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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Newsletter #23

A Crochet pattern A Week Newsletter 23

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter

Number 23© September 2010 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.A big welcome to the "newbies" ! Thank you for joining "A Crochet pattern A Week!" I hope you enjoy the patterns and maybe learn something new.....from something old.For those of you who just found my blog, and are not members of "A Crochet Pattern of the week," and would like to join a great group of women and men come check us out at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/acrochetpatternaweekplace/


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Table of Contents:

Yarn pattern

Thread pattern

Knit

Happenings at A Crochet Pattern A Week Place

Trivia

Motivational thoughts

A Short Funny

Kids Corner

Members Recipe

Cooking tip

Gift Idea

Link of the month

Freebie

Hints & tips

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Yarn






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Cotton

I will be putting a WW cotton pattern this month, instead of a #10 thread because I thought this wreath would fit in the scheme of things.




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Knit




Batty dishcloth

materials:
Sugar 'n Cream, Grape
size 6 straight needles

directions:
CO 40 stitches (I use the long-tail cast on)
Knit 4 rows
1 - K3, P34, K3
2 - K all
Repeat rows 1 & 2 five more times (rows 3 through12)
13 - K3, P17, K1, P16, K3
14 - K19, P1, K20
15 - K3, P16, K2, P16, K3
16 - K18, P3, K19
17 - K3, P15, K4, P15, K3
18 - K18, P4, K18
19 - K3, P14, K6, P14, K3
20 - K12, P1, K4, P7, K3, P1, K12
21 - K3, P9, K2, P1, K9, P3, K1, P9, K3
22 - K12, P2, K2, P13, K6, P1, K4
23 - K3, P1, K2, P5, K18, P6, K1, P1, K3
24 - K4, P2, K5, P19, K3, P2, K5
25 - K3, P2, K25, P3, K3, P1, K3
26 - K5, P3, K2, P24, K6
27 - K3, P3, K28, P3, K3
28 - K6, P27, K7
29 - K3, P4, K26, P4, K3
30 - K7, P16, K1, P8, K8
31 - K3, P5, K7, P2, K4, P1, K10, P5, K3
32 - K8, P9, K2, P5, K2, P5, K9
33 - K3, P6, K4, P3, K6, P2, K7, P6, K3
34 - K9, P6, K3, P6, K4, P2, K10
35 - K3, P7, K1, P5, K6, P4, K4, P7, K3
36 - K10, P3, K5, P6, K16
37 - K3, P14, K1, P2, K1, P7, K1, P8, K3
38 - K19, P1, K2, P1, K17
39 - K3, P34, K3
40 - K all
Repeat rows 39 & 40 five more times (rows 41 through 50)
Knit 4 rows
Bind off

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Trivia

Halloween Holiday Trivia
Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.

Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.
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Motivational thoughts:





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A Short Funny





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Kids Corner:

Kids Craft:





This cute little spider candy holder hangs on a doorknob just waiting to give you treats. You can also fill it with other items such as pencils, erasers, temporary tattoos, and fun plastic spider rings.

Be sure to visit all of our other ghostly crafts, our fabulous costume ideas and these spook-tackular Halloween recipes!


What you'll need:
9" paper plate
4 black chenille stems
Three 36"-long pieces of green yarn
Black, white and light green acrylic paint
3" x 5" piece of orange construction paper
Black marker
White craft glue
Scissors
How to make it:
Fold paper plate in half and make a crease.
Cut paper plate in half using crease as a guide.
Turn paper plate pieces upside down (rounded side up). Paint both halves of plate with black paint and let dry .
When dry, glue along the rounded edges of the two pieces of plate and stick the plates together, unpainted sides should be facing each other. Do not glue the cut sides; this is the opening of your plate pocket.
Cut chenille stems in half.
Set aside two of the chenille stems. Bend the ends of the remaining chenille stems, about 1" at each end. Bend one to the left and the other to the right.
For the remaining two chenille stems, bend one end about 1" and the other end about 2".
Place plate pocket in front of you, with the open end at the top. Glue three chenille legs on the left (glue to the under side) and the other three on the right.
Take the remaining two stems and glue the 2" bend under the plate about 1/3 of the way down from the left, and 1/3 of the way down on the right. Allow to dry.
Make eyes from white construction paper, or paint a section of any color construction paper with white paint. When dry, cut out two circles, about 1.5" in diameter. Use the handle end of a paint brush to add the black pupils. When black is dry, use a toothpick or small paint brush handle to dot a small bit of white onto the black pupil. When eyes are completely dry, glue them to the front of the plate.
Paint a wiggly smile on the front of the plate using green paint.
Write "Happy Halloween!" on the orange construction paper with black marker. Glue the paper underneath the spider’s "hands" so that it appears that it is holding the sign.
To make the handle, line all three pieces of yarn up together and tie one end in a knot. Braid the strands together and knot at the other end.
Open the pocket and pipe some glue into the creases then press the ends of the yarn handle inside and let dry.
Fill with candy or other treats and hang.

Tips:
Instead of making the eyes you can use large wiggle eyes.
If you prefer to skip braiding the yarn, you can cut a handle from craft foam.
Chenille stems are available at your local discount department store or craft store. Watch for sales following each holiday as you can pick up theme colors on clearance (green and red – Christmas, etc).

Kids link


Halloween Links

Enjoy these Halloween links for kids! You will find Halloween coloring pages, Halloween crafts, Halloween printables and much more!


http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/halloween%20links.htm


Kids Freebie

Free Halloween Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Pattern Stencils for Kids

Discover your inner pumpkin with free Jack O'Lantern carving stencil designs.
Paper Pumpkins for children is a very large stencil and color book site containing nearly 600 coloring book images with matching pumpkin carving stencil templates from which to choose. These stencils have been divided into categories for easier navigation.

Select a carving template thumbnail image to view the collection for that specific category. For example: Happy Faces category will bring up a page listing all templates with happy face themes. Sad Faces category will reveal all stencils with a sad face theme, etc...

Print your carving template design choices on thin to regular weight paper. The thinner the paper, the easier to trace the design through the paper into the flesh of your pumpkin (or watermelon).

Cultural theme stencils are adapted from existing, historical images of North American indiginous native totem pole figures, Japanese Kabuki theater masks, New Zealand Maori painted faces and tattoos and more.

http://www.paperpumpkins.com/patterns.htm


Kids short story:


The Old Witch
by The Brothers Grimm

There was once a little girl who was very willful and who never obeyed when her elders spoke to her - so how could she be happy?

One day she said to her parents, "I have heard so much of the old witch that I will go and see her. People say she is a wonderful old woman, and has many marvelous things in her house, and I am very curious to see them."'

But her parents forbade her going, saying, "The witch is a wicked old woman, who performs many godless deeds - and if you go near her, you are no longer a child of ours."

The girl, however, would not turn back at her parents' command, but went to the witch's house. When she arrived there the old woman asked her:

"Why are you so pale?"

"Ah," she replied, trembling all over, "I have frightened myself so with what I have just seen."

"And what did you see?" inquired the old witch.

"I saw a black man on your steps."

"That was a collier," replied she.

"Then I saw a gray man."

"That was a sportsman," said the old woman.

"After him I saw a blood-red man."

"That was a butcher," replied the old woman.

"But, oh, I was most terrified," continued the girl, "when I peeped through your window, and saw not you, but a creature with a fiery head."

"Then you have seen the witch in her proper dress," said the old woman. "For you I have long waited, and now you shall give me light."

So saying the witch changed the little girl into a block of wood, and then threw it on the fire. When it was fully alight, she sat down on the hearth and warmed herself, saying:

"How good I feel! The fire has not burned like this for a long time!"



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Members Recipe

This recipe come to us from Valery/Group mommy 2. Thanks so much Valery for sharing such a yummy sounding recipe.

Caramel Apple Cake

1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix
3 eggs
1 stick butter
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups chopped granny smith apples

Blend well with spoon. Pour into glass cake pan and cook 325 for 1 hour.

Topping:

1 bag caramels
1 stick butter
2 cups chopped pecans

Place caramels and butter in microwave to melt for 2 minutes - sitr - place in microwave 2 more minutes - stir until blended. If to thick you can add a small amount of milk to thin. add chopped pecans and pour over warm cake.



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Cooking tip:

Oven To Crockpot Conversions

For most crockpots, the low setting is about 200º and the high setting is about 300º

One hour on high is equal to 2 to 2 1/2 hours on low.

Here is the conversion for regular ovens to crockpots
15 to 30 minutes oven = 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on high in crockpot or 4-6 hours on low.
35 to 45 minutes oven = 3 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
60 minutes to 3 hours oven = 4-5 hours on high or 8-18 hours on low.

Most uncooked meat and vegetable combinations require at least 8 hours on low.

Here are some more tips:

Beef cuts will be better cooked on low for 8-10 hours, while chicken can be cooked on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Reduce the amount of liquid used in oven recipes (unless rice or pasta is used) when using the low setting-the crockpot retains moisture while it would evaporate in a regular oven.

Spices may need to be reduced or increased. Whole herbs and spices increase their flavoring in a crockpot, while ground spices and herbs may lose some flavor. Add ground spices during the last hour of cooking. Whole herbs and spices will probably need to be reduced by half.

Rice, noodles, macaroni, seafood, Chinese vegetables and milk do not hold up well when cooked 8-10 hours. Add these to sauce of liquid about 2 hours before serving when using low, or 1 hour on high.

If you want to use milk in an 8-10 hour recipe, use evaporated milk

Browning meats is a personal choice. It's not necessary, but may reduce the fat content if browned.

Sautéing vegetables isn't necessary except for eggplant which should be parboiled or sautéed due to it's strong flavor. You may want to decrease the amount of strong tasting vegetables since they will permeate the other foods in the crock pot with their full flavor.

Dry beans can be cooked overnight on low as an alternative to soaking. Cover with water and add 1 tsp of baking soda. Drain and combine with other ingredients. Be sure beans are softened before adding to any sugar or tomato mixture.

Use long grain parboiled/converted raw rice in recipes and use standard liquid amounts instead of reducing the liquid. For mixed recipes requiring pasta, it's best to cook the pasta separately to al dente and add just before serving.

For soups, add water only to cover ingredients. If thinner soup is wanted, add more liquid at the end of the cooking time.


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Gift Idea

Chocolate-Covered Bugs

Yield: 12 servings

1 x Red-licorice whips
24 ea Soft caramel candies
6 oz Chocolate chips
1 x Colored sprinkles
1 x Red hots
1 x Sliced almonds
1 x Assorted decors and dragees

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Cut licorice into small pieces.

Use your hands to flatten each caramel into a small oval.

Press bits of licorice onto 12 of the flattened caramels to make
legs. Top each with a second caramel and press edges to seal.

Put on prepared baking sheet.

Put chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High about
1 minute. Stir and then microwave on High 1 minute longer.

Remove from oven and stir until melted.

Spoon melted chocolate over each candy. Decorate with nuts and candy.


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Link of the month


Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas

TRICK OR TREAT? Only good Halloween treats are waiting for you here. You'll find lots of great ways to decorate your home and get ready for Halloween with these articles and resources from About.

http://interiordec.about.com/od/hallowee1/a/hol_fallhallown.htm

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Freebie

Make Your Own Halloween Costumes

Costumes are a big part of most people's Halloween celebrations and Halloween will be here before you know it. Do you have any idea of what your Halloween costume will be?

http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/halloweentheme/a/091399.htm

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Hints and tips




For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn't just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment given what you know about your child's personality and eating habits.

Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they're not hungry when the candy starts coming in.

Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.

Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:

•Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child's room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids.
•Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn't get in the way of kids eating healthy meals.
•If a child is overweight — or you'd just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
•Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
•Encourage your child to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten — and to stop before feeling full or sick.
You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats to think about giving out:


•Non-food treats, like stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, like tiny decks of cards (party-supply stores can be great sources for these)
•Snacks such as small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, small boxes of raisins, and popcorn
•Sugar-free candy
•Small boxes of cereal
Steer clear of any snacks or toys — like small plastic objects — that could pose choking hazards to very young children.


And remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence.

Staytunned for more newsletters to come.
Yawl come back ya hear.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Crochet pattern A Week Newsletter 20

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter

Number 20© March 2010 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.A big welcome to the "newbies" ! Thank you for joining "A Crochet pattern A Week!" I hope you enjoy the patterns and maybe learn something new.....from something old.For those of you who just found my blog, and are not members of "A Crochet Pattern of the week," and would like to join a great group of women and men come check us out at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/acrochetpatternaweekplace/ekplace/ekplace/ups.yahoo.com/group/acrochetpatternaweekplace/ekplace/ekplace/
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Table of Contents:

Yarn pattern

Thread pattern

Happenings at A Crochet Pattern A Week Place

Trivia

Motivational thoughts

A Short Funny

Kids Corner

Recipe

Gift Idea

Link of the month

Freebie

Hints & tips

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Yarn


OK Valerie here is the pattern I have been keeping you thinking about...




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Thread




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Happenings at A Crochet Patten A Week Place.


We have so much fun all ready started, and so much more to come.This is a list of our ongoing and up coming events.


1. A.R.K.,ARandomAct of Kindness Our A.R.K. is a fun way for us to let your fellow members know that you are thinking of them. There is no deadline for the sign up. Go to the Database on the group and enter in your name, address, and some favorites like: color/colors, collections and so on. (putting your name on here does not commit you to anything). Take a look at the other members who put their information on the A.R.K. You can pick out one or more members to send an A.R.K. to. Then send them a little something. It can be something you made (does not have to be crocheted) or something store bought. We want to keep the postage down. So please do not send anything big. We send things like pocket calendars, fridgies, and so on. If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask.


2. Question of the week. Valerie (Group mommy #2) posts a new question each week. They are fun ones like “What would you do if you had to give up some of your yarn?” "If you were stranded on an island what one hook and yarn would you want to bring?”, and many other fun ones like these. All you do is have fun answering them as well as reading the other members replays. This is an ongoing event as well.


3. ON the even months (February, April, June, August, October, We are taking December off) we have a CAL (crochet a long). During that month Linda (one of our group step mommy) picks out a pattern that would work up fast, most of the time with in two to four weeks. Then during that month she posts part of the pattern once a day or once a week depending on the size of the pattern. Then we have fun making what she has picked out for us. Linda has talked about making our next CAL a mystery, but this is not defiant; either way they are always fun. Then when you are done you post a photo of what you made in the photo section.


4. On the odd months (January, March, May, July, September, November) we have our Newsletter. IN there you find lots of fun stuff to keep you busy. Things like a yarn and cotton crochet pattern, a craft, a gift idea and so much more. This is an ongoing event as well.

5. Scavenger hunt/this one is not a exchange, but a scavenger hunt. Once a month I would pick a list of things and then post them to the group, and then you all will have to look around the net for things on on the list for that month (they can not all be on one page each one has to be found on different pages), and then you E-mail me off the group their links, and the first one to get everything on the list to me wins, and I will send them out a little of something in the snail mail.

6. We have allot of exchange planed for you all this year. Here is the list of the winners from the poll.
1: Secret sister exchange 10 (March) (March 1 – April 20Th) ...This exchange runs from March 1 – April 20Th.
2:Pattern Exchange/ in this exchange we will exchange patterns, but they can not be free patterns from the net, or those free patterns from stores 5 (May)
3: Surprise Gift exchange/for those of you who was not around for the surprise gift exchange this one was fun, you know who your partner is, but you will not know what she is sending you tell you get your package. They will pick out things to make you by a questionnaire you will fill out at the start of the event. 7 (June) (June 1 – July 20Th)
4: potholder & hot pad exchange 6 (August)
5: Scarf exchange 7 (Sept)
6: surprise Christmas gift exchange/this one is like the surprise gift exchange, but it will be at
7: Christmas time 10 (Oct) (Oct 1 – Dec 20Th)
8: Christmas Ornament exchange 5 (Nov)
9: Christmas card Exchange:: On this one Valerie and I will take sign ups, but instead of being given one partner, you will be given 2 partners to send a Christmas card. 12 ( Dec)

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Trivia

The dot over the lowercase 'i' and "j" is called a tittle.A tittle is a small distinguishing mark, such as a diacritic or the dot over an i. It first appeared in Latin manuscripts in the 11Th century, to distinguish the letter i from strokes of nearby letters. Although originally a larger mark, it was reduced to a dot when Roman-style typefaces were introduced.

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Motivational thoughts:

The Don't Quit presentation is based on a famous poem which was written many years ago. The author of this poem is unknown. Sadly, in recent years a number of people have claimed ownership of the poem and some have even claimed to have written it themselves!
Here is the original poem in it's entirety:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don't give up though the pace seems slow-- You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor's cup, And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-- The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-- It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown


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A Short Funny

Funny Text message

20% of the population is now drinking coffee, 60% is having sex, 19% is watching television and one yokel is now holding his mobile in his hand

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Kids Corner:

Craft:
Easter craft




Bring out a young crafter's creativity with these Easter egg heads. Kids think the wiggle eyes are especially funny.


What you'll need:
Boiled or homemade chocolate Easter eggs (see the gift idea blow kids corner for the homemade chocolate Easter eggs)
3-D paint or glitter glue, in a variety of colors (we used Tulip brand paint)
White craft glue
Wiggle eyes, in any size
Cooling rack or film canister lids
Marker
Mini bowl (optional)
Tweezers (optional)
Ice pick (if using chocolate Easter eggs)
Empty egg cartons (if using chocolate Easter eggs)
Shoestring liquorice, small mints and sucking candies, etc. for face (if using chocolate Easter eggs)
How to make it:
If using homemade chocolate Easter eggs:
Click here for directions on how to make chocolate Easter eggs.
You will need the eggs to dry after you decorate them. In order to allow for the chocolate eggs to dry with the lollipop sticks, use the ice pick to poke a hole in the parts of the egg carton that stick up (the sections in the middle that partition off the egg cups). You can then place the stick through this hole to allow your decorative egg to dry.
After chocolate eggs are dried and de-shelled, melt a small amount of chocolate wafers and use the chocolate as the "glue" to add on the candy pieces to construct the face. Use shoestring liquorice for hair and a smile.
If using boiled eggs:
You will need to decorate only one side of the egg at a time. Let the eggs dry either on egg cartons turned upside down, on a cooling rack or film canister lid. Decorate other side when first side is dry.
Place egg into an empty egg carton for stability.
Use glitter glue or 3-D paint to "draw" on hair. (See photo.) This will need to dry for several hours.
If you wish to add a bow, place a small construction paper or ribbon bow into the 3-D paint or glitter glue hair before it dries all the way. (See photo.)
Decide where you want to place the wiggle eyes and glue them in place. (See photo.)
Add a nose by gluing on a miniature pom pom. (See photo.)
Draw on a mouth with a marker.
Place on a decorative plate, an Easter basket, or make an arrangement for your table. (See photo.)
Tips:
Glitter glue can drip if you use too much. Keep an eye on it as it dries in case you need to push it up a little with your finger.
Another alternative for the hair would be to glue a little Easter grass to the tops of the eggs. This is a bit more difficult and is better suited for older children.
For a cute holder, when finished with the empty egg carton, cut out an egg cup and paint it whatever color you wish to hold your egg head.

How to boil an egg

Once you learn how to boil an egg perfectly, you can make everything from deviled eggs to perfectly-cooked hard-boiled eggs whenever you want.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes
Here's How:
Bring the eggs to room temperature by placing them in a bowl of warm water for five minutes.
Drain the eggs and transfer to a saucepan. Pour enough cold tap water over the eggs, so that the water covers the eggs by an inch to an inch-and-a-half.
Partially cover the eggs with a lid.
Bring to a full, rolling boil over medium-high heat. Allow the eggs to boil for exactly 30 seconds (time it).
Immediately remove the pan from the stove and cover completely with a lid. Let eggs stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
Remove cover, place a few ice cubes in the pan with the eggs, and run cold water over eggs.
Tap each egg gently against the pan to crack. Peel hard-boiled eggs under cold, running water.
Tips:
Start with eggs that are about a week old. Older eggs seem to crack less and peel more easily than fresher eggs.
Use a timer to boil eggs for exactly 30 seconds and let stand covered for exactly 15 minutes. This is one recipe where timing must be exact.

Passover craft





According to Hebrew faith, the night before Passover families are obligated to search their homes for chametz. Chametz, meaning leaven or yeast, or food mixed with leaven, are prohibited during the Passover. In order to search for the chametz you will need a candle to see where light won’t reach, a feather for sweeping crumbs, a paper bag for gathering the chametz, and lastly a wooden spoon for Kabalistic reasons. Make this cute craft to display your knowledge of your faith.

What you'll need:
8 ½” x 11” piece of cardboard
1 sheet felt in a light and matching dark color (lt. green and dk. green, lt. blue and dk. blue, etc)
Felt: goldenrod, orange, cream, tan and off white
Feather
Scissors
White craft glue

How to make it:
Glue light colored sheet of felt to cardboard, trim if needed.
Cut a candle from the off-white felt.
Cut a flame shape for the candle from the orange felt, and cut a smaller flame shape from the goldenrod felt.
Cut a rectangle from the tan felt for the paper bag. Cut a jagged edge at one end of the rectangle for the opening of the bag. Cut another piece, same width as the bag, about 1/3 the height, this is the folded pleat at the bottom of the bag.
Cut a wooden spoon from the cream colored felt.
Glue all pieces onto the light colored felt. Start with the candle and flame (goldenrod goes on top of the orange), then glue the feather on next. The paper bag is glued on next and lastly, the wooden spoon is put into place.
Cut a border from the dark colored felt and glue around the edges as a frame.


Tips:
Add a hanger by taping a piece of yarn to the back of your creation.
Use this fun project as a teaching aid for temple.
Have children use the finished craft project to tell their story of how to search for the chametz.

Kids link pick








There are three colors of Easter eggs hidden in the pasture scene below. Two are blue, two are red, and then there is the GOLDEN egg. Can you find all of them? +Just click your mouse pointer on the picture at the place where you think an egg is hidden. If you are right, the Easter Bunny will appear to tell you so! Click on flowers, the around the trees, and other places to find the eggs. The GOLDEN EGG is hardest to find, Good luck!


http://wilstar.com/holidays/egghunt.htm


Freebie

FREE MAGIC TRICK!!!

Simply fill out this form and your FREE MAGIC TRICK will appear in your mail box, in 7 to 10 business days (school days). One entry per person while supplies last.

http://onefreetrick.com/free_magic_trick_2.htm

Kids short funny

Why did the Easter egg hide?
He was a little chicken!

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Recipe

Easter Recipe

Double-Apricot Glazed Ham

If you're looking for a centerpiece to serve a hungry crowd, this tasty baked ham should do the trick. Both the apricot glaze and the apricot sauce are easy to make, and add great flavor to the ham.

1 cup dried apricots
1 cup Swanson® Chicken Stock
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 fully-cooked whole boneless ham * (6- to 8-pounds)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cups finely chopped shallots
2 jars (12 ounces each) apricot preserves
1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

* Place the apricots and stock into a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool. Remove the apricots and cut into strips. Reserve the stock. Stir the apricots, sugar and 1/4 cup reserved stock in a small bowl.

* Place the ham into a roasting pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 2 hours or until the ham is heated through. Brush with the apricot mixture during the last 30 minutes of baking and baste frequently with the pan drippings.

* Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until they're tender. Stir in the preserves, mustard, orange zest and remaining reserved stock and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook and stir for 10 minutes or until the stock mixture is slightly thickened.
* Slice the ham and serve with the apricot sauce.

* *You can use a 3-pound fully-cooked half boneless ham for 16 servings. Prepare as directed above, but reduce the remaining ingredients in half and the cooking time to 1 hour or until the ham is heated through.

Makes 32 servings

Passover Recipe

“Forgotten” Macaroons


Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Yield: 2 dozen

2 egg whites
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups shredded coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick baking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until they stand in stiff peaks, then continue to beat as you add the sugar gradually. Don’t worry if the sugar doesn’t dissolve completely.
3. Beat in salt and vanilla. Stir in the coconut. Drop mixture by mounds from a teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Place in the oven and turn it off. Leave the macaroons overnight.
4. In the morning, remove from cookie sheets.

Tip:
You can dip them in high-quality melted dark chocolate if you like.

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Gift Idea


Easter Gift

Easter PotPourri
4 Lemons
4 Oranges
1/2 cup Whole cloves
1/2 cup Whole allspice
10 Cinnamon Sticks
10 Bay leaves Decorative jars with lids


This free Easter craft project shows you how to make Easter Potpourri.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the fruit carefully. Remove only the peel, try not to remove any of the white pith.

Next chop into or tear into one inch pieces.

Spread the peel on paper towel and place it on a metal pan.
Stick it in preheated oven to 175 deg F'.

Dry in the oven for 1 1/2 hours and turning it over in stages. The peel should be slightly crunchy or hard.

Spread the peels on dry paper towels and let air dry for a day.

Mix with remaining ingredients and fill jars with the mixture.

Pour into open Easter baskets when ready to use.

Passover Gift



Matzoh Pin
Susan of Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services came up with this really fun Passover craft.
You need:

Matzoh
Decoupage Solution
Foam Brush
Wax Paper
Red Paint and Brush
Wiggle Eyes -- 10mm
Tacky Glue
Jewelry Craft Pins
Low Temp Glue Gun
Instructions:

Break matzoh into 2" pieces. Lay on wax paper. Use a foam brush to apply decoupage solution to the surface. Let dry. Turn over and repeat for back. Glue on wiggle eyes. Paint on a mouth. Glue on jewelry craft pin.



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Link of the month



Welcome to Chained Links!

Chained Links is an archive of free, on-line crochet patterns, sorted by category. Over 2000 patterns have been cataloged so far!

http://www.chainedlinks.com/


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Freebie



Feeling under the gun about getting your spring cleaning done? Then let Eversaver's step-by-step guide make your house sparkel.
Get a free spring cleaning guide E-book now online.

http://www.eversave.com/Eversave_SpringCleaningEbook-MiniFlow3211.jsp?cid=907&sourceid=46996&siteid=192622


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Hints and tips

6 Free Spring Cleaning Checklists (Printable)
Spring has sprung and it's time once again for the annual spring cleaning rituals to begin. Here are 6 free printable spring cleaning checklists you can download and print: http://www.tiphero.com/tips_2405_6-free-spring-cleaning-checklists-printable.html


1. Here's a cute little checklist put together by Casa Sugar (as seen above): Link

2. Martha Stewart has put together a helpful download which includes spring cleaning tips: link

3.Make your own spring cleaning check list. You can click items to remove them or add new items: link

4. The Nest has a fun little checklist that turns spring cleaning into a game: link

5. The Simple Mom blog has a nice one pager spring cleaning checklist: link

6. Here’s another spring cleaning checklist from Clean and Shiny: link



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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Newsletter 17

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter


Number 18
Issue # 17© July, 2009 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.
A big welcome to the "newbies" ! Thank you for joining "A Crochet pattern A Week!" I hope you enjoy the patterns and maybe learn something new.....from something old.For those of you who just found my blog, and are not members of "A Crochet Pattern of the week," and would like to join a great group of women and men come check us out at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/acrochetpatternaweekplace/


Table of Contents:
Yarn pattern
Cotton pattern
Trivia
Motivational thoughts
A Short Funny
Kids Corner (Kids craft, Kids game pick, Kids Freebie)
Craft Gift Idea
Link of the month
Hints & tips
Freebie


Yarn Pattern:

Noah's Ark Afghan 45"x61

  • Note: The materials list and first part of the instructions for our Noah's Ark Afghan were given in the March's issue (#18). This issue cintains all remaining instructions for the afghan, including those for the animals, stars, rainbow, and clouds, along with afghan assembly and border instructions.









Cotton Pattern:

Thirsty Baby Bibs

These bibs will make darling baby shower gifts! Made from washcloths, they'er finished around the edges with lace that you crochet using size 10 cotton thread. Dainty ribbon ties secure the neck openings.







Triva:

Forest covers one quarter of Russia.


Muhammad is the world's most common first name.


During world War Two, Oscars were made of wood because metal was scarce.


Philadelphia was the site of the first stock exchange in 1791.


Siberia used to use solid blocks of tea as currency.


Before going into space astronauts are not permitted to eat beans.


Confucius, at age 16 was a corn inspector.


To keep food from freezing Eskimos use refrigerators.


During World War Two the only elephant in Berlin was killed by the first bomb dropped by the allies.


In the 1830's ketchup was sold as medicine.


Casinos in Las Vegas do not have clocks.


If you refrigerate rubber bands they will last longer.


Animal crackers come in the shape of 18 different animals.


When leaving a cave bats always turn left.


The number of dimples on a golf ball is 336.


Dogs can get toupees in Tokyo.


In Switzerland it is against the law to slam your car door.


Scissors were invented by Leonardo da Vinci.


The cat is the only domesticated animal not mentioned in the Bible.


The Flintstones were the first prime time couple shown in bed.


In Las Vegas it is a crime to pawn your dentures.


Pillows made of stone were used by the Egyptians.


In one night a mole can dig a 300 foot tunnel.


Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' was the first US CD ever pressed.


In one year Mexico City sinks about an inch. Chickens outnumber people.


The blood of a lobster is blue.


Motivational thoughts

I am only one,

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

-Edward Everett Hale

A Short Funny


A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day... 30,000 to a man's 15,000. The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men. The husband then turned to his wife and asked, "What?"


Kids Corner:
Craft:









Construction Paper Chalkboard
Materials Needed:
Black construction paper,
Elmer's Glue, paint brush,
cardboard,
chalk,
rag or an old sock
Directions:
Cut out black construction paper into any shape you want, i.e. animal shape, square, rectangle.
Glue construction paper onto cardboard.
Let dry.
Trim cardboard to fit shape.

Completely paint the construction paper with Elmer's glue.
Let dry thoroughly. Add decorations to your shape, such as eyes and nose for animals, or decorate the borders.
Write or draw with chalk and erase with rag.


KidsGame pick:
Chobots an awesome virtual world for parents and kids. This family game is a safe and fun learning environment for all ages.









Kids Freebie:


Geo Trax


You may order a maximum of one Geotrax™ Steamer & Samuel Save the Day DVD per household. Please allow **12-14** weeks for delivery.





Craft Gift Idea


Darn it doll (for adults)

These make great little Dammit Dolls for stressful people They can be thrown, jabbed, stomped and even strangled till all the frustration leaves you.

Link of the month
The Golden Thimle
There is 934 link to free craft projects.
Hint & Tip
Tips for Keeping Your Summer Whites White
By Annie B. Bond
Now that we’re officially in summer, we can start wearing our summer white clothing again. Only trouble is, whites don’t seem to stay white very long!
Here are our best tips for keeping those whites looking as crisp and pristine as they do the first day you wear them, without resorting to harmful chlorine bleaching.
Commercial BleachesIt is best to avoid most commonly available bleach, sodium hypochlorite, a moderately toxic chlorine salt that can bond with other chemicals to form cancer-causing organochlorines in the wastewater system.
“Natural oxygen safe bleaches” are commercially available (found primarily in the health food store marketplace), and are based on hydrogen peroxide. The best choice is to buy commercial non-chlorine bleaches instead of making your own version using store-bought 3 percent hydrogen peroxide because commercial brands, such as Seventh Generations’s Non-Chlorine Bleach–Free & Clear include oxygen bleach stabilizers to help reduce the product’s reactivity in the environment.
Tip: Adding ½ cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a medium load of whites will lightly bleach the clothing. This technique is especially effective on clothes that are then hung to dry on the line.
Soften Your WaterThe minerals in hard water can gray clothes. If you have very hard water, add ½ cup of vinegar to your rinse water.
Brighten WhitesTo brighten whites, and if you don’t have hard water, use the might of minerals in your wash cycle. Add ½ cup borax or washing soda (both are available in the laundry section of your supermarket) to a medium load of laundry.
About LightNote to read clothing labels, as some direct you to dry the clothes outside of direct sunlight. On the other hand, storing whites in the dark can cause yellowing. A rule of thumb is that natural fibers love the sun and hanging them outside to dry on the line is to their benefit.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter number 16

Issue # 16© July, 2008 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.


A big welcome to the "newbies" ! Thank you for joining "A Crochet pattern A Week!" I hope you enjoy the patterns and maybe learn something new.....from something old.For those of you who just found my blog, and are not members of "A Crochet Pattern of the week," and would like to join a great group of women and men come check us out at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/acrochetpatternaweekplace/


Table of Contents:
Yarn pattern
Cotton pattern
Trivia
Motivational thoughts
A Short Funny
Kids Corner (Kids craft, Kids link of the week, Kids Freebie, Kids A Short Funny)
CraftGift Idea
Link of the month
Hints & tips
Freebie

Yarn Pattern:
Noah's Ark Afghan 45"x61"
The instructions begin in this issue and will conclude in May's issue (#18)





Cotton Pattern:
Make a frilly basket, and fill it full of Easter treasts.



Triva:
How Old is Crochet?
It seems shepherds were the first to crochet by using bits of wool shed by the sheep to make a "thread" (or yarn). Twigs and small branches were fashioned into "hooks" so they could make things to keep themselves warm while out in the fields. Could crochet be well over 2000 years old?


Motivational thoughts
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by what you bring to life.
John Homer Miller


A Short Funny
Older Than Dirt Quiz
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz: Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16 Hi-fi's
17 Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
20. Packard
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers



If you remembered 0-5 = You're still youngIf you remembered 6-10 = You are getting olderIf you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!


Kids Corner:
Craft:









Homemade Bird Feeder

What you'll need:-
Pine Cones - Peanut Butter-Bread crumbs, nuts, or bird food-Butter knife-Ribbon or yarn-Scissors






Take pine cones or sticks and rub peanut butter all over them. Then take any bread crumbs, nuts or both and roll out the pine cone through the mix of bread and nuts and hang from a tree by a ribbon. Children love to watch the differnt color of birds flock to eat :)


Kids link of the week:





Handipoints


Earn purple “Bonus Points” for doing your chores, studying, and staying healthy.


Handipoints features a virtual world for kids and a chore chart system for families. Parents create printable online playing charts and kids earn points by checking off their tasks.
The more chores they do, the more points they earn. Kids can redeem their points for games, movies and clothes for their CoolCat kitty avatars in HandiLand. This is an online world where they can also talk to and play with other kids.
Kids can also redeem their points for real life rewards to keep them motivated. Parents can use this system to set up allowance programs and more online.
Unlike other children’s sites, Handipoints is a practical chore solution for families married to a fun and motivational virtual world for kids.
http://www.handipoints.com/



Kids Freebie:
The Eagle Books are a series of four books that are brought to life by wise animal ,and learning from their elders about health and diabetes prevention. characters Mr. Eagle and Miss Rabbit -and a clever trickster, Coyote,who engage Rain That Dances and his young friendsin the joy of physical activity, eating healthy foods












The Eagle Books were authored by Georgia Perez of Nambe Pueblo,and illustrated by Patrick Rolo, Bad River Band of Ojibwe,and Lisa A. Fifield, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin,Black Bear Clan.
The first book, “Through The Eyes of The Eagle”introduces the characters of Mr. Eagle and Rain That Dances, the American Indian boy he befriends.Mr. Eagle reminds the young boy of the healthy ways of his ancestors.
In “Knees Lifted High,” the second book,Rain That Dances introduces Thunder Cloud, his best friend, to Mr. Eagle who encourages the boys to be physically active every day.
The third book, “A Plateful of Color,”introduces Miss Rabbit and the boys’ friends, Little Hummingbird and Simon.Miss Rabbit teaches the value of eating a variety of colorful and healthy foods.
“Tricky Treats,” the final book in the series,introduces the character of Coyote, a trickster, and encourages childrennot to be tricked by coyote when choosing foods to eat.
How can we order the Eagle Books?
http://tinyurl.com/dfx8tl [scroll down the book and CD are the last two]

Kids A Short Funny:
Silly FootprintsI spent years searching for a six-footed camel.I'd never seen it, but I knew it existed,'Cause I'd seen its footprints in the sand,but every time I got close, I missed it.I studied its footprints in the hot, summer sunand everything seemed just fineuntil I realized four footprints were hisand two of them were mine!

Adult craft:



Gift Idea:
Creative Ideas for Making Easter Baskets
One of the most beloved of Easter traditions is that of giving the Easter basket. Typically left for children by their parents or the “Easter Bunny,” a basket may have any number of sweet candy treats or small surprises inside. However, you don’t have to have kids to enjoy this custom. Incorporate an Easter basket exchange in your women’s group, or decorate Easter baskets for charity.
This year, make your Easter basket a work of art! Go beyond the pink plastic basket filled with green cellophane grass (although I will always have fond memories of green cellophane grass…) Here are some ideas that will make your baskets unique and a delight to all who receive them.
1. Find suitable baskets at the craft store, discount store, or flea market. They do not have to be of uniform shape or size (unless you are doing this for multiple children who will argue over who has the biggest basket.)
2. Choose two different pretty grosgrain or satin ribbons in a size that will fit your basket, and weave them in a simple stripe or crisscross pattern into the outside of the basket. Finish with a bow!
3. Think of the recipient’s favorite hobby or sport and incorporate that into the design—if you wanted to go all out, you could even use acrylic craft paint to turn some wooden eggs into soccer balls, basketballs, or footballs.
4. For a more grown-up look, use specialty dried grass for “stuffing,” and make a corsage of silk flowers and ribbon to festoon the handle of the basket. Add some potpourri for a special touch, and fill the basket with gourmet treats.
5. Wrap the entire basket in pink, blue, or yellow tulle and tie with a contrasting satin bow. Tulle is an inexpensive fabric and adds an interesting texture.
6. Basket ideas for kids: A children’s book of the resurrection story, candies in unusual and interesting shapes, small plush bunnies, chicks, or ducks, inexpensive play jewelry, rubber balls, baseball cards…anything that you might put in a Christmas stocking could go in an Easter basket.
7. Basket ideas for grown-ups: fine chocolates, pretty painted eggs, golf balls, pantyhose that comes in an egg, travel games, pocket devotionals
8. Add the fun and mess of confetti eggs! In some areas, these are available in stores; however, they are easy to make at home. See my article “Easter Party Ideas For Kids” for instructions.
9. Leave a note from the Easter Bunny inviting the recipient to a special Easter egg hunt; for adults, this could be a special Easter brunch.
You see, with an open mind and creative spirit, you can make your Easter basket exchange exciting and fun for all. The one thing you shouldn’t forget, for recipients big and small: A chocolate bunny! For many, Easter morning doesn’t begin until those juicy chocolate ears have been bitten right off. Whatever your tradition, have a joyous Easter!

Link of the month:
Celebrate Easter with Hershey's
Hershey's wants to help you celebrate. Discover delicious recipes, delightful crafts, and so much more.
Planning for Easter has never been easier with HERSHEY'S. On our site, you'll discover lots of fun-filled Easter activities for the entire family. The kids will enjoy helping you create different Easter crafts. You'll find delicious Easter recipes for the perfect after dinner dessert. And if you're searching for mouth-watering Easter basket fillers, make sure to browse our assortment of delectable HERSHEY'S Easter candy treats.



Hints & Tips

Quick and Easy Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a "must", so it is always nice to have afew short cuts to get the cleaning done a little faster inorder to get back to the sewing room!Take an old terrycloth towel that is no longer being used andcut a strip the length of the towel and 2 1/2 inches wide.Sew the strip with 1/4" seams and turn right side out. Thisstrip easily slides onto a yardstick, which can be used toslide under the refrigerator, washer and dryer for quickcleaning. The strip can then be thrown into the washer toclean and save for the next time.
That same old towel can be cut into the shape of your dustmop, then add about 4 inches all around. Turn under a hemand run elastic through it. Slip the terry cloth "cover"over the dust mop and use that for getting the spider websfrom the corners in the garage, or reaching areas that arehard to get to. And, as before, when finished, throw thecover into the washer to clean for the next time.
When doing a thorough house cleaning, it is easier to do onejob throughout the house, such as cleaning the fans in everyroom at the same time. Next you might dust and polish thefurniture throughout the house, etc. By taking care of thecleaning "item by item", the only cleaning supplies neededare those for that particular job, rather than loadingyourself down with all the cleaning supplies in the houseand dragging them from room to room.

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PPA [Partnership for Presciption Assistance]

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669). https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php

RX Assist
The Web's most current and comprehensive directory of Patient Assistance Programs Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.

http://www.rxassist.org/

Free RX of America

Free Rx Of America is a Patient Advocate Service that is dedicated to assisting the Millions of Americans who are potentially qualified to receive their prescriptions drugs Free Of Charge. http://www.freerxofamerica.com/


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Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter number 15

"CHRISTMAS IN JULY"


Issue # 15
© July, 2008 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.



A big welcome to the "newbies" ! Thank you for joining "A Crochet pattern A Week!" I hope you enjoy the patterns and maybe learn something new.....from something old.


For those of you who just found my blog, and are not members of "A Crochet Pattern of the week," and would like to join a great group of women and men come check us out at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/acrochetpatternaweekplace/



Table of Contents:


Yarn pattern

Cotton pattern
Trivia
Motivational thoughts

A Short Funny

Kids Corner

Craft

Gift Idea

Link of the month

Hints & tips

Freebie



Yarn Pattern:
This months yarn pattern is called "Christmas Wreath Afghan & Pillow." Simple appliqued hearts in a green calico material are sewn in wreath shape, and tied with a pretty red ribbon. The background fabric is made of squares of singe crochet with a simple lacy edging around each. If you click on the small pics it will bring you to a bigger one for you to printout, and you will not have all the other parts of the newsletter as well.
















































































Cotton Pattern:
This months cotton pattern is called "Ruffled Mini Tree"A crocheted mini tree is stitched with cotton thread, and then stiffened. Sprigs of holly and shimmering trims proved a festive finish. if you click on each pics you will be brought to a page were you can print out the patterns without all the rest of the newsletter, and also it is bigger.
























































Trivia


The Twelve Days of Christmas Song, No one seems to know who wrote what seems to be a nonsensical song, but legend has it as being written during the period of time when Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith without punishment (which would explain why no one credits themselves for penning it), the song was to help children to remember the tenets of their faith. Many consider this another urban legend though, mainly because everything in the song goes along with both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church doctrine. And that it seems to have a French origin, not English.The true love was God Himself.The me was any baptized person.The partridge in a pear tree was Christ and may of referred to Matt. 23:37 and Luke 13:34.The 2 turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.3 French hens stood for faith, hope and love. (1 Cor. 13) The Theological Virtues The 4 calling birds were the 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Four Evangelists The 5 golden rings recalled the Torah or law; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Law or Pentateuch.The 6 geese a laying were the 6 days of creation.The 7 swans a swimming were the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 7:30) The 7 Sacraments.The 8 maids a milking were the eight Beatitudes. (Matt. 5-6).The 9 ladies dancing were the 9 truths of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5).The 10 Lords a leaping were the 10 Commandments.The 11 pipers piping were the 11 faithful apostles.The 12 drummers drumming symbolized the 12 points of belief in the Apostle Creed.Note: In the original version the first 5 gifts were all birds, 1st day = Partridge, 2ND day = 2 Turtle Doves, 3rd day = 3 French Hens, 4Th day = 4 Colly Birds (Blackbirds) not Calling birds, and on the 5Th day = 5 Golden Rings (referred to ring-necked pheasants) not jewelry.



You can see and hear the http://tinyurl.com/yg97d6




Motivational thought



There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or

the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton, Vesalius in ZanteUS novelist (1862 - 1937)



A Short Funny



Reindeer's Story at Christmas
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December.
Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.
We should have known... ONLY women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.






Kids Corner


Kids craft


Jeweled Ornament






















This jeweled ornament craft is simple to make and impressive to behold - a very easy craft for young ones to create as gifts.
What you'll need:
3" Frosted ball ornament
Jewels (one side flat) of different sizes and shapes
Glue (tacky glue will work best)
How to make it:
Apply glue to the back of the jewels and apply to the ornament. You may need to hold in place for a minute or two depending on the type of glue used.
Let dry.
Hang and watch the Christmas tree lights reflect off the jewels!
Tips:
You could possibly use sparkle glue or glitter fabric paint to attach the jewels. Just be "generous" with the glue to make sure the jewels will adhere.



Kids link of the week:


Links to sites specifically for children Has link for things like Coloring and Computer Fun , Things To Make And Do and much much more.


http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/2925/



Kids Freebie:


Become A Kids Club Member
Sign up now and get the Kids Club Imagination Newsletter in the mail, FREE!
Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join Kids Club today.
Members of Kids Club will receive:
An official Kids Club membership card & special gift!
A personalized birthday card.
A Kids Club Imagination Newsletter full of projects and games 6 times a year.
Free Kids Club Imagination activity coupon to participate in a fun and safe group setting at Kids Club Saturdays at your local Michael's store.


http://www.michaels.com/art/online/static?page=kids_newsletter








Kids A Short Funny:


Nasty Bug Going Around Joke
Last week, I was watching a show on TV about invading space aliens - it was pretty creepy. Then, the doorbell rang so I went to answer it. Standing there was a 6 foot tall mosquito! He grabbed me by the neck, threw me across the room, and then left.The next night, I was playing a video game and the doorbell rang. I answered it and that same six-foot mosquito was there. He punched me in the stomach and then thumped me on the head and left.The third night, the doorbell rang. I slowly opened the door and that mosquito pushed the door open, hit me in both eyes, kicked me in the shin, and body slammed me to the ground then left.The next day, I went to see my doctor and explained everything that had happened. I asked him what I should do.The doctor replied, "Not much you can do. There's just a nasty bug going around."





Adult Craft :



Felt Gingerbread House













Create a gingerbread house out of multicolored felt.






http://tinyurl.com/6d5gek






Gift idea:





Links for different kinds of gifts in a jar recipes and ideas.





http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/ecuador/688/id31.htm





Link of the month:





Thousands of Make your own Mix Recipes, Jar & Kitchen Gifts, credit repair, Coupons, Budgeting Articles, Inexpensive Gift Ideas, Gag Gifts, Money Saving Recipes, & Free Debt Reduction Resource!





http://www.budget101.com/jargifts.htm








Hints & tips:






Welcome to Organized Christmas! Our mission: to help you simplify your holidays and get ready for the Christmas season.
Whether you plan for the holidays year-round or begin Christmas planning at the last minute, we'll help you get organized for a stress-free celebration.
Browse our organizing plans, printable Christmas planner, gift ideas, homemade Christmas gifts and recipes for gifts in a jar.
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