Crochet Sunflower DIY

Sunflower 2 Sunflower
With my mom now being in ICU for over a month, I really wanted to find a way to get something cheerful into her room especially now that she is starting to wake up a bit.  Unfortunately, there is a no flower and no plant rule in the ICU due to the possibility of spreading germs and aggravating allergies. (side note: apparently some hospitals are moving to this rule for all rooms)  I kept trying to come up with possibilities, then it hit me like a ton of bricks one day while trying to focus on something else – story of my life.  If she could not have a live flower, then I could make her a flower that would never die; perfect!

I’m thinking of making up a few of these and maybe bringing them to a nursing home that my church is involved with.  I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.  You cannot see if from these pics, but the “dirt” inside the flower pot is a crocheted circle as well.  Below are basic instructions to make one yourself.

Materials:
Brown and Yellow Yarn
Size “G” Crochet Hook
Green Pipe Cleaner
Small Flower Pot
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Pillow Stuffing

Instructions (all stitches are single crochet):

  1. Using the brown yarn, crochet a circle the same as you would to start a hat.  Make as large or small as you’d like.
  2. On the last row around use the yellow yarn.
  3. Once you’ve made a complete row around with the yellow yarn, start making the petals with decreasing sets for each petal. Once you’ve crocheted to the tip of the petal, single crochet down the side to get back to the base to begin the next petal.
  4. Crochet another circle using the brown yarn large enough to glue into the flower pot.
  5. Fill the flower pot 3/4 full of pillow stuffing.
  6. Glue the “dirt” circle into the pot.
  7. Twist three green pipe cleaners together and affix and glue to the flower and then feed through the middle hole in the “dirt” circle and feed the pipe cleaner out through the bottom hole in the flower pot and glue onto the bottom of the pot.
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Quote for the Day

“That’s your solution? Have a cookie?’ Astrid asked. ‘No, my solution is to run down to the beach and hide out until this is all over,’ Sam said. ‘But a cookie never hurts.” -Michael Grant (Author of Gone)

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Date Night Selfies

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After being married 18 years, having a fun date night can sometimes mean going to a good restaurant for dinner then going home, sitting together on the couch and watching New Girl. We tried to take selfies but Steve couldn’t stop making faces and I couldn’t stop laughing. We managed to finally get in a “normal” one in the end.

Just a Weekend :: Happiness

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Sometimes you read something online and it really sticks with you.  This happened to me recently.  I read something on Instagram posted by the lovely @kaehope and it has stuck with me everyday since.

“Happiness – is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like & celebrating it for everything that it IS. A new goal I’ve set: to be contagiously happy. ”

This is so true and since I read this on Instagram, I’ve heard the same message in other ways…Bloom where you are planted.  We are only given today so LIVE, I mean truly live for today.  Enjoy your life right where you are. Celebrate your life for everything that it is.

These are pics from my weekend, just everyday life truly enjoying the moment; sewing, hanging with the hubs and kids, redecorating the house, crocheting, enjoying new shoes, loving our fat cat.  Happy weekend, happy life.

New Year Resolutions Goals

2014 Goals
I’m not one to make any New Year resolutions. One of two things typically happen; I either do not keep them at all or I go the opposite direction completely defeating the purpose of the resolution in the first place. However, I do believe in goals for a new year. There is a difference. To me, a resolution is a set acheivement that you reach and then you’re done. A goal is something that is an ongoing acheivement that you want to continue to meet over and over in order to better yourself and/or your life.

The reflection on 2013 involved me not only looking at all the great things that happened in the past year, it involved really digging deep to understand what my biggest hardships and challenges were as well. One thing I learned through all of this pondering was that many times your biggest challenges can also be your biggest wins. Typically God uses your biggest challenges to mold you into the person that He wants you to be and many times will make your biggest challenge a blessing.

Only recently, did I come to a conclusion on what my goals for 2014 should be after all of this reflection. Here they are.

  1. Be intentional about growing spiritually. This means setting aside the time to spend with God as well as continually reading and learning. I have already finished one book and have several more already on order.
  2. How happy you are in your life is all dependent upon your perspective. My goal is to focus on the positive, be joyful, pray throughout each day and give thanks in all circumstances. God has me where I am for a reason and fighting Him will only bring me distress. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  3. I have a type A personality. I am also a strong big picture, planner. This means that I am wired to look toward the future. This is a good quality to have but it often keeps me in the future and doesn’t allow me to enjoy the present. My goal is to simply enjoy the day that I’m in; to live each day that I’m given to the very fullest.
  4. In the past 10 years I have considered myself to be a workout freak almost to the point of my own detriment. 2013 really changed things for me. I’m pretty sure that it’s due to the fact that I’m getting older but I simply just don’t want to do workouts that I don’t enjoy. I regularly lifted weights, but I quit doing cardio consistently this past summer. My goal this new year is to find cardio that I really enjoy doing and do it regularly. So far, this has been running on the beach. We’ll see how that goes and what other fitness items I may find along the way.

What Brings Me Joy

Jump for Joy
Jesus – ultimately, I am happiest when I’m close with Jesus. We all have a void that only He can fill. When he does, it brings joy beyond measure.

Husband – he truly is the best husband ever. He really does make me feel like I am the most special and prettiest girl in earth. I could never do this life without him.

Kids – the light of my life. They each have their own very unique personality; my daughter with her kind and compassionate heart and my son with his hilarious sense of humor always making us laugh. I truly dedicate my life to them.

Parents – without my sweet parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They have the kindest, most gentle and selfless hearts. They love me unconditionally and are there for me no matter what; through thick and thin. It’s because of them, I learned what ‘family’ really means.

Brother – being 10 years younger than me, we had two separate childhoods. Once he became an adult and moved near me, we became great friends. We are both crazy competitive and super active sharing many of the same hobbies. Now we spend most of our time competing on a paddleboard racing team together.

Ocean/Beach – it is truly my happy place whether I’m in it, on top of it, next to it or looking at it from a distance. It brings me instant peace and happiness. There truly is no other place I’d rather be.

Paddleboarding– it’s like walking on water through scenery. It mixes my love for the water with my love for scenery. It just doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve been doing it for 3 years and am now on a racing team. My husband tells me that I go though hobbies like underwear so paddleboarding for three years is, by far, a big record for me.

Scenery – I love it; any kind, just take me there. I just love nature and looking at all the beauty that God made. I could literally do this for days on end. So far the two best places I’ve been to see beautiful scenery is South Dakota and Hawaii (of course).

Wine – nuff said.

Travel – I am a sucker for change and adventure. Take me somewhere, anywhere. I’ll go. Just say when.

Naps – ahhh, yes. I am one sleepy individual. I LOVE sleeping especially naps in the middle of the day. I take them very seriously. I put on pajamas, close the door, put my fan on and completely get under the covers.

 

Living on Purpose


It’s not so much about who you are at this moment as much as it is about the person that you are becoming.  I recently read the book, “Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow.  This book has seriously challenged me and changed my life.  In her book, Linda challenges you to create your own purpose statement for your life.  I never considered writing out exactly what my “roles” are in life that God has called me to and each day striving and aligning myself to those.  What an impact this has made on my life keeping me focused on what is most important.  Here is my personal purpose statement for my life…

Purpose Statement for my Life:
1. I will be a respecting, loving, supportive and submissive wife to my husband being his helper as he leads our family.

2. I will be an intentional mother raising and guiding our children in God’s truths to live for Jesus always.

3. I will choose to live my life to be an example of Jesus to others by living a faithful life full of peace, joy, grace and mercy.

4. I will completely and totally surrender my life to God and His will trusting in Him for all aspects of my life; large and small and everything in between.  I will hand over control to God each and everyday.