Sunday, November 8, 2015

Giraffe Set Update!

So I know its a couple months late for an update but I have just now had time to write one out. During the month of August my husband came home for his midtour. He was here almost an entire month and the day he left was the day I started my fall classes. For future reference 2- 8 week classes at one time with a toddler, who sees napping as a foreign concept, is not for the weary!! As soon as classes finished, literally the day after, E and I both came down with the crud. I can't complain about getting sick though since it was after I finished for the semester... I would not have finished classes had it happened before. Even with classes finished, I am still constantly on the go. It is 2nd birthday time!! Time flies!! So be on the lookout for fun ideas for your little's birthday :)

So back to the matter at hand... the giraffe set!!

The giraffe set is being put to good use now. Sweet little R was born on August 6th. He is the sweetest little baby!
Be still my heart!! <3 <3

This photograph was taken by The Sweeter Things Photography, now known as Courtney B Photography. Courtney is a wonderful photographer and fellow military spouse located in Minot, ND. Her work is absolutely beautiful! So if you are in or around that area check out her work and let her capture your memories :)

I also made another hat for sweet little R. His parents are huge University of Florida fans. With college football season right around the corner (at that time), I had to make him some Gator gear. I made him a simple hat with a felt applique and it came out so cute! It helped to have the cutest baby wearing it ;) Cutest little Gator fan EVER!!!


For this hat, I just used a basic hat pattern and changed colors every row. For the applique I used an image I found on google and just traced it onto the felt. Then I cut it out and hand stitched it on with embroidery floss.

Here is the image that I used to make the applique :)

I hope y'all are still enjoying the giraffe pattern as much as I am! I know seeing this handsome little man in his hat made me love the hat even more!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bows, Bows, Everywhere!

When I moved back in with my family at the end of last year, My daughter and I began sharing a dresser, floor space in my room, and well just about everything.  Most of the time that didn't bother me but when it began looking like a bow monster came and threw up all over my room, something had to give! I had been previously storing them in a drawer in the dresser but soon needed that drawer for underwear... it's potty training time in our house... so much fun! Anyway, I eventually had bows strewn from one side of my room to the other and some had even migrated to other rooms of the house. I could never find a bow when I needed it and it was driving me crazy. So I decided to finally make a bow holder for all E's bows and I think it came out beautifully! Here's how I did it...

What you'll need:
- a wooden wall plaque of any shape or size
- ribbon (I liked the wider ribbon but not wired)
- craft paint and brushes
- hot glue gun
- any embellishments you want to put on your bow holder (letters, flowers, bows decals, etc.)

Ok, so I found the coolest unpainted wood pallet wall plaque at Walmart (I dont have an unfinished picture, sorry!). It was $5 and to be the size it is, I think that is a steal! While there I also grabbed a spool of wide unwired pink ribbon. When I got home I primed the plaque with basic white craft paint that I had on hand and let the two coats dry overnight. I went to Michaels a few days later and they had a cute letter in the correct size so I grabbed it. When I got home, it was back to painting (after baby bedtime of course lol). My dad actually helped me with some of the painting (yeah be jealous because he's that AWESOME!!). The pink we used is actually the wall color of my daughter's room that he painted for her. We painted the edges of the letter pink just to give it the extra pop that it needed against the board.

Then we painted the plaque. He put a heavy amount of the pink paint on each end of each panel and then took a larger dry brush and brushed it across the entire board quickly. It is a really neat technique and was not hard to do at all. It allowed just the right amount of white to show through and looked distressed. It came out great! To attach the ribbon I just used my hot glue gun. I cut 4 pieces of ribbon in equal lengths and hot glued them to the back. I think unequal lengths would look neat too! I also used the hot glue gun to attach the "E". After I finished putting it all together it just looked like it needed something so I grabbed some left over ribbon and tied a bow and attached it in the corner.

 After I finished gluing everything I was finally able to rid my room of all the bows.

.... well not all of the bows. Who knew a little girl needed so many bows ;)

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6

Friday, June 26, 2015

Final Piece of the Giraffe Set is HERE!!

So here it is, the final piece of the Giraffe Set. I have thoroughly enjoyed making this set. I know the receiving mommy-to-be is beyond in love with the cuteness and so am I!

The final piece is a diaper cover with a cute little tail! I think this is a great set for anyone. It is gender neutral but can be made more gender specific by adding a bow or colored edging. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. Enjoy!! :)

Here is the link for my Giraffe Diaper Cover Pattern:

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. -Leviticus 19:18

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Giraffe Hat

 After making the lovey as a gift I decided I would make a hat to go with it. I looked on Ravelry and just couldn't find a similar hat to my lovey so I decided to make my own. I used some of the parts from the lovey to make this hat. The ears, spots, and horns are all parts I adapted from the lovey pattern. The base of the hat is made using Repeat Crafter Me's Puppy Hat Pattern. This pattern  is only for the 0-3mth size but I think the ears, horns, and spots would look good on a 3-6mth hat as well. It is very adaptable. It can be made with or without earflaps and would look very cute with a bow for a girl giraffe. I hope you enjoy!

Here is the link to my Giraffe Hat Pattern:

I am in love with this hat and the lovey. Be on the lookout for the finishing piece of the set!

Please feel free to share your creations and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask :)

I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.- Psalm 40:8

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It's Here!!

 The Giraffe Lovey Pattern is HERE!!!! I am so excited to release this little guy! I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I do :) I would love to see your finished projects so please post your finished pictures on Ravelry or on my FB page . If you have any questions please feel free to message me on the Ravelry page, my FB page, or leave a comment here and I will help you in any way I can.
Here is the link:


 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. -Psalms 18:46

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sneak Peek!

My newest design is the cutest! Just so ya'll get as excited as me I'm going to show you a sneak peek of what I've been working on. I must say I am ecstatic how it has come out. I am still making some finishing touches on the pattern but it should be ready to release within the next couple weeks if not sooner so be on the lookout :)

So one of my very very dear and oldest friends is having a baby and it's a BOY!!! I am so happy for her and her husband and I knew I just had to make them something for their new addition. I noticed a lot of their registry items had giraffes on them so I decided I would do something with giraffes. I wracked my brain for over a week trying to decide what to make to send to them. It was obvious I would make a hat (They live in Minot, ND... way too cold for this southern girl!) but I felt the gift needed something else. I absolutely love loveys! They are great comfort blankets to little ones. I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I decided to make one. I am so excited to share the cuteness and the pattern!!

Here is a sneak peek :)

Giraffe Lovey

Keep a look out for the pattern. COMING SOON!! :)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 5:1

Thursday, May 14, 2015


I'm going to make this post short and sweet :) SUMMER IS HERE!! I have been taking classes nonstop trying to finish out my degree and this summer I decided I needed a short break. This is my first summer break in 2 years and I intend on making it fabulously filled with crochet!  Be on the look out for new posts coming soon :)  

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." -John 15:12

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Playing Catch Up

Because things have been so crazy I have been playing catch up on pretty much everything. This post will be about Christmas gifts (super late... I know). Before I show you the gifts I made I just want to thank you for being patient with me. Having your husband across an ocean, moving your life to another state, trying to readjust to living with your parents after being independent for a few years, trying to adjust to "single" mommy life, among other things is for the birds! It's been a crazy ride and I'm ready for a break. So moving on to the gifts...

The first gift I made was a scarf for my grandmother. I drew her name for the family gift swap and she can be very hard to buy for. My first thought was that she loves blue and brown so while looking at Michaels during a yarn sale, I found the perfect yarn. It was a bulky blue and brown variegated. I used my pattern for the Simply Simple Cowl which can be found on Ravelry here. I did add a few extra chains so it could be wrapped a 3rd time or be left as a loose 2 wrap cowl. She loved it!! She has had to use it multiple times with our crazy bipolar GA weather. I think it was a great choice!

Another gift I made was a scarf for my mom. I had been working on a scarf for a friend and she said how she loved it and, "Where was hers?" Little did she know I had already bought the yarn and was completely finished with it. It was hiding in my room so she had no idea. I used a bulky black and gray variegated yarn for hers and it came out so cute! I used Fiber Flux's Pavement Infinity Scarf that I found on Ravelry. It worked up really quick (like within 2 hrs quick!!). It came out great!

I think my favorite gift I made was for my aunt. She is a huge Alabama fan. She also loves coffee. So what better gift to give her than a houndstooth coffee cozy!! I used ELK- Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs  pattern for the Infinity Hounds tooth scarf and just adapted it into a coffee cozy. I chose my starting chains by looking at other basic cozy patterns and seeing what they started with. and I just whip stitched the ends together when I finished. It came out so cute and ready for my favorite Bama fan to use!

I made a couple more gifts I just didn't get the pictures of them before I gave them (Silly me!!) But I will give you the pattern for the boot cuffs I made. They came out super cute and I will definitely be making more. The pattern I used was Crochet Dreamz Brooklyn Boot Cuffs pattern.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”- Luke 2:14

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monkeying Around!

Ok! Sorry for the hold up on this post. It seemed like our family just can't catch a break these days. Shortly after I wrote the last post about postponing this post, my aunt's father got sick and passed away so she has not been able to get the pictures to me. Classes starting for me was also a hold up on this post... plus moving and taking care of a 1 year old by myself has been a huge challenge. It's just been hectic and it doesn't look like things are going to slow down anytime soon. Thank you for being so patient!!

 IT'S OUR MONKEYS 1ST BIRTHDAY!! Our daughter turned 1 and I can't believe it has been that long since she graced us with her presence. It feels like it was just yesterday I was at the hospital giving birth to her. It goes by so quickly! Enough reminiscing.... IT'S PARTY TIME!! After hours on Pinterest and days trying to convince my husband, I thought I had finally hit the jackpot with Sock Monkeys. Little did I know, there wasn't much DIY or free Sock Monkey things out there (we are picky Sock Monkey people). I found tons of cute ideas but I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on decorations or invitations. So I want to share our party and some how tos just in case you are looking for a DIY Sock Monkey party too. There are crochet, sewing and paper elements to this DIY :)

My aunt has a Cricut (best invention EVER!!) and the B for Boy cartridge has a Sock Monkey on it. It was the perfect little monkey for everything! She made banners, door hangers, and so much more.

Let's start with the invitations. Every party has to have a cute invite! I actually made the invitations on the computer in Powerpoint. My husband had to help me some with the layout but otherwise they were fairly simple. I just chose a slide that mostly resembled what I was looking for in an invitation and typed in all the aspects needed for an invite into the text box (who, what, where, when, RSVP). For a decorative theme element  my aunt made small monkeys to attach to the invites and I also attached a picture of our daughter to the invite for friends and family to keep. Here is what they looked like. (The white spots are where we had the address and phone number)

The pictures on the invitation are our Monkey in her sock monkey hat I crocheted for her. I used Repeat Crafter Me's Sock Monkey Hat Pattern. It came out perfectly adorable and the was a perfect addition to the invitation.

Now on to the decorations. My aunt is completely AWESOME!! She handled all the decorations for me besides pictures and crochet things. She made an amazing large banner for us and also a small banner for her highchair. As a surprise she made a door hanger which we were able to hang outside for everyone to see when they walked up to the house. She is so crafty and such a great aunt!! I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect for our Monkeys party!

The highchair banner was absolutely adorable! It had monkeys on either end and I AM ONE in the center. It was all tied together with ribbon.

This was our decorative banners. They came out perfect!! Just as the highchair banner they had monkeys on each end and also tied together with pink and brown ribbon. And the wooden 1 was adorably cute with the added monkey and ribbon. It made a great photo prop as well!

This was hung outside on the wreath hanger so everyone could see. It was a great idea!

As if that wasn't enough, her outfit was perfect as well. She had a custom shirt, fabric scrap skirt, and a rosette hair bow... All handmade!!

For the shirt I had found a tutorial on cutting fabric with a Cricut and sent it to my aunt to see if she thought we could do it. She was beyond excited to try something new and took on the task of making the shirt. She pulled it off perfectly! I couldn't have asked for anything cuter! Here is the tutorial we used to make appliques using a Cricut.

For the skirt I used this tutorial found here. It did not take as much fabric as I thought it would. I used fat quarters I picked up at JoAnn Fabric Store in various colors that matched the party. It came out much better than I ever could have imagined!

The headband took some patience and plenty of hot glue. I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest to make the rosettes and then I glued them together and glued felt on the bottom just so the clip I attached would have a better surface to attach too. Here is the tutorial I used. I suggest watching the video she has in the blog post. It was much more clear to me than the pictures.

I can't forget the cake!! CAKE!! CAKE!! CAKE!!

 The cake was made by a family friend who specializes in cakes for all events. She did a fantastic job and it tasted great, as you can see!!

 THE CUTEST SOCK MONKEY BIRTHDAY GIRL EVER!!! I think we pulled off a great 1st birthday party and can't wait to see what this next year brings!!

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. -Psalms 16:1

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Post on Hold.... Not For Too Long Though!

I know its been a month since our little one turned 1, but in that month time we have had a lot of changes in our lives. We had a birthday party, moved to another state, had Thanksgiving with family, my husband left for a year long venture with the military, and now we are 1 1/2 weeks away from Christmas. This past month has been a whirlwind and it doesn't look like it is going to slow down anytime soon. With Christmas right around the corner and classes about to restart, I am going to be a busy busy bee. I have written the entire birthday post up, I am just waiting on pictures. My fabulous aunt is my go to photographer and she is making me a disk of the birthday pictures. I have some but the quality is really bad because I took them off Facebook. As soon as I get the disk I will finish the post. On another note, I will have a couple projects to show off after Christmas... They're gifts so that means NO PEEKING! :) I can't wait to share what I will be gifting this Christmas! Keep watch for my future posts coming up soon :)

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. - 2 Samuel 22:31