Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Challenges

My gosh...  October is certainly challenging me in more ways than I can even discuss in one post.  But at the end of a day, I set myself down with a pot of tea, and maybe something on t.v., I exhale, and wind down.  I try not to let life's challenges get me down, and so I count my blessings, and thank God for them.  Today, I just want to share a couple of challenges that come in a more calm, creative, and friendly kind of way!  First, I joined a new social network of crocheters and knitters called Yarn Challenge!..   And this month's challenge was to crochet the given pattern, Pineapple Pumpkin Lace!


I used a slightly larger hook than was called for, and I crochet loosely as it is, but I really love how pretty it came out!


The directions were easy to follow, and it only took me a couple of nights...  hmmm..  maybe three, actually, to finish it...  If you would like to try to make one yourself, you can find the pattern HERE, at Bella Crochet.  Just think how pretty this would be on a white pumpkin too!

Next, Scrapping The Music's current challenge is set to a song by Chrystal Bowersox, called "Ridin' With The Radio".  (Remember her from American Idol?)...


The words in the song are an inspiration to me, and remind me not to be too hard on myself...  To love myself and others better than that.  "Drop the hate", and "Let your love light shine."


Well, along with another 7-day challenge, by Terri Cole, I found at Positively Positive, both challenges seemed to coincide very nicely, I thought; so then I made them into one entire spread in my junque/art journal.  The left side page is the article I saved, and then that opens like a flap to reveal seven days of journaling, some "introspection", on how I treated myself during those specific days.


Some of the days were wonderful, and some were o.k., while one seemed not so very good at all...  But what can I do about that?  We all just have to take the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, as best we can or know how.   And like Ol' Blue Eyes Frank sings it, "I just can't let it get me down, 'cause this big old world keeps spinnin' around."....   "That's life"!  It's important to just hang in there, stay strong, be kind to ourselves in the process....  And don't forget to keep that love light shining!

Here's wishing that life, 
and this week has been kind to you...
And thank you so much for stopping by! 

  

18 comments:

Marydon said...

LOVE that crocheted pumpkin decoration ... & your 7-day challenge is wonderful.
Have a great weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

Debi Y. said...

I love the pineapple pumpkin doily topper - it's pretty. When Halloween is over, you can probably use it to cover a lampshade.

I hope you have a great weekend. :)

Sharon Fritchey said...

I love how you unwind and don't let live's stressors get you down! I love how you decorated your pumpkin! And your page for this week's STM song is just amazing! I love the positive message!!!!!

Leann said...

Oh Tina that pineapple lace is gorgeous!!!

You are one go go gadget girl! Do you remember that show?

Wishing you peace!

xo
Leann

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeeeee these!!!! Loving how you dressed up that pumpkin and LOVING the hearts on your page!! GORGEOUS!!!!!

craftattack said...

Lovely work, and the 'collar' for the pumpkin is just wonderful! Keep having fun, Valerie

Pammy Sue said...

I love your pumpkin lace, Teener! And thanks for the link to that Website, Yarn Challenge. I have to go dig around there. I'd never heard of it! XOXO

Jessica Sporn said...

I love the lyrics you chose for the STM challenge. Isn't that song great! Way to be positive and kind to yourself. Great Halloween creations too.

myletterstoemily said...

your crocheted pumpkin topper is
beautiful!

i hope your challenges are met with
strength and hope. He is able!

Debbie said...

Tina...thanks for coming by my blog! I love your crocheted pumpkin topper...very creative! And....I totally agree that it would look unbelievable on a white pumpkin! You are so creative. Also....Ridin with the radio is one of my new favorite songs. I just sent it off to my friends...LOVE IT!! I'll be back...Happy Fall to you!

Cathy L. Calamas said...

I love your pumpkin shawl/topper. You have some MAD crochet skills. I used one of your hat pins you sent me last year in the matchbox swap here:
http://cathylcalamas.blogspot.com/2012/10/yayas-birthday-gift.html
Thanks!!

Tracy said...

Wishing you a much better month then you have had so far.
Great projects and challenges. The crochet lace is gorgeous.

laury55 said...

wow your pumpkin looks fantastic!!! Great entry for the challenge on STM, positive thinking will push you far

Luna said...

Hi Sweetheart....this is a great idea,dressing a pumpking ,it is looking good for the season.Cute ....have a wonder week.....:0)

phinner said...

journaling can give you such great perspective!

gorgeous crochet work, what a clever idea!

and finally, great textures and layers on your Scrapping the Music piece. happy that you were inspired to play along this challenge! thanks for participating!

Audrey Pettit said...

Sorry that October has been challenging for you so far, Tina. But I'm glad you've found some fun challenges to go along with the others. Your art journal page is fabulous. Really love the hearts and love the hidden flap with your journaling. And wow on that pumpkin crochet! So love that!

Jessica Sporn said...

Visiting you again after reading your kind comments on my blog! I'm so glad you're goin to join fall fearless. Can't wait to see hat you do! And your list too.

Sharon Fritchey said...

Tina! Yes, you can enter twice: once for the song and once for the prompt! I can't wait to see it, Tina!!!!!