~Hats for Haiti and a little bit of Thankful~

capbutton_31     What a great cause !  

I had so much fun making these little hats! The pattern is on the website for a quick download. I got a few shirts from the thrift store (brand new), longs sleeves were $1.00 last week…. I could not help but put a little heart on a few of these sweet little caps. I know that each little bit of good intention can add up to a tidal wave of goodness.

 

I have really gotten behind in my  Thankful posts.. so I am making a list of some of the things that I have found myself feeling thankful for over the past few weeks…

   Thankful for fall beauty~

1. My home

2. My family

3. My bed each night

4. Food in our pantry

5. My crazy dogs and cats

6. Home made bread

7. Home made strawberry jam

8. My knitting chair

9. My sewing machine

10. New beginnings

11. My country and the hope of new beginnings.. 

12. The changing of the seasons

13. Fallen leaves soon to be composted…

14. My garden

15. My roses

16. My friends

17. My ability to sleep well

18. Soup (home made)

19. Root vegetables

20. My health

I really am thankful for all that we have and for the blessings we are yet to recieve. This time of year really brings me hope and a feeling of genuine happiness.  I wish that for everyone..

Odds and Ends~

With the holidays quickly approaching, I have been slowly working on some odds and ends for  swaps and what not..  
~ a little clothespin angel made with vintage linen and lace.

 ~a vintage Christmas card turned bookmark, or ornament, decoupaged…

  ~ playing around with stamped lined, added crocheted picot edging.  I finally used my hemstitch/wing tip needle.  Pretty fun!

  ~ one more stocking, boy version.  I used a Pottery Barn sheet for the dinasours and some gingham and other odds and ends. I  quilted the top and used  linen for the back.

 

Time is certainly wizzing by…

Still grateful and swap updates…

It has been a while since I have posted my gratitude… grateful5so,  I just want to say how grateful I am for my new furnace. It is a wonderful thing. It is more energy efficient and all programable. We are so warm and cozy it is just crazy!  I do live in an old house and it was very hard to heat with the old furnace (some rooms too hot, some rooms to cold.)  They had vented it in an old chimney and that wrecked havoc on our plaster walls in one room. Ok~ Enough of the boring details, I am just so grateful for our new heat condensing, green, tax rebatable furnace.  Woo hoo! and for our friend who put it in for us.. not an easy job~!

Now for some fun~ Hope from Going Sew Crazy is doing a stocking full of cheer swap!
I have started working on the stocking and an ornament or 2.

   I gathered my materials..

   and I made a quilted stocking. I used this stocking pattern for my starting point. I changed it up just a bit..

   ~ I just kind of made it up as I went along.  I pieced the top using muslin as a base.  I then quilted it.  I used a very special piece of linen from my stash for the back.  I did a binding for the interior of the stocking to clean up the edges. I also did   a bindingfor the top of the stocking and then added a loop for hanging and I just could not stop without adding a little gingham ruffle.  I really like it!   I just can’t decide if I should wash it and crinkle or not..

I am slowly starting on my ornaments~  

I need to start working on my other swap…

                                     holiday-tradition-exchange

This one will be a lot of fun as well!

February Baby Sweater & booties done!

grateful4       ~ I am so thankful that this sweater is done! Along with a few other items I made for baby Mason.  Just in the nick of time, he is to be born in a few weeks! This is my version of the EZ February Baby Sweater. I used Plymouth yarn Jeanee DK in a lovely gray. I love the color.

  ~ I made a pair of T Bar Booties to go with the sweater, too cute!    I can’t remember the book’s name, but I will list it later.

 

  It is not perfect, but I think it will do.

 

There is something so sweet about  handknit baby items!

My rights…. 19th Amendment

    Today I am grateful for the 19th Amendment  I am thankful for the women who came before me and had the courage and strength to fight for the right to vote as a woman. I honestly have not spent that much time thinking of these women who came before me, but as the time nears for such an important election, I am humbly reminded of the past.  These past women have paved the way for me and one day my daughter’s right to exercise a very basic right.  For this I am grateful. I am thankful for my right to vote.  It is my choice and my privilege and that is something to be grateful for.

Giveaways~ inspire creativity and generosity!

There are so many great giveaways going on right now…

 JC Handmade  is giving away this!  Oh wow! I see pink’s and brown’s :)!!

 

Another is Jona at Stop Staring and Start Sewing is back from the Quilt Market, her reports are great!  oh Wow!

Also, Katie from See Katie Sewis giving away a box of fantastic fabric! Her blog is great, so go and read it and see for yourself!

From there, I found this wonderful blog ~Olabelhe  it is great. I love this post about her grandma. Here is is the post for her giveaway!  

Ok, Mary of Confessions of a Craft Addict  is doing a Scrapapalooza giveaway , so go and check that out!

Suse from Pea Soup has a  giveaway as well.  Either this wonderful    wash cloth, or this  wonderful skein of yarn your choice! She will ship internationally, Yay!

 

Lastly, Lolly at LollyChops is giving away a beautiful charm, that she will make into a bracelet or a necklace. It is gorgeous! Go see!!

Can you believe all of the talent that is out there? It is awe-inspiring for sure.
I really love to find new blogs and if you know of any good ones post it!  Share the love.

All of these giveaways has inspired me, so I am going to think on that subject for awhile and I will get back soon with one of my own.

~Thankful for 30~


Mary form Confessions of a Craft Addict has unofficially named November “Thankful for 30″, in which she will take time each day to think and reflect on what is positive, what she is thankful for and  to commit to her gratitude.

We are at that time of the year where time starts to fly and Holiday pressure can mount, so I am going to take time to reflect on what is important to me and my family. I will commit to my gratitude each day. I may not post everyday, but I will commit to doing this. Great idea Mary!!
 

Today I am grateful for the warm fall sun, the clear blue sky and the blooms of many roses in my garden. Time is fleeing but I still have warmth and beauty outdoors  around me today!