Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Heart Rock Art


Remember how I mentioned my boys have been collecting rocks in the backyard? Well, my oldest found this perfect heart shaped rock! And then we lost it...but then we found it again! I had to do something special with it. My husband I celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary this past weekend and I thought that framing the heart rock with our wedding date would be a nice way to honor the day. This is a simple idea that you could use a variety of materials for. For instance, you could make a yarn heart or a fabric heart. And use paint or number stickers for the date and maybe even a piece of stained or distressed wood instead of a shadow box. If I can find more heart rocks I will make 3 more - one for each day my kids were born. I think they will be perfect on a gallery wall with other framed photos of our family!


Materials:
- Heart rock. If you can find any rocks shaped like hearts (they don't have to be perfect) you can buy them HERE on Ebay.
- Shadow Box Frame. Mine is 6x6 inches.
- Wooden buttons. Here are the ones I bought ---> 100pcs Mixed Wooden Buttons in Bulk Buttons for Crafts.
- Burlap or a piece of fabric to cover the back of your frame/shadow box.
- Glue gun

Cut burlap or fabric to cover the back piece of your shadow box.

Glue burlap/fabric on with glue gun. Arrange rock and numbers and glue them on as well. I used the pins that came with the shadow box to separate the numbers in our wedding date.



And that is all there is to it! I think these would make beautiful gift for a wedding or other special occasion. Would love to see if you make your own version with different materials!






Friday, April 11, 2014

Crochet Chevron Striped Easter Egg



We have about one more week until Easter which means you still have time to crochet a couple of these Chevron Striped Eggs! Don't let the pattern intimidate you. I am adding in a lot of extra notes to help guide you through it. Once you do one, the next one is a breeze.

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in a main color and then an accent color for your stripe.
- Size G crochet hook
- Poly-fil stuffing
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Note about pattern: Always start in the same stitch as your chain unless otherwise noted. For instance, if I say "skip first stitch" or "start in second stitch" that means do NOT start in the same stitch as your chain and start the round in your next stitch. There is a method to this madness. Hopefully I have made this pattern as clear as possible!

Also, remember to weave in ends as you go!

If you need help determining which stitch is the same stitch as your chain, please see photos at the beginning of my owl hat pattern.

Chevron Egg Pattern:
Starting with your main color
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 10 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Rd 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join, ch 1 (15 SC)
Rd 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join, ch 1 (20 SC)
Rd 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 1 (24 SC)
Rd 5: *Sl St, SC, HDC, 3 DC in same stitch, HDC, SC, repeat from * around. Join to first Sl St.
Change to accent color (this will be the color of your chevron stripe)
Rd 6: in back loops only, skip first stitch (the slip stitch from previous round), *SC in next 3 stitches, 3 SC all in one stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, skip slip stitch, repeat from * around, join, ch 1
Rd 7: in back loops only, skip first stitch, *SC in next 3, 3 SC all in one stitch ( this should be the top of your previous chevron point), SC in next 3, skip 2 stitches, repeat from * around. Skip one stitch at the end. Join to first SC, ch 1 (So you skipped one stitch at the very beginning and one stitch at the very end making your "skip 2")
Change back to main color
Rd 8: in back loops only, chain 3 (this will count as your first DC), HDC in next stitch, SC, Sl St in next 3 stitches, *SC, HDC, HDC, DC, HDC, SC, Sl St in next 3, repeat from * around. (So basically, going down the hill you make a SC and two HDC in a row and going up the hill you make only one HDC and then a SC) join to the top of your ch 3, ch 1
Rd 9: starting in second stitch, SC in each stitch around, join to first SC (35 SC). (You need to start in the second stitch to avoid a gap)
Rd 10: SC Decrease, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 1
Rd 11: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (28 SC)
Rd 12: SC Decrease, SC in next 2 stitches, join, ch 1
Rd 13: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (21 SC)
Rd 14: SC Decrease, SC in next stitch, repeat around, join, ch 1
Rd 15: SC in each stitch around, join (14 SC)
Stuff with poly-fil.
SC Decrease until closed. Use your tapestry needle to completely close the hole and weave your ends in.

Here is a picture tutorial!








This is a view of the seam. Not bad, right?!





Here is my little Easter Bunny :)



Happy Easter!


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dollar Store Faux Succulent Pots




Succulent plants seem to be popular right now and for good reason too, they are easy to take care of and they are pretty! Unfortunately, I don't have much of a green thumb. Yes, I did manage to kill a cacti :( Good thing I came up with a way to bring some green into my house without having to worry about the responsibilities. These faux potted succulents were the perfect way to perk up my kitchen window sill and they were made on a budget! Those pots are actually square glass candleholders from the Dollar Tree. Yep, only $1 each! I painted the inside and filled them with small pebbles (also from the dollar store!) and then added fake succulent plants from Michaels floral department. Each potted plant didn't cost more than $3.40! That is much better than the $30 price tag for these Pottery Barn Succulents, or these ones from Crate&Barrel (also $30).

Here is how you can make your own:

Materials:
- White acrylic paint
- Fake Succulent Plants. Michaels craft store currently sells succulent sprigs for $2.99-$3.99 each. Be sure to check their Weekly Ad and use their 50% off or 40% off one item coupon (there is always a coupon!). You can also find even more realistic looking succulents at Afloral.com (though they will cost a little more). Since we are painting the inside of the pots, you won't want to use real plants.


You will need to water down your white paint so it easily pours. Not too thin, but just thin enough to coat the sides without having to "paint" it on. You should be able to swish it around the inside of the glass. Another option would be to spray paint the inside. 


Wipe paint drips off sides and top rim while still wet.


When paint is dry stuff bottom of pot with a paper towel or even some floral foam. Then cover with your river rocks. 


Now take your succulent sprig and pull out the individual plants.


They pull out just like this!


Arrange them in your pot and you are done!


Now you have perfect succulent pots that are maintenance free and budget friendly!




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inside Crochet One-Year Digital Subscription GIVEAWAY!


Guess what!?! The good people over at Inside Crochet Magazine e-mailed to say they would like to give one of my readers a FREE One-Year Digital Subscription! This is incredibly generous of them and I knew all of my fellow crocheters would be super excited about this giveaway:)

If you aren't familiar with Inside Crochet, it's a monthly crochet magazine filled with inspiring projects, patterns for all ages, interesting features, reviews, news, trends, event and more! I have a copy of last months issue and let me tell you, this is not a skimpy magazine. It is almost 100 pages of beautiful photos and well written articles. And the best part is that every issue offers a variety of seasonal crochet patterns! One can never have enough patterns on their to-do list :) Of course I am also partial to their "Our Favorite Blogger" column. I had the pleasure of being interviewed for it and was published in Issue 51! You can read more about that HERE.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Crochet Flower Bouquet


Mother's Day is coming up as well as Teacher Appreciation Week! I hate giving expensive bouquets of flowers ever year that die within days. And this year, my sons teacher has bad allergies so real flowers is probably not the best idea. But crocheted flowers will be perfect! You can crochet them in the recipients favorite color, they don't have any pollen, and they will last forever! 


But if I was going to crochet a big bouquet, I needed a QUICK flower pattern. None of these time consuming patterns that have multiple rounds or separate pieces to sew together. I came up with a pattern that works in one long strip, and you only have to chain 20. It may not be the most elaborate flower out there but its simple and looks great in a group.

Materials:
-Size G Crochet hook
-Worsted weight yarn
-Small buttons for center of flower
-Tapestry needle
-Floral wire or jewelry wire
-Washi tape (green) or floral tape

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl st = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TR = Triple Crochet

Flower Pattern:
Chain 20, in third chain from hook [DC+ch 1+TR+ch 1+DC+ch 1+HDC+sl st], sl st in next stitch, *[HDC+ch 1+DC+ch 1+TR+ch 1+DC+ch 1+HDC+sl st] all in one stitch, sl st in next stitch, repeat from * down the entire chain. You should end up with 9 petals.
Fasten off leaving long tail.



When you are done with the pattern, you will have a clumpy cluster of petals like this.

Starting with your first petal start to twist them around in a spiral. Hold the top down with your thumb and forefinger to hold in place while you flair the petals out.

After a minute and your flower should look like this!

Using your tapestry needle, weave your tail up through the flower, securing the petals together. There is really no rhyme or reason to this. Just weave your needle in and out a couple of times so the petals stay in place. Add your button too!

Your flowers should look somewhat like this! Pretty!


Now you are ready to add your stem.
I used a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire and green washi tape, but you could use floral wire (you can find this at the dollar store!) and floral tape. 

Cut a long piece of wire (about 18-24") and fold it in half. Slip it through the bottom of your flower. 


Twist the two pieces together and fold up the bottom part of the wire so it doesn't poke anyone. Wrap washi tape (or floral tape) around the wire. I started from and tried to get as close to the crochet flower with my tape as possible.


Now you have your first flower!

Once you make a bunch of these, you can tie the stems together with ribbon or place them in a small vase. 






I would love to see your crochet bouquets! 

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Want more free patterns? Keep in touch on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page for new pattern sneak peeks and when they will be available on my blog! And feel free to post pictures of your finished hats and/or links to your shops on my Facebook wall so all can see.