I have a hard time just being in the moment and appreciate my accomplishments. So I started loom knitting a few years ago to learn a craft and force my mind to be calm. I created this blog to find like minded people to join and share their experiences, accomplishments, projects in a fun stress free environment.
Making time for yourself is a great way to take a step back and relinquish control, even if for 15 mins a day. This past week I was able to get off a bit early one day. It was so nice to do a couple of errands and still enjoy some sunshine and extra evening time. My work extended summer hours to fall hours (clock out 2 hours early one day a week- you have to makeup time during the week) this was a blessing to have the option available. Just to help me feel accomplished.
It’s so important to allow ourselves some peaceful moments and do something fun. One of my sewing groups started a few months ago an invite on random days and times to set aside some time to work on a project, clean /organize your sewing space or just go shopping for new projects. The members of the group love it because it gives yourself permission and a reminder to set a time to have some fun.
These snippets of time helps to refresh your mind for better time. So be sure to take as many time outs you can. I love to just sit and work on embroidery projects, crochet/knitting or read fiction for my time outs. I especially love leaving work 2 hours early 🤣. What things do you do to enjoy time?
I want to wish everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving a wonderful day. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving today I still want to wish you a wonderful day. Thanksgiving has always been special to me. This is the time we spend reflecting on being together as friends and family, and what we’re thankful for. My favorite tradition has been after dinner; the tables are cleared the ladies will go through the holiday ads together and catch up on the gossip while the men play poker or watch football and the kids hanging out in between. This year might be slightly smaller, but focus being together happy and healthy.
As I mentioned before the summer of 2019 my employer of 8 years outsourced my job to India. I spent several months looking for a new job. Luckily in March right before “self quarantine” at home was a thing I started a new job. I have spent the past 9 months at home doing all my training over google video chats. In June the California leaders chose to transfer inmates to San Quentin and a huge outbreak broke out and infected 3/4 of the inmates. My husband chose to retire in June instead of November as planned. We wanted to protect him and our family from Covid 19 .
I feel blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to work from home. It’s nice to enjoy relaxing more on break times. Taking back the 2+ hrs time back from not commuting. I am saving on gas and mileage by not traveling every day.
What I am most grateful for is the time I get to spend with my husband during the day. He makes me breakfast most mornings. I used to grab what I could eat in the car for so long. This week I am grateful he treated me to a couple peppermint mochas in the afternoon. It was a great pick me up from a rough week.
Some of the tiniest gestures can make a big impact on others. A peppermint mocha can just be a peppermint mocha to others. For me it was someone who brought me some warmth and comfort on a rough day. What where you blessed with this week? Or did you provide a blessing to someone else?
For those of us just watching and waiting to see who will be our “confirmed” leader for the next four years let’s ponder something good. We are officially in the countdown for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I urge each of us to find something that was a blessing in disquise throughout the upcoming weeks. I will share something positive from each week every Thursday for 6 weeks until Christmas starting next week.
I started off this past weekend building a foundation of bringing myself and others joy. I created a small handmade gift bag of treats as a token of gratitude to 12 friends and family members. I called them SHE (Smile, Happiness and Encourage) gifts. I wanted to help bring these 3 things to others. Everyone is so angry and hurtful to others, and it is about time too take back control of your behaviors and attitudes . I urge you to join me November 19th. You can follow me on my Facebook group if you would prefer. https://www.facebook.com/knittingforcalmness/
I have been working on a Christmas table runner. The top is done. I will finish this weekend. My SHE gifts included a handmade card, tea towel, chocolates and cookies
Growing up and living under my mothers roof we never celebrated holidays. This was due to her religious beliefs. I was blessed to have spent several years under my uncle and his partner Michael’s custody. During this time I was able to witness and celebrate many holidays. Michael spent so much effort in making sure all the holidays were special for a us. We decorated Christmas trees with millions of pieces of tensile, my aunts taking me trick or treating or having family holiday dinners. My grand parents coming in their motor home for a month in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These are the only memories I recollect from my childhood.
These memories have built my love for my favorite holiday…Thanksgiving. When I was a young parent I made sure I always decorated for and celebrated the holidays. Even if it was not much; or my children even knew they were experiencing traditions. This was all part of my drive to leaving the past behind and changing my future. So you ask why I love Thanksgiving most of all? Well…it is the only holiday where it was truly just about being with family, friends and showing love and gratitude to each other. This was what I wanted for our little family of four….until our family expanded to 10 (currently).
Ok….getting to my point of this message. We are pretty much 6 weeks away from Thanksgiving. These past 11 months have been hard for all the obvious reasons COVID-19, unemployment, social distancing, yelling at people for not social distancing or wearing masks, politics, fires, and just plain nastiness to ourselves and each other.
I am so fed up with the way we are treating each other. We are all under the same pressures and differences – but this is no excuse to live with the hatred and disrespect for others. So I am asking everyone for the next few weeks give the gift of Happiness. Giving a small gift to someone can light up their day. You don’t even need to spend money. Fill out a note card and just say you are giving them a virtual hug or smile- or a free errand or task. Bake some cookies and leave on your coworkers/ friends front door. Mail a card. Make a phone call to the friend that never calls or texts you. Giving ourselves to others are gifts that will give a peace to others and yourself . Try to do one Happiness gift a week or more. Let’s see how you feel after Thanksgiving. Please share this post and any stories to encourage more people to participate.
Ps…In regards to my projects. I am currently working on a bulky crochet blanket for my new granddaughter this winter, made a tie blanket for another granddaughter. But mostly I am progressing my new love of quilting. I have always wanted too…but just never started. Being locked up in the house for CoVid and health issues caused by the fires I have worked on several projects. I did a really big project in Aug/Sept with a lot of appliqué. And I upgraded to a computerized sewing machine 🙂
These past two weeks I have felt my mental stability waiver just a bit. My patience with all the political issues is getting very tiresome. Especially the anger and hate others are showing to others. Being temporarily evacuated a few days. The air quality and asthma making it so I can barely leave the inside of my house just to go out the front door. Generally I find myself reading alot of fiction during the times I feel the most pull of anxiety. Nothing cures life’s challenges than fiction. So what have you been reading lately? I started a Facebook group called Dewey Decimal Bookworms so I am hoping connecting with others will help soothe the soul.
I also needed to get started on my granddaughters blanket considering she is almost 4 months old and fall/winter will be here soon enough. This is the first time I have used bulky soft yarn. It’s really soft …but bulky to use.
These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of events. I was able to accomplish making my very first quilt top. I made mistakes and its not perfect. I am so very proud of it. I learned so much in sewing techniques and even resiliency. It’s such a great peace of mind when you make something with your hands and have something to show for it. I started working on my second quilt project. Its a mystery project and I cant wait to finish all my clues and show it off. I did complete my crochet blanket. I hope to show it soon after I add the boarder. This is my favorite blanket ever. I don’t think I could ever part with it 😂. I recently cleaned my room and kept finding yarn stashes. I better get back to doing some crochet and knitting projects soon.
Last week our neighborhood was threatened by a fire and my husband and I had to evacuate our home. We are safe and our home is safe. As we were evacuating we realized our neighborhood had no movement. So we started knocking on doors to tell everyone to leave. I had some difficulty getting a neighbor to wake up so she could leave. This was a huge amount of anxiety at the time because as I saw the fire get closer I had no idea how to get in contact with her. All did work out. The next couple days was just exhausting with waiting to return home and all the social media status updates. By the end of the week my husband and I were worn out. We definitely felt blessed for ourselves, but saddened by the extent of the losses others experienced.
My husband had previously planned a trip to our favorite beach city and hotel. A few months ago. It was a blessing in disguise. When you think of Steve Aitchison’s quote Walk In the Direction Where Your Peace is Found. It helps to bring calmness to tough moments, days or even years. We are unable to avoid personal or community challenges How we walk toward our peace is what grounds us or brings calmness to our minds or hearts. My peace has always been at the beach. When you sit and listen to the waves you can give your troubles to the water. When your feet are touching the wet or warm sand you feel connected to God or a higher power (for some it could just be a connection to nature). Breathing the cool air air into your lungs can also bring a sense of calmness or peacefulness. Spending those couple of days at the ocean helped me so much to ground me and paved the path for me to walk towards my peace.
I urge you to find your path to peace and calmness when you’re feeling overwhelmed. This may just be going to Starbucks for a chai latte and sit in your car to enjoy the warmth in your hands and throat as all the spice/ creaminess flows to your stomach. I hope you enjoy the picture I captured while finding my peace.
I have started and stopped this post a few times. We have been busy with a cracked tub and remodeled bathrooms these past few weeks. My biggest excuse is I have been busy learning new sewing projects.
Today let’s discuss the word perseverance. So what is perseverance ? It is defined as the persistent effort of doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
This is exactly what we as humans need during this time while we start to venture back outside into a world with other humans (at a distance and covered up of course). I don’t know about you, but I feel such a weird vibe when I go out nowadays. People look at you weird or differently because your wearing/not wearing a mask. Or maybe they’re thinking why are you out at the same time as me-then I think why are you out 😂. With all the political things going on it puts extra stress on you. This leaves a person not even wanting to address or talk to anyone because the last thing you want to do is get in a heated discussion on whether you’re taking a side. But to me that can cause strife as well. So how can you persevere during 2020? I am here to tell you I have no idea…lol.
I can tell you what I try to do and I hope it will help you a bit.
1. I fit in a compromised group when it comes to health issues. But I don’t live my life in fear. So I follow the CDC guidelines. Wear a mask, stand 6 ft apart and only go out when I need or want something. Wash my hands when I get back. I personally just do it any time anyone has a cold or flu now or 5 years ago. Just smart!
2. I don’t respond to any social media posts. I follow more crafting, knitting and sewing sites. This changes my feed immensely. It balances my social media with positivity and creativity. I have learned so many new things. I am making quilting blocks now. I am getting pretty decent at it.
3. I only check on the news maybe once a week. There is nothing I hate more than repeating the same crap every day and all day. Stay informed…but limit your exposure.
4. I am missing just having dinner or lunch with my friends. Or just going for a visit. My favorite tea place is going out of business and I can’t do one last hooray with my best tea buddies. I like doing virtual projects together with friends. It means I don’t have to get dressed, shower or drive anywhere to have fun. Just knowing we are protecting each other by distancing helps alot…because you care for these people’s well being.
5. Just be respectful and kind. Try to smile or show kindness covered up. Even if people are shitty you can still be positive. Just walk away. Don’t feel you gotta prove a point…it’s only you you’re trying to prove it too.
Why is reading the best thing to do every day? It lowers stress by giving you something wonderful to think, feel and visualize apart from your daily tasks. It can brings joy, peacefulness and even mindfulness. It provides food for thought. Brings out your intellectual side. It helps keep you challenged and feel what’s happening around you. It builds a community together because who doesn’t love to discuss a great book with friends over tea and cookies? I love reading at bedtime because it helps to shut my brain off to happier thoughts . So I sleep better. So help our little community and build an online club together. Share this group with all your book lover friends. Everyone needs a break from life right now.
Truthfully not sure how it happened…actually I do. Last year I discovered a Quilt and fabric shop about 20 miles away. Never made it to the store for a visit. In April I brought out my sewing machine to start making face masks for my family. I have always wanted to learn and practice making quilt blocks, but figured I needed to understand the basics first. Recently, I made an apron. It was nice making something by hand. It’s been difficult getting into Joann’s, and never could score fabric. So working on being creative with my current stash.
During this time local small business’s started doing Facebook lives. I started watching the daily local Quilting shop on Facebook. I have enjoyed it very much. I am hooked now. I have purchased some beautiful Fat Squares bundles. I recently joined a group for an easy 12 week project. You learn a new block pattern every week and share it. I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s talent. Part of this project has 6 bonus embroidery blocks.
So you guessed it. I actually have 3 projects going. And that’s not including catching up on shows. I started crocheting a blanket in February. I am still only 2/3rds of the way done. I was hoping to be done by now…but sewing took over. Now I have to fit in embroidery. 🤣 Any one else feel a bit distracted with additional new projects?
Be mindful to allow yourself the time to learn new skills, and be creative during these trying times. Remember my 12 tips of mindfulness in December? On Day 6 it was mentioned to engage in your favorite creative task to quiet your thoughts. Mindfulness and creativity go hand-in-hand. Everyone needs to explore their creative side. This gives us a sense of accomplishment when we succeed. A small project will give us a physical action we can control.
I would like to lightly remind you of my tip #12 by Tasking Mindfully at this time as well. Having to many projects at a time can add additional stress. We may put extra burdens on ourselves because we feel we have to accomplish it all. Having these extra tasks made me feel a bit lost due to not completing my original project. So I made a promise to myself I would work on my blanket during the week after working. The weekends will focus solely on sewing. Let me know if you have suggestions you like to use to bring yourself back from being lost or distracted.
Wishing everyone a very happy and wonderful Mother’s Day. As mother’s we think back to the first moment we bring our children into this world, and our promises we make to our children as we hold them until they won’t let us anymore. Then we can only feel their hurts, pain and happiness from afar until they need us. We watch them grow into themselves and all we can think of is how awesome they are to be our children.
I came from a unloving and hurtful childhood, but I knew love was in my heart and fought for it. My loving uncle raised me for a time. Richard gave and showed me love as long as he was alive. I am so lucky my uncle, his partner Michael and my two aunts fought hard to heal me as much as possible. These experiences have made being a mother much more difficult and still affect me till today. Without these experiences I would not have known how to change the familial pattern of physical or emotional abuse. I am far from a perfect person or parent, but I can say I have changed my children’s history as parents.
I am so proud of they way they have grown to become adults. Both of my children are loving and caring parents and do an awesome job with their children. That is all that matters to me. Being a grandparent is so awesome because you can see these little humans show characteristics from when your own children were little and you can hold, hug and love these little prodigals.
Mothers be proud of what you accomplished. Don’t put high expectations on yourselves. Time and love is all our children need. Eventually time with our children will be less as they grow up and start their own lives. And remember how you love and treat your children affect them and future generations.
Good evening everyone! I wanted to check in with the everyone to see how you are feeling. To stop from being bored after my work shift I have continued working on teaching myself crochet stitches. Working on my 3rd blanket now.
Saturday I spent the day with a friend working on making an Easter banner. It was alot of fun. I wasted a whole day on Zoom. After we finished the banner we decided to crochet together. I got a bit stiff sitting in my work station area since that is where my computer was setup 🤣.
Let me know if you are working on any projects you would like to share. It can be literally be anything. #besafe #breath #mindfullness