Crochet Carrot Pocket-Tutorial

DSCF2852Happy Spring!

DSCF2858I shared these last year, but I never posted the tutorial like I had intended. Well, better late than never. Actually, let’s pretend I’m early. After all, you do have a little time before Easter and a little time is all you will need.

ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)

Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn: orange and green
G crochet hook

Special Note: Pocket is crocheted in continuous rounds through rnd 20. Do not ch up and connect after each of these rounds.

What To Do:
Form a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in the ring. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 sc)
Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (16 sc)
Rnds 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* around. (20 sc)
Rnds 12-13: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 14: *Sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnds 15-16: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: *Sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (28 sc)
Rnds 18-19: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 20: *Ch 2, sk next st, sc in next.*, repeat from * to * around. This is the end of the continuous rounds.

DSCF7230Rnd 21: Change to green yarn. Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch sp around. Sl st to the beginning ch.

DSCF7232Rnd 22: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from *to* around. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Ch 60. Thread the chain through the ch spaces of Rnd 20.

Cut an 8″ length of green yarn. Thread through the bottom tip of the pouch and knot. Unravel the ply to create the carrot roots.


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Irish Blessing Sign

DSCF7079Irish Blessing Sign

DSCF7058Yep, I’m at it again! Even though it takes a lot of time and is a bit fiddly, I love making stencils with my Cricut. While the sayings or quotes may not be original, my take on them is my own design. I hope you enjoy them.

We’ve had a lot of opportunities to get outside and cut wood this winter. Knock on wood (pun intended). Our winter has been pretty mild.

DSCF7062I put the signs together in much much the same way as I have previous ones. Pretty basic.

DSCF7066Because this was an Irish blessing, and with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I debated on what colors to use.

DSCF7068I finally opted for neutral black and white so that the sign could be used for holiday decor, as well as everyday home decor.

DSCF7070The particular font I used on my Cricut did not have a comma, so I created my own and added the commas after the rest of the sign was stenciled.

DSCF7079I did add a touch of green raffia to the rusty wire hanger as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day. The raffia is just tied around the wire so it can easily be removed or replaced with a different color.


Book Page Wreath

DSCF6798Book Page Wreath

I was going through some boxes that I had stored some craft supplies in when I came across some old books that were left over from a previous project. They became the inspiration for my next project.

I love the look of anything made with book pages, but I had never made a book page wreath. Preparing the books was the first thing on the agenda.

DSCF6790I used old paperbacks and removed the covers. Even the cover over the spine. I also tore them apart into small books about 1/4-inch thick. This makes it easier to accomplish the next step.

In a cake pan I placed eight single-serve tea bags and filled the pan with hot water. I let the bags steep for about 20 minutes and them removed the bags. Adding a few small books at a time, I submerged them in the tea and let them soak for a few minutes. I then let them drip off on a few layers of newspaper before I put them in a warm oven to dry. Drying does take a bit of time, but if you tea stain them one day, then the next you are ready to construct your wreath.

DSCF6791After the books were dry, I pulled each of the pages off the spine.

DSCF7042The wire for the wreath is a hanger. I cut the hook off and straightened it out, then I formed it into a circle. On one end I curled a closed loop that was folded vertically. On the other end I bent the end slightly in a horizontal direction. This was to visually remind me which way to bend the end when I finished the wreath. Making one vertical and one horizontal loop is important. If they were both one direction, then when they are attached the wreath will twist wonky.

DSCF6794The pages were simply folded in half. I placed two pages together, kinda crossing them so they didn’t line up perfectly.

DSCF7044The pair of pages were poked in the center with the end of the wire that was not looped, then slid around to the loop end. Because of the constant movement of the wreath while in progress, I applied a piece of masking tape over the loop and onto the first page. Yep, I know this is ugly, but it won’t be staying.

DSCF7054More folding, more poking, more folding, more poking…Yep, it is kinda boring, but if you put a movie on, you will be surprised how quickly it goes.

DSCF7072At some point you are probably wondering how many pages are needed. Well, that’s kind of hard to pinpoint. Depending on the size of your hanger, how thick your pages are and how firmly you push your folded pages together, it could be anywhere from 800-1200 pages. Most of my books were approximately 350 pages long and I used just shy of three books.

DSCF6780When the wreath is finally full, remove the tape from the loop and the first folded page. Bend the un-looped wire end at a right angle (in the same direction as your beginning slight bend). Insert the tip through the first loop, then curl the right angle into a closed loop.

DSCF6804A bit of lace for the hanger and the bow completed the wreath.


Bushel and a Peck Signs

DSCF6563Bushel and a Peck Signs

The new sign I made for my Valentine’s Day front porch started it. I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop at just one. I made the one on my porch using a cupboard door, but I decided to use old wood from my wood pile to make more. I actually like the way they turned out even better. I didn’t have to stencil over any raised areas, making the printing look a lot neater.

The weather gave my husband a window of opportunity this last week so I gave him my measurements and he took care of cutting everything for me.

DSCF6511This is my pile of boards for the sign front…

DSCF6516…and these are for the back braces.

DSCF6527The signs took longer than normal to put together because I had to pull out a zillion staples… :(

DSCF6546After dry brushing the fronts…

DSCF6514…I used my stencil to create the magic.

DSCF6551I had quite the assembly line going on.


Valentine’s Day Porch Decorating

DSCF6534Valentine’s Day Porch

As promised a few weeks ago, I am ready to reveal my Valentine’s Day decorating on my porch.

I’m pretty proud of myself because everything I made was done using things I already had.

DSCF6535This sign was made using one of my newest sign stencils. I make them myself using my Cricut. I made my sign using an old cupboard door, but I’m working on my next post showing more I made using old boards from my wood pile. I like the way they came out much better because there were no raised areas to stencil over.

DSCF6540The love sign is another new sign addition. I just happened to have a long board that worked perfectly.

I don’t want to put these signs away after Valentine’s Day so I chose colors that would coordinate with the inside of my house. I think they will work well with my home’s decorated style.

DSCF6538-001I made the rag swag with my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. I thought it added a nice spot of color to the display.

DSCF6544And what is Valentine’s Day without roses? Yep, more things I had in my stash that were just waiting for a purpose.