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}


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.

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?

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.

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