DIY Shabby Chic Nursery Floral Mobile

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Last week I wanted to make a pretty shabby chic floral nursery mobile since I had been seeing them everywhere on Pinterest, but I ended up making an adorable Boho inspired wall hanging.   If you missed that post check it out here, it’s  kind of adorable :). Well, this week I achieved my mobile and I’m pretty happy with it!  Soft ivories, peaches, mint and a touch of gold make it a perfect accessory to Miss Aubrey’s nursery (or at least my vision for it since we haven’t moved into our new house yet lol)

Just gonna share my little bump progress, excuse me a moment…don’t worry, it’s in the floral theme ;).

26 weeks pregnant

Okay, onto serious business now.

I was able to take time this week to bang out some flowers on the hook, it doesn’t take long at all, but I enjoyed the ease of doing it while watching tv or in between making dinner, it was just nice to settle in yesterday and begin putting the larger pieces of the mobile together rather than worrying about getting all my flowers done and rushing.

Materials Used:

The beginning of the project was super similar to the Boho Wall Hanging, I made some tweaks, head on over to see how the flowers were created and pick up below on the wreath portion.

I created the circular part the same way as the wall tutorial, my only change was deciding that I wanted to put the single crochet all the way around the wreath to make it easier to adhere the flowers and ribbons to it.  I used the same colors and yarn as in the previous post, I didn’t incorporate the brown into the floral portion but wrapped the wreath with it to keep with a nice rustic look, it also hides the yarn tie ends really well!  I went around the wreath an additional time and single crochet to make a larger lip on the end, I felt it would be easier to tie everything into this, (spoiler, it was!).

Once this portion was created it’s time to put some ribbons on!  I just eyeballed it and plopped them where I felt they would look best.  Get those creative juices flowin’!  I cut my ribbons to 10″ long.  I poked a hole in the top of them using my yarn needle and then used the fisherman’s wool that I wrapped the wreath with.  This allowed for the string to get hidden when tying it in so it looks seamless.  Note that the Hubby brought some ice cream down for me, you should probably incorporate that into this project as well, I think it’s what really ended up pulling the whole thing together in the end.

I used two different types of elastic ribbon (purchased 2 yards each and it was the perfect amount), a mint gold and white chevron pattern and a mint and gold dot pattern,  I placed them randomly around the wreath.  I had found mine originally on Etsy at this awesome shop Inspire Away Etsy Shop.  You can see in my picture above some of the flowers I purchased from the shop too.  I didn’t use them in the wreath last minute but they are beautiful and I can’t wait to use them for another project soon!

Next step was placing all of my flowers onto the wreath, I put them in a rando order, and just like in the previous tutorial I tied them to the wreath, again, it was much easier with the larger lip provided by the single crochet around it.  I’m so happy I ended up going that route.  You’ll end up with a ton of string hanging off, once you’re happy with your placement of the flowers you can go ahead and trim them. (originally I was thinking I would keep some of the strings hanging off but my husband looked at it and exclaimed that I had a really pretty jelly fish right there…so I grabbed those scissors and trimmed away)

Now I wanted some lace and burlap to add between the ribbons to make it more full, unfortunaely, I had already packed that away and stored it at the in-laws until we move.  I had to get creative here.  (I should also note, that I had zero desire to drive 45 minutes to the nearest  Michael’s to get some lace) So, what do I have plenty of?  My good ole’ trusty cotton yarn 🙂  I made little lace-look a like crochet ribbons that naturally curled and were exactly what I wanted.

To create these lacey curly que’s is super simple:

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Row 1: SC across (40) ch 1 and turn

Row 2: *Ch 4, skip first ch and sl st into. Repeat from (*) across to the end and bind off, leaving a pretty long tail so that you can tie into the wreath.

I tied these onto the wreath in between the ribbons, I left them overnight kind of curled up to keep their shape but I don’t think it’s necessary, they curled nicely on their own as I was working on them.

To finish up the mobile I chained 51 with the wool yarn and sc across for 50.  I tied off and made three of them and then tied them to the wreath in a triangle.  You can see in my images it gives it a little bit of a wobbly look, you can choose to do 4 to keep it more even if you’d like, but I liked the way it looked when it spun so I kept it.  You can really see the flowers on all sides this way.

Pretty much it’s up to you how much you want to fill in your mobile, if you want more of a sparce look or filled to the brim with ribbons and lacey aspects.  Whatever your taste is I hope you enjoyed this project, I’m very excited to see how it will end up looking once we get the nursery, I’ll update the post once I get it in there.  For now all I had was the outdoors, which was a little challenging since it was a smidge of a breeze going on.


As always, please share your thoughts, comments, or pictures of your projects, I’d love to see them!  XoXo


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DIY Boho Chic Flower Decor Wall Hanging

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So I’ve been oogling everything that is deemed ‘Boho Chic’ lately, not on purpose, at first, but I just kept finding myself drawn to it.  Then I did severeal searches and came across a bunch of mobiles for the nursery that I fell in love with…and I thought to myself, ‘Why not make one?’  And that’s precisely what I started off doing…but then I decided I really liked the angle of the flowers kind of cascading down, so I changed my mind and made a wall hanging that I’m equally in love with!

I’ve been sick all week, which, I found out quckly, while pregnant and working is zero fun.  I thought I’d have all week to do this project, but it ended up that any little spare time I had after working all day was going to be used for sleep and tons of tea and water.  So this entire project was done on this beautiful Sunday Funday with the items I had around the house already.  A nice low-key day to continue relaxing and sipping tea while my husband watched The Masters and the window was open letting the nice breeze clean through the condo and hopefully irradicate this cold of mine lol.

This project was fun and easy to do since you can make your flowers ahead of time or whenever you have some spare time, then save them up for when you’re ready to put it all together.  I used a lot of cotton yarn…have I mentioned my love for cotton yarn yet? (I know I have, I can’t tell you enough how much I love it, sturdy and versatile)  I also used some Fisherman’s wool yarn as well because I loved the color (I had originally purchased it with intentions of making my husband some wool socks, but for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to use the sock loom and now that winter is over I guess I have a whole summer to figure it out?)

 

 

Materials Used:

Let’s Do This:

So to start off let’s make our flowers…a bunch of them.  I used varying hook sizes to add some size difference to the flowers.  I think when I started I did a few of my cream colored ones in a 4.00mm hook, but I felt like the stitching in them was too holey so I didn’t include that.

Flower Pattern:

  • Ch 26
  • Row 1: SC across starting in the second ch from hook (25) ch 1 turn
  • Row 2: Start in second ch from hook and *5DC in same space, ST in next ch. (repeat from * five times) *5HDC in same space, ST in next ch (repeat from * five times)
    • At this point your flower is done, easy peasy! Bind off and leave a pretty good size tail so that you can tie onto your project later on.  I left about 6 inches, I also found it helpful to leave a pretty good sized tail starting off the project too, about 3 inches or so.

Repeat this several times with different yarn colors and hook sizes.

I ended up making 7 cream flowers, 4 blush flowers, and 3 cream/brown flowers.  Because I wasn’t sure how I was going to configure them I sort of made flowers and put them on the stand and rearranged them to try to figure out which color and size I should make next.  If you’re going to do different colors or want a different pattern to yours I’d reccommend doing the same thing, you’ll just visually know what colors you want to make next.  I had visions of mint flowers being a part of this as well, but, I passed on this project and will make another one featuring some mint.

Next I laid out my rope to figure out how large I wanted my hanging.  I wasn’t sure originally if I was going to put flowers all the way around it or not, as you can see, but I started getting an idea of where I wanted to place things at this point.

Cut the Rope to your desired length, I reccommend wrapping it around twice so that it has a nice thickness and weight to it and it won’t be too flimsy when we wrap it.

crochet flower boho chicAt this point I chose a light green tulle to wrap my jute rope in.  I felt like it was the best way to keep this rope together, and, at the end, if my yarn that wraps it moved at all, you wouldn’t see anything that looked ‘unfinished’ underneath it.  This is totally optional to you though if you don’t have tulle around or feel it is unneccesary.

If you are going to partake in this portion of it, I found that cutting a good length off and balling it up in my hand and weaving it through  was the best option as the tulle kept getting stuck on the rope if I just tried to feed it through from the spool.

I began with one of my cream flowers and tied it onto the circle, see above.  This was my starting off point (duh, I know) I then added a few more flowers and mushed them on the circle in the order I wanted.  Originally I was only doing a row of flowers, but then really liked the way it started to cascade so I changed it up.

At the end it looks like a crazy mess!  But don’t be alarmed, I promise it’s gonna look beautiful!  Give it one last smush test, make sure none of the green wreath is coming through and that all of the flowers look peaceful (not all mushed up together)

This is where I took a yarn needle, once I was happy with the placement, and started to secure my flowers in their final resting place.  I used my cream yarn since that was primarily the color that was prevalent throughout, this way you won’t be able to see it when I weaved through the different flowers to connect them all.

img_0940Depending on your configuration you’ll want to weave the yarn between the base of the flower through to the closest connecting flower and so forth, making a little web between them while securing them to the base as well.  I did a lot of flipping from the back to the front to make sure I wasn’t able to see any of the yarn through the flowers as well as ensuring I wasn’t inadvertantly moving any of my original placement.  When you get through that and are happy tie off and cut all of your loose ends.

I just thought about this and maybe I’ll add it to the back, cut out some felt and adhere it to the back of the flowers and wreath, whether you sew it or hot glue gun it I think either would work.  Since mine is just going to stay home with me I’m not too worried about this portion, but if I was giving as a gift or selling I’d definitely opt for the felt option so that it would look more finished.

To complete the look I chose the fisherman’s wool yarn to crochet around the hoop.  I decided to crochet because I really liked the look of the ch on the top going around the hoop, rather than just wrapping it.  Your call, but I reccommend just doing a simple single crochet around the hoop.

I simply love how it turned out, I’m still debating on putting some lace and crochet fringe on this to give it some more texture and height…

 

Stay tuned next week for a Boho Chic Nursery Mobile and maybe an update on the fringe situation with this one ;).

I’d love to see how your project came out, please share below!  If you have any questions or comments regarding this fun Boho Flower Wall Hanging Project please feel free to reach out!

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Simple Sunday- Free Braided Cowl Pattern

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Lazy Sunday Braided Cowl

The weather is finally warming up here in Jersey, it’s been pretty bi-polar as of late, 21 degrees Friday morning and today we’re at 50!  But since the snow hasn’t completely melted yet I’m opting to stay inside a little bit longer and make some more of these super simple, super cute braided cowls!

I went over to my yarn stash and chose two grey yarns, one variegated and one with a little metallic sparkle in it.  I’m pretty happy with how the colors came out, very slight variation but I think it’s just enough 🙂

Materials:

For the middle portion of the braid I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun in color 7763 Worsted Weight.  The rest of the project I used Loops & Thread Yarn  Impeccable Glitter in Sterling, a Medium 4 weight.

I used a 6.00 mm Hook

Pattern:

Color A: Glitter Grey Yarn

Color B: Variegated Grey Yarn

Row 1: Ch 11

Row 2: SC in next ch from hook (10) ch 1 and turn

Row 3-10: SC in each ch (10) ch 1 and turn

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Row 11-59

Row 11-59:  SC in next 3 stitches Ch 1 and turn.

At end of row 59 bind off

Move back to row 10, skip the first three stitches where your current work extends, skip the next 4, you’ll be starting on stitch 7, bind on with same color (Color A).

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Start in St 7 and repeat Row 11-59

Repeat above Row 11-59.

Take Color B and bind on moving back to row 10, skip the first three stitches, you’ll begin in stitch 4.

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Start in St 4

You’ll now repeat Row 11-59, however you’ll be SC in the next 4 stitches, Ch 1 and turn.

Now you’ll have a funky looking long fork-like piece. You’ll simply do a very loose braid, ensuring that nothing folds over and keeping it flat.

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I used stitch markers to hold the three pieces together at this point.

To finish this off I ended with binding on Color A and going back to Row 2-10 above.  This is the perfect time to make sure nothing is twisted!

I added pictures along the way to hopefully help a smidge, I find it helpful to re-assure what I’m reading with something visual, just as a backup lol.  I know, I know, I need to get my nails filled in it’s been 3 weeks! YIKES!

The end portion you can either connect both ends together and stitch, or, add a fun button.  I opted for the button, who doesn’t love buttons?

Hope you love this fun little, simple pattern.  Loving all the braided items out there lately so I figured I’d join in.  As always post below any finished projects or feel free to ask any questions! Happy Hooking 😉

Booty booty booty bootie….

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Lovin’ me some baby booties!!!  My best friend’s first little girl was on the way, which inspired me to create some simple booties.  I was super nervous because I’ve never even attempted anything clothing related for babies, but I think they came out pretty darn well!

As of this post it is only my second pair, however, I’m getting the hang of the simple pattern. Next I shall try adding in some patterns. Maybe some converse styles. Who knows!!!! There are so many yarns to use that would be complimentary to use here so I’m excited to continue this simple pattern by mixing it up with different texture yarns and colors.

I tired of doing pillows for a little bit….mostly because I was creating the same pillows in bulk. I like to switch it up sometimes 😁

This is a really simple and sweet pattern that is so quick and easy to do, you’re sure to fall in love with it as well:

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