Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Easter Basket... Happy Easter !!!

It is Spring and it shows....

It is everywhere... in our yard, in our neighborhood, in the flowers, in everyone's smiles...

Yes, it's Spring and I'm so happy it's finally here :)

And to celebrate this great, beautiful burst of colors I made this pretty Spring Easter basket...

It is colorful and bright ... and you already know...
color makes me happy.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy your time with your families.

Thanks again for stopping by to see me I truly appreciate you taking the time to come to see me here.

Happy Easter to you !!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Easter Flowers Reveal

Hi There Friends...

As I promised here is what I did with the pretty little flowers I made...

They do make me feel happy... So colorful... So bright :)

And I have to tell you that ever since I put them on our Easter tree the sun has been shining... We had a beautiful, gorgeous spring day here today.

We are having a fun Spring break together. We went to the beach for a couple of days and now we are just relaxing, enjoying the sun and time together.

Hope you are enjoying your week and having fun also.

Thank you for stopping by to see me I really love to hear from you.

Monday, March 25, 2013

March Showers ... Bring Easter Flowers

It's Spring Break and the sun is a little weak in our side of the world...

So, I'm dreaming of big fields of flowers...beautiful, colorful flowers...
Making our lives brighter and happier.

I'll show you what I'm doing with these flowers very soon!

Wishing you a happy and fun Spring Break...even if you don't have Spring on your world yet... :)

Have a great fun week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yes... Spring is Here

Hi there Friends :)
Spring is officially here and the sun is finally shining just a little bit...
We get lots if rain and a little of sun...
But even that little bit still makes me happy.
Today I just wanted to show you a quick picture of another cowl I made this winter.

Just another winter knitting before Spring projects starts to shine in my room...

I love this stripy cowl. I made it holding two colors and interchanging them two stripes at a time. I used a circular needle and made it as if it was a hat so the fabric would be doubled. i then stitched the ends together and ...

Voila ...
One more cowl for our collection.

I guess I am a "cowl girl" after all :)

Hope you are enjoying the sun, the flowers and the beautiful Spring air.
It's so nice to have you come and visit me and a BIG THANK YOU to all my new followers for stopping by.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day ...

Hope you all are having a great weekend and feeling lucky for all you have and all that life has giving to you.
I sure feel lucky and happy to have you in my life .
Happy St Patrick's day to You!
Happy Lucky Day :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Simple White Cowl

A Happy and quick project...

Soft and beautiful yarn to work with, which was heaven to the touch...

Easy and relaxing knitting ...  unfortunately I did not make it from a pattern... I'll write the pattern (maybe) someday ???

I really enjoyed working on this project.

A quick go to have a new garment to wear tomorrow and the satisfaction of seeing it being on my daughter's wardrobe before winter goes away...

Another happy moment!

Thank you for stopping by to see me and for taking the time to make all the wonderful comments on my happy creations :)

Have a happy rest of the week!

Friday, March 8, 2013


Hi there friends.

I usually do not share much about the professional side of my life here. My job can be very stressful at times. But sometimes it can be very rewarding and full of happy moments.
As some of you already know I work as a social worker for the State of Oregon. I have done this job for over 20 years and, unfortunately I have to say we don't have many happy days nor have we been praised or recognized positively very often... I work with DHS with the Child Welfare agency.
Well, don't get me wrong... We have great days and days in which we feel like we have done great things.

But let me tell you that 2 weeks ago I felt so happy and like I haven't felt in a long time at work.

We had a WONDERFUL group of churches, community partners and volunteers who chose our branch to give a big makeover ... Yes, a makeover like they do on TV.

Some people might think a makeover is a superficial thing, but I have to say their work has done wonders to the worker's moral... to the families coming to visit their children... and most especially to the hundreds of foster parents and children coming to visit our office every day. It was not just a "material" makeover. We felt like we won the lottery. And not just in the material sense of the physical makeover... But also in how many great people we met and the impact this physical makeover will make on some of our families' lives.

Everyone coming to our office feels special and you can see in their eyes and their smiles that they feel important and that someone really cared about them.

I could go on for hours to tell you every detail, how much each person has done and how many hours they have dedicated to do this "makeover" but the biggest "makeover" will really happen in the hearts of each of the children coming to the office, each parent coming to spend time with their children and each foster parent who dedicates their lives to help the children.

Today I just want to express my most humble and heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every person who worked endless hours for the preparation and completion if this project.

We are so thankful and I want to just reinforce I have always believed in miracles and I am certain one has just happened to us ...

Take a look at the difference and how each room was completely redone...

This was our front room...

and that is how it looks now :)

These are the kids' and families visiting rooms. Each room has a special theme now :

and this was the observation room 

and that is how it looks now...

And last but not least... here is the staff lunch room before...

and now...

Just an amazing makeover ...

I have to say that what they did was just wonderful and we are so happy. It has been 2 weeks and I still go to the kitchen a couple of times a day just to check and make sure that it is well cared for ...

We are all enjoying it and most of all we are all feeling so special. 

And to show all of us that HE was in charge and that HE was guiding this project, God painted the perfect picture above them all as they were working hard doing what they do best...
helping others and living their lives just like wants them to.



Thank you so very much to the wonderful group of people who participated on this huge effort:
Marc and Susan Estes from City Bible Church
Jillana Goble 
Milan Homola from Compassion Connect
Portland Leadership 
Clear Creek Church
Grace Community Church
Glisan St. Baptist
Gresham Bible Church
Gresham First Baptist
Good Shepherd Community Church
Wood Village Baptist

and numerous business and volunteers who participated in this effort.
(I hope I didn't forget anybody's name...if I did it was not on purpose... I am thankful to you all from my heart)>

We are forever grateful and your effort will have an impact in the lives of so many people we cannot start to count.

May your blessings be too many to count.

Before I go just a little glance at a small little crafty thing I made to give to them as a small gesture of how thankful we are ...
Just a little thing to "mark" their lives as they "marked" ours :)

Thanks again, for coming to visit me today. I'm always so happy to hear your comments ... have a wonderful weekend. Loves :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Luck of the Irish

Hi there my friends...

This is the month to celebrate GREEN, Lucky day and the Irish in each one of us ... and I thought I start with wishing a little luck to each one of you...

And what best to bring good luck than a cute, easy and quick pattern for you to make your own charming SHAMROCK?

I looked everywhere and I found many different shamrocks, but I couldn't find just the right one for what I was looking for...
Just the right size and the way I envisioned...

I wanted to make some book markers for my friends and little pins to wear on St. Patrick's Day ... and if you know me when I cannot find exactly what I wish...
I just make it ... 

when I finished making them I loved it so much I thought I would share it with you ...

I feel so LUCKY to have you here with me and hope you enjoy this tutorial.


Here is a pattern to make a shamrock pin which can also be used as a book mark with an extended chain added to it.
They make great gifts and you will be protected from being pinched if you have it pined on your clothes on St. Patrick's day :) :) :)

Cotton yarn in Dark green and a contrasting/lighter 
 green of the same or a little thiner cotton yarn.
Crochet thread on a contrasting/lighter color of green (optional)

4.00 mm (US G-6) 
5.00 MM (US H-8)

(please note that I'm using American Terms to write this pattern)

ch   chain
rep   repeat
sc   single crochet 
sl st   slip stitch 
hdc   half double crochet
tr   treble crochet
mc   main color
cc   contrasting color

With size 5.00 (US H) and 2 strands of cotton mc  start by doing 5 ch and close to make a circle

Then make *4 ch, 3 tr and 4 ch and sl st into the circle *

 Repeat from * to * 2 more times ...

Now get ready to make the stem...
Ch 5, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the needle, sc in the next 3 ch, sl st in the last ch

 Leave a 12" tail to sew the pin in the back

Now get ready to make the 2nd row 

With thiner yarn (if you chose to use the crochet thread) or only 1 strand of  cc and smaller (4.00 mm/ US G) hook
sl st 

ch1, 1 sc in each of the 3 ch, 2 sc in each tr, 1 sc in each of the next 4 ch, sl st in the previous row sl st

2 sc in each tr

 1 sc in each of the next 4 ch

 sl st in the previous row sl st

 repeat from * to * 2 more times 

Cut the yarn and tie the 2 ends together in the back side of your work.

Hand sew (or hot glue) with the 12 '' left over yarn, the pin in the back side of the shamrock and ... 

You are done...

Isn't this The Luck of the Irish ???

As always I'M SO HAPPY you came to visit me and I hope you have a wonderful, marvelous, LUCKY month.

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 I appreciate your kindness.