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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Blog Hop Crochet Along



I am super duper excited to be sharing a project I have been working on for the past couple of months with you all today!

Starting on Monday,  I will be teaming up with nine of my favorite crochet bloggers to bring you all a really exciting new Crochet Along! Yaaaaaaay!

Here's how it is going to work:
  • Every day (M-F) a new square pattern will be posted on one of our ten blogs. 
  • You can join in the fun by crocheting each day's square. (You don't have to make it on that day - do it whenever you have time!) 
  • Share your progress and post photos of your squares in our facebook group.
  • By the end of the Crochet Along you will have twenty 12" squares all ready to be pieced together into a beautiful afghan just in time for the holiday season.
  • We will be hosting a fabulous giveaway starting November 21. You could win Lion Brand yarn to make your own afghan, $100 CASH money, OR our COMPLETED AFGHAN! That's right, I am going to be piecing all of our squares together and shipping it out to one very lucky winner. Woot!

Sounds like fun, right? Here's what to do
  1. Bookmark or pin this page so you don't lose it! At the end of the post you will find links to all of the crochet patterns that will be updated as the new posts are published.
  2. Join our facebook group! We can't wait to see your squares and finished afghans! It will be a great place to get feedback or help, chat with our fabulous bloggers, and get to know other crocheters.
  3. Spread the love! We would love if you wanted to invite friends to crochet along with us! If you'd like to add a button to your blog or website you can grab this one here:
The Blog Hop Crochet Along

I hope you will join us because I think this is really going to be a lot of fun. Here's just a little taste of the fun squares that will be coming your way:


Hopeful Honey - Persia Lou - Little Monkeys Crochet 

Fiber Flux - Loopsan One Dog Woof Maybe Matilda

Dream a Little Bigger - Whistle & Ivy  - Gleeful Things 


Exciting, right? Be sure to come back here Monday morning for the first pattern!




Friday, October 24, 2014

Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

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Ah!! You guys!! Is Halloween really only a week away?

I can. not. believe it. When did that happen? Any one else have lots left to do?

I've still got two costumes I need to whip up. My little girl actually requested to be Ursula from the Little Mermaid instead of a princess this year. (!!!) It was like all my wildest dreams came true.

And, it's going to be awesome. I mean, assuming I can actually get around to making it. I'm thinking this may be a no sleep kind of week.

Anyway - we may only be a week away from Halloween, but there is still plenty of time to whip up this cute and simple (read: easy) candy corn bag for your cutest Trick or Treater to carry around.



Materials 

Pattern 


Rnd 1: With the white yarn, begin with a magic loop, ch 2, 11 half double crochet (hdc) in magic loop, tighten magic loop, sl st to join (12 hdc).



Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (18 hdc).
Rnd 3: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (18 hdc).
Rnd 4: ch 2, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (24 hdc).
Rnd 5: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (24 hdc).
Rnd 6: ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (30 hdc).
Rnd 7: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (30 hdc). Rnd 8: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (30 hdc). Finish off, weave in ends.


Rnd 9: Join orange yarn, ch 2, working in back loops only, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (30 hdc).


Rnd 10: ch 2, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; * hdc in in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (36 hdc).
Rnd 11: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (36 hdc).
Rnd 12: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (36 hdc).
Rnd 13: ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (42 hdc).
Rnd 14: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (42 hdc).
Rnd 15: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (42 hdc).
Rnd 16: ch 2, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (48 hdc).
Rnd 17: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (48 hdc). Finish off, weave in ends.

Rnd 18: Join yellow yarn, ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (48 hdc).
Rnd 19: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (48 hdc).
Rnd 20: ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (54 hdc).
Rnd 21: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (54 hdc).
Rnd 22: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (54 hdc).
Rnd 23: ch 2, hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (60 hdc).
Rnd 24: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (60 hdc).
Rnd 25: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (60 hdc).
Rnd 26: ch 2, (working in back loops only, sc in each st around, sl st to join (60 sc). Finish off, weave in ends.

Almost done! To finish the bag, you will just need to make two handles and sew them on to the bag using yarn and a yarn needle.

Handle Pattern 


Row 1: Ch 42, hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in each ch (40 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st, finish off, weave in ends (40 hdc).

Stitch the handles onto the bag with contrasting yarn in a rectangle shape with an X across the rectangle. Like so:




And you're all done! This is not a huge pillowcase sized trick or treat bag, but it's the perfect size for a little doing a trip around the block.




Happy Haunts!!



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Makers No. 40

Happy Tuesday, friends! Let's party!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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One of the things we love about hosting this party is discovering new blogs to follow! We hope that you will take the time to mingle and to click over and visit the talented people responsible for these inspiring features! You won't be disappointed.

featured at the makers no. 40

The Makers Link Party
Our featured blogger is Marni from Haberdashery Fun. If you are at all into sewing, you have to get to her site and poke around.

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PIN THIS PROJECT!

This reversible tote would make the perfect gift to myself or someone else and is a small enough project to use up some of my fabric stash!

I just spent over an hour clicking around Haberdashery Fun and I am so inspired I think it may be hard to sleep tonight! As someone who dreams of the day when I can sew like a pro, I am so ready to get my stuff out and get going! Seriously, even if you don't sew, you will love looking at all of these amazing fabrics! Here are a few projects to get you started.
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And of course Marni is one to follow so you don't miss future projects.

The Makers Link Party
Of course there were so many more inspiring posts that were linked up last week. Here are 5 more faves!

Please only pin from the original source :) It is the right thing to do and gives each of these talented ladies the blog traffic they deserve.
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Sara from Tell Love and Chocolate is one of my favorite blogs because she is always coming up with simple projects like this paper straw garland. I think I want this in my house year round!
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I love crafting with my little lady and the idea of teaching her to sew someday makes me really excited so these DIY Beginning Sewing Cards for Kids from Kid's Activities Blog are going to make a great first attempt at sewing and she is going to love it!

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Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling is like my graphic print soul mate! This Geometric Deer Antler Printable is perfect for fall and I love how she dressed it up with felt roses.

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We love muffins around here and so I've been taking the time to find and make more muffin recipes from scratch. They are so worth it! These Apple Banana Oat Muffins from This Silly Girl's Life are going to make a great grab and go breakfast for those busy mornings we have.

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Making your own art is so much fun, not to mention budget friendly. How cool is this String Art Arrow Sign from Dwelling in Happiness?


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The Makers Link Party
 
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
 
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
 
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Sugar Skull Portrait

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My best ideas always seem to come to me late at night, and this DIY Sugar Skull Portrait is no exception. 

I was finishing up getting my home all ready for the mini Halloween home tour I posted last week, and I really needed something else to hang on the wall. I was looking through my artwork (most of it is sitting in a closet right now since we just moved), and I came across a paint-by-number little girl that I picked up at a thrift store last Spring. 

You can see her in our old Master Bedroom gallery wall above - over on the left. Anyway, in my Halloween mindset, and she looked a little creepy, and I immediately knew she would look awesome with a sugar skull makeover. 

I could have just painted right over the top of her face, but I like this little girl and I think eventually she is going to end up in my daughter's room. I needed a temporary makeover - a costume really - and I'm really happy with what I came up with.

Here's what you will need to give any portrait you have a spooky sugar skull makeover:

Start off by tracing the face of your portrait onto your tracing paper using your pencil.


Trace lightly around the face and the jawline. You will also want to lightly trace the facial features - nose, lips, eyes, and eyebrows to help you place your sugar skull features.

For inspiration, take some time to search Pinterest or Google for sugar skull make-up. You want to get inspiration from images of makeup, not actual sugar skulls because they will show you how to give real human features a skeletal look.


Using your felt tip pen, color in color in the nose, and draw teeth over the lips, following the lines you traced. Draw a circle around the eye, using the eyebrow as an upper guide. I wanted to give the shaded eye some depth, so I used a pencil to color right around the eye and then went back around the outer edge with the marker.

Using your makeup photos as inspiration, add details and embellishments to the forehead, chin, and cheeks.

When you are done, carefully erase any pencil lines (I like to use a kneaded eraser ), and cut out your mask around the outside edge.

Use a little bit of clear tape doubled up on the back to attach it to your painting. Double-sided tape would work great too, I just didn't have any. (P.S. if you have a priceless family portrait, please do not put any tape on it! This DIY is really more for thrift store type portraits.)

I also whipped up a tissue paper flower for my girls' hair. You can get a full step-by-step tutorial for the flower I made HERE

When my flower was ready, I clipped the wires short and taped them to the portrait.

My spooky little girl was all ready to take her place of honor over the piano - and when Halloween is over, her mask can come right off! 




Don't miss these other great Halloween projects!






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