Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 15, Blocking Squares

I am getting excited now that we’re nearing the point where we are starting to join our squares together. We’ve worked all summer towards this right?
I jumped the gun last week when I said let’s start joining our squares. Because it we are good crocheters (and we are) we must block them first.READ MORE

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 14

Granny Square Wk 14
(All the granny square assignments can be found on this page.)
I’m hijacking this week’s granny square sampler choice in order to satisfy my own selfish desire to do a rectangular granny square. A rectangular square. You read that right. Apparently granny squares don’t always have to be square and I am completely okay with that (and it just so happens this one is Ian’s favorite so far). I’ve been wanting to do one of these since starting this project and I just hadn’t sat down to figure it out until this week. Which is silly, because these are easy. Using only double crochet (dc) and chain (ch) stitches, which you’ve by now done a bazillion times for this sampler, the trick is simply getting that first round right. Get that part right, and Bob’s your uncle.READ MORE

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 13

Granny Square wk 13
This week’s granny square is brought to us by Beth (who is @cookiecat57 on Instagram- remember you can tag your photos on instagram with #grannysquaresampler so we can all see each other’s). I like this one because its quite different from the ones we’ve done over the past few weeks, retro, unusual, and just plain interesting. So let’s do it! It is called “The Whirlygig” and needs no introduction other than Beth’s photo, which she also kindly sent me.READ MORE

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 12

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I am still behind on finishing my squares. Didn’t touch the crochet hook over the weekend. I fully intend to catch up. This whole week has been a flurry of crazy, which is mostly over now. Sitting down to crochet sounds just about perfect to me.
(All the granny square assignments can be found on this page.)
This week’s square-

Granny Square Week 12
(Image via crochet me)READ MORE

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 11

Granny Square Sampler
(Find all the assignments on this page.)
I’m glad some of you were able to use last week to play catch up on your squares. I myself still have a few squares to catch up on, so don’t dispair if this is you. We’ve been finishing Emma’s room, which I’ll be showing you hopefully next week!READ MORE

DIY Easy Tabletop Redo

I stole a few minutes to myself the other day and went thrifting. I came across this oil painting and found myself buying it. Wasn’t exactly sure why. I don’t see it on our walls, and don’t even particularly like it as a painting. I do like the colors a lot, and the composition isn’t bad at all. The price didn’t hurt either.

Granny Square Sampler Project- Week 9

How is everyone doing on the granny square sampler? Is everyone up to date on their squares? I know some have been crocheting on car trips and I am so jealous, I get car sick when I try. All that wasted passenger seat time!
Granny Square Sampler
This week I have a treat to share with you for our assignment today. I asked Erin if she would be willing to jump in and share a granny square for the sampler, and she graciously agreed. This week’s square is a sweet dimensional flower she chose for us.READ MORE

Teen Room Redo, Wall Decor Idea

Mother daughter collaborative projects in Emma’s room are turning out to be a lot of fun, thanks to Pinterest.
For about $6, we created our own wall art based on some ideas we pulled together.

DIY Wall Decor Idea

DIY Wall Decor Idea

This is an easy project. Perfect for a 13 year old girl like Emma. Here’s how we did our version.
Teen Room

DIY Wall Decor

Craft paint and small paintbrush
Piece of scrap foam core or cardboard
Small round doilies
Cupcake liners
Yarn for pompoms
Pompom maker
Double stick tape
To Make:
Teen Room
1. If you want the thumbtacks a different color, stick them into the scrap foamcore or cardboard to make it easier to paint them. We painted ours a bright green, 2 quick coats and they were done.
Teen Room
2. We decided to add some pom poms to the centers of some of our flowery shapes, so we made a handful of small ones.
Teen Room
3. To make the doilies into flowers, I folded 4 doilies in half, then overlapped them in quarters. You can attach them to the wall with double stick tape, and then add either a pom pom or a thumbtack in the center.
DIY Wall Decor Idea
4. We started placing the cupcake baking liner “small flowers” in the area designated for this installation, then filled out and fanned from there, adding the doily “big flowers”, really just ad libbing as we went. I think the pom poms added some nice contrast, and we scattered those around and even addd some later on. In the end, I added the leftover thumb tacks plain, around the “branches”. This is on the wall above Emma’s bed, and we decided to keep it fairly tight because of the new bed she has coming soon.


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