Crochet Headband Giveaway! {Giveaway Month}

Headband and Crochet Patterns Giveaway at www.Homesweethomebodies.net

Its time for our second round of giveaways! {In case you missed our first giveaway post, over the next month we are giving away 5 unique and beautiful prizes that you can keep for yourself, or give as a gift to someone special!  Each week we will announce the giveaway package and the requirements to enter.}

Did you know we have an Etsy shop? There are currently 6 crochet headband patterns in the shop, and each one is an instant PDF download (a.k.a. instant gratification!). These beautiful headbands make great gifts, and are easy to make over a weekend (or over the course of a movie, if you’re like me)!

For this week’s giveaway, not one, but TWO lucky readers will win a free headband pattern of their choice, and a THIRD reader will win a handmade Cable Crochet headband (valued at $20 and made by Marissa) in your choice of pink (pictured) or cream.

That’s THREE winners this week, you guys! Each person will have the opportunity to gain multiple entries – check out our Rafflecopter Widget below to see how to enter! Good luck!

(Here’s just a couple of my favorite crochet patterns – check out our shop to see more!)

Anna Crochet PDF PATTERN for Headband headwrap and flower   Cable Crochet PDF PATTERN for Headband headwrap earwarmer and flower

Be sure to check back for more giveaways (and more awesome blog posts too)!

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No purchase necessary. Visit our pages on Facebook and Etsy. Additional entries optional. 3 winners will be chosen at random and announced on  Facebook page on Tuesday, November 17th. We will cover shipping to winners with shipping addresses in the lower 48 states. Winners outside of the lower 48 may need to cover the difference in their own shipping. Thanks for understanding. All entries will be verified. Winners will be contacted within 12 hours after close of Giveaway and have 48 hours to reply with shipping addresses.  We cannot be not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged shipments or entries with incorrect contact information. 

The Homebodies

New Crochet Pattern!

 

I LOVE to crochet.  It is so therapeutic, and so rewarding. I think I just love the fact that I can put my creative energy into some yarn, and turn it into something useful, like a blanket, or scarves, or more recently, headbands. I like that I have something physical to show for my time.  

  I have crocheted since I was about 7… Which is kind of crazy, now that I think about how young I was when my grandma taught me (and how long ago that was.. I’ve been crocheting for over 20 years…whoa).  Every time I sit down to crochet something, I think back to my childhood when I would have “crocheting lessons” from my grandma.  She would work on her AMAZING doilies, and I worked on crocheting scarves and blankets. I didn’t realize then how much I would treasure that crocheting time with her, but I have always remembered that she made the time to teach me something she loved.  It has meant so much to me throughout my life.

Cable crochet headband

I’ve always loved cabled knits, and wanted to learn how to make them. For awhile I have been thinking it would be cool to make a crochet headband pattern with a cabled texture, but I’ve always been intimidated by how fancy the cabled texture looks. But after trying a few cabled crochet patterns and getting comfortable with how they work, I finally sat down and made my own pattern for a cable crochet headband. It is much easier than I expected it to be, and I love how it looks!  This (along with the other headband patterns in my shop), is very quick to make (I can make them in one evening), and makes a great gift! So, with the upcoming holidays in mind, I am now selling the pattern for this headband in the etsy shop here!

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This pattern uses the following stitches (you can easily find tutorials online for each stitch):

– Ch – chain
– Slip stitch
– sc – Single crochet
– dc – Double crochet
– bpdc- back-post double crochet
– fpdc- front-post double crochet
– fptr – front-post treble crochetIMG_1139

Also, check out my other crochet patterns in the shop here, including my best-selling “Anna Crochet Headband“:

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 Happy crocheting!!!

Delicious Chicken and Veggie Yakisoba Stir Fry

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I have been on a serious hunt to find delicious food that I’m excited to both make and eat, and this is one that I very happily discovered in my own mom’s kitchen! She made it for a family gathering and I had to have to recipe. It was sooo good. I have since tweaked and added to the recipe she told me (off the top of her head of course, because she is amazing and just comes up with this stuff as she goes) and am proud to present my own take on Yakisoba stir fry.  It is a new family favorite (toddler approved, even)!

(I apologize in advance for my not-so-good-iPhone-photography, but just know that the pictures don’t do it justice and it is seriously delicious and worth making.)

Chicken and Veggie Yakisoba Stir Fry

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1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 small zucchini or other summer squash, sliced and halved
3 small carrots, peeled and julienned
1-2 cups shredded cabbage
1 yellow or red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 can of bamboo shoots – AND/OR – 1/2 can of bean sprouts
1/2 pkg chuka soba noodles, cooked according to directions on package (I used Caravelle brand)
2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
11.5 oz bottle Classic Stir Fry Sauce, divided (I used House of Tsang brand)
Cashews for garnish
1-2 TB Olive oil for frying
Optional: 1/2 tsp sesame oil added to olive oil for frying (adds depth of flavor)

Directions:

  1. Heat oil(s) in a large frying pan, and add sliced chicken.  Season with a few tablespoons of Classic Stir Fry Sauce. Cook until meat is still tender, but cooked through.  Set aside in a bowl (you will be adding it back in with the veggies at the end). **NOTE: as an alternative (to save dishes and time) you can cook the chicken until it is about halfway cooked, and leave it in the pan while you add the veggies.
  2. Add onion, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, bell pepper and celery to the hot pan. Add another few tablespoons of stir fry sauce and stir fry veggies until tender, but not soft.
  3. Add bamboo shoots and/or 1/2 can bean sprouts and cooked Chuka Soba noodles to the stir fry, and add stir fry sauce and heat through.  PLEASE NOTE: I ended up using about half a bottle of sauce in total – don’t dump the whole thing in, but you can always add more if you like a stronger flavor and think it needs it (the first time I made it, I used the whole bottle and it was too strong and salty).
  4. Serve in a bowl and garnish with cashews.

 

First cooking the chicken:

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Then cooking the veggies:

Everything added in and cooked:

The finished product:

 

Learn How to Gift Wrap Like a Pro in 3 Simple Steps! (Guest Post)

I am so excited for this guest post today, by my amazingly talented mother-in-law!  She has been known for her love of wrapping gorgeous gifts, and she has it down to a science.  Back in April, Rochelle and I asked her if she would be kind enough to write a blog post about how she wraps her gifts, and she happily agreed to do so.  Thanks Mom! 

Who doesn’t delight in a
beautifully wrapped gift?  Beautiful
package trimmings enhance the enjoyment of the gift and communicate to the
recipients that they are important to you!
But how do you turn out those
beautiful packages that are only seen on TV? 
With a few tips and pointers, you too can wrap your gifts beautifully.
Apply this one basic wardrobe principle to your gift
wrapping:  Start with the basics, then
accessorize
.  Any women’s wardrobe advisor will tell you
that you need a few basics, which always include these essential items:  black pants, black skirt, white button down
shirt, black pumps, a good pair of dark jeans. 
With these basics, you can accessorize with scarves, jewelry, sweaters, shoes,
handbags, hair accessories, etc. in prints, colors and metallics to jazz up
your basics, add variety, and make your wardrobe seem much more extensive than
it actually is! 
This principle, applied to
gift wrap, will turn you into a pro! 
Step 1:  Choose a color
scheme; then pick a basic wrap color.  My
favorite is the kraft brown.

 Step 2:  Accessorize
with other rolls in complementary colors, in prints, stripes and geometrics.  Designs should vary in size – small, medium
and large.

Step 3:  Choose
coordinating ribbons and package decorations.
Kraft brown is my favorite
because it is so versatile!  I’ve used it
for Christmas (with red and white; with red, gold and leopard; with green and
gold; with blue and gold; with gold and red), 



birthdays (with any color for
children; with red, yellow and green for adult women; with black and
gold/leopard for men; with pink for girls), 

anniversaries (with gold), 
baby
gifts
(with pink or pink and green, or pink, gold and leopard for little girls;
with brown and blue for boys, and even with red, yellow and blue for a shower
gift for a baby whose gender I didn’t know).

Other Occasions (Like Weddings and Graduations): 

I love these 3 simple rules to make your gift wrapping beautiful and coordinated!  I applied these rules to my wrapping this year, and love how my color-coordinated gifts look under my tree! Super simple, with an awesome impact! 
And, just for fun, here’s my tree with my presents (please excuse the poor photo quality, and…all the pine needles):


And some close-ups of my favorite presents: 



Happy Anniversary Bunting – FREE Silhouette Pattern

This past week, my husband and I celebrated our 5th anniversary.  It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by! I wanted to make a special anniversary decoration to hang up, and I love how bunting looks, so I decided to make anniversary-themed bunting.

I designed and cut everything out using my silhouette cameo (LOVE having that machine!), and then sewed all the pennants together with my sewing machine.  I love how it turned out! (Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the free downloadable file).

Would you like to make this? Download the .studio file here!

Getting rid of mold/mildew on your shower curtain liner…Cool trick?

 Do you ever get a yucky pink moldy/mildewy buildup on your shower curtain?  (You don’t have to answer that)  If this sounds familiar, I have a solution for you!

(I thought about putting putting a picture here of a nasty
pink-mold-covered shower curtain…but that’s a little gross…I’m sure
you can imagine it just fine)

I encountered this very problem myself just last week. As we were unpacking some of our boxes, I pulled out our old shower curtain liner (it was nice enough quality to think twice about throwing it away when we were packing up our apartment) and to my dismay, the liner was not magically clean again after months of being packed up.  I refused to scrub the curtain by hand because…gross! So as a last resort before giving up and just throwing it away, I came up with a solution.

This may not be a revolutionary idea to some, but for me, I was totally thinkin’ outside the box!  Here’s what you do:

1. Throw your curtain into your washing machine, preferably with some white towels (to get some scrubbing action)
2. Put in a little bit of laundry soap
3. Put in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of bleach
4. Start your washer and just run it like a regular load of laundry

My shower curtain liner came out almost like new, and with ZERO signs of any mold/mildew that had been on it.

Here’s my proof:

Enjoy your clean, good-as-new shower curtain liner! :)

Where I’ve been for the past couple of…years…yikes! (a post by Marissa)

Hey everyone, Marissa here. Remember me?  It’s okay if you don’t, I haven’t been around for awhile, (at least not on a regular basis). 

Ever since I graduated from BYU, life has been busier than ever, leaving little time for doing anything besides the bare minimum. It has been challenging, but good! Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past couple of years:

Soon after I graduated, my husband and I went to Uganda for the summer
with a humanitarian group called HELP international.  We worked for two and a half months in Mbale, Uganda,
and completely fell in love with the people there.  While we were there,
I mainly worked with women and teenaged girls, teaching them about
feminine hygiene and family planning, self-defense, and marketable
crafts. It was such a challenging and rewarding experience.  

Above: Me and my handsome (also scruffy) husband in a banana grove
 Above: One of the groups of girls that we taught
Above and Below: Paper beads – we taught groups like the one above how to make paper beads to make necklaces and other jewelry as a way to generate income.  

Once we got back from Uganda, I started to work full-time, and worked for the next year and a half while my husband finished his degree. I worked at Ancestry.com for awhile, and then got a job at our local health department as a health educator.  I loved both of those jobs, but the latter was the most rewarding, as I got to work in the area that I graduated in (public health), and work on a lot of really rewarding projects.

Oh, one more thing I worked on – last but DEFINITELY not least – I spent about 9.5 months on this project, so I’m kind of proud of the outcome:

We now have a sweet baby girl, and I have been able to be a full-time stay-at-home mommy for the past 6.5 months. I am loving it, and am so excited to be in this new chapter of life.

We also recently purchased a townhouse/condo and are loving all the space we have now! We’ve had lots of big, happy changes in the past year.

I’m looking forward to participating more on this blog, now that I have a little more time at home, and am working on making our new house a home!

Headband Patterns

Hi all!

It has been a looong time since I last posted here at Home Sweet Homebodies.  Between graduating from college, going abroad, getting a full-time job, and having a baby in the past year and half, I just haven’t had much time for anything extra!  Things are starting to calm down around here though, and I hope to do more posts in the near future!

Remember these headbands? Well, its been a long time coming, but I’ve finally written the “Anna” Crochet pattern and put it up in the etsy shop, along with this headband pattern.  I hope to write more in the near future!

“Anna” Headband: