Free Pattern Friday: Briana K EOS Lip Balm Holder

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It’s no secret that I love Briana K designs.  She is super creative and about as nice as they come.  She knits, crochets, photographs, spins, designs, writes, and on… and on.  She’s won some awards and has gained quite a following in the crochet/ knit world.

Today’s Free Pattern comes from Briana K

Do you lose your lip balm?  I do All. The. Time.  You know the coin holder in the car?  You know, it’s only big enough for a roll of coins?  I’ve discovered lately that it’s also the perfect size for a tube of chap stick.  So, now I can at least find that one.

But, what about the EOS lip balm that won’t fit?!  What’s a girl to do?  How about you knit or crochet a little holder.  The likelihood of losing this baby is diminished by roughly a thousand percent (fact).

DSC_0077 (7)PPDI have made several of these.  The crochet version became a ninja turtle.  My sons use it as a little coin bag or tiny toy holder.

This pattern was released around Valentine’s Day and she included a pattern for the heart motif.  These two are knitted.

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DSC_0083 (8)ppdEither version works up super quick and would make a fun little gift.  (I made the knitted ones flat and seamed.  If you’d like to do the same and need help, let me know).  So, do yourself a favor and hop on over to Ravelry to pick up this fun (FREE!) pattern.

**I am always looking for patterns to feature.  I will only feature patterns that I have personally used, though.  If you have a pattern you’d like featured, please send me a message.**

Crochet: New Pattern Release

DSC_0122 (4)ppdWell, hello there!  I’m just popping in to let you know that my Genevieve Romper pattern has been released!!

DSC_0118 (4)ppdIt is chock full of good stuff- an interesting stitch pattern, some fun and convenient construction techniques, and plenty of photos to help you along.  Aaand… it’s half off thru Saturday!

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Click here to go to my ravelry store.
Use coupon code “GENEVIEVE” to score the romper AND the bonnet for half off!!

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Sewing | Pattern Testing: Haven Acres Mini Collection

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DSC_0146ppdRemember way back, when Tessa was first born?  I tested a pattern called the LOL Swing Top by the uber talented Jenn at Jennuine Designs.  Well, she’s done it again!  This time, though, it’s a mini collection.

First up- the Dressage Leggings (pattern):

DSC_0125 (3)Don’t mind the wrinkles and dirt.  These things are worn often!

Check out the cute bum.  Do not check out the crumbs and rogue strings all over the place.  Oy!

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There’s a simple leggings version, or the dressage leggings, which allows for all sorts of pattern pairing and color blocking.

The Haven Acres Blouse (pattern):

DSC_0129ppdcropThis is the first version of the blouse, which looks so cute on my little Miss, but was just too snug.  Those fit issues have been worked out and now this blouse is great!  I made 4 of these tops during the testing!  #1

DSC_0135#2 was cut down to make #4.  This is where the back placket was added.

#3DSC_0124 (3)I decided to experiment with a zipper instead of buttons.  I love this one- except that I didn’t change my thread and I wasn’t very careful when sewing.  I was mostly just testing the fit.  But, I like it enough that Tessa wears it- even in public! :)

DSC_0160ppd#4 I liked this fabric to match the cap, so I did one more floral version.  This time I used lace for the sleeves and omitted the keyhole. I also did the binding at the neckline differently.  I need to redo it, though. Something got all wonky.

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DSC_0131 (4)ppdand The Sweet Pea Cap (pattern):

DSC_0130 (3)There’s nothing much sweeter than a baby wearing animal eared hats.  I used some corduroy for the outer and the same floral for the lining.  I haven’t made it yet, but I hear there’s a different construction method to help the cap lay smoother.  I will be trying that next.

Tessa’s got a pretty little head, so I added some elastic to the back.

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Check out the other testers of the Haven Acres Mini CollectionHA Tester TourDSC_0166ppdThese patterns are sized from NB to 12 years.  Really, they are a great value.  There are so many possibilities for each.  Pick up your copy now while they’re on sale!

Haven Acres Blouse

Dressage Leggings

Sweet Pea Cap

And, check out each day of the Tester Tour at Jennuine Life.

Crochet: Photo Props (And some cute photography)

I’ve been knitting and crocheting up a storm lately!  I’ve also been hand-dyeing and hand-spinning wool.  My family laughs at my weird hobbies.  :)  All I gotta say is- don’t knock it til you try it!  On top of all of that, I’ve been photographing some cute new babes.  I am, by no means, a photographer, so I don’t know if these would be considered good by professional photographer standards, but I like them.  And, the mommas like them, so that’s something!

First up is Miss Lillian Rose.  Here’s my chunky knit pixie bonnet with roses.

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DSC_0187eppdA couple of turban beanies: with flower, and with lace bow:

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DSC_0236eppdA Genevieve Bonnet

DSC_0277eppdMy hand-dyed/ hand spun ombre pixie bonnet… also, basket fluff that looks like a cloud.  I love it:

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Next, I photographed some twinners, which was kind of a difficult task.  Getting one baby asleep and comfortable is hard enough.  Two is close to impossible!  I was worried that we didn’t get as many good ones, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did some editing at how many good ones there were!

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We did mostly some very simple setups, but I did have a chance to use some of my props.  Jacob wearing my chunky knitted button beanie:

DSC_0148 - CopyppdElla in my vintage elegant posing bowl (used like a cocoon):

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Again with my hand-dyed/ hand spun yarn.  Pixie bonnet with flower and simple beanie:DSC_0236 - Copyppd

Ella wearing my vintage floral striped bonnet:

DSC_0378ppdAnd, my sweet basket fluff.  I just ordered some more of these and should be available (in all sorts of hand-dyed goodness) next week.

DSC_0280eppdThanks, Mamas, for letting me play with your sweeties!  Most of the props from these shoots are available for purchase.  Inquire at Puddy Pad Designs facebook page.

Painting: Caleb

caleb-smI don’t even know what to say about this painting except that it was a deeply emotional and overwhelming painting to do.  It was difficult at times, but just seemed to flow at other times.  This bit of sky is possibly my favorite part of the painting.

DSC_0130This was a birthday present for a mother, grieving the loss of her young son.  The only consolation in a situation like this is to know that he is in a better place and with our Savior and others who have gone before.

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“Caleb” 12X12

Psalm 34:1The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Genevieve Bonnet Pattern

DSC_0116eppdThis is a very exciting day for me!  I have just released my new (and very first!) crochet pattern: The Genevieve Bonnet.

DSC_0135ppdIt is available for 50% off from now until midnight on Saturday. (No coupon code required) DSC_0134ppdIt is a versatile, basic bonnet, with some fun details: a scalloped edge, an interesting stitch, and long ties.

DSC_0127ppdThe pattern is concise and easy to understand with sizes from NB to 12 month.

DSC_0134ppdYou can use either light (3) or worsted (4) weight yarn and a K (6.5 mm) hook for NB or L (8 mm) hook for the other sizes.

I had some fabulous testers, who hooked up some pretty little bonnets.  They are so talented and helped me through this new pattern-writing experience.  Check a couple of them out:

Illumiknitiby Illumikniti Designs- on etsy/ on facebook

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Kimberly Mae 2by Kimberly Mae

Click this link to go directly to the pattern on ravelry:

Genevieve Bonnet

Crochet: Teddy Bear Twins

Just showing you my latest creation.

Teddy Bear beanies ppdI gave these little guys to a friend, who will be having her second set of boy/ girl twins on Monday.  I used the free pattern, found here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newborn-teddy-bear-hat

Cute cute!  She has lots of other fun newborn hats, too, I’d like to make.