31st Mar2012

April Photo~A~Day Challenge {Photography}

by Daenel

I did it! I did it! cue the roaring crowds I completed the entire March Photo~A~Day Challenge!  I have never completed an entire challenge. I have the attention span of a squirrel in a mouse trap. Would you like to see all THIRTY~ONE shots? Check ‘em all out by clicking here.

Since I had so much success last time, I decided hey why not give it another try? So I’m back for another month of daily photography prompts. Chantelle at fat mum slim is hosting the April Photo~A~Day Challenge, which starts tomorrow.

April Photo~A~Day Challenge

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Starting 1 April take a picture using the inspiration from the prompt.
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, flickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #PHOTOADAYAPRIL so others can find your photos.

If you’d like to see my challenge submissions, please visit me on Flickr by clicking here.

31st Mar2012

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

I didn’t really do much this week… The hubs got his car back, so we are once again a two car family. Happiness. I think we were both driving each other nuts. I know there are families who share a car and it works for them but I’ve had my own car since I was 20, this was hard.

Yesterday, I finally got to see a Keurig in action. A friend of mine invited me to her house for coffee and a movie, and she used her Keurig. OK, that thing is quick! And the coffee was delish. I had a flavor called “The Donut Shop”, which I sweetened with brown sugar (That’s how she sweetens her coffee, and I have to say, I think I like that better than the white sugar. The difference is subtle but I like it.). I think I’ll be looking to replace my coffee maker with the Keurig when the time comes.

Anyway, we watched The Help. I read the book when it first came out and this is the first time that I can say that a movie stuck so close to the book. And the funny part is that the movie matched what I was seeing in my head as I read the book. Also I now know why Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer received so much acclaim ~ they owned those roles. Such a good movie.

Where did your shoes take you this week?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do isShoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

29th Mar2012

The Hair Photo~A~Day Project {Photography}

by Daenel
The Hair Photo~A~Day Project

Click here for more information

It feels weird to say “I’m a cancer survivor”. Sorta surreal, it’s like saying “I walked on the moon.” Except that it’s something that I really did.

I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer after feeling “off” for several years. You can read the story by going here. As a result of the cancer, my hair became dry and brittle and started coming out so much that I finally went to a hair salon and had it all shaved off. When my little sister found out what I’d done, she called and offered to have her hair cut and made into a wig for me. That was, perhaps, one of the most generous and selfless things that anyone had ever offered to do for me. I declined but I was touched all the same.

Today I found out that Chantelle from fat mum slim and Christina from Hair Romance have teamed up with Pantene for The Hair Photo~a~Day Project to raise awareness for the first ever National Donate Your Hair Day on 27 April {hosted by Pantene and Seventeen}, which will benefit the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program.

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths program takes donated hair and creates wigs for female cancer patients. Fist bump to them for such a creating such a worthy cause. I don’t have enough hair to donate but I can help raise awareness, that’s why I’m participating in The Hair Photo~A~Day Project. I’ll be posting my submissions on Flickr and Instagram. Feel free to check them out.

Have you ever donated your hair?

29th Mar2012

Getting to Know Missouri {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

How’s everyone doing? I’m OK, haven’t had much of an opportunity to get out and shoot anything so I’m sharing a few more pictures from last week’s trip to the Bollinger Mill Historic site…

One of the main attractions at the Bollinger Mill Historic Site is the Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Missouri. I absolutely love this bridge and could spend hours photographing it.

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}

Isn’t it gorgeous? The bridge spans the Whitewater River and is built mainly of Yellow Poplar.

Burfordville Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Construction began on the bridge in 1858 by Joseph Lansmon. The photo above is part of the ceiling, showing how the iron rods are used to support the structure (a method called Howe~truss construction).

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}
All along the inside walls of the bridge, people have carved their names with dates. This wasn’t the oldest but it was one of the easiest ones to read. The historian in me always wants to find out the stories behind the carvings. Did the couples stay together? What became of F.P.?

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}
The floor of the bridge is as beautiful as the exterior. Can you imagine riding across this on a wagon?

If you could visit any time in history, which would you choose? Why?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

28th Mar2012

Two {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Are You a Shoe Girl?

Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

(click here for more information)

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve participated in What I Wore Wednesday. The last time I checked in was in January. So, what’s been keeping me away? Absolute sheer laziness. I’ve literally been getting dressed to run out in public and slipping back into my sweats and slippers as soon as I walk through the door. And doing a whole lotta praying that no one knocks on the door. Seriously. So I’m back at it. Getting dressed and taking pictures.


Cardi, Dress/Tunic, Cropped Jeans ~ Target
Bangles, Yellow Wedges ~ Burlington Coat Factory

I’m not really sure what I think about the outfit I was wearing. The cardi is my go to but I think I probably need another one. The tunic is actually a dress but I’m 39, way too old to be wearing something that shows the goodies when I bend over. The crops are my absolute faves and I will be wearing them forever this Spring and Summer because this is the first year that I can wear them comfortably. Yes, all that Zumba is finally starting to pay off. As for the wedges, I kinda wanted some color. Maybe if I’d popped that neon yellow somewhere up top, it would have pulled it all together. I think the lesson from this outfit is that I really need to accessorize.

I’m linking up with Lindsay for What I Wore Wednesday. Please check her out for more fashion inspiration.

26th Mar2012

Dude, Did You Spray the Water Hose in the House?

by Daenel

Water Hose

Have you ever been walking and see something that triggers a funny memory and you just have to share it? Yeah? Well, that’s what happened to me the other day. I saw the water hose in the yard and started laughing so hard tears were threatening to ruin my perfect makeup day. I immediately grabbed my cell and called my mom who started laughing too.

Cue tinkly  music and squiggly flashback lines

My sisters and I grew up in a very strange household. My stepfather (who will hereafter be called “Dad” because that’s what we call him) was a giant kid. A giant kid who loved to play pranks on us. The louder we screamed, the higher we jumped, the better he felt. Saying that we were always in a state of anticipation would be putting it mildly ~ this man would jump out of bushes at us, slap us in the forehead with bacon (there is nothing like the feel of raw bacon on your face), and turn an innocent game of H~O~R~S~E into a combat sport.

So one day, one of us (probably me) had the brilliant idea that we were going to get Dad before he got us. Why, oh why, didn’t we leave well enough alone? This was the one time, the man wasn’t bothering anyone… So I grabbed one of those big ol’ cups (like what gas station fountain drinks used to come in), filled it with ice cold water and dumped it on him. The three of us howled with laughter and took off running for safety.

I have to stop here and explain to you what our house looked likeIt was 2 stories, marble floors with lots of glass, ceramics and other precious items that belonged to my mother decorating the interior

For whatever reason, Dad didn’t immediately come for us, instead he went outside to the garage and started putzing around. About 15 or 20 minutes pass, so we think we’re safe and we come out of our rooms. That’s when the double doors from the outside flew open and my dad burst into the house with the water hose! Yes, that man brought the water hose into the house and proceeded to soak us all.

My mother came tearing down the stairs, trying to maintain her balance on wet marble floors, the whole time she was screaming at the top of her lungs.

After all four of us (my sisters, Dad and I) cleaned the water off the floors and Mom’s accessories, we were banished to our rooms for the rest of the day. Mom even banned us from playing with each other for awhile.

What craziness did you and your family get in to?

25th Mar2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

by Daenel

Hi, everyone! Hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. This is the first time since the beginning of the month that I haven’t been sick so I’m beyond happy. Seriously, what did my kid bring home from school? ‘Cause yuck! If this is your first time here, please feel free to look around and leave some comments or like me on Facebook and join the random (but fun) conversations that take place over there.

Are you ready for this week’s finds? So. Much. Fun…

1. Whimsy

Whimsy {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

Miss 18 is always such a willing and able model. Love that my kid likes being the center of attention.

2. Create

Create {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

I crochet these flowers to accessorize my cardis. Love them, they just make my outfits so much fun. Sometimes I wear them in clusters of three, sometimes I simply wear one.

3. Dust

Dust {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

When I told my daughter about the “dust” prompt, she goes “You won’t find any of that in here. We clean.” Apparently, that doesn’t go for the outside of the house…

4. Seed or Sprout

Seed or Sprout {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

I don’t know what kind of plant this is but I love how it starts as a point (go here to see what I’m talking about) and then it becomes all bushy when it starts to bloom. Do plants bloom?

5. Swing or Drop

Swing or Drop {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

This big ol’ hunk of hail dropped out of the sky the other day. Doesn’t it look a lot like a crystal?

I’m linking up with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Here are the “rules” if you’d like to join in:

  1. Take a photo of each prompt {if you have to dig into your archives, it’s OK but the pictures should be relatively new}
  2. Link to the URL of the blog post, not your main blog
  3. Grab the button or text link back to Ramblings and Photos
  4. Visit some of the other participants and leave some comment love

Next week’s prompts {sponsored by bluebird love} are:

  • Clouds
  • Sun Flare
  • Seven
  • High Angle
  • Low Angle

Have a great week!

24th Mar2012

Brown Mary Janes {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

Omg, yesterday was crazy! Between the rain and the hail, I thought for sure we were gonna have to build an ark. Didn’t get a chance to see the pictures of the hail that I posted? Check them out by going here. Seriously, I have never seen hail that big before. I’m surprised someone wasn’t knocked out. But I did learn one thing, after a storm, you sometimes see the most beautiful skies. And other times they’re just eerie and ominous. Don’t believe me? Go here to check it out.

Anyway, the hubs and I ran errands. We’re down to one car while his is getting fixed… Y’all, it’s been a week and whew! A big fist bump to families who do this on the regular. Then I picked up Miss 18 and hung out with her for a bit. We had so much fun doing all the things we love to do: eating, shopping, talking, etc. I even took some pictures of her, you can see them by going here and here.

I wore my comfy brown Mary Jane’s even though it was raining and hailing but I adore those shoes. I like how they look handcrafted and oh~so~bohemian. At first, I was bothered by the worn edges but now I think they give the shoes character, don’t you?

Where did your shoes take you this week?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do isShoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

23rd Mar2012

Thankful for the Purple Moments {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

by Daenel

Purple Flower {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

Edited using the “Barn Wall” texture from CoffeeShop Barn Textures

While walking through the woods at the Conservation Center, I saw this sweet little purple flower poking its head through the dead leaves and grass. I almost overlooked it because the flower was so tiny and delicate, just barely visible.

As I studied the flower, I wondered how many others had passed it by? How many people had missed the beauty of this little spot of purple amid all the brown? When was the last time I stopped to thank God for all of the blessings in my life ~ both big and small? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says that we’re to give thanks for everything. So today, I’m giving thanks for all the things that I’ve taken for granted, especially those little purple moments that got lost in the brown.

I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through a Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. If you’d like to join in, the “rules” are simple:

  1. The photo must be taken this week {Saturday~Friday}
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. Must have the “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or text link to back to this week’s post to qualify
  4. Link only to the blog post and not your main blog URL

And make sure you visit some of the other participants and leave some  comment love.

22nd Mar2012

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

I drove out to the Bollinger Mill Historic Site last week and had a fun time roaming around and taking pictures of everything. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, it was just one of those days that begged to captured and remembered.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
I love old abandoned homes, there’s something mysterious about them. I want to know who lived in the house, why they left it…

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Despite the “Open” sign hanging on the front door, the Old Mill Store looked as if it had been abandoned many years ago.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
This is the side of the mill, isn’t it beautiful? It was built in the 1800s and ran until the Civil War when it was burned down by the Union Army to prevent supplies of flour and meal from reaching the Confederate Army.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Everyone knows how much I love a red door! Some day I hope to actually walk through that door and get a tour of the inside of the mill.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
The Whitewater River runs through the site. I enjoyed sitting on the bench and just listening to the water… Ah sweet serenity.

Do you ever just get out and go exploring in your neighborhood? What hidden gems have you found?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

21st Mar2012

He Will Direct Your Path {Word Filled Wednesday}

by Daenel

He Will Direct Your Path {Word Filled Wednesday}

Miss 18 made it home safely from New York late Sunday evening. Praise God. Y’all have no idea how much I was stressing over this trip…

A few weeks ago, Miss 18 called to ask if I could bring her home for Spring Break and I agreed. My head was immediately filled with all of the adventures we’d have since the weather’s warmed up. Then the day before I was to pick her up, she informed me that she’d be spending the week in New York. My heart broke for a variety of reasons:

  • My daughter wasn’t coming home
  • She was going off to New York
  • With people I didn’t know
  • This would be her first “real” trip without me
  • She’d be half~way across the U.S.

I cautiously sent her off with half a dozen prayers, many more warnings and 2 requests:

  1. Send pictures so that I’d have something fresh to work with if the police needed to get involved (yes, I went there)
  2. A voice message at least once every other day (text messages can be faked)

By the end of her first night in New York, I had convinced myself that my daughter was going to become one of those “ripped from the headlines” episodes on Law and Order: SVU, not because I don’t trust her but because I’m her mother and I worry. And I’ve watched way too many news programs about the dangers that await young girls during Spring Break. And I worry.

I spent the entire week alternating between crying, praying and questioning the notion of free will. As in, God, why did you have to give my child free will? Why can’t you make her bend to my ways? And that’s when it hit me, that’s probably the way God feels about us when He sees us making decisions that are outside of His will.

How many times have I called God up and said “I’m going here to do this”, while He’s sat back and thought, You’re gonna end up a breaking news story if I don’t step in… How many times have I stepped outside of His will despite knowing that He only has the best planned for me? Jeremiah 29:11 says that the Lord’s plans for me include prosperity, hope and a future. These are the very same plans that I have for Miss 18. For all of my children

God doesn’t force His will or His gifts on us, He offers them to us freely, all we have to do is reach out our hands and accept them. I can’t force my will on my daughter, I can only offer guidance and allow her to find her own way.

When my daughter called to tell me that she was back in her dorm, I whispered a prayer of thanks to God for the gifts of mercy and grace He bestows on us even when we are outside of His (or our parents’) will.

I’m linking up with:

20th Mar2012

That Hair Thang {Vlog}

by Daenel

Just a quick vlog to answer some questions that I’ve received about my hair, transitioning and the attitude of black women towards their hair.

Natural HairThis is my hair, 9 months into the transition stage. From the roots to where the reddish brown begins is all new growth (hair that hasn’t been chemically altered). For the most part, I just wash and go. I braid it at night so that the natural texture and the relaxed textures can blend a little better.

I don’t subscribe to the theory of “good hair” or “bad hair”, I think all hair is good as long as it’s healthy and you keep it looking decent.

I’m not easily offended so if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Unless your question is something crazy like “How come black women get all crazy when I wanna touch their hair?”

Anyway, hope you’re getting a chance to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

19th Mar2012

Changing My Perspective: Dandelions {Photography}

by Daenel

When I first picked up my camera, my goal was to simply capture a moment. I didn’t know anything about focus, composition or lighting. I didn’t pay attention to angles and perspective. I simply picked up the camera, aimed and snapped. And while those photographs have made for some wonderful memory makers, that certain oomph is missing. It’s the oomph that takes pictures from being meh to wow.

Dandelion

When taking pictures of flowers, for example, I used to only take them with me standing over them and looking down. A nice picture and incredibly “useful” in many cases. You get a nice overall view of the flower and the surrounding “grass” but there’s nothing eye catching in the shot.

Dandelion

For this picture, I laid down on the sidewalk to get a side view of the flower. From this angle, you can see that petals curve upward, and that there’s some “puff” to the flower. It looks more dimensional. And this is an angle of the flower that most people would never see. Seriously, how many folks are going to lie down on the ground to look at a dandelion? As a photographer (or wanna be photographer, in my case), your job is to help people to see ordinary things in extraordinary ways.

Dandelion

This is the same photo as above but more closely cropped. Crazy what a close crop and a different perspective can do to an image, huh?

Now I’m not saying that all photos need to be all artistic and perfectly framed ’cause I have some doozies out there that while not “picture perfect” are some of my favorites because of the memories attached to them but when taking pictures for your blog, it’s definitely more fun and interesting to change your perspective just a bit.

How often do you change your perspective when taking pictures?

18th Mar2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

by Daenel

Hi! Welcome to another edition of Scavenger Hunt Sunday. What a great week I’ve had: I was selected to be a small group leader for an online Bible study program which has me so excited, I finally got my Facebook page set up and I’m loving it (please click here to check it out) and, well, I’ve been blessed to see another week and participate in another hunt.

1. Vintage

Vintage {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

I bought these beautiful necklaces at a second~hand shop when I lived in Pennsylvania. There’s something so classy and yet so funky about pearls, don’t you think?

2. Word or Quote

Word or Quote {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

I saw this verse written on slip of paper at church and it spoke to me. Comforting don’t you think?

3. Nature’s Own

Natures Own {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

I actually laid down in the mud to take this picture. Really, what must my neighbors think?

4. People

People {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

I took this picture at the Bollinger Mill Historic Site, it’s the Burfordville Covered Bridge. At the end of the bridge were a mother and son, I couldn’t help but to capture that moment.

5. Photographer’s Choice

Photographer's Choice {Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

From the archives. I re~edited this picture of an egg for the hunt. I just think it’s kinda cool, ya know?

I’m linking up with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Here are the “rules” if you’d like to join in:

  1. Take a photo of each prompt {if you have to dig into your archives, it’s OK but the pictures should be relatively new}
  2. Link to the URL of the blog post, not your main blog
  3. Grab the button or text link back to Ramblings and Photos
  4. Visit some of the other participants and leave some comment love

Next week’s prompts {sponsored by Marissa of Ramblings of a Young Mama} are:

  • Whimsy
  • Create
  • Dust
  • Seed or Sprout
  • Swing or Drop

Have a great week!

17th Mar2012

Brown Wedges {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday
I decided to bring it back… Shoe Style Saturday. I just love shoes too much to ignore them.

Today my shoes are supposed to be taking me to choir rehearsal for a sound check but I’m still fighting this stupid cold. Seriously, I’ve been sick off and on since the first week of March, when will this end? So my shoes and I will be spending our day at home, on the sofa with the remote in hand.

Where will your shoes take you today?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • Shoe Style Saturdaytake a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

16th Mar2012

Dandelion {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

by Daenel

Hi, if you’re new here please feel free to look around and leave a comment. If you like, you can also join me and the rest of my friends on Facebook by clicking here.

Dandelion {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

I often wonder what my neighbors must think when they drive past my house and I’m stretched out on the ground taking pictures of dandelions. And by down on the ground, I mean I was literally in the mud when I took the above picture but it was so worth it, don’t you think?

I’ve been practicing using the Manual settings and having so much fun (and seriously over exposing) with my shots. I need to remember to write down the settings, but I think they’re captured in the photo information, right? See how much I have to learn?

Anyway, I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through a Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. If you’d like to join in, the “rules” are simple:

  1. The photo must be taken this week {Saturday~Friday}
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. Must have the “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or text link to back to this week’s post to qualify
  4. Link only to the blog post and not your main blog URL

And make sure you visit some of the other participants and leave some  comment love.

16th Mar2012

Why I Need to Study the Bible

by Daenel

BibleA few weeks ago, I heard the story of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and I was awe struck by the strength of his faith in the face of certain death. Pastor Youcef was sentenced to death in Iran for being a Christian, you can read more about him by clicking here. When presented with the opportunity to save his life by “simply” claiming that Jesus is a prophet and not the son of God, Pastor Youcef replied “I cannot…” and went on to explain that by making that declaration, he would be denying the very essence of his faith and would offend God.

Pastor Youcef has become the face of the many saints who are being persecuted for professing their belief in Christ as their Lord and savior. These are people for whom carrying the Bible is not an option, they have to have His word hidden in their hearts and the only way to do that is to know and study the Bible. I think about them and other “last days saints” and I realize how much of my life I take for granted.

Unlike many people, I have the freedom to worship whenever, wherever and whomever I choose. And I believe that God has provided me with this platform to share, to encourage and, yes, to grow. In order to do that I need to not only study the Bible but I need to learn the Bible. When I hear about saints who’re being martyred, my faith is increased and I draw power and strength from their sacrifice. And I wonder, if in their place, would I have the courage to stand? Would I have His words deep in my heart to bring me comfort? I want to be sure and the only way for me to be sure is to study, learn and share.

15th Mar2012

March Photo~A~Day {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Longest week. Ever. My kid is still away from the nest so I’m on pins and needles until she returns. You know how it is when it’s your kids first time away from homeAnd if you don’t know, trust me, it’ll happen. Thankfully, I have the antics of my other kids to keep me laughing. And, of course, the hubs is here to talk me off the ledge. But, mostly, I’ve been relying on various photography challenges to keep my mind occupied. It’s a good thing I’m distracted by shiny…

March Photo~A~Day {This or That Thursday}
To see a larger version, please click here

These are my photos from 8~14 March. The prompts were:

  1. Window ~ the hubs calls that “Dani thinking about her man” Ahem
  2. Red ~ I wore red pumps in honor of women and girls who’re living with HIV/AIDs as part of the Red Pump Project
  3. Loud ~ I was listening to some music on the iPad when the hubs “kindly” suggested that I use some ear buds
  4. Someone You Talked to Today ~ My daughter provoking the dog, between the giggles, I promise I was telling her to stop
  5. Fork ~ Ummmm, it’s a fork
  6. A Sign ~ That is a real sign outside of a real church
  7. Clouds ~ Storm clouds rising…

Are you participating? Leave a comment below so I can check out your submissions.

I’m linking up with:

Have a great week!

 

14th Mar2012

Children are a Heritage {Yarn Along}

by Daenel

Children are a Heritage

A few weeks ago, a friend called to tell me that he and his wife are expecting their first son in early spring. I couldn’t have been more thrilled for them. I immediately started thinking about what I could get to help welcome their little one into the world and it occurred to me that the greatest gift that I could give is one that comes from the heart ~ a handmade baby blanket.

The blanket will be made of 3 solid colors {dark brown, tan and baby blue} and blue, dark brown and tan multicolored granny squares. I’m trying to decide whether or not to use a contrasting yarn to stitch the squares together. I kind of like the idea of using a cream but I haven’t decided just yet. This is the first time that I’m using granny squares to make a blanket, so I’m being ambitiously creative.

I’m also reading The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain. This is one of the books on my list of 12 that I’d planned to read this year {you can see my list by clicking here}. I’m trying to branch out and read a wider variety of books. I haven’t formed an opinion of the book yet, I really just started it but I’ll write a review once I’m finished.

I’m linking up with:

Do you crochet or knit? What projects are you working on right now?

13th Mar2012

If This Is Winter, I’ll Take It

by Daenel

Lady Bug

It has been crazy beautiful here in Missouri. Really, if this is what winter is like down in the south, I’ll take it.

What’s like in your neck of the woods?

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