Sunday, March 25, 2012

Where Is The End??

There are some days that too much crocheting can be stressful!


Time to put the yarn and hook down. Slowly step away. Poor a glass of wine and relax!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Cleaning


Spring is just around the corner. For many people it means its time to do some spring cleaning. Get into your closets and start pulling out stuff you haven't touched since you've moved in! Its also the perfect time to get your windows, pantries and basement cleaned. Sounds like fun doesn't it?

When I think of spring, I think of bright and pastel colors. This past weekend I made a bunch of washcloths in some amazing colors that get me excited for spring. These washcloths can also be used as dishcloths so you can be eco friendly while you do your spring cleaning!


 

Feel free to check out my Etsy shop if you are interested in looking at my other washcloth.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blankets For Foster Children



I love making items and there is nothing more satisfying than creating something that you know someone is going to love and appreciate. That’s why when I heard of My Very Own Blanket I just knew I had to share it with you.

“My Very Own Blanket is an organization of volunteers dedicated to helping children in foster care feel valued and comforted.” They do this by delivering personalized handmade blankets to foster children. Imagine my surprise when I found out that they are a local organization, right here in Ohio!

I love that they make sure every blanket is personalized with the child’s name. How awesome. I know that most of these kids don’t get to take much with them when they leave home, so to have something handmade with love especially for them has to be amazing!

They accept blankets no smaller than 36 x 36 and no larger than 42 x 60. Don’t crochet? Don’t sew? Well, no worries, just visit their website to get instructions on how to make a No Sew Blanket!

This gives me so many ideas. One of them … Wouldn’t it be great to have a group of people make crocheted or knitted squares and put them together to make a blanket to donate? You can do this with your church group, Girl Scout troops, or just as a special project.

I am going to use this as motivation to finish my granny square blanket that has been sitting on my night stand for over a year!

Monday, March 19, 2012

{Crochet Pattern} How to make a basic beanie



A week ago I wrote about a charity that provides our service members handmade beanies. So I thought I’d post a really simple crochet beanie pattern for those of you who would like to try to crochet your very own beanie to donate… or wear yourself!

Yarn: Worsted Yarn
Hook: I - Hook

Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of beginning dc (10 dc).
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st (2 dc in next st) around. Join (20 dc).
Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st (dc in next st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (30 dc).
Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next st 2 dc in next st (dc in next 2 st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (40 dc).
Round 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 st 2 dc in next st (dc in next 3 st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (50 dc).
Round 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 st 2 dc in next st (dc in next 4 st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (60 dc).
Round 7: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join (60 dc).
Round 8 – 14: Repeat Round 7 (or until reached desire length)

Would love to see what you make! Come back and share your pictures!

Happy Crocheting ♥

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Leaving It To The Professionals



As crafters/artists many of us have that “oh, I can do that” mentality. That’s exactly what was going through my mind when I decided that I wanted to add musical shapes to my iPod sleeves. So I went to the craft store, bought different color felt and went home to start the process.  After a couple of hours of searching the internet for just the right shapes, I gave up! I posted a plea on my Facebook page, hoping someone would save me from myself.

While I love crafting, sometimes I need to know my limitations. I have all these great ideas floating around in my head but obviously not enough time to crank them all out. With my felt musical shapes, sure I could have did them myself, but it would have taken me forever and that’s after I found some shapes I liked!

So Linda from Etched InTime came to my rescue. Not only did she send me mock ups, she was kind enough to tweak them just a little bit to fit my needs. After a couple of days of communications, she had 100 of them done and in the mail to me in a matter of a day. One day! Yep sometimes you just need to leave things to the professionals. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beanies for our Service Members


For a while now I have wanted to do something to “give back”. I have been very blessed with my family, my job and my business. I feel as if I need to share this blessing with others. Time never seems to be on my side. Many of you can relate, with family, work, school, etc it’s hard to find time to sleep, let alone time to volunteer. But let’s face it that’s not really a good excuse. Each of us can find time to do something, even if it’s from our home.

So how excited was I when I was doing my morning reading and came across this website: Operation Beanies.  This is an organization founded by Miki Sessle to honor her late husband Bertram Sessler. Her goal is “to provide one million (1,000,000) beanies for our service members in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans in hospitals and convalescent facilities.” How wonderful is that!

This is my plan… make beanies to donate! My goal is to make at least two beanies a month. Not a bad goal! I will ship beanies on a monthly basis and keep you updated on how many I’ve completed. If you crochet or knit you should join me in this goal/challenge!

I am so excited to get started on this!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Etsy Front Page by GentleDecisions and HinterlandVintage

March has started with a bang! I have been in two front page features!!

Etsy Front Page by GentleDecisions


'March #13' by gentledecisions



Beaded Bracelet - Sweet...
$19.00

Tooled Leather Satchel ...
$75.00

Artcraft Cat Eye Eyegla...
$68.00

peach and white .vintag...
$58.00

Shimmery Peach Bracelet...
$8.00

Brass Cube and Raw Bras...
$25.00

FREE SHIP Navajo Patter...
$38.00

Library Xo Journaling T...
$6.00

Braille jewelry - Hand ...
$20.00

Peach Fade Vessel
$46.00

Small Disc Chimes S/4 M...
$44.00

Luxury Long Dangle Earr...
$42.00

Shirt Triangle dotted
$28.00

gold monogram necklace ...
$294.00

Dollhouse Miniature Flo...
$59.90

Vintage Lace Heart with...
$10.00


Front Page by HinterlandVintage


'Be Bold' by HinterlandVintage



Crochet infinity scarf ...
$12.00

black velvet dress / 80...
$64.00

Lace Headband - Ariadne...
$24.99

Vintage Hot Pink Satin ...
$120.00

Clutch lime lace - larg...
$34.00

Hot Pink Hippopotamus S...
$30.00

bethany. Black and Silv...
$14.00

Eco Friendly Bracelet F...
$8.00

Breaking Chevrons - Neo...
$450.00

Faye Necklace - Turquoi...
$23.00

I'm with the DJ - b...
$52.00

Neon Romper - S
$50.00

Native pattern shawl- n...
$45.00

Polar Bear - romantic p...
$27.00

Vintage Blue Marquee Le...
$55.00


A big thank you to GentleDecisions and HinterlandVintage for including my items in these beautiful treasuries. A wonderful front page treasury indeed!
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