Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Red for Easter?!

I don't typically post everyday, but there's just something about the holidays! As the days draw nearer to Easter, I think the spirit just fills me, and I can't help but want to post one day, the next day, and everyday, about my excitement in the preparations and activities leading up to the big day itself! So here I am for Rednesday!... But hmmm.. How many red things could I possibly post about that would relate to Easter? I really had to put on my thinking cap for this one!

How do you like THIS for an Easter Bonnet?!! Yes, I definitely see some red on that!... Do you think you could find a red Easter dress, or a pretty little red purse to match it?!

I remember making this "dressy" bag around Valentine's day, one year or other. I think it's sweet, but I'm afraid I don't use it as a purse. It's much too small to hold all MY "stuff"!!... What I really use it for is clothespins! If you would like to try to make one like it, you can find the pattern HERE.

Well, when seeking the color red around here, you may find a little red in the living room... maybe some red jellybeans in a jar on my coffee table...

But you can bet your little red wagon...

..that most of the red in my house can be found in the kitchen! Yes, here's where you'll find a little red for Easter!

This little Mama Bunny dressed in red gingham is my favorite little stuffed bunny of all. Just like me, she has her two little ones to take care of! She looks so cute carrying them in the pockets of her dress! Set with her is a little basket of Easter eggs, one of them red, as you can see! And what spring display... (or, excuse me... Is the word "vignette"?)... would be complete without a little bird or two? This little guy stands just about 8" tall, so he's nice and easy to see!

So there I was, this was about all I had in red specifically for Easter, but then I thought how, actually, red is a very symbolic color in regards to our Christian faith! It is the color associated with the blood that Jesus Christ had shed for all mankind. It is symbolic of God's love and the sacrifice of His Son for our sins. The Holy Bible says...

"..God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him.." (Romans 5:8-9)

Often we see images of Jesus wearing red...

These illustrations come from this little Bible Picture Book.... so titled in red. It has a copyright date of 1949.

But as Pontius Pilate had passed judgement and sentencing, a battalion of soldiers took Jesus away, "they clothed him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it on him". (Mark 15:17) They mocked him, and beat him. They spat upon him... When they were done, the stripped him of the purple cloak, and dressed him back into his own clothes, then led him out to crucify him.

Here is a cross necklace I made.

While it may be very simple in design, this is a favorite of mine. To me, it says "He Lives!" I wear it often, as each color of each bead intends to remind me of the following...

Black: represents our sins and how they distance us from our Heavenly Father, thus leaving us in darkness.

Red: represents the blood of Christ.

White: represents the cleansing of our bodies and souls from sin, as we repent, and look to God.

Blue: represents baptism, and the Holy Spirit that then resides within us, the believers.

Green: represents Christian growth. We "grow" through our good deeds, and in our knowledge of God.

Gold (or yellow): represents eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." (John 3:16-17)

If you would like to make this necklace, you can find how to do so HERE. I think it is a great project to share with kids.

Maybe this would be something to make in Sunday School, or with the church youth group, as lessons can be shared of what each color means.

Well, I'm off to get some housecleaning done, and if I make good timing, I may do some baking after that! I'd like to get out my sewing machine tonight, but as usual, we'll see what time allows! Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you'll pay Sue a visit, at It's a Very Cherry World! It's always fun to see what she and all the other Rednesday participants have to share each week! Have a great day, and see you tomorrow!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Dolly Donations to Haiti

Originally, when I signed up for this project, I had hoped to get two dolls, maybe three at the most, done to send out in time for a shipment being prepared to send to Haiti.

It turns out, I was able to crochet FIVE of them!

Dolly Donations is a mission to provide love and comfort, "one dolly at a time", to the children of Haiti, who are still suffering the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010. It is estimated that as many as 230,000 people were killed, 300,000 injured, and now as many as ONE MILLION are left homeless. Many children were left ophaned... It is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

Haiti is already known to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The damage now done is massive. Many survivors are still living under tents pitched up with only a blanket, while medical supplies and clean drinking water are both still desperately needed.

As countries all over the world continue to provide aid and support in whatever ways they can, priorities for Haiti's recovery involve establishing a working government, clearing streets, and improving the conditions of sanitation. There is, however, worry of further complication as the rainy season approaches, which can cause flooding and mudslides, thus worsening the existing unsanitary living conditions still there.

The pattern I used for the dolls I am sending comes from HERE. It is a favorite crochet doll pattern which I never grow tired of, and I'm sure will continue to use over and over again!

Here are more pictures of the dolls... Gosh, group pictures are hard to take! Kids will be kids! Just TRY to catch them all smiling, and looking at the camera at the same time, without fidgeting and fooling around! It's not easy!

Well, I'm off to the post office to send my little dollies on their way. I wish I could have done more, but I hope they bring a smile, some comfort, and and a little security to the children who receive them. I pray God blesses these children and their families, as I hope we all continue to send whatever help we can.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

'Tis herself

Top o' the evenin' to all my friends and family!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Most who know me best, know how much I LOVE the holidays! St. Patrick's Day is no exception... So, welcome! Whether you're Irish, or just Irish for the day, please step into my parlor, and make yourself comfortable!

Sure and begorrah, I was busy all day, right from the wee hours of the mornin', till it was time for bed! Whenever I got the chance, though, I'd peek at the QVC channel on t.v., where the whole day was devoted to Irish products, history, and entertainment! Did you know that Ireland's national gemstone is connemara marble?! Did you know that Richard Joyce is the master goldsmith who is responsible for the designing the now famous design known as the claddagh?!.. Well... There are several possible origins and legends it seems, but I liked THIS ONE best!

I had fun catching glimpses of all the latest styles of Aran sweaters! I loved all the beautiful Belleek china and giftware that were for sale throughout the day!... And then at one point someone mentioned Black Pudding. Well, ANY pudding sounds good to me, so I went right to the computer to look for the recipe! Much to my surprise, it wasn't quite what I thought it would be! You can check THAT out HERE! Nope... (gulp) No black pudding for me, thank you just the same! I'll stick to chocolate, or maybe some pistachio for today!

Anyways, I also learned that Annie Moore, a young Irish girl, only 13 years old, from County Cork, was the first Immigrant to be processed and registered for immigration at Ellis Island, on January 1, 1892!... I didn't know this! Did you?!

Back to the tasks at hand, I began preparation for our own little celebration Tuesday night... Groceries were purchased. A game plan was set... And I made up a good-sized batch of sugar cookie dough, to chill over night.

By St. Patrick's Day morning, I showered and dressed myself up in my finest green for the day, then made breakfast for Dear Son, and then took him off to school! When I got back, I rolled out the dough, got out my cookie cutter and began making and baking my traditional Shamrock cookies!

By the way, I just recently read how you can make your own shamrock cookie cutter! Head on over to Roots & Wings Co., to see how!

As those were baking, I began chopping up meat, carrots, and potatoes for dinner. I've most often gone with corned beef and cabbage, most years; but this year I decided I was in the mood for Irish Stew! So I got the chopping, slicing and dicing done, and threw it all in the crock pot. I added my beef broth, some flour, some seasonings, and a good full bottle of Guinness stout, to make a right-full pot of stew, not only for dinner, but for plenty of leftovers! I wanted to be sure I had some for the next day, and maybe some for the freezer! I set the cooker on, let the cookies I just baked cool on racks, and off I went to lunch with a friend!

Right from lunch, I picked up Dear Son from school. As soon as we got home, we could smell the stew cooking before we even got in the door! I kept that cooking, while I then frosted and sprinkled all of the cookies. Dear Daughter called, at one point, to tell me she was running right according to schedule, and would be here soon, so there was little time to waste now! I quick baked a batch of biscuits. I brewed the perfect pot of Irish tea. Then, I set the table, and talk about "40 Shades of Green"! There just might BE 40 shades of green here!

I turned on some Irish music in the background, and we were ready to eat!

Isn't Ireland beautiful?! If there was one place I wish I could travel to most, it would most definitely be the Emerald Isle!

Well, dinner was delicious! We took the dog out for a walk together. Good-fun quality family time couldn't have been better!... except for one little unfortunate circumstance by the end of the night. Dear Daughter headed home for the night. Dear Son turned to his video games before getting ready for bed...

And I slipped into my green froggy slippers for the night, ready to watch some American Idol, or maybe read a book, or get some more work done on my crochet projects...

And THEN my allergies kicked into high gear!

Uh.. Nope, I'm pretty sure it was ALLERGIES!

Oh my gosh, I should have seen it coming, with the change of the seasons, but I was just having too much fun! The medicine I took for it last night didn't help much, but the kind I took today helped a little better! I hope it KEEPS working, because I have plenty to do around here! I have to finish several projects, and I've got another batch of cookies to make for a church event coming up! I've got a school meeting coming up! I sure hope the luck of the Irish is with me, as I try to get everything done!

Well, I hope everyone had a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! The weather here gets a little warmer and warmer each day, it seems, and it's nice to see the weekend is almost here again! We are all SO-oooo looking forward to it!

I'll leave you today with this...