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!


What do you use for stitch markers or gift adornments?

For many years, I've used scrap yarn, but recently found these adorable little charms and turned them into stitch markers for special occassions. They are in My Etsy Shop found under my crochet patterns tab. Of course, you will find my Irish Beard Hat Pattern there along with the fuller Santa Beard Hat Crochet Pattern also known as the Lumberjack Beard Beanie.
My Etsy store is called Simply Collectible Crochet Designs and Patterns. Staying true to collecting and treasuring not only what we create, but what we gift and what we receive, is always very much on my mind. These precious stitch markers serve as gift markers or adornment.

What a precious way to add something special to your gifts. This adornment says, "Made for an Angel". Use your stitch marker and close it onto your work to adorn your gift.

Such a simply and beautiful way to add a special something to your work. This gift, stitch marker says, "Made With Love."


Very Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Pattern

I cannot wait to complete this pattern. There are so few bits to secure before final proofing, but I'm still making Irish Beard Beanie Hats for St. Patrick's Day. With about 20 more Beard combos to make and send in the next week, there won't be much time to get this new pattern done until next week, but it is adorable. Part of it, will be a blanket that I haven't worked up yet, but the super chunky yarn is staring at me.

Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Crochet Pattern for Infant Cocoon w/ Hat and modifications for Child to Adult. The blanket is a special surprise and I cannot wait until this is completed.
Thank you for your support, Everyone!


Now I know.

What a crazy February it's been! 

Never, in my life, have I felt so clear headed and had so much responsibility in everything around me. It seems as if the door to knowledge is opening. 

Do you ever feel like you are going through a handful of years walking against a strong current with undertoe trying to take you out at every step? Do you know what it feels like to stand on what you think is firm sand only to have the delicate, warm, ocean water peel it out from under you so that your balance is impaired? 

Right this moment, I am in the dunes and can see where I was standing. 
I know where I've been.
What's best? 
GOD works it all out every time.


Contest on Facebook

So I'm running a FREE Pattern Contest on my Facebook page, again. Usually, there are random questions that anyone could guess at and this one is no different. The one now shows this picture of the leftover from skeins used to make beanies from my beard hats and asks that you guess how many partial balls it rolls out to. The winner chooses a single FREE Crochet Pattern from my Etsy shop. Needless to say, it is fun. 

Come by and check it out.


I Promise.

From this moment forward, I promise to blog more, share more, and continue to be a presence on the world wide web and do more Free Pattern Contests

There is so much to catch up on, but basically, I'm still making tons of Beard Beanies and selling the patterns- to which there are two different ones. The Chin Beard Pattern is reversible and the Santa (fuller beard with moustache) is not. It looks like it wants to be so much more, but it stands its ground as a Santa beard.

My best selling Valentine's crochet pattern- aside from the Beard Beanies- is the Sweetheart Kitten and Scrappy Cat. They are my all time favorites.

Next project up is something I have been wanting to complete for a very long time. For now, it is a secret, but I will leak that info before long. There must be 6 projects that have been untouched for nearly 5 months since starting my Christmas rush. I was a little shocked to see the next order I am tackling was placed December 23rd. Yes, folks. That is how popular these are. I feel extremely blessed.

On another front, my sweet son is in speech therapy for another session of 5 and we have finally started back at church! ($1 from my sales pays 1 minute of speech.) He really likes our church activities which he is only now able to express. Before, we thought he was just nervous and we were "torturing" him. That is, apparently, not the case, though I still need to be in the room with him so he is comfortable. The church has a buddy system in place, but this is a time for tough love and I'm getting pretty good at knowing his buttons.

This week, I'll be posting some pics of how I am organizing one of my craft drawers by upcycling cereal boxes. Rest assured that it is very exciting!

Laugh and Love, Friends!