Welcome to DreamChallenge

Having a dream to share my knitting creations, cooking adventures and caregiving stories with others is now a reality. I bet you know someone right now who is at home taking care of someone they love. A phone call, e-mail, note card or some food would all be appreciated. Sometimes an offer to stand in for that person is a wonderful gift. Think about getting a hair cut, what if there is no time or person to sit with your loved one? What can you do to help someone else, or if you are that caregiver, how can you get people to understand you would like to see them or have their help? Knitting helps me stay calm. Knitting helps my blood pressure stay normal. What helps you? Cooking is an adventure for me. My husband is a dedicated 'clean-up' person. Join us on this part of our life's journey.

Choosing to send out cards is one way I stay in touch with others. I address cards on Sunday and my husband puts them in the mail on Monday. There is always someone who needs a card.

After several months of blogging there is a reality that lots of people really enjoy this activity. Positively delightful people, living life to the best of their ability. There is such fun in hearing from others who have ideas, stories, crafts all to share with those who choose to read. Thank you my new friends in this unknown world/way of communicating.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Space for DreamChallenge

Since I am a very new blogger, please forgive the fact that a picture is first and not a very sincere WELCOME to each and every one of you who chose to visit my blog.  I am so grateful to Karen for sponsoring this "Share your Space Day". 

This is my evening knitting space. 
I use this space to be close to my husband because when the news comes on this is the couch where Bob sits. He loves to watch the news and I love to be near him, especially if it is a work day for me and I have been gone all day.

Sometimes we have such special gifts that just the feel will give delight and happiness. 
That is what these two sets of VERY OLD wooden hand carved needles do for me. 
 I just love the feel and smell.  And Yes, I do knit with them as I sit in my corner of the couch.  They are a very special gift from my housekeeper and friend.  Juanita is a blessing to Bob and me.

Growing up in an Italian Household allowed me to share a room for many years with an Aunt.  Then when I became a teen and was given the small room at the back of the hall of my very own, it was a joy.  Today, our home affords me space abound, but my craft space is mine alone.  This is my space for bill paying and keeping my Etsy Account up to date.  That is the Ohio River in the background.

As I sit in my space in the pantry, this is the beautiful rock garden entry that Bob built.  It is lovely and has seasonal flowers as well as a flowing red Japanese maple tree in the background. The pantry in our home was built so I could look out the window as I sewed on the same sewing machine my parents gave me when I began sewing classes in High School. Remember Home Economics classes???I totally loved my Home Ec. classes and learned so very much. Thank You Mrs. Gooch where ever you are. 

Here is my space to sew and store yarn.

 Bob, my husband, put the shelves together so I could ORGANIZE my yarn. Now those of you who have yarn realize that just putting the yarn into color combinations will never work, but we are going to give it a try. He and our youngest daughter did an excellent job trying to help me be organized.

We all need a space to store our beads.  This lovely wooden wine holder was just what I needed to add to the pantry space.  All my beads and nylon thread for securing them to the garments fit nicely into this wooden box.  Little did my brother and sister-in-law know what the box would be used for after we finished the refreshing wine.  Thank You both for this treasurer. 
Notice the antique Coke bottles.  Coke is my choice drink.

We all have little scraps and I find keeping them in this jar is an easy way to see what colors are available.

Sometimes we have favorite yarns.  Here are some of mine. 
This beautiful woven basket is just the place for my special treasurers.

Even though the space is small, it is mine.  The view is fabulous and the lighting very good.

Here I am making a credit card holder using left over fabric and lace.
This creation makes nice little gifts.

In the spring, summ and fall, I may be found out on the patio enjoying the river, boats and animals.  We have ducks that think we are their sole source of food.  Then the birds sing as though they know us.  Just beautiful.
This particular yarn took me a LONG time to find.  I was looking for just the right colors for a little blonde.  Now that I have found it, the sweater will be finished in a few weeks.

This table scape is my first attempt at a craft sale.  Our local church Our Lady of Fatima, decided to combine a rummage sale with a craft sale.  It was great fun setting up.  Normally I just knit for friends and now that Etsy craft space is in my life, this seemed like a good idea. 

My space is a treasure and I am so thankful you took the time to visit. 
Please come again and be my friend.
May Blessings and Peace fill you and your space.


  1. Hi Jan -
    I hurried home so that I could be the first to comment and congratulate you on this fabulous post. It is so hard to be a new blogger - and yet everyone who is now a successful blogger - started just where you are today - brand new!

    You have created a wonderful post to show all of us your beautiful spaces where you create your oh so lovely little "knittings".

    Your home is beautiful, welcoming and the perfect place for relaxation and creating. My whole body goes ahhh (!) when I walk through your doors!

    You are going to meet a lot of new folks through this event and they are going to love you - as do I.


  2. What gorgeous yarns you have! Looks like you knit wherever you go and the scenery is gorgeous!
    Queen Bee Studio

  3. Love the space and the usefulness of it!

  4. Great creative space! So, enjoyed my visit. Enjoy the rest of the party.

  5. Well how cute are YOU! I love that you work alllllll over the home, especially outside. Ever so pleased to meet you! **kisses** Deb

  6. Welcome to the Wild Wonderful World of Blog from a fellow Coke aficionado. Your Pantry creative space is just delightful, cozy and what a great view. How wonderful that the family pitched in to help organize a few things - many hands do make light work.

    Please stop by and visit me some time.

    Hope your having a great weekend.


  7. What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

    I adore all of your storage solutions.

  8. Thank you Jan, for sharing your little piece of the world with us! I can totally understand the appeal of using those old wooden needles over a new set! I'm sure they feel wonderful in your hands! It was a pleasure to meet you!
    My Desert Cottage

  9. Hello Jan, Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, it was lovely to read your comment. I love knitting also and when my son was growing up a knitted all of his little tops. I loved doing it and I loved looking at him knowing that I made them with love. Great storage ideas, thanks, Maureen

  10. Hi Jan!

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog. It's such a pleasure to meet you. I love every single picture of you. I love to knit too,but don't have time right now with everything else that I do. Maybe someday. I love how you keep things in baskets. That's a great idea. I will be back to visit you again. All the best to you.
    Janet's Creative Pillows

  11. Welcome to a rather new blogger! You will have such fun. I love seeing all the places you create. Truth be told, I work all over our house, too.

    How lucky you are to have that view of the water!

  12. So much color! Love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well :)

  13. Hi Jan,
    It's so nice to meet you. How great you have so many places where you can create beautiful items with all that lovely yarn! I look forward to seeing what and where you create in the future. Happy week to you, wonder where you're creating today ;)

  14. Your patio looks like the most PERFECT spot to relax and knit. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Just loved your creative space...a talent I did not pick up was knitting...and you do it oh so well...thanks for sharing it all with us.

  16. You've got a great space to create (especially the terrace you look out onto - how pretty!). I have not learned to knit but I did find some old wooden knitting needles this weekend that made it home with me. Who knows, maybe one day, I'll be inspired and they'll speak to me!

  17. I love how you have real pictures of where you knit....but, the one by the water.....I thought wow.....you even knit on a boat....I am impressed....but, it is great to create outside......thanks for sharing!!!!!

  18. It's all about being portable....love that you have so many spots to create and those needles are amazing...

  19. Hi Jan, what a beautiful space you have created. I love all your beautiful yarn and it looks like you have such fun while creating. Welcome to blogland. Thanks for sharing.

  20. What beautiful views you have - so inspiring!!! And the jar for yarn scraps....well it was all I could do to keep my paws out of there ;) Thank you for sharing your creative space!!!


    Romeo and "her"

  21. What an enjoyable, warm, and welcoming studio. You have some lovely pieces. I adore the coke bottle. Of course, those scrap jars are pretty colorful and fun, too. Thanks for sharing and joining in on the fun.

  22. I like your space. Love all the yarn.
    I collect some Coke things. I use a lot of jars, baskets and tins for storing things.

  23. It's nice to have a project that you can do just about anywhere. I also enjoy just sitting with my hubby, even if we are just watching TV together. Wonderful that you have a space to yourself, too.

  24. Don't baskets make the best storage! You have such a nice studio and a fantastic view! Thanks, Connie

  25. What a cozy little crafting space you have! I so admire those who work with yarn, I am not gifted in that area, well unless you count being able to crochet the longest chain in the world, that is about all I can do :) Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  26. Hi Jan,
    I so enjoyed my little visit here.. I just love your old knitting neddles..and how you knit and visit you hubby.. That is so sweet.. It looks like you have a wonderful room to create in and thank you for letting us in to take a little peek... ~Linda

  27. welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. You will love it. Sorry it has taken me a bit to get around to your blog but there have been so many to see and so little time. You have a great space. I especially love your outdoor space. Thanks for the wonderful tour and sharing your space with us. Have a wonderful day. Angela

  28. I enjoyed reading your post and seeing your pictures. You have a lovely view from your creative space - mine is in the basement with no windows. Thank you for inviting us to visit!

  29. You have a lovely space and the rock garden out side is very nice (do you get a lot of sun there?).

  30. I love that one can knit and crochet almost anywhere...spending precious time with your hubby. You have a Lovely studio.

    Yes, I am still visiting the participants in the 'where bloggers create' event...and having a great time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

  31. Thank you for a view into your world! I am a newbie to this blogging thing (2 wks) and loving every minute of it! Thanks so much for being a part of my inspiration today! ~Sherry F.

  32. Mom, I love the pictures you shared. I think this was your best blog yet. It shares the house and your love of dad, knitting and the river all at once. Vicki's comment of her body going "aaahhhh" is SOOOO true, Im trying to find a few days to come there before school starts again!

  33. Morning Jan. Yep, still making my rounds. LOL.
    Love your space, it seems just perfect, and such a pretty view. I enjoyed seeing that you enjoy several different places to create (so do I).
    Come by Big Horn Mountain Creations for a visit.

  34. Aloha Jan;
    Your place looks very warm and inviting. I see you have a vintage sewing machine, love it. Isn't it wonderful to be able to knit anywhere? Love the scenery over there.
    Thanks for sharing. Hope to see more posts from you.