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!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crochet Chicago Flag Scarf


My customers always come up with the most amazing ideas. That is why I was thrilled when a customer emailed me about having a scarf made to look similar to the Chicago flag. She was very specific in her directions, which was great. The easiest part was getting the scarf itself made.


Now all I had to do was add the stars. Easier said than done. I literally crocheted a dozen different stars using several different types of yarn. None of them met my satisfaction. Then I decided to use red felt. While it was easy to cut, it’s not so easy to sew onto crochet! But the end results is definitely worth all the work!


I am hopeful that there will be many more creative challenges ahead!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Looks Good Enough To Eat


When most people hear crochet they automatically think of granny squares and afghans. But there is so much more to crochet.

I want to share with you the work of Kate Jenkins. With a degree in Fashion & Textile, Kate has sold her "designs to fashion labels Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Donna Karan before establishing her own label Cardigan in 2003 which produces gorgeous fashion and homewares."

In 2010 she did an art exhibit "Come Dine With Kate". I just love her creativity and all the wonderful pieces of art she was able to create with yarn!

I love finding amazing talented artist like her. Especially when it comes to the art of crochet!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Grateful

Photo Credit:  http://littlegoddess27.tumblr.com/   

It's Sunday evening, my kids are spread out across the house entertaining themselves. I am sitting in our dining room surrounded by bags from Hobby Lobby, full of yarn. My table has patterns, invoices, crochet hooks, scissors and of course my trusty energy drink. As I sit here and crochet a cowl that is on its way to Colorado, it came to me, I am truly blessed.

I love to crochet and I am so grateful that my online store has started to take off. I am by no means a business major so this whole thing has been learn as I go. But the bottom line is I love to crochet. I love the idea that there are people all over the country (mainly the US & Australia) that have my handmade items. How cool is that!

Photo Credit: http://www.knitculture.com   

I honestly couldn't have made it this far if it wasn't for my supportive husband and our amazing kids. Juggling a full time job, while being a wife and a mom is hard in itself. But then trying to squeeze a business into every other waking second I got, can be challenging. They have cheered me on and helped make adjustments around the house so I can do what I love and for that I couldn't be more grateful!

Photo Credit: All Things Bright 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

MyHobbyShop Fanpage Giveaway

Facebook now has an application that allows you to hold a giveaway right from your fanpage. The application can be found here. Just follow the simple steps and have your very own giveaway posted within 24 hours. This is a great tool to obtain new followers for your page.

So I decided to give is a try. Here are the details:

About the giveaway item:
Enter for a chance to win this lovely scalloped cowl. This is a warm and fashionable cowl. Its the perfect winter accessory. Its also compact and will fit in your pocket or purse.

This giveaway is open internationally!!


MANDATORY ENTRY
"Like" MyHobbyShop Fanpage and click on "Enter Giveaway". Follow the directions.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on October 22nd

It's that simple! 
~ Good Luck ~


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wholly Craft

Nope its not a line out of an old school Batman episode! Its a small fun shop in the Clintonville neighborhood featuring hip, handmade goods from crafters and artists.


About a month ago I got a convo from the wonderful owner Olivera expressing her interest in having my cowls in her shop. I was so excited.


My cousin and daughter joined me on a little shopping expedition to check this place out. All I can say is that I was in heaven. This is a small little shop that holds the best of handmade items. A wall full of jewelry is just the beginning of the crafty goodness this store offers. Everything from earrings made from recycled tires to necklace with charms the shape of Ohio. What a wonderful way to show Ohio pride!


After a couple of weeks of crocheting I finally dropped off my first set of items to be sold in this amazing consignment shop. I am hoping that if you are in the Columbus area that you will take time to stop by this amazing shop and help support handmade.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tag-o-licious

I have been tweaking my shop slowly over the last couple of months. I have redone my banner and have been working on my photos and new items. Feel free to check out my progress! I am optimistic that all my hard work will pay off and I will have some orders for the holiday season.

Looking ahead to my potential sales I decided it was time to get some garment tags.


I ordered these lovely satin foldable tags from JennifersJewels. She was able to match the font I use on my banner so my labels match. I am disappointed at myself for not being creative enough to come up with some type of logo to fit in at the top of the labels. So I am brainstorming for next time. All in all I love the way my new tags look and can't wait to use them! Yes I am being optimistic about my upcoming sales!!
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