Stars and Stripes Sparkle Mandala

I love decorations, clothing and flowers in red, white and blue.  I love the combination of the bright colors in our American flag along with the stripes and stars. Seeing an American flag flying with its stars and stripes reminds me of our precious freedoms and how they began and remain at a great cost to many families.  Seeing a yard decorated with red, white and blue ribbons and buntings  encourages my patriotism and pride in our country.  And hearing[Read more]

Crystal Crochet Mandala

(This post contains affiliate links) I love crocheted mandalas.  I love how the stitches make a variety of patterns within each round and that there are endless possibilities when you combine any number of crochet stitches, colors and yarn.  Perhaps my love for the mandalas goes back to all of the beautiful doilies and thread tablecloths I had around my home as a young girl – exquisite antique works of art crocheted by my grandmother that contained a variety of[Read more]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Now that it is May it will be Mother’s Day soon – do you have an idea of which gift you will give your mom?  Flowers and chocolate seem to be traditional gifts for mom – Flowers are beautiful  and chocolate is, oh, so yummy but neither last very long.  Maybe this year you can make a Mother’s Day gift for your mom that reminds her of spring flowers and will last for years to come. A Mother’s Day Gift[Read more]

Killarney Hot Pad

You can never have too many hot pads in the kitchen!  Here is one that shows off a  Celtic Knot – perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day meal or for any day you would like to remember Ireland while you dine. I named this after the Irish town, Killarney – one of my favorite towns I visited in Ireland in June 2016.  Here are some photos from our trip: I was the instructor on a special crochet tour with Annie’s[Read more]

Celtic Knot Pin

This Celtic Knot Pin features one of the simplest Celtic Knots you can weave so it works up very quickly for the perfect Irish accessory to any outfit.  I first created this design in 2013 in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and now I am re-publishing it here on the blog with video tutorials! (Click on the text in bold red, and it will take you to the video tutorial for that step of the project.) Skill Level: Confident Beginner[Read more]