Crochet Headband Giveaway! {Giveaway Month}

Headband and Crochet Patterns Giveaway at

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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Gift Wrapping on the Cheap

Christmas Double Post: (I promise this is it!)

One of my most favorite parts about the Christmas season is wrapping all the Christmas gifts I’ve gotten for my family. It usually takes me several weeks to pick them all out and/or make them all, but the best day of December is the day I finish my shopping and DIYing, pile all the gifts up and start wrapping.

This year, we underestimated the amount of gifts we’d be wrapping and only bought one roll of wrapping paper and some ribbon. Luckily we had a pretty good stockpile of Trader Joe’s Christmas bags and brown packing paper from the Dollar Store. 
I used a bottle ring to trace circles on the Trader Joe’s bags to make all the gift tags which was fun and I think they turned out cute! 
I also had a bunch of random ribbon, netting and twine, so I used every square inch of my wrapping paper by making accent wrapping paper bows using a tutorial from Ziploc (I couldn’t find the original pin, but it is exactly like this one).

My Christmas Glitter Etravaganza- a little late :)

Yes, I know it’s March, but sometimes life happens and you take forever to write about Christmas. (It’s still winter-ish right? No. It’s spring. Oh well.)

So this Christmas I wanted to give gifts from the heart. I also didn’t want to spend $101,283,047,484.99 on Christmas gifts, because we’re newlyweds. And we have huge families. And sometimes Christmas is hard. So I did what any crafter would do and started looking around my craft room and on Pinterest.

I recently acquired a TON of different colors of glitter, and I’ve been accumulating blank canvases like a hoarder, thinking I’d remember how to paint some day. That still hasn’t happened, so I’ve had quite the display of white ‘art.’
Lately deer silhouettes have been really popular in home decor, and so awhile back I wanted to do something cute for my office (I’ve been there 6 months and I have nothing on the walls in my office still. People keep asking me if I’m planning on leaving. I’ll get on that ASAP- posts to follow. At least I have a window..).
So I found one of my tiny canvased, printed out and traced a little reindeer silhouette and then I found some Elmer’s glue and my gold glitter. 3 minutes later I had made this cute little bad boy that sits on the bookshelf in my office: (I recently added some twine to it so I can hang it on the wall, but I’ll post on that later too).
Then I forgot about it.
UNTIL Christmas was around the corner. I thought this would be a great Christmas to DIY my gifts, but I completely Pinterest-failed making an ornament wreath for my Mother in Law (it wasn’t terrible, but not Mother-in-Law-gift-worthy. More like hang outside where its mostly dark and nobody-will-look-at-it-closely-worthy). I really like to give Christmas-themed gifts, and then I remembered the glitter deer and a light bulb went off: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER!!
I found an 8×10 canvas, so all I needed was a printed out version of the silhouette (I used a different reindeer silhouette with a more prominent nose so the red nose would pop), Elmer’s glue and Gold and Red glitter. I think I spent less than $4 and I think it turned out pretty cute! It was a big hit with my Mother-in-law, (and I made one for my parents and sister and a friend too!)
Previous to my reindeer epiphany, I had found the cutest little tiny canvases at Walmart and I really wanted to do something with them. I made ornaments for my husband’s siblings (and I forgot to take photos :(, but they are cute!) and I still had some left over. I thought they might be cute if I attached them to some twine in a banner, so I decided to make this one for Rochelle’s family:
And then I made this one for our youngest sister Anna:
At this point I was having a glitter-frenzy and I was on a roll. Our friend Lindsay got married right before Christmas as well, and we had no time to go buy a gift. I’ve seen cute monogram wedding gifts before, so to finish off my Christmas glitter extravaganza,  I took another canvas I had laying around and made this little number with their wedding date:
Suffice it to say, this Christmas definitely glittered. 

DIY Shabby Chic Angel Ornaments

I was looking through some of my photos from last Christmas, and I can’t believe I forgot to post this tutorial for DIY shabby chic angel ornaments! I made these as gifts for my siblings, neighbors, and co-workers last Christmas (with little wire stethoscopes for my co-workers who are nurses!) I was happy with how these turned out, and the ease at putting them together. No painting! (My nemesis.)  No sewing! (Too time consuming.) No cutting or drilling wood! (I like my fingers a little too much.) Seriously, just hot glue.  You’re welcome!

Obviously, there are a million ways this sweet little angel could be styled, but here’s the how- to on the basic design.

1. Gather your materials: One large unfinished wooden bead (~2cm) for the head, two smaller beads (~1cm each) for the feet, one unfinished wood spool (about 3cm tall) for the body, 1.5″ thick sheer ribbon for the wings (9-10″ long), thin sheer ribbon to tie the wings with (3-4″ long), lace (I used gathered lace) to cover the spool body (~4″), a long piece of thin ribbon for the legs and loop at the top (at least 15″ long, but you’ll want to experiment), and a piece of wire or a button for the halo. Oh, and a hot glue gun!

2. Make the wings by folding the thick sheer ribbon into a 3″ roll or so.  I used a cream colored sheer ribbon.

3. Use the small piece of thin ribbon (I used a white sheer ribbon) to tie the wings in the middle.

4. Fluff out the wing layers and hot glue them in the position of your choice.

5. Hot glue the lace “dress” around the spool body.

6. Put a dot of hot glue on top of the end of the lace.

7. Glue the wings there, with the knot on the wings facing the spool.

8.  Thread your long, thin ribbon through the head bead and the spool.  Make sure there is a double layer of ribbon the whole length, with the ends of the ribbon coming out the spool, and a loop on the side with the head.  Tie a knot about 3″ down the loop, and put a dab of hot glue on the knot before you slide the head bead up so that it mostly covers the knot.  You can put a dab of hot glue under the head too so the spool sticks to the head. Then, tie a knot with the “leg ribbons” and put some hot glue on it for added strength so that the spool doesn’t slide down.

9. Thread the small beads on to the ends of the thin ribbon. A needle might make this easier.

10. Tie knots where you want the feet to hang, and put a dab of glue on to hold them in place if you want.

11. Experiment with different things to use for a halo- a twisted piece of wire, a cute button, etc. would all work. Then customize to your heart’s content and enjoy your own DIY shabby chic angel ornament!

Angel Ornament Kid’s Craft

Here’s a quick idea for a fun craft to do with a group of children or just one or two!  I did this with the kids in our neighborhood playgroup last year and they all seemed to enjoy it.

You will need: 1 marshmallow, 2 doilies, a toothpick, some ribbon, red and black sharpies, tacky glue or hot glue, and some yellow embroidery floss or pipe cleaner for a halo.

Directions:  Fold one doily in half, and the other doily in quarters.  Glue the quartered doily on top of the half- doily, as shown in the picture.  Poke the toothpick up through the middle of the half- doily; the marshmallow goes on the exposed toothpick end.  Glue in place.  Cut a small piece of yellow floss or pipe cleaner and make your halo- glue it on.  Use the ribbon to make a loop to hang on the tree- glue that in place too.  Use the sharpies to make a face on the angel.

Fun, easy craft for the kiddos!

This year, I think I am going to have our playgroup make this simple but very cute ornament from Fun Home Things:

What crafts are you planning to do with your kids this year?

Homemade Gifts (better late than never)

I know my posts have been somewhat sporadic lately- but I don’t feel too
bad because I have been busy busy busy with working on reorganizing and
redecorating my whole house!  Sound like I bit off more than I could
chew?  You’re right!  I did.  So it is still in that “worse before it
gets better” mode.  But serious progress is being made, and I’m excited
to share that soon!   Meanwhile, I will share this post that I started right after Christmas and finally finished today!  Wahoo….

February is pretty much over, and I still haven’t shared what I made for Christmas gifts.  I have to admit that while I was really pleased how things turned out, and I spent a ton of time on making gifts, I really didn’t take many pictures of what I made, so I have been kind of procrastinating this post because I felt like I didn’t have much to show.  Oh well.  I am going to show you what I do have pictures of, mainly for documentation purposes!

I crocheted star ornaments for co-workers, neighbors, and family, tutorial courtesy of Jellywares.  I liked the ones done in sparkly, thinner yarn the best.

My boys got these jammies on Christmas Eve.  I just used some of their old PJs as patterns, with Toy Story fleece I got long ago in a discount bin.

“Baby Jammies”
“Big Boy Jammies”

There wasn’t enough Toy Story Fleece left to make a pillowcase (the big boy loves to put his fleece blankets over his pillow to sleep, so I thought a fleece pillowcase might feel nice to a 3-year-old cheek), but I had some coordinating fleece, and I just appliqued cutouts of the characters onto the front of the pillowcase.

My mom strongly hinted before Christmas that she would like one of my adjustable ruffle aprons, so of course I made her one, in music note fabric that she had for years before she gave it to me.

I made her another apron, a chef- style, reversible, adjustable apron, again with fabric she gave me.

I hurried to make this Christmas apron for my mother-in-law when, just a week or two before Christmas, we were cooking in her kitchen and we tried in vain to find an apron.  Plus, I just figured every grandma needs a Christmas apron.  It just seems so… homey, and grandmotherly.

I think she liked it!

I have to show this picture partly because of my 16-year-old brother’s amused face, and partly because my cereal box gift boxes ended up being really useful!  I roughly followed this tutorial from curbly.

I made neckties for my brother Collin, my dad, and my husband using this tutorial and free pattern from Puking Pastilles.

You can’t see it well in this picture, but my son is holding a sock monkey I made from my husband’s old black dress socks (clean of course).  This picture is the moment before he stuck it in his mouth and bit it.  Yep- a sign of love.  Or something.  See my post here about sock monkeys.

Below are the hats and a scarf I crocheted for my sons.  They hated them while I was making them and trying them on their heads over and over, but I guess they forgot about it, because they seem to like them and even tolerate wearing them for long-ish periods now.  I can’t seem to find the patterns I used (very loosely, maybe even not recognizably), but I will add that if/ when I find them.

I made a couple of wetbags for nail polish, toiletries etc. for my
sisters, but I only got one semi-decent picture of one of them, which Marissa is holding below.  I used fused plastic bags for the inside, fabric remnants for the outside, and a zipper closure.  I didn’t use a pattern for these, just kinda “wung it”.

My brother-in-law Richard wanted a “cool” billed beanie, and although I was nervous about giving it to him, I think this one fit the bill.  Haha, get it?  The bill?  Ok… moving on… I used this old shrunken sweater with great texture and a plastic restaurant takeout bowl (covered in duct tape) for the bill.  I didn’t really use any pattern for it, but I studied pictures of this type of beanie, checked out the child’s visor beanie tutorial on Eenie Meenie and Moe (previously Creative Maven) and watched the Threadbanger video for inspiration.  It was trial and error the whole way, but I learned a few things… maybe I’ll share in it’s own post.

Shrunken sweater to visor beanie

I loved the simplicity and versatility of these reversible cape/ jacket/ scarf “thingies” which I made for each of my sisters… I’m sure there’s an official name, but I don’t know what it is!  Yeah, you can’t really see what it’s supposed to look like in this picture, so check out the pictures and tutorial over at liaspace.  I think they are so stylish for spring, and I am going to have to make one for myself!

Ok, for the last few pictures, I need to give a little background info.  Each year, my siblings and I (including in-laws) draw names and we make one “gift from the heart” for the person who’s name we drew.  It’s not supposed to be real costly, and we have to put thought and effort into it.  We are supposed to use our talents, and if possible the gift should speak to the talents or interests of the person we give to.

My brother Tayler started playing chess and going to chess club when he was in elementary school or middle school, and he collects unique chess sets from all over the world, so I immediately knew, as soon as I saw the tutorial for this rolled paper chess set from paper, plate, and plane that this is what I would be making him.  It took quite a while to make, but I started early, so I wasn’t stressed.  I love how it turned out with his initials in the middle!  I used my silhouette to cut the board squares and the initials, and I measured and cut all the other strips just with a ruler and my paper cutter.

My husband made this word art for my youngest sister Anna.  He asked each person in the family to come up with at least 5 words that they felt described Anna, and he arranged those words and added little drawings/ pictures using Inkscape.  He used colors that would match her room decor.  The more times people used a certain word about Anna, the larger that word was on the picture.  I love how it turned out!

Richard made this “Older brother award” plaque for my husband.  My husband tends to beat everyone at whatever game they play together, be it tennis, racquetball, ping pong, chess, boardgames, etc- in true older brother fashion.   So in honor of that, and to poke fun of it, he got an award.  Haha.

Marissa crocheted some amazing wool Norwegian house slippers for Cara, since Cara loves all things warm and cozy.  This is a really cool pattern because you just crochet alternating colors into an ‘L’ shape and sew it together a certain way before felting it in the dryer.  I believe Marissa used this tutorial from Mommy Knows.

My brother Tayler wrote a very complementary composition about my youngest brother Collin, and it was enjoyable/ hilarious to hear him read it out loud.

Collin made me a beautiful wooden box in his woodworking class.  I was really impressed with how well-made it was.  He used all sorts of techniques including laminating, turning on a lathe, and a bunch more  that I don’t remember (because really, I don’t even understand what I just said- I know he explained how you laminate pieces of wood together, but I can’t remember.  I’m just impressed).

My sister Anna reverse- stenciled a funny T-shirt and decorated a composition notebook for Richard.  She did a great job!

Cara put together a “Cupcake Decorating” binder with recipes, decorating tips, pictures, and inspiration for Marissa, who has a passion (which we all enjoy) for baking cupcakes.

I still get warm fuzzies looking at all these pictures.  I love making gifts, and I am enjoying this season of my life where that is still possible. >happy sigh<

Merry Christmas!

Are you all ready for Christmas?!  It seems like no matter how early I start preparing for Christmas (and believe, me, I’ve been at it for months now) I just keep adding more to my list of things to make/ do.  Oh how I love Christmas time!  I’ve tried to not completely over-schedule myself, wanting to keep in mind the reason behind the Christmas celebration- which for me is about remembering Christ and also filling my heart with compassion and love and then acting on it.  I am touched by all the kindness I have witnessed or heard about this season.  That warm fuzzy feeling is the reason I decided to try an experiment over this past year: a series called Making the World Sweeter.  My hope was that (as Ebenezer Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol), “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  My original goal was to incorporate into my giving a monthly crafty project for charity other worthy project- and invite all of my readers to participate.  I did participate in some sort of giving each month and I was able to join and blog about eight projects- many of you also participated, which was awesome!  I have to say, I have felt good this year!  Although I wasn’t able to do a project every month, I feel like I stayed with my goal of being mindful of others and mindful of my giving.  I think an added bonus that I wasn’t expecting was an increased feeling of contentedness and gratitude for what I have.

Many of the projects in this “series” (which you can see if you click on the “Making the World Sweeter” link above) cost very little if anything, but had the ability to affect someone’s life profoundly.  Quite a few of the projects are ongoing, so if you are interested, take a look at some of the projects and you can still participate!  (Some of the projects include knitting or crocheting hats for newborn babies, making sanitary pads to help girls stay in school, sock monkeys for kids displaced by fires, and ideas for “drive-by” giving (for the homeless) to name a few.)

Anyway, I hope it has been a good year for all of you, and that you are enjoying this wonderful Christmas season!  I wish I could wish each of you a Merry Christmas and hand you a plate of cookies, but just know that I am sending goodwill and happy thoughts your way- yes you!

P.S: Because I like to be helpful, and I know that some of you might still need to come up with a few gifts for various people in your lives, here are a couple of ideas that might be of use:  😀

I made these crocheted stars found at Jellywares and I think they make sweet ornaments (thin yarn and small hook) or drink coasters (thicker yarn and medium hook).

Cinnamon ornaments/ gift tags are a lovely gift or package topper.

These pop top cans could be filled with Christmas goodies for a fun neighbor gift.

You might find some inspiration in our “Tutorials” section, fun things like:

Infant Scratch Mitts for the wee ones…

Easy Shower Caps (a colorful and unique addition to a spa- themed gift pack)…


…Or these Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles– trust me, they are divine!

Wishing all of you the Merriest of Christmases!  See you next year!

Origami Tree Tutorial and Christmas Party Decorations

Don’t miss the tutorial to make one of these lovely trees at the bottom of this post!

This Christmas season has gotten off to a roaring start!  Last Friday we made it to two of the three parties we had scheduled (!) – I guess everyone is trying to get their parties over and done early.  I was put in charge of decorations for our church Christmas party that we had that evening.  Luckily I didn’t have to do it alone- my friend Becca and I decided we make a great creative team despite a budget that did not support our delusions visions of grandeur and working with seating for 220 in a small gym.

The seating arrangements were tough.  Our church has a few long rectangular tables, but mostly round tables, and not enough to seat everyone, so we ended up borrowing rectangular tables.  We arranged two long rows of the rectangular tables, banquet style, and filled the rest of the gym with round tables.  I think almost every seat ended up being filled.  It was cozy- that’s for sure!

To keep our costs down, we made a lot of the decorations ourselves, and used things we already had.  For example, we folded dozens of green origami trees- with the help of friends and family, thankfully!  I bought about $3.00 worth of green butcher paper, measured and cut it into different sized squares, and went to town using an origami pattern my mom shared with me.  I think in total we folded about 20 trees and made several coffee filter wreaths (a big thanks to Marissa, Cara, Becca and Lindsey who all accepted jobs in my Christmas sweatshop).  Aside from the tablecloths, I believe we spent between $10-$15 for the whole thing.

Becca folded probably dozens of silver and gold stars too, which we taped to the accordion doors behind one of the buffet lines.

On the wall behind the buffet tables on the other side of the room, we hung strands of white Christmas lights, 6 wreaths and a few large silver doilies.  Down the long walls on either side were hung small white doilies (as snowflakes), and we hung a few wreaths on the doors.

The tables were covered in red, white, and green tablecloths, and some of them had a contrasting color of tissue paper or napkin in the center.  As centerpieces for the round tables, we used our lovely origami trees and mason jars with assortments of pine cones, Epsom salt, fake red berries, electric tea lights, and jute/ tulle tied around them.

On the banquet tables we put “bouquets” of fresh greenery tied with ribbon, laid end to end and with pine cones and electric tea lights here and there.  We also used a few of the origami trees and some book trees, and long cinnamon sticks tied with ribbon.  Each table was a little different.

I am lucky enough to have fresh fir tree branches at my disposal- for free!  My family lives on a Christmas tree farm and my mom sent me loads of heavenly- smelling greenery by way of Marissa who drove out for Thanksgiving.  (Thanks Mom and Marissa)!

As a decoration for the food table, we used a large vase and arranged silver and gold spray painted branches inside, with a few glass ball ornaments hanging.

 The dessert tables had large tree boughs around the backs, and tomato cage trees.  We put two more tomato cage trees along one of the side walls.  Thank you Pinterest for that idea!

Three of our wreaths; the one on the left is a coffee filter wreath and the one on the right is a book page wreath.

I think it all turned out beautifully and we had so much fun! (PS- Thank you Becca for taking most of the above photos!)  Now, on to the origami tree tutorial.  My disclaimer: I am not an origami pro, and I really don’t know all the technical names for folds.  My folding isn’t perfect, and after a while, I’m not so much of a perfectionist anymore!  My only recommendation is to make a sharp crease when folding- use the back of your nail, and try to line up corners evenly as best you can; other than that- it is what it is!  These are not difficult folds once you get the hang of them, but it can be time consuming if you want to make multiple trees, since you will probably need to fold 4 separate papers for each tree.

Origami Trees
These are not difficult folds once you get the hang of them, but it can
be time consuming if you want to make multiple trees, since you will
probably need to fold 4 separate papers for each tree.

You can make this tree on a really large scale, or a very small scale, and it looks great either way.  If you want to make 10″ trees (approximate measurement) like I did for the Christmas party centerpieces, you will need square papers of the following sizes:  12″, 10.5″, 9″, 7.5″.  Or, if you want to customize your tree size for your own needs, a good rule of thumb is that each paper size should decrease by about 1/8.

Let’s start with the “Stacking Tree Bases” for lack of a better term.  You will make three of these in total, in descending size.

1.  Start with your square paper.  You actually want to turn it so the pattern is facing down before step 2.
2.  Fold the paper in half diagonally (bottom to top) to make a triangle- pattern facing out.
3. Open up the paper.
4. Fold in half diagonally again, the other way (right to left), so that the folds look like an X shape.

5. Orient the paper so the triangle point is facing downward.  Put your finger next to the crease to hold the left side in place, and with your other hand, separate the layers of the right side.
6.  Pull the right corner down on top of the bottom corner.
7. Give the folds a nice sharp crease.  You should have a square on top of the triangle now.
8.  Fold the left side of the square up diagonally on top of itself.

9.  Repeat the same fold from step 5- separate the layers of the left corner a bit.  Use your other hand to stabilize the bottom corner while you do this.
10.  Fold the left corner of the original triangle down to the bottom point.
11. Crease the folds sharply.
12. Fold the triangle flap from step 8 back over to the left.

13. Fold diagonally so the the bottom corner of the square matches up with the top corner.  Fold the top layer of right side of the square over diagonally to the left corner.  Fold so the bottom corner matches up with the top corner again.  Repeat until all the squares are folded diagonally (bottom to top).
14. You should have a triangular shape that looks like this.
15. Take the top corner that you just folded and pinch it together, then start pulling it down towards the left corner.
16. Line up the corners and pinch in place.  Grab the right corner and fold it over so that it matches up with the left corner, and the top corner is folded down and sandwiched inside.  Press together, making sure to crease the folds on the paper sandwiched inside.  This picture shows what it looks like when you open it back up a bit.
17. Repeat steps 15 and 16 on the next 3 sides.
18. After you have done this for each of the 4 sides, it should look like this.  You are now done with the base of the tree- you need to make 2 more just like this with the smaller pieces of paper.

On to the “Tree Topper”!

Use the smallest paper for the topper.

1. Start with the same square you made for the Stacking Tree Bases (steps 1-12).
2. Grab the top layer from the right corner, separating the two layers, and hold it straight up at a 90* angle.
3. While stabilizing the bottom corners, push the center fold straight down so it lines up with the folds below.
4. Crease the folds sharply.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 on each of the 4 sides. so you end up with a kite shape like this.
6.  Fold the top layer of the right side over to the left, so the kite shape is closed like this.  You should apply glue on the patterned area of the paper that is shown in step 5, and then do this fold.

Put it all together!

1. Take your bottom base piece and turn it over- this is what the bottom looks like.
2. Pull the pieces slightly apart and apply glue, then squish it all together so all 4 corners are touching in the middle.
3. For the next two stacking base pieces, you want to put the glue far away from the corners that meet in the middle, so that it holds its shape, but still has room to fit over the top of the other pieces.
4. Here’s what it looks like from the top.
5. Place a dot of glue (I used hot glue) on the top point.
6. Quickly stack the next biggest piece on top, making sure the glue holds it in place. Repeat for the next two layers.

Tree with three layers- you really could be done here if you wanted.

Here’s the finished tree!

As always, if you have questions (or if you liked the tutorial), leave a comment below or email me at rochelle@homesweethomebodies and I will do my best to answer your question.  Happy folding!