Saturday, November 23, 2013

I'm grateful for...

This week four of +Create With Joy  A month of gratitude challenge.  Yesterday theme was We give thanks.  You are  encouraged  to list all the things your thankful for.  I could list a myriad of things. The typical home, family, and friends.  For me it comes down to one my dear Hubs!

Twenty eight years ago today we married.  That's why I'm grateful.  Someone saw an imperfect person and fell in love.  Together we have been through the ups and downs of life.  Hubs has seen me at my worst, best and everything in between. He loves me anyway.  I love him it's that simple.

This video from StoryCorps sums up how I feel...


Two people coming together facing life's challenges. Loving each other along the way.

That's what I'm grateful for...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rangle the Reindeer my first aNnMaDe design.

Here's Rangle my first crochet pattern.  I came up with the design from looking at Christmas ornaments and thought I could make some of them in crochet.  Crocheting him was easy, writing the step by step instructions was hard. It took a month for me to complete him. I made changes to my original concept as Rangle was taking shape. This took some time.  I kept at it and this is how he turned out.

Rangle the Reindeer pattern

Materials needed:
Yarn Small amount in these colors           1-sparkle red pom-poms  
light brown (mc)                                         2-jingle bells
dark brown (cc)                                          1-piece of poly quilt batting
black - for embroidering  face                     glue
2-large google eyes                                    brown pipe cleaner                     
sewing needle                                            nylon thread
2-small black pom-poms                             size g crochet hook

Stitches (st)
slip stitch (sl st)                                            half double crochet (hdc)
single crochet (sc)                                       treble (tr)
double crochet (dc)                                      chain (ch)

Chain 3 counts as 1st dc.
join rounds

Muzzle-(make 2)
With light brown (mc)
Rd-1  Chain 4  11 dc in 4th chain from hook.  (12 dc)
Rd-2  Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc now and throughout)  Dc in same stitch as  joining.
         2 dc in each st around. Join with sl st to beg dc.  (24 dc)
Rd-3  Ch 3, 1 dc in same stitch as joining. *1 dc in next st, 2 dc next st.* *Repeat around.
         Join with sl st to beg ch 3. (36 dc)  Fasten off
Repeat rnds 1-3 for 2nd circle.

Finishing muzzle
With right side facing attach dark brown (cc) with sl st
ch-1 and sl st around (in top lps) of one muzzle circle.
Join with sl st. Fasten off.  Referring to picture using black yarn sew mouth on muzzle..
With wrong sides together slip stitch muzzle circles together with light brown.  Fasten off.

Head (make 2)
With light brown repeat Round 1 & 2 of muzzle.
Rd-3  Ch 3, dc in same st as joining,  2 dc in next dc and in each st around. Join with sl st to beg dc.  (48 dc)
Rd-4  Ch 3, dc in same st as joining. *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat around .
         Fasten off ( 72 dc).
Repeat rounds 1-4 for 2nd circle.

Finishing Head

With right side facing you attach dark brown (cc) with slip st.

Ch-1 and sl st around ( in top lps) of one head circle. Join with sl st.

Fasten off. Set both circles aside to finish later.

Ears (make 4)
Ch 15 with light brown (mc)
*1 sc in 2 ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, dc  in next 2 ch, tr in next  2 ch,  dc in
next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in 2 ch .*  **Do not turn**. Ch-1  Repeat pattern along unworked
loops of foundation ch.  Sl st to beg sc. Ch-1 ** do not turn**   Repeat pattern on one side only. Sl st to fasten off.  Repeat pattern for remaining ears.

Finishing ears
With dark brown (cc) sl st evenly around two of the ears.
With wrong sides facing sl st 2 earpieces together using light brown yarn. 1 with dark brown stitching and  one w/o. Repeat for last two earpieces. Set aside.

Antlers (make 2)
Cut brown pipe cleaner in half. With dark brown (cc) attach to one pipe cleaner half with sc.
Sc evenly across. (I bent the end of the pipe cleaner slightly so yarn would not slip off)
Ch-1 *do not turn* Sc evenly across backside of foundation ch sl st to beginning sc. Fasten off. Repeat for remaining pipe cleaner. To finish sew one jingle bell to each antler.  Shape in form of candy cane.

Refer to picture. Sew muzzle to right side of face circle.  Center it about ½ up of face circle. Place eyes on circle to get an idea on where you want brow to be placed.  With black sew on brows using a backstitch.
Using 2nd face circle as a guide. Cut a piece of quilt batting slightly smaller than circle.

Pin quilt batting, ears and antlers to wrong side of second face circle. Sew around with light brown yarn. Fasten off.

Pin wrong sides of face together. Matching up main face circle. Sew with whip stitch. Except
when come you come upon ears and antlers.  I used a straight stitch. Fasten off . Weave in any loose ends. Referring to picture glue eyes in place. Glue red pom-pom on muzzle for nose. Glue small black pom-poms on corners of mouth . Attach yarn at top of head for hanging.
 Rangle in pieces...

Muzzle one piece w/slip stitch, one w/o
Muzzle sewn together and mouth embroider on.
Head 2 pieces, one piece w/slip stitch
Set head circles aside to finish later.
 Make four earpieces, slip stitch with dark brown around two, than sew to the pieces w/o the slip stitch. Completed ears shown in picture.
Antlers with jingle bells sewn on.
Sew muzzle to right side of face circle
Place eyes on face to give you idea on where to embroider the eyebrows. I placed a straight pin to
mark the spot.  embroider with black using the back stitch.
Pin batting, antlers and ears to wrong side of second head circle.
Sew to circle using light brown yarn.
Pin wrong sides of face together, matching up the main face circle.
Sew with whip stitch using light brown yarn. Except when you come to the ears and antlers I used a straight stitch. 
Referring to main photo glue on eyes and pom-poms.
Sew in any loose ends and attach a string on top for hanging.
I hope you enjoy crocheting him. 
I hold all rights to this pattern.   You may make a copy for your personal use. .  You may share the pattern link on your personnel blog or Facebook . 
You can  sell items you crochet from this pattern at your local craft fairs, church bazars etc. Please credit me as the designer (aNnMaDe design).  This is a free pattern and I would like folks to have fun making him. 
Don't sell or share the pattern or items made from it at on-line shops.
I'm so excited !
My first pattern finished.
Wow! Please share with me what you think.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

John 3:16-Gratitude Week III

This is the third week of the month long focus on gratitude from +Create With Joy . This weeks  
challenge is favorite quotes. Can be on anything that speaks to you. A Bible verse, something from a favorite author or whatever strikes your fancy.

I choose a bible verse that I often quotes to folks.  It's why I'm a Christian. It does not speak directly to gratitude. It demonstrates why I'm am so grateful to God.  Gods so loved me (Ann) that he gave his only Son ( Jesus).  Wow! It's so awesome that I 'm loved so much! 

 This gift is even more special because I know what it is like to lose a child. For God to give what is so precious to Him so I can have eternal life is mind blowing


 The greatest gift given to me and for anyone who chooses to believe.  It's  amazing love.  I'm eternally grateful for receiving it.   A gift for all of us.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Week II-Gratitude


This is the second week of the month long theme Gratitude from +Create With Joy .  The focus this week is on Gratitude journals.  We are asked to give our responses to these three questions

  • Do you currently keep a Gratitude Journal?
  • If you’d like to start one but haven’t – what’s stopping you?
  • Are there any tips or resources you’d like to share to help others get started?

  • I don't write a Gratitude Journal.  I have journal for recipes.  One for crochet patterns.  I've even kept a devotional and prayer journal.  A gratitude journal does not cross my mind.  It's not that I'm not grateful.  I recognize daily all of my blessings.  Everyday I wakeup and the sun shines.  The feel of a warm snuggle from one of my pups.  Being married to hubs who loves me even when at times I'm not so lovable.  The list goes on and on.  I just don't write it down.

    If you want to start keeping a journal here's a suggestion.  Keep it simple.  Don't stress if you miss a day.  Get a calendar with spaces where you can jot a line or two down.  Start with January.  At the end of each day write down on the calendar your gratitude observations.   When the year ends you will have a gratitude journal with pictures!


    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    Wordless Wedesday-Churches

    I love visiting churches.  From the simple construction and plain white to the large ornate buildings. Learning about the history of the buildings has become a hobby. Today I'm sharing a picture from my home.

    This church began as a Bank in 1840. It failed seven years later.  It was purchased and became the church home.  Many of the parishioners  were from Nova Scotia seeking religious freedom.
    Today's it Our Lady Star of the Sea Chapel.  The chapel is open for Mass on the first Friday of the Month.  It is also open for Easter Service, Christmas Eve Mass, Weddings, baptisms and tours.


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    Friday, November 1, 2013

    A Month of Gratitude

    Today I'm taking up the challenge from +Create With Joy . It will be a month long theme on Gratitude   Every Friday there be a prompt to blog about.
     Today's is what are you most grateful for at this moment in your life?
    I having  a hard time with this.  You see two years ago my brother David passed away at age 50. It was sudden and unexpected.  My brother and I were not on the best of terms. 
    At this moment I'm grateful that I was able to be with him during his final week of  life.  I saw Gods hand in everything.  There were folks that helped me cope with his death. I'm grateful for the scripture I read to him, I believe it gave us both peace. I think most of all I'm grateful for the memories I have of him.
    My favorite Psalm
    The Lord Is My Fortress
     Live under the protection
    of God Most High
    and stay in the shadow
    of God All-Powerful.
    Then you will say to the Lord, “You are my fortress,
    my place of safety;
    you are my God,
    and I trust you.”
    The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps
    and deadly diseases.
     He will spread his wings over you
    and keep you secure.
    His faithfulness is like
    a shield or a city wall. t
     You won’t need to worry about dangers at night
    or arrows during the day.
     And you won’t fear diseases that strike in the dark
    or sudden disaster at noon.
     You will not be harmed, though thousands fall
    all around you.
     And with your own eyes you will see the punishment
    of the wicked.
     The Lord Most High is your fortress.
    Run to him for safety,
      and no terrible disasters will strike you
    or your home.
      God will command his angels to protect you
    wherever you go.
     They will carry you in their arms,
    and you won’t hurt your feet
    on the stones.
     You will overpower the strongest lions
    and the most deadly snakes.
      The Lord says, “If you love me
    and truly know who I am,
    I will rescue you
    and keep you safe.  
     When you are in trouble, call out to me.
    I will answer and be there
    to protect and honor you.
     You will live a long life and see my saving power.”
    Psalm 91 
    In memory of David Alan  March 28 1961-November 1, 2011. He is resting in the Shelter of the Almighty.