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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Crochet Sunday Steals....

Craftsy has some great sales...only for today!

Don't miss out on your chance to get some fabulous deals such as:
Wrapped in Warmth Kit – 40% OFF


This enchanting shawl will wrap you in more than just warmth! Featuring wondrous width, the Wrapped in Warmth Shawl will stay securely on your shoulder, no matter which of the many ways you choose to wear it. Plus, it's sure to work up with cloud–like softness as you use three included skeins of Lion Brand Heartland to follow your kit pattern.

Retail $22.50 | Craftsy: $13.50

I just finished one Wrapped in Warmth Shawl as part of a Crochet-Along by ELK Studio and I am on my second one. I can vouch for the fact that this is a well-written pattern and you will love the finished shawl.

Check out all twenty (20) Craftsy Crochet Sunday Steals...


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Making Crochet Buttons...

Kathryn Senior wrote a FREE Craftsy tutorial for a quick method of making small and simple cotton crochet buttons.

Kathrn's blog, How to Crochet Buttons in Minutes


Don't forget to share the tutorial with your Facebook friends and pin it on Pinterest.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Minions...who can resist?

Who wouldn't like to have one of these little fellas on your sewing table minding your pins and needles?


You can get the FREE pattern on Lady Joyceley. Patterns and instructions are available for two sizes...mini and big! Have fun!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

It's not too early...

to start crafting for Christmas. There are lots of paid and FREE patterns available on Craftsy.

To help get everyone started, Amelia Aaron highlighted seven (7) FREE patterns that you can download from Craftsy and get a head start on crafting your holiday decorations and gifts!



To get your FREE patterns, be sure to read Amelia's blog on Craftsy!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crochet Patterns for the kitchen...from Leisure Arts



1. Hannah's quaint "frock" is perfect for drying wet hands and can be removed for easy washing. She is crocheted using worsted weight yarn and a size F (3.75 mm) hook. Hand-Towel Doll Approximate Design Size: 21" long. View Pattern
2. Our pretty dishcloth and hot pad are so quick and easy to whip up that you can have them ready for kitchen duty in no time! They're crocheted in cotton worsted weight yarn for a wonderfully soft touch, We used a size H (5.00 mm) hook. View Pattern
3. Three distinctly different designs are made in harmonious combinations of white, blue, and yellow to brighten your kitchen or choose colors to match your decor. View Pattern
4. Favorite fruits inspired our summery kitchen collection. A watermelon, a strawberry, and a cluster of cherries appear on the hot pads, and red-checked towels topped with crocheted hangers can be placed where they're most convenient. View Pattern



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Too cute crochet dishcloths...

Check out this Leisure Arts, Crochet Potholders & Dishcloths pattern book that includes the most adorable crochet owl dishcloth pattern.

Crochet Potholders & Dishcloths


Featuring cotton crochet thread in sizes 3 and 10 and worsted weight cotton yarn, designs include:

Pretty Panda Oven Mitt, Fabulous Fish Potholder, Tomato Potholder, Pretty Petals Potholder, Wonderful Watermelon Potholder, My Favorite Quarterback Potholder, Corn on the Cob Pan Holder, Cucumber Pan Holder, Mr. Owl Potholder (in 5 colorways), Dandy Dishcloth, Green Dishcloth, Starfish Dishcloth, Full of Color Dishcloth, Delightful Dishcloth, and Dishcloth in the Round.

Leisure Arts is also offering a FREE crochet Flag-Waving Applique pattern that can be downloaded as a pdf!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Adding a fabric lining to a knit or crochet project...

Attaching fabric to your knits seems easy enough, right? Just cut the fabric to fit the knitting, then sew it on with a few running stitches. Ah, but like most techniques, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Find out just a few of the best ways to attach fabric to knits by reading Ashley Little's blog, The Best Ways to Attach Fabric to Knits.


AND...


If you looking for some great FREE crochet purse patterns (including a coin purse) to add fabric lining to, Ashley recently wrote another blog, 8 FREE Crochet Bag Patterns for Summer!


Monday, June 15, 2015

FREE Download here!

From yarn weight to needle size and more, check out this easy, printable guide to for all the information you need to choose the right needles for your next knitting project!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beautiful crochet top...

I just received an email from Annie's Catalog Store today with a picture of a crochet top pattern that I think is so different and absolutely stunning!


Here it is in a solid color:

I just ordered the Crochet Lace Top which Annie's sells as an electronic download pattern; next I have to buy the yarn. I will be posting pictures as soon as I get my project finished.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Annie's Catalog Store Sale...

Click Here to shop


Take an extra 25% off of all items in Clearance using Keycode "EXTRA25".

For example, just one of the many patterns and pattern books in this sale:

Baby Shower Cakes, a pdf download, regularly $9.95, is now priced at $2.99, but after KeyCode added at check out, the final cost is $2.25!:
Sale ends May 29, 2015!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

FREE Printables...

are now available on Craftsy.

What dollmaker or crafter wouldn't like some "Handmade With Love" tags to include in their finished projects? To get your printable tags, visit Craftsy to download now!



Or Perhaps....

Visit Craftsy to select from several other printables as well as the "Handmade with Love" tags; you can download any or all of your favorites FREE with just a few clicks!


Creativebug...One month free!

Creativity is Contagious - 1 month free

Friday, May 15, 2015

Another crochet top to add to my Summer wardrobe....

I have been busy crocheting to add a couple of new tops for this summer.

This top was crocheted from side to side and took about ten (10) days to complete. I used Bernat Softee Baby Yarn in mint; I just love how soft the yarn feels and it is the perfect summer weight. The finished pattern fit exactly as expected; however, I did decide to make mine a little longer using the notes that were included in the pattern.

Lazy Daisy Top


The flowers around the neckline are added after you finish the top and can be left off if you are not into the frilly stuff!

The pattern is one of many in the Crochet! Spring 2015 which is available as a pdf download that can be purchased on Annie's website.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Just wanted to share...

I recently purchased a crochet tunic pattern from Annie's to add to my summer wardrobe. I fell in love with the red, white and blue theme and I could just imagine how it would look with a pair of white slacks and sandals.

It took me about two weeks of crocheting each night to complete the tunic. I used a different yarn than the pattern called for, but I stayed with the red, white and blue.

Here is a picture of my finished project:


The pattern is called "Dress Up Tunic" by Mona Modica and is listed as intermediate; I wouldn't recommend it to a beginning crocheter, but an experienced crocheter should have no problem.

You can view the pattern details by using my affiliate link for the Dress Up Tunic.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Another Owl Pattern...

"Owl You Need" is available as a FREE pattern download on Craftsy. This pattern from ShanniLoves is absolutely adorable and will hold all your needleworking tools.
The 'Owl You Need' Sewing Buddy

This pattern is available as a free download by clicking on my affiliate link!

A "10" on the Cuteness Scale!

Madmonkeyknits has a FREE knitting pattern that can be downloaded on Craftsy!

FREE Baby Chick Boots (Booties)


These adorable booties would make a perfect baby gift; affiliate link at: http://shrsl.com/?~8gvr

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sale at Annie's e-Pattern Central...

Just wanted to let all my needlework and crafting friends know that Annie's is having a Spring Cleaning Sale!

There are now 200+ e-patterns marked down to $1.00! Sale includes something for everyone...crochet, sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, plastic canvas, etc.

Here is one I just couldn't pass on:
Rainbow Bike Basket

Visit Annie's e-Pattern website where you can view all the sale patterns in one place: Spring Cleaning Sale.


Offer only applies to items marked to $1.00 on the site. Offer valid through April 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Speaking of Owl Patterns...

Snappy Tots has an adorable FREE Owl Pattern...


To print a copy of the pattern, visit Heidi's website at http://snappy-tots.com/free-crochet-pattern.

I also highly recommend visiting Heidi's Ravelry page to see the many patterns she has available for purchase.

I have many Snappy Tots pattern, both free and paid. Heidi's crochet directions are easy to follow. You won't be disappointed in any of her patterns that you collect.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Owl e-Patterns that are a real hoot!

Owls are in! If you love to crochet and owls are your passion, Annie's has several e-patterns that just might be perfect for your next project!

You can use my affiliate link to visit Annie's website where you can view all these adorable patterns on one page, Owl Crochet e-Patterns.

If you decide to purchase any of them, don't forget your Annie's coupon code to save 15%!

Annie's coupon codes...





Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Baby gifts..

Time to start thinking about making gifts for baby?

Give your baby a little friend to cuddle and take everywhere they go. The quick and easy crochet designs in Animal Lovie Blankets make adorable baby gifts! Cute, fun, and loved by everyone who sees them, each blanket is a simple granny square with the toy attached at the center.

Choose from seven sweet looks by Yolanda Soto-Lopez of All Crafts Channel on YouTube: Puppy, Bunny, Kitty, Lamb, Panda, Owl, and Brown Bear. The designs feature medium weight and bulky yarns. This is a downloadable pattern.

By the way, seniors get a 15% discount on their Leisure Art purchase through December 2015 when they enter the promo code: SENIOR at checkout!

Animal Lovie Blankets


If you don't crochet, here's my original design pattern for sewing a "Hug-a-Buddy" which is available as an Instant Download in my Etsy store.

Hug-A-Buddy


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Penny Rugs and the Blanket Stitch...

Have you tried making a penny rug? If you are looking for a project to add to your Fall decorating, my Instant Download pattern, Harvest Blessing that is available on Etsy, uses the same blanket stitch technique found in penny rugs.


Harvest blessings available in my Etsy store


If you are new to the blanket stitch, I found a tutorial on YouTube that will guide you:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Counted Cross-stitch...

One of my hobbies is doing counted cross-stitch. I just finished a picture of my grandson using computer software to create a counted cross-stitch chart using his 2013 school picture. My design uses 75 different colors of embroidery floss; over 58,000 stitches and 18-count aida. It took me over a year of off and on embroidering to complete.



I'm always on the look out for new cross-stitch designs. Recently, I found one on my affiliate site, Leisure Arts, that not only satisfied my need for a simpler project; but also was certainly a noteworthy saying.
Confuse Them Cross Stitch ePattern $3.99


An added bonus; it's an e-pattern which is instantly available after you pay. If you are looking for a quick cross-stitch pattern, this one just might be the one!

By the way, seniors get a 15% discount on their purchase through December 2015 when they enter the promo code: SENIOR at checkout!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Embroidered baby gifts...

or just cute little remembrance pillows to mark "special dates" in your child's life. As each pillow is finished, store or display them in a basket or small trunk.

Inspired Ideas for Embroidered Baby Gifts, recently posted on the Craftsy blog by Marna Lunt, gives instructions on how to make a birth announcement hanging heart for the baby's room. Marna says when her babies were small, she would drop nice calming scents like lavender on them to help the babies sleep as well as keep the diaper smell at bay. Marna's blog also contains other ideas for creating these little pillows.

Inspired Ideas for Embroidered Baby Gifts


To make the baby gift, start by choosing a shape, add embroidery to mark the birth of the baby and finish by adding ribbon, buttons or charms.

Marna even provides a FREE pdf instruction sheet to the bottom of her blog that can be downloaded to your computer.