Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Here is what real roses look like...

Here is a rose I made with ribbon...(sorry it's blurry, I was holding the camera and the rose)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Thank You Miss Lady Secret! I was so very happy and excited to find my inbox filled with Happy Birthday E-cards and flowers! Yay Me!! I can barely wait to find out who you are! Thank You!!! My little boy and I especially loved the Hoops and Yoyo card, he had me replay it about 10 times, I have it saved, so he can see it again...he absolutely flipped over this one! Which made me crack up even more! Thank you!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Cute Ruffly Baby Hat...

Even DH loved this one! It is a preemie pattern I have, (it doesn't have the ruffle brim, it is just a straight side hat) don't know where it came from, Thank the Lord I stumbled across it when I was cleaning out my super huge overstuffed crochet pattern folder! I added the ruffly brim and DH said to add the flower. It's basically just a simple hat, (I used a G hook instead of the D it called for, which made it a new born size) then I added 2dc in each st around, then dc, ch1 in each dc around, then edged it in a contrasting color. I think it defines the flowing ruffle shape. The flower is tacked on, it is a basic chain flower. Enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Bonnets...

I believe I was moved with compassion for the hurting yesterday. If you are reading this, I hope you are having a beautiful day!

Here are the bonnets I have finished for the center so far. They don't really glow, hehe, the flash was just bright.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Cherokee Pregnancy Center...

Friday I dropped off some baby items to the pregnancy center, some "creative infant hats" the ones I posted earlier and a few others and a few blankets. I took a fleece blanket that was edged in a white # 3 thread scallop with an Irish Rose appliqued onto it and also a Crinoline Lady done in # 10 thread, the front desk lady was so excited, she took it and me into the back office to show the other workers, who caused such a commotion, that another lady came out of her office to see. It was really neat! Praise Jesus! I am in no way tooting my own horn, I don't believe in that, I'm just really excited that the items are appreciated! YAY! So now, I'm working on old fashioned baby bonnets. I saw a few in a mag. photo and am kinda winging it. The Caron SS in off white really looks vintage! WOW! I may write a pattern up, but all the items I made for them were 1 of a kind, and each was really special. They are a crisis pregnancy center, and Christian ladies doing it to give those in need another option...keeping their sweet little baby. So I definately believe in quality over quantity, I really want them to feel special and in some small way, let them know there is hope. The last lady who came out of her office had just came back from Bangeladesh (? spelling) from a missions trip and gave me one of their ornaments that they hand sew over there, it is a bangle (bracelet) with fabric inside and a 4 point star embroidered in it. It was the sweetest thing, they sell 35 for $1. That humbled me. Just to make money for their families, who knows if they can even read a bible freely or not? Something we, I take for granted. I can read my bible, and come and go as I please, such an ordinary every day thing, yet truely such a special blessing. Ok, I know I've went off topic a bit, but it is a beautiful thing to think and wonder and see how connected we all are, even if it seems like we are in our own little corner, the kindness we show, the Love of Jesus that freely flows can truely reach everyone, if only we humble ourselves, and serve, trust, and obey with a cheerful heart. I wish I could fathom how much Jesus loves me, how much He loves all of us. If we only humble ourselves and trust Him. It is nothing special we've done, but His free gift, His grace to us. Without Jesus, I can do and am nothing. I am thankful for every opportunity to serve, and help others. Because I know Jesus has helped me. I wish I could just open my arms and hug the world and tell them how special they are because Jesus loves and died on a cross for them. If people would only stop for a minute and see. If you are reading this and don't know Jesus, He does love you. Pick up a Bible and begin reading the book of Matthew and read about Him, and what He did for you. He is the Son of God, He did Die on a cross, after 3 days He did raise up alive and defeated death, and is now in Heaven, waiting for us, if we will only understand that sin is in the world, we are all guilty of that. Have you ever told a lie or stole something, or took the Lord's name in vain, coveted, judge yourself by the ten commandments, even 1 makes us guilty. The Bible says that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Son of God, confess our sins, and turn, repent of our sins, then He, Jesus will save us, if you've done this, read your Bible, and have faith in Jesus. He does love you. So very much.

Friday, February 23, 2007

!!Thank You!!

Thank you again Lady Secret!!! It's Teddy Bear Day!!! I am having a ball and I may be making bananna nut bread sunday after church! MMmnmmm...I can taste it already! Thank you!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sweet Little Doily Bag CAL...

Yay!! It's finally here! I really have to thank the Lord! and Lea for the idea and inspiration. It has a vintage feel, I've seen old victorian patterns and photos of some small ones that hang from a ring and are held n the palm of the hand, used as a coin purse and to hold your dance card for the evening. Here it is....

size "D" hook

# 3 thread

fabric for lining

Day 1
ch 6, slst to join into a ring
R1 ch3 (counts as first dc) 2dc, ch1, into ring { 3dc, ch1,} 5 times. slst into beg. ch3 to end this row. for a total of 6 ch1 sps. and 18 dc.
R2 slst into top of second dc (middle of the 3dc group) ch4, slst into ch1 sp, ch4, slst into middle dc of next group around. equals 12, ch4, loops (kind of looks like a flower at this stage)
R3 slst to middle of next ch4 loop, ch4, (counts as dc, ch1) dc into the same loop, ch2, {dc, ch1, dc, ch2 into the next loop, repeat around} slst into the 3rd ch of the beg. ch4 to end this row. equals 24 dc, 12 ch1, sps, and 12, ch2 sps. You should have a flat circle shape.

Day 2
R4 slst into the next ch1 sp. ch3, 2dc into the same sp (counts as 3 dc) ch3, {3dc, ch3 into the next ch1 sp around} slst into the top of the beg. ch3 to end this row. skipping all the ch2 sps. equals 36 dc and 12, ch3 sps.
R5 slst into next dc, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch3, sc into ch3 sp from prev. row, ch3, {skip dc, 3dc into next dc, ch3, skip next dc, sc in ch3 sp on prev. row, ch3} repeat around. slst into top of beg. ch3 to end this row. equals 36 dc, 12 sc, 24 ch3 sps.

Day 3
This next row is easy, just keep your chains a little loose.
R6 chain 3, (counts as first dc), dc in next 2 sts, ch6, skip all chain stitches on previous row and {1dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch6. repeat around, slst to the top of beg. ch3 to end this row. equals 36 dc, and 12, ch6 loops. (It may look like it is curling up after this row, don't frog yet, lay it flat and smooth it out first, if it still won't lay flat, look at your chains, are they tight? )
R7 ch3, (counts as first dc), dc in same sp, dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, (equals 5dc), ch3, sc in ch6 loop from prev. row, ch3, {2dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, (5dc) ch3, sc in ch6 loop from prev. row, ch3} repeat around, slst into the top of the beg. ch3 to end this row. equals 60dc, 12sc, 24 ch3 sps.
R8 ch4, counts as dc, ch1, sk next dc, (dc, ch2, dc, ch1) in next dc, sk next dc, dc, in next dc. ch7, {dc in next dc, ch1, sk next dc, in next dc, put dc, ch2, dc, ch1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch7} repeat around, slst to 3rd. chain of beg. ch4 to end this row. equals 12, ch7 sps, 12, ch2 sps, 24 ch1 sps, 48 dc

Day 4
R9 slst over to the ch2 sp. ch3, (counts as first dc) 2dc, ch2, 3c in same sp, {ch4, sc in the ch7 sp, ch4, sk ch1 sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in the ch2 sp}, repeat around and slst to the top of the beg. ch3 to end this row. equals 12 ch2 sps, 12 sc, 24 ch4 sps, and 72 dc
R 10 ch5, sc in ch2 sp, (skipping 2dc) ch5, sk 2dc, sc in last dc, {ch5, sc in ch4 sp, ch5, sc in next ch4 sp, ch5, sc in next dc, ch5, sk 2dc, sc in ch2 sp, ch5, sk 2dc, sc in last dc} repeat around, end with slst into the begenning chain, equals 60, ch5 loops. Fasten off and enjoy a sweet doily or make another one to complete the bag. Iron/block as needed to shape the loops on the edge.

Day 5
Yeah!!! Last day for those of you who want to go farther than the doily! Those of you who used # 10 thread, it is a coaster. Lay the two together, wrong sides together, so that you have the pattern repeats matching, and the 2 right sides facing out. We are counting both corresponding ch5 loops as 1, so when you crochet into 1 space, you will be going through both loops, front and back, at the same time. Keep the 2 doilies in the same position, pin it together a few times if you need to.
Attach thread into any 2 (front and back) doily loops, from now on counting the front and back as 1 loop.
ch1, sc in same loop, skip next loop, {into next loop do dc, ch1, 6 times, and dc, so you will have a shell with 7 dc, and 6 ch1 sps. sk next loop sc into the next loop, sk next loop}, continue around in this pattern until you have closed the doilies around, leaving 12 loops per side unworked, so you will have an opening. ending with a sc,

Handle...into the next loop do 3dc, chain 3, into the top of the last dc, put 2dc, ch3, into the top of the last dc put 2dc, so you are making a handle, without turning, it will have a small scallop. I like a shorter handle, just big enough to hang over the wrist, maby about 12" long, you can go as long or short as you want. When your handle is long enough for you, end on the other side of the opening {skipping the center 12 loops per side}, do 3dc into that last loop before the shell starts. slst into the beg. sc of shell border and finish off. You can sew in a liner if you want, just remember it will be seen so put the "pretty side" of the fabric facing out. Enjoy this sweet little doily bag!
Copyright 2007 Sarah Cooper.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Thank You Miss Lady!!!

Today has been such a special blessing from my SP! I received the most touching and beautiful e-card, with the music "Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin playing in it! I love that song, and I also received in the mail a great package from her too! How did she know I loved note cards? Hmmm, she's been busy, or she knows me better than I thought! The sweet card, pink crocheted heart, are very special, and the buterfly applique and heart, Oh! This has been wonderful! Dare I say...I feel special, and spoiled! YAY! Thank You Lady Secret!

Photo at the ville, having trouble posting it here (?)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Sweet Daisy!

Here is a little daisy I made this morning. I thought it would be a cute applique. It is made in crochet nylon, it it shiney and comes on a spool for around $3.58 at my local Walmart. I hot glued a small flower to the center just to make it cute. Here's ths super easy pattern....

chain 11, slst into the first ch.

chain 10, slst into that same first chain as before, continue this until there are as many petals as you like, you can hot glue in pom-poms, beads, flowers, glitter, anything you like for the center. I did 7 loops/petals, you can do more or less. Make it how you want it.


Friday, February 16, 2007

**Thank You!!**

I am receiving e-cards everyday from my Secret Pal! They are so beautiful and thoughtful, she really is being thoughtful to everything she knows I love! Yay me! Thank you very much Miss Lady Secret Pal! ;)..or should I say Sister!


This comes from a request by a dear friend over at the ville, and I'm very excited about this..I get to host a Mystery CAL for begenning threadies! Yeah! The even more great thing is, last night, just said a prayer, and out this pattern came. Row by row, and not much frogging! Thank you sweet Jesus! It is a smaller project, that can actually be made into two. There is a suprise element, which can or can't be added, just depending on your personal taste. I will post the finished photo and pattern here when the CAL is finished. The final project will have a vintage feel. Can barely wait till Sunday to start posting the pattern!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Secret Pal Strikes Again!!!!

These are for you Miss Lady...a virtual bouquet to Thank you...
Thank you! Today I woke up to find 2 suprises in my inbox....a really fun ice cream car game, and a little birdy told me someone liked me! Thank you!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Thank You Secret Pal!!!

Today I was spoiled with thoughtfulness from my Secret Pal! I received a very friendly and fun e-mail which was fun to read and answer, an E-card, and a Beautiful Virtual Bouquet of pink roses! My favorite! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have made me feel so special already!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Look what my hubby gave me today.....I absolutely love the flowers...lillies..daiseys..carnations...They are beautiful! My 4 year old helped pick them out! Ferrero Rocher, my favorite candy! The sweetest card...yes...I cried, and a balloon. I was blown away! A day early too! Happy Valentines Day!!! Kiss your sweetie!

Monday, February 12, 2007

2 Scarves, and Great News!!

Yeah!! I'm a Crochetville Secret Pal! HEHE!!

Here are 2 scarves I've been working on, the brown one is from 100 Crochet Projects, the Flower Garden Scarf, just with out the flowers.
The Flower Scarf is the Garden Scarf from SnB. Just love them both! Great for Charity because they are soft, sweet, and special! Though I must make for myself, just not sure which one yet...hmmm...

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Baby Blankie....

Wal Mart is downsizing their fabric departmant, so I bought some fleece to make edged baby blankets for the pregnancy center as well. I also wove a contrasting ribbon thru and tied bows at the edges. These are fun to make! Praise Jesus and have a Beautiful day!

Thursday, February 8, 2007


Here are a few items I've crocheted for Exchanging at a crochet exchange I'm a part of. Here are the 2 basic patterns I used,

the note pad holder is something I seen a few years ago, just can't recall where. they are. Enjoy!

p.s. Doesn't a daisy just brighten your day?

Friday, February 2, 2007

Creative Infant Hat Donations...

These four hats I've made are going to the Cherokee Pregnancy Center. I didn't follow any pattern, these are my own design. I really enjoyed making the hat with the white swirl! This was really fun to do. When I have a tote full of blankies and hats they will be donated. Cheers!