AdSense

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Face Scrubbies and Soap Pouch Spa Set Free Crochet Pattern




Yarn Used and/or Suggested:
Lily Sugar and Cream 100% cotton, #4, Country Stripes, 120 yards
One skein will yield 8 (or more) face scrubbies and one soap pouch with tie string. 
*Any 100% cotton #4 in any color will do.

Hook:

US Hook,  US 7/4.5mm

Notions and other materials:
Stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends


Gauge: 
Not important

Abbreviation of stitches used (US):
CH = Chain
SC = US Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SLST = Slip Stitch
RD = Round
ST = Stitch

Special Stitch Used: 
Magic ring/circle: Here’s an instructional post from All Free Crochet: 
If you can’t do the magic ring/circle, do the following to begin your round: chain 3, join with slip stitch, chain 1 and proceed with specified amount of single crochet in ring. Do not count chain 1 as a stitch.
Grit Stitch: You can follow the tutorial at Moogly Blog.


Please feel free to email me at diannevhunt@gmail.com with any questions.

Note: Chain 1, chain 2, and chain 3 do not count as a stitch. Photos at the end. 

Face Scrubbies - Make 8 (or more if you’d like).

RD 1: 8SC in magic circle/ring, join with SLST to top of 1st SC
RD 2: CH 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2SC in same ST as CH 1, 2SC in each SC around; join with SLST to top of 1st SC (not CH 1 join)
RD 3: CH 1, 1SC in same ST, 2SC in next ST, *1SC in next ST, 2SC in next ST*, repeat from *to* around, join with SLST to top of 1st SC, 24SC
RD 4: CH 3, 1DC in same ST, 2DC in next ST, *1DC in next ST, 2DC in next ST*, repeat from *to* around, join with SLST to top of 1st DC, 36DC
RD 5: CH 1, 1SC in same ST, 1SC in each ST around, 36SC, fasten off and weave in ends



Soap Pouch - Make one.

RD 1: CH 14, 1SC in second chain from hook, 1SC in next 12 ST, do not turn, going on other side of chain, 1SC in each ST to end of chain, 26SC
RD 2: CH 1 (does not count as a stitch), 1SC in same ST, 1SC in each ST around, join with SLST to top of 1st SC (not CH 1 join), 26SC
RD 3-18: Do not join. Begin working in continuous round. Use stitch marker to mark beginning of each round for easier counting. 2SC to top of 1st SC, skip next ST, *2SC in next, skip next ST*, repeat from * to * around, 13 2SC clusters - 26 SC total, 13 skipped spaces. In last round, join with SLST to top of 1st SC
RD 19: CH 2 for height (does not count as ST), 1HDC in same ST,  CH 1, skip next ST, *1HDC in next ST, CH 1, skip next ST*, repeat from * to * around ending with CH 1, join with SLST to top of 1st HDC, 13HDC and 13 CH 1 space, 26 total stitches 
RD 20: CH 1, 1SC in same ST, 1SC in each HDC and CH 1 space around, 26SC, fasten off and weave in ends  
















String - Make one

Chain 50 - or desired length. Wrap chain around CH 1 spaces. Tie with a knot at end and weave in ends

Pictures shown are for tutorial purposes only, that’s why they are a different color than color suggested. 


You can also download the pattern using Ravelry or Craftsy.



Copyright © 2014 Dianne Hunt
diannevhunt@gmail.com
Same DiNamics Crochet
This pattern is to not be redistributed or sold.
The finished item may be sold or given away 
but please give credit to Dianne Hunt. 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hello Summer!

Well, today is the last day of school for my boys.

What a fantastic year it was, too.

My oldest joined the school orchestra and started off by playing the cello but then switched to the violin. He did well with his instrument even though he didn't like it. He found himself wanting to quit and begged me to do so. We talked about it and hopefully a lesson was learned in when he starts something he needs to see it through completion. I won't force him to continue on next year.

He did amazingly well with his grades and received honors all year round. He was also in top class for his grade this year and was challenged academically, which I love.

My middle son did brilliantly well achieving Climbers Club honors and finished off the school year with regular honors. He's so mature that I would think that he was in the 3rd grade instead of 2nd. Yes, I do know what grade my child was in but he's so mature and socially intelligent that you'd think he was in a higher grade.

My youngest successfully completed the beginning of his school career, pre-k. He learned a lot in school this year. His speech got better through speech therapy. While he was still a little turtle peaking his head out of his shell through out most the school year, by the time the ending of the school year came about, he was as social as can be. He would even get into trouble for being silly in school. He matured and learned about friendship. He learned to follow directions and rules. He's well on his way to being successful in school.

The year did have its ups and downs but mostly its ups.  My boys all learned some new things, as well as I did.

As I reflect back on how this year was, it was successful, in part, because I was supportive of them.

In order for my boys to continue this way and not get "burned out" I need to be there for them. I need to be supportive. I need to keep the calm. I need to keep the balance between home and school fair.

My oldest said something that was very profound to me last night. He said "he feels more calm in school than when he is at home because when he comes home he goes crazy with not knowing what to do". He's only 10. I explained to him the reason he feels this way is because when he's home, he's not necessarily bound by a schedule that he was to keep. He has all this free time to do as he pleases and there's so much he wants to do that he can't decide and time goes by.

This conversation only reaffirmed for me my role as a parent. I am learning, and yes I do know this but practice is key, that routine and continuity is SO important for them.

So as much as my boys learned, academically, emotionally and socially this year in school, I also learned how important it is for me to be my boys' rock. I will continue to learn and grow with them because after all my goal for them is to be successful (in life) and well balanced human beings in this world.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Abby's Survival Blog Tour


Synopsis
The sequel to Liv's Existence

Love and Loss.

Two tiny words, each with their own powerful impact. They can both happen at any given moment and both can forever change your soul. It’s how you allow it to change you that matters. The hard part is finding a balance when the loss gets overwhelming. How do you do that when everyone you thought you couldn’t live without leaves you?

Loss is inevitable. I’ve had enough in my life to know that much. Now I’ve just got to figure out how to survive it.

Ages 18+ due to adult situations and violence. Some situations may be difficult for some readers.

Buy Now
AbbysSurvival (1)

add-to-goodreads-button31


After reading Liv's Existence I knew that I needed to read Abby's Survival. There was no question about it. 

Abby's Survival picks up right where Liv's Existence left off. I was happy to know that there wasn't going to be any back story as I just wanted to dive right in with the story. 

Ms. Mooney does a fantastic job and telling both Olivia's and Abby's story from their respective point of views. Both Olivia and Abby had their unique voices and you could clearly tell whose story you were reading.

One of the things I truly loved about Abby's Survival is the strong and true bond of friendship. Both these women came together in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy that befell Olivia. However, Abby herself was living a concealed nightmare. Through the midst of Abby helping Olivia overcome some things, Abby herself gets help she deserves and needs. 

While Abby's Survival is a drama, it also has its moments of humor, happiness and suspense. There were moments when I was laughing out loud at some of the situations the characters found themselves in.

When they laughed, I laughed. When they were hurting, I was hurting. Whey they cried, I cried. As far as the suspense goes, I was beside myself because I couldn't believe what I was reading. 

Ms. Mooney did a beautiful job in bringing in all emotions and resolving the story to a beautiful and fulfilling ending. 

I truly enjoyed reading Abby's Survival and I definitely recommend it to others. Be sure to read Liv's Existence before reading Abby's Survival though. You won't be disappointed. 



Buy Now
   Buy Now


add-to-goodreads-button31
Liv's Existence + Abby's Survival Bundle $3.99 through May ONLY
 
Excerpt

John stepped in and closed the door. “That isn’t the reception I was hoping for.” He locked the door.

“And what reception was that? I couldn’t get the parade together for you since you never called to tell me you were ever coming back.” I never looked up while I talked, but I had heard him lock the door and my excitement grew. If I looked up, he would’ve known I wanted him—despite how indifferent I was trying to be.

I should’ve kept my eyes on him. He was next to me before I knew it, and he startled me as he twirled my chair around and knelt down in front of me. “I like you in skirts, Abs.” He slid his hand up my thigh.

“Jo–John.” I stopped his hand. “You don’t get to ignore me for ten days and then come waltzing into my office expecting me to drop my panties for you.” I turned back to my desk, proud that I had stood my ground. I hadn’t done that before.

John sighed and got up to go back to the chair in front of my desk. “I’m sorry, Abby. I’m a fool that had to figure out a few things, but I figured them out, and I’m here now.” He watched me work in silence for a few minutes. “When can you get out of here, so we can have a proper celebration?”

“And just what are we celebrating?”

“Us.”

I didn’t know if I had heard him right. I wanted to jump over the desk and onto his lap, but I was scared that I had misunderstood what he was saying. I swallowed. “Us? What do we have to celebrate?”

“Why don’t we talk about that over dinner? So, when can you go?”

“Why do you automatically assume I’m free for dinner—or anything else, for that matter?” I was still pissed he hadn’t called for ten days and came in as if nothing had happened. 

“You’re pissed. I get it, and I deserve it. I’m in town for a few days, and if you change your mind, give me a call.” He was up and had the door open before he finished. 

“Are you going to call me back this time?” I was still hurt, but didn’t want him to leave.

“No, I’m going to answer and not let it go to voicemail. I really am sorry, Abs. When you want me, call me, and we’ll talk over dinner.” He turned and walked out. 

I stared at my phone. I wanted to call him back to the office desperately, but I didn’t want to seem too desperate. Who was I kidding? I picked up the phone.

He didn’t answer the phone, but stepped back into the doorway with a huge smile. “I thought you’d never call.” He locked the door again and was back by my side with just a few large steps. He lifted me out of my chair and put my arms around his neck. “This is the greeting you will greet me with from now on.” He slapped my ass and kissed me hard. “Understood?”

I grabbed the bulge in his jeans. “Keep ordering me around and slapping my ass like that, and I’ll never touch your little friend here again.” I squeezed. “Understood?”

A slow smile spread across his face. “Completely.”

I tried to not smile, but failed. “You just took that as a challenge.” I turned back to my desk.

John grabbed me and pulled me to him. I placed my hands on his chest to brace myself for impact before I slammed into him. “I’m not finished with you yet.” He cupped my face and brought it to his. He kissed me so softly and sweetly that I had trouble catching my breath. I was glad to finally have something good steal breath from me. I gripped his shirt, trying to pull him closer. 

He stopped kissing me, but still held my face and looked in my eyes. He whispered, “I love you, Abigail Hughes.”

My eyes shot open wide as I tried to push on his chest. I needed to be out of his grip, but he wouldn’t let me go. “You can’t love me. I’m no good for you.”

He pulled me to him and wrapped his big arms around me. “It’s scary, isn’t it? To let yourself be this vulnerable with someone again takes a lot of trust—and I’m very happy and honored you decided to trust me.”

MeetTheAuthor

B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do--she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she's made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine.

B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.


AbbysSurvival_jacket_Reveal


Hosted by:
EJ Button

You can buy both books as a bundle if you'd like: 

Amazon Liv's Existence http://myBook.to/LivsExistence Abby's Survival http://myBook.to/AbbysSurvival The Complete Liv Series http://myBook.to/TheCompleteLivSeries

Monday, May 19, 2014

Nurturing that Imagination

My youngest is going to be 5 years old in July. He is the baby of the house and will remain the baby since I closed down my baby making shop a few years ago.  Also, he knows he's the baby.

Lately, however, I've noticed a shift in him. He's maturing. It's a very gradual and slow change but I can see it. I'm sure it has a lot to do with him starting pre-k last fall. Even his teacher has noticed a change in him.

He's more open and vocal. His speech has improved exponentially. We can now understand what he says better as opposed to when he first started.

My most favorite change in him is his imagination. He's always had it but it seems more elaborate now. Like he's being more thoughtful with it. He's letting his imagination go and just having fun. Often times, I'll sit quietly, while I crochet and I'll just listen to him play and talk to himself or his toys.

He'll find something, anything and create a game out of it and I love it! And guess what? I give in to his imagination. I don't stifle it, unless it's something I consider dangerous. He tells me what he wants and we figure it out together or I give him the necessary tools, freedom to get it done. I want to nurture that imagination as much as possible, even if it means getting messy.







Here, he decided to make boats out of a receipt he found and a piece of cardboard. He was entertained for a while. The narrative that accompanied his playing was interesting to listen to.



I've also seen in him his nurturing, caring and compassionate side. He's always had it but it's coming out more. He has his bunny rabbit who's so aptly named Bunny Rabbit and that stuffed animal is probably his most favorite thing in the world (besides Mommy of course) yet he won't admit it is.





Bunny Rabbit has been dressed in my youngest's old baby clothes that I still had in his room.







Bunny Rabbit also a drawer (a box) where his clothes are kept.














Bunny Rabbit has an old bottle that he "drinks" out of. Bunny Rabbit even has a bed.


Bunny Rabbit is invited to a lot of places and often times tags along with us but he needs to be strapped in with a seat belt. Safety first and always.



My youngest does all this with Bunny Rabbit yet still knows that Bunny Rabbit is not real. I'll ask him questions about Bunny Rabbit and my youngest would say "he's not real". So, I think to myself: is my youngest still trying to hang on to being a baby through play with his bunny rabbit? and; I'm so glad to know that my youngest knows the difference between real and make believe but still doesn't let that knowledge hinder his imagination.

Bunny Rabbit is a very lucky bunny rabbit to have such a loving and caring friend in my son. I'm such a lucky mommy to have such a wonderful and caring little boy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I'll Always Have Your Back

Recently, my youngest graduated from his tricycle to a bicycle with training wheels. Granted, he could have been on a bicycle long time ago since he's about to be 5 but hey we just recently acquired a very good one for him.

The first time he got on the bike it was like he's been doing this his whole life. He was so eager to get on that bike and start peddling. And he did it! Yes, he did have training wheels but he was going at it.

As the over protective mom that I am, I was there, nearby, with my hand at the small of his back. Just as a safety measure for him. Did he need me? No. All he was asking for was more pushes to get him going.

Once he got a better hang of it, he was coasting and cruising, as fast as his little legs allowed him, down the street. Yes, it was a very small area of the street in front our house.

He took several tumbles and I was there to catch the fall. He would say "I'm okay" or "That was close" in regards to his tumbles. He loves riding his bike. I see the joy it brings to his little face. I chase him in circles, making sure I am there. Hey, at least I'm getting some exercise in. Eventually, I will let go and not chase anymore. I suspect that he may be more ready than I am in doing this but for now, I'm not ready. I do maintain a distance where he is not stifled and can't ride his bike but still within arms reach.




All this while, I kept thinking to myself here is my baby growing up and knowing when he is okay and when he can continue going on. All I could think of is no matter what, I will always have your back. I will always be there for you. In one way or another, I will support you.

That support can be done in so many different ways. Right now, it starts with being physically present and emotionally present for my children.

I don't know what the future has in store for my boys BUT I do know that I will always be there.

I have to say that while this post is about my youngest. I want to dedicate it to all the children in my life, my own and those very close to me. I will always have their backs and be there for them.







Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dreamcatcher's Anklet Crochet Pattern

As I normally do, I tend to crochet things just out of the blue. There's no rhyme or reason as to why I crochet things, unless it's an order or commissioned project.

I've come to learn that I like to crochet things for myself, whether simple or complicated.

Well, yesterday, I decided to crochet myself an anklet. I LOVE anklets. I love having my ankles adorned over the summer, when sandal season is in full swing. I feel they make my legs looks sexy.

I took that thought one step further and decided to write it up and share it on Ravelry, as a download, for free. Why not share something I created with others? It was simple, easy to do and took me all of 15 minutes to come up with the design. **Please note that I am not a seasoned designer. This was my 2nd attempt at writing out a pattern.** I just had a thought in my mind and went with it.

Well, in addition to sharing the pattern on Ravelry, I'm going to share it here on my blog as well for those who do not have Ravelry accounts. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Here is the link to the Ravelry download, in case you'd like to download it. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dreamcatchers-anklet

As with all and any patterns, do not sell the pattern. You may, however, sell any finished items. Please give credit to me, the designer and link back to this blog post. Thank you very much!




Dreamcatcher's Anklet

Yarn Used and Suggested:
Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, Size 10, Mercerized Cotton, Turquoise
*Any mercerized cotton in size 10 and in any color will do

Hook:
US Steel Hook, 8/1.8mm

Notions and other materials: 
12 beads, in desired color, size 3.5mm
Small button, with two holes preferably but not necessary, in desired color
Darning needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 
Not important

Abbreviation of stitches used (US):
CH = Chain
SC = US Single Crochet
DC = US Double Crochet
SLST = Slip Stitch
RD = Round
ST = Stitch

Special Stitch Used: 
Magic ring/circle: Here’s an instructional post from All Free Crochet: 
If you can’t do the magic ring/circle, do the following to begin your round: chain 3, join with slip stitch, chain 1 and proceed with specified amount of single crochet in ring. Do not count chain 1 as a stitch.

Please feel free to email me at diannevhunt@gmail.com with any questions.

Anklet Motif:
Thread 12 beads onto the crochet thread.

RD 1: 6SC in magic circle/ring, join
RD 2: CH 3 (counts as 1st DC), 1DC in same stitch, 2DC in each ST around, 12DC, join
RD 3: CH 3 (counts as 1st DC), *CH2, (when doing second chain ST grab bead and crochet bead into your chain ST), 1DC in next ST,* repeat from * to * till end, 12DC, 24 CHs with 12 beads, join
RD 4: CH1 (does not count as a ST), *1SC in same ST, 1SC in chain 2 space. I did 1SC in front of bead and 1SC behind bead, it’s still the chain 2 space.* Repeat from * to * around, 36SC, join

Working band of anklet: 

1st half of band: 
CH 41,
1SC in 2nd chain from hook, 1SC all the way down, 40SC,
SLST into the SC of the round, 17SLST around,
At the end of band, sew on button, see picture.

2nd half of band:
CH 30,
1SC in 8th chain from hook (this creates the loop for the button), 1SC all the way down, 22SC,
SLST into the SC of the round, 17SLST
Fasten off

VERY IMPORTANT
This piece will be customized to the wearer of the anklet. You will chain a certain amount of chain stitches to wrap halfway around your ankle, ***in multiples of 10 plus 1. Then you will SC all the way down and slip stitch halfway around the motif. Then you will work the other side of your band, ***in multiples of 10. You will create a loop for your button by doing a SC on the 8th chain. Then SC all the way down and slip stitch around the other half of motif and fasten off. 


***I measured the bands around my ankle as I crocheted my chain, so your chain stitch count will be different according to how tight or loose you’d like your anklet to fit. The numbers represented in directions are used as an example for you. Those numbers are customized to fit my ankle. 





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mommy, Just One Question

Every now and then, the inquisitive mind of my 10 year old gets in gear and starts thinking of all kinds of questions to ask.

Now, I love when he does this. It tells me that he's interested in learning about something. The questions do come at random times, mainly when they pop in his head. 

The only time that I dread these questions is morning time. Quite frankly, my brain is just on autopilot. It's just waking up. And to have to answer questions that require me to think of an appropriate answer, especially when it's not a straightforward answer, like 2+2=4, is work. 

I'll be honest, there are times that I tell him I can't answer that right now cause I'm not fully awake and not thinking right this morning. Sometimes we revisit the question, other times we don't. 

Now, there are times where he asks a question and gets more than he bargained for. I give him a nice, long and explained answer to whatever he asked. When I answer him like that, he gets this exasperated look on his face and says "oh not again". I love it. All he wants is a simple answer, I sometimes can't do simple. He knows this.

Now all this being said, I've yet to get the big question (well big question for me), "what is sex?". 

I'm slowly preparing myself for that conversation. It has to happen and soon. 

What big questions are you asked early in the morning that requires more brain power than you have at that moment to answer? 



My thinker... He loves to read. 








/