Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

Earlier this year I discovered  
Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 Challenge.

I was pittling around Pinterest one day and found 
some terrific crocheted blankets using granny squares.  
One was found on Attic24  and the other was on Crochetime.  

As I was reading through the Crochetime blog I found that the author, 
Natasja, was participating in an oh-so-fun-looking challenge 
called “Crochet Mood Blanket 2014″.  

I was fascinated by the idea of creating this blanket one square at a time
with each granny square representing that day's mood.  
The idea came from an Instagramer called mummy_stacey 
and she posted the rules here. 
Really quite crochet or knit a square or stripe
 every day or every week  in 2014 that represents your mood.

So I got started picking my yarn colors and moods.
Easier said than done!
Instead of picking my moods and trying to find a color,
I choose my colors and then assigned the moods.
I am using Caron Simply Soft yarn.  Love it!

I began crocheting my little heart out - a granny square a day.
Then I realized that I would have a HUGE blanket by the end of the year.
So I decided to make 3 blankets - each representing 4 months of moods.

Here is Roxey modeling the first one:

And here is my second one is progress:

These guys are waiting their turn to be added:

To say I am behind would be a grave understatement!
But I'm getting it done...slowly!  Very, very slowly!

My final one will be a granny stripe blanket something like this:

This is one of many gorgeous creation by Lucy at Attic 24.

There is a Crochet Mood Blanket Facebook Group.
And if you just Google
Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 
you will find lots of blog posts and images.

Happy crocheting, quilting, crafting, cross-stitching, creating
to you all with warm hugs!  denise  :D

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What Have You Done For Yourself Lately?

You know that popular 1986 song by Janet Jackson, 
"What Have You Done For Me Lately?"

Well, I was humming it in my head...okay, singing it out loud!
But I changed the lyrics up a bit ---
"What have you done for YOU lately?"

Well, think about it for a moment.
We do so much for others -
our children 
our spouse or significant other
our family
our friends
our coworkers
our neighbors
people we like
even people we don't like!

But what about the most important person of all?

Why is it whenever we do something for ourselves
we feel guilty?  or selfish? or undeserving?

I have felt this way my whole life.
My mother sure made sure I felt that way. :(
My significant other tells me often enough.
I should believe it now for sure!
But I don't! 
 I refuse to believe that I am the selfish, self-centered,
"It's all about you" person that they say I am.

I am just as important as any of the other people in my life.
I deserve to be happy - to do nice things for myself.
Like sleeping late (now that I'm retired since June)
Like working in my studio/work room/playroom.
Like spending hours on Pinterest or reading blogs.
Like cuddling and kissing my baby dogs.
Like eating cereal for dinner.
Like watching episodes of Criminal Minds one after another.
Or Hallmark movies all day

I deserve it!  You deserve it!

What have you done for yourself lately?

Leave a comment about what you have done lately for yourself
by Friday, September 29th for a chance to win an
"All About You" Giveaway

Be sure to leave your contact information.  :)
Take good care of yourself.