Saturday, October 15, 2011

St. Louis Catholic School Halloween Carnival…

fun! fun! fun!  Worked the hotdog booth with Kenny and Melissa…there was a really good crowd…lots of cute costumes!  Sold all the hotdogs…everything else went too Smile

Wanted to show off my shirt..and a few other cuties…

099100102me. with my spiders…Mrs. Hecker…teacher… and Jennifer and “Tinkerbell” Smile

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Alison’s Shower…

Saturday we had a baby shower for my niece and her husband…they have a baby girl on the way and we are all so excited…The shower was a lot of fun and well, we got it all pulled together… I didn’t take many photos, Veronica took more and can’t wait to see some of them… The first photo is the baby blanket I crocheted for baby Emily…



Sunday, October 2, 2011


Had a full day today, church…Zion Lutheran Church ham Dinner, and then a trip into town to look for some dresses for Ashley.  We were successful, thank goodness!  The girls legs are getting longer and the dresses are getting shorter!

The Ham dinner was nice, I got to see some old friends from Hondo, got tears in my eyes reminiscing…I was so lucky to grown up around such awesome people…

The blog prompt today is…

Fall Favorites

Make a list of your Fall Favorites: fruits, vegetables, soups, hot beverages, desserts, places to visit, activities, movies, etc.

Let’s see…In October mom and I go to Red River, NM to visit Judith.  This is the absolute favorite thing about fall for me.  Here it is still pretty hot…but I get to go to crisp beautiful weather…quite chilly at night…and when it’s time for us to go home we tend to get the first snow.  Visiting with Judith, mom and Rebecca is a highlight of my year.  Hoping that Vivian and Beverly come this year…so I am counting the days…here are a few photos of trips past…




a lot of knitting, visiting, eating, and good friends…with a little wine thrown in…I can’t wait!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Daily Blog Prompt & more...

Awesome...found this...they are also on facebook...
Dream Date: BloggerEdition                                                                             If you could invite any two bloggers over for dinner, who would it be and why?
Hmmm... well the first one would be my knitting friend, Jayme, whom I don't get to see very often...  Her blog is a joy to read...she is an excellent writer, changes up songs to her fancy, just alot of fun!  Well, I miss her...
And the second one...oh many...  she is so talented and her world seems so beautiful...would love to see some of those dresses in "real"...

ok, just a note from Psalm 133 v.1
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

What I'm working on Wednesday :)  for my niece... shhhh

Thursday, September 22, 2011

great find...

I love looking at blogs...and when I find a recipe or a pattern i want to use I hate trying to figure out how to print it...
JOLIPRINT is awesome...  you can put it on your own blog posts...or plug the link into the little box on their page...awesome!
Did I say AWESOME?

Monday, September 12, 2011

awesome quote…

Started listening to “Off Love and Evil” by Anne Rice this morning.  Wonderful quote at the first part of the book…

“We are all angels with only one wing, only when we come together can we fly.” – Luciano De Crescenzo

guardian angel

…so to go with that quote took a photo of my guardian angel to share…  this was painted by sharae several years ago…

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My First Crochet Pattern…

yeah, exciting isn’t it…lol…anyway, thought I’d share just in case you wanted to try it…
Tulip Around 9” square by Brenda
Vanna’s Choice Solids & Heathers yarn or any heavy worsted to aran-weight yarn
As shown
A—2 yd Pink
B—15 yd Kelly Green
C—20 yd Bubblelicious
D—2 yd White
E—10 yd Sweet Pea
Hook US I, or 5.5 mm
Stitches Beg trc cluster—ch-4, work 2 more trc, each time leaving the last step out so there are now 3 loops on hook, yo and draw through all three loops on hook.
Trc cluster—Work 3 trc, each time leaving last step out, so there are now 4 loops on hook, yo and draw through all four loops on hook.
Round 1: Using Color A, ch-4 and join to first ch with sl st, then ch-3 as first dc, work trc, dc, ch-1, (dc, trc, dc, ch-1) x3, sl st to first ch-3. Fasten off. (4 three stitch groups and 4 ch-1 spaces)
Round 2 : Join Color B to any first dc of any cluster. Ch-2 as hdc, sc into trc, hdc into dc, then [corner in ch-1 sp as (2 hdc, ch-2, 2 hdc), then hdc in dc, sc in trc, hdc in dc] x 3, then work corner in final ch-1 sp and sl st to the top of first ch-2. Fasten off. (4 sc, 24 hdc, and 4 ch-2 sp)
Round 3: Join Color C with a sl st to any corner ch-2 sp, work beg trc cluster, ch-3, trc cluster, then corner as (cluster, ch-3, cluster), then (ch-3, sk 3 st, trc in next 2 st, ch-3*, corner in ch-2 sp) x 3, then work to *only and sl st to top of beg trc cluster. Fasten off. (8 trc, 8 clusters, 12 ch-3 sp)
Round 4: Join Color D with a sc to any corner sp. Work 4 more sc into corner. Then 3 sc into each ch-3 sp, 1 sc in each trc, and 5 sc into corner sp around. Sl st to first sc. Fasten off. (52 sc)
Round 5: Join Color C with a sl st to any corner sc (center of the 5 sc corner groups) Work into that sc(beg trc cluster, ch-3, trc cluster), then [ch-2, sk 2, trc cluster, ch-2,sk 2, trc in next 3 st, ch-2,sk 2,, trc cluster, ch-2*, sk1 work corner as (trc cluster, ch-3, trc cluster)] x 3, then work to * only, sl st to beg trc cluster. Fasten off. (16 clusters, 12 trc, 4 ch-3, 16 ch-2)
Round 6: Join Color E with a sl st to any corner ch-3 sp. Ch-3 as dc, then in same sp, ( 2c, ch-1, 3 dc), then [(3 dc in ch-2 sp) x 2 , dc in 3 trc, (3 dc in ch-2 sp) x 2* , (then corner in ch-3 sp as (3 dc, ch1, 3 dc)] x 3, then work to * only and work dc into first ch-3 sp. Sl st final dc to top of  first ch-3. Fasten off. (84 dc, 4 ch-1 sp)
Round 7: Join Color B with a sl st to any corner ch-1 sp. Ch-3 as dc, then work in same sp (dc, trc, 2 dc), then work a dc into each dc around, and work corners in ch-1 sp as (2 dc, trc, 2 dc). Sl st last dc to top of ch-3. Fasten off. (100 dc, 4 trc)
Round 8: As desired to get to size. If making a sc or hdc round, work 3 sc or 3 hdc into each corner trc and sc or hdc into each st along sides. If making a dc round, work corners as (2 dc, ch-2 , 2dc) or (2 dc, trc, 2dc) and dc into each st along sides.
I want to thank my good friends at Vanna’s Choice Fan Club on Ravelry for all of their help writing my first pattern…Love ya girls!
PDF here...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Awesome devotion this morning…


From God Calling…

Tangled Skeins

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. -- Isaiah 30:15

Feel that . . . trust Me. Am I not leading you safely, faithfully? Will you believe Me, your Master, that all this is really to bring the answer to your prayers?

Remember that I am the Supreme Being who knows all and can control all.

Directly you put your affairs, their confusion, their difficulties, into My Hands I began to effect a cure of all the disharmony and disorder.

You must know that I shall cause you no more pain in the doing of it than a physician, who plans and knows he can effect a cure, would cause his patient. I will do all as tenderly as possible.

Tell Me that you trust Me in this.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters ... he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psalm 23:2, 3

From 365 One-Minute Meditations: God Calling edited by A.J. Russell. ©2008 by John Hunt Publishing Ltd., New Alresford, Hants, UK. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced without written permission from John Hunt Publishing Ltd, The Bothy, Deershot Lodge, Park Lane, Ropley, Hampshire, SO24 0BE, UK. Sent from the God Calling Devotional. For devotionals like this one for your iPhone, visit us at

Friday, August 26, 2011


I have a great little take along project right now…It’s called the BeeKeeper’s Quilt.  Designed and sold by Tiny Owl Knits, it is all the rage on Ravelry right now.  It’s a great way to revisit some of your favorite sock yarns (leftovers from socks or shawls) or just another reason to buy more… Here is the project photo from Tiny Owl Knits…


and here are my first hexi-puffs!


and yes, I have a looonnnggg ways to go…

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Trying something new…

Read on a blog that Windows Live Writer was a great way to upload your blog…  So after much updating on my computer…I finally have it downloaded to try. 


This is after the 3rd clue of Westknits Mystery Shawl Kal  I’m really enjoying this knit…now I am to repeat clue 2 and 3 to make it a larger shawl…then will be ready for clue 4 next week…

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Today's august photo

...getting in a few more days in Port A before school starts...

Had a lovely couple of days visiting with Monte and Mom and hugging on my niece and nephew. I am so blessed to have my family and it was a special weekend.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

A day of thrifting, surprise meetings and good food

What a lovely Port A and the kids went to the aquarium. So I was on my own. With the South Jetty classifieds in hand, I took off for some garage sales and thrift stores. First one I stopped at was in the Lost Colony subdivision and I found some beautiful textiles...

A quilt piece, table topper and napkins, tea towel, and two darling mini stockings made out of quilts.
Then I headed back into town to one of the churches...they have a great thrift shop. Found a bit of bright fabric, DVD and VHS to leave here for the kids, some old candlesticks to craft with, a bag of yarn for 2 dollars. Heck there was alpaca in there... And somebodies cut knit and crocheted dishcloths.

Last stop I didn't find anything to purchase but ran into an old Hondo buddy Dana Pope. It was so good to see her and visit with her. What a nice surprise. Then before heading home I stopped at the Phoenix for lunch. It has been a long time since I've been and I wasn't disappointed! Yummy crab cake with aoli, broccoli and rice. Had creme brûlée for desert. Heaven.

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Friday, August 5, 2011



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August Break picture a day...

Just saw this on Betz White's Blog thought I'd play is what she had to say
"Yesterday I was over at Susannah's blog and came across her concept of "The August Break". In her words:

"Okay, here’s the plan for the August Break: you simply share one photo (or more!) per day on your blog – Monday to Friday, or every day. Or whenever you feel moved to share. Using any camera – DSLR, compact, Polaroid, Holga, iPhone (my choice), Instax, film or digital – with or without words – anything goes! – for the whole of August. No pressure – just looking at August through your camera lens as a way to be more present this summer. And to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging."
End of note from Betz..."

So I thought I would play...

If you are from Texas you will recognize this...
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Finished Afghan!

I finished puttiing together my swap squares for the Vanna's Choice Fan Club (ravelry group) Granny mcfour plus 1 swap.  Love them...they were done with peoples scraps of Vanna's Choice yarn and I finished it off with the coloro Barley.  Love it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My first square design

Vanna's choice yarn...

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alot of cooking going on...

Oh what a, lunch at Sammy's, Walmart and HEB. Then Sean wanted to make homemade pizza so we loaded up the bread machine. He made his own special sauce. Kneaded dough for his first time and the pizza turned out great. While all of this was going on Ashley and I made a colored her icings for cake decorating class tomorrow night. Made a lemon filling. And finally some beautiful white cupcakes. So she is ready to go. I'm pooped!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011


I finished my beautiful Hexighan ... previously know as Julianny's Mysterghan a few weeks ago...the mystery is finished so I can post!  I love it... was made with Vanna's Choice Yarns...and was part of a cal done in Vanna's Choice Fan Club on Ravelry.  Here is my project on ravelry to see all the photos...but will include a few here. Colors are: MC Oatmeal   Second main color Pea Green, Aqua, Olive, Dusty Blue, Toffee, Silver Blue, Dusty Green, Taupe and Glamour
I've also started following my nephews Blog... he will be in Brazil for awhile then travel to Europe.  Can't wait to see what he's up too...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Update on cal

A montage of my Julianny's mystery afghan cal...

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Port A

Here at Port Aransas with Mom, Ashley, Sean, Hadley, and Holden. Got here yesterday evening and the younger ones were ready to pose with the pelican.

The girls stayed at The King's condo with me. And the boy's with Nana and grandpa. We had some rain this a.m. And napping now so will hit the beach or pool next. Did get some Shell's cappelini pomadoro. Yum.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Girls time out...

Ok there are girl's night out, ladies weekends, and whatever you want to call it. I like the idea of "time out". Us mom's can relate to time outs. Usually it's a punishment for the kids so they can sit and think of what they've done...and try to figure out if it was worth sitting in the corner for. Ha. That would be my definition of course. The type of "time out" I'm talking about is a chance to take some time out of the daily crazies and enjoy time with friends, family, or whatever playmates you choose. You have to find a "corner", which is defined as any place out of reach of whatever makes your life crazy or busy.
I was just blessed with a "Time Out" with my beautiful mother-in-law, Renee. And equally beautiful sister-in-laws...Nadine, Michelle, Jennifer, and Melissa. Throw in a darling, soon to be a mom, niece Alison and you have a perfect "time out". We celebrated Renee and michele's birthdays, ate, shopped, and had a wonderful time.
We stayed at a great out of the way B&B called "the barn at the Quarry" outside of Fredericksburg
/Find here
It was perfect, the rooms were great, breakfast great, scenery great, and peace and quiet great.
We ate some great food. Hilltop cafe, Peachtree , and a nice visit to Lincoln St. Wine bar (one of my fav places in the whole world). I've tried to rate the restaurants on yelp. Yelp is an awesome app and website. Go visit here

View from back patio

Oh, I had my "time out" did some serious thinking and deemed it a just punishment. Will for sure do it again!

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