Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord,and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One Last Cozy...

...before Easter comes and I take a few weeks off to work on a blog revamp.  Speaking of which, if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see on my blog or features you'd appreciate, please, let me know.  And without further ado...

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Funny Frog Egg Cozy
Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Green, Black, White)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
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Cozy Top
Use green yarn
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Finish off.  Weave in ends.
Cozy Bottom
Use green yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc, Sc] rep 3 times around (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc 8] rep 2 times around (20 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 6: [Inc, Sc 9] rep 2 times around (22 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 10] rep 2 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Working in the Front Loops Only: Sc 15.  Leave the rest of the sts in the row unworked.
Sl st to finish off.  Sew the top and bottom cozy pieces together, sewing the unworked sts of the last round on the bottom to corresponding sts on the top cozy.
Eyes
Use white.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 10.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Use black yarn to stitch pupils.  Sew the eyes to the head.  Feel free to experiment with positioning; moving the eyes around gives the frog a whole range of expressions.
Front Feet
Use green yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2:  In the first two sts, work 2 Hdc each.  Leave remaining sts unworked.
Finish off.  Sew to the front bottom of the frog.
Back Feet
Use green yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: In the first st: (Hdc, ch 2, Dc 2).  In the second st: (Dc 2, ch 2, sl st)
Finish off.  Sew to the back bottom of the frog.

Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Platypus Easter Egg Cozy

Okay, I'll admit it.  This one is mostly just because I'm personally amused by the idea.  Playpuses...(platypi?) are some of the funniest looking creatures God ever created and one of only two mammals that lay eggs, so turning one into a crocheted Easter Egg Cozy was just too many giggles to resist.  He's an odd, quirky little creature and definitely worth a laugh or two.  Have fun!
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Platypus Easter Egg Cozy


Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Tan, Brown, and Black)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Body
Start with tan yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: To make a foot [In the same st: Sc, Ch 3, Dc 3, Ch 3. Sl st in the next st to anchor foot to base]. Sl st 4. Rep directions in between [ ] to make the second foot. 
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 

Tail
Use dark brown yarn.
Row 1: Ch 11
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3, Hdc 3, Dc 3, 6 Dc in the last ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain, Dc 3, Hdc 3, Sc 3
Finish off.  Weave in ends. Sew to the back of the cozy (opposite to the side the feet are on).
Top Beak
Use Dark Brown yarn. 
Row 1: Ch 5
Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3. 4 sc in the last ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain. Sc 3. Chain and turn.
Row 3: Sc 10 in each st around. Flip the beak wrong-side out.  Now, working across the flat end, 3 sc, 2 sc, 3 sc to form the “lip” at the top of the beak.
 Finish off, weave in ends. Sew the “lip” at the top of the beak in a slight curve to the center of the platypus’s face.
Bottom Beak
Use Dark Brown yarn.
Row 1: Ch 4
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc 2, 4 sc in the final ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain. Sc 2.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Sew to the face just below the Top Beak.
Front Paws
Use Dark Brown yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Sl st, Ch 3. Dc in the next st.  2 Dc in each of the next 2 sts. 


 Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew a paw to either side of the platypus cozy.  Use black yarn to make two French knot eyes above the top beak. Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!




Want your platypus to be swimming rather than upright?  Just move the beak to the top of the head and the eyes above it. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ready for the Next Installment

Continuing with last week’s nautical theme, here’s another sea creature.  This one will take a little more yarn (though still not a whole skein) and the body shape varies more than any of the other designs so far, but since all the tentacles are crocheted as one piece, there will be fewer ends to weave in when you’re done.

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Octopus Egg Cozy

Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (any color you like, I used purple)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Cozy
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 9: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 6 times around (30 sts)
Rnd 10: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times around (36 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc] rep 12 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 12: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: [Sc, Ch 21. Starting in the 2nd ch from hook and working back down the chain, {3 Sc in one st, 2 Sc in the next} rep 10 times. Sc in the next Rnd 13-st.] rep 8 times around. Sc 2.
 Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends.

Eyespots
Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6         (12 sts)
Finish off, weave in ends.  Use black yarn to make a pupil in the center of each eyespot.  Sew both eyes to the front of your octopus, just above the tentacles. Questions or comments?  Feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com

My next installment won’t be oceanic, so if you’re Easter basket needs more aquatic friends, try designing a few of your own.  And feel free to send pictures of your finished designs.  Have fun!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Clownfish Cozy

There’s just something about tropical fish.  Whether it’s their bright colors or the bemused expressions on their little faces, you can’t help but enjoy them.  So how about crafting an ocean-themed Easter basket with this little guy?

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Clownfish Egg Cozy





Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Orange, White, and Black)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Cozy
Start with orange yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Switch to white yarn.
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Switch to orange yarn.
Rnds 9-10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Switch to white yarn.
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Switch to orange yarn.
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc 18 (18 sts)
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 
Tail
Start with orange yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in the first st, Sc in the next] rep 3 times around (9sts)
Rnd 3: 3 hdc in the first st.  Sc in the next 2 sts. Switch to white yarn. Inc in each of the next 4 sts. Switch back to orange yarn. Sc in the next 2 sts.
Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew the two tail pieces to opposite sides of the opening at the bottom of the cozy, right sides facing out and white tips farthest from the cozy.  Use the picture as a guide.
Side Fins
Start with orange yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: 3 sc in the first st.  Sc in the next st. Switch to white yarn. Hdc Inc in each of the next 3 sts. Switch back to orange yarn. Sc in the next st.
Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew the two fins to opposite sides of the fish, right sides facing out and white tips pointed back.  Use the picture as a guide.
Top Fins
Use orange yarn.
Row 1: Ch 8
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook: Hdc, Sl st, Hdc, Sl st, Hdc, Sl St, Hdc
Finish off. Weave in ends.  Sew to the top of the fish.
Eyespots
Use orange yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Finish off, weave in ends.  Use black yarn to make a pupil in the center of each eyespot.  Sew the eyes to either side of the fish.  Use the picture as a guide. 
Questions or comments?  Feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!
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Design Challenge

Bonus points if you can design an anemone Easter basket for this little dude and his pals to hide in!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Basic Egg Cozy Variation

Here is the second pattern in my Easter Egg Cozy series.  It's a very simple and classic variation that won't be difficult at all after you've mastered the original pattern. (P.S. If you find the French Knots too troublesome or too dull, feel free to decorate with any needle stitching you like).

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French Knot and Stripes Easter Egg Cozy


Supplies:
                 Cotton Yarn (I used white, turquoise, yellow, and purple.  Feel free to vary colors if                             desired).
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)

Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.

Stripes Cozy
Start with White yarn
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Switch to turquoise yarn.  Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: Switch back to white yarn. [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: Switch to yellow yarn. Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Switch back to white yarn. Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)

Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends.  Use purple yarn to make French knots around the center white stripe.Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ready for Spring?

We crocheters all know that if we want to stitch up something fun for the holidays, the key is to plan ahead.  So it only makes sense to start posting Easter patterns in February (plus it might help take my mind off the dreariness of an Illinois winter).
When I was growing up, one of the Easter traditions in our church was started by an older parishioner (who actually probably wasn't nearly as old as my childish memory thinks she was) who used to give all of the children in the church an Easter Egg cozy shaped like a chicken.  (For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, an egg cozy is a knitted or crocheted sleeve that wraps around your plastic egg to decorate it, with a hole in the bottom or side so that you can pop the egg out to get at the goodies inside).  I have no idea where she got the pattern, but I can remember finding the whole concept rather fascinating.  It seemed like fun to tap into my inner child and work up a series of egg cozies of my own, which I plan to publish in the weeks leading up to Easter.  This week, I'll post the Basic pattern for anyone who wants to try the Design Challenge and more variations and patterns will follow.  Hope you enjoy, and remember, think spring!

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Basic Easter Egg Cozy



Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Whatever colors you’d like)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Basic Cozy
Use whatever yarn you’d like.  I find the multi-color yarns look especially nice for this project.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 
Flower Add-On
Again, use whatever color you’d like for the flower.  I used purple for the petals and yellow for the center.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: In each stitch around: Slst, 2 Hdc (15 sts)
Sl st to finish off.  Use contrasting colored yarn to make a French Knot in the center of the flower. Weave in ends.
Leaves
Use green yarn.  Make 2 (or more if desired).
Row 1: Ch 6
Row 2: Working across: Sl st, Sc, 2 Hdc (both in the center st), Sc, Sl St.  Then swivel the piece so that the row you just worked is on the bottom and repeat Row 2, working back down the opposite side of the original chain.

Finish off, weave in ends. Sew your leaves to the egg cozy and then sew the flower centered on top of them.  Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!

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Design Challenge

Ready to get crafty?  Start with my Basic Easter Egg Cozy design and make a cozy of your own.  It could turn into a chicken, a duck, a flower, or anything else you want.  Post pictures or a link in the comments or send them to me either through the "Contact Me" page or by email at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Get creative and have fun!

P.S.  Want more inspiration?  Check out my new Pinterest board here: https://www.pinterest.com/dustirose/easter-egg-cozies/

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day Hugs

The world seems to be divided firmly into two groups of people, those who love Valentine's Day and those who loathe it.  Whether you adore the romance of the holiday or dread the ritual overblown commercialization of affection, we can all use a hug this time of year, and Huggy the Koala is here to help.  Snaps sewn on to the ends of his paws let Huggy cling to your finger (or perhaps the bottom of a sweet bouquet?).  And his diminutive size means Huggy won't make long to make.

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Hugs the Koala


Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Grey, white, and black)
                Stuffing
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needles (one for yarn and one for thread)
                Sew-on Snaps (2, size 2/0, I used Dritz brand)
                Wire pet brush (optional)

Head/Body
Use grey yarn. Start at the top of the head.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 8 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 8 sts (16 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 8 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc in the next 2 sts] rep 8 times (32 sts)
Rnd 8: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: Dec 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc] rep 4 times (8 sts)
Stuff firmly.
Rnd 12: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 13: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 2 times (10 sts)
Rnd 14: [Inc, Sc] rep 5 times (15 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 16: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 8 times (18 sts)
Rnd 17: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 18: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Ears
Make 2. Start with white yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Switch to grey yarn.
Rnd 2: Working in Back Loops Only: Inc in the next 3 sts, Dec (7 sts)
Rnd 3: BLO: Sc 7 (7 sts)
Rnd 4: Dec 3 to close (3 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
If you want the fuzzy look on your koala’s ears, use a wire pet brush to brush the fronts of the ears. Sew the ears to either side of the head, using the picture as a guide for placement. Using black yarn, stitch a nose and make French knot eyes.
Belly
Use white yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Sc 3 in the first st.  Sc in the second.  In the third st: [HDC 3, slst 1].  In the fourth st: [Slst 1, HDC 3]. Sc in the fifth st, and then slst to close the heart shape.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Sew the heart right-side-up to the front of the koala’s belly.
Arms/Legs
Make 4.  Use grey yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in the first st, Sc in the next two] rep two times around (8 sts)
Rnds 3-9: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Finish off.  Do not sew closed and do not stuff.
Pinch one arm shut and sew one edge as close as possible to the edge of the “heart” tummy. Continue sewing around until the limb is attached. Repeat on the other side.  Then sew the legs just below the arms.  Use the picture as a guide for placement (or feel free to experiment with your own!). Using a thinner needle and grey thread, sew one half of each snap set to each opposite limb so that your koala can “hug”.  If you’re making the toy for a very small child, you may eliminate the snaps and just sew the tips of the limbs together to avoid a choking hazard.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Enjoy!

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Design Challenge
Want to try your hand at designing your own amigurumi?  Design a baby for Huggy to hold and send me a picture through the contact page on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com or send me a link to the pattern/picture on your own blog or webpage.  Feel free to use my design as a starting place or start from scratch.  Have fun creating!-Sheep of Delight