I had a great opportunity the other day and I can't wait to tell you about it.
My church has a program called Peter's Pantry. Each week members of our congregation bring in food items and then we work with different groups within the city to provide food hampers for families in need.
Each week I give my daughters something to donate to the bin by the front door and then we go about our regular morning at a Sunday Service.
This week I got to fully experience it. I had a coffee date planned with a friend of mine and when I called to confirm she said that she had to pick up somethings for Peter's Pantry and would I mind tagging along. Why not! I jumped in the car with these two sweet ladies and off we went to the grocery store. Perishable items are bought the day of, so we grabbed two carts and off we went. We were buying for three hampers. One was a large hamper for a family of eight! I have a hard enough time buying and making meals for a family of four. Then I learned that this was grandparents who just received custody of their six grandchildren. Wow. So many thoughts ran through my head. I can not imagine the adjustments that this family is making, and that this hamper will help and be a blessing when it arrives on their door step.
After the grocery shopping was done it was back to the church to put the hampers together. They have all the donations organized on shelves and charts made up as to what each family will receive. I was totally impressed with the set up of the hamper system. But as we were compiling the hampers some items had to be skipped because of lack of donations.
I can admit that there has been times in our marriage when money has been so tight I wasn't sure where grocery money would come from, and we got behind on our bills. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball that you weren't expecting and life gets hard.
As I was helping to prepare the hampers that day I was praying for the families that would be receiving them into their homes. I don't know the situations but prayers are powerful and they can help the families in whatever their situation or circumstances are.
Not only do the families receive food items, but also toilet paper, cleaning and personal supplies. As I was looking through the supply shelves I found two beautifully crocheted wash cloths.
That is when I got an idea.
What if we could put something in their hands that would be constant prayer over their families? I have seen such wonderful things happen with the healing blankets, why not make healing cloths!
So this is what we can do: knit or crochet a cloth and with each stitch say a prayer for the family that will receive it into their home. We do not need to know the circumstances but we do know that they need our prayers. There is a lot of hurt and darkness in my city, I am so very thankful for your prayers.
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Once I receive the cloths I will package them with a special prayer card attached to it.
*please know that I will donate all the cloths that are sent to me to Peter's Pantry, I will not keep them for myself or sell them.
I do not deserve this blessing in my life, but I am so thankful for it.
Life is a series of lessons to be learned, I am thankful that I have started to learn the lessons and not fight the lessons. I will continue to go each day through what ever circumstances come my way.
Colossians 3:17 says Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
As I begin each new day may I keep this verse in mind.
I am participating in the Handmade Saskatchewan Spring Auction. All you have to do is visit their Facebook page and browse through their Spring Auction photo album and bid on whatever you like. The auction runs from April 25 -28th.
It is a great way to see some of the talented artisans in Saskatchewan. Make sure that you check it out!
I have to admit that when I resigned from my office job last year I had no idea where things would go and what would happen. I have to admit that I do miss the pay cheque, but I have been so blessed with where things are going.
My mind is overflowing with crochet patterns and I can't seem to crochet fast enough. I have orders that continue to come in. I am teaching at least two crochet classes a week and the biggest surprise of all is that Living Skies Crochet was asked to be on the Morning Show on Global Regina. All of this happening within a couple of months of putting my full time attention to this passion of mine. And I just added my first crochet video to the website last week.
I did not think that any of this was possible but what I need to do is believe that anything is possible. I am so thankful that I stepped out in faith to face this adventure and I am looking forward to what lies ahead.
Basket Weave Dishcloth
I love the look of the basket weave crochet pattern. It is something that I always teach in my crochet classes, because it covers so many of the crochet stitches and it looks great!
I searched for a pattern that I could use for my class and could not find one that I liked, so I wrote my own. And I am offering it as a free download. Enjoy!
It's not a secret that I love to crochet. I love to hold that ball of yarn in my hand and get excited about what I can create with it. I love knowing who I cam creating projects for so that I can pray for them with each stitch that I make.
I have a section of my website dedicated to Healing Blankets. I have made many through the years; it becomes a need so desperate in me that I have to make one for someone that I know that is going through a difficult time or illness. I shared about it here.
In my previous post I shared about resigning from my job and working from home - which adds challenges on all levels, especially finances. There is always someone on my heart that I need to make a blanket for and currently there are two people.
Last week was very exciting for me, I wrote, published and starting selling my first pattern! It is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. It was so fulfilling to see my listing on Etsy and then I posted it on Pinterest and people are still pinning it, it has been pinned over 200 times. What an encouragement and blessing that is.
Both designing patterns and making Healing Blankets are very important to me, this morning I realized that the two are really one. The proceeds that come from my pattern sales can be what I use to purchase yarn for Healing Blankets! Why didn't I see the fit before? You know how it is, it is obvious for people who are on the outside looking in, but while you are in it you can't see two steps in front of you.
So, I have made a few changes on my website and now all items and patterns can be sold through my website which saves me on Etsy fees.
To purchase the Gwendolyn Cowl crochet pattern and support the Healing Blankets funds please visit my store for the instant load by clicking here.
How exciting is this! More patterns to come soon, I am just testing one now and hopefully will be available by the end of the week.
Thank you for all of your support!
The end of 2013 signaled big changes and a step- no actually a giant LEAP of faith for our family. I resigned from my office job and I am stepping out to be self-employed. I am going to give everything that I have to Living Skies Crochet. I am an excited nervous mess right now. I have so many ideas and designs swirling around in my head, that I feel like I can't write them down fast enough.
On the weekend I took my daughter to see the new Disney movie Frozen. It is a wonderful story, as we were leaving the theater my daughter says, "Let's go the store and buy that movie!" We were ready to turn around and go watch it again.
My favorite part was when Elsa sings the song Let it Go- I posted the video below in case you haven't seen it or maybe you just want to watch it again. After I saw this scene I seriously wanted to stand up and cheer right in the middle of the movie theater. I love what it stands for, I love that she finally feels free to be herself.
That is what I am striving for in the coming year. To be who I am, free to be myself. To let go of past choices, experiences, failures and move on to be who I am. To be comfortable in my own skin, to be joy-filled and experience life to the fullest.
And the biggest part of that is Living Skies Crochet. Yes, I can contribute to my family income with crocheting. Yes, I make crafts for a living and I will succeed.
If you want to join me on this journey please subscribe to my feed. I will try to blog often. I have lots coming up and I can't wait to share. Today is the first day of my photography class, so be prepared to be bombarded with photos. Good thing I have cute kids!
I want to get to know my readers, so "What does 2014 look like for you?"
Yeah it's fall! I love this time of the year, bring on the color and coolness of fall.
Fall is the perfect excuse for more crochet time. I am trying to find ways to include fiber art in our everyday.
I saw a picture of a wreath on Pinterest but instead of using silk flowers I decided to crochet my own.
I think it turned out great and I get a lot of compliment from visitors to our home.
I did a variety of colors of yarn of different styles of crocheted flowers, then added a few silk leaves.
I found the big letter C at Micheals then I painted it in layers of cream, chocolate brown and mustard yellow. I sanded it in a variety of places and different depths to bring out the different colors.
I hot glued it all on the grapevine wreath that I also found at Micheals.
And viola! I think it is a perfect fall addition to our home decor.
Despicable Me 2 just arrived in theatres. A friend of my daughters invited her along to this movie. Her friend has been through a difficult time and I have been praying for the family.
Whenever I hear of someone who is hurting I have to crochet them something. It is like an incessant need in my soul that I have to crochet!
I thought that it would be fun to make my daughter and her friend both Edith hats to wear to the movie. So I searched through my yarn stash for pink and came up with enough of two colours of pink and I was off.
Since they were watching Despicable Me 2, I figured the best inspiration was to watch the original Despicable Me while I worked on the hats. Since it was a rainy Saturday afternoon, my two daughters joined me and I crocheted away.
Sure I had other things that needed to be done. But nothing was going to get in my way of getting these two hats created. I did take a bit of time to make supper, but I was dedicated to getting the hats done before I went to bed that night. After I tucked in the girls, my husband joined me for a movie and I kept at it. Both hats were completed before 11pm and I even finished another crocheted necklace while I was on fire!
Have you ever felt that need in your soul to create something for someone? I get it all the time! If I ever won the lottery I would crochet gifts for everyone that I know that is hurting. I have given so many prayer shawls and healing blankets away over the years, and I know there will be many more to come!
I love to crochet! It is such a great way to pass the time. I feel my stress and anxiety leave my body as I pick up my yarn and crochet hook.
Both of our girls are playing soccer this year, that gives me time to make my fiber creations while they practice their awesome soccer skills.
This is a very common view for me. We have a great soccer facility in our city and an amazing soccer program. I am very thankful for all the work that this club does. Our girls are able to benefit greatly from the volunteer coaches, manager and the staff that make it all happen.
I just had these awesome new wooden tags done for my crochet
items. I found them on Etsy- Urban Timber Woodworks. They did a great job, I was able to order the size, the hole placement and the font that I wanted. After my first order I was so pleased I thought that I should order another batch right away because I wanted to put them on everything. For my second batch they gave me a great deal. I can’t say enough good things about this great Etsy shop.
I love to create with yarn and I love living in Saskatchewan. This is where the two merge to become one.
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