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]

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]

7 Crochet Heart Patterns

  This post contains affiliate links – to read our full disclosure policy, click  here. I love hearts – Their simple and internationally recognizable shape is a classic sign of love and care.  I enjoy perusing Pinterest to see all of the different ways you can create the heart shape using a wide variety of mediums – paper, paint, mosaics, embroidery, natural items, clouds, food and, of course, crochet! I have designed several crochet projects with hearts so I decided to[Read more]

Super Simple Cup Cozy

This post contains affiliate links – to read our full disclosure policy, click here. Here is my last quick cozy idea for you this week. This is a great project for beginners because it uses only the single crochet stitch but even if you are an experienced crocheter, you will find this a perfect project for a very quick last minute gift. Have any pretty buttons or large pendant-like beads in your craft stash? They would work for the center decorative[Read more]