Had a most unusual experience last night. Sister missionaries from the Utah Orem Mission knocked on my door. I’ve had visits from Jehovah’s Witness missionaries before, but this is the first time I’ve ever been contacted by Mormon missionaries. First time in my whole life!sister-missionariesI invited them in and we had an absolutely delightful visit together. I didn’t realize it at the time because I was a little bit nervous—entertaining angels unaware, or rather, aware—but these young ladies brought a very special spirit into my home. I consider myself a spiritual person and I always hope the atmosphere in my home is peaceful and uplifting, so it was a bit exciting to feel the difference (which I noticed mostly after they left). Sort of like how your ordinarily fragrance-free home would be if you brought in a bouquet of roses. How sweet it is!

Sister Thorsteinson (from Alberta) and Sister Howton (from Sacramento, CA–poor thing, she’s freezing in our Utah winter!) were both serious and fun. I really enjoyed them. Before leaving, they challenged me to do something to bring myself closer to the Savior. That was a bit tricky—I mean, like the early apostles, wise as serpents yet harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)—they challenge everyone to do a little better. I said I wanted to be less hard on myself, to realize that I’m not able to do everything; I have to embrace the fact that I have limitations (many!) and choose the best things to do, with the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We had a prayer together at the end of their visit, and I think it was at that point I began to be aware of the blessing they were to my home. They prayed for me, my family and friends, and my activities.

How can anyone not want an experience like this? Go out and find the missionaries, they can help you with anything! (Even yard work and snow shoveling, right Sister Howton?)

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s making the required pieces for a project; attaching them to each other is another matter.

On the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group we’re working on two weave-alongs. One is a darling party dress for an 18″ doll—pattern courtesy of Hazel Spencer from Hazel Rose Looms. I’m working on the pieces for it.

The light pick yarn (second from upper left) was a bit too thin for my taste, so I'm combining it with the fuchsia crochet thread. These squares will be the body of the dress. The dark pink fluffy yarn (upper right) will be the skirt--very fancy indeed.

The light pink yarn (second from upper left) was a bit too thin for my taste, so I’m combining it with the fuchsia crochet thread. These squares will be the body of the dress. The dark pink fluffy yarn (upper right) will be the skirt—very fancy indeed.

Skip on over to Hazel’s blog for info on the lacy edge stitch she created for the skirt hem. I’m not sure if she wanted me to share the pattern on my blog or not, so to be safe, I won’t. You can join the Facebook group and find the instructions in the Files section.

Hazel Rose Party Dress.

Hazel Rose Party Dress.

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Here is the uninspiring photo of my humble beginnings.

As with every project Step One is Weave Squares.

As with every project Step One is Weave Your Squares.

On the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group we’re having a weave-along using another of Deborah Bagley’s designs, this one from the Pin Loom Christmas Set. The set is on sale during November, so hurry over there and check it out. The set is a bargain and contains many cute designs. (I have my eye on those snowmen after I get my gnome made.)

A small sample of the many designs available in the Christmas Pin Loom Set.

A small sample of the many designs available in the Christmas Pin Loom Set.

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