Monday, January 31, 2011

Fantasic February Challenge

I had meant to get this up earlier in the month considering that tomorrow is the beginning of February, but things got kind of busy with school, and the Block Party. So I am taking a break from my squares (my fingers are aching!), to post this. :)

During the month of February, I am going to be making one slipper a day. At the end of the month, I'll have 28 slippers, or 14 pairs of slippers. Then I'm going to ship them over to Max in Ukraine so he can distribute them to handicapped adults (or children if I make smaller sizes). My friend Rachel has also taken up the challenge, and we can't wait to start tomorrow!

I challenge you to also accept! Even if you make one slipper every two days, that will still be 7 pairs to send to Max! At the end of the month you can ship them to me, and I will take care of shipping them to Max. I'll also post pictures of them on my blog. Please email (forhisgloryhandiwork (at) gmail (dot) com) me if you would like to help and accept the challenge.

Thank you for considering helping Max!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Stitched with Love...

For two precious little girls...

Remeber Tori and Anastasiya?

Well, their new names are Reagan Faith and Carrington Ann, and their forever family is meeting them the end of this month! Below are pictures of the hats and scarfs I made for them.

My sister Rebekah (4 yo) with Tori's (5 yo) hat and scarf on

Rachel (1 yo) with Anastasiya's (3 yo) hat and scarf on

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rachel's Blog!

No, my little sister Rachel doesn't have a blog yet...

My friend Rachel does!

Please visit Rachel's blog and follow along here - Rachel's Orphan Blog. She is advocating for many of the orphans on Reece's Rainbow and loves to crochet just like me! Her first post included me, and her next one is going to be about the Block Party! She would LOVE new followers, and she would LOVE if you left her a comment! Please hop on over there and leave her a note!

One more thing... GO PACK GO! We can win the Super Bowl! WHOO!

Block Party Date Announced!!!

The 2011 Block Party date is ANNOUNCED! Ok, they have been for awhile if you are reading the pages at the top of my blog... and if you haven't go check them out!

The Block Party date for 2010 is February 5th 2010! Below is a little information from the flier I made.

When: February 5th, 2011 at 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or as long as you can stay)
Where: At W****c**** Christian Fellowship Church - Email me forhisgloryhandiwork (at) gmail (dot) com for directions and location
What: Everyone brings 6” crocheted or knitted squares, and we all sew them together and make blankets for an orphanage in Eastern Europe.
R.S.V.P.: Please R.S.V.P. to Sarah via email at forhisgloryhandiwork (at) gmail (dot) com, or by commenting here.
Bring: Finished 6” squares (any yarn can be used, it just needs to be machine washable), tapestry or yarn needles (please bring as many as you have). We are also going to be collecting anything warm that can be made out of yarn to wear (baby hats, hats, slippers, baby booties, scarves, etc.) Please have squares there by 9:15 a.m.

Join us for a day of fun, fellowship, and make some new friends! Snacks and punch will be served throughout the day. Lunch will also be provided.

Everything we collect and make will be sent over to a very poor orphanage in Eastern Europe. This is the same orphanage we recently adopted my little brother Elijah from, and all the children are tiny and undernourished. You could very well be saving a life by helping to make one of the blankets! If you would like to help, but you can’t make the date (or live too far away), please get your squares to me ahead of time so we can use them. Please email me for my address. If you have any questions, please contact me using the info above.

Oh and along with the Block Party theme, I have to confess (unfortunately) that I am a big fat loser... :) My friend, Rachel, was over yesterday, and we decided to have a contest... for who could make the most blocks between the time we dropped her off last night, and this morning. The loser would weave in the other's ends (we both hate weaving them in!). Well last night, I had to make an informative slide show for the Block Party for church today, and it took much longer than I planned, so it wasn't a fair contest. But still she won, even if it wasn't fair and square! I had 9 blocks and she had 13 blocks. So I have some ends to weave in!
I encourage you to have a contest with someone else to see who can get the most squares done in a short amount of time. It will get more blocks done that way, and its fun to have some competition to motivate you to work on it! If you don't have a crocheting buddy to do it with, email me! I would be happy to do it with you!

And speaking of Rachel, stay tuned for my next post...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fun Crochet Toys

I came across a couple crocheted toys today that are adorable!

Meet Bullseye from Toy Story...

And meet Yoda from Star Wars...

The awesome pattern for Bullseye can be found here, and the pattern for Yoda can be found here. I won't be making either of them anytime soon, but maybe someday! In the meantime, you can make them! Happy Crocheting!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Review of My 2010 Goals

I just remembered/realized, thanks to an awesome friend!, that I posted my 2010 goals at the beginning of last year. I was just going through them, and I only knocked about 1/2 of them off of my list, but I have done so much more in the last year than I would have EVER imagined at the beginning of the year! Below is the list I posted last year, and the results.

Crochet Goals:
-Make an afghan - DONE!
-Learn the popcorn stitch - not done
-Learn the shell stitch - not done
-Make 50 baby hats for charity - not done
-Teach at least 3 people to crochet - DONE!
-Make a doily out of thread - not done
-Made at least 6 snowflakes out of thread - not done
-Buy less yarn and use more of what I have (Mom says that's a good goal :-)) - still working on it...

Knitting Goals:
-Learn how to purl - not done (Auntie Debbie - HELP!)
-Make a scarf - DONE!
-Make at least two baby hats for charity - one done
-Make another scarf - not done

Sewing Goals:
-Learn how my sewing machine was made and how it operates - not done
-Make a summer top and shorts - not done
-Design and make more of my own clothes - still working on it!
-Make a patchwork quilt - not done!
-Make fiesta skirt - DONE!

I guess I didn't even get half the things done, but that's okay! There is always this coming year, and look how much MORE I got done!

- Organizing and making things for the Block Party (8 blankets for the first Block Party last year and 6 already for this coming year!)
- Raising money for orphans - Elijah, Tori, Anastasiya, Sergey, and now Eddie!
- Made lots of things for those in EE (like slippers and hats)

This may not seem like a lot, only three things, but they weren't one dish each either. And I know that by doing that that I helped to bless many people.