26th Aug2013

Weekend Wrap~Up {In the Family Room}

by Daenel

Are you ready to begin a new week? I am. Kinda sorta. This is the first full week that the students are going to be back on campus, so things are gonna be kind of crazy for a minute. My own kids have been back at school for a week now, so we’ve pretty much settled into a routine which is pretty nice. Our weekend was pretty non~eventful but there were a  few hiccups, some laughs, a triumph, and a new beginning…

1. Can’t Multi~task

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yes, this really happened. Lesson: I cannot talk to my aunt and cook dinner at the same time. Between the laughing, sharing memories, and catching up on life, I totally forgot that I was cooking dinner.

2. Finished Week 2 of C210K

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

This running thing is really working out for me. Who knew I could enjoy something that is so physically, spiritually, and emotionally demanding? And after 40 years of having absolutely no color to my skin or muscle definition in my legs, I now have both!

3. Miss 19 Turned 20

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

We’re not big on parties, but what we do like to do is find the most randomly decorated birthday cakes we possibly can and buy them. I don’t think anyone will ever be able to top the line dancers.

4. Serenity in a Cup

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Because no weekend wrap~up would be complete without a coffee shot!

5. Finally Gettin’ It Done

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I promised a friend of mine a blanket at the beginning of the Summer. I’m just now getting started. Total slacker, I am.

How was your weekend?


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29th Apr2013

Granny Square Afghan {In the Craft Room}

by Daenel

For about a year and half, the hubs has been telling me that I need to make something for the house. And each time he says it, I agree and then I pack up whatever project I’ve been working on and I ship it off to a new home. My intent wasn’t to ignore him, it’s just that people would see what I was working on and want it so I’d give it away. But when we moved into our new home and started decorating, I knew I wanted to make something, I just wasn’t sure what. The hubs suggested a blanket for nights when we cuddle on the sofa and watch “The Walking Dead”. Yeah, we’re romantic like that.

Handmade Afghan {Living Outside the Stacks}

Almost immediately, I started mentally going over the different patterns I knew and what I thought would fit with our home. After mulling it over and talking with the hubs, I decided to go with Granny Squares. I wanted the blanket to have a vintage feel, like it’s been around for awhile. Our home has been accessorized with things we’ve found out in antique shops, thrift stores and yard sales so our home has a decidedly eclectic decor…

Handmade Afghan {Living Outside the Stacks}

The colors in our living room are wine, dark teal, cream, and brown; so off we went to the craft store in search of yarn. The hubs suggested that I border everything in black. At first I was like ummmm, no but now that it’s finished I love it. I think it makes the other colors pop.

Handmade Afghan {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you decorate with handmade items?

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02nd Dec2012

Love {Advent Bible Study}

by Daenel

The focus of this week’s Advent study is LOVE. Love means to have a strong affection for anther arising out of kinship or personal ties. It also means to have an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.

Love ~ Advent Bible Study {Living Outside the Stacks}

SCRIPTURE

1 John 4:7 {KJV}

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

OBSERVATION

When I first looked up “Love” in the Webster’s Dictionary, the first entry was for maternal love, the second for romantic love and a bit further down, the love God has for mankind. This struck me as wrong. I know the dictionary isn’t a religious book but the first act of love ever demonstrated was when God sent His son to die for us {John 3:16, John 15:13).

God’s love is sacrificial, benevolent and unwarranted, this is how our love for one another should be.

APPLICATION

This week, we’re challenged to demonstrate our love for one another through random acts of kindness. I love this. For the last week, we’ve had a mitten tree at work for collecting articles of clothing such as gloves, hats and scarves for those in need. So I decided to crochet scarves to go on the tree. To me, nothing says love more than something handmade. And while, I may not ever meet the person who gets one of my scarves, I’ll know that somewhere out there, someone is keeping warm with God’s love through my hands.

PRAYER 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the example that you gave us of perfect love. Thank you for giving us the greatest gift of all, eternal life through your son, Jesus Christ. I ask that on this week, you help me to find ways to demonstrate your love to anyone who crosses my path. Let them see you in me. And, Lord, bless each person who receives something from the mitten tree. Keep them strong and healthy. Reveal your love to them.

Amen

ABOUT THE STUDY

This month, I will be participating in the Advent Study, Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, hosted by the ladies at Good Morning Girls. Good Morning Girls are a group of Christian women who email, Facebook, Twitter and text message each other to keep them accountable for their quiet times. You can even catch them on Instagram, just follow the hashtag #goodmorninggirls.

Having quiet time in the Word is a great way to begin or end the day. It gives you time to focus on God and His will for your life as well as to renew and refresh your strength. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and spend some time just reading and thinking about the Lord.

If you’re joining in, please leave a comment below so I can pray with you.

06th Nov2012

Infinity Scarf DIY {On the Hook}

by Daenel

Mustard Infinity Scarf {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love mustard. Not the condiment, the color. Well, no, I like the condiment too but this isn’t a food post. That’s coming on Thursday, so stick around. Hint: it involves potatoes, corn and shrimp… Anyway, back to the scarf, I’ve been seeing mustard colored clothing and accessories everywhere, yet it was lacking in my wardrobe. Then I remembered this beautiful golden mustard colored yarn I had tucked away and instant happiness was upon me.

It took me about three days to whip up this lacy scarf. And don’t you just love the brooch? I may have to hit up some thrift stores for some more.

After posting a picture of the scarf on Facebook, I received a lot of requests for the pattern, so here it is. Just remember I’m not a pattern writer, so I did things the best I could.

  1. Chain 35
  2. Turn. Chain 5. Skip 2 chain’s on the base chain. Single crochet in the next chain. Chain 5. Skip next 3 chains and single crochet in the next chain. Repeat all the way across, ending with a single crochet.
  3. Turn. Chain 5. Single crochet over the center of the chain 5 (do not go through the stitch). Skip next chain, chain 5. Repeat all the way across, ending with a single crochet over the turning chain.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you reach the desired length for your scarf.

Variations

  • You can make the scarf long so you can double wrap it and let the ends hang loose
  • You can make an infinity scarf by single crocheting the ends together, this creates a ruched effect.

What are you working on this week?

30th Oct2012

Retro Baby Blanket {On the Hook}

by Daenel

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve spent the last few months working on this baby blanket. Not steady work, just off and on when I haven’t felt like doing much of anything else. You know those days, when you need to do something but you don’t want to think too much or too hard?

The blanket is for a young couple at our church who are having a baby boy in the next few months. They have two of the most adorable little girls, all bubbly and bouncy and full of giggles, ribbons and bows. That poor little boy is going to have a hard way to go. Smile.

I selected the colors:

  • Aran
  • Turquoise
  • Latte
  • Coffee

Because I thought they were appropriately boy but not traditionally boy. The parents are a young and hip couple with a Christian rock edge to them. And, well, I like coffee so any colors that evoke images of my beloved beverage can’t be wrong, right? Right.

I still have the vest from a few months back that I need to finish, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe I’ll try my hand at something new like boot socks. Or leg warmers. Or fingerless gloves. Or a hat.

What are you working on this week?

03rd Apr2012

Finished Baby Blanket {Yarn Along}

by Daenel

A few weeks ago, a friend (and mentor) of mine sent me a message on Facebook letting me know that he and his wife are expecting their first child this spring. To say I was excited for them would be putting it mildly. I get a little misty every. single. time. a friend tells me they’re expecting. Chalk it up to my uterus being closed for business.

Anyway, I immediately started thinking about what I could get for the new little person. I wanted something thoughtful and original, something that would reflect the respect that I have for the parents… And that’s when it occurred to me to make a baby blanket.

Baby Blanket Squares {Living Outside the Stacks}So I went to the craft store and spent an enormous amount of time feeling yarns, matching up colors and trying to determine how I wanted to create the blanket. I settled on 3 main colors {blue and 2 shades of brown} and a “bump” color {cream}. I thought the camo blue, brown and beige was appropriately baby boy friendly and just a little bit fun.

I opted against using a pattern for this project because I sometimes have a difficult time following them. Instead, I just played it by ear. I decided to make the blanket out of Granny Squares because they’re very traditional and allow for a lot of creativity and flexibility with the pattern.

Granny Squares {Living Outside the Stacks}After crocheting what felt like a million little Granny Squares, the next biggest decision was how I should join the squares. There are several methods:

  • Whip Stitch
  • Single Crochet
  • Join as You Go
  • Triple Crochet

I’m sure there are others but I don’t know them. I decided to use the last method (I’m not even sure if that’s the correct name but that’s the stitch I used). I liked that it gave the seams some substance and it really allowed what I call the “bump” color to pop the squares.

Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m incredibly happy with the finished product. Especially when you consider I didn’t use a pattern and this is my first time working with Granny Squares. I consider this a full fledged win. My prayer is that my friend and his family will be blessed in the years to come and that their little boy will bring them all the joy and laughter that comes with raising a little person.

My next project is a skirt. Once again, no pattern. Wish me luck!

What are you creating?

I’m linking up with Small Things for Yarn Along.

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?

02nd Mar2012

Crocheted Flowers {Feeling Crafty}

by Daenel

I’ve always been a crafty kinda person. I remember as a young girl designing clothes in a sketch pad. And naming each and every outfit. I used to dream of showing my clothes in Paris, opening little boutiques across the U.S., falling in love with Billy Dee Williams. The last was the result of a late night viewing of Mahogany… Eventually, I put aside the sketch pads, colored pencils and dreams of Billy in favor of a typewriter Am I dating myself? and decided that I wanted to become a reporter foreign correspondent to be precise. Well, none of those dreams have panned out…
But I have started creating things again. Only now I use yarn and create wearable art. When I was in my early teens a family friend taught me how to crochet and I kept with it long enough to make a blanket for my great grandmother, then I put the yarn aside that typewriter again. I picked it up again a few years ago and started crocheting scarves for friends and family. Then I added flowers to my repertoire…

Flowers I

I like using crocheted flowers to dress up plain cardigans or hold scarves in place. I’m even thinking they might be cute additions to my tees when the warmer weather hits. My daughters like to wear them in their hair, which I think is adorable.

How do you update your sweaters and tees?

23rd Nov2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

Yarn Along: Iced Pumpkin ScarfA few weeks ago, my friend, Mylynka from Finding Myself Fit by Forty, posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing a scarf that I’d made for her so that I could see her in it, this led to a few of her other friends admiring the scarf  and asking about it. After getting some introductions, one of Mylynka’s friends and I worked out a trade ~ a scarf in exchange for some soy candles… I’ve never bartered before but I’m pretty stoked about the idea of exchanging handmade products with someone. There really is something so comforting and, I dunno, homey about knowing that someone used their time and skill to make something for me.  Which has started me thinking about Christmas…

My family and I are not big on the commercial aspects of Christmas because we don’t want the real message of Christmas to get lost behind all the gift giving. Besides, we’re one of those families who wait for special occasions to buy each other things, if we think someone’ll like it and we can afford it, we get it. Anyway, this year, I’m thinking about crocheting gifts for my kids.

I’ve seen other families who have articles of clothing and other memorabilia that has been passed down through the family and I just wonder if this is something that you’ve ever considered?

What are your thoughts on handmade gifts? What about bartering and trading, do you do it?

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

26th Oct2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Yarn Along

A friend of mine is dealing with cancer, so I’m making this scarf and flower pin set to show my support for her. Once I’m finished it will have 2 more flowers: one in solid pink and one in solid brown. With each stitch is a prayer for health and strength as she goes through this difficult time.

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

22nd Sep2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

Yarn AlongI enjoy crocheting.  I find it therapeutic.  I think I’ve said this before…  But I also love the idea of taking a ball of yarn and turning it into something ~ a cozy scarf, a colorful flower, a snuggly blanket…  Wearing something that I made with my own two hands brings me joy and a sense of satisfaction that few other things can.

This week I started crocheting a gray mesh scarf using that I found here at Lilibeth’s Garden.  I adore the airy look of the scarf and have made similar ones before in various yarns.  This time I decided to use a weightier yarn to make the scarf a little heavier while still retaining the airy look.  I’m not sure how it’ll turn out but so far, I’m digging it…

This weekend I’ll start reading The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg.  I received it from TBN for a review and I’m pretty excited about nestling down with a cup of coffee, my book and a blanket.

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

09th Sep2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

This morning when I woke up the air was crisp, I welcome break from the triple degree weather we had when we first moved here and the high 90s that have dogged us for the last few weeks.  Can you tell I’m a sweater weather girl?  I love my cardis, so warm and cozy, they are the grown up version of a snuggy.  Wearing the same ol’ cardigans day in and day out can get a bit dull though, so I like to brighten them up with crocheted flower pins.  I wear them in singles and in bunches.  Sometimes they match my sweater, sometimes they just go with…  Either way, they make autumn just that much more colorful.

Yarn Along

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along, a knitting/crocheting and book reading meme that I read about at The Mahogany Way.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

18th May2011

What I Wore Wednesday #8 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s outfits…

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday’s Work Outfit
Blouse, Jeans ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace ~ Handmade by my BFF’s daughter

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday

Monday’s Work Outfit
Cardi, Tank and Cami ~ Target
Jeans ~ Kmart
Gold Hoop Earrings ~ QVC
Crochet Flower Hair Clip ~ Handmade by Me

What I Wore Friday

Friday’s Graduation/Night Out Outfit
Lace Cardi, Black Slacks ~ Target
Cami ~ Deb’s
Flower Pins ~ Michael’s Craft Store
Pearl Necklace ~ Thrifted
Gold Hoop Earrings ~ QVC

This has been dress down week because we’re moving furniture and books at the library, and a girl ain’t trying to ruin her clothes, know what I mean?  And it’s been cold and rainy.  We went from mid to upper 70s and low 80s to mid 50s.  I am so ready for Spring to arrive and stay. How’s your week been so far?

Meme Hosts

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

Real Momma Real StyleI’m also linking up with Nina from Momma Go Round.  I heart her blog and her meme, Real Momma, Real Style, because Nina encourages women to step outside of their comfort zones and try new outfits. Every week she offers tips and tricks for shopping your own closet and incorporating new styles and trends into your current wardrobe.

11th May2011

What I Wore Wednesday #7 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s What I Wore Wednesday…

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday’s Work Outfit
Black Tunic, Jeans ~ Old Navy
Necklace ~ Kmart
Mood Ring ~ Target

What I Wore Thursday

Thursday’s Work Outfit
Cardi, Cami ~ Deb’s
Jeans ~ Kmart

What I Wore Friday

Friday’s Hanging with the Hubs Outfit
Cardi, Tube Top (!) ~ Deb’s
Bracelet ~ Target

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday ~ Bracelet

Sunday’s Work Outfit

My favorite outfit this week.  I bought the cardi years ago because I loved the appliqué flowers, I just wasn’t sure how to wear it.  Between moving it from drawer to drawer and shifting it to the bottom of the closet, it lost some buttons.  I finally replaced the buttons with some that match the flowers and threw it on with a cami and a pair of jeans.  Ummmm, why’d it take me so long to think of that?  And I just love love love my flower bracelet.

Cardi ~ Target
Cami ~ Deb’s
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Earrings ~ QVC
Crochet Flower Bracelet ~ Handmade by me!

What I Wore Monday

Monday’s Work Outfit
Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Butterfly Necklace ~ Thrifted

What I Wore Tuesday

Tuesday’s Work Outfit
Cardi ~ Burlington Coat Factor
White Tank ~ Hanes
Jeans, Belt ~ Kmart
Bead Bracets ~ Target and 3 Sisters
Necklace ~ Thrifted

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

Real Momma Real StyleI’m also linking up with Nina from Momma Go Round.  I heart her meme, Real Momma, Real Style, because Nina encourages women to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new.  See that picture of me with my shirt tucked in?  I never would have tried that had Nina not done it first.

04th May2011

What I Wore Wednesday #6

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s What I Wore Wednesday…

Sunday ~ Handmade Headband

Last week, I taught myself how to make a three~strand headband, so I was feeling pretty proud of my creativity, so this week, I decided to step it up a notch and make another one with ribbon and a crocheted flower.  I’m pretty proud of my handiwork.

What I Wore Monday

Sequin Tank ~ Kmart
White Tank ~ Hanes T~Shirts
Cardi ~ Target
“Faith, Love, Hope” Necklace ~ Thrifted

For the past few seasons I’ve been fascinated by all things sparkly so I finally purchased a sequin tank but I was too scared of the disco ball effect around my mid~section so I never wore it.  On Monday, I thought What the heck?  I’m wearing my sequin tank and I don’t give a rip! Besides, Miss 17 said if I’m bold enough to wear sequins to work in the library I should be brave enough to ignore my own perceived imperfections. I big puffy heart my daughter.  She ruined it by stating “Anyway, if you looked bad, trust me, I’d tell you.”  I know she would…

What I Wore Tuesday

Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace ~ Target
Handbag ~ Global Chic by Iman for HSN

I love love love my big  ol’ yellow handbag.  And when I say big, I mean huuuuge.  It could fit a toddler very comfortably.  That’s also one of the reasons I don’t carry it very often, it’s big and it’s heavy but, dang, if it ain’t cute.

Do you have something in your closet that you adore but can’t figure out how to wear?

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

 

14th Mar2011

Monday Mingle: I’m a Crafty, Allergic Non~Snorer

by Daenel

The monkey story:  Miracles and Monkeys!

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:
1. Do you sew, crochet or knit?
2. Are you allergic to any foods? Bee stings?
3. Do you snore? Please describe.

Next week’s questions are:
1.  What would you do for fun if you had to give up TV and internet?
2.  What is your favorite breed of dog?
3.  What is under your bed right now?

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