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Spring “in the Making” Here at HHC

Spring has finally arrived!!  With it has come the green grass, tree buds and growing hay in the farm field outside my at-home office/craft area window.  I’m so glad Spring has finally come because I have finally unpacked a majority of our boxes from our move and I am ready to breath a fresh new life into my blog as well as my Crafting and Mary Kay businesses!!

If you check out my Heartfelt Home Creates shop on Etsy (here) and on Facebook (here), you’ll be sure to find links to and pictures of the Easter- and Spring-themed wreaths and other products I just made over the past 2 weeks.  It was so nice finally being able to have my own crafting/office space again, thanks to the custom shelf built for me by my husband so that I may have my own little corner of the house to some of my supplies while at the same time sectioning off my own area from the kids’ new play room. For those of you that have your own work space or at-home office space, I’m sure you can completely relate and share in my excitement!

Aside from my crafting business, I have also been able to restart my Mary Kay business!  I have even created a Facebook page (here) for it so that I can connect with my customers, old and new alike, in addition to emails. I love finding new ways to connect with people!

But enough of the “self-promotion”, that’s not why I am writing this post. Instead, I’d like to just jot down some of my blogging and crafting to-do list items.  First off, I just finished reading a great inspirational book about a Christian single mom who, against many odds and obstacles, accomplished so much — it was great! I don’t want to say much more since I will be writing a review of this book in an upcoming post, so in the meantime I hope that you will check back over the course of the next day or two so that you can read more about it!!

In other news, I have been busy crocheting and crafting up some new fabric squares wreaths.  I am excited that this month marked my 2-year anniversary of my shop on Etsy! Right now I am focusing on Easter and Spring- inspired items, and I’ve been having a lot of fun creating them!! So far I’ve made about5 wreaths, as well as egg cozies, bibs, hats, placemats, washcloths (and I have a lot more ideas in my head waiting to be made!).  I think the spring weather we’ve been blessed with here is playing a key roll in energizing my creative side. (*smile*)

As far as blogging goes, I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and sharing them with you. I won’t be able to post recipes weekly like I have in the past since most of my time is now spent keeping up with our two little ones, but I am eager to get a few posts in soon!  There are also quite a few books I have on my “to read and review” list that I am anticipating sharing with you. I was hoping to write some gardening posts, but unfortunately I am unable to have my lovely garden in our new home.  I’m trying to find a way to remedy that, perhaps with a garden in flower pots… I haven’t quite figured that out yet, so if anyone has suggestions on how I can have my veggie garden in our new home (where I can grow tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and such) I’m all up for suggestions!!

Well, I hate to end this rather spuratic and random post so quickly, but my little ones are in need of this Mommy’s attention. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the rest of the evening and will check back soon as I retake my blogging by storm!  🙂

 

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Fan Page Special! ~ Crocheted Headband or Hat w/ Flower

Pink and Black striped Flowered Beanie

HI Everyone!  How is everyone’s Saturday going?  I’ve been super busy and productive (in a good way!) and I’m  hoping it continues for the rest of the day/weekend!  To get your weekend going, I’d like to offer a special on 2 of my most popular handmade items! Here’s the scoop:

I’ve received some awesome feedback from some of you on my crocheted hats and headbands.  So, as a way to welcome in the cooler (and in some areas, colder!) weather, I’ve decided to offer a special on these items via my Facebook fan page!  Anyone who places a custom order for crocheted flower beanies and/or crocheted flower headbands via my FB fan page will receive FREE SHIPPING!!  I will also be posting pictures of hats and headbands on my fan page wall, under which you can leave a comment requesting an order. Be sure to leave me a means to contact you so that I may send you an invoice via Paypal, as well as size and color preferences!

Black and Orange Flowered Headband

Sizes and Prices:

Beanies:

  • Newborn- 3mos, 6-12 mos.: $5.00
  • Child (one size): $7.00
  • Adult (one size): $9.00

Headbands:

  • To assure headband will fit properly, I suggest measuring the individual’s head for whom the headband is intended and submitting it with your order request.
  • Newborn- Child: $5.00
  • Adult: $7.00

Don’t want a flower accent?  No problem! Request a beanie or headband without one! A crocheted bow can be substituted for the flower as well! 

Please note: This discount will only be available October 22- 29, 2011. All orders must be paid within 48 hours of receiving Paypal invoice. Orders not paid for within the designated time will be cancelled. Also note that Facebook is in no way affiliated with this special or the contents of this blog post.

I can’t wait to make your hats and headbands! Enoy your weekend!!

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Crafty Creations

 

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Adding Color

This morning during a bit of quiet time while my little one was napping and her older brother was busy playing with my old Fisher Price Little Peoples sets,  I managed to sneak in a bit of tv time.  I immediately tuned in to one of my favorite tv channels – Create! – and was excited to see that Knit and Crochet Today was on.  During today’s episode (#107) there was a guest who demonstrated a technique I’ve heard about and have seen in patterns but have never taken the time to learn myself — color changing within a pattern of crochet and Intarsia knitting while using bobbins. 

Are you a knitter or crocheter?  Do you shy away from projects that require you to change colors within the pattern or design?  Then, I hope my post will help you tackle that project you’ve been wanting to try but have been avoiding.

After watching the show and becoming inspired once again to attempt to try these techniques on my own, I decided to browse through the world of YouTube to find some how-to videos.  This first video demonstrates how to do some Intarsia knitting:

This second video, although a bit fuzzy and a little fast in demonstrating, was one of the best ones I could find for the color changing in crochet projects:

Since Sundays seem to my “crafting day”, I’m hoping to try out a few basic patterns and designs with these new color changing techniques.  I’m hoping to use them to add more color and design to some scarves, hats and placemats I hope to make in the near future!  I hope these videos are somewhat helpful to you!

Now… if only I can figure out where I packed away my knitting needles.  I knew I shouldn’t have packed them away in our moving boxes so soon…. hmmmm……..

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Crafty Creations

 

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Being Crafty in a Patriotic Way

Can you believe that the 4th of July is just around the corner?  I know I can’t!  I keep asking myself, “Where did the month of June go?”  But that’s ok.  I enjoy the 4th of July holiday – a lot! 

Celebrating the 4th of July was always a bit of a “big deal” in my family when I was growing up and I like to think that it still is.  Like most families, we would have a cookout held usually at my Grandparents’ house on my Mom’s side.  Everyone would bring food (my favorite being my Mom’s homemade macaroni and shrimp salad) and I would get to enjoy playing miniature golf on my Grandpa’s 9 hold miniature golf course he had set up in his side yard, or watching my aunts,  uncles, parents, and cousins play intense games of volleyball or badminton in the back of the yard (I was one of the youngest and “too little” to play most times) — all while listening to my Grandpa’s “carousel” or Polka music over the speakers he had strung up around the yard.  Then at the end of the day we would go into the enclosed pavillion my Grandpa had built (complete with 2 restaurant-style booths, a couch, sink, and old-time soda pop ice chest) to enjoy the leftover food for supper, followed by a small fireworks display in the backyard.  Those were some really great times!  I know my Grandpa liked them best because he was surrounded by the family that he loved and to celebrate the country that he loved (he was a WWII veteran, having been one of Merrills Marauders).

Today, I enjoy celebrating the 4th of July with my parents and my own family and making our own memories.  I also enjoy adding a Patriotic touch to the crafty creations I make for my Heartfelt Home Creations shop on Etsy.  While I like to keep some items made for my shop in the “Red, White and Blue” fashion year round, I thought I would list what I currently have for sale in this blog post to make browsing for you a little easier in case you are looking for that special little something for your 4th of July celebration or home decor.  Just click on the pictures below to see their listings.  Plus, don’t forget, if you use coupon code HHC30 at checkout, you will get a discount of 30% off, which also applies to custom orders as well (expires June 30th).

Well, I am off to spend the rest of my day crocheting some more items.  Thank you for letting me share my 4th of July memories with you, and happy shopping!!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Blogging, WAHM

 

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Crafting for Causes

In case you haven’t heard, Heartfelt Home Creations and Momma’s Creative Crafts have joined together to create an online group called  Heartfelt Homemade Blessings.  Found currently on Facebook (here) — and hopefully on ravelry.com in the very near future!–  Heartfelt Homemade Blessings was created by us “crafty Mommas” so we could bring warmth and love through our crocheting, knitting, and crafting talents to those in need.  We also formed the group so that others may join, make their own contributions, and suggest and talk about causes and organizations in need locally, statewide, nationally, and around the world.

Now that you know a little more about Heartfelt Homemade Blessings, let me share with you the main reason for this post!!

Vanessa (left) and Shauna (right) With Donations for “Caps For Good”

Shauna and I have been very busy in recent weeks putting our crocheting and crafting skills to use!!  On January 27, 2011, we sent off 31 crocheted infant hats to be donated to GoodGoes.org ‘s “Caps for Good Campaign“.  These caps, which provide warmth for infants and will increase their chance of survival, will be distributed to pregnant women, and new moms and their babies in Save the Children’s programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Before this upcoming week is through, we will be sending out a number of handmade Valentine’s Day cards to Citymeals-on-Wheels in conjunction with Etsy.com.  Handmade Valentine’s Day cards will be made by crafters and non-crafters alike, to be delivered with meals for elderly New Yorkers.  There is still time for you to make your own or participate/contribute in other ways. This wonderful project, which has now become an Etsy tradition, will accept donations and contributions from now until February 9th.  If you would like to learn more about “Special Delivery: Share Your Love 2011”, just click on this link!

HHC Handmade Valentines

And last, but definitely not the least or the final project for us, we are crocheting granny squares for the Crochet a Rainbow project. This project, developed by Sarah London, is accepting donations of granny squares that will be used to make blankets for the victims of the recent floods in Australia, particularly in the Queensland and Victoria areas.  Shauna and I have already been accepted as participants, and we are hoping to send out a large amount of squares within the next few months!  The project continues until the end of 2011, so if you would like to donate granny squares as well, don’t hesitate to let us know!

HHC Granny Squares

 

But that’s not all…….  in the near future we will be donating infant caps to our own local hospitals, as well as crocheted blankets to our local United Way.  We’re even hoping to have one of the local Girl Scout troops aid in our projects by collecting yarn donations and possibly even making and contributing their own crocheted and crafty creations depending upon the project.  I had the privilege to participating in such projects when I was in Girl Scouts many years ago (and it’s actually then that I learned how to knit), and I am excited that we may be able to help the next generation learn to use their skills in ways that they may help others in need as well!! A great way for the girls to “be considerate and caring” and to “make the world a better place”!

If you would like to contribute your own crafty creations, or would like to suggest other organizations and causes in need, Shauna and I encourage you to join us and the rest of our Heartfelt Homemade Blessings group!  After all, there can never be too much help, right?!  I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!  I hope to write more about our projects in the near future, and I look forward to connecting with you on our group page! 

~*Blessings for a Wonderful Day! *~

 

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Heartfelt Home Creations ~ Most Definitely!

This week the creativity bug really hit me!! I’ve been working on projects and cooking up a storm!! I’ve truly made some “heartfelt home creations”!! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

My garden’s been providing us with a lot of vegetables lately, so I’ve been blessed with being able to try a few new recipes. On Monday, I decided to put my apron on and start cooking. I managed to bake up 2 loaves of white bread, 2 pizzas with homemade dough and using tomatoes and garlic from my garden to make the sauce, a loaf of lemon blueberry bread so I could utilize the blueberries I picked the week before, and 5 small jars of garlic dill pickles – again  using veggies from my garden!! (See links for recipes.)

Homemade Pickles

And then there were the crafts!! I found some yarn left over from past projects that have already been finished. Well, rather than have the yarn sit there taking up space, I decided to put on my creativity hat and start crocheting for a few days! I just started working and before I knew it, I had created not only my own pattern but also a “centerpiece mat” to use in my dining room. When that was finished and I had just a little more yarn left, I made up a little flower coaster that fits nicely under my candles.  After all of that was complete, I even managed to get some scrapbooking accomplished. 
circles and squares placemat
So, if your not into crafts and cooking and things like that, you might be thinking, “Ok, glad you got some things accomplished.”  But aside from sharing what I created this week, I also wanted to share this little tidbit with you and ask the following question:

What have you done today to get those creative juices flowing?

Sometimes we get all caught up in this technology based, fast paced society (myself included). Sometimes I think we need to just sit back and see what kinds of things we can do for ourselves.  How often do we run out to the grocery store for the things we need? Making the bread and other goodies for my family and I to eat reminded me of how “this is what my grandmothers and great-grandmothers did”. I look at my crocheted projects and think “Yeah, I could’ve just went out to a store and bought them, but it’s so nice having something that I made and can use.”  Not to mention the fact it seems to be a bit of therapy for me as well. Gives me the chance to unwind a bit. And if you have little hands that are willing to help and learn right along with you, that makes it all the more worth while!!
flower coaster
So, if you need a challenge or a change of pace this week, consider creating something! Cook something up in the kitchen, finish that craft project that you’ve had stashed away in the closet to be forgotten or start a new one. Have you wanted to “someday” teach yourself how to knit or sew or maybe even make your own candles? Why not start today?

 

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Being Crafty & “Green” for my Home — Plastic Bag Mud Rug

Well, it’s finished!!!  After about 2 weeks of work (in my spare time of course), I have successfully crocheted my 1st mud rug/small rug made out of plastic grocery bags!! 

Prepping the bags–

~1. Flatten the bag and cut off the handles and bottom.

~2. Cut across the bag, making it into strips at least 2″ long so that you have plastic bag “loops” when you are done.

~3. Join these bag loops together by drawing one loop through another, and then back inside itself so that the ends of each loop are knotted together. After joining your plastic bag loops together, you will have a long chain that you can roll into a ball of “plastic yarn”.

Creating the Rug–

~1. Start by chaining 50. Then, chain 3 and turn.  

~2. Double crochet into 1/2 of the “50th” chain and continue until you reach the last chain at the other end. In this chain stitch (which would have been that 1st chain stitch you created), work double crochet 3 times. 

~3. You will then continue to make double crochet stitches into the other 1/2 of the 50 chain stitches — thus making the other “side” of the rug.

~4. Continue double crochet around the rug, only working 3 double crochet stitches into the “ends” of the oval. 

~5. Make as many “circular” rows around the oval-shaped rug as you’d like based on the size you prefer for your finished rug.

~6. When finished, simply pull the “plastic yarn” through itself and through the loops on the “back side” of the rug to secure it. Tuck in any loose strands or bag pieces.

Now you can enjoy your plastic bag rug!  Not only did you recycle all of those annoying plastic bags you had accumulated, but you also created something useful and long-lasting.

How to care for your plastic bag rug–

~ Simply rinse off the rug either in a sink, bath tub, or with a hose depending on the size of the rug and how dirty/muddy it gets. Do Not dry in a dryer!! Hang it up to dry.~

~*~*~ Happy Crafting!! ~*~*~
 
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Posted by on November 15, 2009 in Crafty Creations

 

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