Crochet Mug Cozy

One of the first things I crochet when I first learn was hearts.  Hearts were an amazing item to make since they force you to use pretty much every crochet stitch available.  And, since at 8,000 feet we don’t have good internet, I had to download a few YouTube videos to my computer so I could use them at home to learn from.

If/when you ever decide you want to learn how to crochet I highly recommend using videos.  I tried to just use written directions at first and failed miserably!  Once I used a video I was off and running!

So, I made a few different hearts to learn. One of them was with a very cute lime green color.  And when I was done with it I wanted to put it on something!  So, next I learned how to make a mug cozy.

Crochet tea cup cozy - Front

Crochet tea cup cozy – Front

Crochet tea cup cozy back

Crochet tea cup cozy back

It took a few tries to get it right [but hey, I was learning!] but once I got it I really loved the results!!

It’s been so long since I’ve made the cozy I couldn’t tell you which pattern I used to make it, however, I have a TON of patterns in my Crochet [Coffee] board.  Check out the patterns if you want to make one of your own.

Or, if you prefer for me to make you something, just send me an email and I would be happy to help you out!

My Favorites This Week

This week has been a bit less hectic than last week and I’ve gotten to look thru Pinterest quite a bit trying to get ideas for upcoming projects. I’ve gotten so many great options that I can’t wait to try out and learn how to do, now I just need to find time to do them!

Isn't this necklace collar absolutely beautiful!

Isn’t this necklace collar absolutely beautiful!

Jewelry || I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into making crochet jewelry and now I want to learn even more!! I found this site, not in English, but gives diagrams on how to make this.   I can’t wait to start!

Cross Stitch Coffee Mug.  I want to make it now!

Cross Stitch Coffee Mug. I want to make it now!

Cross Stitch || I haven’t talked about cross stitch much on this site yet however I am a semi-avid cross-stitch-er.  By semi-avid I mean I’ve made some for gifts and I have a huge French/flower needlepoint project that I’ve been working on for years. I tend to like to do needlepoint when I’m tired of other projects I’m working on.  But, wouldn’t this coffee cross-stitch be super cute by the coffee maker?!?!

happy home

Our house is quite happy, thank you very much!

Home || I saw this pallet sign from Rusticly Inspired on Etsy and I think it fits Nate and I perfectly!


Music || This weekend Nate, I and the gang are over in Denver for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Denver Stock Show.  One of Nate’s [now you can say Nate/my] favorite singers is Dave Stamey. This past year I was able to watch him live for the first time and we are excited to be seeing him again this weekend. The YouTube video is one of Nate’s favorite songs.


Crochet Moose

So many people I know are having babies!!! I recently made the crochet baby hats and the crochet baby blanket but those were for two different orders.  My neighbor’s daughter is also pregnant and I wanted to make her a little something for her baby.

In my Pinterest account, I have been saving different options for baby gifts or orders that I think are super adorable and when I was figuring out what I wanted to make I thought a moose would be way too cute.

I got the original pattern from Deviant Art and I made the bull moose following the pattern exactly [except I used a bigger crochet hook than what was called for].  On the cow moose I used the crochet hook that was called for but changed up a few things that I didn’t so much like on the bull moose.  For example, I thought the black feet came up too high so I lowered the foot part on the cow.  I also, of course, removed the antlers.

They look so cute together!

They look so cute together!

And this what what happened.  Are they not absolutely adorable??  You can’t just get the front view, you need side views right??

Love the moose!!!

Love the moose!!!

Here is the guy from a little bit of a side angle, you can see the back foot at least.  I had so much fun trying to find a spot for the pictures.

Yancy photo bomb!

Yancy photo bomb!

Even Yancy wanted to get into the action and see what I was doing. He also had a habit of coming up to smell the moose.  Luckily he didn’t feel the need to try to take it from me.  No moose were harmed in the photography!!

How cute are the moose!?!?

How cute are the moose!?!?

Apparently these are moose who like to get up in the saddle.    They are just too adorable!!

Crochet Baby Blanket Finished!

I finally have the crochet blanket finished and ready to be sent out to the new owner.  If you remember back to this post and this post, I showed you where I got the pattern from and a quick update on my progress.  It took me way longer than I thought it would but it turned out so good!! I’m so proud to have my first crochet blanket accomplished!

When I was laying out the squares I realized that the blanket was going to be too small.  I had a decision to make, I could either make more squares or I could make my current squares bigger.  I elected on the second option and added one additional row around each square before putting them all together.

They look so cute together!

Do you like the blanket in the background??

I think I made the right choice, I like how there is a bit more room between each circle.  The picture above is a bit of a sneak peek at my upcoming post but it was the only picture I liked of the blanket laid out.

Finally, I've finished the blanket!!  I think it turned out wonderfully!

Finally, I’ve finished the blanket!! I think it turned out wonderfully!

I’m so excited that I can send this off to the new owner.  Hope their baby enjoys the blanket as much as I have enjoyed putting it together!


Mom’s Crochet Square Purse with Leather

Aren’t you glad I didn’t keep you waiting long for Mom’s purse?!?!?  So to get right back into it…

Once I decided that I needed to make a purse for my SIL I thought my mom deserves one too!  But, to fit her personal style I needed to do things a little differently.  As much as I love big purses, my mom likes smaller ones.  And she LOVES the color purple.

So back to Pinterest I headed and found a few different purse options that I decided to put together to make her purse.  Purse #1 I loved the way they used leather on the bottom of the purse.  Purse #2 was amazing because Mom loves side pockets.  I also liked the scalloped pattern of purse #2 so I went to my saved crochet stitches on Pinterest and choose the Shell Pattern from Lion Brand yarn.

I already had the purple yarn at home [bonus] and Nate had some leather scrap I could use for the bottom [why I didn’t take a picture I couldn’t tell you].  So I got to moving on my second Christmas present.

For the side pocket I used the same yarn as the colorful yarn on SIL’s purse and found some animal print fabric from Etsy for the inside of the purse.  After crocheting it, I used my sewing machine to sew the inside liner, and then sewed the liner to the crochet purse by hand.  Nate, once again, made the handles for her purse and I put a snap on the inside so that Mom can easily close the purse.

The final results for Mom’s purse…

Square purse with outside pockets, leather bottom, and leather straps.

Square purse with outside pockets, leather bottom, and leather straps.

I’m very happy to report that Mom loves her purse as well!!!  I had a lot of fun putting them together and was so happy with the results… I’m so glad they were too!

Side view of purses.

Side view of purses.

And, one more picture of the two purses together.  Just because we can 😉

Crochet Granny Square Purse

Before Christmas I was all a buzz making Christmas present.  I wanted to share my work on here so badly however with them being presents I couldn’t do so.  I finally have a few pictures I can share with you and I’m so excited to do so!!!

However, before I start sharing I thought I would let you know that its not uncommon for me to want to make things for people however I get so nervous, once it comes time to give it to them, that they wouldn’t like it.  And these gifts were no exception.  Actually, I was probably more nervous than usual since I crochet these… and I just learned how to crochet in 2014 [can you believe that is last year already]!

None-the-less the gifts were very well received, and without further ado, lets get to the gifts… since Nate had crafted a few gifts for everyone that were more guy-related, I wanted to make something for the ladies that they could appreciate.  My brother has been telling me for a few years that my sister-in-law wanted a new purse.  When I lived in Cambodia I searched and searched for a purse that I thought would be perfect… I didn’t find the perfect one… however I found one that I thought she may enjoy and gave her that last year.  But that was last year.

This year I was scanning thru Pinterest and found this purse that Marinke from A Creative Being had for sale on Etsy.  And I thought it was perfect!!!  I finally found the perfect purse for my SIL… however it wasn’t in the colors I thought she would love.

I headed down to the local Walmart [cause that is the only place around that I have found to buy yarn] and actually found a beautiful color.  It was perfect.

So then I needed to find a granny square pattern that I liked and I found this one on Moogly Blog that fit what I was going for.

After making all the granny squares [and making a few extra so I could choose only the best ones] I had to find a good color to connect the squares and I thought the bright pinky-purple color would work well.

After crocheting everything, I made the interior of the purse.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside but it’s half silk and half leather.  And, of course, my amazing husband did the leather work inside the purse and the straps.  After all was done, I added a button so she can close the purse if she so chooses.

After putting it all together here is the final result…

Granny Square Purse with Leather Straps

Granny Square Purse with Leather Straps

I am quite happy to say she LOVES the purse as much as I do… if not more!!! Even Nate thought it turned out perfectly!!

Want to see the purse I did for Mom… Stay tuned!!!

My Favorites This Week

I had an amazing Christmas and New Years holiday, and I hope you did too!!! One thing that kinda got pushed aside during the past few weeks is [obviously] this blog, which means I missed a week or two of favorites.  But, they are back!!  And I am so excited to share some of my favs with you…

Nate's Bling Spur Straps

Nate’s Bling Spur Straps

Cowboy ||  Nate May Leather Shop does amazing leather work [and I don’t just say that because he is my husband]!  For years he has been making some amazing leather goods for the cowboy… this year he was commissioned by a couple of clients to make leather goods for the cowgirl!  He made spur straps with BLING on them and they turned out absolutely amazing!!! I’m so impressed with his ability and talent.  And now I want him to add bling to my orders 😉

Love this tulle skirt!!

Love this tulle skirt!!

Fashion || Extra Petite is one adorable woman who shows fashion ideas for the petite women on her blog.  I am not really petite [although I have bought from the petite sections before] however I love her fashion sense.  She is constantly showing her readers how to style for business but also how to take that same style and dress down.  And, she will sometimes make her own clothes, including this tulle skirt, which I want to make some day! We all know I love a good tulle skirt!

Yummy Cranberry Hot Toddy

Yummy Cranberry Hot Toddy

Drinks || Cranberry Hot Toddy by She Wears Many Hats looked so delicious I just had to try it for myself.  Nate makes an amazing hot toddy recipe so when I’m cold or feeling under the weather he makes me my hot toddys.  However, this looked like a pretty amazing change up.  I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand [and I wasn’t making for four people] so I had to improvise a bit.  Basically, I cut the recipe by four, then cut the pure cranberry juice down and added water, left out the star anise [since I didn’t have any], and used whiskey instead of rum.  And it turned out delicious!!!  Please try one for yourself [if you are over 21, of course]!

How Adorable is this Reindeer Amigurumi?!?!?!

How Adorable is this Reindeer Amigurumi?!?!?!

Crochet ||  I guess I’m still stuck on Christmas [even though we took our decorations down a week ago] because I think this reindeer amigurumi is the cutest by Tales of Twisted Fiber.  And its a free pattern!  How nice of her to share it with us.  I think I’ll need to be making some for next Christmas!