Freebie Friday!!!!

imageAttention all designers Freebie Friday is here and I’ve teamed up with The Country Willows to bring you THREE free crochet patterns that you voted for!   You you can find these designs over at The Country Willows blog. HERE.

I was able to contribute and you voted for my Twilight Mermaid Crown!!!  IMG_5761

Head over to The Country Willows to see the other chosen entries!!!!

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Office Cozies in Cordial by Red Heart

I was sent this super fun and colorful yarn called Cordial by Red Heart recently to review.  I have to be honest.  It stumped me for ideas.  I loved how sturdy and fun it was but i wanted to create something to utilize its strength and fun color combos.  My husband helped me design the idea of Office cozies!  he is the most unorganized person i know.  Hands down so he actually needed the cozies!

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We came up with the idea to make two sizes, one for pencils and pens, and another one for odds and ends like paper clips and loose change.  These work up SOOO fast and really do hold their shape!  I love this Cordial Yarn by Red Heart!

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Tall and Lean:6mm Hook
Starting with Magic circle
Ch1
1.)8sc in circle. Join to 1st sc.(8sc)
Ch1
2.)2hdc in each sp around. Join to 1st hdc.(16hdc)
Ch1
3.)2hdc,hdc in next sp. Repeat around. Join to 1st hdc
Ch1
4.)in Flo(front loop only) scdc,(single crochet decrease) sc in each sp around, ending with scdc(single crochet decrease)join to 1st scdc(single crochet decrease)
Ch1
5.)Sc in each sp around. Join to 1st sc.
Ch1
6.)Hdcdc(half double crochet decrease),hdc in each sp around ,ending in hdcdc(half double crochet decrease). Join to 1st hdcdc(half double crochet decrease)
Ch1
7-14.)Hdc in each sp around. Join to 1st hdc.
15.)In BLO, sc in each sp around
16.)Turn, slst in row15 and row14 together. Fasten off

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Short n Fat:6mm Hook
Starting with magic circle,
1.)10sc in circle. Join to 1st sc.(10sc)
Ch1
2.)2hdc in each sp around. Join to 1st hdc.(20hdc)
Ch1
3.)2hdc,hdc in next sp. Repeat around. Join to 1st hdc(30)
Ch1
4.)2hdc, hdc in next 2 sp, repeat around. Join to 1st hdc.(
Ch1
5.)2hdc. Hdc in next3 sp. Repeat around. Join to 1st hdc.(
Ch1
6.)2hdc, hdc in next 4 sp. Repeat around. Join to 1st hdc.(
Ch1
7.)in Flo(front loop only) scdc,(single crochet decrease) sc in each sp around, ending with scdc(single crochet decrease)join to 1st scdc(single crochet decrease)
Ch1
8.)Sc in each sp around. Join to 1st sc.
Ch1
9.)Hdcdc(half double crochet decrease),hdc in each sp around ,ending in hdcdc(half double crochet decrease). Join to 1st hdcdc(half double crochet decrease)
10.)Hdc in each sp around. Join to 1st hdc.
11.)In BLO, sc in each sp around
12.Turn, slst in row11 and row12 together(fold sc down against outside of Fasten off

Borderline Mandala

Wink was absolutely right.  The colors and the process of creating mandalas is very therapeutic and the results are always so fun to admire and enjoy.  Like Wink, i too struggled/struggle with Mental Illness.  At an early age i was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.  It led to years in an out of institutions, years of falling ill from trying new medications, struggling with self harm and multiple suicide attempts.  I found solace in fiber arts.  It is also why i make my Farts and patterns so colorful and silly.  It helps me cope with my inner turmoil.  I felt compelled to share this, maybe to be able to have other empathize or maybe have someone, anyone out there who feels lost can relate and start crafts as positive coping skills ❤  I came up with a Mandala pattern.  I sat and made these back to back to back in various colors during a really rough week after Wink passed away.  I decided it was appropriate to call them the “Borderline Mandala”.

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Borderline Mandala:

Any size hook is fine.

Used varieties of Red Heart in, Super Saver, Classic, Shimmer and Baby.

Uses, (double crochet, Magic circle, Bobble Stitch, Triple Crochet, Spike Stitch)

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Begin with
Magic circle, ch1
1.)12dc in circle join to 1st dc(12)
Switch color
2.)ch1, 2dc in each sp around. Join to 1st dc. (24)
Switch color
3.)ch3, *2tc, ch2, skip sp. repeat from * around. Join to top of ch3
Switch color and join in top of ch3
4.)ch1, sc in same sp,(tc), sc in next tc sp, 3sc in each ch2 sp around. (1sc in each tc sp, 3sc in each ch2 sp)
5.)using same color, 2sc, Sc in next 3sp, repeat around.
Switch color
6.) sc in next 3sp Bobble stitch next stitch. Repeat around.
Switch color
7.) in BLO, *dc, 2dc, dc, dc in Bobble, repeat from *around
8.)using same color, 2hdc, hdc in next 10sp , repeat around hdc in last 5 sp. (104)
Switch color
9.)ch1, sc, sc in one row below, sc in two rows below, Sc in one row below sc, repeat around.
10.) using same color, hdc, ch3, skip next three, *decrease hdc, ch3 skip three. Repeat from * around.
Switch color
11.) slst to any ch3 sp, sc hdc cd tc ch2 tc dc hdc sc in same so and in each ch3 sp around.

Finish!
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1,000 fan giveaway!

Ive teamed up with Crochet Diversity to offer this amazing giveaway to thank you all for getting our facebooks(found HERE and HERE) likes to 1,000!  We could not have done it without you so here is our gratitude in the form of an awesome giveaway!!  The best part is there are many, MANY opportunities to win great prizes from our generous sponsors just for being such great fans!! *see below*

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I truly mean many opportunites.  There are MANY winners and MANY prizes in this giveaway so enter now, from July14th-July24th to win one of the following prizes:

• One winner will receive 2 patterns of choice from Articles of a Domestic Goddess
• One winner will receive 5 in 1 flower patterns from Stitch11
• One winner will receive choice of any 10 patterns from Kaleidoscope Arts & Gifts
• One winner will receive a beautiful wooden crochet hook from American Crochet
• One winner will receive 2 patterns of choice from Crafting Friends Designs
• One winner will receive 3 patterns of choice from Just Be Happy
• One Winner will receive 3 patterns of choice from Blackstone Designs
• One winner will receive 2 patterns from Sweet Potato Crochet Creations
• One winner will receive a $10.00 store credit from Darn Good Yarn
• One winner will receive a 4 oz. skein of this beautiful yarn from Yarntastic Creations
• One winner will receive a pattern of choice from Crochet Memories
• One winner will receive choice of any 3 patterns from The Stitchin Mommy
• One winner will receive choice of any 2 patterns from Salters Stitches
• One winner will receive choice of 2 patterns from Loopty Loop Crochet
• One winner will receive pattern of choice from Dearest Debi’s Ravelry Shop
• One winner will receive a Red Heart Tote Bag FULL of Red Heart Yarn
• One winner will receive 2 patterns of choice from Rebeckah’s Treasures

• Two winners will receive 5 patterns of their choice from Snappy Tots
• Two winners will receive 3 patterns of choice from Laura Mae’s Crochet

• Three winners will receive 3 patterns of their choice or one eBook of their choice from Little Luvies Shop

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Three winners will receive 3 patterns from The Country Willows

FIVE winners will receive free Den Slippers pattern from Raising Robertsons

This giveaway begins July 14th 2015 and ends July 24th 2015.  Winners will be randomly chosen and have 24 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen.

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#MandalasforMarinke

if you follow my Facebook page, you have already gotten the terrible news. The amazingly talented and bright designer, Marinke, “Wink”, from A Creative Being Blog, lost her battle with depression. She has left this cruel world.  It is so sad and hits close to home.   The kind and sweet lady named, Kathryn, over at Crochetconcupiscence started a wonderful rememberance project involving mandalas that YOU too can be a part of, to help honor Wink’s life, but to also raise awareness for depression.  You can find all the details on how to participate HERE

I love all all of her patterns so at some point I will make them all, here is my contribution to the #mandalasformarinke project. This pattern, by Wink can be found HERE

imageAll of the contbutions sent in get to be a part of an art show in San Francisco to raise awareness for depression and to honor Wink. I am happy to say that I get the wonderful opportunity of going to the show(I live a few towns over) so I am looking forward to seeing all the love for Wink there!!! 


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Fartist of the Month

The time has come to feature another great and talented Fartist for the month!  This month we are featuring AG Handmades!  Let’s get right into it shall we!?!?

imageFartist of the month
1.) What is your fart? Crochet or Knit?  Crochet, but I can knit too.. definitely 99% crochet.

2.) What do you listen to or watch while farting?  Disaster movies; Thrillers; Youtube instructions videos.

3.) Do you have a favorite fartist?  Probably Kim Guzman, she makes such beautiful things so easy to follow!

4.) What is the biggest frog fart you have encountered?  Oh, I once had to undo a baby blanket all the way back to row 3!!! I missed one cluster and didn’t notice it until I was almost done! I almost cried that time.

5.) What is your most favorite fart you have ever created?    I think probably the star stitch baby blanket – so easy, so fast, so pretty and scrumptious!

6.) What made you decide to start farting?  My grandmother. I used to sit on a stool in front of her when I was little holding out my little arms for her to help her wind her hanks into balls – I would sit and watch her for hours, amazed at how fast her hands moved and the beautiful things she created!

7.) Do you have a favorite stitch to use while Farting?  Yes, the star stitch! I love it on so many things! Link to tutorial HERE.

8.) Most embarrassing Fart you have ever created?  😎 I once made my first baby cardigan design that was seriously awful! Wayyy too wide – it was really quite funny looking back!

9.) Please link THREE farts of yours. (Original designs only)

                1.) Simple Lightweight Chemo Cap.

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2.) Oh the Possibillities Hat

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3.) Dawn Treble Mesh Shawl. 

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10.) Do you have any other hidden talents besides farting that we should know about?  I can sew, knit, embroider, cross-stitch; I cook not too badly, I can build and repair computers; I like gardening, growing plants from seeds, I am very interested in photography and definitely improving though I have a lot to learn yet!

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