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Monday, May 25, 2015

It makes me smile...





This is a silly post, but I am a silly person, so it's perfect for me. LOL

Anyhow, I took some pictures in my kitchen of things that make me smile, like the duck and fish drain strainers, my colorful knives (even though a couple of them are missing in the picture) and my most favorite: my fiesta ware!

What silly things make YOU smile? I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pieces of my life

I feel like I haven't blogged forever, that's because I really haven't. (ha!) 
My 6 year old lost his first tooth (picture), two weeks later he lost his second. It was so exciting, so fun to see his happy face going through this milestone. The tooth fairy brought him one silver dollar each time and he was so grateful, he has no concept of money really, so he was giddy to get what he called "a big fat dollar coin". I love it his innocence, it is so precious.


The weather has been glorious lately and we have been staying outside and enjoying it as much as possible. On Fridays, my little boy doesn't have kindergarten so we went to the beach for a picnic, my husband called to let me know he was getting off of work early and I told him where we were and he joined us. Oh what fun it was!


My husband remodeled the upstairs (master bathroom, master bedroom and the kids rooms) and everything is so crispy clean and the smell is so good, no more stinky old carpet! I made a new paint for my sweet pea's room and bought a few super hero one for my little man, also bought adorable knobs for the kids' closets. These are the ones in my daughter's room:


My Mother's Day was fantastic (happy belated Mother's Day to the moms that read this blog!). It really was, my husband did an awesome job in making me feel special. We went to the Farmer's Market in the morning, had Thai food for lunch, I got a manicure and pedicure and a beautiful hanging basket. Also had a "mommy & me" tea with my little girl at her preschool. She sang with her buddies and gave me a card and a potted plant (picture below). I love the homemade gifts so much! 



This last weekend we went to a friend's house so the kids could play in the bouncy house, they had a blast, then we had the friends over for a BBQ. I just love BBQ season, it is the best time to have friends over, watch the kids play in the backyard, enjoy the beautiful weather that we long for all year long.


And yesterday we went to my son's kindergarten field trip to a state park. The tide was so low and we were able to see SO MANY creatures (red rock crabs, hermit crabs, sea anemones, sea stars, etc). I felt lucky to be able to chaperone and be part of it. My sweet pea came along and had a great time, too!


This is a Pacific Graceful Crab:

And this is a Moon Slug, sheesh, that thing was huge!

Now it's time for me to get the kids ready for the day. Cheers!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Basket Weave Coffee Sleeve {Free Pattern}

Copyright 2015, Alessandra Hayden. All rights reserved.
 Difficulty:
 



Gauge:
Not crucial for this project, just make sure your chain 30 fits around the coffee cup. If it doesn't, use a larger hook.

Supplies:
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- 4.5mm Crochet Hook
- Scissors
- Button + Needle & Thread (optional)

Size:
Fits a standard 16 oz coffee cup.

Abbreviations:
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sl st = slip stitch
- FO = Fasten Off
- YO = Yarn Over
- FPdc = Front Post double crochet
- BPdc = Back Post double crochet

FPdc: YO, insert hook from front to back to front around post of specified dc, YO and draw up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops) twice: FPdc made. (Picture bellow)


BPdc: YO, insert hook from back to front to back around post of specified dc, YO and draw up a loop; (YO and draw through 2 loops) twice: BPdc made. (Picture bellow)


Instructions:
Round 1: Ch 30, join with a sl st to form a ring. (30)
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc now and throughout), 1 dc in in each st around, join with a sl st on top of ch 3. (30 dc)
Round 3: Ch 3, FPdc in next 2 sts, *BPdc in the next 3 sts, FPdc in the next 3 sts* repeat from * to * 4 times, BPdc in the next 3 sts, join with a sl st on top of ch 3. (5 sets of FPdc, 5 sets of BPdc)
Round 4: Repeat round 3.
Round 5: Ch 3, BPdc in the next 2 sts, *FPdc in the next 3 sts, BPdc in the next 3 sts* repeat from * to * 4 times, FPdc in the last 3 sts, join with a sl st on top of ch 3. (5 set of FPdc, 5 sets of BPdc)
Round 6-7: Repeat round 5.
Round 8-10: Repeat round 3. FO.



Finishing: 
Using the yarn needle, weave in loose ends.
Add a button if desired.

It's teacher appreciation week, so I made a coffee sleeve for each teacher and added a gift card so they can treat themselves to a cup of coffee. The cup template is a free download I found here. But seriously, these coffee sleeves make great gifts for your neighbors, co-works or just to give it to a friend just because. 



If you prefer to have a PDF version, you can download it [free] from my ravelry store. Click here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Silk Sari {Urban Scarf}


For this round of Design Wars I decided to step out of my comfort zone and create with a handspun yarn, Red Heart Silk Sari and oh, I am so glad I did!

I created the Urban Scarf, a boho style scarf that is easy to make, but full of texture and color. Use the coupon code DWSALE from Thursday 04/23 thru Sunday April 26, 2015 and get this pattern 40% off!


The colors are magnificent and the yarn is soft. The thickness of the yarn changes from thin (DK weight) to thick (bulky weight) which creates a beautiful and natural texture.

I paired the silk sari (enchanting color way) with black Red Heart Soft, I wanted to make the colors pop and I think the black helps with that.


and this is the charming color way:


This is my Uptown Scarf and I think it would be stunning if made with Silk Sari! This design is 40% off thru Sunday April 26, 2015. No coupon needed! The pattern has been marked down for this period of time.


Do you like my design? I love hearing from you, so please make sure to leave a comment!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Red Heart Soft - Yarn Review


Use the coupon code DWSALE to receive 40% off the Colorway Slouch today!



Red Heart Soft really is soft, it's great to work with and it's available in most yarn stores. Oh, another great thing about it, it's available in tons of colors!


It's a great worsted weight yarn, which is my favorite yarn weight. I chose Red Heart Soft for my design on this round of Design Wars because I knew this would be a great yarn for whatever design I could come up with. By the way, I can't wait to show it to you! *Update, here are some pictures of my new design, the Colorway Slouch!






Here are some designs from my shop that I created using Red Heart Soft. These designs are 40% of thru Wedneday, April 8, 2015. No Coupon Needed!





Cheers!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crossroads Throw




I feel like I am on fire, after a creative funk, I am now feeling very creative and productive as well. I am also in love with fair isle crochet technique, it really gives nice and crispy designs.
This is my newest pattern design, the Crossroads Throw, it's a clean and modern design, worked in black and white, but I can't wait to see the color combos people come up with for this pattern!

You can find this pattern in my craftsy, etsy, ravelry and also in my website.

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

[NatCroMo] National Crochet Month Blog Tour 2015

I am so excited to be one of the designers participating in the National Crochet Month Blog Tour hosted by Crochetville. This is my first time participating, so if you haven't "met" me before, here is a little bit about me:

My name is Alessandra Hayden, I am a 35 year old mom of a 6 year old boy and 3 year old girl, we live in Gig Harbor, Washington. I learned to crochet from my grandma Dirce, my dad's mom when I was 8 years old and have always loved it, but never in a million years thought crochet would end up my job. 

I was born and raised in Brazil, I have a bachelor's degree in social communications and came to the US to improve my English, but ended up meeting the love of my life. After a year and a half dating, we got married in Brazil, we have been married for 10 years this July.

After the loss of our first baby, that was a stillborn at 36 weeks, I started crocheting like a mad woman, counting crochet stitches kept my mind busy and helped me grieve. I was accumulating a lot of finished projects, so I decided to open an online shop to sell them, that was when I started receiving inquiries about my patterns, so I started writing them.

Here is a collection of some of my favorite designs:


And this is my newest, the "Twisting Colors Throw" and you can get it at 50% off today and tomorrow only, no coupon needed, the throw is already discounted. Click here.


And to celebrate the National Crochet Month, I am offering a 40% discount on all my patterns, except the Twisting Colors Throw that is already marked down. Offer valid in my ravelry shop only.


I hope you enjoyed my Blog Tour post and if you would like to stay in touch, you can find me on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, too!
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