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New look, new season

Whether you want to admit it or not the fall has officially arrived. How can I be so sure? Two reasons, the air has that crisp, coolness to it and I’ve had about 5 pumpkin spice lattes. All signs point to the season of falling leaves. With this comes the shorter days and cooler nights and to get you ready I have been busy preparing some warm goodies to help keep you warm. This post is all about showing you how to keep warm and stylish this fall. Here is what I have been hookin up thus far;

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The season wouldn’t be complete without the perfect toque. I went with some earthy tones and different textures this time around. Both looks will compliment any style, you can dress them up for a night out or dress them down for a day of ice skating. Either way, you will stay nice and cozy warm while you sip on that cup of hot chocolate.

Next is my favourite accessory for the fall, scarves;

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I love the colours around this time of year especially the greys and mustard yellows. I added a classic scarf with some extra length to give more options for wearing it as well as a larger infinity scarf to give that extra bulkiness. Both are sure to keep you warm and stylish. Dress up your fall wardrobe with these beauties.

Lastly, I wanted to create something you could gift for yourself or your loved ones;

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Nothing says I love you more than a handmade cowl and toque combo! The yarn is extra soft and bulky which gives the right amount of comfort. The rich shade of red is also fitting for the season and allows a nice transition into the winter months.

These are just a few of my new items, check out my Etsy store BBCraftlandia, to take a peek at the rest. There will be new pieces added throughout so make sure you are following my blog or my instagram to get updates along the way (links for both along the side). This is my favourite time of the year, I get to do what I love which is keeping you and your loved ones warm….one stitch at a time 🙂

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Etsy anniversary…….

That’s right, it has been almost one year since I started this wild and crazy journey called Etsy! I can’t believe I have made it this far and I want to thank each one of you for following along and supporting my shop. Whether it be sharing my posts, liking them, leaving comment or purchasing something from my store, I truly appreciate it all!! I have learnt so much in this past year and can’t wait to learn even more. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to have a creative outlet and sharing it with the world. I hope to continue to grow and I hope you continue to join me along the way 🙂

With a new year comes a new challenge……

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Isn’t she beautiful?! Don’t ask me how she works because I have no clue…….nope, none! I once took a home economics class in high school but that was a while ago and I remember nothing. Wait that’s not exactly true, I do remember we were given the task of sewing a sweater. I was eager to start and went with my mom to pick out some fabric. I went with a green coloured fleece and was going to top it off with some black fabric for the trim around the edges. I had this beautiful picture in mind, I would create the most perfect sweater and high five all the kids in the hallways because they would instantly have to stop and admire my sweater. Naturally when you admire something you want to give a solid high five and that’s exactly what I planned on doing…..well let’s just say my dream was quickly diminished the moment I got a little too carried away. I, being the cool kid I was, decided every cool sweater needed to have a name stitched along the arm so everyone knows who the awesomeness belonged to, duh! Oh and it also needed a dinosaur badge on the front, lucky for me the machine ended up ripping my sweater so my teacher decided to add the exact same dinosaur badge to the front so I had two……yup two dinosaurs on my ugly green sweater oh and my name along the arm…..yup I was sooo coooollllll. I gave up halfway through making my sweater when I knew the dream was dead and let’s just say my poor grade on the project reflected my broken dreams. I tried throwing it out once but my mom found it and I am pretty sure she still has it hanging in her closet, there it will sit and taunt me for the rest of my life. Let’s just hope history doesn’t repeat itself and I can make a comeback with my new hobby.

I am eager to start another year on Etsy and will be sending a special promotion for all my followers, you still have time to follow along if you want to be included (click on the follow button along the side). This promotion will be good until September 13, 2015. If for some reason you are following but do not receive an email in regards to the special promotion please contact me at bbcraftlandia@gmail.com. Thanks again for making this such a wonderful journey and here’s to taking on new challenges in the ones to come 🙂

*Contest time: that’s right, it’s time to announce the winner of a lovely new crochet clutch and the winner winner chicken dinner is;

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Congrats!!! I will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping details*

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DIY Crochet Cactus

As promised I am here to share the deets on the crochet cactus I posted a couple weeks ago. I attempted to follow a few patterns with no luck. It just didn’t turn out the way I envisioned or as the pattern said it would so what’s a hooker to do? That’s right, take things into her own hands and hook it up! The following are the steps I took to make this cute little cactus. I tried to write an easy to follow pattern, one that beginners and first time crocheters can attempt as well. If you have any questions along the way please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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Materials:

  • small ceramic pot
  • green yarn (size 4)
  • optional; yarn for flower (size 4)
  • stuffing
  • hook size 5.5 and 4.5 (if making a flower)
  • darning needle
  • scissors
  • crochet marker

Crochet stitching used;

Okay lets get started, again if you have any questions along the way please feel free to send me an email.

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2. Sc in second from the hook in the back loop only and every one after that. Continue this all the way until the end, Ch 1 and turn. This will create a ribbed texture throughout.

3. Repeat step 2, continue to crochet in the back loop only for the next 16 rows. You can add more rows or less depending on the size of the ceramic pot you have. It should look like this;

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4. Once you have the desired length for your cactus (approx. 16 rows) then you will want to use your darning needle as pictured above. Fasten off the end and remove your crochet hook, leave a long tail of yarn for sewing the ends together. Attach the darning needle and begin to slide it across the top as in the picture above. Once you get all the way to the end pull it tightly to close the top part of what will be the cactus. It should look similar to this;

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5. Once you have the top secured you will then need to continue sewing the ends together. I find it helpful to use a crochet marker to hold the ends together, I find this allows for a straighter edge. Below is an example of how it should look;

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6. Continue to sew the edges together. Keep checking your stitch to make sure there aren’t any large gaps or holes, if so you will need to remove the stitching and start over. Yes, it can be frustrating but you will be thankful you did once you stuff it, there won’t be any large holes or white stuffing sticking through. Once you are at the end tie a knot to finish it off.

7. Turn the cactus inside out so the stitching is on the inside. Now you are ready to stuff your cactus. Use as little or as much stuffing as you would like, keep in mind you don’t want too much stuffing showing through. If you have a lot showing it means it’s over stuffed and you will want to remove some of it. Once you are done you can add a flower or leave it as is.

8. Optional* To crochet the flower I am going to share a video I found helpful. I used a size 4.5 hook for the flower. The following video will demonstrate how to make the perfect little flower. Once you have your flower ready to go, fasten off and leave a long tail. You can then use your darning needle to attach the flower to the cactus. I attached mine near the top at an angle, but hey you can attach it anywhere you please.

9. Once you have finished adding the flower you are done! It’s that simple. Take your cactus and set it inside the ceramic pot, viola complete.

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*Last week to enter the contest, make sure you are following my blog to be entered to win the following crochet clutch;

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All you have to do is click on the follow icon along the left hand side. The draw will be made on September 6, 2015*