Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Pattern Alert!

I'm super excited to release my first amigurumi pattern, the Mini Mermaid Doll!

You can find it here in my etsy shop.
Here in my Craftsy pattern store.
And here on Ravelry.

This adorable mini doll will swim her way into everyone's heart! 

Fully customizable! 

Pattern comes with instructions for the mini doll, mermaid tail, and bikini. 

Finished doll measures 7.5 inches (without tail).

Printable PDF Pattern, 3 pages, with photo tutorials.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mustache Coaster!

* Mustache Coaster *
Just in time for Father's Day!
Austere Twist © 2016
*Copyright Notice* You may sell items made from this pattern, however, I ask that you give credit to my store and please provide a link to my shop for the pattern. Rewriting, reselling, distributing, copying the pattern, or images from the pattern is prohibited.

What you'll need:
5mm & 3.75mm crochet hook
Red Heart (or any worsted weight yarn) - Black, grey, and 4 coordinating colors
Yarn Needle

beg - beginning
sp - space
st(s) - stitch
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet

Pattern Notes:
Coaster is worked in the round. Mustache is sewn on top.

Start with a magic circle.
Round 1: Ch 2, 12 dc in magic circle. Sl st to beg dc. (12dc)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2dc in same sp and in each dc around. Sl st to beg dc. (24dc)

Round 3: Ch 2, 1dc in same sp, 2dc in next dc. Repeat (1dc, 2dc) around. Sl st to beg dc. (36dc)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Round 1: With new color, sl st in any dc, ch 1, sc in next 2 dc, 2sc in next dc. Repeat (1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around. (48sc)

Round 2: Sl st to beg sc, sl st in each sc around. Sl st to beg sl st. (49 sl sts)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

I modified this pattern from Makes & Takes by working my stitches into the backbone of the chain.

Leave a long tail at the beginning and the end of the mustache (about 7 inches) for sewing.

Carefully sew the mustache to the surface of your coaster.

Weave in any loose ends.

All done!

Repeat this pattern 3 more times to finish the set.

**You may sell products made from this pattern. I only ask that you link my pattern in your listing. Thank you! **


You can also download the pdf version from Craftsy and Ravelry.

This posted was featured on Skip To My Lou:  Made by You Mondays

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Pattern Alert!

Introducing the Stellar Dishcloth!

It's perfect for all skill levels and comes with a full step by step photo tutorial.

These dishcloths work up quick and would make a wonderful gift!

What you'll need to complete this pattern:

1.25oz/60 yards Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn 
(about half a skein of Lily Sugar & Cream) 
6mm/J crochet hook (or hook to obtain gauge)
Yarn needle 

You can purchase this pattern on Craftsy, Etsy, and through Ravelry!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tentacle Scarf Pattern!

Hot off the presses (of my laptop) is my new Tentacle Scarf Pattern!  Available now in my etsy store for only $4.oo!

This pattern works up super quick and would make a wonderful gift.  It's also great for all skill levels!

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 www.dafont.com 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 www.picmonkey.com 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.