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

Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends,

We wish you a very Merry Christmas! And may you be filled with peace and joy as you remember the best Gift that was ever given.

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.'”
-Luke 2:10, 11

With JOY,
Jackie
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Adding this photo again to use the "URL" on Ravelry.  :)

 

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Snowy Mailbox Pompadour :)

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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…

 

 

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

And Suddenly It’s Winter!

Hi Friends,

This past weekend it quickly went from Autumn and green grass to winter white and warm coat weather!  You can see by the 2 beautiful evergreens outside my living room window what I mean.  It truly is lovely so I will not complain…yet.  😉

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I’ve been pleasantly occupied this week with work, crochet, watching my son’s school play (he did great in one of the lead roles!), keeping warm by the wood stove and enjoying some evening family time.

Something jogged my memory recently so I thought I would share this little treasure:

When the kids were smaller we use to listen to The Cinnamon Bear radio show every night (on our computer) starting right after Thanksgiving up to the last episode on Christmas Eve. It was recorded way back in 1937 and I can just imagine families back then sitting around the radio attentively listening to this cute, quaint, silly little program.  It’s a really fun little story with each episode lasting about 12 minutes long.  Lately I find that I am listening to an episode here and there while I crochet.  Brings back great memories of family time with “Judy, Jimmy and The Cinnamon Bear!”

If you’re interested, the link below will take you to all the episodes on radiolovers.com:  http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/cinnamonbear.htm

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Here are a few more photos to round out this blog post.  🙂

Cozy Molly.  {She needs some grooming TLC!}

Cozy Molly. {She needs some grooming TLC!}

I decided to flip my quilt over and add this Thanksgiving table runner and another one on the dining table with the same candle centerpiece.

I decided to flip my quilt over and add this Thanksgiving table runner and another one on the dining table with the same candle centerpiece.

Dear daughter had oral surgery and her work gave her this beautiful orchid plant.  So sweet.

Dear daughter had oral surgery and her work gave her this
beautiful orchid plant. So sweet.

One of my crochet projects - the white chevron yarn has pretty silver thread mixed in.  Wish is photographed better.

One of my crochet projects – the white chevron yarn has pretty silver thread mixed in. Wish it photographed better.

Blessings all!

Joyfully,

Jackie

A Feast for the Eyes!

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Hi Friends,

There’s a shop downtown that I love to visit around the holidays!  It’s called Kimball’s (aka The Kobuk).  HERE is a little history on it that I just dug up, in case you are interested. 🙂 The document says that the store closed in 2002.  However, it reopened as The Kobuk – specializing in gifts, treats and fine teas.

Well, today was my first “holiday” visit of the year.  They have a little corner dedicated to Thanksgiving with some lovely items, and a large part of the store dedicated to Christmas goodies of all sorts. Heaven.  They also carry many varieties of yummy teas and tea accessories.  Better and better.  Today I came away with a super cute hat {to go with my new, oh-so-warm coat} and a Christmas pin that reads ‘JOY’ {of course}.  🙂

Here is the pictorial tour for your viewing pleasure.   {Photos were taken with my phone camera.  Some are slightly out of focus, but they still capture the surroundings.}  A definite feast for the eyes!  Enjoy!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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High & Low

blog - boot cuff patternHi Friends,

High point (at least one of them): This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday I sold 4 to 5 patterns a day. Wow! What a blessing! I keep getting sales everyday, but those were my high days. 🙂

Low point: Recently took my car in to get fixed 2 weeks in a row and the total has cost approximately $2500. Not fun. The low point came today when it was discovered that the same issue (coolant draining out of my car) that was suppose to be fixed the second week, is happening again. Ugh. Kinda took the wind out of my sails. Hubby gets back tomorrow from his out of town job so he will “take it from here.” I just want this to be over. Will try to focus on “this too shall pass.”

Well, gotta hush and mush and do a little more tidying of the nest before hubby gets home. 🙂 Hope you have a great Monday!

Blessings,

Jackie