What is Your dream in life?  Is it to get out of town?  Is it to build a life within your town?  Is it to be super-human and accomplish all your goals and banish all your fears?  Is it inner peace?  Or is it a combination of all of these and more?  I’d put myself on the latter scale.  When I was a kid I always looked toward the future…img_4922

I used to think something “out there” would make me happier, skinnier, richer, etc.  Luckily, something changed within me during the last 10 years.  I began to appreciate my life.  Instead of wishing for a service to come over and scrub the toilets, I began to see my own housework as accomplishments (that isn’t to say, I wouldn’t hire someone if I had expendable money).  Instead of thinking that my life would be easier if I was skinny, I began to appreciate how healthy I am.  You get the picture.

This isn’t to say that goals aren’t important.  In fact, taking stock about what you like in your life and what you want to change is the crux of New Years Resolutions.  So, in the vein of being positive and moving forward, I challenge you to examine your dreams.  Decide what you really want to get out of Your life, and take steps toward it.  Write it down, tell people, comment on this post and lets start a discussion.  Commit yourself to making this upcoming year the best you’ve ever had.  I too will take this challenge, because life is too short not to.

Yes, a tutorial is coming to make your own signs.

Crochet Tip of the Day

I have been crocheting A LOT.  But I don’t have any finished projects to report on, so today I have a tip that hopefully will help you (so that you don’t have to rip out your project like I did).

Tip #1:  Plan ahead (notice a theme in this post?)

I had to rip out half  of a knee-high sock because I missed  two color changes.  This was terribly depressing for me as I worked all Sunday on the sock.  But, I learned some valuable lessons:  when you are writing a pattern, make sure you are detailed, and rushing to finish a project almost always backfires.

To make my second chance at crochet go smoother, I wrapped double-stranded yarn (because I am crocheting with two threads) around a paper towel roll.  I planned ahead to have each of the torn out colors and the two I missed on the roll, so that they can be switched easily.  I can’t tell you what a difference this made in thread organization and speed efficiency.

Hope this tip helps!  Happy Crocheting!

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