Sunday, April 29, 2012

Crochet Newborn Bow Beanie

Crochet Newborn Bow Beanie & Crochet Bow Pattern &Yarn Review

As I mentioned in my last posting, I have too much yarn. So I have been going on the baby beanie making frenzy. This is a handmade crochet beanie that I attached a bow to. My Arts and Craft Store is now selling a decent yarn other than Red Heart Super Saver. So a few months ago in February I bought about 20 skeins of the Vana's Choice by Lion Brand Yarn (linen and Magenta Colors). By far it has been the best acrylic yarn I have worked with. Unlike other acrylic yarns, this one does not leave your hands feeling as sweaty etc.. its easy to work with and best of all its SOFT! I love the softness because its great for babies, kids, and even adults. Who wants to wear something made out of itchy yarn. Any who this is what I made my Sunday morning!

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I am selling this hat at my vanessahogan03 etsy store for $5.00!


Instructions For Crochet Hair Bow:
Row 1.)Chain 25 Stitches
Row 2.)Half Double Crochet (HDC) to end, then turn work.
Row 3.)Chain up 2 Stitches, then HDC to end, then turn work. 
Row 4.)Chain up 2 Stitches, then HDC to end, then turn work
Row 5.)Chain up 2 Stitches, then HDC to end, then turn work
Row 6.) Chain up 1 Stitch, then Single Crochet to end and finish off. 

Right now you should have a strip of fabric that you had just created. Sew opposite ends of the fabric together. Just take a craft needle and weave through the ends. 

Your now sewn work, will look like a childs headband. 

Organize your fabric so that the sewn seam is in the back center. 

Now pinch the center of your fabric  and start wrapping yarn around the center a few times. It should begin looking like the bow in the picture. Once you like the way it looks tie it off in the back. Make sure you leave a long strand if you want to sew your bow on a hat or any other work. This bow would also be great on a metal hair clip etc..I see some future projects in the future!

Disclaimer: I was not sent the above product mentioned for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Weekend **GIVEAWAY**

My Weekend

Well this weekend has been very busy! Here is what my weekend consisted of;
*My husbands birthday
*Finishing up my school finals.
*Decluttering house and cleaning EVERYTHING
*And working on some hats to finally get my etsy shop going.

I have one more day until my weekend is over. My Sunday will consist of work and listing products on my etsy store.

I have absolutely too much yarn. Does a 20 gallon tote & plus sound like too much? It does! So I have crocheted 4 Newborn Boy Hats. This giveaway would make a great baby shower gift or a great starter collection for your little one.

So here is what is in the giveaway: enter to win! 










Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Sale Eco friendly 2 pack kitchen unsponges

Review:

Sale Eco friendly 2 pack kitchen un-sponges

In Celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to share one way I choose to GO GREEN! Last summer I bought two packs of these hand-made kitchen sponges. The presentation of the packaging was attractive. The sponges came in four different fabric designs(from scraps)and made with recycled towels. 




With my store bought sponges I would have to throw out my sponges about once a month because of the mildew. Although, these sponges are made from a towel material they are easy to care for. I discovered, that after 3 days the mildew had developed on the sponges. Just throw them into your washing machine and then dry them in the dryer. That's it. How easy is that? 


A two pack of these sponges will cost about $3.00 at the Earthfriendly4u Etsy shop. The shop owner is very friendly. Another plus she is military friendly. She ships to APO and AE addresses as well. 


I strongly recommend her cleaning products to anyone that is interested in living a frugal and green life! 


Disclaimer: I was not sent the above product mentioned for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Homemade Dish Detergent

I may not be the most economical person when it comes to the dish washing machine. I am always finding myself going to the grocery store and trying to get the lowest price for my dish detergent and rinse. However, I have learned there is a way that you can make your own dish detergent from home. Its super easy and affordable.

Here is what you will need:
Borax
Baking Soda
Salt
Vinegar

Most likely you already have some of these things in your household.

Recipe:
1 cup Borax
1 Baking Soda (look in your laundry department for larger boxes).
1 Tablespoon Salt
1/4 Cup of Salt.

Directions:
Mix the ingredients together and then add a spoonful to your load. Wahlaaa thats it. Super easy, frugal, and inexpensive.

I use vinegar for everything! Since we are on the subject of affordable dish detergent solutions, vinegar is another great option for a rinse aid. It's super easy, add vinegar to your rinse solution and that's it. Check on it every now and then to see if it needs more. A small vinegar bottle should last you a while and will usually cost about a dollar.




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