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How to crochet a granny square

Since I’ve been crocheting up a storm lately, I thought I’d show you all how to make your own granny squares so you can get hooked (see what I did there?) too.

First-make a slip knot and chain 5.

granny square instructions 1

Join together with a slip stitch in your first round, creating a ring. Chain 3, which will count as your first DC for this shell.

granny square instructions 2

YO, and DC twice into the center of your ring. Your first shell is complete! Now, chain 2 and DC 3 times into the center of the ring again.The chain of 2 becomes a corner of your square.

granny square instructions 3

Chain 2 to make another corner, DC 3 times, chain 2, DC3, and chain 2. Now you have 4 shells and 4 corners, creating a square. To join, slip stitch into the top chain of that “chain 3” you created. Now you could change colors if you wish, but for the purpose of this tutorial we will continue with a single color.

granny square instructions 4

Now we need to move from the top right corner over to the top left corner. Slip stitch your way over there, making a slip stitch in between each DC in your top shell until you reach the chain 2 upper left corner. Once there, chain 3.

granny square instructions 5

Just as in the last round, make a shell of 3 DC. Then chain 2 for a corner and 3 DC again in the same hole.

granny square instructions 6

Now, chain only once before you create your next 2 shells in the next hole. Always chain 2 when turning a corner, and chain 1 to separate shells not on corners. Continue until you have 8 shells, and join together with a slip stitch again.

granny square instructions 7

Repeat as for the last round- slip stitch to the corner hole, and continue the 3 DC shells. Two shells when turning a corner, and one in the other holes, as shown below.

granny square instructions 8

Ta-da! That’s all. Finish with a slip stitch, pull tight and cut off your yarn.

granny square instructions 9

You can make the granny squares as large as you want, like I did for my granny square chair covers. Just have fun with it! But be careful, these little guys are super addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Valentines Day Wreath

I wanted to spruce up our house a little for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers.  I wish I could hang it on the outside of our front door but doubt yarn could survive the elements, so I put it on the inside of the door instead.

valentines day yarn wreath
I just wrapped a straw wreath with white yarn. Make sure to leave the plastic covering on the straw wreath so the yarn goes on more smoothly. And be prepared…it takes a LONG time to wrap the yarn over and over. I spread it out over a couple days.  Then I used 3 colors of felt (pink, magenta and red) to make the flowers–I cut wavy spirals then curled them up and hot glued them shut. I was going to hot glue them onto the wreath, but decided to just stick them in with sewing pins in case I want to change out the decorations for another holiday–because I do NOT see myself wrapping yarn around another wreath frame anytime soon! Then I just hung the wreath on some cute ribbon. Total cost was under $3 since I already had the white yarn.

xoxo, emma

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Pomanders

Want a simple Christmas craft to make your home smell delicious using just two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen? Pomanders!

pomander

Just stick some cloves into an orange or other citrus fruit. I used a push pin first to make it easier to stick the cloves in. Fill the entire orange or create a pattern, it’s up to you. You can tie a ribbon around the fruit first to hang it on your tree, or make a few pomanders [displayed in a bowl with pine cones perhaps?]

Here’s a cute use of pomanders:

give thanks pomander

xoxo, emma

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Christmas wreath DIY

I had never made a wreath before this year and there are probably way more specific instructions out there on how to make them…but this is how I cobbled together this cheerful little guy on my front door.

It’s so simple really! Bend a wire hanger (free from your closet or in my case my friend Rosie’s closet because I have a weird aversion to wire hangers and don’t keep any in my house…) into a circle. Bonus, it even comes with its own hanging apparatus if you don’t have a wreath hanger. Clip off branches of a tree (free from outside, or free from the ReBuilding Center in my case) into about 6 inch lengths. Fasten them around in a circle to your hanger using floral wire ($1.50 from Jo Ann’s and I have enough left to make approximately 47 more wreaths). Fill in wherever you see fit, it helps to hang your wreath on a door knob while you work so you can step back and assess your wreath situation. Add a bow (or pine cones or glittery poinsettias or ornaments…) with whatever ribbon you have laying around (or pick some up for $1 at Jo Ann’s like me). And there you have it, my $2.50 wreath-I had been shopping around for wreaths before I made this and planned to buy the $10 Trader Joe’s version, the cheapest I could find. But ha! DIY to the rescue (of my bank account) yet again.

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How to sew a stuffed log

This year I decided I wanted to be the Log Lady from Twin Peaks for Halloween. The first order of business was sewing a log so I didn’t have to carry around a real log!

Stuffed log

Supplies

log supplies

  • 3 sheets brown felt
  • 2 sheets tan felt
  • Brown embroidery thread
  • Needle (obviously)
  • Scissors
  • Compass
  • Fabric marker
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Optional: Cat

Directions

I just used the precut sheets of felt that you can get at any craft store. First, using the embroidery thread, simply sew together two of the brown sheets so that you have a rectangle about 12 by 18 inches. I used a blanket stitch for this, but do whatever stitch you are most comfortable with. Cut the other brown felt into a piece 10.25 by 4 inches (this will be for the little stump).  Fold that little rectangle in half and cut from about 2.5 inches in to the edge of the fold, formin a sort of bridge shape.

Make 3 circles from the tan felt. You can use a compass, I used my handy-dandy Martha Stewart Circle Cutter which makes cutting perfect circles so easy. Make 2 larger circles with a diameter of 5.5 inches, and one smaller with a diameter of 3.25 inches for the stump.

cut felt log pieces

Next just draw on your felt with a fabric marker (I used black, you could probably just use a Sharpie) to make it appear like wood…get a nice faux bois look going. Remember that it doesn’t have to look perfect at all, just sketch it on. Don’t forget to add little circles or a spiral on the tan pieces.

faux bois decoration

Sew together one of the large tan circles and your large brown felt rectangle with a blanket stitch, turning as you go. Next, sew up the rectangle to form a tube.

Stuff with your fiberfill (I really packed it in to make it usable as a firm pillow for under the neck) and sew on the other end of your log with a blanket stitch again. Ta-da! You could leave it like this if you wanted a simple log, but I like the added little stump for some whimsy.

Follow the same steps to sew up the little stump, stuff it with more fiberfill and then just whipstitch it onto your log wherever you see fit.

That’s it! You could make your log out of other colors, embroider the faux bois lines on if you’re really brave, or add a few leaves or mushrooms onto your log.

p.s. I swear one day I’ll actually take real photos for blog posts, not just iPhone photos, heehee….one day.

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How to make boba

I wanted to make my own boba tea/tapioca, and went to Fubonn on a whim.  Luckily they actually had an entire section of the pearls and even drink mixes.  If you don’t have an Asian grocery near you, they are available on Ebay.  The boba turned out great! Here’s what you’ll need:

Boba supplies

Tapioca pearls, they had black, white and multicolored at the store.  Of course I got multicolored.  I picked up a honeydew flavor drink mix as well.  And you can’t forget the chunky straws!

tapioca pearls

Boil 10 cups of water, then add in one cup of the pearls.  Give the pearls a gentle stir.  Right away they will rise to the top of the water.  When they do, cover them and boil for 5 minutes more.

tapioca pearls, done

After 5 minutes, take the pearls out and drain them.  Mix them with some simple syrup (1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups water.  Heat in a pot and remove from heat as soon as it boils.)  I think the simple syrup step is to keep them from sticking together.

Next, in a shaker combine: 2 ounces simple syrup, 2 tbs. drink powder, and 2 tbs. non-dairy creamer (I didn’t have any so I used 2 tbs. milk and it worked perfectly).  Add a few ice cubes and fill to the top with cold water.  Shake to combine, making sure the drink powder dissolves.

Spoon some finished tapiocas into a glass, and pour the liquid over it.

finished boba

And that’s it!  It looks (and tastes) so impressive but is really quite easy.  I will definitely pull this recipe out next time I have friends over.  Enjoy!

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3D Knitters Gift Tag

My friend Jamie taught me how to bead, and in return wanted me to teach her how to knit.  So for her birthday I gave her a set of nice knitting needles and some beautiful yarn to make into a scarf (the easiest beginners project).  Of course, the gift wouldn’t be complete without this silly little gift tag that I made using yarn, toothpicks, beads, and the cardboard from a toilet paper roll!  I love this idea for knitted gifts at the holidays, or anytime really.  Anything miniature (especially when it has to do with crafting) = ADORABLE.

Knitting Gift Tag

Get the tutorial here.

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