Friday, April 24, 2015

Worlds Biggest Stocking with

I am so excited to join in on the making of the #WorldsBiggestStocking and it is for a wonderful cause! Please let me know if you plan on joining the Challenge!

"Stitch For The Stocking Challenge"

 Frequently Asked Questions

Enter for a chance to win big and join and stitchers around the world as we knit and crochet 3 ft. x 3 ft. blanket squares to be joined together to create the biggest stocking ever using Caron United yarn to support Children of Fallen Patriots.
Read Press Release Here
We’re attempting to make the World’s Biggest Stocking in Caron United yarn to support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides college educations to military kids who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Q: How Do I Enter?

A: Follow the below steps to enter:
Sign up: at
Stitch: Knit or crochet a 3′ x 3′ square.
Submit: Each square you send = another chance to win
Support: Children of Fallen Patriots Foundations by using Caron United for your piece of the stocking
Receive 25% off of your purchase of Caron United when you sign up!

Q: Where do I send my finished blanket(s) and submission form?

A: Send your finished 3′ x 3′ blanket squares to:
Caron United – World’s Biggest Stocking Project
1481 West 2nd Street
Washington, NC 27889-4157
Canadian? Please send finished 3′ x 3′ squares to the below address:
Caron United – World’s Biggest Stocking Project
1700 Basset Ave.
Listowel, ON
N4W 0B1

Q: What’s the submission form?

A: The submission form name be found here. This form must be filled out and submitted with your blanket for the entry to be valid.

Q: Where can I share my square?

A: Share your square by using the hashtag #WorldsBiggestStocking

Q: What can I win?

A: We will be randomly selection one winner to receive a grand prize of $5000 US in the form of a check.

Q: How will the winner be chosen?

A: A winner will be chosen by random draw.

Q:Does each blanket square count as a new entry?

A: Yes. For every blanket square you send in, a new entry will be added to the contest. The more blankets you send in, the more entries you get. You must note the number the number of blankets you are submitting on your submission form.

See full contest rules and regulations: here.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tomato Tales

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My 1st Time linking up here

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This is my first time linking up with this Blog Hop!
Are you getting as excited as I am thinking about the first warm, sweet, juicy, ripe tomato of the year? We have always grown tomatoes. The last three years tho, not as many plants as my husband and I are now living in an apartment. I do miss bringing out my big canner and all the glass jars to preserve the years bounty.
 My favorite to plant every year is the Sweet 100...Cherry-type tomatoes do very well in sunny patio containers. Be sure to offer plenty of light, and monitor moisture; plants in containers can dry out faster than those planted in the ground. Next must have is the heirloom Brandywine... (this was my Dads' favorite) it is one of the most popular and best-tasting heirloom tomatoes. The very vigorous plants bear large-lobed, beefsteak-shaped fruit that are perfect for slicing. The thin-skinned, pinkish-red tomatoes are flavorful, but do not have the acidic taste of others.  Then of course, I had to purchase some Bush Cucumbers they do very well in containers for small spaces.
These are my MUST haves. I purchased them before the stores in my area ran out, last year not one Brandywine plant could be found! We had to settle for German Johnsons no comparison to the Brandywine!

I can't wait to put them up in there big boy pots, I live in Missouri so I am waiting till May 1st and the race is on to see who gets the FIRST tomato closest to the July 4th holiday. In my little town, you should see the spies lurking over fences and peeking around your back porches to see if yours are doing better than anyone else! :-) Do you have a favorite or a must have you plant every single year?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone is having a great Crafty start to the Weekend!
AKA Therapy :-)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter has Come and Gone, Thank God...

I so enjoyed the Easter Holiday, that I have been sick for 8 DAYS, with the many ups and downs as the family members tried juggling schedules for work, school and life in general, I was beginning to think my 2 week notice of the 4 day "Easter Event" that was to take place here and at my Mothers was going to drive me insane!

And when I say, "EVENT" I am referring to our Daughter and Son-in-Law and 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 grandson-in-law, 1 girlfriend of one of my grandsons (I just kept saying to myself, "That is 11 bodies"!!) Our 5 grandchildren are not babies anymore. And one is bringing his girlfriend, and another granddaughter (14 years old!) is mad, because she is not allowed to bring her boyfriend to Grandma's! Oh, Man!! There is not enough money in the world that you could pay me, to try and raise a teenager in these days of instant and now gratification. (I hear you, some of it is the parents fault, but....!)
 If it were not for my Mom, I would not have made it through the 4 day "EVENT"! Mom is my rock. When I grow up, I want to be just like her! Yep, I'm a Great Grandma and guess that ain't a happening anytime soon...
All the shopping, cleaning, toilet scrubbing, dog baths, blanket washing, window washing and on and on, did nothing but put me in a tizzy and set me up for a fantastic cold/allergy mess, that I have not had in at least 7 years... The bright side, I'm done with my Spring Cleaning! AND.........

 I finally got to hold and meet my 2 month old Twin Great Granddaughters!!

Here is my Mom with her 1st Great Great Grandchildren!
I know everyone handles stress and family situations differently, I am not good at all with any of it, hence, that maybe the reason, I only had one child! I still want to believe in Leave it to Beaver families, but it is a lie! There is no such thing as a perfect family and I ain't Martha Stewart, (But I did pull off a pretty damn good ham and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.)  All in all we had a good time and good food and many good laughs and some cries, so that covers just about what all family holidays are about, Don't you think? Want to share any of your Holiday Horrors? I am linking up here for my first time, join in!
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