Monday, January 31, 2011

eightWest

I had SO much fun today at eightWest, a local TV show in Grand Rapids that chats about all things West Michigan.

I wanted to show the clip of my segment. My three nieces came with me to model my items and I couldn't be more proud of them. They were perfect and so adorable!

eightWest was so welcoming and sweet. They were sure to give my nieces cookies and things to color with. I got a sneak peak of the way they run their cameras and even sold a few hats! All in all, it was an amazing morning.

So, without further ado, The Dainty Daisy on eightWest:



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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fundraiser

Libby, Justin, and Ava
This is a post to introduce you to a beautiful Etsy shop, but to also promote a fundraiser for a beautiful person.

I have posted about Libby in the past, but I have some new followers who may not have heard of her yet. Libby and I went to the same college and had mutual friends. We had gone on a Young Life Spring Break trip together one year and I really got to know her more.

Last July Libby found out that she has cancer. She started writing a blog about her journey, and to tell her story. She is married and has a one year old, Ava. Libby has an amazing faith and tells it like it is. Her story has inspired me and challenged me to grow deeper in my own faith journey. You can read all about her story here: www.libbyryder.blogspot.com

Now, to share the Etsy shop.  A book club in Virginia (where Libby, Justin, and Ava live) is raising money for their family.  The woman who owns this shop has already discounted her items, is offering another 15% off with the promo code LIBBY15, and half of the money raised will go to Libby and her family.  This shop has gorgeous jewelry.  Go here to check it out.  I just bought myself this and I can't wait to get it!
<3 it!
What a great way to help someone out AND get something really beautiful.  I ask for prayers for Libby and her family.  She has only two more chemo sessions left!  She is an amazing person with quite the story.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Stitch-A-Long: FINISHED PROJECT!

I am finally posting about my finished cowl!  I found this piece to be fast to work up and fairly simple.  I hope all of you felt the same!  I got many questions here and there about different things that I hope to cover, but I am worried I will miss many of them.  I will try to address the ones I can remember, but PLEASE leave a comment here with any question you had about the piece and I will follow up later this week.  PROMISE!

First, here is my finished piece.  The hat was another project I completed recently and I wanted to share that too :-)  Please forgive the poor picture quality and reflection of my glasses.


I absolutely love how this cowl turned out!  It is extremely warm and I have even thought about adding a flower to it to jazz it up a bit.  What do you think?

Okay, now to answer a few questions:

Why are there so many different stitches?
There is really no reason to switch between the different stitches.  It is more than likely to switch the look of the cowl up a bit.  You could very well continue this piece in all single crochets, or all half double crochets, or double crochets. 

Please help me with the slip stitch at the end of each round:
The slip stitch at the end of the round is how you complete each row.  If you remember at the beginning of each row you start by chaining.  When ending the row you make a slip stitch into the top of this chain (really into any hole at the top).  You slip stitch by placing your hook into a space at the top of the chain, yarn over, and pull through all loops on the hook.  I hope that helps.

Could you please measure you finished piece:
At completion my cowl measured 14" long and about 14" wide. 

As I said, please leave comments with any of your other questions.  Sorry this took so long for me to get to, but hopefully I can help now! :-)



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Friday, January 14, 2011

Confessions

Okay, I must confess.  I have been slacking with my blogging lately.  PLEASE forgive me!  I completed the instructions for the stitch-a-long, but I never showed you my finished piece!  I hope to post a picture soon (so, I am STILL putting it off).

I am asking for forgiveness.  Forgive me for slacking.  Not to excuse it, but Christmas kept me busy, and then Belle was sick, and then I was sick.  Lovely, right?  I am hoping to get back into my crocheting saddle. 

Okay, now that that is out in the open, let's talk about what I have been working on! I just finished a hat for a micro-micro teeny tiny preemie. She is 2 lbs. I honestly have no idea if this hat is too big or too small. I have never seen a 2 lb baby in person. Here is a bad quality pic, but just something to show you how tiny this hat is.   Here is the hat up next to my business card. 



So tiny, huh?

That is what I have been up to.  The next thing on my to-do list is to post my finished stitch-a-long project and answer questions people have emailed me.  Thanks for hanging with me :-)





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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Help Me Win!

I was nominated for BEST CROCHETED ITEMS of 2010.  I am massively flattered that someone nominated me for this!  Help me win by going to this link and voting for me!  It would mean a lot!  The first round of voting goes until January 4 at 3pm. The top 5 of each category will then be up for the second round of voting from January 6-10.  THANKS!!!



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