Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cute Flower Pot Craft for Kids

Over on my other blog I just posted this cute craft that my kids and I did for Christmas, and I wanted to share it with all of you!

You can find it on A Busy Mom's Diary 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Project of the week 12/17

My youngest wanted an Angry Birds hat, not just any angry bird, the black on because it's his favorite since it blows up.  This one provided to be a challenge for me!  I came up with my own pattern for it and if there is enough demand for it I will see about getting it typed up and published.

He was so excited that I had it done when he got up that he wouldn't take it off!

He had to wear it when we went out to my parents house and he helped feed "Grandpa's Birds".  I think he fit right in with them

Ribbed Neck Warmer Pattern

I absolutely love this neck warmer.  It wasn't what I started out making, but I love how it turned out!

I started out making a cowl, but decided that I wanted something with buttons to wear with a couple of different outfits.

The great thing about this is that it comes together really quick if you are still trying to figure out a couple of last minute Christmas presents for the trendy person in your life

The picture really doesn't do it justice because there are ribs in the pattern

Enjoy everyone!
Ribbed Neck Warmer
worsted weight yarn
J hook
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Row 1 ch37 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. ch2 turn
Row 2  dc in each stitch across through both loops ch2 turn
Row 3 dc in back loop only across ch2 turn
Rows 4 - 45 repeat Rows 2 and 3
do not finish off.  sc around putting 2 sc in each of the corners.  Finish off
Place buttons on the right side of your warmer that are big enough to fit through your stitches while holding your neck warmer in place.
If you have any questions please email me at
I'd love to see anything you make with my pattern! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Been so busy!

I have been so busy with orders and trying to get everything done for the Holidays!  I'm sure that everyone else is too, but I did have time to make up a neck warmer that I'm sure you all are going to love.  I'm going to be posting it as a free pattern for a gift to all of my readers.  I'm hoping to have it up tomorrow morning, I just got done taking the pictures and will be uploading them when I get off of work.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Puppy Dog Earflap Hat

It's the time of year that the leaves have changed, the winds are picking up, and my kids are wanting different hats to wear to school.   This year I think was the first year that they almost trumped me.  Key word there being almost.

Kynzie decided that she wanted a puppy dog hat, not thinking I said ok, and started down a long road of figuring out the perfect puppy dog hat.  I came up with this pattern, and you can now find it for sale on (Puppy Dog Hat by Stylish Knots) I would love to see anything you make with this pattern!  Also if there are any problems that you find, please email me at

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Triangle cowl

The current hot "mom trend" is triangle cowls this spring.  You can custom order one in any color for only $40.  To place an order you can contact me via FaceBook

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Hunger Games Triolgy

For years now I have been being told by my friends that I need to read these books.  I finally had some extra time and downloaded them to my Kindle.  I just want to say to all of my friends that have hounded me for at least 2 years, I'm sorry I didn't listen to you sooner.  These books are beautifully written, and the Suzanne Collins makes you fall in love with the characters.  I highly recommend getting all 3 books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) at the same time because you aren't going to want to wait to read the next one.

All 3 books center around the main character Katniss Everdeen, who is a young teenage girl fighting for the survival of her family.  Well that is until she is thrown into the arena of The Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games are a device of the Capital to keep the 12 districts in check.  One boy and one girl tribute between the ages of 12 and 16 are randomly chosen each year from the 12 remaining districts to compete to the death in the arena.  In the arena they are forced to not only fight each other, but also fight for their own survival and find food, water, shelter, and avoid whatever the Gamemakers throw at them.  The Games are mandatory viewing for everyone in Panem, and broadcast over the television 24 hours a day until the last cannon sounds.

The Hunger Games backdrop is the 74th Hunger Games.  The reader is drawn into the world of the tribute being made over by stylists, feeling full for the first time in their lives, and the thought of having to kill constantly in the back of their mind.  Since they have been forced to watch the games every year since their birth, they know the order of things done and how to play the game.  Personally I was so caught up in the action and excitement of The Games that I could not put it down.

Catching Fire opens back in District 12 with the announcement of a twist on the Quarter Quell Games.  All of the tributes will be past victors instead of randomly chosen tributes.  As the only female victor from her district, Katniss knows she is about to go back into the arena.  Since you learned so much about the pregame festivities in The Hunger Games, they play less of a predominate part of Catching Fire.  All of the original style team is back, and you get the feeling of them being a little more human this time.  The Capitol is determined to only have one victor this year, but some of the previous victors have a different plan. 

Mockingjay follows Katniss as the rebels of District 13 organize a rebellion, with her being the unwilling face of it.  Katniss is not only having to fight against the Capitol, but also President Coin who wanted them to rescue Peeta instead of Katniss.  Her declaration of being the one to kill Snow takes the book to a new level when she is handed the leadership role of her squad in the middle of a battle.  More of the horrors of the Capitol come to light in Mockingjay, leaving you cheering for the Rebels to be victorious.

These books are classified as Young Adult, but after reading them I wouldn't let anyone under the age of 16 read them.  There are some very graphic parts during the games and the rebellion that made even me cringe.  The death count could also be disturbing to younger readers too, especially when characters you have come to know and love are violently killed. 

Instead of the first or second book ending in a nice wrapped up way, both of them transition into the next book.  If you don't know this before hand, you are going to be scrambling to get your hands on the next one so you can find out what happens.  I didn't know this before hand, and had never been happier to have a Kindle so I could download book 2 in the middle of the night instead of having to wait till a time I could get to the store to purchase it.

With the release of The Hunger Games movie soon, the whole trilogy is listed on Amazon's Hot List right now.  I'm hoping that the movie doesn't ruin the story, and stays true to the series.  If the movie can do that, then it is sure to be as popular as the books.