Crocheted “Bib” Necklace

I happened to come across this great post of a crocheted “bib” necklace from the blog A Common Thread. I thought it was so elegant that I had to try it myself. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like using the cotton thread she used in the pattern so I went with something a little thinner that I already had on hand which was some red heart mercerized cotton. I used a size 3.25mm crochet hook. I purchased some bronze split rings and chains and away I went. 

Since I don’t get a lot of time to do anything in peace with 2 little kids this was done after they were in bed and worked up in about an hour. I was so excited I had to wear it the next day! I received several comments on my necklace and some even thought that it was an applique that was a part of my shirt. It looks so much more delicate and lace like using the smaller thread. The only tip that I would provide is that you will want to connect each crocheted strand in the middle as they seemed to want to separate versus having a layered look. photo 1 photo 2

Nursery Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though Alektra is still sleeping in our room I still have her room ready to go and organized. The pictures don’t do the room justice, as the lighting isn’t the greatest, all the colors are actually fuchsia not the orange tint they appear to have in the pictures below.

 

Picture 1 – I use the cube organizers and fabric bins for pants, onesies, socks, and little things like that. They do sell some that have a place for labels but not in fuchsia as below. So I used my cricut, label maker, and some ribbon to make my own. Owl themed of course.

 

Picture 2 and 3: Courtesy of my mom, she used the fabric that I came up with to make Alektra’s curtains and bedding, thanks mom. I posted earlier the owls that I made out of felt and adhered them to the curtains with double sided fabric tape and velcro.

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Multiple Project Post…..catching up

Since it has been a while since I last blogged I will attempt to create a post that covers most of my projects. Since the arrival of my daughter time and sleep is limited and I haven’t gotten back into the groove yet. I go back to work this week (tear) so we will see if I can’t get back on track with throwing that in the mix as well. Most of my projects have been things for my daughter such as hats and headbands.

For the headbands I just used a 3 chain strand for the base and added bows/flowers for detail. I just measured Alektra’s head and made a chain that was about 1/4 of an inch smaller (due to stretch) out of 100% cotton yarn. I then joined to the first ch and sc the next 5 stitches and chained the rest and repeated until I had 3 strands. Then you can find any type of flower/bow pattern to attach to the top. Super easy.

As you can see from the pictures below I also made her some hats due to Iowa’s super cold winter with negative temps. I just followed a simple beanie pattern and again added some detail with flowers and a heart (for February).

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Alektra is here!

Well it has been a little over a month since my last post but happily due to the birth of our daughter Alektra Marie! She came on December 18th and was a healthy baby at 7lbs 10oz and 19 inches. I have been on hiatus of doing anything since her birth but have a few posts to do on projects I finished before her arrival.

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Baby Girl Hats with Flower Clips

Hello I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did at our household, I had some smoked turkey for the first time and I don’t know if I will ever want anything different. It was DELICIOUS!

One of my good friends recently had a baby girl just shortly before Thanksgiving. I decided to make her a couple of hats for her baby girl using a pattern I found on a blog that I follow (click here for pattern). I made one in a newborn size and one in 3 month. I also chose to use my own flower using a simple magic ring ch.3, 12 DC in ring, sl st to join in beg ch3. For the second row I did a DC, TC, DC in the first DC, sl st, and repeat to make a small flower.

Once I was done with the small flower I cut a small piece of felt, and hot glued the felt and a clip on the flower so that you can interchange them with the hats or just wear them directly in the babies hair. You can find these clips just about anywhere Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s, etc.

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Finished Crochet Baby Blanket

Well after forcing myself to weave in all the ends to this blanket I finally finished it. I love how this turned out! It was a quick project if I would have just kept with it but I hate weaving in the ends which makes me push things off a little longer than I should. It is all part of the craft though. I am actually using this blanket right now as I sit at my desk, it is a bit chilly in the house today.

Below is a full view of the blanket and then a close up to see color/stitches.

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Toddler Hat #2

Yesterday I was looking through my yarn stash and noticed I had enough yarn to make another toddler hat that I had posted about earlier (click here for post). I made this version a little longer so it fit over my son’s ears a little better than the blue one I had made previously.

Definitely picking up the knitting much better than previously. If I wouldn’t have had my son’s help I probably could have whipped this up in under an hour but he likes to give me lessons on where my eyes, ears, and teeth are while I am trying to knit and is a bit distracting, but I love it.

I followed the pattern as written however just added 3 more rows to the k2,p2 pattern in the beginning to make it longer. photo

DIY Beaded Necklace

I had a formal event to attend for my husband this past weekend so I had to dress up my 8 month pregnant figure which I am not used to since I have spent the last 10 weeks with my couch. I bought a simple black dress and added some color with some royal blue pumps and wanted to find some jewelry to match which was hard to do. So I decided to make a necklace on my own and it turned out great.

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a gold chain that was 30″ long and some blue, black, and gold beads. along with some beading wire. I simply took a portion of the original chain out and replaced it with the wire after I decided my beading pattern. The hardest part was wrapping the beading wire around the chain but after a couple attempts I was able to securely get it fastened. photo 2

 

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Easy Sew Baby Blanket #2

 

 

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I just finished baby blanket #2 from left over fabric from the nursery. I followed the same tutorial in my earlier post. I used this blanket for myself last night and was very cozy. This one is larger than the last, it is about 50″x60″.