Flower Lovey pattern

I’ve been wanting to post this for awhile now, but it was a gift, so I had to wait until my expectant friend got it. ANNND, she loved it =)

One of my absolute favorite Crochet blogs, is by the talented Miss Sarah, creator of Repeat Crafter Me. I tell ya, I just don’t know how she has the time! Her blog is so professional, and she has such amazing creations. She has perfected the “Lovey,” a fleece piece, with a crochet border, and crochet stuffie attached. For years there have been the crochet Lovey dolls, a stuffie attached to a crochet square. Maybe because Joanne’s constantly has fleece sales, but I just like Sarah’s version better.

I used Repeat Crafter Me’s tutorial for a Monster Fleece Lovey as a starting point. Here’s the thing, I bought a skip stitch blade, BUT, it was the wrong one….of course! On to plan B.

I am not a pro with a ruler, or measuring, or making straight lines. Weird right? So I stitched a long serger stitch around the edge of my fleece with my sewing machine. Using light weight yarn, and a 2.75 metal crochet hook, I crocheted 3 double crochets (DC) in every 3rd sergered stitch. Since the sewing machine already made a hole for the thread, it was easy to make the hole larger to accommodate the yarn. Then I crocheted two more rounds of 3 DC between each cluster. On to step 2. 2014-04-27 17.32.54I couldn’t find a cute, and free, flower pattern so I made one.

Abbreviations: st- stitch; sc-single crochet; dc-double crochet; dec-decrease; * repeat

Petals: Hook- 3.25 mm; I made this in a continuous round, you can always slip stitch to the first stitch and chain 1 in the beginning of each round if you are more comfortable doing that.

Make 5 sc in magic loop (6)

*2sc in same st, sc in next 2 st* (8)

*2sc in each st* (16)

*sc in each st* (16) *repeat for 2 more rows*

*sc in next 2 st, scdec* (12)

Repeat previous row (9)

I slip stitched the ends together, you can do this or just bind off, these will be hand sewn. to flower face. Leave long tail to sew. Make as many as you want to get the look your trying for (I made 12).

Flower face: Make 2

Make 6sc in magic loop

*2sc in each st*

*sc in next st, 2sc in next st*

*sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*

*sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*

sc in each stitch for 2 rows

Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew.

Here is what you have, a whole lot of small pieces, AAAAGH!!!

2014-04-23 12.27.24Now you will sew your petals to one side of the face. I used a whip stitch, but really, any hand stitch will work. 2014-04-23 12.30.152014-04-23 12.30.58If you want eyes and a smile, now is when you will sew it on one of your flower faces. Then you will begin stitching your faces together. When you have about a couple inches left to sew, now comes the stuffing. I used the poly-fill for stuffed animals, you can get it at any craft store. I also put a bell in the middle of the fill to form a rattle effect.

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All what’s left is to stitch it up, and sew it onto your fleece.

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FYI, I used some fleece from another project, I didn’t measure it, I just used what I had left =)

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Have a Crafty Day!

Anniversary, Mother’s Day, and Blue Hair

It has been a very busy month!

When my husband and I made our wedding date, it had more to do with the date the venue was available verses what holidays surrounding our special day. We made the mistake of not realizing Mother’s Day was the very next day. For the past four years, we have been celebrating them separately, but from here on, it will be a Motherversary. I was lucky to celebrate these two separately, yay!

Like many woman out there, I typically pick my own gift. Sometimes I leave the checkout cart open, with a sweet, “It’s ready for you dear.” Once in awhile, I give my husband the ad, with what I want circled. This can be treacherous though. You are assuming 1) He will do the leg work of going out and buying it, and 2) they will have it in stock, sometimes they don’t. I prefer the online order option. Since I am absolutely in love with Nomades, I created another bracelet. This time, it had nothing to do with the military, and everything to do with my little ones.

2014-05-08 15.39.41I paired our jeweled luv spacer, May special Mother’s charm, and cherry blossom pave, with the April Lavander pave, black sparkle pave, feathered friend spacer, 2 ocean pearl spacers, Baby girl footprints and a 15mm photo charm of my kiddos.  2014-05-08 15.39.50Here’s a closer look at the photo charm. I love it, and the kids thought it was amazing as well. Here’s a link to my page, just in case you’d like to order one for yourself 😉

For those of you who like charm bracelets, you know this combo wasn’t cheap, so I didn’t expect another gift, let alone 2 gifts =)

On our Anniversary, we stopped at a flower shop, my husband told me to stay in the car. I thought, flowers, how original. I quickly felt like a jerk! My husband had secretly taken one of our wedding photos to several flower shops, until he found one that would recreate my WEDDING BOUQUET! Can you believe it!?!

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I was moved to tears when I saw it! After our wedding, I wanted o get my bouquet freeze dried and put in a bouquet frame, but the wedding costs were to great, and we just couldn’t afford it. Since the four year anniversary, according to my husband, is flowers and silk, he had my bouquet recreated, and a silk ribbon tied around it. It still gives me chills!

My final gift was something my husband and I had been discussing for years. Matching tattoos. I got a key on my forearm and he got a keyhole on his chest.

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I know, they’re red, bloody, and a little inflamed, but hey, that’s what tattoos look like when they’re finished.

Lastly, of this week of celebration and gifts, I got a new hair-do.

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It’s short, and BLUE! Why? Because, that’s why. Sometimes we need to be crafty with ourselves =)

Have a Crafty Day!

Pricing items- Something to think about

If you’re like me, it’s really hard to price your creations.

I tend to think like a buyer. Would I pay that much? Where else can I get it, and at what cost?

I need to think like a crafter. Handmade item. One of a kind. How long did it take to make? How much was the materials to make it?

A character hat can cost up to $12 of inexpensive yarn, just for the appropriate colors. Then time and talent need to be factored in. Think about it.

Thinking

Here’s a great article for crafters and buyers alike.

http://www.handmadeology.com/pricing-for-time-intensive-handmade-items/

Special orders

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, sorry. I’ve been inundated with special orders. It’s been wonderful. I love when people recommend me to their family and friends. It helps me KNOW the quality I’m putting out. It’s different when you THINK you know, but it feels so much better when you KNOW you know, you know? (ha-ha-ha)

Here is one of my special orders. Nursing cover and burp cloths, made with Monster Inc fabric and coordinating Monster faces, and a baby Mike Wazowski beanie.

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Here is the link to the Nursing cover tutorial. Nursing covers take a lot of fabric! I have never done something so large before. Never worked with boning, or sewing hardware onto a project. This tutorial is fabulous for a novice sewer. My dimensions were different, simply because I had already cut the fabric for the burp cloths before my friend requested the cover, so I added trim from the coordinating burp cloth scraps. It made a matching set =) She was tickled, and I was able to add another item to my volley of “can do’s.” Fyi, I purchased this super cute fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.

This is my new crown jewel achievement (I know, I keep saying that). Another crafter/baker, and I had traded items (love it when that happens), she recommended me to a customer who was looking for a very specific baby shower gift. Can you guess what it was? Well if you’re a Star Wars fan, then maybe. (Insert exciting unveiling music here)…..

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TA-DA!!!!! Mommy and me Boba Fet helmets! The photo shown to me had the details in felt. Maybe I’m just not experienced enough to work with felt, but I can’t seem to use it, unless felt is just glued, not sewn. Either way, I choose to crochet each piece, and sew them on individually. Very painstaking work, but the end result made it completely worth it. The gifter relayed that her niece was practically jumping through the phone when she saw it.

I vow to post more patterns this month, so stay tuned…

Have a Crafty Day!