awe… Anybody out there feel like they need a big ol’ bear hug today?
Well here’s hoping this cute poem inspired by the whimsical ceramic
artistry of Belén Soto will brighten somebody’s day, today! 😍😘☺️ ♥ Jackie
there is a family of simple bears
who live in a humble forest lair
they are a lively and happy lot
with elegant manners taught
flowers, ties and grace at every meal
is the family dining deal
fetch yourself some tasty grog
and have a seat on the family log
oodles of berries and honey
more bountiful than funny money
so yummy it makes your tummy tingle
transforming food into comic jingles
come join our family fray
with laughter and lively play
no worries for this crew
we live each day brand new
Here’s a shout out to kids, bears, fun and the simple joys of life. Once again the playful ceramics of Belén Soto inspired me to have fun with my poetry. I hope you enjoy her delightful bears and other creative creatures on her website.
My heart overflows
with smiles and thoughts,
as I think about you 🙂
My inbox, all the while,
is stuffed FULL with
hearty comments and
updates from you too!
Yes, it is true . . .
I truly do L❤VE my computer,
because you’re all my friends
and all our lives flow within it!
Happy Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day will soon be here…
and LOVE is in the air ♥
Heart-shaped symbols of love are fun
and seem—these days—to be EVERY where!
Now make your own and spread sweet thoughts,
using paper & yarn & love . . . who needs bought?!
Paper & Yarn in Perfect Harmony…
because we’d all like to add a hand-knit touch
to our own crafty Valentine cards!
♥ ♥ ♥
Well it feels like forever, yet it’s only been a few weeks since I began working on this (my first) tutorial. Now that it’s posted, I sure hope you like it! Please let me know what you think… especially if you spot something I’ve missed. Thanks! Your constructive critiquing is both valuable and appreciated.
This tutorial is a fun, easy way to knit a little 3-dimensional love into your Valentine cards! And we all know our tired, old world could use a refreshing breath of (hand-knit heart) love right about now! ♥ And would it surprise anyone to hear that my inspiration for this card was found on Pinterest? Yes, hearts are simply everywhere, including my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart at the heart of my own creative Valentine queue ♥
Here is a list of tools/supplies/materials you will need for this project. In my previous post, I mentioned there would be 2 separate templates for the card’s graphic. These 2 layouts are now combined onto a single template. That way, you can print/trim one template sheet and immediately have 2 layouts to choose from. 🙂
This tutorial is 6 pages in length, including 3 template pages.
FINISHED POSTCARD SIZE
4.25”/10.8 cms wide x 5.5”/14 cms high
❥ US size 6 (4 mm) needles
❥ 3 handknit Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts per card
❥ approx 5’ (1.5 m) worsted weight yarn per handknit heart
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper—to print the card’s graphic template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured laser card stock—to print the card’s matting template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper— to print the heart-shaped envelope template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured paper—to make each heart-shaped envelope from template
❥ craft knife, ruler and safe cutting surface (guillotine-style paper cutter, if you have one)
❥ large-eyed yarn needle
❥ computer with printer—to print the PDF templates
❥ sticker(s) to seal and/or decorate the envelope
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day ♥ Jackie
twas’ 11 days before Christmas,
when 20 beautiful children
stormed through heaven’s gate.
their smiles were contagious,
their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all
the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy,
they didn’t know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what
had happened earlier that day.
“where are we?” asked a
little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“this is heaven.” declared a
small boy. “we’re spending
Christmas at God’s house.”
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“come now my children, let me show you around.”
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”
“11 days before Christmas” poem written by Cameo Smith of Mt. Wolf, PA
♥ ♥ ♥
Who can help but smile and take comfort in the thought of children storming through heaven’s gate! This poem is shared in memory of the 26 innocent lives lost on that 11th day before Christmas 2012—at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. My heart and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy.
To the author of this uplifting poem, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation. My search for the original source has revealed only the author’s name. Please let me know if you know the original source, that I may link back. Thank You!
Click here to listen to the poem—as read by Steve Wood, from US 105.
All summer long, when the weather is fair,
you can bet your hand-made booties
that I’ll be knitting outside somewhere!
Then one day out there, I looked over to see
Lady Knit Foliage busy alongside of me!
She bears a striking resemblance to Sunbonnet Sue…
Looks that way to me, anyhoo 😉 How about you?
So the next thing I knew,
I was humming this happy tune:
… c’mon ‘n sing it with me …
Lady Knit Foliage sitting in a tree,
k – n – I – t – t – I – n – g
first came the buds,
then came the blossoms,
then came all the leaves…
turning golden shades of autumn.
Wishing you all fair knitting weather for fall ❤ Jackie