Did someone say “sale”?

It’s not a black Friday sale, nor a Small Business Saturday sale, nor a Cyber Monday Sale….it’s ALL THREE!

black friday

From today through Monday (ending at 11:59pm US central time, Monday 12/1/14) both of the patterns available in my Ravelry store will be only $1! That’s 75% off the Starry Skies scarf / cowl, and a whopping 80% off the Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress!

No coupon code is needed. You should see the discount applied automatically once you view your cart to check out, before you complete the purchase. Hurry before the sale ends!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving and a Flamies nomination

I hope all my US friends have a very happy Thanksgiving today! I know it’s cliché, but one thing I really am thankful for this year is all of you. After all, without you reading what I write, there wouldn’t be much point in writing it would there? I’ve enjoyed this ride a lot over the last year and a half or so, and I’m so happy you all came along with me!

Ok, less mushiness, more excitement: Check it out! My Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress was nominated for a Flamie!

Badge - I've been nominated for Flamie

I’m so excited! Have you voted for your favorites yet? If you haven’t, go take a look and cast your votes! There are some wonderful designs and designers in lots of different categories. If you happen to like my dress and vote for it while you’re there, that would be awesome too, of course.

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – December Preview

Two TCT posts in 1 week? Yes, I do know it’s not Tuesday, but we’re having so much fun, it’s spilling into other days! I know we are all busy this time of year, so I thought we could use a bit of a head start on our December tea cozy. This is our last cozy after all, the grand finale…are you ready?

Without further ado, here it is. For December, we are doing this Scallop Tea Cozy by CrochetRoo, but with a twist (of course). Look at her beautiful angel version! For any of you who may not want to make the angel, the original cozy is fine too. I’ll bet it could also be tweaked into a tree, or maybe even a pine cone…so many possibilities!

There is also a good chance, though the details are still a bit fuzzy, that we may wrap up all this fun with another giveaway in time for the new year. Look for more on that soon!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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Tea Cozy Tuesday – November- Week #4

Here is my finished, Thanksgiving turkey tea cozy:

Turkey Tea CozyBack of Turkey Tea Cozy

This ended up being quite a project, but I love the way it turned out! The body is made from the Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jennifer Adams, and the head is from the Crochet Entrelac Turkey Tea cozy by Sara Duggan. Check out my week 3 post for the modification I made to the head.

I had originally made much different, much larger tail feathers…but when I put them on, the whole cozy twisted and fell backwards! I ended up coming up with a much more modest (and probably more realistic) tail feather design. The pattern I came up with is at the end of the post. I also made a tiny little pillow, stuffed hard with yarn ends. I sewed this to the inside of the cozy, at the front, to help balance out the weight of the tail.

weight

Check back tomorrow for a head start on the December cozy!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!

Tail Feathers Pattern:

Row 1: With orange, (Ch 2, 6 hdc) in a magic circle, close circle, turn.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 2, fpdc around 1st st, (hdc in same st, fpdc around next st) 4 times, turn. (9 sts)

Row 3: With red, Ch2, (bpdc  around next post st, hdc in same st and in next st) 4 times, bpdc around last post st, turn. (13 sts)

Row 4: With orange, Ch2, (fpdc  around next post st , hdc in same st and in next 2 sts) 4 times, fpdc around last post st, turn. (17 sts)

Row 5: With red, Ch2, (bpdc  around next post st, hdc in same st and in next 3 sts) 4 times, bpdc around last post st, turn. (21 sts)

Row 6: With orange, (2 hdc in post st, hdc in next 4 sts) 4 times, 2hdc in last post st, turn. (25 sts)

First Feather:

Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in first 6 sts, turn.

Row 8: Ch 2, hdc first 2 sts tog, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc next 2 sts tog, turn.

Row 9: Ch 2, hdc first 2 sts tog, hdc next 2 sts tog, fasten off.

Next Feather: Join yarn with sl st in the last st worked on row 6 (i.e. the same stitch that you worked the last st of row 7 of the previous feather into).  Repeat rows 7-9.

Repeat Next Feather twice more.

Last Feather: Join yarn as for previous feathers.

Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in last 5 sts, turn.

Row 8: Ch 2, hdc first 2 sts tog, hdc in next 3 sts, turn.

Row 9: Repeat row 9 from the other feathers, switching to red at end of row, turn.

Edging: Ch2, 3 sc down sides of rows along the edge of the last feather, to the bottom of the tail, 30 sc evenly spaced along bottom, [3 sc up sides of rows on next feather, ch2, sc 2 tog at top of feather, ch 2, 3 sc down sides of rows on feather] 4 times, 3sc up side of feather, ch 2, sc 2 tog at top of feather, join with sl st, fasten off.

 

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Designing pages with photo placeholders

Have you ever printed out photos for a page, only to realize later that you would have preferred to have the photos in a different size? I used to do that all the time! More than once, halfway through designing a page layout, I would throw away and reprint all the photos. It was a real waste of time, paper, and ink! Then one day, I had an idea.

I decided to save those misprinted photos. I wrote the size on the back, and laminated them. I kept doing this until I had a complete set of several photos in each of several commonly used sizes. Now, when I design a page, I just use those as placeholders until I am sure of how I want the page to look. Once I have everything planned out, I just print the photos in the sizes I need. It was so easy to make these, and no more wasting photos!

Here’s an example of a page in progress, using a couple of these placeholders:

Page layout using placeholders

And here’s the finished page with the actual photos:

finished page

The photo corners and washi tape could only be added once the actual photos were used, of course. What do you think? Do you do something similar when planning out your pages?

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Privacy Policy Generator

Do you have a website with advertising, surveys, raffles, etc? Does it have a privacy policy posted? If not, it may need one. (I know! I never thought of that either!) A friend of mine shared this Privacy Policy Generator website that they had found, and it was really easy!

It only took me about 10 minutes to answer a few questions, and Stitches’N’Scraps now has a shiny new privacy policy in the legal information section. I know nothing about the law regarding these, so I don’t know if it’s legally correct or not, but it looks a lot like what I’ve seen on other sites. I’ll probably ask my attorney friend take a peek at it too at some point, just to be safe.

If you need a privacy policy for your site, check out this generator tool and let us all know what you think of it!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – November- Week #3

I’m almost done with my November cozy, and it’s turning out just as I had hoped!

November tea cozy in progress

The body is made from the Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jennifer Adams. The yarn looks a little too grey in this picture, it’s actually somewhat more brown than this.  The cozy worked up quickly and easily, and really would have looked pretty on its own, without any further embellishment. Of course, leaving it alone is just not my style!

I did end up using the head pattern from this entrelac turkey tea cozy pattern. It was hard to track down – in the end I could only find it here on Scribd, and I had to download the Scribd app in order to get to the part of the pattern I needed. It was worth it though!

The one modification I made to the head pattern was the ruffly scalloped edge. On the last row, I skipped one increase. That way, I was left with 39 stitches (a multiple of 3) instead of 40. Then I worked the edging row as follows: (sl st in next st, 3 hdc in next st, sl st in next st) 13 times.

The tail feathers were free-hand. Most of them are actually slightly different as I was working it out, but I think I settled on a pattern by the end:

Front:

Row 1: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 18 chs, 5sc in last ch, now working in bottom of ch, sc in next 19 chs. Do not join.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next 5 sts, 2 tr in next st, 5 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, dc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, sl in next st, fasten off.

Back:

Repeat rows 1 & 2 of front, but do not fasten off

Joining:

Holding front and back together, and working through both thicknesses, sc in next 18 sts, 2sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 18 sts, stuff feather, sc in each remaning st and in sides of rows 1 & 2, adding stuffing as needed, join with sl to first st, fasten off.

I made 3 feathers that way and sewed them together along the bottom as shown. All that’s left now is to sew them to the back of the cozy and find something for eyes!

Be sure to check back next week, when I will show you the finished turkey and will also reveal the final cozy for the year!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!

Update – the tail feathers are way too big and heavy for the cozy. If this was a stuffy it could work, but on the cozy it just makes it fall backwards. Hope to have an updated feather pattern next week.

 

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Meet Tina Baker – Designer!

This is my friend Tina. That stunning capelet next to her is the very first design she’s ever published on Ravelry!

Tina with her new design, Claire's Capelet

Tina is one of the owners of my favorite LYS, The Nook, in Lisle IL. She is also an accomplished knitter and knitwear designer. She sells many of her creations in the store, but this is the first pattern she has made available on line. Having followed her patterns before, I can tell you they are easy to read and always work up beautifully.

If you like the picture, go check out Claires Capelet on Ravelry – and while you’re there, leave a comment for Tina congratulating her on this exciting new venture!

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A quick page layout

Something about the holidays always puts me in the mood to scrap. Maybe it’s all the cheesy movies and warm family vibes going around…or maybe it’s just that the new year is coming and I don’t want to end up one more year behind! I’ve been a little fiber obsessed lately, so it’s been a while since I’ve done a new page. This one was the perfect layout to ease back in with. The photo has been intentionally blurred for this post.

Thanksgiving 2010 scrapbook pageI love the simplicity of a single photo layout with just a few bold design elements. This background paper has been in my stash for a while and just screams Thanksgiving to me, so I had to use that. Then I noticed that the completely unrelated, striped paper had a similar swirl design layered over the stripes. Since the color scheme was complimentary, that made an obvious mat for the photo.

The stickers I used were all random leftover pieces that seemed to fit the mood. The “Give Thanks” sticker felt a bit plain, so I added a border from a different velum sticker to kick it up a notch. That didn’t work out quite as nicely as I had hoped.

give thanks

Of course then I had my velum stickers out and couldn’t help but add some to the photo mat. I love how you don’t see them right away, but once you notice them they just add another dimension to the layout. There’s one more on the page, can you see it in the main picture?

top right

Notice that I left a thin white edge around the photo when I cut it out. The orange and brown tones in the photo blended too much into the browns for the mat and background, but having the white edge helped give it definition and make it pop.

left sideFinally, the left side felt a bit empty, so I got out my hole punch and punched out these little flowers from some odds and ends in my scrap bin. A gold pen to mark the date, and the page was finished! What do you think?

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – November- Week #2

Here are the yarns I’ve chosen, to try and make a turkey out of the Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jennifer Adams.

materialsI’ve managed to find all the yarns I’ll need in my stash again. I’m going to use the greyish brown for the body, and incorporate the rest of the colors into the feathers and head. Not sure what I’m doing for eyes yet…I’ll just have to wait and see when I get there.

On another note, the final cozy for the year is next month, and it’s a Christmas design. I know this time of year can be really busy, and I want to make sure everyone has time to make the cozy before Christmas if they want to. So I will be announcing that cozy a week early, next week. Stay tuned!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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