Monday, April 30, 2012

Yellow and Gray Crochet Headband


yellow and gray crochet headband earwarmer

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.


yellow and gray crochet headband earwarmer

yellow and gray crochet headband earwarmer
yellow and gray crochet headband earwarmer

yellow and gray crochet headband earwarmer

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

DIY Cabochon Jewelry


DIY cabochon jewelry

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.

DIY cabochon jewelry

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!

DIY cabochon jewelry

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 :)

DIY cabochon jewelry rings

DIY cabochon jewelry earrings

DIY cabochon jewelry necklace

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Crochet Bow Headband Pattern


Crochet Bow Headband Pattern

I have been working on creating some new headband designs lately. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Ravelry for new stitch patterns. I feel like I need to branch out from plain old single, half double and double crochet. I’ve found lots of different ways to combine the same stitches in new ways. I figured making up some headband patterns would be a good way to practice what I’ve been learning.

This week was my cousin’s 17th birthday. Since she is a teenager I am a bit of a loss when it comes to presents she might like so I got her a gift card to Target. I felt like it was a little impersonal and I wanted to wrap something so I got her a cute little set of mini nail polishes. Then I figured I might as well whip her up a quick headband too. It’s still pretty simple but it’s using a new technique I just discovered- making bows.
I was inspired by this post I found via Pinterest. I used the same idea for the headband but made up my own bow.  They are super easy to make. It’s just a rectangle that is pinched in the middle and wrapped with yarn to secure it in place.

Materials:
Small amount of worsted weight yarn
H hook
Tapestry needle
Abbreviations:
Sc= single crochet
Ch= chain


Instructions:

Headband
Create a chain long enough to fit around your head (or your recipient’s head) and be able to tie.
Sc into the 2nd chain from the hook and each remaining chain.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow
Ch 16. Sc into 2nd chain from hook and each remaining chain.
Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each sc across. Repeat 3 more times for a total of 5 rows of sc.
Once you finish all the rows, sc around the entire rectangle to give it a finished look.
Fasten off and leave a really really long tail.
Pinch the center of the rectangle so it forms the bow shape. I had to play with mine a little to get the look I wanted.
Wrap the really really long tail around the center of the rectangle where you pinched it multiple times until you like the way the center looks. (I made sure my tail was long enough by wrapping it around before I cut it. Then I unwrapped it and I took the tail and wove it through the bottom row of crochet and stopped in the middle of the rectangle so I didn’t have to fasten off and attach another piece. )
Save a little piece of the tail to attach the bow to your headband. I tried the headband on and decided where I wanted the bow to be before I attached it. I put mine on the side of the head.

Crochet Bow Headband Pattern

Crochet Bow Headband Pattern
Crochet Bow Headband Pattern

It also makes the perfect gift bow!

Crochet Bow Headband Pattern

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fake Flower Headband Tutorial


In case you missed it here is my guest post I shared over at The Crafty Scientist.

flower headband


I love making fake flower headbands. They are quick and easy and make great gifts. Plus they are so much cheaper to make yourself than to buy at the store. I made these headbands for my cousin for Christmas and my sister was jealous so I  decided to make her one too.
I started by pulling this fake flower out of my stash.

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I pulled all the petals off of the plastic piece that attached the flower together. Then I played around with stacking all the separate pieces to find a shape I liked. I saved the extra pieces for a future project (because a true crafter can never throw anything away :P)

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In addition for the deconstructed flower I also used a headband, two small circles of felt and a button. Plus my hot glue gun.

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I started by gluing the flower petals to one of the felt circles. Every time I glued down a new petal, I would try to position it differently than the petal below to make sure the flower would look full. When all the petals were glued down I glued the button in the center to hide the hole and make it look more finished.

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Then I glued the felt circle to the headband.

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And put the other felt circle on top to cover up excess glue and give it a finished look.

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I love the way it turned out! I want to keep it for myself so I know my sister will love it.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Smoked Ribs and a Great Weekend


Sunday was the most beautiful day. It was sunny and 80 and it felt like Summer. Mike and I pulled our bikes and and went a leisurely bike ride. I have to admit I think I am a little out of shape. I was struggling a little bit and Mike was practically riding circles around me. I really need to get out on the bike more and build up my endurance. Besides Summer is coming and I need to look good in the short shorts I just bought at Target :)
We bought some country ribs and a pork shoulder roast on Saturday so Mike fired up the smoker for the first time this year on Sunday. (Want to know how to cook with one? Check out this post.) Mike smoked the pork and also some hot jalapeno and banana peppers. He chopped up the smoked peppers and mixed them with corn, black beans, cilantro and a ton of spices to make a yummy smokey corn salsa. It was a perfect compliment to the ribs. We enjoyed our tasty meal outside on our patio.
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It was the first meal of the year we’ve eaten outside and I’m looking forward to many more this summer!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Crochet Headband with Interchangeable Flowers Pattern


crochet headband with interchangeable flowers pattern

I am really excited about this project! I have been thinking about making a crochet hat or headband with interchangeable flowers for a long time. The idea has been rolling around in my head but I hadn’t actually made one until now. I have been making cute crocheted items for my friend’s baby girl and I knew that I had to make this project. I was poking around on Pinterest to see if I could find a pattern someone else had already created but I couldn’t find anything. I decided just to make it up myself. I had a stash of cotton yarn in multiple colors so it became the base for my creation.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors. I used Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn for this project.
H hook
Small button to fit through center hole of the flower
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
Ch= chain
Hdc= half double crochet
Ss= slip stitch
Dc= double crochet
Sk= skip

Instructions:
Headband
Row 1: Ch 3. Starting with 1st chain from hook hdc in each chain across. (3 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Hdc in each stitch across. (3 hdc)
Repeat row 2 until you achieve the desired length. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use the tail to weave together the two ends to make a circle.

I recommend making the headband about 1 inch smaller because it will fall off if you make it too big. Try stretching it out before you finish it to get a feel for how much it can stretch.
 
Flower (adapted from this pattern)
Round 1: Ch 8. Ss in beg ch to form a ring.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in ring (Ch 4, 3 dc in ring) 5 times, ch 4, dc in ring, join with Ss in top of beg ch. (6 ch- 6 sp)
Rnd 3: [ch 1, skip 1 dc (sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, dc) in next ch-6 sp, ch 1, sk 1 dc, Ss in next dc] around – (6 petals.) Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Check the button will fit through the hole in the middle of your flower. If it is too large you can use the tail from the beginning of the flower and thread it through the double crochets that make up the center of the flower. Pull tightly and it will make the hole in the center smaller. I had to do this with my flowers since I wanted the fit to be tight on the button so it wouldn’t fall off.
Make as many flowers as you would like.
 
Sew the button to the front of the headband. I used matching yarn so the stitches wouldn’t be noticeable. Then attach a flower to the button.
 
crochet headband with interchangeable flowers pattern
 
My lovely baby model, Audrey, showing off her new headband
 
crochet headband with interchangeable flowers pattern

crochet headband with interchangeable flowers pattern

crochet headband with interchangeable flowers pattern

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crochet Loopy Flower Baby Headband


crochet baby flower headband

My friend has a one month old baby girl and she was telling me how she has become obsessed with sweet little headbands for her new daughter. When I heard this I wanted to make her some cute little headbands so I created a super quick and simple headband with a fluffy loopy flower.
The flower is “loopy” from the book The Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers.I usually prefer to find my patterns online but my coworker recommended this book and I absolutely love it. It’s about 10 bucks on Amazon right now if you want to get a copy. You could also add any other flower of your choosing to the headband.

Materials:
Small amount of worsted weight yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft.
H hook
Tapestry needle
Abbreviations:
Ch= chain
Hdc= half double crochet

Instructions:
Row 1: Ch 3. Starting with 1st chain from hook hdc in each chain across. (3 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Hdc in each stitch across. (3 hdc)
Repeat row 2 until you achieve the desired length. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use the tail to weave together the two ends to make a circle.
Sew your flower over the seam to hide it.
I recommend making the headband  about an inch smaller than the baby’s head because it will be stretchy and you don’t want it to fall off.


Here is baby Audrey modeling her new headband.
crochet baby flower headband

crochet baby flower headband


You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easy Crochet Newborn Hat Pattern


Easy Crochet Newborn Hat Pattern

My friend recently had a baby girl. She already had a son and for her second child wanted she didn’t want to find out the sex before hand. When I found out she had a girl I immediately wanted to make her a cute hat to wear home from the hospital. I created this really quick and easy hat pattern. I finished the hat and the flower in about 2 hours. I started the night I found out about the baby and finished on my lunch break the next day. It was ready when we went to the hospital for a visit.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in two colors. I used Caron Simply Soft.
G hook
Tapestry needle

Gauge: 1st 4 rows measured from center to edge= 2 in.
This hat will measure 12 inches in around and 5 inches long. It will fit a head 12- 14 1/2 inches. If you want to make it longer add extra rows at the end.

Abbreviations:
Ch= chain
Dc= double crochet
Ss= slip stitch

Instructions: Ch 3 does not count as a dc
Rnd 1: Ch 4. 10 dc in 3rd chain from hook. Join with a ss to top of first dc. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2 dc in each dc. Join with a ss to stop of first dc. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3. (1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with a ss to top of first dc. (30 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3. (1 dc in first two stitches, 2 dc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with a ss to top of first dc. (40 dc)
Rnd 5- 10: Ch 3: 1 dc in each stitch. Join with a ss to top of first dc. Weave in ends. (40 dc)


Update: I modified this pattern to be 14 inches around. Use an H hook.

Rnd 1: Ch 4. 10 dc in 3rd chain from hook. Join with a ss to top of first dc. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2 dc in each dc. Join with a ss to stop of first dc. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3. (1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) (30 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3. (1 dc in first two stitches, 2 dc in next stitch) repeat around.  Join with a ss to top of first dc. (40 dc)
Rnd 5: (1 dc in first seven stitches, 2 dc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with a ss to top of first dc. (45 dc)
6-11: Ch 3. 1 dc in each stitch. Join with a ss to top of first dc. Weave in ends. (45 dc)



For the flower I used this Irish rose pattern. This is my absolute favorite flower pattern. I only made two rounds so it would fit on the hat. You can use the flower pattern or one of your choice. When finished, stitch it on to hat.

Here is sweet Audrey modeling her hat. She is about one month old in these pics and her head is 14 3/8 inches. You can see how the hat fits her like a beanie. If you want a longer length or to be able to fold up the bottom add 2 more rows to the hat.

Easy Crochet Newborn Hat Pattern

Easy Crochet Newborn Hat Pattern

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.


If you liked this pattern then check out my other crochet patterns and projects.


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Friday, April 6, 2012

New Shower Curtain and a Custom Blind


Every since we painted our bathroom cream I have been feeling like something is missing. It just seemed really bland. I had scoped out the shower curtains at Target multiple times in search of a possible new one. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to replace it or not because I like our old one but it didn’t seem to fit as well as it used to.
This past weekend Mike and I were roaming around Target and I convinced him to browse through the shower curtains. We found one we both liked and the best part was it was on clearance!  I knew it was meant to be. We went ahead and bought it and Mike hung it up when we got home. I am in LOVE with it! I can’t believe what a difference it makes in the bathroom. The pattern is  bold so it really pops against the neutral walls.
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The other update we made to the bathroom was to replace the window blind. You can’t tell very well in the picture but it was old and dirty with a weird stain in the center. The strings to move the blind up and down were hard to use and I was always frustrated when I had to use them. We waited so long to replace it because the window isn’t a standard size and the blind was custom fit.
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We finally got fed up with it so we took a trip to Lowes to assess our options. We wandered around and looked at the ready fit blinds and custom blinds. The cheapest custom blind I could find was $60! Way more than we wanted to pay. Mike finally asked one of the associates for advice and she showed us these Levolor blinds. She was able to cut the blind to the correct width in store and there were instructions in the box for how to cut the length ourselves. The best part of all was it was only $15!

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Mike installed the blind when we got home. He followed the instructions in the package for cutting the blind. There are little snaps on the bottom that allow you to take off the bottom piece, cut the right length, and then reattach the bottom piece. It looks awesome and works great! It was really easy to shorten and we got a custom blind for a fraction of the cost.
Cheap custom blind

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Crochet Toddler Hat Pattern


crochet toddler hat pattern

I made this hat a while ago but forgot to post it. One of my coworkers asked me to make a hat for her 3 year old daughter. She wanted a pink and purple beanie with a flower. I whipped up this simple pattern for this hat. I didn’t write the pattern for the flower but you can find it here.

Materials:
1 skein lily sugar and cream cotton yarn in pink (not sure if this was the exact color name)
Small amount lily sugar and cream cotton yarn in grape (not sure if this was the exact color name)
Size H hook
Small button for the flower
Hat size is approximately 19 inches wide and 7 inches long, sized for a toddler.
Abbreviations:
Ch= chain
hdc= half double crochet

Instructions:
In pink
Rnd 1: Ch 3 and work 10 hdc in 2nd chain from hook. Ch 3 does not count as a stitch. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1. 2 hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1. (1 hdc in first stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1. (1 hdc in first two stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (40 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1. (1 hdc in first three stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (50 hdc)
Rnd 6: Ch 1. (1 hdc in first four stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (60 hdc)
Rnd 7: Ch 1. (1 hdc in first five stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. (70 hdc)
Rnd 8-17: Ch 1. 1 hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss to top of first hdc. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (70 hdc)

In purple
Rnd 18: Join. Ch 1. 1 sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to top of first sc. (70 sc)
Rnd 18: Ch 1. 1 sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to top of first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (70 sc)

Use this pattern or another one of your choice to make the flower in purple. Sew on to hat and attach a button in the center.

crochet toddler hat pattern

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.


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Monday, April 2, 2012

Felt Flower Headband Tutorial



felt flower headband tutorial

I have been on a headband kick lately so get ready to see a lot of headband posts :) I turned to Pinterest for  inspiration. I searched through my board looking for projects where I already had the supplies and the instructions were simple enough to follow. For this project I used this tutorial from The Gunny Sack. I have made each felt flowers with the same concept but she turns the petals of the flower in a different direction than I have used in the past and it gives the flower a different look. It was super easy to make.

I started out with some white felt that I folded up to make it easier to cut. I used a small ramekin to trace a circle.
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I cut out eleven circles of felt. (They don’t have to be perfect.) Plus two bigger circles. One for the base of the flower and one to glue to the back of the headband.

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Next I took one of the circles and I folded it in half and in half again so it forms a cone shape.

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Then I took the circle and hot glued it onto the base.

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And I repeated it all around the edge of the large circle.

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For the center I held three folded circles together and put a big glob of glue in the center to stick the circles in.

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I glued the back of the flower to a headband and used the other large circle of felt on top to hide any glue mess.

felt flower headband

felt flower headband

felt flower headband

felt flower headband

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