Monday, February 9, 2015

My first pattern for sale is finished!

I've finally completed my first pattern available for sale!

I'm so excited to share it with you all.

I've decided to offer it in my storenvy and my etsy shop as well as on ravelry.  (So everywhere!).

This is a simple pattern that can easily be worked up in a day or less.  Great for gift giving or making a cute weekend accessory for yourself.

If you've purchased my pattern please feel free to post a picture of the finished product in the comments or on my facebook page.  I love to see the different interpretations of my work!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Quick and Simple Valentines Day Gift

This is a perfect gift for any occasion, however, it makes a notably sweet Valentines Day gift for that special person in your life. 

What You'll Need:

1 Deck of playing cards
1 pack of printable business cards
A business card template
Font of your choice
Color printer
Crochet Hook

I first found the idea for this project here.  I did a few things differently, mainly because they saved me time, money, and resources. 

Before you gather your supplies you'll need to make a list of 52 things you love about the person receiving this heart felt gift.  They don't all need to be serious!  In fact some of my favorite reasons were the silly ones.  

Now that you have your list gather all the materials necessary.  You should be able to complete this project from start to finish in a couple of hours.  However, if you're like me and have a bunch of kids hanging around all time, it might take a few days.  But seriously it's insanely simple!

Find a template online that matches your printable business cards.  I used Avery business cards because I knew it would be easy to find the matching template.  Once it's downloaded open up the template in your document program (I use Open Office) and choose a font or two.  If you don't like the font choices in your program you can easily find a free font on and add it to the fonts in your program.  Now type all 52 reasons into the business card template.  Don't forget to number them!  I ended up using two different fonts, one for the numbers and one for the text.  

Next, you'll want to jump over to and create some simple graphics with text.  One for the cover page and one for the last page of your book.

Print those cards!  Depending on what kind of playing cards your using you may need to trim a little here and there to make the business card fit how you want.  I used a paper trimmer for this but scissors work just as well.

Use your adhesive dots to attach each business card to a playing card.  I used 2 dots per card.  One on a top corner and one on the bottom opposite corner.  This helped me use less dots, save money, and time by not having to apply 4 dots for every corner. 

For the cover page I placed the business card on the front of the playing card.  For each numbered reason and the last page I placed the business card on the number side of the playing card.  I used the two joker cards for my cover page and last page.

Now the fun part (at least for me), laminating!  This was a little tricky to figure out but in the end I only needed to redo two cards.  I found it helpful to feed the sheet of cards into the laminator using something hard and flat like a large picture book.  This way the cards aren't shifting in the laminating sheet before it gets heated.  You'll also want to leave plenty of space between each card inside the sheet to insure that each card is sealed around the edges.  It might also help to run each sheet through the laminator a few times.  

I chose to laminate my cards because I wanted them last and with three young children running around they needed protection from spills and other messes.  This isn't necessary to complete the project but it does give it a permanent and professional finish.

Once all your cards are laminated simply cut around the edges to free them from the laminating sheet.  Grab your hole punch and make two holes in each playing card (make sure you are punching on the same side of each card!).  I eye balled it but you could be more precise by marking where you want your holes first using a ruler and then hole punch.

This next step again is not required.  If you can't crochet that's ok!  You can use the ribbon without crocheting or you can use binder rings, zip ties, the possibilities are endless.

I used a 3.5mm hook to crochet two 2 inch chains, leaving a long tail at the beginning and end of each chain.  Now take your finished ribbon chains and thread them through the holes in your book.  I finished each binding chain using the long tails to tie a square knot and then a bow.

That's it, your done!  Easy right?  

Now wrap it up and give it to someone special this Valentines Day!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Old Fashioned Mac N'Cheese

This is a family favorite in my house.  It is by far the most requested recipe when it comes to holidays and potlucks.  And everyone expects me to bring this if I'm invited.  It is so delicious!
This is a simple southern take on Mac N'Cheese (sorry no bread crumbs).


3 Cups dry macaroni
6 Tbsp butter
6 Tbsp flour
4 Cups of milk
2 Cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
Pepper to taste


1 Medium pot
1 Large sauce pan
Measuring spoons
2 8x8 pans or 1 9x13 pan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fill medium pot about 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling add in the noodles.

Place butter in large sauce pan and melt over medium heat.  After the butter is melted add flour and mix together with your whisk.  

Now, slowly mix in the milk and add pepper.  
(I do not add salt due to the high sodium content of the cheese.)

Keep on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

In the meantime, the noodles should be done.  You only want to cook them partially (they continue to cook in the oven) so take them off the burner when the ends of the noodles are slightly flared out.  Drain and place evenly in 2 8x8 pans or one 9x13 pan.

By now, the roux should be thickened and ready for the shredded cheese.  I wait until it's almost boiling so the cheese melts quickly and evenly.

Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and mix in well with a spoon.

Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.

That's it!

My kids love this served with baked beans, peas, and rolls. 

If you make the 2 8x8 pans like I did, this recipe can easily be frozen for later.  Follow the directions above but instead of baking it place it in the freezer.  Thaw overnight and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I also make a fun summer version with tomatoes baked under the shredded cheese.


Friday, May 23, 2014

My New Organized Craft Corner

My little corner filled with all things crafty became a dumping ground over the last couple of months.  It was time for a change!  So I carved out a few hours one Friday afternoon and did some serious organizing.  I find it so energizing to take a stale unorganized space and make it functional again.  Here's what it looked like before (don't judge me, we all know crafting leads to hoarding!).

Eeek!  Yarn overflowing, crochet needles everywhere, felt and fleece piled high, and you can barely see my poor sewing machine.

I first decided the quilting table was no longer working for me.  I mean, I never quilt so it seems ridiculous to have a QUILTING table.  I quickly found it a new home through Craigslist.  We had a spare desk so I decided to use it.  It's a simple desk that will make it more difficult for me fill with clutter (hopefully).

I took everything out and off the desk and shelves, moved my new to me desk in, and then proceeded to do some major de-cluttering.  There was a bunch of junk inside that quilting table.  I made some piles, found unused containers throughout my house, labeled them with a paint pen and viola!  A completely new and organized Craft Corner.

Wow!  So fresh, so clean!  Everything has a place with room for more.

Here's the breakdown of where everything ended up.

Not in view is a table top ironing board and 2 cutting mats discretely placed behind the bins underneath.  And I now have a drawer to keep my notebooks full of crafting ideas.

And since this desk has open space underneath I thought filling it with well organized bins would help me keep the clutter at bay.

So that's it.  My new organized Craft Corner.  I hope I can provide some inspiration to my fellow crafters for your own Craft Corner or room.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Two Bean Turkey Chili


This is one of my family's favorite week night dinners during the week and I'm so excited to share it with you today! All three of my children (yes, even the baby) love this chili. And it is so delicious and warming on those cold winter nights.

Two Bean Turkey Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


1 lb lean ground turkey
1 small onion diced (or half of a large onion)
1 can Kidney Beans 15.5 oz
1 can Black Beans 15.5 oz
1 can Tomato Sauce 15 oz
1 can Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz (plain, NOT seasoned)
1 packet Chili Seasoning
1 cup Chicken Stock (or broth)

  1. Brown the ground turkey over medium in a large pot.
  2. Add diced onions, cook until translucent.
  3. Throw in the beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili seasoning, and chicken stock. Stir well, reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.

Add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese before serving and you're done!

While the chili is simmering I put together a quick salad and pop some cornbread muffins in the oven.

**This chili can also be prepared in the slow cooker, for those extra busy days.

Instructions as follows:
  1. Brown the ground turkey over medium in a skillet and add to the slow cooker.
  2. Dump all remaining ingredients in, mix well.
  3. Cook on High for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours. (Cooking times may vary in your slow cooker. I recommend trying it out on a weekend so you don't come home from work to burnt chili.)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Granny Square Heart Tutorial

Valentine's Day is upon on us so I thought I would make up a quick and cute themed pattern! This adorable Granny Square Heart can be used and gifted in so many ways. As a fabulous trivet, dish cloth, coaster, or wash cloth. You could even use it as an applique on a t-shirt, onesie, or pillow.  

Please let me know if you find any mistakes in the pattern so I can quickly correct them! 

Materials needed:

Crochet Hook (I used a 5mm)
2 coordinating worsted weight yarns (I used Lily Sugar and Cream)
Needle for weaving in ends


Sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sp – space
beg - beginning

The pattern begins with a typical Granny square.

Start with a magic ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3, 2dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 1) 3 times. Sl st to beg ch 3. (Four 3dc, ch 1 groups)

Rnd 2: Sl st to corner, ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) 3 times, sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnd 3: Sl st to corner, ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1) 3 times.
Sl st to beg ch 3. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Now to add the half circles.

Flip the square to the wrong side and join yarn in any right ch 1 space.

Ch 5, sl st in next ch 1 space.

Row 1: Ch 2, sl st to second dc in next 3dc group, turn. 2dc in ch 5 half ring, ch 1, (3dc, ch1) 2 times,
3dc, sl st to second dc in next 3dc group, turn.

Row 2: Sl st in every dc and ch 1 space across.

Row 3: Ch 2, sl st to corner, turn. 2dc in same sp as ch 2, ch 2, (3dc, ch 2 in ch 1 sp) 3 times, 3dc, sl st
to corner. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Repeat half circle on adjacent side.

Row 4: With right side facing, join anywhere with new color. Sc around in every dc and ch 1 sp.
2sc in every ch 2 sp and 3sc in bottom point of heart. Fasten off, weave in ends.

**Optional Picot Border**

Join yarn in any ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in same sp as join. (ch 3, sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 3, sc in same sp as
sl st) around.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pacifier Clip Tutorial

I love paci clips!  They are incredibly handy and help your baby's pacifier stay relatively germ free.  However, these little clips can be pricey and I'm all for saving money where I can.  This project is also a great way to use up yarn scraps. And it would make the perfect gift add on for a baby (clipped to a cute set of onesies) or stocking stuffer!  Here is my pattern for a basic pacifier clip.

What You Need:

1 Suspender Clip
1 Hair Elastic
Worsted Weight Yarn
3.75 mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

Basic Pacifier Clip Pattern

Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
St - stitch
 *New to Crochet?  Here's an excellent stitch guide with videos.

Chain 6
Row 1:  Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch st across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2:  Sc in same ch 1 st and in each sc st across. (5 sc)  Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3-28:  Repeat Row 2. (You can do more than 28 rows but I find it to be the perfect length).

Do not weave in end, leave a long tail for attaching the suspender clip.

 Take your suspender clip and insert it over the tail end.

Then bend the end over the suspender clip and sew it to the strap.

Now attach the hair elastic to the other end of the strap.

Loop it through and you're done!

You can also substitute different stitches for a different look. 

*Pink is done using HDC and tan is done using SC but in the back loops only.

I hope you enjoyed my pattern!  Feel free to email me with questions or leave them in the comments below.  

Happy Crocheting!

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