Family Tree Wall

This project began long ago…so long ago that I can not recall when it started (gulp!). I remember stumbling across a family tree idea on Pinterest and thinking, “I should do something like that.”

I wanted to display the whole family together and found the perfect vinyl tree in California while visiting my sister. Of course, I didn’t buy it because I couldn’t fit in my carry-on. I was certain I could find one just like it when I returned home. BUT, I couldn’t. It may just be me, but whenever I am looking for something specific, I can never find it! JoAnn’s had a few trees, but they were too whimsical or had attached birds. Finally, I tried my hand at the internet and found the same one I stumbled upon in California.

All of the frames came from Goodwill. This part of the project took time ’cause I was picky with the look of the frames. As I collected them, I spray painted them in copper for an antique feel. Some of them were not meant to hang on he wall, so I had to attach picture hangers with super glue.

For continuity, I choose to print all the pictures with an effect similar to sepia, called cinnamon. Lucky for me Walgreens has an Android app that allowed me to print pictures directly from my phone (the only place with the cinnamon effect). However, this meant figuring out methods for getting the older photos I wanted to use to my phone. I won’t bore you with the processes here!

The final piece was adding a cute ‘lil family sign that I scored from Hobby Lobby. I am pleased with the final project.

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Chevron Crochet Napkins

I was tasked with making some crochet dishcloths to be used as napkins. The only requirement was that they were made with red and teal/ turquoise with a cream border. I was excited to try my hand at a chevron pattern, since napkins don’t have to be as strong as dishcloths. I am BEYOND excited at how these turned out and wish I could keep them for myself!

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I would love to make some for myself. I guess that’s another thing I can add to my ever growing craft list! Note to self: finish pillow covers before beginning these or husband may give up on you and buy new pillows!!

I’ve tried hard over the past month to finish all the projects I’ve got “in progress.” One was a scarf for my step-mother that I started Super Bowl 2013. Yep, the nine month scarf. Truth be told, I ran out of the first skein and moved on to another project. It sat in my house over that entire time without so much as a glance until I made a promise to myself (and husband) to clean up my yarn explosion; it’s taken over our living room. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture to share, but this is the yarn color (a gorgeous dark purple).

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What to do with a day off

Recently, I had the pleasure of a surprise five day weekend due to an awful tumble down our vicious hardwood stairs. There is little one can do while in significant pain, but lucky for me I could crochet while sitting on ice! Having fractured ribs made it a little more difficult, but I managed to make these little beauties on my final day of “rest.”

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Although I enjoyed having some time off, I hope next time it’s scheduled. I would much prefer to spend my time off on a camping trip (or some other exciting adventure) with my husband then stuck on the couch.

Crochet Dishcloths

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I’m excited to share that I have finally finished my first bundle of dishcloths.  It’s only one small step towards building an entire business, but it still makes me feel proud.  After 9 months of being a hooker, I am getting a little faster at my newest craft hobby (although still slow by professional standards).  If I can keep things going I might just end up owning an Etsy shop yet!!