DIY Mini Campfires

Who doesn’t love summer? A time for friends and families to gather and enjoy the nice weather, good food, and great company. Some enjoy camping, while others, like myself, prefer bonfires and fire pits in the comfort of a backyard or beach.  With that said, I had to bring a little fire style to this week, after the official Memorial Day Weekend, kickoff to summer!

Inspiration for this project was actually my baby shower that’s happening this Sunday, it’s a Woodland theme, and what could fit better into the theme than a mini campfire!  My plan is to have it on the snack table with a S’mores set up. I’ll post pictures afterwards, of course. A simple display of graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows will be available with skewers and to roast them will be the little gel fuel cells meant for sternos. Tiny Campfires will decorate the table and bring all the charm. ūüėć

It’s a little time consuming if you’re making a few, but super simple and fun to make. 

Stuff You’ll Need:

  • Fake sticks from a craft store (or go foraging in the woods and get some twigs of varying thickness)
  • River rocks ast. (Craft store or dollar store)
  • Cement glue (the kind that dries clear, I got mine at Walmart)
  • Moss from craft store (small bag)
  • Fairy lights with battery pack (copper preferably, clear works too)
  • Thick cardboard (for the base)
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper (to cover your work surface)

Let’s Do This:

  1. Cover your work space with newspaper or plastic bag to make sure your cement glue doesn’t get on anything you don’t want it to.
  2. Decide on your base size.  I chose about 5″ base to start my campfire. Since these aren’t main centerpieces I felt this the perfect size.  I was making a few so I varied my bases between 5″-6″. This will be as wide as it gets, so make sure you’re happy with the size.  You can use a protractor to get a perfect circle or just eyeball it. I chose to eyeball it since fires aren’t necessarily perfect round circles!
  3. Once the base is cut out I poked a hole in the center wide enough for your fairy light to fit through when you’re done gluing. You can pull through and keep it bunched up in the center while you’re working or put in later, whichever you prefer. 
  4. Get those rocks out! I sifted through mine and chose some of the larger sizes for my base circle. 
  5. Begin gluing. Put a dab of cement glue where you want to place the rocks.  I liked having some of my peek over the cardboard a little here and there. Keep gluing down your larger rocks around the outside of the circle. 
  6. It’s 2nd layer time! Here I chose smaller rocks to stack on top and overlap over some of the bases. Play around with it and when you like where it fits put a dab of glue directly on your new rock and smush it onto your bottom rock. 
  7. 3rd layer is filling in any weird gaps and adding some height. Proceed like step 6. 
  8. At this point I was happy with how tall my rock base was. I chose to fill in some gaps and naturally place some moss, especially if some glue gushed out, I used that opportunity to throw some moss on it.
  9. Sticks and stones can break my bones…… no? Okay, get those sticks out, I figured out what length I wanted (height of my project) and cut or broke my thicker sticks to that size.  
  10. Start gluing down the end of your sticks, start with three like a teepee leaning against each other. Give them a minute to dry a little. I did find that these dried substantially more quickly than the rocks. 
  11. At this point add as many sticks to your fire as you’d like! Keep moving around that circle and gluing into your teepee. 
  12. Donezo! Sit back, let it dry, and admire. Once dry you can rearrange your fairy lights a little. 

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Why You’ll Love These Totes Adorbs Free Crochet Bag Patterns

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With Spring finally springing into action I’ve become slightly obsessed with making crochet bags. ¬†They’re just a perfect way to brighten up your spring fashion, from those dark and dismal heavy bags, to light and airy style bags. ¬†It signifies the dark winter months are finally over and warm weather, BBQ’s, and dare I say it, trips to the beach are in the near future too! ¬†Something so simple as a bag switch just puts me in a good mood. ¬†Not to mention it’s time to clean out my own bag, old gum, change, old random paperwork, and a ton of bobby pins are definitely collecting at the bottom of that dark sucker. ¬†I think my old bag actually got a little upset with the thought of me casting it into the closet for a few months, I reached in to grab stuff out of the little side pocket and came back out bleeding everywhere….for some odd reason I had a box cutter in there, which I vaguely remember throwing in there for one of my previous projects…So be careful, some bags get a little salty with the new switch. ¬†But these new ones are just so darn totes adorbs that you won’t mind ūüėČ

With all of that said I thought it appropriate to share some of my favorite patterns I’ve come across and tried out, as well as a few I’m in the process of working on, or happen to be on my docket in the near future to create.

Boho Chic Styles:

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  • My latest project came from¬†Make & Do Crew, I love her style here. ¬†It’s a dreamy bohemian style bag with lots of fringe! ¬†I’ve been crushing over macrame¬†items with fringe lately that I think I’m going to try to make for the nursery, but I digress, this amazing pattern works up relatively quickly, I hate weaving in ends (who doesn’t) but it’s so worth it when you see your final product. ¬†I’m still debating on the strap, I think I want to go with the leather but I’m too impatient to go and get it, so I may throw a crochet strap on this guy for now and my next one I’ll feature the leather strap. ¬†I highly recommend this pattern, I even got some blush cotton yarn (Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Cotton Yarn) that I cannot wait to try this out with. What could be better than blush, cotton, and fringe? ¬†It screams bohemian and Coachella style. 

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Below are my first run, I have to still make the strap and cut the fringe up correctly and finish weaving in those ends. ¬†A little weird angle I’ve got going on these pictures but I’m super excited to finish them and get some good pics up!

 

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  • I haven’t tried this one yet, the beads make me apprehensive because I’ve never tried adding them to my projects….yet…but there’s no better time than the present to try new things right? ¬†Check out this fun project here,¬†Boho Bead Bag. ¬†I love the top portion of the bag, it just gives such an elegant and intricate look!¬†(Note you will have to provide an e-mail address to log-in to the site, there are multiple pages that come up afterward trying to get you to add you to additional e-mail lists, I don’t click into those, after you provide your e-mail initially ¬†just got to your e-mail and verify the address and you’re good to go.)

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  • I’m on the fringe with this one…Just kidding! ¬†Love that the entire bag has such movement! ¬†The colors the creator chose were silver and grey which are lovely, I’d opt for a more neutral bone/taupe¬†color. ¬†I haven’t made this one yet either but he’s on my To-Do for sure! ¬†Looks like it’ll work up quickly and easily but has maximum “WOW” effect.¬†Fringe Bag Crochet Pattern
  • I haven’t tried this one yet either, but based on my love for this creator’s Tote bag (listed below) I think this is going to be another favorite. Made with a granny square and some fringe ūüėČ ¬†Check her out here.¬†Boho Fringe Purse

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Market Bag/Totes:

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  • I cannot tell you how much I love this pattern. ¬†I have made several bags from this creator using her pattern. ¬†The bottom portion was a little timely, but if you have a solid afternoon unbothered by anyone it flies by. ¬†Her pattern is easy to follow, I just cannot express how much I love it, if you can’t tell! ¬†Top left is the creator’s original beautiful creation. ¬†The other three are the variations I have done, more to come and you can find them Here ( I have a navy, ivory, mustard style in the works as we speak)
  • Now that I’m moving I truly realize how many plastic bags I have lying around. ¬†Most found their way in the proper place (for my household that’s in the laundry room in a large plastic bag hanging) but as I get into moving things in the kitchen I’m finding some rogue ones here and there. ¬†IMG_4961
  • This is the perfect project! ¬†Plarn Tote Bag¬†can be used to replace your grocery bags in the future, or just a good, sturdy, useful bag for whatever you want to tote around with you.

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  • You need to have this classic beach bag tote in your life! ¬†Free Ravelry Pattern found here¬†Beachy Tote Bag. ¬†Perfect for all your beach needs, towels, sunglasses, sunscreen, and smuggled booze? No? Water, I meant water. ¬†I think this is a good one for me to try too since my husband’s softball games are starting up again, I’ll be able to pack snacks and water and not worry about getting my purse filthy…hmm this is a must!

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Novelty Bags:

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  • This one¬†I thought was adorable, the pattern calls for creating the entire bag out of tulle rather than yarn,I think I would change it up and still use a nice cotton yarn, so it’s sturdy and washable, and add the tulle at the bottom.

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  • If you take Yoga this may be more your style of tote! ¬†It’s also created using my fave cotton yarn! ¬†I can’t rave enough about Cotton Yarn lately. ¬†I remember it was my first purchase on Craftsy, I got all my yarn shipped to me and immediately started on headbands for whatever reason.¬†Spiral Yoga Matt Tote

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I’m so excited to work on more of these bags. ¬†I’d love to hear what your favorite crochet totes are, or if you’ve tried any of these and loved them as much as I have!

 

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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 ūüėČ ¬†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 ūüėČ 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! ūüôā

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‚Äôs 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 ūüôā )
  • 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‚Ķ..

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 ūüėú)

*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!

Useful Crochet Pattern Round-Up

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Ever have a house warming party, or shower to go to, or even a dinner party and want to add just a little something extra special to your gift? ¬†Of course! ¬†But, if you’re like me, that thought doesn’t really come to me until a day or two before the event. ¬†I go in full on panic mode and search and search and then decide I can’t figure out what I want to make and ultimately give up.

Well, I searched and searched and kept coming back to a few that I just loved and felt would be perfect for some extra special occasions.  That leaves us with our special occasions February Crochet Pattern Roundup!

As always, if you have made or are making any of these I’d love to see pictures!

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  1. ¬†Casserole Dish Transport Crochet¬†Just as a nice house guest gift when you’re going over for any holiday, or random dinner party, this little number is sure to impress, and be super useful in carting your food to their house. ¬†Not going to lie, I’ve made a few and kept them for myself, I do prefer dark and dismal colors. ¬†I made one with a yarn that had a bit of give…that’s terrifying, you feel like your entire dish is lost. ¬†So a little tip, definitely go with a nice cotton yarn for this guy, easy to wash too!

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2. ¬†Towel Holder Crochet¬†This one I’ve seen all over, I thought they were cute but I didn’t quite understand why one would jus want to make a bunch of these randomly. ¬†But then I realized it would be super cute as part of a house warming basket, ¬†fill the basket with kitchen gadgets and Pyrex and towels and this is an amazing add-on with a personal touch!

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3. ¬†It’s baby season, or so it seems like. My Facebook is blowing up with Baby Announcements galore. ¬†Can’t go wrong with this quick project with some baby soft yarn. ¬†For a little spin on gender neutral option, I love this yarn Bernat Baby Coordinates Yarn¬†in Cotton Candy. ¬†Otherwise, I mean, you can’t go wrong with a yellow giraffe ūüėČ ¬†find him¬† here ¬†Cute Giraffe

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4. ¬†If you find that you have a little more time, this project is sure to wow at the shower. ¬†There are a few other options other than dogs, I believe there are trucks as an option too. ¬†I know car seats are getting pretty intense now-a-days, but this simple pattern will surely fit any of them, find him here¬†Cute Carseat Cover. ¬†I’m terrible at appliques but that little pup is soooo cute! ¬†I feel like mine will end up like a horror picture pup, but maybe it would be the thought that counts lol

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5 ¬†This pillow, though…I can’t. ¬†So cute for anyone moving in, moving away, or a just because to spruce up their home decor.
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6.  Cup-o-Cheer Coaster Just a nice little hostess gift, you can add them to a Mug for a full gift or just tie them up with some twine and a tag.  Simple and cute, what could you not love about it?!
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7.¬† I mean…c’mon.¬† If the person you’re visiting loves animals then this is the perfect, funny gift to give.¬† I made this for a friend and she was hysterical.¬† Warning: sense of humor a must¬†Cat Butt Coaster
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8.¬† This one is good if you have a little one or are an aunt or uncle of a little one or know someone who has a little one…okay this one is good for everyone lol.¬† I’ve never had to sneak into a little one’s room and place money gingerly under their pillow, but it sounds terrifying to me, so this seems like a perfect gift to the mom or dad who has a wobbly toothed child afoot.¬† Fairy Pillow
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9.  This is what began my spin of wonky looking creature pillows (check out my original post Ugly Traditions ended up in a year-long birthday gift craze for the family lol)  With that said, super cute for a birthday gift or a just because kids gift (or adult) Penguin Pillow Pattern
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10.¬† I died when I saw this…died I tell you.¬† You cannot go wrong bringing this Pie hot plate anywhere you go…you may want to just take it back home with you, just sayin’¬† Find it here! Pies Hot Pad
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11.¬† I’m going to add in one of mine for a baby shower too, I cannot tell you have FAST it is! Check it out Booty booty booty bootie‚Ķ.
I hope you find a bunch of cute projects in here to make on the run to all of your social events!  Definitely share your projects or any you think would be useful gifts.
If you liked this Pattern Round up, check out this Succulent Plant Inspired one-

Distracted Succulents Round up


So my last post was to stop being a lazy crafter, how about a distracted crafter? I put down my tablet, as promised, and got to crocheting my adorable beachy-lined clutch with the intent of posting the images and patterns here for this entry…

Needless to say, I was working on it and decided that I needed a quick project in between, I wanted to make a small pincushion. So I picked up my tablet and got to Pinterest. I quickly worked up a little teacup and saucer pin cushion…nothing fancy, I used up some old yarn laying beside me…
Then I remembered all the cute pincushions I kept seeing. Cupcakes, coffee cups, cactus…I had to search more. The more I searched I came across all these succulents…which I recently became obsessed with about a year ago.  Hence my desk at the office…it keeps my fish company lol. Well now I decided I had to make some, especially since one of my faves at my desk began to die. I scoured the web and wanted to share some of my faves with you!

Hope you enjoy!

—Also here’s an image of my crazy desk garden so far….soon I’ll be adding crochet succulents to the mix.—-Xoxo


 

  1.  My first pattern I tried out and loved the simplicity of it! 5 Little Monsters- Crochet Succulents in mason jars So far I have created the cactus and placed pins in it, and the middle one. I have not created the painted mason jars yet, that’s more of a weekend project for me, but I cannot wait to get started on it!
  2. Super fun to make, I’ve played around with the rounded tip succulent pattern so far but I’m looking forward to the pointy tip pattern tonight.  I love the color on the tips idea, so realistic!Pretty Providence- Crochet Succulents Crochet these adorable and easy succulents with this pattern and tutorial. Perfect handmade gift idea.
  3. 3.  So if you have real succulents or have made a few of these pretty crochet ones, I love this succulent holder idea. Also great for air plant holders! Kollabora terrarium hanger
  4. This one is a free Ravelry download and looks so much like my desk succulents. I’m in love! This link is to all of her succulent patterns. Ravelry Christina uggeris shop
  5. Another Ravelry fave. I like the style of this, some feel cartoony, but this one can blend in so well, you may not even realize your pins are stored here! Great texture and color.  Check Lucille Randall Ravelry cacti patternsou

I hope you enjoyed some of my faves and I can’t wait to see what you created, share some pics! Below I added some of the ones I created from the above patterns.

XOXO

 

5 Ways to Stop Being A Lazy Crafter


Let’s just get right into this, I mean the title is regarding laziness and how to kick it….so that’s fitting, right?

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  1. Just Do It. Oh, is that already trademarked? Darn. Well, take that advice, go out get the product you’ve been saying you’ll grab from Michaels or JoAnn’s for months now. Or at the very least get your instructions together if it’s something you saw on a home improvement site, blog, or even Pinterest. If you got all your materials already eons ago, then break it out, get it all out in one place. Let’s face it, once you gather all of the items you need to work on your project the easier it is to immediately get started on it… It’s all right there laying in front of you, begging to be created.Oscar Wilde
  2. Reward Yourself. So many times I’ve said ” Yeah, right after lunch I’ll start my project. Lunch comes and goes and a nap and dinner and low and behold it’s like a year later. ¬†I find rewards work, even if it’s little ones. Promise yourself you can go out for that sweet ice cream cone after you complete even the first stage of your product. ¬†I bet once you start you’ll have gotten all of those creative juices flowing and pumped yourself up again about the project that you blow through it all!Untitled design
  3. Get excited. Look at that inspiration that originally got you excited for your project or passion. ¬†Too often life gets in the way; kids, work, significant others. That’s okay, but get back to the passion! ¬†Whenever I’m feeling in a slump I jump on Pinterest or Blog Lovin or Flip Board and remind myself of all the amazing crochet projects I want to create. It gets me excited and gives me new ideas and inspiration. When you get excited and passionate you’ll find that fire within you to pick up that hook, needle, paint brush, Dremel, mod podge….you get it.inspiration
  4. Remove distractions. Okay, so you got on social media, you’re inspired, you’re pumped you can’t wait to start your project….but wait…..what is that?! Your friend’s daughter is in a recital? You have to comment on that picture. And the next. And next. Okay. Right. Crafts. Oh look at that cat! He’s so crazy challenging a llama. Two hours later and you’re no where closer to getting your project done. ¬†Guess what, I know you know this, but the Internet will be there to show you all the funny creatures and dance recital pictures you want…even after your project has been completed. N fact, there will be more of all of that then! ¬†Seriously though, I’m a huge procrastinator and I get distracted by animal memes and candy crush and bear vs art. But I’ve also realized I don’t feel accomplished after I spend valuable time on those things. It’s great to unwind and browse the web and play games, love it, but think about how you feel when you’re creating an amazing piece of art or working on your craft. ¬†Just get in that space in your head and I guarantee you’ll be ready to put the tablet down and work.
  5. I’m sorry. I have to go create! You should too, haven’t you gotten inspired from this yet?! Check back to see how my own craft project went! I’ll be posting my crochet project step by step, an adorable beachy lined clutch!

I’d love to see what projects you were inspired to create as well!

XOXO

 

 

 

“Cats and Crochet”

So as I sat at my fianc√©’s softball game, first of the season for Fall Ball, chatting with the girls while watching the men play; I broke out my yarn and hook. One of the guys looks over and goes, “Wow, cats and crochet…you went from 26 to 70 real fast…” A woman turned around and asked how many cats do I have? I replied with one…she didn’t ask how many ridiculous pictures and videos of my cat do I post online, or how many videos and cat memes do I like online, so I don’t think u answer was misleading lol.  The other splendid part of that dialogue was that I had just turned 29, so I’ll just focus on the fact that he said 26 and tune out the rest. 

At any rate, I was able to complete my latest pillow- an Irish Flag Pillow. Super simple to make. My fianc√© actually picked out the colors for the flag perfectly. He’s now pretty good at shopping through the yarn aisles with me since everywhere I go that has yarn I drag him to. I used all Red Heart Super Saver yarn. 

   
 
To begin I chained 33 I started with the green but you can start with orange as well, doesn’t matter. 

Row 1- HDC(33) chain 2 and turn. 

Continue row 1 through row 13 then FO and color change to your off white color. Repeat Row 1 again through row 13. 

Follow above directions to switch to either your green or orange. 

Create another panel using off white for the back portion. 

Chain 33 

Row 1-36 HDC chain two and flip

I had created the back switching every row and only HDC into FP but that’s completely up to you. 

I edged both pieces starting in the corner-any corner- SC in same hole 3x and then SC in next chain continue all the way around. Creating SC 3x in ea corner to round the edges. 

I went around each panel twice. 

I closed the pillow single crocheting through ea piece to connect and left the long side open. This fit a 12″x16″ pillow insert and then closed up that side. And BOOM! Donezo. Irish pride. 

  

Hope you like this pattern! Would love to see pictures if anyone creates. 

Please do not claim this pattern as your own kindly provide a link back to my page if you would like to share. 
XoXo