Washcloths for Charity

I’ve been wanting to find a project I could do for charity and came across the New Start Washcloth Project that the DFW Fiber Fest organization was supporting. DFW Fiber Fest is encouraging people to crochet/knit wash cloths and will be drawing for prizes with every washcloth earning you one entry into the drawing. It isn’t the prizes that encouraged me, but more that washcloths are easy to whip up so I had no excuse not to whip up a few with some cotton yarn I had sitting around.

So, here are the washcloths I made:

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Graduation Card

Last weekend, I had the wonderful pleasure of celebrating my sister’s graduation. While working full time (often with business travel), raising two amazing kids, being a wonderful wife/sister/daughter/friend, she went back to school and received her Bachelors in Business Administration. Such an inspiration to her kids and our entire family and I was so thankful our whole family was there to celebrate her.

It also gave me a chance to get my Cameo out and have a little fun, and I whipped up this card for her.

Graduation Card

Here it is with a fun monogrammed envelope I made too.

Graduation Card and Monogrammed Envelope

This card was super easy thanks to the self-adhesive cardstock! I can’t imagine getting enough glue on the “Congrats” to get it to stick well (or on the monogram for that matter).

Pool-Ready Projects

It’s been a while since I shared a project or two, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy working on stuff. (I am a little late in sharing this post though.) In the first few months of the year, I was mostly working on the three projects below, for a week I spent in Scottsdale, AZ with my sister in honor of our birthdays (3 weeks apart). I obviously couldn’t share them before the trip (and have been working like a maniac since then) but now I can share!

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Little Blue Bird

Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? Well it is, and I’ve been enjoying a few new crochet projects! I’m determined to crochet more – but no scarves (unless specifically requested) as I want to break out and expand on the kinds of things I do. I’m currently working on a new throw blanket (great to work on while watching House of Cards), and just finished my first crocheted bag last night (pictures coming soon).

I also want to make more amigurumi (or stuffed animals). I had signed up for a few Craftsy classes and one of them is by the fantastic Stacey Trock – Amigurumi – Woodland Animals. Stacey is one of my favorite crochet designers and I love her FreshStitches blog. I’ve even made one of her amigurumi patterns before.

In the first class, we made this cute little bird.

bluebird

I LOVED the first class in this series! While I have been crocheting for a little bit, I learned some fantastic tips and techniques that made this little blue bird fast and easy. The tips I learned have already made their way into other projects and I’m feeling more confident to try new patterns.

Stacey even introduced me to a new crochet designer from South Africa (Heidi Bears) and I’ve picked up two of her patterns to make this year (the turtle and the hippo). I can’t wait!

Are you crocheting something fun this month?

Valentine Cards – 2014 Edition

I keep forgetting to post the Valentine’s cards I made for my niece and nephew this year. More fun with my Silhouette Cameo! (Ugh I need to take better pictures!) The envelopes are the ones with the big letters on them, and the cards are the ones with the layered pieces. Since I was boxing these up to send with a small present, I didn’t need to individually address them. Fun, huh?

Valentine Card 2014 - J

Valentine Card 2014 - K