Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Beatitudes | Cross-Stitch Pattern

Brand new pattern from Snoflake Stitchery!
The Beatitudes | Cross-Stitch Pattern

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Snoflake Stitchery | Beatitudes Cross-Stitch Pattern

I was inspired by the idea of nature; the nature around us that speaks of God's creation, but also human nature. Jesus was speaking in the Beatitudes of how we are meant to live our lives. In many ways they tell us to deny our instinct toward comfort in order to receive clarity of mind and heart to hear the will of God.

I worked on this through the 2016 Lent and Easter season.  Though it is paradoxical to say, crucified Jesus is the man of beatitude, a truly happy man. The beatitudes are a new law to help discipline our desires, minds and bodies as to make real not temporary happiness possible. 

There is so much wrapped up in these few verses. The instructions to get to heaven are outlined in these verses. A life time can be spent pondering the meaning of the Beatitudes, trying to apply it to our own lives just as Jesus did. I know my perception on life has changed over the past few months while I designed the typography and stitched the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount.

I pray my pattern may inspire others to look at the words of Jesus in a new way, to hear the will of God in their hearts minds with a clarity that had previously not existed.

Peace be with you all & Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Annie's Craft Store

This news is big and exciting:

Two patterns from Snoflake Stitchery are now available through Annie's Craft Store!


The Rose Tote | Crochet Pattern

This lovely tote is handy for carrying your latest stitch project, books or anything you may need to "tote" along! Pattern includes a chart for visual crocheters and written instructions. A brief explanation of the main stitch, the waistcoat stitch, is also included. Model is stitched using medium-weight yarn.



The Lord's Prayer | Cross-Stitch Pattern

Stitch a beautiful typographic design of The Lord's Prayer. Pattern includes a list of supplies needed, stitches used and a brief tutorial. Graphs with symbols and a computerized rendering are accompanied with photographs of the finished model. Stitch count dimensions: 14-count Aida cloth – 9.64" x 14.64"; 16-count Aida cloth – 8.44" x 12.8".



Be sure to check these out and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Popcorn Puppy Chow!

Sometimes the best things in life are simple.
"Mom, this is better than Ice Cream!" my son exclaimed.
"Why have we not thought to make this before?!" my husband asked.

Popcorn Puppy Chow is one of those simple things.
This free recipe is gluten, dairy and soy free.


I cannot eat gluten, dairy or soy.
This includes any foods that were processed on or in a facility which processes those ingredients.
I have food allergies.

One of the hardest things is to miss out on the delicious snacks all around.
The easy to make or already made convenience food disguised as homemade.
Don't get me wrong, I love to cook, but to cook everything from scratch makes one long for the already made tasty snacks.

Not anymore with this recipe!

I foresee making this often in my house.

Popcorn Puppy Chow 

Ingredients

  • 6-7 C. Popped Popcorn
  • 2/3 C. Powder Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life brand makes some allergen friendly chocolate chips.)
  • 2 T Coconut Butter (Optional)

Directions

  1. Divide the ingredients in half before assembling the Popcorn Puppy Chow. This allows for better coating as you will be shaking the powdered sugar on in a gallon bag.
  2. Place the chocolate chips and coconut butter in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. The coconut butter tempers the chocolate chips, makes it a smoother pour and helps to stretch the chocolate chips a little further to allow for more coverage on the popcorn.
  3.  Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and stir until coated.
  4. Then transfer the chocolate-covered popcorn in a gallon-sized bag zip top plastic bag.
  5. Pour powdered sugar on top of the popcorn.
  6. Seal and shake.

Repeat with the other half of ingredients if necessary.

Enjoy this free recipe and if you want more recipes check out my cookbook Yum! Cooking Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free.

Available on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Yum-Cooking-Gluten-Dairy-Free/dp/1517451396/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1454518334&sr=1-4





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Cross-Stitch Pattern of 2016!

Photograph & Pattern Design by Sarah Richards | Copyright 2016
Life is messy and hard, but as we persevere through the trials it brings we find reassurance and surprising joy through the words of the prophet Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In this cross-stitch pattern, these words are typographically designed to enhance their meaning in order to enrich our lives. Check out this cross-stitch pattern on Snoflake Stitchery!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Give Thanks.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us; it can very easy to get caught up in the details of the holiday.
But what is really important?


There is the cleaning.
I clean more during the next two months getting ready for family and friends than during 'spring cleaning'.

There is the shopping.
Groceries need to be bought and commercialism is in full swing.

There is the cooking. 
Making the perfect bird is not my biggest challenge, I am hosting Thanksgiving and must make a gluten, dairy and soy free feast that doesn't taste like it is flavor free!

This morning brought me a reminder of what is really important.
My son awoke this morning to greet me with a series of sneezes rather than the usual running hug and joyful reminder that it is breakfast time. Normally I walk him to school with my two dogs, however I decided it would be best to drive him to ward away further sneezing fits.

I looked out at the driveway. My car was covered with ice.
After breakfast I made him lunch and geared up to go chip away the winter on my car. 

My son walks out when I am done to get into the car.
He says he can't get in. 

It was frozen shut.
I pulled harder.
It finally gave...up the handle!

I had pulled off the door handle and yet the car door would not budge.
I was very tempted to become enraged.
I wanted to shout out how unfair it was to had the car fall apart in my hand.
I hadn't even finished my first cup of coffee for the day.

Instead I took a deep breath, and looked at my son's face.
His eyes were huge. His mouth slack.

I did something neither of us was expecting.
I laughed.
I remember a verse we had read over breakfast that morning.

"Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

~1 Thessalonians 5:18

It really wasn't all that important to get upset about.
There were three other car door that opened.
The car could still work to take my son to school on time.

This reminder was perfect before the holiday season begins. Things are not what's important, family is. Giving thanks is the reason for Thanksgiving. Giving thanks in all circumstances is St. Paul reminds us to do.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!