Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nautilus Cloche pattern from Creative Threads by Leah - Pattern Review and Giveaway

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I had an opportunity to be one of the testers for the Nautilus Cloche pattern from Creative Threads by Leah. At first, I admit I was concerned about the difficulty. This is the first time I formally tested a pattern. Plus with the busy Easter weekend, I thought I didn't have the time to finish this. But I tried the pattern anyways, and I'm so glad I did!

I received the pattern on Monday, and I started working on the spiral. The hat builds from the bottom to the top, which was not usual for me. I had to restart the hat once, but when I got in the swing of it, the pattern was simple to follow. I finished the rest of the hat in 2 days, so it took lass than a week to put together.


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What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #48

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Welcome to this week's blog hop! I'm so happy that you've stopped by!
This blog hop runs from Wednesday through next Tuesday 11:59pm EST.

Your hosts:


Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses

Featured posts of the week:

Posted below is the featured blog post of the week. I love to find unique blogs and post to share about and write little comments on their writings. I try my best to give every blog a chance to be chosen, so check both of the blogs to see if you have been featured!
Sara's featured post of the week
Kassandra's featured post of the week

Maria from Krafty Cards etc is doing an A-Z Blog Challenge, and she shared with us a great mason jar roundup. She also has a link up at the bottom so that you can share your mason jar crafts!

Congratulations to the featured blogs!

What have I been doing?

I love it when I can check a few things off of my to-do list!
  • I am a pattern tester for Creative Threads by Leah, and I finished my first project! I was so excited when she used my picture as her feature!
    I am in the process of writing a blog entry on this (blog post written!), and there will be a giveaway to win a copy of the pattern for yourself! The giveaway is already posted on my Facebook page.
  • My Twine Easter Baskets were a success. I can't wait to make some more!
  • A market bag is in the works this week!
  • Sadly, I did not get the job I applied for a few weeks ago. There's always something else.

Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

  • Please post the link to a specific blog entry, not just the blog. I look at every link posted, and I comment in every entry. If you don't post a specific entry I can't comment!
  • Adding your email address will add you to my blog hop email list. I will only send you an email once a week informing you of the blog hop. If you don't want to be emailed, just let me know.
  • If your blog is featured on this blog hop, I will be using the picture you posted on the linky.
  • All blog posts will also be pinned on my What Are You Doing? Pinterest board, so others can see the awesome things you are doing!
  • Family friendly posts, please!
  • *NEW* I also added a LIKE feature to the list, so make sure you check out the other blogs and like your favorite! Help me choose the featured blogs for the week! You only get one choice for a favorite though, but if you have other favorites, let me know in the comments!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What will you do on Earth Day?

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What to do...

You can Join Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange. Send your old unwanted nail polish to exchange for Zoya's natural and long-lasting formula. They will even dispose your old nail polish in an eco-friendly way.

Where to go...

Whole Foods is doing an Earth Day Giveaway and Earth Day Scavenger Hunt in stores today, Tuesday April 22nd, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Learn how Whole Foods is doing their part, join the scavenger hunt to win a goodie bag, and try to win a $100 gift card.

On April 22nd, The Disney Store is giving away Disneynature Bears Reusable Tote Bag when you bring in 5 plastic bags. 
*Limit 1 tote bag per guest. While supplies last. Call your local store for details.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12pm - 3pm
Ikea stores are also doing special Earth Day events. Check on their store locator for details.

What to make...

Do some Earth Day Crafts with the kids...

Take some free crochet market bag patterns (like these patterns on Moogly)...

Make LOTS of plastic bag plarn...

And make your own recycled plastic bags!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crochet Easter Baskets made with Sisal and Jute Twine

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I love making crochet items with materials other than yarn. I bought rope from my local home depot to see if I can make something out of it. After an attempt at making a belt failed, I threw it in the back corner of my closet. But every Easter season, I get the feeling to make baskets. I always wanted to make baskets, but the rope I bought was a little too thick.

These baskets are made from twine. I bought a ball of sisal twine last year at the Dollar Tree, so I attempted to make this Easy Basket pattern by Crochet Spot:

It's cute, but it's smaller than what I wanted to make. It's almost the size of a coffee mug (including the handle). The jute twine didn't want to stay in place, so there were a lot of bends and dips.

I tried another basket pattern from Jam Made Crochet. This pattern came out better, and it was a good size.

I found this jute twine again at the Dollar Tree, in the Hardware section. For some reason, the Dollar Tree wasn't selling the sisal twine I found a few months before. I did like how they had green and brown twine. I didn't buy any cotton twine though. I added them in the picture to remind myself to buy some next time!

This twine smells like oil when you first open it up. But it's a great material for making baskets. It's almost like hemp. So whenever you need something made out of hemp, but you don't have the money to buy a small roll (seriously, hemp is expensive), you can always try jute twine.

Since the jute twine is not as sturdy as the sisal twine, I used sisal twine at the base and jute twine for the sides. I'm really happy with the results.

Another basket I want to try is the Shell Stitch Easter Basket from My Hobby Is Crochet. I might even try the cotton twine next time and dye the twine.

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Crochet egg surprises and other egg-shaped crochet gifts

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Once it's starts, I never stop! I saw these cute Crochet Easter eggs on Facebook, and when I googled "crochet egg surprise" I got so much more! These projects are so cute, and most of the patterns I found are free! My nephew loves egg surprises. Maybe I can make something like this for him.

Hook, Chain & Stitch (no pattern)

Bonny Bunny Surprise (on Ravelry)

Easy Easter Bunny (on Ravelry)

Amigurumi Bunny Egg (on Ravelry)

Easter Egg Treat Bag (on Ravelry)

And whatever you do, don't look for this stuff on Pinterest. I am going to be stuck on this all day. I already created an Easter Crochet board. Help me!

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