I’m over here!

Hi Friends,

I hope you are all well! I just wanted to send a little shout out and let you know that I am mainly posting on Instagram these days! If you are on IG, please come over and say ‘hi’! I know I will still be back here off and on, but for now it has been working well with my hit and miss time limits during the day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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2014/42 Genius invisible joining for crocheters and knitters

Reblogging so I know where to find it easily. :). Have a blessed day, friends!

UK Crochet Patterns

This clever lady has made me feel a bit daft for not thinking of this myself!! Join your crochet pieces invisibly … wish I’d seen this before I starting joining the squares of my giant curtain with zipper stitch!

Visit doyoumindifiknit for the beautiful photo tutorial! Prepare to have your crochet mind blown!

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Graduation Day!

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Jackie here with a few pics from graduation day back in May.  I couldn’t have been more proudof dear son.  He had a wonderful high school experience and finished well! Now we are on the last few weeks of getting him ready for his five-month mission trip in England and Scotland. I will be back soon. 🙂



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Too Quickly!

Hello Friends!


I am still here on planet earth! Although I have neglected this blog for a while now, we are here! Dear son graduates in a month and time is flying by so fast I can’t keep up. But I will be back on a regular basis at some point. DS is also going on a 5 month mission trip overseas starting in August (before starting college in the Fall of 2015) so that has taken lots of time in preparation and fundraising as well. I am going to miss him terribly, but I am so excited to see what God has in store for him on mission!

Just wanted to stop in to say “hi” and that I miss my bloggy friends. Hope you are all well!


Sew Fun!


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Hi Friends,

This past week, while trying to help dear daughter sew a really cool mermaid outfit that she found on Youtube, my Singer gave up the ghost.  It lasted just long enough to be helpful and then it was gone.  (I wonder if someone will say that about me someday – lol!)  It was given to me 18 years ago by my sweet hubby.   It was a fancy, refurbished machine and it was time to let it go.

So, since I have some money from my crochet sales, I decided to go shopping today from the comfort of my home office.  I don’t sew enough to be really into the top machines.  Just need one that will be reliable and do the job when I want to do craft sewing and a little quilting. I found this lovely Singer, pictured above, on Amazon.  It was at a price point I could manage, it had great reviews, AND free shipping!  So I purchased it.  Yay!  Can’t wait to receive it and try it out!

Do you sew?  What kind of sewing do you do?  I’d love to hear.



Design Inspirations | Design a Thanksgiving Table with Burlap

Hi Friends, This is such a lovely table setting! Thought I would share it with you. Burlap has come a long way! 🙂 Blessings, Jackie

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Hard to believe we are talking holidays already with Thanksgiving just around the corner!  We are seeing lots and lots of burlap used in home accents from table tops to pillows and more. . .Take a look at a few beautiful burlap Thanksgiving tablescapes to help inspire your own holiday creations.

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From simplistic charm to elegant dining…burlap sets the perfect Thanksgiving stage.

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Style your tablescape with burlap!

Design in Layers.  Layer your table with linens…Use a neutral table-cloth for the base.  This allows freedom to embellish the table top with many different textures, colors, and patterns.  Incorporate a burlap table runner to add a natural element and interesting texture to your tablescape.

Accents are key. Select cloth napkins that add a festive pop of color and pattern.

Purchasing a set of themed salad plates to coordinate with your existing place settings is an inexpensive way to add…

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Thursday Fun!

Hi Friends,

It was just too good to be true!  Cute little (and big) children came to my door tonight all smiles and happy to be dressed up and receiving candy.  🙂 Most of them even said thank you.

I added a bonus gift to their treat bags: A bookmark with an amazing truth on it and an invite to join me at church where we have “great kids and youth programs”. Well, Jesus IS the sweetest gift.  And I wasn’t sure if they knew that or not.

I love this night where I get to love on my neighbors by being friendly, giving them treats and oohing and aahing over their cute or cool outfits!

What fun things did you do today?



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A Wonderful Weekend!


Hi Friends,

Yes, it was a wonderful weekend! Dear son got 8th place at the 123A State Championship 5K race on Saturday! Woohooooo!

I will post more pictures of my weekend tomorrow as it is time to “fly up with the chickens” tonight.

And I wanted to share this photo that the ADN photographer captured of father & son. What a precious relationship they have!

Blessings all!


Sunday Here Too

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Hi Friends,

I hope you had a nice weekend. It’s been a great Sunday here. My highlights were:

  • Seeing all my sweet friends at church
  • My son offering to help in one of the classrooms I oversee
  • A yummy and healthy lunch with my kidos and 2 friends
  • Down time at home
  • Crocheting the hat pictured
  • Dropping it off and visiting with a lovely little family
  • And looking forward to doing the elliptical before I go to bed

May we all have sweet dreams and a new week full of joy!



crochet baby hat 2 - roving with frameCozy Bear is not sure if he wants to give this soft baby beanie away. You need to share, Cozy Bear. 🙂

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P.S. Here is a link to a post that I like to refer to for hat sizing: Click HERE and scroll down to see sizing chart.

Missing in ACTION

Hi Friends,

Sorry I’ve been missing in action, but it’s true – I’ve been creating again.  🙂 Here are a few of the goodies I’ve been crocheting lately.  {And this weekend I have 7 brooches to create for some Mother’s Day orders – yippee!}

Blessings, Jackie

P.S. I decided to link up with Tater Tots & Jello’s Weekend Wrap Up Party again. Check out all the cool stuff over there! {click on button below}

Having fun adding some new center pieces to my brooches.

One of my new favorite yarns.

Lovely daughter modeling a light and airy, knitted teal cowl.

Another brooch using denim.

Crocheted houndstooth cowl. This one is time consuming, but rewarding.