Monday, April 30, 2012
April in Ohio is cold and rainy with a few nice days scattered in, but not many. The temps are in the 40-50 range so it feels too warm to be really bundled up but there is still a chill in the air.
I made this crocheted headband for myself a few weeks ago and it has been the perfect accessory for this weather. I throw it on when I go out to run errands, walk the dogs or when I’m having a bad hair day. Every time I wear it I get at least one compliment. I’ve even had someone ask if I sell them. An Etsy shop is definitely something I have been interested in opening. I have even sold a couple of my hats to coworkers before.
To make this headband I used a pattern from my Crochet a Day calendar for 2011. It’s not my pattern to share but it’s basically made up a row of single crochet alternating with a row of repeating single and triple crochet. The triple crochet is what makes the texture. It looks like a mini bobble stitch but it’s so much easier. The yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft.
The flower is a one layer mumsy from the book The Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers. This is the same book I used to make the flower from my Crochet Loopy Flower Baby Headband. I sewed it to a pin to attach to the headband in case I ever want to switch it out with a different colored flower. The yarn I used was Red Heart Super Saver.
I actually used this yarn to make my Crochet Men's Striped Earflap Hat. The color combo I used for that hat was for a coworker’s son’s school colors. I didn’t think I would find a use for gold yarn ever again. I really like the color combo of mustard and gray. I was searching through my yarn to see if I had anything that fit this combo and I realized that this yarn was really a mustard color and when I held it next to the gray I thought it was perfect!
I love my Crochet a Day Calendar because it has some really fun patterns in it. At the end of 2011 I went through all the patterns and saved the ones I wanted to make. I have a 2012 one on my desk at work right now. I actually have a extra copy I got a Christmas and never tried to return to the store. I know it’s already part way into 2012 but there are still good patterns in it.
Would anyone be interested in a giveaway for my unopened 2012 Crochet a Day calendar? I would love to give it to someone that would get some good use out of it. Update: The giveway is here!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
This has to be one of the fastest projects I’ve ever done. I got a set of of assorted cabochons and jewelry findings from Groopdealz.com a month or two ago for a really great price. If you haven’t heard of it, Groopdealz is a daily deal discount site for handmade items. There is some really cute stuff for great prices. That’s just my honest opinion, no endorsements.
I am really into the bright colors that are big in stores right now, especially at Target. I may be slightly addicted to scoping out the sales and clearance there ;) I eyed up these cabochons in my jewelry craft box the other day and thought they would make a great addition to my summer wardrobe.
The kit I had came with findings for rings, earrings and necklaces. There were also some bobby pins too but I didn’t use them. I figured I would use all the cabochons that didn’t have a match for rings and necklaces and the pairs for earrings. I had to pull out a few extra earrings and one of the necklaces.
There was also a little bottle of E600 glue in the kit too. I took one of the findings and dabbed a little glue on it and stuck in the middle of the back of the cabochon. Then I let everything dry overnight. I made all of the jewelry in less than 20 minutes!
Now I have all of this cute and colorful jewelry to wear with my spring and summer outfits! And it was a fraction of the cost of buying this many rings, earrings and necklaces from the store :)
I may be linking up to these parties: