Tree of Life Pillow Tutorial

It’s been a little bit since I’ve blogged. Mostly, because the super-crud attacked our house and rendered all of us near lifeless for the last few weeks. The sickness did not keep me from crocheting though! (NEVER!)

I found a beautiful FREE afghan pattern on Lion Brand’s website called “Tree of Life.” It was originally a knitting pattern which they adapted to a crochet pattern. I am super-jealous of anyone who can knit and would love to learn it for the beauty of the stitches – BUT – this afghan is actually PRETTIER crocheted than it is knitted. The tree motif just pops up so much more on the crochet version! Since I could never commit to the time it would take to make an afghan, (being the lazy slob I am) I decided to adapt the pattern to a pillow and use ONLY the tree motif from the afghan pattern. I could not be more proud with how this pillow (which will actually be an upcoming birthday gift for my sister) turned out!

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I used a 16″ square pillow form. I decided to make mine into a slip-cover (since I chose white for the color and because my sister has young children at home – I figured she better be able to wash it) and added little wooden buttons (which I got at Wally world for around $1) to close the back:

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Here’s the (and I use the word loosely) tutorial to make your own tree of life pillow.

Also, here is the link to the afghan pattern on Lion brand’s website: http://cache.lionbrand.com/printablePatterns/90360AD.pdf

Materials needed:
• Size F Crochet Hook (3.75mm)
• Yarn Needle
• *Approx. 364 yards of acrylic worsted weight yarn (I used one entire skein of Red Heart Super Saver in White. Although, I do think this pillow would be gorgeous in green, or even a variegated)
• 16” X 16” Pillow Form
• 3 (or two or four) buttons of your choosing

Chain 49.
Row 1: SC in each chain across, not including the first (48 SC). Chain 1, turn.
Row 2: SC in each stitch across (48 SC)
Rows 3 – 58: Complete rows 1-55 of the “Patterns: Trees” section of the Lion Brand Tree of Life crochet afghan pattern.
Row 59: Ch 1, Turn. SC in each stitch across (48 SC) Ch 1. Turn.
Row 60: SC in each stitch across.
Once this is finished, your pillow front will be approx 14”. (Mine was, and and mine was also slightly taller than it was wide.)
After this was finished, I just continued to sc around the entire pillow front sort of willy-nilly until it reached close to 16”. In some places, (on the sides) I hdc and dc to make the pillow get a little wider since the tree motif itself was not perfectly square. Then, for the back panel, I just chained until my chain was as wide as my pillow front and SC’d in rows – making two panels. (making one long enough to over lap the other). I chose to sc in the back loop only to give the back of my pillow a ribbed effect. This is not necessary though since it is the back and doesn’t really need to be “pretty.” **Note: When you chain for your first flap, count your chains so you will know how many to do for the second panel. Also, if your back does not come out the same exact size as your front, NO BIG DEAL as long as it is close! It will stretch when you sew them together! On the panel that I wanted to have my button holes, I treble crocheted so that there would be room for the buttons to slip in, then followed with one last round of single crochet.

To close the pillow, just thread a length of yarn in your needle and lay the three pieces as you want them to be – pin if necessary – and whip stitch around the entire pillow. I hope this all made some sense as I have never attempted to create a “tutorial” from any of my creations before. Comment or email with any questions if something is not clear and I will do my best to clarify.

Last, sew on your buttons! You are done!
Have an awesome day!
Erin

Beauty after an ice storm

The other morning we woke up to everything in our neighborhood covered in ice! I’m sure I would not have liked it if I had to go out in it but luckily, I was able to stay in and enjoy the beauty of it all. I’ve said before, I’m no photographer but I just had to capture the eery feeling that I had looking out at the trees weighed down with that gorgeous crystal.

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I really felt like an ice princess standing on my back porch that morning! Everything around me was white and sparkling!

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There is beauty in everything if you just look around!

<3

Erin

Crochet Easter bunny hat and diaper cover

I just love, love, love blogging about everything I’m making! I only wish I were advanced enough already to create my own patterns. Hopefully soon. Until then, I will just continue to share new things I’m making and the links to the wonderful people who create these patterns! Thanks to the help of others, I just completed this project using Repeat Crafter Me’s bunny hat/diaper cover pattern seen here: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/01/crochet-bunny-hat-pattern.html

This is how my finished set came out:

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I love the hat! I followed her directions exactly, except I chose not to do a face and instead added a flower on the side by following the tutorial on Youtube by Yolandasotolopez. Her flowers are two layers, but I wanted a third. So after finishing the second round of petals (treble crochet) I added a third round of petals (double treble crochet), joining back into the center of the flower. I love how it came out! It has sort of a dahlia-look to it! (Please forgive the bad pictures, I’m no photographer)

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On the downside, my diaper cover did not fit my 10 month old. Not even close. So I will definitely have to re-make it. But thanks to these super-easy tutorials, it will be a breeze!

Hope you’re all having a great day :)

Heart Scoodie

Once again, I am linking back to the fabulous and oh-so-generous, BobWilson123. I made this scoodie by watching her tutorial on YouTube. I did not double my yarn as she did, however (I’m just a little too stingy with my yarn to do that.) I did do the HDC stitches as she did, only I did mine with a size F hook to create a tighter stitch. After I finished, I added fringe to the bottom ends with by mixing the Red Heart “Purple Tones” yarn with some of the same heather gray that I used for the scoodie. I then made 2 hearts (one slightly bigger than the other) to put on the hood using the same purple tones yarn. The heart pattern I used can be found here: Small Crochet Heart. I also used a size F hook for the hearts.
Here is a pic of my completed scoodie!
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Hope you like them! Let me know what you think!

Have a great day!

New Delhi Housewives are getting paid!

I stumbled across this article online today, and knew I just had to share it:

Housewife likely to get definite amount of salary from husband

My original thought was, WHATTT?!? This is happenening already in India but isn’t law yet in the States? No way! Then of course, my sanity kicked in when I realized that I, am already getting paid. I get paid by having access to all of our household funds, by having the freedom to do just about anything that suits my fancy (excluding anything too crazy), and by the beautiful smiles that come from my family members in return for the things I do for them.

So while it’s a funny thought – my husband having to give me approx. 10% of his salary, to keep in a separate bank account that only I have access to… It is also very sad, that in any part of the world, it is necessary to discuss such a thing as a LAW having to be in place to force a man to do his job as husband and breadwinner, which includes caring for his wife.

Thank goodness for the good ol’ USA.

Crocheting! and getting better :)

Wow! Crocheting has become an obsession. Just a few weeks ago, I knew hardly anything about the subject and am now crocheting every day. This is largely due to the wonderful quality of BobWilson123’s YouTube videos. I am so grateful to her, I wanted to share a link to her blog:

Clare (BobWilson123)

Also, I wanted to share a pic of one of the things I have made using one of her videos. (I’m so tickled with each thing I have made so far, I could just die!)

First project was a purse for my niece. This purse is particularly nifty because it changes into a baby cradle/bassinet when you fold the top down!:
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The only difference in mine from the tutorial video is the way I positioned my color changes. (Although, I do like the colors of Clare’s better, but decided to use what I had on hand.) Here is the link for the tutorial video:
BobWilson123 Purse/Cradle Tutorial

More projects to come and possibly even a tutorial or two of my own? :)

Have a great day!

-Erin

30 Minute Crocheted Ruffle Scarf

So a friend called me today to tell me she had found the most awesome-quick way to make scarves! (She is always crocheting and I am trying to learn but it just seems it takes entirely too long, and uses too much yarn to make most things.) So – I googled around and found the same video she did, and thought I would share it. :) Can’t wait to make one myself!

Miracles?

I was browsing around on a social networking site I frequent quite often today (coughs* facebook* coughs*) and found a post by a friend in which he said he did not believe in miracles. My immediate thought: YOU IDIOT! But I did not comment and say so, no, I am just too nice. It did however leave me wondering how someone could just simply NOT believe in something that I see every day. So in an effort to respect those who are not religious as I am, I will not go into details about WHY I believe miracles do exist. I will, however, leave you with a short list of  – only some – of the miracles I experienced today.

#1 I woke up! I did not have to wake up, any number of things could have happened during the night while I slept.

#2 I walked into my living room to be greeted with the smiling face of my beautiful 9 month old daughter. She went throught quite alot while I was expecting her, and also during/after her delivery, so she is no small miracle, let me tell you!

#3 The sun came up!

#4 My beautiful 4 year old woke up with a smile on her face as well and not grumbling about anything! Can you believe it? Well, maybe you can but I had a hard time with that one :)

#5 My wonderful husband made it to work and back to us safely, so that he can sleep alone in our king sized bed, while I sleep in my daughter’s bed because I am too angry at him to sleep with him!

 

That is all I have for today. Just. Be. Thankful.

-Erin

2013 – What will it bring?

No, I have not been posting regularly as I intended to. No, I have not quit smoking as I intended to. No, I have not been dieting as I had intended to. No, I have not yet attended a church here in my new town.

Enough NO’s. :) So much for resolutions! Ha! Some boxes I CAN check off my list for the new year:

CRAFTING:
Yes, I have been crafting – I just mailed my dearest friend a – oh wait! Can’t say what it is on the off-chance that she reads this post! More on that, later. Let’s just say, I re-purposed, err, made my friend, A, a neat, little gift and sent it in the mail to her. We’ll see how “neat” it actually is once she gets it and gives feedback.

I also crocheted my first scarf. I made a “curly” scarf by double-crocheting 3 times in the same chain to form the circular effect. (I must give my sweet MIL credit for this one.) This may be ameteur work to some – but to me – MT. EVEREST! Here’s a pic:

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If you’ll notice however, on the right side of the pic, you can see the end of the scarf that is smaller because I was not able to finish. I ran out of yarn! So as most things in my life go, I completely abandoned ship and have now started a new cross-stitch. (The kit, also a gift from MIL) The scarf, unfortunately, will most likely be left to die in the bottom of my craft storage-ottoman.

Reaching out to friends/family:
Since, I have not yet made any friends here in my new town (Don’t judge, I’ve “only” been here since November) I have vowed to start sending notes periodically via old-fashioned mail to my family/friends back home. I finally got around to making copies of Christmas photos and mailing them to my sisters and my mother. I must say, it took quite a bit of cunning to make said copies, because I went to my friendly neighborhood pharmacy where they were not quite so friendly and refused to let me copy my photos because of copywright infringement. Copywright, schmopywright.

Happiness to all! :)

P.S. As I was posting this, I took a brief interlude to remove a sopping-wet load of clothes from the washer. (Overload, much?) I, then, attempted to dry them, which weighed down the dryer too much and caused it to cut itself off. I am now drying them in batches. Fun times!

‘Tis the season…

Letters to myself. That is all this blog currently is, seeing as how I don’t have any readers, yet.

My family and I are getting ready for Christmas. Last month we moved 400+ miles and I am now that far away from any of my own blood relatives. The upside is that now we are much closer to my in-laws and my step daughters, so at least I do not feel completely like a nomad.  The move has however, changed the feel of the holidays for me this year. It’s strange decorating and cooking when I know that so few people will see or eat any of it.  We also have no outside decorations at all this year, due to all of our extension cords being in storage. (Epic fail, forgetting to bring those!) 

In an effort to keep myself and my 3-year old daughter busy, we attempted our first gingerbread house yesterday and that was an absolute disaster. The thing completely crumbled when we put the roof on. So no pictures of that, it would just be entirely too embarrassing. If anyone happens to read this, maybe you could comment with a good recipe for gingerbread that actually hardens enough? Or any tips as to why my gingerbread walls did not hold up under the weight of the roof?

For today, this is all I have to report. My mother and aunt are visiting Friday and will stay for 5 days (First visitors from home!) so I will spend the majority of this week trying to make my home look like something out of the pages of a magazine. An impossible feat, but one I will attempt nonetheless. :)

Happy Holidays Everyone!