Monday, August 31, 2009

You are a keeper

One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the
warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of
learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore".... No more hugs, no
more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls
just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care
about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return
before we can say, "Good-bye", or say, "I love

So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage.....and old cars... and
children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it,because we are worth it.

Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after
divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter

Life is important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them

I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper'! Then I sent it to the people
I think of in the same way... Now it's your turn to send this to all those people who are "keepers" in your life, including the person who sent it, if you feel that way. Suppose one morning you never wake up -- do all your friends know you love

I was thinking...I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any
wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said.

Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you
back, you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do. And just in case I'm gone tomorrow.

I love ya!!!

Live today because tomorrow is not promised.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Crochet hat to keep someone warm

Mothers Are People

Mothers are people who cook things
Like breakfast of lunch or a snack;
Dextrous people who hook things
Which button of zip up the back.
Mothers are people who blow things,
Balloons and kisses and noses;
Green-thumbish people who grow things
Like ivy and puppies and roses.
Mothers are people who send things
Like letters and strawberry tarts.
Magical people who mend things
Like blue jeans and elbows and hearts.
Mothers are people who find things
Like mittens and homework and germs;
Fuss-budget people who mind things
Like cuss words and snowballs and worms.
Mothers are people who sweep things
Like porches and cobwebs and rugs;
Soft-hearted people who keep things
Like artwork, report cards and hugs.
Mothers are people who nurse things,
A boy or a girl or a spouse.
And, all in all, there are worse things
Then MOTHERS to have in your house.

...Author unknown

* Contributed by the amazing Shirley

*.* Typed and posted at Knit n' Satire. There are four other stories posted too. oooooooooooh, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Who loves ya, Sarah?

She did it!

Hello Everyone,

This is Pam's first donated handcrafted crochet scarf, for the needy. Don't ya just love the fringe.

And that's a wrap.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The 70's, spring of 1994 to present day

Hello Everyone,

Of late my life seems to be on fast forward. Neck breaking pace is more like it. While selling Teaching Hands for start-up funds I've been cleaning. The type that makes you sneeze due to all the dust. The clean-up of dead bodies in the box or bin. My patients grows thin when the creepy crawly dashes across my skin. When they bite me. . .

Within the week the pictures will be posted of the generous donations to help Teaching Hands. Other photos will be the awesome volunteers handcrafted work. We are blessed to have a great group.

While going through the boxes I notice one of my personal bins had a funky smell. What on earth happened to the plastic bin to be foul? The suspense was killin' me (not really). Anywho opened the lid to have my nose assaulted with a stench. What died in here was my initial reaction. (My friends would say right about now, "Cindy the writer in you has come out to play.")

Moving along.

Placed the bin on the work station. I've been using the tail gate of the truck. Everything in side was bubble wrapped and wet. Wet? Didn't take long to see what created such a mess. My friends old 1970's, blue lava lamp exploded. My dolphin, music box, globe also exploded. This happens when you store your things in an uncontrolled environment.

I was upset while looking at the destroyed items. Shedded a could of tears while trying to clean up the mess. The picture attached in this blog got ruined. This was an assignment in a beginning art design course taken at the local college. One of my favorite pieces of work.

I look forward in hearing about your art disasters.

And that's a wrap.


Doesn't this cake look yummy? Some one was very lucky to receive a cool looking cake. Be sure to share you cake creations with us.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New items from Leslee

Hello Everyone,

Have you seen the cute handcrafted items from Leslee? Oh my they are just adorable!

Nice job on your completed sweater. The dress is just too cute!

Below are Leslee's words from her prior post. She knows I come by and borrow her wording. teehee teehee

"I make beanies really well but something goes wrong when I concentrate on a bonnet..go figure huh? If anyone who reads this has a bonnet pattern that is fool proof ..ya know, the ones you could do in your sleep sort. I truly would appreciate it if you would share it with me."

"Last night I finished up a beret I was making for my grand daughter Gabbie. She is 16 yrs old and wanted a new hat for picture day this thursday. So on sunday afternoon I started it and finished it last night..its awesome..I so wanted to share it with you but I forgot to take a picture of .. I guess I'll have to go make another so you can see how quick and easy it worked up. I made most of it while watching Lord of the Rings, the two towers .. I've seen this movie tons of times so taking my eyes off of it could be done..but the only time I really needed to concentrate away from the movie is when I switched rows..just to make sure I did it correctly. Also to note on this beret pattern..."

Leslee, will you send me a copy of the beret pattern. As you know I have been wanting to make one since last fall.

When you have time check out Leslee's handcrafted items.

And that's a wrap.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Seven lords a leaping, code enforcement and unruly yarn.

Hello Everyone,

Must be that time of year again. Where there are more projects for me to do than time. Or would that be me clearing out the administrative work to create. Point in case is the picture you are viewing. The mess is the summer sweater I started in March. April?

While trying to fix the unruly yarn my normal calm self was going out the garage. (My office is out of the garage.) Every time there was snafu with the yarn I got to look at our bully's trash. This neighbor has left the trash cans out since the beginning of time. Extra trash cans were put out full of tree clippings. Hm, hot sun, wind and fire?

Anywho, while chastising myself for not finishing this easy sweater. I began to ask why am I looking at the trash cans. Other neighbors put their trash cans away. Pulled from my thoughts was the tangled yarn.

Bottom line here. Earlier this year took the time to seperate projects and place them in different bags. The one chosen for the sweater was also used as my purse. When I'd pull out the sweater the mess looked beyond repair. Figured the bag would fix things and crochet the sweater. Grumbled to myself, r-i-g-h-t.

I took a break from the yarn and called code enforcement. The nice lady told me to continue to call if there were any more troubles. Trying to be the good person here felt better that I helped our community to look better.

As though the yarn knew my frustration level had gone down, it untangled itself. Within the week I'll post the pattern for the sweater. Shoot! I failed to write down the instructions as they popped into my head. A friend of mine has been helping me to break this.

There were no seven lords a leaping. However the book I'm reading by Sarah Jefferies has plenty of lords, historic romance. Oh baby!

For your reading pleasure head on over to Knit n' Satire.

Wait! Did you get the opportunity to see the adorable pink sweater Leslee made?

And that's a wrap.

Monday, August 17, 2009



A strawberry blonde was weed-eating her yard and accidentally cut off the tail of her cat which was hiding in the grass.

She rushed her cat, along with the tail, over to WAL-MART!



WALMART is the largest re-tailer in the world!!!

Have a fabulous STRESS-FREE day!!!!


Show us pictures of your piggie's in a blanket. We accept stories too.



No need to water this one. Just use your dpns to have a cactus in your home.


Thursday, August 13, 2009


Another beautiful handcrafted item!


The Knit n Satire has arrived

Hello Everyone,

I've been waiting for this moment. No drum roll necessary. Reason being is I'm excited in watching Sarah's blossoming with her artistic talents. In my world there have been many that come out to the surface. Little does she know that I know. One of them is her natural talent for color.

In the near future Sarah can share this with you.

Besides Sarah's magic with her loom she's created a blog, KnitnSatire. The blog is in the "start your engine" phase. When you get a moment click here to read her blog.

Sarah has a gift to encourage others for the arts. I enjoy working with her because she gives me a gentle push for me to work in the arts.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Shirley's crocheted lap-robes

Hello Everyone,

Besides Shirley telling us stories and jokes she is a remarkable crocheter and knitter. If my memory is serving me right; she's knitted for a very "long, long time." The three lap-robes or lapghans were from a pattern from one of her crochet magazines.

Stare into the screen to see the two different patterns.

Shirley thank you for all of your hard work. I look forward in viewing your next handcrafted items.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Another stack from Bob

Pattern: Ridged Flat Scarf

Hello Everyone,

More times than I've counted patterns pop into my head while I'm knitting or crocheting. None of them have been written down. Most are memorized for me to use on a rainy day. Trying to recall, some patterns became more of a chore than the completed item. You are viewing my first written and posted pattern. You are more than welcome to use this pattern for yourself, family or charity functions. Do not use this for income gains.

Ridged Flat Scarf

2 skeins of yarn
size 11 knitting needles
darning needle

Tasks to perform:

Using both strands of yarn, cast on 25 stitches

Row 1-10 knit

Row 11: , knit 5, purl 15, knit the last 5 stitches
Row 12: knit the entire row.
Repeat rows 11 & 12 until desired length.

Complete the scarf by adding another 10 rows of the knit stitch
Bind off.

PS - Find any mistakes? Email me:

Friday, August 7, 2009

This is one of the kindest things

It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much.. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by..

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hard worker bees in the attic

Hello Everyone,

I've spent about five minutes to copy/paste one image from Leslee's blog. The new version (I have) of Firefox will not allow me to copy/paste images. I took the next route by posting the image URL for you to see the beautiful work. If this doesn't work click here. Worth your effort and trip.

Leslee managed to complete her climbing shell blanket. Click here to take a look.

If any of you decide you like this pattern. Its for charity use only. Please email me at: and I will share this with you.

Crafter's in the Attic "current event is one that takes all newborn/baby things including things for moms.. Adding these sort of things make the donation so special to those who receive it. Many thanks, Judy! Your work is awesome!!"

Until we meet again! Hook's up! Leslee
For those of you who are interested in joining this great group click here.

Leslee, thank you for sharing what your group is doing. Always fun to see what the ladies create for an event.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pat's passion for needle arts continues on

Hello Everyone,

I must admit there are many more post needing my immediate attention that the volunteers have created. Fingers and toes crossed perhaps this week I can get caught up? Now the patterns have arrived to give you the reader something to create. One thing I can't say is that I'm bored.

Without further ado I'd like you to meet Pat Lund.

"Pat was very creative. She loved knitting and crocheting or friends,relatives and her children. During the Christmas season she would make small lace angels that she gave to everyone she me - friends and strangers alike!"

The images that you are viewing are her work from a couple of years ago. One of the hats was created by granny squares. The other is knitted cables. The baseball cap is rather cool.

I did not get the opportunity to meet with Pat. Her work was donated to us by her husband. Mr. Lund donated all of her needle arts work and supplies to Teaching Hands. (Thank you Mr. Lund for your generosity.) He knew in his heart this is what would make Pat happy. When I give one of her items to another needle artist, my heart smiles.

I'll end this post by this poem shared at Pat's funeral on September 29, 2007.

God Takes The Best

God saw that you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come with me."

With tearful eyes we watched you suffer,
And saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
You're now at peaceful rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

Our Affiliate out of California

I'm very excited that we have an affiliate group from California, Crafter's in the Attic . These ladies do wonderful work around the nation. Leslee and myself will be posting pictures of their work for you to see. We will share with you which area of the nation they are working in.

Leslee, is the group leader. Through her talents in the needle arts I've learned many things from her.

We meet on-line through a different charity group. We've both moved on to our specific callings if you will. Flipping back through my memory bank I believe we've been friends for five years, now. Leslee does this seem right to you? You and I could write a book in all of the 'life lessons' we've learned. Or the new patterns you've bailed me out of cause I added an extra step. :-) I could go on and on all day but you the reader might doze off.

Here is a snippet from Leslee's last post:

"I will give this one to a woman in the church who is expecting her first born daughter or donate it to one of our group events. I'm thinking of donating this one. I thinking that some young mother is going to be thrilled with it. Regardless, if I choose the woman in the church or an event."

Click here to read and view the afghan. Her hand-crafted work is beautiful.

One last thing before I let you go. Teaching Hands is a yarn angel to this wonderful group of ladies.

We'll chat again soon.

PS - The new version of FireFox no longer allows me to borrow images from Leslee. Please go to her blog to view the afghan.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Knitted this time around

Hello Everyone,
I've lost count with how many hats Bob has donated to our community. Come to think of it I'd better get a tally for the entire group. Will talk about this another time.

Back to Bob.

His kind smile and willing to help us is enduring. Most of Bob's hats are crocheted. These are knitted for a tighter stitch. "We'll be facing colder temperatures before we know it." I agree with Bob. As a matter of fact we are switching our crocheted stitches to be single crochet or half-double. Both crafts are suggested to use a smaller needle or hook. Or my all time favorite; large needles with 3-4 different colors of yarn.

Talk to you soon.

Bob's generous hat donation

Sarah's continuing hat saga

Hello Everyone,

Sarah has donated 52 hats that have been documented. This means the ones I've posted here on the blog. These hats have been donated to Saint Luke's Foundation to help the terminally ill children. Others went to the Women's and Children's Alliance. We will continue to help both of these organizations throughout our services.
Sarah thank you for all of your hard work. This weeks goal is to have the other bag of donated hats posted in the blog.

How is your blog coming along?

Sarah donating a plethra of hats

Sarah donating a plethra of hats