Tuesday, May 31, 2016


I have been busting at the seams over this hat!  I kept it a secret long enough.  I now present to you, the Mila hat! 

Please comment below and let me know what you think!  You can purchase these hats through me as well and 100% of the profits are going to Mila.  Visit my FaceBook and drop me a message if you would like to help!  You can also DONATE HERE if you just want to send a few dollars to this amazing project.  They also have some really great perks including fan art.  It just so happens my kids participated in the fan art so you can also get their, one of kind, Kid's Mila inspired fan art postcards! You can purchase these postcards too.  Click here and choose Post Cards a Plenty.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What's Happening Now?

Last week I made the big announcement that I will be adding a service project to Rise N Shine Crochet to serve families that have or will be adopting.  I have been in contact with several adoption agencies and been all over the social media world resulting in new contacts and lots of response!  I have several stories I will be sharing this coming week from a few families!  My heart is so happy.  In the midst of all this, a long-time friend of mine reached out and asked if I would like to participate with some fundraising for her project as well that falls right in line with the path my service project is taking.  Let me introduce you to Mila!!

Here is the director, Cinzia Angellini's description:
Mila is a CG animated short about a little girl whose life takes an unexpected turn during WWII. It’s rare that animation takes on serious, complex matters such as War. Still, I believe animation is the perfect medium to tell this story set in my hometown, Trento (Italy). Mila is the story of a girl and two women during Trento’s bombing in 1943. I wanted to tell a war story not centered on armies, soldiers, generals, battle plans. I wanted to talk about civilians, and especially the children. The girl who inspired me to create this movie was a child during WWII. That girl is my mother.
- Cinzia Angelini, Director


All of the people working on this film are volunteering!  The collaboration worldwide seems impossible but they all bring it together selflessness, dedication, and a common goal.

My long-time friend of <ahem> years, Andrea Emmes, is the producer for this film and as part of her job, she is fundraising.  They have managed to get UNICEF to partner with them!  How amazing is that!!  Unicef works with children around the world adoption, fostering, emergency humanitarian services, and a multitude of other life changing acts.  Imagine the war torn countries for current children.  Pretty awful.  Now imagine them, as Mila.  I have always believed everything happens for a reason and God's plan will play out.  By reaching out regarding service to adoption, I am now able to help here too!  

I am making  Mila's cute little newsboy hat you see in the video.  I have completed one already and I will be posting pictures and video soon.  You can also purchase these through me if you would like and I will give all the profit to Mila.  You can also DONATE here.  Visit the website for more information on Mila!

This story is worth telling.  Children have such a small voice in this world.  I am thrilled at the direction my plan is heading and grateful that God is taking control of this for me.  It really is taking on a life of its own!  Please share.  SHARE!!!  I mean just look how cue she is!

FaceBook: Mila
Website: Mila
YouTube: Some great videos further depicting their project and goals.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Big Announcement!!!

I have been working at crochet and blogging for a little while now.  I must admit, it has only been scattered and half-hearted.  But my intentions were there. What were my intentions?

I started off with basic selling of items.  I made a few items and people liked them, so they bought them.  Simple.  I was learning and trying new things and I was making a little money while enjoying my hobby.  Then I decided to begin a blog and try to reach out a little in the crochet world. Tutorials had become an option.  I thought maybe teaching others would be a way I could help and serve others, but I have yet to get a great setting for this and it just wasn't working. Then I was led to try to use my crochet to give back.  This was harder than you think.  I wanted to do fundraisers but it is really hard to make a significant amount of money to give when you are one person.  I teamed with other people, but this proved to be quite an undertaking.  So where has this left me?

I have a cousin who is adopting and it has left a soft spot on my heart.  Here is their story! I have decided...I am going to crochet for adoption!  What does that look like?  Well, knowing myself and my mastered skill of "Oh LOOK!  A chicken!", I am certain this path is going to change.  A lot!  But this is what it will look like for now.  

I would like to start making and donating items for families that are adopting or have adopted.  If you know a family adopting or has adopted that could use a gift, please send me their story!  For now, as this is just me, I will pick one story each week and send them a crochet item.  I will post either a picture of one I have made or a link to the pattern below so you can choose an item.  I am not sure how this will all play out.  All I ask is for patience. Please share this with friends and family who may know someone.  

You can email your stories to risenshinecrochet@gmail.com.  This is where I will choose from.

I am really excited about this because it has been my goal to start to use my crochet as a way to reach out and give back.  I have always felt like I was meant to serve in some way and I truly love crochet. My grandmothers were such a huge part of my desire to crochet.  I believe with all my heart that God gifted this skill to me so now I would like to use it for something great!

Take a look at what I will be offering for now.  When you send your email, let me know which item you are interested in.  I promise I will do my best!  Due to cost and time investment, I will not be doing blankets at this time.  I would like to keep the projects smaller so I can accomplish more of them.  Maybe someday down the line, I will team up with others who would be willing to participate!

Come check out my FaceBook page as well for pictures of a lot of my completed projects.  

Links to the patterns for items to choose:

5.  Diaper Cover and Beanie Set (Sports themed) 

6.  Hat and Bootie Set ( Can be made for a boy without bow.)