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.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Welcome One World One Heart

Hello everyone!  Since I am blessed to still have relatives in Italy and England, here is a picture of our great and wonderful world as seen on my office desk.  This globe is positioned so I can see the 'boot' of Italy.  There are such awesome people all over this world.  The One World One Heart Event gives us an opportunity to broaden our friendships and share ourselves.  Note:  The globe is as aged as I am, now that's impressive.  Look at the color, still lovely.
Welcome to my DreamChallenge and One World One Heart Event.  Here is a heart designed using my very favorite hobby - knitting: (the design is mine and the circle of pearls represents our circle of unity).

 My husband loves to garden and so this picture of me shelling peas is appropriate to share with all of you.  He does the gardening and I do the cooking/canning, etc.  Of course, he helps me a lot especially with the clean up after the project is completed.  We always send our granddaughters some fresh peas out of the garden when they are first ripe.  They live about five hours away and love getting the packages from Grammy and Papaw.
 Here he is, the love of my life.  Bob is a cancer survivor and has lived through a stem cell transplant.  We are so blessed and Thank God each day for Bob's continued good health.  Can you see that smile?  He is a great person.  This picture shows a sweater I made for his niece (mine too), but little Jack was not even born when this project was completed.
Sharing my love of knitting is a joy.  The item choosen for this event giveaway could be for a man, woman or child.  When you win this lovely item knitted with prayer for the winner, be sure to tell me who will wear it.  If it is a woman or girl, there are flowers to accompany the 'arrowpoint neck wrap'.  The men and boys will probably not want the flowers.  Knitting flowers sometimes makes them a little too big, so these are crochet and will tie onto the wrap.  When you leave a comment, please leave your e-mail or mailing address or some way for me to contact you when you win.  I look forward to meeting you as we travel the world together.  Thank you to our wonderful host, Lisa http://awhimsicalbohemian.typepad.com/a_whimsical_bohemian/2010/12/annoucning-the-fifth-and-final-one-world-one-heart-event-.html


  1. Hi, Is your daughter eligible to win? hehehehe I LOVE that.
    Your new post is great. I think it is cool that you have followers. The pictures are perfect representations of you both.
    I continue to be impressed with your blog each time I read something new. It inspires me to make my own about the day in the life of 1P.

  2. Hi Jan ! How nice to meet you on this lovely OWOH journey. I would be thrilled to win your lovely knitted creations. Thanks so much for the chance. Enjoy the meeting adn greeting !
    Cheers !

  3. How nice! It is so good to meet you. I enjoyed visiting your blog, and I hope you will visit mine, too (#307).

  4. Your knitting is really beautiful - isn't it soothing to just sit and listen to the click of your needles as you watch the growth of your knitted creation? I am not great at knitting, still learning but I find it very centering and soothing. I would love a chance to win a knitted beauty by you.
    Please stop by to say hi at my blog as well...
    Hugs from snowy New Hampshire,
    Beth P

  5. Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!


  6. Greetings!...So pleased to visit your lovely blog. I am a Canadian Mixed Media and Digital Artist and look forward to meeting a new friend. I hope you will visit my blog as well.
    http://gaylepage-robak.blogspot.com or #230 on the OWOH list.

    Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

    Hugs, Gayle
    e-mail: gaylepage-robak@westman.wave.ca
    my blog: http://gaylepage-robak.blogspot.com

  7. I would wear this...flowers for me, please!

    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

    My OWOH giveaway:

  8. Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

  9. wow..that is just beautiful!

  10. Yea - your number finally came up! Let the fun begin!! That scarf is absolutely beautiful - somebody is going to be thrilled out of their mind to win it!

    Love you~

  11. Blessings from California ♥

    Thanks for visiting my blog :0) I am enjoying yours. as for the illness I have.. well, I survived a cancer scare at 20 (I am now 48) and the FMS is difficult. But I will add that I am slowly curing myself from it; with prayer, love, a good diet and minimal exercise. God has been so good to our family, I finally have hope of being joyful every day.

    I love your posting and beautiful pictures. The two of you are so happy:)... what a blessing.

    Please enter me in your lovely giveaway ... I will be the one to wear it, unless one of my daughters or neices or friends walks away with it :) ha ha...

    I would love for you to become a part of my blog family, ...later when you have time please visit back and join?

    I will attach myself to yours as well.

    On google friend connect I'm the pink flower on yours.
    thanks so much!
    ♥ tere


    sending you blessings for the week! God Bless!

  12. Greetings from Canada. Nice giveaway!
    Visit me at #336 at Shimmer and Tulle.

  13. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years. What a great post and photos. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. Love your creativity. Count me in please.
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

  14. Please put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize!
    Thank You,Tee creationsbytee@gmail.com

  15. Greetings from Fresno, California :-)
    Please enter me in your drawing for your lovely give-away gift.
    ~Cheryl over @ Artsy Fartsy

  16. Hello from Lost Coast Post! Thank you for visiting my blog! I really like the pictures that you posted of yourself and your husband as they seem so simple and genuine! Lovely smiles indeed! It is wonderful to meet you! I would be tickled if you would enter me in your prize drawing!
    Cheers! Michelle

  17. Congratualtions to your husband on being a survivor. I would love to win that scarf, espeically with the flowers, for myself!

    Please come by my blog and my OWOH giveaway as well. I'm #590.

    hoerauf at comcast dot net

  18. Very pretty! Love the flowers on it!
    Stop by and visit my OWOH! I'm #50!

  19. I enjoyed visiting your KEWL blog, with so many things to do. When I saw the little sweater I hoped it was a prize . LOL New grandson born today 8lb 14 oz a big boy

    Please stop by mine OWOH 2011


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    How lovely! I would love to win it!
    Please come to my Blog to win a real crystal ball!
    Be well & wish well,

  21. I loved visiting with you and meeting your family, you both look like wonderful soulmates, I am glad that he got to have the treatment and hope he is now cancer free. Those peas look yummy too. I love the neck scarf in your giveaway, If I won I would want it for a girl :)
    please stop by and sign up for my giveaway

  22. So very nice to meet you, I love visiting all these wonderful blogs and seeing what everyone is working on, there are so many talented people here.. I would love to win this for my husband, he works on the flight line keeping our military boys in training in the air and that can be a cold job

    Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
    Bonnie in Florida

    Visit my blogs
    # 566 and # 567

  23. What a lovely neck wrap! I love the added flowers! So pretty! jinglesells at gmail dot com #357

  24. Hi Jan, so lovely to meet you! How wonderful that your hubby is a cancer survivor and still doing well!!! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your gorgeous knitted neck warmer:-)

    Make sure you come by and enter my own giveaway if you haven’t done so already!!

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

  25. I am just leaning to crochet and always looking for a cute pattern that looks hip and fashionable. This is it. Thanks for sharing. I would love to win.I am so excited to participate in my first OWOH blog tour . Your creativity is lovely. I hope I am lucky enough to win.
    please check out my blog

  26. Oh how I wish I could knit! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)


  27. Beautiful work - please enter my name in your lovely drawing. Many thanks,

  28. You are very talented! I love this beautiful color...it goes with everything! Thank you! ♥ Visit me soon, too! ♥ I'm # 389 ! http://lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com/

  29. I love to knit too.. Thanks for the chance to win your pretty door prize.

  30. Hallo , nice to meet you.
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
    This is beautiful.
    Please count me in.
    Please come visit me on my blog too,I join the OWOH- event too.
    Regards from Germany and happy OWOH

  31. Hi Janine,
    I think your scarf is gorgeous and necessary after this terrible midwestern snow we have had her in Normal, IL.
    PLease enter me in the drawing. I would love to win this beauty!
    Also, Please come visit me at my blog.
    Thank you,

  32. Hello Janine,

    nice to meet you on your blog.
    You made beautiful knitted things for this event!
    Greetings from the Netherlands,


  33. Hey Janine!

    Great to meet you! And congrats to your husband for being a survivor - you both have terrific smiles! (and I love fresh peas! I so wish I could have a garden!!!)
    I would love to be entered into your giveaway, the scarf is gorgeous! You make such beautiful creations :)

    Kat @ http://sassmowthdesigns.ca #714

  34. Waving from Canfield,Ohio! Nice to meet you! Great blog and I love your knitting!
    gabriela #439

  35. Your blog is wonderful, I'm glad to have found it and to have met you on my journey. Hope you have a wonderful time on the OWOH, I know I am. Hugs!

    Vintiquities Workshop
    Creep Softly Studios

  36. this lovely neck wrap would be so cozy up here in the north country's long winters! i love it that you prayed while making it!!
    please come visit my blog #30 on the list, http://rustedwingsstudio.blogspot.com
    warm hugs & blessings from Montana.

  37. Great giveaway! Please enter my name! Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!

  38. Hello from Thailand! wow! I smiled when I saw your Hubby's photo.. It's amazing that he survived cancer. Thank God!

    Please count me in your give away!

    Here's my OWOH post..please click here.. :)

    laetriciajaniel (@) gmail (d0t) com

  39. Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway - if I were fortunate enough to win, this would be worn lovingly by me!! Glad to meet you as I take my slow journey around the world...
    Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
    wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
    Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

  40. Greetings from Louisville, KY - USA
    Nice to meet you and visit your blog.
    Winning your give away would be awesome!
    Thanks for including me in your drawing..Come visit me, I am playing too.


  41. I've never seen a scarf quite like that!
    binafan at hotmail dot com


  42. What beautiful work you do! So nice to come visit and see your kind spirit and gratitude on your pages!

    Cameron #83

  43. 43 comments from visitors!!!! Wohoo!!


  44. Hello Love your blog .I found it very interesting.
    My giveaway is a polymer bunting baby art doll

  45. My goodness - this is such a nice giveaway. I love the sentiment. I think if I won it - it would be for me and I love flowers.

    Best wishes for continued good health for your husband (and all your loved ones for that matter).

    Thanks so much for the chance to win,

  46. Oh you have such a wonderful blog and great give away! I shall have to keep my fingers crossed! Visit me too #220 needlewings at mac.com

  47. Hi there, nice to see 'real' peas being shelled, I hate the way life does things like put them in packets in the freezer section & you miss the tactile sensation, not to mention the sweet smell & the 'pop' sound when you shell them, lot's more satisfing & of course TASTIER :) By the way I'm pleased to meet you (I'm Shelle from Sunshine Coast Australia) If you have time I'd love you to come on over check out my giveaways & comment at my OWOH post too :) oh & please feel free to drop in now and then after OWOH if you're in the bloggersphere :)

  48. What a lovely gift...for myself! Oh, most likely my 7 year old grand-daughter Aidan would also wear it as well...as she loves to get pretty!

  49. Jan - Can't believe it took me this long to become a follower on your blog! It is fabulous! Just love it. And, love you and Bob. Jeff and I send our love to you both! Heading to your etsy store now...

  50. Wow, you are good! I would love to win. I'm number 11 and hope you'll drop by. My contact information is on my profile page.

  51. Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I would love to win something so special and useful! I'm learning how to knit righ now, maybe one day I can make something beautiful too
    Thanks for the chance to win :D

    Come to enter my giveaway if you have time!


    Hugs !!

  52. Hello from Oregon! Thanks for joining OWOH and allowing us to peek around in your blog and join in the fun of trying to win your giveaway. The knit scarf looks so warm and soft. I really enjoyed visiting your site.
    I would be pleased if you could find the time to come by my blog and enter for mine.
    :) Gale OWOH #473
    gizmo01 (at) charter (dot) net

  53. Fabulous post and lovely work. So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

  54. Hello from Navada! I love your giveaway! Please count me in! Thank you!!

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

  55. Your crochet is beautiful and so is your spirit! Just bought a house with land and have 2 veggie gardens! The deer ate my peas though!
    Love how this event makes the world a smaller place, WV not so far from TN though :) cathyguitarteacher-01 at yahoo.com

  56. your knitting is lovely! please enter me in your giveaway, and come enter mine!

  57. Thank you for for offering this beautiful gift and thank you for the chance to win. Your hard work really shows!

  58. Excellent! I love the color! Happy OWOH to you!

    If you get the chance, stop by and say hi--I'm OWOHing, too!

    trishatoo at hotmail dot com

  59. Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  60. Hello! I am just flying in from OWOH. Please enter my name in your wonderful prize and pop on by my blog if you would like to enter my OWOH giveaway. You are most welcome to visit my blog any time. :) I love visitors. :)


    email- serenite_50@hotmail.com

  61. What a beautiful scarf! If I were to win this, I would be the one to wear it :)

    I would love it if you would stop by my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list. *hugs*,

  62. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish I knew how to knit. This year I plan to learn to crochet (it looks easier than knitting), and IF I am successful, then 2012 may be the Year of the Knit and Purl for me.
    That scarf is so beautiful, and the color is gorgeous! I know that I would be the one to wear it if I was the lucky winner. I would not be able to part with it.
    Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. Pop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
    hugs from ON, Canada

  63. Beautiful! I am determined to stop by every blog! Glad I made it to yours! Please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at BREATHofART@aol.com. Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at www.breathofart.blogspot.com


  64. Love your work!!!! The scarf is fabulous. It would be for my daugther if I am luck enough to win. It was so nice to stay awhile and enjoy a coffee with you. If you get the chance I would love you to visit me downunder (Australia) so I can return the favour. #819 mustlovepaint.blogspot.com gcde@bigpond.com

  65. It is so wonderful to meet you and visit your lovely little part of blogland. I would love to enter your OWOH giveaway. How wonderful. Please drop in for a visit during your journey.
    wishes and whimsy
    WeNdy from WonDErLand


  66. I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing, if you get a chance to stop by my blog is #809

  67. Yea! So glad to be here. You have an awesome blog! Come check mine out sometime. Thanks for entering me!

  68. I'd love to enter your beautiful giveaway!
    Thanks :)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  69. Hello from Florence, Oregon. You have a lovely blog. Please count me in on your giveaway.

  70. Well, hello there from snowy Arkansas! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and if you haven't already, be sure to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway, too. #215 on the list.

    Warmest regards,

    Wanda Eash
    Two Crafty Mules

  71. What a lovely giveaway! I crochet (a beginner) and that is beautiful. I love the flowers! Thank you for entering me.
    Shannon from NY

  72. I'm still working on getting better at knitting. I'm a crocheter at heart so the transition has been difficult.
    Thanks for the chance at your doorprize!
    Stop by my giveaway as well.

  73. Greetings from a tatter in Singapore :) Please include me in the drawing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. Isn’t this fun? I just love OWOH! Thank you for participating… please count me in for your terrific giveaway. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll visit me too (if you haven’t already).

    Beckie =)
    artbeckons at hotmail dot com
    San Diego, California, USA

    OWOH #119 http://artbeckons.blogspot.com
    OWOH #132 http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Home

  75. hello! thank you very much for the chance to win your giveaway. i love the neutral color. it makes it easy to match with many clothes. i enjoyed your post and delight that you are married to the love of your life and that he is well after the challenge of being ill. if you haven't yet, i hope you can drop by my blog at http://peggyapl.blogspot.com/ (#544) and join my OWOH giveaway. hugs and blessings!

  76. Count me in on the lovely giveaway.If I should be the lucky winner just email me through my blog.
    Such a generous give away!

  77. Wow!! You sure do a great job knitting!! I never did learn this craft. I used to crochet but then changed my direction to scrapbooking and creating altered art jewelry. I love antiques too!!
    Please include me in
    your giveaway.
    Come visit me at

    Thanks Teri abella4@att.ne

  78. Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. What a fun blog you have - and so many things to see.
    Thanks for participating in OWOH. Please enter me in your drawing.
    ( stampgram AT yahoo DOT com )
    If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
    # 385 http://stampgram.blogspot.com
    # 132 http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Home

  79. What a cool color..and of course I would want to wear it with joy!
    Come say hi..Deirdra Doan's Blog

  80. Greetings from Ipswich, MA

    It's a pleasure to meet you. I'm a jewelry artist, watercolor painter, and over all creative adventurer! I'm teaching myself to crochet, and I find it therapeutic!

    I'd be please to have you follow my blog.

    Please enter me into the OWOH give away. I'm giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come any time to chat.

    email: Lamore225@gmail.com

    Hugs¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Linda L

  81. From the Florida Gulf Coast
    I am entering for my daughter Melanie, she had wanted to participate in this year's event, but a fire changed her plans... I thought I would surprise her and do this for her..
    Visit the site I set up for her on my blog #579.. and enter her name in the contest, thank You


  82. Hi Jan. Thank you for welcoming me to your blog. I've enjoyed the visit and meeting your family too. I haven't crocheted in years but I can truly appreciate your lovely work.

    Please feel free to visit me and enter my giveaway also. Just click on my blog link or I'm #625.

    If I'm the very lucky winner, just post a comment on my blog. I'll get an email.

    Happy OWOH to you!

  83. Hi there,

    The scarf is lovely. If I were the lucky winner, I would wear it myself. However, I still would prefer the plain one without flowers. :) Thanks for the chance to win that treat!

    Greetings from Germany,
    # 66

  84. Such a gorgeous, heartfelt giveaway! Please count me in!

  85. ...this is ** Knit-tabulous ** great give-a-way
    thanks for the opportunity mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  86. What a lovely giveaway; thank you for the chance to enter!

  87. Smashing! I am nuts about this little beauty.

    Please throw me in the hat too....

    Warm blessings,

  88. Hi, it's wonderful to meet you through this lovely event. I'd love for my name to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day. :-) I'm off now to look at more of your blog!


  89. Hi Jan, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted knit with a prayer that I can use. How sweet! Please visit my blog, too. I am the author of "16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood." I am giving away my book and a couple of laminated 4 leaf clovers.

  90. It's lovely to meet you via OWOH. What a sweet offering and knitted with a prayer! Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH #598

  91. Thanks for the great giveaway. I hope I win. Best wishes...

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

  92. What a lovely gift you have! You are truly blessed with talent! Please stop by my blog to say hello and enter my giveaway to if you like it. Beka from California. secondhandbeka@yahoo.com

  93. I would be honored to win.

    isastephanie at yahoo dot com

    I invite you to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway at www.luluscottage.blogspot.com


  94. Lovely knitting, Loving this OWOH and meeting everyone. Come by for a visit www.beckoningoflife.blogspot.com Leslie

  95. Love the scarf! I'm just learning to knit, but I can crochet...

  96. So happy to venture to your blog!
    Sending you some Arizona Sunshine,
    I love your flowers, so great.I would love a tutorial on making them!
    Please come and visit my blog if you can! I will look forward to more visits in the future!