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Friday, December 1, 2017

Leisure Arts FREE pattern Friday...

Have you signed up to get FREE patterns on Leisure Arts every Friday? This week you can get the crochet Mr. & Mrs. Santa Bear as a pdf download just by registering your email address!

Free Pattern Friday
from: Leisure Arts, Inc.

Click on the picture to go to their Home page and register.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Free crochet Turkey pattern...

available on Craftsy...

Mr. Turkey (revised

Click on the picture to get the FREE pdf pattern!

All Craftsy classes for $19.99

Friday, September 22, 2017

Leisure Arts Free Pattern Fridays...

Have you signed up for Free Pattern Fridays at Leisure Arts yet?

Look at one of this week's free patterns:

Mantel Skirt Edging Thread Crochet ePattern

Project a warm welcome by dressing up many areas of your home decor with crochet. What a better way to express your personal touch than with a thread crochet mantel skirt! This crocheted home accent piece will be the center of attention for many years to come!

A heartfelt welcome is extended to your guests with more than mere words; it's reflected in the personal crochet accents in your decor that are scattered throughout your home. This lovely thread crochet mantel skirt was designed by C. Strohmeyer; it is fashioned with fabric and edged with crochet in a zigzag pattern. It can be customized to fit any size mantel or shelf. Ribbon woven through the eyelet border offers a charming finishing touch.

The edging is crocheted using bedspread weight cotton thread and a size 7 steel hook. The approximate finished design size is 6.5" wide.

Original Publication: Leisure Arts Book #102676 - Creative Crochet

Sign up now by entering your email address on the green highlighted area to get some wonderful patterns that you can print or download right to your computer.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fall Wreath to crochet...

This FREE Red Heart pattern came crossed my Facebook feed and I just had to share:

Click on picture to download pattern!

This is a perfect "take with you" project as the pieces are small. You probably have enough worsted weight yarn in your stash to complete this wreath in time for your Fall decorating!

Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet
from: Leisure Arts, Inc.

A Year of Afghans, Book 17
from: Leisure Arts, Inc.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Rainbow Sprinkles the Unicorn...

Amigurumi To Go just posted an adorable unicorn pattern and it is FREE! Little girls just love unicorns and this one is adorable and would make a great gift for a little one!

To get the free pattern, visit Amigurumi To Go by clicking on the above picture.

Friday, August 18, 2017

George, the Giant Bunny!

I just received an email from Premier Yarns with some wonderful FREE patterns. I just had to share George, the Giant Bunny with my crochet friends.

Isn't he absolutely wonderful?

"FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approx 45” from toe to top of head.

MATERIALS Premier® Yarns Toy Box™ (100% Acrylic; 100g/109 yds) • #1056-08 Wiffle Ball – 10 balls

Hook: Size US L-11 (8mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions: Stitch marker, 2 safety eyes or buttons, polyester fiberfill, tapestry needle

GAUGE: Gauge is not critical for this project. Work tightly to ensure that the stuffing will not show through the stitches.


• The bunny is worked in continuous rounds; do not join at the ends of rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round and move the marker as each round is completed."

• Stuff the body, head, arms, and legs as work progresses. Do not stuff the ears. •

When fastening off, always leave a tail 12-18” long for sewing. 

I know a certain young one in my life that would love George!

To download the FREE pattern, click on George's picture.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FREE crochet Mother & Daughter dress...

This adorable dress found on Ravelry came across my Facebook feed the other day and I just had to share it with everyone. The nice part of this pattern is that you can adjust the dress to fit any size by adjusting the size of the granny square, the crochet hook and/or the yarn.

This would make a beautiful cover-up for a day at the beach.

Download the pattern by clicking on the picture. Don't forget to add it to your "Favorites" on Ravelry!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Amigurumi Animal Scarves from Leisure Arts...

Available in Paperback or eBook


Crocheted animal scarves make it fun for kids to take their play pal everywhere they go. Amigurumi Animal Scarves from Leisure Arts presents seven cute and cozy wraps that offer two kinds of comfort — warmth and companionship. Featuring medium and bulky weight yarns, designs by Ida Herter include Molly the Bunny, Max the Monkey, Lizzy the Lamb, Leo the Lion, Tim the Teddy Bear, Monte the Puppy, and Thomas the Giraffe. Each scarf is about 6 inches wide by 40 inches long, excluding featured embellishments such as ears, tails, and feet. Three of the scarves include pockets.

Skill levels are Easy to Easy-Plus.

Use Code JINGLEJULY for 25% of the normal price during Leisure Arts Christmas in July sale!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Free Class...

If you love to bake, Craftsy is making an offer that may be hard to resist.

Just in time for the 4th of July! Craftsy has teamed up with TodayFood to bring you a baking experience like none other! Join pastry chef Gesine Bullock-Prado and learn the secrets to her amazing pies & tarts.

This offer is for today only; you can enroll in this class for FREE (a $39.99 value)!


• Ends: Wednesday, June 28th at 11:59pm MST

• Offer: Enroll in Pies & Tarts for Every Season for FREE

This is a wonderful offer. If you have never taken a class on Craftsy, here is a chance to take one for FREE. Once you sign up for the class, it is yours forever to view any time you wish. I actually have several different classes on all kinds of different subjects; sewing, painting, drawing, etc.

Click on the picture to be taken to the class offer! Add the class to your cart, hit edit cart and use coupon code TODAYPIE. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Patriotic Tutu and Headband ePattern

This adorable pattern is available as a pdf download from Leisure Arts...$3.99

Friendship Bracelets

This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Friday, June 16, 2017

FREE Crochet Take-along project... turn into a beautiful afghan or other project. If you love to crochet on vacation or on the "back porch", this is the perfect "carry-wherever-you-are" project.

Hooks'n Tales, the designer, is offering a FREE pattern on Craftsy to creative an absolutely beautiful project called "Sunrise Beach".

In her intro to the project she writes:
"A Vintage-look, super versatile, decorative floral square with rich texture and enough “lacy” bits to give it a vintage feel. Perfect to use for an afghan, or repeats in a special bespoke baby blanket, a cushion cover, a single or full sized blanket, or a country style throw over any old couch that needs a loving touch! This square ends in a row of single crochets which makes it easy to add more rounds to increase the size."
Be sure to check out her other designs when you pick up her FREE pattern on Craftsy!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Today Only on Craftsy...12 classes for $12 each...

I love Craftsy classes..if you haven't tried one yet, $12 is a great way to start!

For instance, how about

"Crochet Toolkit, Deigner Tips & Tricks", a class to make all of your crochet projects look and feel better as you discover designer-favorite tweaks and techniques for fabulous fabric, fitting and beyond.

This class normally is $39.99, but for today, June 6, 2017, Craftsy is having a Flash Sale for $12.00!

There is a total of 12 classes that included in this FLASH SALE for $12.00 each, but remember it is for today only!

To have a look at all 12 classes, click here!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lavender Chair's Circular Vest CAL..

Recently I took part in a Crochet Along (CAL) for a circular vest hosted by the Lavender Chair. I just got around to finishing my vest:

I used Premier Sweet Rollyarn which is a worsted weight (4) 100% acrylic yarn. First time using and I love the softness and drape of the yarn so I will definitely be using it for other projects that call for a multi-color yarn.

For a size large, it took just shy of 3 rolls. Here is what I had left of my yarn:

While the CAL has ended, the pattern is still available for FREE on the Lavender Chair and directions to add sleeves is also included; you can either add the sleeves or just make the vest.

You will also find a FREE pattern to make the same vest in sizes to fit a child's 2T all the way up to size 8/10.

I highly recommend both the pattern and the yarn..the pattern directions are clearly written and the stitches are easy to do.

affilate links:


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baby need a new pair of shoes?

Now available on Craftsy...twelve (12) FREE baby shoes to crochet. Below are four (4) of the patterns. Aren't they adorable?

To get the free pdf download patterns, click on the above photo!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Easter Basket Crochet Along (CAL) just starting...

Cylinda over at Crochet Memories has started an adorable little duckling Easter Basket Crochet Along.

First part of the CAL was posted today; you can access Cylinda's website by clicking on the picture.

If you have never taken part in a Crochet Along before, the object is to follow along as each part of the pattern if posted. When you are finished, you post a picture of your finished item. It is fun to see everyone's finished item!

Be sure to click on the picture and join in on the CAL!

Monday, March 27, 2017

I found the most darling crochet Easter dress pattern....

available at Annie's Catalog. Actually, the sundress would be cute worn anytime.

Included in the pattern, which is a design of Lisa Naskrent, are sizes 12 months all the way to size 10:

Pattern available at Annie's Catalog

I ordered the pattern to make one for my Etsy shop in size 18-24 months. The pattern calls for 100% DK cotton yarn, but I decided to use Bernat Baby Sport which worked out just fine.

The pattern was easy to follow and I was able to finish in three (3) evenings. I highly recommend this design for anyone with some crochet experience.

If you would like a "So Hoppy" dress already finished, here is my finished dress that is ready to ship from my Etsy store:

Bunny Dress on Etsy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Look at this new booklet available on Annie's Craft Store:

Here are just some of the patterns that are included:

According to Annie's, this is an embossed crochet technique.   The description says:

"This book includes 10 fashion designs such as a scarf, cowl, vest, handbags, blankets and hats, made using #3 light- and #4 worsted-weight yarns. Written instructions as well as illustrations and photos are included to help you with this exciting new technique. 48 pages all color."

The booklet can be purchased as either a mail pattern or a pdf download. The vest and purse are absolutely stunning...definitely on my to-do list for the Spring.

Click on the pictures to view the booklet!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Just in time for the March 2nd birthday...

...of Dr. Seuss, Repeat Crafter Me has posted an adorable crochet pattern for FREE that you or your child can wear to mark the celebration.

The Cat in the Hat book is a favorite of everyone and Dr. Seuss is an author that children of all ages have fallen in love with! I know that many schools have programs to celebrate his birthday; this would be perfect!

The pattern is super easy; I completed the crochet headband last night in a couple of hours.

To get your FREE copy of her pattern, visit Sarah's blog at Repeat Crafter Me, and if you haven't already seen her patterns, be sure to browse her site. She is a very talented designer!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Have you tried planned pooling yet?

Have you tried the new planned pooling crochet technique yet?

I have been tempted, but just haven't seen a pattern that sparked my interest...until now.

Marly Bird created a pattern for Red Heart Yarns that definitely has me wanting to try my hand at the "pooling" craze.

This would make a wonderful addition to your kitchen or dining room table. You can substitute colors to coordinate with your decor.

To download the free pattern, click on the picture.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have you ever tried a class on Creative Live?

As a dollmaker and online business owner, I am always interested in improving my drawing, photography and business skills.

Creative Live has many classes from the world's top experts. With over 1,500 curated classes in Photography & Video, Money & Life, Craft & Maker, Art & Design, and Music & Audio, there is something for everyone.

I can honestly say that I have taken several photography and drawing classes and all for FREE! If you decide you want to keep any of the classes on DVDs, you can buy them, but you are under no obligation.

For instance, here are two (2) classes that I have already RSVP to take this month.

Color Techniques for Drawing - Start Date: 2/26/2017

Fundamentals of Photography - Start Date: 2/28/2017

There are many other classes that might be of interest to you; each month a new series of classes are offered, so be sure to check out ALL the CreativeLive's Free On-Air Classes; you just might be surprised at what you can learn to improve your business!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

FREE pin cushion pattern...

Recently, a FREE pin cushion mice pattern came across my Facebook feed and I wanted to try it out and share with everyone. I love whimsy and thought it would be perfect to add to my studio:

Even though the whole pattern is put together with hand-stitching, it only took a couple of hours last night to finish.

I used some wool felt that I already washed in warm water and some flannel scraps that I had in my scrap bin. I believe you could also use scraps of wool fabric.

The complete pattern and instructions are available on Bustle & Sew...just click on the above picture to download your copy!

While you are there, be sure to download their "Making Beautiful Softies"; a pdf tutorial of tips to make softies that is FREE to download.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Learn to Read Crochet Diagrams

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Love is in the air...

Looking for a cute gift for your little Valentine? Check out these FREE crochet and knit patterns available as pdf downloads on Craftsy!

Warm heads & hearts with this cozy knitting pattern!

Perfect for candies, gift cards, little trinkets or perhaps "a ring" for thy true love!

To get your copy of these patterns, click on each picture. Or if you can get these patterns, plus several more by visiting Craftsy's Free Pattern Friday Blog: Twice the love.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Have you ever tried a FREE CreativeLive Class?

Looking for ways to bring your business to a new level or just looking for crafting ideas?

CreativeLive has several FREE classes that might be of interest to you; I have selected a few below that are available this month, but there are many more you can choose from!

Class Name: The $250 Marketing Plan
Start Date: 1/15/2017
End Date: 1/16/2017
RSVP Date: 1/15/2017

Class Name: Run a Better, Faster, Leaner Business
Start Date: 1/15/2017
End Date: 1/16/2017
RSVP Date: 1/15/2017

Class Name: Copywriting for Crafters
Start Date: 1/15/2017
End Date: 1/16/2017
RSVP Date: 1/15/2017

Class Name: Fundamentals of Photography
Start Date: 1/17/2017
End Date: 1/20/2017
RSVP Date: 1/17/2017

To take one of the above classes, you will need to follow the link for the class you would like to view, sign up with an email and password; then click on the RSVP button. That's it! You will be signed up to watch the free classes on the start date listed; a reminder will be sent to you via email.

While you are there, check out the other free classes you can take each day; some are available right now.

Check Out ALL CreativeLive's Free On-Air Classes