Saturday, January 6

The Secret Something I Have Been Working on for 10 years!

I just wanted to rant about what I have been putting time in lately.  Which is also why I haven't been blogging very regularly.

Etsy shops keep me almost more busy than I can handle, but I also have been working on a secret project.  In little snippets of time that I steal away, I have been working on a book.

I usually sneak in some quiet time to work on this book project in the wee hours of the morning.  It has been a wonderful journey over the last 10 years.


This little book is chock-full of inspiring quotes and verses.  Every time I work on it, I feel happy and uplifted.
It is almost finished and will be heading to the publisher.  I am so excited to finally share it!!!

Here is a sneak peek in keeping with the Holiday Season:

". . . and my mind drifted to thinking of how with imagination I can transport myself anywhere I want and escape this burdensome world.
I thought of a room. This room was filled with light, but this room was also filled with beautiful things made of diamonds, glass, and gold.  It had a white, super thick, soft rug on the floor.  The rug felt so soft and good under my bare feet.  Looking up, there were sparkling windows filled with sun shining through them.
     Then I imagined walking into another room full of the magic of Christmas.  This room had a wardrobe closet exactly like the one in “The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe”.  When I went into the wardrobe and through the coats it opened to a cozy snow scene.  I can say cozy because I didn’t notice it being cold.  There was no evil Snow Queen here, instead it was a very happy place with a horse drawn sleigh full of people singing Christmas carols on their way to the party at the home of Farmer Gray in the “Sleigh Bells” song.

Become aware of your thoughts.  In a day, what percentage are good, and what percentage are negative? 


Spend some time thinking of good things."

The decade of work that has gone into this has been an exercise in letting inspiration guide me.  This book paves the way to free yourself.  Whether you are locked in a cage of stress, a cage of depression, or a cage of insecurity, this short book has what you need to pick the lock and open the cage door.


Hmmm, in the hub bub of the holiday season, I noticed that I didn't post this a month ago when I wrote it.  So, better late than never, I suppose, ha ha.  
Hopefully, with this new 2018 year, I will be more focused, lol!


Happy 2018 New Year ! ! !

Wednesday, February 1

A half what??? A half double crochet!

Hopefully you are having loads of fun learning how to crochet. Crocheting is much easier (I think) than knitting and is so versatile. 

And, hopefully you are ready for the next crochet stitch. 
Today's video demonstrates the Half Double Crochet stitch.  This is a great stitch.  I like it for projects that do better with a dense stitch. It is not a airy, lacy stitch.  This stitch will keep you warm in the winter!

Enough with the crocheting fluff.  Let's get to the crocheting action:



I don't know about you, but it seems like this is the best time to learn how to crochet.  You will have plenty of time to practice the stitches and be ready to crochet many wonderful projects for this years holidays.

Wednesday, January 25

The Next Crochet Stitch!

Now, let's get into some serious crocheting!

It's time to learn a fundamental crochet stitch.  It's called the "single crochet" stitch.
In the video below, you will be guided every inch of the way to becoming pro at crocheting the single crochet stitch.
Then, after you learn how to do single crochet stitches, you will be ready to crochet a darling hairband.  The video shows you step by step how to crochet the cute headband.

So, let's get started!


You are now well on your way to becoming a crocheting expert!!!  Keep on practicing!

In case you need any of the supplies in this video, here are some links for you  :)



Friday, January 20

The First Crochet Stitch!

Do you have a crochet hook?
Do you have some yarn?
Then you are ready to start crocheting!

Watch the Beginning Crochet video lesson below and learn how to do the beginning crochet slip knot and crochet chain stitch.


Practice your first crochet stitch and then practice some more.  The next lesson will be the single crochet stitch (in the next blog post).

If you want, at the end of the video, there is a friendship bracelet you can crochet.  If you would like the same type of 100% cotton yarn that I used in the video, here are some links for you:



Mostly have fun with this popular needlecraft :)

Thursday, January 19

Crochet anyone?

Start the year with a new (or renewed) hobby --
CROCHETING
yay crochet!!!

I've been crocheting since I was around 10 years old and love it!
So in honor of this wonderful hobby/craft, I will be teaching several, (more like dozens), of crochet classes right here on the Mom of 5 Daughters Blog.
If you have never crocheted before, but want to learn, these crochet classes are perfect for you.  
We will be starting out with the most basic of basics in the world of crocheting.  You can do it, I promise!

The first crochet class (intro video) covers what you will need to get started.  It is kind of boring, but necessary.  Then, the next crochet class (that will be posted tomorrow) will be lots of fun.

Ready to begin?  Of course you are :)


If you don't want to leave your house to get the crocheting hooks and yarn you will need, here are some options:



I can hardly wait for the next class, I hope you are excited too!!!

Thursday, October 29

FUN NEW EXCITING THINGS, AND YET OH SO OLD . . .

It's time to have sooo much fun!!!
It's time to make dreams come true!!!
It's time to play dress ups!!!

When my girls were wee littles, we would frequently have tea parties.
As they grew, we continued to have tea parties with more and more frills and dress-up fancies.

I need to go on a little tangent here.  Back in the late 1990's, I discovered Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time.  No, I did not read the book, I had 5 children at home and I didn't make time for reading (oops, another tangent!).  I watched this old black and white movie (1940's) on TV and loved it. 


 I didn't even know what the name of it was. When I found the name "Pride and Prejudice" I searched for more and discovered the 1995, 6-hour miniseries with the handsome Colin Firth version and watched it. I became a fan!



THEN (drum roll),  the 2005 Keira Knightley version came out and not only did I absolutely love it but my daughters loved it too.  My youngest daughter has watched the movie so many times she has the whole movie memorized.


We became obsessed with the Regency Era of Jane Austen and watched more movies based on her novels.

Over the last 10 years we have been gathering satin gloves, fans, parasols, and bonnets. I have also collected an assortment of tea party dishes (nothin' crazy, just a few).

 This year I brought it to a whole new level.  Starting in June I've been working on a new project. From age 9, I have been sewing and designing cloths. So, in June, I decided to combine my dream of the romantic life of Jane Austen with my practical sewing skills.  

Here are some of the results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today, as I look outside it is cold and rainy, just like any countryside in England.  Needless to say, we will be taking our herbal tea and crumpets in the drawing room, next to a warm fire.  Where are my servants, the fire needs to be stoked (actually, I'm the one who's stoked.  I'm so excited to go back 200 years to the genteel times of 1815 at Pemberly).
I have more empire waist dresses I plan to sew, more bonnets to make, little purses (or I found out they are called "reticules") to crochet, etc.  The fun has just begun!!!

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