"Knitting and crocheting has been my hobby since childhood. I started making stuffed toys for children hospitals several years ago. It has become a passion, I absolutely love making them. My “Critters” are a nice cuddly, hug-gable, lovable size for the children. And what’s truly amazing is how much pure pleasure a person can receive by creating them."
My patterns are written so that they are easy to follow, and include photos and instructions to help you. If you haven’t tried making a toy using the knitting in the round method, give it a try, your in for a very pleasant surprise! If you have a question contact me at bjfromnv@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

R U Ready for Winter? huh?

Wow, where the heck does the time go? Starting to seriously feel like fall around here. Noticed a few leaves already turning orange. Went into a local store the other day for some pink yarn, can you believe that? Me going in to a store for yarn? Anyway, I asked the lady who waited on me if she was “ready” for winter. She quickly replied, “Oh yes, I don’t like summer. I love winter, and I actually feel better in the winter!”

Made me think of the fact that wherever you are raised will make a big difference in how you feel about the different seasons. Being born and raised in Calif., I find the long cold winters just a bit depressing. Whereas my husband and Mother who were both born and raised in Minn. & Colorado, don’t think much about it one way or the other. Just a matter of conditioning I guess. I just always find that interesting…………are you yawning? Sorry! LOL p.s. the gal in the store is from South Dakota!

Shady Brutus

This is Brutus Bee Beastee Boy, he is one of my earlier patterns.

I have been working on updating some of my patterns and I was surprised to find a few typos. I always ask people to write me if they have any questions or problems. It just always amazes me how you can read or scan something and not even see the mistake. Whereas someone else will spot it immediately. I have some new ideas I am working on. One of them is pretty exciting, I hope I will be able to accomplish the desired look. I know I am being secretive, but I don’t want to spill the beans just yet. And any time you have a new idea, I think it’s best to get right on it or the idea will go to someone else.

How many times have you heard someone lament, “I had that exact same idea!” A lot of my ideas come to me in dreams, or when I first wake up. And when you get an idea floating in your head, the possibility of rolling over and going back to sleep, is NOT going to happen.

Shady LULU

This Lulu La Lamb, she is my very first pattern. I updated her also. I love so many colors, but pink is a nice one for sure. Well, as usual I am not getting much done today. I need to go pick up those needles and get to work. Do I have a rough life or what? Take care……have fun…………..

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tennis anyone? & Death of a Hero

Well the US Open Tennis Championship 2011 is now history. All in all it was really a fantastic event. Other than the to be expected rain delay. I mean how can you put a cover on the Arthur Ashe Stadium that holds 22,547? I know they are talking about it, but I just don’t know how it’s going to happen. The site is setting on a land fill. Time will tell.
Interior of Arthur Ashe Stadium
Well so much for a hero? I am speaking of Serena Williams. Boy, what can you say? I have watched her and her sister Venus take the tennis world by storm. I have been so proud of them and for them for all the accomplishments they have fought for and earned. Nothing was ever given to either one of them. True Champions both.
Throughout the course of Serena’s professional career, she has earned over $31,151,l42.00. She has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. I watched her when she had her tirade 2 years ago at the U.S. Open, and at the time I thought she was a little out of control. But watching her Sunday afternoon, there are no more excuses that I can offer up for her. I know that she has fought long and hard in a lot of ways, but her behavior at the final match was inexcusable. I was speechless, stunned, and pissed at the same time.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
'Two years after being dumped out of the US Open semi-finals for verbally abusing a line judge, Serena Williams found herself in trouble once again in Sunday's final against Samantha Stosur. With the American saving the first of two break points with an ace early in the second set, she thought she had saved the next one with a huge forehand, screaming "come on" loudly before Stosur hit the return (although whether Stosur would have reached the return is debatable). The Greek umpire awarded the point, and the game to Stosur, much to the disgust of Williams, who shouted, "Are you the one that screwed me over last time?" During a break in play, Williams continued to berate poor Eva Asderakia claiming the umpire was "out of control". But the best insult: "You're unattractive on the inside".
This is the day after 9/11 and this tournament is held in New York. What the Heck was she thinking? You are representing your country lady, and this is the way you behave? Naw…………I don’t think so. Shame on you Serena Williams, and then to have the nerve to say she forgot what you said? And I quote,
"I don't even remember what I said," Williams said. "It was just so intense out there. It's the final for me. I guess I'll see it on YouTube. I don't know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone when they play kind of 'zones out'.
"We live for these moments. Everyone lives to be in the final of Wimbledon or the final at the US Open. Whatever happens in that moment, you live for them and we breathe for them, and hopefully I'll be back for them.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the whole saga was that Williams either failed or refused to offer any meaningful act of contrition. An apology would have been a thoroughly good idea but there was none, not even a hint of it. *Martin Rogers*
Hmmmmmm well if you live for these moments, seems like you would keep yourself under control and act like the champion you are? And no apology? Not even considered? Something is wrong here, really wrong, not  sure  just what it is, but I sure am gonna miss my hero………………

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kelly Kurly Kewpie

Wow………….well I knew the last month had been stressful. But when I was looking at things that I needed to update on my blog. I realized that I didn’t see any pics of Kelly. And that being my nickname, and my latest pattern, I was more than a little surpirsed.

I want to introduce you to Kelly, I think she is really adorable even if I do say so myself…………………..


When I was a kid, we used to  look through the catalogs and wish for things that we wanted for Xmas. Sear and Roebuck, JC Penny……..oh and did they have the toy sections. I can’t tell you how much time I used  to spend poring over those catalogs. And then when I would decide I would have to write a letter to Santa…………and of course I would have to write the full description from the catalog, including page number, because I wanted to make sure that he knew which doll I wanted. Pretty funny when I think about it now. And pretty amazing when you think that I was born in 1945 and all the changes that have come about in the meantime.

I have to stop here and thank my dear departed Granny…………..oh how I love you………….she was a very modern woman, who told me to embrace change, because that’s what life is all about …………..change. What an awesome woman she was………born before her time, but she taught me well. And I have tried to remember the things she taught me, and to remember who she was and how she lived her life. She loved nature as much as me and our bond was strong.


My Granny Rachel is the one who “nick-named” me Kelly. And in her older years she loved to dye her hair red. What a woman, oh how I miss her and her counsel and advice. And most of all her love. I hope you were lucky enough to have a Grand-Mother like mine who gave of herself and lived her own life at the same time.  Have fun :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Well, how’s it going for you? Just dropping in to say we had one super time down in Nevada. Always so nice to visit and see old friends. Makes you realize how much you miss them. It was a fantastic Pow-Wow, and also one of the hottest. The dancers were great, the week-end just went by too darn fast. This was the 19th annual Wovoka Pow Wow. I can’t believe it has been that many years since we had the first one. The Keats family committed to do the pow-wow for 20 years, so let’s hope someone steps forward and takes the reins. This is a tradition that needs to be carried on. It’s so important for the children to keep contact with their heritage, and this is one of the very best ways to do it. Good for the whole family. A wonderful  and very powerful tradition.


~Thanks to Jennifer Ackley for these photos.~

greg and sam

You only have to look at those faces to know how very proud they are to be participating in a tradition that started many many moons ago. To feel the drum, coming up through the earth and to feel the vibration. Words just can not describe.  I think you have figured out that I am native American.  My father was “Caddo” from North Carolina. A very interesting an varied tribe.

As I understand it, the Caddo are ethnically related to the Pawnee, Wichita, and the Kitsai, because they all speak dialects of the Caddoan language. In addition, the Caddo were actually a confederacy made up of smaller Bands, such as the Adai, Cahinnio, Eyeish, Hainai, Hasinai, Kadohadacho, Nabedache, Nabiti, Nacogdoche, Nadaco, Nanatsoho, Nasoni, Natchitoches, Nechaui, Neche, Ouachita, Tula, and Yatasi.


I called this guy “Handsome Harry” I needed a model, so I got him finished last week. I just love the fact you can use any colors you want when it comes to making toys. And of course I love all birds. And I mean all birds. My totem is the “Red-tailed Hawk”. We will talk about that next time. I had one fly right by my left shoulder yesterday as I was walking, what a feeling. Anyway, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday. Remember……………..have fun.