Crafts made from the heart

Summer Gone ALREADY??

I am absolutely stunned at how fast this summer is going!! It surely hasn’t been 2 months since I have been here… has it? Why does the summer always go by so quickly? I think for those of us in the northern part of the states it’s because we try to cram all of the things we can’t do in winter all in the space of a few short months. We know that it won’t be long before the cold comes and the summer activities we love so much are no longer an option until next summer. And this year seems especially short because last year was the winter that wouldn’t end. It stayed cold much too long this last spring. I am looking at my calendar and seeing all the fall/winter/holiday craft fairs coming up too quickly and realizing I am no where near ready for them. I don’t stop crocheting in the summer, but it does slow a bit with all the other things to do including vacation, local fairs and festivals, grandkids, and sitting by the bonfire with friends for a few s’mores and refreshments (etc.). And now today, I realized it’s the first MN Vikings pre-season game tonight, nothing says summer is almost gone like football season. With that being said, here’s the latest project I just finished…

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I got a message along with a picture from a gal asking if I could make a hat like the one in the pic she sent. It’s for her son’s 3 month pictures coming up. I couldn’t believe my luck at finding the exact same material for the John Deere patches on the front. When I sent a pic of the hat to ask her if it would work, she told me at first she thought I just sent the picture she messaged me back to her. So I guess I was pretty close HAHA! It was exactly what she wanted and I am so happy that I could get it just right for her. My greatest reward is the huge smile on a customer’s face when you give them their order and it’s just what they wanted :)

 

<3 Tracee

 

Heart Of My Heart

I am so excited! I have finally finished my Heart Of My Heart baby blanket and I now have both the blanket and the pattern listed in my Etsy shop. I like the way it turned out and think it’s a super cute pattern for the newest addition to your family.

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I would love to hear your thoughts and what you think of it.

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The pattern is available for purchase here Heart Of My Heart . I made 4 strips of Tunisian crochet using tunisian knit stitch and tunisian reverse stitich to make the heart pattern and then connected the strips with basic hairpin lace crochet and added a ruffle stitch border.  For this blanket I used Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Pink.

I have to admit that the border had me a little flustered for a bit. I pretty much knew what I wanted it to look like, but had a hard time finding just the right way to do it. Oh what a happy day when I finally got it figured out (after ripping it out and re-doing it about 4 times). But after seeing the end result it was worth the extra work. Just goes to prove there is great worth to “sticking with it”.

<3  Tracee

 

Sneak Peek

I am working on a baby blanket design using Tunisian crochet and Hairpin Lace. It’s coming along quite nice and the picture in my head and what’s actually coming off my hook are pretty close :) Sometimes I try something out and it’s not quite what I pictured.

This is a sneak peak at my Heart Of My Heart baby blanket. When I get it all together and have the finishing touches on the pattern I will have it available on my Etsy shop. This isn’t the best pic I have ever taken, but let me know what you think of it so far.

Heart of My Heart Baby Blanket

Heart of My Heart Baby Blanket

 

I have also finished a custom order for some adult size character hats. One skunk and one owl hat done and delivered. I am so glad to hear that she thinks they are ADORABLE!

Adult size fun hats

Adult size fun hats

The owl hat I have made in kid sizes before, so I just adjusted the pattern for adult sizes. I had never made the skunk before so I looked up some ideas on Pinterest and came up with what you see here. Looks like I’ll have to remember what I did so I can make a few more :)

Now I’m off to finish a couple more custom orders and add some things to my inventory for the craft fairs coming up. Happy hooking everyone!!

<3  Tracee

OOPS! Correction

Last week on my post The Baby Craze Continues I stated the pattern for the baby dress in the book Crochet Baby Boutique II came from Leisure Arts… It ACTUALLY came from Annie’s. I am so sorry for any confusion I may have caused. I guess my brain just stalled for a bit.

I did edit the post and I have included the links here. Again I apologize.

 

<3  Tracee

All I have to do is go on Facebook and I am bombarded with baby pictures. It seems to be a real baby boom in my area lately :) So of course I am still making baby stuff, which is GREAT because I love it.

First there are a few hats. The Turkey hat was a custom order I made for the my hairdresser… she loved it :)  The other two I just whipped up for a craft event I have coming up.

Turkey Hat Custom Order

Turkey Hat
Custom Order

 

Little Ladybug Hat

Little Ladybug Hat

Snowy Owl Hat

Snowy Owl Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more item I made was a baby dress. This pattern came from the book Crochet Baby Boutique II from Annie’s It turned out so cute! The only modification I made was that I didn’t have snaps on hand so I used buttons on the back.

Baby Dress

Baby Dress

Button closure

Button closure

 

 

I used Bernat Baby Sport in pink and white.

 

 

 

I am working a cute Tunisian / Hairpin Lace crochet baby blanket that I’m designing as well. Hope to have an update on that the next time. Until then Happy Crocheting!!

<3 Tracee

Humbled Yet Again

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Well it has come to my attention that I now have 50+ followers. I thank and appreciate each of you! It makes me think I had better get off my tush and pay better attention to this blog. When I started I had an idea of what I wanted this blog to be and haven’t quite reached my goal, but I am working on it :)

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Then I notice that I have been nominated by Night Owl Kitchen for the Liebster Award! WOW!! I am honored. I am always surprised that people find my little blog and actually want to read it. There are so many good reads out there in blogging-land and I am definitely a very small fish in a pretty huge ocean. But once again, it gives me that extra incentive to improve my blogging skills and hopefully be an inspiration to my readers and followers.

The rules:

1. Link to the person who nominated you

2. Answer their questions

3. Nominate new blogs for the award

4. Ask them 10 new questions

5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated

My questions to answer:

1. What is the inspiration behind your blog?  I love to crochet and knit and I wanted to share the love with others.

2. What makes your blog standout from the rest? I hope that people can see how much I love crafting and that I can help inspire them as well.

3.  What’s your favorite dessert(don’t hold back now)? Pretty much anything with chocolate in it :)

4. Name three things that interests you other than what you post about on your blog. My grandkids, baking and shopping (haha)

5. What can you absolutely not live without? My crochet hooks of course!

6. Where would you love to travel to and stay for a month? I think It would be fun to visit England.

7. If money were no object, what kind of good would you do for others? I would give it to cancer research

8. What charity do you support financially or in spirit? American Cancer Society and the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention programs

9. If you could have a sit down dinner with anyone in history(living or dead) who would it be and why? I have 3. My son, my mom and my brother. They all live in Heaven now and I would give anything to sit down over a home cooked meal and just visit with them again

10. Any advice for new bloggers? Just remember why you started in the first place. If you have a passion and that’s why you’re sharing about it, keep doing just that. It’s too easy to forget and get wrapped up in trying to “out-do” yourself or trying to “please the crowd” the reason you have followers in the first place is because of what you love. You can always improve your skills, but don’t confuse skills with the passion.

My Nominations

1. Made With Love By Glama 2. Lucindalines 3. Happy Little Kiwi 4. Peacefully Knitting 5. Loz’s Little Crochets 6. Nice Piece Of Work 7. Craftmanic Mommy 8. About Crochet 9. Andie Duncan 10. Mad Man Knitting

My questions for the nominees:

1. Why do you blog?

2. How many blogs do you follow?

3.What’s your favorite meal?

4.What is your favorite music and/or entertainer?

5.What can you absolutely not live without?

6.Where would you love to travel to and stay for a month?

7.If money were no object, what dream would you fulfill?

8.What is your most prized posession?

9.What is your favorite holiday?

10.Any advice for new bloggers?

 

I’ll be back soon with some new projects to fill you in about.

<3 Tracee

Easter Success :)

Easter baskets are done and delivered! I made them for the grandkids and because of all the unique family dynamics of the family, I had Easter dinner at our house on Palm Sunday.

 

Flowers and butterflys for the girls... red tractors for the boys.

Flowers and butterflies for the girls… red tractors for the boys.

Of course grandma went a little overboard in filling them so I guess next year I’ll have to make them bigger haha. I should have gotten a picture of them filled, but alas, I got busy getting ready for a house full of people and forgot. The funny part is when the girls noticed they were crocheted and asked if I made them then how did the Easter bunny leave them? I had to do some quick thinking and mentioned that when I talked to the Easter Bunny I asked if I could send the baskets I made along for him to fill with goodies and then get them back here for our Easter party. Thank goodness they believed me :)

I have some craft fairs coming up soon again so I am busy, busy, busy getting things made for those. I need to fill my tables you know! So I’ll have some new pics of projects soon.

<3  Tracee

 

Yesterday morning we woke up to no electricity. It’s one of those things that you take for granted until it’s no longer there. Now days it is almost impossible to get ANYTHING done without it, no showers, no morning coffee (which is a nightmare scenario for me), no heat, no nothing, even the cordless phone won’t work so you better hope you remembered to charge up your cell phone the day before.

We went without power the entire morning as it didn’t get fixed until almost noon. So what’s a girl to do when you can’t do anything? You pull out your crochet hook and/or knitting needles of course! It is awesome how you can get quite far on a project when you don’t have the distractions of all the electronic toys and gadgets our homes are crammed full of. And if the heat isn’t working, make sure you have an afghan going, it will keep you warm while you work on it :)

Current WIP :)

Current WIP :)

 

So now the power is back and all is well again. The distractions are back, but I have to admit… I did kind of miss them, even if it was only for a few hours.

<3  Tracee

Nailed It!

I love it when someone contacts me on Facebook and says “Can you make me this?” along with a picture of something they have found somewhere. It’s definitely a challenge, but I think the phrase “Nailed It!” applies here :)

It just so happens that the item they wanted this time is from a crochet along on another site and the pattern was posted free for those wanting to participate. I also found the thread of the pic they sent to me and she actually mentioned the yarn brand and color she used. It doesn’t get any easier than that! So I made one for her, posted the picture of it on her timeline and asked if that would work, then her friend chimed in and wanted one too LOL, so guess what… I made TWO.

Here are the custom order neck warmers I made this week. Aren’t they the cutest things??

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The pattern is from Red Heart and can be found here… Button Up Neck Warmer …I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color Day Glow and it’s beautiful for spring! This project is quite simple and it only took about 2 hours to complete. It is a part of The Crochet Crowd’s ‘Spring has Sprung” crochet challenge. If you want to learn more about it click here…  Spring Has Sprung  …

Now it’s off to the next project.

<3 Tracee

How does the time go so fast? When I started to crochet and knit it was because my friends and I were having our babies and I wanted those beautiful baby blankets. I ended up making 24 or 25 in the next 5 years for me and my friends & family. Now I have grandchildren (5 to be exact) and so many of my friends are now grandmas too. So now we are coming full circle and I’m back on the baby blanket bandwagon once again  :)  Here are just 2 of my latest blankets.

 

Delicate Souvenir Baby Blanket (1) Delicate Souvenir Baby Blanket (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one is called Delicate Souvenir and was made with Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Denim Marl.

Lacy Treasure Crochet Baby Blanket (5)
  The peach one is called Lacy Treasure and is made with Knit Picks Brava Sport in Seashell.

Lacy Treasure Crochet Baby Blanket (4)

Both of these crochet patterns along with 5 other absolutely beautiful and classic patterns can be found in the book Keepsake Baby Afghans from Leisure Arts. All 7 designs are by Kay Meadors and it is my new “go to” baby blanket book. They are all gorgeous and classic designs that can be used for years to come.

The peach one was already given as a baby gift to a family member. I plan to make a few more of each of the 7 patterns for my Etsy shop and the craft fairs I have coming up. Now all I need is to find time to make them in between spending time with all those grandbabies!

<3 Tracee

 

 

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