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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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

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.

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.  😉

snow trees

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

CinnamonBear

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

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

My Soft & Sweet Wednesday View

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Hi Friends,

Today I crocheted this soft and sweet baby hat.  Isn’t that a yummy color combination?  A friend/customer requested yellow and gray, but there was no yellow to be had so I showed her the “squash” colored yarn and she loved it.    It is so soft!  And I can just imagine that her little man will look adorable in it.  (The button looks more burgundy here, but it is more of a brown tone.)

And I wanted to report back on my first teaching assignment.  🙂  The “crochet class” last night went really well.  These ladies picked it up quick!  There were the usual tension issues, but they were remarkably well with the mechanics of the stitches and even their tension improved from the beginning to the end of the session.  There were a few missed stitches here and there, but overall I give all 3 students an A+.  And they were a bunch of fun too!  Lots of laughter mixed with crochet:  You can’t beat that!  But did I get any pictures?  Who had time?!  Lol.

Tonight I am helping dear daughter with her mermaid outfit when she gets back from exercising 🙂 and I also need to make more pecan treats for dear son (since I ate the leftovers at work today-oops).   So, yes, the pecan treats were good.  Just be sure and follow the update that I added to the recipe.

Well, I guess I better hush and mush…as in dog mush – Alaska term – see what I did there?  😉

Blessings!

Jackie