Sunday, February 24, 2013

Broom Lace Stitch Scarf


My daughters teacher recently let me borrow Downton Abbey Sesaon 3 on DVD. Don't get me started on the ending. I decided to  make her a scarf as a thank you. I wanted something quick but different. I have been working on chevron blankets forever and wanted something a little more challenging. After a quick search online I found the Broom Lace Stitch. 


2 skeins of yarn a crochet hook and the biggest knitting needle I have, a week or so and it was done. This stitch is so fun and looks really cool.

This would make a really cute blanket but I would need a really long knitting needle! I hope the teacher likes it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Coral and Turquoise Chevron Blanket

At Baby Matthew's baby shower I gave him a grey and black chevron blanket that I had made. When my cousin opened it my Tia Grace grabbed it, and said how much she liked and and that she wanted one. So a few days later, while at Michael s Craft Store I called up my Tia Grace's kids and asked them what colors she liked. Her son said blue and her daughter said coral. I found some amazing coral, turquoise and tan color soft Impeccable yarn on sale and grabbed what I needed.




I took about 2 months and I used the basic chevron crochet stitch.


I love the colors and pattern of this blanket! The dimensions ended up being about 4 feet by 2.5 feet. If I could do it all over again I would make it wider. After the body was done I added side borders to give it a little more width.


It will make a nice lap blanket.


When my Tia said she wanted a blanket I saw it as an opportunity for me to say thank you to her and to tell her how much I love and appreciate her. Almost a year ago my Grandparents moved out of their home because it was time for them to move in with someone so that they could be taken care of. Between medications and dialysis appointments things were getting hard for them. So my Tia Grace opened her home to them. My Nana and Tata moved only down the street from their old house and into my Tia's house. I know what a big deal this is and I am so thankful that my Nana and Tata have a wonderful place to stay.

So this blanket is just my way of thanking my Tia and telling her how much I love her and her big heart!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ombre for Pearmama


After I made a pink ombre blanket for baby Charlotte my friend Pearmama mentioned she would like one in turquoise. I was more than happy to oblige. It took me a long long time. I went with the generic chevron double stitch. I loved the colors. This blanket was big. Like twin comforter size. But I knew that Denise, a true artist, would appreciate the love and time I put into the blanket.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Office Supply Angel Ornaments

This year I was invited to participate in an ornament exchange. After combing Pinterest I found a really easy and cute ornament. AND it involved office supplies. I LOVE office supplies. So here is what I used:


  • Large Butterfly clips (also called idea clamps)
  • 1/8 inch ribbon
  • 15mm bells or beads



Assembling these are super easy. Cut 12 inch pieces of ribbon. Cut the ends at a angle!
The hardest step is getting the ribbon through the bell! Loop at the bottom.

Then pull the loop through the back middle of the clamp.


Use a lark heads knot to secure.



Next time a knot at the top of the bell or bead. 


Then knot the top!

These are really easy and cute. I think they would be easy to embellish too. Adding a halo or flowers in her hands, lace to the wings. The possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kitty Tutu

My 2 year old wants to be a cat for Halloween. My 7 year old is going to be a bride. And I KNOW that as soon as my 2 year old sees the big puffy dress the 7 year old gets to wear she is going to want a "Pwincess" dress to. So to avoid a tantrum I decided to make her a kitty tutu. This would be my first attempt at a tutu and off to Joann's we went. 

Here is what I bought...

  • elastic band
  • glitter tulle  1/2 a yard in black, 1/2 a yard in grey and 1/2 a yard in white (The plain tulle is much cheaper I later learned) 
  • ribbon (optional)



1. Measure the elastic band around your kids waist. I gave myself about an inch extra for sewing.
2. Sew the band together. (I have even seen people just tie it together)


3. Cute the tulle in strips. My kid is pretty small and I wanted a puffy skirt so I cut 17 inch strips about 1.5 inches wide.

4. Then take your strips and attach them to the elastic band using the Lark's head knot. If you are not a girl scout here is how to make the knot. Oh and I found it easier to put the band around my knees to keep it tight and easy to tie tulle to.


5. Go all the way around. I alternated the colors.
7. If you want tie a bow to the front or side.


I already tried in on my 2 year old. She loved it and then threw a fit when it was time to take it off. So much for avoiding a tantrum.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dinner for 2!

Here at home its just the two of us (plus our two dog children, but they eat dog food only) so I am constantly looking for recipes for two. I recently found this awesome website and she had recipes for dinners for two for a whole week! Bonus: $40 was the grocery cost!! Look for the link at the end of this post. So I went for it. It turned out AMAZING! You need to know that before I started this, my boyfriend was the one who made dinner, so I had basically no cooking experience. Here are pictures of all the meals...

Roasted Chicken with Baked Potatoes and Green Beans


Chicken Quesadillas

Pork Stir-Fry



Flat-bread Pizzas


BBQ Pork Sandwiches and Pasta Salad


Jambalaya


 Spaghetti (I forgot to take a picture before we ate it)

I LOVED THIS MENU PLAN! It gave me some cooking skills and it has saved us some $$! I was able to do all my shopping for $38.49! Definitely brought my grocery bill down.

So for my boyfriend, his favorite was the chicken quesadillas. They were so stuffed and filling!! My favorite was the Jambalaya. I have learned that cooking with chorizo for something other than breakfast is an amazing idea! Here is the link! Dinner for two for $40. On a side note, I did some research and there is a 2nd edition of this fabulous menu plan. Here is the link for that. Dinner for two Part Two

Sunday, September 16, 2012

DIY Wreath

My boyfriend is a big Florida State University fan, so when the season started, I wanted to bring a little garnet and gold into our house. I've seen all these wonderful DIY wreaths on Pinterest, so I thought I'd take a shot at one. So I headed to Michaels...

Things I purchased...
Wreath made out of sticks/twigs
Wooden Letters
Paint, one gold and one garnet
2 spools of ribbons, one gold and one garnet
Refills for my mini hot glue gun.
Over-the-door wreath hanger

So the first thing I did was paint all my letters garnet. I gave them two coats. After they dried I used the eraser from my pencil and painted gold polk-a-dots all over them. They came out too cute!


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Then I cut my ribbon. I'm not great at making bows so I just cut them into same-sized pieces and then tied them in a knot. I did a piece of gold and garnet together. Then it was time to assemble everything. I wasn't sure I was going to have enough ribbon to really cover my wreath so I glued my letters first. Use a lot of hot glue! Then I glued my knots. 


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So there it is. Pretty cute! My boyfriend was really surprised to come home to it.

Go Noles!
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