Monday Makings… A new look and lots of crochet coming you way!!

Monday Makings… A new look and lots of crochet coming you way!!

I didn’t get much crocheting accomplished..  Over the weekend I was busily working on the website making the new changes.. Many things are still the same,  but I did change the theme slightly which changed the top of the site and the boxes the posts are in… Also some of the advertising is positioned a little differently… You may wonder why I have had advertising in the past and why it will be added this time too…  Running a website isn’t free and it helps off set the cost of the website and the costs of designing and publishing my free patterns…

One of the best upgrades in my opinion,,, besides the cute theme… Is the Print Friendly button at the bottom of each post… This nice little button will make it very easy for you to print out  my patterns without all the other pieces of the website… You click on it and it takes you to a screen with the page you are wanting to print…

printfriendly Look for this button at the bottom of each page!

This is one of my favorite tools!!

Here is what you can do with Print Friendly…

1. Print

2. Make a PDF

3. Send it as an email

4. Delete the sections you don’t want to print… Very customizable!!

This is one of my favorite tools!! You will find the button at the bottom left of each post… above “Related Posts”

 

A few other changes I like….

At the bottom of each post there is a section of  “Related Posts“, This hopefully is a fun way for you to get to know me and see posts from the past you may want to read!!

In the Sidebar... I will be making some changes… one is my Twitter Feed is now in place… If you like twitter.. check it out…

Pinterest...  If you love Pinterest.. As always you can click on the button at the bottom of each post to pin one of my pictures.. But now… You can hover over the picture and you will find a Pin It button there too!!!

 

I will be fussing with the site for a bit… so please still be patient!!

 

Now on to the CROCHET!!  I have been working on a new pattern… I didn’t quit finish it this weekend as planned… Hopefully this week!!  Here is another sneak peek…

rainbow dash bag sample

And…THIS THURSDAY  I have a very SPECIAL SURPRISE!!!  So make sure to come back and be a part of a really great Crochet Collaboration!!  Shhh… I might have a  little something new with one of my most popular patterns…

Lastly!!!  Next week will be the beginning of an 8 week Crochet Charity Extravaganza…  I hope you will tune in and help me make this a special time…  It includes my Amazing Grace Patterns,,, Charity,,, Prizes,,, and Paying it forward!!

Amazing Grace Charity Extravaganza

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Coming September 1st… Amazing Grace Charity Crochet Extravaganza!!!

I am preparing a Crochet Charity Drive starting September 1st…  Lots of fun, prizes and paying it forward!!!  I will be featuring my story about the Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series… And promoting the free patterns in this series for a very special donation for Breast Cancer Awareness in October 2014!!!  Stay tuned for this big 8 week event!!!!  And… A new Amazing Grace Pattern for the Finale!!

In the meantime… Hop over to my Amazing Grace Free Pattern Series Page and have some fun with these Free Patterns… Click here to view the patterns

Amazing Grace Charity Extravaganza

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Happy Crocheting…

Elena

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Monday Makings… Crochet Fun and Yarn Shopping!

I love weekends!!!  Lots of time to crochet and spend time doing my favorite things!!

This last week was so busy, I couldn’t wait to sit down and get some serious crocheting done… And to top it off Saturday was a Yarn Shopping Day!!!  I have been so lucky to be able  to share my creativity with all of you,, It makes my design process so much more fun!!  Friday over on Facebook, We played a little guessing game… It was a blast!!  Every few minutes I posted a clue to “What will my next Free Pattern be”…  So many good guesses!  If you missed out on the fun, you will find out at the bottom of this post!!  Let’s get started on this week’s Monday Makings segment……

To start the segment off.. I want to share with you 2 Memory Blankets I made these last week!  You may wonder how I finished 2 blankets,,, Well ~ A Memory Blanket is a  small blanket 12″ or 15″ .. These blankets are being donated to our July ELK Studio From The Heart Charity Drive.  As most of you know, I have been working with Kathy from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs for almost a year with the charity she put together. Each month we donate to a designated charity.  Anyone can join us and if you are interested just shoot me an email!   For July, we are donating to Project Sweet Peas, Project Sweet Peas is a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families with infants in intensive care and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.    Maria from Pattern Paradise has organized this months drive and I have decided to donate these sweet little blankets…

c2c memory blankets

These Memory Blankets are a simple Corner to Corner Afghan and each measures approximately 15″.

If you haven’t tried this type of afghan, they are all the rage and are easy to make… Red Heart Yarns has a great pattern you can follow… Click here for the details!  This is the third time I have made this type of pattern and it is addicting!!

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Next up is the  really fun stuff... I want to share with you my Saturday Yarn Shopping Trip… I left late morning to head up to Medford to get a little work done on my car… We live a little over an hour away from a town with any major stores, so when we go… We fill the day with shopping!  I collected all my coupons for JoAnn’s and Michael’s…  JoAnns had 4- 50% off, 1 – 40% off and then 15 % off the entire purchase coupon… Michaels had a 25% off the entire purchase coupon… So this was a great day to go yarn shopping!!  Here is what I got…  6 soft skeins of Red Heart Baby Yarn for my next new Free Pattern (See that announcement at then bottom).. Some Cotton yarn for my stash, a new hook and some place markers…

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Colors for my new project….

Yarn Shopping

This weekends yarn haul!!!

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Now… What you have been waiting for… After much thought ~  My next Free Crochet Pattern will be the 8th pattern in my Amazing Grace Pattern Series!!!  When I was trying to decide what to add, I realized I didn’t have a pattern for children yet!  Since the Amazing Grace Series is dedicated to Cancer and Illness, our little loves need something to wrap up in when they are suffering and recovering!!  So… My next pattern is ~ Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…  Here is a small sneak peek of this fun pattern… As usual we will be using the same stitch pattern that is in all the Amazing Grace projects… It is easy to follow and  the finished afghan will be cheery!!  Are you ready to make one??  The pattern is still in the works and should be finished before the end of the month!!  Stay Turned!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Beginning

Also,,, Just for fun I did a quick manicure using these peacock fingernail stickers… Fun stuff!!

Manicure

Happy Crocheting!

Elena

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Wednesday Facebook Crochet Fan Favorite… Week 40

If you though I was MIA for a bit... you were right!  I have been busy with family fun… My youngest daughter graduated High School on Friday and we were all getting ready for  family and fun!! We also celebrated my youngest grandson’s 4th birthday…So much fun!!   I did sneak a little crochet time in and started a new Free Crochet Pattern in while hiding from the party…lol!  Stay tuned later this week for that fun, quick crochet pattern!

On to your Weekly Facebook Crochet Fan Favorite…  This last week both our favorite single free crochet pattern and our favorite Crochet Round up came from the same artist!!  And she happens to be one of the sweetest crochet gals in the world!!  First up is the Honeysuckle Summer Hat from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs… This hat is perfect for this summer and her patterns are easy to follow too!!  I love the yarn she used to make this hat pop!  Head over to meet Kathy and make this great hat… Click Here for the pattern!  And… She just released a pattern yesterday for a matching tote!!!

 

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Honeysuckle Summer Hat by ELK Studio Hand Crafted Crochet Designs

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This weeks Favorite Crochet Round up was also put together by ELK Studio… It is a multi artist Crochet Hat Collection!!  This collection was put together with making hats for charity… Wow… There are some amazing patterns in this collection… And Kathy was kind enough to include my Amazing Grace Hat pattern… Click here to check out this great Round up!

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Free Crochet Hat Patterns for Charity!!

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So I mentioned in the beginning that I had been working on a quick and simple Free Crochet Pattern!!  Here is a sneak peek!!!  What do you think??

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The next Free Crochet Pattern Coming later this week!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Charity Crochet for Children!!

I am so excited once again to participate in a charity drive!!!  This month through our ELK Studio From the Heart Group… We are donating to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Unit.  Over the last several months our group has provided hats, scarves and much more to many charities.  This group was established by Kathy Lashley from ELK Studio Crochet Designs.  Each month we have the privilege to donate our handmade items to a designated charity…  If you are interested in joining our monthly charity donation group… Email Kathy at [email protected]!

This month I donated 5 hats… Four of the hats I used a Free Pattern designed by Kathy…It is her Houndstooth Hat Pattern!  Click Here if you would like to get the Free Pattern.  The 5th hat was a prototype I will be releasing this fall…  I reminds me of sherbert!!  I do love making hats… They work up so quickly!!

charity hats

Houndstooth Hats

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Sherbert Hat Prototype… What do you think??

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Have a great weekend and Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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