Mandala from Millan


I love mandalas!  Love the colors. Love the designs.

There is a spiritual aspect to mandalas that draws me to them. Perhaps it is the repeating design in a never ending circle. Or, the way one’s eye is drawn from the center outward to the edges and beyond. They are labyrinths of yarn that encourage visual meditation.

I have collected more mandala patterns than I could possibly ever make and must have a dozen books of designs and crochet instructions to make mandalas of all sizes. Even when planning a new project, I am often drawn to patterns begin with a circle.  Today,  I again saw this pattern, and being very happy to see it now in English, I thought to share it here.  No doubt this will be on my hook very soon.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting –

Winter Mandala

Photo from Crochet Millan

via Winter Mandala / English Pattern


Just Do it


Inspirational and timely!


A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~ Colin Powell

We could all suffer a little less, true. But there comes a time in life when lessons must be learned and actions must be taken.

Without failure, struggle or hardship, success will remain elusive..

Or, it can never be realized.

Focus on what makes you happy, and embrace your failures. After all, failure is simply learning how not to do something.

Wishing all success in your endeavors, no matter how big or small.

Become your dream..

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A Yarn and Some Yarn



Okay, it’s not really a yarn, as in a tall tale, but I could not resist the play on words!

The other day I posted a long overdue update and included some information about Ficstitches Yarn Club.  To give you a better feel of the projects, here are some snaps of a few of the projects that I have made.





I have participated since almost the beginning and love the stories and projects provided in each quarterly kit.  I missed the first few kits, but was able to buy books I missed on Amazon.   The Secret Stitch: Unraveling, Book One contains the first three books offered through the club and The Sojourn Stitch: Unraveling, Book Two contains the next two club books.

Crochet patterns inspired by the stories and designed by Laurinda Reddig are provided in each kit.  If you missed any of Ficstitches Yarn Club quarterly mailings, designs from past kits are available for individual purchase on Ravelry.  You can find these patterns and more at Laurinda’s Ravelry store ReCrochetions.

I always feel a little sad when finishing one book, but eagerly await the next in this fascinating series.

Until next time –




I can’t believe how long it has been since adding a post (not that I haven’t been busy making things). Guess I just let writing about was I was making and doing slide a teeny bit.


These pictures show just a few of the items that I have made so far in 2018.

Currently, I am working on The Cosmic CAL which is sponsored by Stylecraft.  Another CAL, which is truly enjoyable, is the 2018 A Year in Crochet CAL with monthly original designs by Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.

If you enjoy reading (like I do) you might enjoy Ficstitches Yarns crochet kits.  Each quarter they offer an original fictional story (in two parts), written by C. Jane Reid,  an accessory pattern, from crochet designer Laurinda Reddig,  inspired by the book and beautiful hand-dyed yarn to complete the project.  A project bag and some extra goodies are also included.  You can find more about Laurinda and her designs on her blog ReCrochetions.

I hope you check out some of the links I’ve included.  Until next time . . .

Happy Crafting!



Fall Findings



I was given a photograph from Pinterest – no directions – and asked if I could recreate the straw bale Minion for our church’s first Fall Festival (or at least the first in many, many years).  minionNow, how can I say no to a request like that?  Answer – – I really couldn’t.

So, I looked at the photograph  and tried to figure out how to recreate the adorable character in the foreground.  I tried to use only the item that I had on hand.  For example, using large canning rims & elastic for the eye goggles.

The minion I createdminion-at-cumc was a huge success (from some of the reported accounts) yet still does not have much to say.

Blessings to All!



March Madness Sale


It is almost spring and time to celebrate the end of winter, so I am offering a sale on all items in my Etsy shop!

Treat yourself or a loved one with a beautiful handcrafted gift!  For a limited time only all items at my Etsy Shop are 50% off!  These are one of a kind items, as I don’t make duplicates.

Just use the coupon code HALFOFFSALE during check out! Don’t wait this offer expires on 3/23/16.  Below are just a few of the items available for sale. Check back as I am adding more.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did in making them.