love that antique fire truck on display at the fire department in Ahoskie, N.C.!

The Fabulous GSOL Volunteers in Aulander, N.C.

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

GSOL of Aulander, N.C. had their monthly meeting this past Thursday. A few volunteers were not present, but as you can see, the Ladies are making wonderful progress in making hats and scarves for the winter months ahead. Our goal is to have 300 hat and scarf sets completed and ready at Christmas, and also additional hat and scarf sets ready for our next annual Valentine Yarn bombing. :)   At May’s meeting, a total of 11 hat and scarf sets were completed, with an additional 11 separate scarves, and 4 hats. Agnes Bracey also crocheted some baby hats to donated to the GSOL chapter in Jackson, N.C.  We do pitch in and help each other where needed. We are all part of the same family. :)  I hope you enjoy some of the photos taken at the meeting.

Nancy Daughtry is new to crochet. She is learning how to turn those circles she made into squares. :)

Nancy Daughtry is new to crochet. She is learning how to turn those circles she made into squares. :)

Nancy is such a good sport, and that is the best way to learn. Don't take it seriously. Relax..have fun...and be patient with yourself.  She decided to make a scarf using double crochet first, and get back to that granny square next time. :) She is doing great!

Nancy is such a good sport, and that is the best way to learn. Don’t take it seriously. Relax..have fun…and be patient with yourself. She decided to make a scarf using double crochet first, and get back to that granny square next time. :) She is doing great!

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” ~Author Unknown

Here is our whip stitching machine! Those fingers are fast! Victoria Parker models a hat and scarf set.

Here is our whip stitching machine! Those fingers are fast! Victoria Parker models a hat and scarf set.

GSOL of Aulander, NC has been blessed over and over again with donated yarn! Thanks to those who care.

GSOL of Aulander, NC has been blessed over and over again with donated yarn! Thanks to those who care.

We are grateful for yarn donations.

We are grateful for yarn donations.

“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” ~Terri Guillemets

The precious baby hats were crocheted and donated by Agnes Bracey.

The precious baby hats were crocheted and donated by Agnes Bracey.

 

Scarves by Glema! Very nice!

Scarves by Glema! Very nice!

More scarves whip stitched together with donated squares from our long distance volunteers. They will certainly help keep someone warm when they are needed.

More scarves whip stitched together with donated squares from our long distance volunteers. They will certainly help keep someone warm when they are needed.

I think this was crocheted by Nancy Parker. Pretty!!!

I think this was crocheted by Nancy Parker. Pretty!!!

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.  ~Sherry Anderson

Love the hats, don't you???

Love the hats, don’t you???

More scarves and hats!

More scarves and hats!

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.  ~Tracy Chapman

Victoria Parker volunteered to take a group photo for us. Sitting ( left to right) Nancy Daughtry and Rita New. Standing (left to right) Nancy Parker, Agnes Bracey, and Meeting Coordinator, Glema Demario.

Victoria Parker volunteered to take a group photo for us. Sitting ( left to right) Nancy Daughtry and Rita New. Standing (left to right) Nancy Parker, Agnes Bracey, and Meeting Coordinator, Glema Demario.

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.  ~Malayan Proverb

Thank you for being kind!

Until next time…..

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

Miracles Happen Every Day

Homeless in Ahoskie, N.C.  2015

Homeless in Ahoskie, N.C. 2015

L’Oreal Paris is going to award 10 grand to 10 different organizations. Can you imagine all that we could accomplish with that donation?  I really would like to help make that homeless shelter in Hertford County, N.C. a reality. We strive hard to help, and offer temporary emergency shelter, during the winter months, but it has been out of our own pockets, and through the help of local churches, and a few compassionate individuals. While something is better than nothing, it is only a band aid, when so much more is needed to offer necessary services to those on the street.   But first…. We need your nomination as “Women of Worth.” Would you give us your recommendation? Click here:  Women of Worth Nomination  It costs you nothing but a moment of your time.

(UPDATE: We have nominations in! Now, we wait to see if we are chosen from all the other nominations that are coming in from across the nation. If so, voting will start in November. We will keep you posted if we are chosen.)

Thanking you in advance while believing for a miracle,

Rita New, Founder of “Granny Squares of Love”

Pretty Granny Squares from Long Distance Volunteers

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  _ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Crocheted and donated by: Louise H. of Camden N.J.   Thank you so much, Louise!!!  We appreciate your help.

Crocheted and donated by: Louise H. of Camden N.J. Thank you so much, Louise!!! We appreciate your help.

The granny squares pictured above came to us from Louise in New Jersey. Louise wrote and advises that she has been crocheting from the age of 6 years old!  Louise also states that she is a disabled Vet from the Gulf War. Thank you, Louise for your service to our Country, and for reaching out even still to help others. God bless you!

T hose who are less fortunate 
O ften don’t ask for help. 

H ard times hit all of us at some point
E
njoy your good fortune
L
et your fortune help others
P eople helping people makes this world a better place!” _ Catherine Pulsifer

Wow! All of the granny squares pictured were crocheted and donated by Theresa B. of  North Bergen, NJ!!! Thank you, Theresa, for all of your beautiful work and dedication!

Wow! All of the granny squares pictured were crocheted and donated by Theresa B. of North Bergen, NJ!!! Thank you, Theresa, for all of your beautiful work and dedication.

“Three helping one another will do more than six men singly.” Spanish Proverb

Six more bundles with 5 granny squares in each bundle. All crocheted by Theresa B. of N.J! Thank you again, Theresa! We will join them together in the design that you suggested. It will certainly be beautiful!

Six more bundles with 5 granny squares in each bundle. All crocheted by Theresa B. of N.J! Thank you again, Theresa! We will join them together in the design that you suggested. It will certainly be beautiful!

We could not do all that we accomplish without the help of our long distance volunteers. Thank you so much!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

The Awesome Volunteers of GSOL in Ahoskie, N.C.

“At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are…Did I love enough? Did I laugh enough? Did I make a difference?” _ Katrina Mayer

Jen Meyer, holds up the adult size afghan whip stitched together by Sandy White using granny squares donated by our long distance volunteers. I think Sandy made some of the granny squares to pull it altogether. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jen Meyer, holds up the adult size afghan that she whip stitched together  using granny squares donated by our long distance volunteers.  BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jen displays the adult sized afghan crocheted crocheted by Wanda Bowser. Absolutely lovely!!! Thank you, Wanda!

Jen displays the adult sized afghan crocheted crocheted by Wanda Bowser. Absolutely lovely!!! Thank you, Wanda!

“Caring for others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on the lives of others, brings happiness.”

Cassie Daughtry, shows off the adult sized afghan whip stitched together by Sandy White with the granny squares donated by long distance volunteers. AWESOME work!

Cassie Daughtry, shows off the adult sized afghan whip stitched together by Sandy White with the granny squares donated by long distance volunteers. AWESOME work!

Cassie Daughtry proudly presents the adult sized afghan whip stitched together by Sandy White using granny squares donated by our long distance volunteers. Gorgeous!!!!

Cassie Daughtry proudly presents the adult sized afghan whip stitched together by Sandy White using granny squares donated by our long distance volunteers. Gorgeous!!!!

“Take care of someone else. Be there for someone else. Bless someone else. A happy life is about giving more than you take.” _ Mandy Hale

Cassie Daughtery, and her neice, Kara display the adult sized afghan was crocheted by GSOL volunteer Phyllis. Beautiful work, Phyllis! Thank you for using your talent to wrap someone else in a hug.

Cassie Daughtery, and her neice, Kara, display the adult sized afghan was crocheted by GSOL volunteer Phyllis. Beautiful work, Phyllis! Thank you for using your talent to wrap someone else in a hug.

We had a

We had a “floating meeting” this go around. Volunteers stopping by to drop off materials, while others stayed. You are witnessing love in action.

“When you start caring about yourself; you  start loving others. When you start caring about others; someone starts loving you.”

You are looking at a miracle! Our new volunteer, Tammy Mullins, was in a car accident with an 18 wheeler! She has both legs braced, and she has aches and pain, but SHE IS ALIVE! Thank God! She even stopped by to drop off the granny squares she made. Now...that is DEDICATION! Thank you, Tammy. We were soooo surprised and delighted to see you!

You are looking at a miracle! Our new volunteer, Tammy Mullins, was in a car accident with an 18 wheeler! She has both legs braced, and she has aches and pain, but SHE IS ALIVE! Thank God! She even stopped by to drop off the granny squares she made. Now…that is DEDICATION! Thank you, Tammy. We were soooo surprised and delighted to see you!

The beautiful granny squares donated by our newbie: Tammy Mullins.

The beautiful granny squares donated by our newbie: Tammy Mullins.

The simply AWESOME adult sized afghan made with the granny squares crocheted by Michelle Harrell and whip stitched together by Phyllis Hoggard.  Beautiful work, Ladies!

The simply AWESOME adult sized afghan made with the granny squares crocheted by Michelle Harrell and whip stitched together by Phyllis Hoggard. Beautiful work, Ladies!

“If you light a candle for someone else, it will also brighten your own path.”

Until next time,

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

Local GSOL Meetings in May

“No one is ever too busy. If they care, they will make the time.”_ Unknown

I am trying to get two meetings in one post since the chapters in Jackson, N.C. and Roanoke Rapids, N.C. meet on the same day.  I think it can be easily seen that we enjoy what we do, and we like meeting with each other. A few photos from both chapters so far for this month.

GSOL OF JACKSON, N.C.

We delivered 18 baby blanket ensembles  that will be given to first time mothers in need. The blankets, beanies, and booties are so very much appreciated. Your help is a blessing. You DO make a difference in this beautiful way.

We delivered 18 baby blanket ensembles that will be given to first time mothers in need. The blankets, beanies, and booties are so very much appreciated. Your help is a blessing. You DO make a difference in this beautiful way.

Johanna actually put together a number of baby blankets before the meeting. This is only one of them. She gave the rest to us early and they made it in today's early delivery. Nice work, Johanna!!!

Johanna actually put together a number of baby blankets before the meeting. This is only one of them. She gave the rest to us early and they made it in today’s early delivery. Nice work, Johanna!!!

If we could all happen to show up on the same month, we would fill the seats. smile emoticon Today, it was nice to have (R to L) Shirley Fennel, Johanna, Peggy Bright, and Brenda Burns with us

If we could all happen to show up on the same month, we would fill the seats. smile emoticon Today, it was nice to have (R to L) Shirley Fennel, Johanna, Peggy Bright, and Brenda Burns with us

Shirley Fennel made this pretty baby blanket. (She is also trying to hide her face. smile emoticon ) It was great having her back to meet with us today.

Shirley Fennel made this pretty baby blanket. (She is also trying to hide her face. smile emoticon ) It was great having her back to meet with us today.

Brenda is a newbie to crochet. She learned how to make a slip knot and how to chain stitch today. It is so nice to have her join us.

Brenda is a newbie to crochet. She learned how to make a slip knot and how to chain stitch today. It is so nice to have her join us.

Peggy Bright is also a newbie, but already she can make a slip knot, chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. By golly, I think she's got it! Such a nice lady. Thrilled to have her join us.

Peggy Bright is also a newbie, but already she can make a slip knot, chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. By golly, I think she’s got it! Such a nice lady. Thrilled to have her join us.

“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”  — Martha Graham

 

GSOL OF ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C.

The stack of blankets and lapghans crocheted and donated by the volunteers of Roanoke Rapids GSOL. Sherry Casey is the meeting coordinator for this group. They are doing an awesome job!

The stack of blankets and lapghans crocheted and donated by the volunteers of Roanoke Rapids GSOL. Sherry Casey is the meeting coordinator for this group. They are doing an awesome job!

 

Mrs Cobbs was so happy to receive her gift! We hope it keeps her comfortable and keeps the chill away.

Mrs Cobbs was so happy to receive her gift! We hope it keeps her comfortable and keeps the chill away.

Mrs. Polly Burgess, the director at Carolina Rest Home, is very impressed with GSOL and all that we do. She is very grateful for us. We appreciate her kind words.

Mrs. Polly Burgess, the director at Carolina Rest Home, is very impressed with GSOL and all that we do. She is very grateful for us. We appreciate her kind words.

Part of our group had another couple of volunteers in and out during the meeting! Everyone was working on something different, which is nice to see our volunteers happy doing what they like. Evie was all smiles the whole time!

Part of our group had another couple of volunteers in and out during the meeting! Everyone was working on something different, which is nice to see our volunteers happy doing what they like. Evie was all smiles the whole time!

We are grateful for the yarn donation from THE ANGEL CLOSET in Ronaoke Rapids, NC

We are grateful for the yarn donation from THE ANGEL CLOSET in Ronaoke Rapids, NC

Virginia Garner started last month in our group and was so excited to make more squares and she even did as I suggested to go to the DIY section on Youtube and find another pattern I was working on last month. I talked her thru making Baby hats last meeting and this meeting she came in with these two blankets and hats make and all she ask was if I would sew in the ends.....YES ! I love it!

Virginia Garner started last month in our group and was so excited to make more squares.  Now she is making C2C blankets and baby beanies too after watching a Youtube tutorial that Sherry Casey advised.

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” –  Linda Naiman

 Virginia Garner even had all these squares ready for us with hat made, all I gotta do is whip stitch them together and we have another set ready! I can't wait to see next months gifts cause Virginia picked out some beautiful colors for her next projects!


Virginia Garner even had all these squares ready for us with hat made, all I gotta do is whip stitch them together and we have another set ready! I can’t wait to see next months gifts cause Virginia picked out some beautiful colors for her next projects!

I think these are the last of the smaller tight hooked squares Leslie Harder made us over the past month, but these type have made some beautiful blankets and I love her color coordinating! I have sever blanket to sew tails into the blankets and make hats for this month...need to get to working them.

I think these are the last of the smaller tight hooked squares Leslie Harder made us over the past month, but these type have made some beautiful blankets and I love her color coordinating! I have sever blanket to sew tails into the blankets and make hats for this month…need to get to working them.

Leslie Harder is still hard at work making squares for us 14 each of these two different colors I love the yarn she used very different than I've seen.

Leslie Harder is still hard at work making squares for us 14 each of these two different colors I love the yarn she used very different than I’ve seen.

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda

Carol Guidry made this lovely soft blanket in a almost tangerine color.....I love it! She learned to make a hat this time so she can make our group complete sets to deliver to the Nurses-Family Partnership in Halifax.

Carol Guidry made this lovely soft blanket in a almost tangerine color…..I love it! She learned to make a hat this time so she can make our group complete sets to deliver to the Nurses-Family Partnership in Halifax.

 

Stay tuned! We have two more Chapters who will chime in with photos of their meetings this Month.  Our Volunteers are AWESOME!

 

 “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” — Nolan Bushnell