Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vertical Ridge Scarf

Vertical Ridge Scarf

For this scarf I started with a fhdc (foundation half double crochet.) I learned how to do it this last week and my crocheting style will never be the same. It makes life so much easier. Before my starting edge would be uneven and unsightly. Now using the fhdc the edge is much nicer and uniform.

To make this scarf you fhdc until you reach the desired length you want.
Row 1: hdc in blo (back loop only) for the length of the scarf. (this gives it that ridge look)

Continue this, row after row, until you reach the desired width you want.
In my scarf I continued row 1, five more times.

To finish I did not tie off yet, I sc crocheted all the way around it to give it a neater finish. Be sure to sc three times in the same stitch at each corner so your scarf does not curl on itself and you keep those pointy corners. 

On simple designs like this you can always add a flower or button here or there to give it a little more detail. I still haven't quite decided what I might add to this one yet.

You may use this pattern for whatever you like. It's very simple and I'm sure someone somewhere has used these same simple stitches in a similar way, who am I to keep this from you ;p

I made this hat to match it. It is the Divine Hat. I found the pattern through, but here is the link to the blog directly.

I modified this one quite a bit to get a better fit. I only crocheted to the fpdc on each previoius fpdc and 3dc in first chain space between fpdc and dc until I reached the size I wanted...I tried following the pattern the other way, but it was huge. Always check your gauge. :)

Happy Crocheting!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wide knitted-look headband

I got this great pattern from ravelry for free. I used the red heart boutique treasure yarn. It turned out so soft and warm! I love the way it looks. Very stylish :) I added a fabric flower to it to give it a little more detail. I think I will try this in a few different yarns and colors.

Here is the link to the pattern.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Alphabet wall

This is a wooden letter I bought at Jo-ann Fabrics (with a coupon!) and painted with the same acrylic paint I had left over from the canvas paintings. I also found some extra ribbon and tied it around a couple times with a bow. This project was about $2 or $3.
(sorry the picture is so dark on the letter-my daughter was napping when I took it).

I plan on making a lot more things for A and my other two.
One of the big projects I would like to start soon for all of them is an alphabet wall. One of my friends made one for her daughter and it looks amazing!
Here is her wall...
Awesome, right?!

I love the general color scheme she used.

She has a lot of other great stuff she has made. Here is a link to her pinterest board.

Just a tip-Download the Jo Ann Fabrics or Michael's app to your smart phone. They have every coupon available to you right there. It can be scanned directly from your phone so you don't have to worry about leaving those snail mail coupons at home. (I always forget mine!) They usually have multiple available at a time. I have never gone to any of those stores and paid full price thanks to that app!

Happy Crafting (& saving!)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Household item makeovers

Today my family and I got an early start and headed to town for some breakfast at IHOP. I LOVE breakfast diners. It's all a little over priced, but I love getting together for a meal in the mornings when we don't usually get that chance through the week. After IHOP we went to Target for some household items. I got all of the essentials, but I just couldn't leave without these awesome sticker decals! 
I have been eyeing them for months and I finally broke down and bought them. I was lucky enough to come across a large mirror that I got for FREE a couple weeks ago,  and it is a bit plain so I thought these decals would spruce it up a little. 

The nice thing about these is you can still use the mirror. We hung the mirror in the entryway by the front door so it's not really critical you see your reflection ;p It's just for looks...
I did not measure when placing the stickers and you can probably tell it. I like to free hand things. I'm okay if it's a little off...most things in my life are anyway!
The stickers definitely give it a little something extra, but I think later on I might paint the frame a different color.

Today I also gave an old cabinet a makeover. I got this cabinet for FREE as well! I think this style is usually used for bathrooms as a medicine cabinet and a towel rack, but I have an old quilt that I wanted on display and thought this cabinet would be PERFECT for it.
A little history on the quilt because it is amazing! was my grandpa's (he is still living) ...when he was a young boy his grandma and the town ladies in a small town in Tennessee would get together and quilt. They decided to make him one. Each woman made a quilt block and put them all together for him. They either initialed it or wrote their names with thread inside the square they contributed. It is mismatched and beautiful. It means so much to my grandpa and he knew it would mean so much to me so he let me have it. I love that my GREAT GREAT grandma had a hand in making it. The best part it is dated:1940.
There were wooden knobs on the cabinet, but I found some awesome knobs at Jo Ann Fabrics that look great on it instead.

Here is the cabinet in my kitchen. I just need to frame some of my college artwork to add to that bare wall and my dining room should be complete :)
Don't mind the ROUND table cloth. I plan to make a rug out of it (thanks to pinterest) but I need a tablecloth right now. In my opinion it looks kinda nifty on a rectangular table.
I love my fake Hobby Lobby flowers in the vase I got from my husband when we were dating. 

Surround yourself with the things that you love and it will all somehow go together perfectly.