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Friday, December 6, 2013

Wishlist || Cross Stitch

Cross stitching is one of my favorite things to do. Especially at Christmas time. I've been loving all of the Christmasy cross stitch projects I've been seeing on Pinterest lately.


I love the simplicity of these Nordic Christmas Ornaments from twood59 on Etsy. They would look wonderful on my tree!


These cupcake accessories from Cake Craft Shop aren't technically cross-stitched, but I think they are adorable. How great would they look with some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting?? Now I just need to find a good gluten-free red velvet cake recipe...


I think these cross-stitched Christmas cards from Paper N Sort would be great to give to friends and family this Christmas. There's something so much more personal about a handmade card, rather than those silly Hallmark cards. The patterns are so pretty, yet so simple. I love them!

Have you seen or started any Christmas cross stitch projects this season? I would love to hear about them!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crochet Granny Star Ornament

It's FINALLY that time of year! It's looking a lot like Christmas and I'm done with grad school for a month and a half. Do you know what that means?? It means I'm going to have time to do all the crafty stuff I've been dying to do all semester long! Woo hoo! I'm a little bit excited. Can you tell?

Anyways, to kick of Christmas break, I decided to share with you these lovely Crochet Granny Star Ornaments I've been making. My aunt actually asked me to make a bunch of them for her first grade class's Christmas tree. She showed me some pictures of what she liked on Pinterest, but none of the pictures came with patterns. So I winged it. Enjoy!





GRANNY STAR ORNAMENT

Skill level: Easy



Materials: 

size G crochet hook

- cotton yarn
- ribbons
- buttons (optional)
- thread in same color as yarn
- scissors

Note:
-  Puff Stitch: *yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop* four times, yo, pull through all nine loops on hook

Instructions: 
 Make a magic loop.
Row one: Work * puff stitch, ch 2* five times into magic loop. Sl st into top of first puff stitch.
- Row two: (Chain 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into top of puff stitch. *Into next puff stitch work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.)* Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl st into top of first ch3.
- Row three: Ch 1, sc into stitch before ch 2 space. *Work (hdc, dc, ch 1, dc, hdc) into ch 2 space. Sc in next st, ch 1, sc into gap between 3 dc groups, ch1, sc into stitch before ch 2 space.* Continue pattern around, ending with sc into gap between 3 dc groups. Sl st into first st. Bind off.
- Finishing: Weave in ends. Attach ribbons and buttons if desired.







Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Garter Stitch Cup Cozy




Since fall is starting here in Tennessee, I thought I'd share a SUPER easy knitting pattern I whipped up a few days ago. I decided that since I'm probably going to be drinking ungodly amounts of Starbucks this fall, I needed to spruce up my cup a bit. I'm really happy with how this cup cozy turned out! Doesn't it just scream fall?? :) The pattern is super simple and only took a couple hours to finish. Hope you enjoy it!




GARTER STITCH CUP COZY



Materials:  
size 8 knitting needles 
size G crochet hook 
tapestry needle 
Worsted weight wool yarn. I used Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s wool in Oak Twead, but any worsted weight yarn will do. 
crochet heart, you can find a tutorial here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/01/28/crochet-heart- 
garland/  (I’ve tested several patterns, and like this one the best.) 
buttons (2) 

Note: 
The cozy is worked holding two strands of yarn.

 Instructions:  
Holding two strands of yarn, loosely CO 12 stitches. 
Row one: K all stitches. 
Continue in garter stitch until piece measures nine inches.  
Once piece is desired length, loosely BO.  
Crochet button loops: *Using one strand of yarn and crochet hook, insert hook into second stitch and draw up a loop. Ch 10. Insert hook in second stitch from chain and draw up a loop. Turn. Work 15 sc into chain loop. Bind off. * Work from * to * on other side for second button loop. 
Finishing: Sew crochet heart to middle of work. Sew on buttons about ¾ inch from edge. Weave in yarn ends. 

That's it! Super easy and cute, right? I hope you're enjoying your first week of October. Happy fall!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy Fall!

 I am beyond excited that it is FINALLY fall! This is my absolute favorite time of year. The weather is starting to get cooler, days are getting shorter, corn mazes are open, and there are pumpkins at the grocery store! I can't wait until the weather gets really cold and the leaves start to change colors.

To kick off the first day of October, I thought I'd start working on my very first knit sweater (eek!). It's a bit ambitious, but I got eight skeins of Berroco Remix yarn (in Buttercup) in the mail yesterday and I am determined to turn it into this wonderful cardigan from the Fall 2013 edition of Knitscene magazine. Isn't it gorgeous??



I also thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the first day of October with some homemade cinnamon raisin bread (gluten-free, of course) and a caramel apple spice from Starbucks. Seriously. It doesn't get much better than that. 


Are you excited about fall too? What fall things are you excited to do this year?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wishlist || Knitting

Now that I'm starting to get the hang of this knitting thing, I've been looking through Ravelry for projects I may want to try. Some of these are pretty ambitious, but they are just so gorgeous!!


This Bandana Cowl from The Purl Bee is just wonderful! I have a bit of an obsession with cowls. I wear them constantly during the fall and winter. I'm thinking this one would make a great fall cowl!


I am absolutely in love with this skirt from Holla Knits! It was inspired by Zooey Deschannel from New Girl (aka- one of my favorite shows of all time)! I just love the style of this skirt so much. And the color choice is just great! 


I've been looking for a great knitted blanket to make and I think this pattern from Tiny Owl Knits just might be the one! I love all the different colors. And how cute are those little hexigons?? I love everything about this quilt!



I also want to take just  minute to tell you about this great giveaway from One Sheepish Girl. Meredith is giving away the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. I briefly looked through the patterns from Pom Pom Quarterly and I think they are all adorable! Each design is stylish and classy. I'm really hoping I win this one so that I can make all of the projects! :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cross-Stitched Box Lid





Remember when I showed you those really cool boxes I found at an estate sale? Well..... I just finished cross stitching the first box and I'm thrilled with how it turned out! I chose a lovely floral pattern from the May 2013 issue of Cross Stitcher Magazine. I just love this design! 

Now, I've got three more boxes and no idea what I want to put on them...... Any suggestions?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Teaching Myself to Knit

Over the past couple weeks, I have been teaching myself to knit. There has been lots of YouTube videos, unravelling, and frustration. But I am finally starting to get the hang of it. It's been a struggle, but I'm getting there! I have dabbled with knitting in the past, but never stuck with it. Well this time I am determined. I am going to become a knitter. I completed my very first knitting project the other night and I am quite proud of it! I wanted to do something simple that I could sit down and finish in one night. So I decided to make a little pouch for all the tea bags and sugar packets I have floating around my purse. I found a pattern on Ravelry and about two hours later, I had a cute little pouch to tote my tea around in! Seriously, is there anything better than knitting and tea??


After finishing this little guy, I've decided I'm ready to move on to projects that are a bit larger. I've actually got three projects in the works and can't wait to see how they turn out! 

Happy knitting!

Monday, August 12, 2013

In Progress

I had every intention of spending this summer working on crafty stuff and keeping up with this blog... But that obviously didn't happen. Instead I've been working at the preschool all summer, going on trips with family and friends, hanging out with my brand new boyfriend, and recovering from Lasik surgery and a VERY dislocated tailbone. I've worked on a few crafty things here and there, but I didn't get as much done as I had hoped. I've also had to close my Etsy shop for the time being. I'm starting graduate school in two weeks and just won't have the time.

Anyways, I've got a few projects in the works that I would like to share with you!

My latest project is one that I am VERY excited about! I found these cool boxes at an estate sale this weekend and thought they would look great with cross stitched tops! I've got four boxes and need to figure out what designs to put on each. I can't wait to see how they turn out!


I also just recently finished a very nerdy crochet project. I love Doctor Who and I love tea. So I decided to combine the two and make a TARDIS mug cozy. I think it turned out really well. One of my best friends and fellow Whovian has already requested I make another one for her. :)


I'm also currently working on teaching myself to knit on circular needles. It's slow going but I'm getting there. Tyler has requested I make him a hat this winter so I've already started practicing. 

I've got several more crafty ideas running through my head, but I'm not quite ready to share those yet. I'll be ready to share soon. :) I promise I'll try to keep up with the blog a little more over the next few weeks!

Here's just a few random pictures to show what I've been up to this summer!






That's just a little peek at what I've been up to this summer! Hope yours has been as good as mine! :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Long Overdue Post

Well friends, it's been over a month since my last blog post. Things have been a bit crazy around here. I've just been finishing up student teaching and graduating from college. No big deal. :)

But now that I've got a few months off before graduate school starts, hopefully I am going to have a lot more time to focus on crafty, bloggy things!

Here's a couple pictures of what I've been up to for the past month:





Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wishlist || Pretty in Peach!

I've been a tad bit obsessed with this color lately. I don't know why. I just seem to be drawn to it. These are just a few of the wonderful peach-colored things I've found on Etsy lately...


This peach Peter Pan collar by All Apples is wonderful. It is so delicate and classy. Perfect addition to an outfit!


I think this double-stranded necklace would be perfect for school. Shop Nestled has tons of great statement jewelry pieces.



This Vintage 70's sweater looks so cozy! It's getting a bit too warm for sweaters like this, but I love how soft and warm it looks! This sweater and lots of other vintage finds can be found at Viral Threads.


Ello Lovey always has wonderful print illustrations and this one is no exception. It would look great in my kitchen!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Baby Projects Galore!

This week I've been working on some fun baby projects! My mom asked me to make a blanket for one of her coworkers who is going to be having a baby girl. For this one, I decided to go with a simple granny square in white, pink, and green. This is working up really quickly and should hopefully be done by tomorrow!




The next project is for one of my best friends who is having a baby boy in just five weeks! His blanket isn't very far along, but I can already tell that I'm going to love it! I'm using the Forget-Me-Not Baby pattern from Crochet World Magazine. The blanket is worked in filet crochet with worsted weight yarn, which gives it a soft, light feel. Perfect for baby! I can't wait to see how this one is going to turn out.



I've also been charged with making an outfit for baby boy's newborn photos! I'm VERY excited and a little bit nervous about this. My friend showed me some pictures of things that she likes, now it's up to me to make it happen. I'll share more about this once I've actually started working on it. :)

I hope you're having a wonderful week. What projects are you working on?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Giveaways? Yes, please!

Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to have time for any fun, crafty posts this week. My week thus far has consisted of lesson plans, observations, and Starbucks tea to help me make it through. (Thank goodness the Easter Bunny brought me a gift card!) I've got a feeling it's going to be like this for the remainder of the week.



BUT! There is good news! I stumbled upon a couple giveaways that I think you'll be very interested in.
The first one is fromYellow Bird, Yellow Beard. The wonderful blogger there is giving away an iPad. Really. An iPad. You need to go check it out ASAP!

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The second giveaway is for a $50 gift certificate to Padgett Hoke. Her Etsy shop is full of beautiful jewelry in lovely blue and green hues. Go check out the giveaway at Shannon Hearts!

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I've already decided what I want if I win. I think this bright turquoise and periwinkle necklace is gorgeous. Very teacher-y don't you think? :)



I hope you're having a wonderful week that is not nearly as stressful as mine.

Good luck on those giveaways!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

This weekend....





I hope you've had a wonderful Easter weekend surrounded by friends and family! Flowers are blooming, there are eggs to find, and there is chocolate galore, but please don't forget the REAL reason we celebrate this wonderful day. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, died and conquered death so that we could live in victory together with Him forever. Don't ever forget His unfathomable sacrifice! Happy Easter! 

Acts 2:24


Friday, March 29, 2013

Ravelry Potholder Swap

I discovered something wonderful yesterday... The 2013 Ravelry Potholder Swap! I can't believe I hadn't heard about it. Participants in the swap make three 6" to 8" potholders and send them in. In return you will receive three potholders made by other participants. How cool is that?? What a fun way to network and share ideas with other yarn-lovers!

As soon as I read about the swap, I went straight to Hobby Lobby to pick out my yarn. The swap requires you to use 100% cotton yarn which worked out very well for me because Hobby Lobby happened to have their cotton yarns on sale this week. Meant to be, right? Since the deadline is just a week away, I quickly worked up my potholders and put them in the mail this morning to make sure they would arrive on time.



I decided to go with a granny circle pattern for my potholders and I like the way they turned out. I can't wait to see what potholders I get in return!

Now that my potholders are finished and sent, it's time to move on to the next project. Hope you've had a wonderful spring day!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wish List || Fabulously Floral

Spring supposedly began this week. But here in Tennessee I'm not really seeing much evidence of this. In fact, school was cancelled today due to snow! In an effort to get myself in a more Spring-y, Easter-y kind of mood, I've been hunting through Etsy for some wonderful floral finds!


It'll be a while before it's warm enough to wear anything like this, but isn't it wonderful? This lovely lemon yellow dress would be perfect for Easter! I found it at the shop Five Stones Vintage.

This gorgeous watercolor print would certainly get me into a Spring sort of mood. Absolutely gorgeous! Barbara Szepesi Szucs Illustrations has a ton of nature-inspired paintings and prints.


These fabric colored buttons are precious! I'm thinking I may need to revamp a sweater or something with these beauties! I found them at Patchwork Mill.


I am in love with this M Kamenstein Enamel Floral Teapot. I have a bit of an addiction to tea. And teapots. Seriously, you'd think I was British or something. I love the colors and the flowers and the vintage look. It's perfect. Absolutely perfect. I found it at the shop Pacific Whim.


I've been meaning to make some cupcakes for a while now. I think I may need to use these wonderful Floral Lace Cupcake Wrappers. Perfect for Easter dinner with the family! Handmade by Heather 4 U has a ton of fun party supplies!




I also wanted to tell you about a wonderful little giveaway I came across last night at A Common Thread. Stefanie is giving away this triangle and brass necklace. It is designed to be worn underneath the collar of a shirt. It is so wonderful and unique. I love it!

I hope you are having a great start to your week! I'll be here crafting and starting on my Spring cleaning since I have a surprise day off of school! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Crochet Edge Calendar

I ordered a calendar print from Ello Lovey a few days ago and was very excited to discover it in my mailbox this afternoon. Getting mail is so much fun! All I ever get in the mail is sale ads and electric bills, so I always think it's exciting to get something good. :)



Isn't it adorable? Even the packaging is cute! I love how everything is so personalized. As cute and wonderful as I think this print is, I wanted to add a little bit of a personal touch to it. Sooo....


I decided I would give it a crochet edge! I had never crocheted onto paper before, so I was a bit nervous, but I found a very helpful tutorial here. Punching that first hole into the paper was VERY nerve-racking. I was so afraid that I was going to ruin the print. I wanted to make sure the main focus remained on the calendar, so I used some thin crochet thread and a size 1 hook. I opted for a scalloped edge because I think scallops have a simple, classic feel.



In the end, the calendar turned out exactly how I wanted. It looks so cute hanging on my fridge! Very Rachel don't you think?

Hope you're having a wonderful week!