Tag Archives: Pattern

What I’m Working On

27 Jan

With my new year goals in full gear I have been getting busy with some exciting new things 🙂

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I have a few new hats in that will be coming in the store soon as well as some new mittens!!

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With Payton hiking out the snow with me to pick Emma up from the bus stop, I decided it was about time we made her some cute mittens (the baby ones just don’t fit anymore!) But of course I couldn’t stop there – my brain is on new year new goals.

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Instead of just MAKING them, I’m making the pattern and it will be available for purchase too! Stay tuned on my facebook to see when they are live or check out my etsy shop if you are interested!

What are you working on?

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A Fabric Headband

30 Apr

Today I attempted and failed a fabric headband only to try it again and finally make it!!

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I have been trying to find things to use with my scraps and since Emma has been headband crazy these past few days I’ve decided to make her a few as well as a few adult ones! This one is an adult size but that didn’t stop Emma from trying it on!

What you’ll need:

Fabric – one to two fat quarters would work for this project.
Fabric Scissors and Regular Scissors
Matching Thread
Pins or Clips
Elastic
Interfacing
Iron and Ironing Board

Soon I will have a pattern up for sale in my Etsy store for those who would rather just print out the sizes I used instead of measuring and figuring it out on your own!

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I cut out the fabric according to my measurements, ironed on the interfacing to the outside of one piece of fabric and clipped them together. You’ll see that I went ahead and folded my ends in to give it that clean finished look on the edges when it’s done.

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I did about a 1/4 seam around the edges sewing on top of the folded edges to keep them in place.

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Then comes the tricky part!

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Flipping the fabric inside out isn’t always the easiest and if you sew to closely to the edges it will rip the ends. I used my fingers to turn one side into the other and slowly feed it through the middle of the tube. Once the fabric started getting close to the smaller side I used a crochet needle to help me push it through.

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Once flipped inside out I ironed it flat, you could also do a top stitch for decoration here if you’d like, I chose the simple method of not doing it!!

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I cut out about a 4 inch piece of elastic to give me enough room to slide in the ends and sew it in.

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I chose to do a box like sew to ensure that the elastic was sewn in well and wouldn’t rip. You can do a decorative stitch here if you’d like.

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I did the same thing with the elastic inside the middle piece of the end and did a box shape sew.

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Even though it was too big for her, she was excited to try it on! I’m excited to make her a mini one that will actually fit her! One of my favorite things about this is that I made it reversible. This makes it easier to mix and match with outfits, and since this little one has a ton of outfits, she will be getting a ton of reversible ones!

 

Practice Makes Perfect!

3 Dec

This weekend I decided to do a trial set up for the show on the 15th. Since I’ll be going from having three tables to one, I had to figure out how to get as much stock as I could in one confined space! It took editing some things, a ton of rearranging, and not putting everything on my table.

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Above is my last set up, below is cramming everything onto one table without it being overwhelming! That was definitely the hardest part. Knowing what to put on your table (what you think you’ll sell) and what not to is impossible. Not putting something out that might have sold if it was seen may cost you, but you’ll never know!

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At this event – I’m excited to show off all the new colors that I didn’t have the previous year, while still trying to keep the favorite ones available 😉

 

Also new – is the cup cozies! I’m hoping this are a hit, especially since it’s at coffee shop. A few things I’ve slowed down on making are burp cloths and taggies. As much as a love these things, they aren’t getting as much attention as I thought they would and to be completely honest – I’d rather be in my living room watching Emma play while I crochet then in the studio without her!

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Don’t get me wrong! I’ll be in there sewing and working like I usually do, just not as much if these crocheted things keep selling like they are! Oh and to talk about what’s selling – these things are:

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These cork key chains are flying out of my hands like hot cakes! I’ve gotten a lot of people asking which ones I have and to be completely honest – up until now – I had no idea!! I spent this weekend sorting through all of them so I now have a list if anyone is looking for a specific one.

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It took longer than I thought it would, but I have a feeling it will be beneficial in the long run if someone is searching for a specific winery that went with a special moment to remember.

 

Well enough about me – what did you do this weekend?

Oh and don’t forget! If you missed out on getting a Young House Love book signed – I have one up for grabs 🙂

Love Always,

J

The Perfect Finds!

28 Mar

After a day long trip of thrift store hunting I found some AWESOME finds! I also found some awesome places to go back for some more shopping as well as other’s I’ll probably skip unless I’m looking for something specific..

Check out my awesome finds:

My mother-in-law found this perfect bench for Emma at the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift shop! It doesn’t need anything done to it and we’ve already put it to use a few times 😉

I found this desk at Unique in Falls Church! I’m going to sand it down, paint it or stain it, and paint the top of the desk with chalkboard paint! I’m so excited to see how this turns out!

Here is Emma’s new desk chair! It needs a few touch ups so we’ll be sanding and painting this one as well. It’s a little big for her but she can get in and out of it on her own so I think this will be something she grows with perfectly!

This was an impulse buy! It was only two bucks so I’m going to touch up the paint, lay a thin sheet of wood down in it and wrap that with fabric to make a cute tray to place things in!

Heck yes for cheap patterns! Especially home decor patterns! I hate spending a bunch of money on patterns not knowing whether I’m going to like them or change them 😉 This is a great way to try new patterns without feeling that guilt of paying too much! I also bought some awesome fabric by the bunch that you’ll see when I show off my work with these new patterns 😀

Hooray for two dollar batting! I spend a fortune on batting and usually buy it in bulk like this but you can’t beat less than 50 cents a yard!

So those were my awesome finds this weekend! The Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop in Purcellville is going to be my first trip each weekend from now on. That thrift store was AMAZING!

Stay tuned to see what I do with these perfect finds!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Crafts – Work In Progress Wednesday!

23 Nov

Welcome to Work In Progress Wednesday! Here is where I show off whatever I’m working on for the week and I also give other shops a chance to show off what they are working on. I’ve always been a big fan of getting to know the person behind the shop and I feel like this is a great way to give everyone a chance to see a little bit behind the scenes of the lives of some amazing shops!

This week I’ve been working on a bunch of multiple things but sadly there is nothing in progress that’s worth pictures. So this week I’ll just be featuring a few other shops who have some awesome things to share!

“One of my passions is recycling and I wanted to start creating crafts from things that might other wise be thrown away. I thought sheets would be a great item to use as they always have lots of great patterns on them. I found these used sheets and loved the pattern so I am creating Pillows out of them as my first repurposed / upcycled project. I hope to create many more items using products that would otherwise be thrown away.”

Made by ThisandThatCrafter – Click on her link to see her shop!

“I start by cutting the fabric and ironing it smooth then I cut the pad patterns our and pin them in place. Next is sewing on the pad pieces. Then the front of the stocking is now complete with pads! Now I decide to make a cuff, stitch on a name, or make a name tag – this one features a fish name tag so I make the fish and attach it to the front piece. Once the front is complete, I sew the front and back pieces together. Now I write the name on the name tag, in this case it is for my cat, Butter. I chose red to go with the red around the fish and pads but I have many colors. Then the name tag is completed. All that is left now is to make and attach the hook.”

Made by AshDazzle – Click on her link to see her shop!

“This is a fun little project I am working on for my daughter, Briley. She’s just learned her ABC song and I hope these blocks are a fun way for her to learn what each letter looks like. It’s really a simple project, but it does take some time to adhere and seal each individual block. I’m going to further embellish the “book” box that holds the blocks, so it’s almost a complete set!”

Made by ScrapHappyMe – Click on her link to see her shop!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing a little behind the scenes of these shops. If you have a favorite one please don’t hesitate to comment and tell us what you love!

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: Spotty Dog Crochet

7 Oct

Feature Friday Presents:

Spotty Dog Crochet!

scarf with button closure         tan lap blanket

scarf with button closure                   tan lap blanket

kaimedeiros                                         kaimedeiros

$20.00 USD                                        $55.00 USD

Flower headband         Sunshine baby blanket

Flower headband                               Sunshine baby blanket

kaimedeiros                                        kaimedeiros

$8.00 USD                                          $30.00 USD

Girly Wool Soaker Diaper Cover, Made to order         Building Blocks, baby blanket

Girly Wool Soaker Diaper C…           Blocks, baby blan…

kaimedeiros                                         kaimedeiros

$18.00 USD                                         $30.00 USD

ruffled edge scarf    Custom wool soaker for cloth diapers

 ruffled edge scarf                          Custom wool soaker for clo…

 kaimedeiros                                   kaimedeiros

 $20.00 USD                                   $12.00 USD

Spotty Dog Crochet is the perfect store to get any custom handmade crocheted item! This is where you are going to get an item that is custom made just for you! She does more fiber art than just crochet so if you have a specific thing in mind – don’t hesitate to ask her! I personally love giving gifts like these because they are one of a kind and the time and effort spent making these types of things really make it a personal and meaningful gift. 

What got you interested in crafting?

I have been creative my whole life and then in college a friend of mine taught me how to knit. Once I learned how to knit I started researching other types of fiber art and eventually fell in love with crocheting.

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

My favorite project to make is my ruffled edge scarf. It is easy to make but still looks fancy.

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My 1-year-old beagle / pointer mix puppy named Fenway is black and white spotted and he loves to “help” me with my projects.

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

I would probably keep the name Spotty Dog Crochet and I would love to have a yarn / supply store with plenty of space for people to sit, knit and have a cup of tea.

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

My girly wool soaker. Figuring out how to add the little skirt took me a long time, I must have taken it out and started it over a hundred times.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within thenext year?

I would love to keep improving my etsy shop. There is so much about this world of selling on the internet that I am still trying to figure out. Also, personally my husband and I are in the process of buying a house and I can’t wait to get all moved in and settled.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Seeing new projects and patterns. I love how relaxing it is to just sit and work through a project.

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

I would like to think that it is how creative I am. I can never stick to a pattern, I always end up changing things around to make them more unique and one of a kind.

If you could have one thing in your store what would it be?

I already have a ruffled edge scarf in the same color green as the one in my shop. I would love to have one of my blankets, the tan lap blanket would look great folded over my couch.

If you haven’t already stopped by the shop yet check it out: Spotty Dog Crochet

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

P.S. If you’d like to be on Feature Friday – send me a message!

Crafts WIP Wednesday!

31 Aug

Work in Progress Wednesday!!

This week I’ve been working on my first attempt to do a cowl scarf. The pattern I have calls for a much bigger hook than I own and much thicker yarn. I bought the thick yarn – then found out I didn’t have the right hook so I’ll have to go shopping again 😉 I couldn’t wait to get started on something so I went ahead and did a my own version of a cowl in a much smaller yarn and hook size than it called for. I haven’t quite finished it but it’s almost there!! Check it out:

I absolutely love how it’s turning out and can’t wait to get started on the thicker version. Here’s the picture of the on I plan on doing adventually:

Definitely a lot bigger and thicker!!

It’s weird but I’m actually excited for this winter! I don’t know if it’s because I have so many things I want to make and it’ll be nice not feeling guilty about staying inside like now when the weather’s so nice, or if it’s because I’m ready for hot soup and hot chocolate!!! For once I am excited for this winter!

Tonight I attempted making a different version of cheesy potatoes – It could have been better – but I am so proud of myself for trying! It actually felt good feeling like I was making something amazing from scratch. I’ll have to try again soon now that I know what I want to change to make it better 😀

Tomorrow is my day off and I have a few orders to fill but after that I plan on fixing up my storage. I’ve got a little organizing to do before I can really get my inventory up and stocked. I’m running out of places to keep things and it’s been a little chaotic!! I plan on showing pictures of the before’s and after’s and maybe even the in between’s so if you are interested in how to make things work in small places check back soon!

Oh and if you haven’t already stopped by DDsDarling’s is doing a giveaway that you can’t miss out on! It ends tonight at midnight! Check it out here!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Stitch & B*tch

31 Jul

Today was my first stitch & b*tch! I was completely nervous about jumping in to a group of knitters & crocheters that had been meeting together and being the newbie. Well I’m so glad that I went! I met some amazing people and they are making me want to do projects I never thought I could.. but with their help I think I might just be able to!!

Here are a few projects I have in my “hope to do list”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super excited! Which one would you like to see me do?

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Monogramming Madness!

15 May

Hooray! I finished my first cross-stitching letter and .. I am not that great at it! But practice makes perfect so I am making a T next 😀

I am really happy I stuck with my idea even though everyone gave me funny faces when I suggested my plan! I think once I get better at cross-stitching it will be a super cute way to finish off my frames.

I also think I need to add a layer of stiffener to the back of it so it doesn’t pucker the fabric as much. I was a little worried when I had the idea that it would make the frames that much more expensive but it turns out cross-stitching is super cheap! Once you have the needles and hoop the waste canvas is $1.00 for 12″ by 8″ (which makes three frames worth for me) and the thread is like 60 cents each. One pack of thread did this entire P. I’m also thinking about getting a smaller size waste canvas so the little purple fabric doesn’t show through as much in between the stitches.

Let me know what you think!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Let’s get real!

10 May

This nice sunshiny weather is making it impossible to get things accomplished! I’ve been spending a lot of my free time lounging in the sun and daydreaming. It’s my favorite thing to do but it’s not exactly working with my one year plan! So what’s a crafty girl to do when the sun shines down and the mood get’s lazy? Get up off my bum and get some inspiration! Nothing gets me back on track than finding something I can’t resist trying and that something might just be what I need to get these painted frames the finished look I’m striving for.

Imagine this:

with this in the inside of the frame:

I think they would be SUPER cute!

This thursday is my errand day so I’ll be shopping for some cross stitching stuff. I haven’t done cross stitching since middle school… so it may be a slow start but I felt like maybe I needed to add a little something to my frames. As much as everyone has told me they love them I haven’t really felt like they stood up to their potential! I am all about personalizing things and monograming. I feel like it gives you that little feeling like someone actually took the time to give you a gift that was really meant for you! Plus monograming is totally in 😉

I can’t wait to get started on this but I’ll just have to keep crocheting until I get the stuff I need!

Is anyone else having trouble being crafty when the weather is so nice!!?

Tips and Tricks are always useful! Fill me in on what you do when you get in these kinds of ruts!

Love Always,

J

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