Thursday, December 9, 2010

Knifty Knitter: Plastic needle use to finish scarf

Monday, December 6, 2010

Half Double Crochet: washcloth pattern for active military

100% cotton yarn
H hook


Half Double Crochet

You creating a washcloth that must be a 9 inch X 9 inch or 10 inch X 10 inch. Besides the soldier using the wash cloth in the shower they can use this to keep them cool during those hot temperatures.

Chain between 30 to 35 stitches depending on your gauge or tension. Third chain from the hook add a HDC (half double crochet) continue until the end. [HDC directions: wrap the yarn around hook, go through the loop, pull up loop, go through all three loops at once, on loop left.] Chain 2 turn and hdc into each stitch. Continue these steps until you have the size you want.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crochet: Q hook scarf in an hour

You'll need a Q hook
3 strands of yarn combo of:
worsted weight
fun fur
fancy fun fur

triple crochet

This pattern is for a skinny scarf by chaining 8. Got into the 4th chain so you'll have 5 triple crochets your working with. Wrap your Q hook twice w/ the three strands, go thru 2 loops wrap hook again, go thru 2 loops, wrap again to thru 2 loops where you'll have 1 loop left on the hook.

A Night Time Thanksgiving Greeting

Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone; we figured that there are more days in our lives where we are thankful. We hope your holiday was a wonderful as ours.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Remains identified as missing Vietnam War soldiers

Aug 12, 8:37 AM EDT

Remains identified as missing Vietnam War soldiers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The remains of two U.S. Army soldiers, one from Oklahoma and one from Montana, who had been missing in Vietnam for nearly 40 years, have been identified, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

The bodies Chief Warrant Officer Donald Wann of Shawnee and 1st Lt. Paul Magers of Billings, Mont., were identified through DNA testing by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. Magers enlisted in the Army in Sidney, Neb., in 1969.

Wann and Magers were killed June 1, 1971, when the AH-1 Cobra helicopter they were flying as part of a rescue mission was shot down in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, the military said.

Wann's daughter, Shannon Wann Plaster, said she has been trying since the early 1990s to find her father, and had known since July 2008 that human remains found near the suspected crash site could include his.

Plaster, 49, of Yukon, said she was told of the confirmation in March, while attending a National League of POW/MIA Families conference in San Antonio, Texas.

"It was just emotional - joy, happiness and just relief," she said. "It felt like a million pounds off my chest and off my back."

She had always hoped to have his remains returned home, she said.

Plaster, who was 10 when her father was shot down, said she remembers him as a larger than life figure.

"I was a daddy's girl, a little tomboy. He taught me how to shine his boots and I'd wear his helmet and his canteen."

She recalled a fishing trip off the coast of Rhode Island when her father and a friend took her in a two-person boat and caught a 25-pound striped bass.

"I was sitting there freezing my butt off, the boat was so small and the fish was so big. That fish was as big as me," she said.

Attempts to find a phone number for Magers' relatives in Montana were unsuccessful, but the Montana National Guard issued a statement on their behalf.

"The Magers family is extremely grateful and honored by the outpouring of support and condolences from across the state and the nation in response to their loss. Paul was proud and honored to serve his country and chose to do so as a member of the aviation community within the United States Army. He served with great pride, dignity and honor. We welcome Paul home," said Maj. Tim Crowe, public affairs officer.

Magers lived in Billings from 1948 to 1952 and returned in 1958. He graduated from Billings Central Catholic High in 1963, the Guard said.

Wann also was survived by another daughter, Michelle Wann, 47, and his wife, who Plaster said has remarried and doesn't want to be identified. Her mother, Plaster said, is overwhelmed.

"She was just so excited, she didn't think we'd find anything. I think she was just trying not to get my hopes up," she said.

Plaster will fly Sunday to Hawaii and serve as a special escort, accompanying her father's remains back to Oklahoma.

A funeral service for Wann will be Aug. 21 in Muskogee with burial to follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Wann said.

A funeral service for Magers will be Aug. 27 in Billings, Mont., with burial to follow at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel, Mont.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Coping with this war business part 2

Some ideas in helping you to cope with this war business.

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Extended Single Crochet Stitch directions for skinny scarf

Below you'll find the directions in creating your own extended single crochet skinny scarf.

You'll need any worsted weight yarn or cotton.
I use the H hook

(Extended Single Crochet: push hook through the loops, pull up loop, you know have two loops. Go through first loop then through both loops. )

Chain 13

Extend single crochet (exsc) into the second chain from the hook. You'll continue with the exsc throughout all 12 chains. At the end chain 1, turn, go into both loops and excs. Continue with this pattern until you've acquired the length you want.

If you find an error in the pattern please let us know.

Please share with us your creations.

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Some coping ideas for you during this war we re in

I'm meeting a friend tomorrow who will be able to help me with You Tubes and Blogger relationship. Please take a look at the video

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Monday, July 12, 2010

A gift for us to be on the cutting edge

For some odd reason Blogger and Youtube will not talk to one another when I post. Here is the link for you to view another video:

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A veterans last wish

My good friend Jeff can no longer speak his last wish. Learn more by clicking now

Don t cope with this war business alone

Are you handling this war business alone? Please don't. . . click on the link now,

Friday, July 2, 2010

Why we re here for you

3B's Coffee Talk with Bob Hevern and Cindy Williams of Teaching Hands.

Click this link to view the video.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bob and Cindy Live from the coffee bar

Not sure why there seems to be a snafu between YouTube and Blogger but there is one. You can view our first video by clicking right here

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Meet Cindy Williams

Here you are about to view my first adventure with a new source (to me), of Social Media. I had the most fun with this once I got over using a microphone. Then had to learn what was in my tool box (computer) to get this completed. (Soon a video will talk about this in more detail.) Like any new project, there is room for improvement - practice makes perfect.

In this video you'll view some of my earlier work I handcrafted for the Homeless Veterans, those in need and the terminally ill. There was a time that I went shopping for used John Deere tractors to aide me with the Alpaca farm. The thought of picking up poop twice a day still doesn't thrill me all that much. Instead creating and running Teaching Hands to help others does.

Thank you for viewing our first video.

Friday, May 21, 2010

We are working with Veterans Resource Network

The pictures you are viewing have nothing to do with what I'm about to share with you. Wait! I lied! ;-) They were works in progress of handcrafted items that are already given away.

When the weather permits I do like to knit or crochet outside. Two weekends ago the temperature was just right. . . the smell of the Lilac bush was delicious.

Let's get to the story at hand.

With the highest population of the Homeless Veterans being women in Boise, Id; We got excited in learning the Veteran Resource Network wanted to work with us. They also need our help with the 4,000 Idaho Military being deployed this Fall. I'm sure as time moves forward there will be other things we'll be doing as a group.

You are welcome to join us in handcrafting items like; skinny scarves (to let the women know someone cares.), comfort shawls (for the moms sitting in the cold burn unit), crocheted or knitted flower pins, slippers (for the soldier in the hospital), blankets and lapghans. We meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Hillcrest library from 6-8pm. See you there!

Our biggest goal is to let the Idaho Military know the community cares about them and loves them. Because of the men and women going to war in Afghanistan and past wars we have our freedom. . . .

We are in the beginning stages of teaching the families how to cope with a loved one going to war through the arts. Some say that any form of art is therapeutic. We are offering a creative outlet during this difficult time of their life. The same principle applies to the Military returning from war to peace.

Between Veteran Resource Network and us we have created a community with numerous resources to help Military families. There's nothing more rewarding than handcrafting an item for another person. New skills will be developed for the person involved and spread to the new comers.

I've gotta get back to work with yarn and hook. Take care!

Lapghans for the local Veterans

Shirley crocheted the first three lapghans or laprobes you have viewed. The red, white and blue one cause a commotion between the Veterans. :-) The last two are the ones I created; Jacobs Ladder and knitted basket stitch meets crocheted granny stitch. The knitted portion was donated to me from a widower. I used a portion of the granny stitch to complete this ghan.

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Crochet: Skinny Scarf

We try to keep hip with the styles that are out there today with our handcrafted items for those in need. Kayla, a friend gave me the idea in how to create a skinny scarf. I used a size H crochet hook. An I will work too.

Chained 12 stitches.
From the second chain of the hook use the Extended Double Crochet, (EDC) into the ten remaining stitches. Chained 2, turned and continued with the EDC until you can wrap the scarf around your neck twice. (You can use the double crochet stitch instead. )

Don't forget to weave in the ends.

To me this was fun and worked up quick. One could say this was mindless crocheting.... therapeutic.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Canoe Pot-Holder Crocheted

Please let me know if you find any typos in this note. My friend Gloria shared this pattern verbally with me as did her sister for her. The yellow one is the forth one I've created. These are easy to do! Have fun!!!

Either a size I or H crochet hook. You want a tight stitch to avoid holes.

Depending on the size of the pot-holder is how many you'll chain. I chose to make big ones.

The pictures in this note are showing chained 35 stitches with an I hook.
Single Crochet (SC) in the second stitch from the hook; SC in each stitch to the end of the row. Do not turn. Continue to SC along the bottom of the stitches just made. You are now working in a round. SC around the piece. It will start to look like a canoe. Round and round you go until it closes as a square.

Turn right side out, chain 10, then SC the opening shut. Come back up using the slip stitch, SC around the chain ten for loop, tie off, tuck in remaining yarn. Now you have a pot-holder.

Fold in the middle to form four corners and slip stitch (sl st) closed to form a square.

Thoughtfulness to the Veterans

Medical Center
500 W Fort St
Boise, IDAHO 83702

April 05, 2010

BOISE, ID 83706

Dear Ladies:

On behalf of the Boise VAMC patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of three handmade blankets. Your thoughtfulness reflects the concern that you feel for our Veterans and for the service they provided to all of us while in service to our country.

Without your support, we could not provide for the smaller niceties that make hospitalization more bearable. You thoughtfulness also reflects the concern and compassion that our community feels for our Veterans.

Thank you for your support.


Teresa LTB for
Sharon N. Clark
Chief, Voluntary Service

SIDE NOTE from Cindy Williams: Since the above letter we've managed to donate another 11 handmade blankets. A picture was taken of the letter and posted here with two of the blankets.

Pictures by: Cindy Williams

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Single Crochet Stitch

You start with the chain stitch - 25, single crochet (SC) one row, chain 1 turn. In this exercise I went through both loops that made a V. Do you see this in the picture? Yarn over (YO) pulled up a loop, there are now 2, yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops, 1 loop remains on the hook.

In the first picture:Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops now you have one loop on the hook.

The second one: Go through both loops that looks like a V!

You know have a pattern to make a scarf.

Side note: I'm learning to use the camera with one hand while I hold hook and yarn. The location has a lot of light... well need to take pictures else where for them to be clearer.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Chain Stitch for Crocheting

This is my first attempt in writing directions for crocheting for the public. The chain stitch is the foundation in all of your crochet projects. Depending which hand you use the opposite one holds the yarn and your dominate hand uses the crochet hook.

The first picture: How the chain stitch looks when completed.

The second one: Place yarn in hook where my index finger is located. Then pull the yarn through the loop where my thumb is.

Side note: I'm learning to use the camera with one hand while I hold hook and yarn. The location has a lot of light... well need to take pictures else where for them to be clearer.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We made a difference for the terminally-ill

The photo you are viewing was taken by me to show you that the letter is real. In the future when we have a scanner we'll use that. For now you can read the retyped letter below.

Before I let you do that....

We welcome you to help us anyway that you can. Now on to the letter.

March 12, 2010

Teaching Hands
607 Beeson ST
Boise, ID 83706

Dear Friends.

You have made a difference to the many people who are treated each year at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). Your gift of crocheted and knitted hats, ponchos and slippers will help in the care of our patients. You have made a difference.

Again, thank you for your support of Mountain States Tumor Institute and its patients and programs.


Camille Ramsey
Director of Annual Giving


Monday, February 15, 2010

Our special volunteer Gloria does it again!

Gloria and I meet in the summer of 2008 at the Library! Hillcrest. She brought a large stack of crocheting and knitting books for me to find a pattern for her. We struggled in trying to pick one item for her to knit. Or was that crochet.

This past Saturday was no different in viewing a another stack of books. Like Gloria, books are one of my favorite places to go for inspiration in making things. There were numerous easy patterns that stimulated both of us to complete our projects to start another one. I got to do the frog, rip it! Gloria handed me two completed scarves and started another one.

Gloria has a warm side of her that loves to help. I lost count with all of the yarn she has donated to us. Today that box is all gone in keeping people warm. The off-white scarf (first picture) doesn't have a handcrafted owner. She found it in a box of yarn that was given to her. Maybe her sister made it.

By looking real hard you'll see the beginning of the scarf Gloria finished "last year."

Maggie is the cute lady who chose to be the model of Gloria's scarf for this blog. She's one of the nicest employees at the 3 B's. You'll also find my office out of the coffee-bar.... Tomorrow's blog will go into further detail about the buzz where one can find a bumble bee car.

I'm very proud of Gloria and her accomplishments in helping Teaching Hands.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan .'

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we
reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time....

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch so I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar
bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears; she thanked me. 'My son was a
soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked.. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first

'This is yours, thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.
A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat. I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked. I hoped he was not
looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand
and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a
soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when
applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand,
wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.. It will be about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give
them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and
including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list....

I just did

Let us pray...

Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!

Please send this on after a short prayer.. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!


'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for
us in our time of need. Amen.'

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached.. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine,
Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.


Unknown Arthur.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Educational Moments


There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London which
used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the
gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung. The horse
drawn dray, carting the prisoner was accompanied by an
armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and
ask the prisoner if he would like ''One Last Drink. '' If he
said ''Yes,'' it was referred to as "One For The Road.'' If he
declined, that prisoner was "On The Wagon"

So, there you go. More bleeding history.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used
to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold
to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were
"Piss Poor". But worse than that were the really poor folk
who couldn't even afford to buy a pot they "Didn't have a
pot to Piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain
because the water temperature isn't just how you like it,
think about how things used to be. Here are some facts
about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their
yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by
June. However, since they were starting to smell,brides
carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence
the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man
of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then
all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the
children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so
dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the
saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no
wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get
warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)
lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and
sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence
the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the
house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where
bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean
bed. Hence, bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the
top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds
came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other
than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt Poor." The wealthy had
slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet,
so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their
footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh
until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping
outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big
kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they
lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly
vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat
the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get
cold overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for
quite a while. Hence the rhyme: ''Peas porridge hot, peas
porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old''.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel
quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang
up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a
man could "Bring home the Bacon." They would cut off a
little to share with guests and would all sit around talking
and ''Chew the> fat''.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with
high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the
food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most
often with tomatoesp; so, for the next 400 years, or so,
tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the
burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and
guests got the top, or ''The Upper Crust''.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination
would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead
and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen
table for a couple of days and the family would gather around
and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''.

England is old and small, and the local folks started running
out of> places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins
and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the
grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were
found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized
they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string
on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up
through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have
to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to
listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell''
or was considered a ''Dead Ringer''

And that's the truth....

Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

So . . . get out there and educate someone!

~~~ Share these> facts with a friend like I just did ! ! !

--Unknown Author

Sunday, February 7, 2010

This is beautiful! Try not to cry!

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: 'How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?'

The surgeon said, 'I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make it.'

Sally said, 'Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care any more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?'

The surgeon asked, 'Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university.'

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to her son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair... 'Would you like a lock of his hair?' the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally.

The mother said, 'It was Jimmy's idea to donate his body to the University for Study. He said it might help somebody else. 'I said no at first, but Jimmy said, 'Mom, I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom.' She went on, 'My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could.
walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy's belongings on the seat beside her in the car.
The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy's belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son's room.

She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She lays down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Lying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

'Dear Mom,

I know you're going to miss me; but don't think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just 'cause I'm not around to say 'I Love You'. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day. Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won't be so lonely, that's okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things us boys do. You'll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.

Don't be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God's knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That's when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn't allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him 'where was He when I needed him?' 'God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children.

Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I've written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn't that cool? I have to give God His pen back now He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don't hurt anymore the cancer is all gone. I'm glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God couldn't stand to see me hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.

Author Unknown

Friday, January 29, 2010

WHO stated 1,000 children under 5 die every hour

Four organizations are on a mission to help the children of the world. Each of us have our own tasks. Three of the nonprofits have been around - forever. Teaching Hands is the new kid compared to World Health Organization, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Save the Children.

A direct quote from World Health Organization - (WHO) 24 July 2008. And I'm sharing their pictures. "Nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1000 every hour – but most could survive threats and thrive with access to simple, affordable interventions." A little further down the web page is this: "From one month to five years of age, the main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles and HIV. Malnutrition is estimated to contribute to more than one third of all child deaths."

The mission started by bringing awareness to my local community. Followed by asking for everyone to participate however they can. Then came the questions; "What about the school age children?" "Don't the deserve to be warm also?" A lot of them come from needy homes. There are the ones that are homeless. Aren't you going to keep them warm too?

On-line I stumbled upon a phenomenal woman.... "Philanthropist Melinda French Gates was recognized for her efforts to reduce infant mortality rates through Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program." Mrs. Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) is the one who caught my attention with a comment she made. Her foundation had sent sterile medical equipment and vaccine's for the children. Her last statement was the one that stuck for the past three years. She stated that a cap will help to keep the child warm. Who will make the caps? Aloud I stated, "Me."

No one has asked me to speak for the children. I appointed myself.

Three years later and the WHO information still gets to me. Eyes go wide when I have the opportunity to share the information face to face. A disbelief can come across when a discussion takes place with how bad things are. There are times this entire project is overwhelming. One day at a time works wonders. The Power of Prayer too! Complete understanding its impossible for one person to make millions of hats, helps. I'll go out on a limb to state, "It will take millions of participants to keep the children warm." No, I've not forgotten the adults too.

Will all of us work together to erase the horrific troubles children are experiencing around the world. Teaching Hands will do our best to make sure this happens. Stay tuned....

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: World Health Organization

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Deplorable living conditions for human-beings to keep warm must stop.

Five years ago, my body wasn't able to keep me warm. (I'm thankful those days no longer exist.) Besides wearing layers there was a hat, scarf, shawl and blanket with me at all times in the seventy degree home. Being fortunate to have the skills of knitting and crocheting kept me cozy. I was able to make hats/scarves to match the clothes I wore. All snug in my layers of warmth my thoughts traveled to those who were cold. Do the homeless ever get warm in the winter months? What about the patients with a terminal illness?

(Through the prior questions that rambled in my mind is how Teaching Hands began its creation.)

While following a strict schedule my body began the slow process to function in a healthy manner. My brain continued to ponder about the human-beings keeping warm. My now troubled spirit was comforted by being persistent with the knitting. There were several kitchen trash bags filled with hats, scarves and shawls. I knew in my heart there was a bigger picture in front of me. Little did I know this complication would change my life.

There were hours spent in doing research for the less fortunate to keep warm. My first mission was making hats for the five million newborns/children under five years of age that were dying per year around the world. A rapid realization came to my mind that one woman isn't capable in resolving this issue. Followed by this came another difficulty in my own community. People were not aware of human-beings being cold. My mission grew to teaching people the awareness and participation.

The facts are: there is an immediate need in our world to keep people warm. You are viewing this in your local community. You see the homeless and needy throughout your town. Turn on your television to view the abhorrent conditions in Haiti. There are horrendous situations throughout the world with people remaining cold.

In my eyes we must bring this to a stop!

We at Teaching Hands are asking you to become involved. Spreading awareness is a task you can do. Knit a hat or scarf. Pull out the sewing machine. What are your community needs? Your family? Friends? Yourself? Asking your local church. Or a hospital's volunteer office. Gather your friends at the local coffee-bar. You are more than welcome to help us. When you need our aid give us a holler. By all of us working together we can change the world to be a better place.

As you look at the pictures in this post keep in mind the handcrafted items have kept a person warm.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'm on a mission!

Last year the local newspaper did an interview with me and our volunteers. Being my first interaction with the press had my nerves a tad frazzled. At that time me being behind the scenes was my comfort zone. A camera with a large lens wasn't. Then came the question from the photojournalist that has stuck with me since. He asked why am I making handcrafted items to keep the needy warm. Boy, was I surprised what flew out of my mouth.

The conversation went something like this. Have you watched the movie Blues Brothers? The scene where they are in sunglasses talking to the nun. We both smile at each other. One of them stated, "We are on a mission from God." That's what I am. "I'm on a mission from God."(The first picture is me being silly with the camera came up with my own rendition from the movie. lol.)

A year has come and gone since, that interview. Plenty of time for me to realize that I am on a mission. While being on a hot pursuit in getting Teaching Hands to be a nonprofit while help others, a gift arrived. I learned more about myself. And how important my artistic means aided me in living a healthy life-style. Writing and the needle arts are a way of life for me. Knitting will comfort me during those times my soul is troubled. The writing lets me talk to all of you. It also keeps my mind clear from the clutter. My version of dancing keeps the stress off of my body. I live the life that Teaching Hands is teaching others. (Bert moment because he is the mascot of Teaching Hands.)

All fun aside this is what I look like while being on my mission from God. I'm blessed to have figured out why I'm here. Or my purpose in life. My goal is to help others have the same thing. In closing I'll leave you with this saying I came up with: Through the arts you can learn about yourself, learn about others and the world around you.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Monday, January 25, 2010

Caught in the act of having a good time

The place was hopping with sharing, laughter, joy, friendship and love. The grand time took place at the 3B's coffee-bar last Saturday. You could hear the laughter throughout the building. I've been told you can hear me laugh from Idaho to Texas. :-) People dropped by just see what we were doing. One woman stated she wasn't a crocheter. She kept saying we were great because of the laughter. Did we know the importance of laughter? Yes we do!

There wasn't much laughing earlier this morning when I looked at the pictures taken. Most of them were blurred.... There was too much fun going on... forgot to check the pictures before everyone went home. I don't have the heart to call everyone back for a retake at 6:30am. That's when I viewed them. You'll need to use a touch of your imagination. The digital camera in my possession is considered old. Hence when people are not in frozen mode things blur. There was too much laughter going on to ask people to "hold that pose." lol

When you are having a boring Saturday buzz-on in and visit with us. Our attitude is the more the merrier. One woman told us she'd come by just to have a cup of coffee with us.

One last thing before I let you go...

We are blessed to have such talent as Miss Shirley's. She is one volunteer who has rolled up her sleeves to help Teaching Hands and the request of her church. One could say she is always on the move with her knitting. Shirley makes the rest of us look like a bunch of lazy bums. lol The picture you are viewing is a request from her church. The newborn hats and mittens are adorable. Her huge heart continues to keep people warm.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kids Are Quick

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on
the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

(I Love this kid)

TEACHER: Donald , what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that
we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I.. '
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie ..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right ... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's
cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.

TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the
same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.

TEACHER:Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking
when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher

Thank you Ross for sending this fun email message. HUGGIES!!! Cindy :-)