I did it! I Graduated from Auburn University!

I wrote this blog on my ELK Studio page but wanted to share it with you!!!

ELK Studio - Handcrafted Crochet Designs

When I began my journey in August/2010, I wasn’t sure if I would ever really graduate.  Have you ever wanted something so badly that you thought it would never happen?  Well that was me.  My life (like probably many other people) hasn’t been smooth.  I’ve been through rough times these past twenty years but proud to say that I am who I am today because of it.  I don’t dwell on all that negative junk because it’s just too depressing.  I decided to quit listening to untruths spoken about me.  Jesus knows my heart and what I stand for and once I let that go my life has been so successful.

I want to take a few minutes to thank my husband, Emory.  We married over 3 years ago and I finally know what it’s like to truly be loved by another human being.  He loves me good days, bad…

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Can I Be a Good Friend – follow up

It’s been over a year since I wrote Can I Be a Good Friend and I thought the timing was perfect for a follow-up.  I’ve struggled with relationships with women for a long time and really never cared for them.  I couldn’t stand their bickering, back stabbing and competitive ways.  I found that on the few occasions when I did allow someone to come into my life that it always ended bad.

When I wrote the last blog I was seeing my Christian mentor and she taught me some really great things about myself, but I must admit that it has been scary to put my skills into action.  I knew last year the  most important relationship to mend was with my sister.  I am so happy to tell you that we are finally in the habit of one another.  We spend time with each other laughing and enjoying each others company.  I have even taught her how to crochet and look what she can do!

Kandi's Hat

I love my sister and I am grateful that God has brought our relationship together because without him we would probably still be very distant from one another.  God is building my faith that I can definitely be a good friend.  Here’s my beautiful sister.


Last week I attended the New England Women’s Convention at International Family Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  There were 7 other women that attended this conference with me and spending 4 days and 3 nights with 7 women terrified me! I had never been on any type of trip like this before and was anxious about how all the personalities would intertwine.  I am proud to tell you that no blood was shed, everyone was patient and no one walked away with hurt feelings.  I truly believe it is because our common goal of being together was worshiping the Lord and learning how to gain strength from one another.

On our last night while we were eating dinner, each one shared their “take-a-way” from the trip.  I admitted my hesitations and that I felt truly blessed being surrounded by strong women that love God with such passion.  As I sat there and listened to the other women speak, it was then that I realized they all felt the same way to a certain degree.  I wasn’t alone and together we accomplished our goal.

I now know that I can truly be a good friend and that I am a caring and loving woman and have much to offer to the women in my life.  I cherish and value their friendship and can see our group being friends till we are old and gray.  I’ve wanted friends in my life for a long time and had no idea just how badly I needed them.

Here is a picture of the women that attended the conference starting from right to left:

Front Row:  Vicki Noordermeer, Rachel Wicks, me, Taylor Kerby, and Susanne Noordermeer

Back Row:  Carolyn Correia, Heather Worley, Lisa Bevere (guest speaker) and Allison Spratlin

Boston Group

By the way, for those of you who have never heard of Lisa Bevere, look her up!  What a mighty and strong woman of God and the messages that God has given to her are so powerful!  Check her calendar and if she comes anywhere near you, please go see her.  You will walk away fully charge and ready to become the woman God has created you to be.

The path I have laid before me has laughter, joy, peace and love because I realize that I’m not alone on this journey.  What is the success of these new friendships and me being a good friend?  Jesus, plain and simple.




My Summer Beach Hat is in a Contest!

I have entered my crocheted Summer Beach Hat in a contest at Favecrafts and would love your vote. It is so simple and no registration is required. All you have to do is click on the gold star below my hat which is #38

Summer Beach House Summer Beach Hat

I would appreciate your support. The voting ends on Thursday 03/21/2013.  Here is the link:


blog endsmarch15th Its Back! Colorful Spring Crafts Blog Hop + Giveaway

Thank you!!


No Longer in the Dark

I woke this morning quickly remembering that today was Valentine’s Day. Of course I gave Emory and big hug and kiss probably like every woman did on this “love” day to their special someone. I love holidays and always have, but I must admit that since being married to Emory the last 3 years, my perspective on things have totally changed.

I was married before Emory, (18 years) to a person that only thought they knew me. I probably did seem materialistic at times as I was typically given jewelry, flowers, etc on days like today. We did the typical ritual of going out to eat like what’s expected, but I always felt empty.

Now, my holidays look and feel so much different. We didn’t go out to eat tonight because Emory is at work protecting you, me and everyone else from “bad people”. We didn’t exchange cards or gifts either. We spent the morning together and just enjoyed our time.

I don’t need all that stuff anymore. I have love and it is totally enough. Emory has shown me the true meaning of love and I think it’s great that he doesn’t need to act extra nice or sweet because it is Valentine’s Day. Emory treats me special every single day. I am no longer in the dark because I am truly loved.

My prayer is that every person at some point in their life will be able to feel the unconditional love that I have been able to experience. I think it could change the world.


A New Path

I can hardly believe this is my last semester at Auburn University.  It has been such a wonderful experience to surround myself with such inspirational professors and fellow students.  The College of Business has an outstanding program and feel that I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge.  It has been a dream in the making and definitely an accomplishment.

So what am I going to do after graduation?  Well, I’ve pondered on that very question.  A few months back I posted some pictures of my crochet projects that I wanted to share with everyone.  I decided in December to try to start selling my crochet and had no idea that I would get the type of response that I did!  It has been totally unbelievable!  Keeping the balance between family life, school life and crochet life has been tricky, but I have to say, I am having a fantastic time.

Although I have crocheted for over 30 years, most of the time I made something from another person’s pattern or some crochet book I bought at the local craft store.  I never really tried to make my own creations until recently.  I started out by selling hats and scarves mainly but then one night a relative asked me if I would make her some boot cuffs.  I had no idea was a boot cuff even looked like. I searched a few places like Ravelry and google images to get a visual so I could understand what she was talking about, but I didn’t get started that night.

All night I kept thinking about those cuffs and had a certain stitch in my mind that I thought would be perfect.  The next morning I got up and started creating my very own pattern and came out with something that actually worked!  My relative loved them and it has opened the flood gates.  A local salon and boutique placed an order and I can’t recall how many I have made for people, but I have certainly been blessed!

Cross Stitch Boot Cuff

The orders aren’t the only thing that has opened up like a flood gate though.  I can’t stop creating!  I have ignited a part of my brain that must have always been there but just dormant.  Can anyone relate to what I am saying?  It has amazed me how the creativity is overflowing.  I’m not one of those people who sit down and write everything out and make graphs or even draw pictures out.  I sit down with the yarn and just see where I end up.  It’s amazing!  I made this belt and matching purse yesterday.

Crochet Purse Crochet Belt

I don’t know the direction that I’m going  or where this new adventure will take me, but I am definitely loving the ride and will pursue it with a passion!


My 3rd Anniversary Interview

Emory and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary today!  This past Sunday after church we left for Cheaha Mountain State Park.  It is the highest point in Alabama sitting 2407 feet above sea level.  The scenery was breath taking with evidence of Fall all around us.  The rain came in on Monday so we spent a lot of our time just riding around soaking it all in.  On our ride I was playing around with my camera and decided to record Emory.  It ended up only lasting 4 minutes but this is a small snippet of my life with him.  If you are curious and want to have a small giggle here it is.  My 3rd Anniversary Interview.

Here are also some of the pictures I took during our trip and why I love Alabama.


Bring Your Bowl Cause the Chili is Ready!

Emory and I have found our new favorite pass time.  Many changes have been going on in the Lashley household and we needed to find a new peaceful direction.  Well here it is!

We bought one of the dutch ovens a year ago and maybe used it once or twice.  You know what I’m talking about.  You go to the sporting goods store walking down the aisles and see something so very cool.  You talk yourself into it and there ya go.  It sits remaining in its original container for eternity.

I am proud to say that we have finally put our oven to its intended use.  About two or three nights a week Emory and I will go down by the pond to our special spot and he will build a fire so that we can cook our dinner.  We have our little portable radio playing softly and I’m usually crocheting and he just sits there watching the fire.  The crickets and frogs are having their own conversations and even my owl friend will talk sometimes.  The serenity of my country life is unbelievable and truly a blessing to my soul.

We have a variety of foods we cook, but my favorite is probably when he prepares his deer chili.  I am telling you, there is something about that black kettle pot that brings forth such a rich and  powerful flavor to each and every ingredient. Those cowboys back in the day sure knew what they were doing!

As you can see by the picture, we have acquired another pot.  Why?  Our church has small group meetings at individual’s homes and Emory and I attend one of the groups every Tuesday night.  Upon our introductions the first night, we had to tell something about ourselves.  My husband is not a man of many words (at least not to everyone else) and expressed his favorite time of the day was sundown so that he could go down by the fire and cook dinner.  The group went crazy and it was on!  Everyone came to our house this past Tuesday and enjoyed the infamous chili!  We had a few of the guys bring their guitars and played while everyone ate and sat by the fire.  We had such a great time that most of them came back last night for my infamous lasagna and of course the ambiance of the cool night air with the warm toasty fire.

I’m not sure it has to be cooking by a fire with friends to make that kind of difference in a person’s life.  It is simply enjoying life the way God intended.  He wants us to let go of the big stuff and just soak up today.  So, no matter what it is, create some memories that can make you smile.