Thursday, January 29, 2015

Herrschners® Baby's First Gingham Blanket Crochet Afghan

My mom crocheted a blanket for my daughter, and it's too cute not to share. We just love it at our house!! My little miss is too spoiled!

My mom purchased the Herrschners® Baby's First Gingham Blanket Crochet Afghan Kit. She said it wasn't too difficult of a pattern to follow, but it was a lot of work!


Isn't that pink just so pretty?? And the yarn is soft- perfect for baby! I kind of want for for me...

Thanks again, Mom! You're such a good grandma ;) 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Girl Behind the Blog

YOU GUYS! I just got a TON of new yarn. And I have a thousand inspirational yarny ideas bouncing around in my brain right now. And I'm so busy thinking about projects, sketching out my project ideas and pretending I'm blowing fire because I'm a mommy dragon to please my son (don't ask) that I haven't had a chance to create any of my brilliant ideas. The Yarny Muse have totally overloaded my senses. So, I decided that rather than put my inspiration to work, I'd set it aside for now and share with you all a little bit more about me!

And feel free to judge me ;) I can be a little bit of a weirdo, but I accept that about myself!

33 facts about me:
  • My dream is to have backyard chickens.
  • I drink some kind of herbal tea every single day. My current favorite is chamomile! 
  • I don't remember the first time I picked up a needle. I guess I've been stitching all my life!
  • Sometimes I wish my life was a musical.
  • I LOVE Harry Potter. I've read those books countless times. Once, my mom grounded me from re-reading Harry Potter. I think that ought to have won me a Geek of the Year Award or something.
Why yes, I have a lightning bolt on my forehead! And that is a Hermione doll.
  • Speaking of my mother, she made me take piano lessons for 8 years. EIGHT YEARS! It was awful! Once I even ran away from a piano lesson. When she finally let me quit, she told me I'd regret it. Guess what? I so don't regret quitting! And I never will!
  • I'm making all my kids take piano lessons for at least a year. It's character building.
  • I have zero problem leaving the house in my flip flops when there is snow on the ground...it drives my husband insane!
  • My 2 beautiful children blessed me with an abundance of stretch marks!
  • I just don't understand when people say, "I'm not a dessert person." 
  • I literally am incapable of watching a movie without doing a craft! Going to movie theaters drives me insane because it's too dark to craft.
  • I used to freak out when my son ate something off the floor. Now? I kind of encourage it. ("Mommy dropped that blueberry by the fridge. Go eat it so I don't have to sweep it up later!") Oops.
  • I firmly believe ice cream tastes best when eaten directly from the carton.
  • I don't love cooking...good thing the hubby does!
  • I am very, very afraid of grasshoppers.
  • I loathe broccoli. Ewe. Just ewe.
  • I believe everything is better with chocolate.
  • I'm a home body. I'd rather be at home than out on the town!
  • For YEARS the only type of cookie that I could successfully make were those oatmeal no-bake kind.
  • My husband and I were married in the Manti, Utah LDS Temple.
  • I take dessicated liver pills religiously. I'm super addicted to them despite the fact the bottle reeks.
  • I frequently dream that my dad is dead and I'm attending his funeral. Depressing, I know.
  • I LOVE yoga, but I'm so terrible at it!
  • Tangled is my favorite Disney movie.
  • I'd rather go shopping for yarn and fabric than clothes...
  • My foot size is a 5 in womens. Or a 3 in kids. 
  • If I had to choose between laundry or dishes...I'd choose knitting. Definitely.
  • I can't whistle. It's very sad.
  • I'm the oldest of 7 children.
  • Lace is my latest obsession. If it has lace on it, I want it!
  • I used to wish that I had red hair, just like Anne of Green Gables or Ariel. 
  • I kill spiders with my handy can of spray Lysol. (I don't use Lysol for anything else!) Then I don't go anywhere near the carcass until my hubby is home to get rid of it.
  • I was born on April Fool's Day. And save all your cheesy jokes about it. Trust me, I've heard them all!
And if you aren't completely sick of reading about me by now, you can check out my about page to learn even more about the girl behind this blog!
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Delightful Dishcloth Crochet Free Pattern

Would you like to know why I recently came up with this free crochet dishcloth pattern??

My adorable little boy has decided that my kitchen washcloths make perfect blankets for his little stuffed puppy. Oh yes. And he's a hard core hoarder. My dishcloths have slowly been disappearing for weeks now, and I just can't seem to stop my son from nabbing them! Seriously, before kids I never would have considered the dire need to put kitchen towels under lock and key. Anyway, I found a huge stash of dishcloths under his bed and I stole them back. But I still have some missing, so I figured I had better make new ones and put them out of his reach. Besides, my dishcloths are getting nasy and old!


Materials:
  • Size G crochet hook
  • 2 coordinating skeins of Lily Sugar n Cream yarn
Notes:
  • Finished size is approximately an 8.5" square
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.

Pattern:

With MC Chain 24
Row 1: In second chain from hook sc. Sc in each across.
Row 2: Chain 3, *yo, insert the hook into the same stitch, yo, draw the yarn through the stitch. (3 stitches on hook.) Yo over, insert hook in next stitch, yo, draw the yarn through the stitch. (5 stitches on hook.) Yo, draw through all 5 stitches on hook. Dc in next stitch.* Repeat across.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece is a square, ending on row 1 and joining with sl st. Finish off.

Edging:
Row 1: With CC, join to any stitch on the end. Chain 1, sc in same stitch and evenly around, making sure to sc 3 in each corner. Join with sl st.
Row 2: *Chain 3, sk next st, sl st. Ch 3, sl st in ch 1, sl st in same stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st, finish off.  

I think they are very pretty:) I'm a sucker for a dressy crochet edging! 


And I'm going to need to make more of my scrubbies too...That stinker of mine thinks scrubbies are the perfect pillows for his puppy! Dishcloth blankets, scrubbie pillows...what will be next?

At least he's not lacking imagination.

And at least I LOVE to crochet for the kitchen ;)

Happy stitching!! And to keep up with my free patterns, be sure to check out my Little Miss Stitcher Pinterest Board!
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Projects Half Done #1

I'm definitely one of those crafters who is constantly in the middle of a million projects. I'd thought I'd share them as a way to *hopefully* inspire me to finish them before I start on even more crafts :D

I've been making this Sadie Baby Dress in Willow Gosling Fingering. I'm dying over the sweetness already and I can't wait to finish it so my little miss can wear it! 


I have had this baby quilt almost finished for ages. It was my first attempt at free-motion quilting. I certainly didn't do a perfect job, but I'm still pretty proud of myself! Now, if only I could muster up the courage to add the binding...


I'm not even sure if this project counts as half done, since I really haven't started it...I bought this towel from Joann's months ago. I've been meaning to add a little bit frilly crochet towel topper to it, but as you can see, I haven't even managed to cut it in half! 


My mom has this tradition of cross stitching each of her children Christmas stockings. I have decided to do the same! I'm almost done with my daughter's Little Tree of Hope Stocking. I just have to add the beads and turn it into an actual stocking! Maybe I'll complete it by next Christmas...


I think I always have so many projects going because I always need to have something to work on to fit my mood and circumstance! Sometimes I'm just not feeling the embroidery vibe, so I have to break out the sewing machine! And if I'm in the car, I certainly can't be sewing so I need a crochet or cross stitch project! 

What projects are you working on?

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Felt Golden Plates DIY

Okay, let me just preface this by saying that I KNOW my homemade felt gold plates are a little bit more yellowish than goldish. But I couldn't find any true gold colored felt at any local crafts stores! And yellow or gold, they serve their purpose because my toddler loves them!

(Not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? You can read a brief description of what the gold plates are here. And you can learn more about our faith here!)


Materials:
  • 7 sheets of gold (or yellowish!) felt
  • 1.5 inch binder rings (3)
  • Hole punch
  • Spray paint (This is optional. The only gold binder rings I found clashed with my yellow felt. My OCD couldn't handle that, so I bought yellow spray paint and sprayed my silver binder rings so they matched!)
  • Hot glue gun


Tutorial:

(You can read more about the descriptions we have of the gold plates here. We don't actually know what they looked like exactly, so there's room for some artistic liberty!)

First, I spray painted my binder rings yellow. Then, using my rotary mat and blade I cut all but 1 sheet of my felt into fourths. 

I marked 3 dots evenly spaced  along the left edge of the now small peices of felt. Next I used my hole puncher to make holes where each dot was marked. And then I put all my pages onto the binder rings. 


Using the sheet of felt I'd set aside, I cut 2 long strips just skinny enough to fit between the binder rings. 

I slid the peices between the binder rings and wrapped them over about half of the pages and then hot glued the ends together. 


And then I presented them to my toddler! He's been super obbsessed with the gold plates as of late, so these were a really big hit!

I thought I'd share a basic lesson plan for FHE that I prepared for our family tonight. You can easily adapt this to fit your family's needs and the ages of your children! I only chose two scriptures because of my son's age, but if you have older children you could easily include more verses, quotes from general authorities, the  testimony of the three witnesses and/or the testimony of the 8 witnesses!

Opening song: The Golden Plates
Prayer
Discussion: Summarize the story of how Moroni buried the golden plates and then Joseph Smith received and translated them into the Book of Mormon. 
Scriptures:
  • Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein. 2 Nephi 27:12
  • He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulnessof the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants. Joseph Smith- History 1:35
Pictures: Moroni Hides the Plates in the Hill CumorahJoseph Smith Translating the Book of Mormon 
Testimony: My husband and I will share a brief testimony about the Book of Mormon and the golden plates.
Closing song: I usually let my son choose! So I'd bet we'll be singing I Love to See the Temple ;)
Prayer

And here you can find some more supplements and activities to include in a lesson about the golden plates: Additional resources

There are so many activities I'm planning on using these gold plates for in the future. Role playing Moroni burying them and Joseph Smith finding them is a lesson I intend to do someday with my kids!!

What are you doing for family night tonight??

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