Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Friday, December 31, 2010

My Two Cents...

Dear Friends,

Maybe it's me but I've always been under the impression that when you send someone a card the intent is to let that person or family know you care about them with something that is at least hand signed.  I'm sorry if this seems harsh and I really do appreciate all the photo cards I've been getting - I think they are a wonderful way of letting loved ones get a peek into personal moments, however; I have a HUGE issue with people not signing them.  This idea of computer signed cards takes the "personal" right out of it.  Seriously, what's wrong with taking a few moments out of your busy lives to make a personal note on the back or at the very least, signing your own names!  It feels like an afterthought now to receive a card in the mail with not one handwritten thing on it - most are even addressed by a computer!  What's the point?  In the end, it feels more like an obligation than a nice remembrance.  Call me old fashioned but my mama raised me to always make it personal.  A short sentence or just sign it with love...but at least SIGN IT!  I promise to always make my cards personal even if I decide to do computerized cards - this chick will at least sign my own name! 

And that's my two cent thought for the day :)

The Anxious Knitter

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Christmas Goodies...

Edelweiss Neckwarmer - gift for friend

Never ending "Hubby Sweater!"  Now I just need a pic of him in it!

Truly delicious blueberry pie

Always popular chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate whoopie pies with silky peppermint cream

Surprisingly yummy pistachio and dried cranberry sugar cookies

Thumbprint sugar cookies with homemade seedless raspberry jam

Between this post and the earlier one - this pretty much sums up the baked goodness that happened over the last week before Christmas as well as the yarny goodness that was completed...

and, hubby looks quite handsome in his new sweater!

The Coming New Year

I recently read something on a Knitter's Review forum regarding having "intentions" vs "resolutions."  (Credit to commenter KnittingKittens for the idea!)  I love this idea - it seems much more realistic to me than listing a large checklist of practically impossible things to accomplish during the year.  Most of us know when we list our resolutions that many, if not all, won't even be thought about several weeks into January!  So it is my intention *snicker* to collect my intentions *hehe* and intentionally *too much?* list them :)  Poor attempt, I know!

I've been giving some serious thought to starting some kind of crafting ministry at my local church.  There are a few people on board and I have the support of a staff member but I'm not sure if I can be responsible enough for the endeavor.  The goal would be to raise money for our Global Outreach missions project during the year.  A few of us "core" crafters, those of us who would do more detailed or complicated items, would offer them for sale during the Christmas craft season and donate the proceeds.  The rest of the group's goal would be to knit, crochet and craft like crazy for things that could actually be shipped overseas to the projects we'll be sponsoring.  It's all good in theory but I know myself - I'm atrociously ill-equipped to be in charge of anything!  In any case, I'm going to give it a go and even if interest falls off I'll keep doing my knitting and crochet and try to sell them.  I'd really like to make this a success and be able to make a decent contribution to a worthy project.  And, I'll admit freely, prove to everyone that crafters can make a difference!

I also intend to knit from my stash first - there are so many really nice things I can do from the yarn I already have! 

Further intentions for the year:
  • pray more
  • read the Bible
  • play more with the wild man
  • be a better friend
  • become more responsible (LOL - really, ROFLOL)
  • get back into reading 
  • design my own knitting project
  • try at least one new technique in both knitting and crochet
  • manage my eating/exercise habits to avoid becoming diabetic *sigh*
  • renovate the upstairs bath
  • paint the kitchen and living room
  • continue the process of decluttering
  • take up sketching/painting again
  • become less judgmental and more understanding of others
  • expand our veggie garden
  • continue pursuing "green" alternatives
  • learn to sew 
  • prepare Christmas 2011 gift list and start knitting early!
That's the start of it!  I hope to add to this list of intentions as the year goes along.  

What are some of your intentions for the coming New Year?  I'd love to hear them!

 Stay safe and have a wonderful week!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Goodies

Bouche de Noel

Raspberry mousse filled Bouche

Dark and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate cups filled with raspberry mousse and homemade whipped cream topped with fresh raspberry

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Almost there...

I'm within 2" of finishing the never ending hubby sweater!!  Yay!!  It's been three years and my poor man has been waiting for his Christmas sweater and this year he'll finally have it :)  For such an auspicious occasion, photos will be taken!  I'm predicting the sweater will be finished in the morning, loose ends woven in and buttons sewn on.  Then massive cookie baking and candy making will commence, not to mention all the wrapping that needs to be done!

Stay tuned...

Have a safe and happy week!

Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris