Archive | August, 2011

No Longer a Slumdog

22 Aug

No Longer a Slumdog is a book written by K.P. Yohannan.Free Book - No Longer a SlumdogIn this book K.P. Yohannan tells the story of the poor children from India. He describes how the Bridge of Hope organization helps the children to learn about Jesus and find hope for their lives.

From http://www.nolongeraslumdog.com/ :

“Asia’s Children Tell Their
Stories in No Longer a Slumdog

“He would lock me in a small room with the animals. Days turned into weeks, and my stomach would growl. He never gave me enough to eat,” said Nadish. “Weeks turned into months, and my body would ache. The work was hard, and there was never enough time to rest. Months turned into years, and I began to think that this would never end.”

But through a miraculous event, Nadish found his way back into the loving embrace of his mother. Dr. K.P. Yohannan’s newest book, No Longer a Slumdog, unveils the true-life accounts of many of South Asia’s children, like Nadish. The message hits hard. He speaks of “winds of change” and a powerful move of God.

The children’s stories tell of going from a life of heartache and poverty to finding joy, laughter and a bright future. Despite the affliction these children face, Yohannan shows us there’s opportunity for change as many find new life in God‘s redeeming love.

No Longer a Slumdog inspires faith that a better tomorrow is truly possible.”

I read Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan years ago in Bible School. I just found out about No Longer a Slumdog from the MoneySavingMom.com blog.  As far as I know this book is still available for free here. It is definitely a book worth reading!

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Blogging Vacation

22 Aug

Last week I took an unplanned blogging vacation! That doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy though! Two doctor appointments took up quite a bit of time, plus getting more (*hopefully*) done here at home. I did get my desk cleaned up, my inventory hair nets and doilies organized, some booking keeping done, some sewing, and crocheting of course.

Now I am trying to come up with a blogging schedule that won’t be so overwhelming. I was trying to post every day and for now I will only be posting 3 times a week or less. The main reason for that is because I signed up to be a vendor at a local event: Old Congress Days. So now I am crocheting furiously to make sure I have enough stuff to display. 🙂 I’m sure it will be ok, I’m just stressing. I plan to have my crocheted hair nets and doilies there and some hanging hand towels. Mom is also working on some sewing projects to add to this collection. I was hoping to have a finished denim blanket, but we will see…

That event is October 1, so this is what I will be working on the next month. I am also working on school dresses for my niece. Two nieces in school! I really am getting old……… 🙂

Here are a few things I got listed on Etsy Last week:

Greeting Card Printable PDF Prickly Pear Cactus Hearts 3 Thi…
This is the third printable greeting card with prickly pear cactus in the picture. This is one of my favorites.

Doily Tablecloth 26″ Cotton Natural Color HandCrochete… 

I finally got this huge doily done! I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to sell it or not, but here it is. It measures about 26″ across. Perfect for a small end table or as a centerpiece on a large table.

Hair Net / Bun Cover Crocheted Brown Flower Style Amish Menn…

I listed the brown hair net again as it had sold awhile ago.

Be sure and visit my shop and browse all the items! 🙂

Prickly Pear Hearts Greeting Card #2

12 Aug

I have my second Prickly Pear cactus Printable greeting card available in my Etsy shop. The message on this one is: Love from AZ. This could easily by changed to something like “Love from the West” if you’re not from AZ. 🙂

Greeting Card Printable PDF Prickly Pear Cactus Hearts 2 Love from AZ

The cover image is an original photo that I took and edited. It is a photo of a Heart shaped Prickly Pear cactus pad on a red and pink background. The words are brown and yellow. The watermark will not appear on your image. The background is from MGA Creations. The inside is blank for your personal message…

…You may print and use this card as many times as you wish. I do ask that you do not sell or transfer (share) the original pdf file. The cards you print are for your personal use, as gifts or what ever, but please don’t sell the printed product. Thank You!  Visit my Etsy shop for the full details.

 

Hanging Hand Towels

11 Aug

I finished two more hand towels and listed them in my Etsy shop yesterday! They are both the same designs I had before, but the tops I made red instead of off-white. The apple one I like with the red, but the other one… not sure! It might be two red, but someone out there probably likes red!

I also changed the pattern. I wanted it narrower at the bottom and I took away the points and made the ends flat. I like the flat ends, but I didn’t get it much narrower -maybe 1/4″ or so!

Double Hand Towel with Cotton Fabric Hanger Top Apples

Hand Towel Hanging Double with Red Cotton Fabric Top Floral

Head on over to my shop to check out the new towels and everything else!

Meine Reisen

11 Aug

It seems like I haven’t gotten much reading done the last two weeks. I have been jumping around between four different books so that is part of the problem! 😉 I did finish one this week called Meine Reisen -The Travel Memories of Henry H Stutzman-.

Meine Reisen is a German phrase translated My Journeys. This book is a compilation of Henry’s stories about his travels during his 89 years. The reason this book interested me and my family is because Henry is my Great-Uncle (a brother to my Grandma T.) I think that his stories would be interesting for anyone to read though.

Here is the paragraph from the back of the book: From Main Street Berlin in the 1930s to a Turkey under fire in 2008, Henry Stutzman’s adventures span eighty-nine years of traveling. This collection of his stories remembers the old Berlin, life in Civilian Public Service, sailing to post-war Europe with the Merchant Marines, and travels with family, friends, and his dear wife Katie. Grab a comfortable chair, and listen to Hank reminisce.

I love to travel, but I haven’t come anywhere close to putting in as many miles as Henry has!

Answered Prayers

11 Aug

Tuesday I went in for my monthly IVIG. I always get a bit nervous when I go in because they usually have trouble starting the IV. (Yes, I drink lots of water! 🙂 )

We were pleasantly surprised and very thankful when the IV went in on the very first try this time!! 🙂 I often pray as they go to try for it and this time the nurse said she was praying real hard before she started! So we were both rejoicing for answered prayers.  Don’t ever give up on prayer! God always answers! Sometimes it isn’t the answer we want, but God always knows best.

If you are wondering what IVIG is I’ll tell you a little about it. (If not you can skip this paragraph.) Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) contains IgG (immunoglobulin). That is the part of your blood that is your immune system; it helps prevent infection, ect.  Mine IgG levels were low so they have been giving me the IVIG to help keep me from getting sick so often. It has been helping a lot! Since I have started getting the IVIG about 4 years ago, I have only been in the hospital once or twice a year. I am very thankful for that!

I meant to write this post yesterday, but I got busy doing laundry and other things around the house. It is fun to do the laundry here where it dries almost in minutes. 🙂 But it gets kinda hot hanging it out sometimes.  The last couple times I did laundry I ended up with a black and blue load. 🙂 My brothers uniforms are dark blue so there are a lot of dark shirts. Here is some of them.

 

Practice

9 Aug

Practice! Practice! Practice!

If you asked me what would be the most important thing in learning to crochet, I would say PRACTICE!! You may not attain perfection as in the saying: practice makes perfect. You will be able to crochet better and have nicer results, though.

The same is true, to an extent, in our Christian lives. When I became a Christian, I didn’t automatically begin acting like one overnight. In some ways we have to learn to be like Christ. We do not have to do that on our own though! Christ is always right by our side ready to assist us in our Christian walk.

In order to become more like Christ, He must be my number one priority and focus in life. I must spend much time in His Word, the Bible. Psalm 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

 It is also important for me to surround myself with others who have the same desire to follow Christ. I can learn from them to and they can encourage me when I become discouraged.  Hebrew 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Living the Christian life is not always easy and does not necessarily become easier after many years. (This is one place where the “practicing” example breaks down!) We have to keep our focus on God at all times. He will give us the necessary tools to keep out of the influence of the world.  2 Timothy 2:3-5 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

 The Bible tells us some areas where we should diligently practice to become more like Christ:  2 Timothy 2:15&16 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

2 Peter 1:5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,  to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

There are many more things in the Bible to guide me in my life, if only I am willing to look for them! May we all be diligent in Practicing the Christian life.

Crochet Sock Pattern

8 Aug

Crochet Sock Pattern

 Socks are a quick useful project, especially in winter time. I use up my scrap yarns for these socks. They are very comfortable and wash and wear very nicely.

 This is how I make ladies’ size socks. Play around with increasing and decreasing to adjust the size. Here is how I do mine:

 Supplies:

Size I Crochet hook

About 1 skein of worsted weight yarn

Pattern Notes:

I used the “dc 2 together” as a decreasing stitch on round 16. Here is how to use it (it uses the next 2 sts):

To dc2tog – *YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, draw through two loops*, repeat from * to * once, YO, and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Foot:

Rnd 1: Starting at toe, ch 3, 11 dc in third ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (12 dc made)

 Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around, join. (18 dc)

 Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join. (24 dc)

 Rnd 4-5: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join.

 Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join. (30 dc)

 Rnd 7-11: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join. Fasten off.

 Heel:

Row 8: Working in rows, for heel, skip first 22 sts, join with sc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts leaving remaining sts unworked, turn. (19 sts)

 Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in last st, sc in next unworked st on rnd 7, turn. (20 sts)

 Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts, sc in next unworked st on rnd 7, turn. (21 sts)

 Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each of first 3 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts, sc in next unworked st on rnd 7, turn. (22 sts)

 Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each of first 3 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of last 3 sts, sc in next unworked st on rnd 7, turn. (23 sts)

 Row 13: Ch 1, sc in each of first 4 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of last 3 sts, sc in next unworked st on rnd 7, turn. (24 sts)

 Rnd 14: Working in rounds, ch 1, sc in each of first 4 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of last 4 sts, sc in remaining 6 sts on rnd 7, join with sl st in first sc, turn. (30 sts)

 Leg:

Rnd 15: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join. (30 dc)

 Rnd 16: Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog, (dc in each of next 3 sts, dc2tog) around. (24 dc)

 Rnd 17-22: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join. (24 dc)

 Rnd 23: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch2, (sc in next st, ch 2) around, join. Fasten off.

 Make 2

 Caring for your socks. I just throw them in the washer with other like colors. I usually line-dry mine. The tops get a little stretched out when I wear them, but they come out of the wash back to normal size!

©Mary Sue Hershberger 2011

I am making this pattern available to you to be used for personal and charity use only. Please don’t sell the pattern. It is okay to sell the finished product at craft shows (not online), ect. If you have any questions about the pattern or about permission to use it please ask me! Thank-you!

Prickly Pear Cactus Hearts Greeting Cards

4 Aug

Here is another of  my Printable Greeting Cards! Yes, I know this one is going to have a smaller chance of selling since it is geared to Arizonans and Westerners. 🙂  I have a set of four that each have a different Prickly Pear Cactus heart on the front. This is the first one for my Etsy Shop and the message is You Are Loved.

Here is the front:

And this is the back:

This is how it prints out on a full sheet of paper: 

Depending on your computer and/or printer you should be able to put the page through again and print two cards on one sheet.

The cover image is an original photo that I took and edited. It is a photo of a Heart shaped Prickly Pear cactus pad on a light green and yellow background. The words are maroon and pink. The watermark will not appear on your image. The background is from MGA Creations. The inside is blank for your personal message…

…You may print and use this card as many times as you wish. I do ask that you do not sell or transfer (share) the original pdf file. The cards you print are for your personal use, as gifts or what ever, but please don’t sell the printed product. Thank You!  Read the full details here.

eBay, Etsy.com, eCrater.com ???

3 Aug

Sometimes all these “e” words get confusing! Right now I have an account on all of them and trying to figure out if it I need all of them. Do you have any advice? Here is how I got here:

I began selling stuff on eBay. When I started, I sold used stuff mostly and slowly transitioned into mostly selling my handmade items. That has worked out great most of the time. My big problem with eBay is the seller fees are very expensive. They have continued to rise since I started selling there. Right now, I only have one fixed price listing left on there. I have left it on because I am still getting sales from it. I guess a couple of sales is better than nothing even though the fees are high.

That is how I became interested in Etsy.com. Their fees are much more reasonable. I enjoy Etsy, but it is more difficult to get sales there. It takes a lot more work to promote your shop, etc. I don’t mind the work, but I have to decide that it’s ok to put so much effort in that shop, if I don’t have time to do everything. Or what if I put all that effort in and still don’t get sales?

Recently I found eCrater.com. That site is similar to Etsy in that it takes more work to promote your shop, but there are some things about it similar to eBay. The main thing is that I can sell a variety of things, not just handmade things. Right now I have some of my excess coupons listed on there. The other thing I just discovered is the listing fees are totally free from what I understand! Wow. I don’t know for sure as I haven’t made a sale yet.  

If you have any thoughts on this subject, I would love to hear from you!

Another thing, I have planned for my Etsy shop is to get a new banner and/or logo. One thing I have learned is that my name should have more to do with the products I sell! I’m not sure if I’m ready to start over with a new shop, though. For starters I asked my SIL to help me design a new banner. She is better at that stuff than I am. Any ideas for us?

I don’t have ads on my blog from my Etsy and eCrater shops because… um, I don’t know how to get them to work! The widgets don’t communicate with my blog and I haven’t figured out how to fix them yet. So hopefully soon you’ll see better stuff on here…………. 😉 If you have suggestions I am open to advice!

Rejoice with Me!

3 Aug

I wrote before that I was not feeling very well. I am rejoicing that I feel better now! I still don’t feel quite normal yet, but I am SOO Thankful for all the Lord has done for me in bringing me this far!! I have been off antibiotics for 6 days and today I took my last Prednisone! 🙂 Very Exciting. (I still feel like I have my Prednisone appetite though!)

I am also thankful for the 3 sales I had over the weekend! That is very exciting. I sold one hair net on eBay. The other two sales were from Etsy: tayafaith bought the set of 3 hair nets that I listed last week. I have another listing like that here. The other sale was from mommaroz for two handtowels. Check out my shop and see what deals you can find! 🙂

The Life of the Apostle Paul

2 Aug

The Life of the Apostle Paul 

Recently in my personal Bible reading, I have been reading through the book of Acts. One of the themes that seems to stand out to me is the faithfulness of Paul. Often while I was reading, I thought, I hope I can be that strong in the face of trials!

 The main characteristic in the life of Paul is that he was very zealous. He was completely devoted to doing what God wanted him to. Even when it seemed all opposition was against him, he still went where God led him. We can see from Paul’s life how important it is to have the right goal in life. Paul was very zealous before he became a Christian, but he was following the wrong master! When he accepted Jesus into his life, he allowed God to use his talents in the work of the church. Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.  Acts 9:20 (NKJV)

 There were many times when Paul faced unpleasant things, but he always did his best. For instance the leaders of the Jews often made trouble for him as they did not want him teaching Christianity to their people. Many times Paul was beaten, stoned, and imprisoned. Are they ministers of Christ? –I speak as a fool–I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness– besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 2Co 11:23-28  (NKJV)

 I am very impressed how Paul would explain his beliefs to those who arrested  or opposed him. There are lengthy passages where Paul recounts the history of God’s people and the church to those around him. You can tell the Christian life was really at the heart of Paul’s life and passion. He was speaking from his heart not just reciting some document about what he believed. Some examples of Paul’s testimomies are found in Acts 13 and in Acts 22.

 I think the secret of Paul’s strength and endurance is that he had a very strong relationship with God. There are many times when it says God revealed things to him. But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” Acts 23:11 (NKJV)

  Sometimes we wonder why God lets people go through things like this. Why didn’t he protect Paul from being beaten and stoned? I don’t know all the answers, but I know God is always faithful and knows what is best. He cares for His children through their trials. I think of the story of when Paul and Silas were in prison. Having received such a charge, he [the jailer] put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:24-33  (NKJV)  Even though this was a bad situation for Paul and Silas, God delivered them and also used them to teach others to live for Christ.

 So may we all be faithful to God and His calling on our lives. I want to be able to say with Paul: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2Timothy 4:7 &8 (NKJV)

DIY Notebooks / Scribble Pads made from scrap paper

1 Aug

DIY Notebooks / Scribble Pads made from scrap paper

I guess for every fun or beneficial activity there is usually a down side. One such thing is printing coupons. At times I use coupons printed off the internet and one thing that always frustrated me is all the ‘scrap paper’ made from printing them. Especially annoying is the programs that print one coupon in the middle of the page! So here is an idea what to do with the scrap paper from printing coupons. Any other scrap paper will work too!

 You will need:

Lots of scrap paper

Paper cutter or scissors

Printed paper for cover -optional

Stapler

Elbow grease to run the stapler!  🙂

The first step, of course, is to cut out your coupons. I know that is a basic step, but if you would like pointers on how to save the most paper, I will put tips on cutting out coupons in another post.Once you have the scrap paper, sort it. Put blank pieces together, Pieces with a little printing on the edges together, and pieces with lots of printing together. For this project I used the pieces that were blank or had very little printing on them. The stuff with a lot of printing on one side (you know those huge ads that print with some coupons!) went for scrap paper in the family business.

Then take the blank pieces and sort them by size. The pieces do not have to exactly match in size. I did not trim mine to be exact, but you could do that if you want to.Once you have the pieces sorted by size, count out 10 pieces. You can add or subtract to this number, but this is how I did mine. Fold each piece in half:Each piece should be 8.5” wide on one side. Fold them so that the long side is at the bottom. This will make your booklet about 4.25” wide.  Put the pieces together to look like a booklet:If the pages weren’t exactly the same height, I put the shorter ones inside. Now you should have a booklet of 20 pages!

At this point you are ready for the cover. Or if you choose not to use a separate cover, skip down to the stapling part.

The cover:I printed off black and white (to save ink!) photos from my computer. Make sure you right-align them in your document so they end up right side up and on the front of your booklet! Another idea is to use plain paper and use stickers or have a child draw a picture to decorate it.

 Cut them down to the size you need it to cover the booklet you have. I just eye-balled them for size.Fold the cover in half just like you did the pages. Then it is ready to put on your booklet!

Stapling

This was the hard part for me. Well, actually not because I got someone else to do it for me! I am not strong enough to punch a stapler that hard so I got a stronger person to help me with this step. You will need a strong punch to get the staple through all 22 layers of paper. Place your folded cover over the booklet and staple it along the back. I put in two staples.

The finished product:Repeat these steps as often as you like to make as many notebooks as you like!!

Here are some variations:

The following picture shows what the books will look like with a bit of printing on the edge of the page. If you’re planning to use the notebook for a scribble pad, it won’t matter to have a bit of printing in it. But if you prefer it to be blank, you can always trim those lines off.These pictures also show that we tried to trim the outside edge to be even. Paper cutters –at least mine-  don’t do that great a job trimming really thick edges.

These notebooks can be made in any size. I also made a big one:For the cover on this notebook, I used a paper just slightly larger than the 10 pages, and folded the one side over the edge. Like this:

I used three staples instead of two.

Using cardstock for the cover will make a much sturdier cover, but as you can see that is even harder to get the staples through!

 

Use your imagination! Have fun!

I created this tutorial for you to use for home and personal use. Thank-You! Ask any questions. Let me know if you like it.

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