Saturday, December 28, 2013

Holy Moly, It's December!

I just realized that the last time I ACTUALLY posted was in August. August!  Time to check in!

First things first.  I made a drop-off to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital a couple weeks ago with over 700 little Rosie's Cozies Hats!  As always, the staff was extremely thankful and I have heard from a couple of mothers that they are appreciative and touched by the donations.  Again, thank you so so so much for those who have donated!

Next, I have been busy with finishing up orders and prepping for this baby boy--who is due to be here in a little over 3 weeks!  Eek!  I have just a couple more orders to finish, and then I will be all caught up.

Speaking of this baby, I have been doing a lot of crocheting for his nursery.  This has included a mobile for his nursery, as well as a faux taxidermy moose head.  The moose took me a lot of time getting the right shape and trying to figure out the best way to mount it, but I am MORE than thrilled with how it turned out in the end.  I was going to write up the pattern, but at this point I think it has been lost out of my brain and don't think I will get to writing anything down anytime soon.  I thought I would share some of the pictures of his room.  I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.  Please forgive my terrible photography skills.


Sorry, again, to be so MIA.  I will be sure to post soon to announce the arrival of our new bundle.  Hopefully I can get myself back into my crocheting groove in a few months!   I have a feeling I'll be itching to find some cute little boy patterns :-)

betsy
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Holiday Preemie Patterns

OOOOKAY, so I am struggling to find patterns specific to Fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas.  Below is the list I have compiled, and it is pretty pathetic:


I am asking for some help!  Please consider designing some patterns for us, or even doing some searching around!  I would love to add some footballs, witches, Santa hats, turkeys, gingerbread men, Frankensteins, etc.  I even think a prince or princess hat would be adorable as a costume for those babes  on Halloween!  Something....ANYTHING!  If you are willing to write up a pattern please email me at bhuizinga@gmail.com, or comment on here or on Facebook.  I would love to make this list much larger so people have loads of ideas to choose from.

THANK YOU!!!


betsy
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rosie's Cozies Holiday Collection

Let's get our next collection started!  I have decided to make the deadline:

November 16th

That will insure that we get hats in before Thanksgiving and Christmas, so those sweet babes can be decked out for the upcoming holidays.

I am currently struggling to find patterns specific to pumpkins, elves, and santa hats.  If you would like to design a pattern or if you find one PLEASE pass it along!  I will be posting again soon...hopefully with a long list of patterns!

betsy
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Knit vs. Crochet

I asked people on my FB page if the honestly knew the difference between knit and crochet.  Thought you would enjoy their answers :-)




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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rosie's Cozies Business

Last night marked the first official board meeting for Rosie's Cozies!  We are VERY small, but it is a start towards getting 501c3 status.

I had debated making Rosie's Cozies a non-profit for awhile, but when I had looked into it I was quite overwhelmed and the paperwork was far over my head.  Thankfully, there are a lot of people who want to help out.  Megan, Rose's mom, has many friends who definitely take an interest in Rosie's Cozies and are willing to step in and offer anything they can to help out.

Enter Kyle.  He is a friend of Megan and Ryan's and is a lawyer, with a HUGE heart who stepped in and decided to help us out.  He has been the backbone of getting this thing rolling, and honestly, I could not have gotten this far without him!  He has helped us come up with by-laws (okay, he did all of them), and went over all of the legal jargon with me.  He has assisted me in figuring out who to appoint as officers, and he led our board meeting last night.

Although I have always worked in non-profits,  I have a lot to learn about RUNNING a non-profit.  Thankfully I have a lot of help.  I am really excited to be able to have something more professional for Rosie's Cozies.  I am excited to open a bank account to put in donated funds, and maybe someday work towards forming a more organized way of offering support to families with babies in the NICU through gas cards, cafeteria gift cards, etc.  Overall, I just feel that making Rosie's Cozies a legit non-profit is going to open up may more opportunities for this ministry.

We are still working towards official 501c3 status, and it may be a bit before all is complete.  Keep praying all goes smoothly and that it won't be much longer till we can announce that Rosie's Cozies is an OFFICIAL non-profit with 501c3 status :-)

betsy
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Friday, July 26, 2013

NEW Rosie's Cozies Collection

We are quite due for another official collection!  Just in case any of you didn't know, I do collect Rosie's Cozies ALL year long, but we have certain times we do more organized collections to make a nice push for a bunch of them.  It is also fun to have a theme!

I posted on FB asking what our next theme should be, and have decided to go with more of a holiday theme.  I know it's July, BUT Fall is right round the corner, AND if we don't do another collection for awhile Christmas will come and go.

So, with the help of some of your suggestions, I think we should do a holiday theme.  These means all things related to Thanksgiving/Fall--apples, scarecrows, turkeys, etc.  AND all things Christmas/Winter--snowmen, gingerbread men, elf hats, Santa, etc.

Thoughts?  I think this would be a great way to bring a little holiday cheer into the NICU, AND make sure those babes are looking quite festive :-)  I will start doing some work looking for patterns that will help us along, but please feel free to share any you have.

Oh, and let me get back to you on the deadline.  Still trying to figure out the best goal and deadline for this one :-)

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!  Rosie's Cozies is such a blessing to so many, and it could not be what it is without you!

(and a quick side note--for those of you who have non-holiday hats finished, please still send them!)


betsy
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Checking In

I need to apologize.  I have been quite absent lately, and I really have no excuse.  Right now I haven't been crocheting much, so there hasn't been much to talk about.  Weather is warming up, so I have fewer orders, and every once in awhile I find that I take some long breaks from all my hooking.

With that being said, I do have some stuff coming up for little baby newborns :-)  I have a cocoon, some hats, and a new niece who will be here on July 1!

I still have quite a few Ready to Ship items if you are looking for something!  Not loads of newborn stuff, but maybe something for this fall???

So, this was just quick little check in to let you know that I am still here, and hope to pick up my hooks again soon!  Am I the only one who has crocheting lulls, or can anyone relate?


betsy
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Beginner's Dishcloth

I am part of a MOPS group and for our April Mom's Night Out I have agreed to help teach the group how to crochet!  How much more fun does it get for me than to hang out with a bunch of women, eating good food, and crocheting?!?!  I had searched for a good starting project, but just didn't find much I was thrilled with.  I finally decided to write up my own dishcloth pattern.  I wanted to make sure that it gave a beginner ample time to practice the sc, because I feel once you master this, the other stitches come easy.  I also wanted to make sure it also was a pattern that worked in rows and in rounds. Below is what I came up with.  Enjoy!



Hook: H
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
slst = slip stitch

Chain 26
Row 1: 1 sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1. Turn (25 sc)
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across. Chain 1. Turn (25 sc)
Rows 3-28: Repeat Row 2
Row 29: 1 sc in each stitch across. Chain 3 (counts as dc). DO NOT TURN. You will now work in rounds to complete edging.

Edge:
2 dc in same stitch as chain 3 to make the first corner. Work dcs evenly across edge of piece until you reach next corner. 3 dc in corner. Now work along beginning chain, work dcs across until next corner. 3 dc in corner. Work dcs evenly across edge of piece until you reach the beginning chain 3. Join with a slst to top of chain 3. Finish off.

Flower:
Chain 4, (dc, chain 3, slst) into first chain.  (chain 3, dc, chain 3, slst) into first chain 4 times.  Finish off.   Sew to dishcloth.

betsy
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Running for Rosie: Round 2



Do you all remember when I ran my first ever 5K last September?!?!  We raised almost 1000 hats and OVER $1000 for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital here in Grand Rapids!  It was awesome!

I have to admit that I have not put on my running shoes much since then.  I have wanted to, but haven't been very motivated.  Recently, I learned of the Color Me Rad Race that is happening  here in Grand Rapids the end of May.  The kicker for me was that Helen DeVos Children's Hospital was the charity benefiting from this race.  Obviously, this meant it was time to lace up my running shoes!

This time I am not making a hat goal.  We have a couple hat collections going on right now, so instead we are just sticking to the monetary goal.  I actually have quite the large team forming of people who are committing to "Run for Rosie," and I cannot wait!  You can help out too!  You can either run with us or donate to our race!

If you would like to donate to Helen DeVos through our running check out this site here.
If you would like to run with us check out this site and join the "Running for Rosie" team with the team captain "Thompson."

So, PLEASE consider helping us out!!!  Whether you run or donate $5, it all helps!

betsy
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

For Sydney

I receive stories from so many of you about your own personal reason for giving to Rosie's Cozies.   Each one touches me in a different way, and more often than not your stories bring me to tears.

I have read stories of triumph.  Ones where you have given birth to a preemie and after many weeks or months in the NICU you were able to bring your baby home.  Others of you have had heartbreaking stories where your babies were never able to come home and you were left with a huge hole in your heart where your baby was supposed to be.

I have heard from a woman in Africa who donated hats in order to give back to the rest of the world because so much of the world gives to Africa.  I have heard from a grandmother who watched as her grandchild fought for life because he was born far too early.  And I have heard from of you who just want to use your gift to give back.

A couple of months ago I heard from Deborah.  She began to crochet after an awful loss and has been giving to Rosie's Cozies.   In January she dropped off hats she had made, but I wasn't home and wasn't able to meet her, so she left them on my porch.  Today she dropped off another bag of gorgeous hats and I had the amazing privilege of meeting her in person.

You see, Deborah lost her sweet Sydney Michele this past October.  She was born full-term, but she was still-born.  I can't even imagine.

Deborah told me this amazing story about how she began to crochet to help with her loss.  She had found my Shell Stitch Beanie pattern and was able to make that.  Then, in searching for help with hat sizing she found this post from Oodles4Noodles and found a comment of mine explaining Rosie's Cozies.  Deborah went to check it out and realized it was the same site that she had found the Shell Stitch Beanie.  She decided she wanted to help out and then realized that of all places in the entire world we were in the same city, AND, the Rosie's Cozies were donated hats to the children's hospital connected with the same hospital where she delivered Sydney.

What are the odds, huh?  Today we were talking on Facebook and she wrote this:
"I am so glad that I was given this sign from my daughter and that I can do something for others." 
My heart aches for her.  The mother in me cannot fathom.  I just can't mentally even put myself in her shoes because it is too hard, yet here she is....making hats, giving to others, and bringing light out of her darkness.

This is so many of you who give to Rosie's Cozies and share your stories with me.  I wish I could meet each and every one of you and sit down with a cup of coffee or talk over a glass of wine.  I want to hear WHY you give to Rosie's Cozies, and to give each and every one of your stories their moment to be heard.  Their moment to be felt.

One thing I have learned through Deborah is that Rosie's Cozies is just as much for herself as it is for the babies wearing her hats.  Making hats has become therapy for her, and it is a way to give honor to her Sydney and to give her life a legacy.  Rosie's Cozies is named after Rose DeVries, but it could just as well be named Sydney's Cozies, or any other name of who YOU make hats for.  It is a ministry to honor every one of those sweet babies and the families who know the pain of infant loss, prematurity, and the uncertainty of whether or not they will be bringing their child home.

This project is far more than giving to babies and families in the NICU.  I have found that it is something that has given people a purpose, a way to honor their children, and a way to use their gifts.  I am beyond thankful to all of you who give to Rosie's Cozies.  I am beyond thankful that Deborah has found an amazing gift she possessed that she is using to bless so many families.  And let me tell you, this woman can crochet!  She JUST started in October and she showed me pictures of her work and I was floored.

I have included the video below with permission from Deborah.  It is the memorial video made for her Sydney.  Please watch and honor their daughter and their family.  It's a hard video to watch, but sometimes I think there something special when we can relate to the pain of someone we don't know and hurt for them too.  Please say a prayer for this family, as Deborah was very open about the daily struggle it has been since October. To follow along with Deborah's family and their story you can check out their blog here.

Thank you Sydney, for your sweet life taken too soon, and for inspiring your mother to share her AMAZING talent.




betsy
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