Monthly Archives: May, 2012

Bead Crochet Rope

     I recently completed a small crocheted tote.  I wanted to add something different than the regular crocheted handles.  So, I tried my hand at bead crochet rope.  I love the look of the necklaces and other jewelry made using this technique.  Using a fantastic picture tutorial (found here, http://www.beadersshowcase.com/profiles/blogs/2049967:BlogPost:3497 ) shared by Julie A. Harper.

     I strung 364 6/0 glass beads (3 cream, 1 dk blue, 1 lavendar, 1 dk blue) onto size 3 crochet thread and used the technique shown in the above tutorial…a slip stitch instead of a single crochet and crocheted rather tightly and worked 6 stitches around using a #7 steel crochet hook.  I first tried with size 30 thread and a #10 steel crochet hook.  Well, my eyes ain’t what they used to be and I couldn’t see them well enough in the beginning and got aggrevated and switched to the larger, size 3 thread.  Now that I’ve got the general idea, I’ll secure me a better light and possible a hands-free magnifier for the first couple of inches at least.

     What resulted was a nice length (almost 9 inches) of rope that was usable for my tote.  The only problem is…I now have to get more beads in order to make the other one…I’m short on the lavendar ones.  So, I’ll save the beaded handles for another project and continue on to completing the tote with regular (tubular) crocheted handles.

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Mary Jo’s

Last month, one of my sisters came to visit.  We’d planned a trip to Mary Jo’s Cloth Store (a serious understatement!  It’s a veritable heaven of a warehouse with pretty much EVERY KIND OF FABRIC IMAGINABLE!).  We left there smiling like goofy kids and dreams of future projects in our minds.  Before making it back to my house we were planning future trips back to Mary Jos(…and beyond!).  I know I went a little crazy with my shopping.  My purchases had no cohesive meaning to anyone, not even to me.  We had to get a grip.  We agreed that we could/would not do it again until we’d made AT LEAST one thing.  (We’re two states apart and just the trip requires budgeting for…).  Well, I completed something today. 

     I utilized fabric from old jeans along with some of the fabric from the treasure trove acquire on our trip.  I made up a pattern for a purse and set about making it.  I learned a few things along the way of which, the most important thing was to make sure your sewing machine attachments are handy (there is a reason for the zipper foot…)!  Now that it’s complete, I can dive into using the new fabric without fearing I’ll ruin it (That was the reasoning behind using the old jeans fabric…not wanting to ruin the ‘good’ stuff).

 

Marriage

Marriage, to believers of God and the truth of the Holy Word, = 1 man, 1 woman, joined by God (not by man but by God) (what God has joined together, let no man put asunder). I will be the first to admit that I took it for granted that being married, even if by the JP, meant in the eyes of God.
No one is responsible for my morality as an adult nor am I responsible for another adult’s morality. If TWO CONSENTING adults wish to create a partnership, domestic or otherwise, and are willing to make a legal, binding contract with each other, there should be no reason they can’t do that and take advantage of the benefits of a joint relationship and this be done through the court system.
HOWEVER, if the two consenting adults, having acquired a legal, binding contract through the court system, are a 1 man, 1 woman couple, they can be MARRIED by an ordained clergyperson.
Would that not appease everyone?
People of the same sex (not necessarily couples, ’cause not all same sex partnerships are couples (neither are all 1 man 1 woman partnerships for that matter). Could be two single adults pooling together for economic reasons)can attain partnershipdom(?)and be able to take advantage of the benefits and rights outlined in the legal, binding contract. A 1 man- 1 woman partnership, that is a couple would then be able to be MARRIED by an ordained clergyperson. Otherwise, they would also be considered a domestic partnership. Marriage would then not be the only recognized legal union.
In order to take advantage of the benefits of the domestic partnership, both parties must sign the legal, binding contract and it be filed with the court system.
Only one domestic partnership contract may be held at one time…so, no multiple partnerships. In order to void the legal, binding contract of the partnership, both parties must be in agreement.
A 1 man-1 woman domestic partnership, that were also married by an ordained clergyperson, would need approval of an ordained clergyperson for dissolution of the marriage.
God, the Bible and all they stand for should be taken seriously and that includes marriage.
I realize, this proposal would reclassify the last 30 years with D from a marriage to a domestic partnership. I would readily and happily seek the honor of having an ordained clergyperson marry us should this proposal pass.
Jeanne R. Williamson