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… 🙂

Crocheted Men’s Scarf

I searched the Internet far and wide to find a men’s crochet scarf pattern and turned up pretty empty handed. The consensus seems to be that crochet is not manly enough. Seeing as knitting is not my forte, I thought I was going to have to purchase a scarf and tell my boyfriend I made it myself. Which of course wouldn’t be true because 1. It’s actually finished and within a reasonable timeframe, and 2. It would be flawless.

Seeing as I’m embracing the spirit of honesty I decided I should figure it out. I tell my students that all the time, “figure it out.” I’m taking my own advice folks! I created my own pattern because I’m savvy like that. Aka, lazy because I only used two very basic stitches. Rest assured, anyone can make this scarf.

Stitches needed: chain, single crochet and slip stitch.

Yarn: “5 chunky” – 2.5 skeins

Hook: size 8

This is all very interpretative, so feel free to change the size or weight of your yarn and needle. It takes quite a bit of yarn, but it’s not difficult, just time consuming.

Chain 170. (Or until your desired length – most patterns recommended chain 300, but my boyfriend is short so I adjusted)

Row 1: single crochet in each stitch in chain across row, turn
Row 2: slip stitch in each stitch, turn

Repeat until desired width.

Mine ended up being 21 rows across.

When you’ve reached your desired length, slip stitch around all edges to create a finished look.

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I realized after that’s should have done two rows of slip stitch each time to create a more prominent difference in the rows. It looks good the way it is, but it would be more pronounced with 2 rows. Again, it’s preference.

I’d take a picture of him wearing it, but he has a hissy fit every time I ask him to take a photo. Which ill admit is often, but I like to photo document everything. Just in case. You know?!

Maybe ill sneak one when he’s not looking.

Now go and crochet your husbands, fiancés and boyfriends scarves. Hopefully you only have one and not all of the above, but no judgement here! 😉

sd. 😻

Owl Slippers {crochet}

Anyone that knows me knows I have an obsession with owls. I just love them! So when I started crocheting slippers, I knew I had to find a way to make a cute pair of owl slippers.

You will want to start by checking out my original post on Crochet Slippers, where you will find the link for the free pattern. Also make sure you take a look at “Important things to note on the Mary Jane pattern and changes I made” at the end of that post.

Just like with the sock monkey slippers, I made these using a size 5 crochet hook and worsted weight yarn. My feet are a size 8 or 9 and these fit nicely. For smaller than a size 7 foot I recommend using a size 4.5 or 4 hook. You don’t have to use the colours I did, get creative!

1. Crochet the “toe” and “sole” portion in orange.
2. Change to brown for the “upper” portion.
3. Eyes (make 4 in white)
R 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook.
R 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Slip stitch to finish off, leave long tail for sewing.
With black yarn, tie a couple of knots in the same spot and thread through the centre of eye.
4. Wings (make 4 in brown)
Starting at bottom of wing, ch 2.
R 1: Sc in second ch. Ch 1, turn. (1 sc)
R 2: 2 sc in first sc. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
R 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn. ( 3 sc)
R 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.(4 sc)
R 5:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc. Ch 1. (5 sc)
Sc down the 2 “V” sides of the wing, increasing at the bottom of the “V” with an extra chain. Finish off with a slip stitch, leave long tail for sewing. (Sc-ing down the 2 sides gives it a finished edge and looks much nicer.)
5. Beak (make 2 in beige)
Make exactly the same as the wings, stopping at R 3.
6. Using blunt needle, sew on all pieces to make the owl. For the wings I only sewed along the top, leaving the bottom free for “flapping” 🙂 haha

These slippers are the most involved ones I have made to date. I really love them though. The most tedious part is sewing on all the pieces that make the owl. But it’s totally worth it. Have fun with it! Change up the colours. I definitely plan on making more. Happy crocheting friends!

~Made beautifully by Heather~