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Crochet Flower Pattern

Having a go-to crochet flower pattern should be every crocheter’s goal. This crochet flower isn’t fancy, but it works up quickly and is great for adding detail to a project.

Crochet Flower Pattern

It’s a great flower for beginner to learn – I’ve even written out the crochet abbreviations and taken pictures along the way so you know exactly what to do. For the more experienced crocheter, this is a good “base flower” that you can add more petals to (why stop at 5?) or a second layer for added volume.

Crochet Flowers

Crochet Flower Pattern

Materials:

  • Crochet Hook & Yarn – Any Size! Depends on your project, but this will work up with everything from thread to bulky yarn
  • Flowers below crocheted with a size H (5.0mm) crochet hook and worsted weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice)

Directions:

Chain 3, slip stitch into first chain to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as a double crochet). Work 9 more double crochet into the center of the ring (10 DC total). Join to top of chain 2 with a slip stitch.

Round 2: Chain 3 + 1 (counts as chain-3 space plus 1 single crochet). Skip 1 stitch, single crochet in next stitch. *Chain 3, skip 1 stitch. Single crochet in next stitch.* Repeat instructions from * to * around two more times. Chain 3, skip next stitch. Single crochet into first chain-3 space to join Round 2. (5, chain-3 spaces).

Round 3: Work 4 double crochet and one single crochet into first chain-3 space. First petal complete. Into next chain-3 space, work [1 single crochet, 5 double crochet, 1 single crochet]. Repeat for next 3 patterns. Slip stitch to first single crochet to join.

Fasten off.

Crochet Pattern

Round 2 after Chain 3 + 1, Skip next stitch, single crochet, chain 3

At the end of Round 2. Join last chain-3 with a single crochet into the first chain-3 space.

At the end of Round 3, after 4 petals have been made.

At the end of Round 3, after 4 petals have been made.

Crochet Flower

Finished Crochet Flower!

Crochet Flowers Pattern

 

Survey: What Posts Do You Like?

Hi friend – I need your opinion.

I mostly write a blog post if I’ve created a new pattern or when I finished a project, but that just seems selfish.  I’d be interested to hear what you’d like to see on this blog.  Do you like the content I’m writing?  What would you like to see more of?

Crafty democracy at its finest.

Take the poll below and let me know your thoughts… Thanks!

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Life

There are things in life more wonderful than crochet.  I know – blasphemy, right?

In the past two weeks, I have been a bridesmaid twice – once for my older brother’s wedding (Brother Bill) and the second for my good friends, Rachael and Andrew.  It is weekends like these that make me high on the beauty of life.

Brother Bill got married in Pittsburgh; Rachael in Buffalo.  The great thing about being in back-to-back weddings, though, is most of the prep work is only done once.  I’m already tan and  my nails are done.  I would jokingly tell people, “This is as good as I can possibly get right now!”  I believe the bobby-pin count after wedding #1 was 75.  (A hairstyle that takes 75 bobby pins is out of control, if you ask me.)

The two weddings were different – one a family one, the other for two good friends.  The weeks leading up to the weddings required different amounts and different types of work, yet both were equally special.  I am so thankful to have been a part of Brother Bill & Ahsley’s lives for 23 years and to have spent 4 years in college with Andrew and Rachael.

Weddings are an especially sweet time of seeing old friends.  I got to see people I haven’t seen in over a year since we graduated college and it was great to catch up.  The funny thing is, with good friends, you can be 600 miles apart, but when you get together, it’s like no time has passed.  Those are friendships worth maintaining.

I’m sorry for the nostalgia and emotions I’m sharing (this is a big step for me), but I wanted to share my thoughts with you, blog reader.  Coming off these wedding weekends, it helped me put things in perspective, and I’d encourage you to do the same.

Life is about “weddings”, in the larger sense of the word.  It’s not about the bridesmaids dresses or the center pieces.  It’s not about all you can achieve at work, or how clean (or not clean) your room might be. It’s about inviting others to speak into your life and investing time to be a part of theirs.  It consists of those moments standing proudly with your friends as they make a commitment before God to grow together. It means  creating memories and enjoying the different personalities and quirks and ideas of others.

It means creating community.

I am so blessed to have been a part of not one, but TWO beautiful weekends this month.  How could life get any better?  I pray God’s love and continued blessings over the new marriages (and for my brother to hurry up and start having kids – Aunt Jayna needs some kiddos)!

And now, since there is nothing more enjoyable than looking at other people’s wedding pictures (yeah right), here are some glimpses into my life:

The Siblings

Siblings

The family

The family

New Sister!

New Sister!

Wedding Party #2

Wedding Party #2

Kiss

There’s a long story behind this one, but essentially, I’ve been the third wheel for the past 5 years…HA

Go enjoy your “wedding weekends” and fabulous life – More crochet things next time, promise!

All About Crochet

Learn About Crochet - 7 Interesting Facts by JJCrochet

While researching my favorite hobby–crocheting–I came across a few interesting facts that made me love crochet even more. I didn’t think it was possible to appreciate it even more, but it was and I do.

Share if you learned something new and interesting about crochet!

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Sources: 
http://www.crochet.org/newslet/nl0997a.html,
http://penniepackard.hubpages.com/hub/A-Brief-History-of-Crochet
http://penniepackard.hubpages.com/hub/A-Brief-History-of-Crochet
http://www.crochetmemories.com/crochet10.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crochet

Improving my Quality (of) Life

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. If I want to do/ change/ fix/ enhance something, well then I do it. But now that I’m on my own and making money, I decided I wanted to improve my quality of life.

This idea of improvement stemmed from “Treat Yo Self Two-thousann’leven” from Parks & Rec (watch the video – you won’t be disappointed).

I decided, no more eating frozen chicken nuggets for dinner.  No more buying clothes that are only on sale.  No more skimping and being frugal (within reason, of course).  No more!  This year, I’ve determined to improve my quality of life. If you remove the “of” in that statement, it sounds even more exciting: I want to improve my quality life. Yes, much better.

So besides cutting out frozen poultry from my life, what does “improving my quality life” entail?  Great question.  Essentially it’s just me spending more money on myself, but here’s a list of things I came up with just now:

  • Buying sweet smelling, loose-leaf tea
  • Crocheting something for myself (done)
  • Picking up the bill for a friend’s dinner (done)
  • Designing new business cards for JJCrochet (done)
  • Purchasing a pair of shoes at full price, just because I love them (done)
  • Splurging on that cookies ‘n cream milkshake (done)
  • Making it a priority to call out-of-state friends (done)
  • Ordering custom stationery and writing to friends (partially done)

In completing that list, I realized most of my “treat yourself” things include food, but I guess it is what it is. The stationery I marked as partially done because that is my latest endeavor.

You see, I came across PowderBluePapers on Etsy and figured custom stationery was the perfect place to start.  I told myself it was okay spending over $1.50 on a notecard–I was worth it– and placed an order.

My cards arrived in the mail today and can I just tell you, they have improved my quality of life.  I am so happy.  I didn’t know it was possible to get this much joy from notecards, but I did.  Here they are:

I cropped my address off from the bottom of the notecards, but know that it is there and it is beautiful.  I can’t wait to improve the quality of life of others when they receive little notes from me in the mail.

I also splurged and bought myself mini-moo cards (from Moo.com), and as expected – LOVE. I ordered half the cards with a floral design, half with images of crochet hats and knitted cowls.  My family hated them, mocking: “Hi, here’s a half-business card,” (giggles) “Hello, do you want this tiny piece of paper?”  (mocking laughter), but I think they’re great.  Just want I wanted for JJCrochet.  I treated myself and I enjoyed it!

I have started 2012 off treating myself and I must say that I am enjoying it.  I am too thoughtful and good to myself, ha.  But what it really comes down to, is what am I willing to spend my money on and why don’t I spend it on others?  I’m trying to be more conscious of my spending, more purposeful, but also remembering it’s okay to let myself go sometimes.

What are some ways you could treat yourself to improve the quality of your life and the lives of others?  Maybe it’s going to a movie or buying that new purse or calling an old friend.  Whatever it is – DO IT!  Life is too short and you deserve the finer things in life, and that most certainly excludes frozen chicken nuggets.

Jo-Ann Fabrics: Coupons, Discounts, & Reward Cards

Jo-Ann Fabrics has their very own coupon page.

Yes, you read correctly.  This new page is regularly updated with printable, online and in-store current Jo-Ann Fabrics coupons and hosted on Jo-Ann Fabric.  I don’t want to take full credit for this, but I’ll take partial credit.  I help manage Jo-Ann’s online advertising (I know – dream come true, right?) and one of my suggestions to their marketing team was to have a dynamic coupon page hosted directly on Jo-Ann’s site.

I’m thrilled to see this new design because, like you, I’ve been there.

I’ll peruse pages on Jo-Ann’s site looking for crafty supplies, load my cart up, but right before I check out, I’ll hit up Google looking for Jo-Ann coupons.  Sometimes I’d find coupons on other sites, sometimes none at all.  But now Jo-Ann has current coupons located on their site.  Yes, please.

To view Jo-Ann Fabric’s Coupon page, visit here: http://www.joann.com/coupon 

Jo-Ann Fabrics Printable Online Coupon

Along with coupons, Jo-Ann’s offers a number of discounts cards and programs.  If you haven’t heard of them before, now is a great time to sign up for one.  Last year, I wrote about Jo-Ann’s VIP card, but I’m happy to tell you Jo-Ann now offers a lot more reward programs (outlined below)

jo-ann-fabric-student-discount-cardYou can receive one of these discounts (ranging from 10% – 15% off your total purchases).  Jo-Ann offers 3 different types of reward programs and chances are, you fall into one of these categories:

  1. Teacher Rewards (15% off every purchase for any teacher - home school, private, or public)
  2. VIP Card (10% off every purchase)
  • A Reseller (work those crafty genes!)
  • Part of a crafting guild or organization (ie. Quilters of America or Your Local Knitting Group)
  • Any Non-Profit
    3. Student Discount  (10% off every purchase. New!  Jo-Ann now offers discounts for high school and college kids!)
With any rewards card, you’ll get either 10%-15% off every purchase – that includes regular AND sale price items.  An extra bonus that is great when stocking up on craft supplies!
Jo-Ann Fabric VIP Non-Profit Discount Card Rewards Program

To read more info about the VIP reseller and non-profit cards, go here: http://www.joann.com/vipdiscounts/

Jo-Ann Fabrics is all about rewarding their customers, which I appreciate. They’re really tying to improve user experiences and care a lot about customer loyalty.  Hey, they have the best selection around and with great prices and reward programs like their VIP card, they have my business.

Sign up for one of their reward programs and start saving!