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I've been crocheting for over 30 years, and come from a family of yarn and fabric artisans. I learned to sew from my Grandmother who made several quilts a year entirely by hand...one for each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild. Life situations and changes caused me to take a chance and open my first Etsy shop in Feb. 2011. A few successful months later, I opened my second Etsy shop as BeccaTheBaker...and later in 2011 opened my third Etsy shop as BeyondCrochetToo. I'm a single mother of 2 teenagers (a girl and a boy), plus 2 cats. I'm a 5th generation Native Californian (Northern California. And am happy to be back on the West Coast in the Pacific Northwest where I belong.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wish List #6: Inspirational Art

I really like the tribal feel of this piece. The colors and the design truly call to me.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/31486811/bright-light

:D
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/74202153/magnificent-creatures-11x14-print

Peace should be an inspiration to all...
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/28196007/rainbow-peace-flag-wall-hanging

Definitely my philosophy.
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/62010559/large-format-lost-poster

I could fill my whole house with mandalas!....In fact, I just might. ;)
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/9189972/terrarium-mold-makes-the-world-go-around

Phoenix rising from ashes...an image that has always given me inner strength.
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/14370035/phoenix-firebird-8-x-8-inch-print

Ojo de Dios - Eye of God. jayfroggy has named this one "Free Spirit"...stare into the center for a bit and let yourself go, and you'll see why. :)

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/51371831/free-spirit-a-24-inch-ojo-de-dios-by

Absolutely beautiful Buddah statue.
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/65695016/quiet-meditation-buddah-8x10-fine-art

A collection of medieval crosses.
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/38732151/cross-crosses-celtic-christian?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=Celtic+cross&ga_noautofacet=1&ga_page=1&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade%2Fart

 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Remembrance

My heart goes out to all who have lost a loved one in the Military. - May all our soldiers that are overseas come home safely.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Birthday Fun and Dessert

Yesterday (May 28th) was my daughter's 18th birthday. :D

We started the day out with Starbuck's for Frappucinos. - Both of us had to have the new Mocha Coconut....with double coconut flavor! If you haven't had these yet, I HIGHLY recommend them. They're good the regular way, but I really like the difference the extra shot of coconut makes. Yum! Yum!

After the coffee, it was off to the game store where she picked out some of her birthday presents. Then later in the evening we went and saw the new Thor movie. - Here is where I have a confession to make, one of those get to know me better moments: I am a Marvel Superhero fanatic!! ....Okay, Okay!! I'm a Marvel Geek! Is that better??

I don't really know where it started. I didn't read comic books growing up, but most of my male friends did and would always talk about the stories in them. Guess I retained the info. But, somehow I became a walking encyclopedia of basic Marvel knowledge. So, needless to say: I was more than willing to go see Thor with my kids. (And the next XMen movie, Green Lantern, Captain America, and OMG!! The Avengers). Thor is awesome by the way - I highly recommend it, whether you're a Marvel fan or not. Great action/adventure movie!!

We ended the evening with dinner at our favorite Chinese Buffet here in Kissimmee. Then home for her birthday dessert. We're kind of non-traditionalists in the sense that we don't always have birthday cake as our birthday dessert. For the past 2 years my daughter Lizz has picked the following instead, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Think of it as a thank you for all the kind words, and support you all have given me. Hope you like it as much as my family does. :)


Layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bowl

What You Need

3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 Tbsp.  sugar
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups  cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, divided
2 cups frozen pound cake cubes (1 inch)
1 square  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Make It



1
COMBINE berries and sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use. Beat Neufchatel in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; mix well. Blend in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP; spoon half into 2-1/2-qt. bowl.

2
TOP with cake, berries and remaining Neufchatel mixture. Refrigerate 4 hours.


3
MELT chocolate; drizzle over trifle. Top with remaining COOL WHIP.

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Listing - New Member of the BeyondCrochet Zoo!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74923416/larry-the-amigurumi-llama-finished-doll

Larry the Llama :)
Larry resulted from playing with and combining several patterns, after my unsuccessful attempt at making a multi-colored zebra (aptly named "Cracky" due to it's disheveled appearance). The final pattern is the first one I've ever created. - Just goes to show how persevering through a mistake can lead to new and interesting things. Plus, I personally like "Cracky"....although I would NEVER put him or anything else like him up for sale!! LMAO

Cracky the Zebra

Umm.....yeah...


Llamas With Hats Carl's Status Update T-Shirt Size : Small
Llamas With Hats Rumblies Only Hands Satisfy T-Shirt Size : Large 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Looking for Sponsors To Do Giveaways

1.)  1.)Type of items I'm seeking for giveaways (for now): Since my current followers are fellow crafters, I am currently seeking: Crafting supplies, such as: beads, felt, yarn, tags and/or cards, etc. - Anything other crafters can be creative with or use to help market their shop (such as tags, thank you cards, packaging materials). As a former baker and cake decorator, I'm also interested in: bakery items and candy. *Once the giveaway idea takes off, then I will open it up to anything and everything. :)


2.) Minimum $$ value of items I'm seeking: $15.00

3.) Compensation I'm offering for sponsorship: 2 months of free advertising as a side link, a Featured Sponsor blog write up, shout-out and link posted on my Facebook page as well as on my shop announcement, plus daily Tweets during duration of giveaway followed by weekly Tweets for sponsorship. Sponsor is responsible for shipping giveaway item to winner!

4) 4.) Ideas for Entries: *These are currently just ideas, as a sponsor I will be more than willing to hear any ideas and/or changes that you would like to make to the Rules for entering. :)


Here's how to win:
(please read all instructions before entering)

Mandatory Entry:
 Visit my Etsy shop and shop of sponsor and tell me your favorite item from each shop!

Bonus Entries:
Each one of these is a contest entry. 
Please post a separate comment for each that you do with your email address.
Heart my  Etsy shop or add me to your circle.

Heart shop of sponsor or add them to your circle.

Become a Facebook fan of myself and sponsor, and leave the name you are a fan under. 

Follow me and sponsor on Twitter and leave the name you are a follower under. 

Blog, tweet, or post on Facebook about this giveaway and include the link where we can find it.(one entry for each) 
 
Become a follower of my blog.

Become a follower of sponsor's blog, if applicable.

Enter in another giveaway on this blog & let me know what giveaway you entered. (Once giveaways have started.)

Comment on any non-giveaway posts on this blog & let me know which post you commented on. *And/Or: Tell me which item from this week’s Wishlist is your favorite.

*****Be sure to LEAVE A COMMENT for each entry telling me what you did! The winner will be randomly chosen from the comments!!!!!

Giveaway will run for 2 full weeks. Winner will be notified by email, as well as announced on this blog. 

If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway, please leave me a comment or convo me through my Etsy Shop. :)

Grad Caps Recipe

Last week my daughter had her final day of High School. Yay!! - Saw this recipe and think they are super cute!!

 From FamilyFun Magazine
  • Rated by 46 members
Grad Caps

Cap off your child's school year with a treat that fits the occasion--a chocolate mortarboard with a fruit-leather tassel. You may want to make enough to share with a few classmates.


Ingredients
  • Miniature peanut butter cups
  • Frosting or peanut butter
  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers
  • Fruit leather
Instructions
  1. Place a miniature peanut butter cup, bottom up, on a plate. Top with a small dollop of frosting or peanut butter, then press on a chocolate-covered graham cracker.
  2. For a tassel, tightly roll up a small square of fruit leather. Cut fringe on one end and attach the other end to the center of the graham cracker with another dab of frosting or peanut butter.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just Found This and Had to Share It!! :D

 

Turtle Symbolism

A great deal of mythology exists in regard to the turtle. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven, and the square underside was a symbol of earth. The turtle was an animal whose magic united heaven and earth. The turtle is a creation of nature that carries its round shell over the ground, like heaven, and has a flat bottom, like earth. With a profile resembling a mountain and the turning motion of its toes, it seemed to be a depiction of heaven and earth changing constantly through the seasons.

In the West, early Christians didn't like turtles, and they viewed them as symbolizing evil forces during war. In Greece, turtles were once believed to be citizens of hell. But like the Chinese, Indians have a legend that "the world is supported by four elephants standing on a giant turtle."

After hearing a Western scientist clearly give a scientific explanation for the formation of the world, one old Indian woman said that he was wholly mistaken, that the world was being supported by a giant turtle. When the scientist asked what was under the turtle, she said, "Of course there is an endless pile of turtles, one on top of another."

Turtles seem to possess an enviable and god-like resistance to aging, and so they came to symbolize longevity. Their link to heaven and earth made them a natural for use in divination. Turtles are also symbols of immortality and are considered temporary dwelling places for souls making their way through a series of lives on the path to Nirvana. The turtle is considered to be the second incarnation of the powerful god Vishnu in the Hindu religion. After a great flood, which occurs every four billion years and dissolves the earth, Vishnu transforms himself into a great turtle. On his back, he carries a vessel in which the gods and demons mix the elements necessary to re-create the globe. After a thousand years, when the earth has been reborn, the turtle remains in place, and on his back stands a large elephant, which support the planet.

According to some Native American tales, the Earth Diver turtle swam to the bottom of the water that stretched across the world. He surfaced with the mud which the creator used to make the earth. The turtle is a shore creature, using the land and the water. All shore areas are associated with doorways to the Faerie Realm. The turtle is sometimes known as the keeper of the doors. They were often seen as signs of fairy contact and the promise of fairy rewards.

A Japanese Fairy Tale about Urashima tells of a man who protects a turtle from some boys who were bothering it. As a reward, the turtle takes the man to meet the King of the Ocean. As a reward for his good deed, Urashima marries the King's beautiful water sprite daughter. In Nigeria, the turtle was a symbol of the female sex organs and sexuality. To the Native Americans, it was associated with the lunar cycle, menstruation, and the power of the female energies.

The markings and sections on some turtles total thirteen. In the lunar calendar, there are either thirteen full moons or thirteen new moons alternating each year. Many believe this is where the association with the female energies originated. The turtle symbolizes the primal mother and Mother Earth.

To the modern Chinese, turtles are viewed in many different ways. It is regarded as one of the four divine animals, along with the dragon, phoenix and chimera. They are worshipped in temples. Flour turtles used to be used as offerings at temple festivals or big family events. However, the term turtle is also used as a curse word, and the Taiwanese expression for gamblers "losing your shirt" translates as "knocking turtles". Apart from gamblers' fears that eating a flour turtle will turn their luck sour, turtles have many other bad connotations in modern Chinese society. In fact, when people curse each other these days, the first thing to come out is often "turtle egg" or " grandson of a turtle".

Even so, the image of the turtle as a spiritual beast has become deeply implanted in people's minds. One ancient text warns its readers not to act rashly when catching turtles and always to carry out the proper ceremony to worship them first. There are also many legends about how those who killed turtles eventually met with misfortune. Common Buddhist restraints against the killing of animals evolved into the Buddhist ceremony of releasing turtles.

Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth. In Mother Earth is all that we need. She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her. For that to happen, we must slow down and heighten our sensibilities. We must see the connection to all things. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the earth.
http://www.quijano.net/tq/turtlesymbolism.html

  

Wish List #5: For My Crafts Room aka My Workshop

This is just a small sample of what I would like to have in my Crafts room (when I get one). Like many of you, my list is never ending.

 I LOVE this!!

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/67044583/tailored-english-rose-linen-display



Self explanatory. ;)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/73091197/papercut-quote





I WANT this! The things I can put in it are endless!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/73152961/industrial-green-tool-box



How great would it be to view this while I gaze out the window....dreaming of my next project?

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/66848464/intricate-tribal-heart-blues-stained



I've featured this before - but how great would this be as a Crafts Table??!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/67343940/potting-bench-mahogany-or-western-red



LOVE the colors and textures!!

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/72051496/curly-lime-angora-locks



To remember how far we've come:

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/62367432/seamstress-at-her-sewing-machine-in



Not sure what I'd use it for...but I'd find something!!

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/72246962/vintage-wooden-library-card-catalog-from?ref=sr_gallery_11&ga_search_query=library+card+catalog&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

Very Cool!!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/73523476/sewing-vintage-drawer-eco-friendly

I'd use this for spools of crochet thread, or cones of yarn.

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/73881979/large-custom-spool-ribbon-organizer?ref=sr_gallery_23&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=crafting+table&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade


I like so many of the fabric boards that LivyLouDesigns has to offer, but this one represents me the best. :)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/67125625/fabric-magnet-board-12x18-red-paisley


A pretty memo board needs pretty push pins!

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/70796955/push-pins-silver-and-white-repurposed


It's Red Riding Hood.....of course I have to have it!!


http://www.etsy.com/listing/54918317/fabric-thumbtacks-little-red-riding-hood


Says it all...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62236324/keep-calm-and-craft-on-13x19-print?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=scissors&ga_noautofacet=1&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade%2Fart


How sweet is this??!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74713129/cute-capodimonte-style-lidded-box-sewing?ref=sr_gallery_23&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=sewing+machine&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Taste of Oregon #1

Thinking so much today about Oregon has got my mouth watering for fresh, pick-your-own berries. Here's one of my favorite ways to eat them. Yum!!


Mixed Berry Cobbler


What You Need

4 cups assorted berries, such as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries
3/4 cup  plus 3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
3 Tbsp. MINUTE Tapioca
1/4 tsp.  ground cinnamon
3/4 cup water
1 Tbsp.  lemon juice
1-1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1/3 cup  milk

Make It

PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Spoon berries into lightly greased 9-inch square baking dish; set aside. Mix 3/4 cup of the sugar, the tapioca and cinnamon in large saucepan; stir in water and lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Pour over berries in baking dish; set aside. STIR baking mix, remaining 3 Tbsp. sugar and the milk in medium bowl until mixture forms soft dough. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto fruit mixture. BAKE 28 to 30 min. or until biscuit topping is golden brown. Cool slightly.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Selecting & Storing Fresh Berries
Look for firm, plump berries that are full colored for their variety. Fresh berries are perishable and do not ripen after picking, so store in the refrigerator for no longer than 2 days. Rinse with cool water just before using and remove the hulls, if necessary. Berries in season have more flavor and are typically lower in cost than their out-of-season counterparts. Enjoy summer's best all year long by freezing berries at the height of their season. Then, thaw and use as desired.