A Collage For A New Mom ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope you’re doing well, and have a happy spring in your step on this lovely Monday!

Today I wanna show you the collage I made for my daughter, a new Mom ๐Ÿ˜Š

You may remember…in January we welcomed little Georgia Mae to the world. I’m happy to report that she’s a very happy, smiley baby ๐Ÿฅฐ

Here she is with her beautiful Mommy

So, since January I’ve been collecting little Mom/Baby related snippets, with the idea of somehow combining it all into a memento. It was just an idea in the back of my mind…until last Thursday. That’s when I came across a canvas hiding in a closet in my craft room. ๐Ÿ˜

That, my hodgepodge of calendar pages, pictures, poems, doilies, a vintage music sheet,tissue paper, and some ModPodge* came together beautifully for this collage.

Here’s a detail – I love these little poems ๐Ÿ’–

I started by covering the canvas with one sheet of tissue paper, arranged and glued down the pictures, then secured and coated everything with ModPodge*. Done! Easy Peasy ๐Ÿ˜…

Did this inspire you to make your own memento-collage? Please let me know…I’d love to hear/read about it! ๐Ÿ’•

Have a fabulous day! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒž

*no affiliation with PLAID

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7 Craft ~ Show ~ Ideas – Free Crochet Patterns

Hello my lovely friends & Happy May ๐Ÿ’•

Wow…May already! I don’t know where the time has gone, but one thing is clear…if it keeps up this pace I’m gonna be in trouble come ‘Craft Show Time’ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

In case you feel the same way, here are some super-cute ideas to help you along. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Or maybe you temporarily misplaced your ‘Crojo’ (happens to all of us), and are looking for a fun project to get you back into the swing of things ๐Ÿฅฐ

All of these projects are, besides really cute, pretty easy – yes, even the elephant ๐Ÿ˜…

Okay…here we go!

1) I found this lovey on ‘A Purpose And A Stitch’ and you can find the pattern โžก๏ธ here

(Image: A Purpose And A Stitch *)

2) I’m obsessed with this Boho Bag from ‘Make And Do Crew’ ๐Ÿ˜ It’s at the top of my crochetlist! The beautiful pattern is one click away….right here

(Image: Make and Do Crew *)

3. The pattern for this adorable zippered pouch includes the instructions on how to put the ‘zipper’ in ‘zippered’ ๐Ÿ˜ and is designed by Loops & Love

The pattern is โžก๏ธ here

(Image: Loops & Love *)

4. I will definitely be making numerous of these nifty little things from ‘The Roving Nomad’ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ The super-easy pattern is right behind โžก๏ธ here

(Image: The Roving Nomad *)

5. The pattern for these little baskets is from This Little Street

(Image: This Little Street *)

6. This hat! ๐Ÿ˜ Not something you’ll see all the time! That made my list…Gotta have one! ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you do too…click right here โžก๏ธ beautifulcrochetstuff

(Image: beautifulcrochetstuff *)

7. This beautiful Market-Bag is designed by ‘Maker Crate’. You can find a detailed Step-by-Step tutorial here

(Image: Maker Crate *)

That’s it for now…but I’ll keep looking ๐Ÿค“

Have a marvelous day! ๐Ÿ’•

Happy Crocheting ๐Ÿงถ

*I have no affiliation with the designers/websites

The (scary) New Journal

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I’m not sure if ‘scary’ is the right word. Maybe ‘intimidating’…either way – the possibility of this beauty being ruined by “mistakes”, or a leaky pen does instill a sense of fear in me! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Do you know what I mean?

I’ve thrown away quite a few pretty (empty, never saw a pen) planners at the end of the year, because I was afraid to mess it up!

The same thing was about to happen with my new journal. I saw it, loved it, brought it home, admired it from afar. ๐Ÿค“

Isn’t it beautiful? ๐Ÿฅฐ

But what good is a lovely journal when it’s not being used? And, after all, the creative life is messy, so why not the book telling about the journey!

So I decided – renegade that I am ๐Ÿ˜‰ – to make the first page messy…even use paint ๐Ÿ˜ฒ And after that, what else could go wrong!

I always wanted to try ‘string painting’. It makes lovely pictures, and doesn’t look too hard. As a matter of fact, I heard from quite a few people that they did this in Elementary school.

So I got out some glass dishes for the paint, cut some cotton string, Latex gloves…and I was set.

Conquering the fear…baby steps ๐Ÿ˜„

I might be a bit rebellious, but still wasn’t about to try a new technique in this book.

Out came my spiral notebook with drawing-paper. Here we go…

Not impressive, but not terrible either ๐Ÿ˜Œ

It came out good enough that I wanna try it in the pretty book…and I did. And not just that, I wrote in it, ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ sprayed the page with glue, ๐Ÿ˜ฌ and sprinkled glitter – of course, what else – over the whole page! Done ๐Ÿ˜Š

And that’s the first page. Ready to be followed by new ideas, more art, bits and pieces of my creative life! ๐Ÿ˜

Do you keep a journal? Do you find the first step scary, or do you jump right in? I’m looking forward to hearing/reading about your experience. ๐Ÿ’•

‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Crochet Along – Part II

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Did you finish your Carnation Square from Part I of this Crochet Along?

Yes? Great!  ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Now let’s build on that, and see the ‘Flower Patch’ grow.

Get out your carnation, and yarn, and let’s do the next 5 rounds! Happy Crocheting! ๐Ÿ˜

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Pattern Notes:

Bobble Stitch: *Yarn over. Insert hook in next stitch/space, pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the previous dc. Repeat twice from *. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.

Round 11:
Attach yarn to any corner of your carnation square. Ch2. Yarn over. Pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the chain. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.
Ch 3. Work one Bobble Stitch in same corner space. Ch 1.
Work one Bobble Stitch/each in every following [Ch1] space and between the Dcs of the previous row.
Work [1 Bobble, ch 3, 1 Bobble] in every corner space.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 12:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch3. Dc 2 in same space.
Dc 1 in each space and on top of each Bobble.
Work [dc 2, ch 3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 13:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc in same space. Ch 3. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc 1 on top of the next 2 dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles of Row 11.
*Sc 1 on top of the next dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles.
Repeat from * , working [2sc, ch 3, 2sc] in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

Round 14:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch 3. Dc 2 in same space.
*Skip on sc of previous row. Dc 1 in next stitch. Dc 1 in stitch skipped.
Repeat from *, working [dc 2, ch3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slipstitch to top of beginning ch.

Round 15:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc in every space between dcs in previous row.
Work 3 sc in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

That’s it for Part II. At this point you might wanna consider weaving in your ends.
I know, I know….ugh  ๐Ÿ˜ But you will thank me later! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you’re enjoying your growing blanket. Part III and IV will bring you more Flower-Squares. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

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Granny~Stitch~Oversize~Project~Bag – A Free Pattern ๐ŸŒป

Hello my lovely friends! ๐Ÿ’•

Today I wanna show you my new Project-Bag…and tell you all about the making thereof. ๐Ÿ˜Š
I wrote the pattern for it, and hope that (and the pictures) will inspire you to make your own.

Alright – here we go!

What you need:

2 skeins worsted weigh yarn – 5oz./each, 285 yards (you’ll just need a bit off of the 2nd skein)
Crochet Hook, Size I/9 – 5.5mm
1 Pair Purse-Handles
Fabric for Lining

Pattern Notes:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
Ch3 at beginning of round counts as the first stitch.

Pattern:

Front:

Round 1:
Ch 22.
Dc 2 in 4th ch from hook.
*Ch2. Skip 2 ch, dc in next 3ch.
Repeat twice from *
Ch2.
In last ch place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch, 3dc] – Corner
Ch2.
Continue on the other side of the starting chain with *3dc, 2ch. Repeat twice from *
In 3rd ch (starting point) place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch]

Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 2:

Ch3.
Turn. (โ€ )Place [2dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2. [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2, 3dc in next space – 4 times.
Ch2.
*Place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in corner space.
Ch 2.
Repeat from * for other corner.
Continue on with 3dc, 2ch – 4 times.
Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 3 and all following rows:

Ch3. Turn.
Repeat from(
โ€ )ย in Round 2.
All corner spaces are made by working [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in the corner space of the previous row.
All in-between spaces are worked by placing 3dc (separated by 2ch) in the spaces of the previous row.

Please note: The [3dc, 2ch] clusters between the corners increase by 1 in every round)

Work 9 rounds. Fasten off.

Make 2 (Front and Back)

Sides:

Make 4 Granny Squares (4 rounds each)

Bottom:

Ch 18 (or as many ch you need to acquire the width of the ‘Sides Granny Square) + 2
Work in rows ofย  ‘Linked Double Crochet‘ until you’ve reached the length of the front/back panels. Fasten off.

Assembly

For the Sides stitch or crochet together: 2 Granny Squares/each

Stitch or crochet the 2 Granny Square panels to either (short) side of the front and back panel.

Pin the bottom in place and stitch or crochet around.

Weave in all the ends.

To give it a ‘cleaner, finished’ look, I added 5 rows of linked, double crochet around the top edge.

Lining:

You don’t have to be a seamstress to make the lining – I certainly am not – basic sewing skills will do. But a sewing machine helps.

Fold your fabric in half, and place the assembled bag on top.
Cut around the bag, leaving a 1/2″ – 1″seam allowance all around.


Fold over both top edges (appr. 1/4″) and iron or pin in place. (Remember to fold it toward the ‘back’ of the fabric, since you want the ‘pretty’ side to show inside your bag)

Fire up your sewing machine and stitch the top seam in place.
Stitch close one side of the lining.

*If you want to add an inside pocket, you want to do that now. โ‡“

Now – to make sure that the lining fits perfectly inside your bag – pin it to the inside of the bag.

When you get to the opening, mark the spot where the two sides meet.

Take out some pins (enough to pull out the lining and fit under the foot of your sewing machine). Close that side.

*Inside Pocket (optional)

Cut a rectangle from your fabric. Fold over the top, and stitch in place.
Attach the remaining three sides to the lining. You can make separate compartments by sewing one or two quick lines.

Handles

Measure the bottom of the handles, and the width of the front of your bag. Mark the middle portion with pins to make sure your handle sits in the center.
(My front is 19″, the handle is 9″. So I marked 5″ in)

Crochet the handles in place.

I noticed that my bag – if not stuffed full of goodies – sagged a bit at the sides.
I folded in the sides (much better), and added some ties to keep it in place.

Ties

Chain 100.
Attach the chain to the middle of the Granny Square on the side with a slipstitch.
Chain 100. Fasten off. Thread both ends through the top stitch of the side seam.

Repeat on the other side.

Aaaaaaaand …… you’re done!

Do you love your new bag?

If, at any point, you felt like I over-explained things, please do not take offense! ๐Ÿ˜Œ
I’ve been ‘burnt’ by many faulty patterns…so now I might be overdoing it
, trying to avoid any mistakes.
If you do notice any mistakes anyway, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to
tell me/ask. I’m just one quick comment away. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Please let me know what you think! Will you be making one?

One more picture…the first bag I made was a ‘Stashbuster’. That one is mine ๐Ÿ˜

Take good care of yourself! ๐Ÿ’• See you next time!

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Off to the Farmers Market with your New Bag you go ~ A Crochet Pattern ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•This is the time of year where the Farmers Markets are in full bloom ๐Ÿ˜ Do you visit your local one? If you do, you probably appreciate a bag that fits in your purse, but will – if need be – expand to hold all the treasures you find. Well, get your hook ready and start crocheting…you’ll have one in just an hour or two ๐Ÿ˜Here’s what you need…1 skein (11.9 oz/601 yards) ‘craftsmart’ yarn (Michaels**) – makes 2 bags or 3 skeins (2 oz./56g each) ‘Kitchen’ Cottonor RedHeart Super Saver ** – appr. 300 yards (pictured here)Crochet hook Size I/9 (5.5mm)Note:Do not join rounds. Place a stitchmarker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of each round.’increase‘ = 2sc in one stitch Pattern: Make a magic ring. Round 1: 6 sc in center of ring Round 2: 2sc in each stitch – 12 scRound 3: *increase, sc, repeat from * – 18scRound 4: *increase, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * – 24scRound 5: *increase, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * – 30scRound 6: *increase, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * – 36scRound 7: *increase, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * – 42scRound 8: *increase, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * – 48scRound 9: *increase, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * – 54scRound 10: *increase, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * – 60scRound 11: *increase, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * – 66scRound 12: *increase, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * – 72scRound 13: *increase, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * – 78scRound 14: *increase, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * – 84scRound 15: *increase, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * – 90scRound 16: *increase, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * – 96scAt this point the base measures about 4″ (middle center to outer edge)Now we get to the body of the bag.Round 1: *Ch5. Skip 2sc, sc in 3rd stitch. Repeat from * all around.When you get to the end of the round, chain 5, skip the last 2 stitches, sc 1 in 3rd chain of the first loop of the previous round.Repeat Round 1 until desired height (don’t forget to move your stitchmarker every few rounds ๐Ÿ˜Š)When you reach the desired height (mine is 18″ from middle center of the base to the top) work a row of sc. Round 1: *3sc in 2., 3., and 4. chain of the loop. Ch2. Repeat from* all around.Round 2: sc all around Round 3 (Handles): Ch 70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch (be careful not to twist the chain!) Sc in next 50 stitches. Ch70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch. Sc to start of first handle.Round 4, 5, 6: Sc in every stitch/chain, (except the sc between the handles)Note: If you get around the chain, and continue on, be careful to ‘stay the course’. You do not want to find that you happily crocheted in the space between the straps of the same handle ๐Ÿ˜ Experience has shown that it can happen! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Especially if the chain twisted despite the care with which one keeps it straight.Fasten off…you’re done. And only a few ends to weave in! ๐Ÿ˜ƒI’ve made a few in the different yarns.Red Heart **craftsmart** yarn in rose/yellow Peaches & Creme ** Kitchen Cotton This one is my favorite…it reminds me of Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’ ๐Ÿ˜Oh – a quick note before you leave …I realize that I have the tendency to overexplain things. Please don’t be offended! I’ve just encountered one too many patterns that left me scratching my head, wasting a lot of time ‘trying to figure it out’ ๐Ÿ˜• and I try to avoid that when I write my patterns. Nevertheless…If you do notice any mistakes please let me know.Happy crocheting (and shopping!) ๐Ÿ˜ I’m looking forward to seeing your bag! Have a fabulous, glorious, wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž** I’m not affiliated with any products mentioned here.

WIPs and A New Stitch ๐Ÿค“

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• I hope this finds you well and happy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Over here we’re experiencing ‘August in June’ ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž It’s hot…blazing hot! And to make matters worse, the humidity is at like 80%! Ugh ๐Ÿ˜‘

So the last thing anyone wants to think about is…scarves! ๐Ÿ˜

That was until a friend of mine got this awesome book called ‘Lacy Wraps’ *

It has some wonderful patterns inside. I picked 2, and got right to it.

Since it’s a paid pattern I’m fairly certain that I can’t share it here ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But… I learned a new stitch, and that I can tell you more about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In all my years of crocheting I’ve never even heard of the ‘Linked Double Crochet’ stitch (ldc). And it seems like I really missed out. It’s well on it’s way to become my favorite stitch! ๐Ÿ˜ It creates a wonderful texture, with the height of a double crochet, but without the holes. And it’s pretty simple to stitch. Sounds awesome, right?! ๐Ÿ˜

Let me show you…

You start with 3 chain.

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain (right to left – my arrow is backwards ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Sorry)

Yarn over, pull through.

**Insert your hook into the vertical bar (marked in green) right to left, yarn over, pull through.

Now you’ve linked your stitch to the starting chain.

You have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Repeat from ** to the end of the row.

You do want to see that line running through the middle of the stitch!

Isn’t it pretty? ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the first ‘Lacy Wrap’ – it incorporates the ldc stitch quite nicely

Next on the list is the wrap from the book’s title page. I absolutely love that one. I ordered the yarn in three different colorways… I can hardly wait to hold it! ๐Ÿ˜†

So while the yarn is ‘turtleing’ ๐Ÿข it’s way here I’m keeping busy with an Owl Wallhanging – I don’t think I’ve shown you this one yet

I’m very happy with it…it just needs one more stabilizing bamboo rod on the right. I’m hoping it’ll keep it from getting longer and longer ๐Ÿ˜‰ The mandala is already more like an oval than a circle. I better hurry!

When sitting under the Owl got too warm, I did a few rows on my ‘ Stashbuster Sweater’. That one is coming along…

The Grannies are going to be part of the sleeves. Another puzzle…that’s what I dooo ๐Ÿ˜‹

I lost a few hours of my day after I glanced at my yarn basket

No, I didn’t pass out ๐Ÿ˜‰ I decided I needed to detangle and put my winder to good use. See, I had just reached down for the next color, and never really paid attention to the thing by my feet. ๐Ÿ˜

But it’s all nice and neat now…probably not for long…so I’ll enjoy it while I can. ๐Ÿค“

That’s all for today. Keep your fingers crossed that my new yarn shows up today! It’s been in the are since Tuesday – so hopefully today’s the day! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Until next time ๐Ÿ’• Take good care of yourself ๐Ÿ˜

* I’m not affiliated with any companies/products mentioned here.

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