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“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” -Proverbs 31:27

Friday, November 30, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Dishcloths


A simple crochet pattern which uses the half double crochet and single crochet stitches. Make a few or a bunch and give everyone on your list a pair of cotton dishcloths. Make them smaller and they can be washcloths.

chain 28
hdc in 3rd chain from hook, *sc, hdc* repeat within asterisks to the end, ch1 turn
Repeat this pattern for about 20 - 25 rows or until you have the size you want.
End off, weave in ends.



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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Santa Seashell Ornament

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A really clever way to reuse those seashells from your summer walks along the beach.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Vintage Tags

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A simple craft to make if you have the stamps. Be sure to check out her blog for more ideas and for available items in her shop.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Felt Christmas Tree

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Wrap a piece of felt into the shape of a cone, add a string or yarn at the top and decorate with sequins and you have a simple ornament for the tree. It can also be used as a present topper.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Penguin Poop

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Cute little gifts for the kids or even for holiday craft fairs.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Edible Christmas Tree

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A simple craft to make with the kids. Make sure you do this in the earlier part of the day because all that sugar needs to be burned off. (smiles)

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Friday, November 23, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Christmas Crackers


These are super simple to make. Get some tissue rolls, wrapping paper and ribbon. You'll also need little gifts and treats to put inside. Just stuff the tissue roll, wrap and tie ribbon. This is a great stocking stuffer and a perfect craft for little hands.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Magazine Christmas Tree


This year I'm making little magazine Christmas trees for my sisters. For this one I decided to spray paint it. I wish I had glitter because I think my sister would like it.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Homemade Journals


I actually made these earlier this year but thought they would make for a great Christmas gift. I used my son's water color paintings from the 3rd grade. I poked holes in the paper and secured with yarn. (these are 1/2 page in size)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Santa Utensil Holders


I saw this craft idea on Pinterest and had to do it. I don't scrapbook but I knew I could repeat the craft with resources I already had around the house. I used tissue rolls and paint. I think they turned out nicely.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

{Free Crochet Pattern} Fashion Doll Beach Mat & Tote

Originally posted on momwithahook.blogspot.com May 5, 2011

Plarn Beach Mat

How To Make A Fashion Doll Beach Mat and Tote Bag Out of Plarn by Shelly Hill

Do you enjoy crocheting? Are you a frugal crafter? If so, I have a great frugal craft project for you today that won't cost you a cent! This particular craft project is made out of plarn! Not sure what plarn is? Well, I am going to tell you about it.

Plarn is the slang term given to 'yarn' that has been made from plastic grocery bags...you know, those plastic bags that grocery and retail stores use to pack your purchases in. Instead of throwing them away and junking up our landfills, you can turn those plastic bags into plarn.

To make the following two projects, you will need a size H crochet hook (for the beach mat) and a size G crochet hook for the tote bag and 8-10 plastic shopping bags.

How To Make The Plarn:
  • You will want to use clean plastic bags.
  • Cut off the handles and flatten the bag flat.
  • Cut off the seaming at the bottom.
  • Now...cutting through both layers of the bag, cut strips that are a 1/2" wide.
  • Once you have your strips, you will want to loop them together to form a continuous long strand.
  • Once it is long enough, roll into a ball.
  • You can find YouTube.com video's and tutorial web sites online to teach you how to make plarn if you need a visual demonstration.

Chain 44
To Make The Beach Mat:

You will want to chain 44 stitches, single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn and single crochet in each stitch across. You will continue this pattern until you have 11 rows. Fasten off and weave in your ends . [I needed 10 plastic bags for the Mat]







To Make The Tote Bag:

This tote bag is made by crocheting 5 rectangular blocks and then simply slant stitching all of the rectangles together to make the tote bag. I made the tote bag larger than a purse because I wanted it to hold the fashion doll's plastic suntan lotion bottle, her towel, hat, sunglasses, etc. You know...all of those little fun accessories that those dolls come with.

You will need to make 2 long side panels:

Chain 8, single crochet in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1 and turn. Repeat until you have 4 rows, fasten off, weave in ends.

You will need to make 2 short side panels:

Chain 5, single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn, single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1 and turn. Repeat until you have 4 rows, fasten off, weave in ends.

You will need to make 1 bottom panel:

Chain 8, single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across, Chain 1, turn, single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1, turn. Repeat until you have 2 rows.

Assembly:

You will simply slip stitch all 4 side panels to the bottom panel of the tote bag and then slip stitch up each of the 4 sides to connect them to one another. Fasten off, weave in your ends. For the handle, I just chained 10 and slip stitched each side of the handle to the top of the tote bag.


Shelly Hill is a mother and grandmother who loves to craft, crochet and scrapbook. You can visit Shelly's popular craft blog called Passionate About Crafting at http://passionateaboutcrafting.blogspot.com for free project ideas and tips. You can find a photo of the completed craft project on her blog at http://passionateaboutcrafting.blogspot.com/2010/08/free-plarn-crochet-barbie-doll-beach.html


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Monday, November 12, 2012

{Free Crochet Pattern} Rainbow Tea Cozy


Rainbow Tea Cozy by Momwithahook (c) 2009


Supplies:
H hook
Red Heart - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple 4ply Acrylic
Stitch markers
Tapestry Needle for sewing

Pattern Notes:

BLO – Back loops only
FLO – Front loops only
Both – work in both loops
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG0zOuSLMGE
Open stitch
SC – Single crochet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hwHtyJFMf0
HDC – Half double crochet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz86_EM_Zks
DC – Double crochet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgA9KSJrgAc
Dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together aka ‘decrease’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVmD9y1S3-0
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together aka ‘decrease’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVaQi1q52l8


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Part 1
With Red Chain 25
Red (rows 1-6) Work in Back Loops Only [BLO]

1: 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch2 turn
(24hdc)
2: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
3: 1 hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
4: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
5: 1 hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
6: 1hdc in each stitch across, (Change colors in last stitch –
Orange) ch2 turn

Orange (rows 7-12) [BLO]

7 – 11: Repeat row 5
12: 1hdc in each stitch across, (change colors in last stitch – Yellow) ch2 turn

Yellow (row 13 – 18) [BLO]

13-17: Repeat row 5
18: 1hdc in each stitch across End OFF
Set Aside

Part 2
With Green Chain 25
Green (rows 1-6) Work in Back Loops Only [BLO]

1: 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch2 turn (24hdc)
2: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
3: 1 hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
4: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
5: 1 hdc in each stitch across, ch2 turn
6: 1hdc in each stitch across, (Change colors in last stitch – Blue) ch2 turn

Blue (rows 7-12) [BLO]

7 – 11: Repeat row 5
12: 1hdc in each stitch across, (change colors in last stitch – Purple) ch2 turn

Purple (rows 13-18) [BLO]

13-17: Repeat row 5
18: 1hdc in each stitch across End OFF

Take Part 1 and 2 and place on your pot. Mark with stitch markers where you need to sew for the
top[spout-handle] and bottom[spout-handle]. Sew up
You should now have something that resembles a hat with an open top. We will now be working the TOP.

Flower:
In top, Slip st to any open stitch, Sc around evenly (approximately 32
stitches more or less is fine) join with a sl st in first sc made,
Ch5, skip 1 sc, DC in next st, [Ch1, Skip next stitch, DC,]* Repeat
around until you get to the ch5, join with a slip stitch to ch3 of ch5
made.
Ch3, 2dc in same first ch1-space, 3dc in next ch1-space and in each
ch1-space around [Change to Rose(red) color in last stitch made]
[Ch6, sc in next stitch]*repeat this around End off, DO NOT JOIN, Sew
closed weave in ends.

Cord:
You can use any color you wish I chose YELLOW.
Option 1:
ch 100+ however long you want your cord , sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, end off

Option 2:
Do a chainless foundation stitch the length you desire the cord to be. End off [This is what I chose to use]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A83tzk49DzI

Weave cord into Open Spaces in top and cinch closed. Tie with a bow.

Enjoy.

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I've Chosen a Topic - eBookWriMo 2012

I've chosen a topic, written an outline and wrote about 1,000 words. I know, I'm behind but I'm planning on catching up. Here's what it looks like so far:

Topic: Positive Thinking


Outline:

Before You Begin (How to Read this Book)
Introduction

1. Negative Mantras

  • Self
  • Others
  • World
  • Critical Judgement
  • Sarcasm
  • Fault
  • Always, Should, Never, Could
2. Knowing Yourself
  • Needs
  • Personal Identity (temperament)
  • Triggers
  • How do you recharge
  • How do you take information in
  • Trust
  • Belief System
3. Acceptance and Forgiveness
  • Accept yourself
  • Asking for help
  • Cultivating Truth
  • Accepting others
  • Forgiveness
  • Determination and Practice
  • Gratefulness and Thankfulness 
4. Glossary
5. Resources
6. Acknowledgments (Dedication)
7. Connect with Sara 


Total: 1,000/20,000

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Bible in 90 Days Challenge Final Week Check-in

Welcome to the final week of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge. Congratulations on making it through this far. You are very close to the finish line.  

Check-In:

Please post a comment below to let me know you are still participating. Even if you are behind you can still check-in.

Reading Schedule for Week 13: 

Day 85: Hebrews 1:1 - James 3:12
Day 86: James 3:13 - 3John 14
Day 87: Jude 1 - Revelations 17:18
Day 88: Revelations 18:1 - Revelations 22:21
Day 89: Catch Up Day
Day 90: Catch Up Day

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Twitter Chat #B90Days:

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You can do this easily with Tweetchat. Thanks to Julie of Dutch Being Me for hosting this. 

Prayer Requests:

If you would like me to pray for something specific you can leave a comment or contact me

Hope you are doing well and I'm praying for your success. Keep reading and be blessed. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rely On God - I don't Want Sin ~ Michael Shamblin



Praising God this morning with other Saints. I want to fully rely on God for everything.

How has God blessed you this past week?

Sara

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Bible in 90 Days Challenge Week 12 Check-in

Welcome to Week 12 of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge. Thank you  for checking in last week. Glad that you decided to stay. 

Check-In:

Please post a comment below to let me know you are still participating. Even if you are behind you can still check-in.

Reading Schedule for Week 12: 

Day 78: Acts 6:8 - 16:37
Day 79: Acts 16:38 - 28:16
Day 80: Acts 28:17 - Romans 14:23
Day 81: Romans 15:1 - 1Corinthians 14:40
Day 82: 1Corinthians 15:1 - Galatians 3:25
Day 83: Galatians 3:26 - Colossians 4:18
Day 84: 1Thessalonians 1:1 - Philemon 25


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Prayer Requests:

If you would like me to pray for something specific you can leave a comment or contact me

Hope you are doing well and I'm praying for your success. Keep reading and be blessed. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fighting the Winter Sniffles

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This past week I've been Fighting the Winter Sniffles. I've even lost my voice. My boys are having a great time making fun of the squeeks that I try to make as I speak to them. I'm kind of glad this came early in the season because it seems to never fail that when the kids are on school break around the holidays I'm sick in bed.

Searching the internet this week I found a few natural remedies for colds. Not sure if that is what I had because I did have a fever.

The first I found is an Immune Boosting Tea over on ModernAlternativeMama.com. It was a bit too late for me to use this but I'm saving it for the future. I'm not a real herb or natural type of person but since I'm trying to stay off of over-the-counter and prescription medicines I'm starting to look into them.
Immune Boosting Tea -

Link to Immune Boosting Tea:
http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/10/08/monday-health-wellness-immune-boosting-tea

The second remedy I found was a Chest Tincture by MarmeesPantry.Blogspot.com. In it she describes using Mustard Poultice. She includes two recipes, one for children and the other for adults. I really didn't have a chance to use this as I didn't have a chest cold, it was more of a sore throat, sinus headache and eventually laryngitis. Again, I'm keeping this one close because although she says it can get a bit hot I don't think it would be any more hot than vapor rub (I hope) and I'm guessing it is cheaper.

Link to Mustard Poultice Recipes:
http://marmeespantry.blogspot.com/2012/10/mustard-poultice-for-chest-congestion.html


Now this last one is the one that had me wishing I had it. It is Mullein which is good for chest colds, wheezing, ear aches and the flu. All symptoms I usually have toward the end of the year. If a cold gets into my chest I end up getting bronchitis and having it for what seems like months.

Link to Joybilee Farm (TM):
http://fiberarts.ca/blog/mullein-for-colds-and-flu


November is the Month for Writers

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This month I'm participating in Copybloggers EBookWriMo. It coincides with NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. All events or challenges are geared for the writer in each of us. 

It challenges us to write the book we've always wanted to write, the eBook we've been putting off or even simply blogging every day for an entire month. 

This month I'll be writing an eBook about a subject I am unaware of at this moment. I'll be searching forums, Twitter, and Facebook for questions and ideas because I'm on a schedule. 

  • Day 1 and 2: Choose my topic
  • Day 3 and 4: Outline my eBook
  • Days 5 - 25: I'll be writing 1,000 words a day
  • Days 26 - 28: Redraft the eBook and make corrections
  • Days 29 and 30: Make final changes & publish the eBook
Have a topic you'd love for me to write about? Leave a comment and your suggestions



1 John 4: 7-8 NKJV

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

John 13: 34 NKJV

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

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