Thursday, October 30, 2014

#Scarfie Time! Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn GIVEAWAY!

#scarfie yarn crochet lion brand wool ease thick & quick

I'm finally back home after a busy (and productive!) weekend in Houston, TX attending Quilt Market. I'll be writing up a few posts on that experience soon. For right now I'd like to share a quick and easy cowl I whipped on the return flight home. It's called the Uptown Circle Scarfie and the pattern is FREE! As soon as I saw it I knew it would be the perfect project for my participation in Lion Brand's #scarfie campaign! What is #scarfie?! Well, it's a selfie (a picture you take of yourself) of you wearing a scarf or cowl you crocheted using Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.  

We're trying to get more crocheters to take part in the fun! Won't you join us?! All you need to do is take a #scarfie (like I did!) and tag the post on any social media platform using the hashtag "#scarfie." That's it! We can all do a search for it on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. {p.s.- if you wanna see some amazing scarves/cowls do a search for #scarfie yourself. Good stuff.}

Click to download the free Uptown Circle Scarfie pattern!

To download the PDF pattern for this cowl {#scarfie} remember that you'll first need to create a free account on Once you've done that you will have access to thousands of crochet and knitting patterns! 

lion brand yarn wool-ease thick & quick yarn

I enjoyed this project for a few different reasons:
• Uses Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn (Super Bulky Weight)
• Uses a size N (9mm) crochet hook
• Only requires one skein!

One skein of super bulky yarn + large N hook = a quick and stylish #scarfie!

lion brand yarn wool-ease thick & quick yarn

Click here to buy Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn!

My #scarfie!
And because we want to help share the crochet love I've teamed up with Lion Brand to host a yarn giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive two skeins each of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in any color of their choice! 

Whatya' waiting for? Enter below. 
{U.S. participants only. Sorry, international friends!}

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Bookshelf Project

My power tools and I have been buddies lately. I love them just as much as my sewing machine collection. To me they are very similar because they both allow me to make stuff with my hands. That's all I want to do, really. Make. Stuff. The principles of making things are very similar across all my different hobbies. The only thing that changes is the medium that I use to create.

I think woodworking and quilting are the most similar. A lot of math and measuring. Which I absolutely L-O-V-E! I'm the child of an engineer and a drafter. What can I say?

So Allie turned three recently and I promised her a new bed and a new bookshelf. They are both done and now I need to find some time to get room looking like, well, a room.

Sherwin-Williams asked to create a video tutorial on how to paint a bookshelf. Turns out this was the perfect push I needed to make Allie's new bookshelf. I did try to see if I could buy one that I liked but didn't find anything with the simple silhouette, height and width that I wanted. And I'm not down with the pressed wood particle board stuff. I need real wood, even if it is cheap ol' pine.

I found free plans for this project HERE. I made a few changes but it was just what I needed and the instructions were easy to follow.

I got to use my jigsaw to cut some curves into the top sides and the legs of the bookshelf. I was very happy with the way it turned out. Not bad for free-hand cutting!

Curves I cut with my jigsaw.
Making sure my first shelf was square and another shot of the curves.
Sanded the whole thing down before putting the pieces together. 
The completed unfinished bookshelf. Yay! 
Now I was ready to film the painting tutorial for Sherwin-Williams. I have included the video below for you to watch. Heads up! It's in Spanish. That's what they hire me to do. But it's really easy to do. I promise. Especially since I added English subtitles, too. Even if you don't speak español or want to read the subtitles you'll still be able to see every step of the process.

To pick the paint color I used the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap App on my phone. It's super handy! Give it a try. Paint color used: African Violet #6982.

Click here to watch the video tutorial!

Here is the finished styled bookshelf that I put in Allie's room. She loves it and frankly, so do I!

If you need a new bookshelf give these free plans a try. I really enjoyed it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

45-Minute Crochet Cowl Tutorial & Giveaway

Now that cooler weather is upon us it's the perfect time to whip up something to keep yourself (and others!) toasty! This 45-minute cowl is just the ticket to a practical, fun and quickie crochet project. The best part is that the yarn does all the work for you! I mean, seriously... how gorgeous is this yarn?!

 No surprise it's called "AMAZING!" Seriously. That's the name of the yarn: Amazing yarn by Lion Brand Yarns. So much texture and color variation in just one skein. And speaking of one skein, did I mention that's all you need to make one of these babies? Yup. Just one. So no excuses, people! Grab a hook and a skein of this fab yarn and get to work. You'll be cranking out dozens of these in no time. They make great gifts, too!

Click here to get your Amazing yarn.

Click here to get your jumbo crochet hooks.

In this video tutorial I'll even let you decide if you want your cowl to short or long. It all depends on what size hook you want to use. You'll see how easy it is to customize your crochet projects. I show you a sample made with two different crochet hooks so you can decide what finished look you want for your cowl. I like the shorter version but it's up to you. If you can't decide just make a few of each in different colorways. That would be fun!

Click here to watch the tutorial!

...and yes, there is a worldwide giveaway with this tutorial! Enter for your chance to win below. 
Good luck!

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