Monthly Archives: March 2014

Disney Tournament and New Projects!

This weekend I was in Orlando for the Disney Volleyball Qualifier tournament! It was a huge 3 day tournament with hundreds of teams!

Chloe and I left thursday afternoon.  I had to check my team in at the Convention Center, then we checked in to my hotel.  We stayed at the World Center Marriott and it was an awesome hotel! There were about four or five restaurants in the hotel and was so pretty! I was so excited when I saw that we had a patio, but was kind of disappointed when I saw we just had an excellent view of the roof.

Balcony

We played three games friday, three games saturday and two on sunday.  Our games were in the afternoon, with our first game at 3:00pm and our last game at 7:00pm.  It’s really neat going to big tournaments like this one that are held in big convention centers.  There were about 100 nets set up with games being played at each.

Volleyball Courts

Saturday we had a team lunch at King’s Bowling Alley.  They got our reservation wrong, and only had one waitress working our group of 30 people. It took forever, and we were rushing to get to the convention center in time to play.  While we were eating, the weather turned horrible and we all received alerts on our phones that a tornado had touched down.  Thankfully, the restaurant was only a few minutes from the convention center, so I didn’t have to drive too far in that weather. I don’t think I’ve ever driven in anything that bad before, but I figured the convention center would probably be a pretty safe place.

The weekend was very fun, and my team did pretty well, but I sure am tired today! It was so hard getting out of bed this morning and having to go to work.

I didn’t have much time to work on projects this weekend.  After finishing the chair covers for my friend, I decided I really wanted one for my desk chair.  I got this chair from Target years ago, and I really like it, but the paint is starting to wear off and turn blue from my jeans.

Chair

ChairSquaresI’m using different colors from the other chair pads, and I really love it!

ChairCoverIf you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a picture of this new mandala I made last week!

Mandala 1I like that this one kind of looks spiky and looks really great with a lot of different colors! Hopefully I’ll be able to get a tutorial and pattern up for it this week!

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St. Augustine and Chamblin’s

This past saturday, we took a quick day trip to St. Augustine.  Chloe found coupons for the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, so we decided to go. This was my first time going to the museum, and it was pretty interesting.  There were a lot of cool artifacts from around the world and some interesting oddities.

Ripley's

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While driving in to St. Augustine, we saw that there was a Sea Food Festival going on.  It was pretty small, but had some fun craft booths to look at and some really great sea food! The lines were long, but it was worth it!

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After the festival, we walked around St. George Street for a few minutes.  It’s my favorite part of St. Augustine and I love looking at the old buildings.

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IMG_4247Today, we went to Chamblin’s, a huge used bookstore in Jacksonville. It is giant and has so many books to go through! It’s so easy to get lost in all the rooms that they hang maps throughout the store. I went looking for old crochet patterns, but was disappointed with what they had, so I didn’t end up getting any.

Chamblin's Map

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I did, however, find more Alfred Hitchcock books.  I’ve read a couple over the past few weeks, and I love them! They are so easy to bring to work and I think the covers are really great!

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This weekend, I also finished up the tops of the chair pads. There is still more work to do to make them in to cushions, but the crochet part is finished! I think they turned out pretty neat!

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I’m really excited for these to be finished! I will definitely share pictures of the final products!

Mandala Tutorial!

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I was finally able to take the pictures for this mandala tutorial, and I’m so excited about it! I don’t really know if this is technically a mandala or a doily, or if it even matters, but I love the way they look!

I made my first mandala a few weeks ago, and I thought it was so fun! I love that they are so quick to make and each one can be so unique!

For these mandalas I used my new  yarn from Knit Picks.  I used the Shine Worsted yarn for the first mandalas I made and loved the way they looked.  I only had 3 colors, so of course I had to buy more.  My yarn buying problem is real.

Yarn

For this mandala, I used the colors Blush, Cosmopolitan, Clementine and Dandelion and a 3.5mm hook.

To begin, chain 5 and join to form a ring.

RingRound 1:

1. In ring, Ch3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc (12 total dc)

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2. To join, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3

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Round 2:

3. Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in same stitch

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4. Work 2dc in each stitch of round 1. To join, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. (24 total dc)

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Round 3:

5. Ch3 (counts as 1dc), dc in same stitch.

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6. In next stitch, work 1dc.

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7. Work 2 dc in the next stitch, followed by 1dc in the next

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8.  Continue this pattern for the rest of round 3. (36 total dc)

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Round 4: This round will be worked in single crochets.

9. Ch1 (does not count as single crochet), 2sc in same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 2dc.

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10. Work 2sc in next dc, followed by 1sc in each of the next 2dc. Continue this pattern for the rest of round 4.

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11. To end, slip stitch in the first sc of this round.

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Now we’re ready to switch colors! Go ahead and cut your yarn, leaving a tail to weave in, and fasten off.

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Round 5:

12. Join your next color yarn in any sc with a slip stitch.

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13.  Ch5 (counts as first dc plus ch2)

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14. Work 1dc into the same stitch and ch1

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15.  Skip 2 sc from previous round.  In next sc, work *dc, ch2, dc, ch1*

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16. Repeat between ** all the way around the circle

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16. Finish this round with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the first ch5.

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Round 6:

17. Slip stitch into first ch2 space of the previous round and repeat steps 13 through 16.

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We are ready to change colors, so cut your yarn, again leaving a tail to weave in, and fasten off!

Round 7:

18. Add new color with a slip stitch into any ch2 space.

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19. Ch3, dc in same ch2 space

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20. In the same ch2 space, ch2, 2dc, ch2

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21. In next ch2 space, *2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2*

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22. Repeat between ** in each of the remaining ch2 spaces.

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23. Join with slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the first ch3. Slip stitch in the next dc and in the ch2 space, so you’re ready to work out of that space for the next round.

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Round 8:

24. Repeat steps 19 through 23

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Round 9:

25. In first ch2 space, ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc, ch 1

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26. Slip stitch in the ch1 space from the previous round and ch1

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27. In next ch2 space, *2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch1. Slip stitch in ch1 of previous round, ch1*

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28.  Repeat between ** in the remaining spaces.

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29.  To finish this round, slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning ch3 and fasten off.

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We are now ready to start our last color!

Round 10:

30. Join new color with slip stitch in any of the ch2 spaces

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31. Ch3 (counts as first dc)

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32. In same ch2 space, work 4 more dc (5 total dc), ch2

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33. Slip stitch in the slip stitch from the previous round and ch2

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34. In next ch2 space, *work 5 dc, ch2, slip stitch in slip stitch from previous round, ch2*

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35. Repeat between ** in each remaining space

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36. To finish, slip stitch in 3rd chain of first chain 3.  Fasten off and you’re done!

Finished

Not too hard, right? If your mandala ends up curling a little around the edges, there’s an easy fix! All you have to do is iron it a bit and it will lie flat.  I use a thin towel between my iron and the mandala, and set the iron so there’s a lot of steam.  I also let it cool off all the way before I move it. If you want your doily or mandala to be a little stiffer, you can spray it with starch before you iron.  I like using the spray starch because it does stiffen it a little, but doesn’t make it hard or crunchy.

These mandalas are also easily customized! You can use whatever color combination you like, and switch colors wherever you want! They even look great in just one color!

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It’s simple to change the size by just changing yarn weight and hook size. These two were made using Cascade’s Ultra Pima fine yarn.  I used a 3.5mm hook for the pink one and a 4.5mm hook for the grey one.

I hope this tutorial is helpful! I loved making it, and would love to see any mandalas that you make!

Sneak Peek!

I don’t have any finished projects or tutorials to share yet, so I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak of what I’ve been working on and what’s to come!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen this picture.

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So these squares are going to be turned in to seat covers for a friend! Here’s a picture showing kind of what they’re going to look like, but I think we’re going to do four rows instead of three. I’ll share more pictures and details when they’re finished!

Lani Chair

These aren’t colors I usually use, but I have to say I really like the way it’s turning out! The colors look great in her kitchen, and I’m so excited to see them all finished!

I’ve also been working on making more doilies and a tutorial. However, it’s been unbelievably rainy and stormy here yesterday and today, so I’m waiting for better light to take pictures!  Hopefully the weather will clear up and I can get it together this week!

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The thunderstorms have also been causing Mabel some serious stress. She is incredibly freaked out by thunder and lightning! I think Lizzie actually really likes storms.  She sits and stares out the windows and loves to go on the porch and smell the air. Mabel shakes and hyperventilates during the whole thing, so we’re trying to figure out something to help her.  I’ve heard good things about the thundershirts, so I think we’ll try that.

Disney World!

Hannah is home for Spring Break this week, so we took a day trip to Orlando to go to Disney World! We haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom for a few years, and we were excited to see the new changes.

We left our house about 6:30am and got to the park a little before 10. It was rainy and kind of cold in the morning, but ended up being a really beautiful day!

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We went to the new Fantasyland first! I loved it! They added Belle’s house and Beast’s castle and the Little Mermaid ride and castle. It was awesome!

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Belle's House

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Belle's Library

Gaston's Little Mermaid Castle

LittleMermaidRideBeauty and the Beast was my favorite movie when I was little, and I loved seeing the house and the castle! The little show was kind of disappointing, but I liked getting to walk through the house and  library. The Little Mermaid ride, however, was so awesome! I loved every minute of it!

While we were in Fantasyland, we stopped at Gaston’s restaurant and had a couple of sticky buns.  Disney World sticky buns are the best! They’re huge, so a few people can split one, and they are delicious!

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We spent the rest of the day walking around and riding other rides.  It wasn’t too crowded, so we didn’t have to wait in many lines. It was nice because we didn’t feel rushed to fit everything in. We we were able to take our time and ride a couple of rides more than once!

Rapunzel's Tower

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The day ended up pretty perfect! The weather cleared up and was warm and sunny!

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We ate dinner at a little restaurant on Main Street we never knew about.  I think it is called the Plaza Restaurant. It was tiny inside, but really pretty, and the food was pretty good!  They told us it would be a 45min to an hour wait, but they got us in within 10 minutes! We left the park after dinner, and got home about 11:00.

Hannah goes back to school early Sunday morning.  It’s been really fun having her home and going to Disney with her here!