Monday, January 28, 2013

Blog Living

Hello Everyone. I have been MIA for a while and I apologize. My son started kindergarten and with a husband who works 6 days a week and doesn't get home until the kids go to bed it's been a bit crazy in my house. My daughter starts kindergarten this year. Lord help me!! 

As most of you know we are pet owners. It's kind of hard not to be when your husband owns a pet store. We have two dogs, a cat, a snake and a bunny - the last two are kept separate for obvious reasons. Anyway, I've decided it's time to start reorganizing my home and figuring out ways to keep it clean and pretty. Searching on Pinterest I have found many great ideas and decided to start copying some of the ideas I've found through different blogs. The first blog I have found that I am in LOVE with is I Heart Organizing. She is amazing and although it would cost a lot to do a complete makeover in my home all at once, I plan to take it one step at a time. 

Step one will be to redo my kids playroom based on ideas from I Heart Organizing.

Since my son has started Kindergarten and my daughter is hot on his heels I'm also thinking of transforming the closet in that room to a working space with a desk. 

I know you guys follow my blog for the crochet patterns. Admit it! You only love me for my patterns. But the sooner I get my home life in order the sooner I can get back to crocheting more and creating more patterns for you. 

I would like to ask for your assistance though. I have found this blog which I plan to follow, but I would love more suggestions on blogs to consider that could help me on my journey. If you have any ideas or blog suggestions please comment below or post on my Facebook Page

I appreciate it!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Liking the Facebook Page

What did we do before Facebook? I don't remember and I don't care!! The point is we have it now and there is no turning back! I want to make sure that all of you that come to my blog have also "liked" my Facebook page. I plan on doing a lot more giveaways, many of which will be custom pieces that you decide on. So if you are reading this and haven't liked the page WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Like my Facebook page and make sure to post on my wall or comment on posts if there is something you would like to see me create a pattern for or custom make for you or a friend. 

The time for costumes is around the corner, if you would like something custom please message me on FB or comment below so you can get your products in time. 

Thanks and GET TO LIKING!! 

Happy Hooking!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free Pattern: Elf Hat

I made an elf hat a while ago that is on my Facebook Page but never wrote the pattern. The pattern was requested so I did this yesterday. Please forgive the pictures, I forgot to take them and so I had my husband took them. I will tell him not to quit his day job!!

If you have any special requests for patterns please message me on Facebook or comment below. If you would like for me to make something I can do that, message me for pricing.

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: Lionbrand Homespun Yarn (5 Bulky). I used the color Deco which is a beautiful cream color. 
Hook: J, 6.00mm
Tapestry Needle
Satin Ribbon 3/4 inch (optional)

Ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch
dc: Double Crochet
sc: Single Crochet

Notes: When I write "1 dc" at the beginning of a new row it means a chain 2

Ch 3, sl st to join to 1st ch
R1: ch 2 (counts as dc throughout) 7 dc in the ring, join to top of ch 2 (8 dc)
R2-R5: 1 dc in each stitch (8 dc) 
R6:1 dc, 2dc, repeat (12 dc)
R7-R10: 1dc in each stitch (12 dc)
R11: 1dc, 2dc (18 dc)
R12-R15: 1dc in each stitch (18 dc)
R16: 1 dc, 2dc, repeat (27 dc)
R17-R20: 1 dc in each stitch (27 dc)
R21: 1 dc next 5, 2dc, repeat (30 dc)
R22-R25: 1dc in each stitch (30 dc)
R26 (optional): change to satin trim, 1sc in each stitch. 
Tie off 

Pom Pom: I used a coaster for the sizing. Wrap yarn around coaster approximately 30 times.  Slide off coaster and tie a TIGHT knot around the center to cinch together and you will leave a long tail to sew onto the top of the hat. Cut the loops and then trim so it looks like an even pom pom. Use your needle and sew on to the top of the hat and tie off. 

Happy Hooking!! Don't forget to post pictures to my Facebook Page

Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Pattern: Easy Peasy Chunky Cowl/Infinity Scarf

Easy Peasy Chunky Cowl/Infinity Scarf

For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 

Supplies Needed
Yarn: 2 different skeins of worsted weight yarn (4). For my hat I actually used a purple worsted weight and Lion Brand Homespun (I just love this yarn!!) Or you can also use 1 Super Bulky Yarn (6)
Hook: M, 9.00mm

Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch
fpdc: Front Post Double Crochet

Chain 120, sl st to join. *Make sure that you haven’t twisted your yarn*
R1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each ch, sl st to join.
R2-R4: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat from *, sl st to join
Tie off

The final step is to wear it and be AWESOME!!!


*Be sure to “Like” my Facebook page for your chance to win in my contests*

Friday, August 31, 2012

Free Pattern: Textured Newborn Beanie w/ Satin Trim

For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 

Textured Newborn Beanie w/ Satin Trim

Well I just keep whipping these bad boys out, don't I? You're welcome! Actually this pattern just sort of happened. I was playing around with the shell stitch and didn't like how it was looking with the chunky yarn so I decided to go back to Ole Reliable for some texture: Front & Back Post Double Crochet stitches. I also had some purple satin ribbon and decided to fancy it up a bit and I LOVE how it turned out!!

Alright enough chatter, let's get to the pattern!! 

Supplies Needed
Yarn: 2 different skeins of worsted weight yarn (4). For my hat I actually used a purple worsted weight and Lion Brand Homespun (I just love this yarn!!) Or you can also use 1 Super Bulky Yarn (6)
Hook: M, 9.00mm
Ribbon: 1" satin

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch

*Ch 2 counts as a DC*
R1: Ch 2, 7 dc (Total 8 DC)
R2: ch2 turn, 2dc in each sl st to join (Total 16 DC)
R3: *ch2, 1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next, repeat * sl st to join (Total 20 DC)
R4-R6: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat*
R7: Add Ribbon by sl st and sc in each stitch around, sl st to join and then use ribbon to tie a bow. 

Hope you enjoy this pattern. Please "Like" my Facebook Page for your chance to win in our current giveaway!! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Custom Crochet Project Giveaway!!

I would like to do a give away for a free crochet hat. If you would like to be chosen as a winner please go Like my Facebook page and also share to your page. This will be a custom hat of YOUR choosing!!! I will be choosing a winner on September 15th so hurry and enter. 

I will have a post on my Facebook page about this giveaway so please comment so I know that you are entered into the competition!!

Also feel free to follow me on Pinterest and that will increase your chances!! If you would only like to follow my crochet projects board you can do that here

Happy Hooking!! Can't wait to make your custom piece!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Pattern: Newborn Sack Hat

I'm whipping these bad boys out!! Here is the second FREE pattern in 2 days. I call it the Sack Hat well because it looks like a SACK!! I'm pretty creative on the names I know! Anywho here you go and please post your pictures if you choose to try this one out. 

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: 1/2 skein of Worsted Weight Yarn (4) any color you choose. 
Hook: H, 5.00 mm
Ribbon: Any type you choose

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch

Skill Level: Easy/Beginner

This pattern is for a newborn, if you would like to make it a different size just increase or decrease chains to fit head size. ALWAYS have an even number of stitches so the fpdc & bpdc will always be alternating.

Ch 41, sl st to join. Careful not to twist chain!
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 1 dc in each ch, sl st to join.
Row 2: Ch 1, *fpdc in next chain/post, bpdc in next chain/post, repeat from *, sl st at the top of the Ch 1.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until your work reach 9.5 inches, sl st and tie off. Weave in ends.

Take your ribbon, cinch together at approximately 5.5-6 inches from the bottom and double knot your ribbon. You must make sure that your hat that you have left enough room on the bottom portion so that your hat will fit. Tie a bow with your ribbon.

*You could also use a button instead of a ribbon if you prefer but you will still have to cinch the hat closed with yarn*

I hope this all makes sense. It's a very easy hat to make, it's just very repetitive!!

Don't forget to post pictures to my Facebook Page!! Click the link to the right. 

Happy Hooking!