Thursday, August 20, 2009

When Joy is Restored

Good afternoon! I'm feeling happy right now, which in and of itself is such a blessing. :)

Psalms 32:11 - Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

I am so thankful for all the wonderful people I know through blogging! What would I do without you all? :)
Friends are very important to us, as human beings. We are created to want fellowship and company. When God made Adam, Adam was lonely, even though he had all those amazing animals walking around in the Garden of Eden with him. He wasn't satisfied until God decided he needed a helpmeet. So God made Eve. :) (personally I think that was a wonderful decision) and ever since then, we humans have had human companionship.
So thanks, my friends, because here lives one blogger who deeply appreciates your friendship.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

When Exhaustion Reigns

That picture kind of summarizes my state right now... the cloud of exhaustion has been raining on me (or could it be, reigning over me?) for the past week.

But it's starting to draw away.
I think. :)

Yesterday some dear friends came over and we finished shooting some medieval 'skits' that accompany our unit study of the medieval age. It was so much fun, but when my friends drove away I realized all I wanted to do was fall into bed. I was so tired.

I have not really ever experienced a sickness that wouldn't go away. This 'cold' I have has been dragging on for far too long, and the symptoms have all but left me, yet there remains just this... tiredness. Ugh. It's just not fun feeling so drained.

So in essence, my dear reader, that explains why I have not posted since August 6th. :D I haven't gotten around to it! My poor blog. How it must have been so lonely. :( But I had visitors while I was away... I still got some comments on my crocheted doughnut post that had been sitting there for far too long! :) I made some more of those, and maybe I can actually take pictures of them and post those in the near future. :D

Psalms 77:14-19.

Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled. The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

God is Great.

I needed to realize that again ~ that the One whom I speak with whenever I am down in the depths of exhaustion or tiredness, is allmighty, all-powerful, beginning.... and the end.

I Praise you, oh God, my wonderful Creator and King!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Crochet Blocks

Here's a riddle for you. What do you get when you make Julia lie down in bed for 4 days straight to get better from a cough?

Lots of crochet blocks! ^_^

Inspired by an email from my dear friend Breezy, I decided to share some pictures of what I've been making while battling this bug. :D I've discovered a hidden talent for crocheting while in a half-reclining pose. :)

This is personally my favorite of the batch. It's a granny-in-the-middle. :) I got the idea for the color combination of hot pink, cool aqua blue, and the lime green from 3 balls of yarn that happened to be lying next to each other on my jumbled floor... (things tend to get messy when I'm sick and unable to tidy)

And this is a close-up. Don't you just love the rich, bold colors?

I would not have thought of putting these colors together but I love the effect... I copied this color combination from my crochet pattern book.

An 'Edwardian Fancy' crochet block. :)

This is a 'Coffee and Cream' block ... I made it in delicate purples and soft white baby yarn. Close-up:

I really liked how this one turned out.
I tried a new block, and made this 'Anemone' square....

This is an older square but it was too small. So I added that stripe of variegated lavender, pink, and mint around the edge and ... Voila! Perfection! :D It's an "Italian Cross". See the pink cross in the center?
The outside border really 'ties together' the colors.

I cheated a bit on this 'Begonia' crochet block and used less colors than it called for, but I was extremely satisfied with how it turned out, so "hah-hah." *triumphant laugh*
Somebody, *cough-cough* likes blue & brown. :) Can you tell?

I also altered the design for this 'Coffee and Cream' block, and used more red instead of making a plain brown background...
I LOVE it. This block reminds me of my friend Joanna, because cranberry, cream, and brown are some of her favorite colors. :) They look so yummy! :)
And lastly, I begged my brother Mark to pick a block out of my crochet book and I would try and copy it. So he picked this one, a color variation of a "Criss-Cross".

I thought my crochet blocks looked cool from the side too. :) This is about half of my stash... I have two baskets like this. Full. :D Hope you enjoyed yet another little 'glimpse' into my life. :)