Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Beaded Amulet Bags

I have just completed two very cute beaded amulet bags:




This one is made of beige 100% cotton thread with different colored, metal lined, glass beads.



This is made from variegated cotton thread with different colored seed beads.

Each of these are for sale in my shop on Etsy.com

Update on My Brother

Don, as the family calls him, is doing better. Right now, it appears that he will be discharged on Wednesday, 30 April, 2008.




He was on the operating table for almost twelve hours on the 23rd. The doctor's had to rebuild his left hip joint, put a pin in the ball of the joint, placed numerous screws in both legs and they discovered a hernia right above the left hip and fixed that also.




The physical therapist explained that in the wreck his left hip joint came out of place and then the ball jammed into the socket so hard it crushed the joint.


Here is a picture of a healthy left hip joint:








Again, his knees are in pretty bad shape and it appears that in the wreck, the extra keys hanging down on his key ring, entered his left knee--doing damage.



He already had much pain in both knees.



Here is a picture of the left knee:



He will not be able to place any weight at all on his hip for at minimum of two months. When discharged he will probably be transported by ambulance from Atlanta, Georgia to Ware Shoals, South Carolina (that is not the exact town as I do not wish to put my family's address on the Internet.)

This will be a long, hard recovery process for him.

Mother is looking into him being able to go to a Rehabilitation Center until he can at least get around on crutches a little bit.

I'll keep you all posted as he progresses.

If anyone wants to send him prayers, good thoughts, etc. please do so through here and I will print and send to him.

Snail mail can be sent to:

Cha'kwaina

Attn: Don

P.O. Box 22

Bon Aqua, TN 37025

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Brother's Disapperance

My brother, Don, was in a bad car wreck on Friday, 11 April, 2008.

He had been working in Nashville, Tennessee and was headed home to North Augusta, Georgia. They were sending him to work in Columbia, South Carolina. He was so excited that he would be able to see Mama on her birthday, 12 April and had planned to take her out to eat on that Sunday.

Mama called me at work on Saturday, 12 April, 2008 very upset. Don had not called her yet. She had last spoke to him at 7:56 p.m. the night before. He had told her he was having problems with his cell phone and that he would be home in a little bit, he’d call her when he got home.

That call never came.

When she got off work on Saturday, he had still not called so she drove down to his apartment from her home in Honea Path, South Carolina. Not only was his car not there, there was no evidence he had been in the apartment.

She contacted the local law enforcement and filed an “Overdue Motorist Report”. The Missing Persons-NCIC had to be filed in Tennessee.

When I left work I filed the Missing Persons-NCIC here in Tennessee.

On Sunday, my estranged husband, his girlfriend, and his parents all rallied at Mama’s house. We all know that Don would never miss a day calling his Mama nor would he, under any circumstances, not call her on her birthday. She had turned seventy-one by searching for her only son.

At some point that day they loaded up David and Diane in one car and Mama and Bob (David, my estranged husband’s Father) in another and headed back to North Augusta.

David and Diane drove down I-20 to Atlanta checking for possible wreck sites along both sides of the interstate.

Since Don had left Tennessee I had the number twenty-three stuck in my head. David made a special effort at every incidence of that number. It would be later before the significance came out. (Don was born on the 23rd of December.)

On Sunday night at eleven, the CBS affiliate, WRDW, in Augusta, Georgia carried a news report on Don’s disappearance. We wish to thank them for doing so.

By this time we had contacted the FBI, Tennessee Law Enforcement, Georgia State Patrol, Aiken County South Carolina Law Enforcement and anyone else we thought might could help.

Until you have been in this situation you can nver understand the thoughts that enter your mind. All the most terrible scenarios are the only ones that enter and linger.

On Monday, 14 April, 2008 we finally located him. A lady from the financial office of the hospital, Grady Memorial, called Don’s work and asked if he was there! His supervisor questioned the lady and discovered that he had been admitted on Friday, 11 April, 2008 after a car wreck and she wanted to know if he had medical insurance.

Don had been in a head on collision.

He is doing better. He had his second surgery on 23 April 2008 and has a long road to full recovery.

The doctors had to put a plate in his hip. The injuries are: right leg broken in four places, left leg broken in three places, left knee busted up badly (it appears, the keys on his key ring went into his knee), pelvic bone broken, one kidney bruised, laceration to the top of his head requiring seven staples.

I had to cancel the NCIC Missing Persons Report as for some reason, he was never matched to it.

We thank all those that have gone so far above and beyond to help us-Grady Memorial Hospital Staff, The Members of the Hodges Church of God, The Bob Harvley Family, the Staff of Quality Hotel on Luckie Road in Atlanta, Georgia, the Staff of Quality Inn of Dickson, Tennessee, Staff of The Hot Spot Honea Path, South Carolina and all the members of the immediate family and friends.

I will blog about Don as he progresses through his recovery.


You can click in the "TAG" list (left lower sidebar) to see all posts regarding him.

Here are a few pictures of this very special man Grandfather chose to be my brother:






My Nephew, Fred (Don's Dad), Don









Don with his daughter





Mama and Don

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Prayer Cloth for my Brother

I was checking out some blogs of others on CrochetList at Yahoo! Groups and found this pattern-Filet Prayer Cloth Pattern.



With a few changes as to hook size and yarn, the below picture is what my finished project looks like:



Yarn used: "Silkine" Pearl Cotton, Mercerized, #5 by The American Thread Company in a yellow.
Hook Used: Steel #3

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another Pair of Earrings

Below is a pair of earrings I made.



Hand Crafted Diary

This is a Diary or Journal I made for a Special Friend for Christmas one year.

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Leather Bag

I made a slide show of the leather bag I made. It was a commissioned piece.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Storage Building Damaged!

Yesterday I got a call from the owner of the place where I rent a storage building. Seems a county sewer cleanup truck had broke down and they had pulled it into the parking lot in front of the storage place.


Somehow it slipped into gear and started rolling. No one was in it. It hit the unit my stuff was in!!


Here are the pictures:


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I Am Selling My Crafts Online!

Someone sent me a link to their shop on etsy.com to look at their stuff. Well, I started exploring and decided to open a shop there.

It is so wonderful. Every shop there sells handmade items or supplies to make things with. Cottage Industry has itself a home on the Internet!!!

Everyone there is so friendly and helpful. They have groups of members that are either regional or they do similar crafts. There is even one group for homeschoolers that sell handmade items!

If you want to buy handmade and support cottage industry, etsy.com is the place to go!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Lakota Creation Story

Creation Story - Lakotaby: Author Unknown, Source Unknown

The Creator gathered all of Creation and said, "I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality."

The eagle said, "Give it to me, I will take it to the moon."

The Creator said, "No. One day they will go there and find it."

The salmon said, "I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean."

"No. They will go there too."

The buffalo said, "I will bury it on the Great Plains."

The Creator said, "They will cut into the skin of the Earth and find it even there."

Grandmother Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said, "Put it inside of them."

And the Creator said, "It is done."

Found Some Pictures

I was organizing some pictures on my hard drive and found some pictures of things I have made.


Hope you enjoy.




This is the blanket I made for my granddaughter Di'Chariah.


This is my Regalia. I made all but the cocunut shell belt and my son, Pistol Ball gifted me the raccoon skin.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Have a Stole in Mind

Well, I have been thinking on what to do with all that yarn I have left from the baby blnket, also posted in this blog.

A STOLE!

My shoulders get cold in the winter time so I plan to make a stole with it. I have 5 full skeins and almost a whole 6th left--that should be enough.

Right now I am planning on using the same stitch pattern.

Have to finish a filet cross first. It's for Mother for her birthday on eight days! I have had to rip it out twice now.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Urban Legends

This is another of my pet peeves, getting all sorts of warnings in my e~mail that are nothing but hoaxes and urban legends!

Why do people pass these things along?

What on earth makes most of them anything near believable?

Why do people not take the few minutes it takes to check them out?

Here are some links for you to use to double check those things BEFORE you pass them along:

If I Could Live It All Over Again

If I could live it all over again, starting at about 13, I would have put all my earned income in a savings account.

When I married, I would have went off the grid then, not planned to sometime in the unforeseeable future.

More of my children would have been born at home and each of them would have been fed as naturally as the first. (At 22 she still refuses salt because she never tasted till she was 3.)

We would have had our own organic food to eat and share.

I would have truly listened more often. Not just heard what was said but not have been thinking ahead while the other person was speaking. I would have shut off my mind and preconceptions and just heard every word, every inflection of their voice and thereby been able to understand and be more compassionate.

I would have not tried to please so many other people by being what they wanted me to be. i would have searched my own heart, at a much younger age, and discovered me, long before I did.