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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Anonymous said...

awesome, i love all your work!! you are super inspirational :]

cathiehong at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

My favorite is and its Sooooo simple...


By Jerry and Esther Hicks.

I always try to remember that throughtout my day. It has come in handy on many occasions!

Thanks for the opportunity!
Jennifer in Boise Idaho

s a n s k u :) said...

(hyperventilating)... i can't believe you are letting go of this beautiful pillow. oh how i hope it's home is destined to be mine. so good luck for me. :)

lately this quote has been "it" for me:
"Several years ago I was reading the newspaper when one of my young grandsons snuggled up to me. As I read, I was delighted to hear his sweet voice chattering on in the background.
Imagine my surprise when, a few moments later, he pushed himself between me and the paper. Taking my face in his hands and pressing his nose up to mine, he asked, "Grandpa! Are you in there?"
(Elder Robert D. Hales/

reminder to be there for the people i love. sometimes good books especially get me distracted. our families are the most important thing in this life. <3

s a n s k u :) said...

ps. winning this pillow would make up for the fact that my crocheted afghan is still not finished. it's taking me years and years to finish it.
ok, this sounds like begging now. i guess i AM begging. :D

noodleBubble said...

Oooh How delicious! mmmm...I've not pondered this VERY long but I live by it -do unto others as you would have them do unto you (and SMILE while you're about it)

find me at -
Mwah ♥

We Blog Artists said...

Every morning when you wake up, you have the power to decide whether to be happy or not...wouldn't you choose to be happy?

LOVE LOVE your granny would be an honour to win this.

Jodi said...

Such a lovely giveaway! Granny squares are delightful.

"The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the life too closely examined may not be lived at all" -Mark Twain

Debbie said...

I try to remember that "life is what happens as you're busy making other plans"; it reminds me to keep focused on the here and now, as well as being spontaneous!

Of course in my more somber moods, of which there are a few, I remember the wise words of my English A-Level teacher when she put her hand on my shoulder after I'd finished espousing some philosophy and said, "Deborah - life is a sh*t sandwich - the more bread you got the better it tastes".

And then there are other pithy kernels of wisdom that ring true:

when his father's an onion and his mother's a garlic, what are the chances he'll smell good?

that's an arab saying.

Allie said...

Most recently, because sometimes I just snap too quickly when I'm stressed by the baby's mood, I've been trying to repeat in my head:

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog."

--Charles Doran

Lars John Anderson said...

"We may not have it all together but together we have it all"

Not sure where exactly this one came from but it fits my family :)

Greedy Nan said...

"i try to do something new or different every day".
.... i also have a very nice home for your lovely cushion please ...

Serenata said...

Oh this is an easy is already on my blog 'Without Challenge, there is no achievement'.

Not sure who it is by, I found it on a card once that I bought many years ago in NZ.

considerthelillies said...

My husband has said many times, " We can be a small influence over a lot of people or a large influence over a few"

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Dearest Tif, I do believe my thinking cap is working to a higher level than usual today. Therefore I do not even have to wear it to school drop off and risk it getting wet in the stormy weather we have been gifted with this week.

I must say, before I enlighten you with my own personally written quote, that your wonderful cushion would be very much doted on at our house. It would blend in very nicely and have a fun life, perhaps even some time in a sofa blanket tent at times.

Now I shall begin my quote. (Clearing throat) There is no such thing as a mistake, there's just another chance to be creative. I wholeheartly believe and live by this quote. I have enhanced creations many a time by living this way.

Thank you for reading my drivveling message. I do hope it is worthy of a place in your pot.

Anonymous said...

Be still and feel your way....
I tend to think to much and this little mantra helps me remember to FEEL more, and stillness is a reminder I can always use!
I LOVE your pillow! Love it, really. It would love my home and I would love it. Thank You!

Amber said...

{gasping in astonishment at your wonderful giveaway!} and for my quote...I love this one by Charles Swindoll:

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes. - Charles R. Swindoll

Wish I could get it tattooed on my arm so I could remember it more!!

sarah {on the brightside...} said...

i love granny chic!! :) this pillow is so beautiful, i love the colors. i hope i win!

& a quote that i like to live by is:

"love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, love isn't love 'til you give it away!"
-oscar hammerstein II


RachelDenbow said...

I THINK I made this up but if I didn't and it's really similar to something someone once said, my happiest of apologies. :)

"A woman's work is never more important than her art."

Kaisa said...

I do not know who has said this originally,nor can I remember where I myself heard it but I think it has a wisdom in it.In english it would go something like this;
'Learning how to be content is the key to leading a happy life'.

And a peachy week for You too,Your blog is absolutely lovely!

Kaisa from Finland

Unknown said...

oh, that is so, so pretty!! i have been wanting a new cushion for our vintage blue chair and this would be just perfect!

it is so hard to choose just one quote but i think this one, as simple as it is, is really beautiful.

"life is a dance toward God." - donald miller

thanks so much for doing this giveaway tif! i really, really hope i win!

Princess and the Pea said...

"You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince"

I kissed so many frogs my lips had a greenish tinge for a while... but oh boy, did I find my prince! You'll be pleased to know, my lips have now returned to their rosy pink colour. Much to my prince's delight.

Also, "Life is for living, you can sleep when you're dead." Don't know who said that but they were right.

Kat x

hazeljoy said...

i like this:

'you are not your job, you are not the clothes you wear, you are the words that leave your mouth, so speak up speak up loud'

(lyrics from 'call me ishmael', get cape wear cape fly)

Elizabeth said...

I adore granny chic. As a writer, this Sylvia Plath quote never ceases to inspire and motivate:

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”


deb did it said...

I adore this pillow so much it inspires me to learn to crotchet some grannies...and I live my life by the following line ...heritagehaus at yahoo dot com


lisset said...

ooooooooo. i do love me some granny chic! and as for my little philosophy-

"use it up. wear it out. make it do, or do without."

as for my son, he might say-

"you get what you get and you don't fuss a bit."

rubelin said...

Darling Tif, could you direct me to the post you wrote about the tutorial you found for these squares?? Or perhaps it was for the wavy crochet blanket you made? either way, I am feeling an itching in my fingers for some yarn and a hook and I need some direction in which to go forward, as the last time I crocheted much was to make doll clothes (for my own dolls).

Unni Strand said...

Oh, how I'd love to win that cushion!
I think I'll say like Jane Austen:
"She loved life and it loved her right back!" (At least it was something like that.)

Alison said...

so ok dottie angel and the clan, and the blog, which by the way is scrumptilishiously full of gorgeosity, and not at all full of crappity crap, no not at all, what a perfectly full of generosity of the utmost kind give-away. Enough.
I like to live along these lines:
dance like noone's watching,
sing like noone is listening (essential in my case); and
love like you've never been hurt.

I know that this comes from somewhere, or something along these lines, I may have altered it along the way in my befuddled state, but hey my little grey cells aren't what they used to be. So apologies to whoever thought this up .

monda-loves said...

mine is short and sweet but I totally believe in it:

'Everything happens for a reason'

The cushion is very special, and I know it would like to come and live with me back in blighty (pretty please).


Teal said...

Me granny, please, I love these squares!!!!
Thanks for sharing!
babi sugarman

malin said...

"Not all those who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien. I have strayed a lot in my life, I like to think every little detour is just another pit stop on my way, and even though it looks like it, I´m not in any way lost.

I´d love to win your granny cushion, because my pit stops would be so much more comfortable with something soft to rest upon...

Amanda Makes said...

I'm all of a Hoo Haa! I want this cushion more than I can say? That's greedy isn't? I'm sorry . But I do...really want that cushion! I think my most apt quotation in this instance would be.."If you aren't in, you can't win." Enjoy your few days off! Love, Amanda xxx

Gabs said...

I would so very much love to house your granny cushion, it's simply beautimous. Unfortunately, my moggies would also love it, but in a slightly more violent way than I would like. So I will content myself with admiring it from afar, and I will be benignly jealous while happy for the winner when he/she is announced.

I will give you this piece of wisdom, imparted upon my consciousness by my younger sister (who was three years old at the time, mind you). "Life sucks, then you die." Can't remember what I was complaining about, and couldn't tell you who she picked that little nugget up from, but it's always worth repeating. *grin*

I'd love you to visit me at if you're ever at loose ends. I'm a Texan living in London, and I'm a big fan of the Dottie Angel pretties and prose. Enjoy your school trip and crocheting. : )

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Ooooo! The rocking chair on my verandah is just crying out for that cushion...and the words I try to live doubt stated by someone famous at one time, but constantly reiterated by my mum..
'If you can't say something nice, don't say it at all!'

mandy said...

To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to give one's self...
this is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a generous giveaway.

Your granny pillow would have a cozy home here.

sylviesgarden said...

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
- William Morris

montague said...

as i am expecting my first kiddo, i'd love to add your lovely cushion to our nursery! and in terms of some wisdom... here is my favorite:

"Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face..." - Baha'i Writings

mary said...

My mantra for the the past 7 years with (co-"sleeping", all night breastfeeding, sleepless) infants, (tantrum-throwing) toddlers and (energetic) boys in the house:

"This too shall pass."

Certainly didn't make it up but have no idea who to give credit for it. (Maybe the old testament??)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your pillows and since I don't crochet and wouldn't be making them for myself I would be over the moon to have one! :)

Chloe said...

This one's on my blog and it's how I live my life: "Make do and make the most of it." I think it's by me, but I suppose its possible I read it somewhere and it got stuck in my brain.

Here's one I taught my children: "Eschew half-assed-ness." We have that one framed quite prettily in our kitchen. That's all me.

Anonymous said...

Wowee Tif, it's a beaut!

Annie said...

I would love to win this beauty!

I don't know where this quote came from, but my Mom says it often. "Make a plan, & God laughs" So true isn't it!!

folk city said...

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
-William Morris

Lindsay said...

'Every dollar you spend is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in."

-David Warner (from The Atlantic)

Emily said...

Mine is:

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking

H. Jackson Browne

Veronica said...

Well, mine is not a philosophy for the faint-hearted, but it works for me! "Why do today what you can put-off until tomorrow?!" :) I don't worry about getting things finished right away - they will get done! Why stress? Take your time to enjoy life, and don't worry about 'deadlines'!

Clare said...

"If friends were flowers... I'd pick you"

I have that on a handpainted piece of slate. I love it.

Marci said...

What a beautifully wonderful little pillow--I certainly hope she finds my home acceptable, since I know exactly where she'd go.

"I want to one day be a person worthy of listening to, and when I get there, I want to be sure to have something worth saying"

coririnna at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The quote I try to live by every single day of my life...

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
-James Dean

As I am a beginner crocheter this gorgeous granny cushion has me drooling...I'd love a chance to win
~thank you~

Lori P said...

Be yourself...Everybody else is already taken. ~Oscar Wilde.

Great idea and I LOVE LOVE the pillow.

Miss Crocherydoodah said...

I love that pillow!

My quote is cheesy and isn't as good as the others but I grew up hearing my Dad telling me this (which is funny as I ended up living abroad but was always convinced I'd never leave home...I guess he knew!) & he still says it today:

"The world is your oyster. It doesn't matter where you live. The people that matter will always love you. Carpe diem."

Shannon said...

"Leave a place better than you found it" I don't know who to attribute this too, but that's what I believe.

Good Girls Studio said...

One of my favorite quotes that always makes me smile...
"There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry hehehe :) Your granny chic pillow really wants wants to come live in my studio!

shelia said...

Here i am a wishin'
I could win a crocheted granny cushion

By the time you notify me of my win
i'll have forgot,it'll all be new agin.

marzi said...

i have two favorites:

#1 - don't expect to be what you haven't worked to become.

#2 - there are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. what you’ve got to do is turn around and say, “watch me”.

Christine Chitnis said...

I LOVE this pillow and would promise to give it a warm, loving home!

I love this quote and try to always remember it when I stumble and fall:

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all-- in which case, you fail by default."

-J.K. Rowling

Kristen said...

My philosophy is from Dr. Seuss:

Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter. :)

I would so love to give your beautiful cushion a forever home! *fingers crossed*

dottie angel said...

blimey my dearest readers, it would appear none of you needed your thinking caps... i feel completely uplifted just reading these quotes and sayings.
consider yourselves safely and snuggly in 'thee pot' :)

LissyLou said...

a lovely giveaway!! i've always liked:

For attractive lips,Speak words of kindness.For lovely eyes,Seek out the good in people.For a slim figure,Share your food with the hungry.For beautiful hair,Let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.For poise,Walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.People, even more than things,Have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed,And redeemed; never throw out anyone.Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,You will find one at the end of each of your arms.As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn xx

Jeni said...

always look for good and be the good that others look for.

not sure if i made that up but it's how i try to live my simple little life.

love the pillow, btw!

Ann said...

"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."
~William Shakespeare

really quite appropriate for a granny square give-away, yes?

love the pillow - it's beautiful!!

polly said...

This is one big carrot to find that cap!

My favourite for life is an old saying of my Grandad....."Never pull on a door marked push."

My favourite for crafting is a Mark Ryden quote ...."If you enchant yourself others will be enchanted too."

candacemorris said...

An amazing blog friend sent me a card with this quote on the back, "If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come." It's an ancient Chinese proverb, and it's full of hope, which is a rare and precious commodity for me.

I recently came home from 10 weeks caring for my sister and niece who just went through a divorce, and I sat in my country garden (in the outskirts of Seattle) and stared at the violent wind playing with the evergreens...and recovered a small bit of hope that had been stolen by the complicated actions of others. Washington IS my green bough.


Fondant Kiss said...

Wow...Some cracking quotes already!

Oh dear sweet squashy granny I have a sulky naked chair that would be so cheery having you upon her lap!

"If you cant fight the waves....learn to surf"!

Best regards
Deborah {fondantkiss}

Ruth P. said...

Wow. So many comments already!
My philosophy, probably said by someone famous at one time, but I don't know who.
So I'm claiming it as mine:
Be honest with yourself.
The rest will fall in place.
I love the granny square pillow! And if I win it, I don't have to make it myself. So thank you for giving me the chance to win it.

{call me satch} said...

i remember first reading this quote and it was a revelation, something I now like to reflect on often"to have good friends you must be a good friend" x

Kitty said...

"Do what you want to do. Not what you have to do."
-John Lavin

John was a dear friend of mine who had Alzheimer's. I visited him many times before he passed away and he would always tell me this. He said it was the one thing he wanted to pass on.

Wishing you LOVE,
Fritzi Marie

Anonymous said...

my words to live by are simple,
and very much like yours, i'd say.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein

he was a wise man indeed!

Savannah said...

Oooh, I would be absolutely honored to give your beautiful pillow a loving new home. It is fabulously fabulous, to be sure!

One of the quotes I adore is this one by Thoreau: "Beware of any enterprise that requires new clothing." Not only does it crack me up, but upon further contemplation, I think it offers some more insightful advice. If we are not already prepared with the clothing we have, is the considered endeavor truly a reflection of our most authentic selves? Hence, maybe we should be wary, indeed. Food for thought.

Thanks for hosting this contest!

willywagtail said...

Enjoy those days away. Sure you'll come back feeling like a teenager. Tehehe! One of my mottos is to keep that smile on your face and if it slips but it straight back on again. It's amazing how a smile on your dial affects your feelings. Cherrie

maureen said...

Hi Tif, I love your cushion and would be honourd to give it a 'forever Home' . I didn't need my thinking cap as I write this quote down every New Year in my Diary on the very first page, I don't know who wrote it as it's been so long that I have been using it and try to live by it.


Kelly Z. said...

oh me oh my this pillow is divine in all it's ' granny chicness'...i would love nothing more than for it to be mine!:)

here's one i like:
'If you only do what yo know you can do-you never do very much.'
-Tom Krause

BananaSaurusRex said...

Thoreau said:

Be not simply good; be good for something.

Vic said...

Ah my dear, what a lot of great quotes & words to live by you have already ellicited from your lovely readers... for my entry I am stealing an entire poem from my beloved R.B, to be used in times of emergency;

"Karma Repair Kit Items 1-4.

1.Get enough food to eat,
and eat it.

2.Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
and sleep there.

3.Reduce intellectual and emotional noise
until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
and listen to it.


— Richard Brautigan

If I might be so bold as to add to #2: "...and sleep there... on a glorious granny-square cushion..."


Pea Green Kitty said...

Hey there!

With lots of misfortune coming my way just recently I keep on telling myself to "live life to the full" and enjoy every second, as we only live once.....

So in the words of the fantabulous Red Hot Chilli Peppers:
"Cant stop the spirits when they need you,
This life is more than just a read through"


*jean* said...

o i am thrilled to have a chance to give your darling pillow a home...the words i live by were coined by mr. twain..."you can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus"

these words have always served me well...


Drewzel said...

One of my faves ~
"Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are."
— Anaïs Nin

Suzie Button said...

Oh, sweet Granny! She's gracefully aging, isn't she?!! How sweet she wants to move into my home, I do have room for her, and I shall hold her close and hug her every night!
My quote would be "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." ~Chili Davis
Thanks for the great giveaway! Suzie

Farmgirl Cyn said...

"The only time we can truly say Christ is all we need is when Christ is all we have."

Anonymous said...

Mine is: "Live and let live" but I have no idea who said it.

I love you pillow!!!
I wish I could knit my own one.

Greeting from Poland,

Izzy said...

Oh, I'm so excited about your giveaway!!! I would be happy to give your lovely cushion a wonderful home.

"Every human being on the face of the earth has a steel plate in his head, but if you lie down now and then and get still as you can, it will slide open like elevator doors, letting in all the secret thoughts that have been standing around so patiently, pushing the button for a ride to the top. The real troubles in life happen when those hidden doors stay closed for too long." Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)


Knitting Nellie said...

This pillow is so beautiful! I can't believe you are letting go of it, but would be more than happy to give it a good home. I really like this quote by Betty Smith -

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time."

You never know how long you'll be on this earth, so take in as much as you can in the time that you have.

Unknown said...

Simply adore that pillow. I adore it so much that the idea of owning it has caused me to quit lurking and actually leave a comment!

A quote I think of quite often:

"May you live all the days of your life." ~Jonathan Swift

Anonymous said...

"Say it like it is, with a smile"

Tracey@bountifully said...

oh my, so many fabulously fabulous quotes, dare I quote Amy Butler?!

"Utility can be beautiful, Comfy can be stylish, organization is health, my personality is unique, Handmade is best!"

I would not say I LIVE by this, but it does pretty much sum up my approach to style and creating.

Talking of style, your granny cushion is so my style xx

kelli said...

" Life is an occasion...

Rise to it"

and I would so love to have that pillow!!!

Elsa said...

thanks for the giveaway ... and being so generous. Here's my quote and I do have to say that I try to live by this quote!

If you can't see God in all,
You can't see God at all.
Yogi Bhajan

elizabeth said...

Hi. Here is a traditional blessing that I say with the families in the Parent and Child program that I teach. We say this blessing before snack..the little babies even put their tiny hands together as we say
Kind hearts are the garden
Kind thoughts are the roots
Kind words are the blossoms
Kind deeds are the fruit..
I would like to make an embroidery of this for my classroom..dottie angel day!
Love you, Elizabeth

gardenmama said...

Our family mantra is "Be Here Now" as well as "Let the beauty you love be what you do" -Rumi

Thank you for sharing your creativity!

lianne said...


your blog is inspires me.



Pots and Pins said...

I would LOVE the granny pillow - I tried to make one for myself and after realizing I have NO TALENT whatsoever I gave up! The quote I try to live by each day is from a poem, which I don't remember who wrote but the ending of it is something I've never forgot - it goes like this: "Did I earn another tomorrow by what I did today?" I do try to earn another tomorrow...but some days I know I didn't! xo, Nan

Anonymous said...

Don't know where this came from but it always makes me laugh.
"Bite off more than you can chew and chew like crazy" also
"what other people think of you is none of your business"
Sue, Victoria, Australia

Christina Lowry said...

Opps, that was Oscar Wilde who said that.

Christina Lowry said...

Always keep a journal, one needs something fantastic to read on the train.


Nora Griffin said...

I am a very big "Everything happens for a reason" person...maybe because I've seen the tough times in my life result in the most meaningful blessings.

Thank you so much for the chance to have this beautiful piece of your work.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

hmmm quote; where there is a will there is a way - oh so jolly true

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, when I saw this, I thought there is no way anyone could part with this.

In the infamous words of Mary Engelbreit:
Life is just a chair of bowlies!

Sage Dawson said...

"That's life in the big city."

-My Dad

Anytime I was upset, as a kiddo, because something hadn't turn out how I had hoped, my dad would respond with this phrase. It had always made moving on much easier.

Unknown said...

This little quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne has helped me through many desperate days indeed.

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

Yarni Gras! said...

imagine how life would be if we hadn't the courage to try anything..
Van Gogh.......

Val from yarnigras!

Fresh Tea : said...

"Insanity is heredity - you get it from your children"

from the mothers day card i got this year, i think it was a hallmark one.
lovely blog you have here, i am very much enjoying reading and looking at all the yummy things you make.

dottie angel said...

well all i can say is thank you kindly, for i am going to bed tonight completely and utterly enlightened and up lifted by the quotes and words you all live by...
i don't think anyone could fail to feel the same as me... i'm going to wake up tomorrow and really try to start the day with all these words in my heart and my head.

you are all in 'thee pot' although it is starting to look a little bulgy, may have to upgrade to a bigger one :)

Denise Kiggan said...

I love this quote - and find it to be so true of myself and others "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive" Howard Thurman

Allana said...

What a generous and gorgeous giveaway. I would love to find her a cozy spot in Bramble Cottage when we move in a few weeks!
My favourite quoto that I (try) to live by is "live simply so that others may simply live"
Have a great week! :)

PixieBelle said...

I absolutely love this pillow! I'm always delighted with how wonderful and oddly happy your creations look. I'll not be entering though I have many quotes I live by. With three four legged friends that like to sleep on and knead everything I value, this dear pillow would not last long and it deserves a much more peaceful forever home.

Marcia Hamelijnck said...

My perfect waking up:
waking up besides my husbands smile, while my baby sofly kicks in my belly, my head bubbling with exciting inspiration, the sun shining, knowing I'll have lots of time that day go thrifting and to work on my crafty projects for the nursery and the rest of our nest, feeling happy. I have lots of mornings like this lately and I'm loving it!

BarefootBride said...

My dad always told me "don't lower yourself down to someone's level, have them come up to yours."

That's something I've always tried to keep in mind throughout my life (but it doesn't always happen because I am, after all, only human).

JulieWilliams said...

My thinking cap has been firmly attached to my head all day. It even survived my sewing time, which can get crazy! Here are my favorite words:

"Wherever you go, there you are." - My Dad

Dikla Regev said...

some of our days guru...

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
(Bob Marley )

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, well you might find you'll get what you need
(John Blair , stones)

their are so many more, i love your
wish i wine said...

Thats easy peasy..."Its 5 o'clock somewhere".

Michelle said...

I *love* granny squares, both because it was the first crafty thing I ever learned - and from my granny! - and because those little chunks of color end up looking like a beautiful mosaic. My quote is from Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking Glass' and even better, from chapter 5: Wool and Water:

"'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked."

Fingers crossed!

Unknown said...

"The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother". (Unfortunately, I can't remember who said/wrote this).
I found this quote years ago - I think it's beautiful, moving and very true.
Love your blog Dottie Angel.
Jill x

Rubyred said...

WOW tif, what an amazing giveaway!
Your beautiful cushion!
As I am attempting to master crochet, this one always pops into my head and makes me smile
"Do or do not. There is no try." - The Empire Strikes Back (Yoda)
Have a peachy day!
Rachel x

Claire said...

Hey Tif, wonderfully generous giveaway.I have a corner on my couch reserved for just such a beautiful cushion. Now that the cold weather is on the way, it would keep me company through the evening.
This morning I read through the quotes there were 55, this evening 102. There are going to be alot of very diappointed people, nevermind just reading through these wonderful quotes has been inspirational.
My quote is an old Chinese proverb I read years ago:- He who asks may be a fool for five minutes. He who never asks is a fool for a lifetime.
Good to remember this when you need directions!!

amy said...

Oh, this is easy for me. I have a sign above my work space that reads


Originally Shakespeare, but sung most convincingly by Elvis Costello. On those many, many, days when I seem to fall short of the mark, it buoys me to know that though my laundry and dishes and spirit may be soiled, my intentions to live a meaningful life, to be a kind and funny mother and an enthusiastic wife, and in my spare time, a starry eyed artist - these are pure, good things.

That pillow. (Sigh).

Tracey said...

Potato. - Don Quixote

Thanks so much for this opportunity. Lovely! :)

Kristi said...

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Gasp. Oh my. Please. May I. Have. That. Pillow. Love.

Marie said...

Recently I put this quote in my blog:
It is a new favorite:

” Be lavish with love. Its the only treasure which multiplies when shared, the only gift which increases when we give it away.”

Thanks! <3

p.s. love the granny squares...too cute!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dottie love your blog...My thought for the day and also for the time of year I believe,is MAY ALL YOUR WEEDS BE WILD FLOWERS!I wright iton my blackboard at the lovely vintage shop I work at....

tanya bell said...

Dottie Angel in heaven, hear my vow -
'Never let lack of
talent hold you back.'

From a crazy crafting mama who has little else but imagination and the WILL to succeed.

Find me at

runswithscissors said...

"Heh! Self-esteem is for sissies. Accept that you're a pimple and try to keep a lively sense of humor about it. That way lies grace - and maybe even glory."
tom robbins (fierce invalids from hot climates)

a bit pessimistic but it makes me giggle.
thanks again for your sweet blog

Karina said...

My favourite 'motto of the moment' is definitely that each and every cloud has a silver lining.
If we allow ourselves to not get so caught up in the bad things that happen inevitably each and every day, and go out of our way to learn and grow from each challenge and turn it around into a blessing for ourselves or someone else, then I believe true happiness follows!

And may I just say that not only is that pillow beautiful, so is your blog and I'm very happy I stumbled across it a few weeks ago. Keep up the lovely work!

xo from Holland

Mette C. said...

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.

Love your site.

:-) Mette

...Nina Nixon... said...

I live and breathe by mine and sometimes have to give myself a little nudge or occasional talking to when one is feeling a tad melancholy, just as a reminder that is.

Anyhow it is, without a shadow of a doubt have to be such wise, wise words by the uber cool band 'Talk Talk' ::


Every moment, every day.....always.

Have fun reading,

Nina xxxxx

Francesca said...

when i was a moody teenager, i used to use dorothy parker's "four be the things i'd be better without, love curiosity, freckles and doubt."
now i simply say "love and be loved."

your cushion is totally perfect.

p.s and now i really love my freckles.

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

"You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try"
- Dolly Parton

Thanks so much for this lovely giveaway!

Knotted Nest said...

A phrase that I often repeat quietly to myself is
"We make greatness"

It reminds me that everyone, in one way or another, has the ability to be great. It all comes down to the choices that we make and the risks that we take.

Wonderful giveaway! And such amazing comments to read!

Anonymous said...

'take care of your memories, for you cannot relive them' by Cat Stevens

alisonrae said...

I would love this cushion! how beautiful!

thank you for offering it!

alison -

Jamie said...

I've always thought this saying (by renowned philosopher, Master Yoda of Star Wars...)
"Do or do not ~ there is no try"
is one that keeps me on the right track! What a fantastic giveaway. I've always admired this pillow as I don't crochet. It's beautiful. Jamie V in MT

trish said...

"this too shall pass" is something I tend to say on a regular basis.

Thank you for a chance to win such a beautiful give a way.

Sincerely ~ Tricia

jodi said...

oh, how exciting!

my favorite quote is this gem by mark twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Amapanther said...

hello, thanks for the giveaway!
The quote I live by is:
“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” -- Vincent van Gogh.

Thanks again!
I will post about your giveaway!

Khinna Kaminske said...

"Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –"

The beginning of Mary Oliver's "Why I Wake Early"... Love starting my day by reading this poem.

britt said...

i always loved the saying
No matter were you go, there you are.

i don't know who said it but it sticks! and well is so obviously true.

Unknown said...

"The world is only in the mind of its maker. Do not believe it is outside of yourself."

-A Course in Miracles

This was taken from a great book "Add More -Ing to Your Life" by Gabrielle Bernstein which is full of inspiration!

I am an admirer of your blog and all of your creations. Would be so grateful for this cushion.

Angie (

jdavissquared said...

I have a couple:

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength" -Unknown


"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams

thanks for your cheerful happy blog! ;)

Lola said...

I always look forward to your blog posts. Your house is beautiful, so many colors and textures make me smile!

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mohandas Ghandi

amanda o said...

wow...i hadn't really thought about having some specific words to live by...guess i need to find some. there are great choices here in the comments though. I know "win a beautiful pillow and your life will be complete"

Kelsey Leftwich said...

"Property: the more common it is the more holy it is." - St. Gertrude

I like to think of this quote in community building contexts especially.


debrarae said...

If you don't understand something but feel a fool asking remember..... "He who asks is a fool for five minutes.... He who does not ask is a fool for ever".....Chinese proverb

Elizabeth said...

My not-quite-seven-years-old nephew often says 'my life, my choice,' and really there's no arguing with the philosophy behind that. 'Out of the mouth's of babes' etc etc!!

Q @ JAQS said...

First time visiting your blog and I am in love with your designs. If I don't even with little beauty I will have to make one myself I'm afraid :P.

Beautiful work and beautiful words.

Thanks for Sharing!

<3 A new fan.

Stacy Jean said...

Thanks to my very, very dear and ultra creative mumma.....she is just as much of a busy-body as I am but she reminds me often that,

"Sometimes you just need to coast."

It's when I take that advice, coast and reflect that I come up with the best ideas.

Thanks mumma.

Anna said...

words to live by via my Dad:
never keep a dog in the house, never smoke, and never regret anything.

i love that little pillow!

Vivian said...

This, too, shall pass.

Joanie Hoffman said...

Your pillow is lovely & thank you for the giveaway.
My favorite quote is from the late Nell Carter: "I have never looked in the mirror and seen a person I didn't like".
Happy days,

Hayley said...

"With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day...To be great is to be misunderstood." Emerson

I read Self Reliance in high school and it pretty much changed my life. I loved that consistency and conformity were signs of weakness and that speaking your mind, regardless if it was popular, was genius.


Into Vintage said...

Thank you for this lovely giveaway.

When I was a child, my mother recognized early on that I loved animals and she taught how to treat them with this little rhyme:
"I love little kitty, her coat is so warm and if I don't hurt her, she'll do me no harm."

Still in my head all these years later. :-) -amy

Unknown said...

From the book "Knights of the Round Table".
Merlin to King Arthur, "...the best thing for being sad is to learn something...". My mother quoted this often and it works for me. She also said "nothing lasts forever, not even your troubles".

Blessed Serendipity said...

I just found your blog today..What a happy place! Your pillow is beautiful and I hope to give it its forever home.

madhu said...

After going through every comment I feel so good that we have such beautiful people all around the globe.

The words I so live by....

Just follow your passion with all your heart and soul and everything will magically fall into place.

Sea Gem Studio - Diana said...

What a fab pillow! Love the colors too!

I have a earthy - beachy philosophy which I have a hard time living by because the beach in the Pacific Northwest can be cold most of the time. But I will share it with you anyway.

"Keep your toes in the sand!!!"
by Diana of Sea Gem Studio
(I do believe its my saying as I have never heard it said by another but I could be wrong.)

You see I am happiest on the beach. It makes me smile to say it or write it.

missvanham said...

love your blog love to winn this giveaway.
happy days
greets susan

Cassie said...

My oh my! Love this! Want it!

One of my favorite quotes is, "Spend the afternoon~you can't take it with you." Annie Dillard


dottie angel said...

i wish to scribble all these words upon a wall, so i may read them each and every day...
madhu is so right, reading these quotes and sayings makes one feel good inside to know there are so many beautiful people living around the globe...
thank you for your goodness my dearest readers :)

and yes 'thee pot' has been replaced by a larger 'thee pot' this morning...

Kristin said...

I have two to throw into the hat!

You don't know nothin' but you don't need to know
The wisdom's in the trees, not the glass windows
-Jack Johnson

Never be less than you are.


Kristine said...

How exciting, how exciting...I love your pillow!!! I've tried to teach myself to crochet for years with no luck whatsoever, so I always admire and appreciate the pretty home dec, sweaters, and pillowcase edgings that other people make.

My favorite quote is "Imagination is more important than Knowledge," by Einstein.

Thank you for the chance to win!

Amy T Schubert said...

I try to live the WWAD philosophy. As in what would Anne (of Green Gables) do?

p.s. that cushion would look SUPER FANTASTIC on my new couch!


Jillian Frances said...

Love love love this pillow!

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. - Afred D. Souza

Hilary said...

I cam across this quote when looking for inspiration to paint on a little girl's wall.

"You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should."
Max Ehrmann

We ended up letting her write her own, which was so poetic! This quote still resonates with me!

Rain said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your pillow & I have some granny afghans that would like to make it's acquaintance!
My favorite quote right now-
"Bread & water can so easily be toast & tea." from a celestial tea box.
This is how I am trying to view all of life.

lori said...

The pillow is soooo beautiful!
Here is my thought
Always say "thank you"

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Ohh I love that pillow! And your blog.

One of my favorite philosophies comes from what happens to be one of my favorite poems:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
-Emily Dickinson

Thanks for the chance to win and being so generous!

Kristen said...

What an incredible giveaway...makes me wish I knew how to crochet{something I WILL learn to do someday}.

I gave this quote{on a card}to a friend{a mother of FIVE}years ago at a time when she was stressing over the hectic-ness daily life can bring to a mother of five: "Love what you have"
Over the years she would remind ME of that quote on days when I was ready to pull my hair out with screaming/fighting kids under my feet~ it's something that's always made us laugh!

Anonymous said...

yesyes i looove that pillow. so adorable :)

Unknown said...

Oh i love this cushion!

My philosophy is: Happiness is not a lifestyle - you have to make it one!

My email address can be found by clicking on my name :) Thanks!

White Way to Light said...

I love your Granny Chic pillow!!

Here is a saying that I have posted in my craft room and look to often and try to live in my own life!

"To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;

to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony."

I hope you like it! :)

AlainaCharise said...

“In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.”
— Brian Tracy

the green gal said...

The cushion is so very very lovely, I'd love it to prettify my nook!

Something I read in my favourite book of all time, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, is ringing very true with me at the mo. Anne says: "One can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things."

Happy dreaming! x

Molly said...

GITY! God I Thank You! Love my Jesus!!
~Molly P

Amy said...


"Well behaved women rarely make history" ... and I'm sorry, I don't know who originally said it.

When ever I feel myself getting down because I'm just not enough or too much, not perfect in every way, I remind myself of this quote. It tells me to be me, all the time, and I can do great things.

Good luck to whomever wins!

Elissa said...

"Do to others as you would have them do to you" (God) and try not to get your knickers twisted over nothing (me).

thanks for a chance. I have a perfect granny-brown couch waiting for it to spruce him up!

possiblereturnblogger said...

Well now...I would be more than happy to give that precious pillow a good home where it would be admired and appreciated many times a day!

My saying right now:
"Enough is as good as a feast."

My #1 has been having a bad case of "gimmes" for a while...we're trying to teach gratitude for what is in front of us (because money does not buy happiness, though goodness knows I've tried that avenue myself!)


Heather at Mad Rose Creations said...

First thank you for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I lurve the sweet granny pillow.

Two quotes that I keep in mind:

Above all else to thine own self be true--
William Shakespeare

All we ever truly have is now--
Eckhart Tolle


Kate/Massachusetts said...

Of late my favorite quote, author unknown, is:

"If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got"!

Sometimes, you just have to change things around and try a different approach.

Thanks for the chance to enter your contest!

jenny said...

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. -- Dorothy Parker

Unknown said...

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

It makes being nice sound so yummy and nutritious.

I love your site and love this giveaway.

Unknown said...

'i try to avoid arguments with my family and my boy every day. even if i think i'm right. family is more important than my pride.'


my mail

Elizabeth said...

A dear friend once told me, "Love is learning to live with someone else's crap." It's true. Especially if you've fallen for a packrat.

Jessica said...

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. -Dr Seuss

I simply love that pillow, I cannot believe you are willing to part with it. The person who ends up with it is lucky indeed.

Arctic Mum said...

I love a quote from the novel "Good Morning, Midnight" by Jean Rhys: Nobody knows me. But the streets know me.

Unknown said...

i love this cover - i saw this when you first made it and it inspired me to make a crochet granny square cushioncover!
an arabic saying
"man jadda wajada"
"whoever strives will succeed"

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I just found your bog from Renee at Sewn With Grace. I am so happy that she posted about you! You are So much FUN! I will be back for SURE!


bunting said...

Whether you think
you can or whether
you think you can't,
you're right

Attributed to Henry Ford, and quoted by me (even in my high school year book, which goes back some way now!).

Love the blog!

jane voisin said...

"Keep calm and carry on"

Ania ze Wzgórza said...

What a lovely giveaway!!! You are super inspirational :)))

Hugs from Poland! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Tif
the two little sayings i love are

"happiness is homemade"
"dare to be different"

i dont know where i first heard these two
but i know i love them

lucy x x

Lea said...

by golly i LOVE that cushion, i do! This lady thinks she needs to learn to crochet.
My quote comes from the 'celebration of love' for eva markvoort-who inspires me on a gazillion levels...

The quote...
"LOVE what you have, not what you want"

Ever so simple but a reminder to me to look right in front of me and know that I have everything I really children, my man, their love. Simple really!

grantleaingram at hotmail dot com

Thank you for this lovely opportunity!

dottie angel said...

i'm blown away dearest readers... my inbox and my comments are full of goodly and righteous thoughts :)

i have also noted my pen is starting to run out due to over use... i may have to rustle around for another one!

Lydia said...

First time to your blog today -- very fun and interesting and I plan to keep up in the future!

One of my favorite quotes is:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." [Jim Elliot] -- seeking to live my life to honor Christ!

Anonymous said...

I would treasure this little pillow forever, it so so sweet.
I really love the following words:
Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things"
Robert Brault


Amy said...

"be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” -judy garland

Thank you for being you and sharing with us, your blog is a bright spot in my day!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Here's my little life philosophy:

Lead with a wide open heart and the rest will fall into place.

I came up with this one myself! :)


Unknown said...

Live proud and honest!


Michelle said...

I live my day with this simple question...

"What would grandma do?"

Luckily my grandma was a creative soul...

Kate said...

"creativity takes courage" -henri matisse

Sy Pie said...

This quote always puts me in a thinking cap mood:
"Ever present, never twice the same. Ever changing, never less than whole."
-Robert Irwin

Unknown said...

'You are welcome everywhere'

I love this. There is no place on earth you should ever feel unwelcome.

Judith Cebreros said...

I always say that there is nothing you can do about the past or future, just keep living in the present.

This is a very lovely pillow. I'm actually working on an afghan with the same circle granny squares.

Sarah said...

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

I adore your blog, it's a ray of sunshine!

♥ Sarah

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