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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Crochet Wall Hanging

I love the woven wall hangings I've been seeing all over the internet lately. They are everywhere and they are gorgeous!

Despite my love of woven wall hangings, there is one problem with them. I don't know how to weave. Now, I could learn to weave and better myself as a crafter. Or I could cheat. Since I don't have a ton of spare time on my hands these days, I chose the latter. :)

This incredibly simple crochet wall hanging mimics the look of the woven version without all the hassle. It is probably one of the simplest things I've ever made. All you have to do is crochet a simple rectangle to use as your base, then attach a variety of colorful tassels wherever you'd like.

- worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors
- size I crochet hook ( I like this one. )
- wooden dowel
- yarn needle

- Crochet base of hanging: Ch 41. HDC in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. *Ch1, turn, hdc in each st across.* Repeat from * to * until piece measures 8 in.
- Cut yarn for tassels. I made mine 20 inches long with five strands per tassel. You can create your tassels with any length or thickness you'd like, though.
- Decide where you'd like your tassels to go and start attaching! (If you've never added tassels to your work before, here is a really simple tutorial on how it works!)
- Attach wall hanging to dowel: Tie knot at the end of a long piece of yarn. Using yarn needle, sew dowel to piece by working through the top of the crochet piece and around the dowel. Do this all along the top of the piece and tie a knot to secure the end.
- Drill two small holes through the ends of your dowel. (Make sure your holes are going through the dowel the same way!)
- Cut another long piece of yarn and feed through the hole at each end of the wooden dowel. Tie knots in the end to secure the yarn in place.
- Hang up your finished piece!

One of these days when I'm not quite so busy (ahem, summer break) I am going to learn how to actually weave. But until then, I'm loving my slightly cheated crochet version.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Vintage Finds || One

Bumming around antique shops and farmers markets is one of my absolute favorite things to do. There's nothing like it! Everything is so unique and has such an interesting story behind it. I've decided to start a recurring series on the blog showcasing all of the interesting things I find on my antiquing ventures.

My favorite vintage find at the moment is this succulent I found a few weekends ago at the Chattanooga Market. The vendor takes vintage items (pottery, telephones, cameras, kitchen equipment, etc.) and gives them a new life as succulent planters. I am in love with my new little plant and am really hoping my green thumb of death doesn't kill it!

How cute are these glass nesting boxes?? I scored these babies for just three bucks from a local antique store here in Knoxville! Amazing, right??

I got this little beauty from an antique shop in Maryville and I still can't get over how adorable it is! If I ever have a little girl, it will most definitely be going in her room! 

Happy Friday everyone!