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I’ve always admired crocheted jewelry but I thought it would be too hard to make myself so I never tried it. Until today!!

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I used semi-precious gemstone chips, 26 gauge silver colored copper wire, size K crochet hook, and a magnetic clasp.

Here’s the pattern that I used:

String 30 beads (or chips) onto the wire before you start.

Make a slip knot, leaving a tail that is about 2-3 inches long.

Draw bead up to hook, yo, pull through like you would with yarn to make a chain. Repeat until there are 14 beads on the chain.

Draw up 2 beads and ch 1, turn

The next row is worked in single crochet. Insert hook in next ch from hook. Yo and pull through ch. Draw a bead to the hook, yo, pull through both loops. Repeat until you get to the end.

Finish off like you would with yarn.

There are now two “strings”. Wind them together a few times and clip one, saving it for later. Attach clasp to the remaining wire.

Use the piece that you clipped to attach the other side of the clasp to the other end of the bracelet.

Viola! That easy…

If you don’t want to tackle it yourself, they are available in the shop.

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I bought 2 yards of Amy Butler fabric today. I’m going to use it to make a couple nursing covers to sell in the shop. I’ve made quite a few in the past for myself, my sister, various friends, and friends of friends. Everyone really likes them and tells me that I should sell them, so I think I’ll give it a go.

I’m still trying to decide if I want to do a reversable nursing cover using both patterns or if I want to do a solid lining. If I use a solid lining, I can get 2 covers out of the fabric that I bought. I’ll even have enough to make coordinating burp cloths. I kind of like the idea of a reversable cover, which I can still do even if one side is solid and not Amy Butler.

I really need to have some tags made for them too…

I’m having a sale of sorts in the Etsy shop this Thanksgiving weekend. Free first class shipping on everything!

In the works right now…another coffee cozy. This one is also 100% cotton and red, with a swirly ribbed pattern. Hard to describe. It will be in the shop this evening.

I’ve created a new spreadsheet to help me keep track of my shop. I just want to make sure I pay our bank account back and I would like to know if I’m making a profit. I’m very close to breaking even, which is exciting. I didn’t think I would be in the black during my first month, but it looks like I will! Yay!

Anyone have any good secret santa ideas for guys? Something around the $20 mark.

I’m trying to use up my ever growing stash of yarn, so I decided to make some coffee cozys.

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All I did was to use worsted weight yarn (I used cotton) and cast on 36 stitches on size 7 dpns. I did a k2p2 rib for about 3 inches. Easy peasy…

If you don’t knit, you can buy them in the shop for $5. They make the perfect gift for your favorite coffee drinker.

The pink and green scarf is done. I really like how it turned out and I love how long it is. If it matched my coat, I’d keep it for myself. It’s in the shop if anyone is interested.

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I went to the fabric store today to raid the remnant bin. They were having a sale and in addition to the great remnant prices, you got an extra 75% off. I scored 2 yards of fabric for $1.74. One yard is a camo tie dye and the other is green with little blue stars. Perfect for pants for Jacob and Grace. I figure I can get 6-8 pair out of two yards. I think I’ll make them each two pair and sell the rest in my Etsy shop or on eBay.

I still haven’t had time to sew the t-shirt pants that I cut out the other day. Grace has been going through an I want my mommy stage.

In the works right now:

A hot pink and lime green scarf with stripes the long way. And by long, I mean long…this thing measures almost 7 feet! It’s crocheted using 100% cotton yarn. Hopefully it will be in the shop by tomorrow. Here’s the progress so far. Never mind that the color is off. I can’t get a decent picture in my house with the flash on or off.

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Eeek, I’ve purchased a slot in the new children’s category showcase. I’m nervous. Hopefully it will bring in some new customers.

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