Friday, May 27, 2016

Download the Free Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Pattern

GO! Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Pattern to GO!

A popular quilt pattern the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern features hexagon shapes in order to make the finished quilt. Choose your choice of fabric and match it to any room or bedding you choose.   Finished size is approximately 33" x 38".  It also works well using scrap fabrics to mix and match to make a colorful flower garden quilt.
Download and View the FREE Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Pattern

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On Golden Pond Quilt Quilting ePattern

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Easy Crochet Gifts to Make in 2 Hours or Less Cotton Scarves

Crochet an easy summer or decorative scarf to wear anytime you want to add a little color or boost to your wardrobe. Sometimes you just need a little added something to wear or maybe you are looking for a creative and quick gift to make for someone.  This scarf if easy to crochet in less than 2 hours.  Using crochet cotton (Lion Brand® Yarn 24/7 Cotton yarn is recommended for the pattern).  These are beautiful patterns that work up quickly and are fun to wear. Make them in several colors to mix and match with your wardrobe. Electronic download is available as a PDF and in formats compatible with your e-reader.      Se

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crochet Dinosaur Patterns - Learn About Crocheting Stuffed Toys

Crochet Dinosaur with Polka Dots
This fun little guy was my latest crochet project and he couldn't wait to go outside and play!
While I have been crocheting for a long time I only ventured into creating stuffed animal recently.  I thought that the patterns would be too difficult to follow but realized if I took my time and read the directions carefully I could complete a project.  The key is to make sure to get a good pattern that is easy to understand and can be modified if you prefer.  
I crocheted the above dinosaur and modified it from a pattern that was originally free (but is no longer a free pattern).  You can view the original pattern here on Raverly

Here are some steps to make help you when crocheting stuffed animals and toys.
1.  Look for a good crochet pattern.  Sure there are lots of free patterns available but if they are not written well and difficult to understand you can end up wasting your time or creating a monster!
2.  Use the correct yarn. Make sure that you use a good yarn when crocheting a toy, especially if you plan on giving it to kids to play with.  A Worsted weight yarn is always a good choice just make sure that a child does not have any sensitivities or allergies to a specific fiber you are using. 
3.  Make sure that you use a good stuffing. There are many Polyester Fiberfill stuffings available again make sure there are no allergies that the person receiving the toy may have.  There are eco-friendly and all natural ones available.
4.  Follow the directions carefully and only modify the pattern if you feel comfortable doing so. Join a crochet group on Facebook or online and ask questions if you need help or assistance with pattern.
5.  Trial and error - It took me getting use to reading a pattern before I started making toys.  It's always a good idea to review and read through a pattern before you start crocheting it. That way you can familiarize yourself with the terms and learn if you will be able to crochet the project or not.
Here are some Crochet Dinosaur and Animal Patterns you may enjoy!

PDF T-Rex Crochet Pattern  Travis the T-Rex Crochet Pattern
PDF Stegosaurus Crochet Pattern  Stan the Stegosaurus Crochet
7 Dinosaurs Crochet Pattern PDF Dinosaur Toy Crochet Pattern

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bead and Jewelry-Making Supply Mixes up to 58% OFF!

Bead mixes are a great way to reinvigorate your bead box, or for assembling quick project kits for gifting or selling. Bead mixes are convenient and ready-to-use, and typically contain coordinated elements, so that jewelry designers and crafters can easily pull together supplies for a project. Colors, shapes and sizes vary to lend texture and variety, while still keeping a shared theme. Some of the products listed below may contain affiliate links.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Crochet Colorful Baby Blankets to Brighten a Baby's Nursery

Sweet Baby Blankets to Crochet 9 Patterns
Sweet Baby Blankets to Crochet 9 Patterns  The Best of Mary Maxim
Now Available in eBook or Printed Format
Some of my favorite crochet patterns for baby are the best of Mary Maxim crochet patterns. These 9 cuddly and soft blankets for baby are some of the most beautiful crochet patterns that you can make!
From baby flowers to crochet to candy stripes and checks you will find all of the patterns you will need to make a blanket for a baby boy or girl. One of the great things about crocheting a baby blanket is that there are so many wonderful soft yarns available in so many colors that you can make a baby blanket in bright yarn colors, neutral yarn colors or the standard pink and white or blue and white baby blanket. While most of these patterns require some skill if you can read a pattern you will enjoy the 9 adorable baby blankets that you can crochet. 
Designs include Baby Flowers Afghan, Cushy Crocheted Blanket, Bavarian Baby Blanket, Baby Pineapples Blanket, Dreamy Baby Blanket, Candy Stripes Blanket, Little Boy Blue Blanket, Hexagon Blanket, and Checkered Baby Blanket. Five are crocheted using DK sport weight yarn (light weight) and four use worsted weight (medium weight).
A baby blanket is a wonderful gift for a new mom and dad to cherish. The patterns in 
Sweet Baby Blankets to Crochet will continue to be a favorite go to book for baby blankets for years to come. 

Available in Paperback and eBook Editions

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How to Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Yard with Plants and Flowers

This is a photo of our backyard patio from a few years ago.  We planted several types of flowers in our yard and each year we change them to attract different birds, bees and butterflies.  Besides bird feeders there are several different ways to have birds come in and out of your garden through out the year.  The first way is to provide clean water in a bird bath placed around your garden plants.  This is especially true in the spring and summer when there may not be enough rain or water around for the birds to find.  Locate your bird bath in an area of your yard where it is easy to maintain and you will be able to enjoy it.  We now have our bird bath located around a few small shrubs near the Crabapple tree.  
As for what to plant to attract a variety of birds and butterflies this is fairly easy.  The butterflies seem to like our Zinnias and Cone Flowers as well as Asters, Bee Balm, Butterfly Bush and several others.  The Hummingbirds like things like fast growing Salvia and also Trumpet Creepers. 
When you walk through your local garden center you will be able to view different plants and find what works well for your garden.  We have a small Crabapple tree that the birds like to pick the fruit and insects from.  It's near the bird bath so we can watch all sorts of birds while sitting on our patio.
It doesn't matter if you have a small or big yard you can easily turn your yard into a sanctuary for birds, bees and butterflies.  Here are some more ideas for attracting birds and butterflies to your yard.
Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush
Brilliant Blooms that Attract Butterflies Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is an ornamental shrub with particular allure to butterflies.  Plant one near a path or patio where its vivid color and enticing fragrance is sure to delight you throughout the summer.
Butterfly Daisy
The Daisy Butterfly, 'Argyranthemum frutescens', is a fantastic release from Proven Winners. The Daisy 'Butterfly' is a heat-tolerant marguerite Daisy with oomph. 'Butterfly' produces canary-yellow flowers throughout the summer ­ even without  Read More...

Country Gardens Solar Birdbath
Small birds will enjoy taking a bath while the big birds will like taking a drink out of this bird bath. This one is easy to clean which is important when it comes to bird baths. Strong enough so that the critters can't tip it over.  When choosing a solar bird bath be sure to keep it in the sun so it will illuminate in the evening.

Fiber Clay Bird BathBurley Clay Summer Cardinal Bird BathChatsworth Two-Tier Solar On-Demand Fountain

Here is a photo of the Small Crab apple tree we have in our backyard. The birds love this tree for bugs and the small fruit on it. We keep it trimmed in order for it to stay small and not over power our yard.
View information on the Red Jewel Crabapple is a spring showstopper!  Petite blossoms envelop the small tree in white, floral brilliance each and every April or in our case May because of the colder climate.  The fragrance the delicate blossoms emit is a lovely lure to your lawn’s pollinators and will repeatedly draw you in for a closer look. 

Alcott Hill Sleeper Garden Gnome Statue
Adding decorative items to your garden make it fun for you and your visitors.

Three Posts Marathon Conversation 4 Piece Seating Group with Cushion
Make sure to create a comfortable place to sit and enjoy your garden with family and friends.

Aster Plants are a definite attraction for birds and butterflies 
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