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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Sonja Gasper!!!
Sonja Gasper (#5671) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Crochet Merit Badge!
“My grandmother taught me how to chain and do the single and double crochet stitches when I was just old enough to manage a hook. We have a great yarn shop here in town called The Black Purl, and the owner helped me get started again with some beautiful yarn by Ella Rae. I used a 5.5 mm hook and retaught myself the single stitch, working especially on consistent tension, making an infinity scarf. It is 60″ around and 6″ wide and took me about 8 hours total to do. It curled, so I also had to learn how to block a project as well.
I wore it for an hour and then popped it in the mail to a friend who is in Texas (and is not used to the cold) as a surprise! I have already started a new one for myself, checking the Internet for more things to learn, and have added on double, basket, and grit stitches as more of a sampler scarf, but in the same color. It is going much faster this time!”
Wowzer! The news from Atlanta regarding traffic jams is horrendous. Did I say amazing, wow, and did I shake my head in disbelief? But you know what? I am NEVER without the following in my vehicle. And I always leave home with two quarts to a gallon of water, even if I’m only driving 10 miles to town.
It doesn’t look like it, but the contents of my emergency preparedness kit really do fit into one cute vintage suitcase. The smaller suitcase in the pic below is a mechanics tool kit with, hammer, wrenchs, etc.
Can you think of anything I’m forgetting? (Other than the kitchen sink.)
My kindergarten class spent an afternoon coloring our plans for the future. From firefighter, THE cashier, to football player… My classmates and I chose what we’d like to be when we grow up.
And my mom and a classmate’s grandmother made our artwork into this beautiful quilt!
Each class does an art project that gets auctioned off at our annual school fund-raising auction. The art projects are usually some of our highest bids and this one went for $1,600.00!
We listened to Patsy Cline, drank Diamond Fizzes, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for our sweet little school! The center was filled with cowboy hats, boots, and rhinestones…
The evening went much too fast, but a glimpse of the décor …
The three hundred roses turned into simple centerpieces with chevron table runners that we sold one by one through bidding …
The entrance and photo booth were piled high with saddles and straw…
Our crew was there at 8:00 am sharp and didn’t clear out until we packed up the whole event at 10:30 pm. Somehow, when working with people you love for something you love, a day of hard work feels pretty good!
Everyone and everything’s a tad prickly this winter. With a serious spike in humidity mixed with temperatures the opposite of flaring, the lancing frigidity has become ever so piercing.
It’s definitely not for the spineless or the quill-willed. Everyone is acting briery, thorny, and prickly these days. Daily chores require a many-pronged approach.