Monday, October 27, 2014

Crochet Mug Cozy with splash of colors

I wanted to add some spunk to some of my crochet mug cozies in my etsy shop.  and I love the results.  Check 'em out.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Organizing my craft room with Dollar Tree

I have been inspired by YouTube users who organize with Dollar Tree.  So I gave it a try and here are some results.

My yarn is everywhere.  On my bed, living room, chair, desk and on top of things everywhere.  They needed to be contain.  and I love what one Youtube user said:

"It's okay if you have outgrown your organization.  Change it!"  she says.  and so I did and stayed on a budget.  So check out my new yarn organization system.

I filled my 5tier shelves with these baskets from Dollar Tree to organize my yarn.  
and the the square basket I use to organize some finish goods.  and I'm a happy crocheter.  

Love these baskets because they are flexible and I can fit two per shelve.  It's hard to find specific basket to fit these shelves  and I didn't want to get the cube shelving unit.  These are less expensive and much easier to put together.

Bought some mason jars from Dollar Tree to help organize my buttons.  But I also use some recycled glass containers and salt and pepper shaker to hold my crochet hooks.

Hope this gives you ideas to help with your organization needs.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My buttons have arrived! Plastic vs. Wooden buttons

Yes, I racked up on buttons this year.  and I added these cute wooden butterfly buttons.  Check them out on my crochet mug cozies. 

I wanted to embellish my cozies  with something that will set them off from the rest.  I think I made the right choice.  Love these cute wooden butterfly buttons.  As soon as I can, I will definitely order more.

And if you have been following my etsy shop, you probably have notice that I don't use plastic buttons anymore.  That's right, after watching this documentary about plastic and how it's so destructive for our ocean, I'm trying to do my part by not ordering, buying, or using plastic buttons. Beside there's just something about wooden buttons... they match everything, just about and I love that one day they will bio-degrade, unlike plastic.  

So if you see some of my etsy products with buttons, that's because its been there and unsold.  But I assure that everything that I crochet now-adays, if needed, I use wooden buttons.

I am always thinking of ways to upgrade my etsy shop and staying environmentally sound.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Granny Square Sofa Throw or Afghan

I'm still going crazy for granny squares.  But here is a simple project that I made during the weekend.  I used scrap yarn to piece this quick afghan together.  I crocheted granny squares with 5 rows and connected them as I complete one.  Its only 3 rows of granny squares,  Long enough and wide enough to cover where people would normally rest their head on the sofa.  I love how it turned out.  It reminds me of a quilt.

You can see how many granny squares I used to get my desired length.  It's 8 across and 3 the other way.  So far one of my favorite pieces.  Because I don't really like to do big projects.  I often never complete them or runs out of yarn. 

oh, and as you can see, I also crochet a 4 rows for the border using the granny square stitch technique of 3dc in each space. 

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