Monday, April 14, 2014

The Ultimate Crocheter's Giveaway

Happy Monday!!!!!

I am part of the Ultimate Crocheter's Giveaway and I am so excited about this one. The prizes are amazing!!!!

It will run from April 14 - 21st. Here is what you could win!
-Clover Amour Crochet Hook Set!!!
-Berroco “Vintage" Yarn Bundle!!!
-$100 Michael’s Gift Card!!!

Enter below for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes. Don't forget to thank the other sponsors of the giveaway:
 - Lorene at

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sassy Girl Triangle Shawl

So I know what you're thinking. WHAT??? ANOTHER free pattern this month?!!! I know!!! Awesome right? I actually worked up the Sassy Girl Triangle Shawl in the car when my husband was able to go with me to run errands this month. A 40 min drive to and from town is such wasted crochet time! I have been wanting to design a shawl for a long time I love layers in spring and fall, easy to take off if it warms up or put on if it gets chilly. Plus, because it is a shawl you can make it as big or small as you want and you don't really have to worry about gauge so much. I was able to let both of my adorable girls model the same shawl for you because it is so versatile!

Why "Sassy Girl Triangle Shawl" you ask? There's not a whole lot that's sassy about stripes. Well when I was taking quick pics for my testers so that they could see what it looked like I got this face:

Then when I took pics for realsies outside I got the same face again! {This shot. ^} Look, even her sister thinks she's hilarious! ;) One of my testers said I should name it the "Sassy Shawl" because of that face. She was right. It was way too perfect. Especially since it happened again without me prompting her so Sassy Girl Triangle Shawl it is!

Now, you are going to want to pay attention to the notes section in this pattern. There ends of each row of the shawl are a little tricky, you need some extra stitches sometimes so that the top stays even and you are going to want to make sure that all the stitches end up in the right places and that you have the correct row counts. Just pay attention to the notes and you should be fine. Let's get started!

Sassy Girl Triangle Shawl

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ear Warmer Headband With a Twist

I don't know how spring is where you live but here it is WINDY!!!!! Finally we have sunshine and you step outside only to think that you misread the calendar because that wind slices right through you! It's AWFUL some days. If you don't stay warm and guard your ears you could have an ear infection in seconds! {Or it feels that way!} My kids are usually sick of hats by spring and just want to go outside and play without all the bulk so I designed the Ear Warmer Headband With a Twist for just these kinds of days. 

The Ear Warmer Headband With a Twist is written for toddler, child and adult. It is a moebius headband which means that is has a twist in it and you will work around both sides of the headband before joining. In this headband you really can wear it with the twist wherever you want but I have my kids wear it with the twist in the back to make is slimmer and stay in place. 

It's a really fun and easy technique once you understand what you are doing and I have included pictures in the pattern to help you. Are you ready? Here we go!

Monday, March 17, 2014

We Have a New Look!!!

Did you guys notice that the blog has a little different look? A new header, I moved out the margins and I have plans later today to make a "grabable button." I had all of the logos redone for the blog and facebook. Get ready to see a lot of the following all over my pictures and social media!!!

Mad Queen Mother did an AMAZING JOB!!!!!! At one point when I was sure that I was asking too much of her because I wasn't quite satisfied with how things were coming together she made every adjustment I asked for and then made a couple suggestions that I hadn't even thought of. She was wonderful to work with! I'm going to have her make logos for Country With Style as well and I can't wait!!!!!! What do you guys think? Below you will find examples of the new watermarks and my new FB logo. 

You can find Mad Queen Mother on Etsy and on Facebook.

Have a great week and, 

Be Happy!!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Make a Clickable Button

Have you ever wanted to make your own "ad" of sorts? Do you want a picture on your blog that will catch your readers eye, and then with just one click will take take them to your Facebook page or Etsy shop? There are so many uses for clickable images and I ran into one last week.

I don't know how many of you noticed but there are two new buttons over on the right-hand side of the blog. There is one that takes you to a page of all my free patterns listed under alphabetized categories, much easier to search for what you need. The other will take you to the new blog I opened last week. It is all about our family, our farm, a few recipes that come to me, and children's crafts/project ideas. You can see both buttons right over there! --->>

Go ahead, click on them, let me know what you think {and how well they work.}

Everyone was talking about how easy this was to do. "All you have to do is get some code input your stuff and you're done!" yada, yada.... Ok...... Where do I get this code????

After searching around the internet all I could find were half tutorials that taught people that knew what they were doing already how to do this. I DID'T KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING!!!

So I got smart, I went into the widget that has all my social media buttons and copied a bit of code that I *thought* was what I needed. After some trial and error {and some strands of hair lost..} I was able to narrow it down to EXACTLY what I needed. Now that I actually understand it better I am going to give you the code and I am going to walk you through set by step what you need to change and how you are going to change it so that you too can have your own clickable buttons!!

Let's go!!!