Journaling Your Craft.

Keep It All Together

Yesterday I guest blogged over at The Crochet Crowd. I put together a journal to help keep all the amazing pattern and challenges together. With all of the amazing things we get from Mikey Sellick, and all of the other projects we find out there, its great to have way to organize it all.

Get your own copy here: Free Printable Hooker’s Journal

Crafter’s Journal

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When the crochet journal was released, there were some requests about a non specific journal in the same format for those who sew, craft, etc. So here you go! I adapted the journal for those who want to use it for non-crochet craft journaling!

Create your own journal using a three ring binder and these Free Printable Jounal pages.

Page sleeves can be used to store patterns, pieces or the pages in the binder. I print the pages and use a hole punch for the actual pages. I use a dry erase marker on the page sleeves to make temporary changes, or keep track of where I am on a pattern. When I’m done the marks wipe right off.

Get Your Own Copy Here: Free Printable Crafter’s Journal

Printable Journal Pages

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!

PDF Template Mug Cozy

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?

Revisiting a Seasonal Favorite and Some Fun NEW stuff from The Crochet Crowd!

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I am hustling to get some more templates released to you all this week. I have a mug template, a boot cuff wrap and more! I’m working with another designer to include some free just for you patterns! While you wait, here’s a little something to work on!

I revisited my elf hat this year and put it into PDF format for you all. I have had a few requests for this hat already this year. I’m doing one in fat red and white stripes and another in the santa suit look. (All red with a black stripe that looks like a belt with gold buckle.) Striped Elf Hat Pattern

When I released this pattern last year, I was amazed at all the fun variations everyone came up with. Shades of purples and pinks, rainbows and more! When I took these to my craft show last year I had someone waiting for me to finish the one on my hook so she could take it home. I could not make them fast enough.

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Goofy Boy!

The original hat was made for my son to wear for a special hat day at school. About 20 minutes before he walked out the door he decided he wanted me to add ears to his hat!  Unfortunately, I didn’t write down how I made them. I might have to dig the hat out and try to figure it out! I’ll let you know when I do.

I can’t help but share these as well! The Crochet Crowd has once again gone above and beyond and added some fun new holiday items to their list this year. Mikey does a tutorial on the Red Heart Dog Paw Print Stocking.

Do you have a go to holiday pattern? How early do you start hooking for the holidays?  I’d love to know!

Casting off until the next time we hook up!

Sheri

A little of this and a little of that.

A Design Worth Testing

coatiganI had the privilege of being a pattern tester for one of the designers in the Battle of the Stitches this last round, designer Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs.  I went into it with a bit of hesitation because crocheting things that need assembly hasn’t really been something I’ve done before. I am so glad I did. Her design Chilly Cables Coatigan was a great project to be my first in the assembly department. The pattern is not available quite yet, but will be very soon!

My little model, also the recipient of the finished project is absolutely in love with it! So is her mom. So am I! I want one in my size.

Sonya does a great job leading you through the pattern step by step, writing it in a way that’s easy to follow. I would highly recommend stopping by her Ravelry shop and checking out some of her other patterns. Blackstone Designs on Ravelry

A Trip Worth Taking

Two of the coolest people I know in the crochet world!

Two of the coolest people I know in the crochet world!

If you follow The Crochet Crowd, you may have seen my guest blog today. If not you should go check it out! The Spinrite & Hampton Arts Tent Sale was an adventure!  Spinrite is MORE Than Just Yarn!

This was one of the funnest road trips I have ever taken and was very lucky to have friends as crazy as I am to go too! We made a weekend of it and took some time to explore the area a bit. I look forward to the next time we take the trip!

A Project Worth Doing

10645273_10153177117857586_6110686283790520068_nMy current project is for a friend who has to use a knee scooter for the next couple of months. She wants to decorate the attached basket with a bit of sunshine. I found the most adorable heart to use as the center of a mini bunting.  There’s a free pattern for it listed here: Yarn Pumpkin Designs

I found some of the cutest buntings while I was searching for ideas. Do you have a favorite bunting? I would love to see it.

So, tell me, what are you working on? Are still in fall mode or have you already started working on designs for the holidays?

Casting off until the next time we hook up!

Sheri

Summer, summer, wherefore art thou summer?

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 Summer came and left in the blink of an eye! Here I sit on the edge of autumn looking back on the roller coaster ride that was summer this year. It was insanity at its best. Clicking through my pictures, I quickly realized that even in the insanity of it all, crochet was right there by my side.

I started summer off working on The Crochet Crowd Market Bag Challenge. I started hooking in Virginia all the way to Disney World in Florida and then back again. Needless to say, I did not make the deadline, but I did finish the bag! The challenge is over, but you can still get the free pattern and tutorial video HERE. (The first picture is of a crazy ape at South of the Border trying to steal my yarn! The second picture is the finished Market Bag.)

After coming home from our trip to Disney, my mother in law was put in the hospital with pneumonia, I got a free one week stay on a comfy futon by her side. While there, I had plenty of time to crochet. I thought it was the perfect time to work on a few prayer shawls. The ones I worked on while I was there, in the third picture, was a pattern called The Original Half Granny Square/Shawl it’s a free Ravelry pattern. I ended up getting three done while I was there!

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 I Co-Lead a mission trip to Costa Rica next!  We built retaining walls, worked on gardens and building a feeding center. We served at a feeding center and more! Our days were filled to the brim, but in the evening there was a bit of time to spend teaching some of the youth how to crochet!

My last post has the picture of the Slouchy Hat I did up while I waited for everyone else to get off the roller coasters at Hershey Park. I have spent the last month doing a hodge podge of activities, to include white water rafting, picnics, car washes and one too many trips to Chuck E. Cheese. (We only took two.)

I managed to fit some pattern testing in this last week. Blackstone Designs is revamping her patterns, and I had a chance to test out her Mug Love Pattern, which happens to be on sale through Sunday for 58% off as well as all of her patterns! She has some super cool stuff you can check out here, Blackstone Designs. The Mug Love pattern is the one in the last picture up top. It is a super quick, super simple pattern to follow. I worked mine up in about a half an hour!

So, the fourth picture above…I made the set for a friend of mine. I used the Mallory Skirt Pattern (also on sale at Blackstone Designs) and a free Owl Hat Pattern by Repeat Crafter Me. The size is 6-12 months, and the skirt, I embellished with a loop edge and only used one of the pockets and made it an applique instead of an actual pocket.

Currently…no pics available, I am working on my entry for the Stranded & Tangled In Madagascar Challenge. Take a minute and go check it out!  You have until September 26th to get an entry in. Anyone can do this…YOU can do this. Lots of prizes, many are random so why not give it a go!

One more before I go! I am super…super…super excited about a purchase I made this summer!  For these…

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I can’t get to an actual picture of the cards right now, but I got a set of notecards with this design on the front. Don’t “Ewe” just love it!? I got them from Deb Johnson at The Artsy Ewe! Go and check out her shop. Besides the notecards, she makes project bags for your yarn and they can be customized. A must see. Oh…and if you really like them, stay tuned there’s a very good chance they are going to be part of my next giveaway!

So, tell me, what did you get done this summer? Are you glad it’s come to an end and making way for autumn or are you disappointed and wanting this Labor Day to last forever so summer doesn’t go away?

Casting off until the next time we hook up!

Sheri