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Crochet Crocodile Stitch Scarf

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This is the first scarf I have ever finished! It was incredibly easy. However, when I first looked at it I thought it looked very challenging. I really loved the scales so I decided to give it a try. My mother bought me this yarn because she wanted me to make her something. The colors change so it was perfect for the scales.

I found this tutorial here on YouTube. If you have not ever looked for tutorials on YouTube, I highly recommend it. He walks you through it step-by-step and makes it simple even for newbies. I am a newbie and I completed it! If you are a more experienced crocheter, you can visit his website for a written pattern. I will say that If I had had more yarn, I would have continued with the length so that it could be wrapped again to keep the scales going the same way.

Here is a closer look at the stitches

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I had originally started this project wider, but my mother asked that I make it thinner so that it would easier to wear dressy. So….I unraveled it. Don’t worry, it actually went super fast after I started doing rows of three.  I do think the original looked pretty awesome though. I am, however, pretty sad that the lighting washed out the colors. They are much richer and warmer than what they appear in the image.

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If you were really creative, this could make a super cute dragon/lizard/snake costume for a baby or child. 🙂 Once again, if you are interested in this project, you can learn how to do it here. Enjoy!

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Old Sweater to New Cardigan

Today I found a pin that lead me to the blog “Easily Dunn.” There she showed her readers how to take an old shirt and turn it into a cardigan. What an awesome idea! I had to try it. I had the perfect sweater in the drawer that I had received as a Christmas present years prior. It was two sizes to big for me but it was a pretty color and soft. Problem was that it was a knit sweater. How was I going to cut up something that might unravel? Well I figured I would jump over that bridge when I got to it. The best part about this tutorial? No sewing machine needed! Sorry for the grainy photos. The lighting is not the best in my husbands office.

Tools you will need:

  • Scissors
  • An old shirt
  • Hem Tape
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Needle and Thread (also optional)

Here is my Sweater before:

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Mighty unflattering eh? 

I laid it out on the floor to be butchered and no, you don’t need a hot glue gun. That was from another project. 🙂

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Then I cut a strip down the center of the sweater.

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Next, I figured out where wanted my hem and placed the hem tape there.

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Peel and fold the hem over. Press. (I used sticky hem tape because I cannot iron my sweater fabric but you can use iron hem tape.) Do the same on the other side.

So here I ended up having an open gap where I cut the collar. I placed another piece of hem tape in there. 

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I could have been done right there, but I decided to add some buttons. I jazzed them up with some red thread. 

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Here is the final product. Pretty stinking simple huh?

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Note to self: Clean dusty mirror. 

I had fun with this one. I am not sure how I feel about the collar of the shirt but I think I might try to stiffen it a little so it doesn’t flop around. I will certainly try a cotton shirt soon because the thickness of the sweater was somewhat difficult to work with. I think a cotton shirt would turn out even better. 😀 

Super Simple Wedding Favors

When my husband and I were planning for our wedding, we were on a strict budget. When it came to giving wedding favors, I didn’t want people to walk away with crap. (You all know what I mean.) I wanted to give them something they could use, not something that would be tossed in a drawer, never to be seen again. So, after some searching, I decided that I wanted to do something with honey. Finally a few weeks before the wedding I ordered honey sticks from http://www.betterbee.com Since our theme was purple and white I added honey as similar as possible. We bought a few hundred sticks of honey knowing that every guest would get a few of them in a bundle. It took only a few days for them to arrive on my door step. As I gathered them together, I placed a tiny hair rubber band around each bundle and stacked them because I knew I wanted to tie ribbon to them. I knew without the rubber band the ribbon would slide right off. I cut tons of ribbon and went to Office Max and had little tags made. Here was the finished product!!! It only cost a few cents per guest to put these together!

Thanks to my friend Alexandra who Instagramed this! 

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I was in super DIY mode for our wedding and threw bows on everything. Knowing that it was going to be super hot in July, my mother and I picked up wooden fans at Michaels and I used leftover ribbon for streamers. I also added the bows to the bubbles. 

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Needless to say, my fingers were sore after all of those bows. I hope I have inspired some of you ladies about to be married! 

 

DIY Fail

DIY Fail

Being new to crocheting I decided to try a shoe… Why? I guess I felt like a challenge. I ended up with an ugly half shoe.