Monday, January 26, 2015

Every Girl is a Princess! And now it's easy to dress her up.

My little girls are into princesses!  They love dressing up themselves and they love dressing up their dolls.  I'm so excited to share this new tutorial with you from Little Luvies Shop!  Now available on her blog is a free tutorial for princess sleeves and you can add them to any dress or top pattern you already have.  Woo Hoo!!!
Now, because the princess costumes are Trademarked, you will NOT want to make these to sell.  They should only be used for personal use. Here is the deal for you!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

With All My Heart Photo Prop Service Project Free Crochet Pattern Offer

As many of you know, I was a challenger in The Battle of the Stitches crochet competition.  The theme was "Love is in the Air" and as soon as I heard that, I knew I wanted to do a heart shaped prop to focus on the love of a baby.  One of the restrictions for this challenge is that you can only have 4 testers who know what you're designing and then obviously a photographer.  That's it - no one else can know what you're working on (not colors, not brand of yarn, not - well, you get the picture)  This keeps the competition fair and based completely on the design and talent itself and not the popularity of the individual designer.
Classic Cable Chevron Afghan Crafting Friends Designs
Classic Cable Chevron Afghan

I've been working with Ashlee from Ash & Co for quite a while now and love her work.  She has captured some beautiful photos of my designs such as this one of my Classic Cable Chevron Afghan.  Without being able to tell anyone what I had designed, it was slightly difficult to find a way to get my competition design photographed the way I was hoping, so she introduced me to another local Photographer who is well known for her newborn photos.  I don't believe this was just a coincidence.  I know that we were supposed to meet for a reason and now I know why....

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 - A Year of Awesomeness Blog Hop!!!

The past few years have been a wonderful journey for me in life and in business.  I have learned a lot when it comes to Crochet Designing and made many, many friends along the way.  In the past, I had just gone with the flow of things and while it was good for my creative and laid back personality, it wasn't a strong business plan. 

This year has already started out on a different and fantastic track!  I will be working harder on various aspects of my designing and building stronger business relationships with other designers.
We're kicking off the year with a bit of fun for you!  We know that Facebook has slowly been making it harder for you, our fans, to see our sales, new pattern releases and fun posts to interact with us.  We don't want to be just a "business"  We don't want you to view us as just a logo.  We want you to know who we are, get to know us better and be more of a Real Person you can come to and ask questions and chat with and share your love of crochet with us.

I will be doing some Blog hops, Twitter hops, Google + hops and maybe even Pinterest hops throughout this year so you can follow your favorite Designers on the various social sites that you use.  
This is the 1st of many fun events coming your way.
Below, you can enter to win a handful of prizes from me and then make sure you visit the other blogs listed if you haven't already so that you can follow their journey and enter to win prizes from each of them!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Valentine Projects for 2015

With Valentine's Day not to far away,  I decided that I'd better start working on some projects for my girls to give their friends.  I'm finding a lot of fun and cute crochet patterns to choose from. Other than a cowl and matching boot cuffs that my daughter has asked me to make for her teacher, I'm not sure what to do for the rest.  It will have to be quick projects as I have a lot going on right now.  Here's a fun crochet pattern roundup just for Valentine projects so we can all brainstorm and share fun ideas with each other.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happily Hooked Friday Face Off with my Butterfly Garden Afghan

Mountain Lace Infinity Scarf

Happy weekend everyone!  Hopefully you are able to squeeze a bunch of crocheting in over the next few days.  I will be hard at work on creating cowls to go with all my Boot Cuff patterns, so keep your eyes out for the updates on those.  

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With All My Heart Photo Prop design for The Battle of the Stitches

Good Morning friends!  I have some VERY exciting news!!!  Round 4 of the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge has come to  close and the winners have been chosen. 

It was very exciting to be a challenger this round.  I admit that it was hard not knowing every detail going on behind the scenes AND  it was hard not to tell anyone what I designed too!  One of the many great things about the Battle of the Stitches is that all the voting is based on the designs themselves.  I knew before going into the challenge that I would not make any girls dresses because I didn't want it to be a giveaway that it was my design. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Can you pick which design is mine? Battle of the Stitches Round 4 Sneak Peeks

Well, I can finally breathe!  I'm so excited that I've completed my crochet design for Round 4 of the Battle of the Stitches.  I can't wait to see what everyone thinks and share with you what I've created!

Typically, I'm behind the scenes of the Battle since I created it.  I'm the one who chooses the themes and stitches and sets up who is judging, all the prizes, giveaways and sharing.  It's  a LOT of work but extremely well worth it!  This round, I really wanted to be on the other side of the fence and be a challenger.  I asked Jennifer from Little Luvies Shop and Lisa from Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts to help me out so I could compete fairly.  They have done an wonderful job and this has been quite the experience for me! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

HDC Chainless Foundation

One of the things that I despised the most when first learning to crochet was working stitches into a chain.  It's one of my least favorite things to do along with stitching things like buttons on.

When I first decided to try a chain-less foundation or a foundation chain (whichever you prefer), I watched a video and it confused me.  I left it alone for a while and decided to try it again.  Wowzers!!!!  It's one of my new found loves!
Most of my new designs will begin with chain-less foundations and I will be updating my older patterns to this also.  I Love the way it keeps the stitching more even and it gives a good stretch to the base of your project whereas a regular chain can sometimes be to tight. 
Some people learn better with videos and others with photos. 
If you're a video fan,  here's a link to how to work this foundation:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Craziest Shopping day of the Year - BlackFriday Sales information

Let's talk shop for a minute.  A few years ago, I decided to try the "Black Friday" 4am store opening madness with my sister and SIL to get something for my mom at a REALLY good price.  While I was a little worried about how people would treat each other, it was a pleasant day and I never witnessed any fights or even people taking things out of other carts as you see so often on the news. That was the 1 and only time I've shopped in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm so excited!!! This is what the next month will be filled with for Crafting Friends Designs.

As most of you know, I created the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge back in February of 2014.  It's a fun crochet competition for designers to share the love of crochet. 10-12 designers create a new design using the same crochet stitch and a theme to focus on.  It's been a wonderful experience to get to know so many other talented ladies and build friendships and strengthen our businesses together.