Great Loss in the Family

We haven’t been writing lately because sadly, we have experienced a great loss in our family. We lost a mother and aunt last week and have been trying to make sense of this great loss in our lives. 

My mother was very sick and taken away far too soon in life from complications due to a long existing disease with the acronym C.R.E.S.T. associated with scleroderma and pulmonary hypertension. She always looked at her health ailments as obstacles which she would overcome and fight with determination and great strength.

We are dealing with this loss in our family as best as we can and will be celebrating her life this coming Sunday.

Throughout all of this time, we are able to honour her memory by continuing to make things beautiful. Idle hands have been put to use assembling photo boards and family and friends will be fed with homemade desserts from family recipes. We have also been receiving many beautiful things in return including beautiful flower arrangements, gift baskets, homemade meals dropped off, sympathy cards… and the list goes on.

Thank you to those who support us and know that we’ll be back on here soon with great tutorials and how-to’s and updating you on our projects and love of beautiful things.

We lost a beautiful person, a close follower of our blog and someone we love dearly…

xo

Leanne

Kid’s Playroom Painted Shelves

I recently converted a room from a home office to a kid’s playroom. The walls went from milk chocolate to white. Yes… white. In the past, I’ve always done kid’s bedrooms and playrooms in some bright colour, but I find inevitably I grow tired of that one bright colour throughout… especially when you add all of the other crazy colours, toys, accessories, etc. So this time around, I decided that white was a nice clean-slate sort of colour to brighten up this basement space.

The shelving units however got the full colour treatment. Each unit was painted it’s own bright colour and I love the way this turned out.

Each shelving unit gets a different colour of paint

The inspiration for this room and the colouring came from the much loved kid’s story book, “Goodnight Moon”, by Margaret Wise Brown. Anyone who has read this to their child will know that sometimes kids just get addicted to a book and want to read the same one over and over every single night. And this book… well it’s a little strange. But the simple wording, repetitive phrasing and bright primary colours make it a hit with the kids. I found a large hardboard version of this book at a second hand store for $2 and 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking frames for $2 at the Dollarama. So for $10, I created wall art to be featured in this room. Right now they are located on top of the shelves, where they look great. But they might relocate to one of the white walls opposite to the shelves.

Take any kid's book, remove the pages and frame them as artwork to hang in your kid's bedroom or playroom.

 

This was a simple painting project with a lot of impact… I hope that you are inspired by this and create something beautiful for your little ones!

Made beautifully by Leanne 🙂

Crocheted Winter Headbands

Two versions of the crocheted headband with flowers

So I’ve become a little bit obsessive compulsive about my latest creations. Headbands. Ear warmers. Fashionable head gear. OMG! The possibilities!

It started with this pin which links to Repeat Crafter Me. (http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2011/12/crochet-winter-headband-with-flower.html) On her site, she shows the link to the pattern for the head band and the flower including her own variation on what she’s done with it.

I have taken my own twist on this and have created many of these cute things by starting and ending the same way, but allowing for variations on a pattern stitch to make up the headband. Then I’ve changed up the buttons, embellishments and flower accessories. I’ve even made up my own pattern for an amazing granny square winter headband that I’m completely in love with. Below details my take on the crocheted winter headband including a few of my versions of different pattern stitches. I’ll save the granny square headband for another post because I want to make more and perfect the pattern before posting it for FREE. Yeah, that’s how we roll!! Free patterns!

Here is the link to the original pattern for the headband. I’ve made a few from this pattern, but below I’ve included variations on the pattern stitch so that you can see that the options are endless and beautiful. There are some patterns that are thick and tight and some that have a lot of give and make the headband really stretchy and adaptable to all head sizes. Check out http://www.crochetme.com… it’s an amazing site with lots of patterns and info!

http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/90100.aspx

Crocheted Winter Headband

Using 4.0mm crochet hook
#4 worsted weight 100% acrylic yarn

Time: Takes me about 1.5 hours to complete a head band without an added embellishment.

No need to work on gauge because you are going to be able to adjust the size based on your head, but the patterns will all have different stretch to them depending on how tight or flexible you want your headband to be.

Beginning of head band:

Chain 4 sts
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn
Row 2: (2 sc) in 1st st, sc 1, (2 sc) in last ch, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 4: (2 sc) in 1st st, sc to next to last st, (2 sc) in last st, ch 1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you have 13 stitches then complete one row of sc across your 13 stitches, ch 1, turn. That completes the beginning piece of the headhand.
Next you can work on any pattern stitch that you like. You will want to work your pattern stitch until your headband reaches approximately 12 inches. It will feel really short when you measure it to your head, but when you do the finishing part it adds a few inches. Here are a few variations of pattern stitches to use.

This one here is the one from http://www.crochetme.com and seen in the example photo above from http://www.repeatcrafterme.com

Pattern Row: dc in first stitch, *skip 1 stitch, work (sc, dc) in next stitch; repeat from * until there are two stitches remaining. skip 1 stitch, sc in the turning chain of the previous row, ch 1, turn

Here are a few of my own creations.

Pattern Row Option 2: (*dc, ch 1, skip a st) repeat until last st and end the row with a dc in the last st, ch 1, turn. Repeat until you reach desired length.

Pattern Row Option 3: (*tc, dc) repeat across entire row, ch 1, turn. Repeat until you reach desired length.

Pattern Row Option 4: Row 1 – sc across, ch 2, turn. Row 2 – dc across, ch 1, turn. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you reach desired length.

When you finish your pattern stitches, continue:

Row 1: sc across, ch 1, turn

Row 2: (begin decreases): Sc dec 2 st, sc to last 2 st, sc dec, ch 1, turn

Row 3: sc across, ch 1, turn

Repeat these Rows 2 and 3 until you have 3 stitches remaining. Now you are ready to do the sc border and ties.

Ch 1, sc around the headband. When you reach the 3 sc at each end, sc in 1st 2 stitches, then ch 7 – 9 and sl st to the final row of three sts at the base. Add another sl st for good measure, tie off and fasten loose ends.

Take a button or accessory of your choice and attach it to the opposite side of the head band. What you will have is a looped chain on one side and a button on the other. When the two sides come together the chain loops around your attached button securing your headband.

In some of my versions, I have created my own flowers or other embellishments to jazz up the design (oh geez… I said “jazz it up”. Am I 80 years old??? Well, I do like crocheting, tea and the Young & the Restless, so I’m sure my grandmother would be proud!)

Have fun with the pattern and check out the links to other sites on here. Leave your comments or send us pics of your versions of this quick project and we’ll post them!

Made beautifully by Leanne… 🙂