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Pink Crochet Pillow

My goal this year was to make all of my Christmas gifts using yarn I already own. I guess that was a little too ambitious since I only succeeded in finishing a pillow for my sister Chloe. I have a blanket started for my other sister Hannah and a couple of pillows for my mom, which I will share with you over the next couple of weeks!DSC_9509A few years ago I made Chloe a blanket that she really loves. I decided to make a coordinating pillow using the left over yarn from her blanket. I used the same basic pattern as this pillow I made a couple months ago. It is a really simple pattern, but I really love the way it turned out! Once I had all of the squares joined, I did a border of half double crochet in cream on each side, and stitched both sides together in pink with single crochets. I really like the bright pink border!

Even little Lizzie likes the pillow!

Even little Lizzie likes the pillow!

I used left over pink and cream Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. I bought several of the giant skeins when I made her blanket, and had a lot left over. Bernat no longer makes the pink color yarn, which I think was called Watermelon. I think they only made it over that summer, and I have not been able to find it since then. I used a size 6.0mm hook and the finished pillow is 18in x 18in.DSC_9530I think the blanket and pillow look great together! I love that they go together, but are not exactly the same. As you can probably see, I used the same hexagon pattern from Attic24 that I used in this baby blanket and I’m also using in Hannah’s blanket, which I will show you soon! I really love hexagon blankets, and I think this pattern is wonderful!


Three Crochet Pillows Finished!

My cousin’s wedding is this Saturday, and I just finished her third pillow! I really love the way they all turned out and how nice they all look together! I’m excited to see how she uses them this weekend.

I used this pattern from Little Tin Bird to make the squares. They are very easy and quick to make. The squares alone were not big enough to fit the 14in x 14in pillow I had, so I added a thicker border around the edge. I did one round of half double crochet in black, a round of single crochet in cream and the final round of half double crochet in black. DSC_8957You can read more about the others pillows here and here! All three pillows were easy to make, and I think they are the perfect way to decorate any space. You can easily customize any of the pillows to fit in your home’s decorations. DSC_8960Shared at Link & Share Wednesday Party at Oombawka Design Crochet


Little Granny Square Baby Blanket is Finished!

I’m so, so excited to share with you my finished granny square baby blanket! I made it for my college roommate who is having her first baby boy this month! I’ve been working on it on and off the past few weeks, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

DSC_8223If you follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_), you’ve probably seen a few pictures of it in progress over the past few weeks. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, in the colors Dark Denim, Glacier and Graymist. I like this yarn for baby blankets because it is soft and can be easily washed in the washing machine.

DSC_8343 DSC_8371 DSC_8387 DSC_8396I hope everyone is having a great labor day! We are having a big family dinner tonight for my dad’s birthday, which is tomorrow! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram!



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.


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.


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!



Happy Hooking: Circle Granny Blanket

Is it possible to have too many crochet blankets?  I sure don’t think so.  I love making blankets more than just about anything.  I feel like I always have one in the works and this circle granny blanket will be my sixth!

Blanket 1

I started with this pattern, but ended up tweaking it a bit.  I took out the ch1 in rounds 1, 2, and 3.  I also made adjustments to round 4 by crocheting 3dc in each space instead of 4, and then *3tr, ch2, 3tr* in the corners, just like a normal granny square.


I have a lot of little circles that are waiting to be joined!  I’m using the join-as-you-go method, which is explained really well over at Attic24.  I really love these colors and I’m planning on using it in my room.  Hopefully I will be able to finish it up in the next month or two!