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10 Simple DIY Home Decor Ideas We Love

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With so much going on in our lives, I know this isn’t crochet related, however, I’ve been dialing in on my inner DIY self to get ideas to decorate and put my own little spin on things when we move into the new house.  I simply love these easy DIY ideas that will just add some personal touches to any new, or old, space.

I’m keying in on simple DIY ideas that will pack a big impact in little ways, if that makes sense lol.  I love the simplicity of these ideas, while I don’t have a lot of time and money (I mean, few do, Am-I-Right?!) but I want to add my own personal touches to my space and feel proud when people come over and see our place, it’s a little added ‘Wow’ factor here to be able to say you did these little things yourself.  It gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment, so that’s what I wanted to capture and share with you today!  I hope you love these ideas and will share your DIY ideas with myself and these awesome people who put the tutorials together.

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  1.  This one I found on Pinterest, and have tracked it back to Ikea’s Instagram.  Super simple, get yourself a wood frame the size of whatever window you want to pop it into (for me, I think it would look amazing over my kitchen sink).  Grab some lace at JoAnn’s Fabrics, they have tons of patterns from traditional scroll to floral, and use a staple gun to adhere the lace to the frame.  Voila! Ridiculously simple lace screen, Shabby Chic…Now that I think about it I may put it in my downstairs windows as well!  Check out their Instagram for more great ideas IKEA Austria
  2. So, I love this idea.  A plank of wood from Home Depot, some Jute Rope, two hooks and some paint.  Boom.  Simple and adorable, what’s not to love?  The farmhouse style of the round floating shelf I found on Pinterest, check it out here- (perfect for that kitchen window area, just sayin’) Round Floating Shelf Tutorial  I found the image on the right on Pinterest too, the site goes back to a Spanish tutorial, however the pictures are self explanatory.
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  3. This looks dreamy…I’m planning on doing something similar to this, I’ll have sliding barn doors behind my headboard, with lights behind them to emit a soft glow.  Perfect nightlight and great ambiance!  Until we’re able to get the perfect barnwood doors, I’ll probably keep this up. A few clear hooks, a box of white lights and some sheer curtains, BAM, whole new bedroom feel.  Check out the video on how to create it here Fairy Lights Bedroom Headboard.
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  4.  This reclaimed wood curtain holder I just told my husband he’s in charge of this when we get in there.  Theme of all of my shared DIY is simple, and this is no exception!  Check it out here! Reclaimed Wood Curtain Rod.  I love that it’s different than a typical curtain rod, brings a smidge of a different feel to the room. marble table DIY
  5. So I wouldn’t (personally) do this for countertops, however, I love the idea for a coffee table or side table to spruce things up.  Some contact paper of your choice and an easy-peezy makeover.  Try it out- DIY Marple Top
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  6. I mean, there are two options here…follow this awesome tutorial here- Rustic DIY CorbelRustic DIY Corbel, or purchase them here- Solid Wood Bar Bracket -and add them to your wide doorways or desks to add some added special feels.  I’m going to purchase first, but put it on my husband’s radar to make at some point.  He’s my wood guy, I’m the soft texture girl lol We don’t trust me with power tools, crochet hooks are more my forte lol. Jute Basket DIY
  7. I kept seeing this tutorial around and I wasn’t sure I liked it at first…after I looked at new baskets to accent the home I realized why this tutorial is so amazing…PRICE! It also looks just as good as any other styles out there, except you can customize the cloth inside to match exactly what you’re looking for, and even better, the size of the basket!   I’ll absolutely be making a bunch of these after we move in for every room, bathroom, playroom, and the dog’s toy room lol. Try it out here- Jute Wrapped Storage Boxes
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  8. Obviously you’ve seen this craze, I had to mention it though.  I’m thinking nice decorative white bowls to display in the kitchen, or mugs hanging underneath the cupboard…the possibilties are endless really.  This tutorial has some additional cute ideas on her page as well such as coasters, check it out-Marble All of the Things!
  9. Stones!!! A great way to class things up. Go small with pebble coasters or go big with a bath mat!  Simple with a big impact, and feels great 😉  Buy the smooth river stones here (Rocks Decorative Large Mexican Beach Pebble) and check out this awesome tutorial to get it started. DIY Pebble Matbrick block bench
  10. Can’t get much easier than throwing 6 bricks together and finding a sturdy piece of wood to turn into a bench outside by your walkway!  The tutorial is not in English but you can follow along with her beautiful pictures.  Outdoor Bench DIY

This is giving me an idea for my next Home Decor Roundup…weather is getting nicer…hmmm 😉 Stay Tuned, let me know what some of your favorite simple DIY projects are, I’d love to hear and try some out!

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Oh Baby! 10 Free Baby Crochet Patterns Round Up

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So it’s been a whirlwind year for my husband and me so far.  We got married in October 2016, we just fast tracked purchasing our first house and will hopefully close May 2017, and we are expecting our first child in July 2017!  Needless to say,  it’s been hectic, and sometimes it’s difficult to sit down and appreciate all that we have persevered through and accomplished.  I’m so proud!

With that said, we just had our Gender Reveal last weekend to let our friends and family know that we are having a little girl!  My husband and I had found out the Wednesday before, it was tough to keep it a secret and not pin anything to my Pinterest boards or share anything prior to Saturday.  But it was so worth it!  Definitely a fun event.

So to honor us having a little Aubrey I compiled a bunch of adorable baby girl crochet patterns that I cannot wait to try out.

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  1. I love these cute little sandals, which will be perfect timing for a summer baby!  I probably won’t do the buttons, just because they’re tedious, not because they’re dangerous; the creator of this pattern advises to put super glue or nail polish over the thread to ensure the button is sealed- super smart! Check it out here Gladiator Sandals- Whistle & Ivy
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  2. It won’t be summer forever…so these are adorable little booties I found perfect for cooler weather! I love the delicate lace detail on them. Lace Baby BootiesLace Baby Booties
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  3. This one is pretty gender neutral, but I love that about it!  I’m not a huge pink fan, and I think it’s sweet and light enough to integrate into any nursery!  And of course, in every round-up I find myself loving things from this creator, she’s amazing!  Try it out here-Crochet Lamb Mobile
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  4. This one I found on Pinterest, of course, and it comes from Ravelry.  I’ve made a few similar to this for myself (less the adorable flower applique) and it’s super simple.  I love the dusty colors used for the flowers and the offwhite band.  I definitly am looking forward to using this pattern, and maybe making a matching one for myself and the aunts… PHOTO OP! Find it here- Baby girl flower headband
  5. I’m in love…love I tell you, love!  I love this guy.  He’s so plump and looks cushy and sweet.  It’s also perfect for my woodland theme that I’m envisioning once we get into our house.  So this will fit perfectly in the nursery.  I also envision making these for a few of the girls who I know will be next up in the baby docket, if you will lol.  I literally want to stop this post and make this right now…. 5 is enough right? *sigh* next project for sure.  Check it out here and post your pictures if you try it! Adorable Crochet OwlAdorable Crochet Owlboxy bear free crochet pattern
  6. I already mentioned my woodland creature fascination, so it wouldn’t be complete without these guys.  My personal favorite is the fox!  He’ll be a great addition to the nursery as well. Boxy Woodland CreaturesBoxy Woodland Creatures rabbit
  7. I fell in love with how floppy the creator made this, it just looks like a perfect floppy stuffed animal to drag about or sleep with!  Also, I’m a huge fan of  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn(purchase it here),  I cannot explain to you how many people love the scarves I’ve made out of it not only for the color variations but also the cushy feeling it provides. I’m definitely excited to try this one out.floppy bunny baby cocoon
  8. This is a must for me, I see all these cute cocoons out there, but I really want to make one, it would be so special to see our little girl wrapped up in something I made!  Again, I love the neutral color here, but you can obviously use any color of your choosing.  Find it here Chunky Baby Cocoon
  9. blanket napLet’s hope this one lets little Aubrey nap A LOT.  Again, neutral and simple design, but I think it’s sweet and packs a punch in the nursery or as a gift.  I can see me making this during my husbands softball games this spring.  I’m excited!  Try it here ZZZ naptime baby blanket
  10. bernat_softeechunky_likeafoxblanket3I know, I know, I have a woodland creature problem…(insert embarrassed emoji here)  But this was too cute not to note.  And I love this yarn (buy it here Bernat Bulk Buy Softee Chunky Yarn, 6 Pack – Pumpkin) …so it’s a win-win in my book! Try the pattern out here fox hooded blanket

I hope you enjoyed this baby filled free crochet pattern round up!  I’m so excited to try out a bunch of these in the next coming months…starting with that owl of course! 🙂

As always I would love it if you would comment or share your work with me and the creators who worked so hard to provide these free patterns to us.

XOXO

 

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Free Crochet Pattern Irish Infinity Scarf

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I promised a new Irish Scarf pattern in my Pattern Roundup from last week (if you didn’t check it out see it here 7 Essential Irish Crochet Patterns for St. Patrick’s Day, it features 7 amazing crochet artist’s patterns just in time to celebrate being Irish, or fake Irish, whatever).

I was lucky enough to have a co-worker request 4 scarves for her St. Patty’s Day festivities so I decided to come up with this Irish Flag Style Infinity Scarf Pattern.  I’m really pleased with how it came out and how squishy it is!  Just in time for this crazy snow storm we’re fixin’ to have in the North East on Tuesday!  What do they say about March, ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’? Yep, #truth.

Here are the materials and tools I used:

Pattern:

  • Ch 20 with Vermont Green or Portsmouth Pumpkin (since this will be an infinity style scarf it’s your choice of the starting color- I did start with my Green and end with orange)
  • Row 1: DC in first chain from hook.  *Ch 2 skip one hole on your foundation chain and DC in next hole, ch2 repeat from (*).  At the end of your row you will ch 1 and turn.
  • Row 2-10: Ch2, *DC in open space below, ch 2 repeat from (*) (take a look at the image here, this is what I mean in DC in the open space below 🙂 )
  • Row 11: Prior to turning in Row 10 you should bind on your next color, Fisherman, turn and Ch2, *DC in open space below, ch 2 repeat from (*)  I would leave a pretty good size tail to allow weaving in the ends.  You can cut your first color now.
  • Row 12-20: Ch2, *DC in open space below, ch 2 repeat from (*)
  • Row 21: Prior to turning in Row 10 you should bind on your next color, Fisherman, turn and Ch2, *DC in open space below, ch 2 repeat from (*)  I would leave a pretty good size tail to allow weaving in the ends.  You can cut your second color now.
  • Row 22-30: Ch2, *DC in open space below, ch 2 repeat from (*)
  • At this point you’re a whip stitch away from having your infinity scarf!  Whip stitch your Green and your orange ends together and weave in all your ends!

Super simple design, but uber comfortable and squishy! It can wrap around twice, it’s stretchy and don’t let the large holes fool you, it’s so warm.

I hope you like this guy and if you have any questions on the pattern please feel free to reach out!

Don’t forget to check out some other patterns I’ve created here: Simple Sunday- Free Braided Cowl PatternBooty booty booty bootie…..

Enjoy your St. Patty’s Day!

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7 Essential Irish Crochet Patterns for St. Patrick’s Day

Now, you may not know this, but I’m going to shed some light on my affiliation with St Patricks Day.  Every other year prior to about 5 years ago, it was just an excuse to go out and drink with the crowd, get dressed up in green, wear some shamrock items and call out of work the next day.  As of October 2016 I officially married into an Irish family, my last name changed from something Italian to something quite Irish- Branagan.  His family is so proud of their Irish background, and other than Christmas (much to my dismay, but i’ll save that post for another day), it is the favorite holiday in the household.

My mother in law and myself both got my husband an ancestry DNA kit for his birthday in January to map back the Irish heritage…still waiting on final results from both, if it comes up anything other than Irish they have a lot of redecorating to do!

This brings me to my thoughts for the crochet round up post this week- it’s March, and we’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s day already.  Now, while I won’t be able to partake in my green tinted glass of Sauvignon Blanc this year, I’ll happily shovel some Shephards pie in my face.  I wanted to bring to you 7 St. Patty’s themed crochet patterns to start making for the big day!  (Why 7, you may have thought to yourself, well, duh, it’s a lucky number 😜)

*spoiler* I’ll be issuing a free Irish themed scarf pattern I’m working on sometime soon! So look out fot that guy!

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  1.  What do you think of when you hear St. Patrick’s Day?  Obviously Leprachauns and gold over the rainbow…Have your own little door hanger of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Over the Rainbow Pot Of Gold
  2. saint-patrick-day-beer-cozy-54What did you really think of first when I asked what do you think of when you hear St. Patrick’s Day….it’s okay, be honest, you can make this cute little beer koozie with this awesome free pattern.  I’ll be making mine this week, I’ll post some pictures! Leprechaun Beer Koozie.  I think they’ll be a hit at the party!
  3. shamrockscarf3I tried my hand at chart crochet awhile ago and i loved it, I had made my own chart and fell in love with the idea that I could easily create any pattern by following this method.  If you haven’t tried it, I highly reccommend it.  What better way to start with this shamrock scarf? done in all single crochet so beginner friendly, and even for advanced crocheters, it’s always nice to go back to your roots for a quick and easy project that looks shamrockin’…see what I did there? Shamrock Scarf Chart Pattern
  4. cloverThis pattern is really for inspiration, they give you the pattern for the clover, which I love, I’ve seen a lot out there but this one doesn’t get as muddy, which I mean the leaves are pretty individual looking rather than a big circle wih some scallops.  The rest of the bracelet portion can easily be created by just chaining your desired length and BOOM, you have a quick bracelet completed that you can wear to work so you still look festive, yet, not too over the top. (queue the shamrock head boppers and glitter tattoos on your face) Clover applique for bracelet
  5. st_pattys_choker_2_small2 Since chokers are all the rage these days, I love this one.  I’m planning on making this guy within the next week or so too.  Another great way to accessorize, how can you go wrong?  Make one or 10, because if you wear it, there are bound to be people around you who want one as well. Shamrock Choker
  6. shamrock-buntingI love this.  Like LOVE.  I’m a huge fan of Fall and I had made various pumpkins to drape at our desk at work…just a little touch to make whatever space festive.  Check it out here. Shamrock Bunting
  7. crochet-boot-cuffs-2-768x800Slightly understated, won’t hit you in the face with shamrocks, but I love it, it’s soooo adorable and festive and will make a huge impact on your outfit.  This is another one I’ll be making for the party.  I can’t resist anything with pom poms honestly.  Also…where can I find these boots? I love them!  Check it out here Primitive Irish Boot CuffsPrimitive Irish Boot Cuffs

I hope you enjoyed these patterns and will share what you’ve made with me.  As always leave a comment on anything you want to see or hear about next!

XoXo Stay lucky my friends!