Monday, September 26, 2011

My Crocheting Story Part 2

Since I posted Part 1 of my crocheting story last year, I figured I should post part two this year that I typed up to put in my Record book (explanation in Part 1). I love doing this to see where I was a year ago, and how far I have come in a year!

My Crocheting Story
My favorite hobby has been the same for several years. That hobby – crocheting has taken me beyond my wildest dreams.

If you read my Crocheting Story last year you would have heard all about the first year of the Block Party, how that birthed my mission trip to Ukraine, and about the beginnings of the adoption of my little brother Elijah. As well as how I was selling items to bring him home. I’m going to leave off from there and tell you about this past year.

After an amazing benefit from our church raised all the money we needed to bring Elijah home, I decided to change my blog to Handiwork for Tori to raise money for another little girl who needed a family. After she got fully funded and found a family I changed my blog to Handiwork for Anastasia, but then Tori’s family decided to adopt her too! After that I went through Handiwork for Sergey, Handiwork for Eddie, Handiwork for Noah, Handiwork for Jonathan (my other new little brother), and Handiwork for Lilly, the current child.

My friend Rachel has also been helping me crochet things to sell since Handiwork for Jonathan. We sell most of our items on our blog –, but we also do some craft sales.

Above is our business card, with Elijah at the top right and going clockwise to the bottom right and across are all the children we have featured – Tori, Anastasia, Sergey, Eddie, Noah, Jonathan, and Lilly on the top left. I’m so grateful that God has given me the gift to crochet so I can help these precious children in this way!!

Also thanks to the hobby of crocheting, this past year, I organized, with Rachel and my mother’s help, the second annual Block Party this past February. An explanation of the Block Party – I ask a bunch of knitters and crocheters to make 6 inch squares or blocks. Then on a Saturday morning, we get together and sew them together into blankets which we send over to Ukraine. In 2010, the first year, we had 308 blocks. This past year, my goal was to double that, and double we did!! We had a grand total of 659 blocks!!! The 308 blocks of last year made 8 blankets and 2 scarves; and the 659 of this year made about 18 blankets! A group of quilters also made 20 more quilts, out of fabric, not yarn. In addition to that, we had lots of scarves, slippers, hats, and other items of the sort donated too!

For this coming  made about 18 blankets! A group of quilters also made 20 more quilts, out of fabric, not yarn. In addition to that, we had lots of scarves, slippers, hats, and other items of the sort donated too!
For this coming year, the Third Annual block Party, my goal is 1000 blocks. I thought this goal was crazy at first! But hey, the Block Party isn’t till February, and we are currently just over 75% of our goal!!! Yep, we are just over 750 blocks!! Crazy? I think so!! I can’t wait to see the results of this year’s party and the follow year! J Here are picture’s from this past year’s party –

One of the finished quilts

Finished Blankets -

Monday, September 5, 2011

French Boards!

If you follow my other blog - Matthew 18:14, sorry that most of this post is a repeat of my last post there!

In my last post I posted about benefits and craft sales. Well this post is some things my friend Rachel and I made for the upcoming benefit! This benefit will be a Spaghetti dinner on a Sat night, with a craft sale that morning. My newest love is RIBBON! :) (Does a hammer count? If so, that is my most loved newest love.. :)) So I really had fun with this project! One of the projects the mission board is doing for the Craft Sale is French Memo Boards. If you don't know what they are, they are boards with ribbons and buttons that you can stick pictures in, kinda like this one (or keep reading for pictures). My friend Rachel and I, both being part of the missions committee, finished up this project yesterday and this morning. Here are pictures of us making them and the finished project-

I'm Bob the Builder aka Depressed Train Conductor! :D

You don't want to get in our way.. We have our weapons!

Our mess shortly after we finished this morning.

All of them.. DONE!

One of my favs... Micky Mouse with black and white!

Another fav!

Like our model picture in the fish one? :)

And though I have a blister from the staple gun, learned that my cat wears flip flops (don't bother asking), and earned several new nicknames... it's all worth it because we know that we were a part of bring a special boy home!