Verse of the day...

~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Thursday, June 30, 2011

David's fun and adventures......

Last night Patrick got to be a teacher. It was rather neat to watch him and his dad teach about a dozen boys ranging in ages of 5 to 13 or so.... how to pitch. Patrick as a bit nervous at first... but after Ken broke the ice with basics... Patrick was right in there teaching and helping! Michael took his catching gear and at the very end of "class" the boys got to go out on the field and do some live practice by pitching to Michael. It was awesome! I'm so proud of my boys! (yes... Ken included) It was a neat experience for both all of us.. and the boys and coaches that came.

Anyway.................. on to the title of this post!
While Ken... Patrick and Michael were busy.... David spent his time looking for bugs .... playing a bit and being creative.

So.....................this isnt a bug... but this little fella was sittin' in the grass just chillin' out... so David snapped a few photos... and sat and talked to him for a while.
Then............ he did find a bug............ this beautiful moth. Yep... snapped some photos... and sat and watched for a bit.

Then on to being creative later................... David had taken a bunch of stuffed animal monkeys to play with................. and this is what he did with them. Oh My.... heheheeheheheheee

yep.................... I have one fun family! :)

hugs.... love... and blessings


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Beetle Book Mark.............

This is my newest design in my collection of Book Thongs or Book Marks.
My little David asked me last night if I could make him a bookmark... Well... sure I could. I asked if he wanted a paper style one or a crocheted one... he said... "crocheted please... and make it a bug" Okie dokie... no pressure here. hehehehheeee.
So this morning I get up... and while everyone is still sleeping .. came up with this little creature.
David LOVES it! *whew*

So... I have another pattern to add to the list to write up. *oh boy*

hugs... love... and blessings............


Monday, June 27, 2011

Make a difference Monday............

Jesus asked all of us who believe to, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven" (Matt. 5:16).

Little ways that you can Make a Difference could be:

*Buying someone a cup of coffee in line behind you at Starbucks
*Visit an elderly person, especially one who has lost a spouse. Bring them a stuffed animal.
*Buying someone lunch in line behind you at the drive thru
*Writing someone an encouraging note
*Shoveling your neighbor's driveway
*Buying someone some groceries
*Sending a friend a card
*Picking up the tab for someone in a restaurant
*Watching your neighbor's kids while they go out
*Baking some cookies and taking them to work…

The possibilities are endless! And remember… "Little things don't mean a lot, they mean EVERYTHING!"
Go Make A Difference! K-love &blessings

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Still designing...........

This is my newest Purse design. Its really simple and roomy! :) I seriously need to get my backside in gear and get the patterns written!

I call this.... Around We Go purse!

thanks for stoppin' in.............

have a GREAT day!

hugs... love... & blessings


Friday, June 24, 2011

Testing a fun new Round Ripple.......

This is a really neat new Round Ripple pattern! I helped test this for a lovely lady over on the 'ville! Its an 8 point Round Granny Ripple. Neat ... huh?!
This is only 12 rounds out......... I'll keep adding to it and probably donate it for charity. :)
Pattern can be found here for sale........... GrannyStarRipple

hugs... love...& blessings

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fun Stuff.................

Okay... this is too funny................. Hubby was eating a bowl of HoneyComb when he found one of the cereal pieces to look like a screaming face. We had to snap this shot! You cant leave fun stuff like this unshared! :)

Then we have a little butterfly David just needed to take a pic of! I gave him my phone and I think he got a nice shot. Well.... on the way back in from taking pictures ......................
He had a friend who wanted some attention too and came in the house on hitching a ride on David. hehehehehee :) Look real close.................... dont sneeze David... hahahaahaaa

thanks for stoppin' by

hugs... love & blessings

Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm so spoiled.................

(((... SSSQQQqqquuueeeAAALLL.................its me... its me... its me.................

You see... over on the 'ville there is a thread for Give-a-ways. Thats where we get to post gifts we would like to surprise someone with. Some already know who is getting the gift before they post the gift.... some wait for posts of folks to get a list of the ones interested ..... then have a drawing for the winner. This particular give-a-way was for a hand made wood pen.

The postal lady brought the box to the door this morning.... I though oh... cool... love boxes of love. Now mind you... the box was too big for a pen... so not even on my mind. I open it... its filled with yo-yo's for my charity collection.... and a lovely note. I'm reading along and what? bottom of the box? something else? I actually squealed out loud!
Dorothy.................... I love you!
Thank you for the most awesome gift!
The yo-yo's were a joy to see.. .but I have to say... that pen is outstanding ... and a serious treasure!!! Its safely tucked away in my crochet bag. Its offically my "crochet pen" for writting patterns... jotting notes and filling out cards to send to others!

I'm one lucky lady. & blessings

Sunday, June 19, 2011

When the Frost is on the Punkin

By James Whitcomb Riley 1849–1916

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here—
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees;
But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
And the raspin’ of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;
The stubble in the furries—kindo’ lonesome-like, but still
A-preachin’ sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;
The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;
The hosses in theyr stalls below—the clover over-head!—
O, it sets my hart a-clickin’ like the tickin’ of a clock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock!
Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
Is poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;
And your cider-makin’ ’s over, and your wimmern-folks is through
With their mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and saussage, too! ...
I don’t know how to tell it—but ef sich a thing could be
As the Angels wantin’ boardin’, and they’d call around on me—
I’d want to ’commodate ’em—all the whole-indurin’ flock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock!


Growing up.......... my daddy would read this poem to me all the time! He bought a poem book from his school library when he was a child and I now have this beautiful book! I miss you daddy!!! I read this poem and can hear your voice! It brings comfort and sadness as I miss you so very much! Thank you for being the BEST daddy ever!

Happy Father's Day to all the BEST daddys out there! (my husband being the first)

♥ •¨¯`• ♥ •¨¯`• ♥ •¨¯`• ♥
hugs.... love & blessings

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A full weekend of Baseball..........

Patrick has been waiting his whole baseball life to play in the "Wood Bat Tournament"
Well................ here he is................... A new wood bat in hand that his daddy bought him just for this event..... ready to send that ball out there!

We spent the whole weekend in town at the field... watching Patrick live his dream..... and loving it. & blessings

Friday, June 17, 2011

Your favorite TeddyBear & Blankie all in one......

Isnt this just the neatest?!!!?
I really had fun making this. Its so darn simple too!!!

6 granny squares (your choice of style... design and color)
3 half granny squares
2 half circles for ears
2 circles for eyes
and a cupped circle (stuffed a bit) for his muzzle.

run a border around the outside to bring it all together and you can have your very own Teddy'ghan!!!

hugs.... love... & blessings

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A gift in the mail......................

Isnt this beautiful!!!!? I received this from a very sweet lady over on the 'ville. Crystal (aka: ducky) Thank you so much! I just love this bag! Um... apparently so does my kitty .... :)


Our capitalistic society is geared toward one purpose…people accumulating wealth. While there is nothing wrong with material abundance, many Christians today have lost sight of why God has blessed them with prosperity.
They believe it is for their own good and benefit, but God's perspective is quite different. For example, here is what the writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 13:16,

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Now the phrase "to share" means to share with others. One translation says, Share what you have. Another version translates this, Be generous. Another says, Contribute to the needy.
You see, God blesses us to make us a blessing! That ought to be the main motivation for desiring and praying for God's blessing in our lives. God told Abraham, "I'm going to bless you, and you will be a blessing." God says the fringe benefit is that, "I will give you richly all things to enjoy."

But the main flow of God's purpose in blessing us is so we can help other people.
It is also the reason we should desire the inheritance that Christ has given to us, all of those Holy Spirit-conferred blessings, Why? Because we can't give what we don't have. You can't bless someone if you don't have anything to bless them with!
God is well pleased to see us walk in our inheritance as sons, but He is also well pleased to see us share what He has blessed us with.

hugs... love & blessings

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just keep swimmin'... just keep swimmin'.....

Quick show & share.....................................
Fishy dishcloth. I love this pattern.... its just a fun cloth!

hugs... love & blessings


Romans 12:12

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lovin' Baseball..............

Favorite time of the year is when my boys are playing Baseball!!!

Here's David getting a chance to show off his pitching skills! Not bad little man!!!! Mommy is just so darn proud of him for getting up on that mound!
Oh... this is an awesome picture for two reasons............ This is Michael up to bag....I love seeing my baby play ball... but best of all he is still in remission and is enjoy his summer free from illness! THANK YOU GOD!!!

hugs... love & Blessings


Friday, June 10, 2011

Freebie Friday......................

The Argyle Diamond

12" Square

Yarn: WW Yarn
Hook: I
Yarn Needle

Ch 5, join to first ch to form circle.
Round 1: Ch 3, 2dc ch 3, *3dc ch 3*, *repeat* two more times, join to top of ch3.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, dc in next 3 dc*, *repeat two more times*, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in last ch 3 space, join to top of ch 3.
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, *(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, dc in next 7 dc*, *repeat two more times*, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in last ch 3 space, dc in last 2 dc, join to top of ch 3.
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, *(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, dc in next 11 dc*, *repeat two more times*, (2dc ch 3, 2dc) in last ch 3 space, dc in last 4 dc, join to top of ch 3.
Round 5: Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, ch1, skip next 2 dc, *(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 sp, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 11dc, ch 1 skip next 2 dc*, *repeat two more times*, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in last ch 3 sp, ch 1, dc in last 4 dc, join to top of ch 3.
Round 6: Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, ch 1, skip 2 dc, 2dc in ch1 sp, dc in next 2 dc, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, *dc in ext 2 dc, 2dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in next 7 dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 2dc in ch 1 sp, dc in next 2 dc, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space*, *repeat two more times*, dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in last ch 1 sp, ch1, dc in last 2dc - join to top of ch 3.
Round 7: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, ch1, skip 2 dc, 2dc in ch 1 space, dc in next 6 dc, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, *dc in next 6, 2dc in ch1 sp, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 2dc in ch 1 space, dc in next 6 dc, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in ch 3 space*, *repeat two more times*, dc in last 6 dc, 2dc in last ch1 space, ch 1, join to top of ch 3.
Round 8: Slip stitch in next 2 dc and into ch 1 space, ch 3, dc in same ch 1 space, dc in next 10 dc, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, *dc in next 10 dc, 2dc in ch 1 space, ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 2dc in ch 1 space, dc in next 10 dc, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space*, *repeat two more times*, dc in last 10 dc, 2dc in last ch1 sp, ch1, join to top of ch 3.
Round 9: Ch 4, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, , ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, continuing to last dc before corner, ch1, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in ch 3 space, continue around square skipping every other dc, join to 3rdch in ch 4.
Round 10: Ch 3, dc in every dc and ch 1 space around square creating corners of (2dc, ch 3, 2dc), joining in top of beginning ch 3. Tie off and tuck in tails.

Notes: ___________________________________________________

Created & written by:   ©Tammy Carlton  -  June 2011
Do not sell pattern.  Do not post pattern without link back to original.


My dear friend Sue from over on the 'ville helped me write this pattern some time back!

Thanks Sue!!!! & blessings


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

From the hands of my youngest...........

Yep............ my (soon to be) 11yr. old made these.
There in front is a coaster he crocheted for me! Its a piece of toast with jelly! :) He said because all I drink is coffee... toast would go great with it! I believe he's right!
The cute little item with crayons on it ..... is a little crayon keeper.
This crayon keeper/tote... is made of plastic canvas and yarn. My grandfather use to make tons of these with the help of my Aunt. David has one that is seeing its years... and asked if he could make a new one. Of course I thought it would be a fun thing for him to do............ so off to my drawer to get some canvas... and into my yarn stash he went to find just what he needed.

Yep.............. he did it! Recreated the cute little crayon keeper his Great Grandfather once made! I LOVE IT! He would like to keep making more.... thinks they might make nice gifts! :)

hugs....... love & blessings


Monday, June 6, 2011


Tote for a fellow baseball mom!

Have you shared God with anyone lately?
Its really simple!!! Send someone a bouquet of flowers that you haven’t talked to in some time. Buy a little snack at the register and hand it to the sweet little child in line behind you as you leave. Put a quarter in the gum/toy machine or car ride at the store entrance for that little one just sitting there wishing they could get that little trinket or ride that ride.
Bring a coffee to your boss or secretary one morning as you go into work. Mow the neighbors yard the next time you mow your own. Wash your neighbors car next time you wash yours.
Those all seem pretty simple…. Don’t they?
Funny though… God does all those simple things for each and everyone one of us EVERYDAY. But he does all this after doing the most giving thing he could do. Giving His life for us.
I’ve said this before… we make spending time with God or sharing God with others … much harder than it really is!!!
So today… Share God with one person… you may find it pretty rewarding.

Hugs … love and blessings!!!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Singing in the rain..............

·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸Good Morning¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸

Anyone can sing in the sunshine. You and I should sing on when the sun has gone down or when the clouds pour out their rain, for Christ is with us.
**Do you find yourself setting your mood for the day on how it starts? Or do you start your day with a Smile on your face … a song in your heart…. A prayer of thanks to your Lord and watch your day fall into place as it was already planned out. Why do we so many times forget to start our day with God. And why do we make it more than it needs to be. If you are one to have some time with God every morning … in His Word…. In prayer and such…. That’s wonderful. But what if you are one that doesn’t really do that… and you make excuses of being in a hurry… or you forgot… or its too hard to do that… or ..Its not me… I don’t do morning prayer … or or or
Why has it become harder to us than it really needs to be. And when did we become too busy for God. My goodness… when your kids wake up… or your spouse… do you not say “Good Morning” to them? Why do we then walk right past God and not say Good Morning to Him.… he gave us the morning in the first place.
I think a simple “Good Morning Father… thank you for such a beautiful new day” would do just fine! Start your day with HIM… see your day through His eyes… and watch what He does with your day!!!

huge hugs… lots of love and bountiful blessings,

Friday, June 3, 2011

More testing............

Yet another great tote design by Sue.
This is called Heart Strings. Super easy.... really neat looking.... Perfect for taking along projects or for a little girl to take along for an over night stay at a friends!

thanks so much for letting me test this Sue

hugs.... love... & blessings


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Still testing................

Love this tote!
Tested this tote for Sue (aka: turtlelvr) on the 'ville.
This is called Hobo Hearts Tote. Its really easy and comes out so pretty!
I am giving this away to a friend with these extra little goodies I made to go with it.
Tote.... Can Cozie..... and Hook Holder. & blessings