We do the best we can to make ends meet. When our hearts are open, inspiration unfolds.
I call this Simply Collectible because I am looking to cherish every breath, every tear, every drop of rain, every bit of laughter and every morsel of life.
This isn't about me. It's about my son, Seth, and the therapies and education that will help him flourish!


3.31.2011

~Thank You for your Donations~

We are $800 away from getting Seth in to the summer school program and we need $3000 to enroll him for next year. This week, he is showing improvement with his peers and actually inviting them to play! THANK YOU!

3.23.2011

FREE Teeny Kitty Crochet Pattern- Inspired by Hello Kitty

I am delighted to share this pattern with you. It works up easily. There are modifications available for different looks- like my Spanish Dancer & Superhero/Vampire. Please join my Facebook page and message me for those modifications. The original pattern is much longer, so if you have any questions about abbreviations or instructions, feel free to contact me as many times as you need through Facebook.
Hello Kitty Inspired Teeny Ballerina Kitty

You will need:
  • F hook, E hook
  • Worsted weight- white and another color for outfit
  • Embroidery thread- pink/yellow & black
  • Black Tool for veil, if necessary
  • Felt for any emblem work
  • Glue for bows, emblems, etc…

Tips for making amigurumi: When working up amigurumi, the stitches should be tight in order to contain the polyfill. You will stuff the critters pretty tightly by using rolled up, small pieces of polyfill to really get it firm and it doesn’t lose its shape.


Head: (Using F Hook and white yarn)
R1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook
R2: 2 sc in each sc around  (12 sts)
R3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)
R4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)
R5-9: sc 24
R10: dec in every stitch around

Embroider the facial features:
Using black embroidery floss, sew the eyes on to R7 with 4 stitches between them.
Using pink or yellow embroidery floss, sew the nose on to R8.
Use black floss for whiskers.

Stuff the head to shape of an oval
Note: Row 11 helps to retain oval shape of head
R11: dec 1, sc, sk1, sc, dec1, sc, sc, sk1, sc, sl st.
Fasten off. You may sew shut at this point or wait to see
how it will fit on the body.


Ears: (Using E hook and white yarn- Make 2)
R1: ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from hook
R2: sc 6
R3: sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
                                                           
                                                             
Body: (Using F hook and outfit yarn)
R1: ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook.  
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sts)
R3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times. (15 sts)
R4: sc 15
R5: sc in back loop only.
(This leaves the front loop to add the skirt.)
R6-7: sc 15
R8: *sc 1, dec 1*, rep 5 times (10 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Stuff the body.                                                                                                                        

 
Arms and Legs: 
(Using E hook and white yarn w/ outfit yarn optional- Make 4 total)
Note: If you are going to give her sleeves/bloomers,
change to outfit yarn at row 2 or 3.
R1: ch 2, 3 sc in second ch from hook.
R2: 2 sc in each sc around (6 sts)
R3-4: sc 6
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing on to body.
It’s not necessary to stuff these.


Bow: (Using E hook and outfit color)
You may do this any way you wish. I’ve chosen to use other items instead of the bow to go with the theme. One bow was a ch 2 and I flipped it over and did 5 sc in the first loop, flipped it again and 4 sc in the other and end with a slip stitch. Then I wrap the tail around and tie it in a knot on the back and sew it on.

Attach all pieces together. If you cannot get the legs and arms perfect, it will look as though Kitty is dancing. For Cheerleader Kitty, set the legs so she is doing the splits, if you wish. I usually end by wrapping the yarn around her neck like a collar and the waist to distract from the joining.




Ballerina/Cheerleader Skirt:

Hold Kitty upside down and sew into loops on body that were left 
in the front. Crochet in the round.

R1: *2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc* (repeat * around)                                           
R2: *2 sc in the next sc, 2 sc* (repeat * around)
R3: *2 sc in the next sc, 3 sc* (repeat * around)
Slip stich and fasten off sewing the end in.

Spanish Dancer

3.21.2011

Seth is doing so well in school!

Very soon, Seth will be evaluated for a classroom for next year. We are still on qualifying for financial assistance, but we are still looking at $1200 for summer camp- which he very much needs- and the large sum to commit to next year.

Here's the lowdown. The school doesn't go by grades. They go by levels. Seth is in Level A (Low-Ratio of 5 students to 3 teachers with the lead having a Masters in Speech Pathology, Preschool Curriculum). Level B is the Low-Ratio, Kindergarten Curriculum. 

The school wants to evaluate Seth for the Level 3 & Level 4 classrooms which are no longer low-ratio and are on Kindergarten Curriculum. They are 10 students to 2 teachers with the lead having a Masters in Speech Pathology.

This school is amazing. Seth's confidence has shot up and he no longer seems to be exhibiting any signs of anxiety around the other children. He has almost been there 3 weeks and is speaking in complex sentences and able to tell the other children what his needs are. This is nothing short of a miracle! All of the goals set through the evaluation with occupational therapists 2 days before he started school, were met the first week he was in school. 

Spring break sent Seth into a spiral of anxiety and depression. He stopped singing for 4 days and wasn't wanting to communicate very much. He even went back to speaking in fragments. That 9 days was an eternity for all of us. My heart was breaking.

He cannot be out of school for the summer. He just can't. Everything he has accomplished could be seriously compromised. 

If you hear of anyone that can help us, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am desperately trying to work up patterns to sell. Some of my friends don't crochet and want to help so they have clicked the donation button above. I'm not ashamed to ask for help because I help when I can. Can you spare $5 today? 

We are so frugal and have made it so far. With GOD's help, anything can be accomplished!

3.05.2011

Buy one item, Get a FREE Pattern

When you purchase any one item, you get a free pattern. Go to my Etsy page and take a look around!

All proceeds benefit Seth's therapies. Thank you for your support. I also have a donate button here on the top right where you could donate $1 or more to purchase supplies.