Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Story Behind the Baby Crowns



My Custom Crochet shop is so much more to me than the extra financial blessings it provides. Crocheting for others gives me hope and increases my faith. As so many of my items are the result of a custom request, so was the first crocheted baby crown in my shop. A dear friend was expecting her first grandchild and asked me if I could make one. Making this special crown resulted in the listing that was seen by another grandmother and here is the continuation of why the crowns are important to me.

We lost our oldest son in June of 2013. In my grief afterwards I was going to stop crocheting, but I had received orders and needed to finish them. One of the requests that came in shortly after was for a white baby crown. I agreed to make it but as I was in the intial stages of grief it was a very emotional time for me. Of course making something for a baby reminded me of our son when I was pregnant and his infancy. His life was difficult from the beginning. In the initial months, twice there was the threat of miscarriage, the doctor told us we had a 50/50 chance of losing him. My husbands faith was greater than mine at that point as I had already lost 3 babies during pregnancy in my previous marriage. My husband said - with God - we have a 50/50 chance of keeping the baby and so JP was born! 

The Lord knows what is best for us to be healed. At the time I didn't know the circumstances of the family that I was making the crown for, it was after I sent it she explained to me. The parents were carrying a baby that was not expected to live for very long after she born. The baby's name is Sophia Kyla and her grandmother gave me the link to the blog that Sophia's parents were writing in this journey with Anencephaly. The blog is called Vapor and Mist and here is the link if you would like to read it: 
http://vaporandmist.wordpress.com/celebrating-life-with-our-daughter/

In reading the blog I saw the playlist of songs and of course as only the Lord would have it, the one song that was dear to my heart, that ministered to me with the struggles of our son, that had been a prayer of mine....was on that list! Only God can do these things! So many, including myself were praying for healing, but the greatest healing we have on this earth is to be with the Lord in heaven. When He calls us home, we are healed, given a new body, no more pain. (1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Corinthians 5). This is reassuring to me in that my son is no longer struggling just as Sophia Kyla is in her new body and made whole.

Recently, in thinking about the events of last year, I wanted to see how Lindsey and her husband were, so I searched for the blog, secretly hoping that they were having another baby. I did find the blog again and indeed they are expecting. One of her blog titles is "When the other shoe drops" and so I read it, because since the loss of our son, that is exactly how I have felt...waiting....who's next to pass away...worried...how will I handle it?

My heart sank and I cried and cried, I couldn't believe it. I will leave their story to be read, but around the same time the grandmother contacted me to make another crown. I am honored beyond what I can express. This couple has encouraged me in their faith walk so much. I pray for their new baby, Dasah and the family, that God will do the miraculous and sustain them again as they walk this difficult road. God is with them, the Lord's love shines through them. I am brought to tears and humbled with the blessing of making and praying over the crowns that are being used for their special babies they have been blessed with. 

I don't know why some of us walk what seems to be more difficult paths, but I do know that God is with us, He loves us and brings people into our lives to be His hands extended and that is why I crochet, in the hopes that His love and joy will come forth in the items made with the hands He has given me. I am truly grateful when I can crochet for others.

In His love,
Terri


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Custom Crochet and More!

Patterns and more patterns! I think I'm as addicted to looking them up online as I am to yarn, now to put that into real life items for my shop!

My husband loves to go to thrift stores and when he sees a crochet pattern book he thinks I will like, he buys it for me. This is a different hair scrunchie pattern that came from one of those books. Sometimes when I'm in a creative slump, I will just look through my books. A certain stitch might trigger an idea. This pattern reminded me of some very pretty hydrangea's we used to have. I just love the pink and purple together!


Blessings and Joy!

This item is available on my Zibbet shop here: https://www.zibbet.com/customcrochet/crochet-hair-scrunchie-by-custom-crochet

Friday, June 20, 2014

Changes

I've made a few changes in my layout, 

they are minor but I'm going to try to keep the front page with a crochet relevant theme.
I now have tabs at the top of my page for you to see my viewpoint, etc. 
I will be starting a Zibbet tab too, with the latest goings on there!
I hope you will share the joy and share my page too!

Even in the face of difficulty we can have JOY!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Freedom, Crocheted Soap Dishes and Update!


So as I was updating my selling accounts on Etsy and opening a new account on Zibbet I realized my blog is VERY outdated!

For starters:
I was approved for the disability that I wrote about before - Praise the Lord!

While searching for some images for my banner on new site on Zibbet,  I came across a "soap mat" and realized that my idea has spread and there are some others out there with different designs.

It is wonderful that others like the idea and have created their own slightly different version. I too had the idea when I became frustrated with regular soap dishes and the accumulation of soap scum/slime. I searched for a pattern online and there was only one. It wasn't what I was looking for so I started experimenting using some different stitches until I came up with one I like, thus the creation of the crocheted soap dish/soap mat with stitches that allow the air to flow through so soap dries; saving money too! The soap in the picture above may be purchased at PureHeartSoap. Below are just a few examples of sets.


We live in a terrific county with the freedom to create, sell and purchase from anyone we desire. Crochet is interesting because there is so much creativity involved and you can just make a slight change and it no longer is the same pattern, making it difficult to copyright.There is also a feeling of comradery between crocheters, that we love to share :)   I wish my competitors well and many sales and as a side note to freedom,. I also hope that we choose a President this year who is committed to upholding our "blessing of liberty" as well.

God Bless You!

Monday, October 24, 2011

GOD'S ABSOLUTE POSSIBILITY

I have been struggling much this past week as I received a notice that I have a hearing with the Administrative Law Judge for my Social Security Disability Case on November 9th at 8:00 am. This is what I read this morning from "Time with God for Mothers" Devotional.


"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'." Matthew 19:26


So many times in life we fail to realize that all things are possible trough God. He is the God of absolute possibilities. When you choose to honor God, live for Him and serve Him with all your heart, you can find true contentment. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart." When you spend time with God and He becomes an important part of your life, He places within your heart the desire to honor Him and bring glory to His Holy name. Praise God!


God is absolutely sovereign and I am being tested in my belief of that. I have to trust that whatever happens on November 9th, He still loves me and all things are possible and He knows the desire of my heart is to bring glory to Him. Psalm 37:4 is one of my favorites and is a scripture the Lord gave to me very early in my walk with Him. It was very comforting to read this particular one this morning. As I so often say to many....He is in control....now I have to walk my talk :)







Saturday, September 10, 2011

A New Venture in Blogging

This is somewhat of a strange thing for me...blogging. So I think I will ask anyone who may be following, what would you like me to write about?


So many blogs are centered around the person and their daily lives, but I don't want this to be a me...me...me blog. It would be wonderful to have some input and then I will take off. Anyone who knows me, knows I am good at that!


For now, I will just let you know of some crocheting goodies I am working on.


Redesigning the soap mats, just a little :) Pictures will be following but for now I will post one that I recently improved, but keep watching...new designs to come~







Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the twin towers falling and I will end this with a prayer that those who lost loved ones will be comforted as only the Holy Spirit can.


PLEASE KEEP THIS TRUCK MOVING AND SHOW OUR SUPPORT!!!
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Blessings,
Terri