Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Design an Comfortable Crochet or Knitting Nook

When you love to knit or crochet you know the importance of settling down in your favorite spot to work on your next or current project.  Whether you are working on small or large projects it only takes a few simple tips to create the perfect spot to crochet or knit in with your favorite hooks or knitting needles. 


The first thing to do is to decide on the perfect spot for your nook to be in. Choose the perfect place in your home where you want to locate your project area. Take careful measurements of this area to determine if you can add additional furniture to it. If you have items in the area already remove them in order to visualize your space and measure it properly for any additional items you may want to purchase.
If you are using existing furniture make sure that it will match your current design without having to paint or try to change too much of your desired aesthetic in the room.

Carol Arm Chair

First, decide on a comfortable chair to sit in.  If you are like most crafters you will be sitting in the chair for a few hours at a time so make sure you pick something that is comfortable and durable.  Look for a piece of furniture with plush cushions, a deep seat, and comfortable arms. Just because it's functional doesn't mean it can't be stylish.  Make your first statement in your knitting or crochet nook a chair that is both attractive as much as it is functional. 

Era Nob Hill Arm Chair


Once you have decided on a chair you can choose a side table that fits with the chair. The table should compliment the chair and also be a source to store materials, tools, hooks, scissors, or reading materials in. Possibly a table with a drawer or shelving in it. Of course you could just do a standard end table and add a bookshelf or cabinet for your yarn collection in addition to the table.

Washington End Table

Breakwater Bay Nonatum Storage End Table


18w Easy View Craft Floor Lamp
A Craft Nook would not be complete without the perfect lighting in order to clearly view your projects. A table lamp should be positionable in order to direct the lamp where you want it. A floor lamp can be used if you want a lamp to be position behind or next to the chair depending if you are adding a side table to your work area. 

Mighty Bright Vusion Craft Light

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Depending on the size of your space you can accessorize the area with bookcases, storage, or table accessories such as plants or decorations.  Create your space from a small corner in one room or if you are lucky enough to have an entire extra room to design, choose the perfect colors, chairs, an indoor fireplace, storage and other items to make your spot comfortable for crocheting and knitting all year round. 

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Fire Sense Black Wall Mounted Indoor Electric Fireplace
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Friday, October 21, 2016

How to Create a Rainbow Theme Baby Shower

Personalized Baby Shower Mason Jars, Personalized Printed Mason Jars, Printed Baby Shower Mason Jars
Here's a new twist on baby shower ideas.  Throw a colorful rainbow themed baby shower filled with all of the colors of the rainbow for your new little one.  Add colorful streamers and a cupcakes to your party and provide personalized baby shower mason jars on the tables for your guests to enjoy!
Fill the mason jars with yummy treats or use them for guest to drink out of!
There are also stemless wine glasses that work well for parties just click on the photo or link to learn more about these items....

Personalized 9 oz. Baby Shower Stemless Wine Glass
We put colored tissue paper in the glass so the clear etching came through. Great for a candle, candy , and party favors. Tie with a ribbon and we were set. So excited. Great selection of art available.

Personalized Baby Shower Hershey's Miniatures
Personalized Baby Shower Hershey's Miniatures
These make wonderful party favor gifts for everyone at the shower!

Personalized Baby Candy Bags
Personalized Baby Candy Bags
Add some candy or treats to party favor bags for everyone to take home

Personalized Baby Shower Tea Bags
Personalized Baby Shower Tea Bags
Tea bags are a popular baby shower item 

Dirty Diaper Game
Dirty Diaper Game
Enjoy some party games with family and friends

Top 20 Best Baby Shower Games

Top 20 Best Baby Shower Games
Learn what games are popular for baby showers

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Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Publish and Sell a Bookstore Quality Children's Book

How to Make a Children's Book

You can easily bring your pictures and illustrations to life by creating your own Children's Book and selling it in bookstores or online. To begin make sure to get your story told by writing your book and telling a story children will love to read.  Take them on an adventure, teach them a life story, or share an experience.  Next, be sure to illustrate your children's book with great drawings.  If you are more of a story teller and need assistance with the illustration portion of the book try hiring a children's book illustrator through FIVERR  where you can easily find someone creative and talented to help you with your book cover, inside illustrations or even a website once the book is available for sale.

If you are unfamiliar with self-publishing and want to create a great quality bookstore book I would highly recommended using the BLURB publishing tools. These tools are easy to use, by simply using the free book layout software you can drop illustrations onto blank pages and use any fonts you want.

Creating Children's Books

To save money on printing books you can print 1 copy of your book or a thousand copies once you have it completed.  Because of the offset discounts provided by Blurb it makes it less expensive to and they provide deeper discounts and a lower cost per unit.

Blurb also offers you a great way to sell you books through their website or your own. Using social media to get your book noticed and helping you promote and sell you children's book on Amazon. Read about how other successful children's book others sell their books on Blurb and find out how they can help you with writing, illustrations, formatting your book, and so many other useful things that you would have to do on your own if publishing through Amazon or any other source.  It's nice to know that there is someone available to help answer your questions or walk you through the steps of becoming a successful children's author.  Learn More About getting Your Children's Book Published Here...

Once your book is published Blurb can continue to assist you with promoting, and other suggestions to get your book out in front of an audience.

Are you a writer in need of an illustrator? Or vice versa? Our Blurb-vetted professionals on the Dream Team can help with both, and more.  LEARN MORE

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Learn How to Crochet the Perfect Afghan to Give as a Gift

Afghans are the perfect gift to give to someone for Christmas, weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and special events. What makes a perfect crocheted afghan is that it is made with love with your creativity and finding the right crochet pattern and yarn.  Before your crochet your next afghan to give as a gift you need to answer a few questions in order to crochet the perfect afghan to give as a gift to someone. Whether it's a family member, a friend, a gift for a baby shower or just something you want to make for a special friend or family member you need to make a checklist of a few things before you get started.

Learn How to Crochet or Crochet an Afghan
Learn to Crochet

First things first Do you know how to Crochet or Need to Learn how to crochet an afghan?

Crochet modern afghans with gorgeous color

Decide on Who You Are Making the Afghan or Throw for or What type of Occasion it's being crocheted for?
One of the biggest decisions when making an afghan is crocheting one for the right person who will love it and cherish it for years to come.  This could mean crocheting a special blanket in school colors, making a baby blanket for the new little one, crocheting a Christmas afghan, crocheting a wedding afghan or just deciding to make a special blanket for someone.

Ask yourself the following questions.
Who are you crocheting the afghan for? Is it for a family member or friend?

Are you crocheting the afghan for a baby shower, wedding, graduate, grandparent, child or an event or special day?  Maybe just make something for a special organization that you can donate to  Crochet for Charity

Once you decide who you are crocheting the afghan for you can move on to the next exciting decisions in the process of your project.

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Once you decide this you can start looking for the right pattern and yarn colors.

Choosing the right pattern and yarn colors for your afghan.

Now that you have decided to make an afghan you will need to choose a pattern and the colors.  There are lots of easy crochet afghan patterns available and some more challenging that will test your skills.

 If you are crocheting a baby blanket choose from granny square patterns, easy patterns in neutral baby colors or shades of blues or pinks, the possibilities or endless.

If you are crocheting an afghan to match a home or certain room be sure to pick out an elegant or casual pattern depending on their style.  

A Wedding afghan can be done in the wedding colors or a neutral color in order to match any decor. 

Christmas afghans can easily be crocheted in shades of red, white and greens. While matching afghans with school colors can be created with patterns featuring stripes, ripples, chevrons, checks or squares.

The right pattern will advise you on what size crochet hook you should use and suggest what type of yarn works best with your pattern.  It's always a good idea to start with a pattern first before purchasing yarn.  
Lacy Chevron KitCabled Baby Blankets - Front CoverEasy Afghans - Front Cover
Check out the Selection of Crochet Afghan Patterns that You can Download and start crocheting.

How to Choose your Yarn for an Afghan - Colors of Yarn

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Yarn is always a fun choice to choose for an afghan.  You can crochet in one color or as many colors as you want.  Afghans can be bright and bold, or soft and cuddly.  The yarn can be a common worsted weight yarn or something that makes your project stand out like a thick yarn or baby yarn for a baby afghan.

When choosing a yarn, again it depends on the pattern you are making and who you are making the afghan for.  For babies you want to choose a soft and easy to care for yarn.  If you want a more sturdy yarn check out the variety of worsted weight yarn.  If you want something that crochets up quickly try a bulky or thick yarn.  

Color choices, patterns and yarn should be easy to work with.  If you find that any of these make it too difficult look for other alternatives.

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky YarnRed Heart Super Saver Yarn 3pkSoftee Chunky Yarn
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When it comes to crocheting an afghan the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.  You can crochet a pattern or make one up as you go along.  Get inspiration from Pinterest boards or from others who crochet.  No matter what you decide on you should feel proud and always take a photo of your finished project to save and view for later. 

Afghan Patterns
Granny Square Baby Afghans - Front CoverQ-Hook Afghans for the Family - Front CoverBlankets for Toddlers

In a Weekend: Baby AfghansAnnie's All-Season Throws to CrochetCrocheted Christmas AfghansEasy-to-Crochet Ripple Throws

View Crochet Afghan Books and Download Patterns

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