Thursday, August 29, 2013

Throwback Thursday ~ Elegant Lace Stole

Here's a beautiful wrap I made for my mom a few years back (for her birthday).

This pattern was so fast and easy to work up!   For this particular stole I used 2+ skeins of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Sea Blue (my mom loves blues).  It is a long wrap and while I didn't think it looked wide when I was working it, you can see it is plenty wide to wear!  :)

Next time I think I'll use Caron Simply Soft to give it a more "lace-like" appearance (this is actually one of the recommended yarns). Bernat Satin would work, and so would Red Heart Soft yarn.

This pattern was created by Dot Mattews and has been published in Crochetville Community and Crochet by the Hook.  Skill level is Easy.  It uses two hooks (sizes J and K) and just three simple stitches - (sc) single crochet; (ch) chain; and (dc) double crochet.

You can find this FREE pattern by clicking HERE.

Happy Handicrafting!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday ~ Victorian Candy Cane Holder

Yes, I realize it's only August, but for crafters, this is the time we really start to get into heavy crafting mode so we aren't up all night on Christmas Eve finishing projects (well, at least we hope not to be!).

Here's a fun little crochet project I made a few years back our ladies' Holiday Tea.

Each person at my table had one of these candy cane covers (with mint chocolate candy cane) at their place setting with a stamped tag (my theme was "sweet" in pink and brown).  And yes, I crocheted the place mats and cup doilies as well.

These were created using Caron Simply Soft yarn in Chocolate and a size F hook.  The pattern is called Victorian Candy Cane Cover by Cylinda Mathews.  Right now it appears the link is no longer working (and I am hoping that I remembered to print this out).  If it ever does come back online and I remember, will try to share it with you.  It was free when I found it the first time.

Getting into the holiday crafting frame of mind too?   What are you making for this year's gifts or decor?


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Smitten ATC

Summer fun is almost over--vacation is through, sunshine is waning each day and the temps are dropping little by little.  Lazy, hazy days of summer are fast becoming a memory and it's time to get back into routines.  Time to get back to blogging schedule!

Let's start with some fun for Throwback Thursday.

Here's a little number I created a few years ago.  I had wanted to give ATCs (Artist Trading Card) a try and had a ball.  While I wouldn't want to do these all the time, ATCs would be fun little things to add to a card front or a scrapbook page.

This particular ATC features a loving vintage couple.  I'm sorry, but do not remember where I purchased it from.  :(   The phrase is a Stampin' Up! stamp, as is the background stamp.  Ink used was Bravo Burgandy for the image, versamark for the background and the phrase.  Silver embossing powder was used on the phrase.  (I still need serious help embossing, ugh).  Thankfully I'm better at "fussy cutting" than embosssing, lol.  The ribbon and charm were some that I had on hand.

Perhaps when things settle down again I'll be able to make some time to practice embossing.

Until then, happy creating!