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Bookmarks- Work in Progress Wednesday

A few weeks ago, I participated in a craft fair. This was the 3rd one I’ve done and so far, they really haven’t gone too well. It’s so discouraging! The couple items I did sell however, were my bookmarks. In fact I all but sold out of them, all by one person! (I only had about 5, so it really wasn’t that major). I hadn’t got around to making any more yet, so I decided to take a break from the Japanese Flower Coasters I’ve been working on and make some more bookmarks.
Here are 2 of them in progress:

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One has a small cross on and the other will say “Jesus”. They work up fairly quickly, so these are now completed, however I want to make several of each in different colors, so it is still a work in progress. I also need to make some more that say “Hope” and “Peace”.

What are you working on this week? Is it new, or are you replacing something that’s sold?

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Quick Yarn Flower Hair Clips

If you haven’t noticed yet, I love yarn! Most of my crafting involves the use of yarn. When I started loom knitting back in the fall, I went on a purchasing spree and bought several different types of looms. I have different sizes of round and long looms. I also have a few other ones, such as a spool loom and a flower loom. Which brings me to my Made By You Monday project. Flower hair clips! I absolutely love how quickly they work up and how simple they are. Here are a few different sets I’ve completed:

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Aren’t they cute?! And I love the possibilities with color combinations or trying different types of yarn (which I haven’t done yet).

Here is the loom that I used to make them:

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I can’t remember the brand or exactly where I got it, but believe it was with Michaels or JoAnn’s.

These flowers are great for more than just hair clips. If you think you’ve seen them before on my blog, you’re right! I also love using them on my wreaths! Here are just a few:

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Have you ever made these flower before?  What is your favorite use for them?

PS.. If you see an item you love, they are all available in my Etsy shop

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Jesus Checkbook Cover in Plastic Canvas- finished Friday

Monday I showed you all the finished pink Hope checkbook cover. Well, here is the finished Jesus checkbook cover! I love the colors- so springy! I am definitely in a springy mood lately 🙂

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This checkbook cover, along with several others are available in my Etsy shop. If you would be interested in a custom order, please, contact me (stitchesoflight@gmail.com, or through Etsy).

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Thursday Roundup #2- Flower Power Crochet Patterns

Welcome to Thursday Roundup #2!

With spring having sprung (both on the calendar and in the air…FINALLY! 🙂 I thought that a flower roundup would be appropriate and maybe even appreciated this week!  There are so many ways to crochet flowers.  Everyone’s talent just amazes me!  I am a pattern collector, so these will definitely be added to my collection LoL. So here are some incredible flower power patterns!

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1. Crochet Daisy– skill level easy!  (My favorite kind!)  I think these would be adorable on a blanket. (FREE!)

2. 5 Petal Flower- This adorable flower was used on a card, but certainly has lots of other uses as well.  (FREE!)

3. Leaves and Flowers- A stacked flower pattern, but you could also use them just as 1 layer.  Also includes a pattern for a leaf.  (FREE!)

4. Canterbury Bells

5. Crochet a Rose epattern This super simple pattern will work up in now time as it is only 2 rows!. (FREE!)

6. Star Flower– A unique flower shaped like a star.  Also perfect for any skill level.  (FREE!)

7. Daffodilly Flower- Nothing says spring like a daffodil! (FREE!)

8. Chrysanthemum- A bit more advanced, but lovely.  (FREE!)

9. Bunny Flowers- I know we just passed Easter, but this is so adorable! (FREE!)

 

There are soooo many other wonderful flower patterns out there!  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  What is your go-to favorite flower pattern?

 

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Japanese Flower Coasters – Work in Progress Wednesday

This week I am obsessed with this adorable Japanese flower coaster free pattern by Daisy Cottage Designs. I’ve already completed one set in a sage color, and now I’m working on this patriotic red, white and blue set.

 This one is in progress
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Here the 2 are together.  I have 2 more to make to complete the set.
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I also have another set that I’m working on (why can’t I finish a set before starting another?!) in blue, yellow and green. Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of that one.  If you absolutely love this pattern and would like to try it yourself, the pattern can be found at Daisy Cottage Designs.
What are you working on this week?  Share a link, I would love to visit and see!

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Working Yarn Holders- Tuesday Tips

If you are a knitter, loomer, or crocheter, you know that it’s helpful to have something to hold your working yarn when you are working on your project.  Something to keep your yarn from rolling all over the place and collecting dog hair, etc.  There are items out there in the craft stores specially designed for this sort of thing, and I’ve seen some wonderfully creative ideas out there for holding the yarn too.  I had found a neat one that travels well- the yarn drum:

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I simply LOVE this tote.  It is big enough to hold several skeins of yarn, a zipper around to easily organize or add/remove yarn, and a zippered pouch perfect for holding needles, hooks and scissors.  It even has holes on top to pull yarn through so you don’t have to open it when working on a project.
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It also has a removable shoulder strap and a carry handle on top.  I’ve had mine for over a year and it is wearing great!  It is available at most craft stores and in pink as well.

However, if you’re not on the go, a simple bowl large enough to hold your yarn will work just fine!

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As long as it has a place to put the yarn in, and a place to pull the yarn out of it (leaving enough room for the yarn to spin), it will do the job 🙂

For more inspiration, click below to visit my board on Pinterest:yarn holders

 

 Do you have a favorite way of containing your working yarn?

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Hope Checkbook Cover- Made by You Monday

The other week in my Work in Progress Wednesday post, I showed you the start of 3 checkbook covers.  I figured I would be cruising through them when we were away on spring break last week, but as luck would have it, I ended up with a nasty tummy virus.  I ended up not feeling up to working on anything most of the week (thus, no blog posts last week- I wasn’t up to anything!).  However, I did finally finish this Hope checkbook cover in the last couple of days.

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I should be able to show you another one really soon too! (I got a big distracted today crocheting some cute flower coasters… Stay tuned for that too!)

This checkbook cover, along with others are available in my Etsy shop.  I am happy to make a custom order for you as well.  Direct link to this Hope checkbook cover is here: Hope Checkbook Cover

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Crocheted iPhone cozy (free pattern)- finished Friday

Not so long ago I got a new iphone. Of course, old cases never fit new things, do they? LoL! So I wanted something quick that I could protect it right away and I hate spending a fortune for things like that. So of course I turned to my yarn stash for some help. In no time at all I whipped up this little cozy for it.

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(Please excuse the numerous dog hairs- I had misplaced it for a while and found it on the floor under a basket. I didn’t take the time to pretty it yet.).

I made own pattern, and it was super easy! I simply chained 15, then joined it with a slip stitch to the first chain (be careful not to twist!) to make a circle. Then I just single crocheted in every chain. At the end of the round, I didn’t not join to 1st stitch, just kept spiraling around until it was long enough to cover my phone (about 15 rows. You might want to mark your rounds if you choose to count. Or just eyeball it until it fits). I did join that final stitch to the beginning of that last round (I did mark each new round). Bind off and weave in end. Turn inside out and whip stitch your bottom closed, weave in end and turn right side out. Add an embellishment if you choose.
I think you could easily add a cute little embellishment of your choice to cuteness it up- the possibilities are many!
Now I know it’s protected when I drop it in my purse as I rush out the door. 🙂

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Thursday Roundup #1- Eggcellent Crochet Patterns

I just love the idea of round ups! What a great way to promote each other and share the awesome, hard work of others! There is so much talent out there. So I decided that I would make Thursday my round up day and hope to add a weekly weekly linky party in the near future on Thursdays also. Some weeks it might be crochet, other times plastic canvas or wreaths, or anything else that comes to mind 🙂

For my very first round up theme, I chose crocheted Easter eggs. If you haven’t seen some of these amazing eggs, you are in for a non-fattening treat!

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1.  Little Yarn Friends- Give your egg décor some personality with these adorable little Moustache Easter Eggs. (FREE!)

2.  Plastic Easter Egg Bird-  These sweet little egg birds are sure to be a hit with the little ones! (FREE!)

3.  Little Monster Easter Egg-  Another adorable pattern that little kids will love to play with. (FREE!)

4.  Crochet Easter Egg-  I love these Easter eggs because you can actually hide treats in them!

5. Pineapple Lace Crochet Egg Cover- So beautiful!  Pattern comes with ideas for embellishment also.

6. Crocheted Easter Eggs–  These eggs would be beautiful in a pretty bowl or scattered about on shelves.  I love the added flower embellishment.  (FREE!)

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Checkbook Covers- Work in Progress Wednesday

This past week, I sold my Faith Checkbook Cover on Etsy (yea!)  So I am working on making another, as well as 2 additional to build up my inventory.  I am going to put different words on them… Not completely sure what yet… Perhaps Hope and Believe.  I also have an idea in mind for a white Jesus checkbook cover.  So here are the three I have started so far in various stages of completion.  I need to do the fronts and spines for all three yet.  The purple I started late last evening.  I’m going to work on it some more when we take a field trip for homeschool 🙂
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If you would like to see my other checkbook covers that are currently for sale, be sure to visit my ETSY SHOP.
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