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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sunshine Birds

As promised, here's a picture of the little birds that will make their debut at the Rancocas Woods show this Saturday (April 27th.)

Pattern by Bunny Mummy.
Colorful granny circles made in to little birds. If you follow the link, you'll see the original pattern calls for wings cut from felt. I decided to crochet my wings, just to be different.

Here's a picture of the display:

I collect enamelware, so I have a lot around the house. I thought this enamelware milk bucket would be perfect!

These little cuties aren't online yet and, for now, will only be available at the Rancocas Woods show.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


This Saturday (April 27th) is my first outdoor show of the year and it's at Rancocas Woods. It's pretty busy around here, trying to get all the last-minute stuff done. Trying out the new tables. (Yay!) Laundering the tablecloths. Making signs and price tags -- all that kind of stuff.

And also finishing up new items. Tomorrow I should have some new little birds to show you. Today, it's owls.

A whole basket full!

This adorable pattern is by Bunny Mummy.
Each is crochet in cotton and has a hanger. I'm not offering these online just yet, but they will be at the show this weekend.

If you're in the area, do come by. It's a great show & full of really fantastic crafts. If you do come, stop by my tent and mention this post to receive 10% off your purchase.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Flower Pattern - Sunflower

Who doesn't love the big, sunny face of a sunflower?

Free crochet pattern - sunflower

This free pattern from the UK Yarn company, Coats Crafts UK, nails it!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Flower Pattern - Poppy

Here's one of my own patterns. I featured this one last year and I think it's good enough to mention during flower week. It's my version of a poppy.

I originally posted this as a tutorial on how to read a pattern. You can get the free pattern here.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flower Pattern - Zinnia

Aren't these pretty?

Photo by Wind Rose Fiber Studio.

This is a lovely pattern for a zinnia that works up quickly. It's quite simple to memorize, so you could make lots of these on the go or watching TV. Get the free pattern from Wind Rose Fiber Studio.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Flower Pattern - Rose

Since it's Spring, and everything is in bloom, I thought it would be a fun idea to have a flower theme this week. If you follow along for the rest of the week, you could have a pretty bouquet in a few days.

Let's start off the week with a rose. I've made rolled roses, mostly from wool so I could felt them. They're easy to make and the end result is very cute. This pattern takes roses to a whole new level. I've not yet tried this and can't wait to get started.

Picture by
Isn't that amazing?!? Absolutely stunning!

The best part is, the pattern is free from for those that can read a chart. I need to brush up on my chart-reading skills and this looks the perfect pattern for that endeavor.

Another new pattern tomorrow....

Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Crochet Rug

Crochet often takes a backseat to knitting, as some people seem to have a bias against crochet. I have my guesses why, though I won't state them here because I want my blog to be a happy place and there's no room for mudslinging here.

It warms my heart when I see beautiful crochet that people really appreciate. Here's one such item:

Crocheted doily rug with wooden shoes
Picture from Creative Jewish Mom

Created as a rug, this pattern could very easily transition to a doily, table topper or bedspread just by changing the material and hook size.

The pattern is available for free from Creative Jewish Mom. Click on over for your copy. I think I'm going to make mine a table topper. This would be so pretty in the summer.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Gardening - Insect Repelling Plants

I live in NJ. Some would say Mosquito Capital of the World. So, I'm always looking for better ways to control these bugs. Ideally, I would like to have chickens, but hubby says no. We do spray the yard before parties and picnics and offer a variety of chemical & non-chemical repellents. I'm always looking for a better, less expensive, and less chemical alternative.

Last year I had a single citronella plant in a pot. It worked pretty well and smelled nice. This year I'm thinking a lot more plants on the deck and planting some around the deck as well. Here's a link to a great article about plants that repel mosquitoes.

Picture by Awesome Home Pins

Non-toxic and pretty. What more could I ask for?!?

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Getting Ready for Summer

Now that Spring is finally here (we'll pretend it's not back down to 46 degrees today!) I've got my sights set on warmer weather & Saturday night cocktail parties.

These fruit coasters are the perfect accompaniment to a fruity summer libations.

Get the free pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Neon Yarn

I see that Lion Brand has recently released neon colors of their very popular Hometown USA yarn. Have any of you tried neon colored yarns recently? I would love to hear your experiences.

The closest I've come is making a ruffled scarf in the Starbella Yarn color "Go Fly a Kite." Here's a picture:

Personally, I love the colors of this yarn. I find them very fun to look at and I loved watching the colors come together while I was making the yarn.

I found this example on Pinterest:

This beautiful work is by anri knits.
I love the idea of tempering neon with neutral. I believe the neon is hand-dyed yarn, so I don't know if you can find this lighter weight yarn "out in the world." If you do see it, please let me know. I would love to try & I'm definitely keeping my eye out.

As always, if you've tried some of these new colors I would love to hear your experiences. If you're so inclined, I would be happy to share your work on this site. You're welcome to email me at cherishablesnj <at symbol> gmail <dot> com.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Finishing Techniques - Blocking a Granny Square

Hi Everyone!

As part of my vow to be a better blogger, I wanted to share some things I've found on the interwebs that I thought might be helpful to others. Usually I "pin" these kinds of things on Pinterest (you're welcome to follow me there -- there should be a button on the right) and I also wanted to add them to my blog for easy access and tagging.

If you make granny squares, and they have become very popular lately, then you'll love this tip on spray blocking a granny square, originally published by Crochet Me. If you've blocked before, you're probably used to wetting an item & pinning it. The big difference here is pinning before wetting the item. I like this technique because the squares don't get as wet as they normally would so, theoretically, they shouldn't take very long to dry.

I would love to hear your experiences with this technique or any other blocking technique. Looking forward to reading your comments.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

To Pay or Not To Pay -- That is the question

I love to try new patterns and I'm always on the look-out for the next thing to make. While I do use a fair number of free patterns, I've been known to scroll through pages & pages of patterns on pay sites like Ravelry & Etsy. Some of my favorite patterns are ones I've paid for.

I'm interested to know if people pay for patterns or get most patterns for free and I hope this sparks a discussion. A little later on, I'll list some of my favorite sites for patterns.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Going Granny

I confess. I like granny squares. I know, I know. In my defense, I always strive to keep crochet moving forward. I'm all about "not your grandmother's crochet" crochet.

So, how do you make a granny square fresh & interesting? This was my attempt last year:

This bag was made for my Mom and each square was carefully planned out. Too bad I messed up the square alignment on the sides. Oh well. Only I would really know and it's still pretty.

Here are some ideas I pinned from the interwebs to keep those grannies fashion forward.

How about one big square turned into a purse?
From La ventana azul

Lots of pretty hex grannies make a fun purse or afghan.
From Facile Cecile

This is a pretty idea. Fancy grannies, each one different, but in a single color yarn. Lovely!
By Mit Hand und Herz

I'm really loving the first & last options. Which one to try first????

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Going International

I'm a bad blogger. I know and I'm sorry. I will make a better effort to blog at least once a week and my goal is to get to every other day.

Part of it is because there are only so many hours in a day and it's just me trying to make a go of this business. But that's a really bad excuse. There's no reason I can't find a few minutes to talk to you each day.

Here's part of the reason I've been so busy.
Pattern by

 I just love making this bag! Let's take a look at it up close, shall we?

Here's a close-up of the wooden button and button loop. You can also get an idea of the stitches. I think the button coordinates perfectly with the off-white yarn.

Here's a closer look at the handles. Don't they go well with the button & the overall look of the purse?

I just love the lining I selected for this bag. It's bold and fun, but on a light background so the purse contents are easy to find. I saw this fabric during a weekend trip to the fabric store and had to buy it!

This picture shows how I attach the lining.

If you turn the purse inside-out & the lining right-side out, then you can sew it easier. Once the lining is in place, turn the whole thing inside-out & voila! Perfectly placed lining. Isn't this fabric the cat's pajamas? Dreamy. /sigh

Here's one last look at the finished purse.

It's now on it's way to Greece (that's how the title ties in) and I really hope it's new owner loves her as much as I loved making her.

If you would like to commission your own basketweave purse, take a look at my Etsy listing where you can check out the colors & handle options.

Thanks for looking and....

Happy Crafting!