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Child eyes

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The most memorable thing that happen this past year is that my 9th grandbaby was born. Yes I am “Grammy” to nine beautiful little ones. Having them around helps me remember to see the world through a child’s eyes. Everything is so new and exciting to them. It is easy as adults to get bogged down with all the bad things going on. We can soon get such a dark cloud of feelings surrounding us that nothing makes us happy. There is beauty in the world. We just have to see things through child eyes. See how colorful a butterfly is or what a beautiful song a bird can sing. You will notice that if you start trying to find beauty it will become easier and easier to find. Soon that dark cloud is gone and we can smile again. Let’s all start having child eyes.

Easy Crocheted Blanket Pattern

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This is an easy crocheted throw that makes a nice decor piece for any living room. It also is a nice size for a lap cover as well.  I have used the color TigerLily for this picture. This is a good color to use for your Fall decor. The yarn is Red Heart with Love. I did 2 skeins of 7oz yarn. The finished piece I made was 21” x 36”. (It is folded in half in the picture.) You can make it longer if you want by just doing more rows. By doing the initial 100 beginning chains it will measure 21” across.

 

Crochet Hook: H/8 or 5 mm hook

Primary Technique: Crochet

Occasion/Theme: Fall

Materials:

  • 2 skeins Red Heart With Love Yarn
  • 4.25MM (US G-6)  

ch=chain

dc=double crochet

sp=space

 

Instructions:

  1. Row 1 : Ch 100, 1 dc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next 2 chs**,  repeat from * across ending 1 dc in last ch, ch 1 turn.
  2. Row 2: 2 dc in first ch 1 sp, *ch 1, 2dc in next ch1 sp**, repeat from * across end by doing 1 dc in turning ch st, ch 1 turn
  3. Continue pattern repeating Rows 2 until size desired,  

When the desired size has been reached fasten off.

 

Now I have used two different size of yarns for this pattern before. I have done a full 1lb size and I have use (2) 7 oz size skeins. If you use two, when the one runs out just join the new one and continue with the pattern. You can add different colors for a striped effect as well.

Home Decor Fall Colors

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When planning for your home decor for Fall , you want to keep in mind what colors go with the Autumn season. The first thing I think of are the leaves that turn color during this time. They are a yellow to a golden to a light brown. There is a good spectrum to start with. You can go into some darker orange colors as well. Now a bright orange color will go with the Halloween activities that happen in fall. I will do a separate blog on Halloween decor. When thinking of a gold you want to think more of a golden tone, a soft tone, nothing sparkly.
If you crochet like I do, there are so many different yarn options in this spectrum. These yarns make create colors for fall quilts or throws. In my next blog I will have a very simple crochet pattern for a nice throw that looks wonderful on any chair or couch.
Fall color scheme is soft and subtle. You want colors that make your home feel warm and cozy when a person walks in. Many people when they think of Autumn, they think of cooler temperatures, cozy fire going in the fireplace and a wonderful spice scent in the air. Remember this when you are looking for that certain decor for each room.

Places to Find Home Decor

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Home décor does not have to cost a lot of money. There are so many places to find vintage and unique items that fit perfectly in how you want to decorate your house, each room for that matter. Yes, there are the big box stores that charge you an arm and a leg for a small item. Here are a few places you can go to find that perfect item you are looking for.
The first place is a garage sale. Many people have these and want to just clear out their garage so they price items to get rid of them. You can find pretty much everything at a garage sale. Now you want to make sure you can test an item especially if you are buying it for a décor item. Most people who are having a garage sale should not mind if you test it. Beware if they don’t. You don’t have to buy it because they say it works. You can just walk away. Don’t worry you will find another piece. For items such a chairs, take off the cushions to make sure that underneath there isn’t any damage or yes, even mold.
Garage sales seem to be seasonal. It really depends on where you live if they have them year around. If you live in an area that it snows during the winter well your best bet is to hit them when the weather warms up. There is another alternative, however, and that is an Estate sale. This is where someone puts the entire contents of a house on sale. You walk in and browse like you would a store. The same rules apply though, make sure you test electrical items and check furniture. A company, that the family has hired usually runs estate sales, I have found that most Estate sales run 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They first day it is usually crazy busy so if you can wait go the second day. Another thing that is common with Estate sales is that they usually start marking items down the second day and then even more on the last day.
Estate sales are my favorite place to go to find décor items. You can go to the site
www.Estatesales.net
You type in your zip code and it should bring up some sales around you. Some of the sales will post pictures of what they have to sell. You can go through and see what style of pieces the house has. If you find there is something that you just have to have you can go the first day. Go early and be prepared to but your name on a sign up sheet. Yes they do get that busy on the first day.
Try one of these this weekend. If anything they are fun to go to. You get out of the house and you see some very unique items. Who knows maybe you will find that one of a kind piece that you have been looking for. Let me know what you find!!!

New Direction with my blog

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I have changed my direction with my blogging. I still think that social media is important and will post some blogs on that but I have decided to focus in on a new niche.
Home decor is a passion of mine and I want to start sharing that passion with you. The reason it is my passion is because you can do so much with it. Each room can have it own special feeling. Many people feel that you have to break the bank to be able to decorate your home. They are mistaken. I will share fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home. Each room to be exact. I will also have some patterns of DIY ideas as well. I love to crochet and I do different items for each season and I will share those with you. If you find yourself not the creative type, I will have the seasonal things that I make available for you to purchase as well.

I live in San Diego which is in beautiful Southern California. I do love the weather here. I did a stint in Florida which is quite the contrast in weather. I did enjoy the summer thunderstorms but the humidity not so much. One thing I wish San Diego had a bit more of was the seasonal changes. It does have some but not like in other states. I have decided that even if the weather outside does not correspond to the season it should be, I will decorate my house accordingly.

With this all said please check back and see what ideas I have for the first season that is coming up…Fall. I know that this is many people’s favorite season of all so I will have lots of ideas.

Happy decorating.

Still learning

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I feel I will always be learning different aspects of blogging and running my own website. It has been just a little over a year that I started this. I have learned quite a bit. I will be sharing what I have learn in upcoming posts. These are some things that I really didn’t know about until I dove into this wonderful thing called blogging.
Using Pinterest to the fullest extent, programs such as Buffer and Boardbooster, affiliate links and creating images with Canva.
I look forward to sharing what I have found out about these.

Keep on learning!!!

Peace, Joy, Gratefulness

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There are three things we need to live fully…peace, joy and gratefulness. When you have peace this brings joy to your life. When you experience joy you will in turn be grateful for all you have. Find any way that you can to achieve peace. It may be going for a walk, doing meditation or even just taking a minute to take a deep breathe. We need to take the time to find our peace so we can find joy and then be grateful.  That is your challenge for today.

Soul on fire

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What sets your soul on fire? I have seen so many people become so complacent about life. They are just going through the motions with their work, marriage, family, and beliefs. We need to find our passion. What do you like to do? What gets you fired up? Wake up thinking about those things and get moving. If you don’t like your job, work towards getting one you are passionate about. Put a spark back in your marriage. Go on a date, a real date, where you dress up and go somewhere nice. Run and play with your kids, don’t worry about who is watching you or what the neighbors will say. Go outside and worship in all that beauty God has given us. Get that fire back in your soul and live life the with passion it deserves!!!

2 outcomes: succeed or learn

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There are 2 outcomes when you do something, you either succeed or you learn. It is so easy to say “you win your lose”, “you succeed or you fail”. There is better to say this you either “reach your goal” or “you learned”. Failure is such a diminishing word. I have learned that when I have failed something, I learned from it. This concept helped me to continue forward to the goal I am striving for. The next time you come up short on a project or goal don’t say you “failed”, say “you learned.”

The low wave

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The low wave. If you are a motorcycle rider, you know what that is. If not let me explain. There seems to be an unwritten rule that if you ride a motorcycle you are to do the low wave to any other rider you pass. My dad did this. I would be riding behind him and when we would pass another rider, my dad would put his hand down and wave. It was always given back. It seems to bring all these riders together. They are all on the same page just for that moment.

We all need the low wave in our life. We are all on this world just trying to do the best for our family and ourselves. We are all on the same page. Let’s help each other through this journey we call life and give out many “low waves”.