A GiveAway Brought To You By Deb Johnson Illustration, Blackstone Designs and Frogging Along!

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Frogging Along has been hopping lately. In celebration of all the new follows, and well because I love to share, I decided it was time for a giveaway!

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This giveaway will run from 11/25/2014 through 12/01/2014 at 5:00PM Eastern Time. Good Luck!

Project Bag by Deb Johnson Illustration 

(She also happens to be the brilliant hand behind my Frogging Along Logo.)

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I was given a project bag recently and totally fell in love with it. Of course the fact it has frogs on it was my first love, but then I used it and oh my! I can fit two skeins of yarn and my project into it. It’s reversible, it has a loop for my thread to go through on the out side so it doesn’t go all wonky! I can toss it into my purse. HA HA…okay I don’t really carry a purse, more like a tote bag. I also got a small tote in matching fabric that will hold my hooks and notions for the project.

Deb has generously offered to donate one of her project bags for our giveaway! She has offered up a set of Crochet Ewe personalized note cards as well. I absolutely love mine! What a perfect way to gift your crochet items! (Details on how to win at the bottom of this post!)

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Free Pattern of YOUR choice! by Blackstone Design

I have been doing test patterns for Sonya for a little over a year. It is one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. She takes great care in the detail of her patterns and they are simply marvelous. I love her creativity. Not only is she offering up a free pattern of your choice if you are selected, she is offering EVERYONE a buy one get one free deal through December 1st!

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Grab your BOGO here: Blackstone Designs on Ravelry

It’s All About the Yarn!

For a little extra fun, I decided to throw in a pair of “Yarn” earrings for one lucky winner!

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And Here’s More…

With the date being expanded, I’m adding a second pair of Yarn Earrings, And…

2 Skeins of Red Heart Reflective Yarn, Enough to make the Starry Night Beanie

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How Do YOU WIN!?

It’s pretty simple. There will be four winners randomly selected. One for each prize offered. To qualify you need to visit the following sites and post the responses into a single Reply.

1. Visit Deb Johnson Illustration. Go to her store and find your favorite item. List it in your reply post. It would be great if you could go to Deb Johnson Illustration on Facebook and show her some like love!

2. Visit Blackstone Designs on Ravelry. Pick out your favorite pattern. List it in your reply post. The pattern you select will be the free pattern you will receive if you are selected as a winner. Choose carefully! it would be great if you could go to Blackstone Designs on Facebook and show her some like love!

That’s it! Pretty simple, Yes?

Hooked With Heart! Templates and Patterns for Free, Oh My!

allprints With craft show season in full swing and the holiday season upon us, it seems everyone is searching for that perfect gift item. Whether you are looking to give it or sell it, the packaging you put on your crocheted items can make a world of difference.Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort to set your projects a step above the rest.

After realizing the difference it made putting my cup cozies on a sleeve, I decided to work up a few other packaging options for some of the more popular selling items this year.

Find the Cup Cozy and sleeve template here: Super Simple Cup Cozy and Template

Boot Cuff Box & Wraps

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One of the top items this year is the boot cuff. I’ve been working with Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs who designed the Simple Stylish Boot Cuff just for us! She has added it to her Ravelry Store, but has given us a code to get it for free until 12/31/14!  Use Code: BootCuffs14

For this pattern, I used a box template. Looks like a french fry box! If you find your cuffs are too short for the box you can put a bit of tissue paper in the bottom. The back has a place for To and From! Gift ready!

These templates are cut out on the outside line and folded on the inside lines. I used double sided sticky tape to hold the sides together.

PDF Template HookedWithHeartBox

PDF Template Boot Cuff Box (This is the same box style template with Boot Cuff written on the front and Handmade with heart on the back.)bootcuffWrapElk

As another option, I created a Boot Cuff Wrap. The Ripple Stitch Boot Cuffs is a free pattern by Kathy Lashley of ELK Studios. It’s as simple as folding your boot cuffs over and wrapping the label around it. These wraps would also work for hats, scarves, gloves or more!

PDF Template Boot Cuff Wrap (Print in Landscape)

PDF Template Hooked With Heart Wrap (Print in Landscape)

I found a fun and Free Pattern for boot cuffs with a video tutorial over at The Crochet Crowd!

Mug Cozy and Template

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Cozies are another of those top wanted items this year. This fun cozy, Mug Love, is another pattern by Sonya Blackstone. You can get it for free too until 12/31/14. Use Code: MugCozy14

Edited to Add: I can’t believe I forgot to post the link to the Mug Cozy!  Mug Love Pattern Here

It’s the perfect size to fit on the Mug Cozy Template. Add some tea, cocoa or a gift card and you’re ready to go!

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A Few Extras!

These little tags are great to attach to any project. The “Hooked With Heart” can be used year round. To and From tags with “Handmade with Love” on the bottom are perfect for gift giving or to pass out with purchases at your craft shows. Giving that little something extra someone else might not have!

The fantastic red head band pattern can be found at Tangled Happy for free! It has a great flower with it too but I had opted out of it for this particular one.

PDF Template Hooked with Heart Tags

PDF Template Holiday Gift Tags

Special Thanks to Deb Johnson of Deb Johnson Illustrations for the use of the Yarn Ball Image It was provided solely for the purpose of these templates and can not be used in any other manner. Thank you!

What is your favorite project to make during the holidays? Do you have a go to item for gift giving? What’s the craziest thing you’ve gotten, or given?

Pamper Yourself With Frogging Along and The Soap Engineers. Crocheter’s Relax Pack Giveaway.

If you have been crocheting for any length of time, you surely know the aches and pains that can accompany it. Sometimes the best plan is to relax and give yourself a break. I’m cracking myself up here! If you are anything like me, break is not something you do very willingly…quite the opposite…crochet is your break! 

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Free Soap Saver Pattern

Seriously though, a nice hot shower or a relaxing bath could be just what you need. Awhile back, I posted a pattern for a Soap Saver. A super simple pattern that could be used to hold the scentsational bars of soap I got from The Soap Engineers. Making sure you get to use every last bit of soap without losing any to the soap dish!

When I first introduced The Soap Engineers, and shared my pattern, I also did a giveaway. I’ve decided to do another! With this “Crocheter’s Relax Pack” you can pamper yourself. With a fantastic All Natural Citrus Sugar Scrub, your hands will thank you. Soak in a fizzy hot bath with a Lavender Bath Truffle, and enjoy a shower with the comforting sent and moisturizing pampering of the Honey Almond soap. I’ve included two more Free Patterns below from Moogly and Petals to Picots. You can use the Lily Sugar n’ Cream Yarn to make any of the patterns in this post and pamper yourself just a little bit more!

The "Crocheter's Relax Pack" Bar of Honey Almond Soap, All Natural Citrus Sugar Scrub, Lavender Bath Truffle, Sugar 'n Cream Super Size Cotton Yarn

The “Crocheter’s Relax Pack” Honey Almond Soap, All Natural Citrus Sugar Scrub, Lavender Bath Truffle, Sugar ‘n Cream Super Size Cotton Yarn

CLICK HERE to enter VIA Rafflecopter (There’s 8 ways to earn entries! You get two for sharing the contest on your blog and posting a link in the comments below.) Be sure and check them all out on the link above!

Pampering Massage Back Scrubber & Washcloth

FREE PATTERN: Pampering Massage Back Scrubber & Washcloth

Flower Face Cleansing Pads /Scrubbies

Flower Face Cleansing Pads /Scrubbies

Chime In! I’d love to hear from you! How do you prevent the aches and pains associated with crocheting? Be sure and check out the contest and share. Comment, let me know!

Casting off until the next time we hook up!

Sheri