GSOL at Work in February

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”_Oscar Wilde

A few pics from our meeting in Jackson, NC :

Johanna

It was good to have Johanna with us again! Stay well, my friend!

Baby blanket

Pretty pastel baby blanket created by Cassie!

 

Peggy

Nice hooded scarf, Peggy!

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Photos from GSOL in Ahoskie, N.C. :

Great work, Everyone!  You do make a beautiful difference. Never forget that!

Until next time…

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

Boxes full of Granny Squares

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel, and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” _Anthony Robbins

Another delivery made to the Nurse and Family Partnership for first time mothers in need.

Nurse and Family Partnership

Blankets and beanies donated from local and long distance volunteers for first time mothers in need.

It’s a good day when granny squares show up in our mail box! Check them out:

 

Hawthorne

All of the beautiful granny squares were created and donated by L. Hawthorne of Camden, N.J!!! Thank you so much for your continued support!

“Believe in yourself and your talent 100% and never let anyone discourage you from following your dream.”_ Unknown

 

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Simply gorgeous! All created and donated by C. Hudnell of Garner, NC. Thank you so much for helping to help others!

 

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

OH MY STARS!!!

“Love is pulling together against all odds.” Author Unknown

Before going any further, I admit that I have been a bit slow getting things posted and notes written since the loss of a family member in December. My apologies. I will strive to get here in a more timely fashion. Thank you for your patience and understanding. ~ Rita

Please feast your eyes on the lovely work of Joan M. of Il.!!! Such beautiful star shaped baby blankets with matching beanies! Joan, I hope you will share the link to the pattern. I LOVE IT! I am certain several mothers are going to be very happy that you shared your love with them.

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All of the beautiful blankets and beanie were crocheted and donated by Joan M. of IL. Thank you, Joan, for your continued support.

“To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” _Victor Zin

Joan M. of Il.

Another beautiful creation by Joan M. of Il. Thank you again, Joan. Everything you donate is soooo pretty!

I usually get to our Post office Friday, but we are expecting LOTS of snow and I have already heard that all government offices will be closed in Northampton County. I won’t be able to check again until Monday. Patience, plz. :)

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

 

 

Celebrating 5 Years!!!

5th-Anniversary

GSOL is now 5 years old!

My how time flies!  Who would have thought we would have come so far?! It has been an amazing journey. So much has been accomplished along the way. As I look back over the years, I see God’s provision and blessing. I have met so many kindred spirits.  So many volunteers from across the nation have pitched in to help us.  Here’s the miraculous firsthand: Though we operate solely on donated yarn and donated granny squares, we have never run out of yarn! Our yarn stash ran low a few times, but we never ever ran out.  I know God’s hand is on our efforts. I believe he sends us the materials we need through angel helpers like YOU. We thank each and everyone of you who have been with us from the beginning, and those we have only recently met.  I have said it many times, and I say it again, we could not have accomplished so much without your belief in what we do, and helping to make it possible. Thank you again and again!

Some blog facts:

  • This site has been visited 30,409 times.
  • We have 1,175 followers.
  • Number of blog posts: 200

Number of items we have given to those in need:

We never counted all the hats, scarves, afghans, or lapghans.  We have given away HUNDREDS of items to help others stay warm.

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Toughest challenges along the way:

In the beginning, there were challenges.  For personal reasons, GSOL made the decision to relocate in 2013. We have grown considerably since that time.  We now have 6 co-leaders that pull together to help each other.  We also have many volunteers, both near and far way, that work together very well. Together, we have accomplished a great deal. Relocating was a win/win solution for all concerned.  Onward and upward!

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The second toughest challenge has to be the winters that we have tried to afford temporary emergency shelter for some of the homeless in Ahoskie, N.C.  Sometimes, when you look back, there is no denying that God made the way possible. Last year, the cost to house two homeless men for a total of 28 days was $2,940.00 !!!  Please understand that we do not have funds to afford such an expensive undertaking. Local churches picked up many of the nights and GSOL only paid for 1/3 of their stay. Various friends and volunteers helped pay for the rooms when it was GSOL’s turn to make the temp shelter available. I even got an unexpected bonus at work that came just in time to help out. I have learned not to worry about “the how” aspect of doing what we do. God is good.

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Highlights along the way:

  • The joy of giving!  Pulling together, working hard, meeting goals, and then giving it all away to make a small difference in someone’s day. There is such joy in it!  It makes it all worth while.
  • Meeting kindred spirits and making new friends also tops the list.
  • Growing from a single chapter to 4 chapters.
  • The unity we now experience among our leaders and volunteers.
  • Valentine yarn bombing! It is sooooo much fun! Last year was our trial run with this. It was a success and we had a blast tying all the hats and scarves on street poles to be taken by anyone who needed them. It was a Valentine gesture of kindness.  Yes, we are going to do it again this year! :)
  • Christmas luncheon for those in need.  We have provided hat and scarf gift sets for this event for the past several years. We love being a small part of this.
  • Did I mention the joy of giving?!  :) There’s just too many highlights to count.

 

 

How long will GSOL continue?:

We will continue as long as there are needs, volunteers to help us, and yarn to carry out the task. :)

Thank you for FIVE wonderful years!!! God bless you for walking with us and helping make it possible.

 

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The beat goes on! GSOL in Ahoskie had their meeting last night. A great time was had by all! Lots of fun, fellowship, cookies, coffee, learning a new stitch, working on current projects, and planning February’s Yarn Bombing! A few pics of the meeting last night. Enjoy!

 

God bless all of you! Be happy, healthy and blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing in the New Year Right!

“Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people. I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin. The job is not the work.” _Seth Godin

 

GSOL in Jackson, NC were few in number this month, but we gained two new members! Both came to learn and learn they did! I am so impressed with Stephanie and Brenda.

GSOL in Jackson had some new faces this month. Stephanie is brand new to crochet, but she is picking it up like a duck to water!

GSOL in Jackson had some new faces this month. Stephanie is brand new to crochet, but she is picking it up like a duck to water!

 

Brenda also made her first visit to GSOL in Jackson this month. She is quite camera show but allowed me to show how perfectly she is coming along on that granny square.

Brenda also made her first visit to GSOL in Jackson this month. She is quite camera shy but allowed me to show how perfectly she is coming along on that granny square.

“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out. And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up.” _Richelle E Goodrich

The seven gorgeous baby blankets and beanie sets, and all of the lovely granny squares were all crocheted and donated by the generous and extremely talented Ann W. of Lebanon, TN!!! Thank you, Anna!  We appreciate your dedication and hard work.

The seven gorgeous baby blankets and beanie sets, and all of the lovely granny squares were all crocheted and donated by the generous and extremely talented Ann W. of Lebanon, TN!!! Thank you, Anna! We appreciate your dedication and hard work.

GSOL in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.:

Roanoke Rapids Chapter meeting was better than Sherry expected with the low temps and darkness settling in before the meeting started. They had 10 volunteers  in attendance, and many beautiful donations were made even with the busy holidays. The ladies truly love what they are doing!

Gabriel made scarves and squares and was happy to come get more yarn.

Gabriel made scarves and squares and was happy to come get more yarn.

Yarn was donated and I have to check again who it was.....memory is not what it was...LOL!

Yarn was donated and I have to check again who it was…..memory is not what it was…LOL!

 

Leslie made these two also....aren't they too cute?

Leslie made these two also….aren’t they too cute?

Leslie Harder was a busy busy lady this month....she made 4 blanket and matching hat sets.....they are all gorgeous!

Leslie Harder was a busy busy lady this month….she made 4 blanket and matching hat sets…..they are all gorgeous!

 

Gabriel made these.

Gabriel made these.

 

Leslie made this one.

Leslie made this one.

Cindy Lee made a beautiful blanket and hat and I think she has found a way she likes making them better.

Cindy Lee made a beautiful blanket and hat and I think she has found a way she likes making them better.

 

I apologize that I was not able to get a couple photos downloaded here. Not sure what the reason is. At any rate, Roanoke Rapids had a great meeting and lots of things were accomplished. Way to go!!!

 

Until next time,

 

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

 

 

 

CROCHET WALL ART

What a fabulous idea! I have put crocheted snowflakes behind glass and framed them before. My mother in law had made them and I wanted my husband to have this keepsake. I love this idea as well. It was too good not to pass along…..

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Today, I want to delve into the beautiful world of crochet art for the walls.

Crochet is a fiber art form and they are a few artists that have taken it to the highest level, and they are an inspiration to me.

As you know by now, I am creating my crochet fiber art room known as RR for recycled room and I am now looking into wall hangings to go with the clock (I am still waiting for the mechanical part to come in) since a room is not complete without something on the walls.

I think giant mandalas are just so beautiful and colorful, and will fit this concept just perfect.

I want to keep my color selection to a minimum, so as to complement my vivid sofa. Here are several from Xenobia Bailey:

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I think these are all show stopping beautiful.

Image result for crochet wall artThey will give the room a…

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