Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter Project: Ocean Ripple Crochet Blanket

A BIG project is on my crochet hook, and one that will take a while... A RIPPLE BLANKET! (Lookie those delicious colors... and how those lovely, fat skeins of yarn look so sweet sat up on the chair cushion, like puppies, or something... haha! ;)

This project was actually begun many weeks back. Progress slowed before Thanksgiving/Christmas. But I'm happy to be picking this up again! I'd been wanting to revisit the ripple for a long time. Ever since a ripple blanket in rainbowy colors was one of my first projects soon after leaning how (finally!) to crochet.

Ocean Ripple, I call it... Sea, sky, beach and land are inspiration colors...

JUMBO skeins of yarn, bought in America! For details you can visit my Ravelry Project Page... 

It's at a wonderful stage now where it's really starting to look and feel like a blanket... VERY cozy work for our Nordic winter afternoons and evenings. (But no, I didn't knit/create the cute foxy-face slipper-socks I'm wearing. They were bought while we were in the US.) Very hygge... ;) 

Jeg ønsker dere en veldig hyggelig uke!  Translation from Norwegian to English: I wish you all a week full of hygge! 

P.S. Oooo.. and on another hook of mine, is a new shawl just beginning to take shape...

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year Journalling

For fun today, a little peek inside my journal pages... At the top of the month I began some new year journalling... And after a couple of weeks in, I'm still working, still writing. I've been taking my time exploring what I would like this year of JOY to hold. 

LOVE and HOPE are my support words to go along with all the JOY... and some words of inspiration: When God closes a door, He opens a window... 

A new addition to my journal this year, is that I'm adding some bullet journal-style charts to my pages to fill in progress of key areas of focus. You might notice that I'm using just a plain, spiral bound notebook for my journalling--nothing too fancy for my scribblings and musing. (I did jazz up the cover with some scrapbook papers. I prefer unlined pages, but I couldn't find one I liked, so lined it is for now...) 

Another something new I'm adding to my pages this year is journalling with the Daily Question on Gratefulness, a beautiful community-supported online project rooted in gratitude--grateful, mindful living.

It's wonderful having some great, creative companions while journalling... like Jesus, and the King of Rock and Roll! (VERY fun singing Elvis Presley card given to me by my sweet sister recently for my birthday!)

Some creative sparks are beginning to crackle here, and next week I'll be dipping into some online courses. 10 Days to Making Art You Love presented by Tara Leaver, a sort of mini course to jump-start creativity. And I'll also be starting The Broken Way, a 6-session online Bible Study based on Ann Voskamp's book of same title. VERY excited!

For more creative fun, stop by next week when I'll be sharing some crochet that's hooking around here... And thank you, again, for the VERY, very warm welcome back to blogland... it has been sooo good!! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Two Who Love to Walk...

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

---an Old Irish Blessing


Us two here... on a sunny Sunday winter walk...

Friday, January 13, 2017

January Reading

OK... so there may be more than one post per week here. You don't mind though, right? ;)

Winter is a nice time for hunkering down with extra reading! I like reading hard copy, print books, but I also do enjoy e-books too. Here's what I'm currently reading...

For spiritual growth and refreshment... Thirsting for God is a wonderful daily devotional with a quote, piece of a story, essay, etc.--in her own words--by the great and much loved Mother Teresa of Calcutta (who was canonized a SAINT in the Catholic church last year!) I like daily devotion books like this, with a little reading to begin the day with. To think about, pray with, and sip on rest of the day.

Resisting Happiness is a new-ish book by Matthew Kelly, founder of Dynamic Catholic. I've just started this and already know I'm going to have my journal handy while reading this one! It explores the age-old questions surrounding the idea of happiness, and ways we  cleverly (or not so cleverly), wreck our own happiness!

This is a pair of books I'm borrowing from the library... India_Contemporary is a GORGEOUS coffee table book overflowing with interiors that combine the beauty of traditional arts & crafts alongside current design elements in India. I don't usually borrow (or buy) home/interior books. But this one sat on the library shelf and pulled me right in! I've always wanted to travel to India, actually...

Søndagsmiddag is a scrumptious book of recipes (paired with tasty photos!) and inspiration for the best meal of the week--Sunday dinner. This is written by the well-known food writer/blogger here in Norway, Marit Røttingsnes Westlie, otherwise known as Fru Timian (Mrs. Thyme). 

Lots of good things to "chew" on with these!  But how about you? What book(s) is/are on your nightstand, your coffee table, in your book bag, or your tablet/device? Any recommendations?!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wating for Snow...

Waiting for snow... Did I just say that?! Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not really a winter girl. Actually, each cold season finds me slightly off guard, not ready inwardly or outwardly, and in need of making friends with the cold and snow all over again. Ah, but this year... I'm trying to greet winter with a new preparedness and welcoming spirit! Try being the BIG word. I needed some new boots for winters here in the far north. Dry, cozy feet ready for winter walkies... check. We actually had a tiny bit of snow-rain this past Friday. But it all washed away. So waiting for real snow.

For more warmth and a dash of happy color, I crocheted for myself this hat and cowl set... kind of cute, if I do say so.  ;)

And we have his & hers drink bottles. These stainless steel things are great for taking along on a walk, and keep cold drinks cool up to 8 hours, and hot drinks warm up to 4 hours. (You can maybe guess which one is mine. ;) And don't you like my snow drifts?! This is a blanket our Charlie loved to snooze on...)

Hot chocolate, marshmallows, candles and fireplace ready for hunkering down when the snow comes. So, we're waiting and ready for winter...

While we wait... I will make Mondays my post day, while I get back in the saddle here. And THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for all the welcome back comments, emails and all around good cheer--WOW! You all give so much... I am blessed by your kindness!