Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hobby Lobby Heaven

Over the years, I had heard other crafters talk about how wonderful Hobby Lobby craft stores are. During the time my husband was in the Navy, we lived all over the country (and world), but I had never lived anywhere (that I knew of) that had a Hobby Lobby craft store in the immediate area. Recently, I learned that there was a Hobby Lobby Craft Store about a 40 minute drive from my house. I was so excited! Finally, I would get to see what the hype and talk about the store and it's yarn was all about!
Hobby Lobby, you did NOT disappoint me! I went last Saturday with my oldest daughter and my daughter-in-law, who also crafts. We had a ball!
Hobby Lobby has everything that normal big box craft stores has, but multiplied by at least four times!!  I was finally able to view and feel all the yarn that is exclusive to Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with the COTTON. You can see the stash I brought home! I had to stop myself from buying any more yarn that day! First of all, I need to design and crochet the projects that I bought THIS yarn for; secondly, it will give me an excuse to go back and buy more yarn!

I had so much fun browsing through their Home Dec section. Who knew? I love anything to do with Dress Forms, so I could not resist picking up some decor for my new Studio. I can't wait until the painting and prep work is done in my studio so I can decorate! Oh! and did I tell you that everything I bought in the Home Dec section was 50% off!!!!

I was also able to pick up some items that will be helpful to me when I take photographs of my new crochet designs! and also some cool accessories for my new crochet design studio.

The last thing I picked up were some presents for my grandsons. They had these really cool, giant calculators in different pretty colors, that I could not pass up. I knew the boys would have fun playing with these and they were only $2.99 each! I photographed the calculators with a skein of yarn in the photo, so you could actually see how large these calculators are! I can't tell you how long the boys stayed occupied with these calculators when I gave them to them! Now, every time they come over, they go right to the drawer I keep them in and take them out to play. Really nice and inexpensive gift for them!
Thank you, Hobby Lobby for being a great craft store! I know I will be seeing you again soon!
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

March Contest Winner

This month, Molly of South Dakota is the random winner of our First Friday Freebie contest! Congratulations to Molly! She will be receiving 4 of my patterns in pdf form from Too Cute Crochet  Here are the patterns that Molly selected.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for our next contest on Friday,
April 2, 2010.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

First Friday Freebie for March 2010

Oh my gosh! I have been so busy in the last few days formatting new patterns for Too Cute Crochet that I totally forgot about First Friday Freebie last Friday! Well, better late than never, I say!

March is National Crochet Month (perhaps it should be International Crochet Month)! In honor of it being 'our' month, I am giving away your choice of four (4) patterns from my new Etsy Shoppe! If you are the winner, four pdf patterns of your choice will be sent to your email.
In order to be eligible to win, visit Too Cute Crochet and let me know which is your favorite pattern listed for sale there. Feel free to list more than one if you would like! As usual, please don't forget to leave your email address along with your comment.
Write your favorite in the comments section on this post and you will be entered for a chance to win! If you would rather not leave your email address in a post, send it to me separately at: cutecrochetATgmailDOTcom.
Winner will be chosen at random on March 19, 2010!

I big thank you goes out to everyone that commented on my last post and also sent me emails! I really, really appreciate your support!
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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Crochet Success

Sometimes when something doesn't work out, (see previous post) we don't realize that is because we are meant to do even better things. I completed the Easter purse to match the hat last night and I like it even better than the original one I intended to design! YAY! Here is a picture of the completed set. I hope to be able to post the pattern in my  Etsy Shoppe   later on today. Hooray for perseverance!!

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Sometimes It Just Doesn't Quite Come Out Right

This past week, I have been working on a new Easter set for babies and little girls. Recently, I have definitely enjoyed designing all the frilly, cute little girl's accessories that I have placed for sale in my Etsy Shoppe. I guess it reminds me when my own daughters were young! It was so much fun in those days designing for them!
Usually when I am designing something, I am very lucky to have the actual crochet item come out pretty close to what I envisioned in my mind. But this week, I struggled trying to get the little girl's purse design for the Set just right. When I was finished with it, it DID look exactly like what I had been seeing in my vision and sketch, but unfortunately, when I began to sew the purse together, I realized it was not going to work! Rats! For some reason, the finished project turned out to be too awkward looking.

I am very fortunate that design mishaps don't happen to me very often. Perhaps this is because most of my designs are usually quick and easy to do, I don't know.
I was terribly discouraged yesterday. It is hard to abandon a project that you have put your energy into. But today, in the light of a new day,  I have decided to re-design a new purse to match the Easter Bonnet that is already completed. So, it is back to the drawing board! Hopefully, I will be able to complete my "Put On Your Easter Bonnet" set as planned!

Easter Bonnet worn by my beautiful niece, Jillian!
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010



Remember these? I think I made them in about 1982! 

They go nicely along with this:

Wishing for Spring!
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