Monday, May 24

a 'granny chic' giveaway...

oh, i do like a little giveaway
and even more so
a 'granny chic' giveaway

up for grabs is my crocheted granny cushion.
i made her at the beginning of the year.
my little heart swelled with pride upon her completion...
since then she has led a sheltered life,
never being allowed to shine in all her glory
for fear of two and four legged members of mossy shed
causing her a blemish or injury to her pretty ways

i'm thinking it is time she found a forever home,
one that will appreciate her crocheted 'granny chic' goodness.
if you think perhaps you are the granny chic loving home for her
then all you have to do is find your thinking cap and pop it on.

now of course, once again we all know thinking caps can go astray.
but do not fret,
nor run around your abode screaming like a mad one,
causing a fright for all that live with you.
take some deep breaths,
and stay calm,
for you have plenty of time to locate your little cap.
this little giveaway is staying open until
Sunday 30th May 10:00pm pacific time
that is nearly a whole week...
see, plenty of time indeed

once your thinking cap has been located
pop it upon your nut
and then ponder,
you may have to ponder a while
but ponder you must.

i'm thinking for some it may require several days of pondering,
therefore you may have go to work,
perhaps do the grocery shop with your thinking cap,
or even the soccer run...
i'm not sure for those that like to keep a little fit,
how yoga, or swimming fairs with a thinking cap.
i see no harm in removing it whilst you 'keep fit' and then popping it back quick haste afterwards.
being sure of course to keep it safely in the changing room locker whilst you 'keep fit'
for losing it so soon after finding it would surely be quite sad

so my dearest readers
all you have to think about is a philosophy or quote,
some words or a saying,
you like to live by...
if it is one that was written by another
(for there are many famous ones out there)
then that is perfectly okay with me
but please do put who the quote or philosophy belonged to originally.

perhaps it is nothing deep,
quite simply along the lines of
"i try to smile once a day at a passing stranger"
"i make sure i hug a tree everyday"
and that is perfectly perfect for me.

i have one that i shared a little while back,
it took a little thinking with the help of my cap,
but when it popped into my little brain
it felt quite right.

Tif's Philosophy
"if i go to sleep at night
knowing i have visited my imagination,
however fleeting it may have been,
then i know i have used my day wisely"

you can enter here in the comments
or email me
do be sure to have an email or blog address
so i may easily contact you

and with that my dearest readers
i am taking a few days off
i shall be pottering with Miss Ethel,
going on a school trip with a bunch of eighteen year olds,
sending our #4 off on a two day school trip
and with a bit of luck,
some crocheting...
all the usual fun and gripping stuff that goes on around the shed.
i will be back on Wednesday 2nd June
with a worthy winner
granny chic giveaway is now CLOSED,
thank you kindly

she is wishing you a peachy week and plenty of thinking time with your caps ~ Tif
footynote: here's the original post where i linked to the pattern for the lovely crocheted granny circle squares. the wonderfully peachy Yvestown kindly shared her pattern :)


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raining sheep said...

I have two sons, an ex-husband, a current husband, and my hubby's single, always here favorite saying and wise words to live by?

"men...pass the beer nuts!"

~my own words

alexkeller said...

this was an easy one for me as i just posted it on my blog: "I have this very what you would call 'square' idea that art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness." Anni Albers

The Hobbit said...

Wow!I feel like the low man on the totem pole.Love the blog and the pillow. I had to memorize this poem in 5th grade and it has stuck with me ever since.I don't remember the author "Touch my hand and let it greet your heart"That's all there was folks.Every one I meet I try to greet as a real friend.

Jill said...

"life isn't about finding yourself, its about creating yourself" -- anonymous

Thank you for such a fun, colorful, and inspirational blog!

made-and-found said...

My favourite saying is one my grandmother Daisy mac used to say:
'If you can't have what you want tnen you must want what you have'
I have found this so uplifting and in the true essence of thrift.for example -I do not live in my dream house but I have made my home as close to my ideal as possible with very little means and I have gained a great deal of pleasure from that and will continue to do so in the spirti of the challenge of the utmost kind.
PS.I love your poetry,TIf.And I love your crochet!!
Anne x

Anonymous said...

live, love, laugh and don´t sweat the small stuff are actually two mottos, but that´s how it has to be for me. the older i get, the more true especially the second part has become to me. love your blog!

CashmerenChick said...

Hello Tif. Your pillow is beautiful and, as always, your blog is fun and inspiring.
One of my favorite quotes is

"...The gloom of the world is but a shadow, behind it, yet within our reach, is joy, take joy!"

- Fra Giovanni

Purrfect Haven said...

I adore that pillow - how stunning. I have just begun collecting crochet things picked up from charity shops. The saying I always try to live by is latin - "Carpe Diem" - Seize the day.....
Helen x

DianeM said...

Really, this quote has helped me through many a stressful moment...
"o bla dee, o bla dah, life goes on la how the life goes on"
(that's The Beatles, which I'm sure you knew already)
Another more philosophical quote from The Beatles, which I love is...
"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make"

Unknown said...

This pillow is so beautiful,lovely colours!
This is from Croatian poet, hope I translated it well:
"If life is a river,than love is gold on river's bottom"- Vesna Parun

Julie said...

My dad always used to tell me to "Keep on going with your head down" ... and I've always tried to. It tells me to be determined, not be distracted and to keep believing. After all "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" and another favourite is "Buy cheap, buy twice"!!

Madelief said...

Dear Tif,

Have fun on your school trip!! Love to take part in your giveaway. The pillow is so pretty!

My quote is 'to always have something to dream about' I think that dreaming about things, how small they may be, makes you into a happier person! It's great when now and then, when you are lucky, they become true!

I am dreaming about your beautiful pillow in my garden house...It would look so beautiful there! Well, you never know.... ;-)!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Alison said...

One of my favorite quotes to live by, on how everyone's views are different:

"I can see beauty where others see ugliness. That either makes me an artist, or a person of very poor taste." — Anonymous

I also love the idea of karma and "The Golden Rule":

"Do unto others as they would do unto you."

So many more! These are but the tip of the iceberg.


Mary Ann in Vermont said...

Oh, pretty please with a cheery on top! I would be honored beyond belief to win.

vanya'sArt said...

I have never won a give away but i don't give up and try again and again.I love this little pillow,colors and all.If i don't win can i use the idea?I try to include some art in my every day life,which helps me to survive.I do crochet,sketching, painting,collage,knitting-whatever my soul desires at the moment.

cerebral e said...

What a wonderful giveaway! The winner will be so privileged to use your beautiful cushion.

I like this quotation by Winston Churchill (who was a famous depressive as well as Prime Minister):

"Never, never, never give up."

It has kept me going in rough times.

elissa at iinet dot net dot au

Antonella said...

Oh, I love quotes and collect them a lot!
"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." Audrey Hepburn

and esp. in these days:
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship."Louisa May Alcott

thanks for the chance
Antonella, Italy

Heidi said...

love the pillow!!!

rita s said...

Hello Tif,

For me -Everyday is a gift. Be thankful for it and enjoy it for all its worth.

Thanks again for the giveaway.


Jen said...

Oh Tif she's gorgeous and I'm sure you'll agree that she belongs in little old England... I try to live by the Golden Rule (I'll paraphrase) treat others as you would have them treat you, but my favourite quote is one I adopted years ago as a young girl with low self-esteem: Nobody can make me feel inferior without my consent (Eleanor Roosevelt). And do you know what? It worked because I'm no longer that timid little creature!

Enjoy your trip. Take care. Jen

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

hi i'd love to win this cute cushion
the quote i strive hard to always live by is "BE NICE" i wish everyone would do the same - imaginine it!

Unknown said...

So pretty! I think I would have to move this from bedroom to living room so I could enjoy looking at it all day long!

Anonymous said...

"True Friends Are Like Diamonds...

precious, but rare...

False Friends Are Like Common Stones...

found, everywhere."

that's my quote!
please enter me in your giveaway

ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Tami said...

Every day I do my best to let my kids use their/ encourage their creativity. I try not to be so grown up as to stiffle their imagination. In the span of life, the couch won't break when my son leaps onto the arm to ensure being higher than Wendy (he's Captian Hook). I'm sure riding their bikes in the house (as you know it rains a lot in the NW) will give us stuff to talk about around the Thanksgiving table when they get older.

Gill said...

Love the cushion!!

Live a lot
Trust a few
But always paddle your own canoe

(from my son's rugby shirt!)


Jennifer said...

Oh Dottie, what a fantastic giveaway! It reminds me of the crocheted vests (yes, vests!) my sister used to make for us younger sibs in the 70s. So very groovy...

Anyway, enough about that. To the quote: after much pondering and rejecting a few that came to mind, I think I must go with, "Everything in moderation." I know, not very sexy, but in truth, living this way lets you try everything -- no reason to say no to a glass (or two) of wine, french fries, that lovely pair of shoes, etc. etc. Just enjoy life (hey, that's another one!)...

Emily said...

I would love to give this little pillow a lovely home!! I think the best one that I try to live by was said by the original Dorothy of OZ Mrs. Judy Garland

"Be the best first rate person you can be!"


Kristine Steddum said...

Count me in--Very nice work, Tif!
I need to learn the Granny Square, as I am a "Nanna" of a 2 yr old now.--Kris

Gypsy Sparrow said...

My favorite philosophical quote ever is from Winston Churchill...

"We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm!"

*I hope I win, cuz that is one fabulous pillow, and I would definitely appreciate it :)

<3 Clare

Brenna said...

"life is a balance of holding on and letting go" -Keith Urban

cranny + b said...

"Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can."

[John Wesley]

this quote has been so inspiring and challenging to me..............

many thanks for this give-away......
such a beautiful gift!

Unknown said...

From Bruce Mau's Incomplete Design Manifesto:

Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms.

Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces – what Dr. Seuss calls "the waiting place." Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference – the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals – but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.

Unknown said...

"Hard times demand furious dancing." - Alice Walker

highonbutterflywings at gmail dot com

Robyn - Coffee and Cotton said...

Such a lovely and generous gift.
I love sooo many quotes, but this is a favorite...
“Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.” Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz)

Anonymous said...

I'm eighteen years behind in my ironing.
— Phyllis Diller

I love this quote and live by it fully! Phyllis Diller is amazing - she blazed a path for female comidians and am so pleased she's still with us in her 90s :)

susan said...

oh my, that granny square pillow is darn beautiful! i do hope I win! my philosophy comes from my Indian dad:

"Always have a plan!"


Susan in Woodbine, Maryland

Gigi said...

Love granny squares!

My philosophy:
Always remember that each action you take is a conscious choice you've made.

And with that, comes great responsibility!

cindy said...

This is more of a mantra for me now... " Dear god", she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry... have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere-be deceitful. Let me be truthful, let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost."

Betty Smith {A Tree Grows in Brooklyn}

cindy b. of Pasadena, ca.

Mindy said...

Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.
-Helen Keller

I would love for this pillow to live with us!

Walter Helena Photography said...

Thank you for creating such a lovely space : )

I’d like to invite you to win a piece of my fine art through a giveaway on my blog.

I wish you all my best.


Sarah said...


What a lovely pillow! I've so enjoyed reading these quotes!

Here's mine:

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate copy of someone else.

Could you imagine what it would be like if everyone lived by this?

♥ S

Sarah said...

"Straight is the line of duty,
curved is the line of beauty."

Sometimes I need a reminder to slow down,let my path wonder a bit and enjoy smelling the flowers.

Norma said...

"keep it simple"

pure simple love
simple decor
simple acts of kindness
simple meals
simple moments of being with ea other
simple clothes
simple fun

we are at our best when we keep it simple.

Danielle said...

"Always kiss me goodnight" ~ Robert Hiers

Thanks for the giveaway, it's such a lovely cushion cover!

Anonymous said...

Love this pillow! {Fingers crossed, please pick me!} Your blog and photos are inspiring as well! Best!!

rakdam said...

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

kirsten hardy said...

"Keep your eyes to the sky and your feet muddy." I heard this quote many years ago and it has stuck with me. For me personally, it is a reminder to be creative, have dreams, and work hard. It's a simple concept, but can be difficult to live by. My little girls are the perfect examples of living this quote to the fullest. :)

This pillow is beautiful, and I respect you for being willing to share it's beauty with someone else.

Unknown said...

Lovely granny cushiobn!!
One of my favorite sayings is:

What happens teaches. Bob Jones III

Junque Rethunque said...

I love your sweet granny squares, in all their final forms. :) If I were lucky enough to win I would give the pillow to my sister who has an adorable guest room that needs a lovely little comfy addition to it's bed.

My favorite quote is "It's never too late to be what you might have been." by George Elliot

It's gotten me through some tough times.

lisa said...

I'm LOVING this giveaway! I've never ever won anything . I'm a mixed media artist and this is from one of my paintings. I wrote it.

I am a million different things at a million different times
I am me
I am me with no apologies

Lisa Ferrante

I hope you like it

Mescrap said...

I'm following your blog.
How lucky I am not to miss your giveaway.
Thank you for such generous.

Lay Hoon

Kateyed said...

Love one another,,,


Julie said...


a mantra that i adopted from a Dottieangel!

if that's cheating then i'd tell you that it helps to repeat at least once a day that no matter how irritating and issue-abundant my mother in law is...."without her i would not have my husband". After all he is the father of my children and without him and them then i would not be ME.
Phew...some days i have to say that more than others! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know who said it but ...
"People will stare - make it worth their while"

My garden seat needs granny-love.


deebriese said...

Oh! I am so glad I found your blog...I found it through Scotty's place. I love your pillow and so excited to be in your giveaway! I love the way you present your blog so very colorful, artful.. I wish I had the eye to do that. I am enjoying the return of vintage. I was late for work this morning reading you blog.. Thanks for sharing.. Please stop by and see me sometime!

Lisa said...

Hi Tif,
My philosophy (well, one of them :) is to take the time to nourish myself with reading good works. Let's keep the written word alive!

That's why I love your blog; the catchy writing along with sweet pics is quite entertaining.

...and you use the word 'whilst' with such finesse. How could I not be attracted to a contemporary granny chic whilst-using blogger?!

The pillow is so beautiful! I'd be quite honored to be it's lucky recipient.

Much love,

ps- thanks for the link to the pattern. Makes me ponder taking up crochet.

Ashley said...

"Don't just stand there with your teeth in your mouth" -my great grampa B He started his days before the sun, and ended them after.
mrscozzens at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

A well-knit family is one where everybody gives a *darn*.

Unknown author

Mama Elf said...

Lovely cushion! I covet!!!

My "philosphy"

If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space.

- African Proverb

Sherri B. said...

Give a man a fish feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
-Chinese Proverb-

This is so important, now maybe more than ever.

Wren said...

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars." (Jack Kerouac)

KWu said...

"What is essential is invisible to the eye." - The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

kwugirl / gmail

Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

susanj said...

Ha...I love these, but can't remember where I heard them:

"the older I get, the better I was"

"worrying is just praying for things you don't want"


Karla said...

waking each day and being proud of who you are...

lindsey loo said...

easy. didnt even have to put on my thinking cap.
these are the words i live by everyday...

keep it real
keep it chill

it would be super rad if you picked me.
i would love that to pieces and would look amazing in my living room.

Flaming Nora said...

A very old and wise friend once said, "good manners are free so use them ever day" However the little bit of philosophy that makes me smile every day and think of my dearest best friend, with I may add nothing but warm feelings, comes from my Grandma, "She's my best friend, and I hate her!"

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

your blog is always inspiring and a breath of warm sunshine. The quote I love is this:


Sarita said...

"If you let your spirit out, where would it go?" ~twyla tharpe

My most favorite quote of all time, I think.
Thank you for the opportunity to be placed in the drawing for your beautiful pillow. It would look lovely on my window seat...:)

Janelle said...

A savy English teacher shared this with our class over 25 years ago:
Worry is confusion.
Confusion is misdirected thought.
Misdirected thought is wasted energy.

Katrina said...

i'm not sure i could sum it up as neatly as i'd like, but it's something about leaning into the sunlight...

Chelle said...

Mine is two things really:

1.) Get up happy.
2.) Stay that way.

But I loved yours and I am excited to read all the lovely comments on this post.

Abby R. said...

My personal philosophy or the words I try to live by were written by Sam Walter Foss:

Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish - so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

"House by the Side of the Road" by Sam Walter Foss

dottie angel said...

dearest readers, you can be assured that if you left a 'saying or quote' with your comment you are indeed in my rather large pot.
if you wish to have your name go into the pot then please do leave a quote or saying that inspires you... if you just leave your name then i am afraid you do not qualify.
i must be fair to those that found their thinking caps :)

and once again i am left feeling most warmed by so many lovely words that you all live by... truly inspiring my lovelies :)

Tif x
ps. hope your week has been going as peachy as mine!

dottie angel said...

and just another quick word...
if you emailed me your quote, rest assured you are also in the large pot!

sabrina said...

My life philosophy, as penned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is:

"All You Need Is Love".

My life is happiest when I am surrounded by the love of my family and friends. Love makes me feel like I can do the impossible. If everyone in the world held the view that love was the MOST important quality to display in one's life, our world would be a much happier place.


Lise said...

I'm an educator who's influenced by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, where an overriding philosophy is "Nothing without joy," a quote from Loris Malaguzzi. I love that, and try to aspire to it in my work with children as well as in life in general.

Anonymous said...

Dottie, I am a huge fan. You make me smile just about everytime I surf in. Oh and I love Olive and Used Dog too.

My Grandma taught me two things...
1. People are more important than things. Things you can replace or live without, but people are always one of a kind.

2.When things get really really really horribly odiously terrble and you can't imagine it getting any worse, LAUGH. It makes the Devil mad and God happy.

Thank you!

AshleyAnn said...

"She grew up good. She grew up slow."
I know that is a bit random, it is lyrics from a Lady Antebellum song. I think of it daily as my four kids (ages 6 and under) are chasing bugs and catching crawdads in the backyard. I want them to grow up good. and grow up slow...I think childhood is too rushed these days.

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

The quote I live by is from another... Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

I've treasured that quote close to my heart since I was a young girl. I love it so much. It's so hopeful and bright!

I hope you're enjoying your week! Your blog always makes me smile.
~ Jennifer

Frou/ Vikki said...

My favourite quote

"I personally believe that each and every one of us was put here for a purpose, and that's to build and not to destroy. And if by chance some day you're not feeling well, you should remember some silly little thing that I've said and done, and it brings a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as a clown has been fulfilled"...RED SKELTON, 84 YEARS OLD

And then there is always that wise old bear Pooh...

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”


“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"”

Sara said...

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not

I believe that was from Lucille Ball.

If I hadn't lived by that I would have never met my English husband when he was in the US for business, given up all I knew to be with him in the UK and ended up with two awesome kiddos.

Thank you for the opportunity. I love your blog!


Anonymous said...

"Search for The Beauty. It´s the only thing that matters in this lousy world"
R. Trecet, spanish radio presenter, used to close his programmes with this piece of wisdom.
I´s taken me years to truly understand its meaning, but I find it so true.
Thanks for your beautiful "peachy" things.
la inglesita.

Susanne said...

Oh, your beautiful cushion!! This cushion has inspired me in som many ways. I first found your blog when I was looking for inspiration to my new home. Then I saw this cushion, and I fell in love. I have started to crochet, and my home is now full of Dottie Angelish, happy, colored, crocheted interior. It would be so nice to have this cushion in my sofa!

"Do first the necessary, then the possible, and suddenly you reach the impossible!" Franz of Assisi said this, and I try every day to live by it.

Love from Susanne in Norway

Jules said...

Dear Tif
You make me smile daily, I love your blog, your ramblings and the inspiration you liberally sprinkle around blogland - thank you!
My (not quite) step-brother died in a skiing accident last year and during the celebrations of his life that followed - an email surfaced, that he had sent to a friend.
The words are inspiring and send a tingle down your spine when you read them. I used these words at Guide camp last year, to express to the girls what friendship means (can you imagine 50 girls at camp for a week together, there's always a little falling out - this helped)
"For my part I have clung to the knowledge, hope and belief that no matter where you are in physical being, friends are with you forever and always, they are by your side in some form through the rough and the smooth, the happy and the sad, the elation and sorrow and mark my words they will be there for an eternity"
Sorry this is so long
Best regards to Used Dog and Little Olive!
Thank You

Anonymous said...

These are not words to live by, but to clean by. I find myself muttering them while scrubbing the kitchen sink or sorting through ever-multiplying piles of paper:

Not perfect, just better.

On a more general words-to-live-by note, this quote from Dan Quayle always makes me giggle:

The future will be better tomorrow.

And oh, what a lovely granny pillow!

-- Melissa jwh_mmh(at)earthlink(dot)net

Anonymous said...

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do, are in harmony.

- M, Gandhi


katie said...

"There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness, and truth are absent." --Tolstoy

Maggie said...

I try to live by these words from Bob Marley and his three little birds...

Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.

Tanya said...

I have this on a sticky note on my desk: "Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." -Robert Kiyosaki

Sacred Gypsy said...

I have two. The first one is by moi...Live Fully, Love Deeply, Be Content

The second one is a quote that was originally on a greeting card from Carleton Cards in the 70's...
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away...
I love this and will probably have it tattooed on my back


Anonymous said...

I really do love your creative style, especially the making lost objects into things of beauty! I think good words to ponder during my walks, yoga, creative doing are "live your love." So way to go with your wonderful inspirational gorgeous blog -- you are clearly living your love! Claudia Horner

paisley and lace said...

"What worries you, masters you."

by John Locke (a guy from the 1600's, not from Lost)

Anonymous said...

Dear Dottie Angel,

I posted before but somehow it didnt take.:(
I love your blog. It always makes me smile... and I love especially Olive and Used Dog.

My Grandma taught me 2 things:

#1. People are more important than things. Things can be replaced. People can't.

#2. When things get really really really terribly horribly odiously bad, LAUGH. It makes the devil mad and God happy.

I love the pillow. But if i dont win please keep the quotes. My Grandma was an amazing woman and you would have liked her.


eilandkind/islandchild said...

"this too shall pass" no one seems to know exactly where it originated, but some think it first appeared in writings from the Sufi poets.

I LOVE that pillow!

GetSoiled said...

Hi, first visit to your blog via another lovely blog (rainy day, you know how that goes sometimes ☺) and I am loving all the color and happy vibes in here (from you and everyone else visiting as well) philosophy involves making my hubby feel like he is the most important person in the world, because to me he is, and also doing one little thing to make our home cozier and prettier every takes time but little things do add up!

Of course there are many other important/deeper things in my life but these two are always a constant.

Have a great week end!

elizabeth ann clawson said...

"It's the job that's never started that takes the longest to finish" -J.R.R. Tolkien

love the pillow and your blog! and also your good taste in men ( johnny depp and colin firth )

Spire said...

"Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern — it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that . . . One stitch at a time, taken patiently."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wise words about art and life!
Love your granny cushion! And your beautiful, inspiring blog!

lynn said...

my own quote' every time i pick up my hook i reconnect to my hands become her hands and i am soothed..'
your little pillow would be lovingly rehomed in my little 1945 caravan ..named WANDA..and she would come nad share our adventures here in australia...thank you for your generosity and kindness..lynnie

danielle said...

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Henry David Thoreau

awesome blog!!! New fave!

sjeanne said...

My favorite saying is one my father used all the time and it stood him in good stead for 83 years. He recently passed away. I am sure it was from someone else, but I can still here my dad's deep strong voice:
"If you don't have anything good to say about someone, don't say anything at all!"

Now how many tense situations would that cure? It is something I always try to remember since I would like others to observe it about me as well.
I DO have something good to say about you. I Love your blog, your crafts, and your challenge!

Sara said...

ok, "if you swallow me i will only grow stronger" : space chimps (a movie, my kids love it.)
as always, what a gorgeous giveaway, thank you for your kindness

mrs. kleiner said...

Looooove this granny pillow. You are awesome and I am psyched to maybe win this little beauty. Here's one of my favs from one of my favs:

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
Eleanor Roosevelt

mandy said...

"Love is the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition". - Alexander Smith

I was so delighted to find your blog recently.. As I admired my way through your beautiful creations, I left with a new spark of creativity in me.
Thank you for sharing. :) I love your granny squares!

Lexi said...

Beautiful, stunning, GORGEOUS pillow! I want to learn SO BADLY to crochet and make pretties like this for my home, but my crafting skills are limited to paper. I did find a smallish granny square blanket, colorful with white edges, much like this one at my local thrift a few weeks ago. How lovely to have this on the couch so it would have some company!
My fav quote:Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions”
-Rainer Maria Rilke quote
Thanks for that chance to win!!

marissa said...

Oh goodness - if this show up twice, then I apolagize! It seems that when I tried to comment the first time it didn't work. My quote is something that I suppose I try to live in instead of live by - it's the kind of thing that I want to be a part of me, and a part of my little guy and girl as well.

Roald Dahl said -
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Thanks for the chance at your beautiful pillow!
~Marissa (marissafairweather at hotmail dot com)

Monique said...

My blog title is my motto. A glass half full. I really try to look at the positive, the upside of things. I am not a Pollyanna and am prone to the grumps, but I can usually ,make the best of any situation.

Oh How I would love to win that little granny goodness.

Anonymous said...

Go and make something happen!

BTW, LOVE LOVE LOVE yr granny cushion!!!

torirot said...

What an amazing number of comments! But it's a wonderful pillow, so i give it a try:

Make new friends
but keep the old
one is silver
and the other gold.

Have a nice weekend!

Noga Malachi said...

Thank you for this option to win this wonderfull pillow!
My idea is very simple: I try to do everything in life with tenderness and determinism.
Just like two hedgehogs making love...

Anonymous said...

as an educator i am so inspired by KIPP's mission. & their moto of "work hard. be nice" is a simple, perfect philosophy to share with and model for children!

annemarie said...

Lovely giveaway - A smile is a frown turned upside down - always smile - life is easier that way!!

sfer said...

"I don't know what happiness is, but I do know about unhappiness: an unfulfilled wish for creativity".

My translation from the quote by Jorge Wagensberg (the original in Spanish goes "No se que es la felicidad, pero si la infelicidad: una insatisfaccion creativa").

Thanks for the chance to take part in this giveaway. I'm off to check the pattern myself, just in case I don't win (which won't happen...)


carmen said...

One of my favorite quotes is from the great author, Harper Lee. in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' she wrote about what real courage is....

"It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." spoken by Atticus Finch.

Previously Pants said...

My motto is: "Sometimes I pretend to be normal, but it gets boring. So I go back to being me!" It's a trap I fall in ocasionally, being normal, but it's much better being me.

I'm working on a granny square dress... and as my 3 nieces all want one as well (and it takes nearly 200 GS's) an nice pillow for myself is many many GS's away... and yours is so beautifull!!!

janinekits [@] hotmail [dot] com

Janine said...

I've thought really carefully about this, and have concluded that the saying

"Keep on keeping on"

just about sums up my attitude to life. It's been especially relevent this week as my beloved great-grandmother died early on Tuesday morning. It was her philosphy too - to keep on and do your best whatever the situation. It's what I've had to do this week too, in the hardest of circumstances.

Thank you Tif for your inspiration, good humour and creativity.

julie k said...

Tif, this pillow is beautiful! What a generous giveaway!

I'm inspired by all of the quotes in the comments. Sometimes I get a little blue in the evening hours when I realize I haven't gotten as much creating done as I would have liked, so I always remind myself "Tomorrow's another day."

Peggy said...

Tif- it is so beautiful! I would love to win! Thanks!
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be!" - Abe Lincoln

Marianne Penner said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

A quote I try to live by is "Keep it Simple" - unknown

Elise said...

LOVE that pillow-so stinkin' cute!! My favorite saying as of late is actually a scripture. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

The latest desire of my heart{other than to sell our home and move into a much less, but so much more character rich home}, is to win your super cute pillow!! :)

Thank you!!

Shari said...

"For Memory has painted this perfect day
With colors that never fade,
And we find at the end of a perfect day
The soul of a friend we've made."
- Carrie Jacobs Bond

"If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come." - Chinese Proverb

you (in your blog) are a friend to me! Shari Witt

Sharon Stanley said...

ok, so as a dottie angel wannabe, i should offer something insirational, quaint, humorous, truthful, fantastic, yet what comes to mind is this....oh so true quote from margaret thatcher...the rooster may crow by the hen delivers the eggs...i want to win anyway...i need that delightful granny square pillow for the cinder block shed we are building up the country in the middle of a cow pasture to get away from it it!

Rabbit and the Duck said...

Ooo I hope I made it in time to be included : ) I'm hopeless with working out time differences between Australia and the rest of the world...
Anyhow, the quote I live by and have written above my workspace is "this too shall pass". It reminds me to appreciate and learn from every experience and is a good reminder that everything is always changing, and how important it is to focus on the current moment.
Thank you for such a lovely giveaway x

mitsib said...

live pure
speak true

i have no idea where this came from! i think there may even be another line, but i think if you follow this little quote you cant go wrong in life
xxxx mitsi

Penny said...

I've had such fun reading these, and they've been so uplifting I've decided to join in. (but with little hope of winning the gorgeous hooky cushion!)

'Motivation is what get's you started,
Habit is what keeps you going'

I know not from whence it came...

Thanks for all the fun, tif P x

Wrigley Rose said...

"a rose is a rose is a rose" gertrude stein. simple. beautiful. true. i like to say, "it is what it is". gertrude's is more poetic. that pillow would look so wonderful in my little cottage in sydney. ;)

Anonymous said...

I´m learning to see the beauty in everybody, everywhere. I appreciate the quote by Dalai Lama: Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Mira from Helsinki

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Disregard my last post please...I found the directions under "making"! See ~ you brought me good luck! I decided to look AGAIN and it was right there under "Making".

Michelle said...

I read this lovely philosophy on a blog one time and made sure to find a special space in my mind forit because I enjoyed it so- "I want my face to be engraved with laugh lines to show the happiness I have lived to know."

grandma peden's porch said...


Anonymous said...

oh my word! so many comments already!

here i am at the last minute to say...

everything is what you make of it. be present, make the most of it, it will be what you make of it. i find myself repeating this often.

that being said, i just moved into a tiny little apartment in a cozy little town and i need the pillow for my naked couch! :) thank you for sharing your craft!

CabbageLarsen said...

Be grateful.

Marley said...

What a lovely pillow.

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

Zora Neale Hurston

I like to be reminded of that.

a captain's wife said...

I take possession of my (our) forever house on tuesday. A forever place indeed for a dottie angel granny pillow...

Right now, as we move our whole lives from east to west, my mantra is, "Henceforth, all disasters are funny!" (Said with finger triumphantly pointed to sky, chest puffed out, one foot forward, booming voice.) If anything, declaring it makes us laugh.

Charlene said...

Oh.... to give a home to this lovely would indeed lift up my soul and put a smile on my face daily!

"God never gives you what you can't handle" is my quote. I remind myself of this daily in hopes of self-inspiring to be a better Mama, Wife, Friend, Sister and Contributor to Society.

All the best Tif!

christel said...


"no complain, no explain"

Kate said...

I have my nine year old daughter, who wants the cushion cover almost as much as I do, to thank for my philosophy - if I do something lovely with my children once a day then I can have lots of peace to do my creating in.

Chez Chouke said...

Laughing is healthy

Love, Judith

sew obsessed said...

I try and remind myself daily to see the world through my child's eyes, especially when they have done something naughty!!

Allison said...

oh the thinking i've done this week, but i keep coming back to the quote that originally popped into my mind. you see, years ago someone asked me my 'motto'. i'd never thought of it before then, but what came out was a quote from a carole king song: "you've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. then people gonna treat you better, you're gonna find, yes you will, that you're beautiful as you feel."

so, i've been keeping this in mind ever since. this philosophy keeps me smiling! i show the world my love through creating every day, whether it be crocheting, baking, sewing, etc. i love surprising my grandparents with sweet treats and making little crochet things for my mom. creating and giving is a good way to make friends, too!

i would love to give your granny pillow a forever home. it would look so lovely on my bed. pretty please, pick me!

Anonymous said...

love your neighbor as yourself.
-jesus christ

Allison S. said...

So many lovely words so far! I love that someone referenced Yoda :) I use that one a lot! I have two other particular favorites--
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself..." ~D.H. Lawrence
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." ~Jack London
*fingers crossed*

Michelle Walker said...

Damn...just found you and your lovely cushion! Hope it goes to a worthy home!!! Lovely x
Might have to make me one inspired by yours.

Candy Pop said...

Lovely Granny chic!

amy said...

when everything comes crashing down I remind myself one thing:
"Be kinder to yourself."
Thanks for the chance!

Sharon Stanley said...

pul-lease.....i am having dottie angel withdrawel....come back soon!

barbara r-g said...

love your blog just found it and can't wait to see all your soon to be creations. so fun and unique... thanks

jennie said...

I live by 'Don't worry be happy' doesn't always work especially around 830 am as children do not listen hey ho one day I will not have to shout at them to shoes, coats, gloves but down the dolly etc

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