Warm weather is finally in full swing here, and we have been outside enjoying the beautiful weather. My peas, carrots, onions and broccoli have all made an appearance in my garden, so I am hoping everything will continue to go smoothly on that front. Last night I was looking at my yarn stash brainstorming patriotic ideas, and I thought of my Baby Strap Flip Flops. I thought maybe they would be cute in patriotic colors…and they are! Show off your American pride (or use your country’s colors!) with these Patriotic Baby Flip Flops.
Happy Friday my lovely friends!
This was the last week of school here, which doesn’t mean too much for me because my kids aren’t in school yet, but it might mean lots of fun for you! I think back to when I was young. Summer was so care-free, so fun, and so long. Summer still holds lots of nostalgia, and I enjoy it’s visit every year. And even though the weather is warm, you can still wear cute hats.
I was asked to be a part of Cream of the Crop Crochet’s 12 Months of Slouchy Hats, so today I am sharing the Summer Festival Slouchy Hat crochet pattern.
My husband and I have recently decided that we will make Saturday our night to be together, distraction-free. I admit, at first I was nervous. Blogging takes tons of time, guys. Like, a lot. And since I am Major Worry, I was scared I would be “wasting” precious working time.
I am so glad I was wrong.
It doesn’t matter when you are doing, you need to take a break. That is part of the reason I picked up embroidery, and why I am ready to learn how to knit.
The break is refreshing and lovely. I get to reconnect with my best friend, have discussions and enjoy time together. I honestly feel like I am replenished and more productive the following Monday.
Buuuut that doesn’t mean my hooks don’t come out to play for a few minutes on the weekend. This pretty Twinkling Stars Crochet Wall Hanging was my project last weekend and I love how it turned out. It is currently hanging on the wall adjacent to Sis’s crib and it looks fab in her room.
Social media can be so awesome.
Star Wars Day, May the 4th,( be with you) is an awesome pun that was starting in the UK in 1979 (you guys are so punny!), but due to social media has become a globally observed holiday.
One of these years I am going to go all out; I will plan a party, have a movie marathon in the backyard, and make lots of themed snacks and desserts. I swear I will share every detail with you.
But for this year, I went small and made this adorable crochet Yoda amigurumi.
This week started with a fail and ended in success. Well, it started with a couple of fails actually. This speech bubble idea came in the form of a pillow, but after several hours of frustration (I couldn’t get the shape exactly right), I switched gears to these coasters. After a funny venture with paint and stencils, I finally completed these adorable crochet speech bubble coasters, and I’m glad at how they (eventually) turned out.
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Sis is getting SO big. This morning she grabbed a large pink comb from a bathroom drawer as I was blowdrying my hair and starting combing her wispy curls. I stared at her, realizing my baby is now a fiercely independent toddler. And it happened in a blink of an eye. As I was looking through some photos from last year, I found some patterns that didn’t get published. I simply ran out of summer! These adorable Crochet Tassel Barefoot Sandals are SO cute. And now I get to reminisce about last summer, when my baby was still a baby and she would sit in her Bumbo seat while I took pictures of her chubby little toes.
You know how I feel about quick projects! These adorable sandals do not disappoint. If you are wanting a baby project that literally take MINUTES, this one is for you. They only take a few feet of yarn, so they are a perfect stash-busting project, and I think they would sell great at summer markets and fairs.
Happy Saturday my friends! Today I am announcing a very FUN CAL I am having the pleasure of taking part. You may remember our Mitten Drive last year, this one is very similar but we are doing SLIPPERS! This crochet slipper drive is featuring 13 designers and 14 new patterns each week! You are encouraged to make and donate a few pairs to local charities, also similar to our mitten drive.
1. Mod Mismatched Slippers – Blackstone Designs
2. Ugly Slippers – Mad Mad Me
3. Carousel Slippers – Blackstone Designs
4. (problem with Designer, we are sorry!)
5. Chunky Boat Slippers – Whistle and Ivy
6. Bow Cuff Slipper Boots – Busting Stitches
7. Chunky Cowboy Slippers – The Lavender Chair
8. Strawberry Blossom Slipper Socks – Fiber Flux
9. Infinitely Happy Feed – Snappy Tots
10. Snuggle Up Slippers – AllieCats Hats and Crafts
11. Scrappin’ Slippers – Hatched with Love
I will be updating this post with each new pattern, so check back here or follow me on Facebook to get updates each week on the new pattern!
And be sure to join the Charity Drive Facebook group; share your projects and see what everyone else is working one.
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Good morning everyone!
If you have been following the last few months, you may know I have been smitten with chunky crochet projects, and have made several: this 30-Minute Cowl, this Ric-Rac Scarf and this Granny Stitch Hat are a few of my favorites. I am still loving chunky yarn, but since spring is around the corner, I decided I need to switch my focus to projects that aren’t meant to keep you warm. When I tried out the 100% wool super chunky Tuff Puff yarn by Knit Picks a few weeks ago, I knew it would make a perfect rug. It is so soft and squishy under your feet, and the colors are brilliant and beautiful. This super chunky crochet rug would look so pretty in a bathroom or kitchen, or even in a child’s room.
What you need:
-Super Chunk yarn (Tuff Puff by Knit Picks in Mint, Silver and Conch)
-Size P Hook
This rug uses basic stitches, and because the yarn is so chunky and thick, this rug works up in a snap. Also, the size is easily customizable, and you can make more (or less) rounds to change the size.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
I am guest posting at Pretty Provdence today, so be sure to click over and get the free crochet pattern!
Be sure to share your Super Chunky Crochet Rug (and all your other projects!) in the Whistle and Ivy Facebook group. I would love to see your WIPs!
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Hello my lovely readers! I hope you are having a lovely week. I’ve been a tad obsessed with arm warmers lately. It’s so nice to sit at my computer (in my chilly office) and have warm hands while I type. I have several designs in the works, and I have found several more online that I am dying to make for myself. I get cold hands, but I like to crochet in my downtime, so mittens or gloves are not an option. I decided to round-up some of my favorite crochet arm warmers and fingerless gloves in a nice, neat list. Be sure to give these a try!
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This Women’s Button Trapper Hat has been a long time coming. I got so many requests from readers who loved the Baby Trapper Hat, but couldn’t seem to find room on my calendar for it. That is why I love the end of December and the month of January: new beginnings. It’s a perfect time to get settle down after the busy holiday and work on things you haven’t had time for. This hat is worked with two strands, so it’s fun, chunky and really warm.
These darling crochet arm warmers have slight shaping for a more feminine look. They are working in hdc that gives them a bit more texture and drape than working in a sc. Add the bow for a final pretty touch on the hands! This post contains affiliate (commission) links, for more info click here.
I love Mondays. Perhaps I am the only one, but it seems like a lovely fresh start. I can reset my goals, and hopefully hit more of them this time around. What I really want for Christmas is an extra 4 hours each day, I wonder if Santa could fit that on his sleigh? Thankfully, I have still been able to find time to design, between the diapers, mac n’ cheese and Christmas bustle. These Dainty Bow Crochet Arm Warmers were a big hit when I first published them at Pink When. It’s strange, this pattern was one I wasn’t quite sure about. I didn’t know if people would love them or not, so thank you! Thanks for all the kind comments and all the shares. It really meant (and means) so much.Click for more
The Boy turned four this year. He is growing up so quickly, and I hope to instill the same values I was taught as a child. One main value is work. I am trying to have him do more things and have more responsibilities. A few weeks ago I wrote him a chore sheet. He loves being helpful, and the chores have been a wonderful addition to our routine. As the holidays get closer, I wanted to add more and carry on a tradition of service that I grew up with. This simple Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar is the perfect way to keep the spirit of giving and service on our minds and in our home through the month of December, while being able to enjoy the holiday tradition of Hershey’s Kisses chocolates each day.
Someone always brought a bag of Holiday Hershey’s Chocolates to our family Christmas get together, so I always look forward to seeing them on the shelves (Hershey’s Kisses Truffles and Candy Cane are my favorite Holiday flavors). It seemed fitting to pair Hershey’s Kisses chocolates with our new service advent tradition.
Because of his age, we have to keep everything rather simple. I sat down with him and we discussed ways we can show kindness and do service to those around us. I encourage you to do the same! He had some sweet ideas that I never considered, ideas that he was excited about doing, which makes this projects extra meaningful. Since we are doing one per day, we have a list of 25 acts of kindness and service.
1. Pick up Sis’s toys
2. Color Cards to take to the nursing home
3. Send Grandma a letter
4. Leave an encouraging note in a library book
5. Anonymously leave a treat on a neighbor’s doorstep
6. Help set the table
7. Draw pictures and mail them to family
8. Feed the birds
9. Bring a treat and card for teacher
10. Bring in a neighbor’s garbage
11. Make donations to homeless shelter
12. Leave treat for mail carrier
13. Rake leaves for a neighbor
14. Hand out candy canes at the hospital
15. Take food to the food bank
16. Pick up trash at park
17.Visit a lonely neighbor
18. Write kind note for Sis
19. Take a meal to someone in need
20. Donate baby items to NICU
21. Take cooking items an towels to Women’s Crisis Center
22.Cheer someone up who is sad
23. Take an angel from the local tree
24. Help clean our church
25. Help keep Sis happy when Mom needs to do something quickly
The Hershey’s Kisses worked better than I could have hoped. They hang from the tree so perfectly, and the pretty colored foil wrappers look so pretty.
Twenty-five Kisses are hung on the tree, and under each kiss is a number for the countdown. When my second child is old enough to participate, I will make a list and a set of Hershey’s kisses for her as well, so she can each enjoy the delicious sweetness of Hershey’s and doing good for others.
I have included a printable with 25 numbers and 25 tags for writing your acts of kindness. You can assign one to each day, or keep them in a jar and pull one out randomly. Click here to download the printable. To assemble this simple advent calendar, cut out the numbers and tags on the printable. Next, turn your Hershey’s kisses into ornaments for the tree by cutting 25 pieces of twine and tying them into knots.
Next, glue the twine to the back of each Kiss with a dab of hot glue. Finish them with another dab of hot glue on the bottom to attach the numbers.
After you create your own list, write each item on the tags and place them in a jar. I liked the idea of pulling one out randomly each day.
Not only will he enjoy counting down the days to Christmas (Hershey’s Kisses chocolates!), but I hope he will find joy in joining together as a family and serving others each year, which is truly where great happiness comes from.
What are your Holiday traditions?
For even more ways to use Hershey’s Kisses be sure to visit The Hershey Company online.
Enjoy your Hershey’s chocolate, I know I will.
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Good morning! Today I am excited to bring you a giveaway and a stellar gift list for all the knitters and crochetings in your life (OR a nice, neat gift list to give to your loved-ones!).
Since I literally buy our entire Christmas on Amazon each year, it seemed super-fitting to give you a gift card and a bunch of ideas on how to use it.
Not shopping for crochet stuff? We’ve got you covered, these fab bloggers have compiled lists for you as well!
Unique Gift Ideas for Kids from Cutesy Crafts
Great Gifts for Dad from unOriginal Mom
Gift Ideas for the Crafter on your List! from Tori Grant Designs
10 of the Best Gift Ideas for a Seamstress from A Vision to Remember
15 Great Gifts for Travelers from Play. Party. Pin.
Gifts for the Beginning Sewist from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
Best Gifts for the Serious Crafter from illistyle
Gift Guide for Crafters from Little Red Window
Gift Guide for PreTeen Boys from Keeping it Simple
So here is my list: (Don’t forget to scroll down for your chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card)
Gift Ideas for Crocheters and Knitters
1.Boye Hooks Set – My Favorite Hooks!
Check to see if your crocheter prefers tapered or inline.
6. SOAK wash
Perfect gentle wash for delicate and handmade items
Perfect place to keep all his/her crochet patterns in one place
16. Cubby Shelf for Yarn Organization
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.
Growing up, we had an awesome Christmas tradition of caroling. I hope many of you do this as well, because it created such fun memories for me as a child. Oftentimes we would get together as youth in our church. However, every single Christmas Eve, we would invite a couple families to accompany us to a few homes in our neighborhood. We chose older couples or singles who we thought would love a visit with friends and some Christmas cheer. I live in Utah, so our winters are COLD. Drinking hot chocolate after singing in the brisk night air was a perfect way to end the night out. As delicious as hot chocolate is, this Hot Chocolate Pudding Pie almost tops it. It captures the spirit of the season, warming up with a hot mug in your hands, with the togetherness of delicious dessert. If you are a hot chocolate lover, you are going to love this pie.
This Hot Chocolate Pudding is made with International Delight Hot Chocolate, so it tastes like hot chocolate and the marshmallow whipped cream on top seals the deal. SO good. I couldn’t help but throw a handful of mini marshmallows one top. It tastes divine!
This holiday recipe is not difficult to make, but it does take some time because the pudding needs to cool in order to set. Bear that in mind when making this fantastic pie, but I assure you, it’s worth the wait. The trick to super smooth and creamy pudding is dissolving the cornstarch in liquid in a small bowl before adding it. This eliminates the need to strain it, and it turns out smooth and delicious every time.
I hope hot chocolate is part of your holiday tradition this year, but I especially hope you try this Hot Chocolate Pudding Pie!
Be sure to visit International Delight for more ideas and recipes for their Hot Chocolate and Nog.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you had a chance to finish all your stockings, then you are ready to make the board to hang them on. I have seen some really great ideas in the Facebook Group of how to hang the stockings, but if you are interested in how I hung mine, I wanted to show you.
What you need:
- 16″ x 48″ precut board (check lumber or home improvement stores
- medium grit sand paper
- wood stain
- mug hooks
- Vinyl words (you can also hand-paint them)
- Square tool
- Straight edge
- Measuring tape or ruler
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The opinions and text are all mine.
Growing up, Thanksgiving was all about the pie. There was turkey, of course, and stuffing. There was cranberry sauce made from frozen berries and sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows.
But I was there for the pie.
We always went to my grandma’s house in the tip-top of Utah. Her cooking was unsurpassable. She could make anything with her stained and well-loved cookbook propped up on an antique cutting board. Her hands were busy kneading dough or stirring something delicious-smelling in a pot. Her kitchen was my favorite place to be, watching and helping her prepare treats and meals. Thanksgiving was especially meaningful in her home, surrounding by family and the smells of all the special dishes. She had a large set of adorable mini pie tins, which I loved. She would “take orders”, and each child was treated with his/her very own pie. Pie and Thanksgiving are synonymous to me.
So when November rolls around, I start dreaming about delicious pies. Unfortunately, I do not have my grandma’s culinary talents, but these delicious Triple Berry Crescent® Turnovers are easy to throw together and are sure to please everyone at your Thanksgiving celebration. The flavors of the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries go together so amazingly, I don’t think I can eat a pie without all three again.
Start with a pack of Pillsbury® Crescent® rolls (I picked mine up at Walmart, in the refrigerated area by the butter).
Since they aren’t quite the shape we need, reshape them with your fingers on a piece of parchment paper. It needs to a symmetrical triangle.
You can cut slits in the dough on the right or left for a prettier look, but it’s not necessary. Cut it before you fill it.
Next, put a heaping amount of filling on one side. As long as you keep it about 1/4 from the edge, you should be able to close it without a problem.
Pull the opposite side over, and pinch the edges closed. Mine is not super pretty, but I tell you, it will taste amazing.
Bake for 15 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove and let them cool for a few minutes before drizzling.
You should definitely buy a couple packs of Crescent® Rolls, because these babies DO NOT last long. Having the dough ready-made make these a fun and simple dessert, something even I can manage.
[yumprint-recipe id=’16’]I may not ever be a culinary master like my grandma, but these Triple Berry Crescent® Turnovers kinda make me feel like one. I will be making a pumpkin pie this year with burnt edges (happens every year), but these little turnovers will help me remember the adorable little pies from my childhood, and will hopefully bring pie and Thanksgiving together for a magical memory for my kids.
What’s traditions are on your Thanksgiving menu?
This darling crochet mini stocking advent calendar is perfect for counting down to your favorite holiday or to Christmas. Make 24 of these cute mini crochet stockings and one large one to complete your crochet advent calendar. Place a treat or small gift in each stocking and enjoy the countdown. The pattern includes 10 design variations for the crochet mini stockings and one slightly larger stocking. This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase as no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!Click for more
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Lately I have been dreaming of cozy things. I sleep with an electric blanket every night, an item I have only had for a couple of years, but I wonder how I survived without it. I am not one of those people fanning their faces with a paper in a meeting, I am the one grabbing my sweater and wrapping it tightly around myself. If I try to crochet with chilly hands, my work suffers, and it gets frustrating pretty quick. These pretty and dainty bow crochet arm warmers are such a lovely way to keep the warmth in, but still enable me to use my fingers.
Aren’t they so pretty!? The bow is my favorite, so feminine and sweet. And I do love how they are fitted around the wrist. As much as I love my Vintage Inspired Arm Warmers, I like these because they are more fitted.
And I am totally in love with Knit Picks new Mighty Stitch Yarn, a soft acrylic/wool blend. It so soft and so silky to work with, I need to get more colors! I used Oyster and Conch for these arm warmers.
What you need:
Click over to Pink When to get the pattern for these Dainty Bow Crochet Arm Warmers.
These pretty things would make great gifts, and we all know it’s a landslide from Halloween to Christmas (yikes!). They work up relatively quickly, as well. So make someone you love a pair, and make a pair for yourself.
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These are also pretty and cozy:
When The Boy was a baby, I had a terrible experience feeding him solids. First, I made all his food. Although making baby food is not difficult, it did prove to be time-consuming for me. Second, we lived in a small apartment, which weirdly had carpet in the dining area, and not much space in the tiny, cramped kitchen. Oftentimes, I was feeding him over the carpet. He had a lovely habit of flinging his arms wildly and unexpectedly, sending the bright orange or green purees all over the carpet. No only was it a big mess, it was wasting all my time-precious baby food. It was a frustrating experience and a tad soul-crushing (on top of my other postpartum issues).
I vowed things would be different with Sis. No purees. I read about a feeding method called “baby-led weaning.” I knew it was for me. There are no purees, instead you go straight from milk to finger foods. Baby makes the rules so she is more apt to try new food. A total win-win.
Except it wasn’t. I found out she was underweight due to my low milk supply and needed supplementation. After a disappointing appointment with her pediatrician, I decided to supplement with formula and introduce solids earlier than I had planned. I was waiting because weirdly, Sis did not put things in her mouth. She was 7 months old, so it was incredibly strange. She would turn things over in her hands, but had zero interest in mouthing anything. I piled her tray with delicious and colorful snacks, and she held them in her hands, observing but never eating.
So purees were my only option.
Purees, oh how I loath thee.
Fortunately, this time was different. Pouches. Pouches have literally saved my sanity. She almost drinks them, so feeding time is quick and painless and there is little to no wasted baby food. Plus it’s (almost) mess-free.
When I saw these Chobani Tot pouches, I knew immediately they would work for us. The pouches are perfect because they have a small opening, allowing enough room for Sis to suck and swallow, without causing a huge mess (This makes it mess-free for The Boy, as well). I love that they have 25% less sugar than other kids’ yogurt and two times the protein. The fact that the Chobani Tot’s has fruits and veggies in the yogurt seals the deal for me. I don’t try to hide or sneak veggies in my kids’ diet, I want them to eat them and love them, but getting in extra veggies is always something I am willing to do!
And because they are Chobani, you know there is nothing artificial in these pouches. Even though I don’t have kids in school yet, I think these would be a perfect in a lunch box.
So, for now, my sanity remains intact. Whether that remains, well, it’s too early to tell. At least I am not screaming into a pillow over spilled
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And tell me, am I the only one who hates baby purees?
Who is excited for sweater weather? I have a few comfy sweaters but not many. I had a traumatizing “itchy sweater” incident from childhood and I’m still not quite over it.
Scarves though. I don’t think I will ever see a cute scarf and think “No thanks, I have enough scarves.”
This list of 19 pretty crochet scarves has definitely been inspiring! I can’t wait to make each one on this list; I will be set (at least for this season).
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I am so happy to report that we survived the week! My 3 year old came down with a stomach bug, and naturally, we were both up all night. The broccoli from dinner did not receive a welcome return…
So far, he claims he is no longer sick and protests the bland food I am allowing him to have. I am being super cautious, and also hoping the rest of the family somehow avoids the same fate. I was able to finish up this Halloween hat I have been designing. It was not terribly difficult or time consuming, but I only had bits of time here and there to work on it. This Littlest Monster Crochet Baby Hat is a fun addition to your Halloween festivities. I know it’s a tad early, but I figured I would get the ideas out early so you can budget your time accordingly!
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This week we finally did something I have been planning on doing since we moved into our first house; we ripped out the two overgrown and matted evergreen bushes in the front yard! I won’t bore you will the details, but suffice it to say, we were able get rid of them for free, but with a massive amount of elbow grease. I am so excited to plant some bulbs for spring time and have a bit neater looking front yard. Our house was built in the 50’s, so it will take quite a few projects to update it a bit. Even though we have been working on the shrubs, I was still able to revamp this crochet pattern from last year: the Diagonal Hatch Slouchy Hat.
Happy Friday everyone!
Today I am excited to reveal a fun project that a few bloggers and I have been working on.
One of my favorite things about the holidays (I know, it’s too early to talk about the holidays!), is the charity and service. Growing up, we always tried to do a service project each season. Sometimes we would doorbell-ditch a bag of toys and gifts for a family in need, other times we would choose a family to do “12 days of Christmas”, leaving a gift or treat for 12 nights in a row. Every single year on Christmas Eve, we invited several families to join us caroling, where we visited families and older singles in our neighborhood. Service brings happiness! Especially if you are going through a tough time yourself.
In this spirit of giving and charity, we are joining together for a Crochet Mitten Drive CAL! 15 designer, including myself, will be working together to bring you 15 free and unique mitten patterns. We are hoping that each participant will take our patterns and make mittens to donate to a local charity.
Please join us! The patterns will be released each week on Friday, so please join our Facebook Community for notifications of each free pattern. I will also be sharing the new patterns on my Facebook page each week, so follow me to see them.
“The best place to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Ghandi
I know this is true! Service brings more happiness than all the gifts, gadgets or toys in the world (and wonderful memories for your family!).
Can’t wait to meet you in the group!