Saturday, November 17, 2007

Christmas Stocking Pattern

My Christmas Stocking

This stocking is made with a
Red round knifty knitter loom.
It measures approximately 6.5" wide x 21" long (toe to top). Making this fun & festive stocking goes fairly fast. It's nice and sturdy to hold all those traditional goodies. They make great gifts when filled with fanciful surprises. $2.50

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Autumn Harvest Pumpkin - Loom Pattern

Since Autumn is here upon us now... I have a wonderful loom knitting pattern for a nice Autumn Harvest pumpkin which works well as a tabletop decoration for not only Halloween but Autumn harvest, throughout Thanksgiving!! A nice longe stretch to display your loomed pumpkin!!

Here is the link: Autumn Harvest Pumpkin

Here I am!!

I've been quite delinquent in posting here as my life has become a bit more chaotic (in a good way)!!
Summer of 2007 has brought forth some very good changes in my life. Some sad changes as well.
A brief summary of some of the changes:
April 2007: Went to Orlando Florida for an excellent 4 days of nursing seminars with a co-worker Barb Miller. Had my wallet stolen with approx $120 cash in it & several bank cards. Not my drivers license nor plane tickets though!! Good thing!!
By the way, I was pick pocketed at an Orlando, Disney Resort. I Didn't find it any too magical.

June 1st. 2007 I had emergent surgery. Had my intestines & lower stomach resected due to strangulating scar tissue (adhesions) that caused me to have somewhat of a gastric bypass type surgery. They fixed it however now I am very restricted as to what I can eat & how much, therefore I have down-sized approximately 44 lbs. Sad thing is... I am still fat ;-o

July 5th, 2007 I traveled to Bolivia with Project Helping Hands to provide free medical care to the poverish, under developed areas on the outskirts of Cochabamba. My two week stay there was too short in my opinion. There is so much those people need.

Late July I started a new job working in a doctors office. Dr.Halliday, Ears, nose, throat (Otolaryngologist) & Facial Plastic surgery. I had to juggle my hospital nursing job 7pm - 7am and this new job for a few weeks as I gave my 3 week notice. That was rough!

August 12th, 2007 was my final day working at the hospital which was somewhat of a sad sacrifice as I do like the work & many of the people there. Just not too pleased with the administration & lack of planning on our managerial staff. I was often mandated working from 7pm until noon the next day. No sleep. Usually no breaks or lunch. That really stunk! It was also so very unsafe.

Here it is now September 2007 and Autumn is in the air. Kids return to school this week. The nights are very cool, days are no longer humid and reach mid 70's. Burrr!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Trials & Tribulations !!

August 2006 I purchased a fairly new Chevy Blazer (2003) with only 16,000 miles on it. Lately I have been thinking the transmission isn't right so I dropped it off at a garage to be checked out. Today, just 3 days prior to leaving for Bolivia... the mechanic calls me to tell me that I have a few things wrong with the vehicle. Hmmm.
My lower ball joints are loose, the front right wheel bearing is grinding, and it has a bad U-joint. None of which I have a clue about.
Thankfully I have 100% bumper to bumper GMAC warranty with no deductible. He is going to call GMAC to see if all or any of it is covered.
I have my fingers crossed!
I know this is just a test to see how well I handle this little hurdle to add stress to my already stressed being.

Happy 4th of July!!

First of all... Happy 4th of July! I hope you are all celebrating the United States of America becoming independent!!

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. It signifies the colonies’ break from England and the rule of George III. The Second Continental Congress formed a committee to write the Declaration, but the Committee thought it would be better for only one man to write the document. It took Thomas Jefferson seventeen days to write the Declaration of Independence. On July 2, 1776 the Congress voted to declare independence from England. After two days of debate and some changes to the document, on July 4th, the Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence. This is why we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

My Trip to Bolivia starts July 5th, 2007

I will try to document my trip along the way if possible. I'll write it as a journal format for anyone caring to follow it. I have created a special blog specifically for the trip & our work.
Please visit it often as several times per week we will be traveling in to the city of Cochabamba and will stop at their Cyber-Cafe where we can use a computer.
I will also write a paper journal (if I can remember how to write as opposed to type) ;-0

My blog for Bolivia is at:
I will also try to put a link from the side bar on this here blog.

P.S.) I want to again... thank all of you who were able to make a donation... big or small. All donations go specifically towards this trip & our supplies. Thank you!

Straw Loom for weaving.... new projects!

Thanks to Graciela Worth for teaching our loom class a little different type of project!!
Using the Knifty Knitter Straw loom, she taught our Loom Knitter's Classroom something new.

The straw loom projects are fairly fast to do. The weaving goes by so fast.

Graciela showed us how to make beaded belts with the loom which naturally stimulated a little creativity in me :o) I used minimal bead & tiny ones at that as I am just not a bead person.

I am currently making a straw woven rug. Details to follow once I have completed it.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Nothing New to Report :o(

Sad to say... I have nothing new to show you as I have not had time to create anything new. June 1st I had an intestinal resection which set me back quite a bit. Am starting to go stir crazy now since I am out of work for 6 weeks or so. Still having dizzy spells & shortness of breath at times. I have intermittently been updating our Loom Knitting Classroom blog & such but that's about it.
Our class scheduler Denise Petersen has some fun classes lined up so I am going to start participating a little more so my hands stay busy & out of trouble.
Hopefully my next post will be of something new I have made!! (Hopefully)
So long for now!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

My latest creation: Felted Carmelita Bag !!

Here it is! The felted Carmelita Bag.
Isela Phelps saw the felted booga bag
which was needle knit & she converted it
into a loom knitting pattern and taught it to us students at "Loom Knitter's Classroom.
It took me quite awhile to make as I used a small gauge adjustable loom with 90 pegs!
Between traveling to Orlando Florida for a nurses convention, to working full time, being a housewife full time, raising donations for the medical mission to Bolivia in July through "Project Helping Hands" .... oh.... and trying to re-learn some Spanish so I will be able to converse somewhat with the Bolivian natives we'll be treating. I took 2 yrs of Spanish in high school however that was.... oh my god.... 30 yrs ago! I sure don't feel that old.
And I remember very little Spanish I did learn back then. I just had no need to use it until now. Oh well!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Drawing Winners!

Thank you so much to all of you who purchased tickets to the raffles.
The winners are:
$50 Gift Certificate to ~ Trudy Ready
$50 Gift Certificate to ~ Susy Goins
60" Affinity Rake by Decor Accents ~ Karen Rommel

The monies raised will help purchase medications for our medical mission to Bolivia in July 2007 (Project Helping Hands).

Summary of funds raised through this drawing:

27 tickets sold @ 3.00 each for the gift certificate drawing.
27 x $3 = $81.00 Pay Pal fee: $0.39 per ticket = $10.53
$81 - $10.53 paypal fee = a net total of: $70.47 raised by the 2 gift certificates.
42 tickets sold @ $5 each for the 60" affinity rake
42 x $5 = $210 PayPal fee: $0.45 per ticket = $18.90
$210 - $18.90 paypal fee = $191.10 - cost of loom $67 = $124.10
a net total of: $124.10 raised by Affinity rake

A huge thanks goes out to every single one of you who purchased tickets to this worthy cause. Project Helping Hands is a non-profit organization run solely on donations. No monies go to administration fee's. All monies go directly to each team members' purchase of supplies for the medical mission. Thank you!!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Project Helping Hands - Bolivia 2007

UPDATE: 4/12/07 A raffle is underway for a 60" Affinity rake which is going well.
Aso a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Markman Farm Store. Both end 4/25/07

Ok... It has been so long since I last posted... I forgot my user ID & password!! That's very neglectful of me. I have been very busy with our Loom Knitting Classroom & Classroom Blog.
I haven't even got to loom knit anything since early December.

I will be traveling with "Projects Helping Hands" to Bolivia on a medical mission to provide medical care to the under-deveolped third-world areas of Bolivia. Our trip will be only for 2 weeks: July 6th - July 19th, 2007. It is one of 6 trips this year being made by Project Helping Hands... to areas/countries of extreme need for medical care & surgical services for those with no means to get these services otherwise. Project Helping Hands is a non-profit org that does not descriminate against who "deserves" the care most. We treat the ill world wide including the USA.
We are anticipating a 25 person team for our mission in Bolivia- made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, registered nurses, LPN's paramedics, respiratory therapists and other allied health professionals.

July 6 - July 19
Joan Eberhardt will be leading a medical team to the Central/Eastern portion of Bolivia.
Team members will be housed in very basic accomodations which may or may not have running water, electricity or beds.
If you would like further information on this trip, you may contact
Project helping hands.

To view pictures from previous trips to Bolivia.... Click here.
Won't you please donate to help us fund this mission?! ** If the "Make A Donation" button below does not work, please go to PayPal and click on SEND MONEY. You can send it to: ~ * ~ THANK YOU!


The types and amounts of medicines we need are based on previous trips. Based on data from those trips, we know that we need thousands of doses of various medicines. For the most part, our surgeons, MD’s & Dentists will bring the anesthetics as well as vaccines. The rest is up to the remaining medical personnel. ~*~ In general, the medicines and supplies we need the most are:

˜Vitamins (adult and children)
˜Benadryl capsules (for itching)
˜Pain Relievers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin – Adult and Children)
˜Antibiotics – Oral (Ampicillin, Erythromycin, Amoxicillin etc) for both adults and children
˜ Ointments – Bacitracin, Triple Antibiotic, Neosporin, Polysporin
˜ Ear/Eye antibiotics
˜Scabies/Lice Lotion/Shampoo
˜Skin Ointments/Creams with and without steroid (Hydrocortisone)(Benadryl)

˜Non Sterile gloves
˜Alcohol // Peroxide
˜ Bandaids // Bandages
˜Tooth brushes for children & adults // Toothpaste

** Mosquito repellent with DEET (malaria, yellow fever & othe rmosquito related diseases)

To donate supplies, email me for mailing address: