Friday, February 26, 2016

Fun with Elephants

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Just popping in quick as I'm actually on a little vacation in California! The weather has been beautiful! And, you know me, I can't travel without a hook and yarn, so I've enjoyed the free time for some fun crochet... This adorable happy elephant is from another fantastic Mongoreto pattern. I just love her patterns; you could say I'm "hooked!" Ok, that was a terrible pun.

Hope you are all doing well! What's on your hooks?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Half Square Triangle Love

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today I finally finished this blanket that has been sitting around for about a year. Feels so good to have it done, and I love the result!

I used a Little Doolally pattern for a pinwheel cushion. I made the squares one round smaller, and I used a size J hook with Vanna's Choice yarn. After arranging 81 squares into a 9x9 square and crocheting a border of 3 rows of double crochet, (and lightly blocking it), the blanket measured about 72 inches square.

My favorite part was arranging the squares. It was a very technical process. No, I'm kidding. I threw all the squares in a pile and pulled one at a time randomly, placed it on the floor, and turned it to my liking. Organized chaos. I love it!

What about you? Do you like a random look, or prefer a more patterned look?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mini Dry Erase Boards

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If you are in need of a quick, cute, and functional gift, try making your own mini dry erase boards! I made 12 of these for Christmas gifts after seeing similar projects on Pinterest. I wanted to get my parents something to replace their note-leaving system of writing on post it notes, little notepads, and backs of envelopes when the little notepads got too full. Then I thought, who couldn't use a cute place to write down reminders, to-do lists or leave messages for family members?

All you have to do is get some picture frames (I got 5x7 frames at Hobby Lobby), cut some cute scrapbook paper to fit into the frames (try to pick colors or patterns that aren't too busy for a nice background), assemble, get some dry erase markers, and write away! The dry erase markers wipe off the glass like a dream!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Groundhog Day everyone! Did you hear that the groundhog didn't see his shadow? That hasn't happened in years! I'll take that as a pretty auspicious sign for my birthday today! I'm spending the afternoon enjoying the sun through the window with a little crochet and some tea. Pretty nice!

Have a great one my friends!