Monday, July 30, 2012

The "Hello" Pillow and More...

About a month ago, I saw this pillow on Etsy:

Cute, huh?

Well, I went into crafty mode and decided to make one similar for my daughter's room.
I've done some graphic pillows before using iron on transfers, but last Christmas, I started experimenting with printing on fabric with my computer printer.
I decided to try the latter technique on the "Hello" pillow.

Here is my finished version:

Pretty darn cute, huh?
The only limitations you have with this technique is that you can only print on fabric that is standard paper size: 8.5" x 11"

Would you like to learn how to make a "Hello" pillow?
Well, you're in luck! I'm currently working on a step-by-step tutorial that I will share here on my blog in the very near future! Yay! Are you excited?

Keep checking back here for the tutorial. I'm hoping to get it posted by the end of this week. I'm still working on editing the photos.

In the meantime...

I just listed 3 new items in my Etsy store. As you will notice, I'm really loving the turquoise/lime green color combo right now. Seems very summery to me.

Here they are:

All of these would make great gifts!
I can also make any of these items in custom colors, so if these colors don't work for you, I can recreate them in the colors of your choice. If you are interested in a custom item, just email me at:

Well, I'm off to watch more Olympic coverage while I work on my latest crochet project...
Have a great evening!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crochet Table Runner

I've been searching for the right table runner for my table in my breakfast nook forever! I could never seem to find just the right one. I found the antique bird cage thingy at a local vintage fair this past spring, and just recently came across the adorable blue glass vases in a local antique store (They look more green in the photo, but they're more of a turquoise blue). I added the fake flowers last week that I found at Michaels craft store. It was looking better, but still missing that table runner!

I went searching on Ravelry and found this pattern:

I knew as soon as I saw it that this was THE one!

I gathered my supplies:

I used Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in "Ecru" and an "H" hook.
I began one evening...

...and finished it the following night!

It's a quick crochet project and very easy!
I didn't make it real long because my table isn't very big, and I didn't want it to run into the spaces at the ends of the table where two of us eat.

I think this pattern would also make great place mats. Just make them a bit shorter.
I'm very happy with my new table runner, especially since I not only made it myself, but it only cost me about $2.00 worth of yarn!

The Perfect Touch

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ten Random Facts About Me

1. I have lived in California my whole life.
    Yep, I'm a true "California Girl"! And...cue music!

2. I live in a small town of less than 1,000 people.
    I LOVE where I live! It's so peaceful and beautiful. We are just minutes from a lake and hiking trails. My dog and I take advantage of these trails daily.

3. I play soccer.
    Yes, I'm the ultimate "soccer mom". I have played soccer for over 30 years and still play at least once a week. I also coached soccer for over 10 years, and I'm a licensed referee!

4. I love Snoopy!
    Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved and collected Snoopy items. He is my favorite cartoon character of all time!

5. I play the flute.
    I have played the flute since I was nine years old. I still play in a local community band.

6.  My favorite food is Mexican.
     I should've been born Maria Sanchez or something. I could eat Mexican food every day! I also make a mean salsa!

7.  If I could live in any foreign country, it would be Ireland.
     I have been to Ireland twice, and it is my all time favorite country to visit. I love everything about it. Well, maybe except all that rain...

8.  The 3 most random unrelated songs on my MP3 player are:
      -- "White Trash Party" by Eminem
      -- " I'll Remember You" by Skid Row
      -- "Weekend in New England" by Barry Manilow

9.  My favorite season is Autumn.
     I love the coolness Autumn brings, and I love the fall colors, especially the trees.

10.  I have never, and will never, drive a minivan.
       I'm just not that type of mom. They seem quite convenient, but just not my style.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


So, I decided I've held out long enough. It's time to jump into the wonderful world of blogging. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope it's not the last time you come here. I will try my best to update this blog with all things...ME! Probably mostly craft related, but I'm sure I'll throw in other stuff too, like stuff about me and my family, favorite recipes, books I'm reading, music I like, and adventures with my crazy German Shepherd, Ivan.  Enjoy!