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Saturday, April 23, 2011

EASTER EGG COVER

23 April 2011

To continue from my Easter Egg Cover which I posted some time ago, I managed to make only seven and 4 travelled overseas to 4 special friends.  I printed a short greeting and origami it into a heart.  I put it in a plastic egg shell with a delicious fine dark chocolate with hazelnut filling (a gift from Canada)....a product of Italy - what about that!  Chocolates make people happy, isn't?   So just nice to celebrate Easter - Jesus' Resurrection!

Here go the pics......

 
The blue box is where the chocolates are packed in.

 
 
 
What goes into the plastic egg shell.

The greeting from the 'heart'.

What the cross really says to our hearts...

Our hearts ask the hard questions.
Am I loved?
Am I wanted?
Am I worthwhile?

And the cross answers back...
You are loved, really. {Psalm 103:11}

You're valuable, truly. {Matthew 10:31}

You're chosen, always. {1 Peter 2:9}

It's the final answer on who we really are...
The exclamation mark at the end of God's declaration of love for us.
And so we celebrate!

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Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14:6

Jesus also said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies..."  John 11:25

May all who stop by be blessed.  Have a Blessed Easter 2011 !


Monday, April 11, 2011

WEDDING BAND FOR A BIBLE

11 April 2011

This is for Amy, a special lady, who will be getting married in Sydney.  I first knew her when we went on the same church mission trip.  It is always encouraging to see a young life well invested for God's kingdom.

I wanted to make her a ring book but her mom's friend has plan to make her a ring pillow.  I dont have much time to work on anything that is too time consuming, so I cracked my head and came up with this idea.....a wedding band to wrap round the Bible.  I got it done in 2 days,  I could have done it in a day but my long sightedness is making needlework much more difficult these days.  I think I should get myself a magnifying glass for crafters (If anyone has any good recommendation please let me know).  That way, I wont keep losing my beads; placing my needle into the wrong point and having a hard time threading the needle :)  Never thought when this day comes, doing needlecraft would be such a tough job.

Here are the pics to what I have done. 

I went to the Christian BookStore and got this nice bible. I just love it.  It is a NKJV Bible in giant print.

It is burgundy leathersoft cover and has a nice pattern on it....elegant and fit for a weddng.

 
 
The first few pages are for keeping a record of the bride's and the groom's family trees.  I think this is great. 

  Here is the band with the bride's and the groom's intials stitched on with beads.

 
 I crocheted all along the edge of the cross stitch fabric before stitching on the beads.  It is like working cross stitch except you just add in a bead to each stitch and you only do half the stitch instead of a full cross stitch.  You can find very clear instructions here on beaded cross stitch.

 
You can see the beadwork at close up.   I did a heart with a cross inside to go between the initials.  I use backstitich to do the date below the heart.....just a simple design.  I got the pattern for the initials from a book - Counted Beadwork.

 
I crocheted a button and a loop to hold the two ends together...... 


.....and a purple ribbon bow attached to the flap above the button.....  

....and a card by Shera's Design to go with the special gift.

 God bless the Bride & the Groom!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

COIN POUCH

I was trying out new patterns and so I just made something small and quick. I ended up with a coin pouch :)

 
 

PHONE POUCHES

1 April 2011

I have to stop my crochet fever and get back to my other duties after this. 

I learnt this scales stitch through Teresa's tutorial video which is very clear. She calls this Crocodile Scale Stitch.  So I made another pouch with this pattern. 

 


Finally, I made one for my own phone :)

 

 

The top part is also an open end so I can just unbutton and slide my phone up to answer calls without having to undress it :)

This is a simple and easy pattern, so here are the steps.....

20 ch
(1ch)(so total 21ch); 1sc into 20th ch; sc all round, with 3sc at end stitch and 2sc before closing to the (1ch)
21ch (opening for the phone to slide through); dc all round and ss to 3rd ch
3ch; dc all round and ss to 3rd ch (2 rows of this)
7ch; (skip 4dc; dc; 4ch); Repeat ( ) 3 times; dc all round; ss to 3rd ch - Make 15 rows of this
3ch; dc all round; ss to 3rd ch (2 rows of this)
1ch; (sc; hdc; dc; tc;dc; hdc); Repeat ( ) all round; sc; ss to ch; cut and tie (This will give you a wavy finish)

Note: If you find your starting and ending stitch at one or two stitches difference, it is ok.  You can work the few stitches of dc first so your "net" will be in the centre to cover your phone's screen.


Make a loop and a button to hold the opening end.

NOTE: Please do not sell the pattern, you may sell the finished product, giving credit and linking it to the pattern creator. Thank you.