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Petite Pillows

25 May

I am completely finished with the girls patchwork pillows!! The girls just love them, which makes a Momma happy. 🙂 They actually turned out how I pictured they would look, and that rarely happens. Usually what I intend and what is reality doesn’t match up.

This one is Addison’s pillow. She picked out the picture. She was giddy over the French knot colored sprinkles too. See, it’s true that everything really IS better with sprinkles.  I wanted to do embroidery with red thread, so that it looked like the vintage redwork embroidery… but then I thought it needed a few colored accents. These transfers were Aunt Martha’s Ducky Duck transfers.

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Here is a close up of the crochet border. You can click this link to go to the tutorial on how to do this: You Go Girl! is the name of the blog. This links you to the part where you are actually doing the single crochet border, followed by the shell. If you don’t know how to add the blanket stitch to the pillow, you need to go to that tutorial and back up to her week 3 post.

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Below is the back of Addison’s pillow. I created an envelope enclosure to insert the pillow. (You can’t see it well because the material is so busy. I wanted to be able to take the pillow out if needed, plus it’s easier to crochet the border without the pillow insert inside.

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Back of Macyn’s pillow.

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I think I mentioned this in the previous post, but I love the hand quilted look, so that’s what I did! :)  Now, I am not patient when quilting. Not everything lines up the way it should… but I just eyeball it and make it work! I am pretty sure my friend Roxanne was appalled today when she saw me sewing this together. She is an ACTUAL quilter.  I jacked up the corner around the picture there, so I decided to create my own “washi tape” to tack on top to hide the flub.

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This is Macyn’s duck that she picked out, headed off to market!

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And these are the two recipients! (Notice our new kitten Gatsby? Macyn is trying to get him to look at the camera. There is nothing like a 3 year old and a kitten! I have to limit her “holding” time to when I am in the room only. She’s learning to be gentle, and Gatsby is proving to be a sweet kitten.)

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I love my girls. :)I think this picture expresses their personalities so well. I am so blessed!

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I Heart Stitching!

22 May

I have been doing some embroidery projects and wanted to share a few.  This is the picture that Macyn picked out for me to stitch for her. I am making a pillow with it. So far, I have the top done! Yay! I will post pics of it when it is completely finished.

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I love hand quilting. It is so pretty! I just like the way it looks vs. machine stitched…even though I am new at it and my stitches aren’t always the right length.

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I used scraps to make to make the patchwork topper!

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I also bought some #8 DMC Perle Cotton. I am really enjoying stitching with it because it’s only one strand. An IG user, Bitsofstitching, introduced me to it. (She also has a blog btw: BitsofStitching)

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I am also joining in on a Stitch Along with BitsofStitching with this Barney Park Sampler from Charlotte Lyons’ Etsy store. It didn’t come with a stitch guide or anything, so I am just doing whatever stitch I feel like, which was the point of buying it… I would love to learn some new embroidery stitches.  I  am using this website for instructions on new stitches: Rocksea Embroidery.

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Here are some of the stitches I used on the roof: Back Stitch, reverse chain stitch (probably the most common stitch I use), braided chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, feather stitch.

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For the yellow flower, I used an eyelet stitch and outlined it with a backstitch. I think it made it look like a marigold flower.  I actually ran out of thread on the gray, so its not finished yet. I just had to come to a stopping point because I was stitching at my mother’s house, and we had to pack up to go home! 😉 The leaves are a lazy daisy stitch, and the frame around the window is a raised chain band.

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My girls fight over who this is in the window. They both think it’s a picture of them.  I did lazy daisies on the edges, and the satin stitches outlined with a back stitch in Navy. The coral color is a reverse chain stitch, yellow a back stitch, and gray French knots.

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The tree trunk was a really cool stitch. I used a whipped fly stitch… and outlined the sides in a back stitch.. of course! 🙂

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The pink was supposed to be a pyramid stitch I think, however, I didn’t know that stitch until after I had stitched it. It still looks the same though, but probably would have been neater and easier if I had done it correctly.

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MK is my little model when I am taking picture of my projects. 🙂 She ALWAYS wants me to take photos of her. Hehe.. she even put on her fancy rings.

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She is explaining that the cat in the sampler is our new kitten,Gatsby…and the dog is our boxer, Dixie….and of course the girl is her.

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If you are interested in doing the “Stitch Along” go visit Charlotte Lyon’s Etsy Shop and grab a sampler! It shipped quickly. 🙂 And you don’t HAVE to get the same one I did, but I think it’s pretty cute. Just tag your photos on Instagram with the tag #housewrenstudio.  If you want to follow me on IG, my user name is barber1029.

Happy Stitching!

Chevron Blanket

15 Dec

I finished the grey and white chevron blanket I have been working on! I am finally happy with it. I said I was finished with it earlier…but I just wasn’t happy with the border. I had done a single crochet edge on it, and it just looked too messy to me. Of course instead, I had to bust out the granny stripes! (Kind of.)

Here is the website that I got the pattern from: Good Knits (I LOVE the colors she chose.)

I tried to do a picture like she did, but I am no photographer! Chevron BlanketFF

You can see where I did a gray row of granny stripes for the border first. I wanted to end it with the white border, but when I used the traditional 3dc cluster, it was too many stitches and the blanket edge started to wave…so I just decided to do a 2dc in each open space.

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I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Grey Heather and White. I love the “drape” that it gives. I am happy with it! However it’s not for me to keep! It’s for a customer. I hope she will be happy with it too.

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—AMBER

(I haven’t forgotten about the Elf on the Shelf posts. I have been taking pictures of his shenanigans! I will post those soon!)

Graduated Granny Blanket

2 Aug

So I decided to finish up my graduated granny blanket. (I used this tutorial. I literally stalk this lady’s blog. She is super fabulous, and she inspires me to crochet!) I thought about going another round with all of the colors of the rainbow again, but that would have required WAY more yarn than what I had. I decided to finish it off with a pinky/red border, which sounds really weird, but the color combo worked well in my opinion. I actually started out doing triple crochet stitches in a granny square pattern, but hubby thought it had too many large holes, so I shortened them to double crochets, doing a solid green row, and then back to a “three-one-three” pattern.

I figured it was the prime photo op too. I usually have the girls’ photos taken before their birthday every year, but we didn’t get around to it. (My photographer is in LONDON!! Isn’t that awesome?! The same time as the 2012 Summer Olympics!) Anyway, so I took some of my own photos with my crochet blanket as a photo prop. I do realize that I am definitely not a professional photographer….or crocheter either, but it was still fun.

MK & Addie

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I really don’t think I have seen cuter kids.
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I can say that… it’s my blog 🙂
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I mean, come ON!
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Cuteness overload!
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I also held my own little crochet class at the house. We let the kids pretty much hang from the ceiling fans while I tried to teach some friends the basics to crochet. Kids, Yarn, PIZZA. That pretty much sums it up! 😉  Even though I don’t feel like I am certified to teach anyone this…I do know how to refer them to the internet and YOUTUBE! haha

I will say that regardless of the reasons WHY we get together, it’s always fun to get together with friends, old friends and new ones.

Cara

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Heather
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Leslie
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Jennifer
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–Amber

Craftapalooza

28 Jul

It has been Craftapalooza 2012 over at my house over the last couple of weeks. I have been making things left and right for baby showers,  gifts, and orders!

This is a baby blanket that I have been making for a baby shower. I saw the colors that the nursery was going to be done in, and this is what I came up with. I used the tutorial for this blanket and added some extras, like a border and some applique flowers.

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I made this crochet case for a sweet friend who also likes to crochet. I “kind of” used this pattern. The reason I say “kind of” is because I got really confused after I made the spine, so I just started making up stitches. It worked! I also decided to change colors so that the inside would be rainbow instead of one solid color…because rainbows make me happy! 🙂

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The outside cover called for an “X” type of stitch that left a lot of holes. I didn’t want the inside of the crochet case to show through, so I did a star stitch for the cover.

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This is a star stitch:

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AND now onto ORIGAMI! 🙂 Yes, I LOVE origami. Here are a couple of origami baby mobiles that I made. Let me tell you folks, origami is not for the faint of heart! I am totally serious. I basically charge $3 a star when I make an origami mobile, because this takes FOREVER. (I also included some small Origami Lucky Stars in this mobile. I don’t charge$3 for those.) First you have to fold the paper about 500 times (Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little.), and then you have to string them all up. I make sure that I secure all of the strands with crimping beads so nothing comes loose.

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This mobile was made because someone requested cranes and tons of colors, in addition to the stars.

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So, if you come over and wonder why my house isn’t clean…it’s because I was in the middle of Craftapalooza 2012!

–Amber 

Crochet Flower Brooch

17 Jul

What do you think about my new crochet flower brooch? I made this to wear on my jacket at church to brighten up my outfit this past Sunday.

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 Supplies: I used all 8-ply yarn for this. For the flower I used “I Love This Cotton” Yarn in shades Buttercup, Pistache, Orangeade, Royalty, and Red. For the leaves I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in shade Pistachio. (Apparently, I really like the pistachio colors.) I used two sizes of needles, sizes F (3.75MM) and size D (3.25MM). I used the size F hook for everything except the borders on the flowers.  Don’t forget a button, sewing needle, sewing thread, and a brooch clasp for the back!

Here is the pattern, written in U.S. terms
Abbreviations are as follows:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
htc = half treble crochet
tc = treble crochet
Start with a chain ring: Ch 6, then slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring.
1st row: Ch 2 (count as 1 sc), 19 sc in center ring (For a total of 20 sc. It will be a tight squeeze, but you can get them all in there!) Bind off and change colors.
2nd row: Join petal colour to any st, ch3, *skip next st, and into the next st, sc, ch2*
continue around the circle in this fashion and join with a slip stitch into
first ch. (You should have 10 2ch loops around your flower center)
3rd row:Next, slip stitch to the first loop and make a petal into the loop.

 PETAL: 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc, 1tr, 2dc, 1hdc, 1sc.
 Make 5 petals around your flower, going into every second 2ch loop. Join the last petal to the first with a slipstitch and bind off.
4th row: Switch to your size D hook and outline your flower: Sc around each st, doing 2sc in the top 3 stitches of each petal. Slip stitch across from the last stitch of one petal to the starting sc of the next, and when you have gone around the whole flower, join with a slip stitch and bind off.

(Back Flower)
5th row: Switch back to size F hook and do the back petals. Turn the flower over and find the 2ch loops in between
each petal. Join your second petal colour to any of these loops, and make a PETAL. (The same as the front petals.)

After making the first petal, ch2 behind the front petal to get you to the next 2ch loop, and continue in this manner around the flower until you have 5 back petals made, ch2 across to the first one and join with a slipstitch.
6th row: Switch back to size D hook for the outline of this flower: Join the yarn to any 2ch in between the back petals and slip stitch to a petal. Sc in each st around the petals, doing 2sc in each of the 3 top stitches, the
same as the front petals, and a slipstitch across each 2ch between the petals. Join with a slip stitch and bind off
To make the Leaves:
Chain 13, skip the first stitch, and do the following into the chains: 1sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 1 tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc,

and then I worked backwards along the other side of the chain for the second half of the leaf.  You can adjust this to as many or few chains as you like to make a bigger or smaller leaf.
Sew the button on the front and the leaves on the back. (I did this all together.) Then I sewed a brooch clasp on the back.
I saw a tutorial over at the Little Woolie blog and I made mine similar to hers. I changed a few things, but for the most part, it is her pattern. She has a picture tutorial, so if you need to follow along, click the link above. I love her blog and the colors she chooses. I wish she lived close to me so we could crochet together!! 🙂
Hope you have as much fun making this as I did!

-Amber

Learning to Crochet the Day Away

9 Jul

So I have found a new hobby: Crochet! Go ahead and say it…of COURSE I didn’t need anything else to do, but oh well! 🙂 My mother tried to teach me to crochet when I was younger, and I have attempted to do it time and time again. I know I have a couple of unfinished scarves lying around still. For some reason, this time, I meant it when I said I wanted to learn. She came over and showed me the basics again. I think the difference this time was that we have YOUTUBE! Before, when I was a teen wanting to learn, I didn’t have access to YouTube like I do now. I needed someone to sit beside me the entire time. If my mom wasn’t present, I couldn’t remember what to do next, but now that we have access to videos and picture tutorials, it’s easy as pie! 🙂 I do feel like it helped to actually have someone sit down with me to show me, but when I can’t remember what to do, I just do a web search!

I found a couple of projects on my Pinterest that I was interested in doing. I have a friend that is having a baby, so I made this blanket for her. I actually bought the yarn off of a lady from our local facebook Swap Shop. Apparently the lime green yarn, Mint Julep, is no longer in production, so I had to switch to Spring Green when it ran out. You learn something everytime you crochet, and this was a lesson learned…. MAKE SURE YOU CAN GET MORE OF THE SAME COLOR YARN if you are working on a project. DUH. I was too far into it to unravel it, so I am going to pretend like this was on purpose and that I wanted to graduate the color to a darker one. 😉 Hopefully the baby won’t be offended.

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I have found that I have a fondness for granny squares. I like the satisfaction of having something finished so early on in the process. (Plus, it’s easier to hold on to. I hate to chain 100, turn it, and and try to stitch the next row. It usually takes me a few rows to have something substantial to hold onto before I get comfortable holding it. If you have ever tried to crochet, you understand.)
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And THIS so far, is my pride and joy. 🙂 I read a blog where a lady made a blanket like this (check out my Pinterest) and was intrigued. I am not finished with it yet. I am not sure WHEN I will be finished with it. I want it to be a pretty large blanket, so I am just going to add on until I feel like it’s the size I want.

I keep my yarn in this bag, which is why it is in the picture…I am not finished! I have actually had quite a few people ask me where I got this bag at, so I will link it: http://abarber.mymarkstore.com/ (Click “Shop Entire Collection” and browse around! Lot’s of fun finds!)

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Here is the beginning of my next project. I hope I can figure it out. We will see! I am definitely a “Beginner” crocheter, so this may be biting off more than I can chew. However, I know my mother and Meme know how to crochet with their eyes closed, so if I need help, I am sure I can call them! 🙂
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And of course, I had to post pics of my girls. I have been away at a Women’s Retreat this weekend, and have missed these girls! It certainly is nice to get away for a weekend, but I do love coming home to my husband and children!
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MK is getting SO BIG! *sniff*
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Seriously?! The crazy thing is that noone has to teach her to pose like this.
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And I LOVE THIS PICTURE…because they are both standing up on the slide and you can tell that MK is scared she is going to fall off, which is why she is grabbing the back of Addison’s swimsuit. LOL

This also makes me think of what Addison said earlier when she was wrestling with MK, and apparently her panties were giving her a wedgie. She said, “Mom, these panties are cracking me up!” Haha

Love these girls.

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