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The other side!

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Finally!!! I have finished the big commitment that has been holding me back from my patterns and my blog. I had taken a job as a contract crocheter / knitter. Unfortunately  the pay was abysmal. I guess it is the nature of the beast. Some designers pay a percentage of what they are getting paid by the publishing company, and some pay by the yard, but either way, it is not good when you divide your pay by the hours your worked. Not good at all. So this morning I sent out the last contract I had, and I will not be taking any more! Yea!!!

You may think this is irresponsible, due to our financial situation, but I don’t. You see, through all of this, I have made more money selling my patterns that I have published independently on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, then on the contracts. Yet I have not been able to work much on my new patterns because I have been so busy with the contracts. So now I am free to focus on my own patterns! I have made a group on Facebook to run the tests for my patterns. If you can knit or crochet, meet a deadline (I do my best to make sure the deadlines provide enough time even for a full time worker to complete), and can have a good digital camera and someone who can snap a decent photo, and you would like to be one of my testers, then join my group!

In addition to being able to focus on my own designs, I am hoping to get back into posting regularly here on my blog. I have been taking some classes over on Craftsy, and I will write up reviews for you on those as well! Right now they are having a sale on classes for Mother’s day, so head on over and take a look!!

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Last weekend, Doug stopped at a garage sale and found 2 mugs for the girls. They absolutely loved them!

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I thought tea was in order to break in the new mugs.

We have been picking the many flowers that grow around the house. Our dining room is always so pretty with the flowers.

Red-Velvet-cupcakes-in-Cones

We did a bit of baking as well last weekend. I had found ice cream cones for under $2 for 24 at ALDI. So we baked up some red velvet cupcakes in them. Then we frosted them and topped them with a few chocolate chips. They were very yummy, but I would recommend eating them within the first 24 hours or so, as the cones loose their crisp after a while. I think I will just do this for parties from now on, as opposed to having them as a goodie at home. It did take us a few days to eat them, and the cones were quite soft by the end.

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I did give a few away to a neighbor, as 24 just seemed like way to many to have at home! I had a foil pan, so I wrapped it in tissue paper, and used a bit more tissue paper to keep the cones upright. I covered them with a foil tent, and gave them away!

cuddle-time!

Sometime the girls can be so sweet. They both wanted to dress pretty for school the other day. I caught them cuddling in the afternoon. Really, Vada was happy about it, it just seems that every time I clicked the camera, she had a bored/annoyed look on her face.

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There, see, happy!

Animal-adoption-train-town

One day last week they had asked to watch TV, and I told them to use their imagination instead. Out came the train set from Santa. They build a little village. Vada drove little people on the train over to Kyla’s village and adopted some pets. The conversation going on between the little wooden folks was so darn cute!

Mother's-day-tea-with-Vada's-class

I had to go to school 3 times on Thursday and Friday. Once for a Mother’s day tea with Vada’s class, once for one with Kyla’s class, and once for one with the whole school (by grade.) The pictures above are from Vada’s class. We sat with Izabel and her mom *surprise.* The last photo is with Vada’s teacher and some of her best friends. I really adore these girls, I know things change as they go through school, and they will not always be in class together, but I really hope she remains close with these three. They are great little girls, and I like their moms a lot as well!

I didn’t remember my camera for the whole school tea, and when I went to Kyla’s I had the camera, but had left the memory card in my laptop. Oops.

Have a great weekend, and happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there!!!

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May the fourth be with me…and you too.

| Crafts, Crochet, Knit, Pattern, Star Wars

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Just a quick post tonight. I know there is a running theme through this blog of me trying to find my way in my creative endeavors. I am always trying to balance what makes me happy, and what makes money. It is appropriate that on Star Wars Day, I have come up with an answer that makes me happy. I just followed MY force.

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I keep putting what really makes me happy to the side and attempting other things in the hopes of rescuing us from this financial strain we have due to the lack of contract we are suffering. I have taken on contract crocheting and knitting, yet when you do the math, the time I put in is not worth the pay. I have invested time and money to sell at street fairs, yet the first of the three I signed up for did not pay enough to make it worth it (we’ll have to see about the other two.) The fact is, these things are not going to financially save us, they are just causing me stress and taking me away from what I enjoy, and what has been making money this whole time.

So I am going to finish those things I have committed to, and paid for, and then I will be back to love. I am going to focus back on my patterns and this blog. They make me happy. The patterns make me money, and the blog brings people to the patterns (and can make me money if I can get it “out there” a bit more.) And I enjoy both! What is the point of waiting? I know what I want to do, and I have an amazingly supportive husband who believes in me, so why not do what I want? Through all the other things I have been taking on, my patterns have still been selling. So there is no reason to try something else when what I enjoy also works!

So this is me, committing to doing what makes me happy. Now excuse me, time to knit.

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Free Crochet Pattern ~ Spiral Net Ruffle Scarf

| Crochet, Pattern, Scarf, Tutorial, Video

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This boa~type scarf is crocheted in the round creating a great spiraling ruffle. With some practice it works up in under an hour. It makes a fun gift and is great for craft sales!

Yarn: use any net yarn ~ one full skein

Hook: 4.00mm (or whatever size is comfortable for you, as it does not affect gauge)

Gauge: there is none, net yarn creates its own gauge

Notions: sewing needle and thread to finish ends

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For those of you who like video patterns, here you are:

For those of you who prefer written patterns:

To start off, take a look at the yarn. The top section of yarn is net. The size of the net may vary from brand to brand, but it is still net. There is a small, sometimes decorative, boarder along the bottom of the yarn. For this pattern, we will be working in just the very top holes of the net. You will be working with every other top loop throughout pattern.

Net-Yarn-Parts

First, tie and overhand knot at the beginning of the yarn. Insert your hook into the top loop closest to the knot.

*Skip one loop, pick up next loop, and pull through, creating a chain, rep from *5 more times.

Starting-Chain

Not counting the loop on your hook, there will be 6 chains. Fold work away from you, creating a circle, and insert hook into the back of the first ch, skip a loop and pick up the next loop, pull through all loops on hook (sl st made). *Sl st into back of next st, remembering to skip a loop each time. Rep from * until only a few inches remain. Every once and a while, check to be sure there are still 6 stitches in your circle (not counting the one on your hook.) Pull last few inches of yarn through last loop on hook. Tie a knot.

Slip-Stitch-into-back-loop

Clip each end to about an inch after the knot. Use needle and thread to sew down the last stitch of the scarf so that it does not unravel.

Give, sell, or wear and enjoy!

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To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for this pattern on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns.

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Patterns to test . . . and some cleaning

| Crafts, Family, Organizing, Pattern, Skirt, Woodworking

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Hello my friends! I am retesting 2 of my patterns. I did not have enough testers in the last go around, so I am testing these both again just to be sure that all the sizes are good! I am now running my tests in a group on Facebook. If you want to test either of these patterns, or if you will be interested in testing knit or crochet patterns for me in the future, then join this group.

Angela-Shrug-Knit-Pattern

First is the Angela Shrug. It hangs a bit over the shoulders to create a small cap sleeve. It’s body is lace with a ribbed boarder around. Angela is a circle-ish shrug made to close over the breasts, and cover them completely, even in the larger sizes! The sizes for this pattern run from xs to 5x. The deadline for this test is June 15th, and the details can be found here.

Wendy-knit-skirt-with-net-ruffles-pattern

Next is my Wendy Skirt. It is knit from the top down, so it can be as short or long as you want, with one or two spirals of net yarn worked around the skirt. The spirals can be worked just as spirals (as seen on the two child sizes) or a ruffle can also be worked around the top under the waistband, and/or around the bottom at the hem (as seen in the adult size.) The larger sizes have the spirals spaced farther apart then the smaller sizes. The sizes I am testing for this pattern run from xs to 5x (I no longer need the child sizes tested.) The deadline for this test is June 15th, and the details can be found here.

down-the-playroom-shot

Doug was on spring break last week. He still had to work at his second job in the afternoons/evenings, but he was home during the school days, so we got some stuff done around the house then. On Monday we finally got the playroom in order with the new (hand~me~down) additions ~ a play kitchen, a doll house, and some organizational items left from the apartment.

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The doll house needs a bit of work, but it is quite loved!

Dress-up-area

We have a little dress up area for the girls now.

Play-Kitchen

Here is the pretty little kitchen one of Doug’s co-workers gave us.

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We cleaned up the little reading corner and added some of the craft supplies in there as well.

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Kyla’s heart girl found a space to hang out.

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So did Vada’s Spidey.

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We even cleaned up the rainbow shelves!

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Once the playroom was done, we were able to empty out some of the extra stuff from the girl’s bedroom. We will add a few things back in, but we are still in organization mode…

Vada's-Side

Here is Vada’s side, we hung a few shelves for her. The bottom one is for toys, and the top one is for “look at, but don’t touch” items.

Kyla's-Side

Kyla got some shelves as well. It is so nice to get the toys off the end of the bed!

That’s about it for today. I hope you have had a nice weekend, my friends!

Jessie-At-Home

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Guest Blogger ~ Kimberly of Hooking Rainbows

| Animals, Crochet, Friends, Pattern

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Nothing like getting the monthly guest blog post out the day before the month is over! It’s been a rather interesting month over her At Home. Yet our guest has been very patient with me. I am really enjoying meeting all these awesome bloggers! This month I got to get to know a lovely lady who is in a few Facebook groups with me, but who I had never really “met” before. I’m glad I finally got to know her a bit, she is a fantastic woman!

Kimberly has a wonderful blog with some great patterns. She has several fabulously fun purses, two of which we will be focusing on today. She also has other creative crochet patterns as well. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented new friend of mine!

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Nerdy Owl Purse

Would you like to meet her?

I just love her photo, it’s lots ‘o fun!

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Kimberly!

How long have you been crocheting, and how did you learn?

I have been crochet ever since I was a kid. Up until last year I had no idea how to read a crochet pattern much less how to figure out tension on a sewing machine. I get this creating bug from my mom, when I was little she taught me how to crochet. She always had tons of crochet projects daily for us to do.  My mom taught me how to use my skills to create designs without patterns which I love her for:) I basically knew all the crochet stitches I just didn’t know their names or how to read their abbreviations. Last year I found a really cute crochet pattern for slippers, but I didn’t know how to read it. I scoured You-tube for answers which I found! I can proudly say within a year I was cranking out more projects and loading up on yarn then I think my husband was ready for. Needless to say my son was ecstatic with all the yarn in the house. I catch him occasionally pulling it behind him like a pet:)

What’s your favorite thing about crocheting?

I get to put my own creative twist on everyday items. When you buy things from the store they have a basic vibe to them, not unique at all. I love to be unique and that is why I love crocheting.

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Frog Prince Purse

Why did you want to make this pattern?

I actually wanted to bring more spring into my patterns…I usually do a lot of hat projects and since winter is coming to end I needed a new direction. I find purses are very much used in all seasons but, in order to make it more of a hello to spring I thought I would add a animal on it. I thought of a frog on a Lilly pad, that is how this idea popped into my head For the Frog Prince bag. For the Owl purse I made it for a friend, my friend loves owls and she is a little nerdy like me so, I thought making the Owl with glasses would be cute and very spring.

When and why did you begin blogging?

I have wanted to explore the world of blogging for a while now. I originally started a writing blog about two years ago but, I didn’t have much time to sit down and write all the stories I had in my head. I am much faster at crocheting with my hands then writing with them. Which I think is kind of weird that I would want to start a blog but, I wanted to share my knowledge, ideas and talent to the world. This is also why I seem sort of short (at least to me) with my blog posts on my blog…but, i usually fill it up the rest with free patterns!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love being able to share free patterns with the world…I know how much I appreciate free patterns so, I am sure there are a lot of people out in the world that do too.  I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and ideas. I have helper syndrome, I try to make everyone enjoy crafty projects like I do. I have a weekly craft night where people bring their crafty things over and craft away the night. We talk about strategy and people learn new things! I take these talks, ideas or projects and share them in blogging as well.

Anything else we should know about you?

The only additional information that might be important is that I am a mother of one little fun loving boy and married to a wonderful husband of almost 6 years.

I hope you all have enjoyed getting to know Kimberly! Learn even more about her over at Hooking Rainbows!

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Chain Necklace ~ free crochet pattern

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About a week ago I was looking through the fashion trends for spring and noticed a lot of “statement” necklaces. Several of them were the type with a large chain around the top half, and then several small chains around the bottom half. They inspired me to create this uber~fun crochet necklace!

Free-Crochet-Pattern-Chain-Necklace

If you can crochet a chain, you can make this necklace.

So let’s get started.

You will need:
4.5mm or 5.0mm crochet hook
10.omm crochet hook
Worsted Weight or DK yarn (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice used in the samples)
metal yarn needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations:
yo ~ yarn over
ch ~ chain

Cut 5 strands of yarn as follows:

Measure 180″ of yarn, pinch it in half at this point, and measure back another 180″ (this will create a piece of yarn that is 360″ long, and folded in half.) Repeat this 4 more times, one each at 185″, 190″, 195″, and 200″.

Hold all the folds together as one loop, and place the loop around a size N (10.0mm) crochet hook. There will be a group of yarn strands in front of the hook (between you and the hook,) and another in back of the hook. Fold the front group over the back, yo with the back group of yarn, and pull through, creating a slip knot. See the pictures below, and the video for further help.

Start-of-chain-necklace

Ch35, this will make the top half of the necklace. If you make less chains the top half will be shorter, but the whole necklace will be longer. If you make more chains the top half will be longer, but the whole necklace will be shorter.

Leave the loops on the large hook. Slip one loop only off the large hook, and using a 4.5 or 5.0mm hook, ch with just that one strand of yarn. Ch to the end of yarn, until just 1 1/2″ remain, and pull yarn through. Repeat with each of remaining 9 strands of yarn.

Starting-Small-Chains

Cut 2 more strands of yarn, 2 yards (72″) long. Thread one onto a yarn needle, and tie ends together. Sew needle through ends of all 10 chains, do not pull through. Fold necklace into a circle, taking care not to twist, and continue to sew through beginning of necklace. Pull through, threading yarn through the end of the strands of yarn on the needle, and pull tight.

Closing-Chain-Necklace

Wrap yarn around large chain, covering over tails from the small chains, for 1″, clip tails, and wrap yarn back down the same 1″. Sew through a small amount of yarn on the back of the necklace, sew through the same bit again, then thread the yarn through the wrapped section and clip. Wrap the other end of the large chain in the same manner.

Wrapping-Chain-Necklace

Wear and enjoy!

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To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for this pattern on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns.

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©Copyright 2013 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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Spa Set ~ Free Crochet Patterns!

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Here it is! The complete set of Spa patterns for you. I hope they bring you lots o’ clean fun!

~ Just click on the photos of each item for the patterns ~

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Bath Mitt

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Soap Bag


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Face Cloth

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Bath Pouf

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So there you have it, links to all the patterns for the Spa Set! Enjoy.

To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for the entire spa set on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns.

Jessie-At-Home

©Copyright 2013 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

P.S. I have had a few questions about ordering these finished objects. If you are interested in a special order, email me at jessie519@gmail.com. The pricing for these items are $10 each, or 3 for $25. Thanks!

P.P.S. Here is a review of the bath pouf pattern by the fabulous Kimberly over at Hooking Rainbows. And guess what? She will be our guest blogger later this week!!

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