Monthly Archives: August 2014

Life in iPhone Photos!

Tonight is going to be a quick blog post, but I just wanted to say hi and share some pictures from my phone from the past few weeks! I can’t believe summer is already over and school has started! I had a great time this summer hanging out with my family, especially my little cousins, going to the beach and working on new projects! I wish I was better at taking pictures, but here are a few I have to share!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

We’ve had a ton of big thunder storms this summer, and Mabel is terrified of them. She shakes and wants to be held the whole time. We got her a Thunder Shirt, hoping it would help calm her down, and it definitely makes a difference! She loves wearing it and gets annoyed when its time to take it off.IMG_5082

School started this week, so it has definitely been stressful settling in to a new school year. I love being at the high school every day and spending time with the students, but I also miss a lot of my free time I loved so much.

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I have spent most of my free time working on a couple of different projects.  This one is a baby blanket for a friend who’s having a baby boy soon. I LOVE the colors and I’m really happy with how it is turning out.

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I’m also still working on pillows for my cousin’s wedding. I am really loving the tiny granny square pattern right now. It works up really quick and I think it looks really awesome!IMG_5064 IMG_5109

I know it’s still August, but I’ve been pretty obsessed with making these pumpkins! I am most excited about the jumbo pumpkin I made with chunky yarn. I will definitely be making a lot more pumpkins this year!

I hope you all had a great summer too! Don’t forget to check out my new Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) for more pictures and updates!

Black and White Chevron Blanket

This is a quick post to show you a new blanket I’ve been working on! If you follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_), then you may have seen some pictures already. I’ve made a couple of chevron blankets before and I love the way they look. This one is different though, because I’m only working out of one loop, so it has a neat texture to it! I’m making this one for my cousin and I’m supposed to have it finished before November.

DSC_8210I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in black and white. I like this yarn for big blankets because it is soft, washes easily and isn’t too expensive.

DSC_8232I followed a basic chevron pattern, but only worked out of the front loop! It’s a really simple way to add detail to the blanket! I was thinking of doing a tutorial on this, so let me know if that’s something you would be interested in!

DSC_8219I still have a lot of work to do on it before it’s finished, but it goes along pretty quickly and I love watching it grow!

7 Petal Flower Tutorial!!

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Happy Friday everyone! I am back today with a new flower tutorial! This is a flat, 7 petal flower that is easy to make and is a really cute decoration!

Round 1

You will start this flower with a magic ring. If you’ve never done it before, here is a great tutorial!

1. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet) then work 13 more double crochets in magic ring (14 total dc)

DSC_80652. Pull tail to close ring, join in 3rd chain of beginning chain 3

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DSC_8070Round 2

3. Chain 5 (counts as 1dc and ch2), double crochet in same stitch

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DSC_80784. Skip next double crochet and work dc, ch2, dc  in the following double crochet

DSC_80815. Continue dc, ch2, dc in every other dc from previous round. In the picture below, you will work dc, ch2, dc in each of the starred stitches.  You should have 7 ch2 spaces

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DSC_80826. Finish round 2 with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the beginning ch5

DSC_8088Round 3

7. Slip stitch so you’re ready to work out of the ch2 space

DSC_80928. Chain 3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch2, 2dc in same ch2 space

DSC_8095 DSC_81009. Next, you will work a half double crochet (hdc) between the next two double crochets

DSC_810310. In next ch2 space *2dc, ch2, 2dc, hdc between next 2 double crochets*

DSC_810611. Repeat between ** 5 more times. To finish round 3, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3

DSC_8110 DSC_8113Round 4

12. In the same stitch you just joined in, work a single crochet

DSC_811713. In ch2 space, work 5 dc

DSC_812914. The next couple steps may be a little confusing, so hopefully the picture below will make it a little clearer! You will skip the first dc and sc in the second dc. Then, skip the hdc and sc in the next dc. So basically, you will sc in the stitches with stars on them in the picture below!

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DSC_8130 DSC_813315. Repeat steps 13 and 14 for the rest of round 4. Slip stitch in the first sc to finish

DSC_8144Done!!

DSC_8147You can easily make this a 6 or 8 petal flower! All you have to do is change the number of double crochets in the very first round then follow the rest of the pattern as usual! To make a 6 petal flower, use 12 double crochets and to make an 8 petal flower, use 16 double crochets.

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 3.09.29 PMI love using these flowers as coasters!

FlowersI made these with Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton and a 5.00mm hook.  They are large enough for most cups and are really good at absorbing water!

20140801-105938-39578477.jpgAs usual, if you make any little flowers, I’d love to see them!