Monday, March 31, 2014

New Free Crochet Boot Cuff Topper Pattern Coming Soon. Plus, Winner of the JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Announced.

New Free Crochet Boot Cuff Topper Pattern Coming Soon.  Plus, Winner of the JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Announced.

I have been working on a new free crochet pattern for Tampa Bay Crochet.  I recently got two pairs of boots and a pair of skinny jeans.  I know I am a little behind the times but I am still super excited about my purchases.  To celebrate my new boots I have been working on a crochet pattern for boot cuff toppers.  I actually have ideas for a few different styles so I plan on eventually writing more than one pattern.

Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork, with Karen Whooley

The boot cuff willl be a one size fits all cuff that will fit underneath the top of your boot to give your boots an extra bit of style.

Now, for the winner of the JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Giveaway:

Lori S.

The winner of the Craftsy Class Giveaway will be announced soon.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Craftsy Endless Creativity Sale: All Craftsy Classes up to 50% Off!

Craftsy has discounted all of their courses up to 50% off!  Currently there are ten crocheting courses on sale!

Take advantage of this sale by clicking here.

Kiwi Crate is Partnering with Target and They are Giving Away a $250 Gift Card!

Kiwi Crate is Partnering with Target and They are Giving Away a $250 Gift Card!

 Target has invited Kiwi Crate to develop a line of products exclusively for sale in Target stores! Kiwi Crate for Target will feature single-project kits that are also fan favorites, including Racing Wind Cars, Pom Pom Pets, Modern Art and Flying Kites. Starting this month, Kiwi Crate for Target creativity kits will be available in the Toy department in approximately 250 Target stores across the USA.

To help celebrate the partnership, Kiwi Crate is giving away a Target $250 Target Gift Card. The giveaway is a Pin to Win contest.  For more information and to enter the giveaway, click below.

Enter here!
More Giveaways Ending Soon

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Current Crochet Projects: Bridal Shower Favors - Crochet Flower Rings

Current Crochet Projects:  Bridal Shower Favors - Crochet Flower Rings



Several months ago I was honored to be asked to be the maid of honor in my sister-in-law's wedding.  Since then, I have been planning her bridal shower and bachelorette party.  My sister-in-law and most of my husband's family live in the Akron, Oh area.  Unfortunately, this limited the number of locations available for her bridal shower.  My husband's family is quite large, so having the shower at a winery or most restaurants were out because they could not accommodate the number of guests on my sister-in-law's guest list.
Someone recommended looking into hosting the shower at a pavilion at one of the local metro parks.  At first, I thought this would be way too casual for a bridal shower, that is until I found the Coventry Oaks Pavilion at Firestone Metro Park.

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The Coventry Oaks Pavilion has been immaculately maintained and is very bright and airy.  Many people in the area actually choose to host their weddings at this pavilion.  I was so thrilled to have found it.  Then, I started  thinking about decor.  I have a few ficus trees that I am planning on bringing and stringing white lights through the branches.  I am also planning on having real flowers as the centerpieces at each table.

The one aspect of the shower I was having the hardest time deciding upon was the favors.  The guest list for the shower is well over 50 people, so even a favor that cost $1/piece would end up costing over $50 total.  My husband suggested we make the favors for the shower.  He was looking through my Etsy shop, Pearl Bridal Boutique, and he came across my flower rings.  He suggested crocheting a ring for each guest using the wedding colors of iris, black, silver and white.  I loved the idea.  Not only would the favors be an extremely personal touch but they would also be very cost affective.  Luckily, we decided on the favors two months before the shower, so I had plenty of time to crochet all fifty flowers without straining myself too much.  So far, I have crocheted fifteen flowers and have five rings completely finished.  Each ring has a silver plated adjustable ring base, a crochet flower and a faux pearl center.  

In order to  hold myself accountable, I plan on posting the current status of the crochet rings.  Once they are completely finished, I have an idea of how to display the rings at the pavilion.  I plan on taking a small Styrofoam ball, used for flower arranging, and sticking each ring into the Styrofoam ball so that there is a circle of crochet flowers.  Then, I will take a stem and stick one end into the flower ball and the other into a small flower pot.  Next to the flower arrangement, there will be a basket full of small organza bags and a sign telling the guests to select a ring of their choice and place it in one of the organza bags.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Enter to win a $20 JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card!

Enter to win a $20 JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card!

Tampa Bay Crochet $20 JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Giveaway

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Enter to Win A Free Craftsy Class!

It's not quite crochet, and it's not really knitting. Worked with a tool that's a cross between a crochet hook and a knitting needle, Tunisian crochet creates interesting textures and lends itself to great color combinations. You'll make a versatile multi-garment that's worn eight different ways. Whether you are a knitter, a crocheter or both, you will love the projects in this class and how easy this technique really is. 
 Contest Runs from 3/5/14 - 3/19/14 and is open to everyone!

A $29.99 value!  Enter to win this course below!
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