Monday, February 03, 2014

Lip Balm Give Away

One thing I hate during the winter season is chapped lips. But I also hate all the crap that's loaded into the mass market products available in stores. So I solved both problems by making my own lip balm, which I'm now sharing with you. My natural lip balm is now listed in my shop!

Enter for your chance to win a 3 pack of natural lip balm! From and

This week my sweet friend, Lindsey, is giving away a 3 pack of my lip balm to one lucky winner! Head over to her blog for your chance to enter. Let's get our puckers ready for some Valentine's Day smooching!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make Your Own Blocking Board for Crochet or Knit Granny Squares

Have you heard about the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014? Stacey (a.k.a. FroFunky) wanted to crochet a blanket this year and had the idea to make a granny square every day. She put this idea on Instagram and it went viral! There is now a Facebook group and you can follow along with the hashtag on Instagram.

There are so many great granny squares and blankets being made across the world this year. Along with all the inspiration comes great tips. I had no idea what a blocking board was until two weeks ago. I started reading about it and I think Alicia describes the benefits of blocking perfectly:

...blocking absolutely transforms these babies from slightly fraught, tweaked-out, anxious little trapezoids to drapey, blissed-out grown-ups — they're all mature and perfectly square and presentable after spa-treatment. 

After some Google searches I knew now was not the time to purchase a pricey blocking board, but I still wanted to block my cutie pies. I started brainstorming and remembered we had some insulation foam board left over from our dining room makeover. It is the perfect solution for me!

make your own blocking board for crochet or knitting granny squares

This foam board can be picked up from the home improvement big box stores for under $15. The sheet is 4 feet x 8 feet and easy enough to cut with a razor blade. Imagine all the blocking boards you can create for yourself and your own sweet little granny squares!

Over 20 years ago my grandma taught me how to crochet and I have been creating small projects since. I didn't have a single granny square to my name, until now! There are two ways people are joining the project: one granny square a day or one per week. I knew I wanted to do a little more than one a week but not one a day.

After some plotting and calculating I have a game plan. I will be making nine granny squares per month January-November and in December I will join them all together to make my first granny square blanket. Each month I am planning to have a few theme squares and the rest will be solid colors based on my mood.

snowflake granny square crochet pattern
January will show three different snowflake patterns. (via Scotty's Place)

Are you joining the mood blanket project? If you would like to leave a link to your work in the comments I would love to come visit and see your amazing granny squares.

Check out my link up page to see some adorable blogs I'm joining with this week.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Visit

College. That is where I met Crystal. We have been friends ever since. There have been months and years that have stretched between talking but the friendship has remained. This past year was the first in many we were able to sit and talk face to face. These new pictures that are now splashed around my blog and the interweb, she snapped them for me. Crystal is an amazing photographer. Her ability to capture the moment by telling the whole story with only one frame is pure beauty. She is one of my go-to people for inspiration and creativity.

This year, maybe even this month, Crystal will be boarding a plane to {finally} go meet her sweet newest squisher. She and her husband, Mike, are adopting a little girl from China. Clara. Her photo cannot be shared virtually until after the adoption is finalized so you will have to take my word that she is adorable! Crystal shared their Referral Story a few months ago along with a photo of her cutie little piggies!

These 10 perfect toes are so close to being held by her parents. Crystal and Mike are so close to having complete funding for her adoption. I told Crystal, "finances should never be a concern when welcoming a baby." I am now donating all the proceeds from my RAINBOW Bits o' Love buntings to Clara's adoption fund. If you want to support handmade and adoption head over to my shop. Help bring Clara home to her forever family and bring some extra cute love into your own home!

Five Minute Friday
This is Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker and hundreds of others. We write for five minutes. All on the same prompt. No extreme editing. No worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

This weeks prompt: Visit