Thursday, September 27, 2012

Early Christmas ... Crochet Jingle Bell garland

I can not wait for Christmas to get here. I love everything
about the season. The colors, smells, decorations, Christmas trees, ALL OF IT.
I was trying to come up with an Early Christmas project to kick
things off in September. Heehee, just don't want to wait.
My hubs starts next week getting all the lights and decorations
for the town started (yes you read that right - next week already)
We live in a small town (not even a Wal-mart & not even one craft shop) ...
it is a sad fact. :(
Well Christmas is a HUGE deal here however. We are well known for our
street lights and for the Christmas lights (I say it this way
cause I swear we have more street lights than Atlanta.
You could probably see our town from space on a clear night.
Okay so back to point. I LOVE CHRISTMAS and want to make something
festive. So, I was browsing Pinterest (heehee) for an easy & fast
idea. Just a little something to do.
Here is what I found -
click photo to original link for this project
I knew immediately I have everything needed for this project.
I had just recently rediscovered a baggie full of bells
and I knew I wanted to use my Shimmer yarns in Red and Green.
Shiny silver bells and sparkle yarn - how festive.
This project is quick and easy. Chain stitch is all it takes.
The hardest part was pushing the bells down the yarn
CONSTANTLY, only cause I used 20+ for mine.
I plan to make several of these both in red and green yarn to
drape on our Christmas tree OR to decorative elsewhere.
I will also use smaller strands to wrap around presents.
That will be so festive under the Christmas Tree.
what I used

I used some floss, tied it on the yarn to aid in
threading the bells onto my yarn. It worked perfectly.

To attach your first bell -
create a slip knot and bring the first bell up to the knot.

chain 15 and bring the second bell up to the hook.

as you see.

chain 15 more and continue this process
until you have all the bells on that you want.

another view of bell sandwiched between a chain 15 and
the beginning of the next chain 15.

at the end tie on a last bell,
pull tight and cut off extra.
Do the same at the beginning.

I can't wait to get more of these made up in both red & green.
Christmas will be here before we know it and I will get to
decorate with these. Can't wait!!!!
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way.
Oh what fun
it is to ride
in a one horse open sleigh,
Wishing y'all a beautiful day,
May God bless all y'alls hearts.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Crochet yo-yo bracelet

I have been on a search for this Vintage crochet Yo-yo flower pattern
for a looooonnnnggggg time. No kidding.
Never knew what to call it actually. Would have probably helped
if I had known the name. LOL!
Well, while looking on Pinterest (heehee) last night I found it. :)
I was so excited. Then when I followed
the link I discovered not only the name but also
a FREE pattern with pictures.
Source - (no longer available to link to shop)
Not sure about you, but I love pictures to follow.
I am a visual learning and since I am a self-taught crocheter
(other than learning the basics from my grandma when I was
roughly 8yrs old just before the Lord took her).
Pictures are a blessing and YouTube (heehee)
Okay, down to business.
If you would like to learn how to make these, please
follow this LINK.
Her pic-tutorial was so good I felt NO NEED to redo one of my own
for y'all.
source -
what I used -
Purple shimmer yarn (size 3)
size F hook
black elastic

My final piece.
A bracelet for my 14 yr old daughter.
I showed her the yoyo puff and she loved it. I then asked
her what she would like for me to turn it into for her (clip, headband,
jewelry, etc) and she immediately said bracelet & she wants me
to make 6 more to wear as bracelets and as chokers for her to wear.
Love her idea!!!
These would also make fantastic ponytails ... perhaps I will
work up several of these for the fundraiser down in FL.
If you do have any questions please feel free to comment below or
email me. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Enjoy crocheting y'all.
May God Bless all y'alls hearts.

Basic 5-petal blossom

I wanted to show y'all another small
blossom I have been working up this week.
I began these as a project to help a friend out who will be raising money
for her daughters Dance/Ballet school.
She had asked if I would be interested in sending them
some cute stuff to sell to raise some funds.
I of course said YES.
So here they are. Only 4 so far :)
I will be adding these to some ribbon lined alligator clips.
If you would like to make some of these yourself -
Here is what you will need -
(do you see my mason jar lid above? another project I am working on. I have about 20 of these
to work up. Once I finish them I will share what I'm doing with y'all. You will not see that
ugly gold when I'm done. Can't wait to get them done.)
I used a size 3 shimmer yarn
size F/ 3.75mm hook
small faux pearls or other beads of your choice
you can use any yarn you like
this would be perfect to use up those leftovers.
Just use a hook appropriate for your yarn size.
Remember the larger the yarn size, the larger the outcome of your blossom.
I followed this tutorial by Karen over at Todolwen: old to new Blog
I followed it exactly as she has wrote. She includes a diagram and a written pattern.
The one thing I did do different is I used a larger yarn. She uses a size 10 crochet thread.
Which I did use at first. But I currently only have that
in a light pink and I was looking for some cute colorful flowers
for the clips. So I turned to my favorite yarn - the Shimmer Yarn.


I hope y'all enjoy this little blossom pattern.
I would love to see what y'all come up with.
Feel free to comment below or email me with any
questions or to share your own work.
Wishing y'all a beautiful day,
May God bless all y'alls hearts.



Raining bows ...

As I have mentioned before I LOVE BOWS. I think they are so cute & girly.
I have got another bow tutorial for y'all with lots of pictures to help you complete
yourself a bowl full as well.
I saw a picture on Pinterest (yes I know) and thought I have got to make some
of those myself. I wanted to see if I could come up with a pattern myself
(I am attempting to write patterns and thought this would be a good easy one to
test the waters with, like my others. NO BIG patterns yet. LOL)
I can't stop making these little ones. I plan to use them for packaging
and little infant headbands. Eeek, they are so dainty.
For mine I am using a shimmer yarn (size 3) and oh my sooo soft to work with.
You can use whatever yarn you prefer and use a hook that is suitable for the yarn.
I am planning on making some of these in a size 10 crochet thread (talk about dainty).
Those will be so small and delicate.
I hope this picture tutorial is clear for you. If you have
any questions, please leave me a comment or email me
Enjoy a bowl of bows today!!!!

Here you go -- This is a picture tutorial
and it is HEAVY with pictures. :)
Hope you enjoy it!

*I call it a triple stitch, correct term is Treble*



Just a few more pictures for y'all to see!


Wishing y'all a Beautiful Wednesday evening.
May God Bless all y'alls hearts!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bows, Bows, and more Bows!!!

Okay, so it is no surprise to those who know me that I LOVE hair accessories. Almost everyday I have something in my hair. Flower clip, bow clip, headband with flower or bow attached; there is always something in my hair.
I am currently in a BOW phase right now. I just LOVE bows in my hair.
Bree the younger of my two daughters feels the same way I do - Accessorize the hair!
So I thought I would show you some of my recent bows ... The Peanut Bow ...

And these are so easy to make y'all.
Quick and easy Picture Pattern for y'all -
*Yarn of your choice
*crochet hook of your choice to work with your yarn choice
I am working this Purple bow up using RedHeart Acrylic yarn (examples above are all in cotton yarn)
Using the I hook (5.50)

chain 10 stitches
Half Double crochet in each chain across starting in the 2nd chain from hook, chain 1 at end (9 half doubles)

 Turn, half double crochet in each back across, chain 1 (2 rows of 9 half doubles)
 Turn, half double crochet in each back across (3 rows of 9 half doubles) DO NOT chain 1
 You are now going to give the rectangle a curved oval look - single crochet down the side you are at, then you will single crochet across the bottom, & single crochet back up the other side and STOP at the corner as shown in picture below.
F/O and weave in your yarn ends to the back side.
 This is your finished piece.
Now cut a piece of matching or coordinating yarn at about 10 inches or so. You want to pinch the center of your oval like a bow and wrap the yarn around the center a few times. Get the look you like (make sure it is centered on your bow) & then tie it off in the back in a double knot.
 My finished "Peanut" bow ... this one is for my oldest Daughter who is not a lover of PINK but of PURPLE instead. Whatever :( heehee

If you would rather a center like shown in the first group of pictures, then follow this step -
work up a chain of 9 stitches,
crochet back across with a single crochet (8 sc)
F/O and weave in your ends.
Wrap the piece around your pinched up bow and secure with either an adhesive you like or use a blunt tip tapestry needle and sew together for a finished look.
**Also a little extra info ... the example photos up top of this post were made doing sc, not dc stitches. I believe I ended up doing 5 or 6 rows of those. Sorry y'all, just noticed that in my pictures.
But as you can see you can alter your stitches to your liking and make some really cute bows.
ANOTHER fun stitch combo I like for bows is sc,hdc ... altering them & sc, dc ... altering them.
You can now attach your finished "Peanut" bow to an elastic headband, alligator clip, metal headband, crocheted headband, shoe clip, & the list of possibilities goes on from there.
ANOTHER cute idea is to use these on gifts this Holiday season coming up. How cute that would be.
I hope you enjoy making yourself lots & lots of "Peanut" bows.
Wishing y'all a beautiful Thursday,
May God Bless all y'alls hearts.