Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)



Friday, May 30, 2008

WIP #3................. **Done**

YIPPIE.............................Check this out............ another one DoNe!!! This one was started right about the time I signed up to get my WIP's done. So this is a New WIP.
Praise God .......... my fingers are movin' right along!!!!

This is a Hexagon Sweater with a Granny Beanie set..... Done in watermellon theme. You can barely see the seeds on top of the beanie from the pic... but they are there.
The pattern for the Sweater came from a wonderful lady on C'ville ... the beanie is just your basic granny.
I'm really happy at how it turned out!!! It was super simple and fun. I have plans on making several more of these for Christmas Gifts.
But for now... I'm back to my list of WIP to get an OLD WIP done.


You all have a GREAT day.
Try this today…. Focus on one thing you can do to bless others. Maybe its saying … “have
a great day” to everyone you come across. Maybe is putting a few coins in every jar, box, collection bowl you come across today. Maybe you sign all your emails today with “Blessings to you” How about leaving an extra dollar tip with all your meals out today. Just pick one thing you know you can do … that will bless everyone you meet today.
You’ll be Amazed how much better both you and the people you bless feel today.
God Bless,
.::Tam::.


**I love you, Lord; you are my strength.
~ Psalm 18:1**

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WIP #2 ** Done **

*Whew*..................... its done and ready to be delivered!
I had been working on pieces of this one at a time until (young man my older boys went to school with and his lovely lady) had their baby. The baby was born last week... mommy.. daddy and baby are all at home now.. so I can give them this gift. I finished the booties ... added this onesie I found at the store and tah dah.... Gift (WIP) Done!!!!!!
Its done... its done... woo hoo... its done... (cabbage patchin') its done!

Now tomorrow... I will be able to border more of my mom's Comfortghan squares. I have them divided and started sizing them.
Tonight I'm going to get some more rows put on my Football Blanket! :)

have a GREAT night... sleep well.... and my God Bless your dreams!
<>< Tam

**"Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."
~ 1 Timothy 4:8**

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Finding myself in my yarn.....

God is so Good!!!
I know I still have several things to get done... and having so many ... especially my moms 'ghan has been weighing on my mind. Missing my daddy has been heavy on my heart.
But I have had the chance to finish a WIP. Start and finish a few items... (my sons water bottle carrier... a few charity squares... and other odds and ends)
God gave me a talent for crafting... crocheting being one... so with finished items that HE has guided me through.... I have found myself.. my desire to keep moving forward!
With that... let me show and share!
This is a charity square for a young boy with a kidney disease. A lovely lady is wanting to make this young boy a Comfortghan of Football Team Squares. So...... this is my contribution. A Nebraska Husker Football Square!
This ..... well..... this is a key chain. A knitted ICord wrist-chain. I made this for myself for when I have my hands full.. but need my keys out of my purse. I didnt want a long one for around my neck... I just wanted something that would give me ease in carrying my keys with full hands and with a slip loop.. I can hook them to the handle of my purse and not lose them in the bottom.
After making my wrist-chain.. I thought I might make a few for gifts. I have one made... a little charm on the end with a cord for connecting to a key ring.
Now this................... this is a blanket for me. I'm not done ... but it's coming along very nicely. My 12 and 9 yr olds are going to play Football this Fall for their school. I'm going to need to keep warm while watching games..... here's my blankie to do that with. I might share with hubby... hehheheehe I'm waiting patiently for my EdgeryDoo to come in so that I can make an edged blanket for the boys to cover in while they watch their brother.
Okay... off to organize my moms Comfortghan squares... I want to make a goal of sizing at least few a day.
Have a wonderful day...
God Bless you all!!!!!!!!
<>< Tam

**Ephesians 1:23**

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Prayer...........

Eternal God,Creator of years, of centuries,Lord of whatever is beyond time,Maker of all species and master of all history --How shall we speak to youfrom our smallness and inconsequence?Except that you have called us to worship youin spirit and in truth;You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling[though we sometimes feel that low]and without fear[though we are often anxious].We sing with spirit and pray with couragebecause you have dignified us;You have redeemed us from the aimlessnessof things' going meaninglessly well.God, lift the hearts of thosefor whom this holiday is not just diversion,but painful memory and continued deprivation.Bless those whose dear ones have diedneedlessly, wastefully [as it seems]in accident or misadventure.We remember with compassion those who have diedserving their countriesin the futility of combat.There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,when all the answers we are offeredfail the question death asks of each of us.We believe that you will provide for usas others have been provided with the fulfillment of"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Amen.

Friday, May 23, 2008

One WIP *Finished*

WOO HOO..................................ITS DONE.
This baby blanket that I had sitting around... so close to being done.. but NOT... is now DONE!
It's nothing fancy... just a basket weave/waffle stitch... bordered with a cluster stitch... But its DONE. Did I mention that I finished this baby blanket? :)
I will now tuck it away in the tote with the other FINISHED items I have for future use.

**THANK YOU.....
I received the sweetest Thank You card and gifts in the mail recently. Remember those Charity Squares for Cancer my daughter and I made? "Hooking for a Cure" That's why I got the card and gifts. The card alone was a precious gift... but then inside I found these BEAUTIFUL items..... a book thong and a stitch marker. I was going to use the book thong for my bible... but then I remembered that my Cousin sent me a book in the mail also just recently... and I decided to use it there first. The stitch marker.... well......... its been used a few times now... holding my place while I tend to other things. I think my daughter wants to use the book thong next... so I wonder if it will ever find its way to my bible... hehehheeheheee
Bonnie and Daisy..............Thank you for my Thank you!!!! I appreciate the card and gifts... and I was more than happy to help with the cause in what little way I could! God Bless you ladies!!!

Okay... off to see what other WIP I can add too... or even finish! Oh man... that feels good!!!!
Have a FaBuLoUs DaY!!!

God Bless!!!!!
<><>

**When you go through deep waters, I will be with you...
~ Isaiah 43:2~**


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Time to dig out a past project or two....

or three.
Thought I would share a few things I made as gifts this last Christmas (2007)
This is a hooded pullover sweater I made for my youngest grandbaby. (Evan) *isn't he cute* And don't I look fabulous.... LOL...LOL...LOL.....

This is a giant Granny Square blanket I made for one of my granddaughters. (Tymber)
And this is a Panel Illusion Blanket I made for one of my other granddaughters. (Paige)
Well..... its first day of Summer Vacation.................YIPPIE!!!!
So... I have plenty of time to work on my projects in between playing with my ** EEgads.... I was going to say midgets.... (thats what I always call the boys) and I just realized... I cant say that about my 12yr old anymore.................... *sob* he's taller than me**
Okay... in between playing with my sweet guys! (and of course always still "my babies")
Today is a gloomy... stay inside kinda day. So we're just gonna hang out today! Watch cartoons... play online games... and crochet! What a great day! I love Summer Vacation!
Have a Wonderful day....
Huge hugs... lots of love.. and boutiful blessings,
.::Tam::.
**I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
~ John 12:46~**


Monday, May 19, 2008

A Challenge...........

Had this put on my heart for some time now.... but didnt know how I was to do it. Well... I think this is it.....
A Challenge ....
21 Prayer Blankets made by Christmas!
Now that sounds like a challenge all in itself... but here is the real Challenge.
To see how many blankets I can get help with. The Prayer Blankets I make are 12 point stars for Children with Nephrotic Syndrome.
As of right now.. I have 1 completed... and 1 90% done.
I have delivered several in the past.. but need to get more done. I'm wondering ... if anyone has a 12 point star started and set it aside... maybe you don't want to finish it... maybe you started it and don't know what you were going to do with it. Well... how about sending your started/unfinished blanket to me? I'll finish it to size and send it along to the hospital.
OR........ maybe you have one finished and don't have a home for it... I can find it a home. :)
OR.... maybe you love to do charity work and would like to make one and send it my way.
Whatever the case... I would love the help... would love the variety .... would love to meet this goal..... most of all I would love to share love and prayers to the children through the blankets.

There ... I did it... I asked for help.
Anyone up for the challenge?
God Bless you all..................
have a wonderful night... sleep well........ and wake refreshed.
<>< Tam


*"Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
~ Mark 14:38*

Friday, May 16, 2008

Started and Finished......

Michael and his new water bottle holder. He thinks its pretty cool and cant wait to really give it a try tomorrow.
Of course ... now the other two boys want one.... hehehheeeee
This worked up so quick... I will be able to squeeze a couple more in .... between working on my "BIG WIP PROJECT"
If I'm smart I will work up several and have them on hand when my older children are around... because I KNOW they will want one too................... :)

Anyway... off to read email and board posts... and get a few rows put on one of these baby blankets!
have a fabulous evening and a fantastic weekend!
God Bless,
<>< Tam

**Matthew 19:26**


Back on track.................

Well................ here we go. A pile of WIP (works in progress)
Most of these things are a few rows shy or just in need of buttons/embellishments in order to be DONE. I need to get this moving.. get these things finished and given away... or put away. Okay ladies from Crochetville.......... I sure hope you help me stay strong and focused... cuz I'm pretty much a basket case right now... and I'm feeling like getting this all started and accomplished may be what I need to keep my mind focused on God. You see... the talent I have for Crocheting/knitting or any of my other crafts all are a gift from God... so if I stay focused on my WIP and get them done... I will be staying focused on God and the real reason I'm here. When my mind is idle ... satan sure does a job on me.
So.................. here is a pile of WIP... bagged... tagged and logged into my crochet notebook.

Here are the squares for my mommy's comfortghan... that I will get done!!!
Now please dont scold me too bad... but I NEED to start a new project tonight before I start the tackling of all these WIP. My sweet little Michael has officially gone in to a relapse. So he will be starting his session of prednizone tomorrow morning. He needs to drink plenty of water... so I'm going to make him a special water bottle carrier so that he will remember to keep drinking. He's a good boy about it... but with the weather getting so nice.. he gets busy and forgets. So if I make him a carrier... maybe he'll drink more. I'm sure I'll get it done tonight.... tomorrow latest... so I will start my BIG WIP PROJECT as soon as I get his water bottle carrier done.
God Bless to all!!!!
.::Tam::.

Where are your eyes? Where are you looking? Who are you focused on?
Those are very important questions..... and can mean the world and your life to you.
Do you hang your head and look down... always sad... stressing?
Do you look out in the midst of nowhere ... leaving your mind idle?
Do you focus on people with bad attitudes... anger issues... questionable morals?
Those are open doors to Satan! Welcoming him in to create destruction in your and your loved ones lives.
Or............
Do you hold your head high... confident and ready to move on to the next task?
Do you look up... seeing the tall trees full of brand new life... the skies full of wonder?
Do you focus on God? The creator of all.... the one that will keep the doors closed to satan... and the windows of your heart open to create life and love... so that others will see God through you!!!!
Take a minute and look up today... you may be surprised at who you find.
hugs ....love and blessings!
<><

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Husband.....and best friend!!!

The Kiss...... (that started it all)


You leaned over and you kissed me
I felt my knees go weak
You leaned over and you kissed me
I couldn't even speak
You leaned over and you kissed me
With a passion flowing free
You leaned over and you kissed me
Sparks flew that we could see
You leaned over and you kissed me
A touch so soft and tender
You leaned over and you kissed me
A kiss I would remember
You leaned over and you kissed me
I’m sure I kissed you back
You leaned over and you kissed me
With the fire no kiss should lack
You leaned over and you kissed me
You left me wanting more
You leaned over and you kissed me
My soul you did explore
You leaned over and you kissed me
My heart no longer full of pain
You leaned over and you kissed me
Darling, kiss me once again


Happy Birthday sweetheart! I love you! I'm proud of you! I believe in you! I respect you! Most of all I pray for you all the time! May God bless you beyond your wants or needs!

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Love you,

.:: T ::.


**...Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine
~ Isaiah 43:1**
ADDED Picture of hubby's very large Cupcake/Birthday Cake that I made him.



Sunday, May 11, 2008

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Dear Lord, it's such a hectic day

With little time to stop and pray

For life's been anything but calm

Since You called on me to be a mom

Running errands, matching socks

Building dreams with building blocks

Cooking, cleaning, and finding shoes

And other stuff that children lose

Fitting lids on bottled bugs

Wiping tears and giving hugs

A stack of last weeks mail to read

So where's the quiet time I need?

Yet when I steal a minute, Lord

Just at the sink or ironing board

To ask the blessings of Your grace

I see then, in my small one's face

That you have blessed me All the while

And I stop to kiss That precious smile


God Bless all you MOMs
.::Tam::.
**Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"
~ Proverbs 31:28-29**

Saturday, May 10, 2008

What's up here........

Good morning........................
Taking a few minutes to blog ... read email.... and tend to other cyber things.
I have chores to do today. Its craft night at my house tonight ( my daughter is hosting it). Need to help her make snack food and desserts.
My mom.... sis-in-law... dear friend... daughter and myself all get together every other Saturday night to craft.... enjoy each others company... share new recipes ... and drink lots of coffee. We take turns hosting in our homes.
This is a recent picture from a couple months ago when one of our original 'Craftgirls' was in town to visit. From from to back..... left to right.... My sis-in-law (in black & white)... My mommy(in pink).... Lisa (the one visiting who seems more like a sister)... Me (in black) .... my daughter (back there in green)... and Shirley (another dear friend that also seems like a sister that I love to pieces!)


WIP......
These are a few things I have going right now. I'm still having such a time staying focused.... I always have had more than one thing going.. but like I said in a previous post... it seems to be worse lately.
Anyway... this is the 'Scarflet/Pidge' I was working on..... all it needs is a row or two of single crochet around the edge... and two buttons.
Have I mentioned ... I LOVE MY CHOPHOOK!!!

This is an afghan I started last night. Its done in Tunisian stitch with my awesome chophook.
I will be donating this afghan to my boys school. I'm making this for the Nurses office. The blankets they have are starting to show the years... so I thought I would make a new one and surprise them. These are the school colors.

This is a prayer blanket for children with Nephrotic Syndrome. Its just rows shy of being done.

UPDATE on boys......

Well………. Let me first say…. Thank you for all your love and prayers…. Headaches and fevers are gone.
Please continue to pray for Michael… because of the fever.. his levels have gone up to 2000+++ His nurse was hoping because his levels were fluctuating on there own there for a while… he would pull out of the relapse. But with these levels this high… *sigh* we’re looking at a full relapse and Prednizone.
I know God is keeping Michael safe! I know this with everything in me! But I tell ya… satan sure does mess with my head …. Pulling at my heart strings when I look at Michael and see his puffy little eyes… making it hard for me to stay focused on God and His promises and mercy.

Okay.... I'm off to get a coffee refill and my chores done so that I can enjoy my craft night tonight!
Have a wonderful day!!!
And a Fabulous Mother's Day!!!
hugs... love and blessings,
.::Tam::.

*For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.~ James 1:3*


Monday, May 5, 2008

Many Monday Missions.....

Due to my emotional state these last few days... I'm having a big problem staying focused on things. I start something... put it down... start something else.. put it down. Now this is kind of a normal behavior.. but lately its been worse. I have projects ... (like my moms 'ghan that I should be seriously working on) that I just cant seem to stay focused on.
I try to keep a smile on my face... while inside I'm hurting.... confused... and tired. I need God to hold me closer than He ever has right now. I need to stay focused on HIM! Trust Him... keep my faith in Him... know He is there... know that He is tending to all my needs.. even though I cant see it or feel it.
I miss my daddy!!!!!!!! So much!!!!! Father's Day of 2005 Daddy went to walk the golden streets of Heaven. I miss him everyday... but the closer it gets to Father's Day every year... the more I miss him... and the harder it is to contain my grief.
I half think thats what is keeping me from working on my mom's 'ghan. I think of her... how alone she is ... and then think of my daddy and how I miss him. Crazy huh?!
December of 2005 my now 9yr old was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. What a kick in the pants huh! Dealing with my first Christmas without my daddy ... then to have my baby sick. *sheeeeeesh* Well... Michael is walking a thin line of being in a relapse right now. I asked for prayer like crazy for him.... and I believe its working. His protein levels were 300++ the day before yesterday... and are now at 100++ So being this is grand news.... Praise God!!!! Why can I not pull out of the sadness I'm dealing with ... with the levels being up.
I dont like being weak. I dont like how Satan can pull me in so darn easy! I'm normally a strong woman... I'm the forgiving one... the sympathetic one... the optimistic one... I'm a child of God!!!
Wow.... this has turned into one heck of a blog beginning.... I'm so sorry!
For any of the ladies from Crochetville that may read this................... GOD Bless you... and please forgive me for not tending to my mom's comfortghan that so many of you were so gracious to send squares for! I will get it done... I will give it to my mommy... I will! I just need to pull my emotions away from satan and get back to focusing on God.

Okay............... let me do some sharing.... I need to show and share!!! I need to be reminded that I am accomplishing things.
This is a Tunisian Scarflet/Pidge I started last night while watching the boys at baseball practice. The pattern was given by a lovely lady on Crochetville here
I didnt have the pattern at my hand... but did remember the stitch she said she used and approx how big it was.... so I decided to wing it. I decided that my Chophook would be the perfect hook to use for this project. I LOVE THAT HOOK!

This is a Flower Pen I made last night before I started the Scarflet. Yup... another talented lady from Crochetville inspired this one. here and here Again.. didnt have her pattern in front of me... but had the basic idea still in my head... so..... this is my little version. Look okay? Like a flower?

Now this.... this is a beautiful gift from a beautifully talented lady! This is a bag/purse made on a knitting loom. It was part of a Looming Swap. She added some lovely gifts... candy being one.... :) my mouth loves her... but my hips will be angry. There are two sweet little balls of yarn (Jojoland Bloom) orchid in color... and a loom hook. I was so excited and so blessed when this packaged arrived! THANK YOU Spring.... I love it!!


Well... I need to tend to laundry... tend to my boys ... and tend to my crocheting.
You all have a wonderful afternoon and evening!!!
Huge Hugs... Lots of Love and Blessings beyond your wants or needs!!!!
.::Tam::.

**...for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
~ Proverbs 3:26**

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Wow.... where did the time go?

Okay... this is totally not craft or coffee related...heheheeee... but thought I would share a little piece of my personal life.
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Can he really be 12 already? *sigh*
Yup.... My baby turned 12 yesterday! Its amazing how the time just flies by!
6th grade... 12 yrs old and 5' 4.5" tall....... OMGoodness!
This is a goodie basket I made up for my big boy to share with his class yesterday.
(hey... this is crafty... hehehehee)
its FILLED with treats!!!
Gum.. juice..cheese sticks..cupcakes..variety of chips..and candy bars.
This is my baby at Chuck E Cheese for his birthday.
YUP... thats where we always go for birthdays! We love it there!!!

Well... off to get ready to go to the movies. (one of his birthday presents)
Have a wonderful day!!!!
Love and Crocheting like crazy....
.::Tam::.

**Don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
~ Matthew 10:31~**