Instagram-iversary

Hello!  Well, it’s been almost a year since I started an Instagram account (joyfuljaxcrochets.and.knits) to connect with other crocheters and knitters (yes, I finally got the knack of continental knitting – hurray!) and other crafters.  I can honestly say it has been so much fun and so inspiring connecting with some really special people all around this amazing planet!  If you are on Insta, please connect.  And if you aren’t, but you are looking for an easy way to post and view other’s posts, I think you’d love it.  It’s easier for me.  I connect with family and friends on there too.  I actually like it better than Facebook.  It seems to have more personal posts and not as much sharing of videos and political posts, etc.  At least the people I follow are that way.  And you can make your profile private or public.

Have a blessed holiday season and maybe I’ll see you on IG!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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We’re getting excited!!

Hi Friends!

We’re getting pretty excited around here!! Dear son’s 5 month mission trip is just 2 weeks away!

Here is his story and an opportunity to give, in case you are interested in making a donation to this great cause.  🙂

Blessings with JOY,

Jackie

(Click on photo to go to his website.)

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Happy New Year! And A New Crochet Pattern! :)

This week from our window.

This week from our window.

Hi Friends!

We continue to enjoy the holidays with dear son on Christmas break from school.  We have been playing Settlers of Catan quite a bit in the evenings and absolutely love it!

Settlers Carl & Keaton

Also, in the last few days I’ve been working on crocheting, photographing, writing and publishing my latest pattern:  Highland Beauty Crochet Headband with Flower.  Yay!  As always, it seems that I need to get better photos for my Etsy listing (would like to get some outside shots with dear daughter), but they are adequate to publish for now.

Click on photo for pattern listing.

Click on photo for pattern listing.

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Tonight will be pretty low key.  We often times get together with a certain family and play games, but that didn’t work out for tonight so we will go to dinner, play some games here at the house and watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” with dear son who ALWAYS watches that movie on New Year’s Eve as part of his holiday tradition.  🙂  Dear daughter will be out with friends and having fun too.

I hope that you have a very blessed New Year!  And thanks for being a special part of a wonderful community of blog friends in 2013.

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Hi Friends,

We had a very blessed Christmas day spent with my little family opening presents in the morning, then sharing a yummy ham lunch and a good visit with my parents in the afternoon.  And last but not least, we played a fun game of Taboo with some dear friends in the evening.

Today has been nice and relaxing.  I had some vacation time left this month so I am using it to enjoy the holidays and be home with my family.  So wonderful! In a few minute we are going to play a game we received from my brother: Settlers of Catan.

Here are a few photos of the day (and a few more thrown in from this week):

Here is a photo I took of my sweet peeps after we say the play, A Christmas Carol, last weekend.

Here is a photo I took of my sweet peeps after we saw the play, A Christmas Carol, last weekend.

Christmas Day.  Sure love these two!

Christmas Day. Sure love these two!

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Some crochet snowflake ornaments that I sent to family. :)

Some crochet snowflake ornaments that I sent to family. 🙂

Christmas Eve beauty.

Christmas Eve beauty.

Do you have a fond memory from your Christmas you would like to share?  If so, I’d love to hear it.

Joyfully,

Jackie

12 Days of Separation!

Hi Friends,

It’s been 12 days since my last blog post.  Can that even be right?!

My days have been pretty full and my goal this month is to try and keep focused on Jesus, my Joy.  So far so good.  🙂

Up until today we haven’t had much snow.  But today is a different story! And a week ago or so we had such bad freezing rain and ice that schools were closed for a day.  You know it’s bad when OUR schools close, ’cause they hardly ever do!

I am finishing up the last of my product orders and now all I am selling in my shop are patterns until the end of December.  I actually published a new pattern today, Easy Elegance Fingerless Gloves.  We’ll see if it generates any interest.  🙂

I sure hope you are all doing well.  Remember to choose (and pray for) peace and joy instead of worry and negativity.  And if you are sad or hurting this season, I pray that you will find love and comfort in Jesus our Immanuel (God with us).

Adoring Him,

Jackie

This was taken at Ozarks Americana.  A delightful shop in town.

This was taken at Ozarks Americana. A delightful shop in town.

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week.  They did a great job!

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week. They did a great job!

I got to go to dear son's play again (2nd time). This is what the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

I got to go to dear son’s play again (2nd time). This is what part of the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

My latest pattern - Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

My latest pattern – Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

It's beginning to look a lot like ... a snowstorm!

It’s beginning to look a lot like … a snowstorm!  This was early afternoon today and it’s still coming down steady.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

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P.S. If you crochet and are looking for some special gifts to create for your loved ones, I have an option for you:

Click on photo to go to my crochet patterns of my Etsy shop.

Click on photo to go to the crochet pattern section of my Etsy shop.

Goodness! Where Does the Time Go?

Hi Friends,

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving last week! Ours was lovely.  We had two different celebrations:  Our family dinner was the Saturday before Thanksgiving so that everyone (my fam of 4 and my mom & dad) could attend.  Then on Thursday we celebrated with some friends.  Both occasions were such a blessing.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, crocheting, family time, baking, a little working, and dear daughter and I went to The Nutcracker Ballet at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.  It is our mother-daughter annual tradition and it was delightful as always!

And now my busy season is in full swing.  I hope to at least send out a shout here on the blog once (hopefully twice) a week.  Or maybe I will surprise myself with more.

Here are some photos of some of my recent events. 🙂

Blessings with joy,

Jingle Bell Jackie

The day after Thankgiving it was -9 F, but I had my yummy drink, toasty warm fire and Christmas  crochet!

The day after Thankgiving it was -9 F, but I had my yummy drink, toasty warm fire and Christmas crochet!

Our early Thanksgiving. <3

Our early Thanksgiving. ❤

On Thanksgiving day. :)

On Thanksgiving day. 🙂

At the Ballet!

At the Ballet!

After the ballet... :)

After the ballet… Parisian macaroons! 🙂

Baking was also part of our weekend.  Here is some batter for pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins.

Baking was also part of our weekend. Here is some batter for pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins.

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And I am currently designing little crochet people (with a matching shoe). Also known as a “Shoe Baby”. 🙂 Stay tuned…

 

 

Monday Evening Project

Hi Friends,

It’s been a peaceful evening.  Worked on this headband tonight.  Now I need to go back and write down what I did.  Lol!  Not sure I will use dark gray in the finished product.  Need to play around with some colors.  I like the snowflake idea with this headband instead of a flower.  First time using one.

Well, I guess I will “fly up with the chickens” as my mama use to say.  🙂

Hope you had a nice evening too.

Blessings!

Jackie

Note:  Poor picture quality, but at least it’s still viewable. 🙂

Monday, Monday…

…as the old song goes. 🙂

Hi Friends!

Not sure why it’s taken so long to write, but here we are.  My past few days have been filled with work, special family times, crochet projects, early Thanksgiving dinner with my family and parents at our house (since dear hubby will not be here on Thursday), attending opening night of the community theatre play dear son is in (so much fun!), church, brunch yesterday with family and then a fun mother-daughter outing, … and just being thankful.

Here are a few photos from this week.  I will try to add a couple more when I get some others downloaded.

Happy Monday, dear ones.

Joyfully,

Jackie

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An order this week.

A recent addition to my shop.  Product and pattern.

A recent addition to my shop. Product and pattern.

On our outing yesterday...yummy Parisian macaroons.

On our outing yesterday…yummy Parisian macaroons.

After opening night.  Dear son did great!  :)  Hoping to get a picture of him in costume as well.

After opening night. He did great! 🙂 Hoping to get a picture of him in costume as well.

Snow Country Cup Cozies

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Hi Friends,

Here is my latest crochet endeavor:  Snow Country Cup Cozies. 🙂  I had fun creating these this weekend using my Addi Express knitting machine and then hand crocheting both edges. What have you been working on?  I’d love to hear.

This morning was -2 degrees F.  My car did not want to warm up!  It finally did though and I was thankful for that.

With the extreme cold comes extreme beauty here in the Last Frontier:  Crystal blue skies, glistening white snow and majestic mountains.  Breathtaking really.  I will try to get some photos this week if possible.

Blessings all!

Joyfully,

Jackie

Click HERE for cup cozy shop listing.

Weekend Recap

Hi Friends,

My 3 day weekend was relaxing, fun and productive.  Here are some quick highlights and a few photos:

Friday –

  • Lunch with a dear friend at our fave Japanese Restaurant.
  • Shopping at a fun gift shop
  • More time crocheting

Saturday –

  • Relaxing morning {fire in the wood stove, banana muffins, Christmas music}
  • Productive afternoon {lunch with dear daughter; then shopping and packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes)
  • Fun Evening {Hubby and I were invited to dinner where we had a lovely visit, ate a yummy salmon meal and played dominoes}

Sunday –

  • Morning – church at home because dear son wasn’t feeling too good.  It  was very special to have all 4 of us sharing prayer requests and praying for each other; listening to the Bible together; taking communion together, etc.
  • Afternoon – each of us went our separate ways for awhile.  I did some more crocheting and a little laundry & housework.
  • Evening – the family went to a new restaurant and had a nice time.

And now for some photos:

Part of Friday's lunch.  Yum.

Part of Friday’s lunch. Yum.

At the gift shop.

At the gift shop.

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Saturday morning sunrise over the mountains.  Amazing!

Saturday morning sunrise over the mountains. Amazing!

Decided to make this "Sparkly Snow Crochet Cup Cozy" too.

Decided to make this “Sparkly Snow Crochet Cup Cozy” too.

Dear daughter and our filled shoeboxes.  Click on this photo for information on this awesome ministry.

Dear daughter with the filled shoeboxes. Click on this photo for information on this awesome ministry.

It was a blessed weekend for sure!

I hope you have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Joyfully, Jackie