Tuesday, March 18, 2008

County Fair items - THANKS!

I wanted to post a quick message to thank every single person who made and sent items for me to include on our Clark County Fair Humanitarian Aid booth, coming up in April. I have received the most beautiful, warm and loving items from each of you and my heart is filled with thanksgiving for your kind hearts.

I know these items will touch the hearts of many, inspire people to make some to help others, and will warm hundreds of people after the fair when I send them out to LDS Humanitarian, and UMC Hospital.

I laid out a few of the items today so you can see some of them. There are more, but I wanted to just set out a few of each kind.

There are sewed dresses, lots of pretty afghans for babies/preemies, booties, slippers, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, dolls, teddy bears, bunnies, preemie burial gown sets, a wall-hinaging for an orphange, loomed balls for children to play with, lovely sweaters for babies.... oh so many wonderful things!

I am going to sew a couple of boxer shorts for little guys, and make a few more tanned dollies. I also need to run off patterns to hand out for things like mittens and slippers. Also, need to make a couple of banners to hang, as we want to use different ones this year than we have in the past 3 years.

This weekend we celebrate the death and then resurrected, glorious Life of our Savior Jesus Christ with the advent of Easter! I love Easter time. =) We have all our children coming home this weekend, except of course Elder Timothy Qualheim who will celebrate at the MTC in Provo as he prepares to leave for S. Dakota on the rest of his mission.

The girls and I did get a small box stuffed with candy, mailed out to him yesterday! Lots for him to share with the other missionaries. We got our first letter from him yesterday and he didn't say too much yet as he wrote it the night we dropped him off last week. He will do well. My heart fills with love as I think of him out there selflessly serving our Heavenly Father. I know it will be hard for him, as he will feel the deep sting of rejection of the truths we have to share. I have felt that sting so many times in my own life, as I just want to share the gift I have been given, the joy I feel inside, and as my family have all shunned it, sometimes mocked and scoffed at it, even my husband; but the joy is never taken as I try to live what I know to be true, and I know the same will be true for Timmy. I sure love that boy...

Well, I wanted to share this recipe with you so you can try it at your table this Sunday. Enjoy!!

Bev's Mandarin Orange Salad for Easter
1 cup of plain yogurt mixed with 1 TBsp honey
grate 6 small carrots
2 large apples, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges in their own juice, drained
1 cup roasted peanuts
A squeeze of lemon (about 1 tsp)
Chopped up fresh cilantro - 2 or 3 leaves
1 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups raw spinach leaves

Mix all together, except for the spinach, and serve chilled on the bed of spinach leaves.

And a fridgie to share!!
Easter BunnyFridgie
or bunny for adding to baby hats
an original pattern Copyright 2000, 2008 Beverly A. Qualheim

Materials:
Scrap yarn--only takes a few yards of 4 ply
Size G hook
1-10 mm wiggly eye
1 tiny black pompom for nose, and a bigger white one for the tail
1" pin or piece of magnet strip for the back
(Bunny is 2 1/2" tall to top of ear using 4 ply worsted weight. 2" tall using sport weight)

Directions:
1) Ch 4, sl st to join and form a ring
2) Ch 3, 14 dc in the ring, sl st in top of ch 3.
3) Ch 2, (3 dc, sl st) in next st. (Ch 7, sl st, ch 7, sl st) in next st.
4) Fasten off.
Glue or sew on the eye, then glue on a pom-pom for the nose, and a little one for the tail. I used a small piece of cotton ball for these bunnies. I use dental floss to attach sew on eyes for added strength.
SAFETY NOTE: If you want to put these on baby hats, I recommend stitching on an eye and tail using yarn so they are safe, and then washable too.

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HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!!
Bev

4 comments:

Anita Birt said...

Like you I am a knitter but not a champion. I'm also a writer and the book I have just started has a character who knits afghans. She is one of three sisters who have decided to try communal living in the old family home. They are in their late fifties to mid sixty.

Having said all that, I would like an afghan pattern to knit while musing about my three women. Unlike you I have never kept a diary. I tried, goodness knows, I've tried but I forget to write in it!

bevq said...

Hi Anita
Perhaps you will find one on this page
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/afghans.html#knit

There are so many patterns that are rather fun to knit. Excuse my ignorance, but what is 'communal' living?

And journals/diaries are so much fun to keep as well as soothing to the soul.
I highly recommend it.

Bev

GenKnit said...

Hi, Bev--it's Sue, a.k.a. GenKnit, from the a4A blog. I just wanted to say how glad I am that you found us, and that you put the directions for the crocheted ribbing for the mittens right there on the blog. Thanks! (I posted something to you after your comment, but I wasn't sure you'd see it, so I'm writing to you here.)

I think we have one of your blankets linked to the blog, too--isn't "Cheryl's Puff Shell Surprise" one of your blankets? I have made at least a dozen blankets using that pattern, for a4A. If you want photos, I have them--but I see you've been having trouble w/ your internet stuff, so probably it's not a good idea to load you up w/ more.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for coming up with such useful patterns, and making them available. I check your website every so often, just to see what has changed.

Have a happy, blessed Easter. I love the Easter festival, too (although I'm desperately allergic to Easter lilies, so I have to take a pretty strong antihistamine before we go to church =^_^= ).

Sue.

Anonymous said...

Bev,
While i don't know you, But i just wanted to thank you for the
Stay On Baby Booties. I finished one last nite, and it is by the the easiest and fastest pattern.
I used Baby Ull yarn.
It matches the sweater and hat i have made. Next is mittens.
This is my blog,(http://chasingtheseasons.blogspot.com/) so feel free to ck things out. I have to update it, as i don't write in it that often.
Thanks again, Trish