Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baby Items For Sale

Baby items available at

Newborn Sock Monkey cocoon and hat set
Ultra soft acrylic yarn
 Message me your order at Loops A Daisies on Facebook.
Don't forget to Like my page in order to get notifications about what new items I have.

The colors shown are just suggestions.  Please feel free to request different colors for any of these items.

You are welcome to Pin any of these pictures.

Newborn Princess cocoon and Pixie hat set
Ultra Soft acrylic yarn in Soft Pink

Abby's Headband and Flowers set
2 headbands and 4 flowers in colors of your choice
Flowers attach to a button on the headband so you can mix and match!
Ultra soft acrylic yarn

Santa Baby Cocoon and Elf hat set
Ultra Soft Acrylic yarn

Zebra Bebe hat and cocoon set
Ultra Soft Acrylic yarn

Newborn Teddy Bear Pink
 scalloped edges hat and cocoon set
Ultra soft acrylic yarn
Newborn Teddy Bear Blue hat and cocoon set
Ultra Soft acrylic yarn
Infant Pixie head and blanket
Ultra soft acrylic yarn
Colors shown: Lavender blue and cream
Blanket measures 27" x 27 "

Newborn Tulip hat and cocoon set
Ultra soft acrylic yarn in woodland heather and plum perfect

Newborn Under the Sea
headband and cocoon Set
Ultra soft acrylic yarn

6-12 months Idaho blue beanie and blanket set
Ultra Soft acrylic yarn
blanket measure 37in x 37in

Newborn Tulip hat, cocoon and blanket
Ultra Soft acrylic yarn in White and Woodland heather
Blanket measures 37 in x 33 in

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Slouchy Ridged Beanie
by Sallie Pool
Loops A Daisies

A new original crochet design is available for download at:

You can also email me at: 
SUBJECT : slouchy ridged beanie pattern
I take Paypal. :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Loops A Daisies: Coming Soon!!--Original Crochet Patterns

Coming soon to Loops A Daisies!!!

I'm very excited to be testing my first crochet patterns.  This is a new learning process for me and I am so appreciative of the ladies who are helping me work out the kinks.

Here is a sneak peek at the two patterns I will soon have available for purchase at my Ravelry store:Sallie Pool Designs

The first is a ridged slouchy beanie with buttons.  The pattern also comes with a pattern for a slouchless version.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in Pumpkin.  Finished hat is $25 at Loops A Daisies.  If you are local, you can find several of these in various colors at 392 Caffe on South 2nd St. in Clinton, Iowa.

Shown in heather grey with crocheted flower option
This second one is my pride and joy.  I'm so happy with how it has turned out.  It's like the picture in my head came to life.  I call it "A Little Romance".  It is a slouchy textured beret with a face flattering peaked band.  I used two strands of Caron Simply Soft in Heather grey.  Finished hat is $35 and available for order at Loops A Daisies.

Shown in heather grey with flower pin option

Keep checking back. I hope to have all the testing done in a month or so! :)
In the mean time, feel free to order a finished hat through my facebook page: Loops A Daisies


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Have You Found Jesus??

For many years I have taught Sunday School classes.  For the past 6 years I have taught Jr. High Sunday school and this year I have added High School... and one of the questions that I have trained my students to answer is, "Have you found Jesus?"

How we read Scripture is very important.  If we read the Bible with ourselves as the main character, the main object, the purpose of the passage... we will get a very skewed idea of all that is written.  Whether it is a parable or a genealogical account... we should see Jesus as the focus of all Scripture.  The revelation of Christ and the salvation He brings to us is the message of Scripture.  From Genesis to Revelation, Christ is there.  Old Testament through the New Testament Christ is present.

Jesus didn't first show up on the scene in the manger at Bethlehem.  John tells us, in the BEGINNING was the Word and the Word was God.  When God speaks... there is Jesus.  When God promises... there is Jesus.  When God delivers... there is Jesus.  Creation, burning bushes, wrestling matches, fiery furnaces, ... there is Jesus.

This past week in class we read Paul's letter to Philemon, a fellow Christian.  In this letter we learn that Paul is returning Philemon's runaway servant, Onesimus, with the message that Onesimus has repented and is now also a follower of Christ's teachings.  Paul reveals to Philemon that he, Paul, is sending money to cover the debt that Onesimus owes to Philemon and reminds Philemon of the debt he owed to Paul.

 "I FOUND JESUS!!" was the cry from one of my students.  "I found him... Paul is reminding Philemon that Christ forgave him."

 Lightbulbs came on all around the room.  This is about Jesus.  It is a message that says Jesus gives forgiveness to all.  He doesn't wag his finger at us and tell us how we should have known better... he doesn't give us a list of chores to do in order pay back what we stole.  It isn't a message about how much Philemon needed to forgive Onesimus (though this is Paul's hope). Paul is simply stating that regardless of what Philemon did in recourse to Onesimus's sin, or what Philemon's legal "rights" were as a slave master... Onesimus was free in Christ, forgiven.  In Christ all charges have been dropped. Christ opens his arms, receives us... and no longer as a slave, but as a brother.  This is the message Paul was sending to Philemon, a reminder of his own forgiveness in Christ and an opportunity to reflect that forgiveness to Onesimus.  The message was Jesus.

Have you found Jesus?

Friday, January 3, 2014

About Loops A Daisies

About Loops A Daisies

Loops A Daisies is the name of my little business started May 2013.

Lattice Inifinity scarf (60+ inches) with attached flower
in Dark Chocolate
$33 ($30 without flower)
I make and sell handmade crochet items from my home and at a local coffee shop (392 Caffe) here in Clinton, Iowa, a small town on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River.

This past holiday season brought an unexpected, but delightful response from locals and online friends who purchased items from my "store" (my Facebook page).  I kept very busy, but was never overwhelmed.  I'm very grateful to all who decided to purchase something from my shop. Several customers sent me encouraging messages telling me how much they loved their scarves, hats, coffee cozies... and how impressed they were with the quality of my work.  I so appreciate this feedback.

At least once a week you can find me sitting at 392 with my big bags of yarn, crocheting my little heart out.  I absolutely LOVE working at the coffee shop.  It's like a huge family where everyone gets to feel welcomed. The busyness of people coming and going, the conversations, laughter, and YUMMM the smell of coffee ironically compliment my quiet, rhythmic, solitary labor. Strangely, I am most productive there.

Herringbone Stitched Infinity Scarf
How my shop works:

My Facebook page, Loops A Daisies, is where I take orders and display the work I've done and can do.
To place an order, just message me at Loops A Daisies about what you'd like.  I will ask questions to get your order specific to what you want... yarn color, stitch preference, style, button color... etc.  I prefer this to filling out some sort of form.   If I know you, I might accept a check as payment... or I can take Paypal payments.  If you're local, you can meet me at 392 Caffe to pick up your order, and grab a latte while you're there.

You can also contact me via email:
or text/call me at: 563-593-2504  

Boot Cuffs in Grey
$15 a pair
(also shown: Herringbone Infinity scarf $30)
Can you make this?:
Occasionally, I have people send me pictures from other sites... pinterest, ravelry.. etc., inquiring if I can make the pictured project.  I LOVE this.  First of all, it tells me what people want, instead of my making random things that I'm not sure will sell well.  Second, it gives me a challenge.  I love a challenge; especially, when the picture is of something knitted... knowing most people don't make a distinction between the two crafts... and that we, who crochet, are particularly prickly about being called "knitters".  ;).  Yes, I can make that.

Some of my best selling items have been customer suggestions.  Thank you!

Newborn Tulip hat and cocoon
$40 for the set

Wait time:
Generally, it takes me 2 days to fill an order.  This can change based on how many orders I have lined up, whether your yarn needs to be ordered and how many items are in your order. That being said, it isn't unusual for me to get an order one day and have it in the mail the next, but I won't guarantee it.  However, I'm often praised for my speediness... just sayin'. ;)

I usually charge $3 shipping for the first item and $2 for each additional item. A few pieces come with free shipping.. the coffee cozies and smaller headbands are two such items. I have never shipped blankets, but if I were... it would require actual postage to be paid.

Fisherman Blanket
Why I don't sell on etsy:
 It has become way too busy with crochet sellers and, honestly, just makes my head spin.  I'm not a person who does well with complicated systems.  I prefer to grow slowly and with a lot of personal interaction.  I LIKE knowing the people I make things for.  I have no desire to "make a quick buck".  When I stop taking delight in the things I make, simply because I need to fill an order... I'll need to close up shop.

So that's a little bit about Loops A Daisies.  Thanks for taking the time to read this little blog post, and I hope to hear from you. :)

Find me on :  Loopsadaisies

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Once He Came in Blessing

Blessed Advent.  Today is December 18th and while I may blurt out a "Merry Christmas" or two born out of habit, I do not mistake that we, the church, are observing Advent, not Christmas, at this time.

For thousands of years God's people have waited. Since the fall, we have waited, and the church continues to wait.  Those who are asleep in Christ as well as we who are alive... we wait.  We wait for the restoration of all creation; for the removal of sin and all its deformity, decimation, and desecration.

And while we wait, our Lord comes.  He came to the Hebrews in fire, cloud, and manna.  He came to Mary and the disciples in flesh and blood.  And He comes to us in Bread and Wine.

The season of Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior.  The coming of our Immanuel, God with us.  And He is with us.   He is the Christ and He comes to us in His Word and Sacraments.  Advent ends with Christmas, with the Christ Mass. Advent ends with the giving of the very thing we have been praying would come. It ends with our Lord coming to us in the Holy Supper;  His true body, His true blood.  We kneel at the altar just as the shepherds knelt at the manger, and we also... behold the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.

Receive Christ this Christmas.  Receive His body and His blood. Receive His Word.  Receive His forgiveness.
Amen, Come Lord Jesus.

St. John Lutheran Church celebrates Christmas at 9:00 on Christmas morning.
416 Main Ave.
Clinton, Iowa

Once He Came in Blessing

Once He came in blessing, 
All our sins redressing; 

Came in likeness lowly,

Son of God most holy;
Bore the cross to save us;
Hope and freedom gave us.

Now He gently leads us;
With Himself He feeds us
Precious food from heaven,
Pledge of peace here given,  
Manna that will nourish
Souls that they may flourish. 

Soon will come that hour
When with mighty power
Christ will come in splendor
And will judgment render,
With the faithful sharing
Joy beyond comparing

Come, then, O Lord Jesus,
From our sins release us. 
Keep our hearts believing,
That we, grace receiving, 
Ever may confess You
Till in heav'n we bless You.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hot Dog Wrap Ups

Lammersville School 1904-1905
Going to a small rural K-8 school in northern California was a blessing I took for granted.  My parents picked very carefully where they would live based on the school system.  Back in 1979, Lammersville School was the place I spent a lot of my time.

One thing I took for granted was the cafeteria food we ate.  I have since come to realize that not all school kids ate the way we did.  The ladies in our cafeteria made so much of our food from scratch and oh, man, it was good.
Lammersville School...
Closer to what it looked like when I attended.

One of my favorite lunch days was when we got "wiener wrap-ups"... yeah, it needed a name change. To make these, the Lunch Ladies took the fabulous dough they used for our rolls and ... well, used it to wrap up hot dogs.

This recipe is my effort
to regain the past...or at the very least attempt going home again.  It comes pretty dern close.  At any rate, my boys love it.  So does the veggie girl, but for her I wrap up a tofu brat.  ;)

I use my trusty dinner roll recipe I shared in this blog entry. My Favorite Dough Recipe
 Put ingredients into the bread machine in the order they are listed:

1 egg
1/2 stick butter cut into chunks (1/4 c.)
1/2 c. hot water
1/2 c. warm milk (I usually mix the hot water and milk together and call it warm)
1/2 tsp. salt
 3 3/4 cups flour... often I use half wheat flour and it gives it a nice sweet taste.
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. active dry yeast (or one packet)

Set your machine for "dough"
Start your machine at least 2 hours before you want dinner so the dough has enough time to go through all it's cycles and you have time to roll out and bake the dogs.

 I do the same thing as for dinner rolls, only instead of 2oz portions, I use 3 oz. portions.  I use my digital food scale to weight the pieces.  I highly recommend everyone get a digital food scale, comes in handy.

Preheat your oven to 375 and line a cooking tray with parchment paper.  Parchment paper is the way to go, folks.  I simply crumple up the paper, throw it away and put the pan back into my cupboard.  Way easy cleanup.

I roll the dough out into a long oval, slap a piece of cheese in the middle, grab a dog... we use Jennie-o turkey dogs... and start rolling. You'll roll it a few times. You can fold over the ends if you don't like your dog peeking out, but I've decided that takes too much time.

Pinch the dough together and place the dog seam side down on the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make more than you need... I try to do the whole package of dogs.
Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the bread starts to get golden brown.  You'll smell the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread and you won't be able to wait another minute!

These reheat beautifully in the microwave for another meal.

Get out the ketchup and mustard and enjoy!

(I made these last night for the boys and whisked them out of the oven just before I took off for a night out with some girlfriends... so there is no "after" photo. )  I'll try to remember the next time I make them, to take a picture... :)