Friday, September 28, 2012

Benefit Bake/Yard Sale

New York Style Cheesecake, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, Gingersnaps, Coconut Cake, & Peanut Butter Cookies with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Our friends, the Truax Family, are having a huge benefit bake and yard sale tomorrow, Saturday September 29th starting at 8:00 am at 11742 Current Creek Drive, South Jordan, UT 84095 with all proceeds going toward their adoption of three sibling orphans from the Ukraine.

Come Support Our
Benefit Yard/Bake Sale!
We’re raising money to help three
orphans from Ukraine leave their
life in an orphanage behind and
experience life with a family in the US.
They need your help!
All proceeds from the yard/bake sale
go toward adoption funds.
Join us Saturday morning 
(September 29, 2012)
beginning at 8:00 am.
11742 Current Creek Drive,
South Jordan, UT 84095
I will be bringing a yummy 10" New York Style Cheesecake, a 9" double layer Coconut Cake, Gingersnaps, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, and Peanut Butter Cookies with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. 
A dear friend gave me a large bag of gorgeous apples and said, "Use these for the fundraiser!" So, I'm also bringing a Mile High Apple Pie! 
I've been making this yummy, yummy pie for 20 years! Picture circa 1995 - excuse the burnt edges :(

If you can't make it to the Bake/Yard Sale tomorrow, I will take orders for a short period of time and deliver in Northern Utah! With all proceeds going towards the Truax Adoption Adventure.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Heirloom Spider Stitch Baby Blanket - For Auction

Have you heard of the Jim and Shelly Truax Family? Last week Design Mom featured them on her blog. They have been our dear friends for many years. The Mr. and Jim have been friends since before their missions (Jim - Milan, Italy. The Mr. - Veracruz, Mexico). Jim and Shelly have four children and are currently trying to adopt 3 sibling orphans from the Ukraine! Can you imagine? I think it's terribly brave and very inspiring.

It's also incredibly expensive. They are trying to raise $68,000 (yes, that's how much is will cost!) to finalize the adoption by this November. The oldest sibling, Albina, is 16, which means that she will soon "graduate" from her orphanage to the streets of Ukraine - a very scary situation exposing her to all sorts of terrifying dangers.

To help raise a little bit of money I've crocheted this heirloom baby blanket that they will list on their silent auction. Every $10, $20, $50, or $100 (or more!) donation really helps the Truax family reach their goal of providing a home and family for these children. Hopefully people bidding on the blanket will help them reach their fundraising goals a little bit sooner.

I'm so excited about how it turned out, since I adapted three different patterns to come up with the final blanket! If you'd like to visit my project page, you'll find more details about the pattern, yarn, and hook size that I used on the blanket. The finished dimensions are 27.5" x 34" - the perfect size for a baby.

And hopefully a perfect way to help three children find a home.

To find out more, you can check out the Truax Adoption Adventure Facebook page and their blog. Please consider donating whatever you can to help the Truax family.

Monday, September 24, 2012

One Line a Day...

I started writing one line a day in this nifty little book January 1st. It has a spot to write a few words every day for 5 years. I'm learning about editing (there's not a lot of space!) and I'm trying to focus on recording special moments each day rather than just writing down what I did and I have to say that I'm enjoying the mental exercise of it.

A few tidbits that I recorded: May 4, {G} came home excited to learn how to say "Holy unicorn!" in Japanese; January 24, {K}, who was violently ill, said to me, "Mom, help me get through this."; June 16, {I} asked if it was okay to meet all his friends at the movie theater without a parent (teen-age moment).

I think I'll keep going :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Baby Bear Crochet Hat

This cute little thing literally took about an hour to crochet. Perfect for a quick baby gift!
Free pattern here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Changes!! Intro to Crochet Class at Harmony

I'm excited to announce that we've made a few changes to the Intro to Crochet class that I'm teaching at Harmony! We've changed the time, the dates AND the cost so hopefully more people will be able to come join in the fun!

We will now be holding the class on Thursday October 4, 11, and 18 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. The cost will be $45, which includes this charming AND functional muslin project bag (the cost of the class also includes wool yarn to crochet a flower and detailed instructions for crocheting the chevron stripe scarf)!

What students need to bring is a motivated attitude, two skeins of worsted weight yarn, a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook, scissors and a blunt tapestry needle. Harmony is offering students a 10% discount on supplies for the class purchased at the shop!

Don't wait! Call Harmony at 801.615.0268 or visit the shop at 315 E. Center Street in Provo, UT.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Intro to Crochet Class: Chevron Stripe Scarf

The beginning crochet class that I will be teaching is scheduled for 
Tuesday September 25, Thursday September 27, and Saturday September 29 from 4-6 pm 
at Harmony in Provo.

The class cost is $60. Right now you'll need to call or visit the store to sign up. Students will receive a muslin project bag, pattern, yarn to crochet a flower (for the scarf or for something else), and a small class size for lots of one-on-one attention while we cover the basics of chaining, single and double crochet, increasing, decreasing, reading patterns, changing colors, and weaving in ends. 

Students will need to bring two skeins of worsted weight yarn (220 yards), a size K/10.5 (6.5mm) crochet hook, scissors, and a blunt tapestry needle.

recent crochet projects...
Space is limited, so don't wait to sign up!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Learn To Crochet This Chevron Stripe Scarf

As part of the Intro to Crochet class at Harmony, I'll be teaching beginning crochet students how to crochet this darling chevron scarf! We'll cover all the basics in a 6 hour (3 session) class. Learn how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, increase, decrease, change colors, read patterns, and weave in ends.

I'll also be teaching the students how to adjust the pattern to make an optional buttonhole and crocheted flower to accent their scarf! Wool yarn for the flower will be provided. 

The class is appropriate for motivated 8 year olds and older. It will be a small class so that I can give lots of one-on-one attention to each of the students. It will be so much fun!

If you already know how to crochet and just want to make the scarf, I've adjusted this pattern, making the scarf shorter and wider by beginning the scarf with 167 chain stitches and making 7 rows. I've used worsted weight yarn and a size K/10.5 6.50 mm crochet hook. 

Don't forget that Harmony is opening their doors this Friday and Saturday September 14th & 15th, from 10 am to 8 pm MST. Live music, fun giveaways, gorgeous fabrics, knits, gifts, and sundries, and the lovely Laura Harmon and her daughters will all be there. It is such a darling shop! Go sign up for my class!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Christmas Granny Squares and Harmony in Provo

A brand new fabric, knit, and gift shop is opening in a historic house in downtown Provo this weekend! It's very exciting, especially since I will be teaching some crochet classes in the new shop! Laura Harmon and her amazingly talented daughters are opening up Harmony at 315 E. Center Street in Provo this Friday September 14th.
Isn't it kind of funny that during Rivalry Week (BYU plays against the U of U this Saturday in football) that we're going to get some Harmony in Provo??

I'll be teaching an Intro to Crochet class, which will be a small class to allow lots of one-on-one help for beginners, and a Granny Squares class where I'll teach lots of great tricks to update this iconic classic crochet motif! It is going to be so much fun! Stop by this weekend to sign up and check out this amazing new shop.

I've decided to crochet a Christmas Granny Squares afghan as part of the Granny Squares class. The other week {G} was horrified that I had already started planning what I wanted to make for Christmas, but with hand-crafted gifts you have to start early! I'm really, really excited about how this afghan is going to turn out and super excited about Harmony!
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