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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Halloween 2014

So I know this post has taken a while to write but our Halloween was not filled with dressing up and getting candy... unfortunately. It did not go at all as planned.

Our Plan: We were going to be the Apple family from My Little Pony (our nieces idea) and my husband even helped me with finishing the costumes the night before. My husband was going to be Big Macintosh, I was going to be Apple Jack, and our daughter was going to be Apple Bloom. They had all turned out so cute and all we had left to do was put them on and attach mine and my husband's cutie marks. It was our first Halloween we had dressed up since being together and it was our daughters first Halloween s needless to say I was beyond excited! All I have pictures of is our daughter's costume. My husband and I didn't get to wear ours. Everything was handmade except the sweater and pink bow... She looked so cute! I just hate she didn't get to wear it on Halloween. I do have a picture of her in it though (ok 5 pictures) :)

Apple Bloom Costume

TUTU: I used 3 yards of tulle. I cut 18in long strips, put 4 of the strips together and then looped them around a piece of 1/2in elastic that I had sewn together to make the waistband. For the tail I just made the strips a couple inches longer and used the same gathering/attaching method.

LEGWARMERS:The crochet leggings took some work. It actually took me most of the day just because of the custom sizing but after I had one done the 2nd one took me about 45 minutes to crochet. The legwarmer pattern can be found here

EARS & HEADBAND: Sorry guys the ears I completely free-handed.  I was tired and ready for bed and needed to finish so I just completely winged it. The headband I glued the ears to is just a long HDC chain. I measured her head before she went to bed and made the chain that length and it fit perfectly.

Our Unplanned Adventure: I had been feeling horrible all week and had even been to the ER earlier in the week but still felt horrible on Friday. I went to the doctor and she told me I needed to go to the ER in Columbia ASAP because she thought I may need my gallbladder removed. I was in complete shock. I figured she would just give me medicine and I would be alright but that wasn't the case. By the time I got to the ER I was in pretty severe pain and a nervous wreck. They admitted me just under 3hrs of being there and I was scheduled to have gallbladder surgery the next day. So instead of a fun Halloween with our daughter and nieces, I had to spend it in the hospital. However I did get a picture of our little one on her 1st Halloween all dressed up. Auntie Sarah is a fabulous costume maker on the fly! Our little Spike the Dragon with her other pony friends Twilight Sparkle, Princess Cadence and Apple Jack :)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. - 3 John 1:2

Monday, October 20, 2014

Here We Go Again!!

It's been a while since I have written but soon I will be back. Life with a infant and doing college classes is a crazy roller coaster ride... but a fun one! My husband and I are enjoying parenthood to the fullest and using our spare time to spend with our little girl. I will post some things I have made recently and in the past to make up for it ;)

As many know, my husband is military and we just found out he will have to leave again soon. While he is gone I have decided to make a granny square blanket. I will do 1 square for every day he is gone but they will be different variations of a granny square. By the time he comes home we should have a new bedspread for our king size bed.... yeah it'll be a lot of squares! I will post my squares and the pattern links weekly or bi-weekly and show my progress. Hopefully this project and the others I do will keep my mind busy and make the time pass by fast.

Posts to look for in the near future!!

~Halloween is coming soon! We are going to have a magical time in our costumes. I will share after Halloween :)
 ~1st Birthday is coming soon! It will be full of crafty goodness! Our theme.... SOCK MONKEYS!!! I can't wait to share!

These 2 posts are coming soon so be on the look out!

Before I end this post I just have to share one picture :) My husband and I never went on a honeymoon or any vacation in the 2 years before our little monkey got here. So this summer we went on our first family vacation!  We had tons of fun and loved our week of fun in the sun. Here is our baby... they grow so fast!!

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Psalm 51:12 NKJV

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Crochet Addict Blog Post

Thursday of this week my Bumble Bee Lovey Pattern was featured on Crochet Addict's blog. It was in her weekly Thursday Handmade Love 102 pattern round up. Go check out her blog :)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, - 1 Peter 1:3

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Moogly's Bee Pattern Roundup

I was contacted by Moogly's creator, Tamara Kelly, asking if she could use my patterns on her blog this week. Of course I said YES! I absolutely love her pattern roundups and her personal patterns so it is an honor to be a part of her roundup this week. Her roundup this week is called It's the Bee's Knees: The Buzz on 10 Free Bee Crochet Patterns and it has 10 free bumblebee patterns and 2 of which are mine. Go check out the bee patterns and her blog and like her on Facebook! It is awesome!


Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! ~Psalms 72:18

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'M BACK!!!!

I know I have been gone for quite a few months but I have had multiple things happen in the months I was gone. My husband deployed for 6 months and I found out I was pregnant about a month before he left, I began classes in pursuit of my degree, and our best friend moved to another base in Texas. While he was gone I stayed with my parents in GA and spent time with them and my fabulous grandparents. I love my parents and grandparents and having that extra time with them for those 6 months was priceless! Family comes first in my book :) The Thursday before the weekend of my 2 baby showers, my husband came home. We were able to enjoy 1 1/2 months of getting things together for the baby and spending quality time together before our munchkin came into the world.

The night my husband got home :)

Our sweet baby girl Emelyn :)

 I crocheted a few things during my busy summer. I will post a few pictures of some of the things I made.

 Tenneesee Crochet Edged Blanket and Smokey Lovey

I made a crochet edged fleece blanket for a friend and had a little left over so I made a Smokey Lovey using Repeat Crafter Me's Puppy Dog Lovey Blanket Pattern.

Rivalry Day Headbands

For the yearly rivalry games I made our munchkin headbands with our favorite teams. My husband is an Ohio State fan and I am a GA Tech fan. I think she looks better in yellow ;)

I used Boomer Beanies Miss Priss Headband pattern for the band only. The flower is one layer of the Big Crochet Rose pattern by JT Creations.

  Skinny Pink Headband

I made her a little pink headband and the corner to corner blanket she is laying on. The edging of the C2C blanket is a cute little ruffle to make it more girly. It matches her room perfectly.

The headband is just a simple chain to the length I needed and the flowers are from Daisy Cottage Designs Tiny Little Crochet Flower Hair Clip pattern.

 4 Braid Cowl

 I made this cowl as a Christmas gift along with a ear warmer for my aunt. She absolutely loved it. The colors were perfect since she is a UGA fan.

No pattern! I will write it out when I get a free minute :)

Winter Hats

I also made her some hats. We made a trip up to Ohio to visit my husbands family and the hats came in handy. The picture of her and myself was actually taken at our home in SC. It was her first snow. We had about 1 1/2 - 2 inches that week and about an inch the next week.

**Hat patterns are from Repeat Crafter Me
Zebra Hat
Owl Hat

Those are just a few projects I have done in the past few months :) Be on the look out for more things to come this year!

The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. ~Psalm 145:9

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Thank You!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! Thankful does not even begin to describe how I feel right now... I am in awe of what LuLu's is becoming! Not only was the giveaway a huge success, but my business has grown! Luli Bee Designs  was a major component in making the giveaway a success and my business growing (check her page out!). I couldn't have ever done it without her (seriously check out her page!). I am so thankful to all who participated and all who ordered. I never would have imagined that I would have more than 2 orders at one time. God is so good! I can't wait to see what my little business becomes in the future. I want it to be what God intends it to be and letting my crafts be blessings to all who recieve them. Again thank you for your support in my crafting endeavor!

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! - 2 Corinthians 9:15

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Giveaway Time!! We Reached 100! ***Ends Tonight!***

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April 28th we will announce the prize winners on LC’s and LBD’s page status. Good Luck Everyone!

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. - Philippians 2:5-8