Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yarny Art (And 50th Post)

(For those who've seen my previous post Comic-con panels and crochet, I thought I'd share the link to the playlist I was watching, in case you were curious or interested in watching for yourself. :D It was uploaded by Nerd HQ. Comic-Con 2014 Nerd HQ Panels I watched about half of them yesterday and will possibly watch more today. :D )
On to today's post topic!
Fairytale-about-a-Yarn-tree By Kidy-kat

For those that are unaware, I am a part of the art site, DeviantArt (You can find me here- Blissful-Creations If you like.) And today I decided to do a little feature of some yarn related art. :D I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!!
Bridgette-Yarn-Zombie By Echo-x

Morning Yarn Painting 3 by Jujirai
AT-Derp Yarn By Shear-Rohark

Scene from an Untold-Fairytale By Mlauritano



Sole Fida 
Bliss

le gasp!!! This is my 50th post!! Who woulda known I would do that many!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Comic Con Panels and Crochet!

Really short post...but wanted to give a peek into what I'm doing today. :D


Totally working on my stitch-cation from the crochet crowd while Geeking out  over comic-con panels. Nathan Hillion! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pray for Israel

I usually try VERY hard not to voice opinions on certain matters, like politics, war and social matters in a public venue like this. But I stand for Israel, and she needs our prayers right now. 

Genesis 12:3 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." 


Dear USRPN,

Below is a great alert from our friends, Hal and Cheryl Sacks, regarding the situation in Israel. Hal recently had a conference call with US-Israeli Ambassador Meir Sholmo, where much truth was revealed regarding the present conflict.

We encourage you to read this prayer update and continue to to intercede for Israel!

Thank you,


Mike and Cindy Jacobs
 


A Bridgebuilders Prayer Alert
The Hidden Truth Behind the Israel/Hamas Conflict
A Phone Conversation with US Israeli Ambassador Meir Sholmo
"You might be shocked to learn that even as missiles fly from Gaza into Israel, Israel continues to supply electricity, food, and water to Gaza, as well as on-going humanitarian aid and medical treatment to any Palestinians in need (on July 8 alone, 80 Palestinians crossed from Gaza into Israel and were admitted in Israeli hospitals)."
That's what US Israeli Ambasador Meir Shlomo told Hal Sacks and a group of American leaders in a conference call on Friday.  Sacks said Amb. Sholmo talked openly about the current events between Israel and Hamas, referring to their philosophies of warfare as being as different as night and day.
It's the story behind the story that's not being reported.
"Israel is the only nation in the world whose military warns its enemies of impending attacks on strategic sites in order to avert civilian causalities," Amb. Shlomo related.
In the conversation Amb. Sholmo said Israel considers every death of a civilian, including those on the other side, as a regrettable event. He called the retaliation killing of a Palestinian boy regrettable and deplorable", emphasizing that the murderers would be prosecuted to the full extent of the laws of Israel.  On the other hand, regrettably, on that position Hamas rewards the families of those who murder Israelis. 
Here's how Amb. Shlomo described the diametrically opposite ideologies and actions of Israel and Hamas:
  • Israeli Defensive Forces strike carefully chosen military targets with surgical precision in an attempt to avoid hitting innocent civilians, even dropping leaflets, sending phone messages and texts to the target and its neighborhood before the attack to enable civilians time to evacuate.  Israel goes the extra mile to avoid hurting civilians. Where on the other hand, Hamas forces their own people to be human shields by preventing them from leaving their homes in light of the impending attack. When Hamas sends missiles into Israel, they give no warning and aim to hit and kill as many civilians as possible.
     
  • Israel considers every death of a civilian, including of the other side, as a regretful event.  Hamas celebrates openly the killing of its neighbors as exemplified in the words of Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri this week, "All the Israelis are legitimate targets."
     
  • Peace was the reason Israel sacrificed the Gaza land in 2005. At that time, Israel envisioned a happily-ever-after ending for the Palestinians, too.  That's the reason Israel left infrastructure in place so that the Palestinians could rebuild. Instead, Hamas seized power with a vow to never end "armed resistance" to eradicate the "Zionist entity" through jihad. Ironically, any infrastructure that was left is now used to launch rockets toward Israel.
     
  • Most important, Israel is a democracy defending its citizens.  When under attack, Israel has the right of self-defense and is obligated to act decisively. Israel's military directs only pinpointed attacks at missile launchers, terror infrastructures and the weapon depots of Hamas, which have turned the Gaza Strip into the center for attacking Israel.
Here is the ultimate and sad truth, said Amb. Shlomo;  "If Israel were to lay down its arms tomorrow; Israel would be annihilated.  But, if Hamas were to lay down its arms tomorrow, there would be peace."
We need to know the truth about what is taking place in the Middle East and stand strongly in prayer as well as voice support for the right of Israel to live in peace.
LET'S PRAY:
  • The promises of Psalm 91 over Israel's people and military. That they will be saved from the "arrow that flies by day" and the "terror by night."
     
  • That if there should be any evil weapons of mass destruction or "dirty bombs" hidden in Hamas's armory, they would be supernaturally bound from being used against Israel.. that they would be uncovered and neutralized.
  • 40,000 reserve troops are being called up in preparation for ground incursions. Pray for the many believing soldiers both with active service and those who have been called up from Reserves. David placed his trust in the Lord God of Israel. For David, "the battle was the LORD's".
  • All the major cities including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa have been targeted in recent attacks. Pray for the ongoing protection of those cities and others throughout Israel. That God would continue to use Israeli's defense system, "The Iron Dome" to protect its people from missile attack. 
  • For godly wisdom for Israel's governmental and military leaders on how to proceed with the war with Hamas. Pray that all ground incursions will execute clean surgical operations with the least possible loss of life.
     
  • That Israel will stand strong in Operation "Protective Edge" to bring an end to these attacks upon Israel's sovereignty.
     
  • That Israel become aware, during this tense time, of areas where she has become vulnerable through her own pride and sin.. For conviction by the Holy Spirit and grace to turn in repentance to her God.
     
  • That the light of God's Salvation shine..That Jewish and Arab believers would be able to lead many to the Lord during these difficult times.
  • For God's SHALOM, His peace to come upon Jerusalem and all of Israel and the region..Psalm 122:6.
NOTE:
You can install a new app called "Red Alert". The app sounds a warning siren every time Israelis have to run for their lives and find a shelter from incoming Hamas missiles. They have as little as 15 seconds to find shelter. In our standing with Israel, we can download this app and every time we hear the siren we can pray for protection (Psalm 91) and peace (Psalm 122:6) over our friends in Israel.  
Sources:
Hal Sacks conference call with Ambassador Meir Sholmo, consul general of Israel to the southwest United States, Friday, July 11, 2014, convened by Becky Keenan, "One with Israel", Houston, Texas.
Houston Chronicle; Shlomo: Sad truth hidden by rain of rockets over Israel, Gaza Strip: July 10, 2014 | Updated: July 11, 2014;http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Shlomo-Sad-truth-hidden-by-rain-of-rockets-over-5613400.php?t=1b4550cc0b&cmpid=fb-premium
USRPN alert, published by Generals International, Dallas, Texas, July 9, 2014. (Prayer points provided).
 
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Sola Fide
Bliss

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thoughts

Hello Lovelies,

It might interest you to know that this is not my first draft of this particular post, it's been written, deleted and re-written several times as I try and decide if I really want to get personal here.

And then I wondered if maybe I should just start a different blog for personal things. But honestly...I'm not the greatest of multi-taskers and I'd probably forget to update one or both and it's just a lot of trouble ya know?

And because of my indecision on what to do I've posted less and less. Well. I've decided that it's my blog, and while it will probably be more dominated by the crafty things, I can do what I want and post other things as well. I don't know how often or when I'll post other content, and you are of course free to ignore it and not read it, I don't mind.

Sometimes a girl just has express herself.
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And for this girl...I do that best in written word. Many, many words. Because the paper is sympathetic, it doesn't judge or ask questions. Now a lot of what I write isn't fit for human consumption, and will never see the light of day. But I just like to communicate this way.

 For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to write. When I was younger I'd want to write but I didn't know WHAT to write. When I got older I started writing stories, and in journals, in long emails. Now I write stories with my best friend.

So I don't know what I might post, or say or write here. And I really started out with something else on my mind tonight, but just writing THIS makes me feel better, makes me feel free to express what I wish. And sometimes...that's all that's needed.

I hope everyone is well

Sola Fide
Bliss

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Birthday Haul!

Hi guys!! I know I've been really super quiet in the past month. And, I have a more or less good reason for it. My Birthday. You see, most people get excited at the approach of their name-day. I generally don't, so I tend to hermit for a lot of June. I do however get excited afterwards. We usually don't celebrate ON the day because I prefer to celebrate when my dad is home. (He's a Truck driver so he's not always to be home on the actual day.)

So! My birthday was on June 27th, and I turned 24(!) years old. I have no idea what that' supposed to feel like, I wasn't even sure what 23 felt like and I was that for a whole year lol. I received a lot of birthday wishes via social media. Some I just rolled my eyes at. I really don't understand why people like to wish another a happy birthday if they don't speak to each other at any other time of the year. It just befuddles me!

The next day I received
THE best birthday card EVER from my best friend in New York.  And a gift card for BOOKS!! I love books, I read all the time. :D She knows me SO well. :D

I grabbed four books, Fire and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, which completes my Graceling Series. A Hero's Lot  by Patrick W. Carr which is the second book in The Staff and the Sword Series. And Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain By Lisa J. Yarde Books! like I said. I love them. :D

I've actually read Fire before, but I don't have on Kindle and my hardcopy is packed away at the moment so I was thrilled to be able to purchase it and Bitterblue so I could complete my collection. I read the first book of The Staff and Sword Series, (A cast of stones) over a year ago when my mom received it as a book to review. I devoured it, and I couldn't wait to read the rest. So now I have the first two books in kindle version and I actually have the 3rd in the series in hard copy that my mom received to review as well. And I can't wait to dive in. :D



Then today after I woke up and went into the living room with my knitting (more on that in a post coming next week I think) And my brother hands me this HUGE (1178 pages) book. The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary edition. It's SO nice. I was so touched. I mentioned the last time we were in the store that I wanted to read LotR to see how well it matched up with the movies, since I read The Hobbit after I saw the first movie. :D I have the bestest brother EVER




Alright, now that's enough of the books portion, now for the Yarn portion. :D  So the older I get the more often actual gifts from my parents come in the form of money. Which is great, because it means I can get things I either want or need. However there's always a stipulation. I'm not allowed to spend the money on anyone but myself. And while that SEEMS like an easy feat for some, that is not so easy for me. lol.

This year though I've managed quiet well. Hobby Lobby was having a sale on yarn and Yarnolgy knitting/crochet notions this past week, so yesterday I went yarn shopping. I had a blast, going through their yarn.

Here's a photo of just the yarn that I bought. ^^

From bottom to top left to right colors are: I love this yarn: white, yellow, mulberry, peacock, menthe, royal, grape (I know it looks blue but it's not I promise) jelly bean, cranberry, hot rose, white, crafters secret: splash, I love this yarn: iced violet and crafters secret splash. The smaller ones on the top are I love this cotton in: pistache, turquoise and amethyst. 

LOOK at all that awesomeness!!!

The two Crafters secret skeins are going into the afghan I'm making my dad for his birthday. They are super soft and have 355 yards/325meters/199grams of yarn for only $2.99 a skein! It's softer than Redheart's With Love, and only 33 cents more expensive for almost the same amount of yarn in their super-saver acrylic yarn (with love has 370y/338m/198g for $3.27, and the super saver is 364y/333m/198g only less soft at $2.77 per skein.)  I think I will most likely shop Hobby Lobby yarn far more often now than Redheart super saver yarn. I still rather like the thickness of With love.

The 12 skeins of I love this Yarn are 355y/325m/199g and are SUPER soft. I really love the feel of this acrylic yarn. It's cost is $3.99 a skein and well worth the little bit of extra (27 cents) as it's much softer than Redheart's With love line, and there are FAR more colors available. Woo!

This is my first time buying cotton yarn outside of the peaches and cream brand that you find at wal-mart. Which as most American's know is really thick cotton that works great for dish and wash clothes but not so great for other projects like afghans and wearable items. Peaches and cream is $1.27 for 120y/109m/71g  The I Love This Cotton was $2.66 (on sale normally $3.29) for 180y/165m/100g. It's also super soft... perfect for a scarf or hat or even afghan. I'm excited to try it out and work with it. I haven't decided just yet what I'm going to do with them. I thought I'd just make dishcloths, but now I think I might make a scarf, or maybe a pillow, with them.


As you can see from this photo that I did not just buy yarn. :D invested in some knitting needles too! The clear ones are acrylic and were on sale for $3.60 per package. I bought the set of two and my mom bought the other set for me (She's so awesome) The large set of wooden needles are a size 35/19mm and I plan on using them for scarves. :D They were $11.99 but with a 40% off coupon I got them for $7.19 quiet a steal I should say. I also got a set of 5 DPN's (double pointed needles for those that don't knit) and they are a size 4/3.5mm and I got these for socks! :D They were on sale for $3.37 (normally $4.49) And then I bought a set of darning needles as I'm always losing mine. >.<  And I also grabbed a few bags of safety eyes. I've been satisfied with the plain black safety eyes from hobby lobby and they are only .99cents. So for now I will continue to use them. :D And that was my haul!
Surprise! My brother snapped this while I was trying to set up the yarn and such. (and if you look just behind the knitting needs and beside the white and green yarn you can see the grape I love this yarn, looks a little more purple here. xD 

17 skeins of yarn, 7 sets of knitting needles, 4 bags of safety eyes, and darning needles. All for under $90. I think I did pretty great :D  The ONLY problem I have now is finding a place to put it all lol.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my birthday haul (and I hope I didn't bore you too much)

I hope everyone had a great July 4th weekend!

Sola Fide
Bliss