Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Goodwill, Flower Children, Recycled Clothing, Threadbanger

Be sure to write down the links as Corrine discusses them. They will give you many places to look on line. You may find some new clothes to make out of your old ones.

One new shirt required scissors- no sewing.

The Flower children are just adorable.Included is a theory about crafts and art.

Lots of things for you to create in this video. Have fun!

Tips for Beginner Sewers, Threadbanger

Too many sewing tips for me to type out. I suggest you take a look at the 4:59 video. One idea we'll be using at the Teaching Hands art studio. This will be fun.

Ho´oponopono Cleaning Tool in Just Six Words

Everyone needs tools in their tool box. You'll never find a carpenter with their tools. In this video are two tools for you to use. They will help you with in having a better life. Part 2 will be posted soon.

What is Ho´oponopono?

An interesting practice in letting go. Hope by posting this video we might be able to help another person. Let us know what you think.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Blonde cookbook


It's fun to cook for Tom. Today I made angel food cake. The recipe said beat 12 eggs separately. The neighbors were nice enough to loan me some extra bowls.


Tom wanted fruit salad for supper. The recipe said serve without dressing. So I didn't dress. What a surprise when Tom brought a friend home for supper


A good day for rice. The recipe said wash thoroughly before steaming the rice.. It seemed kind of silly but I took a bath anyway. I can't say it improved the rice any.


Today Tom asked for salad again I tried a new recipe. It said prepare ingredients; lay on a bed of lettuce one hour before serving. Tom asked me why I was rolling around in the garden..


I found an easy recipe for cookies. It said put the ingredients in a bowl and beat it. There must have been something wrong with this recipe. When I got back, everything was the same as when I left.

Tom did the shopping today and brought home a chicken. He asked me to dress it for Sunday. I don't have any clothes that fit it, and for some reason Tom keeps counting to ten.

Tom's folks came to dinner. I wanted to serve roast but all I had was hamburger. Suddenly I had a flash of genius.. I put the hamburger in the oven and set the controls for roast. It still came out hamburger, much to my disappointment.

GOOD NIGHT DEAR DIARY. This has been a very exciting week! I am eager for tomorrow to come so I can try out a new recipe on Tom. If I can talk Tom into buying a bigger oven, I would like to surprise him with a chocolate moose.


Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $3500 Tux rental-$75. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $3.99 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough . You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original colour. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Send this to the women who can handle it and to the men who will enjoy reading it.

{Shirley sent this to me via email. She enjoys sharing humor and heart-felt stories.}

Monday, September 28, 2009

Introduction to Hand Spindles......a basic primer

There is a ton of information in this video about hand spindles. The creator of the video shows you a variety to choose from.

Through this lesson I learn the spindle I'm using is harder to do - low whorl. Very effective yet slower method. Drafting is difficult for me. Talk about fumble fingers. LOL. One of these days there will be yarn to use?

This evening the spindle will come out of the box while its given another try. What's that saying? Practice makes perfect. See what you can do in a half an hour.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Unwanted Boy

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg , TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, 'I hope he doesn't come over here.' But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

'Where are you folks from?' he asked in a friendly voice.
' Oklahoma ,' they answered.
'Great to have you here in Tennessee ,' the stranger said.. 'What do you do for a living?'
'I teach at a seminary,' he replied.

'Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you.' And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

The professor groaned and thought to himself, 'Great .. Just what I need ....another preacher story!'

The man started, 'See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?'

He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad. 'When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?'
But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.

Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher , not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?'

The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?'

'This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy.. 'Wait a minute! I know who you are! I see the family resemblance now, You are a child of God.'
With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.'

'With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them , 'I'm a Child of God..''

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, 'Isn't that a great story?'
The professor responded that it really was a great story!

As the man turned to leave, he said, 'You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!' And he walked away..

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over & asked her, 'Do you know who that man was -- the one who just left that was sitting at our table?'

The waitress grinned and said, 'Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's governor of Tennessee !'

Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they're one of God's children!

'The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands forever.' ~~Isaiah


Ben W. Hooper

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Ben Walter Hooper (1870–1957) was governor of the U.S. State of Tennessee from 1911 to 1915.

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Hooper, who was of illegitimate birth, spent part of his childhood in an orphanage, was unofficially "adopted" by members of his rural Baptist church, and was belatedly acknowledged by his natural father, a prominent physician. He was a native of Newport in Cocke County, Tennessee. He was admitted to the bar in 1894, and served in the state legislature. He was a captain of the 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War of 1898, and nominated by the Republicans for governor in 1910 over Alfred A. Taylor. His initial Democratic opponent, incumbent Governor Malcolm R. Patterson, despite winning the nomination withdrew from race due to differences among Democrats, which in turn led to the nomination of United States Senator and three-term former governor) Robert Love Taylor, younger brother of Alf Taylor.

Then the Prohibition issue badly split the Democrats and a faction of them called "Independents" endorsed Hooper, the challenger for governor, leading to his election. During legislative sessions Hooper's administration employed armed guards. Nonetheless, he was reelected in 1912, but was subsequently defeated for a third term in 1914 by Democrat Thomas C. Rye, a Prohibition advocate. During his terms, early child labor laws were enacted and school attendance was made compulsory for young children provided that they lived within a realistic walking distance of a school. The method of the death penalty was changed from hanging to electrocution.

Hooper continued the practice of law after his time as governor and maintained a keen interest in public affairs and Republican politics until just before his death in 1957. He wrote an autobiography, The Unwanted Boy, and was widely regarded in East Tennessee as an inspirational figure.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Continental knitting demo

For over twenty years I've been knitting the American style - throwing the yarn. Last winter I was told how to do the Continental. Let's just say we did not get along.

After watching this video I found out why. I'm looking forward in trying the Continental once again since, you can go faster. Plus, there is less wear and tear on my body. Maybe I can get those three hats completed before next year?

How to Knit a Scarf

This is an easy scarf using the garter stitch. All you do is knit, knit and more knitting. You can make scarves for gifts or yourself. What size needles are your favs?

BRITNEY SPEARS I'M A SLAVE 4 U Make up inspired look

No Britney dissing here. This video will teach you to have eyes just like her's.


Have no idea what sharkskin MAC eye make-up is. Yet, the talent from the make- up artist is wonderful. She made fairy eyes before my own eyes. We will be posting more on fairy eyes as we get closer to our annual Fairy-Ball on the last Saturday in February, 2010. Until then we'll focus on Halloween! More videos are on the way for your viewing pleasure and how to.

Eco Halloween Make-up, Threadbanger

For all you Halloween fans; The video gives you an easy make-up recipe for scaring those around you.

Crochet Beret Cap - Part Two

Now you have completed a Beret cap. Perhaps you'll make some for Christmas gifts. Leslee reminded me that we are down to three months. No worries! Your secret is safe with me.
Let us know how you did?

Crochet Beret Cap - Part One

Simple stitches; chain and HDC (half double crochet) are used in this video. Teresa also posts the pattern as she does a round in the video. I'm off to find part 2.

Yarn Pom Pom - Crochet

Now all of the young ladies in our group can create pom-poms. I'll spare you the snafu's of my teachings. Happy pom-pom making!

Weekend Project: DIY Drawer Organizer

A great idea for organized kitchen drawers! The video makes this rather simple. My problem lies in keeping straight lines. lol

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Too Busy for a Friend?

TOO Busy for a Friend?

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as
the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual..

On Monday she gave each student his or her list.. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they
discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter... The
exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with
themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before... He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin..

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.
'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said:
'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.'

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times... The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.'

Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album..'

'I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary'

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists'

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end
one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and
important. Tell them, before it is too late.

One Way To Accomplish This Is: Forward this message on. If you do not send it, you will have, once again passed up the wonderful opportunity to do something nice and beautiful..

If you've received this, it is because someone cares for you and it means there
is probably at least someone for whom you care.

you'r e 'too busy' to take those few minutes right now to forward this
message on, would this be the VERY first time you didn't do that little
thing that would make a difference in your relationships?

more people that you send this to, the better you'll be at reaching out to
those you care about.

Remember, you reap what you sow.. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

Your Day Be Blessed As Special As You are

Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Knit - The Basics

Great video to learn American style knitting - you throw the thread. Funky music to listen to. What will your first project be?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How to Crochet Lesson 2

I found it! Last week I posted Beth's video that was part 1 to this one. You'll see it in the archive list. Enjoy making granny squares.

Learn to Crochet

This is great to learn the beginning stitches: chain and single crochet (sc). You can create a wash-cloth by sc back and forth. Feeling a bit inspired? Make a scarf.

How-to Crochet a Hat, Threadbanger

This pattern is super easy! We are too early for Christmas projects? You may want to make one yourself. I'm off to make some presents, shhhh.

How-to Crochet a Hat, Threadbanger

This pattern is simple. Not tight like a beanie yet, looks warm and comfortable. Are we early for Christmas gifts? Nah! There are three months left? I'm off to find yarn to make this hat. How about you?

Crochet donations for 9-15-09

Worth your time to watch Beth's fashion show. There are so many hats she created in one week. Two afghans were completed also.

The Heart

"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began,
"I'll open up your heart..."

"You'll find Jesus there," the boy

the surgeon looked up, annoyed "I'll
cut your heart open," he continued,
to see how much damage has been

"but when you open up my heart, you'll
find Jesus in there," said the boy.

The surgeon looked to the parents, who
Sat quietly. "When I see how much
damage has been done, I'll sew your
heart and chest back up, and I'll plan
what to do next."

"But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The
Bible says He lives there. The
hymns all say He lives there. You'll
find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had had enough. "I'll tell
you what I'll find in your heart.
I'll find damaged muscle, low blood
supply, and weakened vessels.
And I'll find out if I can make you well."

"You'll find Jesus there too. He lives

The surgeon left.

The surgeon sat in his office, recording his notes from the surgery,
"...damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle
No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy:
painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis:
here he paused, "death within one year."

He stopped the recorder, but there was
more to be said. "Why?" he asked aloud.
"Why did You do this? You've put
him here; You've put him in this pain; and You've cursed him to an
early death. Why?"

The Lord answered and said, "The boy,
my lamb, was not meant for your
flock for long, for he is a part of My
flock, and will forever be.
Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain, and will be comforted as you
cannot imagine.

His parents will one day join him here,
and they will know peace, and
My flock will continue to grow.."

The surgeon's tears were hot, but his
anger was hotter. "You created that
boy, and You created that heart. He'll
be dead in months. Why?"

The Lord answered, "The boy, My lamb,
shall return to My flock, for He has
done his duty: I did not put My lamb
with your flock to lose him, but to retrieve another lost lamb."
The surgeon wept...
The surgeon sat
beside the boy's bed; the boy's
parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?"

"Yes," said the surgeon.
"What did you find?" asked the boy.

"I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.

Author Unknown - Celebrate Jesus in 2009

If you aren't ashamed to do this,
please follow the directions
listed below:

Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before
my Father."
I Am Not Ashamed.
Pass this on only if
you mean it. "Yes, I do Love God. He is my source of existence and
Savior. He keeps me functioning each
and everyday. Without Him, I will be
nothing. Without him, I am nothing,
but with Him I can do all things through
Christ that strengthens me."
(Phil 4:13)

This is the simplest test. If you Love
God, and are not ashamed of all the
marvelous things h e has done for you..
Send this to ten people and the
person who sent it to you.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Inspirational Quotes

A great video to brighten your day. Enjoy!

How to Crochet Roses |

You can create a bouquet of roses that will never die. Or you can add them to a hat. The ideas are limitless. Have fun!

How to Crochet Roses |

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To commemorate Julie Andrews brithday

To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favourite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'.

Here are the lyrics she used:

(Sing It!) - If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.


(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd
that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please
share Ms. Andrews' clever wit and humour with others who would appreciate it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How to crochet: lesson 1

This is a great video to learn how to crochet. Easy to follow in making your first granny square. Being a crocheter for a long, long time I picked up a couple of new techniques. How about you?

Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap Hat

That time of year again where we are looking for those beanies we made last year. Or you may need a new one. Teresa's video is over 13 minutes. Be sure to watch all of it, cause you'll know how to make a beanie.

Good luck in making your new hat.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

RACHMANINOFF: PENNARIO / Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 / 1/4

Great music to unwind from the stress of your day .

Fashion Conflict- PG-13

The teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date with
this see-through blouse on and no bra. Her grandmother just has
a fit, telling her not to go out like that.

The teenager tells her "Loosen up Grams. These are modern
times. You gotta let your rosebuds show!" and out she goes.

The next day, the the teenager comes downstairs, and the
grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager
wants to die. She explains to granddaughter that she has
friends coming over and that is just not appropriate.

"Loosen up, sweetie. If you can show off your rosebuds,
then I can display my hanging baskets."

Sarah thanks for the humor!