Wednesday, February 29, 2012

want to learn how to crochet?

No, I won't be able to teach you, but I wanted to tell you about the wonderful person who taught me how to crochet, just in case you were thinking about learning. I am a visual learner and found out quickly that I would not be able to learn through the crochet books I purchased.

So, I searched the internet and came across the lovely Dana at Craftyminx who has a free online crochet school. Wow, what a true blessing her amazing crochet lessons were in my learning. It was so great that I could go back and watch over and over again how to do each stitch.

The hardest part for me was the initial chain and movement of my crochet hook. One day after watching her video "yarn meets hook"about 20 times (when I thought I would never get it),  the light bulb went off! I finally saw what I was doing wrong and was so excited that I could move on to the other lessons! From there the rest of the lessons went great, of course, with much practice. The granny square lesson was my favorite. :)

So, thank you Dana for teaching me how to crochet! I am truly blessed to have come across your fabulous crochet school.

For you eager crafty souls who would like to learn how to crochet, I would highly recommend you take a little visit to Craftyminx  and learn how to crochet, or just give her a big "Hello" and read her lovely blog! Oh, and don't forget to check out her beautiful granny squares from her project "A Granny A Day".

Hope you are having a blessed day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

lovely granny squares

This past December after I finished sewing all my Christmas presents, I made a goal that I would learn how to crochet.  I just love the way crochet brings a special touch to the edge of a tea towel or coming across vintage crocheted pot holders in antique stores that you can't resist.  I knew that this was a skill that I needed to learn.

So, for the past couple of months I have been learning like crazy with my crochet hook and a lot of yummy yarn at hand.  I have been admiring so many beautiful granny square blankets, and wanted to have one of my own to snuggle up with.

 So, here are my first granny squares! What do you think? 

I was thinking of making a lap size blanket, to keep me cozy on the couch while I crochet more lovely things. So, we'll see how big it gets when I can't think of any more color combinations. Hope you are having a great start to the new week!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

vintage treasures

I found some great vintage linens the other day, and I can't wait to make them into something beautiful. I have a new love for vintage tablecloths. There is just something about the lovely faded roses that makes me smile. 

This tablecloth is my favorite! I love the grey roses on the aqua background! 

These pink roses are so sweet and delicate.

 I also just love doilies! There is something very special about handmade doilies. One day I hope I will be able to make some of my own doily goodness. I am still in the learning process of crocheting, so we'll see.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Welcome to my first blog!

Hello! I am very excited to jump into the creative blogging world after being inspired by so many wonderful blogs. I look forward to sharing my adventures in sewing, quilting, crocheting, and pure crafty goodness with you. Thank you for stopping by!